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South Africa and Reed Dance

South Africa

eSwatini (Swaziland)

Signature Tour

The King looks for a new wife...

We have created this vibrant itinerary to display the major highlights of the South Africa, from the lions in the Kruger National Park to the iconic Table Mountain in the Cape. But what makes this journey special is  a unique opportunity to attend Umhlanga reed dance, a best known cultural event in Eswatini (Swaziland). Once a year more than 40,000 local girls, brightly dressed up, take part in the event. They dance and sing their songs to be chosen by the King to become his next wife. This spectacular and exciting experience will definitely be a colorful highlight of the whole journey.  

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at Johannesburg

Upon arrival, meet the driver and take a transfer to the downtown hotel. Time for leisure. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner and for a tour introduction. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 - Soweto - Johannesburg

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide for a half day Soweto tour. Soweto is a sprawling township, or more accurately, a cluster of townships on the south-western flank of Johannesburg. We will visit the Kliptown Open Air Museum, where delegates met in 1955 to adopt the Freedom Charter, Hector Pieterson Museum. After we will be transferred to Maropeng to visit the Cradle of Human Kind. It is a world-acclaimed tourist destination that is not only a part of the South African national pride, but appeals to the world. Overnight in Johannesburg

Day 3 - Pretoria

After breakfast, check out and meet the guide to embark on a Pretoria City tour. Places to visit: Voortrekker Monument, Kruger House Church, Square Union Buildings and Melrose House. We will also visit Culliman Diamond Mine where the world’s biggest diamond of 3106ct was found. Check-in the hotel, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Pretoria.

Day 4 - Blyde River Canyon - God's Window - Piligrimsrest

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and drive to Mpumalanga via the Panorama Route. The Panorama Route is one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in South Africa. It leads through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg. The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon. Just a few kilometres north a small loop road leads to "God's Window", from where you will enjoy a wonderful view on the Lowveld. The Canyon starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondavels". The hotel is located in a historical village - Pilgrim’s Rest. The entire town of Pilgrim's Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s / early 1900s. Since then a dedicated team of historians, architects, curators and special interest groups closely monitor all developments and refurbishments in the village to maintain its historic appearance. Overnight at the hotel at Pilgrim’s Rest.

Day 5 - Shangana

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and embark on the Tour of the Shangana Cultural Village. The residents of the traditional villages of Shangana invite guests to see the way of life of the Shangaan people. In the evening, you are invited to the great Kraal of Chief Soshangana. It is a spectacular and moving experience with choirs, actors and dancers, which shows the enormous talent of the people from this region. Enjoy traditional dinner in the Shangana Cultural Village. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 - Mbabane

After breakfast, meet the guide and continue your journey to eSwatini (Swaziland). At the Border Gate at Jeppe’s Reef, we will change the vehicle and go further to Mbabane. After lunch en route, we will visit the Ngwenya Glass factory and witness the art of glassblowing. There is also a craft centre featuring a number of shops that sell locally made products. After check-in, enjoy time at leisure and get ready for dinner. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 - Reed Dance - Mbabane

After breakfast at 8 a.m., we will be picked up at the hotel and visit Swaziland National Museum and King Sobhuza II Memorial Park. The tour continues to the Mantenga Cultural Village to watch traditional Siswati Dancing. This venue will also include a tour of a historical village where the cultural and traditional origins of Siswati culture. Enjoy Lunch at Mantenga Craft and Lifestyle Centre. At around 13.00 we will be taken to the Queen Mother’s residence at eLudzidzini where the Umhlanga Reed Dance starts in the early afternoon. After the event, we will return to the hotel and have dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 - Kruger Park

After breakfast, meet the driver for a transfer to Kruger Park. After check-in and leisure time at the lodge, enjoy your Evening Game Drive. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 - Kruger Park

After breakfast, meet the guide for the Morning Game Drive. During an early morning game drive, you will experience a wide variety of game, you will see all the nocturnal animal starting to move away from the light and all the other animals starting their new day in the African bush. An early morning bush walk is an excellent opportunity to learn more about nature and the African bush. During your evening game drive, you will see the game moving towards the different waterholes and a large number of animals concentrated around water sources. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 - Capetown

After breakfast at the hotel, take a transfer (ap. 1 hour) to Nelspruit (Kruger International Airport) to Capetown. Departure at 13.15, arrival at Cape town at 15.45. Upon arrival, meet the driver to take a transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for dinner in one of the authentic cosy restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 - Capetown

