South African Super Safari. Code (OV14) A 14 Day tour
13 nights, 14 days
South African Super Safari
Cape Town - Garden Route – Karoo - Addo Elephant National Park - Wild Coast – Drakensberg - Kruger National Park - Johannesburg
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Cape Town, ‘The Tavern of the Seas’, ‘The Mother City’, ‘The Cape of Storms’ or ‘The Cape of Good Hope’ all of the above apply to our oldest city, set under the watchful gaze of Table Mountain.
Meet and greet by Alan Tours at the airport and check into a Guesthouse in Cape Town. Activities for the day are depending on time of arrival and the weather.
Our first choice, weather permitting, would be to take the cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, this huge, imposing sandstone massif stands sentinel over the Mother City that offers one unsurpassed views of the City, the Cape Peninsula and beyond.
Thereafter we depart (weather and time permitting) for a boat trip to Robben Island, the infamous Island prison used to incarcerate many of the political and other prisoners of the apartheid state. We board the ferry to the Island where, most famously Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for many of his twenty seven years in jail.
We return to our accommodation and the evening meal in one of the many renowned restaurants in this cosmopolitan city.
Overnight Guesthouse Cape Town, dinner, B & B
Cape Town and surrounding
Early wake up and breakfast before we depart for the scenic route around the Cape Peninsula either from east to west or vice versa depending on conditions, taking in spectacular scenery and some of the most expensive real estate in the world with magnificent views of the azure Atlantic ocean as we travel through Hout Bay (Fishing village and working harbour) over the spectacular Chapman’s Peak pass as it hugs the mountain side affording stunning views of the bay and ocean beyond. Lunch en route.
We continue to the Cape of Good Hope, a needle like peninsula reaching out into the southern Atlantic Ocean and home to many myths and legends of the sea. From the Cape of Good Hope we wind our way over the peninsula to the False Bay side and a memorable experience with the tuxedo suited African Black footed Penguin at the picturesque Boulders beach. If there is sufficient time we visit the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before return for dinner and our accommodation.
Overnight Guesthouse Cape Town, dinner, B & B
Cape Town to Knysna
After breakfast we check out and travel along the famous Garden Route a scenic route that is seen as one big garden to Mossel Bay where we take a break to visit the site of the first European landfall, made by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz in 1488. Here we view the historical post office tree, our first Post Office, when in 1500 a sailor Pedro de Ataide left a letter in a shoe under a Milkwood tree, where this tree is still growing in the gardens of the museum today.
Here we have the option of visiting the Maritime Museum, housing the replica of the Diaz Caravel, built and sailed from Portugal on the 500th anniversary of the epic voyage of Diaz after rounding the southern tip of Africa or of doing the exhilarating Cage dive with the Great White sharks found in this picturesque bay.
We continue onto Knysna with the spectacular Knysna heads overlooking the lagoon, check into our accommodation and enjoy an evening meal in this lovely setting.
Overnight Guesthouse Knysna, dinner, B & B
Knysna to a Karoo Game Reserve
After breakfast we check out, continue inland and ascend some spectacular passes and historical countryside before reaching a typical historic Karoo town for lunch. Continuing, we travel through the vast expanses of the arid Little Karoo and reach the beautiful Game Reserve in the interior of the country.
This is a spectacular reserve with high mountains and vast plains filled with a wide variety of plains game conjuring up memories of the pioneers who spoke in awe of “the vast herds of African game as far as the eye can see”, while the apex predator here is the Lion these fearsome predators can be seen together with the fleetest of all land mammals the Cheetah. We book into our accommodation after viewing some of the game on our way in.
We take our evening meal in the park’s restaurant as we turn in for the night in our own historic guest house and a comfortable rest in this peaceful landscape.
