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Spectacular South Africa!
♦ Table Mountain
♦ Cape Good Hope
♦ V & A Waterfront
♦ Robbin Island
♦ Colourful Bo Kaap and historical city walking tour
♦ 3 night Safari Timbavati Game Reserve
CAPE TOWN 8 – 11 September 2019
Wow Cape Town, what an amazing and pleasant surprise.
A coming-together of cultures, cuisines and landscapes, there’s nowhere quite like Cape Town, a singularly beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park.
Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and traditional African beliefs coexist peacefully in this proudly multicultural city. Given South Africa’s troubled history, such harmony has been hard-won and remains fragile: nearly everyone has a fascinating, sometimes heartbreaking story to tell. It’s a city of determined pioneers – from the Afrikaner descendants of the original Dutch colonists and the majority coloured community to the descendants of European Jewish immigrants and more recent Xhosa (isiXhosa) migrants from the Eastern Cape. They all bring unique flavours to Cape Town’s rich melting pot.
Some of the hot spots we will visit in Cape Town are the central Greenmarket Square, what a pleasant surprise to visit a market that has authentic local handicrafts and not mass produced made in China crapoloa. We will take a walking tour through historical and colourful Cape Town including the houses of the Bo Kaap area. Lunching at the Dutch East India company gardens is a must and we think sunset at table mountain is the ideal time to visit to see the sun dip below the ocean and the lights of the city turn on.
On another day we will visit the Zeitz museum of contemporary art and the VA Waterfront Harbour. My favorites things are the Watershed with over 150 local artisans selling everything from incredible photographs, to fudge to clothing. I had a dress made in one day! The Food market is also a must for oysters, craft beer, Steinbock burgers and home made ice cream.
In the afternoon we will visit Robbin Island and its museum. The place where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years. To wash off the feelings left over from apartheid and welcome in Mandela’s hope for a vibrant and united South Africa we will take a boat cruise around the shore of spectacular Cape Town whilst sipping champagne and contemplating our good fortune to be here at this the very special place in this special time in South Africa’s History.
Wrenching ourselves away from the magnetic mountain and all the delights of Cape Town is a challenge, but within an hour we can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and surf beaches where we will meet penguins, stop for coffee and shopping and eventually arrive the The Cape of Good Hope. The most South-Westerly point of South Africa. Here you can take a funicular to the light house for spectacular views and then indulge in a Delicious lunch in the “Two Oceans” restaurant. A 40 minute walk is also on offer for those who wish to spread their legs in the national park where you might see Baboons and Zebra.
TIMBAVATI GAME RESERVE 11 – 15 September 2019
The images below are from our very special private camp on the Timbavati Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park.
As you can see these tents are brand new and beautifully decorated. This camp is totally eco-friendly and will have you feeling at one with nature.
The feature of the camp’s central area is the covered, open-sided wooden deck that houses the lounge and dining areas and overlooks the riverbed and its seasonal waterhole. The comfortable lounge area is an ideal place for idle game viewing or relaxing with a good book and a cool drink between guided activities. Books are available from the library and drinks can be purchased from the bar. At meal times the dining area is the perfect location for enjoying sumptuous meals whilst absorbing the sights and sounds of the African bush. The wooden deck extends past the adjacent chemical-free swimming pool which allows guests to cool off in the heat of the day without missing the wildlife and birdlife that frequent the waterhole.
The central area is completed by a tastefully finished, low-walled boma area open to the stars with chairs set up around a central fireplace. This is an ideal place to relax around the fire and share stories of the day’s activities under a big African sky. Adjacent is the camp’s braai/barbeque area where food is often prepared by the chef on the open fire.
Regular 4-legged visitors that can be seen walking within the camp perimeter during the day include Nyalas, warthogs and bushbuck. Elephants, buffalo and rhino can often be seen walking through the river bed in front of the camp. And at night, anything shorter than an adult elephant can, and often does, walk through the camp under the cover of darkness.
