21 Days Johannesburg – Cape Town

Day 1

I will collect you at your hotel. We will visit the following – the Vootrekker Monument - a monument to the tenacity of the Boers and their survival skills during their settling the land. Also Soweto – the most famous township – which has become a city in its own right. Pretoria city centre – where the buildings of the Boer Republic and a statue of President Kruger, can still be seen. Overnight at Heia Safari Ranch. B/B Ranch www.heia-safari.co.za

Day 2

After breakfast we leave Johannesburg and drive east towards the Province Mpumalanga and the Krugerpark. We visit Gods Window, the Blyde River Canyon and the Potholes and eventually spend the night at a Resort, in the Mountains, Aventura Bluderiver .B/B www.aventura.co.za

Day 3

After breakfast we continue toward the Krugerpark and to the private game reserve, Thorneybush, which borders on to the Kruger Park. We overnight in Tangala. Fullboard - www.tangala.co.za

Day 4

The day starts with a safari early in the morning, then breakfast, after which we can relax at the swimming pool. After lunch there is another game drive at about 4 pm ending the day with dinner at the fire. Full board – Tangala.

Day 5

After our last early morning game drive, we will continue our safari while driving to Orpen Gate and in to the Kruger Park. We drive though the park with my vehicle and hopefully see many animals along the way. We will arrive in the late afternoon at Skukuza and stay in a luxury bungalow, with view of the river. B/B www.sanparks.org

Day 6

Today we leave the Krugerpark and travel into Swaziland, an independent African Kingdom, also known as the African Switzerland, due to its mountainous areas. www.africaguide.com. We will overnight in the Mantenga Lodge. B/B www.swaziland.co.za

Day 7

In the morning we will visit the Swazi Cultural Village and learn something about the Swazi culture, before leaving Swaziland and continue along the coast of Kwazulu Natal. We are in the land of the Zulu and also semi-tropical South Africa. We see sugar cane fields and Mango trees. We overnight in St Lucia, which is in the Wetlands Park. www.stlucia.org.za/

Day 8

In the morning we will go on a boat tour on the lake to view the many crocodiles and hippos living there. It is also good for seeing water birds. Then we leave t Lucia and continue south on the N2 highway, to Shakaland. This very interesting hotel, which consists of Beehive huts, was originally built and used for the film, Shaka Zulu. Here we will have a cultural experience and try some of the traditional foods of the Zulu. www.shakaland.com D/B/B at Shakaland

Day 9

After the last cultural show we depart Shakaland and continue along the N2 toward Durban. After a short city tour we proceed to our hotel on the Durban promenade. Elangeni Hotel B/B http://kwazulu.hotelguide.co.za

Day 10

We visit the Indian market and the Ushaka Marine Aquarium. We have a large Indian community living in Durban which is the result of bringing Indian labourer to South Africa 150 years ago, to work on the Sugarcane Estates. Overnight Elangeni Hotel B/B

Day 11

We leave Durban and travel along the Natal Midlands till we get to the Cathedral Peak area of the Drakensberg, our highest mountains, where we will stay at Didima. B/B www.kznwildlife.com

Day 12

Today you can walk on the trails, visit the Bushman Museum, where you can learn something of their culture and life, or do a helicopter flip over the area. Didima. B/B

Day 13

We depart from Didima and travel all along the Maluti Mountains, part of the Drakensberg, through the Golden Gate National Park www.sa-venues.com We will skirt around the Kingdom of Lesotho and come to our overnight lodge in Ladybrand. Cranberry Cottage B/B www.cranberrycottage.co.za

Day 14

After breakfast we depart and travel through the Great Karoo, a semi desert area known for its dinosaur fossils and wide-open land interspersed with flat-topped mountains towards Graaf Reinet. This quaint village was the administrative centre of the Dutch East India Company in 1886 and boasts some wonderful Cape Dutch architecture. In the late afternoon we will visit the newest National Park, Camdeboo National Park and look at the spectacular Valley of Desolation. http://www.encounter.co.za We will be staying at the Drosdy Hotel – a Museum piece itself. B/B www.drostdy.co.za

Day 15

About lunchtime we will arrive at the Addo National Park where we will drive with our own vehicle or you can book an open vehicle drive with the Park. We will see many Elephants. Although there are other animal, like antelope, buffalo and rhino, zebras and warthogs, it’s the elephants that steal the show. There are more there per square kilometre than in the Kruger Park and on hot days one can see them play in the water hole! We are staying in one of the bungalows in the park. B/B www.sanparks.org

Day 15

About lunchtime we will arrive at the Addo National Park where we will drive with our own vehicle or you can book an open vehicle drive with the Park. We will see many Elephants. Although there are other animal, like antelope, buffalo and rhino, zebras and warthogs, it’s the elephants that steal the show. There are more there per square kilometre than in the Kruger Park and on hot days one can see them play in the water hole! We are staying in one of the bungalows in the park. B/B www.sanparks.org

Day 16

Soon after leaving Addo, we continue, past Port Elizabeth till we find ourselves in the cool rain forest area. The Garden Route is famous for its scenic beauty, with many flowers and forests and mountains. We view a very large, 800 year old Yellowwood tree in the indigenous rain forest of Tsitsikamma. We overnight in the National Park, Tsitsikamma, in a bungalow. B/B www.places.co.za

Day 17

This is where the heart of the Garden Route starts. Flowers, ferns, beaches and mountains are our companions. Before long we are in Plettenbergbay, our premier holiday, beach destination. It’s a small town, beautifully situated on the bay of Formosa – as the Portuguese called it 500 years ago. In the whaling season, June to October – whales may be seen close to the beach. We continue, towards Knysna. In Knysna we will visit the Knysna Quays, with its wonderful shops and restaurants. Perhaps some oysters and sparkling wine will go down well. We overnight in Knysna. Bradach Manor B/B www.bradachmanor.co.za

Day 18

From Knysna we will drive over the Outeniqua mountain pass into the Karoo, a semi-desert, to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of S Africa. We will visit an ostrich farm where you will learn everything about this desert, flightless bird. We will also visit the Cango Caves. We overnight on a small farm, just outside Oudtshoorn. La Plume B/B www.portfoliocollection.com

Day 19

Today we travel the last 250 miles to Cape Town but before we get there, we will see more of the Karoo, the semi arid area behind the mountains, before we cross the mountain range again and drive through the grape and fruit farms surrounding Cape Town. You are staying at one of the hotels at the Waterfront – our premier tourist attraction. Its situated in the old part of the harbour, which has been renewed and renovated with many restaurants, shops and pubs. That area is totally safe for tourists to wonder around till late. Your hotel is directly in the Waterfront. The Portswood B/B www.legacyhotels.co.za B/B or alternatively Leisure bay www.alprop.co.za

Day 20

No visit to Cape Town is complete without a visit to the famous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope Reserve. We will spend the whole day driving around the peninsula, past many beaches, visit a penguin colony and take the funicular up to the Point. You will get back late afternoon but with many good memories. The Portswood B/B

Day 21

Today I will show you the city centre and its Malay quarter, museum and the Cape of Good Hope Castle and a visit to the top of Table Mountain with the cable car weather permitting. Transfer to Airport and departure.

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