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The only man I envy is the man who has

not yet been to Africa – for he has

so much to look forward to. 

                 

SOUTH AFRICA

Richard Mullin
10 days/
9 nights
South Africa    May 2, 2022
South Africa Part 1
00:00 / 34:11
South Africa Part 2
00:00 / 32:30

This 10-day Signature Adventure Experience Tour showcases some of South Africa's most scenic regions - the world’s third largest canyon, spectacular waterfalls, an intimate interaction with the majestic elephant, the Big 5 and an incredible variety of wildlife during guided game drives in Songimvelo Reserve and Pilanesberg National Park, the beautiful Mother City of Cape Town and world renowned Cape Winelands. Included are 21 excursions; 26 meals and the gratuities; a dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable driver and local guide; guided game drives in an open 9-seat off-road vehicle in Songimvelo (an upgrade is available for the Pilanesberg). Single travellers don't pay a supplement fee and you can pick any week of the year to travel. We have thought of everything so relax and focus on enjoying the trip of a lifetime.

OUR TOUR INCLUDES:

  • ACTIVITIES: Our Signature Tour showcases the best of South Africa. You will journey through savage, untamed wilderness to the sophistication of the Mother City in style. We’ll take it slow on safari, then kick it up a notch or three in Cape Town

  • WHERE WE STAY Experience luxury in the bush at Humala River Lodge in Songimvelo Game Reserve. Relax at the award-winning Seasons Sport & Spa. Enjoy Inverness apartments’ convenient Cape Town location and comforts of home.

  • WHAT WE EAT From regional delicacies to the national cuisine, South Africa’s culinary scene is as colorful as its history. Savor game meats, seafood, a potpourri of curries, seasonal local produce, and fresh-from-the-oven baked goods. All your meals are included; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You are in for some tantalizing treats – bon appetit!

             Your tour representative will meet you upon your arrival at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport and take you to Seasons Sport Leisure & Spa hidden among 300 acres of indigenous vegetation on the northern slopes of the Magaliesburg Mountains. Here you will have the afternoon to spend at your leisure. Enjoy the resort’s spa, play a few rounds of golf, or for something completely different, settle in at the bird viewing hide. The Magaliesburg is an important bird area with 450 species, including the Cape vulture, black stork, and white-backed night heron, making their home here. Dinner is provided at the resort.

                                                                                                   

      A.   After breakfast, you will move across to the Humala River Lodge deep within the Songimvelo Game Reserve. ‘Songimvelo’ means ‘we are conserving nature’ in the siSwati language. This park forms part of the nearly 170 000-hectare Songimvelo-Malolotja Transfrontier Conservation Area straddling the northern border of Swaziland and the south eastern border of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. It’s a World Heritage Site as it has the best-preserved volcanic and sedimentary rock formations in the world which date back well over 3 billion years and are decorated with some of the world’s oldest Rock Art. Afternoon tea will set you up nicely for your first sunset game drive to experience first-hand the twilight beauty of the African bush and her wild creatures. Then it’s back to the lodge for dinner.
Overnight:  Humala River Lodge or similar

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Breakfast à la carte at Tanglewood Terrace

Humala Welcome Cocktail upon arrival

Afternoon Tea including snacks and a selection of pastries

Sunset Game Drive

Dinner à la carte at Humala River Lodge

 

             Rising before dawn is a necessity if you want to see wildlife as they are most active in the cool early mornings or late afternoons. Strong coffee and one of South Africa’s iconic snacks, homemade rusks, will be served to see you through your game drive to brunch. Game drives are the best way to experience the reserves spectacular scenery and extraordinary wildlife. And each game drive is unique and unpredictable. After brunch you will have the afternoon to laze around, go swimming or enjoy a guided bush hike to see the bushmen paintings. Afternoon tea and then a sunset game drive is topped off with sundowners under the Southern night sky awash with stars; glimmering constellations not seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Back at the lodge, you will be treated to a mesmerising Swazi Dance Performance before a delicious dinner.
Overnight:  Humala River Lodge or similar 

