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So, how does it all work?
Take a look at the standard tours we have on offer here and feel free to mix them up and pick out the things you’d really like to get out of your Africa Wild Safari. Then E-mail us and tell us what type of holiday you would prefer - wildlife, coastal, cultural or known places and we will make suggestions on the perfect route.
- North West and Mpumalanga Game Reserve tour
- Cape Town and Garden Route Tours
- Standard Safari Route 1
- Standard Safari Route 2
North West and Mpumalanga Game Reserve tour
You arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where you will be picked
up by your tour guide. You will be driven to Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa where we will overnight at one of the lovely guest houses.
After breakfast we will collect you from the guest house and travel to the Pilansberg National Park, the 4th largest national park in Southern Africa. It covers an area of 58 000 hectares and is short hop, less than 2 hours drive from Pretoria. We will book into one of the luxurious safari camps surrounded by unspoilt bushveld, teeming with game and bird life. Alternatively if you like the dazzle of the casino lights and luxury of an international resort, you’ll stay at one of the luxury hotels in the Sun City Complex.
Experienced rangers will accompany you on game drives in 4-wheel drive vehicles as well as on night safaris and game walks. You will encounter lion, elephant, rhino's, leopard and a host of birdlife.
We will visit Sun City, Africa's kingdom of pleasure. Only a half an hours drive from the Pilansberg lies this magical world of fantasy. Sun City offers an all-round package of activities: golf, water sports, exotic gardens and aviaries, visit a crocodile farm. You can also try your luck at the casino, have fun at the disco and extravaganza show or visit the Valley Of Waves artificial wave (beach) complex.
After a late breakfast we leave for Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park. This is South Africa's largest park and the most well known Nature Reserve both locally and internationally, covering almost 2 million hectares! On our journey through immaculate scenery, we spend time at waterfalls, lookout points and picturesque villages. We will book in at either Mulberry lane suites outside Graskop (Silk Farm) or at a hotel in the lovely town of Hazyview.
We visit the quaint and picturesque historical gold mining town of Pilgrim's Rest, the miraculous Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, either Sudwala- or Echo
caves and the Blyde River Canyon; all spectacular. We will also visit the Silk farm and the Silk shop in Graskop. Then we head back to the hotel for sundowners.
After breakfast we leave for the Kruger Park and spend the day viewing the wild life of this world renowned park. We check in at a safari or rest camp in the late afternoon and have dinner in the camp's restaurant. Accommodation is in thatched-roof chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms and air- conditioning.
Spend the day in the camp relaxing and enjoy more game drives. A night drive on an open vehicle with a ranger will be available this evening and is a wonderful experience. This is our last night in the Kruger Park Camp.
After breakfast we will leave for Pretoria, travelling via the Kruger Park on our last game drive. We’ll visit local informal roadside stalls to buy curious from the local people. We check into a guest house in Pretoria.
Sightseeing and last minute shopping are on the menu today before leaving for the airport.
NB. Tours or daily programs can be altered to suite your personal needs!
Cape Town and Garden Route Tours
Arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and meet your tour guide. You will travel by chauffeur driven, air conditioned vehicle to Pretoria, the capital
city of South Africa. Stay the night at one of the luxurious guest houses in the City.
Fly to Cape Town International where we will meet you and transfer to the delightful Saxon Lodge where we will spend the next 6 days.
For those in Johannesburg you will leave for Cape Town after breakfast. When you land at Cape Town International you will be taken to Saxon Lodge. Once you have checked into Saxon Lodge, you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing, or take a walk around the traditional fishing harbour that Saxon Lodge overlooks. For the more energetic, there is a hiking trail from the harbour along the rocky coastline – or wander around the sleepy little village of Gansbaai and work up an appetite for dinner at the Lodge. Meet in the Saxon Arms pub for a pre-dinner drink at around 18h00!
Today we get going with an enjoyable boat cruise around Dyer Island and Geyser rock. We visit Micro Brewery & Cheese farm where we’ll have lunch and beer tasting followed by a cheese tasting. We’ll end off the day travelling back to Gansbaai via De Kelders cliffs and visit our fresh water caves – which are stunning, especially during whale season.
MICRO BREWERY & CHEESE FARM:
Birkenhead brewery is the first brewing estate in the Southern Hemisphere and offers tours of the brewery and estate. Enjoy beer tasting in their stunning pub and stay for a delicious meal.
Visit a cheese farm close to Birkenhead and sample some excellent local cheeses!
