Day 1, October 27 | Johannesburg
The group will be met on arrival at OR Tambo Airport by an ERM Manager and your local guide. Assistance will be offered for currency exchange and mobile phone sim cards. After all the exchanges your guide will take you to the hotel and check in. Rest of day at leisure. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Day 2, October 28 | Johannesburg
After morning breakfast meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to the Apartheid Museum for a 2 hour in depth tour and discussion in the history of South Africa. Leave for Soweto for a tour of the township which includes a visit to the Mandela House and the Hector Petersen Memorial. Lunch will be served on the famous Vilikazi Street - Sakhumzi Restaurant. In the afternoon visit the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Centre in the Cradle of Humankind.
Maropeng Visitor Centre
The Maropeng Visitors Centre is a world-class interactive exhibition centre tracing the development of humans over millions of years. It is part of the Cradle of Humankind, an important archaeological site where the remains of early hominoids have been found along with numerous Stone Age relics, providing clues to how our ancestors lived and progressed over the centuries. The visitors centre encompasses a selection of exhibits, displays and archaeological sites, as well as a vast burial mound known as the Tumulus.
The Sterkfontein Caves is a well-known tourist attraction famous for its fossil finds. The site offers easy access to the caves, modern walkways, and a boardwalk past the excavation site where world-acclaimed fossils have been discovered. The venue also boasts an on-site restaurant and conference facilities. Tours run every half hour, beginning above ground and ending with a look inside the caves.
Cradle of Humankind
Located just 90 minutes from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind is one of the richest hominid sites in the world, where our famous ancestors, Mrs Ples, Little Foot and Sediba were discovered. This important site holds UNESCO World Heritage status as it holds 40% of the world's human ancestor fossils and today, these sites are still active archaeological digs. Aside from visiting the museum and Maropeng, the official visitor centre, visitors can enjoy a guided tour of an active excavation.
Moyo Restaurant Melrose Arch
Moyo embraces Africa’s traditions and values in a modern and sophisticated venue. Guests are greeted warmly to the sounds of the Wishy-Washy ladies. Hand-washing and face-painting ceremonies offer opportunities to celebrate your African roots and revitalise your soul. The menus offer cuisine from all corners of Africa – be transported to Tanzania, Ethiopia and elsewhere by simply gobbling up mouthful after mouthful of deliciousness. Five levels linked by rustic staircases, a Moroccan tent and local art add to the African atmosphere while a posh cigar lounge and wine cellar supplies guests with modern luxuries.
The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. An architectural consortium, comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualised the design of the building on a seven-hectare stand. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience. The exhibits have been assembled and organised by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga, known as apartheid. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.
Soweto Day Tour
A Soweto Day Tours takes in the highlights of this iconic township including Nelson Mandela’s former home and the Hector Pieterson museum (he was one of the school children who was shot in the 1976 Soweto Uprising). You will get close to Soweto Culture, meeting the people, trying local foods and maybe even some Omqombothi (our traditional beer) at a shebeen. This tour is one of a kind, the smell of pavement cooked meals and the buzz in the streets of people going about their daily chores. Come and experience township life, the humanity, hospitality and warmth of the people, the "Ubuntu" as it is known in South Africa.
Mandela Family Museum
The Mandela Family Museum is where Nelson Mandela, as a lawyer and political activist, lived with his family from 1946 to 1961 – initially with his first wife, Evelyn Mandela, until their divorce and later with his second wife, Winnie Madikazela Mandela – before going on the run from the law. While he was in jail his family continued to live here. The small “matchbox” house has been converted into a Museum displaying an array of multimedia diplays, photographs and the great man’s memorabilia.
The Restaurant is situated on the popular & historic Vilakazi Street, in Orlando West surburb of Soweto in Johannesburg. Vilakazi Street is host to original homes of Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu, not least it also hosts the site upon which Hector Peterson (the 13yr old) as 1st victim of Soweto Student Uprisings was shot dead by Apartheid police. As a result of the restaurant's location on Vilakazi Street which is at the epi-centre of tourism in Soweto/Johannesburg the restaurant caters primarily for foreign tourist market and blue-chip corporate (team-building) group bookings. This target market informs the nature of ambience & cuisine offered by the restaurant. The cuisine is African township whilst the ambience aspires to complement heritage tourism theme.
Day 3, October 29 | Kruger Private Reserves
Begin the day with early morning breakfast. Depart on a beautiful six hour coach ride to the Karongwe Private Game Reserve. On arrival at the reserve check-in and freshen up. Lunch will then be served at the main restaurant. After high tea meet your game ranger and depart on a 3 hour game drive in open 4x4 game vehicles in search of Africa's Big 5. Early evening return to the lodge for dinner.
