This fully customizable tour takes you to some of the most interesting aspects of South Africa and is sure to create an experience you'll never forget. Begin in legendary Johannesburg touring the historical sights of the infamous Apartheid and the man who led the country out of it's horrible grasp, Nelson Mandela. Then head to the beautiful coastal city of Cape Town, touring its most famous sights, and soaking up the majestical landscapes of the Cape Penninsula. Finally head into the Sabi Sands Game Reserve to enjoy a few days at the Arathusa Safari Lodge, viewing as many of the Big 5 as possible.
Welcome to South Africa! On arrival at OR Tambo (Johannesburg) airport, look out for our representative in the arrivals area. They will be holding a name-board with your surname on it. They will transfer you from the airport to your hotel.
A warm, hospitable welcome awaits you at The Residence, located in the historic suburb of Houghton, which is also home to many famous residents including former president Nelson Mandela. The Residence exudes a charming air of quiet dignity, with an abundance of bougainvillea blossoms cascading down the terraced gardens. This is a blissful oasis where guests are treated with personalized service and are invited to make themselves at home.
Today, you will enjoy a private full day Soweto and Johannesburg cultural tour, including the Apartheid Museum. This tour is designed to provide you with an overall impression of Johannesburg and offers an in-depth look at the history of apartheid, its impact on Johannesburg and the role of the city in shaping South Africa's future.
The tour begins with a short drive through the suburbs of Illovo, Rosebank and Houghton, passing Nelson Mandela's residence en route to Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship). This is the largest black residential area in South Africa, where you will see a fascinating contrast to the richer suburbs of Rosebank and Sandton in the north. This sprawling 'city within a city' is home to approximately 2-million people. Your exploration here will include all of the major points of interest, such as Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square, Hector Pieterson Memorial and Nelson Mandela's former home.
You will bid farewell to Soweto and return to the city center, in the afternoon. The elevated M2 motorway offers a spectacular view of the city, before you continue through the downtown area for lunch (on your own account). After lunch, you will visit the Apartheid Museum. Here, you may embark on a historical voyage of discovery, a personal exploration of the past that examines the story of apartheid right up to Nelson Mandela's release from prison in 1990 and the first democratic elections held in 1994. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today you will be transferred by your private driver to the OR Tambo Airport for your flight to Cape Town (flight not included - airfare can be arranged upon request).
On arrival at Cape Town airport, look out for our representative. They will be holding a name-board with your surname on it. They will then transfer you from the airport to your hotel. This will take approximately 30 minutes depending on traffic.
Welgelegen Guest House is a stylish boutique lodge set in two pretty Victorian buildings, in a quiet cul-de-sac in the Gardens area of Cape Town - adjacent to trendy Kloof Street with its inviting bistros, restaurants and shops. Welgelegen is perfect for those seeking stylish accommodation with a friendly ambiance. The lodge combines both the charm of the Victorian era, with wooden floors and well-preserved architectural details, with an understated contemporary style.
This morning at 9:00am, you will be picked up at your hotel by your guide to begin your private half day City and Table Mountain Tour (Optionally, you may choose to take the afternoon 2:00pm tour). You’ll begin with a journey by cable car, to the top of Table Mountain for a panoramic view of the entire Cape Peninsula. Your guide will point out the highlights of this world famous view. The cable car tickets are for your own account, as the ascent is dependent on the weather.
Afterwards, you travel into the city where you first see the Castle of Good Hope, the original fort of Cape Town built in 1652, that has since been painstakingly restored. From there, you continue to the historic center of Cape Town, with its many 18th century buildings. You will have the chance to visit two of Cape Town's museums and you may like to enjoy a stroll through the Company Gardens, past the Parliament buildings. Finally, you explore the picturesque Malay quarter, a historic sector of the city with original Malay buildings and narrow streets, before ending the tour back at the hotel approximately 4 hours later.
As this is a private excursion, you can vary the tour to some degree. For example, you may want more time on Table Mountain to enjoy a longer walk or even opt to do abseiling off the Mountain! Alternatively, you may want more time at the museums. Please note additional entrances will need to be paid on the day and you will only have 4-5 hours. Depending on what you want to do, we may suggest extending this to a full day tour.
*Please Note: Table Mountain tickets are NOT included in the tour price as they are weather-dependent. (This service is on a private basis.)
This private full day Cape Peninsula tour includes a scenic coastal drive along Chapmans Peak, a visit the Cape of Good Hope National Park and Cape Point, a chance to admire the Penguins at Boulders Bay, a stop at Simon's Town historical naval base and ends with the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
You will be picked up in the early morning, to travel along the coastal road through the chic suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay and onto the picturesque fishing community of Hout Bay. Once a fishing community, and now one of the most popular residential areas, the harbor still has a charm of days gone by. There is the option to take a half hour cruise to 'Seal Island' or for the not so adventurous; the fish market Mariners Wharf is a must.
Next, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive along the famous Chapmans Peak drive - if open - as it hugs the cliffs with a 200m drop on one side of the coach and a 200m rise on the other. You continue south to reach the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Explore the rocky coastline and unique Cape Fynbos vegetation which is home to unique bird life such as African black oyster catchers and Cape sugarbirds among others. You may be lucky to see wildlife such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, ostrich and baboon. Climb up to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical views over the bay. Alternatively you can take the funicular train as an optional extra.
