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R22580

9 Day Namibia Explorer Tour

Namibia is an exceptionally diverse, but also arid land! On this guided tour one explores Windhoek – the Capital, the western seaboard, some of the most amazing sights in Namibia including the red dunes as well as it’s wildlife! The Sossusvlei 5-day tour can be added to this one. Day 1. Johannesburg – Windhoek – Namibia Mid-morning departure from Johannesburg to Windhoek. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight – CLASSIC AVANI Windhoek Hotel (B/B) or similar. Day 2. Windhoek – Swakopmund After breakfast, depart for Swakopmund, nestling between desert dunes and the Atlantic Ocean, arriving early afternoon. After some short walks on the beach, book into your hotel. Day 3. Swakopmund Today is at leisure in the town of Swakopmund to explore or take part in the many activities on offer. Overnight at the hotel. Day 4. Swakopmund – Damaraland Travelling north and explore the pre-historic rock art at Twyfelfontein. The area is strewn with boulders, all dotted with engravings and paintings, some dating back to over 6000 years. Features in the area include the Organ Pipes, considered to be over 130 million years old, Burnt Mountain and the Petrified Forest. Visit the Welwitschia Mirabilis, the oldest desert plant on earth and thereafter travel to a Damara Traditional Village. After this cultural experience, proceed to our lodge situated on the edge of the Damaraland. Overnight at the lodge. Day 5. Damaraland – Etosha National Park After breakfast travel towards the Etosha National Park, famous for its vast amounts of wildlife and landscape. On arrival at the camp, check in and the rest of the day is at leisure. Optional activity is an afternoon game drive in open vehicle – book direct with the lodge. Overnight in the camp. Day 6. Etosha National Park Inside Etosha National Park, embark on

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R1050

Full Day Cape Mountain Passes Tour (Code: SCCM)

Dive through some of the most scenic mountain passes in Cape Town in an all nature safari vacation package These all inclusive cape town holiday packages are designed to showcase a few of the most spectacular cape mountain passes and views of the Western Cape. We travel through the areas where the world renowned Cape Apples, South African dried fruit, the finest export grapes, and a variety of wines are produced. The town of Paarl serves one of the best wine producing areas in the Cape, and Wellington at the foot of the Drakenstein Mountains is the centre of the dried fruit industry. The Bainskloof Mountain Pass offers many scenic views. The Breede River Valley on the other side is the principal export grape growing area in the country. The second mountain pass we travel through is the Du Toit’s Kloof Pass skirting the magnificent gorge, rich with indigenous mountain flora. At the summit we have a spectacular kaleidoscope of the Fairest Cape with Table Mountain in the distance. We travel through the Franschhoek Valley, arguably one of the most beautiful valleys in the world, where wine farms still bear original French names as do their wines. The winding Franschhoek Pass offers striking views of the valley. Further along, we travel through the apple orchards of Grabouw where the famous Cape Apples originate from. After a visit to the Apple Museum, we return to Cape Town via Sir Lowry’s Pass where we have a full view of False Bay, the Peninsula and Cape Point. Other tours you may be interested in; Sani Pass Tour,  other Cape Mountain Passes. The Sani Pass is probably the most impressive pass in South Africa as one can only traverse it with a 4 x 4 vehicle to the top which is close to 3000 metres (10 000ft) above sea

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R1620

Full Day Cape Winelands Tour (Code: SCCW)

Discover the history of wine-making in the Paarl winelands tour of Cape Town South Africa Highlights of this tour include Paarl with its rich history of wine making and the role it played in the development of the Afrikaans language and Franschhoek Valley where French settlers settled after fleeing persecution in France in the late 17th century. Come partake in luxurious wine tasting tours of Cape Town and visit some of this area’s most famous wine estates. We spend time in Stellenbosch with its many historic buildings and some unique shopping opportunities. A great tour to taste of South Africa’s best wine !

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R1910

1 Day Cape Peninsula Tour (Code: SCCK)

See Mother Nature’s plant life with the Cape Peninsula tour package On this single day round-trip adventurous Peninsula tour of Cape Town you will visit the following highlights: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with over seven thousand plant species, half of which being indigenous plants and of those, some two thousand six hundred being endemic to the peninsula. From here you drive via the Constantia Valley which is the oldest winemaking centre in South Africa. The African Penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town. Simon’s Town is also the headquarters of the S.A Navy. Cape of Good Hope is the most south western extremity of the African continent. Cape point which is the second-best viewpoint after Table Mountain. The fynbos rich Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the spectacular scenic drive over Chapman’s Peak along the west of the Peninsula, that will take you back to the city after this eventful day.

