About South Africa

South Africa offers the visitor a multitude of popular destinations; from Cape Town to the Kruger Park and Garden Route. South Africa – a world in one country – offers the visitor a multitude of destinations. Cape Town, considered as one of the top 10 destination in the world, the Kruger Park, the Garden Route and the pleasure resort of Sun City; are a few of the much sought after stops on any itinerary. For the first-time visitor the following are some of the “must see” destinations:

World Heritage Sites
Cradle of Humankind
A complex series ofcaves where Mrs Ples, the skull of a 2 million year old female, was found.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park
A very specialslice of Africa, offering ecotourists some of the most diverse wildlife and outdoorexperiences imaginable.

Robben Island
A mystical place where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life in exile

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park
The 243 000ha Park is a world of gigantic peaks, butresses and large open spaces.

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
South Africa’s first kingdom lasting for 400 years before it was abandoned in the 14th century.

Cape Floral Region
The Cape Floral Region takes up only 0.04% of the world’s land area, yet contains an astonishing 3% percent of its plant species.

Vredefort Dome
Some 2-billion years ago a meteorite 10 kilometres in diameter hit the earth about 100km southwest of Johannesburg, creating an enormous impact crater.

Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
Covers 160 000 hectares of dramatic mountainous desert in the north-west part of South Africa.

Most Favourite Destinations
Cape Town
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Table Mountain Hikes
Table Mountain National Park
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Robben Island
* Western Cape Winelands & Routes
* The Garden Route (Eastern & Western Cape)
* Cango Caves (Oudtshoorn (Western Cape)
* Ostrich Farms (Oudtshoorn (Western Cape)
* Pretoria (Gauteng)
* The Kruger Park (Mpumalanga & Limpopo)
* Durban beachfront (KwaZulu-Natal)
* Drakensberg Park (KwaZulu-Natal)
* KwaZulu-Natal Game Parks (KwaZulu-Natal)
* Soweto (Johannesburg – Gauteng)
* Gold Reef City (Johannesburg)
* Sun City Resort (North West)
* Blyde River Canyon (Mpumalanga)
* Pilgrim’s Rest (Mpumalanga)
* Shakaland / Zulu Villages (KwaZulu-Natal)
* Private Game Reserves in Mpumalanga and Limpopo.


Favourite Nature Reserves
* Tsitsikamma National Park – region of startling beauty along South Africa’s southern coastline, with the National Park encompassing its spectacular expanse.
* Cederberg Wilderness Area – Wolfberg Arch, the Cracks, the Maltese Cross and the gnarled gargoyles and stacked blocks of sculpted sandstone
* De Hoop Nature Reserve – with various beautiful mountain bike trails, fynbos and wildlife
* Wilderness National Park – a charming world of lakes, rivers, fens, estuaries and beaches against a backdrop of lush forest and lofty mountains.
* Witsand Nature Reserve – in the Kalahari, a 2500 ha island of dazzling white sand encircled by the sea of conventional Kalahari red sand.
* West Coast National Park – the focal point of this Park is the Langebaan Lagoon, with miles of pristine golden beaches stretching into the early morning mist and brooding salt marshes.
* Augrabies Falls National Park – situated about 120 km west of Upington on the Orange River. [/one_third]


Day 2: Johannesburg

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17h40 (5:40p) Arrive at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. A Harvey World Travel Representative will meet you and will be with you for the duration of your tour in South Africa. After clearing through customs and immigration, you will have an opportunity to visit an airport bank to change your traveller’s cheques or cash. Your luggage will be loaded, and you will board our luxury coach for transfer to your hotel, Shumba Valley Lodge, Tel +27 (11) 790-8000, Fax +27 (11) 790-8089. Situated only 20 minutes from Johannesburg, the lodge offers the best of both worlds; up-to-date facilities with all the modern conveniences contrasted by the tranquil setting, for a relaxed country experience. We are expected to arrive at the hotel at approximately 19h30.

