Soccer Safari Team Packages for South Africa

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Soccer Safari Team Packages for South Africa

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Length of trip:

14 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 4000 to $ 6000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

This soccer safari package below is fully changeable to meet the needs of the group. This package has a blend of Urban/ Rural/Cultural and a Safari. It can be changed to a more specialized focus, say Aids education, in conjunction with Soccer games, it can be upgraded to a higher level for the semi professional teams, it can be shortened and or lengthened in duration. The South Africa Cultural portion can be expanded to make it more educational, it can be lessened to give the participants more general free and touring time. The South Africa Safari component can be lengthened, shortened, changed to a more traditional overland trip, etc. Activities, level of lodging- South Africa has a very sound Lodging infrastructure from youth hostels to Luxury hotels. Its Lodging industry is geared more to tourist travelers than the USA and as such, is highly regulated. A Country does not get awarded the World Cup without having the proper infrastructure to support such an event. South Africa is regularly mentioned within many different lodging categories for International Hospitality awards. Once a group establishes an interest, I will then work with that group, soccer club, University, to get this rated and adjust it accordingly for what they want. South Africa, with the 2010 World Cup ahead, along with its past history, is presently one of the most popular destinations as its so diverse: Wild life- Safari- driving, walking, overland, fly in, photographic, canoe Safari's Culture- History, Traditions,People Nature- Beach, Mountains, Desert, Coastal hikes, mountain/Biking Tours, Urban Cities- Rural Villages. For those of you who like the "rush": try the highest bungee jump in the world, great white cage shark diving, abseiling of Table Mountains, river rafting the great Zambezi river, hiking the wild coast, swimming with wild dolphins in Southern Mozambique...



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Cape Town

    Upon arrival to Cape Town International Airport you will be met by our Tour representative and assisted with your luggage. Follow the representative to the vehicle which will transfer you to the hotel situated 25 minutes from the airport.

    Sightseeing

    The Castle of Good Hope is our next stop followed by the Malay Quarter, also referred to as the Bo-Kaap which is an extremely colourful area and reminds one of the Mother City’s days gone by.

    Sightseeing

    Walk through the Dutch East India Company Gardens before ending at Cape Town’s link with the sea, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which offers a wide variety of entertainment, present-day shops and restaurants to enjoy in Victorian style.

    Food and Dining

    Tonight we enjoy an African Feast at Africa Café.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Fountains Hotel. Centrally located in Heerengracht, Cape Town City Centre, this comfortable accommodation offers all the usual amenities, including a restaurant, terrace/sundeck, bar/lounge, pool/gym/sauna, 24hrs reception and on-site parking. Catering to the holidaymaker and corporate clients who want to experience Cape Town at its best. Within close walking distance to Cape Town International Convention Centre.

  • Day 2 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for our Full Day Tour of the Cape Peninsula. An exploration along the peninsula coastline to enjoy some of the most inspiring scenery South Africa has to offer, with the main feature being the spectacular Cape Point and the historical Cape of Good Hope.

    Beach

    A visit to the Boulders Beach introduces you to the charming Penguin Colony, all of them dressed in their tuxedo outfits. Simon’s Town’s long and illustrious naval heritage is visible everywhere in this town; including the statue of Able-seaman Just Nuisance, the only dog ever to be officially enlisted as a member of the Royal Navy.

    Food and Dining

    We stop off for lunch at Seaforth Restaurant.

    Hotel

    We return via the southern Suburbs and if time allows you can stretch your legs with a walk through the Kirstenbosch Gardens before returning to the hotel. Overnight at Fountains Hotel.

  • Day 3 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for our day in the Townships, remember to pack your Soccer kit as today we play the local team of Khayelitshia in a friendly.

    Sightseeing

    Cape Town - one city; many cultures. Highlights include an insight into the past and post 1994 progress; visiting projects which are helping previously disadvantaged communities develop and building a better life for all; an insight into another side of Cape Town with focus on job creation via community based initiatives and a lunch stop at Vicky’s B&B.

    Sporting Events

    Finally we end the day with an afternoon Soccer Friendly (mentioned above).

    Hotel

    Overnight at Fountains Hotel.

  • Day 4 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    This is a day at leisure – time to explore Cape Town and its surrounds. Enjoy a day on the beach, which there are absolutely beautiful beaches in Cape Town, or visit Cape Point. If the weather allows a trip up Table Mountain is a must. Don’t forget the shopping in the V and A Waterfront and for those interested in the history of South Africa there is a boat ride to Robben Island available.

    Performing Arts

    Enjoy the drum cafe, group African drumming, explore the many art and craft markets, hang out and listen to some jazz, many options.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Fountains Hotel.

  • Day 5 - Mossel Bay

    Private Car Service

    After breakfast, check out of your room. We make our way to Mossel Bay on the Cape Garden Route along the scenic N2.

