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  1. 1. ITS POSSIBLE……
  2. 2. <ul><li>Table Mountain * Hout Bay, Seal Island, Cape Point, Jackass Penguin Colony, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  Winelands </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Stellenbosch City Tour </li></ul><ul><li>Garden Route </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Ostrich Farm, Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch </li></ul><ul><li>DurbanCity Tour - Emanuel Cathedral, Botanic Gardens * Ushaka Marine World - Sea World Aquarium * Shakaland Cultural Experience   </li></ul><ul><li>Johannesburg </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Gold Reef City Tour </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Pilanesberg National Park   </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Next door to the famous Sun City resort is the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, where visitors can experience the Big 5, just two hours from Johannesburg. The reserve is home to a large number of wild animals and is one of the provinces biggest attractions. The Pilanesberg mountain range exists as a result of an enormous volcano that erupted millions of years ago - leaving behind the beautiful hilly undulations that stretch as far as the eye can see. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>You must be in possession of a Single Entry South Africa Visa. The cost of the visa is not included in your Tour Price. It is mandatory to process your visa through xhosa only. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>For Two Adults & Two Children (both under 12 years) rooming together, the 1st child will have to pay &quot;Child With Bed&quot; price and the 2nd Child will pay &quot;Child Without Bed&quot; price. </li></ul><ul><li>Once an air ticket is issued, date change penalty will be applicable. Check with our Sales Officer for the applicable charges. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional supplements on account of fuel hikes as and when received, would be applicable with immediate effect. </li></ul><ul><li>For passengers from other cities joining this tour in Mumbai, the cost of to & fro domestic travel is not included in the Tour Price </li></ul><ul><li>The tour will be operated, subject to a minimum of 10 full paying adult passengers travelling together and can be taken in conjunction with the Kenyan Safari Tour. </li></ul><ul><li>The right to vary, amend, alter or withdraw any particular itinerary, departure or excursion rests entirely with the company. Due to demand of a particular airline the in/out points may change. Services however, will remain unchanged. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Cost of Round Trip Economy Class Excursion airfare valid for the duration of tour. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation at hotels mentioned or similar. </li></ul><ul><li>Meals, coach tours, transfers, entrance fees, excursions, sightseeing and surface transportation as mentioned in the itinerary. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of Overseas Travel Insurance valid for the duration of the tour covered upto the age of 70 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Services of xhosa Tour Manager (provided there are over 16 adult passengers travelling on the tour) or Local </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Passport & visa charges </li></ul><ul><li>Airport taxes, service tax, govt. sales tax & all other govt. taxes. </li></ul><ul><li>Optional & Add-On tours unless mentioned otherwise </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of USD 10,000 granted by the Reserve Bank of India under the Basic Travel Quota Scheme. </li></ul><ul><li>Any increase in the airfare / taxes / routing charged by the airlines on air ticket (presently calculated on 2 January 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Airline surcharge during high season levied by the operating airline used in the itinerary </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of extension of validity of the air ticket . </li></ul><ul><li>Any increase in the rate of USD (presently calculated at USD 1= INR 49) leading to an increase in Tour Cost coming into effect prior to departure. The rate on the given day of payment will however apply. </li></ul><ul><li>Any surcharges on the USD component owing to High Season, Trade Fairs, Exhibitions, Conventions, Special Events, X-mas, New Year etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Porterage at hotels, apartments, airports and seaports, tips, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, insurance and all items of personal nature, also food and drinks not forming part of the group menus. </li></ul><ul><li>Anything not specifically mentioned in 'What Your Tour Price Includes' box. