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South Africa Tour Programme

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Day 1 : Arrival Cape town

Half Day City Tour and Table Mountain

  • Meet and assist, transfer to Hotel for check in.
  • Rest
  • Visiting Castle of Good Hope, St. George’s Cathedral, the company Gardens and the Malay Quarter (known as Bo-Kaap).
  • Then to Kloof Nek and Magnificent Table Mountain will ascend to the top (if Weather Permitting) by the revolving Cable Car.
  • You will see wild flowers and the famous Silver Tree and marvel at a birds-eye view.
  • Dinner at Hotel – Overnight.
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Day 2 : Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour:

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Headed for Cape Point at the south western tip of the Cape Peninsula (the most spectacular views in the world).
  • Drive along the Atlantic Coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburbs of Sea Point and Camps Bay with its glorious views of the Twelve Apostles (Part of the Table Mountain range).
  • Then travel to the Cape Point Nature Reserve (Compromising over 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora. Taking the Chapmans peak road cut into the side of the mountains by Italian Engineers with splendid views of the mountains. 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 and is a haven for Bird-watchers. Then to the majestic coastline called “Nature’s Greatest Show”. We’ll be able to see the union of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.
  • Following the coastline along False Bay, we’ll return to Cape Town by the way of Simon’s Town, then we visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, Fish Hoek fishing 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.
  • Dinner & Overnight.
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Day 3 : Robben Island:

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Transfer from the hotel to disembark at Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the island and take a short walk to buses that will transport you to all the historical sites around the island.
  • On the way to the buses, you will pass buildings and a high wall built by prisoners during the 1960s. The buildings were used for family and lawyer visits to prisoners.
  • You will meet your Tour Guide when you have boarded the buses. The tour guides inside the prison are former political prisoners. They are fully conversant and knowledgeable about the islands multi-layered 500 year old history. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years.
  • The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.
  • On your return to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront you will have some time to walk around the Quays… Look at the museums and shop at one of South Africa premiere shopping malls… Enter the Cape Town Two Oceans Aquarium or take a ride on the big wheel for views of the Cape Town Harbour.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner & Overnight.
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Day 4 : Tour of the Winelands:

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Drive to the country’s principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, with a stop en route.
  • Start 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. Enjoy cellar tour at one of the local estates.
  • From Paarl, we’ll continue north-west to the beautiful village of Franschoek, near the Drakenstein Mountains founded in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing the Hugeunot religious persecution in Europe. A memorial in the town commemorates the arrival of these early settlers who helped develop the wines sought after the Napoleon, Bismarck 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 recognised the fertility of tis 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.
  • Dinner & Overnight in Cape Town.
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Day 5 : Durban:

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Check out from Hotel, drive to Airport for departure to Durban (By South Africa Domestic Flight) arrive Durban Airport.
  • Meet and assist, transfer to Hotel.
  • Check in.

 

Starting half day Durban City Tour:

  • Tour begins as we travel along the Golden Mile, the revitalised beachfront promenade which hugs the beckoning beaches of Durban, viewing the upgraded Point Waterfront. Then viewing the majestic City Hall, and enjoying its humorous history!
  • We continue to the small craft harbour viewing the 8th largest harbour in the world. Drive past the sugar terminals and very busy harbour warehouses on our way to the University of Natal – Durban Campus where we view lovely sights of the harbour below.
  • Then we visit the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle – home to 9 distinct markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange and where approximately 6000 street vendors ply their trade, to an average of 460,000 daily commuters – an authentic experience.
  • From culture to nature, we visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens founded in 1849, a treasure trove of massive trees from Asia, Africa and America, and a magnificent orchid house.
  • We then conclude with a visit to an icon of Kwazulu Natal, the Moses Mabhida, Stadium where you will have the option of experiencing the cable car ride to the top of the Stadium for that phenomenal view of Durban and its surroundings.
  • Dinner & Overnight in Durban.
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Day 6 : Shakaland Tour & uShaka:

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Experience Zulu culture and customs at the largest Zulu kraal in all of Zululand. Sample traditional Zulu beer, enjoy the energy of the Zulu dancers, and witness the artistry that goes into spear, shield, beadwork, pot making and building of huts. Visit an iSangoma (traditional healer).
  • Then transfer to explore the wonders of ocean life at uShaka Marine World. View exhibits of South Africa’s unique Indian and Atlantic Ocean marine life. Home to Africa’s largest of dolphinarium, with spectacular dolphin, seal and penguin shows.
  • Dinner & Overnight in Durban.
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Day 7 : Drakensburg & bushman’s paintings tour:

