updated 11/11/2008 9:58:57 AM ET 2008-11-11T14:58:57

The Real Deal: Round-trip international airfare, four local flights, six nights' accommodations, some meals, all ground transportation, game drives, and sightseeing, from $1,999 per person—plus taxes and fees of $600.

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When: Dec. 1–15, 2008; add $400 for May 1–31, Sept. 15–30, 2009; add $800 through Nov. 30, 2008; other travel dates are available through Dec. 15, 2009, at a significantly higher rate.

Gateways: D.C., New York City; add $100 for Chicago, Houston, Miami; $150 for L.A., Seattle; additional gateways are available.

The fine print: Breakfast daily, two lunches, two dinners, four local flights, all transfers and ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles, guided sightseeing tours, game drives, admission fees as per itinerary, and the services of an English-speaking tour guide are included. Taxes are an additional $150, and fuel surcharges are an extra $450, for a total of $600 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts at $590, but can be higher depending on your choice of accommodations. U.S. citizens need a valid passport, but no visa, for stays of less than 90 days. Read these guidelinesbefore you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: South African Airways Vacations, 888/722-4872, flysaavacations.com.

Why it's a deal: According to a recent Kayak search, the lowest multicity airfare for New York–Johannesburg–Cape Town–Johannesburg–Hoedspruit–Johannesburg–New York is $1,933, including taxes, for travel in early to mid-December (multiple carriers). For an additional $666, the SAA Vacations package covers international and local airfare as well as six nights' accommodations, all ground transportation, game drives, sightseeing, admission fees, the services of English speaking tour guides, and all taxes. Plus, you get the time-saving benefit of one-stop shopping.

Trip details: The South Africa in Stylepackage includes round-trip airfare on South Africa Airways carriers between New York City or D.C. and Johannesburg as well as round-trip flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town and Hoedspruit. Also included are six nights' accommodations, sightseeing, and activities.

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you'll catch a two-hour flight to Cape Town, where you'll spend four nights in a hotel of your choice. Two options are on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in the bustling heart of Cape Town: the 236-room Commodore Hoteland the 329-room Table Bay Hotel. The third, the 70-room Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, is located between Table Mountain and the Atlantic, about 15 minutes from the city via a free shuttle service.

The itinerary begins with a half-day tour of the Winelands, a region known for its crisp white and classic red wines. Several wine estates date back to the early settlers; you'll visit one for a group wine tasting.

There's also time for exploring Cape Town on your own. Stroll along the lively waterfront; lounge on a beach, like the popular Clifton or Camps Bay; visit historic buildings and monuments; or go on a shopping spree at Cape Quarter or Cavendish Square.

In the mood for adventure? Splurge on a helicopter ride from the waterfront to the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and enjoy panoramic views of Cape Town and the surrounding mountains and beaches (priced upon request).

Fly back to Johannesburg, where you'll take a connecting flight to Hoedspruit. You'll transfer to Jackalberry Lodgefor a two-night stay.

The safari lodge is in Thornybush Private Game Reserve, close to Kruger National Park, an area known for its big-five game viewing. Three game drives in an open safari vehicle, two in the morning and one in the afternoon, are included.

You'll transfer to Hoedspruit airport then fly to Johannesburg to catch your connecting homebound flight.

If you're not ready to leave Africa, you can purchase an extension package to Victoria Falls, which includes one night at the Michelangelo Hotelin Johannesburg and two nights at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

For more tips on what to do, visit South Africa's official tourism Web site.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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  1. Spectacular view

    The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, with Devil's Peak, left, Table Mountain, center, and Leeukop, right, in the background. (Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Main Street

    The Main Street in Simon's Town in Cape Town, South Africa. Located on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula, Simon's Town is home to a key naval base. (David Rogers / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Colorful architecture

    A man walks through the Bo-Kaap area, a predominantly Muslim area of Cape Town with houses painted in bright colors lining many of the streets. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Eggman cometh

    The "Eggman" from Benin laughs as he speaks on a fake telephone at Greenmarket square. "Eggman" has become a popular tourist attraction at the famous outdoor market where he walks around as a living sculpture looking for tips. (Nic Bothma / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. On the waterfront

    Diners sit outside the Den Anker restaurant on a waterfront pier in Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. (David Rogers / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. National treasure

    The King protea (Protea cynaroides) - the national flower of South Africa - is displayed at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. (Steve Ann Toon / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Fresh from the vine

    A farmworker picks red cabernet grapes on Ongegund Farm in the Durbanville Hills area. Smooth and elegant with a medley of tastes as diverse as the terroir which yields it, South Africa's wine industry has proved it ages well 350 years after grapes were first pressed in the Cape. (Rodger Bosch / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Majestic mountain

    A climber abseiling down Cape Town's most famous landmark, Table Mountain. The majestic mountain rises 3,563 feet above sea level at its highest point. Of the many ways to ascend the mountain, the best way is to take the cable car ride to the top. (Henrik Trygg / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. The easy way up

    The upper cable station on Table Mountain. From the top of the peak, sightseers can get a panoramic view of the Cape Town area. (Anna Zieminski / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. View from above

    An aerial view of the Clifton area. (David Rogers / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Color on the sand

    Colorful beach huts line St. James Beach. (David Rogers / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Scenic harbor

    The picturesque natural inlet of Hout Bay, just outside Cape Town. (Francois Xavier Marit / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Charismatic critters

    African Jackass penguins waddle out to sea at Cape Peninsula. Named for their call, which resembles a donkey's bray, the penguins are found only off the coast of South Africa. (Nic Bothma / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Monster swell

    South African big wave surfer Andy Marr surfs a wave at an offshore reef known as Dungeons off Cape Town. (Nic Bothma / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Eye for adventure

    Kiteboarders glide across the water, with Table Mountain in the backdrop. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Ancient overseers

    Camps Bay Beach is overlooked by the Twelve Apostles. (David Rogers / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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