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Welcome to your xhosa ' South African Adventure ' tour! Your xhosa representative greets you at the 'meeting point' at the exit after immigration and customs and transfers you comfortably to your hotel (check in after 1400 hrs). The rest of the evening is free to explore Cape Town on your own. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Today, take an orientation tour of Cape Town . Drive to the unforgettable Table Mountain '. Later, embark on a guided Cape Peninsula tour . Next cruise to Seal Island (weather permitting), Then, visit Cape Point , the most southwesterly point of Africa. On the return, stop at Boulder's Beach , Finally, visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens , regarded as one of the best seven botanical gardens in the world. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Today, depart to Stellenbosch , via the scenic Helshoogte Pass, the heart of the South African Wine Industry, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Coffee shops, galleries, antique shops and wine bars spill onto the sidewalks. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, you are truly spoilt for choice when you enjoy your final winetasting of the day in Stellenbosch. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Today, travel via Du Toitskloof Pass to Worcester. Continue through the Klein Karoo to Oudtshoorn , the 'Ostrich capital'. Visit an Ostrich Farm for the ultimate Ostrich experience. Witness the various stages of an Ostrich's life – from incubation to adulthood. If you have the courage, you can even ride a full-grown ostrich. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Today, take a guided tour of the Cango Caves with its mesmerizing stalagmite and stalactite formations. Next, see the famous Cheetah and the Crocodile Park at the Cango Wildlife Ranch . Mellow down with a sundowner cruise on the lagoon. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Early this morning, drive to George Airport for your flight to Johannesburg . On arrival in Johannesburg, drive to the enticing and vibrant Sun City Resort . Deep in the heart of the bushveld, at the heart of an ancient volcano, lies sensational Sun City. For the rest of the evening enjoy the wide array of fantastic entertainment on offer. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Today the entire day is free to enjoy the wonders of the 'Lost City' on your own. Alternately, take our optional game drive into the nearby Pilanesberg National Park , home to the 'Big Five' (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard) as well as giraffe, zebra and a variety of antelope. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Today, drive to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Durban. On arrival, get drawn into the rich cultural heritage of Durban . Explore the temples, churches, architecture and the sights and sounds of this unique city. Leaving the market, travel to the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Enjoy this oasis of lush greenery and tranquillity in the heart of a bustling city. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>This morning, visit Ushaka Marine World-Sea World Aquarium . Experience the Sea World and Dolphin World, comprising a saltwater aquarium with indoor and outdoor displays and exhibits, the iconic cargo shipwreck and the largest dolphin stadium in Africa. Later, drive to Zululand passing the rolling hills of sugar cane fields and forest plantations. the oldest &quot;Zulu Cultural Village&quot; in Zululand, originally built as scenery for the movie &quot;Shaka Zulu&quot;. Experience true cultural interaction with the people of Shakaland. Enjoy the sight of assegai-wielding warriors and learn the fascinating secrets of Sangomas; spear making, tribal dancing and beer making ceremony. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Good times need never end! As you get ready for the airport and your flight back home, relive the high points of your xhosa South African Adventure tour. We are confident you will join us again, sometime soon… </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>The tip of Africa has been home to the Khoisan (collective name for Hottentot(Koi) and Bushmen(San)) people for thousands of years. Their rock art can still be found in many places throughout South Africa. Bantu tribes started expanding into Southern Africa around 2500 years ago and by around 500 AD the different cultural groups as we know them today had been established in the area. </li></ul><ul><li>The first permanent European settlement was built after the Dutch East India Company reached the Cape of Good Hope in April 1652. In the late 1700's the Boers (the settling farmers) slowly started expanding into the interior. In 1795 Britain took control of the Cape and in 1820 a large group of British Settlers arrived in the region. In 1835 large numbers of Boers started out on the Groot Trek into the interior after becoming dissatisfied with the British rule. In the interior they established their own republics after a number of bloody conflicts with the local population. </li></ul>