Kruger Private Reserves
Scattered along the unfenced western boundary of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, private game reserves combine with the Kruger to establish one of the world’s largest game reserves. This incredible destination offers visitors excellent Big Five game viewing opportunities and an array of luxury safari accommodation complete with world-class cuisine, relaxing spas and private pools. Visitors can look forward to fascinating night-drive safaris, guided nature walks, and open-top safari adventures. Some of these prestigious private reserves include: Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, and Timbavati Private Game Reserve, to name a few.
Overnight: Shiduli Private Game Lodge
Welcome to Shiduli Private Game Lodge, The heartbeat of the African Bush. Shiduli Private Game Lodge offers an unrivaled African Safari experience where the warm atmosphere, friendly staff and fine cuisine compliment the excellent game viewing. Fringing the Karongwe Game Reserve, Shiduli Private Game Lodge embodies grace and elegance, yet exudes unsurpassed warmth and hospitality. Guests can step into the relaxed ambience of the lodge with its lush indigenous garden dappled in shade, lounges with Internet facilities, bar, huge sparkling pool and thatched dining areas punctuated with original South African art.
Day 4, October 30 | Kruger Private Reserves
Early morning wake up call for your morning game drive in the reserve. Return to the lodge for breakfast and freshen up. Meet your guide in the lobby and depart on your day excursion to the Black Mamba Anti - Poaching Unit. Return to the lodge in time for a late lunch. After high tea meet your game ranger and depart on a 3 hour game drive in open 4x4 game vehicles in search of Africa's Big 5. Early evening return to the lodge for dinner.
Day 5, October 31 | Kruger Private Reserves
Early morning wake up call for your morning game drive in the reserve. Return to the lodge for breakfast and freshen up. The rest of the morning is at leisure for own activities. Lunch will be served at the lodge. After high tea meet your game ranger and depart on a 3 hour game drive in open 4x4 game vehicles.
Day 6, November 1 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Early morning breakfast and departure from the lodge for Nelspruit - 3 hours drive. Take your regional flight to Livingstone - Zambia.The group will be met at the airport by an ERM Manager and taken through to Zimbabwe - border crossing. KAZA visa will enable you to get a visa for both Zimbabwe and Zambia. Road transfer from LVI Airport to Stanley and Livingstone. Lunch at the lodge on arrival. Private Sunset cruise on Zambezi explorer – signature deck for exclusive use - Here we will do a historic talk with a Historian. Dinner at the lodge.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.
The Zambezi Explorer
Zambezi Explorer Cruise Company is an up-market cruise business in Victoria Falls. Our flagship vessel, The Zambezi Explorer is a three deck luxury vessel where guests can choose from an exciting range of beverages and cocktails as well as a selection of delicious snacks. Zambezi Reflections our "floating restaurant" offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner cruise options. Our standard cruise products are supported by our intimate Kalunda boat which is perfect for small parties up to 6 or for tour groups or series Ma Robert can take a max of 60 guests. We offer unique river cruise experiences on the Zambezi River. For riverside functions, our jetty Explorer’s jetty is the perfect venue for weddings, gala dinners and private functions.
Day 7, November 2 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
After breakfast - Morning Rhino tracking Safari in the Stanley and Livingstone reserve. Return to hotel for lunch. Afternoon village and school visit – meet the people and interact with their daily life. Boma dinner with an interactive drumming session.
The Boma Restaurant
The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show is a “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, specializing in traditional African food, drumming and dancing. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts. On arrival, you are dressed in a chitenge (traditional sarong) and welcomed into a vibrant atmosphere in which the tantalizing aromas of local dishes and game meat on the braai (barbecue) fill the restaurant, which is partially open to the star-filled African sky. Your meal begins with a mouth-watering platter of starters whilst the buffet includes soup from the campfire, a range of salads, game meat cooked on a braai (barbecue), followed by desserts. Vegetarian options are also available, as well as local dishes such as peanut butter spinach.You can also look forward to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and enjoy an energizing interactive drumming show.
Day 8, November 3 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a guided tour of the falls in Zimbabwe.
After enjoy a home hosted lunch at a local township – meet the people with flatter. Enjoy some leisure time and ending the evening with dinner at the lodge.
Victoria Falls Guided Tour
A view of the Victoria Falls is something you will never forget and the best way to see them is on a guided tour. Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre.
Day 9, November 4 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge. Join a conservation talk after breakfast with Charles Brightman (Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit Founder). Return for lunch at the lodge and an afternoon open for optional activities. Return for dinner at the lodge.
