BEST OF SOUTH AFRICA + WILD BOTSWANA
PRICE: 5350 dollars private guided tour based on 4 people sharing
PRICE: 4550 dollars self-drive tour based on 2 people sharing
14 days include:
– 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 Flights
– Flights Johannesburg-Maun-Johannesburg
– Two taxi flights to Botswana
– Accommodation in luxury lodge, activities, meals, drinks, laundry, medical service etc.
– EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED in Botswana
In just 10 days this tour will show you the main attractions of South Africa, from the Kruger Ntional Park to Cape Town and a trip to Swaziland. We have the opportunity to see the Big Five, magnificent landscapes, flora and fauna and the rich culture and historical 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.
- 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 knowledge. 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.
- Okavango Delta (Botswana) formed by the Okavango River, which rises in the center between Angola and Botswana after crossing the Caprivi Strip in Namibia and cascading down the Popa Falls. Once the water begins to evaporate in the hot, dry air of the Kalahari and is swallowed by the thirsty sands of the desert, only to get lost in a maze of canals, lagoons and islands extending over 15000km2 and providing a convenient forum for the explosion of wildlife ranging from birds to large mammals, reptile, amphibians and insects. Since June 2014 the Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site.
- Moremi Reserve in the Okavango Delta and created in 1966 for the primary purpose of wildlife protection, it contains two types of landscapes: vast tracts of dry and partly covered by forest, meadows and marshes with tracks of permanent water and lagoons.
Day 1: Johannesburg City -Sandton
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.
Departure for the Kingdom of Swaziland (passport required). The landscapes are very similar to those of Switzerland. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and the oldest mine in the world, time permitting.
Next is the capital Mbabane; we admire the Royal Palace, Parliment, the Kings Mausoleum and a craft market in the Ezulwini Valley.
Overnight “hotel de charme” bed and breakfast.
Day 6: Johannesburg / Cape Town
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 7: 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 Huguenot 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 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.
Day 8: 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.
This morning we depart for our flight to Johannesburg and a connection onto Maun in Botswana. From there we will be transferred by light aircraft to our lodge in the Okavango Delta.
Lunch on arrival.
We relax before a sunset safari accompanied by our ranger.
Spend the day exploring the abundant surrounding nature, our guide will share his passion and knowledge of the wildlife in this incredably diverse ecosystem.
Enjoy brunch and little rest in the late morning before leaving for the activities of the afternoon.
Our guide will relate stories and anecdotes related to this beautiful place under the stars until late in the evening.
After morning activities we take a short flight to get to our camp in the Moremi Game Reserve in the north-east of the Okavango Delta.
The camp is located at the boundary between the sands of the Kalahari Desert and the waters of the Okavango, which will allow us to enjoy 4X4 safaris and Moroko (canoes carved out of tree trunks) on the channels of the delta in one of the most beautiful parts of Africa.
Our day will be spent admiring the wildlife and the surrounding beautiful scenery.
We will always be accompanied by a guide and his knowledge will astound and delight us, making the most of these special hours.
Day 14: Departure
This morning after an early morning game drive and a great breakfast we will take the flight to Maun and connection to Johannesburg.
Sadly our adventure ends leaving us with incredible memories till next time!