Cape Town Day Tour

For All tours note that we have a complimentary collection available from central Cape Town Hotel. Others on request. Tour duration and collection times may vary depending on hotel collection route.

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Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour

   

Bring your camera and plenty of film; we're headed for Cape Point at the south western tip of the Cape Peninsula, and the most spectacular views in the world.  The drive there is just as inspiring, passing steep mountains', secluded coves and sweeping beaches, as well as villages and fishing communities.

Our tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburb of Sea Point and Camps Bay with its glorious views of the Twelve Apostles, part of the Table Mountain range.  We'll continue to the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets. Here there is an option to take a short boat trip to Duiker Island (for own account & time permitting) to view the Cape Fur Seals, which inhabit the island. From here we travel to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora.  Here we can see a variety of wildlife that includes baboons, rhebok, Cape Mountain zebra, bontebok and the elusive eland.  The reserve is also one of the world's largest breeding grounds for tortoises.  Bird-watchers, too, will find many fine species to observe.

The majestic coastline offers drama worthy of being called "Nature’s Greatest Show." We'll be able to see the union of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans (as per legend), and may even feel the brisk wind that is dubbed the "Cape Doctor "for its presumed curative powers. Following the coastline along False Bay, we'll return to Cape Town by way of Simon's Town, where we visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach (for own account), Fish Hoekfishing village and Muizenberg.  Before our return, we'll stop at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens for a short walking tour of the beautiful gardens. We return to Cape Town, passing the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial and the Groote Schuur Hospital.

 

Half Day Cape Point

Our tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburb of Sea Point and Camps Bay with its glorious views of the Twelve Apostles, part of the Table Mountain range. From here we travel to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora. Here we can see a variety of wildlife that includes baboons, rhebok, Cape Mountain zebra, bontebok and the elusive eland.  The reserve is also one of the world's largest breeding grounds for tortoises.  Bird-watchers, too, will find many fine species to observe.

  

The majestic coastline offers drama worthy of being called "Nature's Greatest Show."  We'll be able to see the union of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans (as per legend), and may even feel the brisk wind that is dubbed the "Cape Doctor" for its presumed curative powers.  Following the coastline along False Bay, we'll return to Cape Town by way of the Simon's Town (optional, own account & time permitting visit to Penguin colony), Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. We return to Cape Town, passing the University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial and the Groote Schuur Hospital.

 

Half Day City and Table Mountain Tour

  

Our drive to the city centre takes us past famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company and City Hall, a baroque building and the Grand Parade. As we follow the city’s main thoroughfare, Adderley Street, we will see St. George’s Cathedral,  the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We will pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter [also known as the Bo-Kaap] which means "Above Cape" because of its location up against the slopes of Table Mountain. In the early 18th century, thousands of slaves from Java, Ceylon and other Far Eastern regions were brought to Cape Town.  After slavery was abolished, their descendants, known as the Cape Malay’s, settled here. Our route then leads us to Kloof Nek and the magnificent Table Mountain. We'll ascend to the top [weather permitting] by the revolving cable car.  Here, we'll see wild flowers and the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches.  On a clear day it is even possible to see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on one side and Cape Point on the other. Descend from the Upper Cableway station to your awaiting vehicle and then proceed around Table Bay to the Milnerton area (time permitting). From here we can see Table Mountain from the same perspective as the early settlers did when they sailed into Table Bay.

 

Half Day Winelands Tour

This enchanting excursion begins with a tour through historic Stellenbosch, an architectural jewel that serves as the historic heart of the country’s wine region. A gracious blend of 18-century Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings is evident as we drive down Dorp Street, where massive Oaks still shade original water furrows, then enjoy a wine tasting in the Stellenbosch area. A second wine tasting will be included (time permitting), before returning to Cape Town.

 

 

Full Day Cape Highlights Tour

  • Fantastic Combination Of SC2 and SC4 Half Day Tours.
  •  Tour Might Include a Trip Back to Cape Town To Collect Additional Passengers for 2nd Half Of Tour.
  • Tour May be Operated in Reverse Direction.

This combination tour offers the highlights of Cape Point and the Cape Wine lands. Our tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburb of Sea Point and Camps Bay with its glorious views of the Twelve Apostles, part of the Table Mountain range. From here we travel to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora.  Here we can see a variety of wildlife that includes baboons, rhebok, Cape Mountain zebra, bontebok and the elusive eland.  The reserve is also one of the world's largest breeding grounds for tortoises.  Bird-watchers, too, will find many fine species to observe.

The majestic coastline offers drama worthy of being called "Nature's Greatest Show."  We'll be able to see the union of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans (as per legend), and may even feel the brisk wind that is dubbed the "Cape Doctor" for its presumed curative powers.  Following the coastline along False Bay, we'll continue to the Stellenbosch wine lands. Stellenbosch is an architectural jewel with a gracious blend of 18-century Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings. We then head for a wine tasting session in the Stellenbosch area before returning to Cape Town. 

  

 

Full Day Winelands Tour

While South Africa's fertile valleys are world famous for their crisp white and classic French-style red wines, the area is also a treasury of rustic beauty and sprawling estates shaded by giant oak trees.  Our drive today will include the country's principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschoek, with a stop en route for lunch (for own account).

Our day starts with a visit to Paarl where you will be struck by the beauty of the Valley, the pristine blue sky, the rolling vineyards and the Pearl of Paarl set high above the valley. Paarl made headlines when President Mandela was released from the Groot Drakenstein prison (ex Victor Verster), on the outskirts of the town, to freedom and the start of the new South Africa.  We enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour at one of the local estates.

From Paarl, we'll continue north-west to the beautiful village of Franschhoek, near the Drakenstein Mountains founded in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing the Huguenot religious persecution in Europe.  A memorial in the town commemorates the arrival of these early settlers who helped develop the wines sought after by Napoleon, Bismark and royalty such as Edward VII, the Prince of Wales. Here we will stop for lunch (for own account) and another wine tasting at a vineyard.  We'll then head to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country's wine region.  In 1679, Dutch East India Company governor Simon van der Stel, recognized the fertility of this long valley on the banks of the Eerste River, as perfect for vineyards.  The rest is history, which has been carefully cultivated in this town.  A gracious blend of 18th-century Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings is evident on Dorp Street, where massive oaks still shade original water furrows. Enjoy a final wine tasting before returning to Cape Town.  Please note that this tour may run in reverse.

