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January 10, 2011

#FriendsTravel South Africa A World in One Country Best JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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[ $4207 USD – Save $325 per person ]
Round trip air from New York to Cape Town on SAA, domestic flight in South Africa, 13 nights accommodation, professional guide, some meals, transfers, entrance fees and more.
Sunday departures. Price based on 27Mar’11 deparutre. No single supplement on last Sunday of each month – save extra $783 . Additional $504 in taxes. SAA= South African Airways. TRIP CODE: 64029

South Africa – Unique Small Groups

A World in One Country

14 days

This tour is comprehensive, showcasing the best of South Africa in just 14 days. This tour is packed full of activities and takes in all the ‘must-see’ areas of South Africa, from the Kruger National Park, the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, to the Zulu Kingdom and the Garden Route, ending in Cape Town, fondly referred to as South Africa’s ‘Mother City’.

Lion

Day 1. (Sun) Arrive Johannesburg. Arrive OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) where you will be met by Goway’s local representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the magnificent suburban shopping malls or take an optional Soweto Tour (own account).

Protea Hotel Wanderers or similar

Day 2. Pretoria / Mpumalanga. Depart by 07:30 and leave Johannesburg’s distinctive skyline and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. We travel via the historic towns of Witbank, Dullstroom and Lydenburg, passing over the famous Long Tom Pass onto the small town of Sabie. This afternoon explore the living history in the form of Pilgrim’s Rest, the old mining village where gold was first discovered. BD

The Royal Hotel or similar

Day 3. Kruger National Park. This morning gasp at the glory that is God’s Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and visit the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa. We explore the quaint village of Graskop before arriving mid afternoon at our overnight hotel. BD

Perry’s Bridge Hollow or similar (2 nights)

Day 4. A full day ‘Big Five’ game viewing in Kruger National Park. Set off before breakfast in an open safari vehicle in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species. Savour the magic of this enormous wilderness. B

Day 5. The Kingdom of Swaziland. Enjoy an enchanting drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III.

Witness a Swazi cultural experience before visiting the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory to see master craftsmen fashion collectable figures and functional art out of molten glass. We continue through the capital city, Mbabane, known for its vibrant markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Spend the night in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. BLD

Lugogo Sun or similar

Day 6. The Kingdom of the Zulu’s. Visit the Swazi Candle Factory, teeming with exquisite wax artworks in every shape and colour imaginable. Then on into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. Arrive mid afternoon at the town of St. Lucia, a World Heritage Site and home to hippo, crocodile and no less than 367 bird species. B

Elephant Lake Hotel or similar

Note: You have the option to purchase an exciting afternoon open safari vehicle game drive into the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

Day 7. Umhlanga (Durban). This morning enjoy a cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coastline en-route to Durban/Umhlanga, watching the sugar cane fields do their own version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind. Check into your hotel just before lunch (own account). Explore the beachfront and its many attractions at leisure, or take an optional afternoon Durban City Tour (own account). B

Royal Palm or similar

Day 8. Umhlanga (Durban) – Port Elizabeth – Knysna. This morning we have an early start. Transfer to the Durban Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth (cost of flight not included). Upon arrival into Port Elizabeth you’ll be met by a new guide who’ll take you through the glorious, indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest before reaching Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually stunning resort in the heart of the Garden Route. BDFCape

Knysna Hollow or similar (2 nights)

Day 9. Knysna. Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond. After lunch the remainder of the day at leisure, to enjoy this lovely and special town. BL

Day 10. Oudtshoorn. This morning we enjoy the wonderful views of the spectacular Outeniqua Pass en route to Oudtshoorn, the ‘feather capital of the world’, so named because it is the centre of South Africa’s ostrich industry. After lunch, we learn more about these hardy, enigmatic creatures during a tour of an ostrich farm. We then head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. BL

Oudtshoorn Inn or similar

Day 11. Cape Town. A day of magnificent vistas. Enjoy the ever-changing passing canvas as we travel to Cape Town. During the whale season we will travel via the seaside village of Hermanus in the hopes of catching a glimpse of southern right whales, which frolic offshore (July to November only). Out of season we will return to Cape Town along ‘Route 62’, South Africa’s version of America’s ‘Route 66’. B

Protea Hotel President or similar (3 nights)

Day 12. Cape Peninsula. A full day touring the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula via the Atlantic seaboard. We stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you can opt to take a cruise (own account) to Seal Island to watch the antics of these natural performers. Then we continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, before stopping off to see the lovable penguins at Boulders Beach. We drive through the quaint naval village of Simon’s Town on our way back to Cape Town. B

Day 13. Cape Winelands. Journey into the beautiful and tranquil Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellenbosch before stopping for wine tasting at two well known estates. A visit to the Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument provides a historical perspective. B

Day 14. Cape Town. This brings us to the end of our ‘World in One Country’ Tour. After checking out of your hotel you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. B

DEPARTURES:

Sundays (minimum 2 people)

PRICE INCLUDES:

Roundtrip airport transfers, hotel porterage, all touring in air-conditioned vehicles, services of experienced driver guide; accommodation with private facilities; meals as indicated by BLD; sightseeing as indicated in itinerary; taxes & entrance fees.

NOT INCLUDED:

The flight between Durban and Port Elizabeth is not included. If Goway is not handling your flights, please ensure you arrive into Port Elizabeth no later than 12h30.

TRANSPORTATION:

Tour in air-conditioned micro-buses or 18-seater mini-buses.

ACCOMMODATION:

Based on “moderate” class accommodation.

Note: Visa conditions apply for Swaziland and passports are required for all international travel.

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