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Johannesburg/Kruger National Park/Cape Town

 

 

 

Day 1- Depart for South Africa

Depart from the USA for South Africa

Day 2 - Arrive in Johannesburg and welcome dinner in Mandela Square

On arrival at Johannesburg International Airport you will be met by an African Angel Tours representative who will take time to explain the itinerary to you and answer any questions which you might have about your holiday. There will be a fully qualified guide and vehicle with you at all times during your stay in Johannesburg and on Safari in Kruger National park. You will be transferred to your hotel to check-in at your accommodation.

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JOHANNESBURG also known as Jozi, Jo'burg or eGoli, is the largest city in South Africa. Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa, having the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. The city is one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world, and is also the world's largest city not situated on a river, lake, or coastline.
While Johannesburg is not officially one of South Africa's three capital cities, it does house the Constitutional Court – South Africa's highest court. The city is the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills.

Johannesburg includes Soweto, which was a separate city from the late 1970s until the 1990s. Originally an acronym for "South Western Townships", Soweto originated as a collection of settlements on the outskirts of Johannesburg populated mostly by native African workers in the gold mining industry. Eventually incorporated into Johannesburg, the apartheid regime (in power 1948–1994) separated Soweto from the rest of Johannesburg to make it a completely Black area.

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DINNER AT THE FAMOUS SANDTON SQUARE

Ten years after it was first opened, Sandton Square is again making headlines. Commemorating our first decade of democracy, a specially donated six metre bronze statue of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled, and our square aptly renamed NELSON MANDELA SQUARE at Sandton City. The intention is not only to honour the former president’s vision of a free and just South Africa, but also to create a focal point where local and foreign tourists can contemplate the events that led to the creation of the Rainbow Nation. An already fashionable area with its sidewalk cafes, fine dining and some 93 exclusive shops, NELSON MANDELA SQUARE at Sandton City looks set to become one of the most popular venues in South Africa.

Its prime location in the heart of Sandton allows easy access to the financial district, the Sandton Convention Centre, world-class hotels and Sandton City’s 295 shops. So whatever your reason for visiting Johannesburg, experience NELSON MANDELA SQUARE at Sandton City for yourself. We guarantee you’ll find it just perfect.

http://www.nelsonmandelasquare.co.za/tourist_info.html

Accommodation at the Rivonia Bed and Breakfast, Sandton, Johannesburg

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Day 3 - Apartheid Museum and Soweto Tour

After breakfast there will be an orientation session and a site inspection of the Da Vinci Hotel.  After the site inspection we will begin the visit to the Apartheid Museum and Soweto Tour.

APARTHEID MUSEUM: At times you feel overwhelmed by the screens and the sound and the powerful images they are projecting. The Museum leads you through room after room in a zigzag of shapes, some with tall roofs, some dark and gloomy, some looking through to other images behind bars or cages that make it clear that apartheid was not only immoral, but evil. After a few hours at the Apartheid Museum you will feel that you were in the townships in the 70s and 80s, dodging police bullets or teargas canisters, or marching and toy-toying with thousands of school children, or carrying the body of a comrade into a nearby house. And just when you feel you can't tolerate the bombardment of your senses any longer, you reach a quiet space, with a glass case which contains a book of the new Constitution of South Africa, and pebbles on the floor. You can express your Solidarity with the victims of apartheid by placing your own pebble on a pile, and take a book. You'll then walk out into grassland with paths which take you to a small lake - you'll need this reflective time.

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SOWETO TOUR. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the Soweto Township. Soweto obtained its name from the first two letters of South Western Township which was the original description of the area. The establishment of Soweto is, like Johannesburg, linked directly to the discovery of Gold in 1885. Thousands of people from around the world and South Africa flocked to the new town to seek their fortunes or to offer their labor. Within 4 years Johannesburg was the second largest city. More than half the population was black, most living in multi racial shanty towns near the gold mines in the centre of the town. As the gold mining industry developed, so did the need for labor increase.

Migrant labor was started and most of these workers lived in mine compounds. However other workers had to find their own accommodation often in appalling conditions.

MANDELA HOUSE & HECTOR PETERSON on the Soweto Tour

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You will also visit the home of former President Nelson Mandela in Orlando West, a four-room house in Soweto where he lived during the late 1950's and early 1960's and again immediately after his release from prison in
1990.

