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Superb South Africa


  • Cape Town, South Africa's "Mother City"

This 10-day South African group vacation takes you across the country from Johannesburg to Cape Town, with a safari in Pilanesberg Game Reserve along the way.

Your group vacation begins in Johannesburg, the largest city in the nation, where you’ll get settled and meet your group. Spend your time in the city on a Journey to Freedom Tour, following in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and learning about life under apartheid at sites across the city, including Mandela House, Hector Pieterson Musem, and the Apartheid Museum. Another day, visit the Cullinan Diamond Mine, where the world’s largest diamond was discovered, and learn about the cutting and polishing of diamonds before exploring Pretoria, the South African capital, a city known for its jacaranda trees, monuments to South Africa’s settlement, and gorgeous government buildings.

Connect back to Johannesburg and continue to Bakubung Bush Lodge in Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Spend a full day on safari in this malaria-free park and search for the Big Five in the wild. Connect back to Johannesburg and fly onto Cape Town, the gorgeous Mother City on the Cape of Good Hope.

Explore Cape Town on a city tour that takes you from the colourful neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap, home to the city’s Malay community, to the trendy V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay, and up looming Table Mountain. In the afternoon, head to Kirstenbosch to visit the famous National Botanical Garden, home to the country’s greatest collection of exotic plants. The next day, explore the Cape Peninsula. Start at Cape Point, cruise to Seal Island to see the Cape Fur Seals suntanning on the rocky outcrops, drive along breathtaking Chapman’s Peak Drive, and cap off the day at Boulders Beach, home to native African penguins. You’ll have another day at leisure in Cape Town to explore the city or take an optional tour of the nearby Cape Winelands.

At the end of your stay, head to the airport in Cape Town for onward travels.


 

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Superb South Africa* $2,729 $3,219

*Travel Dates: June - August 2022
*Please contact us for additional travel dates , pricing, single supplements, full itinerary details & terms and conditions

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 3 Nights Johannesburg
  • 2 nights Pilanesburg National Park
  • 4 Nights Capetown
  • Journey to Freedom Tour in Johannesburg
  • Game Drives in Pilanesberg National Park (4)
  • Visit Kirstenbosh Botenical Garden
  • Full day Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Gold Restaurant farewell Dinner
Day 1

Arrive Johannesburg

Arrive Johannesburg – Welcome! You will be met by a Goway representative who will assist you with your private transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, until your welcome dinner tonight at the hotel.

Johannesburg, or Jo'burg as it is known to locals, is located on the eastern plateau of South Africa known as the Highveld. Despite not being one of the country’s three capital cities, Johannesburg remains one of the most modern and prosperous cities in the country.

After the discovery of gold in the Witwatersrand in 1886, a settlement was established. When the public heard about the discovery, thousands of people headed to Johannesburg looking for fortunes. Within a century the city has been rebuilt four times, from humble beginnings as a tented camp to tin shanties, from Edwardian style buildings to its current, modern state.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Southern Sun Rosebank

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    Southern Sun Rosebank



    The Southern Sun Rosebank hotel invites guests to experience the best in contemporary comfort and Southern Sun's renowned service. Ideally located in one of Johannesburg's most relaxing and well-connected suburbs, this Rosebank hotel is as convenient and equipped for business as it is for a …

    The Southern Sun Rosebank hotel invites guests to experience the best in contemporary comfort and Southern Sun's renowned service. Ideally located in one of Johannesburg's most relaxing and well-connected suburbs, this Rosebank hotel is as convenient and equipped for business as it is for a leisure break in the city. Just two blocks away from The Rosebank Mall and The Rosebank Gautrain station, a 30-minute drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport and just 5 minutes from the Sandton business district, whatever brings you to Johannesburg, you couldn't be better positioned.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Gym
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Full Day Journey To Freedom Tour

After breakfast you will have a photo stop at Mandela House, visit Hector Pieterson Museum, and Regina Mundi Church, which is the largest Roman-Catholic church in South Africa. Hector Pieterson Museum commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid. The site is just blocks away from where 12-year old Hector Pieterson was shot in 1976. Enjoy lunch at Sakhumzi’s Restaurant.

