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#374 | 8 Day Wildlife and Wonders of South Africa | Foreign Independent Tours - FIT Tours
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8 Day Wildlife and Wonders of South Africa
Johannesburg - Pilanesberg - Cape Town
Table Mountain Has Just Been Named a Wonder of the World

Package #374

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
  • 7 nights Hotel Accommodations

  • Breakfast Daily

  • 2 Dinners and 1 lunch

  • All safari activities as per the itinerary

  • Transfers as per the itinerary

  • Park fees

  • Meet and assist on arrival in Johannesburg on day 1

  • Tourism levy



  • For this tour you would need the following flights:



    USA – Johannesburg

    Day 4 Johannesburg - Cape Town

    Day 8 Cape Town – USA

    HOTELS USED
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Peermont Mondior Hotel at Emperors Palace
    Pilanesberg, South Africa
    Black Rhino Game Lodge
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Protea Hotel President
    NOT INCLUDED

    Airfare: International or Domestic unless otherwise indicated.
    We can offer airfare from the airport closest to you. Ask your Destination Specialist.

  • All flights
  • Any meals or services not mentioned above
  • Any items of personal expense – i.e. drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc.
  • Any gratuities for guides
  • OPTIONS FOR YOUR TRIP

    Here is a list of optional Tours of Cape Town & the Garden Route. Details of these Optional Tours are listed at the bottom of the itinerary.
    Prices valid through 30 October 2014. Ask your Destination Specialist about dates past that if needed.

  • Morning Half Day City Tour $45 Mountain and Noon Gun
    Departs from +/- 08H15 to +/- 12h45 daily

  • Afternoon Half Day City Tour $45 Table Mountain
    Departs 13H45 to 18H00 daily

  • Half Day Cape Point (morning or afternoon) $64
    Departs +/- 08h15 to 12h45 OR +/-13h45 to 18h00 daily Duration +/- 3.5 hours

  • Full Day Cape Point $90
    Depart the hotel +/- 08H15 to +/- 18h00 daily

  • Full Day Winelands Tour $90
    Departs +/- 08h30 daily to +/- 17h30

  • Half Day Winelands Tour $64
    Departs from +/- 08h15 to +/- 12h45 OR +/-13h45 to +/- 18h00 daily Duration +/-3.5 hours

  • Full Day Combo Cape Point & Winelands Tour $112
    Departs +/- 08h15 to +/- 18h00 daily

  • Half Day Township Tour $52
    Departs +/- 08h15 to +/- 12h45 and +/- 13h45 to +/- 18h00 daily.
    Duration +/- 3.5 hours

  • Cultural Tour & Robben Island $108
    Departs Mon to Sat +/- 08h15 Return depends on Robben Island ferry

  • Whales & Wine Tour (Hermanus) $90
    Wed / Fri / Sun +/- 08h30 to +/- 17h30 July to November only
  • ITINERARY
    This is an Escorted Tour.
    Day 1: Johannesburg
    Arrival into Johannesburg after your flight from the USA.
    On arrival you will be met by a local representative of FIT Tours who will assist you to the shuttle transfer point, with foreign currency exchange and answer any questions you may have.
    Transfer by hotel shuttle to the nearby hotel (5 minute transfer), to refresh, relax and unwind after your long flight.
    Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.
    Enjoy elegance at an attractive price...the 4-star Peermont Mondior hotel at Emperors Palace sets an exciting standard in world-class business, conference and leisure accommodation. The hotel features 150 spacious rooms and suites furnished in contemporary African elegance and fitted with cutting-edge technology. Its convenient location next to O.R. Tambo International Airport makes it suitable for business and leisure travellers. Enjoy breakfast and light meals at the chic Oriana restaurant or a sociable cocktail at The Silver Moon bar. Guests have access to the casino, dining, entertainment, convention and relaxation facilities of the Emperors Palace hotel, casino and convention resort.
    Overnight: Peermont Mondior Hotel at Emperors Palace (B)