In addition to our morning and evening animal spotting safaris and guided walks we will have down time for some meditation and restorative yoga. Evenings are for relaxing by the fire with a chilled glass of wine. Days are for reading and taking dips in the pool.
Arrive in Cape Town
This day has been left free for you to arrive at your leisure. Your airport transfer is included to your accommodation up to 24 hours before the start of the tour. Nothing has been planned for this day so you can settle in and rest after your long flight.
We have booked you into a lovely studio apartment in Sea Point. We think this is a nice change from staying in hotels. Your room has a kitchenette, mini bar, air conditioning, lounge area, WiFi, TV, and even a bathtub, (having said that South Africa has been in terrible drought and they kindly request you to be conscious when using water) it is however self catering and has no restaurant in the apartment block. A one minute walk will take you to Bootlegger Coffee Company and our breakfast spot for the next 4 days, serving the best coffee in Cape Town.
Tammie will be at the accommodation to greet you on arrival on the 8th and show you around the local area. If you are buzzing to get going and don’t want to rest there are plenty of things to do within walking distance including visiting the fabulous Mojo Markets, food, stalls and live music, You can take a walk along the Sea Point Promenade and marvel at the car parking attendants and how they endevour to help people reverse. If feel like a stretch after your long flight how about attending a local yoga class. Whatever you feel like we have it all within a 5 minute walk. *Airport transfers are only included on the 8th if you decide to arrive earlier please forward us your accommodation details so we can arrange to collect you in time for check in at 2pm.
City Tour and Table Mountain
Historical city and Bo Cap Walking Tour
Lunch The Company Gardens *Self Pay
Greenmarket for some shopping
Dinner at Gold African Themed Restaurant, includes 15 minute drumming class and 14 course tasting menu from all over Africa *included
Today we take a Cape Peninsular Tour!
First stop our charity for this trip – The T-Bag shop! This is a Hout Bay towns
We visit Boulders Beach to see these cute little penguins
Ending at the Cape Good Hope national park where you can see Zebra and Baboons if you are lucky. Take a funicular ride to the lighthouse for some spectacular scenery and then lunch at the Two Oceans Restaurant.
Zeitz museum of contemporary art
Watershed for coffee and shopping
Food court for lunch
Afternoon do Robbin Island Museum and trip to Robin Island. The prison where Nelson Mandela was interned for 18 years.
Sunset cruise around harbour with champagne
Timbavati Game Reserve
Today we leave Cape Town for the Wilderness and 3 Nights at Timbavati Game Reserve. All fences between its famous neighbour, Kruger National Park, have been removed so the game can freely roam across this vast wilderness area. It’s home to the Big 5, a huge variety of antelope and plains animals, predators, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and over 500 bird species on a 10,000-hectare diverse and scenic traversing area. Unhurried, uncrowded and unscheduled, Bateleur offers a unique, personalised safari experience.
Lunch will be served soon after arrival, followed by time to relax and unwind before you enjoy your first guided game activity. When guests have returned from their guided activities, dinner will be served in the dining area overlooking the riverbed and the seasonal waterhole. After dinner, relax around the fire and soak up the sounds of the African bush and wildlife all around you. And then sleep safe and secure in spacious comfort in your large safari unit.
Safari Day 6 and 7
In the mornings we set off at first light after a snack of biscuits or rusks and coffee or tea. Enjoying the brisk air from the open safari vehicles you may choose to go in search of the plains game, herds of buffalo and elephant, the endangered black & white rhinos, the spectacular big cats, and the packs of wild dogs that frequent the area. The ranger will impart his/her extensive knowledge of the wildlife and birds and you may even be lucky enough to come across a kill that took place during the hours of darkness. Or you may choose to do a guided bush walk, either departing directly from camp or using a vehicle to head further out and find some interesting tracks to follow. The ranger will decipher the tracks and signs left by the passing animals during the night. The thrill of walking, tracking and getting up close to some of the creatures of the bush is an unforgettable experience. During the walks there is a lot of emphasis on all the interesting things seen including animals, trees, plants, insects and birds.
