17 day South Africa – Culinary & Wildlife – 4 Star

 

English: Pafuri Gate (North Entrance Kruger Park)

English: Pafuri Gate (North Entrance Kruger Park) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Day 1

Johannesburg

 

Today we start our journey with an exciting trip to Soweto, a full day exploring the rich culture and history of Soweto a vibrant township. Where we will experience township cuisine, meet and interact with township people.

Included:

  • 4 star Accommodation x 1 night sharing bed and breakfast
  • Soweto township tour and traditional township meal
  • Apartheid Museum
  • Airport transfer
  • Guide , driver & vehicle

Excluded:

  • Dinner
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional extra Activities

Day2

Panorama Route to Kruger Park

We leave Johannesburg to our Camp in the world famous Kruger Park National Park.

On the way to Kruger Park we will take in The Scenic Panorama route; the Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 16 miles in length and is, on average, around 2,500 feet deep. We enter the Kruger Park in the late afternoon, and conduct an afternoon game drive to our camp in our tour Vehicle.

Included:

  • Accommodation (hut) with Bed, breakfast & dinner
  • Guide, Drive & vehicle
  • Entrance fees to Park
  • Game Drives

Excluded:

  • Lunch
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional  extra Activities

 Day 3

Kruger Park National Park

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,633 square kilometres in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in north-eastern South Africa. In Kruger National Park we will conduct a game drive in the morning and afternoon, and siesta in the mid day, we want to explore the park in search of African Wildlife which the park is famous for. We will conduct the game drives in our tour air-conditioned vehicle used for the trip.

Included:

  • Accommodation (hut) bed, breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Guide, Driver & vehicle
  • All Game Drives

Excluded:

  • Own drinks
  • Curios
  • Optional night Game Drive
  • Gratuities
  • Other Optional Activities 

Day 4

Zululand – Jozini Area

 

Early Morning game drive in our closed air-conditioned vehicle out of the Kruger Park, making our way to Zululand, to our first stay in the Jozini dam area. This day is a long day of driving. The Jozini Dam (previously called the Pongolapoort Dam) is build on the Pongola River was completed in 1974 and covers an area of 17 000 hectares when the dam levels are at 100%.  The dam wall is 70m high is build across the Pongola River gorge at the town of Jozini. The dam was originally built to supply water to local farmers on the Makatini flats for the cultivation of crops such as sugar cane, maize and cotton. Jozini Dam is situated in a beautiful part of northern KZN on the western side of the Lebombo mountain range in an area characterized by bushveld, wildlife and subtropical weather. The Jozini Dam is surrounded by private and provincial game reserves which have healthy populations of animals and birds. Jozini is now a protected breeding area for a host of water birds, mammals and fish such as the Tiger Fish.

Included:

  • 4 star Accommodation, Bed, breakfast & dinner
  • Morning Game drive
  • Guide, Driver & vehicle

Excluded:

  • Lunch
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional Extra Activities

Day 5

Zululand – St Lucia

 

After a relaxed morning we will make our way to the Hluhluwe –Imfolozi Game Reserve, on the way we stop at a Zulu homestead to learn more about the Zulu Culture there after we will make our way to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, where we game drive in our closed air-conditioned vehicle entering at Hluhluwe gate, Set in the heart of Zululand, the oldest game reserve in Africa where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where today the “big five” of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. Established in 1895, game viewing is the prime attraction.We will exit the park at the Southern gate and make our way to our accommodation in the small holiday town called St Lucia for 2 nights in the afternoon.

Included:

  • 4 star Accommodation, breakfast & lunch, dinner
  • Guide, Driver & vehicle
  • Cultural homestead excursion
  • Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park entrance fee
  • Game Drive in the park

Excluded:

  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional extra activities

 

 

Day 6

Zululand – St Lucia 

Today we will explore the eastern shores with a packed Picnic, iSimangaliso Park, The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values.

The 332 000 hectare Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place.

 We return to St Lucia in the afternoon where we will enjoy a boat cruise on Lake St Lucia Estuary. Lake St Lucia is Africa’s largest estuarine system. It is 80 kms long and 23 kms wide at its widest point. Home to over 800 hippos and 1200 crocodiles, this dynamic system hosts large flocks of pelicans, flamingos, ducks, waders and a variety of fish and other aquatic species.