  19. 19. CAPITAL PRETORIA (executive ) BLOEMFONTEIN ( judicial ) CAPE TOWN (LEGISLATIVE ) LARGEST CITY JOHANNESBURG OFFICIAL LANGUAGE Swazi, tsonga, tswana, venda, xhosa, zulu
  20. 20. <ul><li>  </li></ul>Ethnic groups   79.5% Black 9.2% White 8.9% Coloured 2.5% Asian
  21. 21. <ul><li>Location : South Africa is located on the southern tip of the African continent, bordered by northern neighbours Namibia , Botswana , Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It encompasses the independent mountain kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland and is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the warm Indian Ocean on the east - giving the country its spectacular range of biodiversity. To view a complete set of maps of South Africa, please visit our South Africa Map / Atlas section . Climate : South Africa enjoys a temperate and pleasant climate, with warm sunny days most of the year. The seasons of the southern hemisphere are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere so our Summer runs from November to February, when most of the country is characterised by warm to hot weather. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Visa Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Every person seeking to enter South Africa must be in possession of a valid passport for travel to South Africa and, where necessary, a visa. Enquiries can be directed to South African diplomatic representatives abroad or the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria. Visitors who intend travelling to South Africa's neighbouring countries and back into South Africa are advised to apply for multiple entry visas. In terms of existing arrangements, passport holders of certain countries are exempt from visa requirements. Tourists must satisfy immigration officers that they have the means to support themselves during their stay, and that they are in possession of return or onward air tickets. They must also have valid international health certificates. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Security & Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Information for Foreigners: As South Africa is a developing country, crime does exist, so we would advise you to take a few basic precautions.  All valuables, passports, cameras, should be locked in the safe of your hotel. Valuables should be carried discreetly when walking in cities. Gold and other expensive items offered for sale by street vendors are likely to be fakes or stolen property.  Do not participate in pavement games as they are operated by well organised gangs and money can be stolen while you are distracted. Public transport is available in South Africa so there is no need to hitch-hike. Local residents will advise you on safe transport.  If driving, do not pick up hitch-hickers and ensure that your car doors are locked at all times.  The South African Police are easily recognised in their blue uniforms and white & blue patrol vehilces. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><li>One Rand (R) = 100 cents (c). Notes issued R200, R100, R50, R20, R10; coins R5, R2, R1, 50c 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, & 1c. Currency exchange rates are available at banks and published daily in the press. Link to South Africa Current Exchange Rates </li></ul><ul><li>Banking Hours </li></ul><ul><li>Monday to Friday: </li></ul><ul><li>09h00 to 15h30 </li></ul><ul><li>Saturday: </li></ul><ul><li>09h00 to 11h00 </li></ul><ul><li>Autobanks (ATM's, automated teller machines) are found in most towns and operate on a 24 hour basis </li></ul><ul><li>Traveller's Cheques </li></ul><ul><li>Most international traveller's cheques are accepted provided they are in an acceptable currency and may be cashed at most banks. Many hotels and shops also provide this service. </li></ul><ul><li>4.83227 India Rupees (INR) </li></ul><ul><li>0.21 ZA Rands </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  25. 26. Rs 34,830 (Rs 21,990 + Rs 12,840 taxes & fees Etihad Airways EY-211 Depart: New Delhi at 20:55, Thu, 26 Feb 09 Airport: Indira Gandhi Intl Arrival: Abu Dhabi at 23:15, Thu, 26 Feb 09 Airport: Abu Dhabi Intl 3:50 HrsEtihad Airways EY-602 Depart: Abu Dhabi at 12:55, Fri, 27 Feb 09 Airport: Abu Dhabi Intl Arrival: Johannesburg at 19:20, Fri, 27 Feb 09 Airport: Johannesburg Intl
