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Description

South Africa is one of the few countries where travel is possible during this difficult time when many borders and countries are closed. Entry to the same country is almost free (with vaccination and PCR test, alas), but there is something to see there - believe me and check it out! Elephants, rhinos, jaguars, lions, giraffes and many other wild animals in the Kruger and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve national parks, African penguin colonies and the famous Table Mountain in Cape Town (and the city itself is good!), The Cape of Good Hope (the very southeast western) and Agulhas (the southernmost cape of Africa), ''road of gardens'' with delicious fruits and no less delicious wine, the beautiful Tsitsikamma Park with a very picturesque suspension bridge and hiking trails, Cango is one of the largest caves in Africa, the village of the Zulu tribe, and two highlights on this tourist cake are the dwarf states of Lesotho and Swaziland. it would be an unforgivable mistake not to visit them along the way!

 

This and much morein the author's tour of a traveler with a world name Evgeny Androsov in January 2022. The tour is conducted in a single copy, there will be no repetitions.

 

Route

Day 1. Arrival in Cape Town

Meeting participants at the airport, transfer to the hotel, walking around the city. Unlike Johannesburg or Durban, Cape Town is considered a safe city, in the daytime you can walk here on your own, observing, however, precautions, since the criminal situation in South Africa, unfortunately, leaves much to be desired. All participants will be thoroughly briefed on safety during their stay in South Africa and the necessary precautions before the start of the tour.

However, for fans of extreme sports in Cape Town there is entertainment and it is more interesting to meet with street robbers - diving with sharks. The organizers guarantee safety, the pleasure costs about $ 100 and must be ordered in advance - do not forget to do this when ordering the tour, and then the first day of the trip will start extremely unusual for you))

 

Day 2. Table Mountain, African Penguin Colony and the Cape of Good Hope

In the morning we will climb the famous Table Mountain - Cape Town's landmark. It offers fantastic views of the city, ocean and surroundings. For a variety of sensations, we go up the funicular, and hike along a well-equipped hiking trail (2.5 hours), which is surrounded by no less beautiful and impressive landscapes. Those who are not ready to walk can take the funicular and wait for the group in the city. After lunch, we will stop at Boulders beach within Cape Town, where a colony of African penguins lives - another and very cute visiting card of the city, and after that we will go to the Cape of Good Hope - the most southwestern point of the continent.

Day 3. Cape Agulhas, penguins, fruits and wine

We will have breakfast, check out from the hotel and say goodbye to Cape Town. Today we are embarking on a big trip to South Africa!

The first point of our trip will be the private beach of Stony Point Penguin Colony with another colony of penguins. Despite the word "private", the entrance to the beach is only $ 2 (on Boulders beach - $ 10). Then we will reach Cape Agulhas - the southernmost point of Africa, it is in this place that the conditional border of two great oceans - the Atlantic and the Indian - passes.

Well, after that we set off along the "road of gardens", where we will stop by a couple of wineries, buy fresh fruit fresh from the tree, drink delicious wine, which for some reason does not reach our country, and stop for the night in a private house in the town of Mosal Bay, where, if time remains, you can explore a couple of small, curious caves.

 

Day 4. Kango Cave, Tsitsikamma Park and Port Elizabeth

In the morning we deviate a little from the "road of gardens" and, having driven about 140 kilometers, we will arrive at the Cango cave - one of the largest in Africa. Interesting in it is not so much stalactites and stalagmites, but rather an unusual way of guides to acquaint visitors with each hall. For example, in the first five minutes, the guide completely turns on all the lighting so that everyone can fully appreciate the beauty and scale of this natural underground structure, and the pitch darkness in the cave, which comes unexpectedly and without warning, is a great way to get to know your fears better. But do not worry, you will not get lost in the darkness and will not stay in the cave forever, because we have a very busy program ahead of us))

After visiting the cave and having lunch, we return to the "Gardens Road" along the ocean coast and after 200 km. We arrive at Tsitsikamma Park with a picturesque suspension bridge and hiking trails, where we will take a walk, stretch our muscles stiff from the road and enjoy the picturesque views.

We spend the night in the rather large city of Port Elizabeth, the administrative center of the Kakadu district. Here is an interesting historical center, because the city was founded in 1820, and art lovers will appreciate the Wezandla African Art Gallery and the Art Museum. Nelson Mandela, if, of course, we have time left for them, because the program is very busy and any delay on the way can slightly reduce the number of attractions, we must be prepared for this. Moreover, the emphasis in this tour is made on natural attractions, and we explore the city ones on a leftover principle - if there is time left.

