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South Africa The Shongololo Good Hope Adventure Tour

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    A SMALL
  GROUP TOUR

      South Africa :
The Shongololo Good Hope
     Adventure Tour




                         147 Liberty Street Toronto ON
                               Canada M6K 3G3
                      Tel: 416 926 2500 or 1 877 926 2500
                               Fax: 416 926 0222
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    A SMALL
  GROUP TOUR
      South Africa :
The Shongololo Good Hope
     Adventure Tour
  19 Days Tour departing: 26 Feb & 23 Sept 2012




                                      147 Liberty Street Toronto ON
                                            Canada M6K 3G3
                                   Tel: 416 926 2500 or 1 877 926 2500
                                            Fax: 416 926 0222
  Reg #1280649                           www.thetravelsociety.com
                           South Africa : The Shongololo
                            Good Hope Adventure Tour
                   19 Days Tour departing: 26 Feb & 23 Sept 2012

                                           PRICES INCLUDING                                Prices include ...
                                           ALL AIR AND TAXES                         - Return international airfare on British Airways
                                                                                     - Canadian airfare (when necessary)
                                         Toronto            $9,685 pp/dbl            - Pre-Day in Johannesburg included
                                         Ottawa             $9,785 pp/dbl            - A free choice of all available land excursions
                                         Montreal           $9,685 pp/dbl            - On-board train accommodation throughout
                                         Vancouver          $9,894 pp/dbl            - Meals; breakfast and dinner, lunch available
                                         Calgary            $9,894 pp/dbl            - Luxury a/c Mercedes coaches
                                         Winnipeg           $9,894 pp/dbl            - Experienced SA Tourism-accredited tour guides
                                         Halifax            $9,994 pp/dbl            - Special Travel Society experiences
                                                                                     - Airport transfers with full luggage service
                                         SINGLE from $8,548 pp/sngl                  - ALL TAXES

                                         All prices subject to confirmation.

Highlights ...
On board train accommodation through-
out ~ un-pack once for the whole trip!
British Airways flight via London to Johan-
nesburg. Soweto, Pretoria, Kruger Na-
tional Park, Durban, Shakaland, Zululand,
Drakensburg, Bloemfontein, Port Eliza-
beth, Klein Karoo, Cango Caves, Garden
Route. Cape Winelands, Cape Town
along with many day tour options.



  Day 1/2 - Depart your home town for your journey
  to Johannesburg via London, England, (a stopover can be                      PRE-DAY - JOHANNESBURG
  arranged), arriving in Johannesburg late evening /early morn-
  ing.                                                                         You will be met upon arrival at Johannesburg
                                                                               International Airport and transferred to the train.
  Upon arrival there will be a ‘meet & greet’ and you will be                  Having a pre-day means that one is able to
  transferred to the train where you will be able to acclimatize               acclimatise and unpack prior to the first day of
  and unpack prior to the first day of touring.                                touring. A pre-night on board will include dinner,
                                                                               bed & breakfast and is included in the tour price.
  Day 3 - You are on your way! Please see the attached intiner-
  ary for The 16 day/15 night Shongololo Good Hope Adventure                   Specialized activities
  Tour.                                                                        that could be undertaken, are dependent on
                                                                               your arrival time at the train & if vehicles are
  Day 16 - Transfer Day! You will be transferred later in the day              available to take you on an excursion.
  to Cape Town International Airport for your flight home via
  London, ( a stopover can be arranged). WELCOME HOME!

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 Each of Shongololo Express’ 16-day Adventure Tours traverses great stretches of southern Africa
 allowing you to experience the wonderful topographic, social, historic, floral and wildlife diversity of
  each distinctive area – the south and west coast, central and southern regions, and the northern
                    and north-eastern areas of this richly endowed sub-continent.



       THE GOOD HOPE ADVENTURE
                                              SOUTHBOUND
                                           15 NIGHTS / 16 DAYS
A 16-day journey offering an amazingly comprehensive view of South Africa, incorporating almost each and
every internationally regarded ‘must see’ sight. As the train travels the length and breadth of the country,
guests can enjoy the great variety of landscapes, shorelines, cultures, lifestyles and cuisine that the “Rainbow
Nation” has to offer.




                                                                                                    2011




                                                                                                      S
                                                                 DEPARTURES

                                                                 23 Mar 11 – 07 Apr 11
                                                                 06 Jul 11 – 21 Jul 11
                                                                 19 Oct 11 – 03 Nov 11




PRE-DAY - JOHANNESBURG
You will be met upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to the train. Having a pre-
day allows guests to acclimatise and unpack prior to the first day of touring. The pre night on board includes
dinner, bed and breakfast.

Guests may choose from the additional activities listed below, but these are dependent upon on your arrival
time at the train & the availability of vehicles, which may be transferring other passengers to the train.

                                            OPTIONAL EXTRAS

       1. The Cradle of Humankind: Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves
NB: This Tour departs the train at 09h30 (MIN 4 PAX).
The Cradle of Humankind development combines the Maropeng Visitor Centre and Sterkfontein Caves. Our
visit will start at Maropeng (a Setswana word for “returning to the place of origin”), the visitor centre at the
Cradle of Humankind. An exciting 4-billion-year journey through the elemental forces of water and ice, air, fire
and earth is simulated on an underground lake. Visitors emerge at the beginning of the world after dipping
through waterfalls and icebergs, into the eye of a storm, past erupting volcanoes and through the depths of
the earth. The journey continues through an experience that highlights the history of our world and humankind
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as a species. Many original fossils are on display here. We continue with a visit to the Sterkfontein Caves, 10
km away and most famous for the two world-renowned hominid finds, namely Mrs Ples in 1947 and Little Foot
in 1997. Since excavations at the site first began, hundreds of hominid fossils as well as stone tools have
been found here. The excavation of Little Foot and other fossils is an ongoing process at this still active fossil
dig. The scientific exhibition here includes lifelike models of hominids as well as specific finds such as Mrs
Ples, the Taung Child and Little Foot.

