It’s no wonder that South Africa draws more visitors than anywhere else in sub-Saharan Africa. World-class wildlife-watching, cosmopolitan cities like the great big beating heart of Johannesburg, stunning natural panoramas from Table Mountain National Park and vibrant cultures make the country appealing to almost every taste and budget. Geographically, its extremes include the arid semidesert of the Karoo, the snowcapped peaks of the Drakensberg Range, the lush subtropical coast of KwaZulu-Natal and the fertile temperate valleys of Western Cape. Within the space of a day, you can journey from vineyard-clad hillsides in the Western Cape to the vast open spaces of the Kalahari; from waterfront chic in Cape Town to isolated Zulu villages; from elephant-spotting in Kruger National Park to the sublime seascapes of the coast.
While it’s easy to focus on the glitz and developed infrastructure, you’ll only get below the surface by seeking out the country’s other face – most visible in the sprawling townships where far too many people live stalked by the shadows of hunger, poverty and one of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in the world. Behind its incredible natural beauty, South Africa is the stage for the daily drama of one of the world’s greatest experiments in racial harmony. The intensity of this drama surrounds you wherever you go, and is likely to be one of the most fascinating and challenging aspects of your travels.
Arrive at Cape Town International Airport, where our representative will meet you for a private transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight.
Breakfast. Today we shall take the tour of the Cape Town City. Drive to the lower cable way station on Table Mountain and, weather permitting, ascend by aerial cable car (cost not included). From a height of 1067m, view the city and Table Bay, Robben Island, the Atlantic seaboard and the spectacular Cape Peninsula. Head down into the Bo Kaap Malay Quarter. From Government Avenue, stroll to the National Gallery and South Africa Museum. View the Houses of Parliament, City Hall and visit the Castle. Enter the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront with its shops, pubs, restaurants and entertainment and explore on your own. Stay back or return to your hotel at 1pm and rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight.
Breakfast. Today we shall travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno look-out point to scenic Hout Bay, a lively town well known for its fishing prowess. Enjoy a breathtaking coastal drive through Chapman's Peak to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. After lunch at a restaurant (not included), drive to historic Simon's Town, with its charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at beautiful Boulders Beach. Visit the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Full day is at leisure. Overnight.
Breakfast. Today we shall visit the, Robben Island, 12 km from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment where political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society were sent. During apartheid it became internationally known for its institutional brutality. Those imprisoned here succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning this 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight.
Breakfast. Private transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, seat in coach (SIC) shuttle transfer from Johannesburg Airport to Sun City. Explore this entertainment city at your own pace. Overnight.
Breakfast. Spend the day enjoying the resort and the Valley of Waves. Overnight.
Breakfast. SIC shuttle transfer from Sun City to the airport to depart for Johannesburg. On arrival, SIC shuttle transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon after check in proceed for your city tour of Johannesburg. Founded by prospectors in the 1800's, Johannesburg is the economic hub of South Africa. Drive through the financial capital taking in the banking district, the Magistrate's Court and the Supreme Court. Visit the "Top of Africa" at the Carlton Centre before heading to Museum Africa. Drive through some of the most picturesque and avant-garde suburbs. Overnight.
Breakfast. Today proceed for the Gold Reef City a theme park built around an authentic 19th century gold mine, combines an old-world museum atmosphere with some of the wildest rides. Descend into a vast gold mine, watch gold poured, see the miners carry out their traditional tribal dancing, learn about their specially devised mine language. Stroll through the theme park reflecting the life of the mining town at the turn of the 19th century. There is plenty to do for young and old. Do wear comfortable walking shoes. Please note: Children under 5 years are not allowed into the mine shaft. Check out and take the hotel shuttle to transfer to the airport.