After lunch visit the Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience. The exhibits have been assembled and organised by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga, known as apartheid. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through 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. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental. 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. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Full Day Cullinen Diamond & Pretoria Tour

The Cullinan Diamond Mine is the site of the World’s oldest and South Africa’s third richest diamond mine. Premier mine opened in 1902 and together with it founded the pretty Victorian village of Cullinan. The Cullinan Mine produced the world’s largest gem quality diamond – a massive 3106-carats uncut! This diamond was chiseled into 98 individual diamonds including the Great and Lesser Stars of Africa, the 2nd and 3rd largest polished diamonds in the World which are now set in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

The tour starts with a 15 minute video before we are led into the high security premises of the mine where we are shown the workings and machinery of the mine. We then visit the enormous open cast mine, excavated from Kimberlite rock which is now four times larger than the famous ‘Big Hole’ in Kimberley. Continue to Cullinan Diamonds where we view diamond cutting and polishing before we are invited to browse the loose diamonds and exquisite jewellery and perhaps make that special purchase


After lunch (on own), we continue with our cultural journey of exploration through our capital, the Jacaranda City, so called for its breathtaking purple-lined streets when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom. We’re ready and set to trace South Africa’s extraordinary history via a range of imposing, intriguing museums and monuments, beginning with the legendary Voortrekker Monument, a memorial to the early settlers. We travel on to the Kruger Museum, the private residence of President Paul Kruger of the old Transvaal Republic. We’ve chosen to end this City Tour with the Union Buildings, not only an architectural icon, but site of the emotionally charged scene which played out at Nelson Mandela’s joyful inauguration as president in 1994. You’ll be standing precisely where South African history turned the corner. We then return to Johannesburg and our hotel.

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Day 4

Johannesburg to Pilanesburg

Today depart to Pilanesberg Game Reserve, the Bakubung Bush Lodge is concealed within the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park and offers you everything you need to get in touch with the bush.  These Pilanesberg lodges are set in an area where the Big 5 roam, a mere 2 hour drive from the hectic lifestyle of Johannesburg.  Bakubung, or “People of the Hippo”, offers you everything you need in regards to comfortable and luxury accommodation. With the bush just outside your window you will be able to relax and take in everything about the bush and the animals living around you.

This afternoon, our first game drive as we start our search to see the “Big 5” plus so many more animals.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Bakubung Bush Lodge

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    Bakubung Bush Lodge



    A mere two-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and ten minutes from Sun City, lies a place of breathtaking beauty and serenity. A place called Bakubung Bush Lodge. Concealed in the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung, or "People …

    A mere two-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and ten minutes from Sun City, lies a place of breathtaking beauty and serenity. A place called Bakubung Bush Lodge. Concealed in the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung, or "People of the Hippo", offers guests everything they need to get in touch with the bush.

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Day 5

Full Day Pilanesburg Activities

Today you enjoy the activities including a morning and afternoon game drive.

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Day 6

Pilanesburg to Cape Town via Johannesburg

After an early morning game drive, we transfer back to Johannesburg airport and fly to Cape Tow (flight not included). Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Cape Town is located in the southwest corner of South Africa near the Cape of Good Hope. With its unrivalled natural beauty, Cape Town is certainly a highlight of Southern Africa. Originally intended as a supply station for Dutch ships en route to Eastern Africa, India and the Far East, by 1652, Cape Town had become the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. As time passed other settlements were created, yet the Cape Colony looked to Cape Town as its economic and cultural hub.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Portswood Hotel

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    Portswood Hotel



    The 103 room Portswood Hotel is a business accommodation located in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Positioned on the site of an old prison, The Portswood Hotel has integrated original buildings into the new hotel. The hotel offers an assortment of views …

    The 103 room Portswood Hotel is a business accommodation located in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Positioned on the site of an old prison, The Portswood Hotel has integrated original buildings into the new hotel. The hotel offers an assortment of views from Table Mountain, across the Atlantic and Robben Island, over the beaches in the distance and around to where Signal Hill meets the mountain. This hotel caters to guests such as business persons, singles, couples, families, and groups.

