Welcome to South Africa-A trip to the lion's den!
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Arrive at Johannesburg, where you will clear customs and complete immigration formalities. It is the largest city in the country that serves as the provincial capital of the wealthy Gauteng province. The city is a significant centre of gold and diamond trade, which is because of its location on Witwatersrand – the long scarp rich in minerals. With lofty skyscrapers adorning its skyline and greenspaces lending beauty to the cityscape, the place is a modern tourist attraction in South Africa.
On the way to the hotel in Johannesburg, you will be visiting Pretoria – the Jacaranda City with landscaped gardens, parks and abundant greenery amidst the conglomeration of contemporary buildings. It is the de facto and administrative capital of the country that has a long history of Boer Wars, anti-apartheid struggle and the Union of South Africa. Start the tour of this city by visiting the historic and beautiful Union Buildings, forming the official seat of the national government. It is the venue where Nelson Mandela took oath as the country's first democratically-elected president in 1994.Afterwards, proceed to check-in at the hotel in Johannesburg and sleep the night away.
Johannesburg - Sun City - Johannesburg
Following a delicious breakfast, leave for a day excursion of the Sun City. This luxury casino and resort is a modern and vibrant establishment situated in the North West Province. It was established by eminent hotelier Sol Kerzner, who added it to his group of properties named Sun International. The inauguration took place in 1979, since when it has been a major centre of entertainment, relaxation and vacation. Hotels, casinos, nightclubs, golf courses and several themed attractions are present inside the gigantic complex, which sprawls across a large area. You can visit the Aviary, where several beautiful and colourful birds are kept in a pleasant and protected environment. For an exciting experience in the Sun City, you can opt for optional activities like archery, jet skiing, quad biking, parasailing, banana ride and motor boat ride.As the evening approaches, return to the hotel in Johannesburg for a relaxing overnight stay.
Johannesburg - George - Mossel Bay
In the morning, check-out from the hotel and head to the Johannesburg airport for boarding a flight to George – a city in the Western Cape Province. It is the main gateway to the famous and scenic Garden Route, which extends from Mossel Bay to the Storms River. Upon arrival at the George Airport, leave for the harbour town of Mossel Bay.
This town on the South African Southern Cape is a significant centre for tourism, farming, fishing and fuel refining. It is a famous beach holiday destination in the country as the adjoining Indian Ocean and its clean shores form stunning vistas and a pleasant vacation vibe. Apart from the beach culture, the history and heritage of the town also interest travellers coming here on a holiday.On reaching here, check-in at the hotel and proceed to spend some relaxing time at the Natural Tidal Pool situated close by. A dinner follow afterwards, post which you will retire to the hotel for overnight stay.
Mossel Bay - Oudtshoorn - Mossel Bay
Following a delicious breakfast, you will be proceeding for an exploration of Oudtshoorn – the famous ostrich capital of the world. This town lies in the Western Cape province and is the largest in the Little Karoo region. Extensive ostrich farming and the resultant tourism boom are the main driving forces of its economy.
First of all, visit the Cango Caves, which form part of the Precambrian limestones near the aforementioned town. This natural and heritage landmark is famous for the labyrinth of tunnels and chambers, which are adorned with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites taking stunning forms. Afterwards, head to an Ostrich Farm, where you will get the opportunity to ride a huge ostrich or stand on top of an ostrich egg – the largest of any bird. You will now visit the Cheetah Land in the Cango wildlife ranch along with the large Crocodile Farm. After a close encounter with the native wildlife, go for an exciting lighthouse hike and discover the enchanting panorama of the surroundings.
For dinner and overnight stay, you will once again come back to Mossel Bay.
Mossel Bay - Knysna - Mossel Bay
Post a tasty and filling breakfast, go for a day excursion of Knysna – a small town in the Western Cape province. En route to this scenic South African town, take a small halt at the Bloukrans Bridge, which is an arch bridge built about 215 metres above the course of its eponymous river. On reaching here, you can opt for Bloukrans Bridge Bungy – the highest commercial bridge bungy jump across the globe. Later, continue the journey to Knysna, which lies along the scenic Garden Route. It is tucked between the verdant Outeniqua Mountains and the sprawling Indian Ocean. Click pictures of the picturesque locales while taking a brief photo stop at this town. While returning to Mossel Bay, you will cross some of the most scenic African towns by the sea.The dinner and overnight stay is arranged in Mossel Bay.