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Then transfer by luxury coach to the beautiful Drakensburg Mountains. En route we visit Giants castle UNESCO world heritage site and take a guided walk up to some very well maintained Bushmen rock art painting.
  • We then transfer to the hotel. We are staying at the magnificently appointed Cathedral Peak hotel nestled right up against and under the Cathedral peak range. This is a DBB resort. Many activities can be enjoyed here. Helicopter rides to the top of the mountains, guided walks to the bushman’s paintings or beautiful waterfalls. There is also a working trout farm nearby and you can partake in the art of fly fishing if you would like. All tackle available for rental at the hotel.
  • Dinner & Overnight at Cathedral peak.
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Day 8 : Johannesburg:

  • Early breakfast at Hotel.
  • Check out from Hotel, drive through to Durban Airport for departure to Johannesburg, arrive Johannesburg Airport meet an assist, transfer to hotel for check in.
  • Explore Johannesburg and take in the highlights, including, the Westcliff view, Nelson Mandela Bridge (photo opportunity, not crossing the bridge), Museum Africa (photo opportunity only), Mary Fitzgerald Square, New town sites and Construction Hill (if open). This landlocked city is the largest man made and planted forest in the world.
  • Dinner & Overnight in Johannesburg.
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Day 9 : Soweto Tour – Apartheid museum Tour:

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Soweto is an urban area of the city of Johannesburg, bordering the city’s mining belt in the south. Its name, an English syllabic abbreviation for South Western Townships, refers to its origins as a black township under South Africa’s Apartheid government. The population has historically been overwhelmingly black and some of the watershed events in the struggle against Apartheid occurred in the township. On this tour we will discover Soweto and the surrounding area, driving past a hostel in Diepkloof, the well-known Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Orlando Power Station, Whinnie & Nelson Mandela’s former house, Desmond Tutu’s House, the Hector Peterson Memorial/Museum, a quick stop at the well-known restaurant, a shebeen, the Regina Mundi Church, Maponya Shopping Mall, Klip town, Walter Sisulu Freedom Square and Aldorado Park.
  • Afterwards we will head towards the Aartheid Museum. Once there you will have the opportunity to discover the history of the Apartheid era.
  • Then a visit to Gold Reef City – Enter the historical world of Johannesburg’s gold rush and experience a history lesson that you’ll definitely enjoy on our Heritage Tour.
  • Learn how Johannesburg came to be, how gold was discovered on the reef, descend 75 meters underground plus witness the magnificent glow of a live gold pour!
  • Rich Beginnings – We invite you to join Veli, a modern day school boy as he takes the journey of a life time in the company of Joe, a well weathered prospector from the late 1800s. This fascinating introductory movie tells the story about the earliest days of Jozi and the discovery of gold.
  • Underground Mine tour – Descend into the depths of the earth and discover the riches of the South Africa’s history on our underground mine tour. Experience the heart stopping feeling of travelling deep below the surface. Feel the cold air and touch the rough rock that holds the wealth of a nation.
  • Dinner & Overnight in Johannesburg.
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Day 10 : Maropeng – Cradle Tour & Sterkfontein Caves:

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Check out from Hotel for departure to Maropeng – arrive Hotel in Maropeng.
  • Check in, then start the Cradle Tour.
  • Maropeng Visitor Centre is a short drive from Sterkfontein Caves. It is a world-class exhibition focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. The fossil exhibits cover an area of 2500 square meters. The exhibition centre is housed in the Tumulus’ unique architectural structure resembling an ancient burial mount. Maropeng provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view original hominids and dinosaur fossils, as well as ancient artifacts. The interactive displays will leave you feeling exhilarated about the past, present and future. You will also realise that all of humans share an African heritage. The underground boat ride is retracing the various stages of the Creation of Earth.
  • Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of humankind was declared A WORLD HERITAGE SITE by UNESCO in 1999, because of its exceptional contribution to our understanding of humankind history and development over more than 3 million years.it is about 40km north-west of Johannesburg. There are 15 major fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind of which the Sterkfontein Caves is the richest.
  • Dinner & Overnight in Maropeng.
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Day 11 : Sun City:

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Check out from Hotel for departure to visit the Lion Park. Here you can snuggle with a lion cub. Get close to giraffe and other game and view grown lions and other cats at close quarters.
  • Travel to the Sun City’s The palace Hotel. Check in and take time to enjoy this fantastic hotel. Stroll through the gardens and take a dip in the royal pools and wave park.
  • Dinner & Overnight at Sun City.
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Day 12 : Pilanesberg Game Reserve:

