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Amatungulu Tours welcome you to this amazing safari where you can experience game drives, explore spectacular wildlife, and open your mind to nature while staying at charming accommodations during the trip. Take this chance and give yourself a real experience and explore the hidden secrets of South Africa!
The accommodation will be various in this tour. You will overnight at De Noordhoek Lifestyle Hotel in Noordhoek, Amberley Sleep & Travel Somerset West in Cape Town, Acorn Guest House George, accommodation in Addo National Park, Hole-in-the-Wall Hotel in Coffee Bay, accommodation in Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort in Cathkin Park, the Royal Country Inn in Dundee, Forever Blyde Canyon in Graskop, accommodation in Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Mopani Rest Camp, Skukuza camp in Kruger National Park, and accommodation in Hlane Royal National Park, Swaziland.
Cape Town, the “Mother City”, or the world’s most fabulous city, is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.
Meet Amatungulu Tours at your centrally located hotel or the Table Mountain Cableway at 07:00 am. to start this tour for Cape Town's most famous icon: Table Mountain by the Aerial Cableway to take in natural beauty and stunning views. The first botanical garden in the world to be established (in 1913) to protect local flora, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in the UNESCO-listed Cape Floral Kingdom follows. Lunch is at the famous Jonkershuis Cape Malay restaurant. Visiting Groot Constantia, you will taste their export quality wines. You will journey along the False Bay coastline to Kalk Bay harbor and stroll along the quaint cobbled streets. From here, you will pass Fish Hoek and Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, home to one of the few land-based penguin colonies in the world. Choose one of the popular restaurants in the area for dinner. You will overnight at De Noordhoek Lifestyle Hotel (or similar).
The first visit is Cape Point, part of the Table Mountain National Park and home to an abundance of flora and fauna, and ascend the viewpoint with the Flying Dutchman Funicular. You will visit Hout Bay harbor and Camps Bay African Craft Market on our way along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive. Stopping over at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, you take a tour of the Two Oceans Aquarium. Driving in the direction of Stellenbosch, you visit the Vergenoegd wine farm for some wine tasting. You go to the Spier Wine Farm for chocolate and wine tasting on the banks of the Spier dam. Now You are off to see a bit of the real South Africa. (optional) Mzoli's place is legendary for giving visitors an authentic African eating experience. If you like meat then you'll love Mzoli's. Situated in Gugulethu, it's a prime example of South African Shisa Nyama (barbeque). Eat, drink and have fun with the locals! You overnight at Amberley Sleep & Travel Somerset West. (or similar).
Starting our journey to the Garden Route, you visit some of the numerous farm stalls at Grabouw and then pushes on to the town of Oudtshoorn with Route 62. This route delivers an unforgettable South African traveling experience, making of life-long memories. (Lunch en-route) After visiting the Cango Caves for a Heritage Tour, you head down the scenic Outeniqua Pass and onto the green forests and beaches of the Garden Route. Overnight is at the Acorn Guest House George (or similar).
A short drive brings us to Knysna where you discover the town and visit some of the unspoiled beaches in the area. Driving to the Addo National Park, you stop over at the ‘highest recognized bungee from a bridge’ in the world, the Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump. You look out for Humpback Whales at Nelson Mandela Bay. (Lunch en-route) A whale watching tour can be arranged if whales are present at the time (July - October) for your own cost at Algoa Bay. From here, you go to the Addo National Park where you will have dinner at their restaurant, and a night game drive.
The Wild Coast is a stunning section of Eastern Cape coastline stretching from East London in the south to the border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north. It is the home of the Xhosa people and incorporates estuaries, sandy beaches, natural heritage sites, craggy cliffs, waterfalls, and rolling hills, providing spectacular scenery and real authentic traditional experiences.
