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4 Barnard St, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700

OVERVIEW

This tour will show you the main attractions of South Africa from Soweto to Swaziland, Cape Town and the Blyde Canyon. The iconic Kruger NP is where you have the opportunity to see the big five. The ”rainbow nation” is adorned with magnificent landscapes, towering mountains, more than 3000 km of coast, deserts, geological wonders, flora, fauna and its rich cultural and historical past. All optional activities will be offered to you at our preferential rates, discounted at around 15%.

South Africa 
StartJohannesburg (Day 1)
Day 1Soweto (Johannesburg)
Day 2Blyde River Canyon (Panorama Route)
Day 3-4Kruger NP
Swaziland 
Day 5Ezulwini Valley
South Africa 
Day 6Cape Town
Day 7Winelands
Day 8Cape of Good Hope (Cape Peninsula)
Day 9Table Mountain (Cape Town)
EndCape Town (Day 10)

Activities & Transportation

  • Activities: game drives & evening/night game drives
  • Game drives: open-sided 4×4 vehicle & self-drive
  • Getting around: self-drive
  • Clients collect and return their self-drive vehicle at the airport
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Day 1

Johannesburg City -Soweto- Sandton + Apartheid museum

This afternoon you visit Soweto with an experienced local (optional). You will also 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. 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.

Main Destination:

  • Soweto (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Accommodation:

  • Outlook Lodge Lakefield
  • Mid-range guest house located in or near Johannesburg

Meals & Drinks:

  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included


Day 2

Blyde River Canyon & the Panoramic route (the world’s most beautiful)

You 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. 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 escarpment.

Main Destination:

  • Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (Panorama Route, South Africa)

Accommodation:

  • Graskop Hotel
  • Mid-range hotel located in or near Graskop

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included


Day 3

Kruger National Park safaris

You 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 (safari included).

Main Destination:

  • Kruger National Park (South Africa)
  • Best Time to Visit
  • May to September (Dry season)
  • High Season
  • December to January and July to August
  • Best Weather
  • Apr-May and Sep-Oct (Mild and little rain)
  • Wildlife in Kruger NP
  • ElephantCommon
  • GiraffeCommon
  • BuffaloCommon
  • ZebraAbundant
  • WildebeestCommon
  • HippoCommon
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Accommodation:

  • Lower Sabie Rest Camp
  • Mid-range bungalow located inside Southern Kruger

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included


Day 4

Kruger National Park safaris

Early morning safari bush walk. You get to experience the Kruger on foot, the rangers will show you all sorts of amazing things such as plants, insects, tracks, and offer superb information on all of them. You encounter large and small mammals on your walk and get close enough to them to experience these ultimate encounters. Return to camp for a hearty breakfast. For the rest of the day you will witness the African Savannah and wildlife in all its splendor with your private guide. Later enjoy dinner overlooking the Sabie river. If accommodation is outside the Kruger Park, a full day 4×4 safari will replace the 2 x 3 hour game drives.”Look deep deep into nature & you shall truly understand” Albert Einstein.

Main Destination:

  • Kruger National Park (South Africa)

Accommodation:

  • Lower Sabie Rest Camp
  • Mid-range bungalow located inside Southern Kruger

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included


Day 5

Kingdom of Swaziland & Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary its delights

This morning you leave early and enjoy your last safari before leaving the park. Breakfast on route. You then depart for the Kingdom of Swaziland (passport required). The landscapes are very similar to those of Switzerland. You can visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and the oldest mine in the world. Time dependent you can visit a fantastic example of San (Bushman) rock art created by indigenous people that once roamed Southern Africa alone. Or you can visit Swaziland’s oldest game reserve (you would then need to prioritize your activities). At Mbabane, capital of Swaziland, you will admire the Royal Palace, Parliament, and the Kings Mausoleum all from your vehicle. You 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.

Main Destination:

  • Ezulwini Valley (Swaziland)

Accommodation:

  • Mantenga Lodge
  • Mid-range lodge located in or near Ezulwini Valley

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included


Day 6

Swaziland to Cape Town via the Lowveld

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. You will leave for O R Tambo Airport for the flight to Cape Town. You 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.

Main Destination:

  • Cape Town (South Africa)

Accommodation:

  • Chartfield Guest House
  • Mid-range guest house located in or near Cape Town

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included


Day 7

Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch & Franschoek OR Whale Coast & Hermanus (seasonal)

Today you 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. You will then 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, you 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.

Main Destination:

  • Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Accommodation:

  • Chartfield Guest House
  • Mid-range guest house located in or near Cape Town

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included


Day 8

Cape of Good Hope, Peninsula, Boat Cruise, Penguins & Groot Constantia

This region is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its floral diversity. You 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 you 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 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.

Main Destination:

  • Cape of Good Hope (Cape Peninsula, South Africa)

Accommodation:

  • Esperanza Guest House
  • Mid-range guest house located in or near Cape of Good Hope

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included


Day 9

Cape Town, Table Mountain, West Coast, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Surrounding Areas

Today you 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. You will then 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.

Main Destination:

  • Table Mountain (Cape Town, South Africa)

Accommodation:

  • Esperanza Guest House
  • Mid-range guest house located in or near Table Mountain

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included


Day 10

Morning activity and departure (optional activities at our preferential rates)

Transfer to the airport for your air transport home. Depending on your departure time, various activities can be arranged. All optional activities will be offered to you at our preferential rates, discounted at around 20%. They include: Helicopter flips, Boat cruises, Shark cage diving, Whale cruises, Township tours and many more. Like Robben Island, Table mountain, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa or even the Two Oceans Aquarian. All optional activities will be offered to you at our preferential rates, discounted at around 20%. They include: Helicopter flips, Hot air ballooning, Shark cage diving, Whale cruises and more.

Main Destination:

  • Cape Town (South Africa)

Accommodation:

  • No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included