The Hector Pieterson Museum opens on Youth Day, 16 June, but don't expect to come away with an image of what Hector looked like - the family do not have a single snapshot of their famous son. Hector, 12, was one of the first casualties of the Soweto uprising of 16 June, 1976, when over 500 people were killed as they protested over the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools. A news photograph of the dying Hector being carried by a fellow student was published around the world. Shortly afterwards journalists approached the Pieterson family for pictures of Hector. Photographs were handed over with a promise they would be returned - but they weren't. Now, 26 years later, the search for the photographs continues, with the chief curator of the Museum, Ali Hlongwane, saying: "We have the phone number of one of the photographers, now retired; who we hope will give us a photo.” So you won't see snapshots of Hector but what you will see is one of Sam Nzima's six photographs showing the unconscious Hector being carried by fellow student Mbuyisa Makhubo, with Hector's sister, Antoinette Sithole, running alongside. When you visit the museum you will get to see Antoinette herself, as she will be working at the museum, giving guided tours.

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Late Lunch at Wandies – Soweto

The first residents of what is now known as Soweto were located into the area called Klipspriut in 1905 following their relocation from “Coolietown” in the centre of Johannesburg as a result of an outbreak of bubonic plague. The Johannesburg City Council took the opportunity to establish racially segregated residential areas. Some residents were to be relocated to Alexandra township (near the present day Sandton).

This group comprised black, Indian and colored families and they received freehold title to their land (this was subsequently reversed by the Apartheid Government). Only black families were located into Klipspruit and the housing was on a rental basis. Klipspruit was subsequently renamed Pimville.

During the 1930’s the demand for housing for the large numbers of black people who had moved into Johannesburg grew to such an extent that new housing was built in an area known as Orlando, named after the first administrator Edwin Orlando Leaky. In the 1940’s a controversial character James Mpanza led the first land invasion and some 20000 squatters occupied land near Orlando. James Mpanza is known as the “Father of Soweto”. In 1959 the residents of Sophiatown were forcibly removed to Soweto and occupied the area known as Meadowlands. Sir Earnest Oppenheimer, the first chairman of the Anglo American Corporation, was appalled by the housing shortage and was instrumental in arranging a loan for the construction of additional housing and this is commemorated by the Oppenheimer Tower in Jabulani. Soweto falls within the municipality of the Johannesburg Metro Council in the province of Gauteng which appropriately means place of Gold. The original rental houses have now been sold to the tenants who received a subsidy from the government to cover the cost of the houses. Private sector housing was developed from the 1980’s funded by the various banks. Freehold title is available to the properties. Services are provided by the Johannesburg Metro council and electricity by Escom.

Accommodation at the Rivonia Bed and Breakfast, Sandton, Johannesburg

 

Day 4 - Depart for Safari via the Lesedi Cultural Village

After Breakfast we will head out towards the province of MPUMALANGA the home of the Kruger National Park for our Cultural and Safari experience. First on route we will stop at the Lesedi Cultural Village.
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On route we will stop off at the Lesedi Cultutal Village

LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE
Lesedi African Lodge is a multi-cultural village set amongst the pristine bushveld and rocky hills less than an hour’s drive north of Johannesburg. Situated at Lesedi African Lodge are five traditional homesteads – the Zulus with their fighting sticks and cosy beehive huts, the Xhosa with their perfectly thatched rondawels and distinctive white blankets, the rhythmic drums and whistles of the Pedi tribe, the conical straw hats and thick, coloured blankets of the Basotho and the colourful homes of the Ndebele.
Families peacefully living their traditional lives inhabit each homestead at Lesedi. Additional huts for each village have been constructed in each homestead offering the unique opportunity of staying with a traditional rural African family – however, all home comforts have been catered for including cosy beds and beautiful en suite bathrooms with showers.
Lesedi is a Sotho word that means, “LIGHT”. It was made famous by the great leader and founder of the Southern Sotho Nation, Moshoeshoe. During the terrible Mfecane wars, refugees from many nations joined him and were saved by him.
Lesedi African Lodge awaits those willing to participate in an adventure that reveals the mystical cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, steeped in tribal folklore and ancestral traditions. Our culture is the light of our nation – whoever walks here amongst our cultures at Lesedi can also see the light.
Includes

  • Film and cultural lecture about  the 11 official tribes of SA
  • Guided walk though the cultural Village and  explore their homes and living cultures
  • Move into the main hut for traditional drumming and dance
  • Finally buffet dinner with all the exotic meats and traditional South African food
  • Transfer