20h00 (8:00p) We will meet for a braai (bar-b-que) dinner, which will be served in the hotel boma. After dinner (time permitting), a brief informational and “get-to-know your fellow travellers” session will be held.

Overnight: Shumba Valley Lodge
Meals: Breakfast on Board. Dinner at the lodge.

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Day 3: Johannesburg

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06h30 – 07h45 A full buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant.

08h00 We will board our coach for transfer to the City of Johannesburg for a morning visit to “The Light on the Hill” – the country’s exciting new Constitutional Court on the site of
what was a notorious prison during the Apartheid time, today an architectural feat of daring and hope. En route to The Court, we will have a brief orientation tour of Johannesburg.

11h00 The coach departs for a tour of Soweto, where you will be shown a cross section of life in South Africa’s largest city. Soweto, a sprawling metropolis of more than 3.5 million
people on the outskirts of Johannesburg, is a multi-cultural composite of South Africa today. We will visit Freedom Square and stand on the only road in the world, which
carries the honour of two recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize – Vilakazi Street. We will see Southern Africa’s largest hospital – Chris Hani Baragwanath, pass by the homes of
the rich and famous, as well as Regina Mundi, the Catholic Church which was the scene of many protest meetings and where children, being shot at, ran for refuge during one of
the apartheid uprisings.

13h00 We visit Wandies Tavern for lunch. This is one of Soweto’s most famous “Shebeens” and is where many of the locals congregate. After lunch at Wandies, (which is for your
own account), we carry on with our tour of Soweto, including the awe inspiring Hector Petersen Memorial which was built to honour the young teenage boy killed during the Soweto uprising in 1976.

15h00 In the late afternoon the coach will transfer us for a short visit to the Orlando Children’s Home, an orphanage for abandoned, abused and parentless children. This will be followed with a brief stop at one of Soweto’s “informal settlements”. Please remember to bring your gifts for the children at the orphanage and those who live in the informal settlements. After this visit, the coach will travel via Sandton City where we will have a brief stop at Nelson Mandela Square which boasts a giant 20ft bronze statue of Madiba (an honorary title for Nelson Mandela adopted by elders of his clan). The coach returns to the hotel.

18h45 We will meet in the hotel lobby and board the coach for a short ride to the Carnivore Restaurant for dinner. The Carnivore restaurant is Renowned for its positioning statement – “Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience”. A franchise of the worldrenowned Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya, the Carnivore Johannesburg has received many awards, including Best Traditional Restaurant.

21h00 The coach returns you to your hotel. Overnight:

Overnight: Shumba Valley Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
Wake up call: 06h30

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Day 4: Johannesburg

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07h00 – 08h15 Leisurely buffet Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

08h30 We will board the coach for a guided tour of South Africa’s administrative capital, Pretoria. During this tour we will drive by the spectacular (if somewhat controversial) Voortrekker Monument and the Union Buildings where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. Pretoria also has the second highest number of foreign embassies in the world (which includes the US Embassy), with Washington DC being the only other city with more.

12h00 The coach will transfer you to a nearby restaurant for lunch (for your own account).

13h00 The coach departs for the “Apartheid Museum”. With the enactment of apartheid laws in 1948, racial discrimination was institutionalised. Race laws touched every aspect of social life, including a prohibition of marriage between non-whites and whites, and the sanctioning of “white-only” jobs. In 1950, the Population Registration Act required that all South Africans be racially classified into one of three categories: white, black (African), or coloured (of mixed decent). The coloured category included major subgroups of Indians and Asians. Classification into these categories was based on appearance, social acceptance, and descent. A person could not be considered white if one of his or her parents were non-white. The determination that a person was “obviously white” would take into account his habits, education, speech and deportment and demeanour. A black person would be a member of an African tribe or race, and a coloured person is one that is not black or white. Non-compliance with the race laws was dealt with harshly. All blacks were required to carry “pass books” containing fingerprints, photo and information on access to non-black areas. The Apartheid Museum is a stark reminder of how these laws adversely affected so many people.