You leave the Addo National Park (while viewing game) for Port Elizabeth. You head North from Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) to the spectacular Wild Coast along the roads of the Transkei, and see how the Xhosa people still live in their traditional rondavel huts, with farm animals grazing by the side of the road against the backdrop of the Drakensberg in the distance! You visit the Nelson Mandela Museum at Qunu and then veer off the N2 to “The Hole in the Wall”, one of South Africa's most famous tourist attractions. (Lunch en-route not included) The locals call this "izi Khaleni" which means place of thunder. During certain seasons and water conditions, the waves clap in such a way that the concussion can be heard throughout the valley. If you want to have a real authentic traditional experience, sleep in a rural rondawel (hut) of a traditional Xhosa village if available at the time. You also have the choice to stay at the Hole-in-the-Wall Hotel.
After visiting some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the world, we drive to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, which lies snugly at the head of a spectacular river gorge lined with dense coastal bush and forests. The breath-taking scenery along the Umzimkulwana river gorge makes this a photographer’s and nature lover’s paradise. Wildlife in the Oribi Gorge consists of many antelope, although the graceful oribi (after which the gorge is named) is rarely seen. You can do an optional activity here: the Lake Eland Zip Lines, the Longest Zip Line Tour in Africa! This tour consists of 14 zip line slides starting at the top of the Oribi Gorge. We stay here for the night. We stay at the 4 star Oribi Gorge Hotel.(or similar)
The Hibiscus coast with its inviting stretch of Indian Ocean which sometimes presents the year-round delights of frolicking dolphins and majestic, cruising whales, provide the spectacular scenery for the drive to Durban.
A barrier of upward-pointing spears for the Zulu name “Quathlamba”, describes the craggy pinnacles that form the most spectacular part of the Great Escarpment of Southern Africa’s major watershed. Discover sites where ferocious wars took place with knowledgeable guides, see the magnificent mountains and the beautiful Midlands Meander.
Leaving from Durban, you head to Howick to visit the Mandela Monument. From here, you take the road North on the Midlands Meander and visit Tsonga shoes and bags, Marrakesh Cheese and Chocolate Heaven and savor lunch at one of the delightful restaurants on the way. (Bierfassl) You also visit the Wine Cellar and Mouse Trap Deli. After visiting Drakensberg Bee Products at Scrumpy Jacks, you select some of the many activities to do at the Monks Cowl Resort, where you also stay for the night (or similar).
Breakfast is followed by a tour of the Dragon Rock Reptile Centre or watch as magnificent raptors perform in the skies above the Majestic Drakensberg Mountains, at Falcon Ridge. You also have the option for a helicopter flight over the main escarpment (own cost). You head out to do the Drakensberg Canopy Tour and then attend a Drakensberg Boys Choir concert. You spend the night at the Monks Cowl (or similar). Dinner at a restaurant not included.
You head to Dundee to have a tour of the battlefields and historical sites of Blood River/Ncome/Napoleon Prince Imperial/Talana. “By 1836 relations between the British rulers in the Cape and the Dutch settlers had reached an all-time low. They decided to pack-up their worldly goods load them onto covered wagons and head into the largely unknown interior of South Africa. Thus began in 1836 the exodus that would be recorded by history as ‘The Great Trek’! The north, west and eastward movement of this exodus of Trekkers, who became known as Voortrekkers inevitably led to conflict with the indigenous peoples who inhabited the hinterland. Trek leader Piet Retief and his party were killed at King Dingane’s capital of Mgungundlovu in February 1838”, and see where brutal battles took place. You spend the night at the Royal Country Inn (or similar).
Heading on our way to Mpumalanga, you visit O'Neil's Cottage on the road between Newcastle and Volksrust. The home of Eugene O'Neil became a makeshift hospital for British after defeating at Majuba. The peace treaty ending the war was negotiated here.
This Tour is an excellent choice for people who want to enjoy spectacular scenery, combined with game drives to see the renowned big five (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, and buffalo). It traverses into Swaziland after 5 days to showcase the best there is to offer.
