9 Day Kruger Park Eco Ranger Experience

6May

9 Day Kruger Park Eco Ranger Experience

Quick Overview
Tour Code: TISD 02
Duration:9 days | 8 nights (1 night Hoedspruit : 6 nights Makuleke (Kruger National Park) : 1 night Hoedspruit)
Start / end location :Johannesburg, Gauteng : Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Participants:2 – 8 guests per vehicle
Departure Days :Selected Saturdays
Nov 25 : Jan 27 : Feb 3 : Mar 24 : Apr 21 : May 19 : Jun 16 : Jul 21
Aug 25 : Sep 22 : Oct 6
Departure times :Rosebank hotels ±07h00 /Sandton hotels ±07h30
Pre-departure notices are sent to each guest’s pick-up location a day prior to collection
Collection times vary and are subject to the hotel collection route
Selected pick-up and drop-off hotels list available on request
Language : English
Accommodation : 3 & 4 star lodges and camps
Vehicle: Luxury sedan or minibus and open safari vehicle

Day 1 | Saturday Johannesburg to Hoedspruit area via Dullstroom(±470km)
Breakfast (own arrangements and for own account) at the hotel. Board a shuttle transfer from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit (included) via Dullstroom. The village of Dullstroom is South Africa’s premier fly-fishing destination.
Lunch stop en-route (own account) and dine at the lodge (included).

Timbavati Safari Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast (3-star)

Day 2 | Sunday Hoedspruit to Makuleke Concession (±240km)

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge. Guests transfer from the lodge to the Kruger National Park’s Pafuri Gate in the north-eastern corner of the Limpopo Province. A representative will meet and transfer guests from Pafuri Gate to the Makuleke Camp.Lunch at Makuleke Camp. Participants will attend a safety briefing, an orientation of the camp, an introduction to the camp staff and an overview of the course material.

Guests will have leisure time to settle-in before the afternoon’s practical activity either on a game drive or a bush walk.

Kruger Park eco experience
observing with the professional guide

Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)

Day 3 | Monday Makuleke Concession – Basic ecology and geology
Meals are served at the camp and each day’s activities are divided into three sessions.

Guests board a vehicle for a game drive or join a guided bush walk. The focus of the morning activity is on basic ecology and geology. Lanner Gorge is carved into the sandstone and although thought to be younger than 2 million years old, it’s an important feature in the Makuleke Concession. The landscape is ancient and is thought to date back more than 250 million years.

Around noon, guests partake in an interactive discussion with the instructor on geology and soils; weather and atmosphere; food web and energy flow; and habitat ecology and conservation. The Makuleke Concession of the ‘Pafuri Triangle’ is created by the intersection of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers. The Limpopo, a dying river, is estimated to be more than 65 million years old. The Luvuvhu, a young river, has carved its way through the region’s sandstone to form Lanner Gorge.

Participants board a vehicle for a game drive or join a guided bush walk. Apart from elephant and buffalo, guests may see nyala, eland and Sharpe’s Grysbok not commonly seen elsewhere in Kruger. Guides will illustrate the theory discussed earlier in practical instruction, whilst out in the field. Guests are encouraged to apply these skills in an informal Q&A session whilst out in the field.
Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)

Kruger Eco Training Programe
everything little thing tells a story

Day 4 | Tuesday Makuleke Concession – Animal, bird and tree identification and behaviour

During the morning game drive or guided bush walk, guests are introduced and exposed to the nuances of animal, bird and tree identification; essential skills for any avid outdoorsman.

Guests are encouraged to engage with the instructor and join the interactive discussion on the finer details of animal, bird and tree identification during the noon session. The Makuleke Concession is locally-renowned for five bird species resident in the area. With luck see Pel’s Fishing-Owl, Three-banded Courser, Racket-tailed Roller, Bat Hawk and Black-throated Wattle-eye.

The afternoon game drive and walk will emphasis on animal, bird and tree identification. Although Africa’s mega-fauna features highly on most participant’s lists, why not try and identify the more iconic trees in the concession? Find the muvuvhu (Venda) from which the Luvuvhu River gets its name; the nyala tree and the region’s iconicAdansonia digitate.
Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)

Day 5 | Wednesday Makuleke Concession – Animal tracks and sleep-out and astronomy

This morning guests will walk the trails from camp focusing on animal tracks. This is wilderness immersion at its best. The science of animal tracking is, perhaps, the world’s oldest. This is an exclusive, hands-on experience.

Join in an interactive discussion on the theories and practical application of tracking in the African bush. Tracking contributes to key insights on how animals behave. It’s an art that teaches observation, reasoning, and deduction. The discussion topic and practical application elements includes an introduction to basic tracks and trailing skills.

In the afternoon, guests focus on the key points of the day’s theory, and apply those principles either on a game drive or on a bush walk. Why not apply the theory of speculative tracking and try and anticipate the animals behaviour?

Evening Workshop

This evening guests spend the night in the bush applying basic survival skills including the sourcing of water; preparing a bush fire; practical bush cooking and safety. Understand your energy-output-for-benefit ratio and make smart decisions.

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happy participants

Activities will include astronomy and orientation by understanding the Southern Hemisphere constellations including the Southern Cross. Survivalists claim that navigation is the key to getting home. On clear nights and on a full moon participants can also apply basic navigation theory and get a directional fix from the moon.
Dinner around the camp fire with storytelling.
Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)
Day 6 | Thursday Makuleke concession – Anti-poaching and 4 x 4 driving
This morning guests walk back to camp applying tracking, navigation and orientation skills.

Participate in an interactive discussion on anti-poaching. There are two general categories of anti-poaching. The first targets the illegal incursions and includes coercive methods to track and catch poachers. The second deals with campaigns and policies to prevent the illegal trafficking of animal products i.e.: targeting the supply and demand chains of the trade. The discussion will include basic anti-poaching strategies and logistics out in the field. The specifics covered will include snare collection and rifle safety. Learn the basics of effective rifle-safety and 4×4 driving, an essential skill in the field.

Guests join an afternoon game drive to an area where they will practice basic 4×4 skills and other aspects of good marksmanship. En-route, apply the basic theory of snare collection.
Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)

Day 7 | Friday Makuleke Concession – Field observation challenge and awarding of certificates

Meals are served at the camp. Guests are assessed on the application of their newly acquired bush and survival skills in a practical and fun way.
Attend the awards ceremony and a spectacular bush dinner.
Makuleke Camp – dinner, lunch, breakfast and activities (3-star)

Day 8 | Saturday Makuleke Concession to Hoedspruit via Kruger National Park(±320km)

Guests board an early transfer from Makuleke and spend the day travelling southwards through the Kruger National Park. Breakfast packs will be provided.

Lunch in Kruger National Park (own account). Guests exit the park at Phalaborwa Gate arriving at the night’s accommodation, late afternoon. Board an open safari vehicle for a game drive.

Dine at the lodge.
Leopards Lair – dinner, breakfast and two game activities (4-star)

Day 9 | Sunday Hoedspruit – Day of departure
Guests enjoy an early morning game drive on an open safari vehicle before breakfast.
Board a transfer to Eastgate Airport or Johannesburg (own account).

Discover South Africa

6May
  1. Discover South Africa

HighlightsDiscover South Africa

Table Mountain – Cape Point – Wine & Brandy Tasting Garden Route – Wild Coast – iSimangaliso game viewing Swaziland – Kruger National Park ‘Big 5’ safari – Panorama Route – Soweto

Duration : 16 days / 15 nights
2 nights Cape Town – 1 night Stellenbosch – 1 night Oudtshoorn
2 nights Knysna – 1 night Port Alfred – 2 nights Wild Coast
1 night Kokstad/Harding – 1 night St Lucia – 1 night Swaziland
2 nights Hazyview – 1 night Johannesburg
Start / end location : Cape Town Western Cape
Johannesburg Gauteng
Participants :2 – 14 guests per vehicle
Departures : Selected Saturdays – German
Nov 11; 25 | Jan 20 | Feb 17 | Mar 17 | Apr 21 | May 19
Jun 09 | Aug 11 | Sept 08; 22 | Oct 06; 20

Selected Saturdays English & German
Jan 06 | Feb 03 | Mar 03 | Apr 07 | May 05 | Jul 14 | Aug 25
Departure time : The Townhouse at 13h00

Wildlife & Cultures Discovery TISD 07

8Apr

7 day Wildlife & Cultures Discovery

Experience:
wildlife in four different regions – enjoy game viewing in open safari vehicles – visit a World Heritage Site – find Africa’s Big 5

Tour Code – TISD 07
Departure Times : selected Sundays
Participants :2 – 25 per vehicle
Accommodation : 4 & 5 star hotels
Vehicle :
luxury sedan, minibus or mini coach
Languages – English
Includes:
Meals:6Breakfasts; 1 Lunch; 1 Dinner
Entrance Fees: Blyde River Canyon; Bourke’s Luck Potholes; God’s Window; Conservation Fee into Kruger National Park
Excursions: Morning open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park, Swazi cultural show, St Lucia Estuary boat cruise
Accommodation :
Day 1 : Protea Hotel Wanderers or similar – Breakfast
Days 2 – 3 & 4 : Sabi River Sun – Breakfast
Day 5 : Royal Swazi Sun – Breakfast
Day 6 : Protea Hotel Hluhluwe – Breakfast

Day 1- Sunday – day of arrival – Johannesburg(approx. 35 kms)
Guests arriving in Johannesburg are met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Johannesburg – the hub of the country’s commercial, financial and mining interests, continues to play a significant role in contemporary South Africa. The city is broadly inclusive and South Africa’s largest city.