   

 

Half Day Township Cultural Tour

 

Join us for a unique experience traveling through the three South Africa’s – The birth, where it all started, Apartheid South Africa, what happened then – the New South Africa, what is different since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The tour affords the opportunity to interact, mingle and exchange cultural values with the local community. You will be welcomed in the traditional African manner in the townships of Langa (the oldest formal township) & Khayalitsha (the largest informal settlement). The tour includes visits to the Malay Quarter [also known as the Bo-Kaap] which means "Above Cape" because of its location up against the slopes of Table Mountain, and Gugulethu township, meaning “our pride”, which was established as a result of the migrant labour system. Experience a visit to a “shebeen”, an informal tavern and see local crafters at work.

 

Full Day Hermanus Tour

This circular tour takes you over a mountain pass to the seaside town of Hermanus. This town, nestled between mountains and the sea is not only very beautiful but offers some of the best shore based whale watching opportunities in the world (August – November). Close sightings of the Southern Right whale are likely. On the return journey we follow the coastline with the possibility of further sightings of whales (and even the possibility of sighting dolphins). A stop is made at Stoney Point, near Betty’s Bay to have a look at the penguins (optional, for own account & time permitting) and a wine tasting will be enjoyed before returning to Cape Town in the afternoon.

 

Full Day Safari

After an early morning departure we head up the N1 Highway, through the spectacular Hex River Valley and arrive at the Aquila Private Game Reserve. The bio-diverse habitat of the reserve ensures plenty of interest for the avid game viewer and birder. Giraffe, Blesbok, Black and Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Springbok, Gemsbok Klipspringers, Duiker, Greybuck, Steenbok, Ostriches, Baboons Caracul, Foxes, Jackal, Leopard and 172 species of birds, including the Black Eagle are found on the reserve. An experienced Game Ranger will take you on a Game Drive which includes San Bushmen rock art. Lunch is enjoyed at the Lodge.

 

Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving

Between the islands of Geyser Rock and Dyer Island is a narrow and shallow channel called Shark Alley – reputed to be the world’s best place for Great White shark cage diving. Due to the resident seal colonies in the area, Shark Alley has been dubbed “the supermarket for sharks”.  A short boat ride from Gansbaai, Shark Alley is ideal for those who wish to experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with these giant predators, but who do not possess a dive certification. Your cage dive takes place just meters below the surface of the water so no diving experience is necessary.

 

 

Departing from Cape Town

6 days/5 nights

Garden Route, Safari & Winelands Wonder

TOUR CODE SMCC6

Relish the scenic splendour of the Cape Winelands, Klein Karoo and Garden Route

This journey sets out on the road less travelled through the Cape Winelands and the evocative Klein Karoo before traversing the Outeniqua Mountain Pass and descending to the lush Garden Route coastline. It is a circular route, ending back in Cape Town via the coastal roadway so you take in all the fantastic highlights of this beautiful region.

Highlights

• The evocative landscapes and warm hospitality of the Klein Karoo including a heart-warming community visit at a farm school
• Verdant beauty of mountains and lagoons, and the largest continuous tracts of stately indigenous forest
• Whale-watching and fine wines from Hermanus to the heart of the Cape Winelands

Quick Facts

• DEPARTS –selected departure dates
• INCLUDES – 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, 5 nights’ accommodation, porterage, transport and sightseeing as specified

NOTE – Minimum 2 guests. School visit is subject to school being open. Guests travel together in a luxury vehicle with a professional guide providing a fantastic quality holiday experience. Guests do have a choice of accommodation options, which may be offered at the same hotel, or at different hotels in the same vicinity

Itinerary

DAY 1 ● CAPE TOWN - OUDTSHOORN: Travel Route 62 via Montagu and the “Klein Karoo” to Oudtshoorn. Tour an Ostrich Show Farm. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [D]

DAY 2 OUDTSHOORN - KNYSNA: After breakfast take a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Return to Oudtshoorn for a tour and light lunch at an Ostrich Farm. Our journey continues over the scenic Outeniqua Pass to George, the administrative hub of the Garden Route area and then onto Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Overnight in Knysna. [BL]

DAY 3 KNYSNA: Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. Overnight in Knysna. [BL]

DAY 4 KNYSNA - ALBERTINIA: Travel via George and Mossel Bay to Albertinia. Enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive, at a malaria free private game reserve, that is home to an abundance of animal and birdlife, including the Big 5. Overnight in Albertinia. [BD]

DAY 5 ALBERTINIA - HERMANUS: Your safari adventure continues with an early morning open vehicle game drive. Your expert guide will endeavour to spoil you with sightings of the Big 5, general game and prolific bird life. Leaving the bush behind, your journey will take you to the picturesque Cape Dutch town of Swellendam. Our journey further continues to the seaside resort of Hermanus, known as the heart of the whale route, offering the best land based whale watching (Aug-Nov) in the world. Dinner and overnight in Hermanus. [BD]

DAY 6 HERMANUS - CAPE TOWN: Depart Hermanus via Somerset West. Continue to Stellenbosch for a wine tasting, before travelling to Cape Town, where the tour ends. [B]

Guests may disembark, on request, at Cape Town International Airport.

 

4 days / 3 nights

Garden Route Discovered

TOUR CODE SCP4

Discover the natural beauty of the lush Garden Route

Marvel in the splendour of the glorious landscapes as you travel along the world-famous ‘Route 62’, through the dramatic ‘Klein Karoo’ and quaint holiday towns, to South Africa’s ‘friendly city’

Highlights

• The striking landscape and warm generosity of the Klein Karoo including a heart-warming community visit at a farm school
• Charming holiday towns offering diverse attractions, great shopping and fine dining
• The unusual natural beauty and fascinating flora and fauna of the Garden Route

Quick Facts

DEPARTS –selected departure dates

• INCLUDES – 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 3 nights’ accommodation, porterage, transport and sightseeing as specified

NOTE – Minimum 2 guests. School visit is subject to school being open. Guests on this tour travel together in a luxury vehicle with a professional guide providing a fantastic quality holiday experience. Guests do have a choice of accommodation options, which may be offered at the same hotel, or at different hotels in the same vicinity

Itinerary

 

