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DAY 1 – POST ARRIVAL IN JOHANNESBURG, EMBARK ON JOHANNESBURG SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Johannesburg, one of the largest cities in South Africa, is also among the most frequented destinations in the world. Joburg or Jozi, as it is fondly called, has a milieu for both leisure and adventure. From insightful museums and historical squares to majestic wildlife reserves and botanical gardens, the city boasts several attractions that interest eclectic travelers. Besides, it is also dotted with several state-of-the-art stadiums, chic restaurants and stunning skyscrapers.
The first place to visit on the city sightseeing tour is the famed Gandhi Square, named after the leader to commemorate his continuous struggle for the welfare of humanity. Here, you can see the 2.5-metre tall bronze statue of the revered Indian leader. Next, move on to pay tribute to the legendary African leader, at Nelson Mandela Square. You can click pictures with the 6-metre tall statue of the leader, which was erected in 2004 to commemorate a decade of democracy in the country.
You’ll take a drive past the site where the gold was first discovered at George Harrison Park, visit Johannesburg City Center and view historical buildings such as the old Standard Bank, Corner house and Rissik Street Post Office. See Diagonal Street, Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown and Museum Africa. Take a trip to the top floor of the fifty stories Carlton Center building and experience a panoramic view of Johannesburg. Visit Standard Bank in Simmonds Street with the basement museum, and drive past Mandela’s house in Houghton. Transfer to the hotel and check-in to rest.
DAY 2 – TRANSFER FROM JOHANNESBURG TO SUN CITY (03 HOURS BY ROAD) – SUN CITY TOUR
Depart from Johannesburg early in the morning and travel by road to the Sun City Resort Complex – a millionaire’s playground which lies in an age-old bushveld valley in the North-West province. This unique resort offers a huge range of restaurants, sports, leisure activities, golf, wonderful entertainment and gaming. The resort also houses The Valley of Waves, which is the master of recreational water-parks in the world – a pleasure Kingdom for thrill seekers. There are four world-class hotels including the magnificent Palace of the Lost City that glitters like a jewel beneath the African sun, brilliant in its rain forest surroundings and luxurious in its detail and design. Return to Johannesburg in the late afternoon.
DAY 3 – CHECK-OUT FROM HOTEL, PROCEED TO JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT TO BOARD FLIGHT TO GEORGE. FROM GEORGE, TRAVEL TO MOSSEL BAY.
Upon arrival in Mossel Bay, check-in at the hotel and relax. In the evening, it is time to go for a hike to Cape St Blaize, a lighthouse situated atop a cliff. Meander and explore with your guide along cliffs and contour paths to Dana Bay, passing over Pinnacle Point Estate and ancient caves. You have an optional POHO tour at Pinnacle Point (extra charge). If this option is selected, hikers will be transported from Pinnacle Point clubhouse to overnight stay or if not hike will continue to Dana Bay.
DAY 4 – TRAVEL TO OUDTSHOORN (90 MINUTES BY ROAD) – OUDTSHOORN TOUR
A town in Western Cape, Oudtshoorn is often referred to as the Ostrich Capital of the World. You’ll visit a working ostrich farm where you learn about these fascinating flightless birds – the heaviest fowl in the world – and see their enormous eggs and nests. After getting familiar with the ostriches, you’ll drive to the nearby Cango Caves. Located in a limestone ridge parallel to the picturesque Swartberg Mountains, the caves include over 4 kms of dripstone caverns, with vast halls and towering formations of stalactites and stalagmites. You’ll walk through some of this subterranean wonderland with your guide on a 2-hour tour of the caves. As you explore the Oudtshoorn town, note the grand houses that were built in the late 1800s when the booming ostrich feather trade brought riches to the area’s feather barons.
To introduce yourself to the diverse wildlife that thrives in the region, you will visit Cango Wildlife Ranch. Established as Cango Crocodile Farm in 1977, this park is now home to dozens of species of aquatic and land animals. Lion, cheetah, bat-eared fox, green anaconda, snapping turtle, ball python, forest cobra and call duck to name a few. In the Cheetahland section of this ranch, besides cheetahs, you can also see white lions, Royal Bengal tigers and the rare white tiger. Cango Wildlife Ranch is also home to many Nile crocodiles. Return to Mossel Bay for dinner and rest at the hotel.
DAY 5 – MOSSEL BAY SIGHTSEEING
Continue hike to Boggomsbaai from previous days pick up. Frequent sighting of whales seasonally behind the breakers (June to October). Dolphins often play and surf along the route. Visit ancient Khoi San middens in the dunes. Hike from Boggomsbaai along beach and rocky shore to historical Fransmanshoek where the La Fortune French war ship sank in 1763. Beach lunch, snorkeling and swimming in secluded bay. From Fransmanshoek continue hike to the Gouritz River passing ancient Khoi San fish traps and Cape Vacca. Walk up great sand dunes – an option for the fitter ones, continue hike to Gouritz River.
DAY 6 – TRAVEL TO KNYSNA (90 MINUTES BY ROAD) – KNYSNA FOREST DAY TRIP
Enjoy a short journey by air-conditioned minivan to the Knysna forests, a wilderness famous for its phantom elephants, ancient yellowwood trees and exotic birdlife. On arrival, hop out of your minivan, and then set off at a leisurely pace to explore the surrounding woodland with your guide. Walk amid the towering yellowwood, stinkwood and pink-flowered Cape chestnut trees, and hear the rustle of wildlife stirring among the flora. As you wander, hear how the area was once home to hundreds of elephants, and learn how they were poached near to extinction by mineworkers following the collapse of the Millwood mines after the 19th-century gold rush. Pause by a giant 800-year-old yellowwood tree. As you gaze up at its towering canopy, look around for the distinctive white-tipped crests of Knysna loeries, birds found almost exclusively in South Africa. Bird watchers should also search the skies for wood owls, Rameron pigeons and mountain buzzards. Next, continue on to Jubilee Creek. As you walk, listen to the soothing sounds of the flowing water, and let the calm wash over you. After a time, pass by the old miners’ diggings before arriving at the sole remaining building of the gold mining ghost town. Then, make for the tea garden to enjoy a refreshing cup of tea and a sumptuous scone.
DAY 7 – TRANSFER FROM MOSSEL BAY TO CAPE TOWN, SHOPPING AT CAPE TOWN
Post a savory meal in the morning, embark on a journey to Cape Town. After reaching the city, check-in at the hotel and rest for some time. Thereafter, head to Canal Walk and go on a shopping spree. With about 400 shops of many local and global brands, it is a paradise for any shopaholic. This also presents a brilliant opportunity for you to buy gifts for your loved ones. Later, enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep at the hotel.
DAY 8 – CAPE PENINSULA TOUR
Your Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town kicks off with hotel pick-up and air-conditioned minibus transportation towards picture-perfect Hout Bay. This destination, which sits halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point is a quiet fishing village that’s home to dozens of seals, small shops and lots of local charm. Enjoy leisure time to wander the streets and markets, or take an optional boat ride to Duiker Island before making your way to Chapmans Peak. You’ll enjoy a scenic ride through the southernmost edge of the Cape Peninsula as you make your way to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Enjoy 90 minutes of free time here to tuck into a local lunch or wander the path to Cape Point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Make a stop at Simon’s Town on the False Bay Coast as you make your way back to Cape Town and opt to visit Boulder’s Beach where you’ll find a friendly colony of African penguins wandering the sandy shores. Afterwards, drive through Fish Hoek and Muizenberg, where you’ll stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Take some time to explore this diverse ecosystem at the foot of Table Mountain and enjoy the beauty of the Cape Floral Region that’s proudly displayed at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour ends with drop-off at your Cape Town hotel.
DAY 9 – TABLE MOUNTAIN AND HALF DAY CAPE TOWN TOUR
Drive straight to the base of Table Mountain. Ride the cable car to the top of the mountain, and then enjoy some free time on the mountain top to take in the views of the city below, of Robben Island in the distance and of the mountains that extend inland. Descend from Table Mountain via the round-trip ticket you purchased for the cable car, and meet your guide to begin your tour of Cape Town’s highlights. Climb into a comfortable air-conditioned minibus and drive past main sights as well as some less-well-known places in the historic city. Visit the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood on Signal Hill (also called the Malay Quarter) and hear stories about the Cape Malay slaves of the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as their descendants who built this district. If time permits, pay a visit to the Castle of Good Hope – one of the oldest buildings in the whole country of South Africa – to follow your guide into its dungeons. Visit the Milnerton Lighthouse, the light that brings ships safely into Table Bay, and finish your tour with a stop at Diamond Works to tour the factory and hear about South African jewelry. At the end of the tour, you’ll be transported back to your Cape Town hotel.
DAY 10 – DEPARTURE FROM CAPE TOWN
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