15h30 The coach will depart for Lesedi Cultural Village. This is a simulated multi cultural African Village set among the pristine bushveld and Rocky Hills of the Magaliesburg mountain range. Situated at Lesedi are a number of different homesteads or traditional villages. The Xhosa with their beautiful thatched homes and red blankets, the Zulu’s with their fighting shields and cosy beehive huts, the colourful murals of the Ndebele, the Pedi courtyards and rhythmic drums, and the conical straw hats and sturdy mountain ponies of the Basotho. Share a truly stirring and unique experience under the stars with an African family, as you absorb the different cultures. In small groups, you will be assigned to one of the tribal families. You will spend the time learning their customs and traditions. We then move to the “Boma” where you will be entertained by the people of the village with traditional dances. Once again the emphasis here is on cultural interaction and you will have ample opportunities to ask questions and even participate in some of their dances. After the dancing there will be a superb buffet dinner featuring British, American and African cuisine.

20h30 The coach returns you to your hotel which is about a 10 minute ride.

Overnight: Shumba Valley Lodge
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
Wake up call: 07h00

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Day 5: Johannesburg Sun City

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07h00 – 08h15 Leisurely buffet Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

08h00 The group will check out of the hotel and board the coach for transfer to the Methodist Church in Jabulani (Soweto) where we will be privileged to share the morning service. Visiting this Church will be a memorable experience – hearing the sermon delivered in 2 languages, hearing the choir sing so harmoniously without any kind of instrumental accompaniment, and meeting the warm and wonderful people of the church.

After church we depart on the coach for Sun City, approximately 1½ hours drive through the North West Province. Located in the deep heart of the North West province, this former “black homeland” transformed to be South Africa’s “Las Vegas,” has an exploding kaleidoscope of sights and sounds to enjoy. There are nightly shows to enjoy, dancing and great gaming in the table and slots casinos.

Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for check in, The Sun City Cabanas, Tel +27 (14) 557-1272, Fax +27 (14) 557-4227. Situated in the Sun City complex, the hotel provides all the amenities for an exciting holiday stay. You will have a few hours at leisure to walk around the complex or laze around the pool. There are a number of restaurants as well as the pool snack bars for lunch (for your own account).

16h00 The group will meet outside the Cabanas hotel and be taken on a game drive on open landrovers through the Pilansberg game reserve. Here you will see the many animals in the reserve, which hopefully will include the “Big 5” (Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Rhino, Leopard).

19h00 The game vehicles will return to Sun City where you will have dinner at the Calabash Restaurant situated in the Main Hotel complex. After dinner you may wish try your luck at the gaming tables or slots in the Casino.

Overnight: Sun City Cabanas.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
Wake up call: 06h30
Luggage Pull: 07h30

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Day 6: Sun City / Durban

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06h30 – 09h00 Buffet Breakfast is served on the Palm Terrace.

09h30 The coach departs for Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport for your flight to Durban. The drive to the airport is approximately 2½ hours (95 miles).

14h00 Depart for Durban on South African Airways flight SA 559. A light lunch will be served on board.

15h10 Arrive at Durban International Airport where you will be met outside the domestic arrivals hall and transferred by a luxury coach to your hotel, Southern Sun Garden Court – Marine Parade, Tel +27 (31) 337-3341, Fax +27 (31) 337-5929.

Your hotel is located on Durban’s Marine Parade with spectacular views overlooking the Indian Ocean. In front of the hotel are curio stalls which stock beadwork and crafts made by the local community. Appropriately enough, the Zulu name for Durban is “eThekwini” meaning the place where the earth and the ocean meet.
Indians, Zulus, British and Afrikaners have all shaped this cosmopolitan city. Almost 1 million Indians reside in Durban and you will experience their culture as you move about the city, which has many Indian restaurants, temples and shops.

19h00 The group will meet for a carvery dinner in the hotel’s main restaurant situated alongside the hotel lobby. The evening is at leisure and you may wish to take the short cab ride to the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment Complex.

Overnight: Southern Sun Garden Court – Marine Parade.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner. Light meal on board.
Wake up call: 07h00
Luggage pull: 08h00

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Day 7: Durban

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07h15 Full buffet breakfast is served.