        2. Lesedi Cultural Village
NB: This Tour departs the train at 09h30 (MIN 4 PAX).
We visit this multi-cultural African Village set among pristine Bushveld and rocky hills. Experience the culture
of five of South Africa’s major indigenous tribes: the Xhosa, Zulu, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele. Lunch is
included.

        3. Gold Reef City, Apartheid Museum & The World of Beer
NB: This Tour departs the train at 11h00 (MIN 4 PAX).
Situated on the previous site of Crown Mine which closed in the 1970’s, Gold Reef City is an entertainment
centre show casing Johannesburg as it was at the time of the “Gold Rush” in the mid 1800’s. Of the different
activities guests will have the options of going down a gold mine (at guests’ own account) and visiting the
Apartheid Museum exhibiting a variety of photos, videos and other media dating back to the political regime in
South Africa until 1994. The World of Beer is situated in the heart of central Johannesburg & makes a great
lunch stop with a guided tour & beer tasting. Lunch is for guests’ own account.
The option includes transfers, entrance fees to Gold Reef City, the Apartheid Museum & the World of Beer
with a tasting.

        4. East Rand Mall or Emperors Palace
NB: This shuttle departs the train every hour on the hour & returns on every half hour. Starts at 12h00 & the
last bus departs the centre at 15h30 back to the train.
Emperors Palace is a mini Las Vegas here in Africa, with a modern shopping centre offering many shops and
services including banking and ATMs. The centre also has a good selection of restaurants for lunch.

The train travels overnight to Nelspruit.


DAY 01 - PANORAMA ROUTE
The world-renowned Panorama Route is situated in the province of Mpumalanga, which means “Land of the
Rising Sun”. It is a province of extraordinary natural beauty.

                                                    INCLUSIVE OPTION
        1. Panorama Route
In 1873 gold was discovered in the area around the quaint town of Pilgrim’s Rest, now a living museum and
National Monument. The find attracted 1500 diggers and today, many of the restored miner’s houses serve as
shops. Further along the escarpment we find the great Blyde River Canyon, a gorge 26 km in length and 800
m deep, carved from the face of the escarpment. The Three Rondavels, three huge rock spirals rising out of
the far wall of the canyon and resembling African huts present an unforgettable sight. Bourke’s Luck Potholes
are strange deep cylindrical cavities formed by river erosion and floodwater. From the vantage point of God’s
Window we gaze across the sweeping landscape of the Lowveld, where subtle fragrances of the lower region
rise to merge with the crisp winds of the Highveld.
(Full day. Distance travelled: ± 370 km)

        2. Kruger National Park
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience second to none. Its 2 million hectares
are unrivalled in diversity of life forms and the park is a world leader in advanced environmental management
techniques. The Park is home to an impressive number of species, e.g. 336 species of trees, 49 species of
fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of birds and 147 species of mammals,
including the Big Five. Game drives will be conducted in our air-conditioned Shongololo vehicles.


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(Full day; Departure time depends on the season, as gates open and closes with sunrise and sunset. Distance
travelled: ± 220 km)

                                                  OPTIONAL EXTRAS
       1. Protea Kruger Gate Lodge
You will be taken by your Shongololo Guide to the lodge which is situated on the boundary of the Kruger
National Park and the banks of the Sabie River. Check in & relax. Your Safaris Direct guide will meet you and
take you on an open vehicle game drive, returning at sunset, just before the Park gates close. This package
includes an afternoon game drive, dinner & overnight at The Lodge, and an early morning game drive followed
by breakfast. After breakfast, check out & continue on your game drive through the Kruger National Park
before rejoining the train in Komatipoort at approximately 16h30.
(Bookings subject to availability)

       2. Private Game Reserve
During the morning you will be transferred to the Kruger National Park where at 12h00 you will be met by your
private safari guide to be transferred to the lodge, situated in a private game reserve on the banks of the Sabi
River, where a lunch will await you. After a siesta, followed by coffee and cake, you will depart on a sunset
safari, in search of the Big Five. Encounters with all spheres of the eco-system, from the smallest insect to the
mighty African elephant, are possible. After sundowner drinks in the bush you will return to the lodge, where a
delightful dinner awaits you. Early the next morning (just before sunrise) you will be woken to depart on an
open vehicle game drive to experience the African fauna at its most active. A mouth-watering breakfast will
round off your experience, after which you will be taken to join the rest of the group in the Kruger National
Park. Game viewing will be done en-route before rejoining the train.
(Bookings subject to availability. Due to the 24-hour stay cycle of the private reserve which starts before
lunchtime, it is not possible to do the Panorama Route as well as this optional extra)

       3. Sunrise Balloon Experience
This tour starts at 04h00 when you will be transferred to the balloon launch site. Tea, coffee and biscuits will
be served on arrival, followed by a scenic balloon flight lasting approximately one hour. Cape sparkling wine
will be served upon landing followed by breakfast at a country lodge. You will then be transferred back to meet
the rest of the group.
(This activity is weather dependent)

Guests return to the train in Nelspruit & in the evening the train moves to Kaapmuiden to overnight.


