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					          Reference: FULLY ESCORTED TOURING SOUTH AFRICAN SURPRISE - 15 Days
                                             SOUTH AFRICA
      Situated right at the tip of the most magnificent, most mysterious, wildest and most ancient of
     continents, South Africa is a land of spectacular contrasts, both physically and socially. It’s here
     you’ll find the world’s oldest rocks, the world’s oldest fossils, and the world’s newest democracy.

       Nelson Mandela, former president of the Republic of South Africa has been quoted as saying,
                “Southern Africa is the most beautiful place on earth. Admittedly I am biased,
     but when you combine the natural beauty of sunny South Africa with the friendliness and cultural
     diversity of our people, and the fact that the region is a haven for Africa’s most splendid wildlife,
      then I think even the most scrupulous critic would agree that we have been blessed with a truly
                                               wonderful land.”

         Johannesburg • Hazyview • Kruger National Park • Swaziland • St Lucia • Durban •
          Drakensberg • East London • Port Elizabeth • Knysna • Oudtshoorn • Cape Town




Highlights
   • See the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window.
   • Spend a day with the lions and the elephants in the Kruger National Park
        (in a closed vehicle).
   • Visit a traditional African craft market in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
   • Explore and soak up the atmosphere in the tourist town of St Lucia, situated within the World
   • Heritage Site.
   • Tour the city of Durban, the cultural melting pot of South Africa.
   • Relax or go hiking in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains part of the World Heritage Site.
   • Travel through the Eastern Cape where the British settled in 1820.
   • Get close to mother nature at her best by walking amongst the ancient trees in the
        Tsitsikamma National Park.
   • Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their
        magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
   • Ride an ostrich or just enjoy an ostrich farm experience in Oudtshoorn -
        ‘ostrich capital of the world’.
   • Discover Cape Town and all its splendour.

Please Note
    • Accommodation check in on Day 1 is from 14h00
                                                ITINERARY
Day 1: (Sun) Johannesburg
Upon arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. You are under own arrangements until
19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up
with your fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Waterfront or similar

Day 2: (Mon) Johannesburg / Hazyview                                          (BD)
This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical
region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view
sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s
Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck
Potholes before heading to Hazyview.
Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

Day 3: (Tue) Kruger National Park                                                (B)
A bright and early start to the day in order to enjoy the wonders of exploring the Kruger National
Park in your closed vehicle. Enter the park and keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life
that abounds. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2
million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.
Spend the day in search of game before returning to your hotel.
Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

Optional full day open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park available.

Day 4: (Wed) Hazyview / Swaziland                                            (B)
This morning after breakfast, check out and depart on your journey to Swaziland. We proceed
south through to Malalane and then onto Swaziland. Visit the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory
before arriving at the hotel for overnight stay.
Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar

Day 5: (Thu) Swaziland / St Lucia and surrounds                              (B)
This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios
and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal
where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a
vibrant society living in peace and harmony. The World Heritage Site of St Lucia offers the
opportunity of sighting many hippos, crocodile and bird life.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel St Lucia or similar

Optional afternoon sundowner St Lucia Boat Cruise available.

Day 6: (Fri) St Lucia and surrounds / Durban                                       (BD)
Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning open safari game drive (own account)
before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. We visit the Botanic Gardens and
continue with a city centre orientation tour before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.
Accommodation: Tropicana Hotel or similar

Optional morning open safari vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park available.

Day 7: (Sat) Durban / Drakensberg                                              (BD)
Today we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the
300 feet Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our
hotel mid afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking
and even horse riding in clean mountain air.
Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

Day 8: (Sun) Drakensberg (BD)
Full day at leisure to soak up the surround-ings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg
Mountains.
Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

Optional 4x4 Adventure tour up Sani Pass and into Lesotho available (Passport required).
Day 9: (Mon) Drakensberg / East London                                          (B)
This morning we depart and continue south to East London. En route we first stop at Umtata to
visit the area where our most famous citizen, Nelson Mandela, was born and grew up. After
visiting the museum dedicated to the life and achievements of this incredible man, we continue
and arrive late afternoon in East London, the only river port in Southern Africa. Check in for your
overnight accommodation.
Accommodation: The Kennaway Hotel or similar

Day 10: (Tue) Port Elizabeth                                                   (B)
After breakfast, check out and travel through East London for a short orientation tour. Continue
through ‘Settler Country’ via Port Alfred towards Grahamstown. Visit the 1820 Settler Memorial
before continuing onto Port Elizabeth. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Port
Elizabeth’s beaches are magnificent and justifiably world famous.
Accommodation: The Paxton Hotel or similar

Day 11: (Wed) Port Elizabeth / Knysna                                         (B)
Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides
scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent
views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel, our
base for the next 2 nights.
Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

Day 12: (Thu) Oudtshoorn                                                          (BD)
After breakfast, we travel inland over the spec-tacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as
the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. Visit the famous Cango Caves
and an Ostrich Farm where you have the opportunity of riding one of these giant birds. Return to
Knysna for overnight.
Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

Day 13: (Fri) Knysna / Cape Town                                          (B)
Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Mossel Bay to visit the famous
Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam,
Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Accommodation: Hollow on the Square or similar

Day 14: (Sat) Cape Town                                                          (B)
Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ and a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended.
Accommodation: Hollow on the Square or similar

Optional full day Winelands or Peninsula tour is available.