Included:

  • 4 Star Accommodation, breakfast & lunch (picnic)
  • Guide, Driver & vehicle
  • iSimangaliso Park Entrance Fees
  • Afternoon Estuary Boat cruise

Excluded:

  • Dinner
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional extra activities

 

Day 7

Dolphin Coast

 

The Zulu Kingdom’s North Coast also known as the Dolphin Coast, stretches from Zimbali to the mighty Thukela River. This is the playground of the bottlenose dolphins which frolic in the waters close to shore and are visible all year round. The North Coast offers luxury, beauty, sport and history.
The North Coast is a place to indulge the senses – either in good restaurants offering fine dining or partying in nightclubs. Tee off on the excellent golf courses or for the sheer thrill of it – take to the air in a microlight and see this magnificent coastline as the seagulls see it.
Stroll or take a horse-ride along the North Coast at low tide and search for sea life. Climb rocky outcrops and enjoy a spot of angling.
The great Shaka Zulu is buried at Kwa-Dukuza and Nobel Laureate, Albert Luthuli lies buried nearby. Walk a ‘muti’ (African medicine) trail through the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve or visit historic battle sites such as the Ultimatum Tree, Ndondakusuka or Fort Pearson. Zulu hospitality is warm and the people are friendly. They are proud to show you their heritage.
The North Coast is also home to a large Indian community. Look out for their temples, sample their spicy foodstuffs or shop for fresh produce at any of the numerous markets.

While we are in Durban we will explore the Victoria Market and sample the spicy foods. After Exploring the Market, we will make our way to the Wild Coast and Coffee bay.

Included:

  • 3 Star Accommodation, Breakfast & lunch, dinner
  • Guide, Driver & vehicle
  • Victoria Market Spice tour

Excluded:

  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios

 

Day 8

Wild Coast – Coffee Bay

After leaving the City of Durban, we make our way along the South Coast to the Wild Coast, which used to be known as Transkei. We will spend the night in Coffee Bay. The wild coast is home to the Xhosa people and is the birth place of Nelson Mandela.

Included:

  • 3 star Accommodation, Breakfast & dinner
  • Guide, Driver & Vehicle

Excluded:

  • Lunch
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional extra activities

Day 9

Eastern Cape

We leave the Wild Coast, and make our way through the rest of Transkei and enter the Eastern Cape Province; tonight we will stay in the city of Port Elizabeth, where you will have time to relax after the long day of travelling.

Included:

  • 4 Star Accommodation, Breakfast & dinner
  • Guide, Driver & Vehicle

Excluded:

  • Lunch
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios

Day 10 & 11

Garden Route – Knysna

 

After breakfast, we will make our way to Knysna, stopping along the way to visit Natures Valley, Plettenburg bay and a walk in the Knysna Forest. The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River which is crossed along the N2 coastal highway over the Paul Sauer Bridge in the extreme western reach of the neighbouring Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley; with George, the Garden Route’s largest city and main administrative centre.  While we are in Knysna you will have some time to explore the popular holiday town. We have the option of exploring Knysna lagoon and the feather bed reserve. Tsitsikama national park to Storms River, for a walk on part of the Otter trail.

Included:

  • 4 star Accommodation, Breakfast, lunch & 1 x Dinner
  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat cruise to feather bed

Excluded:

  • 1 x Dinner
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional extra Activities

 

Day 12

Karoo – Oudtshoorn

 

Today we make our way to the Semi Arid area of South Africa called the Karoo, to Oudtshoorn, and area that is surrounded by Ostrich Farmers, where we will spend the day visiting an ostrich farm and exploring the area.

