Meander to South Africa's best kept secrets and experience Lesotho
Travel South Africa from Cape Town to Johannesburg in comfort and visit the most popular tourist destinations and most amazing sights. This tour is designed to show you the highlights of South Africa and Lesotho in a casual way, but will also excite the adventurous Tourist with the best kept secrets with optional adrenaline-filled activities.
Since this tour start at Cape Town's most famous icon: Table Mountain, it not only have action-filled activities like riding a cable car, but you also visit the first botanical garden in the world to be established (in 1913) to protect local flora, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in the UNESCO-listed Cape Floral Kingdom. You will also experience traditional African cuisine at selected restaurants. Wine tasting will not be neglected, as you go to the first winery in the country: Groot Constantia to taste their export quality wines and learn more about wine making on the cellar tour. From here you go to Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, home to one of the few land-based penguin colonies in the world. Cape Point where the two oceans meet is next and you ascend the viewpoint with the Flying Dutchman Funicular. Drive along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive and then picture the colourful houses at Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter. Head out to Stellenbosch and visit the Spier Wine Farm for chocolate and wine tasting on the banks of the Spier dam. Go to the Vergenoegd wine farm for a duck parade show. You leave for Hermanus, home to the world’s best whale-watching when in season.
Your journey to the Garden Route starts with Route 62. This route delivers an unforgettable South African travelling experience. After visiting the Cango Caves for a Heritage Tour, you can select one of the following activities to do: a boat ride for a “Dolphin Encounters” excursion of 1,5 to 2 hours at Ocean Blue Adventures, jump from the ‘highest recognized bungee from a bridge’ in the world, the Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump, or do a Tsitsikama Canopy Tour at Stormsriver Adventures. You can also choose to walk through the "Garden of Eden" and the "Big Tree" as another option. Jeffreys Bay, home to the best right hand surf break in the world follows and then a night game drive Addo Elephant National Park .
The spectacular Wild Coast town of Kei Mouth, where you can have an optional cruise on the Great Kei or a Wild Coast Horseback Adventure follows a drive along the roads of the Transkei to see how the Xhosa people still live in their traditional rondawel huts.
“The Hole in the Wall”, one of South Africa's most famous tourist attractions is next. The locals call this "izi Khaleni" which means place of thunder. If you want to have a real authentic traditional experience, sleep in a rural rondawel of a traditional Xhosa village and taste a home-cooked meal.
Do a 4x4 via Sani Pass tour through Lesotho to experience an adventure of climbing to a height of 2874 metres above sea level. You will stop at breath taking view sites along the Sani Pass and pass two border posts. Enjoy lunch at the highest Pub in Africa at The Sani Mountain Lodge and continue into a living Basotho village, where you will learn more about Lesotho and its people - the hardy mountainous Basotho folk. Progress to Howick to visit the Mandela Capture Site and take the road North on the Midlands Meander and visit some of the craft shops at the Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre. Once at the Champagne Valley area at the Drakensberg, you get the option to do a Canopy Tour, a helicopter flight over the main Drakensberg escarpment or to attend a Drakensberg Boys Choir concert if available on a Wednesday.
We conclude this tour with a drive to Johannesburg where you will visit the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City, an amusement park located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971. The park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand, the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period and you can learn how Johannesburg came to be, how gold was discovered on the reef and descend 75 meters underground.
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