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South Africa: Cultures and Wildlife of South Africa

Minimum Passengers 6
Category Unique Tours
Duration 7 days / 6 nights
Available Dates
Jan, 2018 17,31
Feb, 2018 7,28
Mar, 2018 14,28
Apr, 2018 4,18
May, 2018 2,23
Jun, 2018 6,20
Jul, 2018 11,25
Aug, 2018 15,29
Sep, 2018 5,19
Oct, 2018 9,23
*Always small groups, 10 - 14 people.


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Tour Includes:

• Meet and greet at airport
• Arrival and departure transfers
• 2 nights in Johannesburg at Garden Court Morningside or similar
• 1 night in Ohrigstad at Hannah Game Lodge or similar
• 3 nights in White River at Stille Woning or similar
• 17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners
• Visit to Apartheid Museum
• Lunch at a local shebeen in SOWETO
• Visit Hector Petersen Museum
• Visit to Nelson Mandela House
• Dinner at Carnivore Restaurant
• Visit to Voortrekker Monument
• Visit to Premier Diamond Mine
• Morning game drive in Ohrigstad
• Ride along Famous Panorama route
• Elephant Interaction
• Chimpanzee Interaction
• Full day game drive in Kruger National Park
• Traditional South African lunch
• Experience Ndebele culture
•English-speaking registered South African Tourism Board guide
•Porterage at airports and hotels
• Restaurant tips
• Transport in luxury coaches with air-condition

IMPORTANT NOTICE:About our Tours 
* All tours and entrance fees are included.
* All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES
* International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates.
* A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates.

* Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice. All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger. A valid passport with at least 6 months validity after the date of travel is required. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Day 1: Arrival  

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will meet one of our representatives who will assist you in being transferred to your hotel.
Meals: None
Overnight in Johannesburg.

Day 2: Johannesburg / Soweto / Johannesburg

Following breakfast, 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.

Afterward, you will depart for 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 established.

Enjoy lunch at a local shebeen(restaurant).Chez Alina is a multi-award winning restaurant based in Dobsonville Soweto, boasting its unique, authentic and homely environment in which guests enjoy their meals. Chez Alina is still a home, turned into a Restaurant and there is still a family living there consisting of 4 generations.

Orientation tour will include a visit to
- Hector Pietersen Museum: Hector Pietersen was of the first children shot by police during the 1976 Soweto uprising against the use of Afrikaans as sole medium in schools. The famous painting of his lifeless body, done by one of his friends, is an iconic image and resistance symbol. In the museum, there are videos and photos of the other 566 schoolchildren who died during the riots.
- Mandela House: This is the house in which former President Nelson Mandela lived with his first two wives from 1946 to 1961, i.e. before his arrest. The house which is now a museum still has many of Mr. Mandela’s personal photographs and possessions
Continue to Johannesburg.

Enjoy dinner at Carnivore Restaurant. The Carnivore’s unique ‘all you can eat’ dining concept offers delectable 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.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Johannesburg / Pretoria / Ohrigstad

Following breakfast, depart for Pretoria.
Orientation tour will include a visit to Voortrekker Monument, created to commemorate the Great Trek by white pioneers, an essential monument to the Afrikaner history. You will also visit Church Square with its variety of architectural styles, drive past the Union Buildings, administrative headquarters of the South African government, with its beautiful gardens overlooking the city.
Continue to the town of Cullinan.
Visit Premier Diamond Mine (also known as the Cullinan Mine). The active diamond mine is particularly known for its discovery of the 3 106 carat Cullinan Diamond which were given to King Edward the VII of England on his 66th birthday and which was sent to England in normal package post!