After breakfast, meet the guide for Cape Town City Tour and Table Mountain. Places to visit: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Castle, SA Museum, Table Mountain (weather permitting). Afterwards return to the hotel for the evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 - Cape Point

After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full-day tour of Cape Point. This day visit Chapman’s Peak, with stunning scenery overlooking Noordhoek and Hout Bay, Cape Point, take a Funicular to see the old lighthouse and enjoy the panoramic views. After this, enjoy lunch en-route at Black Marlin Restaurant (Included). After lunch, visit Boulders Beach famous for a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. Return to the hotel to relax. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 - Cape Winelands

After breakfast at the hotel take a Tour of the Cape Winelands. The first stop is at Spier , the Wine Welcome Centre where you will taste award-winning Spier Wines wines. After visit Rickety Bridge wine estate for Wine and Panna Cotta Cheese Tasting. The next stop is at Franschhoek Cellar for Wine and Chocolate Tasting. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 - Hermanus - Cape Town

After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and take a scenic drive to Hermanus for whale watching. Hermanus offers some of the best shore-based whale watching in the world, with a seaside trail that runs for miles along the coastal cliffs. The land drops off sharply into a deep bay below where whales come sometimes as close as 20 metres away from the shore. We will also take a cruise by a boat to watch these creatures in their natural environment. The boat has a top viewing deck as well as a front viewing deck, and snacks, mineral water, and soft drinks are available during the trip that lasts approximately two hours. After the tour, we will return to Capetown and have a Farewell dinner in one of the vibrant African authentic restaurants of the town.

Day 15 - Departure from Cape Town

After breakfast, take a transfer for your flight back home.

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What's included

Accommodation

Hotel in Johannesburg – 2 nights

Hotel in Pretoria – 1 night

Pilgrims Rest – 2 night

Hazyview (Kruger park) -2 nights

Mbabane -2 nights

Capetown – 5 nights

Meals

Breakfast on Day 2-Day 13 excludes beverages

Welcome Dinner in Sandton Area (Excluding Beverages) – Day 1

Dinner Day 5 - Day 10

Farewell dinner Day 14

Lunch Day 7, Day 10

Guided tours

Johannesburg Half day guided tour

Cradle of Human Kind

Pretoria City tour, Culliman Dimond Mine Surface Tour

Guided tour through out Panorama Route

Shangana Cultural Village

Game Drives

the Ngwenya Glass factory

Swaziland National Museum and King Sobhuza II Memorial Park

Mantenga Cultural Village

Cape Town City tour and Table Mountain

Cape Point guided tour

Cape Winelands guided tour

Whale watching tour in Hermanus

Transportation

Services of comfortable transportation, including airport - hotel - airport transfers

Domestic flight: Nelspruit – Cape Town

Support

24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line

English-speaking tour guide

The tour is fully escorted by English-speaking Tour Director

Entrance tickets

Hector Peterson Museum and Mandela House

Cradle of Human Kind

Voortrekker Monument, Melrose House and Kruger House

God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels

Shangana Cultural Village

Morning and Afternoon Game Drive and Conservation fees in Kruger Park

Swaziland National Museum and King Sobhuza II Memorial Park

Mantenga Cultural Village

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Castle and Table Mountain (weather permitting)

Table Mountain, Chapman’s Peak, Cape Point, Funicular and Boulders Beach

Wine Tasting, Wine and Panna Cotta Cheese tasting and Wine and chocolate tasting

a boat cruise in Hermanus

Not Included

Visa fees

International flights

Meals not mentioned

Optional tours and activities

Personal expenditures

Alcohol beverages during meals

Highlights

Umhlanga - a colorful Reed Dance

Astonishing safari in Kruger Park

Cape Point - the Edge of the World

Cape Wineyards & wine tasting

Breathtaking God's Window

Whale watching

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Our reviews

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Australia

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Australia

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Australia

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Me and my family just returned from an Easter break to Moscow. I found the tour very good value for money and the company's assistance with the visa application was also helpful. Reservations, payment, visa letter, and pre-departure correspondence prior to trip (via email) was prompt and well explained with no problems. Final arrangements information were detailed. We knew exactly what to expect, who will be waiting for us, time and venue to meet even with any guides with us. Transport transfers and driver were punctual.

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