Experience the unimaginable and create family memories to last a lifetime on this unique exploration of South Africa.
Guests will be met on arrival at O R Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) from where a two-hour drive will bring guests to the Sun City Resort - the first port of call on the South African Family Tour. With a combination of features unmatched anywhere, the resort draws thousands of visitors each year to its four top-quality hotels, sporting and recreational facilities, the magical Lost City and the Valley of Waves. Guests will be assisted in checking in at their hotel. The rest of the day is spent at leisure exploring the resort.
The day is spent at leisure. For the golfing enthusiast, the Sun City golf courses are just as spectacular as the rest of the resort, with both courses offering some of the finest golf facilities in Africa. The two golf courses were designed by South Africa's golfing pro Gary Player, and top golf tournaments are played on these courses on an annual basis.
The day is spent at leisure. Sun City adventure activities offer guests a range of new and exciting experiences. Enter unknown territory at the outdoor adventure center and allow your adrenalin to start pumping. Elephant-back riding, quad biking, archery and clay pigeon shooting are some of the activities on offer to guests on this family tour.
A 15-minute drive will bring guests to Bakubung, located in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The reserve is located in the crater of a long-extinct volcano - a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic eruptions some 1 300 million years ago. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature. An open vehicle game drive is conducted during the late afternoon and will provide guests with the opportunity to see the Big Five, various antelope, giraffe, zebra and over 300 different bird species.
The park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as "bushveld". Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone. Guests will enjoy early morning and afternoon game drives accompanied by an experienced ranger.
The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake - the Mankwe Dam. Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets. The day is once again devoted to two game drives accompanied by an experienced ranger.
After breakfast, the tour travels to Pretoria, the capital of South Africa. Pretoria is also known as the Jacaranda City, so named for the thousands of Jacaranda trees which line its streets and transform the city into a purple wonderland during spring, when the trees are in full bloom. En route we visit the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Center. The center plays an important role in the conservation of this endangered species. Guests will have the opportunity to see and interact with cheetahs. The center is also home to the rare King cheetah. A sighting of one of these rare animals is sure to be a highlight of the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Center visit.
Guests are transferred to O R Tambo International for a flight to George in South Africa's Garden Route. From George, we travel to the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. En route, visits are made to Monkeyland and the Birds of Eden Sanctuary. Monkeyland is the world's first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary and aims to create awareness about the plight of primates and to demonstrate that, with a greater understanding of our primate cousins, we can all live in harmony. Birds of Eden is the world's largest dome, spanning two hectares over a gorge in an indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk behind a waterfall. The sanctuary's dome incorporates the ability to synthesize thunder and create short spells of rain from an irrigation system in the dome structure. Roofed viewpoints within the gorge have been erected for use during these brief rain storms. Like Monkeyland, Birds of Eden boasts its own canopy walk.
The day is spent at leisure relaxing on one of the fine beaches in the area.
Depending on the season, guests will enjoy one of the following two boat cruises departing from the Plettenberg Bay docks. One is the Discovery Cruise, where guests will typically look for dolphins and visit the seal colony on the Robberg Peninsula. The Premium Cruise is offered in whale season (May to November). This cruise will offer passengers the opportunity to get within a couple of feet of some of the largest creatures on the planet. The main focus is on finding whales, then dolphins, and, if time permits, a visit to the seal colony. The afternoon will lead the tour to the Knysna Elephant Sanctuary. The sanctuary provides a safe haven for African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience. Experience the famous Knysna forest alongside the African elephants on a guided nature walk through the forest at an elephant pace. Upon completing the elephant experience, the tour makes its way back to Plettenberg Bay.
After breakfast, the tour travels to the coastal city of Mossel Bay. It is here that the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz set his feet on South African shores in 1488. We dedicate some time to visiting the museum which bears his name. The museum stands not far from the Milkwood Tree and fountain which served respectively as a post office and watering hole to seafarers in centuries past. Then it's on to the town of Swellendam, set in a well-watered valley at the foot of the Langeberge. Enjoy unique architecture and a visit to the Drostdy Museum which housed the magistracy of the area and is today a fine period museum. The tour then travels on to Cape Town, South Africa's 'Mother City'.
After a delicious breakfast, guests will be taken on a breathtaking drive along Chapman's Peak. This road hugs the near-vertical face of Chapman's Peak between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Cut out of the face of the mountain between 1915 and 1922, the road was at the time regarded as a major feat of engineering. The road leads to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. In the nature reserve, you visit Cape Point where the stormy waters of the Atlantic are reputedly met by the calming influence of the Indian Ocean. On the return journey to Cape Town, you visit the towns of Simons Town and Muizenberg, which are set along the shores of False Bay. You will also visit Boulders Beach, an attractive secluded haven which comprises a tumble of huge round boulders on a sandy shore. The boulders are an ideal vantage point for observing the antics of the colony of mainland-based African penguins.
Breakfast is followed by a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium. The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront showcases the incredible diversity of marine life found in the Indian and Atlantic oceans. With over 3 000 living sea animals, including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins, guests will experience one of the finest marine life collections in the world. Some time is allotted to lunch after which a cable car ride is enjoyed to the top of Table Mountain. Magnificent views of the Cape Peninsula can be enjoyed from Table Mountain. The tour then makes its way to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which blanket the foot of Table Mountain. After the visit to Kirstenbosch, the tour returns to the hotel.
After a last breakfast in Africa, guests will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport for a flight back to their country of origin after a memorable South African family tour.
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