Day 10, November 5 | Cape Town
After breakfast bid farewell to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. Transfer to the airport for your direct flight on SA Airlink to Cape Town. Afternoon arrival in Cape Town and transfer directly to Table Mountain for a cable car ride up the mountain. Return to your hotel for check-in and leisure time. Dinner will be served at an Italian Restaurant.
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
Table Mountain Cableway
A trip up Table Mountain is quite rightly one of the first things a tourist wants to do when arriving in Cape Town. Once on the top, a 1000m above the city below, you are rewarded with spectacular 360 views. Take your time and enjoy this unique environment, go for a walk or have a bit to eat at the restaurant with arguably one of the best views possible.
Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments. The Waterfront is the heart of the tourist industry in Cape Town.
Not only are ingredients imported from Italy at Meloncino, but so are the chefs, meaning that Italian food can’t get any more authentic than it is here! Indulge in genuine Italian meals like wood-fired super thin pizzas and delicious pastas while looking out at Table Mountain.
Day 11, November 6 | Cape Town
After breakfast your guide will be assisting you with your full day Cultural and Robben Island Tour. This tour of the Cape Town Townships offers insight and interaction with different cultures and communities. Witness everyday life in a harsh environment where you will hear some of the 11 official languages being spoken. See why 27 April 1994 was such an important day in South Africa (first democratic elections). This is a true story with a positive and happy ending!
We start with a tour of District Six. We see 3 mosques and 5 churches and find out about this are which was once home to thousands of people of various cultures who lived at the foot of Table Mountain. Why did they move and where did they go? It’s a sad, but fascinating story!
Our tour continues to the Cape Flats to visit Langa, the oldest formal township in Cape Town, where we’ll see the local market, an art & crafts centre, and we’ll try to find the elusive traditional healer, but no guarantees! Find out how these people live together, and operate their day to day life and businesses in informal settlements. We visit a crèche (if open) offering fun, and a safe haven for the local children. Experience a local community church on Sundays (optional). We also view Bonteheuwel, Nyanga, Crossroads, Khayelitscha, home to over a million people, and Gugulethu where we see the Gugulethu Seven Memorial and the Amy Biehl Memorial.
At the end of the tour you will have a greater understanding of how the Rainbow nation developed and people of all colours live in this democratic country in relative harmony. The rainbow is associated with the hope of a bright future, and symbolises the diversity of South Africa’s unspecified cultural, ethnic or racial groups. Complete your cultural experience by extending the morning Township Visit Tour to include a visit to Robben Island in the afternoon, subject to availability of the ferry and the Robben Island time-table.
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. seas sickness are advisable.
Robben Island Prison
This notorious prison is located on an island seven kilometres off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay. It is where Africa’s political prisoners were kept during the colonial and Apartheid years of South Africa.
Cape Town Township Tour
There is no better way to experience a culture than to experience how people live their day to day lives. Cape Town is a melting pot and consequently there are many cultures on offer with the two predominant ones being the BoKaap and the townships of the Cape Flats. The Bo-Kaap, previously known as the “Malay Quarter” is the remnants of Cape Town first freed Malay Slave community and the Townships are where the majority of Cape Town’s black population live. During the tour you will interact with locals, visit a Shebeen, as the once illegal pubs are known, get a chance to see some local arts and crafts and visit a Sangoma (traditional healer).
Robben Island Ferry
This is where the ferry for Robben Island leaves from. The ticket office also has a little museum and a curio shop.
The Greek Fisherman
Established in 1992, The Greek Fisherman is one of the original restaurants in the V&A Waterfront. The Greek Fisherman offers traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes, with a modern twist. The restaurant’s cuisine includes Greek and seafood specialties, the famed Greek Meze, the Souvla (spit roast) and the stunning lamb in the oven. Greek Fisherman has the unique advantage of being in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, offering spectacular views of the habour and Table Mountain. Parties and functions can be enjoyed in the renovated traditional Greek restaurant. The cocktail bar provides guests with the opportunity to relax before settling in to an evening of superb food and excellent service in the heart of the popular Waterfront.
Day 12, November 7 | Cape Town
Breakfast at your hotel. 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 sheer 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 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 to the lighthouse for an even better vantage point. Seafood lunch will be served at one of the seaside towns en route.
We visit Boulders Beach to see the African penguins 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. Dinner at ones of Cape Towns best kept secret - Nelsons eye.
Cape Point Tour Full Day
Highlights of a trip down to Cape Point include; one of the world’s most spectacular drives, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, two lighthouses on the tip of Africa, Boulders Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Seal Island Hout Bay
Trips departing from Hout Bay Harbour ferry passengers across to nearby Duiker Island – also known as Seal Island – where thousands of Cape Fur Seals can be seen in their natural habitat. The boat trip provides beautiful views of the bay, the harbour, The Sentinel and Chapman’s Peak.