Overnight in Ohrigstad.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Ohrigstad / Panorama route / White River

Early wake up call for morning game drive on the reserve.
The reserve is home to the elusive leopard, buffalo and a variety of general game (Tsesebe, Oryx, Mountain Reedbuck, Eland, Sable and Springbok).
Return to the lodge for breakfast.
Check out of the hotel and visit this beautiful area of the Drakensberg Mountains, which is a South African geological wonder and which is known as the Panorama Route. Follow this scenic route as it winds its way long the Blyde River Canyon. Some of the views are the most beautiful from God’s Window's (weather permitting), and the Three Rondavels, which are three huge rocks that appear in the form of Zulu huts some 700 m above the river.
Following lunch, visit the Bourke's Luck Potholes which is one of the most beautiful examples of rocks formed by the force of the water and stones.
Visit Pilgrim’s Rest. The small village 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, 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
Continue to White River.

Overnight in White River.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: White River  

Following breakfast, visit Elephant Whispers. Elephant Whispers is dedicated to securing the future of the African Elephant Activity.
Continue to Nelspruit for an amazing experience and close encounter with the chimps of the famous Chimp Eden Sanctuary (Jane Goodall Institute).
Lunch at the sanctuary
2 P.M. - Guided Chimpanzee Tour (tours are weather dependent)
Your guide will talk about chimpanzees, the sanctuary and introduce the individual chimps and their stories from the safety of the viewing points.
Enjoy a traditional BBQ dinner at the lodge (weather dependent).

Overnight in White River.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Kruger National Park

Early wakeup call - 5:30 A.M./5:45 A.M. for a full day game drive in the Kruger National Park. Gate opening time 6 A.M. and return at around 4:00 P.M. Packed breakfasts will be arranged with the lodge.
Enter the Kruger National Park at the Numbi Gate; ride on open vehicle 4 x 4 safari vehicles and enjoy a game drive with a professional ranger.
This reserve was created by former President Paul Kruger in 1898 as a sanctuary for animals, which currently comprise about 450 different birds, 106 different types of mammals, i.e. elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, hippo’s, kudu, impala, and lion . The park is about 220 miles long and 37 miles wide, but there is every chance of seeing the Big 5 (lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and elephants).
Enjoy lunch at one of the picnic spots in the park. Afterwards, continue safari game drive in an open vehicle.
At the end of the afternoon, exit the park and return to the lodge.
Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the lodge.

Overnight in White River.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Kruger / Johannesburg/ Departure

Following breakfast at the lodge, you will return to Johannesburg.
Stop en route at the Corn & Cob country restaurant and enjoy authentic South African home-cooked meal. Relax in the lush gardens where ducks roam free and the polo ponies graze in the fields.
During your stop, visit the Ndebele Village. Ndebele women give a cultural show on the Ndebele traditions and guests can also try local beer and mopane worms.
Local beadwork is available.
Continue the journey to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, arriving on time for your international flight home.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Visa and Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days after your intended date of departure from South Africa.

South African law requires travelers to have two fully blank visa pages. Blank “endorsement” pages are not sufficient. The blank pages must be “visa” pages. All travelers should have at least two fully blank passport visa pages upon each arrival in South Africa, including following trips to neighboring countries.

Travelers without the requisite blank visa pages in their passports will be refused entry into South Africa, fined, and returned to their point of origin at their own expense.

As a general precaution, all travelers should carry a photocopy of the photo/bio information page of their passport and keep it in a location separate from their passport.

U.S. citizen visitors to South Africa for stays of up to 90 days for tourism, short business meetings, or in transit do not require visas in advance. Visitor visas will be issued at the port of entry in South Africa. Applications to extend visitor visas may be submitted for a single 90-day extension while in South Africa and must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the expiry of the current visa. Additional extensions will not be accepted unless the visitor is in need of emergency life-saving medical treatment for longer than three months, or is an accompanying spouse or child of a holder of a business or work visa, who wishes to apply for a study or work visa.

Entry requirements

South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all foreign visitors and citizens over 1 year of age travelling from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas. 

Electricity

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ.

Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally.

US-made appliances may need a transformer. (Bring an All in One adapter with you!)

Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances.

Health

Drinking water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.
Tap water undergoes treatment which ensures it is free of harmful micro-organisms and contaminants. In some areas, South African drinking water is rich in minerals and may involve a bit of getting used to.

Clothing


For the summers, bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 degree range in some areas.

Bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain.

The winters are generally mild, comparing favorably with European summers.  But they do get some days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.

Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sun block as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.

Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.

For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.

Safety

South African safety precautions are not unlike those recommended when travelling to other countries and major cities. More common sense than hard and fast measures, safety precautions in South Africa mostly require vigilance on behalf of the traveler and sound travel preparation.

Important South African safety advice includes avoiding deserted areas at night; securing valuables such as photographic equipment and wallets on your person; and leaving expensive, flashy jewelry in your hotel safe while out and about. Other safety precautions you may want to consider include:

  • Locking valuables and luggage away in the car boot while travelling (never leave handbags or cameras on car seats)
  • Being vigilant of your luggage and other belongings (never leave them unattended).
  • Storing valuables in your hotel safe.
  • Limit the amount of money you carry on your person. Also, don't accept offers of assistance at ATMs and keep your pin numbers secure. 
  • When using a credit card in restaurants, ask the waiter to bring a portable credit card machine to your table.  Report stolen or lost cards immediately.
  • In rural areas, watch out for wild or farm animals - road signage will warn you when you need to take care.
  • If you intend travelling to malaria areas, take the necessary prophylaxis before you leave home.

Currency

The currency of South Africa consists of banknotes and coin and is denoted in Rand (R) and Cents (c). It is managed by the Bank as prescribed in schedule 2 of the South African Reserve Bank Act 90 of 1989.

Tipping

Restaurants

It is expected for diners to tip a standard 10-15 percent of the bill in both bars and restaurants. Similar to Canada, low-paid wait staff rely on gratuities as part of their income.

Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:

Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00

Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00

House Keepers: $ 2.00

Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage

Garden Court Morningside
Garden Court Morningside Sandton, situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs and close to the financial hub, is a haven of relaxation and convenience for business travelers and tourists alike.
 
Our Morningside hotel offers guests a selection of 150 en-suite rooms, with Georgian-themed décor. Classic and familiar, yet modern and functional, the Garden Court Morningside Sandton hotel is a perfect blend of affordable rates and business-friendly convenience. The rooms are air conditioned and amenities include free Wi-Fi, DStv, a writing desk, in-room tea and coffee facilities and a host of others. 
Hannah Game Lodge
Hannah Game Lodge is a reflection of the Africa that God created in its entire natural splendor. Here in the heart of the African bushveld our guests experience a rare sense of freedom and renewed spiritual inspiration. The lodge lies amongst the gently rolling hills of the Northern Drakensberg Escarpment. This beautiful private game reserve embraces more than 8000 hectares of malaria free, unspoiled African bushveld.

Hannah Game Lodge is a captivating tapestry of African sounds, smells and colors, where the rising sun showers the valley with shades of pink, red and orange. The lodge offers a true Bushveld experience at affordable and realistic rates. Professional, friendly and down to earth quality service characterizes this warm and peaceful getaway.

Stille Woning Guest House
Stille Woning Guest House also known as Stille Woning Guest Lodge is comfortably situated in White River, to not only provides the most convenient accommodation in White River but also in the Lowveld. Let Stille Woning Guest House be the ideal accommodation in the Lowveld from which to explore Mpumalanga which is rated as one of the country’s top tourist destinations. The Lowveld is famous for providing visitors with a truly African experience that includes amazing places such as the world renowned Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route, which includes the beautiful scenic views from God’s Window, the astounding natural wonder of Bourkes’ Luck Potholes, and then the famous old Historical gold Village of Pilgrim’s Rest. visiting the majestic Lowveld or businessmen on a trip to Mpumalanga’s capital city, Nelspruit.
 
Visitors love returning to the lodge at the end of a long day exploring the country, where they then get to enjoy dinner in the open air boma while they recount their experiences with like-minded visitors. Each day with breakfast, the friendly staff also assist them by recommending the “must see” attractions of the area. get to a meeting in town, but far enough to escape the hustle and bustle of Nelspruit in the evenings. Elegantly furnished and decorated rooms offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere where guests can, at leisure, prepare for the next day’s many exciting events. The lodge is owner managed and offers assistance with shuttle services and car rentals in and around the Lowveld.

Johannesburg

Ohrigstad