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An African Adventure 2014

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Kruger National ParkTable MountainElephants in AfricaZebras and African wildlife
Kruger National Park
Table Mountain
Elephants in Africa
Zebras and African wildlife
  • Duration: 10 Days
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  • Brochure: Family Experiences 2014
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  • Style: Family Experiences
  • Description: Your African adventure is full of contrasts: from multicultural Cape Town to the wine estates of Stellenbosch; from whale watching in Hermanus to the ‘Big 5’ in Kruger National Park. It’s insider moments like… speaking to children in a Cape Town township, seeing how the Amy Biehl Foundation is working to make a difference to their future. Stopping at the gates that Nelson Mandela walked through to freedom in 1990. Out in the bush, getting close to a cheetah like Pedro, one of the hand-raised cats who help raise awareness of the plight of these majestic animals – fewer than 1,000 survive in South Africa today. Driving out at dawn, it’s the anticipation of spotting the ‘Big 5’ at Kruger National Park.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE CAPE TOWN (4 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to South Africa! Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, transfer to your hotel to relax and unwind after your flight. At 6:30pm join your Travel Director for an African style kick-off party at a nearby local restaurant and enjoy a warm African welcome, followed by a finger food buffet of authentic to South African cuisine.


    Meal(s): (Kick-Off Party)

    Hotel: Protea Hotel President or Southern Sun Waterfront

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  • Day 2

    CAPE PENINSULA TRIP

    Enjoy a full day to take in the stunning Cape Peninsula. View the exquisite stretch of coastline from Camps Bay and Clifton to the exclusive beach hamlet of Llandudno and the charming working harbour of Hout Bay. Embark on an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise. Wind along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views before arriving at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch before meandering back along the coast visiting the historic naval port of Simon’s Town and the endearing penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. This evening, delight in the Local Speciality of Djembe, an interactive drumming experience, where you'll truly feel the heartbeat of Africa. After getting in tune with your musical side, enjoy a Regional Meal of Cape Malay and African cuisine.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Regional Meal)

  • Day 3

    CAPE TOWN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Begin the day with a cable car ride to the legendary Table Mountain (weather permitting) at the southernmost tip of Africa. Be amazed at the stunning panorama of the City and landscape as you climb to the summit.Continue to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where you'll gain a Unique Insight into the Cape Floral Kingdom. Set below the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the gardens are home to over 3,000 different plants, including many indigenous species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world! This afternoon is free to spend time relaxing at your hotel or join an optional visit to Robben Island by ferry (weather permitting). During this emotionally charged and highly moving experience, see the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for more than 25 years and marvel at how far this amazing country has come in such a short time. Enjoy the evening at leisure to sample one of the local restaurants.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    TABLE MOUNTAIN AND FREE TIME

    This morning allows time for a lazy breakfast or an optional visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium located at the waterfront. Without a doubt, the most popular animals in the aquarium are the ragged-tooth sharks. This afternoon,  gain a Unique Insight into the Amy Biehl Foundation. The foundation works to fulfill three rights in the South African Constitution: the right to education, the right to equal employment, and the right to health. The program aims to empower the youths of the townships around Cape Town, mainly through after-school programs. On arrival you enjoy a simple lunch and experience a township tour. Visit the after school centers to learn about activities and Local Specialties such as beading, marimba, recorder, choir, brass, traditional dance, and kwaito classes which you can either participate in or interact with the local children. This evening is free to enjoy the facilities of your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 5

    CAPE TOWN - STELLENBOSCH (2 NIGHTS)

    After an early breakfast, depart Cape Town and drive to see the last place in which Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, a Unique Insight. It was through these gates that Mandela walked to freedom in 1990. Visit the Cheetah Outreach facility and experience the excitement of a personal encounter with hand raised cheetahs with a Local Expert. Later, stop for a Be My Guest lunch at a nearby Wine Estate where you'll enjoy a Boerebraai and wine blending experience. This includes a local South African lunch, a cellar tour, wine tasting and wine blending, a Local Specialty. Children will enjoy a sampling of the estates delicious grape juice and, weather permitting, a tractor ride. You will be hosted by the Momberg family and get an opportunity to interact with them and learn about the history of the wine estate. Head to the historical town of Stellenbosch, and check into your hotel before completing the day at the Eagle-Encounters bird of prey rehabilitation center. This evening is free to enjoy the facilities of your luxurious hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: The Spier Hotel or Protea Dorpshuis

