JOHANNESBURGUpon arrival in the late afternoon you are met and transferred to your hotel in the leafy, cosmopolitan suburb of Rosebank. The hotel is centrally located in one of Johannesburg's most important social and business districts.
|Day 2 - 5|
JOHANNESBURG / KRUGER NATIONAL PARKTransfer to your lodge in Kruger National Park, one of Africa's most dramatic landscapes. This legendary park is abundant in water, antelope and big cats, with colors that shift with the seasons. Kruger National Park ofers wonderful opportunities for big five sightings. The reserve is on the migration route of many key species, and sightings of lion, leopard and even the elusive wild dog are common. Enjoy game drives twice daily or bush walks with an armed ranger/tracker. Bush breakfasts and sunset cocktails may be arranged for you in some of the most scenic spots in the reserve, or you may dine on the privacy of your deck. Here you have a chance to take a guided visit to Justitia Vilage, a local Shangaan community just outside the reserve.
|Day 6 - 8|
SABI SAND PRIVATE RESERVEWith no boundary fences between it and the world renowned Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand enjoys an abundance of diverse wildlife. The entire "Big Five" is well represented and other animals, such as the cheetah and hyena are often sighted. Various antelope species, from impala, waterbuck and duiker to kudu, bushbuck and nyala can also be seen. However, it is the leopard that is the real star of the show as the area is well known for some of the best leopard sightings in Africa. This shy and elusive animal, normally the most solitary of the African cats is often viewed both in daylight hours and during evening game drives.
Along with your morning and afternoon game drives and educational bush walks, you also take night drives. The beautifully patterned African civet is an unusual nocturnal creature you may see as well as the dwarf mongoose, Africa's smallest carnivore. Family troops of up to 30 live in hiding places in the sides of termite mounds. A typical though hair-raising sound often encountered on night drives is the wail of the bushbaby, a forlorn noise that imitates the plaintive cry of a human infant.
|Day 9 - 11|
NELSPRUIT / CAPE TOWNCape Town is a city where old and new elements harmoniously converge in history, architecture, cultural pursuits and the essence of its people. It is dominated by a towering, table-shaped mountain, set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights and lush valleys, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. Immense natural beauty and the fast pace and bright lights of a great urban center meld effortlessly here.
On Day 9, you have a private car and driver for a tour of the Cape Peninsula, one of the world's most beautiful places. The Cape Peninsula is a stretch of rocky mountain jutting southward into the sea. Here you find a myriad of pristine beaches, sheltered bays and coves, quaint fishing harbors and a rich array of rare indigenous flora. Visit Hout Bay and the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Cape Point is the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic oceans and the fynbos-rich reserve is home to various wildlife and bird species. Jackass penguins and Cape fur seals are common. Later you visit Kirstenbosch Gardens, one of the world's leading botanical gardens. Here some 9,000 of the country's 18,000 indigenous flowering plant species are cultivated.
During your remining days in Cape Town, choose between the following activities:
Spend a day with former anti-apartheid fighters and activists as they guide you through a part of Cape Town rarely visited by outsiders. Visit the townships of the Cape Flats and see the scars of the battle against racism and forced segregation. Engage in discussion and often passionate debate with the former armed soldiers of the Umkhonto we Sizwe, "Spear of the Nation."
Visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years in prison. From the island enjoy spectacular views of the Cape.
Take a cable car ride up the eastern side of Table Mountain.
Visit the South African Museum which houses a superb collection of Bushman rock paintings and extensive displays of the Stone Age peoples who once inhabited the Cape. Also visit the District 6 museum, which is home to an emotional collection of art and memories from the district's glory days, before the neighborhood was leveled by the apartheid government.
FRANSCHHOEKOn the morning of day 12 you are met at the hotel and driven to the charming town of Franschhoek where the vineyards form a patchwork in the fertile valleys whose beautiful could only be overshadowed by the background of dramatic mountains. We suggest taking a walking tour of the charming town to visit some of the small "cottage industries" in the valley, including chocolate and cheese makers and interesting craft stores. Franschhoek is where the persecuted French Protestants, among them experienced winemakers, chose to settle when they sought refuge in South Africa in the late 1600s. The place was called 'Coin Francais', the French corner; in Dutch, Fransch Hoek. Today, the French influence in Franschhoek Valley is still strong. It can be seen in the picturesque architecture of the small village, and tasted in the area's wonderful cuisine and wines, the settlers' greatest legacy.
Franschhoek is noted for having some of the top restaurants in the country within its quiet borders. This fact, together with the strong wine culture, and pristine natural and architectural beauty has made Franschhoek into what many describe as the "food and wine capital" of South Africa.
WINE TASTING AROUND FRANSCHHOEKA wine specialist will sped the day with you showing you around this fabulous area and wine tasting at some of the top wineries in the area. Perhaps you can enjoy a dinner reservation at a renowned restaurant.
CAPE TOWN / INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT HOMEWARDToday you are driven back to the Cape Town Airport for your international flight homeward.
NOTE:This is just one example of many custom itineraries we can do for you in this diverse country. For additional itinerary options, please contact us