Place of Heaven & Cape Town

17

Days

For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Johannesburg and depart from Cape Town

ZAR 65 575,00

Per Person Sharing / Single Supplement Applies

Price excludes international flights

Your tour highlights:


  • Pretoria City Tour

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Shakaland

  • The Battle of Blood River

  • Battlefields Tour - Isandlwana & Rorke`s Drift

  • Lesotho - Sani Pass 4 X 4 Tour

  • Giants Castle Game Reserve

  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park

  • Cape Town

  • Peninsula Tour

  • Boulders - African Penguins

  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

  • Winelands Tour

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Johannesburg

  • 2 Nights - Hluhluwe

  • 1 Night - Eshowe

  • 2 Nights - Dundee

  • 2 Nights - Underberg

  • 2 Nights - Giants Castle

  • 1 Night - Golden Gate National Park

  • 4 Nights - Cape Town

Included:


  • “Meet & Greet” on arrival at the airport

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • Flight:

                       Johannesburg to Cape Town

                       Local airline taxes & fuel surcharges

                       Checked luggage

  • 3 to 5 Star accommodations: 15 Nights

  • 31 Meals: 15 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 11 Dinners

  • Porterage at airports & hotels

  • All local transfers & transport

  • Professional English-speaking guide

  • Conservation & entrance fees per itinerary

Day 1:


Depart for South Africa on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.


Day 2:


Your guide will meet you upon your morning arrival in Johannesburg at O R Tambo International Airport. From here we depart on a short city tour of Pretoria one of South Africa’s 3 capital cities that was previously the capital of the Old Transvaal Republic. Pretoria is also known as the Jacaranda Capital as there are over 55 000 Jacaranda trees lining the streets. Even though these exotic trees originate from Argentina it is still a spectacular sight to behold when the purple flowers are in full bloom during the months of October and November. The city tour includes a stop at the Union Buildings, where there is a magnificent 9 meter tall bronze plated statue of Mr. Nelson Mandela, as it was here where his body lay in state for three days after his death on 5 December 2013. We then drive via the city centre to Church Square and Paul Kruger House, where this modest man lived whilst serving as President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (South African Republic), also known as the Transvaal Republic. We then stop at the impressive and symbolic Voortrekker Monument with its inner walls lined with murals that depict the story of the “Voortrekkers” pioneers and their Great Trek. The monument is surrounded by beautiful indigenous gardens and nature reserve. You can also get a bite to eat at the monument café. Afternoon check-in at a charming lodge found on the East Rand. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening with fellow travellers and your local accredited guide who will also be the tour manager.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Dinner


Day 3 & 4:


Today we travel to Hluhluwe in Zululand. Lunch can be had en-route. Spend the next two days in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. This hilly reserve is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa, and it was once the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. It has an abundance of wildlife and became famous amongst conservationist for its breeding and protection programs of both the Black & White Rhinos. The next morning is at leisure or you could opt to take an exciting game walk in “Big 5” country with experienced rangers armed with rifles and who have excellent knowledge of the fauna & flora found within the park. You’ll get to learn some fascinating facts about the African bush on this relaxed walk which takes place in the surrounding wilderness area adjacent to your lodge. Included this afternoon is an open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger. Dinners will be served at the lodge restaurant. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Day 4 - An open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Optional Activity:


  • An exciting game walk in “Big 5” country


Day 5:


This morning we take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos found within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is one of South Africa's six UNESCO world heritage sites. Depart after the cruise to Shakaland, a Zulu cultural village. Lunch will be served before your check-in to the hotel. This afternoon there is an included guided tour through the beehive hut and living museum village that was built for the production of the TV series Shaka Zulu; “The last great warrior”. This evening you will witness Zulu hospitality at its best with a traditional Zulu festival. The Zulu people are the largest ethnic group in South Africa and make up twenty percent of the country’s population. They are a proud nation of people who have a rich historical and cultural heritage. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in “The Heart of Zululand”.


