Southern Africa tailor made tours and safaris

MAGIC SOUTH AFRICA
(15days / 14nights)

PRICE: 3195 dollars per person based on 4 people in private guided tour
PRICE: 1995 dollars per person based on 2 people in a self-tour

The price of this 15-day itinerary included for private guided tour:
– All entrance fees to national cultural parks, museums and tastings
– 3 game drives with professional rangers
– 2 cruises (St Lucia and Hout Bay)
– All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 1 lunch and 2 barbecues
– 1 South African guide full time
– 1 local guide in Soweto
– Accommodation bed and breakfast quality *** or ****
– 1 flight Durban-Cape

Self-tour includes:
– 2 dinners
– 1 flight Durban-Cape Town

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This magnificent tour will take us to South Africa’s most well known highlights and  “off the beaten track” places!  From hectic Johannesburg to the beautiful cosmopolitian city of Cape Town, we will discover the treasures of this country, from unique wildlife game parks, breathtaking scenery, enchanting activities, this holiday offers you a concentration of wonderment.   A journey to the  delights that this magical Southern African country has to offer.

Highlights

  • Johannesburg / Soweto located in Gauteng (country of gold in Sotho) .A sprawling capital, symbol of wealth and crime.
  • Pretoria administrative capital, now called Tshwane, it was the capital of the First Republic “Boer”
  • The Blyde River Canyon third largest canyon in the world, 40 km long, consists of a wide variety of geological formations, offering a breathtaking spectacle.
  • Kruger National Park is famous for its 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 one of the last African Kingdoms, the country is home to several national parks with a rich flora and fauna.
  • St Lucia is a vast wilderness of wetlands, lakes and estuaries, bush, home to the Big 5 and a tropical coast line with the worlds richest marine life, a mecca for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts.  It’s not suprising this region with it’s multi ecosystems was proclaimed a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Drakensberg, mysterious and large, this “massive” extends over 200 km, with the highest peak  3582m.  A mecca for hiker and nature lovers.
  • Durban,  a teeming city with a tropical climate, exotic fragrances, famous for the beaches, ideal for surfing and home to the worlds largest Indian community outside of India.
  • The Wine route stretches over many valleys with winelands stretching along large meandering rivers,  the French and Dutch settled in 1700s, the latter 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 with the famous Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope,  beautiful forests, vineyards, beaches and historic buildings
sa24Day 1: Johannesburg City -Sandton

Welcome to Johannesburg, our trip starts here.

We  transfer to our hotel near Sandton City.

Time to relax and restore after the long flight before a visit to Sandton City, which is in the heart of Africa’s financial district and home to the Johanesburg stock exchange. Mandela square with it’s variety of restuarants is a recommended venue for dinner.

Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Johannesburg City -Sandton

This morning we depart for Johannesburg, a unique experience that will take us from the suburb of Houghton, home of  the late Nelson Mandela, to Hillbrow, the old Jewish quarter of the city, then through Johannesburg to see various colonial buildings, the Supreme Courts, and a tour of Constitutional Hill. We travel to Pretoria (South African sa25Administrative Capital) for a tour of historical sites and other places of interest sites such as the Kruger House, Church Square, City Hall, State Theatre and Opera House, the Natural History Museum and the Union Buildings.

Late afternoon Soweto township Tour with local guide

Visit Hector Pieterson Museum
Freedom Square and memorial
Walking tour along Vilakazi Street, the original home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners, the late Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu,  past Winnie Mandela home and the FNB stadium (formerly Soccer City)

Accommodation B & B

sa14Day 3: Blyde River Canyon

We depart for the beautiful Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga.

We follow the scenic route and travel to God’s Window, Three Ronavels,  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, now a national monument.

Lunch

Accommodation on the edge of the canyon.

sa26Day 4: Kruger Park

We arrive in the morning at the famous Kruger National Park

Lunch on the banks of  the mighty  Sabie River.
A stunning  4×4  sunset safari with professional ranger
Time to relax and can enjoy a typical South African Braai/barbecue

Day 5: Kruger Park

Around  4.30 we leave camp for a 3 hour  morning 4×4 safari  with a professional ranger to witness the African savanah and wildlife in all its splendour.
Back at the camp for a hearty breakfast.
We spend the rest of the day on safari with our guide.
Accommodation in National park chalets.

sa28Day 6: Swaziland

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, and admire the Royal Palace, Parliment, the Kings Mausoleum and  a craft market in the Ezulwini Valley.