DAY 02 - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

                                                   INCLUSIVE OPTION
       Kruger National Park
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience second to none. Its 2 million hectares
are unrivalled in diversity of life forms and the park is a world leader in advanced environmental management
techniques. The park is home to an impressive number of species, e.g. 336 species of trees, 49 species of
fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 species of reptiles, 507 species of birds and 147 species of mammals
Including the Big Five. Game drives will be conducted in our air-conditioned vehicles.
(Full day. Departure time depends on the season, as gates open and closes with sunrise and sunset. Distance
travelled: ± 220 km)

                                                  OPTIONAL EXTRAS

       Open Vehicle Safari
Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles, specifically designed to ensure safety as well as optimum
game viewing. Guides have intimate knowledge of the fauna and flora. Lunch (guests’ own account) will be at
one of the rest camps in the park. Game viewing continues for the remainder of the afternoon.

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Guests rejoin the train in Kaapmuiden. The train stays stabled in Kaapmuiden.


DAY 03 - SWAZILAND

The tiny Kingdom of Swaziland covers only 17 000 square kilometres, making it the second smallest country
in Africa.
                                                    INCLUSIVE OPTION
       1. Swaziland
NB: YOU WILL NEED YOUR PASSPORT FOR TODAY’S TOUR.
Today’s tour through Swaziland will introduce you to everyday life in Africa’s smallest kingdom. The day’s
drive will take you via the Kaap River Valley, past Barberton, Badplaas and onwards to the Swaziland border
post at Oshoek. After the passport formalities you will continue on to a visit to the famous glassworks of
Ngwenya, followed by the colourful Swazi Candles workshop and the busy Manzini Market. The Swazi Market
is a hive of activity and displays a wide variety of skillfully crafted woodcarvings, colourful textiles and superb
basketwork for which Swazis are renowned. Lunch (at guests’ own costs) at Mantenga Lodge followed by an
afternoon drive which offers amazing views of the Ezulwini Valley and the Ikomati River Valley. We exit
Swaziland at the Jeppes Reef border post and rejoin the train in Kaapmuiden.
(Full day. Distance travelled: ± 600 km)

       2. Nelspruit
Nelspruit is considered the gateway to Mpumalanga Province. The city’s sub-tropical climate, abundant
sunshine and fertile soil provide perfect conditions for the cultivation of citrus and tropical fruits (mango,
banana, avocado, macadamia and pecan nuts) resulting in the city’s becoming a trading centre for the
outlying fruit growing area. The Lowveld Botanical Gardens just outside the town have a rare collection of
plant species and the first man-made rain forest. Lunchtime will be spent at the Riverside Mall.
In the afternoon you will head to the nearby Sudwala Caves and Dinosaur Park. A guided tour in the caves will
expose your senses to primitive Africa.
 (Full day. Distance travelled: ± 160 km)

Rejoin the train in Kaapmuiden. The train travels overnight to Boksburg East.



DAY 04 - PRETORIA / JOHANNESBURG / SOWETO

Gauteng is the economic powerhouse of the Southern African region and home to some of Africa’s greatest
cities. The name of the province is a Sotho word meaning “Place of Gold”, which is very suitable since much
of the wealth of Gauteng derives from this precious metal.

                                                    INCLUSIVE OPTION
       1. Pretoria and Soweto
We will spend the morning in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa. We visit the Union Buildings
designed by the famous colonial English architect, Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1913 and which now
houses the offices of the President and Ministers. The buildings overlook the city towards the once fortified
hills to the south. A grand bronze statue of “Oom Paul (Kruger)”, the patriarch president of the Republic of
South Africa or old Transvaal Republic, surrounded by his Boer fighters, dominates Church Square, at the
centre of the city. Before leaving the capital behind, we visit the Voortrekker Monument which commemorates
the “Great Trek” of the 1830s. In the afternoon we travel to Soweto to visit the Hector Petersen Memorial,
named after the first student to lose his life in the 1976 uprising against the Apartheid government.
(Full day. Distance travelled. ± 265 km)

       2. Johannesburg and Soweto
Our day starts at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein in the centre of Johannesburg, new home of the
Constitutional Court and the site of Johannesburg’s notorious Old Fort Prison Complex, where many of South

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Africa’s leading political activists were detained. We then head onto the rejuvenated Newtown precinct to visit
Museum Africa previously known as the market of Johannesburg. This is all part of the history of the “City of
Gold”. Lunch (guests’ own account) will be in the vibrant suburb of Rosebank, where you can experience the
multi-cultural “Rainbow Nation” in a modern, ethnocentric setting. Rosebank is also home to a permanent
market showcasing arts and crafts from all over the African continent. In the afternoon, we travel to Soweto to
experience the heartbeat of this township, comprising one million people and made famous by the Apartheid
laws. We pass the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (the largest hospital in the Southern Hemisphere) and
also drive past the only street in Africa that once housed two Nobel Peace Laureates namely Archbishop
Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. We visit the Hector Petersen Memorial, named after one of the first
students to lose his life in the 1976 uprising against the Apartheid government.
(Full day. D istance travelled: ± 170 km)

The train travels overnight to Durban and will stay stationary for the next 3 nights.



DAY 05 – DURBAN
We recommend that you opt for an excursion today, as the train will go into the yard for routine inspection &
service.

