THIS TOUR IS A JOHANNESBURG –CAPE TOWN TOUR, BUT CAN ALSO BE DONE THE OTHER WAY AROUND.
Duration: 18days/17 nights
ARRIVAL JOHANNESBURG OR CAPE TOWN
We welcome you at the airport , and take you to your hotel for a welcome drink and to relax on your first day.
We visit some very interesting buildings in Johannesburg , AND EXPLORE the history of the city’s gold rush .
The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.
Constitution Hill tells the fascinating, often tragic, story of the real South African history; a history in which injustices abounded on social, cultural and political levels. However, this is also a story of victory, as South Africa won back its freedom and now protects the rights and dignity of each citizen. The journey to this state of freedom is explored at Constitution Hill, and comes alive through the many tours and exhibitions on offer.
South of Johannesburg is Soweto, a city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system. Most of the struggle against apartheid was fought in and from Soweto. The name Soweto is an acronym, made up – in apartheid days – from the first letters of the words “south western township”.
Soweto is inhabited by over two million people, with homes ranging from extravagant mansions to makeshift shacks. Soweto is a city of enterprise and cultural interaction. It is a popular tourist destination with sites such as Kliptown (where the Freedom Charter was drawn up), the home of former President Nelson Mandela, the Hector Petersen Memorial site, restaurants and shopping malls. It boasts one of the largest hospitals on the continent and the only African-owned private clinic.
We visit Mandela house / Hector Petersen Memorial / Regina Mundi Church /Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital /Soweto Taxi Rank / Shebeen / Local Restaurant
AFTER THE TOUR WE WILL CHECK IN AT A HOTEL PRETORIA
Pretoria (Tshwane), in the Gauteng Province, is the administrative capital of South Africa. Known as “Jacaranda City” for its thousands of jacaranda trees, the city is also known for its universities and government buildings. The semicircular Union Buildings encompass the president’s offices and hosted Nelson Mandela’s inauguration. Nearby is the massive Voortrekker Monument, honoring 19th-century Afrikaans settlers from the Cape Colony. – We visit the Voortrekker Museum /Union Buildings / / Church Square – We leave Pretoria to go to Hazyview. We’ll stop at Milly’s for late lunch and then we continue our journey to Hazyview via Schoemanskloof. Check in at the hotel
We will go via Sabie on Panorama Route / Pelgrims Rest / Graskop to also see God’s Window/ Potholes and Three Rondawels.
We check in at Kruger National Park
Today we are going to explore SA,s no 1 Tourist destination .
Kruger National Park, in northeastern South Africa, is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
We go for a early game drive , and after the game drive we go for a breakfast. We get ready to leave the park to Swaziland.
On route we will stop for lunch before we enter Swaziland. We check in at hotel. We also after checking in visit a craft market and a local surprise.
Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa. Despite its size, however, its climate and topography is diverse, ranging from a cool and mountainous highveld to a hot and dry lowveld. The population is primarily ethnic Swazis whose language is Swati.
We also visit :
Bushmen (San) paintings
- Arts and crafts
- Magnificent waterfalls
- Famous Swazi Candles.
- Game Park
- Cultural experiences
Crafted SOAP stone
SWAZILAND – DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS – iMfolozi PARK
Imfolozi Game Reserve is home to a diverse array of wildlife, landscapes and scenery. A large and panoramic reserve, Imfolozi is located in the southern part of the greater Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park. Covered in undulating grasslands, forested mountain slopes and acacia bush, the park contains an array of wildlife and boasts the Big Five as well as a proud and successful history of rhino conservation. The accommodation ranges from the African experience of the tented camp at Mpila, to the bush lodges like Gqoyeni, to the all surrounded by the incredible landscapes of the Imfolozi wilderness.
iMfolozi PARK – MARGATE
From iMfolozi we travel down the coastline to Howic visit Nelson Mandela Capture Site. Then we go to Howic falls for a light lunch. After lunch we travel to Margate. In Margate we’ll stay over , and relax at the beech and then we go for evening dinner.
We go slightly inland to explore the beautiful Transkei to visit Qunu . The previous President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was born near Qunu in the village Mvezo next to the M’bashe river. He grew up in Qunu after his father was deposed as the chief of Mvezo. After his retirement, Mandela returned to Qunu. In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela describes Qunu as the place where he spent the happiest moments of his childhood. We’ll check in at Umtata for good nights rest.
UMTATA – EAST LONDEN
We leave the beautiful Transkei to the Eastern Cape. Here we are going to go into the history of this city and the surroundings . A city that still manages to retain some of its old fashioned values blended with a dollop of laidback charm makes East London – the gateway to the wild coast and the sunshine coast and the only river port in South Africa – one of the most appealing cities on the coast.