Enjoy lunch en route (own account). Spend the afternoon at leisure on an optional city tour.
Meet the Tour Guide at 19h00 for a briefing, followed by dinner at the hotel (own account).

Day 2 – Monday – Johannesburg to Hazyview via Long Tom Pass (approx 425 kms)
After breakfast the tour departs for Hazyview in the province of Mpumalanga. En route the tour passes through Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour.

Journey through the village of Dullstroom to Hazyview via Long Tom Pass and Sabie. Named after the Long Tom cannons used during the Anglo-Boer war, Long Tom Pass is Mpumalanga’s best known pass.
Lunch en route (own account).

Guest arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon. Dine at the hotel (own account).

Day 3 – Tuesday – Hazyview to Panorama Route and back (approx. 320 kms)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the tour departs for the Panorama Route. The most spectacular sites along this route include the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The Blyde River Canyon is the largest green canyon in the world. The tour stops at God’s Window, time and weather permitting.

Lunch en route (own account). The tour returns to the hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure on join an optional open vehicle safari on a game drive (own account). Dine at the hotel (own account).

Day 4 – Hazyview to Kruger National Park and back (approx. 120 kms)
Guests enter the internationally acclaimed Kruger National Park for a closed vehicle game drive. Kruger, as it is known locally, offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. At nearly 2-million hectares, the reserve is the flagship of South Africa’s National Parks and is home to an impressive number of fauna and flora.

Guests return to the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure or head back to Kruger on an optional open safari vehicle game drive (own account) before dinner.

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Day 5 – Hazyview to Swaziland (approx. 310 kms)
After breakfast the tour heads south to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny, mountainous kingdom showcases indigenous culture, spectacular scenery and is perhaps best known for its local craftsmanship.

Guests enjoy a cultural experience and lunch before entering Swaziland. The tour travels via the country’s capital to the Ezulwini Valley for a stop at the Ezulwini Craft Market; an authentic African shopping experience.

Dine at the hotel.

NOTE: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, guests must ensure they are in possession of a valid passport and for nationals of applicable countries, multi-entry visa regulations apply (own account)elephant-chasing-giraffes-KZN.jpg

Day 6 – Friday – Swaziland to Hluhluwe (approx. 360 kms)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. The tour exits Swaziland and returns to South Africa on the shared border with the KwaZulu province. This region is locally known as the Elephant Coast and is recognised for its mountains, the warm Indian Ocean, tropical vegetation and a myriad of animal species.

Guests lunch en route (own account). The tour arrives in Hluhluwe late afternoon and in time to freshen up and board an open safari vehicle in search of Africa’s mega fauna and endemic birdlife in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park (own account). Dine at the hotel (own account).

Day 7 – Saturday – Hluhluwe to Durban (approx. 265 kms)
After breakfast, guests depart for Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal coast.

This morning we will join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (weather dependent) before departing for Durban. Our journey takes us as past traditional Zulu kraals, eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields.
Lunch en route to Durban (own account)

The tour arrives early afternoon where the tour ends at either the airport or at a central Durban hotel.

Departure Dates 2018
May 06 – 13 – 20 – 27
June 03 – 10 – 17 – 24
July 01 – 08 – 15 – 22 – 29
August 05 – 12 – 19 – 26
September 02 – 09 – 16 – 23 – 30
October 07 – 14 – 21 – 28

South African Explorer 13 Days TIRS

8Apr

Johannesburg to Cape Town –13 day tour of South African highlights

The South African Explorer : TIRS (13 days)Learn more about historical Joburg; Stay at 3 private game lodges with open vehicle game drives and excellent cuisine; see Africa’s Big 5, spot unique wildlife at a world heritage site; interact with ostriches; go on an ocean safari; enjoy a sunset oyster cruise on the Knysna estuary and walk through the Tsitsikamma forest

Accommodation1 night Joburg Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton – BB1 night Makalali game Reserve – DBB and 2 game activities 2017: Moditlo1 night Hazyview Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort – DBB1 night Bongani Mountain Lodge Lodge – DBB and 1 game excursion1 night St Lucia Forest Lodge – BB & one game excursion1 night Durban Protea Hotel Edward – BB1 night Port Elizabeth Protea Hotel Marine – BB2 nights Knysna Protea Hotel Knysna Quays – BB1 night Oudtshoorn Surval Boutique Olive Estate – DBB2 nights Cape Town Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town – BB

Itinerary

DAY 1 | SUNDAY | DAY OF ARRIVAL (±30km)On arrival at the airport, guests will be collected and transferred to the hotel. After lunch (own account) embark on a guided afternoon city tour of Johannesburg. Share in the history of Johannesburg – the city of gold. Explore South Africa’s heritage; experience the street life of Newtown and take a trip to the Carlton Centre and Constitution Hill. Dinner (own account) is served at the hotel

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Gold reef city water wheel

DAY 2 | MONDAY | JOHANNESBURG to MAKALALI GAME RESERVE via DULLSTROOM (±456km)

Guests are collected from the hotel and travel eastwards to the province of Limpopo, via Dullstroom. Stop for lunch (own account) en-route and arrive at a private game reserve. Enjoy a guided, open vehicle game drive, viewing the ‘Big 5’ and other distinctive species including giraffe, zebra and cheetah. Return to the lodge for pre-dinner drinks (own account) and dinner.

DAY 3 | TUESDAY | MAKALALI GAME RESERVE TO HAZYVIEW via PANORAMA ROUTE (±180km)

Experience an early morning start in the bushveld on a guided, open vehicle game drive. The morning bushveld sights and sounds are different from the evening cacophony and with a bit of luck, some of the big cats may still be about after their night’s hunting. Enjoy coffee and rusks in the bush before returning to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent topographical attractions, the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. The Blyde River Canyon is the largest green canyon in the world. The Panorama Route affords guests memorable views of the more significant sites in this area including God’s Window and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Lunch (own account) is enjoyed along this scenic route. The tour stops in Hazyview for the evening.

DAY 4 | WEDNESDAY | HAZYVIEW to MTHETHOMUSHA GAME RESERVE via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±160km)

Depart Hazyview heading towards Mpumalanga’s flagship attraction, Kruger National Park.

Kruger National Park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This peace-park links the Kruger with Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. It is 20 000 sq. kms in extent, roughly the size of the Netherlands.

A closed vehicle game drive gives guess the opportunity to take in the park’s vastness and view the Big 5 and other fauna and flora. The park boasts a myriad of species including 145 species of mammal, 500 species of bird, 114 reptiles and 1982 species of plant.

Several historical and ancient archaeological sites dot the park, testament to a varied history. Enjoy lunch in the park (own account).

Exit the park at Malelane Gate en route to the Mthethomusha Game Reserve and in time of an evening open safari vehicle game drive followed by dinner at the lodge.

DAY 5 | THURSDAY | MTHETHOMUSHA GAME RESERVE to ST L UCIA via SWAZILAND (±445km)

After an early breakfast, guests travel to St Lucia via the Kingdom of Swaziland. Swaziland is one of two kingdoms in Southern Africa and the smallest country in Africa. This landlocked kingdom is named after the 19th century King Mswati II and is today still largely reliant on ancient cultural tradition.

Guests enter Swaziland at Mananga border post and have the opportunity to interact with the friendly Swazi people during the lunch stop (own account) en-route.

Exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in an area colloquially referred to as the Elephant Coast. This region is acclaimed for its towering mountains, the warm Indian Ocean, tropical vegetation and a myriad of animal species.

In the late afternoon guests arrive at the hotel and have the opportunity to freshen up before pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both own account). Guests have the option of a night game excursion (own account).

Note :When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport, and for nationals of certain countries, multi-entry visa terms and conditions will apply

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DAY 6 | FRIDAY | ST. LUCIA TO DURBAN (± 300km)Discover South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, meaning ‘miracle and wonder’. The 332 000-hectare park contains 3 major lake systems, 8 interlinking ecosystems, 700-year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 525 bird species, 25 000 year-old coastal dunes (amongst the highest in the world) and is home to the biggest hippo and crocodile populations in the country.

Before breakfast embark on an open safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive through iSimangaliso. Observe hippopotamus, crocodiles and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the estuary.

Have lunch (own account) while taking in the lake-vista before departing for the city of Durban. Dinner is served at the hotel / city (own account).

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DAY 7 | SATURDAY | DURBAN to PORT ELIZABETH – FLIGHT (own account and own arrangement)

Breakfast is enjoyed at the hotel and the morning spent at leisure. Take a walk along the promenade or a ride on a Zulu rickshaw to the beachfront market (own account). Guests are collected from the hotel and transferred to King Shaka International Airport for a flight to Port Elizabeth (flight not included) and, on arrival, met and transferred to a city hotel. Dinner (own account) is served at the hotel or at a restaurant of choice.

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DAY 8 | SUNDAY | PORT ELIZABETH to KNYSNA via TSITSIKAMMA FOREST (±285km)

After breakfast the tour travels westwards towards Knysna, via Storm’s River and the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest. The tour’s first stop is in Storm’s River. Guests enjoy a short walk to and along a suspension bridge over the Storm’s River mouth taking in the seascape and the wild surf.

Enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest area. The tour continues further westwards to the acclaimed town of Knysna.

Arrive and check in before embarking on a sunset Knysna oyster cruise (weather permitting). This is an informative and interactive cruise that introduces guests to the culinary delights of the wild Knysna oyster. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants on the Knysna Estuary (own account)24409DS.jpg

DAY 9 | MONDAY | KNYSNA to PLETTENBERG BAY and BACK (±60km)

After breakfast the tour departs to Plettenberg Bay or “Pltt” as it is colloquially known. Board a boat at Lookout Beach and enjoy an ocean excursion (weather permitting) with an emphasis on conservation. This Fair Trade Tourism certified excursion gives guests the opportunity to see whales, dolphin and seals in their natural habitat.

