If you're planning a vacation from June to October, choose South Africa and you won't regret it! In addition to all the beauties that are usually included in the tour, you will have additional seasonal bonuses. Namely: the opportunity to see the whales in Hermanus and the carpets of flowers that cover the entire west coast in the spring. The program includes Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, penguins, fur seals and whales, vineyards and blooming fynbos, a grandiose waterfall, safari in Botswana (river and by car) and the world-famous Kruger reserve, where you will certainly meet the most famous animals of the African Big Five.
The Good Hope Nature Reserve is located on the Cape Peninsula. After driving a little more than 50 kilometers, you get to the southernmost tip of the peninsula, to the legendary Cape. From a height of two hundred meters, standing at an old lighthouse, you can see how the waters of the Indian and Atlantic oceans converge on the horizon. This tour includes a cruise to Hout Bay, the penguin colony and the Cape of Good Hope.
***Entry fees not included***
17.00 - Return to the hotel. Rest.
Accommodation: Radisson Red Hotel 4* or similar, breakfast catering
Sightseeing tour of Cape Town with an English speaking guide.
Cape Town is called "Mother City" - "Mother of African cities", because. this is where the colonial history of South Africa begins. You will pass through the historic center of the city, the famous Aderly Street with its numerous monuments, you will see an ancient fortress, the first building built by Europeans in southern Africa. You will visit the picturesque Malay quarter of Bo-Kaap. Stroll along the famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. If possible, visit Table Mountain, where you can go up by funicular (depending on weather conditions). The mountain offers a stunning view that will remain in your memory for a lifetime. ***Funicular ticket to the table mountain is paid on the spot***
Transfer to Hermanus (by guide)
The main tourist trump card of Hermanus is the status of the world capital of whales. Every year, dozens of these huge mammals come here to Walker Bay to give birth to their cubs. It takes place between July and December. The whales come very close to the shore (only 15-20 m before swimming), and you can watch them from special viewing platforms on the coastal cliffs. At the moment when the whale comes closest to the shore, a special "whale sentinel" shouts into the mouthpiece to get everyone ready for this exciting spectacle. The World Wide Fund for Nature considers Hermanus one of the 12 best places in the world for whale watching: on some days, more than 20 whales can be observed in the bay at the same time. The ticket for the cruise is purchased locally depending on the weather. If there is a wave, then you can look from the shore, if you take binoculars, then there are good chances to see the giants.
Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Your hotel is surrounded by a picturesque fynbos on the ocean coast.
Accommodation: Windsor Hotel Hermanus or similar, breakfast included.
Departure for an excursion to the Valley of the Vineyards. On the wine farms, you will get to know the local traditions of winemaking and, if desired, tasting the best South African wines. Delicious wine, delicious food, colonial history and stunning views - these words can sum up the essence of traveling through the vineyards of the Western Cape.
In the vineyards of Vergenoeg, an amazing parade of ducks of the Indian runner breed awaits you. About 800 ducks are engaged in the protection of the vine, their main task is to find thousands of grape snails that threaten the harvest.
Move and visit Stellenbosch, the second oldest after Cape Town. The city is designed in the Cape-Dutch style. You will want to wander the streets and plunge into the era of the 19th, early 20th century. Many souvenir and antique shops will meet on your way, be sure to have a cup of coffee in one of the many cafes.
Accommodation: Oude Werf Hotel or similar, catering breakfast
Breakfast, transfer to Cape Town airport, flight to Kruger Park. Meet and greet on arrival with an English-speaking driver. Transfer to the lodge. Placement.Evening Safari.Dinner. Rest.Accommodation: Mjejane River Lodge, or similar, full board
Morning and evening safari, during which you can meet all the representatives of the "Big Five" - lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes, as well as herds of giraffes, herds of zebras and antelopes.
Recognized as the world's greatest concentration of animals, the Kruger National Park, with an area of about two million hectares, is unmatched in the diversity of its life forms in general, it has 1,982 plant species and is divided into six ECO systems. The Kruger National Park has almost 254 cultural heritage sites, including about 130 rock art sites. Kruger Park boasts the highest density of leopards in Africa and is home to over 450 bird species, a vast array of reptiles, insects and animals. The park is also home to a large population of endangered black rhinos and saddle storks. Kruger National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lodge Accommodation : Mjejane River Lodge, or similar, full board
Transfer to Nelspruit Airport. Departure to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival at the airport, meeting with an English-speaking driver, transfer to the hotel, accommodation.
A ten-minute walk will take you to the waterfall. You will have unlimited time to explore the Victoria Falls on your own.
19-00 Dinner at the traditional restaurant "Boma".
This is not just another ethnic restaurant, but a unique cultural experience. Excellent cuisine, including a variety of African game meats and traditional Zimbabwean dishes, is accompanied by entertainment throughout the meal. Incendiary dances, Sangoma - a local soothsayer who is available for divination will not let you get bored.
Guests are greeted with traditional greetings in the local Shona and Ndebele languages. You are then invited to take part in a hand washing ceremony before tasting traditional beer and snacks as a prelude to dinner. In conclusion, an interactive drum show. Return to the hotel.
Hotel accommodationShearwater Village Hotel, or similar breakfast
Full day safari in Chobe National Park.
Chobe National Park in Botswana is only 01:45 min drive from Livingston. This is one of the best places in all of South Africa for wildlife watching. The park is especially known for its large population of elephants. The Chobe River flows through the park. Various animals often come to the shores to drink: huge herds of buffaloes, zebras, Wildebeest, Impala. Their movements are followed by lions, hyenas, leopards. The journey to Chobe includes crossing the Zambezi River at the point where the borders of four countries cross: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. The safari begins with a morning cruise on the Chobe River. During the cruise you will be offered refreshments, tea, coffee, and light snacks. Around you will see many birds, hippos and large crocodiles. Arrive at Chobe Safari Lodge where you will disembark for lunch on the veranda. After that, you will make an exciting journey through the expanses of wild Africa in open all-terrain jeeps.
***Lunch included***. Return to the hotel.
Accommodation: Shearwater Village Hotel, or similar, breakfast
Breakfast, transfer to the airport, flight home