TRIP A : BACKPACKERS - 11 DAYS AND 10 NIGHTS / DURBAN INDABA STO RATES valid until 30 November 2012
Transportation in air-conditioned minibus or equivalent according to the size of the group – 12 seater or 22/24 seater
A. Transfers – KSIA TO DURBAN / JHB TO O.R TAMBO INT.
B. 1 Zulu dancing, crocodiles and snake park
C. 1 City tour
D. 1 Boat ride at St. Lucia
E. 1 visit to Cheetah rehabilitation centre
F. 1 night, open vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park
G. 1 visit, Johannesburg – Apartheid museum
H. 1 visit Gold Reef City Mine Tour
I. 1 visit to Pretoria on the way to the airport
• Discover South Africa with our professional Tour Guide.
All entrance fees and activities from A to I as specified on the tour Itinerary
• Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.
• All accommodation is of backpackers South African standards.
• 1 Breakfast Isinkwe Backpackers
• 1 Dinner at Isinkwe Backpackers
Day One – Durban
On arrival in Durban we transfer you to the establishment for an overnight stay, according to the arrangement ie. Backpackers. Our tour of this bustling metropolis, often called the cultural 'melting pot' of South Africa, includes a drive through the sports corridor with its impressive sporting facilities to the Blue Lagoon area on the Umgeni River where you get a panoramic view of the whole bay of Durban. Then past the so-called Apartheid Beaches, the Marine Parade (Golden Mile) the new name is O.R Tambo Parade, where you will see the rickshaws, en route to the impressive developments at the new Point Waterfront area. We drive past the busiest harbour in Africa and various historical monuments, and then through the city centre where the second railway station, the City Hall and the Post Office buildings each have a story to tell. We stop at the Indian Market where you get a glimpse into the Indian culture and bargain for souvenirs and spices. Our last visit is to the Botanical Gardens with its extensive collection of trees and plants from all over the world, as well as a famous cycad collection and orchid garden. You have the option of being dropped off at the end of the tour at the Ushaka Marine world with its world-class aquarium, and many shops and restaurants. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight bed only per person sharing at Happy Hippo or Tekweni Backpackers. Or similar depending on availability.
Day two: Durban – Phezulu Safari Park
This morning we then drive to the Valley of a 1000 hills for a show on Zulu culture and dancing. You are taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where various artifacts, beliefs and rituals are explained. Next it is off to the Reptile Park where interesting facts about crocodiles and snakes are explained by the park guide. Next for an exciting Durban City Tour and a visit to Ushaka Marine World aquarium and a dolphin show.Later afternoon back at to the hotel. Overnight bed only per person sharing at Happy Hippo or Tekweni Backpackers. Bed only.
Day Three: Durban – Isimangaliso Wetlands Park (St.Lucia)
We depart from Durban for a early drive through a scenic route to St Lucia (isimangaliso) a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy a 2 hour estuary cruise get up close and personal with both the Hippos and Crocodiles and a huge variety of birdlife and after ,later be mesmerized by the beauty of the Caracal (Lynx), enchanted by the playful Serval, astonished by the speed and agility of the Cheetah and delighted by the African Wildcat at Emdoneni Lodge and wild Cat Rehabilitation Center. Isinkwe Backpackers Dinner Bed and Breakfast.
Day Four : Swaziland
After breakfast we check out and head North of Kwa Zulu Natal, we enter Swaziland at Golela Border gate (passport necessary) drive through the magnificent landscapes of Swaziland a tiny Kingdom of a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King Mswati III. Enjoy a Swazi cultural experience, arrive at Mlilwane Camp by afternoon. Check in at our very rustic camp and rest of the afternoon at your Leisure Overnight at Big Game Park, Sondzela Backpackers, bed only sharing.
Day Five: Swaziland
Swaziland might be among the smallest countries on the continent and one of Africa's remaining monarchies, but there's more than novelty value on offer here. Some of the things you can do are: Visiting the Shibebe Rock, A glass factory and Swazi Candles. Overnight at Big Game Parks, Sondzela Backpackers, bed only sharing, or equivalent.
Day Six: Kruger National Park
We leave Mlilwane Camp(BIG GAME PARKS) after breakfast, drive through this largely mountainous, Landlocked kingdom, we continue on to Kruger National Park. We enter through the Southern-most gate and head north through the vast reserve, look out for: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species. Later check in. Overnight in Kruger National Park in a Bungalow / Hut / Safari Tent. Bed only.
Day Seven: Kruger National Park
We are up very early today for a sun rise game drive with our vehicle whereby we start our search; for the impassive variety of wild life that's in the Kruger National Park. This enormous and magnificent park is one of the most popular public-entry game parks in the world. Its density of permanent game is unrivalled with hundreds of different species; 507 birds, 336 trees, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibians. We return to the Camp by mid afternoon relax and later go for the sunset game drive with open game viewing vehicle with the South Africa National Parks authorities. Overnight in Kruger National Park in a Bungalow / Hut / Safari Tent. Bed only.
Day: Eight - Mpumalanga (Pilgrims Rest)
After breakfast we continue our search for more Kruger Park's inhabitants, today we drive North and later, we leave the Kruger National Park, we head off to enjoy the scenic delights of Mpumalanga's 'Panorama Route'. The day's highlights include Pilgrim's Rest, the old mining village where gold was first disco vered, glorious God's Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and a visit to the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, one of thenatural wonders of Africa. Overnight at Graskop or the nearest backpackers. Bed only.
Day Nine: Johannesburg
We leave Mpumalanga rising several hundred feet into the Highveld en route to Johannesburg, Johannesburg, is the largest city in South Africa. Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa, having the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. The city is one of the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the world and it is one of Africa's only two global cities. Overnight at Diamond Diggers Backpackers / Backpacker Ritz. Bed only or equivalent.
Day Ten: Johannesburg
We explore Gold Reef City, Africa's greatest Entertainment Theme Park created around an authentic 19th Century Gold Mine. Gold Reef City Theme park has an abundance of adventures rides, restaurants, history, site seeing, visit the mine Shafts and the APARTHEID museum. Overnight in Diamond Diggers Backpackers / Backpacker Ritz. Bed only.
Day Eleven: Johannesburg – Pretoria – O.R Tambo International Airport
This is the last day of the tour and day will be at leisure in Johannesburg this day is open for shopping safari and scenic drives in Johannesburg late group will be transferred to O.R Tambo international airport for the flight back home. 1 Visit to Pretoria on the way to the airport - time provided.