Return to shore and enjoy a relaxing lunch (own account).

In the afternoon take a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school and crèche. This community development programme channels allocated tour proceeds into the education of Qolweni’s children. Guests are invited to donate pencils, books and other stationary. Take a scenic drive back to Knysna and spend time at leisure. In the early evening enjoy dinner at one of many restaurants on the Knysna Waterfront.

DAY 10 | TUESDAY | KNYSNA to OUDTSHOORN via WILDERNESS (±125km)The tour departs for Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo. Lunch (own account) at an ostrich farm in the Cango Valley, on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn. Take an informative tour of the farm on board a tractor. Guests are exposed to the mechanics of the feather industry. Guests spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. A traditional dinner is served at the lodge.

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DAY 11 | WEDNESDAY | OUDTSHOORN to CAPE TOWN via ROUTE 62 (±420km)

The tour departs for Cape Town, via the Cango Caves, on the iconic Route 62.

After breakfast, guests enjoy an olive farm tour. A tasting, paired with Protea Rose or juice, is offered in the orchard.

The tour continues on to the Cango Caves. This 20 million-year-old cave system, an international treasure located in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, is 4 kilometres in length and includes an extensive system of tunnels and chambers.

Departing the Cango Caves, the tour traces Route 62, the region’s iconic freeway. Traversing a varied topography, dramatic mountain vistas, the unique splendour of the semi-arid Klein Karoo and tranquil Winelands, Route 62’s claim as South Africa’s own ‘Mother Road’ is difficult to argue. Enjoy a traditional Witblits tasting (own account) and the sweeping views of the Tradouw Valley. Lunch is enjoyed en-route (own account). This leg of the tour ends, late afternoon, at a Cape Town hotel. Guests enjoy dinner at the hotel or a city restaurant (own account).

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DAY 12 | THURSDAY | CAPE TOWN FULL DAY TOUR

Cape Town offers a wide range of activities, sites and excursions including iconic beaches, the enigmatic Table Mountain, an eclectic night life, a myriad of shopping venues and much more.

After breakfast join a guided full day Cape Point tour.

Travel along the Atlantic seaboard to Cape Point via Chapman’s Peak and the Cape Peninsula. Visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve; Boulders penguin colony (own account) and the internationally-recognised Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Enjoy dinner at one of many city restaurants (own account).

DAY 13 | FRIDAY | CAPE TOWN / DAY OF DEPARTURE

On your final day, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before spending the day at leisure. Your transfer to Cape Town International (included) sees the end of our tour. Here we will say hamba kahle, good bye and go well

Klein Karoo and Garden Route 3N

8Apr

4 day Cape Town to Port Elizabeth tour package
Highlights:discover the wonders of the Klein Karoo – visit an ostrich farm – take an ocean safari and savour oysters on a sunset cruise in Knysna –visit the Tsitsikamma forest
TourCode : TISD 41
Departures : Wednesdays
Sea Point Hotels: ± 07h30 /Waterfront Hotels: ± 08h00 /City Hotels: ± 08h15
Participants : 2 – 14 per vehicle
Accommodation : 4 star hotels
Vehicle : luxury sedan or minibus
Languages : bilingual – English & German
Includes;
Meals:3 Breakfasts; 1 Dinner
Entrance Fees: Conservation Fee for Garden route National Park (Storms River; Cango Caves; Ostrich Farm
Excursions:Sunset Knysna Oyster Cruise; Ocean Safari; Township tour, olive farm tour and tasting
Accommodation : Day 1: Surval Boutique Olive Estate – DBB
Days 2 & 3 : Protea Hotel Knysna Quays – B&B
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Wednesday : Cape Town to Oudtshoorn via Route 62 (± 420km)

This morning you will head east via Route 62 towards Oudtshoorn, a picturesque route that encompasses the contrasting regions of the Western and Eastern Cape. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route and the gorgeous views of the Tradouw Valley followed by a traditional Mampoer tasting (own account). We make our way to an ostrich farm in the Cango Valley. Take a tour of the farm and be introduced to the large, flightless and exotic ostrich. For the daring, enjoy an optional ostrich ride.

Once at the lodge freshen up and enjoy some leisure time, or participate in an optional game drive (own account). Enjoy a dinner of local fare in this quaint setting.

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Day 2 : Thursday : Oudtshoorn to Knysna via Wilderness (± 125km)

After breakfast guests enjoy a tour to an olive farm. A tasting, paired with Protea Rose of juice, is offered in the orchard.

The tour visits the Cango Caves, a 20 million year old natural treasure at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains before making our way over the Outeniqua Pass. Our next scenic stop is in Wilderness. Enjoy photo opportunities and unspoilt views at Map of Africa lookout point (weather permitting) before we continue on our journey to Knysna.

On arrival, check into your hotel before embarking on a Sunset Knysna Oyster Cruise (weather permitting), an informative and interactive cruise introducing you to the wild Knysna oyster. Dinner is enjoyed at one of the many restaurants on the Knysna estuary (own account)

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Day 3 : Friday : Knysna to Plettenberg Bay and return (± 60km)

After breakfast we make our way to Plettenberg Bay. From Lookout Beach you will be taken on an Ocean Safari (weather permitting) dedicated to observation and conservation and allowing for extensive whale, dolphin and seal watching.

Following lunch (own account), we take a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school and crèche. This is a community enrichment programme that sees the proceeds of these tours going into the education of the young children of Qolweni. Guests are welcome to donate pencils, books and other stationery. Enjoy some time at leisure to either relax or explore the village of Knysna. In the early evening we make our way to the Knysna Waterfront for dinner (own account) at one of the numerous restaurants.

Day 4 : Saturday : Knysna to Port Elizabeth via Tsitsikamma Forest (± 285km)

Departing the hotel after breakfast, we head east towards Port Elizabeth via Storm’s River and the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest.

The Garden Route is a gorgeous coastal area featuring lush forests, blue ocean waters and rugged mountain peaks. It was named for its ecologically vast indigenous fynbos and other plant species.

Our first stop brings us to the Storms River. Take in the dramatic sights on the suspension bridge of the Storms River Mouth.

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Enjoy lunch (own account) in the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest where the Knysna elephant once roamed freely.
This forest is home to centuries old trees such as Yellowwood, Stinkhout and Ironwood.

Arrive at Port Elizabeth in the late afternoon where you will be dropped off at your Port Elizabeth hotel.

Garden Route Map

Klein Karoo and Garden Route from PE

8Apr

4 Day Tour from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

Highlights: oyster cruise at Knysna; experience an ocean safari and watch whales and dolphins; travel the iconic Route 62 ; interact with Africa’s gentle giants; be edutained at an ostrich farm
Tour Code : TISD 21
Departure Times : Tuesday & Sunday
Summerstrand Hotels : ± 08h30
Participants: 2 – 26 per vehicle
Accommodation: 4 star hotels
Vehicle: luxury sedan or minibus
Languages: English only (Tuesdays)
Bilingual – English & German (Sundays) other languages guides available on request if booked on a private basis
Includes: Meals
Entrance Fees: Conservation Fee for Garden route National Park (Storms River; Sunset Knysna Oyster Cruise; Cango Caves; Ostrich Farm; Ocean Safari; Elephant Interaction

Accommodation: Days 1 & 2 : Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or similar – bed and breakfast
Day 3 : Surval Boutique Olive Estate similar – dinner, bed and breakfast

Itinerary –4 Day Tour : Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

Day 1 : Sunday | Port Elizabeth to Knysna via Tsitsikamma Forest (± 285km)
Molo! Hello and a friendly welcome to the Garden Route. This morning you will be collected from your Port Elizabeth hotel by our tourist guide, head west towards Knysna via Storm’s River and the beautiful and ancient Tsitsikamma Forest, the heart of the Garden Route.

The Garden Route is a gorgeous coastal area featuring lush forests, blue ocean waters and rugged mountain peaks, and was named for its ecologically vast indigenous fynbos and other plant species. Our first stop brings us to Storms River. Take in the dramatic views on the suspension bridge at Storms River mouth where the river meets the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest area, an indigenous forest where once the majestic Knysna elephant roamed freely. This forest is home to centuries old trees such as Yellowwood, Stinkwood and Ironwood.

A short journey further south brings us to the small, beautiful town of Knysna, meaning ‘place of wood’ in the Khoikhoi. On arrival, check into your hotel before embarking on a Sunset Knysna Oyster Cruise. This informative and interactive cruise introduces you and your taste buds tothe wild Knysna Oyster while enjoying a drink in the natural surrounding beauty.
Tonight we dine out (own account).

popular holiday sport at Knysna on the Garden Route, South Africa

yachts at Knysna



Day 2 : Monday : Knysna to Plettenberg Bay and back (± 60km)

After breakfast we make our way to Plettenberg Bay or Plett as it’s fondly known by the locals, where the warm Agulhas current meets the temperate Benguela current which adds to its mild climate.

Plett was first named Bahia Formosa (Beautiful Bay) by the early Portuguese explorers and sailors and with its beautiful craggy peninsula, lagoons and golden beaches it’s not difficult to see why.

From Lookout Beach you will be taken on an Ocean Safari (weather permitting). The Ocean Safari is dedicated to observation and conservation and allows for extensive and memorable whale, dolphin and seal watching. Following our marine excursion, we enjoy a relaxing lunch in Plettenberg Bay (own account).

In the afternoon we take a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school and crèche. This is a community enrichment programme that sees the proceeds of its tours going into the education of the young children of Qolweni. Guests are welcome to donate pencils, books and other stationary.