DAY 1 ● CAPE TOWN - OUDTSHOORN: Travel Route 62 via Montagu and the “Klein Karoo” (incl. a wine tasting en route) to Barrydale, where you’ll have an opportunity to visit a local farm school and interact with the children and teachers. Continue on to Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world. Visit an Ostrich Show Farm (guided). Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [D]

DAY 2 OUDTSHOORN - KNYSNA: After breakfast tour the vast limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Travel over Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa. Continue to quaint Knysna, travelling via Victoria Bay, a beautiful cove enclosed by cliffs, and Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort with beautiful beaches. Overnight in Knysna. [B]

DAY 3 KNYSNA: Leisurely start before lagoon cruise to Featherbed Nature Reserve. Take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon before returning for lunch under the milkwood trees (included). Afternoon at leisure to explore the town. Overnight in Knysna. [BL]

DAY 4 KNYSNA - PORT ELIZABETH: After breakfast you will be transferred (unescorted, driver only) eastward along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, where tour ends on arrival. [B]

Guests may disembark, on request, at Port Elizabeth Airport.

 

Pretoria and Johannesburg Day Tours

Historical Places of interest

Pretoria City Tour

Pretoria, Capital of the ZAR, the Union of South Africa, the Republic of South Africa and the new South Africa. One of our stops is at the Union Buildings, home to the president’s office, from where you can delight in a panoramic view of the Jacaranda City.

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We visit:

  1. Voortrekker Monument
  2. Church Square
  3. Union Building
  4. Kruger House or Melrose House

  

We drive past / point out:

  • Kruger House or Melrose House
  • Freedom Park
  • Pretoria City Hall
  • Museum of Natu ral History
  • Pretoria Train Station
  • Gautrain Pretoria Station
  • The old and new South African Reserve Bank
  • The embassy area

 

 

Johannesburg City Tour

Johannesburg, also known as Jozi, Jo’burg or Egoli is, by population, the largest city in South Africa. The city is the source of a large-scale gold trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills, where gold was discovered in 1886. We will point out historical buildings in the old city centre, and visit the financial and shopping hub of Sandton.

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We visit:

  1. Nelson Mandela Bridge
  2. Top of Africa (50th  floor of the Carlton Centre – Africa’s tallest   building)
  3. Constitution Hill – South Africa’s highest court
  4. Sandton City Centre and Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)

 

We point out:

  • The old JSE
  •  Historical buildings in the city centre
  • The Sports Precint (Athletic Stadium, Ellispark Rugby Stadium, Standard Bank Swimming Centre

 

Soweto Township Tours

In Soweto, South West from Johannesburg, you will catch a glimpse of the lives of its estimated 3 million residents. This popular tour includes a visit to attractions such as:

  1. Mandela House Museum
  2. Hector Pietersen Museum and Memorial Site
  3. Vilakazi Street – one of South Africa’s most famous streets – the only one in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners
  4. Regina Mundi Church (subject to permission)
  5. A local restaurant for refreshments (one local beer or cold drink included)

 

The tour is concluded with a drive past:

  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and taxi rank
  • An informal settlement
  • The Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg
  • Soccer City – home to the opening and closing functions of
  • the Soccer World Cup 2010.

 

Apartheid Museum

 An official policy of racial segregation formerly practised in the Republic of South Africa. This museum next to Gold Reef City illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. Visitors walk through the 22 individual exhibition areas, which contain film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories behind apartheid. At the end you’ll have a far deeper understanding of the why and how of apartheid and the new South Africa of today. The tour is self-guided, but our tour guide will be available to answer any questions.

 

Gold Reef City Tour

Gold Reef City is a theme park – built around an old gold mine – which shows Johannesburg as it was at the time of the discovery of gold. Included in the tour is a journey down the mine shaft (220 m) and a gold-pouring demonstration. A variety of shops and entertainment is available at the Theme Park.

 

 

Cullinan Diamond Tour – Surface

Enjoy a tour of the Premier Mine, opened in 1902, where the world’s biggest diamond (3106 carats) was discovered in 1905, and a 507 carats diamond in September 2009! Premier Mine has produced 255 gem diamonds of over 100 carats, and nearly a quarter of the world’s gem diamonds of 400 carats and over! This is also the only outlet in the world where you can buy the Cullinan StarCut diamond – a unique 66 facet cut. Each stone is laser inscribed – your assurance of the stone’s uniqueness.

On the surface tour visitors will see the big hole, the shaft and the diamond room where a selection of uncut diamonds and replicas of world-famous diamonds are displayed.  It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes as a fair amount of walking is involved.

On the underground tour, tourists are fitted with safety clothes and equipment, and then transported to the mine entrance via tram. We then go 763m underground and view the following: admin offices, workshop, rest area, refuge bay (for emergencies), loading and tipping of ore, crushing of ore and the conveyor belt transporting the ore. Back on the surface you will also visit the lookout point overlooking the big hole, the diamond cutting and polishing workshop as well as the diamond shop. This is a physically taxing tour and only recommended for someone really physically fit. No children under 16 are allowed.

 

The Cradle Of Humankind World Heritage Site

Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind – declared a World Heritage site in 1999 - is a 47 000 hectare area in the western part of Gauteng Province with around 40 different fossil sites where several of the world's most famous and important fossils have been discovered. We offer a half day tour to any one of the following, and a full day tour combining the first three of the following four attractions:

  1. Sterkfontein Caves
  2. Rhino & Lion Park
  3. Wonder Caves
  4. Maropeng Centre

 

Wonder Cave

One of the most beautiful, naturally, decorated caves in South Africa. Since its discovery only 100 years ago, few people have entered the Caves and it is thus relatively well preserved and virtually untouched. The enormous cave chamber with a volume of 46000 cubic metres is believed to be 2.2 million year old. Hourly tours are conducted on well-lit pathways where no crawling is necessary. Access to the underground cavern is by means of about 90 steps and then a lift.

 

Sterkfontein Caves

In 1947 a well-preserved skull of a species of early man known as Plesianthropus transvaalensis was discovered. The skull became known as Mrs. Ples, dating back 2.5 million years. The total of over 700 hominid specimens found here has made Sterkfontein the world’s richest hominid site. A section of the caves is visited on an hour long guided tour and the excavation site can be viewed. A visit to the newly built Sterkfontein Orientation Centre is also included, displaying information about significant findings, as well as general information on human and Cultural Revolution.

