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Welcome to South Africa, arrive Johannesburg to be meet and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg stems from gold and diamond mining, dating back to the 1800’s, and the city’s local name, Egoli, means The City of Gold. Today Johannesburg is the powerhouse of Africa and home to the continents busiest airport. Johannesburg is a wealthy and fast-paced city, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, earning its reputation as the “New York of Africa”, while also being considered as one of the largest man-made forests in the world.
Today, we transfer you to Sun City. The Cascades is set within rambling lush gardens overlooking the Cascades Lake and the Gary Player Golf Course. This luxurious hotel is the grand old hotel of Sun City, and still retains a timeless elegance. Superb international cuisine is enjoyed at the elegant lakeside Peninsula Restaurant, where guests dine by candlelight, to music played by the resident pianist. Take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque gardens or aviary, make use of the tennis and squash courts, spinning studio, Valley of the Waves Water Park and the Gary Player Golf Course, or simply relax at the pool and sip cocktails at the Vistas Bar with views of the mountains surrounding Sun City.
We drive to Madikwe Game Reserve. One of South Africa’s newer and prime safari destinations, the Madikwe Game Reserve is situated in the malaria free North West Province, bordering Botswana. This “Big Five” Reserve spans 75,000 hectares, making it one of the largest game reserves in South Africa. It is particularly renowned for its wild dog reintroduction in the east, as well as the unusual gemsbok, tsessebe and springbok. The lions in Madikwe originate from Etosha in Namibia, and are known to hunt very large prey such as giraffe and eland which requires immense strength and makes for impressive sightings.
Over the new few days enjoy rare birding opportunities, bush walks and game viewing in open vehicles, with highly qualified guides.
Leaving Madikwe Game Reserve, we travel onto Sunsquare Montecasino.
Enjoy a morning tour to The Lion Park, situated in the middle of the Johannesburg – Pretoria complex, is an eco-tourism destination that focuses on the well-being and regeneration of the various species, in particular the endangered Wild Dog, the rare White Lion and Cheetah. We are neither a game reserve or a Zoo, but rather a breeding ground and sanctuary for important species.
We visit the Elephant Sanctuary, Hartbeespoort today. Offering an interactive elephant experience, elephant back riding, and hands-on educational elephant interactions. This provides visitors with a far more intimate experience with the elephants.
Transfer to the airport so you can fly to Cape Town. FLIGHT: JOHANNESBURG TO CAPE TOWN NOT INCLUDED. You will be met at the airport in Cape Town and transferred to the Southern Sun Cape Town Waterfront.
Explore the city of Cape Town on a half day city tour, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain, which will give you spectacular views over the city and the Peninsula. (the cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). As you come back down from the mountain, make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the Waterfront or at your hotel to end the tour.
This intriguing excursion begins at the Clock Tower, also known as the Nelson Mandela Gateway, in the V&A Waterfront, gather at least a half an hour before the ferry is due to depart for Robben Island. The Island was a training and defence station in World War 2, and has also served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment, which became world famous as the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum which acts as a focal point of South African heritage. As your ferry arrives at the Island, you are joined by a local guide, someone who spent time there during the Apartheid years. You will also see the cell where Nelson Mandela spent a large part of his life.
Today, you get to enjoy a fantastic full day excursion to the beautiful Winelands of the Constantia Valley for not only wine tasting but learning about the process of growing, picking and producing wine.
Day at leisure in Cape Town.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Durban. FLIGHT: CAPE TOWN TO DURBAN NOT INCLUDED. Arriving here meet the Car Rental rep and collect you Hyundai H1 or similar on a classic plus basis. Proceed to make you way to the Cavern in the Drakensberg Mountains – driving directions will be supplied by the rental agency (more car rental details provided separately).
Welcome to Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. A World Heritage Site and forms the dramatic mountain border between South Africa and the kingdom of Lesotho. Enjoy the next days at leisure to indulge in everything on offer, whether that be exploring the numerous Bushman paintings on the reserve, taking long silent hikes, going on horse trails, taking scenic mountain biking routes or spend challenging hours trout fishing in any of the five crystal dams, the choice is yours (book and pay locally for any extras).
Today in your rental vans, drive to J'Burg to finish where you started. Drop off your vehicles and make your way to check in for your flight home.