    Day 2: Pilanesberg
    After breakfast you will be met by your driver for your private transfer to your lodge. Settle in to your new surrounds and enjoy lunch. After lunch relax by the pool until mid-afternoon high tea and departure for your first safari. Return to the lodge after dark for dinner.
    The Pilansberg Game Reserve lies inside a 1300 million-year- old volcanic complex and offers a wide variety of beautiful landscapes. Pilansberg is home to a great diversity of plants and animals, including the Big 5, wild dog and 360 species of bird. It has great game drives for both day trippers and visitors staying in the various camps and being on the Highveld, it is malaria free.
    Black Rhino Game Lodge is a hidden treasure set amongst the trees of an old Tamboti forest at the foot of an ancient volcanic crater that today comprises one of South Africa’s most exciting Big 5 eco-tourism destinations, the greater Pilanesberg National Park. It is from here, accompanied by your personal game ranger, that you will be able explore a 58 000ha malaria free wildlife wonderland and discover the magic of the African bush. Located in the west side of the ‘Malaria Free’ Pilanesberg National Park, and only 33km from Sun City - Black Rhino Game Lodge is the ideal location for a luxurious bushveld breakaway.
    The Lodge is built between a Tamboti forest, overlooking a busy waterhole, which is a hive of bird and animal activity, and a playground for the elephant. On many occasions, the stillness of the night is broken by the roaring of lions, and the franklins sing the morning wake up call. Once, you are awakened with a hot cup of coffee, your host ranger will take you out on an exceptional game drive, taking you through Black Rhino Reserve, into the unexplored valley of the Pilanesberg, until we reach the 200km network Pilanesberg Park roads.
    Overnight: Black Rhino Game Lodge (B, D)

    Day 3: Pilanesberg
    Full day at Black Rhino with twice daily safaris. The safaris at Black Rhino take place at dawn and late afternoon, when the animals are at their most active. The morning safari starts with coffee at the lodge and then depart in 4x4 vehicles with highly qualified rangers in search of Africa's famous wildlife.
    The reserve is home to a wide variety of game, including the famous "Big Five" - Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo. Return to the lodge around 9:30AM for breakfast and time to relax during the heat of the mid-day. During this time lunch is served.
    The afternoon safari departs between 3:00pm and 4:00pm depending on the season. At sunset you will stop for drinks (not included) in the bush, after which your safari continues after dark with the aid of powerful spotlights in search of nocturnal animals on the move - especially lions and leopards. Return to the lodge for dinner.
    Overnight: Black Rhino Game Lodge (B,L, D)

    Day 4: Cape Town
    After a final morning safari and breakfast at the lodge, your driver will meet you for your private transfer to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town you will be met by your local driver for a private transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax after your safari adventure.
    Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities and a top international destination. Large volumes of tourist flock to Cape Town to enjoy this unique city with it's fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines and laidback lifestyle. Whether you are a serious tourist or just want to lie on the beach and enjoy life Cape Town will satisfy your needs.
    The atmosphere is relaxed, yet professional. The accommodation is luxurious, yet extremely affordable. It's a resort in the city. It's the Protea Hotel President. For business or leisure, there's no better choice of venue. Most of the exclusively spacious rooms and suites overlook the Atlantic Ocean or Lion's Head, offering facilities one would expect of a world-class hotel. Enjoy a cocktail in the Senate Bar or a sundowner on the Terrace. Then, let the Islands Restaurant tantalize your taste buds with sumptuous cuisine. At the Protea Hotel President, your comfort is our pleasure. When you're not visiting famous Clifton Beach, the Cape Town CBD or the sensational V&A Waterfront nearby, you can relax next to the hotel's large swimming pool or step into the hairdressing salon, or curio shop conveniently located on the premises. Once you have discovered its remarkable variety of facilities, impeccable service and consummate luxury, you will agree that the Protea Hotels President is without doubt the most eminent hotel on Cape Town's Platinum Mile.
    Overnight: Protea Hotel President (B)