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R4750

2 Day Natal Battlefields Guided Tour (Code: SCDF)

The Natal Battlefields guided tour visits the battlefields of Spionkop, Tala, Ladismith, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, all part of the Anglo Boer and Anglo Zulu wars fought during the late 19th century.  You finally visit Zulu king Dingane’s Umgungundhlovu homestead where he murdered Boer leader Piet Retief and his party. DAY 1   Durban – Pietermaritzburg – Spionkop – Ladysmith – Talana (Battlefields) Our 2 Day Battlefield Guided Tour to the battlefields takes us westwards to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. Stop at the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin. Enter the waiting room, where, in the silence of the night he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance. Visit the Church of the Vow that was built as a result of the Battle of Blood River between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus in 1838. Then onwards to the hills where the Battle of Spionkop took place. Here, famous personalities like Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha, were active in different capacities.  Standing on the spot, the terrible incident unfolds again. At Ladysmith visit the Siege Museum for an insight into the siege of Ladysmith and stories of suffering and heroism. Overnight outside Dundee after we visit the Talana Battlefield – the site of the first battle of the Anglo-Boer War.  Overnight at the Battlefields Lodge. DAY 2   Rorke’s Drift – Isandlwana – Umgungundluvo – Durban This morning we cover the famous and awe inspiring battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. At our last stop, we get an insight into the clashes between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus.  We visit Umgungundlovu, the reconstructed home of Dingane who was responsible for the massacre of the Voortrekker leader, Piet Retief, and many of his men. This, in turn, led to

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R1850

Zulu Cultural Day Trip (Code: SCDS)

When Shaka Zulu became king of the Zulus in 1816, he created a highly efficient fighting force and through brilliant military strategy and leadership, he forged a great nation. Today the Zulus are the largest of South Africa’s ethnic groups and with this tour, we give you an insight into their culture. We drive north past the subtropical coast and bushveld of Zululand. After a short stop in Eshowe, we depart for Shakaland where we have lunch and a demonstration of traditional dance styles and their social system.

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R1050

Valley of a 1000 Hills Cultural Half Day Tour (Code: SCDV)

This tour of the Valley of a Thousand Hills includes a drive through the wealthy Kloof area. Travel along the edge of the impressive Valley of a 1000 Hills. Here we introduce you to the age old Zulu tradition. Visit the Sangoma and enjoy the Zulu dancing and cultural demonstrations. We also visit a crocodile farm and snake park before returning to Durban. NOTE: apart from the Valley of a Thousand Hills cultural half day tour, we also have a full day excursion visitng Shakaland, the prop where the movie Shaka Zulu was filmed. See here.

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R700

1 Day Durban City Tour (Code: SCDC)

Our tour of Durban, a bustling metropolis, often called the cultural ‘melting pot’ of South Africa, includes a drive through the sports corridor with its impressive sporting facilities to the Blue Lagoon area on the Umgeni River where you get a panoramic view of the whole bay of Durban. Then past the so-called Apartheid Beaches, the Marine Parade (Golden Mile) where you will see the rickshaws, en route to the impressive developments at the new Point Waterfront area. We drive past the busiest harbour in Africa and various historical monuments, and then through the city centre where the original Railway Station building, the City Hall and the Post Office buildings each have a story to tell. We stop at the Indian Market where you get a glimpse into the Indian culture and bargain for souvenirs and spices. Our last visit is to the Botanical Gardens with its extensive collection of trees and plants from all over the world, as well as a famous cycad collection and orchid garden. You have the option of being dropped off at the end of the tour at the Ushaka Marine world with its world-class aquarium, and many shops and restaurants. NOTE: Other tours that incorporates escorted tours of the city.

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R24650

8 Day South Africa Touch of Wildlife and Scenery – Johannesburg to Cape Town (Code: SC-01)

8 Day South Africa touch of Wildlife and Scenery Johannesburg to Cape Town DAY 1. Johannesburg – Kruger National Park (Commencing on the touch of wildlife and scenery) This tour specializes in the major wildlife and scenic areas of South Africa! We start off with a drive eastwards via Witbank and Middelburg to Nelspruit and enter the Kruger National Park in the south. Our encounter with the wildlife starts here. Tonight we enter our camp for dinner and overnight. The accommodation in the camps is free-standing round ‘rondavel’ type rooms with air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom. DAY 2.  Big Five Kruger National Park Tour Today is completely devoted to game viewing as we search for the ‘Big Five’ amongst other animals. We reach our camp at sunset for dinner and overnight. Some may want to do a night drive in an open game-viewing vehicle utilising high powered spotlights to find the nocturnal animals (optional). DAY 3. Kruger National Park – Panoramic Route – Hazyview After a final game drive and breakfast, we exit the park and drive via Klaserie and the Abel Erasmus Pass to the Escarpment where we enter the Panoramic Route. Visit the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and Pinnacle Rock. Travel via Graskop and Sabi to our hotel. Overnight at Ligna Lodge. DAY 4. Pilgrim’s Rest – JNB – Port Elizabeth After breakfast and a visit to the Lone Creek Falls, we travel to the national heritage town of Pilgrim’s Rest. We take a walk through the main street and get transferred to the late 19th century when this little village was bustling with activity as a result of the alluvial gold found here. From here we return via Robber’s Pass and reach Johannesburg International Airport late afternoon for your flight to Port Elizabeth where you