08h30 The coach departs for a full day guided tour of Durban, which will include a visit to Claremont, one of the city’s main township areas. There you will visit the Christianenberg Primary School, which was “adopted” by the Bettye Yates travellers and Harvey World Travel in 1997, when on a first visit were moved to do something for a school in pretty bad condition. Over the years, with the help of the Dr. Bettye Bouey-Yates Educational Foundation formed by the travellers, the school has literally been transformed. You will hear more about the Foundation, its goals and objectives and dreams for the future.

11h00 The coach leaves Claremont to travel back to Durban where you will be given a tour of the city.

12h30 Our stop for lunch will be at the Cargo Hold Restaurant at the Ushaka Marine World where you will dine (for your own account) in a land based shipwreck emerged in the water with fish and sharks swimming around as you eat. At this Marine World you will find a number of boutiques and curio shops. You will be given some time to move around the complex.

14h30 The coach departs Ushaka Marine World, and our last stop for the day will be at the popular Victoria Flea Market, which is one of the largest Indian Flea markets in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you will be able to pick up a number of bargains, and haggling is certainly the order of the day.

16h00 The coach returns to the hotel.

18h45 We will meet in the hotel lobby and board the coach for a short drive up Durban’s North Beach for dinner at the “Jaipur Palace” restaurant where typical Indian cuisine is served.

Overnight: Southern Sun Garden Court – Marine Parade.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
Wake up call: 07h00

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Day 8: Durban / Cape Town

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06h30 – 09h00 Full buffet breakfast is served.

09h45 You will have a few hours at leisure before you check out of the hotel and board the coach for transfer to Durban International Airport for your flight to Cape Town.

12h00 Depart for Cape Town on Mango Airlines flight SA 7969 / JE 335. A cash food and beverage trolley is operated on board.

14h10 You arrive at Cape Town International airport where you will be met outside the main domestic arrivals hall, and transferred by luxury coach on a Cape Town city orientation tour including a tour of the Malay quarter, Signal Hill (which overlooks Cape Town) and a stop at the District Six Museum. Weather permitting, we will transfer to the cable car, which whisks you to the top of Table Mountain (in 4 minutes). At the top of Table Mountain, you “can see forever” with a 360 degree view of all that the “Fairest Cape” has to offer. As the frequency of the Cable Car is totally limited by weather conditions (and also that some travellers pass up the ride), the cost of this has not been included in the tour package and will be for your own account should conditions prove favourable and you wish to take the trip.

17h00 The coach will then transfer us to our hotel, Southern Sun Garden Court – Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Tel +27 (21) 448-4123, Fax +27 (21) 447-8338.

18h45 The group will transfer by coach to our dinner venue, Moyo. Situated right on the Blouberg Beach with spectacular views of Table Bay and Table Mountain, you will immerse yourself in a feast of the continent’s finest and saturate your senses with all that is Africa. Breathe in and experience a heady bouquet of rich, fragrant spices and herbs, many of them unique to Africa.

21h30 The coach returns you to your hotel.

Overnight: Southern Sun Garden Court – Nelson Mandela Boulevard.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
Wake up call: 07h00

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Day 9: Cape Town

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06h30 – 08h15 A full English breakfast is served.

08h30 We depart on a tour of the Cape Peninsula, along one of South Africa’s most scenic and popular routes. The tour initially flanks the colder Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay. Once a fishing community, now one of the most popular residential areas, the harbor still has a charm of the days gone-by. You will have a chance to join the MV “Circe” for a half-hour OPTIONAL cruise to “Seal Island” or for the not so adventurous, the fish market “Mariners Wharf” is a must.

After our visit to Hout Bay, we will take a short ride to the famous Groot Constantia Wine Farm. Against a backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain, enjoy the renowned Chardonnays, Blancs and Steins of the sought after Cape winelands – not to mention the rich, full-bodied Cabernets and Shiraz’s.

