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TIER 1 - GLIMPSES OF SOUTH AFRICA SAFARI & TOUR
AfricanMecca's Glimpses Of South Africa Safari - TIER 1 sets out to discover key destinations for safari, cultural and historic heritage touring of Johannesburg, Kruger National Park (Private Game Reserve) and Cape Town.
8 DAYS TIER ONE ITINERARY FOR GLIMPSES OF SOUTH AFRICA
TIER 1 SAFARI SUMMARY FOR GLIMPSES OF SOUTH AFRICA
- 1 night stay in Johannesburg. Overnight at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa.
- 3 nights Kruger National Park - (Manyeleti Private Game Reserve). Overnights at Tintswalo Safari Lodge.
- 3 nights stay in Cape Town. Overnights at Cape Grace Hotel.
- South Africa meet and greet service at O.R Tambo International Airport.
- Flights From/To Johannesburg - Kruger - Cape Town - Johannesburg.
- Various noted activities are included with your overnight stay as indicated.
- Ability to customize and add more days to the existing program e.g Victoria Falls, Chobe and Okavango Delta.
- This program can further be combined with other AfricanMecca safaris/itineraries/locations in South Africa or to include other parks and destinations within Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.
AfricanMecca guests arrive and overnight in Johannesburg. Subject to arrival timing, optional add-on tours of the Apartheid Museum, Soweto Township and Johannesburg City Tour are available.
Thereafter, your program is combined with a visit to Cape Town - its many attractions have made Cape Town a famed world class destination for many global travelers and Hollywood movies sites alike. Guests can take a trip to the Cape Winelands and taste South Africa's homegrown wines; see the world from your vantage point on the top of the famed Table Mountain; dine like a king at any of the South Africa's fantastic restaurants and indulge in the great outdoors activities. You can visit the famed V&A Waterfront - a super spot for shopping and dining, and its attractions include the Two Oceans Aquarium, a craft market, an amphitheater where local artists perform and many more. Additionally, AfricanMecca guests can also take a helicopter tour of the three bays, harbor cruise or head out for Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent many years in imprisonment. The treacherous Cape Point promontory is a witness to many historic shipwrecks enhances Cape Town's reputation for dramatic scenery. It is a trip well worth making, the last part up to a lighthouse completed by funicular. Cape Town is an ideal vacation spot for those seeking adventure, culture, history, relaxation and entertainment.
JOHANNESBURG - ARRIVAL DAY
Upon flight arrival in South Africa at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you are met on arrival by a guest relations officer. Transfer to Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Johannesburg for your check in, relaxation and overnight. Johannesburg (City Of Gold) - Jozi, Jo'burg or Egoli to its friends - the city is a vibrant melting pot of humanity that ensures you won't walk alone when exploring the city's many cultural and leisure attractions. The area where Johannesburg stands was once grassland, but is now one of the biggest man-made forests in the world.
The Fairlawns is a very unique, exclusive, up-market sanctuary for today’s traveler, be that business or leisure. Conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, Fairlawns is an award-winning Johannesburg boutique hotel boasting a total of 19 highly individualized, world-class suites. The Suites at the Fairlawns comprise some of the most opulent and distinctive suites in South Africa. Each is individually designed, both architecturally and decoratively, a Suite for every taste. All have large windows overlooking some aspect of the landscaped garden, individually controlled air-conditioning, fully stocked in-room bars, wireless and broadband internet connectivity, international adaptors, DVDs and flat screen TVs, to ensure comfort and global communication.
Optional Add-On Johannesburg Tour Available Depending On Flight Arrival Times: Johannesburg Tours - Johannesburg City Tour, Soweto Tour, Journey to Freedom & Apartheid Museum Tour, Gold Reef City Tour, Lesedi Cultural Village Tour
Overnight Accommodation: Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVE (MANYELETI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your outbound flight to the Kruger Airport. You are met on arrival and transferred to Tintswalo Safari Lodge to experience 3 full days of game viewing. The Tintswalo-Manyeleti Private Concession, part of the Manyleti-Kruger Reserve boasts of diverse species of terrestrial, aquatic and avi fauna including the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Kruger offers an ornithologist’s treat - birdlife is prolific with hundreds of species of the most beautiful avi-fauna the park has to offer. And don’t forget those experiences found beyond scrubs, bushes, branches and stones by embracing all sights including tracks, smells and sounds around you. Reptiles, insects and rodents are also part of the experience. This is a true holistic safari experience, balanced in every respect. Tintswalo Safari Lodge's suites are all situated along a seasonal river bed among an ancient sycamore tree grove. The exquisitely appointed main lodge overlooks a waterhole frequented by a large herd of elephant and other big game. The Explorer suites and Presidential are all linked to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways. The Tintswalo air-conditioned suites are authentically decorated to reflect the pioneering times of the nineteenth century African explorers. It provides supreme comfort, privacy and an opportunity for effortless birding, as well as the chance to view a large variety of big game from the privacy of each unit. The indoor/outdoor shower leads off from the spacious bathroom which opens out onto the deck. Luxuriate in a private plunge pool or just relax on a lounger under the African Sun.