                                                  INCLUSIVE OPTIONS
         1. Durban City Tour
Durban is South Africa’s third largest city and enjoys great importance due to its industry and extensive sea
port. Thanks to the subtropical climate and the long stretches of beautiful beaches large numbers of
“uplanders” retreat to Durban in winter. An orientation tour of the city will allow you to see a very good mix of
old and new, Africa, the Orient and The West. We will drive along the “Golden Mile” promenade with its many
hotels and restaurants and visit Victoria Market. At the end of the morning guests can be dropped at either the
Botanical Gardens or at uShaka Marine World, Africa’s largest marine theme park. All entrances and lunch
are for guests’ own account. Afternoon at leisure. You will be picked up again later at a pre arranged time.
(Morning. Distance travelled: ± 50 km)

       2. Durban Spiritual Tour
Our first visit is to the beautiful, tranquil Monastery at Mariannhill where guests will be given a guided tour.
This is followed by a visit to the Hari Krishna “Temple of Understanding”, before returning to the city for lunch
(guests’ own account) After lunch, we visit Phoenix, the spiritual settlement established by Mahatma Gandhi,
before returning to again to Durban, the centre of Indian culture in South Africa, with its vast array of Hindu,
Sufi and Muslim temples. You will see the Juma Musjid, the largest mosque in South Africa, whose twin
minarets are a striking city feature, as well as the most opulent Hindu structure in the Southern Hemisphere -
the Kendra Hindu Temple and Community Centre.
(Full day. Distance travelled: ± 150 km)

       3. Umgeni River Bird Park & Beach Day
On our way to the beaches north of Durban, we will stop at the Umgeni River Bird Park, which is well worth a
visit. A visit to the Natal Sharks Board is also possible on days when the facility is open and if space is
available. The rest of the day can be spent on the beach, or shopping in the late afternoon at the nearby
Gateway Shopping Centre. Pick up and return to the train after a laid-back day at leisure.
(Full day of relaxation. Distance travelled: ± 60 km)

The train stays overnight in Durban.




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DAY 06 - NORTHERN ZULULAND
(Please note that it is highly recommended that you order a take-away lunch box from the train the
evening before, as lunch possibilities in the park are minimal).

                                                   INCLUSIVE OPTION

                Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park & Shakaland
An early departure to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve takes us into this magical wildlife park in the
heart of Zululand where ancient trails lead through the thorn veld and along the mighty rivers of Africa’s oldest
established wilderness area. Once the exclusive royal hunting ground of King Shaka, it is a tapestry of natural
and cultural history. The park is a treasure store of species including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo,
wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, kudu, bushbuck, cheetah, hyena and many others. Over 300 bird species have
been recorded. Game drives will be conducted in our vehicles. After the park, guests will travel to Shakaland,
nestled amongst the aloes and mimosa trees of the Mlatuze River Valley. The Shakaland Cultural Village
boasts exceptional views over the nearby shimmering lake and the rolling hills in the distance. Guests will
check in and be shown to their hutted accommodation set around the village. Before dinner is served the
mighty Zulus will perform a series of dances in the great hut presided over by the Chief of the village.
Don’t forget your overnight bag.
(Full day. Distance travelled: ± 450 km)

Guests will overnight at Shakaland.


DAY 07 - SOUTHERN ZULULAND

                                                   INCLUSIVE OPTION

                Zulu Cultural Experience and iSimangaliso Wetland Park - St Lucia
In the morning guests will be taken on a guided tour of Shakaland. After check out we will depart for a visit of
the St Lucia Wetlands World Heritage Site, where, during the afternoon we will take a cruise on the St Lucia
Estuary looking for hippos, crocodiles, and a large variety of water birds.
(Full day. Distance travelled: ± 400 km)

                                                  OPTIONAL EXTRAS
       1. St Lucia Boat Based Whale Tours
Every year from around June to December these large mammals visit South Africa’s coastal waters. This is a
great opportunity not to be missed as just 50 metres from the boat you can feel the wind rushing out of the
huge lungs of Southern Right and Humpback Whales as they spray a fine vapour of salt water into the air from
their blow holes.
(Please note that the ski boat is launched from the beach so this activity is not recommended for
elderly guests). (Afternoon activity from St Lucia)

Guests return to Durban to overnight.




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DAY 08 - MIDLANDS / SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG

Guests now head towards the eastern jagged peaks and tumbling luscious hills of The Drakensberg that
extend through the Midlands, following the waterways as they drop and cascade down mountain clefts and
through hidden valleys.
                                                  INCLUSIVE OPTIONS
       1. Battlefields
Trace the course of the Anglo Boer War at the Siege Museum as well as sites of many famous battles such as
Spioenkop. Other highlights include Wagon Hill, where British and Boers both suffered heavy losses and
whose site was proclaimed a National Monument in 1938. Visitors also gain insight into the early lives of
Winston Churchill and Ghandi.
(Full day. Distance travelled: ± 400 km)

       2. Midlands Meander
The famous Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal is a unique mix of more than 160 places to eat, drink, sleep,
shop, play and generally enjoy this corner of South Africa. Started many years ago as a voluntary collection of
crafters who wondered if they could attract visitors to leave the beaten track and explore their studios and
galleries, the Midlands Meander has grown into an eclectic and fascinating mix of arts,crafts, and world-class
restaurants. It offers a wide range of sporting, environmental and historical pursuits. Physical, culinary or
cerebral, there is no limit to the experiences you will find along this route. Among your stops will be a visit to
the Howick Falls as well as a beer tasting of the oddly named Pickled Pig, Pie Eyed Possum, Whistling
Weasel at the micro brewery of the Nottingham Road Brewing Company.
(Full day; Distance travelled: ± 270 km)


       3. Southern Drakensberg Birding Trail
We travel through the KZN Midlands and into the foothills of the Drakensberg to Bulwer in the Southern
Drakensberg region. We will then take a guided walk in Pursers Bush, an indigenous forest dominated by
yellow wood trees and the habitat of the rare Cape Parrot (350 of only 800 left in the world live here). In
addition to the Cape Parrot, many other bird species such as the Sakabula, Bald Ibis and Grey Crown Crane
can be spotted here. Lunch will be served along the board walk (for guests’ own account) in the company of
the unofficial mayor and long time resident of Bulwer.
 (Full day. Distance travelled: ± 450 km)