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is in north-east of South Africa and runs along the border of Mozambique in the east, Zimbabwe in the north, and the southern border is the Crocodile River. The park covers 20,000 square kilometers and is divided in 14 different eco-zones, each one supporting different wildlife. It is one of the main attractions of South Africa and it is considered the flagship of South African National Parks (SANPark).
The park was established in 1898 by the South African President Paul Kruger as a protected area for wildlife and it opened its gate the general public in 1927 for the first time.
Currently, the park is run by the South African National Park Organization (SANP) and is probably the best managed African National Park. Wildlife conservation, education and tourism are the main objectives of the KNP.Here you can see the best of African flora and fauna such as Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, and Buffalos often referred as the big five, but there are plenty of others to see as well.

Day One Safari: We travel from Johannesburg via the Highveld farmlands to the picturesque subtropical Lowveld and onwards to Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balulue Section of the Kruger Park. During a short break, you may rest in your room, have a refreshing dip in our sparkling pool, unwind at the bar or relax in the beautiful gardens. At around 17h00 you board the open Landcruiser for a Sunset Drive.
Your qualified guide will facilitate your first exciting opportunity to experience the varied African fauna and flora. Watch the magnificent African sunset, and, after darkness falls, use spotlights to locate nocturnal animals. Dinner in the Boma will be a traditional South African meal. Overnight in comfortable, air-conditioned en suite thatch-roofed chalets.
Tremisana is the largest and leading lodge in the Balule section of Kruger Park.
We have a total of 15 chalets plus a two-bedroomed Guest House. Every unit has a thatch roof, is air-conditioned and en suite (shower, toilet, basin) and has a tea/coffee station. Insect-proof screens are fitted on all windows.
There is a splash pool, open air boma for dinners around a crackling fire and a covered lapa overlooking a waterhole. A very beautiful luxuriant garden boasts numerous bougainvilleas, palms and cycads which give the camp a subtropical tone. Water features add a soothing effect and the overall feel of Tremisana Lodge is very relaxing. At night, the subdued light along the illuminated paved walkways lend a romantic and magical feel to this outstanding camp. The lodge is serviced by two excellent boreholes. Its proximity to the tar road means Tremisana is easily accessible all year round, including the rainy season. The presence of lions, elephants and buffalo necessitates the maintaining of an electric fence around the camp.
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A troop of Vervet Monkeys have learned how to avoid being shocked and have made Tremisana their permanent home. Their antics never fail to amuse and enthrall our guests.
Mindful of the increasing demand of tourists to have extended walks in the bush, away from the crowds, 2008 saw the introduction of a new product for clients booking the Tremisana safaris: The Balule Plains experience. Our guests really enjoy getting close to Nature while tracking the Big Five.


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Day 5 - Full Day game viewing on 4 x 4 open vehicles
Day Two of the Safari: Awaken at sunrise for a cuppa and rusks before an exhilarating day of bush experience. Drive to the mighty Olifants River, where you enjoy a four hour “walk in the wild”. Your experienced field guide will lead you through the bush at a pace you can handle in search of the Big Five. The thrill of following Africa’s large animals in a quest to approach close enough to take a good photo will remain with you forever. Adrenalin surges will be acute, notwithstanding the fact that your ranger is adequately armed in case of potential danger.
Return to Tremisana for brunch, after which you may swim or sleep in your air-conditioned chalet. The new Lapa has extensive wildlife books and magazines. A snooze on a hammock might also do the trick! For the very keen, we offer a game-viewing Hide (with ablutions) overlooking Tremisana Dam, where animals and birds often come to drink.
At around 15h00 we drive to Tshukudu Game Reserve, where a scrumptious tea is served. We may even be joined by the tame Cheetahs! We then go on a 3 hour Game Drive where the chances of seeing the Big Five are especially good. All the rangers are in constant radio contact and great sightings are guaranteed!

Day 6 - Full Day game viewing on 4 x 4 open vehicles
Day Three of Safari : Drive to the Orpen Gate of Kruger, where we transfer to a custom-built open-sided Gameviewer. The open vehicle allows for a total wildlife opportunity - you will not only have an amazing opportunity to view game, but also to listen to and smell the African bush and its denizens. The absence of windows and your elevated vantage position allow for excellent photographic opportunities. Your experienced guide will show you many animals and birds that frequent this wildlife paradise. We have regular stops at picnic spots, rest camps and places of interest. The Orpen-Satara-Nwanedzi regions have open plains and support large herds of zebra, giraffe and antelope that attract numerous predators. In fact, this zone has the highest concentration of lions in Africa.