 

Maropeng Centre

The main building at Maropeng, called the Tumulus, emulates an ancient burial mound from the front, and in stark contrast, upon exiting, a very modern iconic structure is revealed. The architecture is symbolic of the journey through the evolution of life that is represented underground in the Maropeng Visitors’ Centre and the entire layout of the individual facilities across the site is based on the theme of constant discovery.

An original fossil display and a boat ride on an underground lake through the four life- giving elements that combined to form the earth and shape the world as it is known today, are offered in the Maropeng Visitors’ Centre.

 

Wildlife

Rhino & Lion Park

Situated in a World Heritage Site, The Cradle of Humankind, this 1 200-hectare park is home to over 700 head of game including white rhino, lion, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, hippo and crocodile. Their newly built breeding centre houses, amongst others, Bengal and Syberian tigers, jaguars and white lions.  If your holiday is nearing its end, but you still need to get those photos to impress your friends – this is it!  An extra fee is payable to play with the cubs at their crèche.

 

Pilansberg National Park

If you don’t have the time for a Kruger Park Tour this is your best alternative – only about two hours from Pretoria / Johannesburg. This malaria-free 58 000 hectare park – the fourth largest in South Africa – is situated on the eroded remains of a 1,2 billion-year-old extinct volcanic crater, and is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant), and more than 365 bird species. Overnight packages are available from the following lodges: Tshukudu Lodge, Ivory Tree Game Lodge, Kwa Maritane Lodge, Shepherd’s Tree Lodge and Bakubung Lodge.

 

 

Ann van Dyk Cheetah centre

The De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre lies nestled in the foothills of the Magaliesberg, presenting a landscape of open African veld, many indigenous trees and a panoramic view of the north.  De Wildt is renowned for its breeding success of rare and endangered species. The very rare King Cheetah was first bred here and similar success has been achieved in breeding Wild Dog, Brown Hyena, Blue Duiker, Suni Antelope and various species of vultures. The tour coincides with feeding time, so you’ll be able to observe these animals feeding in a natural, but controlled, habitat.  Advanced booking is recommended. No children under 6 are permitted.

The Cheetah Run: The ambassador cheetahs at the Centre are exercised three times a week as part of an enrichment programme. This entails the cheetahs chasing a high speed lure and visitors are able to witness the cheetah moving at speed. This activity offers some excellent photographic opportunities.

In the early 1900s the Magaliesberg Mountains were rich in wildlife and home to abundant herds of elephant. One hundred years later the elephants have returned to this area, to a special place in the heart of the beautiful African Bushveld. You will be hosted in small groups, by an experienced guide who will take you through an educationally orientated elephant experience. Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing and flat, closed walking shoes… and definitely bring a camera!

 

Bush Baby Monkey Sanctuary

The Bush Babies Sanctuary provides an environment where orphaned and abused monkeys (primates) can be given their freedom in a natural environment. The sanctuary is situated in one of the many kloofs (gorges) of the Magaliesberg Mountain range and provides the perfect environment for monkeys from around the world.

Visitors walk through indigenous forests with waterfalls and mountain springs on elevated wooden walkways. This wild forest is home to lemurs, bush babies and Spider, Squirrel, Capuchin and Vervet Monkeys.

Besides the beautiful setting and educational experience, The Sanctuary provides an insightful experience into the geological history of the Magaliesberg Mountains with a beautiful view of the Bushveld.

 

Cultural Experience

Lesedi Cultural village

Lesedi – The Place of Light – is a multi-cultural African village, an hour’s drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Guests are invited to the Ndebele Village where an additional welcome by all the people of Lesedi, takes place. The cultural programme begins with a multi-visual presentation on the history and origins of today’s rainbow nation. This is followed by a guided tour of the four ethnic homesteads – Zulu, Basotho, Xhosa and Pedi. As the sun sets over the African bush, guests are escorted to the boma for traditional singing and dancing (you are voluntarily requested to participate in this) depicting stories that date back to the days of their ancestors. The guests are then treated to a Pan African Buffet in the Nyama Choma Restaurant with delicacies from North, East and Southern Africa.

 

 

Adventure and Entertainment  

Sun city

Sun City - situated in the Bushveld of South Africa's North West Province, is surrounded by the imposing mountains of the Pilanesberg - draws thousands of visitors each year to its four top-quality hotels, magnificent sporting and recreational facilities including 2 world class golf courses, and the magical Lost City water-park, The Valley of Waves Water World.  Sun City has dazzled the international community with its glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities & star-studded spectaculars. We include the entrance fees at the gate and a short orientation tour at Sun City. The rest of the day is spent at leisure and we depart at 16:00 from the complex. Each visitor receives a R30 Sun City voucher (Sunbucks) to be spent at Sun City.

 

Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces

This is Big Game Country, the setting for dozens of sanctuaries teeming with wildlife and birds.  Among them, the Kruger National Park is world renowned, as are several of the luxurious private reserves on its western boundary.  The Kruger Park was established in 1898 to protect wildlife and covers an area of 2 million hectares. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.  Apart from the irresistible magnet of this wildlife mecca, some spectacular scenery can be viewed in the mountainous area known as the Panorama Route, en route to the Kruger Park.

 Different packages are available as well as options between the different private – some very luxurious – lodges and Kruger National Park camps.  Choose any combination to suit your need for comfort or your budget.  Accommodation ranges from huts and safari tents to 5-star lodges.

 

1.         KRUGER NATIONAL PARK PACKAGES

Two- to five-day packages are available.  On these tours a Ulysses Tours tour guide accompanies the guests for the duration of the tour.  Sightseeing and game drives are conducted with the tour guide in a Ulysses vehicle.  On the three-day package, both nights are spent in the Kruger National Park and on the four-day package, you spend one night on the scenic Panorama Route with its waterfalls, forests and Gold Rush towns and two nights in the Kruger National Park.  On the five-day package you spend two nights on the Panorama Route and two nights in the Kruger National Park.

