Marine Life in South Africa
Experience the natural wonders of South Africa on this adventurous back to nature trip including cultural san experience, whale watching boat trip, white shark cage diving ending with three days safari in the wilderness of Timbavati in the Kruger.
During this journey your accommodation will include Fair Trade in Tourism (FTT) hotels, lodges and activities. FTT is a non-profit organisation which supports sustainable tourism development through the award of a certificate to companies that commit themselves to the Fair Trade criteria of fair wages, fair working conditions, just profit sharing and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. This assures you that the people whose land, natural resources, labour, knowledge and culture are used to support the tourism activities you are enjoying are actually benefiting fairly from them.
Day 1 – Arrival at Cape Town International airport
you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 – Cape Town
Today you will be taken on a half day City Orientation Tour to learn all about Cape Town’s rich history and vibrant cultures. Visit the beautiful Company Gardens and do some shopping for African arts and crafts at the vibrant Greenmarket Square and soak up the lively atmosphere. You will also visit the colourful Bo Kaap area, previously known as the Malay Quarter, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill this is the spiritual home of Cape Town’s Muslim community. The area is most famous for its brightly painted houses making for lovely photos.
We then take a trip up Cape Town’s landmark and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Table Mountain. A 5-minute cableway ride takes you to the top of the mountain from where you will enjoy uninterrupted views over the city bowl and across the peninsula.
We recommend you spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at the V&A Waterfront.
Day 3 – Cape Town
Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard to Hout Bay, passing magnificent beaches and the coastal suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandadno. We meet the locals at Imizamo Yethu Township and visit the Original T-Bag Design company – you will leave with a sense of ubuntu – a South African term for essential human virtues, compassion and humanity.
From Hout Bay Harbour you have the option of a boat trip to Duiker Island (for your own account), to see the thousands of Cape Fur Seals living on this rocky outcrop. Hout Bay Harbour is a busy fishing harbour sure to keep you entertained and your cameras snapping. Browse for souvenirs at the Hout Bay Craft Market or take a walk on the beach and paddle your feet in the sea.
The tour continues over Chapman’s Peak, known as one of the most spectacular scenic drives in the world, all the way along the Peninsula, through the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and to the most southern tip at Cape Point. An invigorating walk takes you to the two lighthouses at the top and bottom of the headland, from where you will enjoy extraordinary views of the cliffs and the ocean below. Take a photo down at the most south western point of the African continent at the Cape of Good Hope beach.
Lunch will be enjoyed at a seaside restaurant (for your own account) before we make our way along the False Bay coastline to the Naval suburb of Simon’s Town. We will visit the delightful African Penguins of Boulders Beach and then the drive takes us back to the hotel via Cape Town’s coastal and southern suburbs.
Day 4 – Cape Town
Your guide will collect you in the morning for a full day on the West Coast. Starting at the !Khwa ttu San center you will get a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge and modern-day life of the San of Southern Africa. Your San guide will lead you through a truly exceptional experience by foot or bicycle. During the tour the San will demonstrate their skills, share their ancient knowledge about oral history, tracking animals and identifying plants with you. They will also teach you words in some of their languages and enlighten you about recent achievements in obtaining their rights to land and intellectual property.
We stay for lunch (own cost) in the restaurant serving fresh food sourced locally and free range meat. On the way back to Cape Town, we stop at Groote Post Wine farm for a wine tasting.
Day 5 – Gansbaai
After breakfast and check out, your guide will meet you for an approx 2-3 hour scenic transfer to Hermanus for a 2 hour whale (season June to December) or dolphin watching tour. Spend some time exploring the village of Hermanus before checking in your guest house situated on the rocks of De Kelders.
Days 6 + 7 – Gansbaai
Spend a relaxing day enjoying the white sand dunes, deserted beaches, rugged coastline, cliffs, hiking or just watch the ocean from the veranda and marvel at whales and dolphins.
Days 8 – 10 : Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Your guide will again collect you and take you to Cape Town airport for your flight to Kruger. At Hoedspruit airport, you will be met and transferred into Timbavati and Umlani Bush Lodge.
Day 11 : End Of Itinerary
After morning game drive, breakfast and check out you will be transferred by shuttle to Hoedspruit airport.
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