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Check out from Hotel for departure.
  • Commence with a scenic drive into the Pilanesberg Game Reserve where you will overnight in the Pilanesberg Private Lodge which is a new private retreat nestled on the foot of the majestic Pilanesberg Mountains. The Lodge is uniquely situated within a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg/Pretoria, within a 20 minute drive from Sun City and is situated in a MALARIA FREE area. This Lodge is uniquely positioned in a part of the Pilanesberg National Park wilderness area that has previously not been accessible to any visitors. Our guests enjoy nothing but spectacular views of world famous “Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex”. The Lodge was designed to incorporate the views to ensure that even when you are not on game drives, you stand the chance to see any of the animals from the lodge. Elephant, rhino (black and white), lion and leopard have been spotted from the lodge in the last few months. During the evenings we enjoy fabulous stargazing from our boma as the light in the area is very clean and clear. We have 5 sleeping units that is connected via paves pathways and bridges to the communal area. The units are named Leopard, Tambotie, Shepherds Tree, Rhino and Elephant.
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Day 13 : Pilanesberg – Pretoria Tour – Departure:

  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Check out from hotel for departure.
  • Tour to Pretoria – is informally known as ‘the Jacaranda City’ for its beautiful, purple lined streets when the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom. Take this opportunity to stand in front of the heart of the country overlooking a city built on passion and determination, where building are architecturally significant and a nation congregates around statues of past leaders. Highlights include Paul Kruger House, Church Square, Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings and City Hall.
  • Lunch during the tour.
  • Transfer to airport for international return flight.
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General Note:

This tour is individually sculptured to your group’s requirements and can be changed on request at any time where bookings allow and your group agrees.

Notes on museums in South Africa:

There are literally hundreds of museums in South Africa covering Military, cultural, natural history and other topics.

Below are a few that you may like to include in the tour of Durban and Cape Town.  Johannesburg has been well covered already.

Cape Town

The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of the District Six experience and with that of forced removals more generally.

The Iziko slave lodge museum. The slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. The many names of the building over three centuries – Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court and SA Cultural History Museum reflects the long and rich history of the building. In 1998 this museum was named the Slave Lodge. Under the umbrella theme. From human wrongs to human rights, exhibitions on the lower level of this museum explore the long history of slavery in South Africa. Through our changing, temporary exhibitions we address issues around and raise awareness of human rights.

Castle of Good Hope museum is a beautifully restored fortress built after 16665 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC). It is Cape Town’s oldest building. Housed within its massive stone walls are the magnificent national treasures that make up the William Fehr Collection. It is an artistic mirror of life and culture across Southern Africa and beyond. Superb oils and watercolours, graphics, fine furniture, silver, glass and much more reflect some of the lasting contributions of those who helped make South African history between 1500 and 1900. The Collection has been displayed at the Castle for nearly half a century, while many other pictures and objects are shown at the nearby town house Rust en Vreugd.

Heritage Museum in Simons Town The formation of the Heritage Museum was initiated by the Noorul Islam Historical Society that compromises of a group of former and present residents of Simon’s Town. The museum was crafted as a reminder of the rich Muslim culture that existed in the town from the establishment of Simon’s Town as the official winter anchorage for the Dutch East India Company in 1743 until the Forced Removal of more than 7000 ‘people of colour’ under the Group Areas Act in 1968.

Durban

The Port Natal Maritime Museum deals exclusively with the city’s seafaring tradition. It serves as a reminder that Durban was, and still is, the busiest port in Africa.

The Museum, off Durban’s Esplanade, is a true voyage of discovery, it offers an exhibition hall, a number of small craft, and three ships for children to scramble about on as they learn a little about maritime history first hand. The 75 year old Ulundi, with its coal-fired engine, is the oldest of the ships on display.

Mahatma Ghandi house if you know about Mahatma Ghandi’s history, then you will enjoy seeing where he lived and the printing press he founded.

Phanzi Museum Durbans Phansi museum houses some of South Afric’s largest collections of traditional art, crafts and artifacts.

Pretoria

Ditsong National Museum of natural history Museum’s collections and exhibits include hominid fossils from the Cradle of humankind World Heritage Site and associated fauna, including Mrs Pies (the nickname attributed to a fossil skull believed to represent a distant relative of all humankind): fossils, skeletons, skins and mounted specimens of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and mammals. On these collections are based the Museum’s educational programmes, research is done and information is communicated to all people of South Africa as well as to the international community. The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History is the only natural history museum in Gauteng and one of the largest in South Africa. It is unique in that is it the only institute in South Africa that offers the local, national  and international community the opportunity to view its collections including original fossil material usually denied by the public.

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