This package tour begins at Johannesburg and ends at Cape Town after a stint at the home of South Africa’s Big Five — Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The Package is priced at approximately £540 per person sharing. Single Supplement is also available at £190.
|Day No.||Accommodation & Destination||Services Provided||Duration of Stay|
|Meet and Greet|
One Bedroom Suite
Bed & Breakfast
|3||Umkumbe Safari Lodge|
Full Board incl. game walks & drives daily
|6||Strand Towers Hotel|
|Standard Room Bed & Breakfast||4 Nights|
The above table is the itinerary of the Johannesburg, Big Five & Cape Town Package. This package is valid from 1st November 2018 to 31st October 2019.
The Services included in the package are
- Meet and greet on arrival
- 6 nights accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
- 3 nights accommodation on full board basis including 2 game activities per day
- Extensive route description
Services excluded from this package are
- Car Rental
- Entrance fees & conservation fees
- Other meals not specified
- Other personal expenses
Johannesburg (also called the City of Gold or eGoli) is a city with about six million inhabitants, situated in the province of Gauteng. The city has a western appearance with modern skyscrapers and big shopping centres. Johannesburg has a very pleasant climate; the summers are hot with most of the rainfall occurring in the summer months between October and April. Winter days are mild and dry, becoming cold (± 5˚c) in the evenings.
A guided tour through Soweto should not be missed. The township is found to the southwest of the city. If you would like to visit a museum, you can get a free “Museum Map, Gauteng” which gives an overview of the 40 museums from one of the tourist offices. The most popular museums are: The Apartheid Museum (an absolute must see!), Museum Africa (evolution of Johannesburg), the SA Breweries Museum (African beer brewing), the SA Museum of Military History and many more. There are a number of great shopping centres located to the north-west of the city such as Sandton and Fourways Mall for those wanting to buy South African merchandise. Gold Reef City lies to the south of the city and absolutely deserves a visit. It tells the story of the gold pioneers, their settlement and the gold mines which made the pioneers all their money.
Genesis Suites: Set in the heart of Johannesburg, Genesis is ideally located with easy access to OR Tambo International Airport and the cosmopolitan leisure suburb of Sandton. Offering one and two bedroom En-suite suites. Flexible for different types of travellers, the suites are sold Self Catering or Bed & Breakfast, making this your ultimate home away from home experience. Genesis Suites Hotel offers comfortable luxury for all types of travellers, and to make your stay even more luxurious, you can look forward to many added values.
Sabi Sand Game Reserve
The Sabi Sand Reserve was formed in 1950 and comprises many private game farms covering an area of 56,000 ha. Sabi Sand offers a spectacular African safari experience with superb volume of game and quality of sightings. The Sand and the Sabi Rivers supply much-needed water to the region, creating an incredibly bio-diverse wildlife population. The reserve is also situated on a dolerite dyke, which ensures that the soils are high in nutrition, producing one of the best grazing and browsing habitats in southern Africa.
Sabi Sand was at the forefront of the development of the open-vehicle safari where qualified guides provide a safari experience that is both personal and highly informative, affording close contact with the fauna and flora of the region. There are over 30 different lodges located in Sabi Sand, many of which are situated in the southern Kruger region.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge: It is located in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin and considered by many to be the premier wildlife reserve in South Africa. Located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, Umkumbe Safari Lodge is perfectly situated in one of the best Big Five game viewing destinations in Africa. The reserve is home to the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as cheetah, wild dog and hundreds of other species of animals, birds and plants indigenous to the area. The phrase “Big Five” was coined by hunters of yesteryear – before the advent of the photographic safari – and refers to the animals considered the most dangerous to hunt. Umkumbe Safari Lodge offers guests exciting photographic safaris, and there is no better destination to photograph lions and leopards than the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.
Cape Town is the capital of the Western Cape Province. It is a city with two faces, European and African, a blend of first and third world. Despite these vast differences Cape Town is a relaxed and safe city. It has a number of very interesting museums including the South African National Museum, with planetarium, the Bo-Kaap Museum and the National Gallery. In the city centre is the Castle of Good Hope. This fort was built in 1666 by Van Riebeeck and still serves as the headquarters of the Western Cape Military. Table Mountain is situated on the southern side of Cape Town and is famous for its table shape. The mountain provides stunning views over the entire city and is easily accessible via the rotating cable car.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a working harbour and shopping/entertainment centre where you can shop, eat out, watch a movie or stroll around the interesting shops and craft markets from early morning until late in the evening. Situated near the centre of the Waterfront is the Two Oceans Aquarium, with more than 300 species of marine life. The biggest attraction of the Waterfront is the Robben Island museum and tours to Robben Island.
Ferries depart at 9am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm, 2 pm and 3pm (weather permitting) from the Waterfront to Robben Island. The tour lasts 3½ hours and includes a bus tour of the island as well as a tour with an ex-political prisoner and a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell. It is advisable to book your tour in advance by phone on Tel: 021 419 5111. A visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens should also be on your agenda. It is one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens and is also a starting point for a number of walks on Table Mountain. Rhodes Memorial on the way to the gardens is an excellent point for a coffee break and to take in the views of the city and surrounds.
Strand Towers Hotel: The Strand Tower Hotel opened its doors on 1 May 2010. It is located on the corner of Strand Street and Loop Street in the centre of Cape Town. The Cape Town International Convention Centre is just down the road. The V & A Waterfront and the newly build Cape Town Stadium are within walking distance.
The area boasts a wide variety of shops, restaurants and great coffee shops. The Gold of Africa Museum is just up the road. Restaurants such as Savoy Cabbage, Caveau and The Africa Café are less than 5 minutes walking away. Easy access to the Freeways (N1 & N2) Airport shuttles can be organized via the hotels Hospitality Desk.