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R24995

6 Day South African Coastal Experience Guided Tour – Solo

6 Day South African Coastal Experience Guided Tour DAY 1.  Cape Town – Route 62 – Oudtshoorn (Cape Town to Durban Tour) Depart from Cape Town and drive eastwards via the beautiful Du Toit’s Kloof Mountains and the Breede Valley Wine region, heartland of South Africa’s Brandy producers as well as via the Robertson and Montague wine regions. We visit one of the many Wine Estates in these areas for a wine tasting. We continue via Route 62 through the Little Karoo with its many unique mountain ranges and vegetation to Oudtshoorn, visiting an Ostrich Show Farm for some exceptional experiences with these strange birds! Overnight in Oudtshoorn, also called the “Feather capital” of the world, as over ninety percent of the world’s ostrich farms are found here. Overnight La Plume Lodge. DAY 2.  Cango Caves – Garden Route – Knysna We visit the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprise an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. An optional visit to the Cango wildlife ranch can be done. The Ranch encompasses over 90 different species of animals. They provide guided tours which are fundamental in educating the public, giving each species a voice, and highlighting animal and environmental issues. We travel past Oudtshoorn, over the Outeniqua Mountains via George and Wilderness along the Wilderness National Park lakes area. We skirt around the lakes to Knysna on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two promontories known as the “Heads”. The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the Lakelands and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities for unusual locally made art and craft, etc. Overnight in Knysna. Overnight Augusta Bay Lodge. DAY 3.  Garden Route –

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R26400

8 Days Touch of Wildlife and Scenery – Cape Town to Johannesburg (Code: SC-01C)

8 Days touch of Wildlife and Scenery – Cape Town to Johannesburg DAY 1.  Cape Town – Hermanus – Swellendam – Mossel Bay This wildlife and scenery tour highlights the diversity of South Africa. Depart from Cape Town at around 09h00 and drive eastwards via the beautiful coastal route between Gordon’s Bay and Hermanus, a seaside holiday town (Hermanus is the best place in the World to spot Whales from land – July to Dec). After lunch we drive on to Mossel Bay. Here we visit arguably the oldest post office in Africa, the Post Office Tree.  The Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias made landfall here in 1488. Overnight at Bar -T-Nique Lodge. DAY 2.  Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves – Ostrich Farm. The 2nd Day of the 8 Days touch of Wildlife and Scenery, starts over the Outeniqua Mountains in the Little Karoo to visit an Ostrich Show Farm for unique experiences. We visit the Cango caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprise an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Visit Oudtshoorn, also called the “Feather capital” of the world, as one finds over ninety percent of the world’s ostrich farms here. Overnight La Plume Lodge. DAY 3.  Oudtshoorn – Cango Wildlife Ranch – Garden Route – Knysna After breakfast we visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, an endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. Then depart for George and Wilderness National Park. We skirt around the lakes with stops at scenic viewpoints to Knysna. The town is situated on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two promontories known as the “Heads”. The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the lakelands and adjacent indigenous forests.

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R21990

6 Day Durban to Cape Town Guided Tour – Solo

 6 Day Durban to Cape Town Guided Tour This tour includes the rugged Wild Coast as well as the scenic Garden Route. The route follows the coastline from Durban on the East Coast to Cape Town in the southwestern corner!  DAY 1  South Coast – Wild Coast (Durban – Cape Town) The drive from Durban along the South Coast takes you through lush subtropical vegetation and numerous holiday villages dotted along the seaboard. We visit the scenic Oribi Gorge and some beautiful little beaches. You turn inland and enter the Eastern Cape Province, the former homeland of Transkei, and traverse over hilly grasslands dotted with Xhosa homesteads, through valleys and clear streams. The final part of today is via tiny hamlets on the rugged Wild Coast and check into our hotel on the edge of the sea. Overnight Mbotyi Lodge. DAY 2 Wild Coast You travel to Umtata, the capital of the former homeland. We visit the Nelson Mandela Museum and travel south towards our lodge. The lodge is nestled in the middle of the beautiful Chintsa Bay on the Wild Coast, surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests, and overlooks the warm Indian Ocean. Overnight Crawford Beach Lodge. DAY 3 Addo Elephant National Park – Port Elizabeth After breakfast overlooking the shimmering Indian Ocean, you depart. The morning’s journey takes us to East London, the only river port in South Africa. This is where a prehistoric coelacanth was caught in 1938. We travel along the coast and enjoy the lush vegetation and rugged coastline. You visit Port Alfred, an outstanding holiday village situated on the Kowie River mouth and travel to Grahamstown. The small cathedral city is considered the art capital of South Africa and is steeped in history. At the Addo National Elephant Park game reserve, You have an excellent chance of an encounter

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