South Africa Tour Packages from Bangalore
South Africa Tour Packages from Bangalore
An ideal visit to South Africa requires 1 week. You can add on the Victoria Falls in Zambia or Kruger National Park. For a longer holiday, combine SA with Kenya or Tanzania. Keeping in mind your budget and preferences, we’ll customize to create your perfect holiday.
The miraculous shift from apartheid state to thriving democracy has opened up the country’s many attractions to a stream of overseas visitors. South Africa rewards you with a rich diversity of experiences that will appeal to everyone.
South Africa continues to attract a wide variety of visitors: tourists on short-term visits are drawn to well established highlights such as the Kruger Park with its “Big Five” safari animals, and Cape Town’s Table Mountain, one of the most beautiful vistas anywhere in the world. Sports lovers come to play golf, try rock climbing, mountain biking, bungee jumping and hike the numerous pristine nature reserves. While others fall in love with the Garden Route’s beauty and effortless bohemia. And of course everyone loves the golden beaches, welcoming wine farms and the great food.
This broad and wonderfully complex country is brimming with contradictions and surprising contrasts. Living side by side you’ll find desert and rainforests; secluded beach and mist-shrouded mountain; and it’s all populated by over thirty different cultures that are still learning to talk to one another.
The tourist infrastructure is outstanding, comparing well with European standards of comfort and efficiency. And the weakness of the Rand against major international currencies makes for a hard to beat value for money holiday. In short, South Africa has it all – a combination of everything a visitor could want, in a territory that is a true paradise on earth.
Kruger National Park
The park welcomes over 600,000 annual visitors and is one of the largest in the world, measuring some 350km in length and comprising an area of over 20,000 sq km . The park is home to the “big five” game animals – leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino – and seeing any of these magnificent creatures in the wild is an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
This enormous park offers an authentic bushveld experience. Rustic but comfortable overnight camps are dotted throughout the park, each with their own character. Accommodation is typically in circular rondavels, a design known to insulate against the heat of the bushveld summers.
The liberalisation of the gaming laws have spread gambling throughout the country, but until a few years ago Sun City was the only world-class gambling and entertainment venue accessible to South Africans.
Its very presence is somewhat miraculous: in place of arid, dry soil there are now two lush Gary Player designed golf-courses, a theme park boasting the world’s first pool wave generator, and some wonderfully kitsch pseudo-African architecture. The Lost City development (the largest thermal resort in the world) has greatly enhanced the prestige of this, South Africa’s very own Las Vegas.
The Cape offers some of the world’s best land venues for watching whales. The shamelessly exhibitionistic southern right whales frolic and play only metres from the shore, allowing onlookers unforgettable views. You are literally close enough to see the barnacles on their backs. Hermanus, near Cape Town and is a popular venue and is known for the eccentric rams-horn toting whale crier.
Table Mountain, Cape Town
So called because of its 3km wide flat top, Table Mountain and its outlying peak of Lion’s Head tower over Cape Town. Often covered by the “tablecloth” of white cloud that rolls over in late afternoon, Table Mountain is South Africa’s most recognisable symbol and the pre-eminent guardian of the Mother City.
The views from atop the 1100m peak are spectacular, with golden beached Camps Bay to your left, Lions Head and Robben Island ahead of you, and the winelands calling from the distant right. For the energetic, superb lung-searing hiking and climbing routes lead to the top; for everyone else the rotating cable-car does the journey in five minutes.
The recently upgraded restaurant, bar and café facilities around the cable car station are top-quality and there is no better place in the world to watch a sunset. On the eastern side of the mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden ranks as among the most beautiful in the world. Devoted to indigenous plants, the garden hosts sunset concerts in summer and is interspersed with open-air sculptures.
The celebrated Garden Route winds its 200km coastal way from Storms River Mouth in the north to Mossel Bay in the south. It passes, in turn, through the spectacular gorge of Storms River, verdant Tsitsikamma forest, the blissful retirement enclave of Nature’s Valley, the holiday idyll of Plettenberg Bay, and, finally, gentrified Knysna – last stop on the way to Mossel Bay.
The drive is well serviced with restaurants and farm stalls that cry out for you to break your journey, and is best done over a few days. Between Knysna and George a road leads north to Oudtshoorn, promoted as the ostrich capital of the world. Thrill seeking tourists can even ride one of the bizarre animals, a unique and hair-raising experience. The nearby Cango Caves is one of South Africa’s top tourist draws and has been since 1780 when a local farmer discovered the expansive complex of calcite columns and otherworldly rock formations.