ITINERARY – 4 DAY TOUR:  KRUGER PARK & PANORAMA ROUTE

 

Day 1: Mpumalanga Province

 We collect you from your doorstep and depart for Mpumalanga Province formerly known as the Eastern Transvaal.  On our way to the first stop, in the trout-fishing village of Dullstroom, we travel through Witbank and Middelburg to Belfast where we leave the highway. After Lydenburg we go down the escarpment of the Drakensberg mountain range.  We spend the afternoon in this scenic region with its waterfalls, lookout points and picturesque villages. We visit the historical mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and the Blyde River Canyon.  We overnight in Graskop / White River / Hazyview or Blydepoort.

Day 2: Kruger National Park

We leave after breakfast for the Kruger Park and spend the day in this world-renowned reserve. We check in at a rest camp (Skukuza / Lower Sabie / Satara or similar) in the late afternoon and have dinner in the camp’s restaurant.  Accommodation is in thatched rondavels (chalets / bungalows), all with private en-suite bathroom facilities and air-conditioning.

 

Day 3: Kruger National Park

Another day to try and spot the elusive Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino). We dine and stay overnight in a rest camp. A night drive on an open vehicle with a National Park’s Board ranger is optional (but very exciting).

 

Day 4: Kruger National Park

After breakfast we go on one more game drive before leaving the park and then head for the Escarpment again around noon.  Shopping and sightseeing are on the menu before heading back to Pretoria / Johannesburg.  We will be back at around 18:00. 

INCLUDED: Accommodation, dinner, breakfast, entrance fees, daily conservation levy in Kruger Park, guided transport and all day game drives.

KRUGER PARK GOLF PACKAGES

A golf package can be included on our 4 and 5 days Kruger Park & Mpumalanga Province packages. Options include:

• Skukuza Golf Course (9-hole course doubles to 18)
• Graskop Golf Course (9-hole course doubles to 18)
• Greenway Woods (White River / Hazyview) – Gary Player designed championship course
• Hans Merensky Country Club (Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province). Bordering the Kruger Park, birdies aren’t the only things you might encounter, as the course is often visited by various wildlife.

Return transport and green fees are included for 1 round of golf. Free transport can be provided for extra rounds.

 

EXECUTIVE OPTION

4-5 star-graded accommodation is used for the night/s outside the Kruger Park on the Executive option and Golf package:

 

UMBHABA LODGE

Gracing a high hillside summit above the panoramic Sabie Valley, Umbhaba Lodge is a bold statement of unstinting luxury in a sub-tropical Garden-of-Eden setting. Lodge facilities include an a la carte restaurant, the safari-style Burn Out Bar and a quiet lounge. 

 

HANS MERENSKY GOLF ESTATE – LERIBA LODGE

Leriba Golf Lodge is tucked away in dense indigenous forest on the famous Hans Merensky Golf Estate, Phalaborwa, South Africa.

The Kruger National Park, one of Africa‘s largest game reserves, form the Eastern boundary of the Estate. The climate is subtropical with hot summers reaching temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius.

 

2.         PRIVATE GAME LODGE PACKAGES

Some of these privately owned reserves are integrated with the world-famous Kruger National Park. The lodges cater for smaller groups, and day and night game drives are conducted in open vehicles by qualified game rangers and trackers. Accompanied game walks in the bush are also offered by most of the lodges.  While enjoying a bushveld sunset, you are served sundowners, and when darkness sets in, spotlights are switched on for the night drive.  Dinners are lamp-lit affairs in an open-air reed boma (shelter) under the star-studded African sky.  Different packages are available from the following lodges: 

 

UMLANI BUSH CAMP in the TIMBAVATI RESERVE

Umlani (“Place of Rest”) is an exclusive rustic lodge accommodating only 16 guests in en-suite reed and thatch rondavels. The diffused glow of paraffin lamps that light your way, adds to the atmosphere of traditional Africa that lives on in this bush camp.

THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE

14 500 hectares of pristine African bushveld with four elegant and exclusive lodges in this private reserve awaits discovery by the discerning traveller.  The main lodge boasts large living areas with sweeping views across the seasonal Monwana River where game may be spotted from the comfort of the veranda or pool.  The N’Kaya and Serondella Lodges each has four luxury suites for maximum privacy.  Chapungu Camp offers understated comfort with only five luxury tents available.

 

THE OUTPOST – Private Lodge inside Kruger National Park

The Outpost lies in a vast wilderness area in the northernmost part of Kruger National Park. This region, called the Makuleke Region, is bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique.

KAPAMA GAME RESERVE

Kapama is a 12 000 hectare game reserve situated near Hoedspruit, 45 kilometres to the west of the Kruger National Park. Located in an African bushveld setting, the reserve is unique for its sweeping views of the Drakensberg Mountains, which lie a mere 10 kilometres to the west.  The Main Lodge accommodates 40 guests and the tented Buffalo Camp – built on the theme of an East-African safari camp – a maximum of 16 guests.  The tour to Kapama Game Reserve includes a visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.

 

IDUBE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE in the SABI SAND RESERVE

Luxury air-conditioned chalets accommodate a maximum of 20 guests within one of the oldest and largest proclaimed private reserves, the renowned Sabi Sand Reserve. A stay at Idube combines the peace and tranquillity of the unspoilt bush with the comfort of a luxury lodge. 

 

SABI SABI in the SABI SAND RESERVE

The Sabi Sabi Game Reserve lies on the banks of the Sabie River in the Sabi Sand Reserve.  There is the Selati Lodge with the old railway line theme that captures the charm of a bygone era.  The use of oil lamps and lanterns for lighting and gas equipment for cooking and heating instead of electricity subtly accentuates this atmosphere.  The Bush Lodge, which overlooks a waterhole, affords great wildlife watching.  Sabi Sabi’s latest innovation is the avant-garde and environmentally sensitive Earth Lodge offering the ultimate in luxury accommodation and spa treatments.  Sabi Sabi caters for the most discerning guest accustomed to only the best.

 

LUKIMBI SAFARI LODGE in the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is situated within the Kruger National Park on the Lwakahle River. The concession of 15 000 hectares on which the Lodge is situated is for the exclusive use of Lukimbi and its guests.  The 16 suites all have a stunning river view, with magnificent trees lining the curved riverbed. Although inside the Kruger Park, off road venturing is allowed, offering exceptionally close game viewing.

Accommodation at any of these Private Lodge packages include all entrance fees, all meals, sundowner drinks, game drives and walks, and 14% VAT.  Please ask for our special winter rates, valid from May to August.