       4. Drakensberg Hiking Trail
The hike takes place in the Cobham region of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site. Shortly after
starting out you will walk through a Mcheche forest, the last of the woody plants, as you head towards the tree
line. En route your guide will point out flowering plants in season, and will keep an eye out for the wildlife of
the area. The magnificent Clarence Sandstone Formations will begin to give you an understanding of the
geology of the area. Making your way along a clear mountain stream to Boundary Rocky, where Captain Allen
Gardiner and Wagon Master Dick King had to abandon their mission of finding a direct route through the
mountains from Durban to Cape Town, you will have the opportunity to view Bushman rock art and swim in
the pools. On the return journey we stop of at the Bushman’s workshop, where materials were collected and
primitive tools were made. We also visit Allan’s Shelter where we will see the mystifying painted ceilings. A
short walk from here we arrive back at the reception area having completed an 8.5 kilometer hike.
 (Full day. Distance travelled: ± 500 km)

                                                   OPTIONAL EXTRAS
       Sani Pass / Lesotho
NB: YOUR PASSPORT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS ACTIVITY!
Our Shongololo kombis will take you to the town of Underberg where you will change vehicles to ascend the
magnificent Sani Pass, the only road link between KwaZulu Natal and the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
Starting at 1540 metres above sea level you will follow the deep valley incised by the Mkhomazana River to
the summit at 2873 m. Almost 1000 m of the climb are during the final 8 km of your ascent. After reaching the
summit, we travel a little way into Lesotho to the village of Skierring to visit one of the family dwellings and

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sample the traditional bread and beer of these hardy mountain people. After a packed lunch we will turn
around for the spectacular descent and return to Underberg.
(Full day; Distance travelled: ± 500 km)

Guests rejoin the train in Ladysmith and the train travels overnight to Bloemfontein.



DAY 09 - BLOEMFONTEIN

Bloemfontein is the seat of the South African judicial system. At the end of the 19th century it was also the
capital of the old Boer republic of the Orange Free State.

                                                  INCLUSIVE OPTIONS
         Bloemfontein
We will spend the morning visiting the Women’s Memorial at the Anglo-Boer War Museum. This monument is
a reminder of life in the concentration camps and commemorates the 27 000 women and children who died in
these camps. The Museum itself is a graphic depiction of the hardship endured by all during the war. We then
take an orientation drive through Bloemfontein, capital of the Free State Province and also known as the Rose
City. Our lunch stop is at the Loch Logan Waterfront, next to the city’s newly renovated stadium, one of the
venues during the 2010 World cup. Lunch is for guests’ own account. In the afternoon we drive up onto Naval
Hill which presents several beautiful panoramic views of the city. We end the day at the former State
President’s residents “Olivenhuis” which now houses an extensive collection of South African art. The gardens
offer a relaxing atmosphere to round off the day before returning to the train.
(Afternoon; Distance travelled: ± 50 km)

The train travels overnight to Port Elizabeth.


DAY 10 - PORT ELIZABETH
We recommend that you opt for an excursion today, as the train will go into the yard for routine inspection &
service.

                                                    INCLUSIVE OPTION
       1. Full Day - Addo Elephant National Park
A short drive from the station is the Addo Elephant National Park, where game drives will be conducted in our
vehicles. The original Elephant Reserve was proclaimed in 1931 when only eleven animals remained in the
area. Today it is a sanctuary to over 350 of these majestic beasts and home also to Cape buffalo, black rhino
and a variety of antelope species. After lunch (guests’ own account) game drives will continue into the
afternoon.
(Full day. Distance travelled: ± 210 km)

                 2. Morning - Addo Elephant Park & Afternoon - Port Elizabeth City Tour
A short drive from the station is the Addo Elephant National Park, where game drives will be conducted in our
vehicles. The original Elephant reserve was proclaimed in 1931 when only eleven animals remained in the
area. Today it is sanctuary to over 350 of these majestic beasts and home also to Cape buffalo, black rhino
and a variety of antelope species. An extended lunch in Port Elizabeth (guests’ own account) will be followed
by a tour of the “Friendly City”, which forms part of the Nelson Mandela Metropole, a major seaport with
diverse eco and adventure attractions. Off its coast the first Coelacanth in modern times was caught in 1938.
The tour includes stops at several historical buildings in the city centre.
(Full day; Distance travelled: ± 190 km)

                                                     OPTIONAL EXTRA
       Township Tour
2011 THE GOOD HOPE ADVENTURE SOUTHBOUND                                                                                    8
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Our visit includes townships within the Nelson Mandela Metropole, which have become the pulsating beat of
an emerging united city. This half day tour offers an insight and better understanding of the “New South
Africa”.
(This afternoon activity can only be combined with Option 2 above. Distance travelled: ± 80 km)

The train travels overnight to Oudtshoorn.


DAY 11 - KLEIN KAROO
Surrounded by the natural beauty of this semi desert region, Oudtshoorn is situated at the foot of the majestic
Swartberg Mountain range. Many rivers, streams and falls have their origins in the Swartberg, Outeniqua and
Kammanassie mountain ranges which surround the town. Oudtshoorn is regarded as the centre of the Klein
Karoo and is world-renowned for its Cango Caves and the breeding of ostriches.