    Relaxation

    Upon arrival we check into the hotel, freshen up and stretch our legs prior to an enjoyable Soccer Friendly and Braai with the local Mossel Bay Team.

    Hotel

    Overnight at The Point Hotel. Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, in the heart of the Garden Route, lies the seaside town of Mossel bay. A bustling holiday resort in summer and an ideal retreat in winter. Mossel Bay is second only to Hawaii for having the mildest all-year climate in the world according to the Guiness Book of Records. The Point Hotel is built right on the rocks above a huge natural rock pool and overlooks the endless blue expanse of the Indian Ocean. From your balcony you can watch the Humpback and Southern Right whales or the dolphins passing. Situated below the lighthouse on the rocks, this eco-tourist friendly destination offers not only spectacular views but many other advantages. Apart from the safe swimming in the tidal pool, you can also enjoy walking along Mossel Bay's wonderful coast line. A four star hotel consisting of 48 seafacing en-suite rooms with private balconies, will offer you the most exhilarating views. Rooms are equipped with direct dial telephones, international plug points, TV with DSTV, ceiling fans, panel heaters, lock-up safes and internet access in every room. The Hotel is paraplegic friendly and all floors are serviced with a hydraulic lift and serviced by surveillance cameras.

  • Day 6 - Mossel Bay

    Train

    After an early morning wake-up call, we check out and depart for George to board the 09:30 departure of the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe to Knysna.

    Ocean Cruise

    Here you will enjoy an afternoon cruise on the lagoon before checking into your hotel.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Graywood Hotel. Revive the luxury of the bygone era in Knysna's newest 3 star timber log hotel. The Graywood hotel was opened in late 2004 after extensive renovations to upgrade all the rooms and facilities. The Graywood hotel now offers guests 49 tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms. The Hotel keeps in line with the character and spirit of the surrounding indigenous Knysna forests with its amazing woodwork. It also has a fascinating steam train theme, and is decorated with many original railroad memorabilia and historic photographs.
    The Graywood Hotel is very centrally located in the middle of town and ideally situated for sight seeing. The hotel is within easy walking distance to the Knysna Quays (better knows as the Knysna Waterfront). The Choo-Tjoe station, with its quaint steam locomotives, is 300 m away, as are the ferries to the Heads and the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

  • Day 7 - South Africa

    Sightseeing

    After a leisurely breakfast we depart for the Tsitsikamma Forest. We enjoy the scenic beauty and many photo opportunities and before turning back to enjoy a 3 hour Tree Top Canopy tour. The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest.

    Sightseeing

    Along the way, we will stop of at the world highest bungy jump, to watch and you can jump or walk the bridge, if you like.

    3 hour Tree Top Canopy tour
    Sightseeing

    The first of its kind in Africa, the canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor. Most platforms are located in giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The scenery and bird life is spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the three-hour tour. The concept of guiding people through the upper canopy of a rainforest originated in Costa Rica, where adventurous biologists devised new methods for accessing the forest canopy in order to conduct research on the undiscovered canopy ecosystem. The idea soon developed into a breathtaking form of eco-tourism which allowed people to enter and experience a previously inaccessible natural environment. Construction of the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour has been done in accordance with strict civil engineering standards. The system was designed and created by an adventurous civil engineer who constructed a similar canopy tour in Costa Rica. The safety standards have been significantly enhanced and the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour uses state of the art equipment and has been rated as the most sophisticated of it's kind in the world. Concept to completion took fourteen and a half months. The tour begins with a detailed safety briefing followed by a 'kitting up' session where full body harness, pulleys and climbing equipment is put on and checked. A short drive into the Tsitsikamma forest and it is time to monkey around! From the start on the launch platform a new world unfolds as one gently glides on a steel cable to the first tree platform. All groups are escorted through the forest canopy by a lead guide and a follow guide to ensure your safety as you slide from tree to tree. The platforms, built high up in the giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods, provide an unbelievable view of this enchanting new world - any fear of heights is soon lost as you gather in your new surroundings. Spend a couple of minutes relaxing while your guides enthusiastically explain the ecology of the forest - pointing out different trees and the magnificent giant ferns way below. The bird life is incredible. Knysna Loeries, sightings of the elusive Narina Trogon and the Samago monkey are not uncommon. The Tsistikamma Canopy Tour consists of 10 platforms and 10 'fufi' slides, the longest of which is 100m! About three hours later you exit the forest, having undertaken the journey of a lifetime. You have contributed to the creation of new jobs and are helping the forest regeneration project.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Graywood Hotel.

  • Day 8 - Port Elizabeth

    Sightseeing

    After breakfast we check out of our rooms and make our way through to Humansdorp where Zuks, our specialist guide for the Eastern Cape, will meet up with us.

    Performing Arts

    Here we will be greeted by Gumboot Dancers and a Lunch before a Soccer Friendly with the local Humansdorp Team.