Take the scenic drive back to your Knysna hotel and enjoy leisure time to either relax or explore the village of Knysna. In the early evening we make our way to the Knysna Waterfront for a leisurely dinner at one of their numerous restaurants (own account).

Day 3 : Tuesday : : Knysna to Oudtshoorn via Wilderness (± 125 km)

Depart after breakfast and start today’s journey to Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo, via Wilderness and over the Outeniqua Pass.

Our first scenic stop is in Wilderness. Surrounded by the complete natural beauty of the ocean, mountains, and lagoons, Wilderness is a wonderful location. Enjoy photo opportunities and unspoilt views at Map of Africa lookout point (weather permitting) before continuing on our journey through the Outeniqua Pass.

Connects the town of George with Oudtshoorn and the Little Karoo
driving up the Outeniqua Pass, Western Cape, South Africa

The Outeniqua Pass, in the Outeniqua Mountains, bridges the lush Garden Route and the semi-arid Klein Karoo. The pass takes you through incredible views of cinematic mountain vistas with its delicate covering of restored indigenous fynbos.

Oudtshoorn, is the principal town of the Klein Karoo and the ostrich capital of the world, which gave rise to great wealth and its grand Feather Palaces. It is also home to the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, an annual festival that enjoys immense popularity and attendance and is the second biggest festival of its kind In South Africa.

Lunch (own account) at an ostrich farm in the Cango Valley on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn before taking a tour of the farm that will introduce you to these large, flightless and exotic birds. For the daring, enjoy an optional ostrich ride.

Following our ostrich farm tour we drive to our evening’s accommodation. Once at the lodge, freshen up and enjoy some leisure time, or participate in an optional game drive (own account). Enjoy a dinner of local fare in this quaint, rural lakeside setting.

ostrich farming at Oudtshoorn, South Africa
male ostriches at Oudtshoorn

magnificent formations found in the Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

dripstone formation in the Cango Caves


Day 4 : Wednesday Oudtshoorn to Cape Town via Route 62 (± 420km)

Today our trip takes us from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town via the Cango Caves and the iconic Route 62.

After breakfast guests enjoy an olive farm tour and tasting, paired with Protea Rose or juice, before the tour departs for the Cango Caves.

The Cango Caves are a 20 million year old natural treasure situated at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The caves were first discovered in 1780 and have evidence to suggest they provided shelter to early humans for over 80 000 years. The gold and vermillion dripstone stalagmites and stalactites are a lead feature of the caves.

Departing this world wonder, we travel along the much beloved Route 62 which is the picturesque route encompassing the contrasting regions of the Western and Eastern Cape. With its ever changing landscapes, this route will transport you from the dramatic mountain vistas and the unique beauty of the semi-arid Klein Karoo, to the tranquil winelands region.

Enjoy wine tasting (own account) en route and the gorgeous views of the Tradouw Valley.

Lunch is enjoyed en route (own account).

Your tour will end, with a late afternoon arrival, at your Cape Town hotel

Here we’ll say hamba kahle (go well), good bye

Cape Town – Garden Route – 5 Days TISD42

8Apr

Cape Town to Knysna via Klein Karoo and back to Cape Town

Highlights
journey from Cape Town to Knysna and back to Cape Town
enjoying the sights of the Klein Karoo. Take in the outstanding natural beauty of the Garden Route. Track cheetahs – visit the tip of Africa and see the Big 5

Tour Code : TISD 42
Departure Times : Wednesdays (English)
Mondays & Fridays (English & German)
Sea Point Hotels ± 07h30
Waterfront Hotels: ± 08h00
City Hotels: ± 08h15

Participants: 2 – 14 per vehicle
Accommodation : 3 and 4 star hotels and private game lodges
Vehicle: luxury sedan or minibus
Languages: Bilingual – English & German (Mondays)
English only (Wednesdays) other languages guides available on request if booked on
a private basis
Includes: meals: 4 Breakfasts; 4 Dinners
Entrance Fees: Cango Caves; Ostrich Farm; Diaz Museum; Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum
Excursions: Sunset Knysna Oyster Cruise; 2 open safari vehicle game drives

Accommodation: Day 1 : Hlangana Country Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 2 : Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 3 : Garden Route Game Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast with 2 game viewing activities
Day 4 : The Arniston Hotel or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast

best view of Table Mountain from Muizenberg
view of Table Mountain from Muizenberg

DAY 1 | WEDNESDAY

CAPE TOWN to OUDTSHOORN via ROUTE 62 (±420km)
Guests are collected from the hotel and travel inland, via Route 62, towards Oudtshoorn. Route 62 meanders through vineyards, mountain vistas and the unique topography of the semi-arid Klein Karoo. Enjoy lunch (own account) in eclectic Barrydale, located at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. In a secluded valley, once an ancient lake, discover Calitzdorp, South Africa’s port wine capital. Enjoy wine tasting (own account).

dripstone formations found in the Cango Caves
Cango Caves, Eastern Cape

Oudtshoorn, dubbed ‘the ostrich capital of the world’, boasts over 400 ostrich farms and several, so-called, Feather Mansions. Learn an appreciation for the industry and, for the adventurous, ride an ostrich. Relax and delight in the friendly Klein Karoo hospitality. Enjoy dinner in town.

DAY 2 | THURSDAY | OUDTSHOORN to KNYSNA via WILDERNESS (±125km)

Guests enjoy a country breakfast, at the hotel, before the tour departs for Knysna. The tour visits the Cango Caves, a 20-million-year-old national treasure in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, before continuing over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Garden Route. Admire sweeping views from Dolphin Point and the Map of Africa (weather permitting). Savour lunch (own account) and continue on to Knysna. In Knysna guests board a boat and enjoy a sunset Knysna oyster tour. This informative cruise introduces foodies to local wines and the culinary delights of a wild Knysna oyster. Dinner is served at a Knysna Estuary restaurant.

Canoeing at Knysna, South Africa
canoeing with the dolphins

DAY 3 | FRIDAY | kNYSNA to ALBERTINIA via MOSSEL BAY (±160km)

Depart the hotel after breakfast and head for the historical harbour town of Mossel Bay. Visit the Dias Museum Complex, inclusive of several different museums, including the Shell and Maritime Museums. At the centre of the museum complex is the Post Office Tree. This ancient Milkwood tree has served as a post office since the 1500’s. Lunch (own account) is savoured at The Point. Guests continue westwards to a private game reserve; the evening’s accommodation. The Langeberg Mountains serves as an apt backdrop. This private game reserve offers guests the opportunity of seeing the ‘Big 5’ and other game. Board an open safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive. Delight in an outdoor dining experience (weather permitting).

exhibitis of Dias' cape journey
Museum at Mossel Bay
WW2 war memorial
war memorial Mossel Bay


1914 – 1918 War Memorial in Mossel bay

DAY 4 | SATURDAY |ALBERTINIA to ARNISTON via SWELLENDAM (±220km)

Enjoy an early morning game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast and a visit to the informative Reptile Centre. The tour departs for Arniston, a small coastal village in the Overberg region on the Cape south coast. Lunch is enjoyed en-route (own account). Dinner is served at the hotel.

DAY 5 | SUNDAY | ARNISTON to CAPE TOWN via FALSE BAY (±290km)

Guests enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing for Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and where the warm Indian Ocean meets the cool Atlantic. The Cape of Storms is notorious for its many wrecks and, most notably, for recorded tales of courage in the face of adversity and the origin of the Birkenhead Drill – ‘women and children first’. Visit a South African National Monument – the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Museum; the third lighthouse to be built in South Africa and the second oldest currently in operation.

Continue on to Hermanus, a coastal town renowned for its whale watching. In season (July to November) the Southern Right Whale returns to these waters to calve. Lunch is enjoyed en-route (own account). The tour continues its meander along False Bay’s coast and concludes, late afternoon, at a Cape Town city hotel

whales mating and calving in the waters off Hermanus
southern right whale at Hermanus

Kapstadt bis Johannesburg Reise

8Apr

Kapstadt bis Johannesburgreise

Eine unvergeßliche Reise von Kapstadt nach Johannesburg

16 Tage |Kapstadt bis Johannesburg| TIRB – N -DE

ERLEBEN SIE ! South African Essentials:

Eine unvergeßliche Reise von Kapstadt nach Johannesburg. Besuchen Sie unterwegs das Weinland, Weltkulturerbe und bedeutsame Stätten im Leben Mandelas. Machen Sie Bekanntschaft mit Straußen und Elefanten, genießen Sie die malerische Wild Coast und erleben Sie im Kruger Nationalpark die „Big 5“.

Tag 1 | Samstag | ANKUNFTSTAG – KAPSTADT

Willkommen im schönen Kapstadt, iKapa!

Dieser Tag steht zu Ihrer freien Verfügung. Sie haben die Möglichkeit zu

einer fakultativen Rundfahrt durch Kapstadt mit einer Auffahrt auf den

Tafelberg (auf eigene Kosten, die Auffahrt ist wetterbedingt).

Der Tafelberg ist ein einzigartiges Naturschutzgebiet mit herrlichen

Wanderwegen und alten Höhlen. Von hier hat man die beste Aussicht

auf die Stadt. Die zum Tafelberg gehörende Gebirgskette ist älter als

der Himalaya und die Rocky Mountains. Von der rotierenden Gondel der

Seilbahn aus können Sie schon bei der Auffahrt das unter Ihnen liegende

Panorama bewundern. Sie besuchen in Kapstadt das kapmalaiische

Viertel, den Stadtkern und die Kompanie Gärten und, wenn es die Zeit

erlaubt, auch das alte Fort (Castle of Good Hope).