  26. 27. Local Flights Depart: Arrive: Flying time: Johannesburg (JNB) Cape Town (CPT) 02 hr 10 mn Johannesburg (JNB) Port Elizabeth (PLZ) 01 hr 40 mn Johannesburg (JNB) Durban (DUR) 01 hr 10 mn Johannesburg (JNB) Nelspruit (KMIA) 00 hr 45 mn Johannesburg (JNB) Sun City (NTY) 00 hr 35 mn Cape Town (CPT) Port Elizabeth (PLZ) 02 hr 00 mn Cape Town (CPT) Durban (DUR) 01 hr 55 mn Cape Town (CPT) Nelspruit (KMIA) 02 hr 15 mn Cape Town (CPT) Sun City (NTY) 02 hr 00 mn Durban (DUR) Port Elizabeth (PLZ) 01 hr 20 mn Durban (DUR) Nelspruit (MQP) 01 hr 20 mn
  27. 29. Gauteng , Mpumalanga, Limpopo Province, North-West Province Swaziland
  28. 33. <ul><li>Addo Elephant National Park About 500 elephants on 12,000 ha. Also rhinos, antelopes and many bird species. Good travelling throughout the year. Close to Port Elizabeth. Augrabies Falls National Park 820 sq km nature reserve. On both sides of the Orange river. Impressive waterfalls. Rhinos. Desert vegetation with Kokerboom trees. Best time: April to September. Bontebok National Park A small game Reserve in the Western Cape for the conservation of the rare Bontebok antelope. </li></ul><ul><li> Pongola Nature Reserve Game Reserve at the Pongolapoort dam. Antelopes, zebras, giraffes, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants. No lions. Anglers' paradise. Pilanesberg National Park Quite a spectacular park with the &quot;Big Five&quot; in the North-West Province near Sun City. Big 5. </li></ul>
  29. 34. <ul><li>De Hoop Nature Reserve Enchanting dune landscape. 60,000 ha nature reserve. Nursery of the Southern Right Whale. More than 200 bird species, zebra, bontebok, eland. Giant's Castle Game Reserve Mountain park in the southern Drakensberg. For nature lovers and hikers. Lots of game, especially eland antelopes. Breeding area for Cape and Bearded vulture. Golden Gate National Park A quiet mountain world for nature lovers and hikers. Colourful sandstone formations. Zebras, wildebees and eland antelopes. Bushman paintings. </li></ul><ul><li> Ithala Game Reserve 30,000 ha game reserve of exquisite scenic beauty. Savannah, plateaus and river valleys. Huge game stock and variety, but no lions. Karoo National Park 32,000 ha nature conservation area. Springbok, kudu klipspringer and tortoises. Fossiles collection. Good accommodation. Best time to travel: April to October. </li></ul>
  30. 35. <ul><li>Kruger National Park Biggest game reserve on 20,000 sq km. Unique game stock with 147 mammal and 507 bird species. Good infrastructure. Best time to travel: June to August. Madikwe Game Reserve Game reserve of 60,000 hectares at the Groot Marico river on the border to Botswana. Vast savannah with sporadic mountains. All big game species. Mapungubwe National Park Reserve of 28,000 hectares on the Limpopo river. Cultural history park with important archaeological sites. Marakele National Park A relatively new game park in the Waterberg area of the Limpopo Province. Many Cape Vultures breeding pairs. 4x4 required. Mkhuze Game Reserve 5 hours from Durban. 250 sq km. Large herds of blue wildebeests, kudus, nyalas, zebras, giraffes. Over 400 bird species. Game viewing hides. Perannual season. </li></ul>
  31. 36. <ul><li>Pretorius Game Reserve Small game reserve. African savannah around a dam. Rhino, herds of buffalo and giraffes. Good accommodation with chalets overlooking dam. Perannual season. Private Game Reserves There are numerous private game reserves in South Africa and Namibia. Most of them are well stocked with game, some of them even have the &quot;Big Five&quot;. Richtersveld National Park Spectacular mountain desert. Unique vegetation with numerous species of succulents. Difficult accessibility. 4WD and compass required. </li></ul><ul><li> Royal Natal National Park Mountain park at the foot of the Mont-aux-Sources (3280). Roaring wild streams and thundering waterfalls. A paradise for hikers. Good accommodation and campground. Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park Huge lagoon, separated from the sea through chain of dunes. Swamp forests and mangroves. Numerous seabirds, crocodiles and hippos. Anglers' paradise. </li></ul>