    Day 5: Cape Town
    Three full days at leisure in the beautiful city of Cape Town, regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and home to one of the new 7 Wonders of the Natural World - Table Mountain.
    There are a wide variety of optional excursions available from the dramatic scenery of the Cape of Good Hope or the allure of the world renowned wine country, to poignant visits to the infamous Robben Island or a trip up the funicular to the top of Table Mountain!
    No matter what your interests you will not be at a loss for exciting things to do during your stay, your FIT Tours consultant can advise you of the best options to suit your individual needs.
    Overnight: Protea Hotel President (B)

    Day 6: Cape Town
    Full day at leisure in Cape Town
    Overnight: Protea Hotel President (B)

    Day 7: Cape Town
    Full day at leisure in Cape Town
    Overnight: Protea Hotel President (B)

    Day 8: Departure
    After breakfast at the hotel your driver will meet you for your private transfer to the airport for your return flight to the United States.

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    Details of Optional Cape Town & Garden Route Day Tours Rates valid:
    1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014

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    Morning Half Day City Tour $45 Mountain and Noon Gun
    Departs from +/- 08H15 to +/- 12h45 daily
    No visit to Cape Town is complete without a half day tour of the mother city itself. After departing the hotel we head for Table Mountain. Enjoy the crisp air and clear visibility as you reach the summit. Our guide will point out the highlights of one of the world’s most famous views.
    After the decent we enjoy a scenic coastal drive through Clifton and Sea Point to the city centre where we visit Green Market Square. We stretch our legs with a walk through the Company Gardens.
    The tour continues with a drive past the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall, The Castle and Slave Lodge, before entering the "Bo Kaap", also known as the Malay quarter. The architecture in this area is typical of what Cape Town was like 200 years ago.
    We ascend Signal Hill to witness firing of the noon gun (except Sundays and Public Holidays).
    You will be dazzled by the diamond tour where we learn about the history of these sparkling gems before returning you back to your Hotel
    Please Note Excluded = Table Mountain cable car. To add this, (weather permitting ) would be an extra $34 Children from 2 – 12 years are half price Children from 0 – 2 years are free.
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    Afternoon Half Day City Tour $45 Table Mountain
    Departs 13H45 to 18H00 daily
    No visit to Cape Town is complete without a half day tour of the mother city itself. After departing the hotel we head for Table Mountain. Enjoy the crisp air and clear visibility as you reach the summit (weather permitting and cable car for own account +/- R220) or Signal Hill. Our guide will point out the highlights of one of the world’s most famous views.
    After the decent we enjoy a scenic coastal drive through Clifton and Sea Point to the city centre where we visit Green Market Square. We stretch our legs with a walk through the Company Gardens.
    The tour continues with a drive past the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall, The Castle and Slave Lodge, before entering the "Bo Kaap", also known as the Malay quarter. The architecture in this area is typical of what Cape Town was like 200 years ago.
    You will be dazzled by the diamond tour where we learn about the history of these sparkling gems before returning you back to your Hotel
    Excluded = Table Mountain cable car $34.
    Children from 2 – 12 years are half price Children from 0 – 2 years are free.