Breakfast is enjoyed back at the safari camp and then there is time to unwind and siesta during the heat of the day, making use of the swimming pool and central relaxation area or your comfortable safari unit. On one of the days you will be treated to very informative instruction relating to bushcraft survival skills. And a light lunch will be offered in the central dining area before it’s time to head out amongst the wildlife again.
In the afternoons we set off after the main heat of the day when the animals become more active, following a similar procedure to the morning guided activities for the remaining hours of daylight. Close to sunset we stop at a scenic location where we’ll have sun downers while enjoying a stunning African sunset. We then climb aboard the open safari vehicles and go in search of the nocturnal creatures – as the diurnal animals and birds anxiously get ready for bed, the stage and sounds change and a whole new world awakens.
Back at the safari camp a hearty supper will be served at the central dining area with the sounds of the African bush all around. After pudding, a warm campfire will be waiting for you where stories are exchanged and guided activities are discussed for the following day. After a long day in the bush there is nothing more rewarding than to lie in your comfortable bed and listen to the sounds of the night under a blanket of overwhelming African stars!
Farewell to South Africa
Set off at first light for your final guided game activity – appreciating the typical scents and sounds of the bush you’ll realise how much you’ve learned already! After breakfast back at the safari camp it’s time to pack up and say our reluctant goodbyes. Whatever you have seen and done you will have had an up close and personal experience of the real African bush and wildlife! And a whole new world of experiences awaits for your next visit. Today you will be returned to Hoedspruit East Gate Airport where you will have arranged your flight to take you home or to Johannesburg.
Tour Dates: (7N/8D)
8 – 15 September 2019
4 Nights Cape Town
3 Nights Timbavati Game Reserve
*Tour starts in Cape Town and ends in Hoedspruit
**It may be more affordable to book a return flight to Johannesburg and then add the internal flights. You can also book Hoedspruit to Australia and then not have to collect your bags at Johannesburg airport. Mention you are flying through when checking in at Hoedspruit. You can also fly direct from Johannesburg to Australia in only 12 hours. Qantas/South African Airlines offer flights for around $1500 return including the internal flight from Hoedspruit.
Only 7 Tents/Rooms Available
Introductory Price $AUD:
*Note a $500 price increase will be levied on subsequent trips
We are adding an optional extra 2 nights at Johannesburg for our Spectacular South African Safari. Visit Soweto the birthplace of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu as well as the local community and museum. Spend a relaxed day looking around the cosmopolitan city centre of “Joburg” including the heritage buildings, botanical gardens and the Apartheid Museum. In the late afternoon finish with a cocktail on a rooftop bar overlooking the city.
2 nights accommodation with breakfast
All ground transport and local guide
Tammie will also be present during these two days
*Flights from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg not included
You can also add Morocco and Egypt to this tour creating a 31 day tour! You can add these trips on the reservation form.
Deposits & Payment Plans
You have two payment options for this tour. To pay a $500 non-refundable deposit and the remainder two months prior to the start of the retreat or to organise a payment plan. Once you have completed your reservation form deposit details will be forwarded to you. Once you have paid your deposit trip notes will be sent to you with all the details you need to plan your great adventure.
If you choose a Payment Plan they are divided into even monthly payments and calculated in $AUD. Payment plans are programmed to complete two months prior to the start of the retreat. Incurs a $50 admin fee calculated into the price.
*You do either one or the other, pay a deposit or commence a payment plan, not both.
An initial $500 non-refundable deposit is applicable for this retreat up to 90 days out from the commencement of the retreat, then full payment less your deposit will be due. For bookings less than 60 days full payment will be due at the time of booking.
For cancellations between 60-30 days $1500 per person (includes your deposit) will be retained.
For between 30 days and the commencement day and in the case of no shows $3000 (includes your deposit) will be retained.
As this is peak season in South Africa we need to book your domestic flights and accommodation well in advance. Cancellation penalties are high this time of year. This is also why travel insurance is compulsory to protect you against any loss in the event that you need to cancel your trip.
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