Tugela Tour

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Tugela Tour

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Length of trip:

13 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 1000 to $ 2500

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

During our South Africa Cultural Tours, we will introduce you to the people, history, culture, customs, traditions, lifestyle who have made South Africa into what it is to day. Visit the village where Nelson Mandela grew up, and, for example, tour the Nelson Mandela Museum on our Eastern Cape Tours. Tour overview:...Thirteen days - three to four star accommodation - including : Soweto, Sterkfontein World Heritage Site, Pretoria, Durban’s townships, Hluhluwe-Umfolosi game reserve, St Lucia World Heritage Site, Kosi Bay, Tembe Elephant Reserve, iPhiva, Cape Town, Robben Island, Table Mountain and the Winelands.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Johannesburg

    Sightseeing

    Arrive at Johannesburg airport. Freshen up at airport courtesy lounge- depart for tour of Soweto with lunch at Wandies. Soweto (originally an acronym for South Western Townships) developed from a geographical location into an international symbol of victory over oppression.

    Hotel

    Overnight Johannesburg.

  • Day 2 - Durban

    Sightseeing

    Depart for Sterkfontein caves where the ape-man fossils that have been found gave rise to the suggestion that Africa is the "cradle of mankind". The significance of the Sterkfontein discoveries and the importance of the area in tracing the evolution of man has been recognised by UNESCO in declaring this a World Heritage Site.

    Sightseeing

    Travel to Pretoria to visit the Union Buildings.

    Commercial Flight

    Transfer to Johannesburg airport for flight to Durban.

    Hotel

    Overnight Durban.

  • Day 3 - Durban

    Sightseeing

    Morning tour of the Townships of Durban, formally hotbeds of political dissension and conflict where many of the great leaders of the struggle against apartheid were born, worked or died. Today the Townships, home to some 2,5 million people, exude a vibrant, friendly atmosphere.

    Safari

    After lunch travel north to Hluhluwe-Umfolosi game reserve passing through widely contrasting agricultural lands from traditional subsistence farming to the vast commercial sugar and timber plantations. This region is redolent with the culture and history of the Zulu nation whose dominant position as the largest population group in the country arose from the military conquests and diplomacy of King Shaka in the early 19th century. A proud and dignified people, famous as fearsome warriors, they hold strong traditional beliefs which are still widely practiced to-day.

    Camping

    Overnight at Hilltop Camp.

  • Day 4 - Hluhluwe

    Game viewing activities in the Hluhluwe-Umfolosi game reserve.
    Safari

    This typical bushveld country is home to the Big 5 and many other species. It is the oldest reserve in Africa and, amongst other notable conservation successes, is where the white rhino was saved from the brink of extinction. Here is a glimpse of the heartbeat of the old Africa where the mighty beasts reign supreme. Full day game viewing with a picnic lunch in the reserve.

    Optional
    Adventure

    Optional early morning or late afternoon activities : guided walks or open vehicle game drives.

    Camping

    Overnight at Hilltop Camp.

  • Day 5 - Hluhluwe

    Safari

    Morning game viewing on the way to the St Lucia Wetland Park. The Park which contains five different eco-systems was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a unique conservation area, a wetland of international significance and of national pride. The day includes a boat cruise, a walk in the St Lucia Reserve and a picnic at Cape Vidal.

    Optional
    Safari

    Optional late afternoon guided walk or open vehicle night drive.

    Camping

    Overnight at Hilltop Camp.

  • Day 6 - South Africa

    Optional
    Safari

    Optional early morning game drive or guided walk.

    Adventure

    After breakfast transfer to Kosi Bay in Maputaland, the north-eastern region of KwaZulu Natal. This area is inhabited by an interesting mix of Thonga, Zulu and Swazi people and despite facing the onset of change still offers the visitor a unique opportunity of experiencing how the local people have interacted with their natural environment for hundreds of years.

    Wine

    After lunch learn about the making of palm wine, an important local industry. Sundowners at Lake Shengeza.

    Hotel

    Overnight Kosi Forest Lodge.

  • Day 7 - South Africa

    Canoeing

    Early morning canoeing to the Raffia forest.

    Sightseeing

    After breakfast at the lodge, embark on a boat trip where you will see the fascinating method the Thonga have used for 600 hundred years to catch fish by means of an intricate system of traps made from reeds and baskets. Short walk to a pristine beach experience.

    Optional
    Snorkeling

    Optional activity, snorkeling among the superb coral reefs.

    Hotel

    Overnight Kosi Forest Lodge.

  • Day 8 - South Africa

    Private Car Service

    Transfer to Thembe Elephant Reserve home of the Province's largest elephant herd.

    Safari

    After lunch, game drive in an open vehicle. The fully grown adults are physically the biggest in South Africa and make for spectacular viewing in the mosaic of sand forest, woodland, grassland and swampland.

    Hotel

    Overnight Thembe Lodge.

  • Day 9 - South Africa

    Safari

    Early morning game drive.

    Arts, Crafts and Antiques

    After breakfast depart for Thembalethu Craft Village and the iLala Weavers which was established 20 years ago with the objective of revitalizing and enhancing the traditional handicrafts of the Zulu women which were in danger of being lost forever. To-day iLala Weavers helps over two thousand Zulus to attain self sufficiency by providing an outlet for their superb basketwork and beadwork.

    Private Car Service

    After lunch transfer to iPhiva, a fascinating example of community focused tourism development with accommodation in floating chalets.

    Sightseeing

    After a sunset cruise and dinner, visit the local kraal (village) to enjoy the evening with a family, watching their traditional dancing and learning about their lifestyles and customs.

    Hotel

    Overnight iPhiva.

  • Day 10 - Durban

    Adventure

    Breakfast at the central lodge then at leisure to look for small game animals in the community conservation area or to explore the lake in your own skiff until mid-morning transfer to Durban.

    Sightseeing

    The afternoon is spent learning about the Indian population. From the time of the arrival of the first Indian indentured labourers in the 1860's the Indian population of KwaZulu Natal has grown to what is reputed to be the largest outside India. They have retained much of their rich cultural heritage as can be seen in the beautiful mosques, colourful temples, vibrant festivals, classical dances and exotic foods. Dinner is at a shabeen during the evening tour of the lively townships surrounding Durban. As African urban settlements grew around the city, the shabeen became the place where people came to relax, meet friends and have a drink. Here you will have the chance to listen to music and to talk to the locals.

    Hotel

    Overnight Durban.

  • Day 11 - Cape Town

    Commercial Flight

    Early breakfast and transfer to the airport for flight to Cape Town.

    Sightseeing

    Afternoon orientation tour of the city including the colorful Bo-Kaap or Malay Quarter, traditional home of the Cape Malays who have maintained their Muslim identify and made significant contributions to the South African language and cuisine.

    Ferry trip to Robben Island for a tour of the prison where Nelson Mandela was held.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner at Africa Café which offers a mouth-watering array of African dishes.

    Hotel

    Overnight Cape Town.

  • Day 12 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    Weather permitting, early departure for the cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain for breakfast while enjoying one of the world's most memorable views. A tour of the Winelands includes visits to some of the progressive farms where the workers, with the support of the owners have started to produce their own wines with evocative labels such as "Freedom Road" and "New Beginnings".

    Food and Dining

    Picnic lunch at one of the farms and a visit to Stellenbosch, in the heart of the Winelands.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner at a seafood restaurant in Hout Bay to watch the sun set across the ocean.

    Hotel

    Overnight Cape Town.

  • Day 13 - Cape Town

    Transfer to Cape Town airport for return flight.

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