Overnite “hotel de charme” DB&B

Day 7: Lake St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park

sa29After breakfast departure for St Lucia situated along the tropical coast of Zulu land. En route we  visit a typical Swazi village and an orphenage run by a lady who has no 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 .

Lunch on the way

Upon arrival we take a cruise included  on the St. Lucia wetlands, home to a multitude of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, and a World Heritage Site. It is in this complex ecosystem ,where bush meets beach, mangrove and sand forests are home to a stupendous diversity of wildlife and flora. We have the opportunity to encounter hippos, crocodiles, eagles and maybe even the elusive leopard.

Luxury B&B in the heart of the St Lucia wetland park.

Day 8: Hluhluwe / Umfolozi National Park

sa30Early morning start for St Lucia for Hluhluze / Umfolozi Park, the 2nd oldest national park in the world and home to the “B5” and also is renowned for saving the white rhino from extinction.

We spend the day exploring, accompanied by a professional ranger in a 4×4.

Late afternoon we return to St Lucia

Dinner is a typical South African barbecue

Or

We can head north to Sodwana Bay where we have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins, snorkel amongst the richest coral reefs on earth or if you have your PADI qualification, scuba dive.

Day 9: Mountain Drakensberg

sa31This morning we depart for the Drakensberg mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

We stop for lunch at Howick, the peaceful capital of the Natal Midlands, where the Umgeni River plunges 95 m forming a spectacular waterfall.

Lunch

Then  the Mandela Capture Site, where the late Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962  before the famous Rivonia trial when he was sentenced to life imprisonment and sent to Robben Island.   A monument commemorates this event that changed the course of history.

sa32Day 10: Mountain Drakensberg

Many activities are available in this region

We can choose to go on a guided hike to the famous cave paintings left by the Bushmen of about 4000 years

Or we  trek to the Tugela Falls among the highest the world

Or visit the historic battle fields of the 18th century where the English, Afrikaans and Zulu armies, engaged in bloody battles.
Or we can opt for an excursion by 4X4 and visit Lesotho for the day via the Sani Pass Pass, the highest in Africa.

Lunch

Mountain Lodge

Day 11: Durban-Cape Town

After breakfast we  will depart for Durban for our flight to Cape Town.
A visit to Durban will be possible depending on the availability and flight schedules.

Day 12: The Wine Route

sa33We head out to Stellenbosch, the second largest town in South Africa, which  was an outpost established in 1682 by Governor Van der Stel who 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 and Hottentots and Khoi San peoples.

Today Stellenbosch is known for its beautiful and varied architecture ( Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian style), and renowned wines, 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 Hugenots settled, and today the culinary capital of South Africa.. After lunch we visit the Hugenot museum and memorial.

Thereafter we visit an exceptional boutique wine farm and taste a local vintage,including a pintage 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 your 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 language monument,dedicated to the Afrikaans language (worlds only monument to a language), perched on a hill in a botanical garden overlooking the town, whereyou can enjoy a breathtaking view of the valley.

You will end the day with a dinner in the evening and free or lively city “V & A Waterfront” as desired.

Day 13: The Cape Peninsula Tour

sa34This 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,  looking at the 12 apostles and camps bay, then onto Hout Bay , a charming little town where you  take a cruise to Duiker Island which is home to the worlds largest fur seal colony.
Thereafter we drive along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive  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 havelunch at the old harbor of the  historical naval port of Simon’s Town, after lunch we visit the  well known Boulders beach penguin colony.

Africa”s largest land based 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 firsst Governer of the Cape.

 Dinner at clients expense.

Day 14: Cape Town and surrounding areas

sa35Today, we will visit  Cape Town, its historical places and parks like The dutch east Indian garden, castle of the cape, 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 , the worlds oldest canon, still in action.

After lunch, we visit the only botanical garden situated in a world heritage site, this garden has more endemic plant species than any other in the world.

Lunch

In the late  afternoon we head  along the west coast towards Blouberg where you can 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 accross the continent.

Day 15: Departure

Transfer to the airport for flight home.
Depending on your departure time, various activities can be arranged.

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