A couple hours’ drive from Saxon Lodge via the Elim mission – lies the southern most tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. We’ll visit Cape Point with fantastic views from the lighthouse, which houses an excellent museum. We’ll also visit nearby Arniston Fishing village – the whole village is a national monument! We’ll stay for lunch in Arniston. In the afternoon we’ll come back to Gansbaai via Bredasdorp and Villiersdorp (an interesting tail regarding these two towns and their churches goes like this: Two farmers 15 km’s from each other wanted the local church to be built on his farm. As a result, they both built churches on their farms and tried to outdo each other – both of these churches are magnificent! ) – suggest a visit the only shipwreck museum in Bredasdorp in the afternoon, which is really well worth a visit.
In the late afternoon we will enjoy a sunset cruise from the harbour around Walker Bay, with sundowners and snacks on board. A slow meander along the beautiful lagoon close to Hermanus is the perfect way to end off a day!
Day 5 & Day 6 – SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES
DYER & GEYSER ISLAND CRUISES
5 kilometres from our shore lies Dyer Island, a fairly large island.
Once used as a guano factory, it is now a secluded nature reserve. Inhabited by many beautiful and some endangered species of birds. Behind Dyer Island lies the much smaller Geyser Rock, which is overpopulated with the lovable Cape Fur Seals. They are renowned for their playful manner, and are a joy to watch from so close - Jumping out of the water, waving and barking at you as you pass. The water, which lies between these two islands, is the hunting grounds of the gracious Great White Shark. Two well-informed guides will take you out to view these islands, and their inhabitants, in a very comfortable Boat.
SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES
Mid- July until the end of December, our beautiful coastline is studded with our most precious creatures. The Southern Right whales migrate to Walker Bay during this season to breed. They are truly spectacular, and remarkably playful for their size. They are inquisitive creatures, and come very close to the shore. For an unforgettable experience, you can view these majestic animals from our magnificent De Kelders cliffs or get really get up really close and personal on a boat viewing experience.
We will visit De Kelders in the mornings leaving you to explore and have time on your own. Go shopping in Hermanus, relax at the Lodge or go walking along the cliffs, or beach.
Excite! Additional activities available!
Fantastic Scuba Diving, with a highly experienced Diver Master, who has lived in this area for many years. Dives include: reefs, kelp forests; wrecks, night dives, and deep dives.
You will be guided along the renowned, unique coastline, where you can admire nature from an absolutely splendid viewpoint, with easy paddling on half or full day trips. Explore between Hermanus’ two harbours, with a very knowledgeable guide.
No experience needed.
A must for bird enthusiasts! The river boosts over 130 species of birds, including the African fish Eagle. Paddle from Stanford to Hermanus with an experienced guide; enjoy lunch and refreshments as you float along the majestic river!
BOAT HIRE –You can also hire: paddle skis; motorboat or canoes.
OVERBERG WINE FARMS
There are approximately 20 wine farms in the Overberg, which offer a fun relaxed day,
traveling through the area, and tasting the fruits of the vine!
On either side of Gansbaai are magnificent unspoilt beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. There are two rock swimming pools in the area for swimmers.
Great angling from either of our 2 harbour breakwaters or from the many rocky outlets along our coast. Fishing permits are available from our local post office. Deep-sea fishing groups need to contact us to ascertain availability of a suitable craft and experienced local deep-sea fisherman.
For those who would like there feet to stay firmly on the ground we recommend
DE KELDERS CAVES – Included in Day 2
Set in the cliffs of our beautiful coastline, are the most incredible sea caves, and hiking trails. The cavernous main cave has an archaeological dig site, which provided evidence of man existing in this region 80 000 years ago. It is an easy hike, but PLEASE wear closed shoes, preferably trainers. Remember to take your camera for the most amazing photos
ELIM MISSION – Included in Day 4
Named after a biblical oasis (Exodus 15:27), Elim was founded in 1824 by Moravian missionaries. Thatched cottages line the old road to the magnificent church, which is the focal point of the village and where the brass band still plays for Sunday services. The local residents still grind flour in exactly the same way that they did over a centaury ago in their perfectly preserved water mill. In the school grounds, is the ONLY MONUMENT erected to the ablution of slavery in South Africa!
STANFORD HISTORICAL TOUR – Included in day 2, brief tour
A village you will remember! Stanford is a beautiful village, complete with river scenery, fynbos and a hive of bird life. Stanford is also home to many of our local artists, and with architecture dating back to 1729; this makes Stanford a wonderful culture experience!
Kleinbaai Golf Course
When the wind blows, this course is not as easy as it looks!