 

3.   COMBINATION PACKAGES (KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AND PRIVATE RESERVES):

 A combination package allows to experience both: the private, intimate lodges (that offer open vehicle drives in the morning and afternoon), and the more commercialised camps inside the famous Kruger National Park.  

 

Half Day Tours KwaZulu-Natal (departures ex Durban / Umhlanga) 

HD01. Durban City Tour (Departure 09h00/13h00)

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Durban, once known as the last British Bastion and renowned for its old Colonial homes and architecture, has become a veritable melting pot of culture and intrigue. A melding of history, traditions and beliefs, which totally encompass South Africa’s policy of tolerance and equality for all! This is the true ‘Heart’ of our Rainbow Nation.

Allow us to take you on a journey of sight, smell and sound as you drive along the well-known Golden Mile, wander through lush tropical Botanical Gardens, savour amazing Panoramic Views and interact with Local Traders at the famous Victoria Street Indian Market.

 

HD02. Valley of a Thousand Hills & Phezulu Cultural Village (Departure 08h30)

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Escape from civilization and allow us to heighten your senses and increase your awe at the true splendour of Mother Nature’s canvas and palette. We journey inland through small villages and gentle rolling countryside which give way to the most spectacular vista, known as the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Here you will be immersed in the fascinating culture and traditions of a proud Zulu Nation; have the opportunity to interact with the villagers and purchase traditional and modern souvenirs. A visit to the onsite crocodile park is also included.

Entrance Fees to Phezulu Village included

 

HD03. Kwamashu Township and Inanda Heritage Route (Departure 09h00)

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

 A short distance inland from the city we find the local settlements of Kwamashu and Inanda, which is steeped in history and culture. We visit one of the sections in Kwamashu, to take a short walk and interact with the locals and stop at a local shebeen. Time permitting, we visit the Ohlange Institute, where President Mandela cast his vote in South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994; the Phoenix settlement where Mahatma Gandhi developed his philosophy of passive resistance and the Inanda Seminary, one of the oldest African private schools for girls, established in 1869.

Entrance Fees Included

 

HD04. uShaka Marine World (Departure: 09h00)

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Have you ever wondered what it would be like under the surface of the Ocean; to be within inches of a ragged tooth shark or look a majestic Leatherback Turtle in the eye? Allow us to take you into the bowels of a sunken ship where you almost become one with this fascinating world and its incredible creatures.

uShaka Marine world was designed under direction from the Disney Theme Parks team, so your enjoyment is guaranteed!

Entrance fees to the Aquarium included

 

HD05. Tala Game Reserve (Departure: 08h30)

Duration: 4 – 5 hours

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and journey into the gently rolling countryside of the Natal Midlands, to one of our best kept secrets, Tala Game Reserve! Tala, a privately owned Eco Estate, has a charm all its own; teaming with bird life, magnificent ’Plains Game’ and a family of Hippos, which are extremely rare in this area! Experience a day filled with spectacular scenery and closed vehicle game viewing.

Optional, open-vehicle game viewing available.

Entrance fees are included

  

Full Day Tours KwaZulu-Natal (departures ex Durban / Umhlanga)

C01. City Tour and uShaka Marine World (Departure 09h00)

Duration: 7 – 8 hours

Durban, once known as the last British Bastion and renowned for its old Colonial homes and architecture, has become a veritable melting pot of culture and intrigue. A melding of history, traditions and beliefs, which totally encompass South Africa’s policy of tolerance and equality for all! This is the true ‘Heart’ of our Rainbow Nation.

Allow us to take you on a journey of sight, smell and sound as you drive along the well-known Golden Mile, wander through lush tropical Botanical Gardens, savour amazing Panoramic Views and interact with Local Traders at the famous Victoria Street Indian Market. uShaka Marine world is an Aquatic Theme Park that was designed under direction from the Disney Theme Parks team, so your enjoyment is guaranteed! The Shipwreck Theme adds something special to this experience!

Entrance fees to uShaka Aquarium included – Lunch for own account

 

C02. City Tour, Valley of a Thousand Hills & Phezulu Cultural Village.

Duration: 7 – 8 hours

Durban, once known as the last British Bastion and renowned for its old Colonial homes and architecture, has become a veritable melting pot of culture and intrigue. A melding of history, traditions and beliefs, which totally encompass South Africa’s policy of tolerance and equality for all! This is the true ‘Heart’ of our Rainbow Nation.

Allow us to take you on a journey of sight, smell and sound as you drive along the well-known Golden Mile, wander through lush tropical Botanical Gardens, savour amazing Panoramic Views and interact with Local Traders at the famous Victoria Street Indian Market.

We then escape from civilization and journey inland through small villages and gentle rolling countryside which give way to the most spectacular vista, known as the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Here you will be immersed in the fascinating culture and traditions of a proud Zulu Nation; have the opportunity to interact with the villagers and purchase traditional and modern souvenirs.

A visit to the onsite Crocodile Park is also included.

Entrance Fees to Phezulu included – Lunch for own account.

 

FD01. Battle Fields (Departure 06h00)

Duration: 12+ hours

Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift – Two of the sites where the British and Zulu Nations clashed in bloody battle. Be transported back in time by our narrator and specialist Battlefields Guide, who will reveal the challenges, heroic tales and cunningly intricate strategies used by both armies in these historic massacres.

Entrance Fees and Lunch are included

 

FD03. Kwamashu Township, Inanda Heritage & Gandhi Settlement (Departure 09h00)

Duration: 6 – 8 hours

The tour starts with a visit to Cato Manor, the first area from which African’s and Indians were forcibly removed and relocated to “Townships” in the early 1960’s. We continue our journey towards Kwamashu, Durban’s oldest township that was created to accommodate the mass resettlement of Africans from Cato Manor. Here we visit the Men’s hostel area, originally created to accommodate single migrant workers but nowadays home to families in newly constructed flats amongst the older buildings. One of the Royal residences of the Zulu King (Mbelebeleni) is also situated in this area. We continue and stop in one of the other Township sections, to take a few minutes’ walk and interact with the locals. We also stop at a local shebeen and have a traditional shisanyama lunch at one of the butcheries in the area. Our journey continues a short distance inland where we find the local settlement of Inanda, which is steeped in history and culture. Time permitting, we visit the Ohlange Institute, where President Mandela cast his vote in South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994; the Phoenix settlement where Mahatma Gandhi developed his philosophy of passive resistance and the Inanda Seminary, one of the oldest African private schools for girls, established in 1869. We end the day with a visit to Ebuhleni for a brief introduction to the religious world and the theosophy of the Shembe Church. Time permitting; we also stop at one of the local orphanages, for an interaction with the orphans and caregivers.

