International Beekeeping Safari 2009

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International Beekeeping Safari 2009

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Destination for this trip:

Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Mpumalanga, South Africa; Pretoria, South Africa; South Africa; Swaziland; United States

Length of trip:

14 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 5000 to $ 6000

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Detailed Description of this trip:

Experience Africa with Rob and Stella, South African citizens now living in the USA. We invite you to join us on our unique tours and wildlife safaris to Southern Africa. We speak the local languages and have extensive knowledge of the African Culture and the country as a whole. We are both certified South Africa Fundi Tourism Experts certified by South African Tourism. Enjoy excellent cuisine together with superb South African wines. Great souvenir shopping, African art, skins and hides, diamonds, and Kruger Rands.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - On the Plane

    Commercial Flight

    Depart from the U.S.A. for South Africa

  • Day 2 - Johannesburg

    Arrival in Johannesburg at Oliver Tambo International Airport. Overnight at Irene Country Lodge.

    Food and Dining

    Welcome Dinner.

  • Day 3 - Johannesburg

    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, everybody departs for Lesedi Cultural Village. Companions will continue from Lesedi to the Cradle of Humankind to visit the Sterkfontein Caves. Tour given by professional guide, and afternoon refreshments will be served.

    Shopping

    On way back to Irene visit Cambanos for curio shopping.

    Safari

    Beekeepers - Afternoon in Johannesburg - Anton Schehle. This is the home of the Apis mellifera scutellata bee.

    Food and Dining

    Return to the Irene Country Lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 4 - Pretoria

    Safari

    Beekeepers - A full day in the Pretoria area with Anton Schehle.

    Voluntourism

    Companions will visit a local community project in the area of Irene, children’s day care centre and orphanage.

    Food and Dining

    Picnic lunch at Pretoria National Botanical Garden.

    Sightseeing

    Pretoria Tour and continue to Voortrekker Monument.

    Bed & Breakfast

    Overnight back at Irene Country Lodge on dinner bed and breakfast basis. Beekeepers Evening with local beekeepers joining.

  • Day 5 - Mpumalanga

    Sightseeing

    Everybody departs after breakfast via the Highveld towns of Witbank and Middleburg to Mpumalanga province. This north eastern region of South Africa is world famous for being home to the Greater Kruger National Park, beautiful scenery, mountains and waterfalls and is one of the most popular areas in South Africa for both international and local visitors. Stop at Nelspruit Lowveld Botanical Gardens for Lunch. Guided tour through gardens.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Kruger Gate Protea Hotel, located at the entrance gate to the Kruger on the Sabie River.

  • Day 6 - Swaziland

    Bus

    After breakfast depart for Swaziland, just south of the Kruger Park.

    Safari

    Beekeepers - Travel to Bulembu for a hosted function and visits - Andrew Le Roux

    Sightseeing

    Companions will spend the day exploring this tiny mountain kingdom, including a tea stop in Bulembu, a visit to the Ngwenya Glass factory, one of the most successful projects run in Swaziland where local people have learnt the art of glass blowing from recycled glass bottles. Continue to Malkerns, to the Swazi Candle factory, also one of the famous handcrafts which Swaziland is well known for. There will be a light lunch served at the candle factory, and slowly make our way up through the mountains and passes to return to Jeppe’s Reef border post. Rural Africa still continues a traditional life in Swaziland with subsistence farming, barter systems and informal education, all under the absolute rule of King Mswati and his tribal council.

    Bed & Breakfast

    Return to the hotel for overnight on dinner bed and breakfast basis.

  • Day 7 - South Africa

    National Parks

    Everybody - Our safari guides will meet us at the lodge very early this morning; we will go out into Kruger National Park in open Landover vehicles with our packed breakfast from the hotel. Spend the day looking for animals, birds, learning about the topography and ecology of the vast wilderness area, which is home to Africa’s Big 5 – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant, as well as many other species. Stop at waterholes and lookout points throughout the day. A stop will be made for lunch at one of the picnic sites.

    Hotel

    Return to the lodge at sunset for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 8 - South Africa

    National Parks

    Everybody - Depart very early for another full day in the Kruger National Park, taking packed breakfasts along. It is possible to do a half day, return to the lodge for a few hours, and then go out again later afternoon.

    Food and Dining

    Lunch in the park at one of the picnic sites.

    Hotel

    Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 9 - Mpumalanga

    Commercial Flight

    Everybody - After breakfast depart the lodge for Mpumalanga Airport and flight to Cape Town.

    Sightseeing

    If time permits, visit Table Mountain on arrival in Cape Town, otherwise it will be done as soon as weather permits.

    Bed & Breakfast

    Overnight at the President Hotel on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

  • Day 10 - Cape Town

    Safari

    Beekeepers and Companions together this day. Mike Allsopp to show us the beekeeping project at Cape Point. This area is home of the Apis mellifera capensis bee.

    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, depart for a full day Peninsula Tour, which includes visiting Hout Bay and the Seal Colony by boat, Chapman’s Peak scenic Drive, The Cape Point Nature Reserve with the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point lighthouse, the Boulders Penguin Colony to see one of the world’s only land based African Penguin Colonies, and the historic naval town of Simonstown, still the Headquarters of the South African Navy, and a strategic naval point for Britain and her allies during the World Wars. This is a beautiful day all along the coastline and the Cape Peninsula where we find the meeting of the cold and warm currents of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

    Food and Dining

    Lunch in Simonstown.

    Hotel

    Return to the hotel for overnight on a dinner bed and breakfast basis.

  • Day 11 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    Everybody will do a Cape Town city tour including Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the historic city centre of Cape Town, Parliament, the Company Gardens, the Malay Quarter, Signal Hill and some free time in the Waterfront area. Light lunch at Kirstenbosch.

    Food and Dining

    Return to hotel to freshen up before departing for dinner at Nyoni Restaurant.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the President Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

  • Day 12 - Cape Town

    Safari

    After breakfast the beekeepers will depart for Stellenbosch for beekeeping program with Mike Allsopp and then join companions for picnic lunch and wine tasting. Afternoon some more beekeeping in the area.

    Sightseeing

    Companions to do a full day tour to Paarl to the Afrikaans Language Memorial, then to Franschoek to the French Hugenot Memorial, and to one of the local estates for wine tasting and a picnic lunch at Boschendal. Continue into Stellenbosch for the afternoon to spend some time on foot exploring this historic university town. Stellenbosch is famous for its oak lined avenues, Cape Dutch architecture, and unique atmosphere.

    Bed & Breakfast

    Return to Cape Town for overnight at the President Hotel on a dinner bed and breakfast basis.

  • Day 13 - Cape Town

    Free morning. Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your return flights to the USA.

  • Day 14 - United States

    Commercial Flight

    Arrive back in the USA from South Africa.

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