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Best of South Africa Deluxe Tour F

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Johannesburg / Kruger / Rovos Rail / Cape Town / Winelands


DAY 1     ARRIVE – JOHANNESBURG

On arrival at Johannesburg International Airport you will be met by an African Angel Tours representative and professional guide, who will take time to explain the trip to you and answer any questions which you might have about your holiday. You will then be transferred to the Michelangelo Hotel to check-in at your accommodation, where you will stay for the following 2 nights.

In the evening enjoy a traditional Welcome Dinner at Moyo Restaurant.

OVERNIGHT:  MICHELANGELO HOTEL – SUPERIOR ROOMS – Bed & Breakfast basis

Over the heart of Sandton Square, Johannesburg, towers the majestic Michelangelo - the perfect vantage from which to observe the entertainment and corporate capital of Africa. Immerse yourself in the culture and breakneck pace of Sandton. Then return to convalesce in the serenity of Renaissance-style elegance that makes Michelangelo one of the Leading Hotels Of The World. 

The Michelangelo provides the busy corporate executive with all the services and facilities he may require in which to conduct business.

ACCOMMODATION:
The 218 Deluxe and Superior rooms, as well as the 22 Premier and Executive suites have all been tastefully decorated to reflect the elegant Renaissance style that has been carried throughout the rest of the hotel. The two Presidential Suites each have a private dining room and lounge as well as 24-hour butler service for the more discerning guest. 

All suites have private bathrooms with a separate shower and toilet, hairdryers, radio, colour TV, pay movie channel, 24-hour CNN and CNBC, individually controlled aircon, direct dialling phones, direct in and out dialling for personal fax/modem, Internet, electronic razor plug (220/110V), complimentary tea & coffee and mini bar. For your security, all rooms are equipped with electric safes and smoke detectors with sprinkler systems. 

There is nothing you could possibly want for during your sojourn at the Michelangelo. Maybe just a little more of everything. The comprehensive service includes: 
 
FACILITIES:
Intermezzo Residents' Lounge with shower facilities (for early arrivals/late departures) 
Express check-out 
24-hour room service 
Same day laundry 
Dry cleaning 
Valet service 
Car rental and VIP limousine service 
Shuttle service to and from Johannesburg International Airport 
Covered parking 
In the nearby shopping centre: hairdresser, banks/forex, travel agent, beauty salon
Doctor and dentist on call

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 2   JOHANNESBURG – SOWETO & LESEDI TOUR

After breakfast depart on a tour of Soweto and a visit to the Lesedi Cultural Village.

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

 

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 coloured 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 Oppenhemer, 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.

OVERNIGHT:  MICHELANGELO HOTEL – SUPERIOR ROOMS – Bed & Breakfast basis

 

DAY 3    JOHANNESBURG - KRUGER

Check out of the hotel before being transferred to Johannesburg Airport to catch your flight to Hoedspruit. On arrival at Hoedspruit Airport you will be met and transferred to Hamilton’s Tented Camp in the Kruger National Park, where you will stay for the following 3 nights.

OVERNIGHT:  HAMILTON’S TENTED CAMP – LUXURY TENTS – Fully Inclusive basis

Named after Colonel Stephenson Hamilton, who was instrumental in establishing the world famous Kruger National Park, Hamilton's Tented Camp reflects a safari adventure of the early twentieth century, where grace and style were the epitome luxurious living.
Six magnificent canvas tents complete with teak floorboards, dreamy mosquito nets, slipper baths, outdoor showers and a superb view of the seasonal river are linked to the main lodge area by raised timber walkways amongst ancient Jackalberry trees. The main lodge is home to an inviting lounge, scattered with early 1900’s objet d’art whilst the opulent dining area adds to the delight of this tranquil spot overlooking the river. 
 

ROOM CONFIGURATION
· 6 tents, sleeps 12 people 
· 6 Double Rooms
TENT INFORMATION
· Each luxury tent has a romantic slipper bath and out door shower overlooking the Ngwenyeni Dam 
· Each luxury tent has a private veranda 
· Timber walkways 
· Open tented lounge 
· Silver service 
· Personalised cuisine
 

STANDARD ROOM FEATURES
· All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with outdoor showers 
· Mosquito nets 
· Slipper baths 
· Air conditioner 
· All rooms linked by intercom service
 

VIEWS FROM THE ROOM
· Spectacular views overlooking the Ngwenyeni Dam
Hamiltons Tented Camp offers the highest standard of International cuisine with an African Flair.  With a renowned wine list to match and impeccable service, even the most discerning traveller can be accommodated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 4  KRUGER

Enjoy a day of game drives, bird watching, excellent cuisine and leisure while staying at Hamilton’s Tented Camp.

OVERNIGHT:  HAMILTON’S TENTED CAMP – LUXURY TENTS – Fully Inclusive basis

DAY 5   KRUGER

Enjoy a day of game drives, bird watching, excellent cuisine and leisure while staying at Hamilton’s Tented Camp.