  32. 37. <ul><li> Table Mountain National Park Small nature reserve on the Cape Peninsula. Different kinds of antelopes and birds. In spring beautifully blooming fynbos fields. Tembe Elephant Park 30,000 ha game reserve in northern Zululand. Sandy bushland. Elephants and other big game. Four-wheel drive required. Tsitsikamma National Park 80 kilometres coastline at the Storms River. Rainforest. Extended hiking trails. Waterfalls. Interesting tidal waves. Good accommodation and camping site. Umfolozi & Hluhluwe Game Reserve 3 hours from Durban. Hilly savannah landscape. 1100 sq km. Many rhinos, but also elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, giraffes etc. Perannual season. West Coast National Park Lagoon and swamp plains. Nesting place for numerous bird species. At times over 100,000 migratory birds. Walking and canoeing. </li></ul>
  33. 38. <ul><li>South Africa World Heritage Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape WHS </li></ul><ul><li>Location: Northern Cape , South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park WHS </li></ul><ul><li>Location: KwaZulu Natal , South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Cape Floral Kingdom WHS </li></ul><ul><li>Location: Western Cape , South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>The Cradle of Humankind WHS </li></ul><ul><li>Location: Gauteng , South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape WHS </li></ul><ul><li>Location: Limpopo , South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Robben Island WHS </li></ul><ul><li>Location: 12 km from Cape Town , South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park WHS </li></ul><ul><li>Location: KwaZulu Natal , South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Vredefort Dome WHS </li></ul><ul><li>Location: Free State , South Africa </li></ul>
  34. 40. <ul><li>Top 10 Hotels in South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>1. Jaci's Tree Lodge (Madikwe Game Reserve, NW South Africa) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Cape Grace Hotel (Cape Town) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Phinda Private Game Reserve (KwaZulu-Natal) </li></ul><ul><li>4. Garonga Safari Camp (Makalali Conservancy , Limpopo Province, South Africa) </li></ul><ul><li>5. Earth Lodge (South Kruger National Park) </li></ul><ul><li>6. Thonga Beach Lodge (Maputuland Coast, KwaZulu-Natal) </li></ul><ul><li>7. Diaz 15 House on the Beach (Jeffreys Bay, Garden Route) </li></ul><ul><li>8. MalaMala Game Reserve </li></ul><ul><li>9. Cathedral Peak Hotel (Drakensberg Mountains) </li></ul><ul><li>10. Tswalu Kalahari Reserve </li></ul>
  35. 42. <ul><li>TOUR INFORMATION: </li></ul><ul><li>>> Johannesburg/Pretoria - Kruger Park Border - Kruger Park Safari - Private Game Lodge - Swaziland - St. Lucia - Shakaland - Drakensberg - Bloemfontein - Graaff-Reinet - Oudtshoorn - Knysna - Cape Town </li></ul><ul><li>Departs: </li></ul><ul><li>Mondays - See departure dates below </li></ul><ul><li>Pick-up location: </li></ul><ul><li>Any location in Johannesburg or Pretoria </li></ul><ul><li>Pick-up time: </li></ul><ul><li>Between 06:30 and 08:00, depending on location </li></ul><ul><li>Drop-off location: </li></ul><ul><li>Cape Town International Airport (or any other location in Cape Town) </li></ul><ul><li>Drop-off time: </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on your flight </li></ul><ul><li>Passengers: </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum 2 – Maximum 8 </li></ul>
  36. 43. <ul><li>TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: </li></ul><ul><li>Sight-seeing along the “Panorama Route” </li></ul><ul><li>The Kruger National Park </li></ul><ul><li>Late afternoon open vehicle game drive in the Kruger National Park </li></ul><ul><li>Two nights at an exclusive Private Game Lodge </li></ul><ul><li>Early morning and late afternoon/evening open vehicle game drives at the private game lodge </li></ul><ul><li>Arts and crafts in Swaziland </li></ul><ul><li>The astounding bio-diversity of the St. Lucia Wetlands Park </li></ul><ul><li>Zulu cultural experience at Shakaland </li></ul><ul><li>The magnificent Drakensberg Mountains </li></ul><ul><li>Desolate Karoo Landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Camdeboo National Park outside Graaff-Reinet </li></ul><ul><li>The Cango Caves outside Oudtshoorn </li></ul><ul><li>Tour of a working Ostrich Farm </li></ul><ul><li>The magnificent Garden Route </li></ul><ul><li>Boat trip on the Knysna Lagoon </li></ul>
  37. 44. <ul><li>Steam train ride between George and Mosselbay </li></ul><ul><li>Whale watching at Hermanus (seasonal) </li></ul><ul><li>Cape Town, the “Mother City” </li></ul><ul><li>Afternoon Cape Town City, Table Mountain and Blouberg Beach </li></ul><ul><li>Full day Cape Point Tour </li></ul><ul><li>Full day Cape Winelands Tour </li></ul>
