Beautiful South Africa
10 DAYS TOUR OF BEAUTIFUL SOUTH AFRICA
(CAPETOWN, JOHANNESBURG, PRETORIA, SUN CITY)
DAY 1: NAIROBI- CAPE TOWN
Arrive in Cape Town, met by a Raydoll Tours representative and your local English-speaking guide and assisted to your waiting vehicle then transferred approximately 30 minutes by coach to your hotel in the city. The rest of the day will be at leisure.
The evening can be spent on a walk around the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with its abundance of restaurants and shops where you can enjoy dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2: TABLE MOUNTAIN & ROBBEN ISLAND
Today you will get to enjoy Cape Town’s famous landmark – Table Mountain - as well as one of the World’s Heritage sites – Robben Island.
Depart from the hotel and drive up Kloof Nek between Table Mountain and Signal Hill to the lower cable station. Board the cable car that takes you to the summit of Table Mountain, 1036 meters above sea level (weather permitting). The views of the city and surroundings are spectacular and there is a chance to walk around the top of the table to view various parts of the city.
Descend from Table Mountain and return to the city via the Bo-Kaap, the Cape Malay quarter, and then leave the vehicle to walk through Government Avenue where the original settlers planted their vegetable gardens. Today it is home to the South African Museum, the Cultural History Museum, the Houses of Parliament, the National Gallery, and St George’s Cathedral. Walkthrough the city to the old Town Square, bustling with the market traders of Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you will be transferred to the V & A Waterfront to the Robben Island ferry departure point. Your guide accompanies you on the ferry, which takes approximately 25 minutes to reach the island located in Table Bay. This is an opportunity to visit the most symbolically significant sight in South Africa, which is now a World Heritage site. The guides on the island, most of who are ex-political prisoners, meet visitors. The tour includes a visit to the prison block, the limestone quarry where many of the prisoners worked for a number of years and a drive around the island with breath-taking views of the city across the bay. There is an African Penguin colony on the island as well as some antelope species. The duration of the tour is 3½ hours. After this moving visit, you are returned to the hotel where you arrive in the late afternoon. The rest of the evening will be at leisure. In the early evening, you will be able to enjoy a dinner hosted by a local family. Return to your hotel later in the evening for overnight.
DAY 3: CAPE PENINSULA TOUR
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Today will combine a little adventure and nature. Drive from the city to Simonstown to meet the sea-kayaking guide for a safety briefing, then gear up for a couple of hours of easy paddling in twin kayaks along the False Bay Coast. The safe, comfortable kayaks require almost no balance or skill. Paddle to Boulders Beach where a colony of African Penguins lives and view them from the ocean as they swim around this quaint little cove. Leave the kayaks on the beach at Seaforth and have lunch at a seafood restaurant.
From here, drive into the Cape Peninsula National Park.
Take a drive off the main road to the untouched area of Olifants Bay. There is a herd of endemic Bontebok living on this side of the reserve and it is possible to see them on the beach and in the surrounding ‘fynbos’, South Africa’s indigenous floral vegetation with flowering species throughout the year. Continue your drive to the tip of the Cape Peninsula and walk to the lighthouse at Cape Point with its beautiful views overlooking False Bay, so named as the early navigators thought they had arrived at Table Bay. The walk continues on a boardwalk along the coastline where your guide meets you for the drive back to the city. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon. The rest of the day and evening will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4: CAPETOWN- JOHANNESBURG
After breakfast, your guide will drop you at the Alfred & Victoria Waterfront where you will have an opportunity for shopping for which this city is famous. Lunch is on its own accord at the myriads of restaurants to be found here.
After lunch, you will be transferred to the Airport to board your scheduled flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, you will be met by another local guide and transferred to your hotel. The evening will be at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 5: SOWETO & THE APARTHEID MUSEUM
Today’s visits will start after breakfast and include Soweto. Soweto obtained its name from the first two letters of South Western Township, which was the original description of the area. Today Soweto is a vibrant city with many possibilities although some of its areas still bear the scars of its Apartheid past.
From Soweto, the tour will take you on a visit to the Apartheid Museum. The Apartheid Museum which has been assembled and organized by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, filmmakers, historians, and designers, is the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what 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 the past and working towards a future that gives dignity and hopes to all the people of South Africa. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: PRETORIA
Today you depart from Johannesburg for a visit to Pretoria, the civic capital of South Africa. Following your check-out formalities, you are transferred by road to Pretoria and the Pioneer Open Air Museum for a three-hour conducted, a hands-on tour that includes Melrose House, Church Square, and Voortrekker Monument. A light snack lunch will be served during the tour.
After a full day’s tour, you are transferred to a Pretoria Hotel for dinner, followed by a well-deserved rest.
DAY 7: SUN CITY ( AFRICA’S KINGDOM OF PLEASURE)
Today you leave Pretoria and are transferred to the world-famous resort of Sun City. The spectacular resort lies in an age-old bush-veld valley in South Africa’s North West Province. On arrival check-in at your preferred hotel which includes the Palace at Suncity. The rest of the day is free for my own leisure activities
This so-called Africa’s Kingdom of pleasure provides endless thrills with many hundreds of slots in the Jungle Casino and Superstar Entertainment in the Superbowl. There are many sporting activities on offer including Golf, Tennis, Lawn Bowls, horseriding, mountain biking, cycling, and jogging. For those who are inclined, there is the Valley of Waves where you can surf in 1.8 meter high waves or plunge down water chutes or just relax on the man-made beaches under the African sun. Sun City is themed around endless pleasure and you should take this opportunity to enjoy your visit to the maximum.
Overnight at Sun City.
DAY 8: SUN CITY
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then spend the rest of the morning at leisure.
Depart at 2.00 p.m. for a two-hour tour in which you will discover the tribal customs and traditional culture of the Motseng, Ledig, and Bafokeng tribes who live in close proximity to the Sun City resort. An experienced guide conducts the tour and his knowledge of the cultures of the diverse tribes will assist you to gather first-hand experience of their rites, rituals, and folklore.
The tour includes a meeting with the Queen Mother of the Bafokeng tribe, a visit to Craft Planet, and a Sun City community upliftment project which exhibits fascinating artifacts created from scrap materials each artifact symbolizing aspects of South African life.
You will be returned to Sun City at around 4.00 p.m. The rest of the evening at leisure for own activities followed by dinner overnight.
DAY 9: LESEDI
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a free morning.
Depart Sun City in the early afternoon and start making your way back to Johannesburg. A stop will be included at the Welwitschia Market should you wish to purchase any last-minute African Curios. You will arrive at Lesedi in the mid-afternoon where accommodation will be reserved for one night.
LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE is situated in the bushveld at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains north of Johannesburg. Families from the Zulu warrior nation - the proud Xhosa, the warm-hearted Pedi, and the mountain-dwelling Basotho - all invite you into their traditional homesteads to share their ancient cultures steeped in tribal folklore and ancestral traditions. Each village is built according to the traditional style of each village but furnished for modern comfort. On arrival, you will be welcomed with traditional song and dance and given a guided cultural walk through two of the four homesteads.
In the evening you will enjoy a traditional dinner served around a fire in the open-air “Boma” accompanied by tribal dancing.
DAY 10: RETURN TO NAIROBI
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be collected from Lesedi and transferred to Johannesburg International Airport where you will be assisted with check-in formalities for your return flight home.
~ TOUR ENDS ~