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South Africa Excursion

17
Dec 2012

 

Duiker Island seals and cormorants at close quarters. Enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve where you will be taken to the best vantage point to view


Half Day City, Table Mountain and V&A Waterfront

Half Day Tour - Daily
At 0830 you are collected from your hotel or guest house and taken directly to the lower cableway station on the slopes of Table Mountain. Weather permitting, ascend the mountain by aerial cable car. From a height of 1067 metres view the city and Table Bay below; also Robben Island, the Atlantic seaboard and most of the spectacular Cape Peninsula. Head down into the Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful Mosques. Having parked at the top of Government Avenue stroll to the National Gallery and SA Museum. View the Houses of Parliament. Then to the City Hall on the Grand Parade and later a visit to the Castle. Enter the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront that abounds with shops, pubs, restaurants and entertainment. You may leave the tour here to explore on your own or return to your hotel at about 1300.

Full Day Cape Point and Peninsula

Full day Tour - Daily
0830 collection from your hotel. First visit the exclusive suburbs of Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay. Continue via Llandudno to the fishing harbour of Hout Bay. If calm seas prevail, join an optional launch cruise to view the Duiker Island seals and cormorants at close quarters. Enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve where you will be taken to the best vantage point to view what is erroneously said to be the meeting place of two mighty oceans. After a stop for an optional lunch (lunch price not included in the cost) the tour continues to a Jackass penguin colony, the Naval hamlet of Simon's Town and then via Fishhoek and Kalk Bay to Muizenberg. In the early afternoon visit the Groot Constantia wine estate with its Cape Dutch manor house and then the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens at the base of Skeleton Gorge. Return to the city via Rhodes Drive that bisects the plush suburbs of Bishopscourt, Claremont and Newlands. The tour terminates at your hotel at about 1730.

Full Day Cape Wine Route

Full Day Tour - Daily
At 0830, after collection from your hotel, we leave the city and head along the N1 motorway to visit the Afrikaans Taal Monument on the outskirts of Paarl. Next we stop at the entrance of the Victor Verster Prison from which President Nelson Mandela was released from detention. A scenic drive is taken to the Franschhoek Valley to visit the memorial to the French Hugenots. Visit one of the many fine wine estates in the region. A cellar tour and a tasting of “the nectar of the gods” is included. Cross the Helshoogte Pass (Hell's Heights) and descend into historic Stellenbosch, centre of learning, rugby and the wine industry. We stop for an optional lunch (lunch price not included) washed down with local wines. After a short guided tour of the second oldest South African town a unique shopping experience awaits you at Oom Samie se Winkel (Uncle Sam's Shop). The tour terminates at about 1730 at your hotel.

Robben Island and Townships

Full Day Tour - Daily
Our tour departs at 0900 and endeavours to identify and understand the culture of the New South Africa. We proceed through the historic Malay Quarter discovering the origins of our multi-cultural city and its people. The tragic saga of “Forced Removals” then unfolds as we drive through the remains of the once vibrant District 6 and visit its living museum. Then it’s off to the Townships, visiting examples of “black” and “coloured” townships focussing on development issues of Education, Health Care and Housing. In Langa we visit the Chris Hani Community school as well as the Tsoga Environmental Centre where we are taken on a walking tour by local community guides. We go via Bonteheuwel to Guguletu where we stop off at the Uncedo Pottery Project, and then to the Weltevreden Park Government Housing Development Site. We then return to the city for lunch (lunch price not included) at the Waterfront before departing at 1400 on the ferry to Robben Island where ex-prisoners become tour guides and take us on a walking and driving tour of this political prison where Nelson Mandela was jailed for 19 years.

FULL DAY CAPE POINT (Full Day)

We pick up at hotels situated in the CBD of Cape Town or in Seapoint (between 8:30 and 9:30 depending where you are staying). We then flank the cold Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay. Once a fishing community, now one of the most popular residential areas, the harbour still has a charm of days gone by. A chance to join the M.V "Circe" for a optional half hour cruise to "Seal Island" or for the not so adventurous, the fish market "Mariners Wharf" is a must. The tour now continues over the famous Chapmans Peak drive, with a 200 meter drop on one side of the coach and a 200 meter rise on the other, as we make our way south, following the Atlantic Ocean and then we stop for lunch in Fishhoek. Our choice for the day is the Galley restaurant, known for its seafood. It is also situated right on the Fish Hoek beach, so those in the group that would like to experience the Indian ocean first hand, can have a chance to dip their toe in the water. We now continue along the Indian Ocean, and stop to see the Jackass penguin colony which has become well established at Boulders beach near Simonstown. Then we travel onwards until we reach Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Said to be the romantic meeting place of the two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, Sir Francis Drake the Explorer once called it "the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the Globe". And rightly so, it must be the highlight of any visit to the Mother City, if not South Africa. Our last stop of the day is at the Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens, home of some 3 500 species of Southern African fauna and flora. We return to the hotel at about 17h30, having seen the best the Cape has to offer.
Pickup: 08h30 - 09h30
Operates: DAILY
From: ALL HOTELS
Returns: ABOUT 17H30