  38. 45. <ul><li>DETAILED ITINERARY: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Day 1 – Mpumalanga Province - Kruger National Park Border </li></ul><ul><li>An early departure from Johannesburg/Pretoria as we travel east towards the Mpumalanga Province and visit the many attractions along the “Panorama Route”, including God’s Window, the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and the historic gold mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest. In the late afternoon we descend the eastern escarpment and travel through the warm “lowveld” to a beautiful country lodge, just a short distance from the Kruger Park. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Country Lodge Dinner, bed and breakfast basis </li></ul><ul><li>Day 2 – Mpumalanga/Limpopo Province - Kruger National Park </li></ul><ul><li>Once inside the Park, excitement will mount as we start seeing some of the numerous animals that inhabit this magnificent wildlife sanctuary. We spend most of the day travelling north inside the Kruger Park arriving at our “restcamp” in the late afternoon. There is time for a short break before joining an exciting “open vehicle” game drive, looking for Africa’s “Big Five” - Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. Accommodation tonight is in comfortable en-suite bungalows or cottages, and dinner is enjoyed in the camp restaurant. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Satara, Skukuza, Olifants or Lower Sabie Restcamp Dinner, bed and breakfast basis </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  39. 46. <ul><li>Day 3 – Mpumalanga/Limpopo Province - Private Game Reserve </li></ul><ul><li>After breakfast we exit the Kruger Park and travel to an exclusive lodge in a nearby private game reserve. Later this afternoon an exhilarating game drive in specially adapted open 4X4 vehicles is undertaken. At dusk sundowners are enjoyed deep in the bush, after which the drive continues, making use of spotlights to search for nocturnal animals. A final highlight is a specially prepared dinner enjoyed under the stars around the campfire. (weather permitting) </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Private Game Lodge Fully inclusive of all meals and game-viewing activities </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Day 4 – Mpumalanga/Limpopo Province - Private Game Reserve </li></ul><ul><li>An early wake up call signals the start of yet another exciting day in Big Five territory. </li></ul><ul><li>After breakfast you can embark on a guided bush walk with an armed ranger, who will identify spoor and droppings and share with you some of the fascinating secrets of the bush. If you are lucky you may come across big game on foot - a truly exhilarating experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Private Game Lodge Fully inclusive of all meals and game-viewing activities </li></ul>
  40. 47. <ul><li>Day 5 – Swaziland </li></ul><ul><li>Here a small group of Swazi craftsmen and women - with age-old artistry - breathe life into enchanting interpretations of the animals and birds of Africa, imbuing each with its own irresistible personality. Witness first-hand the magical art of glassblowing from an overhead balcony. Browse around the adjoining showroom which is well stocked and purchase your little memento of a truly African visit to our Kingdom. </li></ul><ul><li>The night is spent at a charming country hotel, ideally situated for exploring all the attractions Swaziland. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Forester’s Arms Hotel Dinner, bed and breakfast basis </li></ul><ul><li>Day 6 - Kwazulu Natal Province - St. Lucia </li></ul><ul><li>Our first stop today is a visit to the fascinating Swazi Candles factory in the Malkerns valley. Here each candle is hand-moulded and hand-finished by Swazi craftspeople, so each candle is unique in shape and character. We then travel south via the Lebombo Mountain range and the Golela border post into KwaZulu Natal. The route continues down the Indian Ocean coastline to The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: St. Lucia Wetlands Guest House Bed and breakfast basis </li></ul>
