South Africa: Traditional Cultural Tour
Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.
Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives that will assist you in transferring to your hotel.
Begin your morning with breakfast and be ready for an exciting boat cruise to Robben Island. At the island, you will go on a guided tour of the prison and the island. The island has been declared a National Heritage Site. It is here where, amongst others, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, and Govan Mbeki were incarcerated for a number of years. You will even be able to will visit the cell of former President Nelson Mandela. You will also be able to pass a penguin colony. Lunch will be at your own leisure. Afterwards, you will return to the city for an orientation tour. Cape Town was originally established as a refreshment station in 1652 for the trade between Europe and the Far East. The orientation tour of the city centre include a drive by the Houses of Parliament, The Castle (oldest building in South Africa), the old Malay Quarter, known as the Bo-Kaap, and will take a walk through the Company Gardens. You will also visit the Slave Lodge (closed Sundays), St. Georges Cathedral (closed Sundays) , and the South African Museum. At the end of the afternoon, you will ascend Table Mountain by cablecar.
Following breakfast, you enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, starting with a boat cruise from Hout Bay to view the seals at Seal Island. Continue via the scenic Chapmans Peak pass to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. After, you will continue via the False Bay coastline to the Simon’s Town. Lunch will be at your own leisure. Visit the breeding colony of Jackass Penguins and return to the hotel after a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in the afternoon. You will return to your hotel and have dinner at your own leisure.
Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel. You will head off to Stellenbosch which in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Today, you will visit the Village Museum and do a short walking tour in the town, which also houses the University of Stellenbosch. You will visit a boutique or larger winery where you can enjoy 1 wine tasting. Continue over the scenic Helshoogte Pass to Franschhoek, situated in the “Valley of the Vignerons” and settled by the French Huguenots in the 16th Century. Lunch will be at leisure. Before you head back to your hotel, you will visit the Huguenot Museum. You will then be transferred to CPT Airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival in Durban, you will be met by your tour guide that will transfer you to your hotel. Dinner will be served at your hotel. ñ Proposed flight: BA6313 Departure - 5:30 P.M. | Arrival - 7:35 P.M. Not included, to be booked by agent
Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy an orientation tour of Durban before you depart for Shakaland. Durban has about 1 million inhabitants, and has the biggest harbour in South Africa. The majority of the population is of Indian origin, hence the number of temples and mosques, as well as shops specialising in Indian products. In Shakaland, you will enjoy lunch as well as a show. King Shaka was the most influential leader of the Zulu empire, who as the Zulu king and conqueror ruled his kingdom over a period of twelve years. Shakaland is a living museum of the life and times of this monarch and you can re-live the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulus, in this authentic re-creation of the Great Kraal overlooking the Phobane Lake. Experience the sight of assegaai-wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas and witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making, and the beer-drinking ceremonies. Continue north towards Maputaland, passing by sugar cane fields, eucalyptus, and pine plantations. The Zulu tribe settled in this region at the beginning of the 17th century. They planted grain which they was brought to them by Portuguese traders and hunted the local wild animal population. Elephants were very common in this region and were sought after for their ivory.
Enjoy an early morning game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle with a professional ranger in Zulu Nyala’s private game reserve. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel to have breakfast. Today, you will head to the kingdom of Swaziland, an independent country that is ruled by Mswati III. Swaziland has maintained its cultural traditions and although English is widely spoken, the dominant language is Siswati. Many of its local inhabitants still consult with an “Inyanga”, a witch doctor, to ward away evil spirits, or with a “Sangoma”, who is mostly consulted for health reasons. Afterwards, you will have lunch on the way to Swazi Market. Stop en route and visit the popular Candle Factory, known throughout Swaziland, for its variety of candles, in all shapes, sizes and colours. Finally, you will reach the Swazi Market with its locally produced products. You will then head to Mbabane for overnight. Dinner will be served at your hotel.
Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will travel through an area called Piggs Peak, named after William Pigg, a prospector who found gold at this location. Mining took place from 1889 to 1954 but currently, only timber is being produced for use in the construction industry. You will visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory that is known for its beautiful glass ornaments, glasses, and souvenirs if time permits (the factory is closed Saturdays & Sundays, but the souvenir shop is open). Afterwards, you will return to South Africa at the Jeppe’s Reef border post. Enjoy a tour of a local Swazi village, visit a typical hut, and experience a dancing performance which will have you tapping your feet! You will have lunch at Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue towards Malelane. Dinner is served on return from the late afternoon game drive.