FULL DAY CITY RANGER TOUR (Full Day)

Our fully guided landrover excursions have been created to provide an 'off-the-beaten-track' tour of the country seldom experienced by tourists. Your City Ranger driver/guide, knowledgeable in the local flora and fauna will meet you at your hotel in a luxury Landrover Discovery. The itinerary is totally flexible although our guide will be sure to offer his recommendations and suggestions. This could include exploring the desert-like landscape of isolated coastline and endless seas. You could indulge in a decandent picnic lunch or seafood feast at a local restaurant. Your tour could travel across the farmlands of the interior with visits and stops at the charming hidden-away hamlets and villages. Our goal is an exclusive interaction with the cultures, landscapes, scenery, people and wild places of South Africa. Included in the price is the exclusive use of our luxury 4 wheel drive landrover and the service of a highly competent driver/guide. For the sake of flexibility you will settle your entrance fees and meals direct.
Pickup: As required
Operates: Daily (9 hours)  From: CAPE TOWN CITY AND CONSTANTIA HOTELS

FULL DAY HERMANUS (Full Day)

We depart the hotel at 09h00 and head out over the spectacular Sir Lowry's mountain pass, which offers classic views of the entire Cape Peninsula to Elgin. This is the Cape's apple growing region and if requested, we can stop at one of the farm stalls for morning tea and a chance to buy some of the apples. Then it's on to Hermanus, where on arrival we drive up the Rotary Way. This drive takes you high above the mountains of Hermanus and from the vantage point you get a super view of the city below. Summer homes of many of the country's playwrights, authors, politicians and business millionaires will be seen on our city tour, en route to our lunch stop at a restaurant in town. After lunch a visit to the old harbour and perhaps you will be fortunate enough to see some whales frolicking in the bay before we head back. The afternoon includes a visit to the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens at Betties Bay and thereafter a very scenic drive along False Bay through Rooi Els and Gordons Bay back to Cape Town.
Pickup: 09h00
Operates: Wednesdays & Sundays
From: ALL HOTELS
Returns: ABOUT 17h30

FULL DAY TABLE MOUNTAINS AND CAPE POINT (Full Day)

Be an Earlybird and beat the crowds to the cable station on our tour. Enjoy the crisp air and clear visibility as you reach the summit. Our guide will point out the highlights of one of the world's most famous views. This is the experience of a lifetime. After our descent, we flank the cold Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay. Once a fishing community, now one of the most popular residential areas, the harbour still has a charm of days gone by. A chance to join the M.V "Circe" for a optional half hour cruise to "Seal Island" or for the not so adventurous, the fish market "Mariners Wharf" is a must. The tour now continues over the famous Chapmans Peak drive, with a 200 meter drop on one side of the coach and a 200 meter rise on the other, as we make our way south, following the Atlantic Ocean and then stop for lunch in Fishhoek. Our choice for the day is the Galley restaurant, known for its seafood. It is also situated right on the Fish Hoek beach, so those in the group that would like to experience the Indian ocean first hand, can have a chance to dip their toe in the water. We now continue alongside the Indian Ocean, and stop to see the Jackass penguin colony which has become well established at Boulders beach near Simonstown. Then we travel onwards until we reach Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Said to be the romantic meeting place of the two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, Sir Francis Drake the Explorer once called it "the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the Globe" . And rightly so, it must be the highlight of any visit to the mother city, if not South Africa. Our last stop of the day is at the Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens, home of some 3500 species of Southern African fauna and flora. We return to the hotel at about 17h30, having seen the best the Cape has to offer.
Operates: DAILY
From: ALL HOTELS
Returns: ABOUT 17H30

FULL DAY WINELANDS (Full Day)