Am späten Nachmittag kehren Sie in Ihr Hotel zurück, wo Ihre

Reiseleitung Sie um 18h30 treffen wird, um die bevorstehene Rundreise

zu besprechen. Ihr Abendessen (auf eigene Kosten) können Sie im Hotel

genießen.

Inn on the Square oder ähnlich – Unterkunft und Frühstück

BITTE BEACHTEN:Der Transfer vom Kapstadt International Flughafen in

das Hotel ist nicht im Reisepaket eingeschlossen und muß separat gebucht

werden.

Tag 2 | Sonntag | TAG ZUR FREIEN VERFÜGUNG in KAPSTADT

Kapstadt, die älteste Stadt Südafrikas, liegt an der Spitze des Kontinents

zu Füßen des majestätischen Tafelberges und ist ein Schmelztiegel

vieler Kulturen.

Nach dem Frühstück steht Ihnen der Tag zur freien Verfügung, die

Mutterstadt zu erforschen. Sie haben die Möglichkeit, eine fakultative

geführte Ganztagestour der Kaphalbinsel zu unternehmen (auf

eigene Kosten). Dieser Ausflug schließt einen Besuch des Cape Point

Naturreservats und der Kapspitze, der Pinguinkolonie an der Boulders

Beach (Eintrittsgebühr auf eigene Kosten) und der botanischen Gärten

bei Kirstenbosch ein

Heute Abend können Sie in einem der vielen Restaurants Kapstadts die

Kochkunst und Weine des Kaps genießen (auf eigene Kosten)

Inn on the Square oder ähnlich – Unterkunft und Frühstück

Tag 3 | Montag | KAPSTADT durch das KAP WEINLAND nach STELLENBOSCH (±100km)

Nach dem Frühstück lassen wir den majestätischen Tafelberg hinter

uns und fahren in nordöstlicher Richtung durch das Weinland nach

Stellenbosch.

Zuerst machen wir im hübschen Paarl Halt, der drittältesten Stadt

Südafrikas. Paarl hat seinen Namen von einem riesigen runden

Granitfelsen, dem zweitgrößten der Erde, der nach Regenschauern wie

eine Perle (holländisch: Paarl) glänzt. Hier besuchen wir das afrikaanse

Sprachendenkmal (Afrikaans Language Monument). Man wird Ihnen

die Struktur dieses interessanten Denkmals erklären.

Sie machen auf einem der zahlreichen angesehenen Weingütern um

Paarl zum Mittagessen und einer Weinprobe Halt (beides auf eigene

Kosten).

Dann besuchen Sie das Drakenstein Correctional Centre (vormals Victor

Verster Gefängnis). Hier verbrachte der inzwischen verstorbene Nelson

Mandela die letzten drei Jahre seiner 27-jährigen Gefangenschaft. 1982

wurde Nelson Mandela vom Hochsicherheitsgefängnis auf Robben

Island in das Pollsmoor Gefängnis in Tokai, Kapstadt transferiert.

Die Reise führt Sie weiter ins Herz des Weinlandes in die bildschöne

Universitätsstadt Stellenbosch, zu Füßen der Hottentots Hollands

Gebirgskette. Sie unternehmen eine geführte Spaziertour durch

die eichengesäumten Straßen Stellenboschs und können dabei die

historischen, im kapholländischen Stil errichteten Gebäude bewundern.

Manche dieser Häuser zählen zu den ältesten des Landes. Sie erreichen

Ihr Hotel und haben hier etwas Zeit zur freien Verfügung. Ihr Abendessen

(auf eigene Kosten) können Sie in einem der Hotelrestaurants

einnehmen.

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch oder ähnlich – Unterkunft und Frühstück

Tag 4 | Dienstag | STELLENBOSCH entlang der ROUTE 62 nach OUDTSHOORN (±410km)

Genießen Sie Ihr Frühstück im Hotel. Sie verlassen Stellenbosch und

fahren auf der Route 62 nach Oudtshoorn in der Kleinen Karoo.

Die Route 62 ist eine ikonische Strecke durch mitreißende und

abwechslungsreiche Landschaften. Sie führt durch Täler mit

Obstplantagen, entlang gewaltiger Gebirgsketten, Flüssen und

einheimischem Fynbos und durch die Halbwüste der Kleinen Karoo. Die

waStundencheinlich längste Weinroute der Welt ist ebenfalls Teil der

Route 62.

Unterwegs steht ein Besuch einer preisgekrönten Branntweinbrennerei

in Robertson an, wo Sie sich auf eine informative Branntweinverkostung

freuen können.

Ihr Mittagessen genießen Sie an der malerischen Route 62 (auf eigene

Kosten). Auf der Weiterreise wandelt sich die Landschaft, bis Sie

schließlich in der Halbwüste der Kleinen Karoo Ihr Tagesziel Oudtshoorn

erreichen.

Bei der Ankunft steht Ihnen etwas Zeit zur freien Verfügung. Erfreuen Sie

sich beim Abendessen (auf eigene Kosten) an der charmant-ländlichen

Umgebung und der herzlichen Gastfreundschaft der Kleinen Karoo.

Protea Hotel Riempie Estate oder ähnlich – Unterkunft und Frühstück

cango-cave.jpg

Tag 5 | Mittwoch | OUDTSHOORN über die CANGO TROPFSTEINHÖHLEN nach PLETTENBERG BAY (±160km)

Nach dem Frühstück besuchen Sie zunächst die Cango Tropfsteinhöhlen,

bevor die Reise über den Outeniqua Pass nach Keurboomstrand bei

Plettenberg Bay weitergeht.

Außerhalb Oudtshoorns im Cango Tal entdecken wir die spektakuläre

unterirdische Welt der Cango Tropfsteinhöhlen. Sie sehen hier

beeindruckende Formationen aus Stalaktiten und Stalagmiten. Diese

Kalzite wachsen über einen Zeitraum von hundert Jahren um nur

2-6mm.

Anschließend besuchen Sie in der Nähe eine Straußenfarm und werden

dabei Interessantes über diese exotischen, eigenartigen Vögel und

deren wirtschaftlichen Nutzen erfahren. Ihr Mittagessen (auf eigene

Kosten) können Sie im Restaurant der Straußenfarm einnehmen.

Die Reise geht nun in südlicher Richtung weiter nach Knysna. Sie fahren

über den atemberaubenden Outeniqua Pass, der zwischen 1943 und

1951 von Kriegsgefangenen erbaut wurde. Er ist die „Brücke“ zwischen

der Garden Route an der Küste und der Halbwüste der Kleinen Karoo.

In Knysna machen Sie an einem Aussichtpunkt Halt, der Ihnen

fantastische Fotogelegenheiten der Lagune von Knysna sowie der

dramatischen Knysna Heads bietet (wetterabhänig).

Ihr Tagesziel für heute ist Keurboomstrand bei Plettenberg Bay. Hier

steht Ihnen etwas Zeit zur freien Verfügung. Von Ihrem Hotel aus haben

Sie Zugang zu einem 8km langen traumhaften Strand.

Vor dem Abendessen (auf eigene Kosten) steht Ihnen etwas Zeit zur

freien Verfügung.

The Dunes Hotel & Resort oder ähnlich – Unterkunft und Frühstück

Tag 6 | Donnerstag | TAG ZUR FREIEN VERFÜGUNG

Frühstück im Hotel. Dieser Tag gehört Ihnen. Entspannen Sie am

Strand, oder brechen Sie auf zu einer fakultativen Ganztagestour in das

Featherbed Naturreservat, gefolgt von einem Besuch des Elefantenparks

bei Knysna (auf eigene Kosten, Mittagessen eingeschlossen).

Fakultativer Ausflug: Sie fahren an die Knysna Waterfront. Von hier

legen Sie ab und überqueren die Lagune zum westlichen Knysna Head,

einem der beiden riesigen kuppelförmigen Vorsprüge am Eingang der

Bucht. Hier befindet sich das Naturschutzgebiet. Auf einem von einem

Unimog gezogenen Anhänger fahren Sie auf die Spitze des Heads, um

dort die Aussicht zu genießen.

Ihr auf das Naturreservat spezialisierter Reiseleiter wird Ihnen

faszinierende Geschichten über Knysna und Umgebung erzählen. Sie

haben die Gelegenheit zu einer fakultativen 2,2km langen Wanderung

durch den Wald zu den Felsen und Höhlen auf der Seeseite des Reservats.

Anschließend können Sie sich bei einem Büffet Mittagessen im Forest

Restaurant stärken. Dieses einzigartige Outdoor-Restaurant liegt am

Rande der Lagune unter Michholzbäumen. Nach dem Mittagessen geht

es weiter zu einer informativen, unvergeßlichen Elefanten Begegnung.

Sie werden die Gelegenheit haben, diese sanften Riesen zu streicheln

und zu füttern.

Vor dem Abendessen (auf eigene Kosten) steht Ihnen etwas Zeit zur

freien Verfügung.

The Dunes Hotel & Resort oder ähnlich – Unterkunft und Frühstück

Tag 7 | Freitag | PLETTENBERG BAY entlang der GARDEN ROUTE nach PORT

ALFRED (±380km)

Nach einem frühen Frühstück Abfahrt entlang der östlichen Garden

Route in den Yachthafenort Port Alfred.

Zunächst führt die Reise nach Storms River im Tsitsikamma

Nationalpark, wo Sie einen kurzen Spaziergang zu der Hängebrücke

machen. Von hier hat man eine herrliche Aussicht auf die Flußmündung.

Auf spektakuläre Weise mündet der Storms River hier in den Indischen

Ozean. Tsitsikamma ist ein alter San Name und bedeutet soviel wie „Ort

des reichlichen Wassers“, ein bezaubernder Teil unseres Landes.