Activities Included: Game Drives; Walking Safaris
Overnight Accommodation: Tintswalo Safari Lodge
After breakfast, transfer to your flight to Cape Town via Johannesburg. Upon arrival at the Cape Town International Airport, a transfer officer will personally meet all arriving guests and transfer you to Cape Grace Hotel for your 3 nights Cape Town experience. We prefer the Cape Grace Hotel for our guests as it is proudly situated in the iconic center of Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in addition to providing a tantalizing experience that melds modern luxury with traditional Cape culture where each of their individually custom-decorated guest rooms and suites brings the charm of Cape Town to life. Allow Cape Grace comfortable elegance and sparkling service excellence to cocoon you with genuine warmth, making your stay at Cape Grace, an occasion in itself.
Your stay in Cape Town includes selected impressive tours. Enjoy a full day Cape Point Tour: sit back, relax and enjoy the experience as you drive along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as Millionaire’s Paradise- from Clifton to Camps Bay, to the exclusive beach hamlet of Llandudno - towards the charming working harbor of Hout Bay; if you so choose, you can embark on an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise (paid directly). Back along the main road, you wind along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views, before arriving at our lunch spot of choice (lunch paid directly): the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park, an integral part of the world-renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. You meander back along the coast towards the city, visiting the historic naval port of Simon’s Town and the endearing penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. The Fairest Cape of All, that was Sir Francis Drake’s opinion…and we’re sure you’ll echo it. On your Cape Town City tour, you will have the opportunity to visit Table Mountain and take the optional cable car ride (paid directly when operational in good weather). You will visit the country’s oldest building, The Castle (closed Sundays), and a short distance away, the Company Gardens, both historically fascinating and well conserved. Your drive continues past Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge, and you’ll sense the depth of history via their distinctive architecture. Colonial then changes to colorful, as you move up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colors of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes.
Activities Included: Private Full Day Cape Point Tour; Private Half Day Cape Town City Tour
Optional Cape Town Tours Available: Visit to Robben Island Where Nelson Mandela Was Incarcerated; Hermanus Whale Watching (July-Nov); Cape Wineland Tours, Sunset Beach Dinner; Kirstenbosch and Constantia Floral & Botanical Garden Tour
Overnight Accommodation: Cape Grace Hotel
DEPARTURE & TRIP EXTENSIONS
Day 8: Cape Town Departure & Extensions
Breakfast. Thereafter, transfer to the airport for your flight to O.R Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. Upon arrival, check in for your international flight back home or to continue with the below extensions to Victoria Falls, Chobe and Okavango Delta
RECOMMENDED PRE AND POST SAFARI AND TOUR EXTENSIONS IN VICTORIA FALLS, CHOBE & OKAVANGO DELTAAfter your Glimpses Of South Africa Safari - TIER 1 safari, we recommend a combination off-beat extension to distinct destinations such as Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta. Alternatively, you can visit these destinations after your Kruger safari to harmoniously conclude with a coastal rest and relaxation in Cape Town with speckled seaside, cultural, winelands and historic experiences. You may customize to include any other destination of your preference in Eastern and Southern Africa. The options are endless!
2 Nights Livingstone Victoria Falls Extension - (Zambia)
Transfer to Livingstone - Victoria Falls area in Zambia; thereafter, you will be transferred to Sussi & Chuma for your 2 nights Victoria Falls experience. Sussi & Chuma, located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, is named after David Livingstone's faithful friends and consists of an exclusive lodge (Sussi) and two spacious two bedroom houses (Chuma). Both of which take full advantage of their enchanting riverbank setting. Sussi & Chuma is named after David Livingstone's faithful companions and consist of an intimate lodge and two exclusive houses, both of which are situated to make the most of the amazing views that the sweeping Zambezi River provides.