We pick up at hotels situated in the city or Seapoint and head north to Paarl. Our fist stop this morning is the "Taal Monument". Not only does this give the group a cultural background to some of the languages of this country, but being situated on the summit of Paarl rock, it offers the most fantastic view of the surrounding area. Our morning winetasting will be at KWV. After a tour through their impressive cellars that includes a photographic presentation on the history of winemaking in South Africa, a chance to sample some of their local wines. A brief city tour of Paarl follows, before we make our way to Franschhoek. This little village nestled amongst the mountains, can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. Time for lunch and today's choice brings us to the "Ballon Rouge" restaurant. Based on French cuisine, the owner will ensure that you try some of the trout that Franschhoek is known for. After lunch the tour continues to the famous Boschendal estate for an afternoon tasting of their wines before we reach Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be quickly forgotten. Then we set off on the return to Cape Town, to be back at the hotel by about 17h30.
Operates: MONDAY TO SATURDAY
From: ALL HOTELS
Returns: ABOUT 17H30

HALF DAY CAPE POINT (Half Day)

You just have to see the famous Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point which Sir Francis Drake summed up as the most beautiful place he had ever seen on his trip around the world. Our tour takes us first past stately suburbs and vineyards to Boyes Drive with its spectacular vista of False Bay. We pass Simons Town Naval Base, a strategic port in the last World War. See the nature reserve before arriving at the point, where you will enjoy a trip to the highest point on a funicular. Our homeward trip takes us over a route filled with beautiful scenery, also passing the glamorous resort of Clifton and its famous "bikini" beaches. We return you to your hotel.
Pickup:SEA POINT 13H30 AND CAPE TOWN 13H45
Operates: DAILY
From: ALL HOTELS (SEA POINT 13H30 AND CAPE TOWN 13H45)
Returns: ABOUT 18H00

NIGHT HARBOUR CRUISE

Experience a unique view of the "Mother City" from the sea, on a 1 hour sunset cruise on either the Spirit of Victoria (a traditionally designed 58ft Gaff Rigged Schooner), or the Condor (a 61ft luxury motor cruiser), out of Table Bay Harbour. Whilst cruising out at sea, take pleasure in the pure magic of the ocean, enjoying a drink, and the picturesque African sunset on the horizon. On your return to the V&A Waterfront, which offers a spectacular view of the city lights, enjoy a three course dinner at on of the city's top-class restaurants, The Hildebrand. (Dinner is inclusive).
Pickup:17h30
Operates: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
From: CAPE TOWN CITY AND CONSTANTIA HOTELS

WALK TO FREEDOM TOUR (Half Day)

This morning, experience the various cultures of the Cape, as we tour the Bo-Kaap, a picturesque Malay Quarter with its spicy bobotie and curry aromas filling the air, moving through the District Six area, we stop for a half hour visit at the District Six Museum. From here we tour Langa (the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Western Cape black townships), and Gugu-letu. You will be given an insight into the various cultures and the history of each township. The tour allows for a visit to a 'Spaza Shop', 'shebeen', hostels, and the Tsoga Environmental Gardens, along with other interesting visits. We are then taken to enjoy a lunch at one of the many V&A Waterfront restaurants. On arrival back in the city/waterfront, our half day clients leave us, whilst our full day clients embark on a 3 hour cruise and tour of Robben Island. Visit the famous island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life in prison. Experience first-hand knowledge from ex-political prisoners about their struggle through the apartheid regime. Learn about the island's history, the unique fauna and flora that inhabit these shores as well as the many shipwrecks that lie off its treacherous shores. (Lunch is not included)
Pickup: 08h30 or 13h30
Operates: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Full Day or Half Day)
From: CAPE TOWN CITY AND CONSTANTIA HOTELS
Returns: ABOUT 13h30 or 17h00

DURBAN CITY TOUR (Half Day)

Durban is an intriguing cultural blend of East, West and Africa which with its endless summer climate, effervescent and luke warm ocean lined with golden beaches, offers a subtropical carnival atmosphere all year round. Our tour of this bustling metropolis, often called the cultural 'melting pot' of South Africa, includes the Marine Parade (Golden Mile), the rickshaw pullers, Durban Harbour, Botanical Gardens and a glimpse into the Indian culture at the Indian market. A drive through the city centre with a final stop at one of our outstanding shopping complexes completes our tour.
Pickup: 09h00
Operates: Monday to Saturday
From: All Hotels
Returns: Around noon.