  41. 48. <ul><li>Day 7 - Kwazulu Natal Province - St. Lucia </li></ul><ul><li>This morning we visit Cape Vidal, a magnificent coastal resort set in a sheltered bay in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park is one of the jewels of the South African coastline, the first park in South Africa to be declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). St Lucia's wide variety of ecosystems and natural habitats provides for an astounding diversity of species in the area. With its lakes, lagoons, freshwater swamps and grasslands, St Lucia supports a wide variety of species - from the country’s largest population of hippos and crocodiles to giant leatherback turtles, black rhino, leopards, and a vast array of bird and marine life. Later this afternoon we return to St. Lucia to go on board the St. Lucia ferry for a fascinating guided cruise on Lake St Lucia. On this cruise you will hear about the origins of this unique wetland, its very interesting history and be able to observe its hippo and crocodile inhabitants at close quarters. The large number and variety of birds, which are an important feature of St. Lucia, will add to the interest and excitement of this cruise. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: St. Lucia Wetlands Guest House Bed and breakfast basis </li></ul>
  42. 49. <ul><li>Day 8 - Kwazulu Natal Province - Shakaland </li></ul><ul><li>Another highlight awaits us today as we visit an authentically re-created Zulu village at Shakaland. Feel the pulsating rhythm of mysterious and magical Africa as you re-live the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulus. Shakaland is more than just a tourist attraction - it is an enriching experience affording a better understanding of the Zulu nation, its people and their intriguing customs. Shortly after our arrival you join the “Shaka Experience”, </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Shakaland Dinner, bed and breakfast basis </li></ul><ul><li>Day 9 – Kwazulu Natal Province – Drakensberg Mountains </li></ul><ul><li>The route continues down the Indian Ocean coastline to Durban, and from there inland to the magnificent Drakensberg Mountain Range. Your destination is a beautiful mountain resort in the Cathedral Peak area of the northern Drakensberg. Winding up the narrow road approaching the resort, the Drakensberg mountain splendour beckons, with sweeping panoramas of jagged mountain peaks rising from massive sandstone cliffs, and dramatic cloudscapes against an impossibly blue sky. The luxurious Didima Camp has been themed around the art of the San (Bushman) people. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Didima Mountain Camp Dinner, bed and breakfast basis </li></ul>
  43. 50. <ul><li>Day 10 – Kwazulu Natal Province – Drakensberg Mountains   </li></ul><ul><li>Activities on offer at Didima: </li></ul><ul><li>Walking and hiking trails into the surrounding mountains </li></ul><ul><li>Guided trails up Mike’s Pass </li></ul><ul><li>Guided walking trails to Rainbow Gorge, Baboon Rock and a variety of other scenic destinations </li></ul><ul><li>Mountain streams and rock pools within walking distance of the Camp   </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Didima Mountain Camp Dinner, bed and breakfast basis    </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Day 11 - Free State Province - Bloemfontein </li></ul><ul><li>We travel to the top of South Africa's huge inland plateau where, for today, most of our route will lie at almost 2000 meters above sea level. We enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Golden Gate Highland National Park and its wonderfully refreshing and clean mountain air before traveling through seemingly endless grasslands to Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State Province. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: De Oude Kraal Country Estate Dinner, bed and breakfast basis </li></ul>
  44. 51. <ul><li>Day 12 - Eastern Cape Province - Graaff-Reinet </li></ul><ul><li>After De Oudekraal's famous breakfast, we travel south through the wide expanses of the arid Great Karoo landscape. Eighty million years ago this was a vast inland sea and is still today one of the world richest fossil bearing areas. We drive past the Gariep dam and hydro-electric scheme, the biggest of its kind in South Africa, to Graaff-Reinet, the country's fourth oldest town. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Buiten Verwagten Guest House Bed and breakfast basis </li></ul><ul><li>Day 13 - Western Cape Province - Oudtshoorn </li></ul><ul><li>After breakfast we take a short stroll through the historic and picturesque town of Graaff-Reinet before we have to make our way, across the Swartberg Mountain range into the Little Karoo and our next venue, Oudtshoorn, ostrich capital of the world. The road crosses the Swartberg Mountain, leads through Meiringspoort and some of South Africa's most majestic mountain scenery. Our accommodation tonight is at a beautiful guest house on a working ostrich farm a short distance outside the town. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: La Plume Guest House Bed and breakfast basis </li></ul>
