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The Best of South Africa - Safari & Cape Town Adventure

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Come and explore what South Africa has to offer! This itinerary will allow you to visit the main attractions of the country like doing a city tour of Johannesburg, the city of gold, known for it's amazing history around the gold rush in South Africa, then you will proceed to discover the third largest canyon in the world, the Blyde Canyon by doing a wonderful hike and visit all the main view points. Embark on amazing safaris in a private game reserve and in Kruger NP by using open 4x4 safari vehicles, before heading towards the mother city: Cape Town for a few nights. Here you will discover the city, visit Table Mountain, as well as the main other attractions like Cape of Good Hope, the Penguins of Boulder's beach and the vibe of the city specially at night. An amazing adventure that will last 13 days where you will also be guided by one of our professional guides so that you don't miss anything! **What is included on this trip**: -Guide with transport (fuel, parking, tollgates) -Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town -All entry fees to all the visits -All park fees to the Game Reserve and Kruger National Park -Safaris on 4x4 open vehicles -All breakfasts -All meals in the Game Reserve and Kruger National Park -Water with the meals -Accommodation in Guesthouses/Lodges **What is not included on this tour**: -Alcoholic drinks and other drinks -Souvenirs -Laundry services -Tips -Optional activities -Lunches and dinners You can contact me and I will send you the detailed itinerary, so you can see all the necessary information.
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Hey! I am an Italian/Venezuelan living in South Africa for the past 10 years! My main job is to guide tourist around South Africa but also in the neighboring countries. I can run my tours in Spanish, English, Italian and French, so communicating with foreigners is not a problem. My passions in life are food and traveling!
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Claudia

Our trip with Federica and Shikwaru was amazing. I would dare to say the best trip of my life. It was a mix of cities and safari. I enjoyed every single moment. I learned so much during this trip and even better ai had so much fun. We had a "girls trip" and it was amazing. I can highly recommend Shikwaru Adventures, I am definitely coming back for the next trip with them! >
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Trip Itinerary
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1

Johannesburg

Day 1-2
Welcome to Johannesburg! Today you will be received by your guide who will also show you the most amazing corners of the biggest city in Africa which is also known as the city of gold. One of our first stops will be the vibrant suburb of Maboneng, a seSotho word meaning “place of light”. This magical urban neighborhood is the center of creative energy with a mix of restaurants, coffee shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, retail and studio space. The area also drives Johannesburg tourism within the local and international tourist markets. Maboneng boasts an abundantly inclusive vibe, which a must-see for everyone in Joburg and the world. We will have lunch in one of the best restaurants of the prescient before discovering the old city center on foot where you will see Johannesburg’s oldest buildings and learn their history, followed by some street art sightings that are scattered around the area and also around the city. We will then head towards our accommodation, where we will be staying for two nights, in the area of Mellville, a Bohemian suburb known for its exciting bars, trendy restaurants and thriving student social scene due to its close proximity to the universities of Johannesburg. Dinner will be in a restaurant in town.
2

Soweto

Day 2-3
Today we take the time to visit the famous township of Soweto, home to around 1.5 million people and its neighborhoods range from Kliptown’s informal shacklands to the mansions of Diepkloof Extension, and Vilakazi Street, the heart of tourist Soweto. More like a city, this ‘township’ has worthwhile historical sites, a vibrant contemporary social scene and exciting new lifestyle attractions like the Orlando towers, the Hector Pieterson Museum and Mandela’s house in the bustling Vilikazi street, the only street in the world to have held two winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Your guide will drop you at your accommodation at the end of the day to check in and to have free time before dinner.
3

Graskop

Day 3-4
On our first day we will make our way towards the Highveld, where we will have our first stop at the town of Dullstroom which is the highest village in South Africa, 2200m above sea level. You will have the opportunity to walk around and admire some cafe’s, restaurants and curio shops. Then we will continue towards the colonial village of Pilgrim Rest where we will have lunch and get some free time to discover the town of Pilgrim Rest with its original buildings dating back to the late 1800’s before arriving to our accommodation. We will finish our day by settling in into our hotel in the town of Graskop, a town completely devoted to the tourism industry.
4