Sie setzen Ihre Fahrt entlang der Küstenstraße nach Port Alfred fort, im

Herzen der “Sunshine Coast” (der Sonnenscheinküste) an den Ufern des

Kowie Flusses gelegen.

Am späten Nachmittag erreichen Sie Ihr Hotel an den Ufern des Kowie

Flusses. Gönnen Sie sich einen erfrischenden Drink (auf eigene Kosten)

und genießen Sie dann ein Abendessen mit südafrikanischen Elementen

(auf eigene Kosten).

Halyards Hotel oder ähnlich – Unterkunft und Frühstück

the rugged coastline of the Wild Coast, South Africa
beach scene Wild Coast

Tag 8 | Samstag | PORT ALFRED entlang der WILD COAST nach COFFEE BAY (±420km)

Nach einem frühen Frühstück unternehmen wir eine Bootsfahrt entlang

des schönen Kowie Flußes (wetterbedingt). Dann verlassen wir die

„Sunshine Coast” über Qunu, wo Nelson Mandela begraben liegt, nach

Coffee Bay, das durch seine mystische Schönheit betört.

Qunu gehört zur ehemaligen Transkei und besteht aus einer Anzahl

kleiner Dörfer. Hier sind die saftigen Hügel und Weiden, auf denen

Madiba als Kind Schafe und Kühe hütete. Auch heute noch ist Qunu

als seine Heimat anerkannt. Diese Gegend ist noch tief in der alten

Xhosa Tradition und Kultur verwurzelt, und gibt einen Eindruck in eine

einfachere, bescheidenere Zeit.

Die Reise geht in nördlicher Richtung weiter. Unterwegs kehren wir an

der Wild Coast zum Mittagessen ein (auf eigene Kosten). Dies ist Afrika

in seiner anspruchslosen Schönheit, wo, versteckt vor der modernen

Welt, die Zeit ;2still zu stehen scheint. Sie fahren auf Ihrem Weg nach

Coffee Bay durch zahlreiche Küstenortschaften und wunderschöne

Landschaften. Zerfurchte dramatische Felswände und grüne sanfte

Hügel mit bunten traditionellen Rundhütten, sowie frei umherlaufende

Kühe und Ziegen geben dieser Fahrt ihren Reiz.

Das Tagesziel ist unser Hotel in Coffee Bay. Das Dorf bekam seinen

Namen von einem Schiff, das hier um 1893 mit einer Fracht Kaffeebohnen

strandete. Bewundern Sie in dieser freundlichen Umgebung bei einem

Drink (auf eigene Kosten) die herrliche Aussicht und genießen Sie dann

Ihr Abendessen.

Ocean View Hotel oder ähnlich – Abendessen, Unterkunft und

Frühstück

Tag 9 | Sonntag | TAG ZUR FREIEN VERFÜGUNG

Genießen Sie bei Ihrem Frühstück die beruhigenden, erfrischenden

Geräusche des Ozeans und die herrliche Aussicht. Dieser Tag steht zu

Ihrer freien Verfügung.

Es werden in dieser Gegend zahlreiche fakultative Aktivitäten

angeboten (auf eigene Kosten). Die Wahl steht Ihnen frei: unternehmen

Sie eine Wanderung, gehen Sie fischen oder schnorcheln. Falls Ihnen der

Sinn nach einer Dosis Adrenalin steht, können Sie auf einem Quadbike

eine Exkursion wagen, klettern oder abseilen. Sie können auch einen

entspannten Tag am Strand verbringen und das legendare Hode-in-the-Wall besichtigen, uber das mehrere Mythen kursieren. Ansonsten bietet sich auch die Gelengenheit, mit ihrem Reiseleiter bei einem Bummel durch das Dorf die freudlichen amaPondo kennenzulernen.

In einem beliebigen Restaurant der Umgebung können Sie Ihr

Mittagessen einnehmen (auf eigene Kosten). Beenden Sie diesen Tag im

Hotel mit einem Drink (auf eigene Kosten), bevor Ihnen Ihr Abendessen

serviert wird.

Ocean View Hotel oder ähnlich – Abendessen, Unterkunft und

Frühstück

Tag 10 | Montag | COFFEE BAY über MTHATHA nach SAN LAMEER (±370km)

Nach einem frühen Frühstück fahren wir von Coffee Bay nach San

Lameer am warmen Indischen Ozean.

Wir lassen die traumhafte Bucht hinter uns und reisen landeinwärts in

Richtung Mthatha zum Mittagessen (auf eigene Kosten).

Check-in im Strandhotel in San Lameer bei Southbroom.

Hier können Sie vor dem Abendessen (auf eigene Kosten) ein wenig

entspannen.

Peermont Mondazur Resort oder ähnlich – Unterkunft und Frühstück

Tag 11 | Dienstag | SAN LAMEER über ST LUCIA nach HLUHLUWE (±465km)

Nach einem frühen Frühstück fahren Sie ab und reisen die Südküste

KwaZulu-Natals entlang über St Lucia bis nach Hluhluwe.

St Lucia ist die einzige Stadt Südafrikas, die in einem Naturreservat liegt,

dem iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Dieser Park ist ein Weltkulturerbe und

beheimatet das größte Flußmündungssystem Afrikas. Es steht Ihnen

hier etwas Zeit zur freien Verfügung. Sie können an einer fakultativen

Bootsfahrt durch das Mündungsgebiet teilnehmen (auf eigene Kosten).

Hier leben im Mangrovenwald und auf bewachsenen Dünen zahlreiche

Tier- und Vogelarten. Auch Nilpferde und Krokodile könnten Sie auf

diesem interessanten Ausflug beobachten. Genießen Sie bei Ihrem

Mittagessen (auf eigene Kosten) die einmalige Aussicht über den See.

Am späten Nachmittag erreichen Sie Ihr Hotel. Nach dem Einchecken

unternehmen Sie im nahegelegenen Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park im

offenen Geländewagen eine Safari. Dieses Reservat ist das einzige

KwaZulu-Natals, in dem Sie die „Big 5“ antreffen können.

Gegen Abend kehrern Sie in die Lodge zurück. Abendessen (auf eigene

Kosten)

DumaZulu Lodge & Cultural Village oder ähnlich – Unterkunft und

Frühstück

Durban skyline, South Africa
early morning in Durban, South Africa


Tag 12 | Mittwoch | HLUHLUWE über SWAZILAND nach MALELANE (±420km)

Auf der heutigen Etappe fahren Sie durch Swaziland nach Malelane in

der Provinz Mpumalanga.

Nach einem frühen Frühstück fahren Sie in nördlicher Richtung.

Sie reisen am Lavumisa Grenzposten in das einladende Königreich

Swaziland ein (Visum auf eigene Kosten). Swaziland, eine absolute

Monarchie, ist eines der kleinsten Länder des afrikanischen Kontinents.

Es ist ein schönes Land mit einer reichen Kultur und alten Traditionen.

Sie fahren durch das Ezulwini Valley, auch als das “himmlische Tal”

bekannt. Hier befinden sich einige beachtenswerte Wildschutzgebiete

und afrikanische Kunstgewerbe-Märkte. Ihr Mittagessen (auf eigene

Kosten) genießen Sie unterwegs.

Sie verlassen Swaziland am Jeppes Reef Grenzübergang und setzen

Ihre Reise zum Malelane Tor fort, einer der Einfahrten in den Kruger

Nationalpark.

Am späten Nachmittag erreichen Sie Ihr Hotel am Rande dieses

berühmten Wildreservats. Auf einem den Krokodilfluß überschauenden

Deck können Sie vor Ihrem Abendessen bei Sonnenuntergang einen

Drink (auf eigene Kosten) genießen.

Pestana Kruger Lodge oder ähnlich – Abendessen, Unterkunft und

Frühstück

BITTE BEACHTEN:Bitte sorgen Sie dafür, daß Sie bei der Einreise nach

Swaziland in Besitz eines gültigen Passes sind. Visa zur mehrfachen

Einreise für Südafrika und Swaziland sind nur für Reisende aus bestimmten

EU Ländern vorgeschrieben. Bitte erkundigen Sie sich vor Antritt der Reise

bei Ihrer Botschaft. Visagebühren sind direkt zahlbar.

Tag 13 | Donnerstag | MALELANE durch den KRUGER NATIONALPARK nach HAZYVIEW (±200km)

Nach einem frühen Früstück verlassen Sie Ihr Hotel und fahren in den

berühmten Kruger Nationalpark.

Im geschlossenen Reisefahrzeug pirschen Sie durch den süafrikanischen

Busch auf der Ausschau nach den „Big 5“ und deren natürlichen

Freunden und Feinden. Im legendären Kruger Nationalpark haben

Elefanten immer Vorfahrt.

Sie machen im Park um die Mittagszeit in einem der Rest Camps Halt,

wo Sie Ihr Mittagessen (auf eigene Kosten) in der schönen wilden

Umgebung genießen können. Am Nach;2mittag setzen Sie Ihre Safari

fort.

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Sie verlassen den Kruger Nationalpark und fahren nach Hazyview.

Hazyview ist bekannt als das Tor zum südlichen Teil des Kruger

Nationalparks und zur spektakulären Panorama Route.

Ankunft in Ihrem Hotel. Hier genießen Sie Ihr Abendessen bevor Sie sich

zur Ruhe begeben.

Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort oder ähnlich – Abendessen, Unterkunft

und Frühstück (4 Sterne)

BITTE BEACHTEN:Sie haben die Möglichkeit zu einer fakultativen

ganztägigen Safari im offenen Geländewagen (auf eigene Kosten,

Mittagessen nicht eingeschlossen)

Bourke's Luck potholes on the Panorama Route
looking down into potholes at Bourke’s Luck Potholes


Tag 14 | Freitag | GANZER TAG IM KRUGER NATIONALPARK (±250km)

Nach einem frühen Frühstück verbringen Sie einen zweiten Tag im

renommierten Kruger Nationalpark.

