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Itinerary: Tour South Africa in a Fortnight

Tour South Africa in a Fortnight

Discover the best of North and Southern parts of South Africa and experience what these regions have to offer. Highlights include Kruger National Park, Durban and surrounds and Cape Town.

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Tour South Africa in a Fortnight

Day 1 - Johannesburg
You will be met at the airport in Johannesburg by your guide and head straight for Africa Sky Guest House. Should your flight arrive early morning, you will have the day at leisure in Johannesburg. You have the following 3 options to choose from.

Option 1:
Spend the day resting and relaxing at Africa Sky Guest House.

Option 2: Lesedi Cultural Village
You will be collected at 09h30. Experience true African culture. You are taken to the Ndebele village where the program begins with a presentation on the history of today’s rainbow nation. This is followed by a tour of the Pedi, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele homesteads. Guests are then escorted to the boma for traditional singing and dancing - a very participative affair! R950-00 pp (lunch included)

Option 3:Soweto Tour:
You will be collected at 08h30. This tour introduces you to Soweto (South Western Township) situated on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Soweto offers you a glimpse into the turbulent past of South Africa - hostels, Freedom Square, the struggle for liberty. The tour includes a full view of Soweto from Baragawanath Hospital (the largest hospital in the world), visits to African merchants of traditional medicines, a typical four-roomed dwelling and informal settlement. R700-00 pp (lunch included)

A table has been booked at Africa Sky’s Restaurant for 19h00, where you will join your guide and fellow travellers.

Options for today must be selected at time of booking

Day 2 - Panorama Route
We enjoy breakfast before setting off for the Panorama Route, best known for its cultural heritage and dramatic landscapes. We reach the small forestry town of Graskop, perched on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment. Visit viewpoints along the edge of the escarpment, including God’s Window, Lisbon Falls and the Pinnacle. The afternoon is at leisure, allowing you time to stroll through some of the many unique and interesting shops – including an elephant dung paper shop and a shop specializing in silk from the African Mopane worm!

Day 33 - Kruger National Park
Continue exploring the Panorama Route. Our first stop is Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a remarkable record of an erosion process that started thousands of years ago. We also view the Blyde River Canyon, the third deepest and only green canyon in the world. Continue on to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa and the world and is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms. While we are in the park you will enjoy at least 2 three hour game drives per day. A typical day is up at 05h30 for a game drive until brunch (normally around 10h30). After brunch relax in camp. The afternoon drive normally begins at about 15h00, and continues until 18h00 when we return to camp for supper. You also have the option of joining the park rangers in their open safari vehicles for a night drive (R210-00 pp) or going on a Morning Bush Walk, accompanied by a park ranger (R400-00 pp).

Day 4 & 5 - Kruger National Park
Continue exploring the vastness and diversity of Kruger Park with a morning and afternoon game drive.

Day 6 - Pongola
Travel through Swaziland to Pongola Private Game Reserve, surrounded by bushveld savannah and the Lebombo mountains. In the afternoon enjoy a game cruise on Pongola dam (a great way to see animals as they come to drink).

Day 7 - Pongola
You have a choice of either an early morning game drive in an open safari vehicle, or going Rhino tracking (join your ranger on a game walk and track these prehistoric beasts on foot). The rest of the day is at leisure. Pongola Game Reserve has a Spa where you can pamper yourself, or you may want to try your hand at Tiger Fishing!

Day 8 - St Lucia
We enter The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park World Heritage Site. Here we embark on a Hippo & Crocodile Estuary Cruise, a leisurely boat trip down the St Lucia Estuary, where you can watch fish eagles, hippos, crocodiles and goliath herons against a backdrop of mangrove swamps.

Day 9 - St Lucia
St Lucia lies on The Elephant Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Elephants, Rhino and Lion, Whales, Turtles and Marlin, Warm Indian Ocean, Pristine Beaches, Sub-Tropical Climate are some of the terms associated with this area… Today you have the option to book some of the activities below.