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    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Sauna

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Day 7

Full Day Cape Town & Kirstenbosch Tour

Sense the depth of history as you drive past Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge before stopping for a short visit of the Castle of Good Hope (optional), originally built as a maritime replenishment station and now the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa!  We hear of the brief history of District Six en-route to a visit at the Company Gardens where we walk through the landscaped gardens. Learn more about the history of the Bo-Kaap and its people as we move up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colours of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes.  Trace the moves of a professional diamond cutter as he creates every girl’s dream stone with a visit to a diamond cutting factory.  After learning more about the history of diamonds and gold in South Africa, we drive past the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium, Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay as we make our way to Table Mountain and a visit to the summit via cableway (weather permitting)

Our day continues with an afternoon visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Kirstenbosch lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, and was the first botanic garden in the world to be devoted to a country's indigenous flora. Kirstenbosch displays a wide variety of the unique plant life of the Cape Flora, also known as fynbos, including sugar bushes (Protea spp.), pincushions (Leucospermum spp.) and heaths (Erica spp.). Plants from all the diverse regions and biomes of southern Africa are also grown at Kirstenbosch, including a near-complete collection of cycads (Encephalartos spp.).

The Botanical Society Conservatory is a custom-built glasshouse to grow and display plants from the arid regions that cannot survive outdoors. There are over 7 000 species in cultivation at Kirstenbosch, including many rare and threatened species.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8

Full Day Peninsula Tour

Breakfast at the hotel and head out for a full day Peninsula tour. Embark on a spectacular journey around the Cape Peninsula taking in all the highlights and breath-taking beauty of this world-renowned Cape. Travel through historic suburbs, charming fishing villages and awesome viewpoints on your way to Cape Point, where the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast which is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the country. Pass through the fishing village of Hout Bay. Here you will take a cruise to Seal Island to see the large colonies of Cape Fur Seals sunning themselves on the island’s rocky outcrops. A Seal Island Cruise is included (weather permitting).

The tour then heads along Chapman's Peak Drive. With a towering mountain above it and a sheer drop below, this part of the road is renowned for its spectacular 180° views of the Cape Peninsula making it a favoured spot for photographers. Our journey now reaches the tip of the Cape Peninsula, a dramatic view point located in an 17,750 hectare nature reserve. Looking out over the shining sea from the Cape Point Lighthouse truly makes you feel like you are standing at the edge of the world. Funicular ticket is included.

After a stop for lunch at Seaforth Restaurant., you will head to Boulders Beach where you can sit among a colony of African penguins. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and spend the evening at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 9

Cape Town at Leisure

Today is at leisure to enjoy Cape Town at your own pace or do some last minute shopping.

Tonight, our farewell dinner is at the Gold Restaurant, a unique African restaurant in the heart of Cape Town. An evening here begins with a djembe drumming session, followed by a hand-washing ceremony and afterwards, you will tuck into the set 3-course meal consisting of 14 ‘taster dishes’. This dining experience can best be described as a taste safari that will transport you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu. This culinary experience is accompanied by a unique interactive traditional entertainment.

Optional Winelands Tour (Minimum 10 Passengers)

A superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the heavenly scenery! The area’s rich with history, and we can’t help but feel it as we move through the region to experience a wine cellar tour and tasting, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. We visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and in a town with a reputation for gourmet fare. We experience a Cellar Tour and wine tasting at a local estate. Then wind our way to the heady heights of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to meet the charming university town of Stellenbosch on the other side. An orientation tour of this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and sneaking into the odd shop or two (on Sundays not all galleries and shops are open) is included!  Enjoy a wine tasting at Middlevlei Wine Estate, together with a traditional Boerebraai lunch, before returning to Cape Town.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 10

Depart Cape Town

After breakfast at the hotel, the day is free until we transfer to Cape Town airport for your flight home. 

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Post Tour Option: 3 day Hermanus Tour

Includes Whale Watching Tour & Abalone Farm
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DEPARTURES:

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Return Airport Transfers
  • 9 Nights moderate accommodation
  • Daily breakfast (x9)
  • 2 lunches
  • Welcome & farewell dinners
  • Full Board at Bakubung Bush Lodge (Pilanesberg)
  • Guided Touring as per itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • All International & domestic airfares & taxes
  • Personal Items
  • Meals unless listed in the itinerary
  • Optional Winelands tour
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Early check-in and late check-out of rooms
  • Travel insurance

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Minimum of 10 paying passengers must travel together for duration of tour. All prices are “from” per person costs and subject to change depending on dates and availability. Blackout periods are in effect (please enquire)


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