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  • Day 6

    STELLENBOSCH -HERMANUS - STELLENBOSCH

    Today drive to the seaside town of Hermanus situated on the stunning south coast of the Western Cape at the beginning of the Garden Route, famous for its incredible viewings of Southern Right Whales, a Unique Insight. The whales migrate to these waters from their Antarctic feeding areas to breed, care for their young and play in the shallow waters of Walker Bay. Embark on a whale watching boat cruise (seasonal Jun-Dec) to see these massive, gentle and inquisitive creatures followed by lunch at a local restaurant. For the months outside the whale watching season (Jan - May) visit the Aquila Private Game Reserve, a 'Big 5' Game Reserve and visit the Animal Rescue Centre for an afternoon safari including a buffet lunch.  Later return to your hotel for a leisurely evening.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 7

    STELLENBOSCH - CAPE TOWN - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (3 NIGHTS)

    Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before heading to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Transfer your hotel, perfectly located near the entrance to the Kruger National Park. You arrive in time for your first game viewing experience before enjoying dinner in the African Bush.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Hotel: Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

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  • Day 8 to Day 9

    KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

    For the next two days, join a Local Expert and experience all of the wonders of legendary Kruger National Park, home to the magnificent ‘Big 5’ animals of the world, and a host of others including 147 species of mammal, and over 500 bird species.  There is simply nothing to beat that rising feeling of anticipation and excitement as you enter the nearby park in the half-light of the spectacular African dawn. View areas of sweeping savannah, bisected by rivers full of hippos, muddy waterholes lined with animals quenching their thirst, and the bush itself, home to zebra and antelope, studded by immense biscuit-coloured termite hills, and towering above it all, graceful giraffes. Stop for lunch at a rest camp situated inside the park and continue to enjoy game-viewing in the afternoon, an intensely moving experience with nothing preparing you for the waves of emotion inspired by an encounter with these wonderful, almost regal creatures thriving in their natural habitat. Dinner is served at the hotel in the evenings and on the final night, enjoy a Farewell Dinner under the stars in a traditional African Boma.

  • Day 10

    DEPART KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - JOHANNESBURG

    This morning, time permitting, enjoy an optional three hour morning game drive. After breakfast, transfer to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for your flight to OR Tambo International Airport for your onward journey home.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Local Speciality Interactive (Djembe) drumming session
  • Local Speciality Beading, marimba, recorder, choir, brass, traditional dance, and kwaito classes.
  • Local Speciality Wine tasting
  • Local Expert Experience a personal encounter at the Cheetah Outreach facility.
  • Local Expert 2 days guided in the legendary Kruger National Park home to the magnificent 'Big 5'
  • Unique Insight Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with over 3000 plant species.
  • Unique Insight The Amy Biehl foundation aims to empower the youths of the townships around Cape Town.
  • Unique Insight Stop to see the gates Nelson Mandela walked to freedom in 1990.
  • Unique Insight Incredible viewings of Southern Right Whales.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit the Cape of Good Hope, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens,  Stellenbosch wine estates, Hermanus for its whale watching.
  • See the Cheetah outreach facility, the Eagle Encounters conservation centre in Stellenbosch and the abundance of wildlife in the famous Kruger National park.
  • View iconic Table Mountain, the penguins at Boulders Beach, and the stunning Garden Route coastal scenery.

Dining

  • 9 Buffet Breakfasts
  • 7 lunches (including Be My Guest)
  • 5 Dinners (including kick off party, 1 Regional Meal, 2 Dinners and 1 Farewell Dinner)

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply, see departure panel on page opposite.

Airport Transfers

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