                                                 INCLUSIVE OPTIONS
       1. Cango Caves and Swartberg Pass
Famous for feathering the world in the time of the boa and grand hats, Oudtshoorn’s ostrich boom of the early
20th century made many millionaires who, in turn, created elaborate lifestyles in this remote part of Africa. The
great natural wonder of the Cango Caves is our next stop where we will see a series of great colourful
underground chambers with breathtaking limestone formations. We continue via the Swartberg Pass to Prince
Albert and return to Oudtshoorn via the spectacular Meiringspoort Drive, before descending the Robinson
Pass towards Mossel Bay.
(Full day; Distance travelled: ± 280 km)

              2. Ostrich Farm and Mossel Bay
Famous for feathering the world in the time of the boa and grand hats, Oudtshoorn’s ostrich boom of the early
20th century made many millionaires who, in turn, created elaborate lifestyles in this remote part of Africa.
Guests are first taken on an unforgettable tour at an Ostrich Show Farm, then we travel via the Robinson Pass
to Mossel Bay where the first meeting between Europeans and Africans on Southern African soil occurred in
1488 when Bartolomeu Dias set foot ashore and encountered the ancient Khoi-San people.
(Full day; Distance travelled: ± 100 km)

       3. Ostrich Farm Visit and Train Ride to Mossel Bay
Guests are taken for a morning visit and an unforgettable tour of the Ostrich Show Farm. Back on board
Shongololo Express we take in the scenic beauty of the spectacular Montagu Pass and the Outeniqua
Mountain range as we journey towards Mossel Bay.
(This is a morning excursion before departure for Mossel Bay. Distance travelled: ± 20 km)

                                                  OPTIONAL EXTRAS
       1. Cango Crocodile and Cheetahland
This reptile farm is home to over 300 Nile Crocodiles ranging in size from hatchlings of 50 cm to fully-grown
4m specimens. We proceed to Cheetahland to see a collection of these magnificent predators on view in large
natural enclosures.
(Can be combined with Option 2 above and is weather dependent)


       2. Private Game Reserve
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve lies in the foothills of the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains. The 3000 ha
game reserve is home to over 26 species of animals, including lion, elephant, white rhino, Cape buffalo & the
very rare black impala. The reserve is also a must visit for keen birders who will find a wide variety of species
in this natural wilderness. The Lodge’s offers luxurious accommodation including privately Luxury Tented
Suites. In the morning you will visit the Ostrich Farm, transferring to the lodge at 11h00. The following day
you will be picked up from the lodge at 12h00 & taken to Mossel Bay for a visit of the town. (Bookings subject
to availability)

The train travels during the day to Mossel Bay where we will overnight.
2011 THE GOOD HOPE ADVENTURE SOUTHBOUND                                                                                   9
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DAY 12 - GARDEN ROUTE
Mossel Bay lies in the heart of the beautiful Garden Route and is situated on a spectacular sun-washed
peninsula.

                                                 INCLUSIVE OPTIONS
       1. Old Passes Route and Knysna
Drive along the coast from Mossel Bay to George, situated on a 10-kilometre plateau between majestic
mountains to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south. Then we head via the Old Passes Route to Knysna,
winding through the primeval forest of the Homtini, lying between lush forests and a peaceful lagoon. We stop
for a lunch break at the Knysna Waterfront (guests’ own account).The Knysna Heads - two sandstone cliffs
guarding the mouth of the lagoon connecting the estuary with the sea - is a dramatic viewpoint. In the “Garden
of Eden” we take a walk among 4m tree ferns and 600-year old trees.
(Full day. Distance travelled: ± 280 km)



         2. Mossel Bay (Museum) and day at leisure
The first meeting between Europeans and Africans on Southern African soil occurred at Mossel Bay in 1488
when Bartholomeu Dias set foot ashore and encountered the ancient Khoi-San people. We visit the Dias
Museum with its replica of the caravel in which Dias sailed from Portugal to South Africa more than 500 years
ago. We also see the famous “Old Post Office Tree” where later explorers left post for passing ships. Mossel
Bay features in the Guinness Book of Records as having the second mildest all-year climate in the world
(second only to Hawaii).
(Morning only. Distance ± 10 km)

         3. Robberg Nature Reserve
WARNING:THIS WALK IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THE FAINT HEARTED, FRAIL OR ELDERLY.
PARTS OF THE WALK ARE ALONG STEEP CLIFF EDGES WITHOUT BARRIERS OR HAND RAILINGS &
ARE VERY SLIPPERY.
The Robberg (meaning “mountain of seals”) Nature Reserve is a scenic 4km promontory of red sandstone
that probes finger-like into the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. A 2.5km walk is offered along part of the
peninsula to the wind swept white sands and the steep cliff face to a cave that was once inhabited by ancient
people known as “strandlopers” (beach walkers). The northern flank of Robberg is rocky and wild, but the
south is in complete contrast with its pristine white beaches. On our way back to Mossel Bay, we stop at the
Knysna Quays, time permitting.
(Full day; Distance travelled: ± 350 km)

                                                  OPTIONAL EXTRAS

       1. Shark Cage Diving
Participants will be dropped off at the launch site in the harbour, where their encounter with the “Great White”
awaits them. Divers will be briefed about caging procedures before the cage is put down into the water. Once
the first shark is spotted, the bait lines are drawn in and everybody has the opportunity to view and admire this
magnificent predator of the sea.
(Half day; can be combined with Option 2 above parts of which, however will not be possible. Weather
dependent)

       2. Seal Island Trip
Enjoy a boat cruise to Seal Island to view the seal colony basking in the sun or playing in the sea. Sit back
and relax with a sunset drink. Dolphins have been spotted on this boat ride as well as the occasional whale.
(Can be combined with Option 2 above and is weather dependent)

       3. Knysna Elephant Park

2011 THE GOOD HOPE ADVENTURE SOUTHBOUND                                                                               10
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Experience the African elephant up close. Your unique encounter begins in the informative visitors’ centre
where you will learn all about these intelligent creatures before continuing your journey & experience with an
intimate meeting with these gentle giants.
(This option can be combined with Option 1 above during your lunch break (guest’s own account) or
afternoon).

The train journeys overnight to Worcester.