EAST LONDEN –ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK – PORT ELIZABETH
We go on safari in Addo Elephant National Park. We not only look but also elephants, Zebra, kudu, warthog and hartebeest. With some luck we spotted a black rhino. Then we drive to the city of Port Elizabeth, who by the South Africans The Friendly City is called . Port Elizabeth is a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. A major port, it’s also known for its numerous beaches. The Donkin Heritage Trail takes in the Old Hill neighborhood’s Victorian landmarks. Coastal boat tours spot whales and rare seabirds, while wildlife reserves outside the metropolitan area are home to elephants, rhinos and other big game.
PORT ELIZABETH – KNYSNA
We leave the friendly city to Knysna. We will stop at Jeffrey’s Bay famous for surfing. Jeffreys Bay is a popular tourist destination because of its surfing opportunities and the Blue Flag beach.
Jeffreys Bay is famous for abundant seashells, great seafood and calamari. After a drink and a walk on the beech we go to Knysna. The town is a popular destination for both tourists and senior citizens entering retirement, especially among the British and former expatriates due to the year-round warm climate. Recently, the town has also become a preferred destination among golfers, as the town boasts several world class golf courses, including Pezula Golf Course, Simola Golf Course and the well established Knysna Golf Course situated on the lagoon. It is near the towns of Plettenberg Bay and George, where there are airports. Knysna is also home to Mitchell’s Brewery. The forest, rivers, estuary, and ocean surrounding the town are dotted with hiking trails and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Hikers, runners, kayakers, swimmers, and fishermen are known to be particularly fond of Knysna. We will take a drive to the Waterfront for some shopping after checking in. A must is to go to one of the local seafood restaurants to enjoy the fresh seafood.
KNYSNA- MOSSEL BAY OUDTSHOORN- MOSSELBAY
We drive to the Centre of the ostrich industry and the capital of the little Karoo, Oudtshoorn. We visit an ostrich farm and then drive North to the pretty Cango Caves. We visit the fascinating Cango Caves. The great Karoo are so spectacular and a must to enjoy. Then we go back to the coastline to Mosselbay. Although it is today best known as the place at which the first Europeans landed on South African soil (Bartolomeu Dias and his crew arrived on 3 February 1488), Mossel Bay’s human history can – as local archaeological deposits have revealed – be traced back more than 164,000 years
MOSSELBAY – HERMANUS – CAPE TOWN
We travel down the coastline to Hermanus. Since August 1992, Hermanus has had the world’s only Whale Crier, the first being Pieter Classen 1992-1998, then Wilson Salukazana 1998-2006, and Zolile Baleni since April 2006, who sounds his kelp horn to announce where whales have been sighted. In 2005 Zakes Mda wrote the novel The Whale Caller in which the Whale Crier of Hermanus is the main character, a man who gets enthralled by a Southern right whale he names Sharisha. After light lunch in Hermanus we go straight to Cape Town to check in at the hotel for the next 2 nights. We go for dinner at the hotel and relax.
CAPE TOWN-CAPE PENINSULA
We take a drive via the city centre to Table Mountain to see Cape Town from the top of the mountain. Then we go to Cape Of Good hope for lunch. We travel via the Boulders Penguines to Kirstenbosh Botanical Garden. Kirstenbosch is a famous botanical garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The garden is one of nine National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes. From here we go back to the hotel , and dinner in the V&A Waterfront.
CAPE TOWN CITY TOUR – PAARL – FRANCHHOEK WINE TOUR
We visit some very interesting buildings in Cape Town , AND EXPLORE the history of the Cape Coligny .
About 40 km to the east of Cape Town, lying in the shadow of a continuous belt of Cape fold mountains, lies a series of generous valleys known as the Cape Winelands – a collection of historic towns, little hamlets and Cape Dutch farmsteads that provide well-regarded South African wines to the world. These mountains create an incredible scenic backdrop for a myriad vines, but they are also one of the reasons wines do so well here. Their geological compositions provide unique soil conditions that directly effect the character of wine. We go back to the hotel and then for a sunset cruise.
In 1961 it started being used as a prison again. During apartheid many Black people were kept on Robben Island as political prisoners. Former President Nelson Mandela was kept there. The prison internationally notorious for its harsh conditions and when the political prisoners of the apartheid government were released Robben Island became a symbol of the strength of the human spirit.
After our visit at Robben Island we go for a final stop to visit the Bo Kaap . The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is a former township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. The Nurul Islam Mosque, established in 1844, is located in the area. We end our tour with a dinner at a Cape Malay restaurant and real Cape Food and culture.
Check out at hotel. Travel to the airport to see you off.
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