Entrance Fees and a Light Lunch Included

 

FD04. Hluhluwe Game Reserve (Departure 05h30)

Duration: 12 – 14 hours

This early dawn departure enables us to enjoy an exciting full day ‘Big 5’ photo safari. We travel north into the heart of Zululand to visit the oldest Game Reserve in South Africa, the Hluhluwe & Imfolozi National Park. It was here that the famous White Rhino breeding project was initiated and implemented with great success. This reserve is host to the ‘Big 5’ – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino – as well as many other exciting wildlife species.

The area is also renowned for its exceptional birding. A break will be taken for lunch at around midday, when the animals tend to seek the cool of the denser vegetation. Our adventure will resume again for a few hours in the early afternoon, before returning home, cameras filled with footage of Africa’s wildlife at its best!

Entrance Fees and Lunch are Included – Optional open vehicle game drive available.


 

FD05. Midlands Meander (Departure 08h30)

Duration: 7 – 8 hours

As we make our way out of the city into the gently rolling countryside towards Pietermaritzburg and Howick, you will be handed an informative brochure detailing all the places of interest along the Meander – It will be your choice to decide which places you wish to visit today. The Midlands Meander is South Africa’s premier Country Route, situated in an area called the uMgungundlovu District. The Meander was the dream-child of a group of crafters living in the area in the 1970’s, whose vision was to provide a different perspective for the visitor to the “Zulu Kingdom” by offering a diverse range of experiences to suite the most discerning traveller and promote their cottage industries. They are an Eco Sensitive, creative group of people who have successfully chosen to make a living at a gentler pace. Their creations include Ethnic Art, Weaving, Leather Work, Pottery, Wind Chimes, Hand Crafted Furniture and a host of other intriguing skills and crafts! Lunch will be taken at one of the excellent restaurants in the area. After an incredible day filled with sunshine, fresh air and wonderful experiences, we return to Durban in the late afternoon.

A Light Lunch is Included

 

FD06. Sani Pass Tour (Departure 06h00)

Duration: 10 – 12 hours

A mere 3 hours’ drive from the city we find ourselves in the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains. Spectacular vistas, breath-taking scenery and diverse flora and fauna are what you can look forward to experiencing today, as we explore the highlight of the Southern Drakensberg – Sani Pass! We leave our vehicle at the base station and use 4 x 4 vehicles to traverse the pass into the “Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho”. En route we stop to visit with the local people in their traditional village and learn a little about their culture and way of life. Our journey continues further up the pass to the “Highest Pub in Africa” where we will enjoy a light lunch whilst marvelling at the sheer magnitude and beauty of these incredible mountains. After lunch we will make our way back down the pass, through the border post and return to Durban.

PASSPORTS ESSENTIAL, please note some nationalities require visas

Entrance fees and a Light Lunch are Included

 

FD07. Shakaland – Zulu Cultural Village (Departure 08h30)

Duration: 8 hours

Experience the Zulu Culture first hand with a visit to South Africa’s most famous cultural village -Shakaland – situated a mere 170kms north of Durban. This ‘Living Museum’ was created around the film set of the epic film Shaka Zulu! Your day will be one of interaction with the villagers, who will entertain you with fascinating stories of history, culture and intrigue.

You will be introduced to their Sangoma, invited to taste the traditional beer and be mesmerized by their vibrant drumming and dance. We end the day with a delicious lunch, before returning to Durban.

Entrance fees and a Light Lunch are Included

 

FD08. Giants Castle – San Rock Art (Departure 07h00)

Duration: 8 hours

We travel via the picturesque Natal Midlands to Giant’s Castle, situated in the Central Drakensberg region. Here we spend the day taking a leisurely guided hike into the mountains to view the Bushman Paintings, followed by a visit to the San Museum. A delicious light lunch will be enjoyed before returning to Durban

Entrance fees and a Light Lunch are Included

 

FD09. Tala Game Reserve and Valley of 1000 hills & Phezulu Cultural Village (Departure 08h30)

Duration: 8 hours

Experience both Wildlife & Culture in the same day!

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and journey into the gently rolling countryside of the Natal Midlands, to one of our best kept secrets, Tala Game Reserve! Tala, a privately owned Eco Estate, has a charm all its own; teaming with bird life, magnificent ‘Plains Game’ and a family of Hippos, which are extremely rare in this area! After enjoying a leisurely game drive we make our way back towards Durban and the most spectacular vista, known as the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Here you will be immersed in the fascinating culture and traditions of a proud Zulu Nation; have the opportunity to interact with the villagers and purchase traditional and modern souvenirs. A visit to the onsite Crocodile Park is also included.

Entrance fees and a Light Lunch are included – Optional open vehicle game drive available

 

FD11. Full day Gandhi Tour (Departure 08h30)

Duration: 8 hours

We travel to the Durban City Centre, to start the tour at Tourist Junction, for information about Gandhi’s train journey in Durban 1893. It boasts a bust of Gandhi. Close by, we visit the Old Court House Museum presenting fascinating replicas of Durban’s early settlements, and among its collections are photos, artefacts and documents that relate to Mahatma Gandhi. We continue the tour to visit the Gandhi Settlement Centre in Inanda, where you will be given insight into Gandhi’s work in this area. We visit Gandhi’s home. Gandhi founded a small ashram at Phoenix in 1904 and began printing the Indian Opinion newspaper there. Only the ruins of the original buildings remain. The area is also known as Bhambayi (Bombay). We continue our tour to Pietermaritzburg, the Capital City of Kwa Zulu-Natal, to visit the Mahatma Gandhi Statue in the City Centre and Pietermaritzburg Station, where Gandhi was thrown off the train onto the platform for refusing to downgrade from a ‘Whites- Only’ first-class compartment.

