South Africa Holidays
South Africa as a holiday travel destination, is getting better by the day. Developing a positive post-apartheid identity, this exhilarating country has plenty to offer the adventure and culture seeking traveller. Boasting some of the most pristine and spectacular sights in Africa, you will not regret or forget your South Africa holiday.
Just a few popular South Africa destinations are Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Drakensberg Mountains, Addo Elephant National Park, Mlilwane Nature Sanctuary, Blyde River Canyon and the Western Cape - the list is endless and unforgettable.
If your passion for animals comes in second only to your love of beach, this trip is perfect for you - some of the best surf beaches in South Africa are just a few miles away from the park. You can spend your work days caring for animals in need and then head off to the beach to catch some glorious waves. Does life get any better than this?
- 7 day program.
- Dorm-share accommodation.
- All meals.
- Airport pickup.
- Bus from Cape Town to Jeffrey's Bay.
- Arrival orientation briefing.
- Pre-departure helpdesk.
- Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support.
Support and assistance from your co-ordinator throughout your time on your placement
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Get up close and personal with the animals and get involved in the daily running of the centre. Prepare to flex your muscles and get a tan whilst assisting with the building of new enclosures and checking the state of game park fences so that nothing can get in or out. You can expect to get involved with preparing food for the animals - this is important as there are many cubs, and without the volunteers there would not be enough staff to prepare these for the ever growing animals.
Your help is also needed in cleaning out enclosures; due to the number of animals, a lot of help is needed to complete these tasks as well as feeding and preparing the food for the animals. You can even get involved in bottle feeding if you want to. Extra weeks from $540*
HIGHLIGHTS: Cape Town - Stellenbosch - Oudtshoorn - Plettenberg Bay - Port Alfred - Coffee Bay - Durban - Hluhluwe - Mpumalanga - Johannesburg
- 14 nights accommodation including 14 breakfasts, 3 dinners, transportation and some sightseeing with services of a local English (dual language) speaking guide.
- 2 nights accommodation at the 4-star Reef Hotel in Johannesburg or similar.
- 1 night accommodation onboard The Blue Train.
- One way private transfer from Johannesburg to Pretoria.
Discover South Africa's essential highlights from Cape Town to Johannesburg on this locally escorted group tour of the "Rainbow Nation".
Visit the Cango Caves, an ostrich farm, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon. Enhance your touring experience by adding some optional extra sightseeing activities along the way.
Day 1 Cape Town
Arrive Cape Town and transfer to your hotel. Meet your guide at 6:30pm for a tour briefing. Optional sightseeing available.
Day 2 Cape Town
Day at leisure or enjoy an optional sightseeing tour.
Day 3 Cape Town - Stellenbosch
Depart for the Cape Winelands, stopping at Paarl en-route. Continue to the university town of Stellenbosch and embark on a walking tour.
Day 4 Stellenbosch - Oudtshoorn
After breakfast, travel to Oudtshoorn via Route 62. Visit a brandy distillery in Robertson.
Day 5 Oudtshoorn - Plettenberg Bay
Visit the Cango Caves and an ostrich farm. Continue over the Outeniqua Pass towards the coast, stopping at the Knysna Lagoon and the Heads for photo opportunities.
Day 6 Plettenberg Bay - Port Alfred
Travel along the Garden Route to the Storms River Mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
Day 7 Port Alfred - Coffee Bay
After breakfast, enjoy a boat cruise along the scenic Kowie River (weather permitting). Depart for Coffee Bay, via Nelson Mandela's birthplace of Qunu.
Day 8 Coffee Bay
Enjoy a full day at leisure or take advantage of the many optional activities on offer in this area such as hikes, snorkelling or fishing.
Day 9 Coffee Bay - Durban
Travel to Durban via the South Coast
Day 10 Durban - Hluhluwe
Embark on a short orientation tour of Durban and travel up the north coast to Hluhluwe, stopping for some leisure time at the World Heritage Site of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park. In the late afternoon enjoy a closed vehicle game drive in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park.
Day 11 Hluhluwe - Mpumalanga
Travel north through the beautiful Kingdom of Swaziland to the Mpumalanga region of South Africa.
Day 12 Mpumalanga
Enjoy a guided closed vehicle game drive in the legendary Kruger National Park exploring the wonderful flora and fauna and searching for the Big Five. An optional full day game drive in an open safari vehicle is available.
Day 13 Mpumalanga
Head for the Panorama Route, stopping at Pilgrim's Rest. Visit the Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Wonderview, Mac Mac Falls and the Blyde River Canyon. Arrive at your lodge in the afternoon.
Day 14 Mpumalanga - Johannesburg
After an optional nature drive, travel to Johannesburg via the picturesque village of Dullstroom.
Day 15 Mpumalanga - Johannesburg
The tour ends today after breakfast. Optional sightseeing tours can be organised if required. The day is yours to explore in Johannesburg before heading to the 4-star Reef Hotel for 2 nights.
The 4-star Reef Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Johannesburg's City Hall and The Apartheid Museum. It has a bar with views of Johannesburg and modern rooms with contemporary decor. Reef Hotel's restaurant uses seasonal products to prepare South African and international cuisine. The bar offers South African wines and international champagne, and there is a cafe for affordable meals. Guests can relax at the wellness centre, where massages can be requested.
After two nights in Johannesburg you will be transferred to Pretoria so you can board the Blue Train for Cape Town.
The Blue Train has been synonymous with luxury and hospitality, tourism and leisure since 1946. It offers a unique way of experiencing some of Southern Africa's magnificent landscapes and landmarks. Onboard the train, you'll indulge in sumptuous accommodation with sublime fine-dining accompanied by some of the best wines South Africa has to offer.
Around-the-clock personal Butlers see to your every need for the duration of your experience; be it in the comfort of your private suites or at any one of the exquisite lounges. The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1 600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.
On the Southbound trip, the train departs from Pretoria main train station at 8:30am and arrives in Cape Town train station at 12 noon the following day. En route to Cape Town there is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.
Upon arrival into Cape Town, your South African Adventure ends when you disembark the train.
Services on the Blue Train include:
All meals, high tea, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) excluding French champagne, caviar.
Off-the train excursions.
Individual butler per coach, available 24 hours a day.
Individually controlled air conditioning.
Remote controlled television.
Bottled mineral water.
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