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Inspiring New Way – South Africa - 12 Days

South Africa is one of the continent’s best safari destinations, offering the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) and more in accessible parks and reserves. You can drive right into the epic wilderness at Kruger, Kgalagadi and other parks, or join khaki-clad rangers on guided drives and walks. But it’s not all about big-game sightings – wildlife watching here also teaches you to enjoy the little things: a leopard tortoise ambling alongside the road, a go-away bird chirping its distinctive chant in the trees, or an encounter with seals, whales or a great white shark along the coast.

South Africa can be visited comfortably any time. However, depending on what you plan to do, it’s worth paying attention to the seasons, which are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Winter (June to September) is cooler, drier and ideal for hiking and outdoor pursuits. Because vegetation is less dense and thirsty animals congregate around rivers and other permanent water sources, winter is also the best time for wildlife-watching. In the eastern highveld, nights are often crisp and clear, with occasional frosts, so come prepared with a jacket.

Spring (mid-September to November) and autumn (April and May) are ideal almost everywhere. Spring is also the best time to see vast expanses of the Northern Cape carpeted with wildflowers.

Places to visit:

Table Mountain

Well, the name of this key attraction already suggests it — a flat-topped mountain, overlooking Cape Town. Make sure to hike to the top of the mountain. The climb is a hard task, but the view from up there is spectacular — all of Cape Town’s radiance can be seen from up there, and the sea breeze will definitely freshen you up.  For the not-so-adventurous type, there is a cable car to the summit.

The Cape Peninsula

If you are an adventurous type of person and you enjoy hiking — The Cape Peninsula is the best place to go. Within Table Mountain National Park, you will find the Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. The unspoiled nature will give you an experience to remember for a lifetime. If you visit this area in spring or early summer, you might see Southern Right Whales. Whatever time of year you visit, make sure you see the colony of 3,000 African penguins at Boulders Beach.

Robben Island

Robben Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for many things, but mostly for the prison where South Africa’s political prisoners were held during the Apartheid era. At various points in history, the island was also a leper colony, a mental hospital and a defense training base.

The Garden Route

The Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay (Western Cape) to the Storms River (Eastern Cape). It is a marvelous route to walk through.  First you will probably want to take a peek at the ten nature reserves, then the marine reserves. You can experience the pleasure of seeing over 300 different bird species, coral reefs, dolphins, seals, and many other magnificent creatures. Along the Garden Route there are a couple of bays where whales come to calve from July to December. The best bay to go to is Plettenberg Bay, which is a whale hotspot.

The Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park lies in the Limpopo Province and is the largest reserve in South Africa. This is a place that literally takes your breath away. With such diversity in flora and fauna, no one could remain unimpressed. You can see 336 types of trees, 49 kinds of fish, 34 types of amphibians, 114 different reptiles, 507 species of birds and 147 kinds of mammals. The wild diversity is mixed with some history at archeological sites, like Masorini and Thulamela.

The Cradle of Humankind

Just 50km away from Johannesburg, there is a complex of limestone caves. In these caves, scientists have discovered fossils that date back to the birth of humankind. The most famous among the fossils are the skull “Mr. Ples” (which is a 2.1 million-year-old skull) and the skeleton “Little Foot” (which is 3 million-years-old). Our earliest known ancestors evolved from The Cradle of Humankind.

Knysna

Knysna is a town situated in the middle of the Garden Route and it deserves special attention. This is one of South Africa`s true gems. It is a great place to have fun, relax and enjoy great food. The town is a big attraction to artists and people who enjoy water sports. You can spend a day “wave jumping” on a lagoon, then enjoy an incredible sunset. So if you want to relax and have a good time — this is the place.

Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn may seem like an unusual recommendation, since it is considered the Ostrich Capital of South Africa. Yet this is the place to visit if you would like to ride an ostrich or just sample their eggs. There are many hotels that serve ostrich eggs, mainly for breakfast. They are very rich in taste and rather large, compared to other eggs. Ostrich meat is also served in the form of sausages and steaks. And for those who are not very fond of ostriches, you can go cycling since the scenery here is also beautiful.

Durban

Durban is a very friendly place to go. It is the third largest city in South Africa and is famous for its “Golden Mile” — string of beaches filled with surfers, and also a shark free zone. You can spend the whole day relaxing on the beach and then have a nice meal in a nearby pub. Afterwards, go and check the Marine World Aquarium and you’ll have a day worth to remembering.