Activities in Mossel Bay
After breakfast, you have the entire day to indulge in a number of entertaining and adventure activities (included). Take an enthralling Helicopter Ride, which will provide you spectacular views of the seemingly-endless sea along with numerous beaches along the shimmering waters. Also go for a Quad Biking Adventure and Speed Boat Ride in order to explore the terrains and waters of the region in a thrilling manner.The Scenic Walk along a 15 km long scenic trail will leave you mesmerised. On one side, you will see lofty mountains carpeted with lush greenery, whereas on the other, the scenic wonders of the great Indian Ocean will mesmerise you with their beauty.Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Mossel Bay - Game Lodge
Following a delicious breakfast, check-out from the hotel and head towards Game Lodge, where you will watch the African wildlife from close quarters. After checking-in at the lodge, you will be taken for a thrilling 4x4 safari, during which you will explore the forested area while looking for wild beasts in wilderness. You will be seeing five of the biggest animals found on the African continent, namely elephant, lion, wild buffalo, leopard and African rhino. In the evening, you can choose to rest back at the accommodation or try your luck at the vibrant casino.The dinner and overnight stay is reserved in the Game Lodge.
Mossel Bay to Cape Town
Post breakfast, you will proceed towards Cape Town – the primate city of the Western Cape. Named as the World Design Capital in 2014, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The scenic location, harbour, natural landmarks, architecture and multicultural lifestyle of the city make it a loved tourist destination in South Africa.Upon arrival in Cape Town, check-in at the hotel. In the evening, you will be taken to Canal Walk – the third largest shopping centre in the country. Built around a canal, this complex houses more than 400 retail stores, 7000 parking bays, 20 cinemas, several restaurants and a large gaming arcade. After a shopping spree and leisure time here, return to the hotel.Have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.
Cape Town Excursion
Have a delicious breakfast at the hotel and drive to the cable car station, from where you will take a delightful cable car ride up to the Table Mountain (if the weather permits). This flat-topped mountain is a prominent tourist attraction in South Africa that lies within its namesake national park. From the top of this tableland, you will behold the sweeping panorama of the surrounding bays and distant valleys. The eagle-eye view of Cape Town from this vantage point is simply mesmeric. On the way back to the city, head to Seal Island, which is occupied by a large number cape fur seals and sea birds. Great white sharks can often be spotted here while they are on a hunt of these seals. In the evening, proceed to the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, offering stunning views of various geographical features surrounding it. A ride on the Hisense Wheel of Excellence, which is a Ferris wheel, will offer you a never-before sight of the city.The dinner and overnight stay will be in Cape Town.
Sightseeing in Cape Town
This day is meant for a sightseeing excursion of the beautiful South African city. Have breakfast and drive to Cape Point, which is a famous promontory lying on the south-eastern edge of the Cape Peninsula. Follow it with a visit to the Cape of Good Hope – the rocky headland on the Atlantic coast. It has been of special significance to sailors since olden times and is considered a major landmark today. On the way back to the main city, see the area inhabited by millionaires and proceed to Seal Island.The orientation city tour later will take you to some of the finest sites in Cape Town. See the Houses of Parliament, which comprises three sections, designed using a blend of Neoclassical and Cape Dutch architectural elements. Know about the colonial past of the country at the Castle of Good Hope – the oldest existing colonial edifice in South Africa. The flat-topped Signal Hill is another landmark that is positioned next to Table Mountain and Lion's Head. Also visit the affluent, seaside suburb named Sea Point, where a large part of the city's rich society resides. Explore the beautiful waterfront and the downtown business district to see the commercial progress of Cape Town. The conglomeration of colourful houses and cobble stoned streets at Bo-Kaap – the Malay Quarter – will leave you mesmerised. In the evening, come back to the hotel.The dinner and stay for the night will be in Cape Town.
Departure from Cape Town
On this day, relish a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel and proceed to the international airport in Cape Town for the onward flight back home. Holiday Concludes.
India – Johannesburg – Pretoria
Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport. Welcome to South Africa!!!
After collecting your luggage and clearing customs you will meet your coach and driver who will transfer you to your accommodation in Pretoria for 2 nights on a Full Board basis.