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Coffee or tea with rusks or muffins

Sunrise Game Drive

Brunch at Humala River Lodge

Afternoon Tea including snacks and a selection of pastries

Sunset Game Drive

Swazi Dance Performance in Boma

Dinner à la carte at Humala River Lodge

              Your home for the next 2 days will be the Seasons Sport Leisure & Spa in Magaliesberg where you will head after breakfast at the lodge. Once there, and after you have settled in, the Harties Cableway will carry you to the top of the Magaliesberg Mountains. While enjoying lunch on the mountain, you can take in the scenery of the Hartbeestport Dam, the valley and the surrounding mountains thanks to the panoramic views. A trip to the Lion and Safari Park will get you up-close and personal, even hand-feeding some of Africa’s best-loved animals. Then it’s a slow meander back to the hotel for dinner, and, if you wish, an evening spent enjoying amenities at Seasons.
Overnight:  Seasons Sport Leisure & Spa or similar

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Early Breakfast à la carte at Humala River Lodge

Harties Cableway Experience

Lunch à la carte at Hero's Grillhouse

Animal Interaction Park

Dinner à la carte at Tanglewood Terrace

              With an early departure including breakfast on-the-go, your destination today is the Pilanesberg National Park for a Big 5 game drive. The 50 000 hectares of this Park are ancient, even by geological time scales, filled with hills, valleys, and broken rock country. Formed by a massive volcanic eruption nearly 1 300 million years ago, it is the site of one of the largest volcanic complexes of its type in the world. The remnants of the explosion can still be seen today. The creation of the Park is considered one of the most ambitious programs of its kind to be undertaken anywhere in the world. Many long-vanished species were re-introduced so you can expect frequent sightings of the Big 5 on your game drive. The Park is the perfect place to enjoy lunch in the middle of the game drive. Once the game drive is over, it’s back to the Seasons so you can freshen up for a uniquely South African farewell dinner.

Overnight:  Seasons Sport Leisure & Spa or similar

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Depart with Breakfast On-the-Go

Pilanesberg National Park Game Drive including lunch in the park

Farewell Dinner in Boma at Seasons

              A leisurely breakfast awaits you before heading to Lanseria International Airport for your flight to Cape Town. Upon arriving in the Mother City, you will be whisked out to Three Anchor Bay and your fully equipped, self-catering, serviced condo at Inverness Resort. This is the perfect base from which to discover Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands. It’s also a short drive from Inverness Resort to the busy retail, dining and entertainment district – the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (V&A). Later that evening, enjoy the lazy sunset while having a scrumptious dinner on the Sea Point Promenade where afterwards you can take a leisurely stroll - a great way to mark your arrival in South Africa’s Mother City and the start of your new adventure.
Overnight:  Inverness Resort or similar

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Breakfast à la carte at Tanglewood Terrace

Lunch à la carte at Lanseria Airport

Dinner à la carte at The Shop Restaurant

             After breakfast at the V&A Waterfront, your Adventure begins at the Shimansky Diamond Experience. Discover a diamond’s journey from the Earth’s core to a sparkling gem. From the depths of the Earth to the depths of the Ocean, your next stop is the Two Oceans Aquarium. Meet the creatures which inhabit both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans which meet at the southernmost tip of Africa. After lunch at the V&A Waterfront, you rise above the city in a rotating cable car to the top of Cape Town’s most iconic natural landmark – Table Mountain. At 3563 feet above sea-level, it’s one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Settled within the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only 6 Floral Kingdoms in the world, and the most diverse, Table Mountain is a place of myth, legend, and spectacular views! The Hop-On-Hop-Off bus which will take you to Table Mountain and back again hosts the rest of your day’s adventure and will allow you to experience all that cosmopolitan Cape Town has to offer. Dinner that evening will be at GOLD Restaurant, complete with a djembe drum performance and a 14-dish tasting menu. Each dish is based on African culinary traditions and storytelling.
Overnight:  Inverness Resort or similar