Gansbaai

It doesn’t matter if you are an adventurous type or not if you want to visit Gansbaai. The beauty of nature will be all around you — in and out of the water. For example, you can watch the whales from the Cliffs of De Kelders, enjoy the white sands of Pearly Beach or take a walk in the ancient milkwood forests. If you are looking for a thrill, you can dive with the great White Sharks.

Day 1
Cape Town

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, a Travcare representative meets you for a transfer to your pre-booked hotel.

Cape Town is one of the most popular long haul destinations in the world. Due to its unique topography, it is also one of the easiest places in which to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you; you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa.

Day 2
Cape Town - City Tour

After breakfast leave on a half-day Mother City tour by hop on hop off bus.

You will go for a scenic coastal drive through Clifton & Sea Point & later tour passes the Houses of Parliament, the Castle, the SA Museum, and a few other historical sights – District Six, Bo-Kaap, Slave Lodge & ending at the bustling Greenmarket Square. A cable car ride, takes you up the Table Mountain (weather permitting otherwise Signal Hill) for a breathtaking view over the city (entrance is included) Return to your hotel.

Day 3
Cape Town - Peninsula Tour

Breakfast is taken at the hotel. Depart on a full day Peninsula tour. This comprehensive tour shows you the best of the spectacular Cape Peninsula and why it is it's called the Fairest Cape. Travel past Sea Point and Camps Bay, past the famous beaches of Clifton and Llandudno towards Hout Bay. Drive along the Atlantic Seaboard. Pass through Noordhoek and Scarborough. Later you will take to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Enjoy the funicular ride aboard the “Flying Dutchman” and enjoy the unforgettable spectacular views. Later get the photo opportunity to take some pictures at the second southernmost tip of the African continent. From here you will drive along the Indian Ocean coastline, where you can visit the beautiful Boulders Beach, and have the option to sit among the famous colony of Jackass Penguins. Thereafter we enjoy a short stop at the naval port of Simon's Town and know about the legend of “Able Seaman Just Nuisance” the Great Dane Dog that was inducted in Royal Navy. Return to the hotel.

Day 4
Cape Town – Grootbos

After breakfast transfer to the airport to pick up a self-drive car and drive to Grootbos Nature reserve. Arrive in time for Lunch.

In the afternoon enjoy some of the following activities:

Horse Riding (weight limit is 90 KG), Guided Walks, Nature, Marine and coastal Drives and walks including the walker bay nature reserve combined with Land based whale watching, Bird watching.

Day 5
Knysna – Oudtshoorn - Knysna

After breakfast you self-drive to Oudtshoorn. It is known as the ‘Feather Capital of the World’ thanks to its huge ostrich industry.

On way you will visit a crocodile Park where you have opportunity to take pictures with Cheetah. In Oudtshoorn you go underground to marvel at the icy formations in the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders. Evening you return to hotel in Knysna.

Day 6
Knysna – Shamwari

After breakfast you self-drive to Shamwari Game Reserve. Arrive and enjoy lunch and then leave for an afternoon game drive (lunch and game drive is time permitting).

Day 7
Shamwari

Enjoy a morning and afternoon Game drives.

Day 8
Shamwari - Port Elizabeth - Sun City

After breakfast drive to Port Elizabeth airport and drop off the self-drive vehicle and board a flight to Joburg. Arrive and transfer to Sun City.

The Sun City complex is surrounded by two championship golf courses, numerous swimming pools and a huge man-made lake offering various water sports. Optional activities include Hot Air Ballooning. Enjoy lunch at the Raj Indian Restaurant (own account). Then you could relax at the Valley of the Waves, or take a walk through the gardens of the Lost City. This magical city knows no limits - you have the chance to win a fortune at the Casino and Entertainment Centre, there are lavish extravaganzas and a multitude of restaurants to cater for every taste.

Day 9
Sun City

After breakfast you will enjoy your day at leisure.

Day 10
Sun City - Johannesburg

After breakfast transfer to Johannesburg. On arrival you leave for a Gold Reef City tour.

Where you will see reconstruction of Johannesburg during the Gold Rush era, built around a mine. Activities include a Victorian fun fair, miners' houses, brewery, pubs, restaurants and stock exchange. You can watch molten gold being poured and take a trip down an old mine shaft. Tribal dancing adds to the fun. After the tour you check in the hotel.