Depart the lodge and enter the Kruger National Park at the Numbi Gate. Enjoy a half day game drive on an open 4x4 safari vehicles and enjoy a game drive with a professional ranger. Breakfast will be at one of the rest camps in Kruger. This reserve was created by former President Paul Kruger in 1898 as a sanctuary for animals, which currently comprise about 450 different birds and 106 different types of mammals. You are sure to spot a range of animals--elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, hippos, kudus, impalas, and lions. The park is about 220 miles long and 37 miles wide, there is a high chance of seeing the Big 5. Return to the lodge for lunch around noon. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner at the lodge.
Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel. Depart your hotel and enjoy the view of the Drakensberg mountains in the distance. If weather permits, you will stop at God’s Window for a panoramic view across the valley, on a clear day one can see as far as the Mozambique border. Continue towards Bourke’s Luck Potholes where paths and footbridges take visitors to view the 900 meter deep holes of cylindrical forms formed by fluvial erosion and floods. You will see the Blyde River Canyon and the 3 Rondavels which are rocky massifs which look like traditional Zulu huts. Enjoy lunch in Pilgrims Rest. You will visit the small village of Pilgrims Rest that has been renovated in the style of the gold rush around 1870 when pioneers tried to find their fortunes in gold. Before departing the area, you will attend a demonstration as to how gold was panned for in the old days and then have a look around the various shops and crafts on display in Pilgrim’s Rest Afterwards, you will continue to Johannesburg. Enjoy dinner at Carnivore Restaurant. The Carnivore’s unique “all you can eat” dining concept offers tasty game dishes (zebra, crocodile, kudu, etc.) to choose from and an extensive wine cellar (which features a superb selection of well-known wines to complement your meal), you’ll enjoy an unforgettable dining experience.
Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will visit the Apartheid Museum. The museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor throughout a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own. After the museum, you are headed to Soweto. South of Johannesburg is Soweto, a city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system. Soweto is inhabited by over two million people, with homes ranging from extravagant mansions to makeshift shacks. It boasts one of the largest hospitals on the continent and the only African-owned private clinic. Soweto was created in the 1930s, with Orlando being the first township which was established. You will enjoy lunch at a local shebeen. The Soweto orientation tour by coach will include a stop at Regina Mundi Church(subject to availability) which is the largest Roman Catholic Church in South Africa. Due to the role it played as a place of gathering for the people of Soweto in the years before, during and after the anti-apartheid struggle, it is often referred to as “the people’s church”. In 1998, President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hilary, visited the church. In 2011, the First Lady, Michelle Obama, visited the church on the South African leg of her tour of the continent. Continue the journey to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, arriving on time for your international flight home.
• Meet and greet at airport
• Arrival and departure transfers
• 3 nights in Cape Town at Inn on the Square or similar
• 1 night in Durban at Garden Court South Beach or similar
• 1 night in Hluhluwe at Zulu Nyala Heritage & Safari Lodge or similar
• 1 night in Swaziland at Mountain Inn or similar
• 2 nights in Kruger at Manyatta Rock Camp or similar
• 1 night in Johannesburg at Garden Court Milpark or similar
• 21 meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 5 dinners
• Visit Robben Island
• Ascend Table Mountain via cable car
• Full day tour of Cape Peninsula
• Guided tour of the Village Museum and Huguenot Museum
• Orientation tour of Durban
• Game drive at Zulu Nyala’s private game reserve
• Visit Swazi Market
• Visit Ngwenya Glass
• Game drive in Kruger Park
• Visit Pilgrims Rest
• Visit Apartheid Museum
• Orientation tour of Soweto
• All entrances and excursions as per the program
• English-speaking South African Tourism Board registered guides
• Porterage at airports and hotels
• Restaurant tips
• Transport in a luxury coach with air conditioning
• 14% VAT and 1% tourism levy on accommodation
• Domestic flight from Cape Town to Durban
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