BEST OF SOUTH AFRICA + MOZAMBIQUE
PRICE: 3195 dollars private guided tour based on 4 people sharing.
PRICE: 2295 dollars self-drive tour based on 2 people sharing
– All entrance fees to national parks, museums, cultural activities and wine tastings
– 2 game drives with professional rangers
– 1 boat cruise (Hout Bay)
– All breakfasts, 3 dinners, 1 barbecue
– 1 full time South African guide
– 1 local guide in Soweto
– Accommodation : B & B or similar *** or ****
– Flight Johannesburg-Cape Town-Johannesburg
In two weeks we will visit the most famous regions of South Africa, the Kruger National Park to the Cape of Good Hope, via a trip to Swaziland and a few days to discover the wealth of Mozambique and enjoy its famous beaches. Mozambique is a country of contrasts from the top of Monte Binga peak at 2436m to the white sandy beaches, the country has preserved its Portuguese African culture as well as its pre-colonial architectural and cultural past.
- Johannesburg / Soweto located in Gauteng (country of gold in Sotho). A sprawling capital, symbol of wealth and crime.
- The Blyde River Canyon, 40 km long, is third largest canyon in the world consisting of a wide variety of geological formations offering a breathtaking spectacle.
- Kruger National Park is famous for exceptional wildlife, incredible diversity, as well as being one of the largest, most famous and oldest game parks in the world.
- Punta d’Oro, whose name means ‘golden point’ is a small town at the southern end of the Mozambique, a paradise for lovers of the sea, scuba diving, fishing and all water activities.
- Swaziland is the smallest country in the southern hemisphere and is one of the last African kingdoms. The country is home to several national parks with a rich flora and fauna.
- The Wine route stretches over many valleys with winelands along large meandering rivers.
- The French and Dutch settled here in the 1700s bringing their viticutural skills and knowlegde. This area is known for its exceptional 17th century Dutch architectural manor houses and village homes.
- Cape Peninsula is a stretch of land lying between two oceans, dominated by our famous Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve with beautiful forests, vineyards, beaches and historic buildings.
Afternoon Tour in Soweto with local guide
Hector Pieterson Museum
Visit to a township
Freedom Square and memorial
Walking tour and drive to various points of interest … home of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Winnie Mandela, the FNB stadium
Accommodation, a B& B
We depart for the beautiful Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga.
We folow the scenic route and pass through places such as God’s Window, Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon, Long Tom Pass, the battlefields, Bourkes Luck Potholes, MacMac waterfall, and Pilgrim’s Rest which is a historical authentic village dating from the first South African gold rush and now a national monument.
Accommodation is on the edge of the canyon.
We arrive in the morning at the famous Kruger Park and begin our visit with lunch on the banks of the mighty Sabie River.
A 4×4 sunset safari with professional ranger
Time to relax and can enjoy a typical South African Braai/barbecue
Around 4.30 am we leave camp for a 3hr morning 4×4 safari with a professional ranger to witness the African savanah and wildlife in all its splendor.
Return to camp for a hearty breakfast followed by a safari with your guide
Accommodation in National park chalets.
Day 5: Maputo
At Komatipoort we leave South Africa to enter Mozambique and arrive in Maputo where we experience extraordinary and varied landscapes.
Lunch- opportunity to indulge in Mozamique’s famous prawns!
We discover the city of Maputo and its vestiges of the Portuguese colonial past, the famous market, the Natural History Museum, Botanical Garden and the railway station designed by Gustave Eiffel. Tour with local guide
Our hotel, the magnificent colonial Polana Serena Hotel, located on the leafy boulevards of one of Maputo’s most exclusive residential districts belongs to an elite class of world-famous hotels,
Dinner and time to enjoy an evening walk along the promenade.
Day 6: Punta d’Ouro
Early departure for the ferry trip to Catembe. We visit the Hindu temple, Salamanga, start our journey south through the Maputo elephant park situated along the coast and home to some of Mozambiques last remaining elephants. It is a curious site to see these phayoderm walking along the beaches. The reserve is also home to hippos, crocodiles, antelopes and monkeys.
Lunch on the beach; an opportunity to relax and swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
In the late afternoon we continue to our final destination, Punta D’Ouro.
Lodge on the beachfront lodge.
Today we will embark on a sea safari and seach for the playful dolphins and other marine life that inhabit these waters. We attend a lecture at the institute for marine biology and meet the experts.