Overnight Guesthouse, dinner, B & B
Karoo Game Reserve
Early morning wake up for coffee, tea and rusks and depart on a morning game drive in our tour vehicle, viewing a wide variety of African plains and other game on this wide landscape, including herds of Springbok, Black Wildebeest, Blesbok, Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Gemsbok, Eland, Ostrich, Ground squirrels, Meerkats, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, Brown Hyena, Lion and Cheetah.
There is a varied and wonderful bird and reptile life that makes these plains and valleys their home. Return to the main camp we have a well-earned breakfast.
In the afternoon there is the chance to travel a short distance to a typical Karoo town, where we stop for lunch while viewing the attractive, historical Eastern Cape architecture, museums and other places of interest or continue with our game viewing in the park. We return to the main camp for our evening meal before finally turning in for a refreshing nights rest. Overnight Guesthouse, dinner, B & B
Karoo game reserve to Addo Elephant National Park
After breakfast we pack up and check out of this wonderful park.We head for the Addo Elephant National Park. The expanding 480 000 hectare reserve is a protected area where the populations of African wildlife including the Big 5 roam free and is home to more than 550 Elephants, Lions, herds of Cape Buffalo, Warthog, Leopard, Zebra, Eland, Red Hartebeest, a wide variety of other antelopes, as well as the unique flightless Dung Beetle and many different species of birds.
On reaching the main rest camp we check into our accommodation, allow some time to rest, take lunch at the restaurant and then prepare for an exciting and educational game drive.
Learn more about the subtropical thicket vegetation, the medicinal and esoteric uses man has made of some of the plants, while enjoying the rich and diverse reptile and bird life that inhabit this area.
We return for dinner and a well-deserved rest accompanied by the sounds of the African night. Overnight Addo Elephant National Park Chalet/Cottage, dinner, B & B
Addo Elephant National Park
Leisurely wake up before breakfast at the restaurant. Here we have the option of spending the morning on a game drive in the National Park or doing an Elephant Back safari. The Elephant Back Ride would be an optional extra. We would depart for the nearby Zuurberg mountain range north of the park, climb the historic Zuurberg Mountain pass with its spectacular views over the lowlands below and descend into the valley to meet the three large but gentle Elephant bulls, Thabo, Mukwa and Duma, you will ride for a once in a life time experience through the thickets, viewing the other species on the reserve from the backs of these incredible creatures. After riding these gentle giants there is a chance to interact while you feed the bulls, after which they get a chance to swim and mud bath at the waterhole. After lunch we would return to Addo Elephant National Park, relax at the Main camp and waterhole or spend sometime in the Bird hide catching up on the many African jewels nesting in the reed beds.
Later on you will board the park’s open game drive vehicle for a memorable evening game drive in the park. On your return, join Alan tours around the open wood fire for a traditional South African Braai (Barbecue) under African skies, quietly listening to the sounds of the night while watching the star encrusted sky for falling stars and passing satellites. Overnight Addo Elephant National Park Chalet/Cottage, dinner, B & B.
Addo Elephant National Park to Amatole Mountain retreat
Early wake up for coffee, tea and rusks for the last game drive in Addo Elephant National Park. It is at this time of day when we stand a good chance of observing some of the nocturnal creatures before they lie up for the day.
We return for breakfast at the restaurant before making our way to a mountain retreat in the heart of the mystical Amatola Mountains, a village where we find many of the gardens resemble those in the English countryside. The area is home to crafters and art studios where traditional African art and interesting Hippie communes mingle with western ideas creating an eclectic, esoterically atmosphere and forest walks to waterfalls and warm wood fires are all part of the culture.
We check into our accommodation overlooking deep valleys and indigenous forests, an area of myth and legend, deep, forests, tinkling streams and gossamer waterfalls. Evening meal at one of the restaurants. Overnight Guesthouse, dinner, B & B
Amatole Mountain to the Wild Coast
Leaving our mountain retreat after breakfast we travel through gentle countryside before crossing the Kei River into the Old Transkei, an independent state under the apartheid government here we stop to fill up and a quick bite for lunch before continuing through extended rural communities alive with the bright colours of their traditional clothing and modest homes as we continue through evergreen tea plantations that cover the rolling hills before descending down through temperate forests to our coastal Lodge on the banks of a river estuary on the Wild Coast where we check in for a peaceful night in these pristine surroundings and the sounds of the surf of the Indian Ocean.
