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The Palace at Sun City

Johannesburg to Sun City – 3 day tour

3 day tour from Johannesburg to Sun City and Pilanesberg game reserve – David’s comments

Overall, it was a very interesting, informative, and well organized tour, full of pleasant experiences, and variety. I am glad we joined it, because now we can say, that we have really seen something in South Africa :)

I was part of a group of Hungarian companies, who exhibited at the Africa Health 2014. During the exhibition, we had a bus transfer to the exhibition (every morning and afternoon), which was very convenient and cost effective. The driver was on time, helpful, and very friendly. After the exhibition, we had a 3 day trip (2 nights) in the countryside. The program was well organized, varied, and flexible. What I liked about the program was the variety – in 3 days we visited underground caves, a museum, a market, a palace, an entertainment center, a cultural village, had 2 game drives, and stayed in a country lodge.
On the first day we went to the Sterkfontein Caves, and the Maropeng museum, where apart from visiting the caves, we learned a lot about the history humankind, and life on Earth in general. In the afternoon we visited an African market, which was a great opportunity to buy all kinds of African hand made objects, and practice our haggling skills. In the evening we checked in to the Kedar Country Lodge, where we had dinner. The Lodge was an excellent choice for our stay, it was a territory with multiple bungalows, lots of greenery, exotic birds, and animals wandering around. The complex also had a restaurant, and a bar, themed around the Anglo-Boer war of 1899-1902.
On the second day we went to Sun City, where we visited the major hotels, and the Entertainment Center. It was fascinating to visit a place, which was a symbol of apartheid in the 80s, and which had to reinvent itself after the creation of the new South Africa. For me it was especially nice to see the place, where Queen had a series of concerts in 1984. After lunch at the lake in Sun City, we had an afternoon game drive at the Pilanesberg game reserve, which lasted for 4 hours. This was the highlight of the tour, as it was a wonderful experience to see giraffes, zebras, rhinos, hippos, elephants, antilopes, etc. in the wild.
On the third day we visited Lesedi cultural village, where we learned a lot about the main tribes of South Africa (Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho, etc.). In the afternoon, we had a short game drive in the Lion Park next to Johannesburg, where we saw lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and other animals up close. After the Lion Park, we went straight to the O.R. Tambo International Airport, as most of us left for Budapest that evening.
David Zalinian – June 2014
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park  is a gigantic 20,000 sq km park that stretches from the Crocodile River in Mpumalanga  in the east of South Africa all the way to the Limpopo River in the northerly Limpopo province.

The Kruger National Park is bordered by a number of private game reserves and in recent years the fences have been removed to allow the game to traverse freely. These neighbouring reserves include Sabi Sands, Thornybush, Manyeleti to the West and Mapungubwe on the Mozambiquan side of the border.

The Kruger National park was the first  national park to be declared (1926), it is still a nature lover’s dream destination, as it has an unsurpassed variety of wildlife and birds that find sanctuary here.

The climate is subtropical with hot summers and warm, dry winters, and visitors are advised to take malaria precautions prior to a visit – consult your doctor.

The gates into the park include Pafuri and Shingwedzi gates in the far north, the Phalaborwa and Orpen gates further south. Close to Hazyview you have the Paul Kruger Gate. In the south you enter by Malelane.

South African National Parks operates most of the camps in the Kruger National Park and best known and busiest are Skukuza, Pretoriuskop, Berg-en-Dal and Satara. There are also privately run camps on concessions in the Kruger National Park.

Garden Route

The Garden Route

The Garden RouteThe Garden Route technically begins at Mossel Bay in the West and ends in Storms River in the East. In between are the seaside towns of George, Knysna, Sedgefield, WIlderness, Plettenberg Bay and Storms River Village.The scenery along the route is spectacular and varied with great beauty being the common denominator throughout.

Full details of the Garden Route

Visit Cape Town

Visit Cape Town

Cape Town

When you are planning a visit to Cape Town you should allow at least 3 days. But even if you set aside 3 weeks you would have something to do every day  and even in 3 months you would not be bored.

On day 1  of your visit you want to go up Table Mountain to experience the amazing views of Cape Town and then go to the V&A Waterfront. Apart from spending time at the Waterfront go to Robben Island where you can visit the gaol where Nelson Mandela and many other members of the ANC were incarcerated for so long with an excellent view of the Cape Town.