After lunch (on your own account), you visit the unique penguin colonies at Boulders beach for an exciting close encounter with African Penguins - often a highlight of the tour. Drive through the historical naval village of Simonstown and over yet another spectacular mountain pass, Boyes Drive, and on to Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens - some of the finest gardens in Africa nestling on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. We walk through the gardens where 4,000 of the 22,000 Southern African flowering plants are cultivated in a setting of mountain streams, pools and rolling lawns. (This service is on a private basis.)
Formerly a political prison, and leper colony before that, the historic landmark of Robben Island is now established as a museum and national monument. Today’s half day tour includes transfers to and from your hotel, the return ferry to Robben, the tour of Robben Island and the Robben Island Prison, including President Mandela's cell. You experience the conditions of incarceration - view Nelson Mandela's maximum-security prison cell (Cell 5) and see the lime quarries. (This service is on a group basis.)
This morning you are collected by your guide for a private transfer to the Cape Town Airport for your early morning flight to Johannesburg and your connecting flight to Hoedspruit (flights are not included - airfare can be arranged upon request).
On arrival at Hoedspruit Airport around mid-day, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your game lodge in the northern Sabi Sands Game Reserve for your three night stay. Transfer to the lodge is about a 3 hours drive.
A safari is nearly always an important part of a holiday in Southern Africa - words cannot describe the thrill of tracking a leopard on the hunt or observing a breeding herd of elephants at a waterhole. The Sabi Sands, the Timbavati and the Manyeleti private game reserves all share an open border with the Kruger so animals move freely.
The 65,000 ha Sabi Sands is considered to have some of the best Big Five game-viewing in the country. Due to a long history of sensitive game-viewing, the animals are mostly relaxed allowing superb game-viewing, especially of leopard. So diverse is its habitat and wildlife that you have an excellent chance of experiencing close encounters with the 'Big 5' - elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard - as well as many species of antelope, several dog-like species including spotted hyena and cape hunting dog, jackal, and a variety of smaller mammals.
The Sabi Sands comprises a number of private game lodges which cooperate in conserving their valuable heritage. Some of the world's finest game lodges are found here, together with some less well-known bush camps. This is an intimate and informative experience.
Enjoy these two (2) free days at the lodge.
Arathusa Safari Lodge is situated in the northern part of the prestigious Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Arathusa Safari Lodge is owner run and has belonged to the Dannhauser Family since 1960. It offers a relaxing intimate safari experience with guests enjoying a true African Safari in the heart of Big Five country. And safari you will as you enjoy two daily games drives during your stay.
Hearty bush meals are served on the timber deck, shaded by an aged Jackalberry tree overhanging the water, or in the starlit boma at night. Star-gazing is a popular activity in the evening as you gaze up into the crystal clear skies.
Enjoy another day at leisure at the lodge
Today you will be met by your private driver and transferred to the Hoedspruit airport for your flight back to Johannesburg (flight is not included - airfare can be arranged upon request). Transfer time is about a 3 hour drive.
On arrival, make your own way to the City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport which is withing walking distance. Check-in and enjoy your last night in South Africa at your leisure.
This morning you will make your way back to the airport in good time to board your flight out of South Africa!
The Residence is an extraordinary boutique hotel that is truly one of a kind, no effort has been spared in creating the most sublime surroundings to surpass your greatest expectations. Whether you are a business professional with a demanding executive schedule or a leisure traveller with time to spend at your own discretion, we are here to ensure that your stay with us will be memorable. Take a stroll through the manicured gardens and enjoy a game of tennis or swim a few lengths in the outdoor pools. Guests can work out in our fitness room, and arrangements can be made to play a round of golf on the nearby Houghton Golf Course.
Welgelegen Guest House is a stylish boutique lodge set in two pretty Victorian buildings, in a quiet cul-de-sac in the Gardens area of Cape Town - adjacent to trendy Kloof Street with its inviting bistros, restaurants and shops. Welgelegen is perfect for those seeking stylish accommodation with a friendly ambience. The lodge combines both the charm of the Victorian era, with wooden floors and well-preserved architectural details, with an understated contemporary style. Bedrooms all have satellite telephone, air conditioning, TV, bar-fridge, tea/coffee tray and stylish modern bathrooms. The breakfast room and sitting area are chic and modern with African artifacts specially selected by the Welgelegen's owner, Fiona Evans. There is a quiet courtyard garden with a small plunge pool, ideal for alfresco breakfasts.
Arathusa Safari Lodge is located within the northern sector of the coveted Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. This region has gained favor due to its lengthy history within the South African tourism industry, its incredible concentrations of wildlife, and the high quality private safaris on offer. The lodge flanks the bank of a large waterhole (approximately 250m x 150m). Each luxury chalet has a 180- degree view of the water. Guests are able to view and enjoy a variety of wildlife (including the big five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant) from their private verandahs. There are usually between 5 and 20 hippos “right on the doorstep” providing 24 hour entertainment.
Based at Africa’s busiest airport, City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport will provide business and leisure travelers with “home away from home” accommodation that is ideal for those commuting to and from Johannesburg and perfect for those who require immediate access to the airport. OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services from banking to a wide range of retailers, so whether it’s a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airport’s facilities have everything you need. The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room as well as a deck with a pool and a large commercial area with a coffee shop.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.