Overnight River Lodge, dinner, B & B
Wake up at your leisure for a delicious breakfast overlooking the Indian Ocean.
We meet our local guide for a hike to the iconic Waterfall that drops into the Ocean. Leaving the lodge we drive to a point after which we disembark and continue on foot through interesting and spectacular countryside as we walk to the waterfall along a coastal wonderland over tinkling streams and pristine pools, on rolling grassland, above steep cliff faces overlooking the crashing waves sending huge sprays of white water sometimes 30 meters or more into the air, before reaching the spectacular sight of a waterfall directly into the sea. Here we unpack our picnic lunch before returning to the lodge to relax at the pool or to do a bit of fishing before a well-deserved meal and a good sound sleep.
Overnight River Lodge, dinner, B & B
Wild Coast to Drakensberg Mountains World Heritage Site
Early breakfast, check out and depart inland again for a Drakensberg mountain retreat, known for its magnificent San rock art in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains.
The area is an historic place and named in honour of the peaks of the mountains, whose silhouette resembles that of a sleeping giant and home to the noble Bearded Vulture.
We have lunch on the road and on arrival at the reserve we check into our accommodation, freshen up and go on a guided walk to view the large sandstone cave containing prehistoric rock art, one of the biggest and best preserved painted sites in southern Africa.
Overnight Drakensberg, chalet, dinner B & B
Drakensberg Mountains to a Southern camp in the Kruger National Park
An early start is required on this day as we have a big day on the road, traveling to the world famous Kruger National Park. On our way we go through some very significant battle fields and historical sites that wrote a good portion of the history of South Africa. It is in these foothills and plains that the Boer farmers fought the military power of both the Zulu nation as well as the might of the Red coat army, the British army, the greatest the world had ever seen. It was here that United Kingdom both lost and won some major battles. The area warrants a separate tour in its own right so we will on this occasion flit through the area on our way to the vast savannahs of the Kruger national Park.
On arrival late in the afternoon at the southern gate we check into the Kruger National Park and make our way north-east to our camp and accommodation for the night. If there is sufficient time on arrival we do a short drive for sun downers overlooking the nearby river or simply settle into our comfortable accommodation. Not far from our camp rest crocodile and hippo in the water and any number of animals and other life can be sighted. We have dinner at the restaurant before a good night’s rest, accompanied by the sounds of the African bush. Overnight Kruger Chalet/Guesthouse, dinner, B & B.
Southern camp to a middle camp in the Kruger National Park
We enjoy a breakfast at the restaurant before checking out of our southern camp and depart for the central section of the park exploring the savannahs en-route to our camp on a river bank overlooking the vast plains of this famous game reserve.
Sit back, relax and keep a look out for the many exciting sightings of African wildlife that you will be treated to. Arriving at our accommodation, set in a completely different environment from the more southerly areas, we check in and settle into our comfortable units overlooking the river flowing below filled with Hippo, Crocodile, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra and many more exciting species to view from your lofty perch above the plains.
If time allows, we board the tour vehicle for another exciting game drive before returning to the camp. We enjoy our last evening meal in the park while recalling the adventures of your African Kaleidoscope Safari, accompanied by the sounds of the African night.
Overnight Kruger Chalet/Guesthouse, dinner, B & B.
Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
Breakfast and check out. We travel some way through the park before exiting on our way to Johannesburg where we enjoy the 5 hour journey travelling through some seriously pretty countryside before arriving in Johannesburg to transfer directly to the airport for your departure or check into your accommodation.
Rate per person sharing: R 74 500.00
Minimum two persons
Rate valid till 31 October 2018
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