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