  45. 52. <ul><li>Day 14 - Western Cape Province – Knysna </li></ul><ul><li>In the late afternoon we drive across the Outeniqua Mountain pass toward the Indian Ocean coast and the picturesque town of Knysna, in the heart of South Africa's famous &quot;Garden Route&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Bradach Manor (Lagoon facing rooms) Bed and breakfast basis </li></ul><ul><li>Day 15 - Western Cape Province - Knysna </li></ul><ul><li>A full day is spent exploring the Garden Route between Knysna and the Tsitsikamma forest, before returning to Knysna in the late afternoon for a romantic boat cruise on the Knysna Lagoon. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Plettenberg Bay </li></ul><ul><li>Monkeyland, the world’s first free-roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary </li></ul><ul><li>Garden of Eden, one of the most lush and beautiful parts of the Knysna forest </li></ul><ul><li>The Big Tree </li></ul><ul><li>Dizzying view from the Paul Sauer Bridge over the Storms River </li></ul><ul><li>A cruise on the Knysna Lagoon to the Knysna Heads </li></ul><ul><li>Knysna Waterfront </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Bradach Manor (Lagoon facing room) Bed and breakfast basis </li></ul>
  46. 53. <ul><li>Day 16 - Western Cape Province - Hermanus </li></ul><ul><li>An early departure from Knysna as we travel to George where we board one of the world's few remaining scheduled steam trains, the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, for a train trip from George to Mosselbay. The route continues via Swellendam to Hermanus, where during the months of July to November large numbers of Southern Right whales can be seen in Walker Bay. These monsters of the sea migrate from their normal habitat in Antarctica to the South African coast to produce their young, to mate and to nurse their offspring until they are strong enough to return to their natural foraging areas near the South Pole. </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation: Whale Rock Lodge Bed and breakfast basis </li></ul><ul><li>Day 17 – Western Cape Province – Cape Town </li></ul><ul><li>After breakfast we travel via the scenic coastal route past the villages of Kleinmond, Betty’s Bay and Pringle Bay to Cape Town. </li></ul><ul><li>This afternoon you are collected for an afternoon Cape Town City, Table Mountain and Blouberg Beach Tour . This tour incorporates some of the most interesting and historical sights of Cape Town, unforgettable views from the Table Mountain Arial Cableway, and the summit of Table Mountain itself. The tour end with a visit to Blouberg Beach which offers outstanding photographic opportunities of Cape Town City, the Cape Town Waterfront and Table Mountain across Table Bay. </li></ul>
  47. 54. <ul><li>Paarl </li></ul><ul><li>An informative drive through the town of Paarl </li></ul><ul><li>A cellar tour with wine tasting </li></ul><ul><li>The Afrikaans Language Monument, the world’s only monument dedicated to a language </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Franschhoek </li></ul><ul><li>A visit to a wine estate with wine tasting </li></ul><ul><li>The village of Franschhoek </li></ul><ul><li>The Huguenot Memorial </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Stellenbosch </li></ul><ul><li>The Helshoogte Mountain Pass </li></ul><ul><li>City tour of Stellenbosch with some free time to explore on foot </li></ul><ul><li>A visit to a wine estate with wine tasting . </li></ul><ul><li>Day 20 - End of tour </li></ul><ul><li>The morning is at leisure until you are transferred to the Cape Town International Airport in time for your flight home. </li></ul>
  48. 55. <ul><li>2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup </li></ul><ul><li>When: Friday, 11 June 2010 to Sunday, 11 July 2010 Where: South Africa, Nationwide Categories: Sporting Events </li></ul><ul><li>South Africa has won the right to host the 2010 World Cup finals after holding off the challenge of Morocco. The announcement of the vote by Fifa president Sepp Blatter in Zurich was greeted with delight from the South African bid delegation including Nelson Mandela .... Games will be played in 10 stadiums throughout South Africa: Soccer City (Johannesburg); Ellis Park Stadium (Johannesburg); King's Park Stadium (Durban); Free State Stadium (Bloemfontein); Mbombela Stadium (Nelspruit); Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane); Nelson Mandela Stadium (Port Elizabeth); Loftus Versfeld (Pretoria) and Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace (Rustenburg). </li></ul>
  49. 56. <ul><li>Get it </li></ul>