Accommodation:  Eshowe

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activity:


Traditional Zulu Evening Show - Singing & Dancing


Day 6 & 7:


After a leisurely morning and breakfast, we depart for the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal. After lunch and check-in at our lodge, we visit the site where “The Battle of Blood River” took place on 16th December 1838. It was here where 464 “Voortrekkers” pioneers, armed with rifled muzzle loaders, defeated King Dingaan's mighty Zulu army. Evening at leisure. Dinner will be served at the lodge. The next morning, we meet our specialist battlefields guide. An expert in his field who will make the desolated Anglo-Zulu War encounters of Isandlwana and Rorke`s Drift come alive. Both these famous battles were brilliantly dramatised in the films Zulu Dawn and Zulu. On the 22nd January 1879 a depleted British force of about 1400, were surprised, out manoeuvred, over run and then butchered at Isandlwana by a powerful Zulu army. These fierce Zulu warriors were only armed with spears and cow-hide shields. This eerie battlefield is scattered with piles of simple white stones, marking the places where mass graves were dug almost 5 months later to bury those poor souls who were killed in action. The handful of men that survived this battle, fled across the Buffalo River to the British camps at Rorke’s Drift and for further safety to the camp at Helpmekaar (Help-each-other). Outnumbered by forty to one, the brave British soldiers stationed at Rorke’s Drift battled throughout the night against all the odds to hold off another Zulu attack. This action earned 11 Victoria Crosses, which is the highest and most prestigious honour that can be awarded to members of the British Armed Forces. The Victoria Cross (VC) is awarded for valour “in the presence of the enemy”. Rorke’s Drift is still the most number of VC’s ever awarded in British military history for a single engagement. Overnight near Dundee.


Accommodation:  Dundee

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Battlefields tour of Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift with a specialist guide


Day 8:


Depart for the Southern Drakensberg. En-route we’ll stop at the Siege Museum in the historical town of Ladysmith and the Winston Churchill capture site, as well as the village of Howick where you find the impressive Howick Waterfall that lies on the Umgeni River. A falls that has one of the highest single drops in South Africa at 111 meters (364 feet). The last stop for the day will be Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the province of KwaZulu Natal (The place of the Zulu). Visit the “Church of the Vow” now a museum, a church that was built in His honour after that small party of “Voortrekkers”, under the command of Andries Pretorius, defeated the Zulu’s at “The Battle of Blood River”. After this visit we drive to the quaint village of Himeville, with its picturesque tree lined avenues. The village is nestled in a valley at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment, a name given to the eastern region of the Great Escarpment that flows through southern Africa. Lunch can be enjoyed en-route and dinner will be served at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 9:


Today you can enjoy an interesting and exciting day out on a guided 4 x 4 trip up the Sani Pass to experience the country of Lesotho. This pass found in the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho is the only entry point into the country from KwaZulu Natal. The pass is also known as the “Roof of Africa”, as it is the highest road in Africa and one of the highest roads in the world. It was a rough mule trail in the early days, where traders brought wool and mohair on donkeys down the pass to Natal in exchange for blankets, clothing and maize meal. This tour to Lesotho includes a drive up Black Mountain to view the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana, which is the highest peak in southern Africa. We also visit a Basotho village before ending the tour with a drink in the “Highest Pub in Africa”. The pub is situated on the edge of the escarpment at the summit of Sani Pass. From the pub's deck you’ll find, on a clear day, one of the most spectacular views in Africa. Return to your hotel in Underberg where you then have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch (Packs) & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Full day 4 X 4 Sani Pass / Lesotho tour


Day 10 & 11:


After breakfast we travel to Giants Castle Game Reserve and the scenic Central Drakensberg, also known as the “Barrier of Spears”. This region of the berg has some of the highest peaks in southern Africa, including South Africa’s highest mountain, Mafadi which rises to an elevation of 3450 meters (11 320 feet). The berg is also a place where the San (Bushmen) left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rock and in the caves scattered along the eastern slopes of the mountains. You have this afternoon and the next day at leisure during which time you could visit the Main Cave, a large sandstone cave that boasts one of the biggest and best preserved San rock art painted sites in southern Africa. Or, you could hike one or more of the numerous nature trails found within the park that vary in distance and difficulty. Overnight in the Drakensberg Mountains. All meals can be had at the lodge restaurant. Dinners are included with your stay.


