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Guests are met and welcomed on arrival in Johannesburg. After a few formalities are completed your tour departs the city, heading in a north-easterly direction towards the Sun City Resort adjacent to the Pilanesberg National Park. En-route your first stop is at the new Lion & Safari Park where you’ll enjoy a guided Lion & Wild Dog tour, lasting approximately 45 minutes. Other optional activities include cheetah interaction and feeding of giraffe, ostrich, and antelope. The Park also has a large family restaurant where lunch may be taken, before continuing on to Sun City. With a combination of features unmatched anywhere, the resort draws thousands of visitors every year to its four top-quality hotels, sporting, and recreational facilities, the magical Lost City and the Valley of Waves. The later afternoon is spent relaxing.
Your time at Sun City is spent at leisure. The ‘Valley of Waves’ offers interesting experiences, like the ‘Temple of Courage’, where swimmers drop a heart-stopping 57 feet down a 233-foot chute then hurtle under a bridge and splash into a small pool at the foot of the slide. The ‘Lazy River’ is a gentle tube ride flowing endlessly around a kidney-shaped island. The animal farm is where kids of all ages can meet animals, domestic and wild, face-to-face. The aviary is stocked with a huge collection of birds from around the world. The ‘Motseng Cultural Village’ is a living museum where visitors may see how the indigenous people of the area lived in bygone days. You could also visit the local crocodile sanctuary where these ancient creatures may be admired at close quarters.
The casino offers all forms of gambling, from card games and roulette to slot machines and bingo. In the Salon Prive, gamblers with a nose for big winnings may try their luck against the house or each other for almost limitless stakes. Gamblers may call on an army of servers for snacks, drinks or any other requirement they might have. The resort offers two golf courses of international standard, both designed by Gary Player. The Gary Player Country Club was the first course to be laid out, followed by the Lost City Golf Course. The Gary Player Country Club is the course where the Nedbank Golf Challenge is held annually and some of the best international players have competed in this tournament over the years. The Lost City Golf Course is unique in that the water feature on the 13th hole is home to 38 crocodiles.
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.
While in Pilanesberg you’ll enjoy two exciting guided game drives daily atop custom-built 4x4 vehicles, conducted by a professional ranger and tracker. Humans have occupied the mountainous Pilanesberg region since the Middle Stone Age, and many artifacts from that period have been found throughout the Park. Hunter-gatherers roamed the area well before the first Setswana-speaking people settled there, as cattle and grain farmers during the 18th century. The reserve is in fact named after a Tswana chief, Pilane. Prior to its establishment as a Park in 1979, Pilanesberg was intensely farmed, resulting in a degraded environment depleted of indigenous wildlife. At considerable expense the land was purchased, the scars of human settlement removed, and the new reserve restocked. At the time that constituted the largest and most expensive game re-stocking and land rehabilitation project ever undertaken in Africa. More than 6,000 head of game was introduced from various other reserves such as Kruger during the ‘Operation Genesis’ wildlife translocation program. With wildlife resources rapidly declining in many developing countries in Africa, Pilanesberg National Park is one of the few areas where this trend has been reversed.
Today Pilanesberg is home to a wide variety of African animals including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, black and white rhino, Cape buffalo, hippo, crocodile and brown hyena. A recent African wild dog introduction program has been initiated. At least 360 species of birds have been recorded. Your dame drives (two daily) take place during periods of increased wildlife activity, during the early morning and late afternoon and evening. The remainder of your day may be spent enjoying the creature comforts of your accommodations.
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 to 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 region . 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-species 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 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.
Following breakfast, we make our way to the Plettenberg Bay docks. Depending on the season, guests will enjoy one of the following two boat cruises. The first 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 the 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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