Blyde River Canyon

Day 4-5
From Graskop we will drive towards the Blyde River Canyon. The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve in the Mpumalanga province forms part of the Greater Drakensberg escarpment and features on the scenic Panorama Route. It was at this point that the ancient super continent, Gondwanaland, broke apart and Madagascar and Antarctica tore free from Africa some 200 million years ago. The broken edge of the continent was gradually tilted upwards by the weight of a vast shallow sea stretching west to beyond Pretoria. This sea, already ancient when Gondwanaland was split by these earth-shaping forces, left behind layer upon layer of dolomite and sandstone laid down as sediments over millions of years. The canyon is considered the third largest canyon in the world, stretching for 26 km. We will depart on a 5-hour trail (Leopards Trail) to discover the beautiful scenery of the canyon. Possibility to swim in one of the streams along the walk. After our walk, we will continue exploring another area of the Blyde Canyon, The Bourke’s Luck Potholes, popular for their formation and discovery of gold during the gold rush, and ending with the beautiful view of God’s window.
5

Balule Nature Reserve

Day 5-7
Today you will be heading to a private Game Reserve which is situated in the vast Balule Nature Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, this is Africa at its very best! A timeless place in the heart of wild Africa where nature rules and we are fascinated observers. A perfect for seeing the African wildlife and just blending with the bush. You will be spending 2 nights in this environment, where the main goal is to relax and enjoy your wild sightings. Your days will start early in the morning for a morning safari, followed by some time at leisure before departing on an afternoon safari.
6

Kruger National Park

Day 7-9
On this day we will drive towards the Kruger National Park, our biggest national park here in South Africa, 20,000sq km and home to a huge variety of animals including the Big 5. The Kruger National Park lies across the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the north of South Africa, just south of Zimbabwe and west of Mozambique. Bounded by the Crocodile River in the south and the Sabie River in the north, the southern region is also host to the jagged ridge of the Lebombo Mountains along the border with Mozambique, and the highest point in the park, Khandzalive, in the southwestern corner We will then head towards our accommodation that is on the outskirts of the park, 3km away from the Malelane Gate, in the Southern Area of the Park, where we will be staying for three nights. Hoping to find the most amazing and elusive animals of the African bush, we will spend our next two days doing game drives on an open 4x4 safari vehicle.
7

Pretoria

Day 9-10
After our breakfast, we will head back towards the city of Johannesburg for one-night stop. Along the way, we will stop at the administrative capital of South Africa, Pretoria. Our first stop will be at the Union Buildings, the official seat of the South African government is an enormous, Acropolis-inspired building that watches over the city from its highest point. Its terraced grounds are planted only with native species. Just over a century ago, this was the largest building in South Africa, and it remains a magnificent sight. Wander the lovely gardens and take a picture with the nine-metre tall statue of Mandela, the biggest in the world! You will then continue to do some sightseeing from your vehicle of the city before heading towards Johannesburg in the afternoon. Relax at the end of the day at your guesthouse.
8

Cape Town

Day 10-11
Today we drive to the airport to take our flight towards the mother city, Cape Town. It’s about a 2h30 flight. On our arrival, we will head towards our accommodation where we will check out and where you will have some time to refresh, before heading for a city center tour followed by the famous Waterfront for a little bit of shopping and dinner in one of its stunning restaurants.
9

Cape Town

Day 11-12
On this day, we will do the scenic route of the Peninsula tour, known for its breathtaking landscapes. We will be stopping at a fishermen town in Hout Bay, drive through Chapman’s Peak, visit the Cape of Good Hope Reserve and its famous Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, and the penguins of Boulders Beach. After this spectacular day, we will head towards our accommodation for freshening up before we go to a traditional restaurant with local live music for dinner.
10

Cape Town

Day 12-13
On this day, you will have the opportunity to climb Table Mountain. We will depart our hike from the Kristenbosch botanical gardens. Have some time to visit the botanical garden before heading towards the start of the hike. The steep walk can take up to 6 hours depending on your physical condition. While climbing, you will enjoy the magnificent view of the city and once you get to the top you will admire the mountain range plus other views of Cape Town. We will then descend using the famous cable car. (If you don’t feel like climbing, you are more than welcome to go up with the cable car. Please note that this will be at your own expense.) Take the rest of the day at leisure.
11

Cape Town

Day 13-14
After breakfast you will have some time to pack up your belongings, before your guide takes you to the airport for your flight back home. Time to say our good byes. Thank you for traveling with us and we hope to see you in another adventure.
WHAT’S INCLUDED
Accommodation
Bed & Breakfast & Other
14 days trip
Johannesburg, Soweto & 9 more
Transportation
Car, Plane
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