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Chamber offers an escape to spectacular South Africa

Chamber offers an escape to spectacular South Africa

Visalia Chamber of Commerce invites you to escape on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to spectacular South Africa and experience culture and nature in harmony.

The 14-day stay is an amazing chance to take in breathtaking scenery, experience rich cultural histories, and get up close and personal with wild animals. Find out more about this unique opportunity January 12 at noon at the Chamber of Commerce office. The tour operator is sending a special representative for one day only to present a special slideshow on the trip and answer questions about the tour directly. This is not an opportunity to be missed!

The trip is planned to take place from September 22 through October 5 in 2016, but there are options to spend 3 nights in Dubai before the tour starts and/or 3 nights in Victoria Falls after the tour ends. The tour includes several amenities including round-trip airfare from Fresno Air Terminal as well as hotels and several meals. 

The getaway begins in Sandton, South Africa – the cosmopolitan center of Johannesburg. Tours will take you from there through Soweto (South West Township) to explore the area’s rich history; this includes museum tours that chronicle students’ fight against apartheid and an excursion to Liliesleaf, where Nelson Mandela was arrested.

From there, escape into nature with a few days exploring Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. A local expert will lead you on an open-air-vehicle safari game drive in search of elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards, and rhinos. 

After you explore Kruger National Park, you will fly to Knysa, a picturesque resort town. Enjoy the opportunity to explore Featherbed Nature Reserve with a lagoon cruise and a drive through the biologically rich forest.

Find your way back to civilization by visiting a local school and learning about the efforts being made to educate the region’s children. After that you’ll get to enjoy a guided tour of one of the older working ostrich farms in the area and have the opportunity to ride one of the birds! You will then travel to the heart of the wine lands region and explore Stellenbosch, one of the oldest European settlements in the region, before enjoying a wine tasting.

 End your journey in Cape Town, where you will get to ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, offering stunning panoramas of the surrounding area. Travel out to Cape Point and spend some time with the penguins at Boulders Beach, then explore the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a free day to venture out on your own before saying goodbye to South Africa with a lesson on the Djembe Drums, a hand washing ceremony, and a communal African dining experience.

Booking your unforgettable trip to South Africa before March 23 allows you to take advantage of lower prices. Currently a double occupancy booking runs $4,899 per person and a single occupancy booking runs $5,599. This includes airfare, hotels, excursions, 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and six dinners.

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce serves as the “voice of business” and provides strategic leadership and engagement in building the future of business and the community through information, services, and advocacy to the employers of our community.

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Tulare County. Its members include small businesses, corporations, associations, and individual professionals.

Since 1899, the Chamber has worked diligently with local government, education, private industry and a host of other agencies and organizations to improve the business environment and promote Visalia as premier community in which to live, work and do business.

For additional information contact Nicola Wissler at the Visalia Chamber of Commerce at (559) 734-5876 or by email at nicola@visaliachamber.org.

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