The tour now continues over the famous Chapmans Peak drive, with a 200 metre drop on the one side of the coach and a 200 metre rise on the other, as we make our way South, following the Atlantic Ocean until we reach Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Said to be the romantic meeting place of the two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, Sir Francis Drake the explorer once called it “the fairest Cape that he ever saw in the whole circumference of the Globe”. And rightly so, it must be the highlight of any visit to the Mother City, if not South Africa. This is also where we will stop for lunch (for your own account) and there is a choice of restaurants to choose, from a quick snack café to a sit down a la carte venue.

After lunch we return along the Indian Ocean, through the naval base of Simons’ Town to Fish Hoek, and then through the mountains back to Cape Town.

17h00 Return to the hotel where you will have time to freshen up for dinner.

18h00 As this is almost the end of our Adventure together in South Africa, you are invited to join your fellow travellers in a little farewell function before dinner.

20h00 Dinner will be at the hotel in the main restaurant on the ground floor, and the rest of the evening is at leisure.

Overnight: Southern Sun Garden Court – Nelson Mandela Boulevard.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
Wake up call: 07h00

Overnight:Southern Sun Garden Court – Eastern Boulevard.
Meals:Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 10: Cape Town

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From 06h30 A full English breakfast is served.

06h45 For those of you who are interested, our coach will be available to transfer you to a special early morning communion service, which is held every Friday at 07h00 at St. George’s Cathedral. This Church, which is the seat of the leading cleric for the Anglican Church, is where Desmond Tutu served as Archbishop of the Anglican Church until he retired in 1996.

09h00 After our visit to the cathedral, we will walk alongside the South African houses of parliament (situated next to the cathedral) to hear about the place where so many changes have taken place since the end of apartheid. After this brief stop, we will walk two blocks to the Green Market Square. A produce market since 1806, it is now a colourful open-air flea market area with many stalls and vendors selling arts and crafts of many kinds.

11h00 Transfer to the V& A Waterfront for some more shopping time as well as lunch (for your own account) at one of the many restaurants available.

12h45 Proceed to The Clock Tower at the docks for your boat ride to Robben Island. You will be taken on a guided tour of the island, and you will be shown the prison, and Nelson Mandela’s home, for 18 years. At the prison you will be able to photograph Mandela’s tiny cell, his recreation room, his meal hall etc. The bus will also take you down to the quarry where Mandela was forced to spend hours and hours breaking rock. Some of the guides on the island are former inmates who as political prisoners also spent time at the infamous facility. The boat will return you to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by 16h30.

As this is our final night in South Africa, we would suggest that those of you who would like to do more shopping, stay on at the V&A after Robben Island. There are cabs available to return you to the hotel when you are finished.

19h00 Dinner will be at the hotel in the main restaurant on the ground floor, and can be taken at your leisure.

Overnight: Southern Sun Garden Court – Nelson Mandela Boulevard.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
Wake up call: N/A

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Day 11: Cape Town

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06h30 – 09h30 A full English breakfast is served.

09h30 You will check out of your hotel and board the coach for transfer to one of Cape Town’s largest and most famous duty free jewellery manufacturers. We will stop here for about 1½ hours, before transferring to Cape Town International airport where you will start the first leg of your journey home to Washington DC via Johannesburg. Your luggage should be booked straight through to Washington DC, and you will obtain your boarding pass for the international flight as well.

13h15 Depart for Johannesburg on South African Airways flight SA 334. A light snack will be served on board.

15h15 Arrive Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International airport where you will transfer from the domestic terminal to the international terminal for your flight to Washington’s Dulles International.

Johannesburg International Airport has one of the largest duty free shopping areas in the world, and you will have a few hours for that last minute shopping.

18h45 (6:45p) Depart for Washington (via Dakar) on South African Airways flight SA 207. Dinner and refreshments will be served on board.

Overnight: In Flight.
Meals: Breakfast. Dinner on board.
Wake up call: N/A
Luggage pull: 09h00

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Day 12: Washington

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06h25 (6:25a) Arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Overnight: N/A
Meals: Breakfast in flight

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