Option 1 (morning): Whale Watching
Early morning departure. 2 Hours at sea with a specialized Marine Mammal Guide. See Humpback whales from as close as 50m's! Seasonal: June, July, August, September, October, November only *R300 Cash refund if you have not seen a whale after 2 hours on the ocean R930-00 pp

Option 2 (morning): Ocean Adventure
Early morning departure. 2 Hours at sea. Experience the thrill of surf launching with the possibility of seeing turtles, sharks, dolphins, pelagic sea birds & flying fish.Year Round. R530-00 pp

Option 3 (full day): Deep Sea Fishing:
Departs at 06h00. A full day of game, bill and bottom fishing. All bait and tackle supplied. Year Round R770-00 pp

Option 4 (full day): Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Reserve
Departs at 05h00. A full day of game viewing the Big 5 in the oldest Game Reserves in Africa. Includes a full lunch ,tea/coffee/juice & rusks at breakfast time, soft drinks throughout the day, entrance fees and a qualified guide. Year Round R1 020-00 pp

Option 5 (full day): Cape Vidal Snorkel Safari
Departs at 08h00. A full day of guiding and driving within the Eastern Shores. Stop to snorkel and have lunch at one of the most beautiful beaches on the North Coast - view points en route - walking trails etc. Includes tea/coffee & rusks at breakfast time, soft drinks throughout the day, a full lunch, snorkel equipment, a qualified guide, gate entry fees.Year Round R660-00 pp

Option 6 (evening):NIight Drive
Departs at 20h00. 3 Hours within the Eastern Shores to view nocturnal animals with a qualified guide.Year Round R400-00 pp

Option 7 (evening):Turtle Tour
Departs at 21h00. Depart St Lucia and spend the next 6 hours over midnight to search for turtles that come out to nest. Includes a picnic dinner at Cape Vidal close to midnight and refreshments.Seasonal: November, December, January, February, March only R935-00 pp

Option 8 (afternoon): Khula Cultural Tour
3 Hours to enjoy the Zulu Culture and way of life within the Cultural Village 3km's outside of St Lucia. Year Round R265-00 pp

Option 9 (afternoon): Horse Riding
Enjoy the beach on horseback, or a Game Ride within the Eastern Shores to see species of wildlife, accompanied by a qualified guide and rider Year Round 1 Hour: R250-00 pp 2 Hour: R500-00 pp Beach Ride subject to tides

Option 10 (afternoon): Bird Watching Walking Trial
3 Hours Year Round R150-00 pp

Day 10 - Durban
After breakfast we continue down the coast to Umdloti, where we book into Fairlight Beach House.

The rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure. Umdloti’s beach is regarded as one of South Africa’s best kept secrets and Fairlight is right on the finest bathing and surfing beach in the area. Enjoy the warmth of the Indian Ocean or just relax and do some dolphin and whale spotting from the Fairlight’s expansive deck overlooking the ocean.

Day 11 - Cape Town - Table Mountain & Robben Island
After breakfast, take an early flight to Cape Town. First stop is Table Mountain, the world famous landmark. Join the ranks of millions of visitors who have reached the summit and marvelled at the views from such lofty heights. We then head to the V&A Waterfront, where we take a ferry to Robben Island. Robben Island has been a penal colony for most of its 400 year history. Nelson Mandela spent 18 years on Robben Island and many of the leading members of South African political parties were incarcerated alongside him. In 1997 Robben Island was turned into a museum and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the V&A Waterfront. Situated in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled. This is an experience of how the Capetonians live, work, shop and play!

Day 12 - Cape Town - Winelands
Visit some of the well known wine farms and get to see some of the smaller, more personalized farms. Go on a cellar tour, to discover all that is involved in turning the humble grape into some of the most sought after wines of the world. Many of these farms not only make wine and offer wine tasting, but include activities like cheese making and produce magnificent wood and other crafts. We have not included lunch, but many of the wine estates offer a picnic lunch ranging from traditional fare to cheese platters – which you can enjoy in the vineyard or the estate gardens – with a bottle of wine of course!

Day 13 - Cape Town - Cape of Good Hope
One of the tour's highlights comes in the form of The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This reserve is home to Cape Point, the most southwesterly point of Africa. It is one of the highest sea cliffs in the world. The reserve is home to indigenous plant species, some of which occur nowhere else on earth. Also visit other attractions like Chapman’s Peak (sited as the most scenic marine drive in the world), Boulders Beach (home to a colony of vulnearble African Penguins) and the historical naval village of Simon’s Town. Our last stop for the day is Hout Bay.

Day 14 - End
We bid you farewell and drop you off at Cape Town airport.

Price

South African Rand
2 Pax – R34 400 pps
4 Pax – R24 000 pps
6 Pax – R20 500 pps
SSup – R11 500

US Dollar (based on R7.70/$1)
2 Pax - US$ 4468 pps
4 Pax - US$ 3117 pps
6 Pax - US$ 2662 pps
SSup - US$ 1494


Exclusions
Airfares to/from South Africa
Accommodation in Johannesburg
Drinks and curios
Required Inoculations and Malaria medications
Travel Insurance
Multi Entry Visas (if required)

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