DAY 13 - WINELANDS / OVERBERG REGION
Surrounded by proud mountain ranges, the fertile green valleys of the Cape Winelands enjoy a Mediterranean
climate and winter rainfall which produce some of the best wines in the world. The rich, fertile soils along the
Breede River and the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl areas have become justly famous for their whites,
reds, and fortified wines and brandies. The Overberg region to the southeast embraces mountains, valleys
and coastal areas and annually welcomes the Southern Right Whale to its waters.

                                                 INCLUSIVE OPTIONS



       1. Historic Heart of the Winelands
Our day starts with a drive to Franschhoek via Villiersdorp and the Franschhoek Pass, which offers splendid
views over vineyards, plantations and rugged peaks. In Franschhoek (literally meaning “French Corner”) we
visit the Huguenot Memorial, commemorating the 1688 settlement of the French Huguenots who fled religious
persecution in France. We continue our journey over the Hellshoogte Pass through a landscape of fruit farms,
Cape Dutch houses and more vineyards. In Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in the country, situated in
the heart of the Winelands, we enjoy our lunch break (guests’ own account). In the afternoon we drive to
Paarl, named after the huge granite dome of rock overlooking the town. One wine tasting is included in this
excursion.
(Full day; Distance travelled: ± 260 km)

       2. Scenic Mountain Passes and Hermanus
We travel over scenic mountain passes including the Rooihoogte and Floorshoogte Passes and via the
Overberg towns of Villiersdorp and Botrivier to Hermanus, once a renowned fish market and whaling station.
The whale hunts were stopped by international treaty in 1935. The WWF includes Hermanus in its list of 12
best whale-viewing sites in the world, but it tops the list when it comes to land based whale watching from the
town’s natural cliffs and in season (approximately between July and November each year) whales can be
seen from as close as 5 metres away. In the afternoon we travel on the coastal road past Betty’s Bay and onto
Clarence Drive towards the Mother City to meet the train. One wine tasting is included in this excursion.
(Full day; Distance travelled: ± 280 km)

                                                  OPTIONAL EXTRAS

       Whale Watching Boat Cruise (Hermanus)
Every year from approximately July to November watch the magnificent Southern Right Whales within 50
metres from the boat.
(Can be combined with Option 2 above and is weather dependent)

In the morning the train travels from Worcester to Cape Town station where the guests join the train and
overnight.


DAY 14 and 15 - CAPE TOWN
Cape Town’s nautical heritage, diverse cultural influences and the magnificence of its setting with Table
Mountain dominating the skyline make this one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the world.


2011 THE GOOD HOPE ADVENTURE SOUTHBOUND                                                                               11
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(Please Note: All the activities below will be covered over Days 14 & 15, but as some are weather dependent,
the order in which we visit them may vary.


                                                 INCLUSIVE OPTIONS
       Cape Point
We will visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, world-renowned for their magnificent setting against the
eastern slopes of Table Mountain and for their varied and beautiful displays of Cape flora. The estate of 528
hectares supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. We travel next to Hout Bay, where a large fleet of
colourful fishing vessels gives this bustling, attractive resort its character, and visit Mariner’s Wharf where
fresh seafood is a speciality. Built between 1915 and 1922 and recently upgraded, Chapman’s Peak Drive is
one of the most spectacular sea cliff routes in the world. We wind our way along this scenic road to Simon’s
Town, a charming coastal town and safe harbour for visiting sailing ships during the winter months when
Table Bay can be treacherous. Discovered by Simon van der Stel, Simon’s Town became a naval base in
1814 and today is home to the SA Navy. A visit to the Boulder’s Penguin Colony a short distance away is also
included in today’s tour. The colony has grown since 1983 when a pair of African Penguins was spotted on
Foxy Beach at Boulders. In 1985 they began to lay eggs and by 1997 there were 2 350 adult birds. They are
remarkably untroubled by people and Boulders is the only place in the world where you can swim amongst the
penguins. This day will not be complete without a visit to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve which Sir
Francis Drake called “the fairest cape in the whole circumference of the earth”. The Nature reserve is situated
at the southern tip of the peninsula: its 7 675 hectares are filled with priceless indigenous flora and fauna,
some 2 700 species of indigenous plants and over 250 species of birds as well as troops of baboons and
many species of antelope. As beautiful as it is, many vessels, wrecked by the Cape’s turbulent seas, have
found their resting place along this rocky coastline.
(Full day. Distance travelled: ± 180 km)

       Cape Town City Tour
This exciting city tour commences with an exhilarating cable car ascent of Table Mountain (weather permitting
and at guests’ own cost). Both the ride and the summit provide breathtaking views over the city and its
beaches, with a panorama which stretches from Table Bay to False Bay and around the mountain to the
Hottentots Holland Mountains. Table Mountain is home to over 1 500 species of plants, many of them unique
to its slopes. Our tour continues with a walk through the Company Gardens and a visit to the Bo-Kaap
Museum. Arriving as political refugees and slaves during the 17th century, the Malays made Bo-Kaap their
home almost two centuries after emancipation. Their mosques with picturesque minarets and their
individually styled Georgian houses with Dutch influence give the area a unique charm. One of Cape Town’s
oldest buildings houses the museum which is furnished in the style of a 19th century Muslim house and which
documents the history of the Cape Malays. On our way to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, we stop at
Diamond Works, where we follow a tour of the diamond cutting studio, a jewellery design and manufacturing
workshop, as well as a gemstone laboratory. Guests can choose where amongst the many bistros, bars and
restaurants at The V&A Waterfront they would like to have lunch (own account). The Waterfront is a vibrant
development that has brought new life to the old harbour of the Dutch East India Company in Table Bay. The
complex offers shops, craft markets, restaurants, cinemas, theatres as well as delightful views over the
harbour. After lunch, we will drive through District 6, an area which by 1900 was home to the largest group of
people then referred to as “Malay”, “mixed and other” or “coloured”. Although they lived in poor conditions, the
area was vibrant and the busy streets full of colour and joie de vivre. Various religions and cultural heritages
flourished and mingled here, but sadly, in the 1940s the Apartheid government removed the residents and
most of the buildings. Today the problem of what to do with this valuable real estate which is so charged with
strong emotions still dogs the City. Our tour ends with a visit to the Castle of Good Hope. This pentagonal
fortification with stone walls between the bastions of 150m length and 12m height replaced a small clay and
timber fort built as a maritime replenishment station for the ships of the Dutch East India Company by
Commander Jan van Riebeeck in 1652. The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South
Africa.