 

Day 5. East London and Lesotho

In the first half, we will drive and walk a little around the city of East London, and then we will go to Lesotho - a dwarf country with amazing mountain landscapes, strikingly different from South Africa. After driving along winding mountain roads and taking pictures at observation platforms with beautiful views, we will arrive in Maseru - the capital of Lesotho, devoting the rest of the day to exploring its sights.

 

Day 6. Lesotho

We will devote most of the day to exploring the natural and archaeological sights of Lesotho. Mount Taba-Bossiu, the citadel of King Moshoeswe I of Lesotho and the Quilone Tower await us. Mount Taba-Bosiu is a symbol of the country, its name means "night mountain", and the ruins of the citadel Moshveswe I are the most revered historical landmark in Lesotho. And also the Maletsuniane waterfall, 192 m high, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Africa and the Sehlabathebe National Park in the Drakensberg Mountains.

 

Day 7. Shakaland

In the morning we leave Lesotho and continue on our way. Today we have to drive about 700 km. However, the roads in South Africa are good, and the landscapes are varied, so even a long road brings a lot of impressions and unusual views. And the final point will be Shakaland - an ethnographic complex, a functioning open-air museum.

This place is a bit pathetic called "the kingdom of Zululand" (the land of King Shaki) and it recreates the look of a traditional village of the Zulu people. Here we will be shown the traditional dances of the Zulu, listen to their legends, take part in ceremonies, and taste traditional cuisine.

 

Day 8. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

On this day, we will finally reach the most interesting in South Africa - wild animals. First, we will stop at a guest house not far from the park, and then we will go by car to the park itself, along the roads of which we will travel until the evening in search of animals. They are accustomed to the presence of people and do not pay any attention to them, living their wild life - resting, hunting, sorting out the relationship. Sometimes it is possible to drive very close to lions or jaguars, but more often you still have to observe them from a decent distance, so if you accidentally have binoculars or a telephoto lens for your camera, cool impressions and pictures are almost guaranteed.

All large animals live in this national park: elephants and rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions, jaguars, antelopes. It is unlikely that we will be able to see them all, but we will see many - this is absolutely certain!

 

Day 9. Elephants, rhinos, giraffes and all-all-all

Since almost all animals lead an active lifestyle in the early morning and at sunset, and at lunchtime they go into the shade and sleep, we will adjust to their schedule. Very early rise and departure to the park. By lunchtime we return to the hotel, relax, and at sunset we go to the park again for photo hunting and watching animals.

 

Day 10. Swaziland

We will have breakfast, check out the guest house and go to another dwarf state - Swaziland, since it is not far from the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve National Park. Here we are waiting for the ethnographic village of Mantenga (Mantenga Nature Reserve), where the way of life and life of the Swazi people is presented, and the main attraction of the village is the authentic huts that look like beehives, the Manzini market is a great way to understand and feel the local Swazi culture, as well as buy unusual gifts. for yourself and friends, the Ngwenya mine is one of the oldest known mines on our planet.

 

Day 11. Swaziland

We will devote this day entirely to The Malolotja Nature Reserve. It is located near Swaziland's northwestern border with South Africa and is literally a showcase of Swaziland's natural attractions. It is home to Swaziland's second highest peak (Mount Ngwenya) and the tallest complex of waterfalls (Malolotja Falls), not to mention vast tracts of pristine forests and wildlife. The reserve is home to many animals, including zebras, wildebeests, leopards, servals and jackals.

 

Day 12. Kruger National Park

Today we return to South Africa and head to perhaps the most famous South African National Park - Kruger. Unlike the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park, it is mandatory in almost all tours in South Africa, of course, we cannot ignore it either. We will arrive at the park in the afternoon, so we will immediately go to it by car to observe wild animals, perhaps here we will meet those whom we have not seen before.

 

 

Day 13. Kruger National Park

We spend the night at the ranch near the park, and early in the morning we go back to the park to watch the animals. The distances in the park are quite large, so the second day here will not be superfluous.

 

Day 14. Johannesburg

We will have breakfast, check out from the ranch and go to Johannesburg - the last point of our trip. Upon arrival, we will check into a hotel and take a short sightseeing tour of the city by car, as walking around the city center is unsafe due to the rampant crime. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner at one of the city's authentic restaurants.

 

Day 15. Let's fly home!

Transfer to Johannesburg airport and flight home.