An afternoon to enjoy all the activities, swimming, beach combing, snorkeling and sailng.
Today we snorkel among the world’s most Southern spectacular coral reefs, home to thousands of fish species, and swim with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea.
The beaches of Punta d’Ouro are known to be a mecca for surfing and fishing. From October to January the “leather back” turtles lay their eggs on the coastline and this evening we partake in searching for the turtles.
Accommodation at a seaside lodge
Day 9: Swaziland
We visit the famous traditional fish traps situated in the Kozi bay estuary. These have been used by local coastal dwelling Zulus for centuries.
Continuing our journey inland to Swaziland and en route we visit a typical Swazi village and an orphanage run by a lady who does not receive NGO or govermental aid but some how has given hope to many orphan children. An authentic experience that will leave us with fond memories of her courage.
At the capital, Mbabane, we admire the Royal Palace, Parliment, the Kings Mausoleum and a craft market situated in the Ezulwini Valley.
Overnight in a“hotel de charme”situated amongst the Swazi hills surrounded by forest.
This morning we depart Swaziland through Southern Mpumalanga
Leave for O R Tambo for our flight to Cape Town.
We arrive in Cape Town in the late afternoon for a sunset stroll along the Seapoint promenade and a visit to the V & A Waterfront for dinner.
Day 11 The Wine Route
We head out to Stellenbosch, the second largest town in South Africa which was an outpost established in 1682 by Governor Van der Stel. He was amazed at how fertile the area was and encouraged French Hugenot and Dutch settlers to start farming there. Here oak trees, wheat and vines quickly replaced the giraffes, elephants, Hottentots and Khoi san peoples.
Today, Stellenbosch is known for its beautiful and varied architecture ( Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian style), renowned wines and its famous university where the language of instruction is still mainly in Afrikaans.
We visit the Bugerhuis museum, the famous Oom Samie Winkel, partake on a cellar tour and winetasting. We head over the beautiful Hels Hoogte Pass on our way to Franschoek where the original French Huguenots settled and today is the culinary capital of South Africa. After lunch we visit the Huguenot museum and Memorial.
Thereafter we visit an exceptional boutique wine farm and taste a local vintage including a pinotage which is South Africa’s own unique cultivar.
We then make our way to Paarl, with a stop in front of Mandela’s statue at the entrance to the prison from which he was liberated in 1990.
Finally our day ends in historical Paarl which means “Pearl” in Dutch refering to the imposing granite mountains surrounding the town. The first French Huguenots settled there developing a winemaking tradition which still exists today. We visit the Taal monument dedicated to the Afrikaans language and is the world’s only monument to a language. The monument, perched on a hill to be seen from afar, is surrounded by a botanical garden and overlooks the town and breathtaking view of the valley.
Dinner at the “V & A Waterfront”
Day 12: The Cape Peninsula Tour
This Region is a UNESCO world heritage site for its exceptional floral diversity. We follow the west coast via Clifton with a stop at Maiden’s Cove to enjoy a magnificent view of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay then to Hout Bay, a charming little town where you take a cruise to Duiker Island home to the worlds largest fur seal colony.
Thereafter we drive along the scenic Chapman’s Peak Pass offering breathtaking scenery.
Eventualy we enter the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where the cold Atlantic waters meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This famous landmark was named by the early Portuguese mariners.
Thereafter we journey down to the False Bay coast, and have lunch at the old harbor of the historical naval port of Simon’s Town. After lunch we visit the well known Boulders beach home to Africa’s largest land based jackass penguine colony.
We finish our day with a visit to Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest Cape Dutch manor house and wine farm built by the first Governer of the Cape.
Dinner at client’s expense
Today we visit Cape Town, historical places and parks, Dutch East India Garden, Castle, South African Museum, Malay quarter, District 6 and Greenmarket square. Before noon we take the opportunitiy to visit the noon gun in action on the slopes of Signal Hill. It is the world’s oldest canon still in action.
After lunch Kirstenbosh National Botanic Garden the only botanical garden situated in a world heritage site which has more endemic plant species than any other in the world.
In the late afternoon we head along the west coast towards Blouberg where we enjoy a “postcard” view of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Table Bay.
Tonight we offer * an authentic African dinner of more than thirty culinary dishes from across the continent.
Day 14: Departure
Transfer to the airport for the flight home.
Depending on departure time, various activities can be arranged.