Cape Point Funicular
The Flying Dutchman funicular takes visitors at Cape Point up to the lighthouse, where there is an outstanding view of the point and ocean. The funicular is named after a ghost ship whose destiny it is to sail the oceans forever. More information can be found at the museum.
Boulders Penguin Colony
The Boulders Visitor Centre is home to the famous colony of Jackass Penguins, so called for their hilarious braying call. This is a truly special experience and Table Mountain National Park staff are knowledgeable and offer guided tours. After you have fallen in love with the penguins head to the secluded Boulders Beach and take a swim in the comparatively warm waters of the False Bay.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
On the lower slopes of Table Mountain, the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens showcases some of the Cape’s rich flora. Taking centre stage here is the unique ‘fynbos’ vegetation. Those who work up an appetite while exploring this garden paradise can visit the restaurant or tea room, which are fully stocked with delicious meals, yummy treats and refreshing beverages. In summer, Sunday music concerts provide sunset entertainment. Kirstenbosch is rated as the seventh best of its kind in the world.
Nelson’s Eye draws customers by offering the ‘best steak in town’ – something many will agree on. The restaurant uses tried and tested professional cooking methods to ensure that customers can enjoy what they promise to be Cape Town’s best steak. Steaks are super grade beef, hung on the carcass for up to seven days, packed by professional butchers and wet-aged for up to 21 days.
Day 13, November 8 | Cape Town
After breakfast head north to Paarl. Our first stop this morning is at Anura Wine Estate for a cellar tour followed by 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. Farewell dinner at the Gold African Restaurant with live entertainment throughout the night.
Purchased by the Bouma family in 1989, Anura has been a success story from the start, with its first Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in 2001 bagging a Veritas double gold award. The estate has continued to collect accolades since then, for its white wines as well as the reds on which it places a predominant focus. Anura’s Unfiltered Reserve 2010 was recently voted South Africa’s number one Sauvignon Blanc. The estate’s Lily Pad restaurant serves modern adaptations of much-loved Cape classics, while its cheesery creates a range of decadent and delicious Brie and Camembert cheeses.
Idyllically situated in the Cape Winelands, this peaceful country retreat is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The once sleepy little village was named Franschhoek, meaning 'French Corner' as it was founded by French Huguenots. The fertile valley of Franschhoek boasts a rich heritage showcased at the fascinating Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village remains remarkably well preserved. The town’s proximity to Cape Town allows for pleasant day trips during which visitors can explore the area’s many world-class wine estates and impressive range of excellent restaurants or simply browse the quaint, upmarket boutiques strewn along the town’s lovely tree-lined avenues.
Haute Cabriere Cellar Restaurant
Haute Cabrière Restaurant has recently undergone a glamorous makeover, including an interior redesign and menu update inspired by recently appointed Chef Ryan Shell, which continues the tradition of creating the "perfect marriage of food and wine". Dressed in crisp, white linens and featuring a series of sparkling handcrafted chandeliers and colourful artworks, many of them by cellar master and Haute Cabrière founder Achim von Arnim, the restaurant is a stylish version of its former self. With its extensive terrace looking out to the valley, the unique setting offers some of the best views of Franschhoek. Inside, the soaring arches and the view over the Pinot Noir Barrel Maturation Cellar uniquely define this magnificent space, creating a unique setting for memorable meals, functions and romantic weddings. Despite the changes that have been implemented, of course much has remained at this iconic winery and eatery: The ever changing menu revolves around Haute Cabrière's wines and the range of Pierre Jourdan Cap Classiques, and a wine recommendation accompanies every dish. In order to allow guests to experience the full food and wine experience, Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant aims to offer guests a choice of either a full or half portion on their meal, encouraging sampling and tasting a variety of combinations.
GOLD Restaurant is a vibrant, eclectic Pan-African experience in the heart of Cape Town. It offers a night of opulent feasting with a unique bouquet of live entertainment in a mystical African setting of trees and tents in an inner city courtyard steeped in ancient history and GOLD. A typical evening at GOLD Restaurant starts off with the drumbeat of the djembe drum. An interactive drum circle offers you the opportunity to join in and learn how to play the djembe. Soon you will be pounding your drum to the rhythms and sounds of Africa. After pounding the skins of the drums, you canl soothe your hands in a traditional hand washing ceremony as you are led into the ancient courtyards.
A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.
Day 14, November 9 | Cape Town
After breakfast some free time at the V&A Waterfront. Meet your guide and bid farewell to Cape Town and South Africa. Check-in for your flight home.