SHAKALAND ZULU KRAAL (Full Day)

When Shaka Zulu became king of the Zulus in 1816, he created highly efficient fighting force and by brilliant military strategy and leadership, he forged a great nation. Today the Zulus are the largest of South Africa's ethnic groups 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 their social system and traditional dance styles.
Pickup: 09h00
Operates: Daily
From: ALL HOTELS
Returns: Early evening   

VALLEY OF A THOUSAND HILLS (Half Day)

The Valley of a Thousand Hills is an exceptionally scenic hilly area of Durban. This tour includes a drive through the wealthy Kloof area to this impressive valley where we introduce you to the age old Zulu tradition. Visit the Sangoma and enjoy Zulu dancing and a demonstration of their culture. We also visit Crocodile farm and research centre before returning to Durban.
Pickup: 14h00
Operates: Daily
From: ALL HOTELS
Returns: Around noon
From Johannesburg

GOLD REEF CITY (Half Day)

Depart from the hotel to Gold Reef City, view of Johannesburg from the Motorway. Gold Reef City is an example of early pioneer of Johannesburg and the Gold Industry in South Africa. A guided walk will take you to the hoist room where men and materials are lowered or raised underground. Guided underground tour of a gold mine is highly recommended. The guide will explain many aspects of gold minig and especially deep level mining in South Africa. Visit a gold pouring demonstration, and tribal dancing. Return to the hotel.
Pickup: 9h00 OR 13h00
Operates: DAILY (Except Monday)
From: ALL HOTELS
Returns: ABOUT 13h00 or 17h00

JOHANNESBURG CITY TOUR (Half Day)

This half day tour brings you up to the Top of Africa at the Carlton Centre (entrance fees not included) passing Hillbrow enroute. Then you visit the historical buildings of downtown, the Stock Exchange and De Beers. Proceed to the arty suburb of Melville and return via the Emmarentia Gardens and Rosebank to your hotel.

LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE (Full Day)

The morning tour is 5 hours and the afternoon tour is 7.30 hours. Lesedi is a Multi Cultural Village situated amongst pristine bushveld and rocky hills less than an hours drive from the city of Johannesburg. It consists of 4 Ethnic Villages: the Zulu, the Xhosa, Pedi and Sotho. Monati Experience :- 10h00 - 15h00: Includes a visit to two villages, visit one homestead each, where they tell you about their culture and traditions. Thereafter there is singing and dancing followed by lunch. The Boma Experience:- 15h00 - 22h30 : which includes a visit to all four villages followed by dinner and traditional singing and dancing.

PRETORIA AND CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE (Half Day)

A full day trip to the Capital City with a visit to the Cullinan Diamond Mine. After lunch we visit the historical sight such as the Voortrekker Monument, Kruger House, Church Square, the City Hall, State Theatre/Opera House and Union Buildings.
Pickup: 09h00 and 13h00
Operates: DAILY (Except Sunday)
From: ALL HOTELS
Returns: ABOUT 13h00 & 17h00

PRETORIA CITY TOUR (Half Day)

View the University of South Africa and Jacaranda City of South Africa. Visit the Government Union Buildings, Church Square, situated in the centre of the city with the statue of Paul Kruger, late president of the Transvaal Republic. The square is surrounded by unique building, the old Raadsaal, the Palace of Justice and the former headquarters of the SA reserve bank. View the City Hall, Transvaal museum and the statue of great boer leaders. Driver to Burgers Park. Those interested may visit the Melrose house where the peace treaty of Vereeniging with the British was signed after the Second Anglo Boer war in 1902, Voortrekker
Pickup: 9h00 OR 13h00
Operates: DAILY
From: ALL HOTELS
Returns: ABOUT 13h00 or 17h00     

RHINO & LION PARK (Half Day)

Depart from your hotel and drive to the outskirts of Gauteng Province. View African wildlife in a small game reserve. Plenty of opportunity to take photos of Lion, Rhino, Black Wildebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Buffalo, Springbok, Impala, Gemsbok, Eland, Sable Antelope, Ostrich and Giraffe.
Pickup: 12h00
Operates: DAILY
From: ALL HOTELS
Returns: ABOUT 16h00

SOWETO TOUR (Half Day)

This tour with a difference takes you through the streets of Soweto and its adjoining townships. See the bustling neighbourhood life. Most who venture there come back enlightened, and fascinated by the glimpse of this side of South Africa.

SUN CITY AND PILANESBERG GAME RESERVE (Full Day)

Depart from the hotel early morning and drive past the beautiful Hartebeespoortdam en route. The Lost City at Sun City is one of the most exciting, innovative and dramatically different tourist attractions in the world. There's an exploding kaleidoscope of sights and sounds to enjoy from, water features at the Lost City, the Tropical Garden or the Lazy River Ride for young and old. The more adventurous can soar high over this incredible lake on a parasail, or skim across the water on a boardsailer, watersnake, jetski, wetbike. Continue to the beautiful Pilanesberg National Park which lies in an old volcanic crater. Elephant, Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Giraffe, Rhino and a variety of Antelope may be seen. Short stop at the flea market at Harte-beespoortdam on our way back (time permitting).
Pickup: 08h30
Operates: DAILY
From: ALL HOTELS
Returns: ABOUT 16h30

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