You drive through some of the most scenic areas of the Eastern part of South Africa. The Highveld town of Dullstroom hosts Anvil Brewery, where you can enjoy local beer and dishes such as smoked trout for lunch. From here, you descend into the Lowveld en route to the historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest. The entire town of Pilgrim's Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s / early 1900s, then to view Pinnacle Rock and to experience the amazing view from God’s Window. You then visit the Berlin Falls, where numerous local arts and crafts are for sale. From here, you visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes for lunch and then overnight at the resort: Forever Blyde Canyon (or similar).
You go to visit the Echo Caves after breakfast, and then traverse to the famous Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre for a tour and lunch at the Curio Shop and Deli. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre follows for another wildlife tour, where you also stay for the night (or similar).
You leave after breakfast to take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam. An interpretation tour will take us to the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. The Kadishi Tufa waterfall, at 200 meters (around 660 feet) in height, is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth. The waterfall’s formation strikingly resembles a face which is crying profusely, and is thus sometimes known as ‘the weeping face of nature’. Completing this, you head to the Mopani Rest Camp via Phalaborwa gate at the Kruger Park for more game viewing. After enjoying a game drive to a bush braai (bbq), you spend the night here (or similar). No children under 6 allowed on the night game drive to a bush braai (bbq).
After breakfast, you have a game drive in the park for the entire day, exploring every possible opportunity to view the spectacular wildlife scenery and opportunities to see the Big 5. You drive south to the Skukuza camp, enjoy a night game drive and overnight here (or similar).
You continue via Nelspruit (Mbombela) to the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden. From here, you drive along the new declared UNESCO world heritage site, the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail to Swaziland to watch glass blowing at Ngwenya Glass. (if roads are accessible) It is also a showroom full of beautifully crafted glass ornaments and houses a number of other smaller craft outlets. You drive to the Mantenga Cultural Village, a living museum of old traditions that represent classical Swazi lifestyle during the 1850s. It comprises 16 huts, kraals and byres for cattle and goats, reed fences and other structures, and enjoys traditional dances, a guided tour of the hut village and waterfall. You also have a traditional lunch here, and drive to the Hlane Royal National Park for the night. Dinner can be enjoyed at Ndlovu Camp’s large restaurant.
After a 2,5-hour Sunrise Game Drive at Hlane Royal National Park’s Ndlovu Camp, you head back via Nelspruit to Johannesburg where you can take a flight to your next destination, or do a short tour through Soweto and overnight at Gold Reef City, where you have the opportunity to learn about the history of gold in Gauteng. You now have the option to go on to Cape Town, doing 2 more days of touring.
You have the option to go on to Cape Town from Johannesburg, doing 2 more days of touring visiting the deep, hand-dug Big Hole at the Kimberley Mine Museum. Please inquire for more information.
During this tour, you will come to Robben Island to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. You will also visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Groot Constantia, Kalk Bay harbour, Fish Hoek and Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, Cape Point, Table Mountain National Park, Flying Dutchman Funicular, Vergenoegd wine farm, Spier Wine Farm, Eagle Encounters, Mzoli's Gugulethu (optional), Route 62 – Karoo, Cango Caves Heritage Tour, Nelson Mandela Museum at Qunu, Eastern Cape Wild Coast, and “The Hole in the Wall” Coffee Bay.
You will attend a Drakensberg Boys Choir concert, Nelson Mandela Capture Site visit, Pilgrim's Rest, Barberton “Geo-Route”, Dullstroom Birds of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre, Pinnacle Rock, God’s Window, Berlin Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Echo Caves, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Boat trip on the Blyde Canyon Dam, Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, Swaziland to watch glass blowing, and Kimberley Mine Museum and Big Hole tour.
Jakes Conradie is a South African born who extensively traveled the country. He is competent to advise clients about all the essential aspects of traveling to South Africa. Having passed the SA Specialist Course from South African Tourism, he is always on the lookout to assist, improve the environment, and motivate communities to protect nature and all species in order to create a sustainable eco-system for future generations. His love for nature and history brought him to the most beautiful and spectacular places of South Africa where he wants to take his tourists as well.
The location of this tour is in South Africa and Swaziland.
Breakfasts and most dinners are included.
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