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Day 7 – Depart back to Johannesburg via Panoramic Route and fly to Cape Town.
Enjoy an early morning Sunrise Drive on Balule on the open Landcruiser. After a hearty breakfast, there is an opportunity to purchase some memorabilia from our shop and take your last photos of the luxuriant lush gardens at Tremisana.
We then drive to the awesome Blyde River Canyon and view the Three Rondawels. We return to Gauteng in the late afternoon. Airport drop-off by arrangement
MPUMALANGA - 'THE PLACE WHERE THE SUN RISES' formally known as Eastern Transvaal, Mpumalanga is considered to be one of the most geographically diverse and unbelievably beautiful places in South Africa.

Mpumalanga lies in the east of South Africa, north of KwaZulu-Natal and bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. In the northeast, the land rises towards mountain peaks and then terminates in an immense escarpment. In some places, this escarpment plunges hundreds of meters down to the low-lying area known as the Lowveld. People are drawn to Mpumalanga by the magnificent scenery, by the fauna and flora and by the saga of the 1870s gold rush era and a wealth of fascinating tribal legends. Mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterize the landscape. This is also Big Game Country, the setting for dozens of sanctuaries teeming with wildlife and birds. Visit the world’s most famous game reserve, climb the world's third-highest canyon, explore the world's oldest cave and spend the night in the world's best private game lodges. The entire Mpumalanga area offers exceptional opportunities for bird-watching, hiking, horse-riding and fishing. Streams once panned for gold have become the haunts of eager anglers and lazy trout. Steeped in the history of pioneers, hunters and fortune seekers, fascinating gold rush towns abound. Mpumalanga offers something for everyone.

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You will arrive at Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg in the afternoon to connect your domestic flight to the Mother City. On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by an African Angel Tours representative who meet and accompanying you to where you will be staying in Cape Town - Dale Court Guest House.

 

CAPE TOWN (Afrikaans: Kaapstad; Xhosa: iKapa) is the second-most populous city in South Africa, and the largest in land area, forming part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. It is the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape, as well as the legislative capital of South Africa, where the National Parliament and many government offices are located.

The city is famous for its harbour as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, including such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. Cape Town is also Africa's most popular tourist destination.

Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company as a victualling (supply) station for Dutch ships sailing to Eastern Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck's arrival on 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town quickly outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. Until the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the development of Johannesburg, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa. Today it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. As of 2007 the city had an estimated population of 3.5 million.

Accommodation: Dale Court Guest House next to the Waterfront, Cape Town

 

Day 8 - Cape Town City Tour

 

THE CITY TOUR: After breakfast you will join us for an orientation tour of the Mother City as we venture through streets crowded with history. From the City Hall where Nelson Mandela gave his liberation speech to the multi-cultural Green Market Square, Cape Town has it all.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • South African Museum & the Company Gardens
  • Parliament buildings
  • City Hall
  • Malay Quarter/ Bo-Kaap
  • District Six Museum
  • Green Market Square
  • Signal Hill
  • Camps Bay & Clifton

 

Accommodation: Dale Court Guest House, Cape Town

 

Day 9 - Full day Peninsular Tour and Table Mountain

View the golden beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton home of South Africa’s beautiful people. We stop at the quaint fishing village of Hoot Bay where local fisherman still go out everyday in little fishing boats to feed their families hoping for a big catch.

From there we go via Chapmans Peak sandwiched between the ravaging ocean and looming mountain cliffs via the scenic artist village called Noordhoek en route to the Cape of Goodhope Nature Reserve – home to the famous fynbos plant species and you might also catch a glimpse of buck and ostrich.

We spend some time at Cape Point - There is some debate as to whether or not this is where the two oceans meet. Some people believe the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet at the southern most point of Africa, Cape Agulhas, about 200km East of Cape Town, while others think it is here at Cape Point on the Cape Peninsula.


We then proceed via enchanting False Bay Coast line paying a visit to some penguins and land based Penguin Colony and then onto historical Simonstown and Kalk Bay.

In the afternoon take a trip to Table Mountain and a cable car ride to the summit where you can take in the spectacular views of the city of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula.

Accommodation: Dale Court Guest House, Cape Town


Day 10 - District Six and Robben Island Tour

We begin the day with a District Six Tour and after lunch you will spend the rest of the day on an afternoon tour of Robben Island.

