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National Parks of South Africa, from North to South

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 21 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): South Africa  
Specialty Categories: National Parks   Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 4915 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6000 US Dollar (USD)

If you are a nature lover, this has got to be the best tour on offer. It covers six major game reserves, from the world renowned Kruger National Park to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, which is not only the oldest game reserve in South Africa but is also responsible for single-handedly saving both the Black and White Rhino from extinction. The tour also allows you to enjoy pristine beaches, and don't forget some great wine tasting in the Cape.

Over a period of 21 days we will show our clients the whole of South Africa. From Kruger National Park in the North to Cape Town in the south and everything in between. Join us and discover a whole world in one country - that's South Africa.

Day 1: We start our tour in Johannesburg (the "Place of Gold"). Our rendezvous is Gold Reef City, where we will get to know each other and the other tour members. We believe that it is always nice to start a tour with a good meal, so for that reason we have chosen to stay the night in Gold Reef City. After lunch, we will join a tour down a old gold mine and try to give you a glimpse of how South Africa became a leading player in the gold industry. The balance of the day will be spent viewing the many other attractions that Gold Reef City has to offer. That night, after dinner, we will give a brief overview of what you will see and experience over the next 20 days. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 2: Early the next morning we set off on our journey of discovery. We head north towards the province of Mpumalanga. As we travel, we stop at many of the great attractions, like the Voortrekker Monument. Lunch will be served on the road as we make our way to Pilgrim's Rest, where we will be spending the night. Pilgrim's Rest is an old, restored gold mining village. The whole village is one big museum, and offers visitors the opportunity to step into the past. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 3: We are on the move again towards the world renowned Kruger National Park, the largest national park in South Africa. Here you will get to see the Big 5 amongst many other things. But before we get there, we will stop at some breathtaking vistas, like God's Window, the Potholes and many beautiful waterfalls. For dinner you will be encouraged to try some venison which we will prepare for you on a "braai" (South African barbeque, but far better). Included: (B, L, D).

Day 4:We remain in Kruger, where we continue to amaze you with the diversity of our land's fauna and flora. That night we will join the park rangers on a night drive. You will experience a whole new Africa as the bush comes alive and the predators come out to hunt. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 5: We begin day 5 with an early morning game drive, before leaving Kruger. Lunch is served on the road as we wind our way around Swaziland and into Zululand. That night will be spent in Piet Retief. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 6: Day 6 leads us to St Lucia wetlands, which has just recently been proclaimed a world heritage site. You will enjoy a boat cruise up the estuary to view amongst other things, the largest hippo population in South Africa. Lake St Lucia and the Indian Ocean lie back to back with only a narrow set of sand dunes separating them. Later on that day we enter the Hluhluwe Umfolozi game reserve, which has become famous for single handedly saving the White and Black Rhino from certain extinction. Once again we will join the rangers for a night drive. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 7: We head down the Indian Ocean coastline and stop at Richards Bay, home to South Africa's largest harbor. Lunch will be served in the harbor water front. We continue Southwards towards Durban, where our first stop on the way in will be at the Natal Sharks Board. This organization has become world leaders in their field. They will share a short presentation with you, giving you an insight into the Sharks Board and will probably give you a very different view towards these amazing creatures. After the presentation we will join them as they dissect a shark. Dinner that night will have a very Indian flavor and weather permitting, we will take a boat cruise through the harbor and then out to sea where Durban lights will dazzle you. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 8: Day 8 sees us going inland towards the Drakensberg, which is South Africa's largest mountain range. Before we get there, we will travel through "the valley of a thousand hills" and attend a raptor display, let you dance with the Zulus and visit a crocodile farm. That night will be spent in the awesome Drakensberg mountains, and if time allows we will venture up to view some Bushmen paintings (rock art). While in the Drakensberg, one simply has to sample the area's trout for supper. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 9: We spend day 9 traveling through the Orange Free State and into the the Northern Cape, where our destination is Kimberly. This city is known for its diamond mining. We will visit the "groot gat" (Afrikaans for big hole) where diamonds where mined using an open pit system. The pit eventually got so big that it is now visible from space. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 10: We set off through the Karoo, known for its flat landscape and vegetation, and some of the best lamb you will ever eat. It is believed that the lamb is so good there because their diet consist of the very aromatic "fynbos" (fine bush) in the area. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 11: We arrive at the Mother city, but before entering Cape Town we will visit some of the world's best wine farms. We will ramble along some of the area's beautiful mountain passes. That night we will treat you to the best the ocean has to offer, prepared a la Cape! Included: (B, L, D).