(Full day; Distance travelled: ± 90 km)




2011 THE GOOD HOPE ADVENTURE SOUTHBOUND                                                                               12
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                                                  OPTIONAL EXTRAS
   (The Optional Extras detailed below can only be done on the day of the Cape Town City Tour excursion)

       1. Two Oceans Aquarium
The Aquarium is located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and offers an exciting insight into the indigenous
fresh and seawater creatures of South Africa.

       2. Robben Island Tour
For nearly 400 years Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. During the
Apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known as the place where Nelson Mandela and other
heroes of the struggle were imprisoned.

       3. Helicopter Flight
Various helicopter flight options are offered departing from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and starting from
only 15 minutes’ duration (including only the city bowl) to half an hour or longer (also including the Cape
Peninsula)

       4. Table Mountain
Experience an awesome ride up Table Mountain in a cable car. The view from the top of Table Mountain is
spectacular. This activity is weather dependent.

       5. Shark Cage Diving - Gansbaai
Participants will be picked up in Cape Town early in the morning and taken to Gansbaai, where their
encounter with the “Great White” awaits them. Divers will be briefed about caging procedures before the cage
is put down into the water. Once the first shark is spotted, the bait lines are drawn in and everybody has the
opportunity to view and admire this magnificent predator of the sea.
(Full day; weather dependent. Clients choosing this option will have to forfeit either The Cape Town City Tour
or the Peninsula Tour)

The train remains stationary in Cape Town for two nights. On all evenings while stabled an evening shuttle
service will be available to take passengers to/from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.



DAY 16 - TRANSFER DAY
Guests transferring to a hotel will be taken in the morning. For guests departing on flights later during the day
a shuttle service into the city will be available to do extra shopping or to take one of those Specialised
Activities that could not be fitted in to the last two days.


Included in the package price:
    • Arrival transfer: airport - train
    • Departure transfer: train - airport
    • Accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis (as per itinerary)
    • A free choice of available Land Excursions

NOT included in our package prices:
  • Airfares (national / international)
  • Lunches
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Purchases of a personal nature
  • Optional Extras
  • Pre-night accommodation

2011 THE GOOD HOPE ADVENTURE SOUTHBOUND                                                                               13
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  •   Visas where applicable
  •   Travel insurance
  •   Transfers between the train and hotels



PLEASE NOTE:

AS SHONGOLOLO EXPRESS USES THE NATIONAL RAILWAY FACILITIES OF ZIMBABWE,
SOUTH AFRICA, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, ZAMBIA AND SWAZILAND, THE POSSIBILITY
EXISTS THAT TRAINS COULD BE DELAYED, STOPPED OR REROUTED AT ANY TIME -
DAILY ACTIVITIES COULD THEREFORE BE SHORTENED, ALTERED, OR CANCELLED.

SHONGOLOLO EXPRESS DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY CHANGES
TO THE DAILY PROGRAMME. HOWEVER THE COMPANY WILL ALWAYS ENDEAVOUR TO
COMPLETE THE DAILY PROGRAMMES TO THE BEST OF ITS ABILITY.




2011 THE GOOD HOPE ADVENTURE SOUTHBOUND                                                                              14
Optional pre-tour ~ Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park,
                    Botswana ~ 5 days

                                              Prior to joining the Good Hope Adventure tour take this
                                              tour to the magnificent Victoria Falls staying at The
                                              Victoria falls Safari Lodge and then on to the Chobe
                                              National Park in Botswana. Upon arrival in Johan-
                                              nesburg you will transfer for your flight to Victoria.

                                                 Price including air: $2,896.00 pp/dbl. inc Air
                                                 Price subject to confirmation.




 Day 1: Arrive Victoria Falls
 On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met and
 transferred to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. After settling
 in to your hotel, enjoy a sun downer cruise on the Zambezi
 River.
 Day 2: Victoria Falls (B)
 Depart on a morning tour of the Victoria Falls, one of the
 7 natural wonders of the world. See 650 million litres of
 water from the Zambezi River crash into the chasm below.
 There’s fun for adventure seekers in white water rafting,
 river boarding, bungi jumping and so much more.
 Day 3: Victoria Falls / Chobe (BLD)
 Transfer by road from Victoria Falls to Chobe, Botswana,
 a reserve renowned for its impressive elephant popula-
 tion. Check in to The Mowana Safari Lodge. Experience
 an exciting game drive late this afternoon in an open safari
 vehicle.
 Day 4: Chobe (BLD)
 Spend your day game viewing in the Chobe National Park,
 a great wilderness area packed with giraffe, bush buck,
 ele-phant, lion and leopard. You will have the opportunity to
 enjoy exhilarating game drives in open safari vehicles, and
 experience the romance of Chobe on a sundowner cruise.
 Day 5: Depart Chobe / Victoria Fall (B)
 This morning enjoy your last game activity before checking
 out and transferring back to Victoria Falls Airport for your
 return to Johannesburg.

 Included: Return air fare from Johannesburg, 4 nights
 accommodation with breakfast daily. Return airport trans-
 fers and in between lodges; sunset Cruise and tour of the
 Victoria Falls.                                                        A visa is required to enter Zimbabwe

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