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    Half Day Cape Point (morning or afternoon) $64
    Departs +/- 08h15 to 12h45 OR +/-13h45 to 18h00 daily Duration +/- 3.5 hours
    Depart the hotel and enjoy the scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay. Once a fishing community, now a popular residential area, the harbour still has a charm of days gone by.
    The tour continues over the famous Chapman’s Peak drive – if open, with a 200 meter drop on one side of the coach and a 200 meter rise on the other, as we make our way south, following the Atlantic Ocean until we reach Cape Point (Funicular for own account).
    Said to be the romantic meeting place of the two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, Sir Francis Drake the Explorer once called it "the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the Globe". And rightly so, it must be the highlight of any visit to the Mother City, if not South Africa.
    We pass the naval base of Simonstown as we continue along the Indian Ocean, en route to see the Jackass penguin colony which has become well established at Boulders Beach (for own account) before ending the tour back at your hotel.
    Included : Cape Point gate & Chapman's Peak
    Excluded = Penguin colony $8
    Cape Point funicular $10
    Children from 2 – 12 years are half price Infants between 0 – 2 years are free.
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    Full Day Cape Point $90
    Depart the hotel +/- 08H15 to +/- 18h00 daily
    Our journey to Cape Point takes us along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. We pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their soft white sand and assure blue water. The formidable 12 Apostles Peaks rise above the road on one side, while shear cliffs and incredible rock formations drop into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the other side. There is no doubt the coast of the Cape peninsula offers magnificent scenery with its great biodiversity.
    We arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel. Visit Seal Island (own account +/- R60) or shop for souvenirs at the craft market at the harbor.
    Our tour continues over Chapman’s Peak which offers amazing photo opportunities, and onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This area is home to magnificent ‘fynbos’, many different species of buck and birds, the Cape Mountain Zebra, and mischievous baboons. These creatures entertain guests enjoying lunch at the restaurant which has splendid views of False Bay. Take the funicular (own account +/- R70) to the lighthouse to see the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Point.
    We visit Boulders Beach to see the Jackass penguins (own account +/- R55) before arriving at the naval base of Simonstown, and then we venture inland to our last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. With the sun setting over the tall peaks of
    Table Mountain the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers, and offer a fitting end to a day filled with all the Cape has to offer.
    Included: Cape Point gate / Chapman's peak / Kirstenbosch
    Excluded: Seal island Cruise $9
    Lunch
    Penguin colony $8
    Cape point Funicular $10
    Children from 2 – 12 years are half price Children from 0 – 2 years are free. ________________________________________
    Full Day Winelands Tour $90
    Departs +/- 08h30 daily to +/- 17h30
    We head north to Paarl. Our first stop this morning is at Anura Wine Estate for a cheese and wine tasting.
    We make our way to Franschhoek with a photo stop at the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in Feb 1990. The village of Franschhoek nestled amongst the mountains, can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. After a short tour of the little town, a second wine tasting will take place in Franschhoek, followed by a lunch stop (optional – own account), and maybe a chance to try some of the fresh trout that Franschhoek is known for.
    After lunch the tour continues over the Hells Hoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be forgotten. Time permitting, we will include a third wine tasting.
    We return to Cape Town with amazing photos and fond memories.
    Included – 3 wine tastings (3 rd tasting time permitting) + 1 with cheese and a cellar tour.
    Excluded – lunch at Franschhoek is optional and not included in the price. Ask your Destination Specialist as this may depend on season and market pricing
    No wine tasting under 18 years. Children from 2 – 12 years are half price Children from 0 – 2 years are free.