Hermanus Golf Course
An Ernie Els’ design. For pleasant game on an exquisite course, complete with all the creature comfits to really enjoy the day. Hermanus’ golf club also boosts an elaborate lounge, and stunning verandah with views overlooking the mountains.
Arabella Golf Course
Set on a spectacular lagoon overlooking the sea – new course that meets top international standards and attracts Golfers from all over the world. This golf course boasts the only 6 star hotel in South Africa!
Caledon, Riviersondersond, & Bredasdorp Golf Courses
Small country towns, with golf courses who welcome visitors
After breakfast we drive to the cable station at the foot of Table Mountain. See the city sprawled in the miniature below you on a thrilling cable car ride to the top of the mountain. After spending 1-2 hours on the mountain we return to the upper cable station for the descent. We now depart to the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, where one
gets a taste of the Southern Cape's flora, which include Protea and "fynbos" species. We also drive past the University of Cape Town and the Groote Schuur hospital where the first heart transplant was performed. In the afternoon we will visit the V&A Waterfront where you can enjoy the rest of the day shopping, sight-seeing or a visit to Robben Island. We will stay at a local hotel or guest house in Town to enjoy the Cape Town night Life
Time for last minute shopping before being transferred to Cape Town International Airport.
OR-extend your tour and do the Garden Route!
Day 9- 12:
All tours to the Garden Route are tailored to suit individual requirements. Tours can include Oudshoorn, the ostrich capital, the world famous Congo caves, a visit to an ostrich ranch where you can actually ride on an ostrich, the scenic Swartberg Mountain pass, Knysna, the heart of the Garden Route, a visit to a 1250ha game farm where you can view lions, white rhino, buffalo and more than 20 different antelope species. With a wide variety of bird species, including wetland birds, it is also a birdwatcher's paradise.
A wonderful and unique wildlife experience! From Knysna you can also take a boat trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, a sun downer cruise on the lagoon, take scenic forest drives and walks or go on a steam train journey between Knysna and George. Visit the Tsitsikamma Coastal Reserve and Forest, feed the elephants, swim in the spectacular sea in Plettenberg Bay and maybe go and do some deep sea fishing in Mossel Bay!
Standard Golf Safari - Route 1
Play golf at Woodhill;
Play golf at Irene Golf club
Combined day shopping sight seeing and leisure
Sun City - Day 4:
Play Lost City Golf course
Play Gary Player Country club (Million Dollar course)
Standard Golf Safari Route 2
Pretoria: Play Woodhill/Centurion/Irene golf course
Play Nelspruit golf course
Leisure -Trip into Kruger Park to Skukuza
Play Skukuza golf course (in the Kruger National Park)
Leisure - Trip via Kruger Park to Phalaborwa
Play Hans Merensky golf course in Phalaborwa (Kruger National Park)
Return to Airport
This trip will see you play some of the best courses and experience to tee off between plains, game, crocodiles, hippos and the likes on the course. You will be treated to a trip via the Kruger National Park, traditional food at the lodge in Phalaborwa and great sights.
It might be one of the warmest places in South Africa, but it’s worth every minute for the kind of scenic Bushveld beauty on offer at Hlolwa Lodge in the Phalaborwa Lowveld.
It’s proximity to large centres like Johannesburg and Pretoria make Hlolwa Lodge (10-kilometres out on the Mica Road), ideally suited for breakaway-weekend.
Adventurous types, 4 x 4-lovers and quad-bike enthusiasts will find a haven in Hlolwa Lodge as it is a popular venue for adventure-motorsport enthusiasts. Hlolwa also caters for those who simply want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The lodge features ten chalets that can accommodate two people, while two “jungalows” offer accommodation for six people each. The lodge’s grounds also contain a guesthouse, caravan park and a rented houses. Interiors are decorated in true African style, because, as Meisie points out, “We are in the heart of Africa”.
The restaurant ensures a comfortable dining experience under a thatched roof – no matter how high the mercury climbs. Breakfasts at the lodge are continental and lunches are available from an extensive menu. Meals are for your own account.
At Hlolwa Lodge you will experience the Bushveld at its very best. The sun announces the start of the day by breaking through the lush subtropical vegetation, while at night it sets over the river, casting a magical glow all around. As the evening wears on, the day’s heat disappears, leaving guests free to enjoy a braai or a drink on a balmy night.
The lodge also offers guests badminton, a chip and put course is being built and yoke-pin enthusiasts have use of the yoke-pin course.
For bookings and reservations call (015) 781-3475 or 083 282 7388.