    Private Car Service

    Afterwards we make our way through to Port Elizabeth for our overnight stop.

    Hotel

    Overnight at City Lodge Port Elizabeth.
    City Lodge has become a household name in the Southern African market providing guests with comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms which are the ideal place to make your own when you come home at the end of your day - whether you have been working or playing. Situated opposite Humewood Beach and in close proximity to Port Elizabeth central business district and airport, the City Lodge Port Elizabeth offers 147 rooms most of which have a sea view,a swimming pool for those hot summer days and is surrounded by entertainment opportunities and restaurants. The Oceanarium and Boardwalk Casino are on the doorstep with numerous restaurants within walking distance.

  • Day 9 - East London

    Sightseeing

    After breakfast,check out of your room. We depart for East London via King Williams Town and stop off for a tour of historical British Settler City of Saints – Grahamstown.

    Hotel

    Upon arrival at the hotel, we check in and freshen up.

    Relaxation

    You may spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Protea Hotel East London. Where the Indian Ocean meets the shores of Africa, north and south of the Buffalo River, lies the magnificent leisure resort and industrial port of East London.
    The Protea Hotel East London, with its central location, has the unique ability to offer the facilities of two hotels in one - 44 well-appointed, comfortable rooms and 36 elegantly decorated and luxurious rooms and suites. Both offer air-conditioned accommodation, with en-suite bathrooms and colour TV (with M-Net).
    An excellent conference venue, the Protea Hotel East London sports three restaurants and five bars, with a host of sporting and leisure activities nearby.

  • Day 10 - East London

    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, we depart for a tour of East London and then proceed to Mdantsane, the second largest township in the Southern Hemisphere after Soweto in Johannesburg.

    Sightseeing

    We visit their shopping centre, walk around and interact with the people and experience their day-to-day ways of living.

    Sporting Events

    After this we proceed to Mngqesha, the Great Palace of the King of Amaxhosa, here we enjoy a Soccer Friendly with the local team and return to the hotel afterwards.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Protea Hotel East London.

  • Day 11 - East London

    Private Car Service

    After an early breakfast, we depart for our tour across the Kei River into the ex-Transkei homeland.

    Sightseeing

    We visit the home of Nelson Mandela in Qunu and also the town of Idutywa, home to President Thabo Mbeki. In Umtata we visit the Nelson Mandela Museum, popular for its collection of the gifts that Nelson Mandela received from all over the world.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Protea Hotel East London.

  • Day 12 - South Africa

    Private Car Service

    After breakfast we say goodbye to Zuks, check out of our rooms and make our way through to Kariega Game Reserve.

    Safari

    Our stay at Kariega includes Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and two game activities daily.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Kariega Game Reserve. Located in pristine surroundings, the tranquility and splendour of Kariega Game Reserve, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, is beyond doubt awesome. Sanctuary to abundant game and wildlife such as lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, hippo, giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck and a variety of antelope, as well as a myriad of bird species, including nesting Martial, Crowned and Fish Eagles, this 5000 hectare private game reserve is a must, for those seeking the retreat and the thrill of the great outdoors and an African Safari vacation of a lifetime. Set high above the spectacular Kariega River Valley, you cannot get closer to nature than in this wondrous African wilderness, in the heart of the 1820 Settler Country, with its rich historical heritage. The golden beaches of Kenton-on-Sea are less than 15 minutes away.
    Kariega offers luxury game lodge accommodation, architectural award winning restaurant and a host of activities, such as; game drives, hiking, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, mountain biking, horse riding and the ever famous sunset river cruises on the Kariega Queen. Only 80 minutes east of Port Elizabeth, a visit to Kariega Game Reserve should be considered a natural extension of your trip along South Africa's famous 'Garden Route', between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
    From your deck listen for the cry of the African Fish Eagle or in the comfort of your chalet, revel in the stillness and silence as night falls over Kariega.
    Our two and three bedroomed chalets are serviced and well appointed with fully equipped kitchens (providing a self catering option), fireplaces and TVs.
    A spectacular Architectural Award Winning pub and restaurant, nestled in indigenous bush with commanding views of the reserve, serves tasty traditional South African cuisine, or guests can enjoy the experience of a meal in the open air boma.
    For those who want to do more than merely relax and enjoy the idyllic surroundings at Kariega, there is plenty to keep you busy in and around this enchanting Reserve. Kariega also offers some unique features that are rarely found in South African Reserves.

  • Day 13 - South Africa

    Adventure

    Enjoy the facilities and activities at the lodge.

    Hotel

    Overnight at Kariega Game Reserve.

  • Day 14 - Port Elizabeth

    Safari

    Enjoy the early morning game drive and breakfast (time permitting).

    We check out of our rooms and make our way to Port Elizabeth Airport in time for your connecting fight home.

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