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TIER 3 - GLIMPSES OF SOUTH AFRICA SAFARI & TOUR
AfricanMecca's Glimpses Of South Africa Safari - TIER 3 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 THREE ITINERARY FOR GLIMPSES OF SOUTH AFRICA
TIER 3 SAFARI SUMMARY FOR GLIMPSES OF SOUTH AFRICA
- 1 night stay in Johannesburg. Overnight at Sunnyside Park Hotel.
- 3 nights Kruger National Park - (Kapama Private Game Reserve). Overnights at Kapama River Lodge.
- 3 nights stay in Cape Town. Overnights at Commodore 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 Sunnyside Park Hotel 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. Sunnyside Park Hotel combines the charm and grace of a bygone era with the amenities of the 21st century to offer you a hotel that perfectly melds romantic dreams of a time when things were simpler with the facilities needed are sufficient during your stay. Located in the leafy suburb of Parktown in a Victorian National Monument, the Sunnyside Park is close to the business centers of the Johannesburg CDB and Sandton while still maintaining an air of stately grace from a bygone era. Whether you want to enjoy a sumptuous meal in its beautifully appointed Milner's Restaurant, which boasts an impressive wine list, or simply relax in Sunnyside's informal Pound and Penny Pub, its dining offerings will leave you feeling satisfied and well nourished. Thereafter, after a comfortable night's sleep, you will leave the hotel feeling rejuvenated, well-rested and totally taken care of.
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: Sunnyside Park Hotel
KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVE (KAPAMA 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 Kapama River Lodge to experience 3 full days of game viewing. Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. It is the largest single-owner game reserve in the Kruger region, renowned for superb wildlife safari. Kapama's 13000 hectares has all the big game of Africa with 42 mammal species and approximately 350 bird species. This equates to huge natural diversity and includes the famed 'Big 5' - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Game drives are conducted through the rolling savannah grasslands and riverine forests that make up this appealing African reserve. Kapama River Lodge is stylish, roomy and beautifully positioned along a dry riverbed that guests fall in love on first sight. Each spacious room at Kapama River Lodge features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace with uninterrupted views into the leafy-green Big 5 wilderness reserve. The central guest entertainment areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool with sun umbrellas and recliners for relaxed time in between game drives. Kapama River Lodge is so named because it lies in a curve of the Kapama River, which is usually dry but flowing from time to time during the rains. A small permanent water source lies just beyond Kapama River Lodge perimeter fence attracting animals like antelopes, elephant and buffalo. Watch this truly African spectacle from the warm blue water of the big rim flow swimming pool or simply relax in the shade of an umbrella on loungers around the pool.
Activities Included: Game Drives
Overnight Accommodation: Kapama River 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 Commodore Hotel for your 3 nights Cape Town experience. Commodore Hotel is located within walking distance to the cosmopolitan Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The hotel provides a stylish living experience, excellent service and a tranquil setting. Enjoy breathtaking views of the charming 'Mother City' from the upper floors of the hotel's superior rooms or treat yourself to cocktails on the terrace.
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: Full Day Cape Point Tour; 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: Commodore 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 3 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 Waterberry Lodge for your 2 nights Victoria Falls experience. The accommodation is a short drive from Livingstone town but in a breathtaking, secluded position on the banks of the spectacular Zambezi River is a perfect setting for a holiday visiting the amazing Victoria Falls in Livingstone and enjoying the wide range of activities available. Guests can relax at Waterberry Lodge on the sun deck, in the upstairs viewing lounge or round the pool and enjoy sunset cruises, alfresco meals and barbecues cooked under the stars. Hippo and elephant are visitors to Waterberry, especially at dusk, and keen eyed birders can check out the long list of bird sightings.
Activities Included: Tour of Victoria Falls
Overnight Accommodation: Waterberry Lodge
Transfer to Kasane. On arrival, transfer to Chobe Safari Lodge for your 3 nights stay. The accommodation is located on Botswana’s far northern border where the Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe River systems lie and form a mosaic of lakes, islands, channels and floodplains. Part of this ecosystem is the Chobe National Park, renowned for its vast herds of elephant and buffalo. It is a huge lodge compared to Botswana standards, and consists of 46 Luxury Safari Rooms, 22 Luxury River Rooms and 8 Rondavels. Family rooms with separate children room (bunk beds) are also available. Along with many species of big game, Chobe National Park boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa, and game drives and boat cruises from Chobe Safari Lodge offer guests the opportunity to witness this amazing spectacle.Game drives within the Chobe National Park offer the opportunity to view the abundant elephant and other big game species up close, and also the possibility of an encounter with one of the large predators. Game drives depart three times a day (approximately 3 hour duration). Alternatively there is an option of booking a full or half-day drive with a picnic lunch. Chobe River cruises have to be one of the finest game viewing experiences in Africa. With over 80 000 elephant in the park alone they are a very frequent sighting. Hippo, water birds, buffalo, crocodile and puku are also viewed from the river. Private cruises, led by our expert guides are available throughout the day to suit your individual needs.
Activities Included: Land and water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge
After breakfast, you will fly to your Okavango Delta concession experience for 3 nights stay at Kwara Camp. The camp is set overlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta. This region offers a contrasting experience, as its location allows access to the permanent waterways of the Delta as well as expansive dry land areas, admired for their quality game viewing. Kwara accommodates a maximum of 16 guests in eight traditionally styled tents on raised decks, each offering superb views of the lagoon. Towering African ebony and mangosteen trees ensure that the camp is always cool while the hundreds of birds add to the feeling of serenity in one of the Okavango's best kept secrets. The main area has a lounge, dining room and a bar area with vistas of the lagoon and surrounding flora and fauna. Guests can also enjoy the pool to relax between game drives during siesta time and share safari stories or listen to the sounds of the night by the camp fire. The daily safari routine at Kwara usually involves an early morning wake up call, and a gathering around the fireside for piping hot tea and coffee, a bowl of sumptuous porridge and freshly baked muffins. As well as the clean early morning air and dazzling sun rise, an early departure greatly increases the chances of unusual sightings, as the majority of mammals are active at the beginning and end of the day when temperatures are lower. The year round waters at Kwara makes this one of the most consistent game viewing experience available in southern Africa with all the large exciting game species as well as all the interesting smaller species. Kwara offers all the activities one expects in an exclusive concession in the Okavango Delta - day and night drives, game walks, power boating, mokoro trips and fishing (spinning equipment is provided but fly fishermen need to bring their own equipment).
Activities Included: Land and water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Kwara 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
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