Day 12: The next day we travel up Table Mountain by cable car, to be rewarded by unsurpassed views of Cape Town and the ocean. From there it's off to Signal Hill and lunch in Hout Bay, before returning to the V&A Waterfront. The afternoon is spent at leisure, before we sail off into the sunset for a sundowner cruise around Robin Island. This old prison camp island became famous for housing our former state president, Nelson Mandela, for a part of his detention. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 13: We head up the west coast to Langebaan. We will endeavor to arrange dinner on the beach at the "Strandloper" (the beach comber). This rustic, open air restaurant will delight you with its setting and many (I think it was 9) courses of traditional and seafood fare offered. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 14: We return to Cape Town and visit some of the smaller towns in the area, like Simons town, Fishhoek and a beach called Boulders, home to a protected penguin colony. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 15: We continue up the east coast to visit places like the old whaling town of Hermanus, which has become famous in this latter day for its whale watching. Other attractions are Cape Aghulas, which is the most southern tip of Africa, where the warm Indian Ocean meets with the cold Atlantic Ocean. That night will be spent in De Hoop Nature reserve, which is located on the coast and offers some great views. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 16: From here it is up the garden route on Day 16 as we start our journey back to our starting point. This day is full of attractions ranging from Mossel Bay, Robinson pass, Cango caves and a visit to one of Oudtshoorn's Ostrich farms. For dinner we can highly recommend the ostrich, or crocodile which is also bred in the area. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 17: The next day we travel back to the coast and down the Outeniqua Pass to the town of George. Then off to Knysa to visit some the area's oyster and mussel farms. Sundowners are served overlooking the Knysa Heads, where the Knysa lagoon enters the sea. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 18: A short hop to the Tsitsikamma National Park, where you will enjoy some free time. The park is known for its large coastal forests, rolling down to the coast line. The Storms River enters the Indian Ocean just in front of our accommodation for the night and there are several short walks that can be enjoyed, including a suspended bridge over the Storms river. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 19: From here we continue north traveling through towns like Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. That night we will spend in a little town called the Hogsback, which gets its name from three mountains that resemble their name sake. This area was the inspiration for Tolkien to write books like "Lord of the Rings" and the "Hobbit". Included: (B, L, D).

Day 20: We travel back into the Orange Free State, where we plan to stay the night in Bloemfontein. To get there we travel through the Stormberg Mountains, along the Penhoek pass. Included: (B, L, D).

Day 21: Finally we return to our starting point, having completed a figure of eight on our travels. We will enjoy our last meal of the tour, and after lunch we will be happy to take you to the airport or to a hotel of your choice in Johannesburg. Included: (B, L).

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All transport.
- Meals.
- Entrance fees.
- Guides and accommodation during the safaris. The safaris will be done in a VW Microbus with air-conditioning to ensure your comfort.

It is advisable to be in South Africa at least one day before the tour starts, it is also a very good idea to spend the night at the end of the tour in Johannesburg. We will be on hand the day before and after the tour to collect/drop you off at the airport should you require it.

As Kruger National Park and St Lucia are in a malaria area it is advisable to take anti-malaria medication.

About This Supplier
Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2002

M09275 is a family run company that has been registered since 1999, but has been trading for much longer. We are all registered tour guides and take great pleasure in showing off our very diverse array of fauna and flora, along with the many other attractions our country has to offer. Our vehicles, which are VW...

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