Activities Included: Tour of Victoria Falls, The Sunset Cruise, African Village Tour, Game Drives
Overnight Accommodation: Sussi & Chuma
Transfer to Kasane. On arrival, transfer to Chobe Chilwero for your 3 nights stay. Chobe Chilwero is located on the edge of Chobe National Park, the second largest national park in Botswana where some 80,000 elephants roam. From the lodge’s hilltop position, guests can enjoy far reaching panoramic views over the Chobe River and floodplain below, relax in the split-level swimming pool or unwind with a pampering session in the full service spa complete with a treetop treatment room. Chobe Chilwero’s fifteen guest cottages all command fabulous views and come with every convenience guests could hope for. The en suite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers while the freestanding tubs are large and comfortable. Each cottage also has its own private garden – the perfect spot to sip cocktails after, or why not enjoy your very own private dinner served under the African sky? With Africa’s largest concentration on the lodge’s doorstep, elephants feature largely on any activity at Chobe Chilwero. Game drives bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water’s edge in boisterous herds. Hippo, buffalo, antelope, lion and leopard are also frequent sights. The best way to end a day of safari is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the waters of the Chobe River.
Activities Included: Land and water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero
After breakfast, you will fly to your Okavango Delta concession experience for 3 nights stay at Chief's Camp. The camp is located in the Chief's-Mombo Concession on Chief’s Island. Part of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, the area is known as the “predator capital of Africa” and is also home to large herds of elephant and buffalo as well as over 500 bird species. The decked lounge, pool, dining area and atmospheric fire pit all overlook expansive floodplains so that guests can continue game viewing in camp. The twelve guest pavilions are nestled in a jackalberry and sausage tree woodland that is characteristic of the area. All have both an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a private viewing deck overlooking the surrounding floodplains of the Okavango Delta. Sumptuous four poster beds and traditional ceiling fans also feature. The game viewing opportunities at Chief’s Camp are simply awe-inspiring. Our expert guides are always on hand to share a wealth of wildlife knowledge, taking guests deep into the bush on morning and afternoon game drives. On the plains, watch the roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, zebra and buffalo who live here all year round. Spot leopard, hyena and cheetah, perhaps even the rare wild dog. Apart from its predators, the area is renowned for its large concentrations of plains-game, elephant and buffalo. Both white and black rhino were introduced into the Mombo Concession in 2001 and 2003.
Activities Included: Land and water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Chief's Camp
LOCATION OF YOUR DESTINATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA
With the various customization and personalization options available as an independent and/or combination safari with other countries in Southern and East Africa, the prices for this safari/tour are best available by having a discussion with our safari professionals to ensure a perfect match. Please contact us to customize your safari and request prices based on your travel preference.
What are our Customers saying about our safari holidays?
On behalf of myself, my wife and my two adult daughters, I want to sincerely thank you and AfricanMecca Safaris for our fabulous recent safari. Everything you promised exceeded our expectations and was superb, which is saying a lot since this was our second trip, having had a wonderful Botswana Safari 10 years ago. Do not ever hesitate to use me as a reference.
Robert Schenkein - prVision Photography Studio - Colorado, United States
Chobe was delightful, less than half full. Sussi and Chuma, very nice, again only 13 people in all. All the game drives and river cruises were excellent. We had great weather. The ability to get really close is in inspiring. EVERYWHERE we went, the people were warm, helpful and charming. Thank you so much. We will be recommending your services to all.
Thomas Kelch - California, United States
Raza Visram at AfricanMecca planned the most amazing trip for my friend and I. I wanted to go to 4 countries in 15 days and he made it happen. It was an aggressive itinerary and Raza planned it so well, that the transitions were seamless. The last leg of the trip was Botswana for another Safari and we stayed at the most beautiful lodge. The excitement in seeing the animals so closely is indescribable.
Karin Alsdorf - New Jersey, United States
I had a wonderful trip to Africa and I would highly recommend your company.I have been to Africa many times and I have never had such wonderful service. The guide and safari vehicle were both great and all the lodges were outstanding. We will be going to Africa again the year after next and I assure you I will be contacting you. Thanks again for arranging such a great trip.
Ronald Price, President, Ron Price Motors Group - California, United States
Greetings to you and our most fervent thanks for a wonderful trip of Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa & Victoria Falls. This was truly a perfect vacation. Thank you so much for all your arrangements. It was a trip filled with different kinds of adventures. We experienced and learned so much. Would highly recommend it to others who are interested in similar trips. Wishing you the very best.
Adrienne & Barrie Carter - Canada
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