DAY 6  KRUGER – JOHANNESBURG – ROVOS RAIL

Check-out of your accommodation, before being transferred to Hoedspruit Airport to catch your flight back to Johannesburg. Upon arrival at Johannesburg Airport you will be met and transferred to Pretoria Train Station to board the Rovos Rail Luxury Train. You will be aboard the train for the following 2 nights.

OVERNIGHT:  ROVOS RAIL LUXURY TRAIN – PULLMAN SUITE – Fully Inclusive basis

15h00 - Depart Rovos Rail's private Capital Park Station aboard the Pride of Africa.

For many visitors to South Africa, there is no finer way to see the country than on the popular 48 hour weekly journeys between Pretoria and Cape Town. This 1,600 kilometre journey is a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. Travel the grasslands of the gold rich Highveld to the haunting barrenness of the Great Karoo. Trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic wine lands of the Cape. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lions Head. Highlights of the north and southbound routes include a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. This authentic perfectly preserved Victorian Village, which was founded by Mr Logan as a refreshment stop in 1890, also boasts an impressive museum on the platform. A stop is also made in Kimberley providing an opportunity to enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.

 

DAY 7  ROVOS RAIL

10h00 - Arrive in Kimberley. Passengers visit the Big Hole and the Diamond Museum.

12h30 - Depart from Kimberley and proceed overnight via De Aar and Beaufort West for Matjiesfontein.

OVERNIGHT:  ROVOS RAIL LUXURY TRAIN – PULLMAN SUITE – Fully Inclusive basis

 

DAY 8  ROVOS RAIL – CAPE TOWN

08h15 - Visit the historic village of Matjiesfontein.
10h30 - Depart Matjiesfontein and proceed via Touws River, De Doorns and Worcester to Cape Town. 
18h00 - Arrive Cape Town Station, Platform 24.

Upon arrival at Cape Town station you will be met and transferred to the Cape Grace Hotel, where you will stay for the following 3 nights.

OVERNIGHT:  CAPE GRACE HOTEL – LUXURY ROOMS – Bed & Breakfast basis

Nestled on a private quay between the working harbour of Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the serenity of an international yacht marina, Cape Grace is a welcoming and gracious sanctuary of tradition, sophistication and contemporary comfort.

Our refashioned look juxtaposes modern with period, rare with everyday and a sense of spontaneity with the handcrafted, personal care we’re known for. Interiors combine engaging artifacts and original antiques with a rich tapestry of local history, infused with artistic renditions of the exceptional botanical kingdom that surrounds us.

Loyalty to our guests is paramount at Cape Grace: this is reflected in the luxurious spaciousness of guests’ rooms, the diverse spectrum of amenities and extra services, and in our constant quest to deliver unsurpassed service standards that are equally proficient and warmly individual.

Signal, the restaurant at Cape Grace, provides a fusion of culinary indulgence influenced by the classics and unmistakable hints of South African flavour, bringing you cuisine that’s fresh and creative.  Set in a sophisticated yet unhurried atmosphere, service is warm and intuitive while innovative menus are complemented by premium local wine selections. 
Our progressive food concept encourages guests to dine wherever they choose within the hotel, whether it’s champagne & oysters on the pool terrace overlooking the yacht marina, or an unhurried degustation meal paired with superb wines in your suite. In addition, Food and Beverage Liaisons customise guests’ gastronomic needs by tailor-making gourmet experiences.

Below deck, beside the clear waters of the private marina and beneath the majesty of Table Mountain, is the popular Bascule Whisky, Wine and Cocktail Bar. Here guests can choose from the largest collection of whiskies south of the equator or enjoy a delicious cocktail.

Our 56-foot yacht - Spirit of the Cape, is available for tailor-made charters along the Cape’s magnificent coastline. An extensive and beautiful library, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a communication centre offering complimentary Internet access and a boardroom, are simply a few of the distinct and personalised services available.

With a genuine passion to champion distinctive standards in service, Cape Grace is dedicated to surpassing expectations and making your stay, whether work or pleasure, the most memorable ever.

 

DAY 9  CAPE TOWN – TABLE MOUNTAIN & CITY TOUR

After breakfast depart on a full day guided Table Mountain and City Tour.

Since it's opening in 1929, over 16 million people have taken the trip to the top of Table Mountain. The Table Mountain cableway has since become something of a landmark in Cape Town, and has carried some of Cape Town's most illustrious visitors including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Stefi Graf, Arnold Schwarzenneger, Magaret Thatcher, Prince Andrew, Micheal Schumacher, Brooke Shields, Micheal Buble, Tina Turner, Jackie Chan, Dolores O'Riordan, Skunk Anansie and Paul Oakenfold. In 1993, Dennis Hennessy, the son of one of the founders of TMACC sold the company. The new directors immediately set about planning an upgrade to the existing Table Mountain infrastructure. 
Apart from upgrading the restaurants and machinery, new cars were purchased. Unlike their predecessors, the new cars, or Rotairs, have a revolving floor that allows passengers a 360-degree view of the city and Table Mountain as they travel. Work on the upgrade began in January of 1997 and, for several months cranes and large helicopters carrying building materials dominated the mountain skyline. The new cableway was officially opened on the 4th of October 1997, the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years previously.