If it is summertime when the days are long you will have time to go on the drive from the V&A Waterfront along the promenade through Green Point and Sea Point, past Bantry Bay and through to Clifton and Camps Bay. Then turn inland and go through to Hout Bay. The scenery is spectacular and reminds you of the French Riviera. The house prices are in the same league.

From Hout Bay you have several choices. You could cut back to Constantia, one of the most gracious suburbs of Cape Town, and go past Kirstenbosch Gardens, or if time allows head for Chapman’s Peak Drive and come back via Fish Hoek.

If you have a second day in Cape Town then rather do the drive on day 2 and you can drive past Noordhoek and Kommetjie and go all the way to Cape Point.

On the way back take a different route and wend your way through the quaint villages of Simonstown, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay St James and Muizenberg.

Simon’s Town is our naval base but also home to Boulders Beach where you can see a thriving penguin colony. On your way past Kalk Bay you can see the fishing boats and if you are there at the right time the fisherman wil be selling their catch. There are several great fish restaurants in Kalk Bay.

You have a choice of driving along the coast to Muizenberg or taking Boyes Drive which affords majestic views of Muizenburg beach.

If you still have time then a visit to the Castle in Cape Town provides a background to the history of the Cape in early days from when it was first discovered by Bartholomew Diaz to the days of Simon van der Stel.

As for what to do at night in Cape Town, the restaurants and nightlife offer an unbelievable choice. There are many fashionable restaurants all along the Atlantic seaboard from the V&A Waterfront through to Camps Bay.

Less fashionable but for excellent food go to Mama Roma in the Dean Street arcade in Newlands or to nearby Barristers in Claremont.. Newlands is on the other side of the mountain very close to the University of Cape Town while Claremont is home to Cavendish Square one of the major shopping centres in Cape Town.

On day 3 it is time for a visit to the nearby winelands towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl. The atmosphere is so different as you travel on the N2 and come off at Baden Powell Drive. Apart from wine tasting along the various routes you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a place to eat in any of these towns.

These three days in Cape Town barely scratch the surface of what South Africa’s fairest city has to offer. But at least you will have had a tantalising glimpse of the wonderful lifestyle you can experience and will surely plan for a longer stay when you return.

Garonga Safari Camp | Kruger National Park

Safaris in Southern Africa

Southern Africa is great for safaris and there are so many choices. Your alternative is East Africa. Both options are great for luxury safaris in Africa but our bias is in favour of Southern Africa.

You are looking for highlights and in Southern Africa in one trip you have several highlights apart from the safaris.

Victoria Falls is one of the modern wonders of the world as is Table Mountain in Cape Town.

An ideal trip to Southern Africa, with enough time would  include a luxury safari, a visit to Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route as well as a trip to the Victoria Falls.

Which of these highlights you include in your itinerary depends how much time you have and what time of the year you are able to experience your luxury safari in Southern Africa.

It is maximizing quality experiences in a short time that counts for our clients.

Victoria Falls

One Week in Southern Africa

One week in Southern Africa means you have to use every minute to get the most out of it. It’s hard to choose from so many amazing experiences. However if you are travelling long haul you want to make the most of it and our suggestions are below. It depends if you are coming during the summer or winter months and also what kind of experiences you wan

Your itinerary for a week in Southern Africa – during the months May to October

Fly into Johannesburg – and transfer to Kasane
3 days of game viewing in the Chobe game reserve on a houseboat, 2 days at a game lodge and then transfer to Victoria Falls. 2 nights at Victoria FallsImpala

Itinerary for 1 week in South Africa – during the months November to April

Fly to Johannesburg and on to Port Elizabeth. Then drive up to a game lodge in the Addo area for 2 nights. Fly to George and spend 2 nights in Knysna, then fly George Whale fin Hermanusto Cape Town  for 3 nights. In November you may still catch whales along the Garden Route coastline.

 

Alternatively, fly to Johannesburg and transfer to George. Spend 3 Knysna paddlecruisernights in Knysna or George, fly to Cape Town and 4 days in Cape Town.

Your highlights in Cape Town are to go up Table Mountain, take the ferry to Robben Island from the V&A Waterfront, Take a drive along the coast from the V&A Waterfront past Sea Point, through Bantry Bay and Clifton to Hout Bay and then if time allows continue via Chapman’s Peak Drive to Noordhoek and then on to Cape Point.

Cae Town V&A WaterfrontAlternatively  go inland from Hout Bay to Constantia and past Kirstenbosch and the University of Cape Town back to the city.