South Africa in a Fortnight

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 South Africa in a Fortnight

Price:
South African Rand            
2 pax - R45408pps             
4 pax - R31680pps             
6 pax - R27060pps
 
US Dollar(R11.50/$1)           
 2 pax - $3949pps               
4 pax - $2755pps               
6 pax - $2354pps
 
Duration: 14 Days
This tour has been designed to offer you a taste of the best South Africa, in a  very short space of time.  Start in Johannesburg and spend the first few days discovering South Africa’s wildlife heritage in the Kruger National Park.  Then a few days at the coast before flying to Cape Town – the Mother City.  Along with many other highlights in Cape Town, there is an opportunity to visit Table Mountain, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

 

 

South Africa in a Fort Night

Itinerary

 

DAY 1
JOHANNESBURG 

 

You will be met at the airport in Johannesburg by your guide and head straight for Africa Sky Guest House. He will be holding a sign “BushBaby Safaris”. 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.

OVERNIGHT:        Africa Sky Guest House 
MEALS:                Dinner:              Africa Sky Guest House
EXCLUDED:          Flight to Johannesburg
                           Optional Day Tours
NOTE:                 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!

OVERNIGHT:          Mogodi Lodge
MEALS:                  Breakfast:         Africa Sky Guest House
INCLUDED:            Entry fees to viewpoints
 
DAY 3
KRUGERNATIONAL 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).

OVERNIGHT: Kruger NP
MEALS: Breakfast:         Mogodi Lodge
INCLUDED: Entry to Bourke’s Luck Potholes
 Kruger NP Daily conservation fee
EXCLUDED: Optional Night Drive and Morning Bush Walk activities
 
 
DAY 4 & 5
KRUGERNATIONAL PARK 

Continue exploring the vastness and diversity of Kruger Park with a morning and afternoon game drive.

OVERNIGHT:    Kruger NP
MEALS:            Breakfast:         Kruger NP (Included)
                        Lunch:              Not included
                        Dinner:             Kruger NP (Included)
INCLUDED:       Kruger NP Daily conservation fee
 
 
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).

 

OVERNIGHT:       Mvubu Lodge
MEALS:               Breakfast:         Kruger NP (Included)
                           Lunch:              Not included
                           Dinner:             Mvubu Lodge (Included)
INCLUDED: Afternoon Game Cruise
EXCLUDED: Visa if required (Swaziland) 
 
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!

OVERNIGHT:        Mvubu Lodge
MEALS:                Breakfast:         Mvubu Lodge (Included)
                            Lunch:              Not included
                            Dinner:             Mvubu Lodge (Included)
INCLUDED:   Morning Game Drive OR Rhino Tracking
EXCLUDED:   SPA treatments
                    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.

OVERNIGHT:          Avalone Guest House
MEALS:                  Breakfast:         Mvubu Lodge (Included)
                              Lunch:              Not included
                              Dinner:              St Lucia Restaurant (Not included)
INCLUDED:            Estuary cruise

 

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 GAME 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): NIGHT 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 TRAIL: 3 Hours Year Round R150-00 pp

OVERNIGHT:      Avalone Guest House
MEALS:              Breakfast:         Avalone Guest House
EXCLUDED:        Activities in Option 1 - 10

 

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.

OVERNIGHT:      Fairlight Beach House
MEALS:              Breakfast:         Avalone Guest House
 
DAY 11
CAPE TOWN - TableMountain & RobbenIsland 

 

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!

 

OVERNIGHT:        Blackheath Lodge
MEALS:                Breakfast:         Fairlight Beach House
INCLUDED:          Table Mountain Cableway return ticket
                            Robben Island Ferry return ticket and guided tour
                            Flight Durban to Cape Town
 
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!

OVERNIGHT:         Blackheath Lodge
MEALS:                 Breakfast:         Blackheath Lodge
INCLUDED:           Cellar Tour
                            Wine Tasting x 3

 

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.

OVERNIGHT:      Blackheath Lodge
MEALS:              Breakfast:         Blackheath Lodge
INCLUDED:        Entry fee to Cape of Good Hope
                         Return transfer on the Flying Dutchman Funicular

 

DAY 14 
END 

We bid you farewell and drop you off at Cape Town airport.

 

 

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Price

Tours are sold in Rands, US$ prices are quoted as a guide

US Dollar based on R11.50 exchange rate

2 pax - R45408 pps (US$ 3949 pps)
4 pax - R31680 pps (US$ 2755 pps)
6 pax - R27060 pps (US$ 2354 pps)

The price will include all transport, meals, entrance fees, guides and accommodation during the safaris, as indicated in the itinerary. The safaris will be done in an air-conditioned vehicle to ensure your every comfort.

Price:
South African Rand    
2pax- R45408 pps        
4pax- R31680 pps          
6pax- R27060 pps
 
US Dollar (R11.50/$1)      
2 pax - $3949pps           
4 pax - $2755pps           
6 pax - $2354 pps
 
Duration: 14 Days

Exclusions / Optional Extras

Accommodation before and after the tour
flights to and from South Africa or flights not specified in the itinerary
lunches, drinks and curios
travel insurance
required inoculations and malaria medications
visas (if required).

 
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