OVERNIGHT:  CAPE GRACE HOTEL – LUXURY ROOMS – Bed & Breakfast basis

DAY 10  CAPE TOWN – PENINSULA TOUR

After breakfast depart on a full day guided Peninsula Tour.

View the golden beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton home of South Africa’s beautiful people. We stop at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay where local fisherman still go out every day 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 Good Hope Nature Reserve – home to the famous fynbos plant species. 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 the enchanting False Bay coastline, paying a visit to some penguins at a land-based penguin colony, and then onto historical Simonstown and Kalk Bay.

OVERNIGHT:  CAPE GRACE HOTEL – LUXURY ROOMS – Bed & Breakfast basis

 

 

 

DAY 11  CAPE TOWN – WINELANDS

Check-out of the hotel before being driven to the picturesque Cape Winelands region, passing through historic towns like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Check-in at the Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, where you will stay for the following 2 nights.

OVERNIGHT:  LE FRANSCHHOEK HOTEL & SPA – STANDARD ROOMS – Bed & Breakfast basis

Set in the culinary capital of the Cape, the town of Franschhoek lies below the towering Franschhoek Mountains. With picturesque vineyards a stone’s throw away, the elegant, sophisticated charm of Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa is the perfect setting to explore the Cape wine route.  Seventy nine en-suite, large, elegant bedrooms and suites, capture the essence of charm and sophistication.  Meeting facilities, three restaurants, including the Le Verger outdoor dining venue and the on-site spa, make this hotel the most unique property in the winelands.

Le Verger – the Orchard Restaurant
Le Verger now boasts a new air-conditioned glass dining area with an open plan kitchen. The new dining area flows out onto the original individual glass conservatories amongst the fruit trees, offering an al fresco style restaurant with a delicious a la carte menu at very competitive prices. Also on offer is an award winning wine list comprising of some of South Africa top wines. 

Included in Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa’s many accolades are:

2007 AA Travel Guide – Gold Achiever
• Conde Naste's top 130 New Hotels of the world - 2006 Hot List

• Diner’s Club Award – 2006 Wine List

 

DAY 12 THE WINELANDS – WINELANDS TOUR

After breakfast depart on a full day guided Winelands Tour.

We visit the main areas of the Winelands – Stellenbosch with its Cape Dutch Architecture, Franschhoek and Paarl – visiting award winning Wine Estates for tastings, whilst enjoying the scenic beauty of the Winelands.
Whether it is its magnificent natural beauty, its rich cultural heritage or its world-renowned wines, the Winelands Region is synonymous with all the best that the Cape has to offer. A 45-minute drive from Cape Town brings you to this area where splendid mountains form a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads steeped in history. Come experience the hospitality and beauty of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek and Pniel. The diversity of the Winelands will capture every heart.
Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors as you stroll along the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in the country. Our colourful history comes to life in the splendidly restored Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings in each town.

Monuments such as the Huguenot Memorial and Afrikaans Language Monument and the many outstanding museums provide a fascinating glimpse into the past.
The excellent wines produced in this area are world-renowned. You will be spoilt for choice between small, boutique wineries and the larger, more commercial wine estates. Taste the fruit of the vintner's labour in the magnificent surrounds that are so characteristic of the Winelands, or join the winemaker on a tour of his cellar where the precious harvest is lovingly transformed into every wine lover's delight.
OVERNIGHT:  LE FRANSCHHOEK HOTEL & SPA – STANDARD ROOMS – Bed & Breakfast basis

DAY 13  THE WINELANDS – CAPE TOWN

Check-out of the hotel before being transferred back to the Cape Grace Hotel to check-in at your accommodation. You will stay here for the following 2 nights.

In the afternoon depart for a guided tour of Robben Island.

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.

OVERNIGHT:  CAPE GRACE HOTEL – LUXURY ROOMS – Bed & Breakfast basis

 

DAY 14  CAPE TOWN – DAY AT LEISURE

Spend your last day in Cape Town at leisure. Explore the V&A Waterfront and do some last minute shopping, or choose to spend your final day soaking up the sun on one of the many nearby beaches.

In the evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner at Africa Café.

OVERNIGHT:  CAPE GRACE HOTEL – LUXURY ROOMS – Bed & Breakfast basis

DAY 15  CAPE TOWN – DEPART
After breakfast check-out of the hotel, before being transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight home.

END OF SERVICES – TRAVEL HOME SAFELY!

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