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Day 1: Cape Town – Arrival
After clearing customs and immigration at Cape Town International Airport, make your way through the terminal. Your representative greets you at the ‘meeting point’ at the exit and transfers you comfortably to your hotel (check in after 1400 hrs). The rest of the evening is free to explore Cape Town on your own. Enjoy dinner at leisure at one of the many restaurants in the area.
Day 2: Cape Town – Half Day City Tour
Today you will be taken on a half day City Orientation Tour. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain, Cape Town is rich in historical and cultural heritage and natural beauty. Some of the highlight stops on this tour will be the Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope and the lively Greenmarket Square– where you can purchase arts and crafts from all overAfrica. You will also take a trip through the colourful Bo Kaap area, known as the home of the “Cape Malays”. We then take a trip upCape Town’s landmark, Table Mountain (weather permitting). The remainder of the day will be spent at leisure at the vibrant V&A Waterfront, which offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment.
Day 3: Cape Town – Cape Point & Peninsula Tour
After breakfast head out for a full day excursion to the magnificent scenery and wildlife of the Cape Peninsula. This tour includes a boat trip to Duiker Island, where thousands of Cape Fur Seals live, and later a lunch in the cosy Naval village of Simon’s Town. We will visit Boulders Beach to see one of South Africa’s two land-based African Penguin colonies and then continue along the False Bay coastline to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Have your photos taken at the most south western tip of the African continent and enjoy an invigorating walk, or leisurely funicular trip, up to the Cape Point lighthouses to admire the dramatic cliffs and amazing views. The day ends at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Dinner tonight will be at leisure.
Day 4: Cape Town – Mabula Game Reserve
After breakfast and check out, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at O.R.Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, a representative will meet and transfer you to Mabula Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province. On arrival at Mabula Game Reserve you will be welcomed and given a brief orientation session.
Once you have settled into your room, relax and unwind before an afternoon game drive; this will last approximately 2-3 hours and a stop will be made along the way for sundowners. On return to the lodge, enjoy dinner.
Day 5: Mabula Game Reserve
Today starts with an early morning game drive, which will give you a chance to witness the early risers of the bush. This game experience will contrast to the evening drive the previous night, showcasing the savannah landscape at dawn. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure; you can relax at the lodge’s swimming pool or possibly indulge in an optional spa treatment. In the afternoon depart on another evening game drive, hopefully spotting the animals that eluded you the previous day. You will then return to the lodge in time to freshen up before for dinner.
Day 6: Mabula Game Lodge – Sun City
Today after your morning game drive and breakfast you will be collected from the lodge and transferred via road to Sun City in the North West Province.
Upon arrival at Sun City you will be taken to your hotel of choice and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Sun City is known as the entertainment Mecca of the North West Province, offering world class restaurants, wonderful entertainment facilities, two leading golf courses, a dazzling casino and a safari experience second to none. Check in at your hotel and enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants at the resort.
Day 7: Sun City – optional activities
Today, you have the whole day at leisure to explore Sun City and all it has to offer. There are many optional activities that you can enjoy. Optional activities at Sun City include: watersports, the beach in the Valley of the Waves, a visit to the exciting Kwena Gardens Crocodile Sanctuary, learning about the cultural of the local people at the Motseng Cultural Village, getting some retail therapy at the variety of high end shops, indulging in high tea at the Palace Hotel, hiking the trails in the gardens of the Lost City, or playing a round of golf at one of the world-class 18-hole golf courses. You could also go on an exciting safari excursion into the Pilanesberg National Park, home to the Big 5 as well as many other interesting animals.
Day 8: Sun City – Johannesburg via Gold Reef City
Today, after breakfast and checkout, you will be transferred to Johannesburg. En-route, we will stop for a tour of Gold Reef City. This interesting attraction is a reconstruction of 19th century Johannesburg. Go on an underground tour of a gold mine as well as watch molten gold being poured. Gold Reef City also has an amusement park, which has more than thirty adrenaline-boosting rides like the Giant Wheel, Anaconda and Tower of Terror. The ‘city’ also boasts a casino, as well as many restaurants and shops. Transfer to your hotel. Check in, and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 9: Johannesburg – Departure
After breakfast, you will be collected at your hotel and transferred to the O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, to connect with your outbound flight.