Depending on the time of arrival we can include a guided tour of the Gold mine today. Alternatively this will be tomorrow. Enjoy a relaxing evening at the hotel. Dinner will be either at a local Indian restaurant or at the Hotel.
Pretoria - Johannesburg – Pretoria
Breakfast at leisure, If the Gold mine tour was not done yesterday you will depart after breakfast for the full day excursion to this exciting theme park. You will enjoy a 1 and half hour guided tour of the Gold Mines, Lunch will be served at Gold mines, The rest of the afternoon is for you to enjoy the fun and rides of the Theme Park. Return to your hotel where the rest of the evening will be at leisure. Dinner will be either at a local Indian restaurant or at the Hotel.
Pretoria - Pilanesberg
Breakfast at leisure, Check out of your accommodation and transfer to the Manyane Resort in Pilanesberg where you will stay for 2 nights on a Full Board basis. On arrival check in at your accommodation and enjoy lunch. Enjoy a late afternoon Game Drive in open vehicles in the Pilanesberg National Park. Dinner will be served at your accommodation tonight.
Breakfast at leisure, Today you will spend at Sun City and Valley of the Waves. The Valley of Waves is the central feature of the Lost City at Sun City. It is one of the most advanced water parks in the world, dominated by the Roaring Lagoon, a 6 500-square metre (7560-square yards) wave pool with a palm-fringed beach. Hydraulic mechanisms can generate a 1, 8 metre (6 feet 8 inches) wave every 90 seconds. When waves are not generated, a bobbing cycle is generated in a diamond pattern. Your package at Sun City will include a meal voucher. In the late afternoon transfer back to your accommodation where dinner will be served.
Pilanesberg - Johannesburg – Cape Town
Transfer to OR Tambo International Airport for your flight to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town transfer to your accommodation where you will stay for 3 nights on a Bed & Breakfast basis. Cape Town South Africa's "mother city" has it all: an incredibly beautiful setting dominated by Table Mountain; superb sandy beaches washed by two great oceans; an electric, cosmopolitan vibe; historic buildings are plenty; one of the most popular waterfronts in the world and enough unique attractions to keep even the most well-travelled and jaded among us enthralled for weeks on end.
Afternoon: Table Mountain Excursion (if weather permits)
The Table Mountain Cable Car, known as the Rotair because it slowly rotates as it ascends and descends Table Mountain, begins its first ride up the mountain at 08:00 every morning. The last ride up is at 20:00, and the last car down is at 21:00. Don't miss the last car down, as you'll be stuck on the top of the Mountain with the only way down a very long walk! The view from the top is incredible. Footpaths will lead you on an unforgettably scenic walk after which you can retreat for an excellent meal in the mountain-top restaurant.
Early morning breakfast. Depart to V&A Waterfront for your trip to Robben Island at 09:00, NB: Be sure to be at the departure point of the Nelson Mandela Gateway 30 minutes prior so as to avoid your tickets being forfeited! Robben Island is most famous, or infamous, for having been the isolated prison for former South African President Nelson Mandela and other black political dissidents. For a whole generation of black South African prisoners, Robben Island was an alternative political university and a shared experience. Return back to the V&A Waterfront for lunch. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. Under water safaris on foot. Experience the undersea world as only the divers normally do. Evening at leisure at the hotel where dinner will be served.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart early morning to the Cape Point National Park. At the tip of the Cape Peninsula you will find Cape Point within the Table Mountain National Park. The expansive Table Mountain National Park stretches from Signal Hill and Table Mountain in the north to Cape Point in the south and encompasses the seas and coastline of the peninsula. Within Cape Point the treacherous cliffs forming the most southwestern tip of Africa are some of the highest in the world and mark the spot where the cold Benguela current on the west coast and the warm Agulhus current on the east coast merge. You will also visit Boulder’s Beach. Boulders Beach is situated just after the naval port and picturesque village of Simons’s Town. The beach is situated in a small cove, well protected from the wind by the granite boulders. This is a quaint little beach which has calm water to swim in and snorkelling is a very popular activity. It’s a great beach to take a good book and laze about in the summer sun. Boulders Beach has a very healthy population of African Penguins who have chosen the beach as their home and breeding ground. Here it's the penguins who rule and the people who make way for their diminutive neighbours.
Cape Town - Depart
Enjoy breakfast at leisure. Check out and transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight back home. Holiday Concludes.
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