Von Ihrem geschlossenen Reisefahrzeug aus unternehmen Sie eine

Safari durch den Wildpark. Das Reservat erstreckt sich über ein Gebiet

von 19,485km² und ist von Norden nach Süden 360km lang. Der

Wildpark unterhält eine Vielfalt an Fauna und Flora, unter anderem 147

Säugetier- und 507 Vogelarten, darunter auch Tiere, die nur in diesem

Gebiet anzutreffen sind.

Sie machen in einem der zahlreichen Rest Camps des Parks Rast und

können dort Ihr Mittagessen (auf eigene Kosten) einnehmen.

Sie verlassen den Kruger Nationalpark und fahren zurück in Ihr Hotel. Sie

haben etwas Zeit sich frischzumachen, bevor Sie vor dem Abendessen

einen Drink (auf eigene Kosten) genießen können.

Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort oder ähnlich – Abendessen, Unterkunft

und Frühstück (4 Sterne)

BITTE BEACHTEN:Sie haben die Möglichkeit zu einer fakultativen

ganztägigen Safari im offenen Geländewagen (auf eigene Kosten,

Mittagessen nicht eingeschlossen)

Tag 15 | Samstag | HAZYVIEW entlang der PANORAMA ROUTE nach JOHANNESBURG (±500km)

Nach dem Frühstück verlassen Sie Hazyview. Heute fahren Sie über die

malerische Panorama Route nach Johannesburg.

Wonder View, der höchste Aussichtspunkt an dieser herrlichen Route,

ist heute der erste Haltepunkt. Anschließend spazieren wir die Bourke’s

Luck Potholes entlang und besuchen den beeindruckenden Blyde River

Canyon, die größte subtropisch bewachsene Schlucht der Welt, mit den

Drei Rondawels. Dies sind nur einige der schönsten Aussicchtspunkte und

natürlichen Wunder unseres Landes.

Unterwegs machen Sie zum Mittagessen (auf eigene Kosten) Halt.

Am späten Nachmittag erreichen Sie Ihr Hotel in Johannesburg. Ihr

Abendessen können Sie im Hotel genießen.

Crowne Plaza – The Rosebank Hotel oder ähnlich – Unterkunft und

Frühstück

views over the Blyde River Canyon the Panorama Route, Mpumalanga
Blyde River Canyon, Panorama Route

Day 16 | Sonntag | ABREISETAG

Nach einem herzhaften Frühstück können Sie einen freien Tag

genießen, oder am Vormittag eine fakultative Rundfahrt durch Soweto

unternehmen (auf eigene Kosten). Soweto ist das Township Südafrikas,

dass das Flair einer Großstadt hat und einflußgebend in der Politik,

Musik, Mode und Kultur des Landes ist. Soweto steht für SOuth WEstern

Township. In 1963 wurde diese Abkürzung zum offiziellen Namen

des Townships. Diese Tour bringt Ihnen die politischen Kämpfe der

Vergangenheit und den heutigen Lebensstil näher.

BITTE BEACHTEN: Der Transfer an den OR Tambo International Flughafen

ist nicht im Reisepaket eingeschlossen und muß separat gebucht werden.

Cape Town to Johannesburg Tour

8Apr

16 day mini bus tour South Africa’s eastern coastline

Highlights: Discover South Africa from the beautiful Cape to the bustling city of Johannesburg. Experience the internationally acclaimed Cape Winelands and journey to three world heritage sites. Celebrate various cultures” success stories, relish the scenery on the Panorama Route and encounter the Big 5 in Kruger National Park
Departure Times: selected Saturdays / Townhouse Hotel at 13H00
Tour Code :
TIRB-N
Start / end location : Cape Town, Western Cape / Johannesburg, Gauteng
Duration : 16 days / 15 nights
Accommodation :3 and 4 star hotels
Vehicle:2 – 14 guests per vehicle / luxury sedan, minibus or coach
Languages :Bilingual – English & German
other languages guides available on request if booked on a private basis
Includes: Meals: 15 Breakfasts; 5 Dinners
Entrance Fees: Taal Monument; Garden Route National Park, Storms River conservation fee; Ostrich Farm; Cango Caves; Kruger National Park conservation fee; Blyde River Canyon; Bourkes Luck Potholes; Wonder View
Excursions : wine tasting; Stellenbosch Walking Tour; traditional home visit; iSimangaliso Wetlands Park; open safari vehicle morning game drive and St Lucia Estuary boat cruise

Departures :Selected Saturdays – German
Nov 11 & 25 ; Jan 20; Feb 17; Mar 17; Apr 21; May 19; Jun 09; Aug 11; Sept 08; 22; Oct 06; 20

Selected Saturdays – English & German
Jan 06; Feb 03 ; Mar 03; Apr 07; May 05; Jul 14; Aug 25

South African tour starting from Cape Town
aerial view of Cape Town South Africa

Recommended Pre-Tour:Mother City Full Day Theatrical Tourthrough Cape Town

Table Mountain is a unique conservation area which presents its visitors the best views of Cape Town, ancient caves and some amazing hiking trails. It is also home to the Dassie or Rock Hyrax, a small, furry, guinea pig like animal whose closest living relative is the African elephant. The Table Mountain Range is six times older than the Himalayas and five times that of the Rocky Mountains, and is estimated to be 260 million years old. Its original name was Hoeri ‘kwaggo, sea mountain, then named Taboa da Caba, Table of the Cape by Portuguese.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Saturday | day of arrival – Cape Town

Molo! Welcome to the beautiful city of Cape Town, iKapa.

Arrival at Cape Town International Airport; transfer to hotel (own arrangements and for own account)

A representative will meet and assist guests at the hotel. Guests have the opportunity to purchase optional day excursions if not pre-booked.

Lunch (own account)

At leisure or optional Table Mountain and City afternoon tour (own account)

Tour Guide to meet guests at the hotel for tour briefing at 18h30

Dinner at hotel (own account)

Note: The transfer from Cape Town International Airport to the hotel

should be arranged by yourselves and will be for your own account.

Day 2 | Sunday | full day at leisure – Cape Town

Cape Town lingers on the edge of Africa where oceans meet and cultures

fuse under the ever watchful and majestic Table Mountain. Cape Town is as diverse as its history and bursts with enticing activities.

After breakfast, spend the morning at leisure discovering your Mother City or join an optional guided, full day Cape Point tour (own account), which incorporates Cape Point, Boulder’s beach (entrance fee for own account) and Kirstenbosch Gardens.

This evening’s dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel or restaurant in town

(own account).

Day 3 | Monday | Cape Town to Stellenbosch via Cape winelands (±100km)

After breakfast we leave Table Mountain behind us and travel north-east
to Stellenbosch through the Cape Winelands.
Guests travel to the town of Paarl, South Africa’s third oldest town.

Paarl gets its name from the enormous granite boulder is called Paarl Rock and is the second largest granite projection on the planet. At this Rock, we stop off at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument (Afrikaans Language Monument), where we learn more about this beautiful structure and museum.

We stop for lunch and a wine tasting (both for own account) at one of the many stellar wine farms in Paarl. Finding some of the world’s finest wines is an easy task in the Cape Winelands.

Journey further into the heart of the Winelands and arrive in the beautiful university town of Stellenbosch. Embark on a walking tour of Stellenbosch to see the town’s historic sites and colonial Cape Dutch architecture, and some of the country’s oldest buildings, along its leafy streets and mountainous backdrop. Check in at your hotel.Take some time at leisure to enjoy the comfortable and luxurious settings and views before drinks and dinner (own account) at one the hotel’s restaurants.

Cape Town to Johannesburg bus tour
landscape view of Cape wine lands

Day 4 | Tuesday | Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn via Route 62 (±410km)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing Stellenbosch. Travel to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo via Route 62, an iconic route with intoxicating and ever changing landscapes. Running along orchard lined valleys, towering mountain ranges, rivers and indigenous fynbos, Route 62 bridges the Western and Eastern Cape and includes what is possibly the world’s longest wine route.

Next up on our trip is a visit to an award winning brandy distillery in Robertson, where you’ll experience a brandy tasting. Lunch along the scenic Route 62 (own account). See the landscape change as we journey further into the semi-arid beautiful Klein Karoo onward to our destination of Oudtshoorn.

Enjoy some leisure time when you arrive at your hotel for the night.Delight in the charming country setting as you enjoy a dinner (own account) of local fare and hospitality.

Day 5 | Wednesday | Oudtshoorn to Knysna via Cango Caves (±160km)

After breakfast, our journey takes us south, via the Outeniqua Pass to

Knysna. Our first stop outside Oudtshoorn, in the Cango Valley, is where we discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves.

This 20 million year old world wonder, features an impressive display ofgold and vermillion dripstone stalagmites and stalactites. These calciteformations grow between 2-6 mm in length per one hundred years making it a true treasure and natural marvel.

Cango Caves on Cape Town to Johannesburg tour
drop formation Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Back above ground, we take a tour of a nearby ostrich farm where you will be introduced to these strange and exotic birds as well as the ostrich industry. Lunch at the ostrich farm’s restaurant (own account).

Traveling southwards to Knysna via the Outeniqua Pass. This Pass was constructed by prisoners of war from 1943 – 1951 and now bridges the semi-arid Klein Karoo and the coastal Garden Route.
The next scenic stop is in Wilderness. Guests enjoy some photographic opportunities

And sweeping views from the Map of Africa lookout point (weather permitting) bfore continuing to Knysna.