Day 11
Johannesburg

After breakfast, transfer to OR Tambo International for flight back home with amazing memories.

Inclusion

  • Cape Town- City Tour
  • Cape Town - Peninsula Tour
  • Cape Town – Grootbos
  • Knysna – Oudtshoorn – Knysna
  • Shamwari
  • Shamwari - Port Elizabeth - Sun City
  • Sun City
  • Sun City - Johannesburg
  • Johannesburg

Exclusion

  • Tips for guides, escort, drivers etc.
  • Optional shows and meals mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
  • Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, postage, communications and beverages.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other changes caused by the acts of god, natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change , strikes, war, riot, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident.
  • Any items not specified in the plan.
  • Visa fee

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Gabriel Max
Gabriel Max
12:57 25 Aug 19
Shishu tours were fantastic, nothing was a problem for them as they go out of their way to make sure your trip is fantastic! From guides to porters they do a wonderful job, thanks for some amazing memories.read more
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orla santiago
12:44 25 Aug 19
I visited Nepal in early 2015 for the Shishu Tours' Everest Base Camp trek. It was well organised, with a thorough briefing from Sonu before we started. The guides, led by Hari, were knowledgeable, friendly and skilled. They ensured everyone in the group was save and well looked after, as well as being informative, conveying a true sense of love and awe for the environment. The accommodation in Thamel was good and out on the trek it was as good a standard as could be expected. This was my second trip to the Everest region and I if I get the opportunity to go again, I would certainly consult with Sonu and her Shishu Tours team.read more
chilou zhuu
chilou zhuu
12:42 25 Aug 19
I hiked with a group of 11 people with the goal of Everest Base Camp. When I got to Namchee Bazaar, I had a lot of diarrhea and fatigue. I discussed with my head guide that I did not feel I had the stamina to continue to higher elevations. The head guide arranged for a porter to accompany me back to Lukla over the next 2 days. All arrangements for accommadations and flight back to Kathmandu were arranged by Shishu Tours. The rest of the group successfully went to Everest Base Camp. I am very grateful for the excellent adaptability of the head guide Hari to help my special situation. And I appreciated the help of my porter Krisha on the trip back down to Lukla. Shishu Tours did a great job with all the travel arrangements.read more
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felix yeap
12:34 25 Aug 19
This was a magic experience and the team at Shishu tours where exactly what we needed. They looked after us, where professional and most I felt safe in their hands. Would recommend them to anyone wishing to trek in the Everest especially if it is your first time trekking and first time in Nepal.read more
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oliver rim
12:32 25 Aug 19
I can't recommend Shishu Tours enough. Throughout the trip, it really did feel like MY trip. Any extra/ side trips I wanted to make, any extra days I wanted - my guides were more than happy and quick to accommodate.read more
babu kaji maharjan
babu kaji maharjan
12:26 25 Aug 19
I have just returned from what I can only describe as a once in a lifetime opportunity to trek to Everest Base Camp. Thank you so much to Sonu who were my points of contact for the trek. When my flight got cancelled due to poor weather , Santosh did everything he could to get me to Lukla so I would not miss the trek and stayed at the airport with me until a helicopter was arranged. Sonu met me in Lukla and was a great porter and guide for the entire duration. He helped me get through my altitude anxiety and we made it to base camp on the most beautiful day ever. Santosh kept in contact with me the whole way and was very helpful advising me to drink lots of water, stay hydrated and not to sleep during the day ( all of which are very useful tips for the trek).Trusted his advice 100 percent especially since he has summited Everest. Thank you so much...Would love to do Annapurna in future perhaps !read more
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Gautam sharma
12:23 25 Aug 19
It was my first time to Nepal, first time trekking, and a friend of mine recommended Shishu to me as she already went with them before so I did EBC trekking with them. From the minute they picked me up from the airport, I knew everything is gonna be alright. Guys were so cheerful and paid a lot attention to my needs. I felt like traveling with friends, we talked a lot, shared a lot, with the great view of Himalayas and delicious meals. This has been one of my best trip and not the last. Go with them and you won't regret!read more
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12:17 25 Aug 19
We went to EB trek with Shishu Tours last November, it’s kind of surreal. In the middle of nowhere and then you come across this amphitheater of a town with coffee shops and bakeries. Most travel through it going north but it worth ha gong out for a couple of days. Go to the art shop and buy something special for yourself. So genuine and humbleread more
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