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    Half Day Winelands Tour $64
    Departs from +/- 08h15 to +/- 12h45 OR +/-13h45 to +/- 18h00 daily Duration +/-3.5 hours
    This tour can either be taken during the morning or the afternoon. Experience a wine tasting, cellar tour and cheese tasting at the magnificent Anura Wine estate. The tour continues to the historic town of Stellenbosch with its picturesque white gabled Cape Dutch architecture. The pretty streets and quaint lanes are lined with old oak trees. The town boasts a large university with energetic students offering a contrast to the old- world feel of the town.
    If time permits our guide will choose a second estate for another wine tasting before heading back to your hotel.
    We don’t stop for lunch on a half day tour.
    Included – 1 wine tasting, cellar tour and cheese tasting and a 2 nd wine tasting should time permit.
    No wine tasting permitted for anyone under 18 years. Children from 2 – 12 years are half price
    Children from 0 – 2 years are free.
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    Full Day Combo Cape Point & Winelands Tour $112
    Departs +/- 08h15 to +/- 18h00 daily
    Our tour takes us on a drive along the beach road past Clifton and Camps Bay to picturesque Hout Bay, and continues on via Chapman’s Peak Drive (if open) to spectacular Cape Point and its nature reserve. We drive through quaint Simonstown and view the Penguin Colony (own account +/- R55).
    Then we head out to the Winelands and enjoy a cellar tour followed by a cheese and wine tasting at the magnificent Anura Wine Estate.
    Our tour continues into the historic town of Stellenbosch with its picturesque white gabled Cape Dutch architecture. The pretty streets and lanes are lined with old oak trees. The town boasts a large university with energetic students offering a contrast to the old-world feel of the town.
    If time permits our guide will choose a second estate for another wine tasting before heading back to your hotel.
    This combination may be reversed at the discretion of our office.
    No wine tasting permitted for anyone under 18 years.
    Includes: Entrance fees to Cape Point Gate and Chapman’s Peak.
    Excludes: Lunch, Penguin Colony $8
    Cape Point funicular $10
    Alternative Wine Estates may be used when necessary.
    Children from 2 – 12 years are half price Children from 0 – 2 years are free.
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    Half Day Township Tour $52
    Departs +/- 08h15 to +/- 12h45 and +/- 13h45 to +/- 18h00 daily.
    Duration +/- 3.5 hours
    Today we will visit the Townships – a tour that offers you an insight and interaction with different cultures, communities and individuals. Witness everyday life in a harsh environment which tells of the struggles, hopes and achievements. See why 27 April 1994 was such an important day in South Africa (first democratic elections).
    We start with a tour of District Six. See the oldest mosque in S.A. District Six was once home to thousands of people of various cultures. We visit Langa, the oldest formal black township in Cape Town, and see the local market, an art & crafts centre, and we visit a traditional healer. Experience the warm hospitality of a local B&B. We visit a crèche offering fun, and a safe haven for the local children. We also visit Bonteheuwel, Nyanga, Crossroads, Khayelitscha, and Gugulethu where we see the Gugulethu Seven Memorial and the Amy Biehl Memorial.
    Experience a local community church on Sundays (optional).
    Included – District Six Museum and entrance fee to the traditional healer (closed on Sundays)
    Some of the venues may be closed on public holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.
    Children from 2 – 12 years are half price Children from 0 – 2 years are free.
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    Cultural Tour & Robben Island $108
    Departs Mon to Sat +/- 08h15 Return depends on Robben Island ferry
    Complete your cultural experience by extending the morning Township Visit Tour to include a visit to Robben Island in the afternoon .
    Board the Robben Island ferry and enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and Table Mountain as you sail across the bay to this island which is so full of history. Once you reach the island you will be given a guided tour and see the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years. Your return to your hotel is included in the price.
    Handy tip: Sun protection, protective clothing and preventative treatment against seas sickness are advisable.
    Subject to weather, ferry schedule and seat availability.
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    Whales & Wine Tour (Hermanus) $90
    Wed / Fri / Sun +/- 08h30 to +/- 17h30 July to November only
    This tour operates during the Whale Season from July to November only. There is no guarantee that Whales will be sighted although our guides make every effort to find the best viewing point.
    The scenic coastal Clarens Drive offers spectacular views of False Bay. We arrive at the quaint holiday town of Hermanus and search the cliffs of Walker Bay for whales. There may be an opportunity to join boat-based whale watching (Not included) +/-R600 and subject to availability and weather).
    Our tour continues into the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth) to the Bouchard Finlayson Wine Estate where we are treated to tasting some of their delicious wines.
    The estate is closed on Sundays, but a visit to the cheetah sanctuary will be included instead, if time permits.
    Relax with a cup of tea (own account) at a farm stall where you can find natural preserves, jams with a difference, and delicious pastries.
    We return over Sir Lowry’s Mountain Pass and enjoy the views of long white sandy beaches stretching along the False Bay coastline. On a clear day it is possible to see Cape Point.
    Handy tip: Sun protection, protective clothing and preventative treatment against seas sickness are advisable when going on the boat trip.
    Included: Wine tasting at Bouchard Finlayson (or entrance to the cheetah sanctuary on Sundays).
    Excluded: Lunch, tea and boat-based whale watching.
    Children from 2 – 12 years are half price Children from 0 – 2 years are free.



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