Entrance fees and a light lunch is included

 

FD13. St Lucia Tour (departure 07h00)

Duration: 10+ hours

Explore St Lucia, and enjoy a 2 hour cruise on Lake St Lucia, one of South Africa’s 8 World Heritage sites. Here we will have the opportunity to view crocodiles and hippos in their natural habitat. After a light lunch, we depart on a visit to Cape Vidal. Cape Vidal falls within the St Lucia Marine Reserve and is situated north-east of St Lucia. It has the best of both worlds with access to the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia where there is a variety of game including reedbuck, other antelope, hippos, crocodiles and buffalo, spectacular water, forest and grassland birds and the wonderful Indian Ocean shore line with its startling array of marine animals. We return to Durban, cameras filled with footage of Africa’s wildlife at its best!

Entrance fees, light lunch and boat-cruise included – Optional open vehicle drive available.

Please note that subject to boat-cruise availability, the sequence of events may be changed around

 

Best of Southern Africa

14 days/13 nights

Best of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe & South Africa in 14 days

TOUR CODE BB14

Visit the top attractions of four southern African countries in 14 days

Take in all the highlights on a Southern African holiday that ranges through the northern regions of Botswana and Namibia into Zimbabwe and South Africa. Experience the finest game and bird watching by boat, on foot and in open safari vehicles. Marvel at the great southern rivers – the Okavango, Chobe and the Zambezi. See Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and the remnants of ancient kingdoms, Great Zimbabwe.

Highlights

• The best game-watching and safari experiences Africa has to offer in Namibia’s Caprivi region, Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, and Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park
• Spectacular Victoria Falls with its indescribable roar and dramatic mile-wide chasm
• Awe-inspiring Great Zimbabwe, dating back to the Late Iron Age

Quick Facts

• INCLUDES – 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 13 dinners, 13 nights’ accommodation, porterage, transport, game-watching activities and sightseeing as specified

• NOTE – Minimum 2 guests

Itinerary

 

DAY 1 MAUN, BOTSWANA: Transfer from airport to lodge on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Late afternoon sunset cruise. [D]

DAY 2 MAUN - OKAVANGO PANHANDLE, BOTSWANA: Optional flight over the Okavango Delta (own account). Travel along the panhandle, and spend 2 nights at a lodge alongside the Okavango River. [BD]

DAY 3 OKAVANGO PANHANDLE, BOTSWANA: Morning at leisure or optional (own account) mokoro day trip. (NB you will miss the sundowner cruise). [BD]

DAY 4 [BC] OKAVANGO PANHANDLE - CAPRIVI, NAMIBIA: Enter Namibia and the Mahango National Park for a game drive. Short walk to Popa Falls then enter the Caprivi Strip. Two overnights on the banks of the Kwando River. [BD]

DAY 5 CAPRIVI, NAMIBIA: Early morning game drive (in open vehicle). Tour a traditional village. Optional early morning or sunset boat trip (own account). [BD]

DAY 6 & 7 [BC] CHOBE, BOTSWANA: Enter Botswana and enjoy a game drive (in open vehicle) in the Chobe National Park and sunset cruise on the Chobe River. [BD]

DAY 8 & 9 [BC] VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE: Travel to Victoria Falls. Guided tour of the Falls and rainforest. Spend 2 nights at a lodge in Victoria Falls. [BD]

DAY 10 HWANGE, ZIMBABWE: Transfer to Hwange National Park. Enjoy a game drive in open safari vehicles or a visit to the Painted Dog Sanctuary. [FI]

DAY 11 MASVINGO, ZIMBABWE: Continue to Masvingo, and Lake Kyle National Park, stopping en route at Bulawayo for lunch (own account). [BD]

DAY 12 MASVINGO, ZIMBABWE: Visit the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe. Afternoon scenic drive to Lake Kyle and its dam wall. Overnight at lodge. [BD]

DAY 13 [BC] MAKHADO, SOUTH AFRICA: Cross the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa. Overnight at the Morning Sun Nature Reserve. [BD]

DAY 14 JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Depart for Johannesburg arriving at OR Tambo International Airport at around lunch time. [B]

 

11 days/10 nights

Best of Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe in 9 days

TOUR CODE BB9

Visit the top attractions of three southern African countries in 9 days

Join us for a once in a lifetime adventure that evokes all the nostalgia and allure of the Africa of by-gone eras. It’s your chance to have an authentic safari experience with sightings of game and birds in their unspoiled natural settings. You will not forget the beautiful wilderness of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, the lushness of Namibia’s Caprivi region and Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls.

Highlights

• Boat rides, guided walks and game drives through the waterways of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Namibia’s Caprivi region
• Safari by riverboat and in open vehicles in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to Africa’s largest concentration of elephants
• Zimbabwe’s top attractions – viewing the breath-taking Victoria Falls

Quick Facts

• INCLUDES – 8 breakfasts, 8 dinners, 8 nights’ accommodation, porterage, transport, game-watching activities and sightseeing as specified

NOTE – Minimum 2 guests

Itinerary

DAY 1 MAUN, BOTSWANA: Transfer from airport to lodge on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Late afternoon sunset cruise. [D]

DAY 2 MAUN - OKAVANGO PANHANDLE, BOTSWANA: Optional flight over the Okavango Delta (own account). Travel along the panhandle, and spend 2 nights at a lodge alongside the Okavango River. [BD]

DAY 3 OKAVANGO PANHANDLE, BOTSWANA: Morning at leisure or optional (own account) mokoro day trip. (NB you will miss the sundowner cruise). [BD]

DAY 4 [BC] OKAVANGO PANHANDLE - CAPRIVI, NAMIBIA: Enter Namibia and the Mahango National Park for a game drive. Short walk to Popa Falls then enter the Caprivi Strip. Two overnights on the banks of the Kwando River. [BD]

DAY 5 CAPRIVI, NAMIBIA: Early morning game drive (in open vehicle). Tour a traditional village. Optional early morning or sunset boat trip (own account). [BD]

DAY 6 & 7 [BC] CHOBE, BOTSWANA: Enter Botswana and enjoy a game drive (in open vehicle) in the Chobe National Park and sunset cruise on the Chobe River. [BD]

DAY 8 CHOBE - VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE: Travel to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Guided tour of the Victoria Falls and rainforest. Overnight at a lodge. [BD]

DAY 9 VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE: Transfer from the lodge to Victoria Falls or Livingstone Airports for your outbound flight. [B]