 

 

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Travel info

How much does participation cost

2100 Euro per person

 

What is included in the price

  • all movements in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland in a comfortable minibus, including transfers to / from airports, as well as toll roads, bridges, tunnels, parking,
  • accommodation in hotels / guest houses / comfortable apartments / private ranches all days of the tour,
  • entry / exit to national parks Hluhluwe-Umfolozi and Kruger in South Africa, and Swaziland Mololotzha Sanctuary,
  • tickets for the show in Shakaland,
  • work of the guide-instructor in 24/7 mode,
  • group and individual photographs of each participant, taken during the entire trip to professional photographic equipment and provided in electronic form.

What is NOT included in the price

  • airline tickets,
  • food,
  • entrance tickets to all attractions, except those indicated in the box "What's included in the price",
  • medical insurance,
  • vaccinations and PCR tests required to enter South Africa
  • COVID-19 tests while in the country (3 tests will be needed, each costs approximately $ 80 per person),
  • Visa to Lesotho - $ 150 per person,
  • souvenirs and other personal expenses of the participants,
  • other expenses not specified in the section the price includes.

Important information!!!

To enter South Africa, you must have a certificate of vaccination against Covid, as well as a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours. If you are not vaccinated, you will not be able to participate in the tour, unfortunately.

During your stay, you will have to take 3 more tests, each of which costs about $ 80. Alas, this is modern reality.

 

Due to constant changes in rules and restrictions, additional requirements and restrictions on entry to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland may appear, as well as rules for transit passengers when flying to South Africa. We will inform you about these changes and ask you to understand with understanding the additional actions that you (and we) may have to take in this regard, up to a partial change in the program. These changes may be made by national governments at the last moment and we may not know about them in advance. This can also result in delays, additional costs and program changes. We ask you to treat this with understanding - not everything in the current situation depends on us and we ourselves suffer from these rules, restrictions and their changes.

 

Depending on the weather, delays in air flights, problems with roads and transport, covid restrictions or prohibitions, the instructor HAS THE RIGHT to correct the route, excluding from it some points that were planned by the program! At the same time, the initiative of the participants to change the program is NOT ALLOWED! If you are not ready to follow the declared program, not ready to trust the instructor, you better choose another tour or travel on your own!

 

Recommendations for clothing and equipment

It's summer in South Africa in January.Summer clothes are needed, lightweight, but mostly closed, of a marching type, since we will be exposed to direct sunlight, it will be dusty in places, there may be a lot of insects, as well as contact with not very friendly plants.However, in the cities - Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Masera, Johannesburg, you can afford any open clothes.

You will also need lightweight sneakers for short walks in nature, sunglasses and sunscreen.

 

Meals during the tour

Often we stay overnight in private houses or apartments with enough bedrooms to accommodate all participants in double occupancy. There is always a kitchen equipped with everything necessary for cooking and eating food, and this allows you to save a lot on food. We buy groceries in advance in the supermarket and together we make a delicious dinner for the whole group - it's quick, easy, cheap and fun! The same happens with breakfasts. For lunch, there is usually a snack - fast food or products from the supermarket - there you can always buy ready-made food in containers, everyone buys for himself according to his tastes and needs. In hotels, breakfast is usually included (but not always!), For dinner you have to go to a cafe or restaurant, everyone goes alone or we go with the whole group.

There are supermarkets, cafes and restaurants in South Africa in any locality, there are many of them, all products are of very good quality, the cuisine in South Africa is delicious, although not very diverse. Braai (grilled meat) is especially good - it is amazingly tasty. However, vegetarians and vegans will not stay hungry here either - fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts are sold in a very large assortment and, in terms of taste, cannot be compared with those sold in Europe, especially in winter and spring. The average bill for a dinner in a cafe or an inexpensive restaurant is $ 10-15, portions are large, it is quite possible to order one dish for two. In restaurants of the middle and high price segment, you can taste exotic - a set of five types of steak: zebra, oryx, springbok, kudu and ostrich.

 

Additional Information

No vaccinations (except covid) are required to visit South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

 

How to participate

  1. If you are interested in this tour, leave a request through the form below or call on these phones, I'm Evgeny Androsov or my assistants tell details about the route and will answer all your questions.
  2. To book a place, a prepayment of 30% of the tour cost before it starts if more than 45 days, and 50% of the cost, if, prior to the start of at least 45 days. Prepayment is returnable in 45 days or more prior to the tour irretrievable and, unfortunately, less than 45 days before the start of a tour if the return is linked to your refusal to participate (for whatever reason). If the hike / tour will not take place due to our fault, because not form a group or force majeure, the advance payment, you will be guaranteed to be returned in any case.
  3. If you change your mind / lose the opportunity to participate in the campaign, please let us know as soon as possible. The transport and food for the whole trek procured, calculated and allocated based on each party's campaign.

 

 

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Price 2100 Euro per person

 

 

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