In just 10 days, this private tour will show you the main attractions of South Africa from Soweto to Swaziland, Cape Town and the Blyde Canyon. The iconic Kruger National park is where you have the opportunity to see the big five. The ”rainbow nation” is adorned with magnificent landscapes, towering mountains, and more than 3000km of coast, deserts, geological wonders, flora and fauna, and its rich cultural and historical past. We can also recommend tour extensions to other incredible places.
This afternoon we visit Soweto with an experienced local. We visit Soweto township, Freedom Square and Hector Peterson Memorial.
A walking tour and drive will take us to and past various points of interest. Home of Mandela, Winnie Mandela and the FNB stadium. Lunch is at a local African restaurant on Vilakazi Street, the most visited street in Soweto. Home to the late former president, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Then it’s the Apartheid Museum which illustrates the rise and fall of South Africa’s era of segregation and oppression, and is an absolute must-see. Time permitting, Lilliesleaf, which was the farm used secretly by African National Congress activists in the 1960s and was the location where many prominent African National Congress leaders were arrested, leading to the Rivonia Trial. Nowadays Liliesleaf Farm is a Museum and world-famous Heritage Site, attracting many visitors annually. Nelson Mandela was captured here which lead to the famous Rivonia trial.
• Lancester House
We will depart for the beautiful Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga. We will be following the scenic Panorama Route and admire God’s Window, Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon, Long Tom Pass, the battlefields, Bourkes Luck Potholes, and the various waterfalls of the Canyon. Pilgrim’s Rest is an authentic historical village dating from the first South African gold rush and now a National Monument. We will be sure to make time for lunch. Time permitting we will go for a swim in the beautiful MacMac pools to cool off. Accommodation is on the edge of the canyon or escarpament.
• Graskop Hotel
We arrive in the late morning at the famous Kruger National Park and begin our safari into this bush veld wonderland. Enjoy a light lunch from a view point on the banks of the mighty Sabie River. You continue your game drive with your guide till
3 pm when you check into your chalet. At 4:30 pm you begin your exciting late afternoon/sunset game drive with a professional game ranger. The professional game ranger will enthrall you with stories of the African bush and point out the Big 5 and other rare and endangered species.
On your return Gerry will have the fire ready to prepare your traditional South African BBQ.
Around 4.30 am we will leave the camp for a 3 hr morning safari in a 4X4 vehicle with a professional ranger. Today you will witness the African Savannah and wildlife in all its splendor. Return to camp for a hearty breakfast. Then you will go out for a full day safari with your guide. Later enjoy dinner overlooking the Sabie river. If accommodation is outside the Kruger Park, a full day safari will replace the 2 x 3 hour game drives.
• Lower Sabie Rest Camp
Today you will depart for the Kingdom of Swaziland (passport required). The landscapes are very similar to those of Switzerland. We will visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and the oldest mine in the world. Time dependent we can visit a fantastic example of San (Bushman) rock art created by indigenous people that once roamed Southern Africa alone. At Mbabane, capital of Swaziland, we will admire the Royal Palace, Parliament, and the Kings Mausoleum all from our vehicle. We overnight in the Ezulwini Valley which is the Kingdom’s main tourist area offering a wealth of attractions. Ezulwini means ‘place of heaven’, and the valley that bears this name certainly has its share of hedonistic delights.
• Mantenga Lodge
This morning time permitting & optional we visit the Mantenga Cultural Village. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the people in the village and can do so by grinding maize, plaiting mountain grass or joining in the Swazi song and dance.
Time permitting we can visit the beautiful waterfall.
Mantenga Cultural Village is the only tourist facility in Swaziland with its own permanent troupe. We then visit the Ezulwini Valley craft market and candle factory or the eclectic ”House on fire”. We will later depart Swaziland through the beautiful Southern Mpumalanga.
We view the oldest and best preserved sequence of volcanic and sedimentary rocks in the world. Known as the Genesis of Life, the Makhonjwa Mountains are to become UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch we will leave for O R Tambo Airport for the flight to Cape Town. We will be arriving in CT in the late afternoon. Upon arrival we stroll along the Sea Point promenade at sunset and visit the V & A Waterfront for dinner.
• Chartfield Guest House
Today we will drive at Stellenbosch, a fertile area where wheat, vines, and oak trees quickly replace the giraffes, elephants, Hottentot, and Khoisan peoples. Today, Stellenbosch is known for its beautiful varied architecture, renowned wines, and university where the language of instruction is still mainly Afrikaans. We will visit a museum, a historical shop, and partake in a cellar tour before travelling over the beautiful Hels Hoogte Pass on our way to Franschoek. We will then break for lunch and for a visit to the Huguenot Museum. You can also visit an exceptional boutique wine farm to taste local vintage wine including a pinotage which is South Africa’s own unique cultivar. Next, at Paarl, we will stop in front of Mandela’s statue at the entrance to the prison from which he was liberated in 1990. The Taal monument, dedicated to the Afrikaans language, is the world’s only monument to a language. We will end the day with a dinner at the “V & A Waterfront”.
• Chartfield Guest House
This region is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its floral diversity. We will follow the West coast via Clifton with a stop at Maiden’s Cove to enjoy a magnificent view of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay. We will continue along to Hout Bay, a charming little town where we enjoy a cruise to Duiker Island, home to the world’s largest fur seal colony. The scenic Chapman’s Peak Pass offers breathtaking scenery. Next we will be visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve which is where the cold Atlantic waters meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This famous landmark was named by the early Portuguese mariners. Journeying down to the False Bay coast, we will have lunch at the old harbor of the historical naval port of Simon’s Town. After lunch, we will visit the well known Boulder’s beach, home to Africa’s largest land based jackass penguin colony. We will finish our day with a visit to Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest Cape Dutch manor house. Dinner will be at your leisure.
• Bergzicht Guest House
Today we will visit Cape Town, historical places, parks, Dutch East Indian Garden, Castle, South African Museum, Malay quarter, District 6, and Green market square. Before noon we will take the opportunity to visit the noon gun in action on the slopes of Signal Hill. It is the world’s oldest canon still in action. After lunch we will visit Kirstenbosh National Botanical Garden, the only botanical garden situated in a world heritage site; it has more endemic plant species than any other in the world. Later in the afternoon, we will head along the west coast towards Blouberg where we will enjoy a “postcard” view of Table Mountain, Robben Island, and Table Bay. Tonight we will have an authentic African dinner of many culinary dishes from across the continent, accompanied by dance, music, and theater.
• Bergzicht Guest House
Transfer to the airport for your air transport home.
Depending on your departure time, various activities can be arranged.
Like Robben Island, Table mountain, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa or even the Two Oceans Aquarian.