Savour dinner at the hotel (own account).

Day 6 | Thursday | full day at leisure

enjoy a full day at leisure or venture on an optional excursion to a South African Heritage Site, Featherbed Nature Reserve and wildlife rehabilitation centre
(own account).

On arrival at the Knysna Waterfront, board the ferry that will take you to Featherbed Nature Reserve on the Western Knysna Head. On arrival at the reserve, board a Unimog-drawn trailer and drive up to the top of the reserve. While stopping at a scenic lookout point, our specialist guide will share fascinating tales about Knysna and the surrounding area while you enjoy the panoramic views.

An optional 2.2 km guided nature walk takes you through the forest onto the cliffs into the caves and along the scenic coast. This is followed by a buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant, a unique outdoor restaurant situated on the edge of the Lagoon under a canopy of Milkwood trees.

After lunch depart for an educational experience at a rehabilitation centre for indigenous widlife.

Enjoy time at leisure before dinner (own account).

Day 7 | Friday | Knysna to Port Alfred via Eastern Garden Route (±410km)

visitors walking along the Storms River bridges
walkways across the Storms River

After an early breakfast at the hotel, travel to the marina town of Port

Alfred along the Garden Route. Travel further along the Garden Route to Storms River mouth where you will experience the wonderful views on the suspension bridge. Here you will observe the Storms River meeting the Indian Ocean in grand splendour. Tsitsikamma is the ancient San name meaning place of abundant water, an enchanting and fabled part of the country.

Drive along the coastal road to Port Alfred, at the heart of the Sunshine Coast on the banks of the Kowie River. Arrive late afternoon at your riverfront hotel. Enjoy refreshing drinks (own account) before savouring the delightful local cuisine (own account).

Day 8 | Saturday | Port Alfred to Wild Coast (±300km)
Enjoy an early breakfast before the tour departs for the Wild Coast.

Stop for lunch en-route before arriving at the quaint beach resort in the afternoon. Views from the hotel range fromthe stunning Wild Coast beaches to the green, lush, tropical vegetation.

Day 9 | Sunday | full day at leisure

Spend the day at leisure after breakfast. Join one or more optional activities on offer such as extreme golf, lagoon

cruise, canoeing, hiking or enjoy any of the recreational hotel facilities.

Visit a traditional homestead and experience authentic, local hospitality. Excursions are operated by a local guideand all funds go to the community. Lunch at the hotel (own account).

Enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) and a scrumptious, fresh seafood buffet.

Day 10 | Monday | Wild Coast to Kokstad/Harding (±380km)

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel and depart for Kokstad, via the Mthata sites (time permitting) on the Mandela Route.

The Mandela Route takes a scenic drive on the N2 Highway to Mthatha, which hosts the Nelson Mandela Museum.

The museum hosts a display reflecting the life and times of Mandela. Visit other prominent Mthata sites (time permitting).

Lunch en-route (own account).

The tour arrives at the resort, late afternoon. Guests spend the late afternoon at leisure, freshen up and dine at the hotel.

Day 11 | Tuesday | Kokstad/Harding to St Lucia (±460km)

Large elephant herd in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park, South Africa
elephant herd moving through the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi park

After an early breakfast, depart for St Lucia at 07h30.

South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province is colloquially referred to as the Elephant Coast. This region is acclaimed for its towering mountains, the warm Indian Ocean, tropical vegetation and a myriad of animal species.

Lunch en-route (own account).

The tour arrives at the hotel in the late afternoon. Dine at the lodge or in town (own account).

Day 12 | Wednesday | St. Lucia to Swaziland (±335km)

Before breakfast, board an open safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive through iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Take a short walk in iSimangaliso, a World Heritage Site. This 332 000-hectare park contains 3 major lake systems, 8 interlinking ecosystems, 700-year- old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 525 bird species, 25000-year- old coastal dunes (amongst the highest in the world) and is also home to the largest concentrations of hippo and crocodile in the country.

After breakfast at the hotel, board an eco-friendly boat cruise on the estuary.


The tour departs for Swaziland entering the tiny Kingdom at the Lavumisa Border post. Swaziland is culturally diverse, an absolute monarchy and one of Africa’s smallest countries.

The tour stops at the Swazi Candle factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the millefiori technique. Candles are unique and the range boasts an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs.

Lunch en-route (own account).

The tour arrives at the hotel in the late afternoon. Guests spend the evening at leisure, freshen up and dine at the hotel or in town (own account).

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exquisite glass works made in the Kingdom of Swaziland

Note: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that

you are in possession of a valid passport, and for nationals of certain

countries, multi-entry visa terms and conditions will apply.

Day 13 | Thursday | Swaziland to Hazyview via Kruger National Park (±250km)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. The tour exits Swaziland at the Jeppe’s Reef border post and arrives at the Kruger National Park’s Malelane Gate.

Guests take a guided, closed vehicle game through the Kruger National Park to Hazyview. The Kruger National Park, or Kruger as it’s locally called, forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This peace-park links the Kruger with Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. Greater Kruger is 20 000km² in extent – roughly the size of the Netherlands.

Lunch (own account) in one of the park’s rest camps before continuing to Hazyview, the gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park and the spectacular Panorama Escarpment.

Arrive at the hotel and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.

Kruger Park lion and lionesses
lion squabble
The Pinnacle, Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga province South Afica
the Pinnacle at Blyde River Canyon

Day 14 | Friday | full day in Kruger National Park (±250km)

After an early breakfast, spend the day exploring the Kruger National Park. Board a guided, closed vehicle for a game drive in Kruger and see Africa’s iconic mega-fauna and endemic birdlife. Guests have the option of a full day, open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger (own account and excludes lunch).

The Kruger National Park covers 19,485km² and runs 360km from north to south, supporting a variety of fauna and flora including 145 mammals and 500 bird species, some rare and endemic to the area.

The tour stops at one of the park’s rest camps for lunch (own account).

Guests exit Kruger, late afternoon and return to the hotel to freshen up and enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) before dinner.

Day 15 | Saturday | Hazyview to Johannesburg via Panorama Route (±500km)

After breakfast travel to Johannesburg via the scenic Panorama Route.

Wonder View, the highest viewpoint on this route, is at the start of this day’s trip on the Panorama Route. The tour visits Bourke’s Luck Potholes and stops at the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels, the world’s largest green canyon. These sites are included in the country’s list of natural marvels.

En route stop for lunch (own account).

The tour arrives in Johannesburg, late afternoon. Spend the evening at leisure. Guests dine at the hotel (own account).

Day 16 | Sunday | morning at leisure in Johannesburg
Spend the day at leisure or alternatively join a Soweto morning tour (own account and excluding lunch). Soweto is the most metropolitan township in South Africa and the leader in politics, music, fashion and popular culture. In 1963 the acronym Soweto, adapted from South Western Townships, was officially adopted as the township’s name. This tour highlights the historical struggle and showcases the present-day lifestyle of South Africa’s previously disadvantaged citizens.

Note: Your transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport is notincluded in the package price and must be booked separately.

Amandla Day Trip Johannesburg

13Mar

Amandla Day Trip Johannesburg

Relive the journey to freedom through the eyes of Walter Sisulu, father of the ANC

Travel through the streets of Jozi and Soweto to a time where uprisings and injustice was rife, but passion and determination prevailed so that democracy could be born. From Liliesleaf and Freedom Square to Constitutional Hill, discover the secrets of our past as the riveting tales of the true struggle for freedom is revealed.

Amandla day tour
poster depicting Amandle Theatrical presentation

The cast
This is no ordinary day tour; this is an extraordinary opportunity to experience the struggle first hand.

Walter Sisulu (1912 – 2003)
Son of a white foreman, Walter Sisulu spent much of his life on the front lines of the apartheid struggle. After joining the African National Congress, his brilliant political networking skills earned him a place at the heart ofUmkhonto we Sizwe(Spear of the Nation) and the 1952 Defiance Campaign.

After countless arrests during many years of violent protests, Sisulu was sentenced to life in prison on Robben Island alongside other leading activists. After his release, he was awarded the Isitwalandwe Medal, the highest honour bestowed by the ANC, for the role he played in the liberation struggle.

Ruth First (1925 – 1982)
Ruth First, a leading anti-apartheid activist, was notoriously killed by a parcel bomb delivered to her in Mozambique. As an active member of the South African Communist Party from an early age, she later joined the African National Congress in its quest to overthrow the government.

Married to Joe Slovo, friend and comrade to Nelson Mandela and the first white woman to be detained under the 90 day detention law, she was put on trial for treason, sentenced to exile and assassinated moments before the democracy she fought so hard for could be realised.

Amandla day tour
Nelson Mandela and Ruth First


Elias Motsoaledi (1924 –1994)
A lifelong member of the South African Communist Party and African National Congress, Elias Motsoaledi had his first brush with the law after refusing to produce his pass book. His anti-apartheid crusade saw him play an active role in the 1952 Defiance Campaign and the establishment of the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

After spending 26 years on Robben Island alongside the likes of Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo, he received the Isitwalandwe Medal in 1992. His lifelong struggle came to an end when he passed away on the same day Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as President of South Africa

Daily– Full Day
Departure
Airport 07h15/ Sandton 08h30 / Rosebank 09h10 Drop OffRosebank / Sandton / Airport +-17h00

Amandla Day Trip Johannesburg Reviews

“Interactive, engaging and interesting. It brought history to life.” :Simphiwe Shiburi, history graduate at the University of Pretoria

“A must-see for the whole family.”Tazneem Saloojee, mother of three

‘’I had a grand day out!’’ :
Yolanda Murray, a South African citizen