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Depart for Breakfast à la carte at Tashas Waterfront

Cape Town Diamond Museum

Two Oceans Aquarium

Lunch à la carte at Cooked

Classic Hop On-Hop Off Tour

Table Mountain

Interactive Dinner Theatre at Gold

             What better way to start your day than breakfast in the winelands surrounded by the breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch Hills. The relaxed atmosphere sets you up for a delicious day of food, cheese, and wine, all produced on the centuries-old vineyards of the region. Here is where you will find some of South Africa’s finest wines and beautiful architecture. Nestled among the green and fruitful vines are stunning examples of the area’s Cape Dutch homes. If you like cheese, then you’ll find the cheese tasting opportunities a delight as the region produces a vast range of both cow and goat milk cheeses. Following trails of flowers and wildlife winding their way through the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve overlooking the Franschoek Valley will help you build up your appetite once more as they lead to another foodie delight. After that, if you can eat another bite, you’ll travel along South Africa’s Golden Mile overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to dinner. Overnight:  Inverness Resort or similar

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Depart for Breakfast à la carte at Skilpadvlei Restaurant

Neethlingshof Wine Tasting

Fairview Cheese and Wine Tasting

Lunch à la carte at Bovine Restaurant

Explore Franschhoek

Dinner à la carte at Lily's Restaurant

 

             After a delightful breakfast in Camps Bay, this full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula begins with a drive of never-ending breath-taking scenery along the Atlantic Seaboard, stretching from the V&A Waterfront to your first stop in Hout Bay. Here, you can explore the largest bird park in Africa - World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park. From Hout Bay, a quaint village with a fishing harbour, a 40-minute cruise charter takes you past the famous Maori Bay Wreck, to the protected home of thousands of wild Cape Fur Seals - Duiker Island Seal Colony. After lunch in Hout Bay Harbour, you journey beyond Simon's Town to Boulders Beach, including a photo-stop at Chapman's Peak. The highlight at Boulders Beach is the colony of vulnerable African Penguins in their natural habitat. Then, take in the countryside en-route to the southern point of the Cape Peninsula. Here three promontories tower over 200 metres above the sea - Cape of Good Hope, Cape Maclear and Cape Point. The Cape Point Funicular Railway takes you to the old lighthouse and panoramic views at the summit of Cape Point. After dinner, in the heart of Constantia, you will be returned to your hotel for the night.
Overnight:  Inverness Resort or similar

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Depart for Breakfast à la carte at La Belle Bistro and Bakery

World of Birds

Charter to Seal Island

Lunch à la carte at Mariner's Wharf

Boulders Penguin Colony

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Cape Point Nature Reserve

Dinner à la carte at Blanko Restaurant

 

 D.         Depending on your schedule, enjoy a healthy and filling breakfast, either in Cape Town, or at the Cape Town International Airport before flying home or onward to another adventure on your vacation.

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Breakfast à la carte at Mugg and Bean

Cape Town Airport

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Breakfast, 4 lunches and 7 Dinners

  • 7 Nights Hotel: 4 nights in San Pedro
     Belize,
    3 nights in San Ignacio, Belize

  • 2 nights optional in Flores, Guatemala

  • Private transportation throughout the trip including the ferry and off-road vehicles
    when necessary

  • Local tour guides throughout the trip

  • Transfers to and from the airport:Philip
    S.W. Goldson International Airport,

  • Airport Road, Belize

  • Admittance to all national parks and tours
     listed above

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Contact me for more info or questions:
GWEN CROFT
gwen@greatgetawaytours.com
828-279-6700 (8am - 8pm EST)

Gwen Croft

Great Getaway Tours

Tours for Women Only

PO Box 8106

Asheville NC 28814

828-2796700 

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Travel Agent:

Gwen Croft

Great Getaway Travels

212-489-6700

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