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DISCOVER THE ALLURE OF THE RAINBOW NATION 

 

HISTORICALLY, SOUTH AFRICA was the pariah of the world under its infamous apartheid regime. But by the beginning of the 21st century this country; filled with a colorful mixture of people and cultures, has become one of the top travel destinations blending elements of both 'Africa of old' with modernity.

 

South Africa has become a “One-World in One-Country” with a plethora of places to see, including a number of World Heritage Sites, incredible game reserves, superb sandy beaches along its enormous coastlines and sheer breath taking scenery. On the other side of the spectrum are the deserts and arid areas offering contrasting experiences to any ardent traveler.

 

Ancient rock art of Mapungubwe and Thulamela civilization at Hilltop cities is a silent testimony to the vanished cultures of the first human inhabitants - the Bushmen; thousands of years ago. A sharp contrast to this old civilization is one of the most beautiful modern cities in the world, Cape Town built amongst an entire unique Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six Plant Kingdoms that cover the Earth.

 

A visit to South Africa is not complete without a tour of the pride of South Africa's natural heritage - the Kruger National Park.

 

Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

 

Voyager African Safaris is giving you a South African Grand Tour in (11 days / 10 nights). Welcome, and discover Africa!

 

The Safari Highlights
This South African grand tour explores a great number of the highlights of South Africa from Sun City, to the Mpumalanga Highlands; follow through to the Greater Kruger National Park as well as Cape Town. You will then experience the Garden Route and the Cape Wine lands and finally wind down at the luxurious sandy beaches of Knysna, which has a well-deserved international reputation as the Garden Route's vacation hot-spot. Knysna remains a characterful village set in an area of outstanding natural beauty yet offers an astonishing array of activities and attractions.

 

Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in South Africa
You will be met on arrival by our representative at Johannesburg International Airport and driven to your hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight at the accommodation facility of your choice (budget or luxury)

 

Day 2: Johannesburg City Tour
After an early breakfast you will tour the city of Johannesburg. Your tour will begin with a trip to Soweto - a city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system.
Here you will visit the Apartheid museum; the first of its kind, which illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. The museum tells the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. You will also visit the Hector Petersen Memorial site, which is the spot where 12 year-old Hector was shot on the 16 June 1976 during the Soweto uprising that today is a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government; and thereafter you will visit the home of former President Nelson Mandela.

Lunch will be at Wandies Place, the world renowned restaurant, which has been visited by Sir Richard Branson, Christina Aguilera and Brad Pitt among others.  The cuisine offered is truly African including pap, chakalaka, dombolo (steamed bread), moroga (spinach), tripe and delicious more recognizable dishes such as boerewors and lamb stew.


After Lunch you will visit Kliptown Open-Air Museum which tells the story of the thousands of people who contributed to the drafting of the Freedom Charter - now permanently inscribed at the Museum.


After this you will proceed to Constitutional Hill, the new home of the Constitutional Court, the protector of South Africa’s basic rights and freedoms. Constitutional Hill is also the site of Johannesburg's notorious Old Fort Prison complex, commonly known as Number Four. This is where thousands of ordinary people were brutally punished before the dawn of democracy in 1994. Many South African's leading political activists, including Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, were detained here. You will then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3: Transfer to Sun City (2hrs)
After an early breakfast you will begin your journey westwards past the Hartebeestpoort Dam which lies at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range. The result of carbon dating has indicated this mountain range to be one of the world’s oldest. You will have a brief stop at Hartebeestpoort Dam from where you will enjoy sweeping views of this scenic area followed by an onward journey to Sun City arriving in time for a sumptuous lunch.
In the late afternoon you will depart for Planesberg National Park, adjacent to Sun City and situated in an extinct volcano and enjoy a Sunset game drive in the park. You will have high chances of spotting the big 5 as well as other game in their natural surroundings which is sure to be a memorable experience.
Dinner and overnight at the accommodation facility of your choice (budget or luxury)


Day 4: Transfer to Kruger National Park via Mpumalanga Highlands
After an early breakfast you will check out then travel east towards the Mpumalanga Province visiting the many attractions along the “Panorama Route”. You will pass by God’s Window with magnificent views, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls. God's Window is truly an area of breathtaking scenic splendour; it is no wonder that Mpumalanga is known as Paradise County.
You will then visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes; named after a gold digger, Tom Burke, who staked a claim nearby. Although his claim did not produce a single ounce of gold, he correctly predicted that large gold deposits would be found in the area. This natural water feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. 
You will also visit the three Rondavels - A rondavel is a traditional African style house. At the ‘Three Rondavels viewpoint’ is an unforgettable view of three huge rock spirals rising out of the far wall of the Blyde River Canyon. Their tops appear to have a hut-like rounded roof hence their name.
Finally, you will visit Pilgrim’s Rest, the Historic Gold mining town. It offers visitors a fascinating window into the past and captures the spirit of a bygone era and its people in their quest for gold.

Lunch will be en route. You will then travel the short distance to Kruger National Park arriving in the late evening. Check-in dinner and overnight at Ulusaba Rock Lodge or at the accommodation facility of your choice (budget or luxury)

 

Day 5: Full Day Kruger National Park
This is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and ranked the best in continent. It boasts of the ‘BIG 5’ and the ‘BIRDING BIG 6’ that is, Ground Horn Bill, Kori Bustard, Lappet Faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Saddle Bill Stork as well as other mammals.

You will enjoy a pre-dawn game drive (with packed snacks) driving parallel to the Sabi River. Here you will have the opportunity to see a variety of game. You will then return to your hotel for a full breakfast after which you treat yourself to a selection of massages and other treatments offered in the spa. Relax and enjoy the lodge facilities until time for lunch.


In the evening you will go on game walks with your highly qualified armed ranger, the best way to experience the nocturnal African game.
After the walk, you will freshen up and then return for dinner. Your dinner will be a real African experience, with bush settings. After dinner you will re-locate to the Rock Lodge Bar enjoying the beautiful night, till time for overnight. 

 

Day 6: Transfer to Cape Town
After a relaxed breakfast you will be transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport for your flight to Cape Town. You will be met upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport and transferred for check-in at the accommodation facility of your choice.

After check-in you will visit the infamous Robben Island. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. During the apartheid years, it became internationally known for institutional brutality and has played such an important role in South Africa's history. It is most famous for the fact that President Nelson Mandela spent a large part of his 27 year incarceration on the Island. The prison has since been turned into a museum and is the focus of the Robben Island excursion.  Lunch will be at the Islands. You will then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
 

Day 7: Table Mountain Experience
After an early breakfast you will take a short drive to the Table Mountain. The Table Mountain has become synonymous with Cape Town and is one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, standing at 1086m tall.
While there you will enjoy a cable car ride to the top of the mountain. And after the decent from the top, adventure lovers can enjoy several hiking trails in the area. Later a relaxation followed by a Sunset Champagne cruise in Table Bay. The cruise offers one of the most spectacular Sunsets at Sea with the Mass of Table Mountain towering over the city of Cape Town. It also affords unsurpassed views of Robben Islands – a place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for a large part of his 27 years. After this refreshing cruise, you will be accompanied back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 8: Transfer to Knysna (4 -5hrs)
Knysna has a well-deserved international reputation as the Garden Route's vacation hot-spot. It remains a characterful village set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, yet offers an astonishing array of activities and attractions.
After breakfast you will check out and travel to the Coastal village of Knysna, arriving in the afternoon, lunch en route. Check-in will be at the African Breeze Guest House or accommodation facility of your choice (budget or luxury) 

 

Day 9 - 10: Knysna Experience
Knysna is a playground in paradise and offers endless sports and activities to suit everyone's needs.  Activities include whale and dolphin watching, hiking and mountain biking through the famous Knysna forests, fishing, sailing and diving, bungee jumping, golfing at one of the many world class golf courses, day trips to various game and theme parks, bird watching and a lots more.
Knysna also boasts an extensive choice of restaurants and is famous for its oysters and seafood. So explore, eat and enjoy all that Knysna and the surrounding areas offer. You will soak in this romantic, peacefull and tranquill lagoon.

 

Day 11: Departure
This day marks the end of your South African grand safari we hope that you have experienced the rainbow of this land.

 

After a relaxed breakfast you will check out and journey back to Cape Town arriving in the late afternoon. If your flight is in the evening we will transfer you straight to the airport in time for your flight. However if the flight is earlier in the day, we would advise you to stay one more night at Cape Town, and then we take you to the airport the next day in time for your flight. 

 

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