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Welcome to Johannesburg, enjoy an airport transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at lesisure.
Today you shall be transferred from the hotel to the airport where you will board a flight to Victoria falls. Upon arriving in Victoria Falls you shall be transferred to the hotel where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Welcome to Victoria Falls! The iconic town of Victoria Falls, which is affectionately known as "Vic Falls", is set on the southern bank of the Zambezi River, at the western end of the mighty Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe's prime tourist destination and a magnet for visitors from around the world Vic Falls has a rich and romantic history.
The Victoria Falls reaches its zenith in about May each year. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell and the humbling feeling that here indeed, is Natures Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon and is 2 hours in duration. You will be accompanied through the Rainforest by a qualified Guide, who gives a brief history of the Falls and the surrounding flora, fauna, bird and wildlife. Raincoats and camera protective bags are provided when needed.
Today you shall go on an elephant back safari: Scheduled Half Day. For this exciting excursion, you are transferred to the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated within the Victoria Falls National Park. This recognized elephant sanctuary began with 4 young orphaned elephants, who were translocated to Wild Horizons in 1997 as a result of culling operations in the National Parks. After a thorough introductory briefing, you mount up and ride the elephant for 45mins to an hour, as they follow ancient game trails along the banks of the Masuie River and head toward the magnificent Batoka Gorge. From this elevated vantage point, you may be fortunate enough to see a variety of resident wildlife.
Today you shall be transferred from the hotel to the airport where you shall board a flight Johannesburg. Upon arriving in Johannesburg you shall be transferred from the airport to the hotel.
Today you shall be transferred to The Cathedral Peak Hotel where you shall spend the next few days. Drakensberg Park. Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site and forms the dramatic mountain border between South Africa and the kingdom of Lesotho. The names – “Ukhahlambe” meaning Barrier of Spears in Zulu and Drakensbergen, meaning Dragon Mountain in Dutch, bear testimony to its imposing nature.
Today you shall depart Drakensberg for KwaZulu -Natal north coast. The KwaZulu-Natal north coast, also known as the Dolphin Coast, stretches north from Durban to the mighty Thukela River. This Indian Ocean coastline of warm waters is rich in marine life as its name suggests, and boat excursions bring close encounters with bottlenose dolphin, which are visible close to the shore all year round. The north coast is famous for its golden beaches, good restaurants and pubs in seaside towns such as Umhlanga Rocks, Umdloti and Ballito, excellent golf courses and historic battle sites of Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree, which lead directly to the Anglo-Zulu war.
Today you shall be transferred to the King Shaka Airport from where you will board a flight to Port Elizabeth. Upon arriving in Port Elizabeth you shall pick up your rental car and drive to the hotel. You shall spend the next few days in Port Elizabeth. Located along South Africa’s east coast, 800 kilometres from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth is also known as “Nelson Mandela Bay”, the landing place of the 1820 settlers and the area that saw the first meetings of Khoisan, British, Dutch, German and Xhosa people. This major sea port and tourist destination is known for its sunshine and sandy Blue Flag beaches, rich architectural heritage and interesting museums.
Today you shall begin your self drive of the Garden Route. Many imagine a land of manicured gardens, while the Garden Route is actually a 300km area of natural beauty with its Indian Ocean coastline, dense indigenous forests, dramatic ravines, lagoons and Outeniqua Mountains. From Still Bay and Mossel Bay in the west, to Stormsriver and Port Elizabeth in the east, the region encompasses the picturesque towns of George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, including Oudtshoorn, where the landscape undergoes a remarkable change and becomes semi desert – ideally suited to ostrich farming, which gives the town its fame.
Today you shall drive to the V&A Waterfront. Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become one of South Africa's most visited destinations. Since 1988, the harbour is continually undergoing changes, with the redevelopment of land and the restoration of buildings surrounding the original Victoria & Alfred Basins, creating a mix of shopping and entertainment venues, intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina.
Today you shall go on a half day city & Table Mountain Tour: Private Half Day. Explore the city of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle, 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 and is usually closed for annual maintenance from the last week of July to Mid August). Today you shall return the hired Car at Cap Grace.
Today you shall go on a Cape Point & Peninsula Tour: Private Full Day. Today you embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay. From here you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to get to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. After lunch (for your own account), continue to Simonstown, the naval base, and visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach.
Today you shall go on a winelands Tour with Horse Riding or Quad Biking: Private Full Day. This private tour to the Winelands begins at 08h30 as your guide whisks you off for a full day of wine and activities. Start in Paarl at Rhebokskloof, where you embark on either a 1,5hr horse-back or quad-biking trail, followed by a wine tasting in the tasting room or gardens. Then proceed to Franschhoek and enjoy a classic cellar tour and wine tasting at Haute Cabriere Estate, followed by lunch at one of the many award winning restaurants. Later this afternoon the tour continues as you travel via the Helshoogte Pass into historic Stellenbosch for a wine tasting at the Blaauwklippen Wine Estate where wines are "created in the vineyards and not in the cellar".
Today you have the day at leisure.
Today we bid you farewell and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.