Included:

  • 4 star Accommodation, breakfast & Dinner
  • Guide, Driver & vehicle
  • Entrance fees

Excluded:

  • Lunch
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional extra Activities

  

Day 13

Cape Agulhas

We leave the Karoo and make our way along the beautiful route 62, stopping and visiting a few of the small farm stalls and towns along the way to Cape Agulhas; It is the geographic southern tip of Africa and the official dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. (The actual division between the ocean currents is, however, a different matter. The point where the Agulhas current meets the Benguela current fluctuates seasonally between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point.) Historically, the cape has been known to sailors as a major hazard on the traditional clipper route and is sometimes regarded as one of the great capes. It was most commonly known in English as Cape L’Agulhas until the 20th century. The town of L’Agulhas is located near to the cape.

Included:

  • 4 star Accommodation, breakfast & dinner
  • Guide, Driver & vehicle
  • Entrance fees to  Cape Agulhas

Excluded:

  • lunch
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional extra Activities

Day 14

Winelands – Franshoek

Today we make our way to Franschoek, on the way visiting Hermanus, a town on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is famous for southern right whale watching during the southern winter and spring and is a popular retirement town.  We arrive in Franschhoek in the afternoon, which is a small town in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns of the Republic of South Africa. The heart of the Winelands. We will spend 2 nights here.

Included:

  • 4 star Accommodation, breakfast & dinner
  • Guide, Driver & vehicle

Excluded:

  • Lunch
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional extra Activities

 

Day 15

Winelands – Franschoek

 

Today we will explore the cape Winelands, visiting a few select wine farms, to taste South African made wines, which are famous. We will also taste cuisine in the area. The area has a few celebrity chefs’ restaurants in the area. 

Included:

  • 4 star Accommodation breakfast & dinner
  • Guide, Driver & vehicle
  • Wine Tasting tour

Excluded:

  • Lunch
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional extra Activities

Day 16

Cape Town

 

After breakfast, we make our way to Cape Town; today we will join the Bo Kaap Culinary and History tour.

The Bo-Kaap has over centuries been home to people of various origins and religions; the area is closely associated with the Muslim community of the Cape. The first mosque at the Cape, the Awwal Mosque, was established through the endowment of a freed slave woman by the name of Saartjie van de Kaap and was built in the neighbourhood in 1804 and is still in use, although much altered over years. By the beginning of the twentieth century roughly half the population in the area was Muslim. We are staying for two nights at near the Victoria & Alfred waterfront on the tour.

Included:

  • 4 star Accommodation, breakfast , Lunch & dinner
  • Guide, Driver & Vehicle
  • Bo Kaap Culinary & history tour

Excluded:

  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional extra Activities

 

Day 17

Cape Town – Final Day

Today is a day packed with the sites of Cape Town and surrounds. We will visit Table Mountain in the morning (weather permitting and access to cable car); make our way via Houtbay, Chapman’s peak and Cape of Good Hope/ Cape Point, there after we will make our way to Simon’s Town and Boulder’s Beach to visit the local African Penguin community. After Simon’s town and Kalk Bay we make our way back to Cape Town and our Hotel.

Included:

  • 4 Star Accommodation, Breakfast & dinner
  • Guide, Driver & vehicle
  • Table Mountain one way Cable car (weather dependant)
  • Cape Point Entrance Fees
  • Boulder beach & penguin entrance fees
  • Airport Transfer

Excluded:

  • Lunch
  • Own drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios
  • Optional extra Activities

Tour Price

 Email Robert@pardustours.com for your quote

2 People Travelling

 

R 57754, 00 per person sharing

US$5702 using exchange rate 2 October 2013 at R1 = US$0.0987 (exchange rate is not guaranteed and may fluctuate)

4 People Travelling

 

R49090 per person sharing

US$4847 using the exchange rate 2 October 2013 at R1 = US$0.0987 (exchange rate is not guaranteed and may fluctuate)

 

Single Supplement: R1438.50

The price includes:

  • All accommodation on the trip for 2014 rates
  • Meals stipulated on the itinerary
  • Activities stipulated on the itinerary
    • Game drives
    • Cultural tours
    • Wine tour
    • Park Entrance fees
    • Licensed  field Guide
    • Driver
    • Vehicle,  fuel and appropriate passenger insurance

Excluded:

  • Taxes
  • Internal flights
  • Gratuities
  • Optional extra activities not stipulated on the tour
  • Travel Insurance
  • Own Expense meals and drinks
  • Curios
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