Day 15: (Sun) Cape Town                                                        (B)

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00 after which the remainder of the day
will be under your own arrangements.

An Unforgettable 15 days

 An unforgettable 15 days in one
 of the world’s most exciting
 countries!
 This incredible tour, taking in the
 best of South Africa will surprise
 you with its variety, fun and
 adventure - let alone the price!
Departure Dates

2008

09, 23 Nov

2009

04, 25 Jan    08, 22 Feb     08, 22 Mar
12, 26 Apr    17 May         14 Jun
19 Jul        16 Aug         06, 20 Sep
11, 25 Oct



EXCITING OPTIONAL EXTRAS - For your own account
• Open vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park.   ZAR950.00 per person
• Open vehicle safaris in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. ZAR590.00 per person
• Game viewing boat cruise in St Lucia.               ZAR190.00 per person
• Zulu cultural experience in St Lucia.               ZAR185.00 per person
• 4x4 Adventure tour up Sani Pass and into Lesotho
   (Passport required).                               ZAR1380.00 per person
• Full day tour to the Cape Winelands.                ZAR570.00 per person
• Scenic full day Cape Peninsula Tour.                ZAR570 per person



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Rates valid 01 Nov 08 – 31 Oct 09
Double Nett rate per person is ZAR11 885.00
Single Nett rate per single is ZAR14 560.00
Included

Transportation
    • Tour in air-conditioned 7-seater microbuses, 16/18-seater mini-buses or 25/44 seater luxury
coaches (the fewer the passengers the smaller the vehicle to be used).

Professionally Escorted
    • Discover the wonders of South Africa with our enthusiastic, vibrant and
professional Tour Guides.

Accommodation
     • Accommodation is on a twin share basis, and all rooms have private facilities.
All accommodation is of a 3 star standard.

Dining Inclusions
    • 14 breakfasts and 5 dinners included.

Plus
    •   Arrival airport transfer included.
    •   Full day visit to the Kruger National Park.
    •   Kruger National Park Conservation Levy included.
    •   Sightseeing/orientation in East London and Port Elizabeth.
    •   Hotel porterage included.

Rates Exclude:
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Hotel and airport porterage
    • Meals and excursions, tours and transfers not included in the itinerary
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Visa Fees if applicable
    • All entrances/fees not specified in the inclusions above
    • Departure taxes for Zambia
    • Day tours are weather dependant and subject to water levels
    • All flights
    •
Please note the following points:
    • The above quotation is subject to any increase in our local Government tax (VAT) or any fuel
    • increases that would be beyond our control
    • The above quote is subject to any changes to the itinerary as it stands.
    • The above quote is subject to availability of accommodation and transport at the time of
    • booking.
    • The above quote is valid for travel
    • We require a deposit on the booking, and the balance of payment and final rooming list 30
    • days prior to date of travel.
    • The above rates are nett & non-commissionable
    • Rates quoted are in the currency our suppliers charge us

SW AFRICA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SURCHARGE RATES IN THE EVENT OF CURRENCY
FLUCTUATIONS OF 3% OR MORE, OR AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT TAXES
Useful information South Africa

Passport         : South Africa now require that foreigner passport holders have a minimum of
                 two (2) blank pages in their passport to enable the entry visa to be issued.

Gratuity         : Tipping is not compulsory. If you have received good service, we recommend:
                 Restaurants minimum 10% of the bill. Game Lodges R 75/person/night to your
                 ranger and rest of lodge staff R 30/person. Guides and drivers are generally also
                 given tip.

Speed            : Urban areas 60 km ph, rural areas 100km ph, freeways 120km ph. An
                 International Driving Permit is recommended (valid driver’s licenses are
                 accepted, provided they have a clear photograph and English print)

Currency         : Rand (R ) = 100 cents. Denominations : Coins – 1c , 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1,
                 R2, R5    Notes – R10, R20, R50, R100, R200, R500

Drinking water: Tap water is 100% purified and safe to drink in major cities, towns & game
             reserves.

Electricity      : 220/230 volts AC

Entry requirements: Passport holders of more than 80 countries, including the USA, Canada,
              Japan and the EU, can visit without visas. Contact your nearest SA Tourism office or
              South African Consulate for an updated list. Please note that 1-2 blank pages in your
              passport is a requirement for visitors entering South Africa.

Immunisation: Visitors to malaria areas, i.e. the Lowveld, must obtain the prophylactic
            medicine to be taken before, during and after their trip, from their doctor or
            pharmacist.

Medical Services: South Africa has excellent medical facilities, with Doctors listed under
              'Medical Practitioners' in the local telephone directories. Insurance covering
              travel, accidents, illness and hospitalisation is advised for the duration of your
              stay and must be arranged at time of booking.

Climate          : Seasons are opposite to those of the Northern Hemisphere. The average
                 temperatures in degrees Celsius are:

Tourist Centre                      Summer     Winter
Bloemfontein     (Free State)       29.0       18.5
Cape Town        (Western Cape)     24.0       22.6
Durban           (Kwa-Zulu Natal)   25.5       22.6
Johannesburg     (Gauteng)          24.7       18.0
Kimberley        (Northern Cape)    32.0       20.0
Nelspruit        (Mpumulanga)       28.5       23.0
Pretoria         Gauteng)           27.5       21.0

				
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