Discover the multicultural side of Cape Town and interact with the locals. From District Six where forced removals changed the lives of many people to informal settlements where traditional healers and shebeens add to the rich culture of township life.

We will visit the Bo-Kaap/ Malay Quarter, District Six Museum (closed on Sundays), an informal settlement and community project. You will have the opportunity to purchase arts & crafts and also to visit a school/ crèche.

In the afternoon you will cruise to Robben Island. Robben Island Ferry Service is the official transport facility to Robben Island for a tour never to be forgotten. These are the state of the art catamarans, fully air conditioned with television sets and a public address system. Fully licensed and stocked refreshment station is located on the main deck of the vessel with easy access.

The Robben Island's tour includes a visit to the lime quarry, which was used by the prisoners to mine lime. The harsh white light and heat in the quarry in summer and the long, wet winters made it an extremely uncomfortable space to work in.

A visit to the maximum-security prison, where most of the political leaders were kept, is one of the important highlights of the tour on Robben Island. This section includes the single cells in which Nelson Mandela and other prisoners spent their prison time in. In the village tour you get to see the leper cemetery, Sobukhwe house, WW II gun batteries as well as the houses used by the warders.

Accommodation: Dale Court Guest House, Cape Town

 

Day 11 - Cape Winelands

The fertile green valleys of the Cape Winelands are surrounded by proud mountain ranges. Towns and villages have many historic homesteads and monuments, and every so often fruit orchards are to be seen, whose produce may be found in all corners of the world. It is the Mediterranean climate and winter rainfall of the south-western Cape that produces some of the best wines in the country. 

The rich, fertile soils along the Breede River Valley and especially the areas of Somerset West, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, have become world famous for their whites, reds, sherries, ports and brandies. View the Wine Routes of the Cape for a detailed overview of all of the wine routes which includes the Constantia Valley, Coastal Routes, Little Karoo and Olifants River Wine Routes and more.

STELLENBOSCH

The beautiful little town of Stellenbosch, roughly an hour from Cape Town, lies surrounded by the Stellenbosch Mountains in the Jonkershoek River Valley in one of the most picturesque settings in the Cape. 

The second oldest town in South Africa has fondly been called ‘Eikestad’ or city of oaks and its streets are lined with some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. Dorp Street is a national monument and taking the time to walk around this cosy old part of Stellenbosch, with its secluded lanes, water furrows, cosmopolitan restaurants and coffee bistros, with superb views of mountain, vineyards and orchards, is an idyllic morning venture.

• City orientation
• Dorp Street
• De Braak
• Free walk into historical town
• Wine tasting on a Stellenbosch Estate
• Cellar tour
• Cheese tasting 

PAARL

The town of Paarl has a unique character, not least because vineyards still grow in between residential neighborhoods maintaining a country feel to a town virtually the size of a small city, but also because it is here that the struggle to gain recognition for Afrikaans as a written language was achieved. Today the Afrikaans Language Museum bears testament to this accomplishment and there is a monument to this unique language on the slopes of Paarl Mountain.

• Drive through Paarl
• Wine Tasting on a Paarl Wine Estate
• View Nelson Mandela’s former prison (Victor Vester)

FRANSCHHOEK

The French corner of the Cape, Franshoek lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world, just 45 minutes’ from Cape Town and within half an hour of the StellenboschPaarl,Wellington and Somerset West wine routes. 

This traditionally French town is the food and wine capital of the country and one would be hard pressed to dispute the claim. Eight of the top 100 restaurants in the country are found in Franshoek, there are nigh on 30 wine cellars and over 28 restaurants from which to choose for your gastronomic experience.

Day 12 - Transfer to Cape Town International Airport

After breakfast we can do some last minute shopping and packing before transferring to the airport for your flight home

Lunch Time Transfer to Cape Town International

 

Day 13 – Arrive in the USA

Arrive back in California to digest your African Dream Experience

 

NOTES

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* PRICES and AVAILABILITY are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
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* Prices quoted are on a per person sharing basis
* Prices quoted are only valid for the number of people quoted for - any increase or decrease in numbers will affect the price.
* All items of a personal nature, meals and drinks (unless stipulated), flights, airport taxes, fuel (unless stipulated), sightseeing entrance fees, caddies, carts, golf accessories and all other unstipulated items are excluded.
* No booking can be guaranteed unless a 20% non-refundable deposit has been received
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* As availability is always checked before quoting, we can in no way be held responsible when it is no longer available due to the time taken to confirm the quote

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