Accommodation:  Giants Castle

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Optional Activity:


  • Guided rock art tour of the Giants Castle Main Cave


Day 12:


Today we travel to the scenic Golden Gate Highlands National Park nestled in the rolling hills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State. The park derives its name from the breathtaking tapestry of red and purple, as well as brilliant shades of gold cast by the setting of the sun on the sandstone cliffs. We’ll stop in the village of Clarens, nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State”. There will be time for lunch and a wonder around this picturesque little town with its numerous open air art & craft markets, galleries and shops selling detailed wood carvings, artistic local stone sculptures, beaded jewellery and authentic pieces of African art. After our visit, we head for our hotel situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Afternoon and evening at leisure. The next day is also at leisure. Relax at the hotel or you could take a walk along one of the less strenuous hiking trails found near your hotel or hike the awesome “Brandwag” Mountain or for the enthusiast, join us this morning on a challenging 8 hour hike along the rim of the majestic “Mont-Aux-Sources” to the source of the Tugela Falls, which is the second highest waterfall in the world after the Angel Falls in Venezuela. The result of your efforts will literally take your breath away. Dinners will be served at the hotel. Overnight in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.


Accommodation:  Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 13:


After a leisurely morning we travel to Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport for you to catch your flight to Cape Town. After being met on arrival in South Africa’s oldest city nicknamed “The Mother City” you’ll be transferred to a lodge that is ideally located in the city near the V & A Waterfront. Beautiful Cape Town is one of the great thriving port cities of the world. It is nestled between the stunning Table Bay and the majestic Table Mountain. Your evening meals over the next couple of days can be enjoyed at various excellent restaurants found in town or on the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The rest of this evening is at leisure.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 14:


Today we take a drive around the scenic "Cape Peninsula". Drive along the Atlantic seaboard, a coastline scattered with rocky outcrops, soaring mountain peaks and pristine white beaches washed by clear turquoise blue waters. After our stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best kept secrets, we continue along the magnificent Chapman’s Peak Pass to the legendary Cape of Good Hope, which is the most southwesterly point on the African continent. The Cape of Good Hope nature reserve is known for its indigenous fynbos vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is the smallest, but also the richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Although this reserve is famous for its flora, it is also home to the mischievous Cape chacma baboon, as well as a variety of rare animals such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, eland, rhebuck and the caracal (African lynx). We then visit Cape Point, a place of mythical beliefs, as it is here where you will find the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. From here we start making our way back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastline, stopping for lunch at a famous seafood restaurant found in Simonstown. After lunch we visit Boulders Beach penguin colony to see the endangered African penguins. On our return to the city we head for Table Mountain, where you can then (weather permitting) take the cableway to the top of this iconic mountain. The cable cars with their large glass windows rise slowly over the fabulous Mother City and Table Bay, allowing for some of the most magnificent views you will ever see anywhere in the world. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch


Included Activity:


  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway


Day 15:


Cape Town has so much to offer visitors and this is why you have this day at leisure to do your own thing! Relax, shop or explore the city and surrounding areas independently.


A great way to do so is to join a tour on the “hop-on hop-off bus”. One of the routes will take you out to the acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, with its grand setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain or you could take the route through the city that passes South Africa’s oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1666 and City Hall, a splendid baroque building with its balcony overlooking the Grand Parade. It was here where the great Nelson Mandela made his first public speech as a free man on his release from prison on 11 February 1990. On this tour you could also hop-off at the Moorish Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) or the beautiful Dutch East Indian Company Garden to see the gardens, Parliament Buildings and Tuinhuis (Garden House). Visit St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as the National Art Gallery, National Museum and Planetarium.


Or


Visit the posh seaside suburb of Camps Bay, with its popular beach. Beach Road is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. This is a great place to spend an afternoon and to get a bite to eat while watching the sun set over the South Atlantic.


Or


You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island an island found about 11 km (7 miles) off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay. The notorious prison, located on the island, is where Nelson Mandela and other South African political prisoners were incarcerated.


Or


For the energetic, you could take a hike up Table Mountain. For the brave, you could go shark cage diving.


Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 16:


Today we tour the beautiful wine lands countryside of the southwestern Cape where you will find towering, rugged mountains, rolling valleys lined with manicured vineyards and elegant 350 year old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style architecture. Wine tastings can be enjoyed at various wine estates found along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route. We will also spend some time in the picturesque and historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 17:


Morning at leisure. There will be time for last minute shopping and lunch at the V & A Waterfront. To end the tour on a high, weather permitting you could take an optional helicopter flight over the "Cape Peninsula". Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for you to catch your flight home.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast