Arrive at Cape Town Airport where you will be met by your friendly guide and given a short orientation tour of the city before being transferred to your accommodation Rouge on Rose or similar.
(Bus Ticket included). Make your way to the closest Red City Tour stop off. This is one of the most popular bus tours in Cape Town and provides the easiest and most convenient way to visit the Table Mountain Cableway and it offers a great introduction to Cape Town`s City Bowl, as well as Camps Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard. (All entrance fees at own expense)
Feeling adventurous? Take off from the helipad at the VA Waterfront stop on your bus route and enjoy a scenic flight 2000ft above ground along the Atlantic Coast over to False Bay, passing Fish Hoek to Muizenberg (at own expense).
Back at your hotel at your leisure. Accommodation Rouge on Rose or similar. Breakfast.
Definitely one for the bucket list. The Cape Peninsula tour treats you to a breathtaking coastal outing featuring some of South Africa`s most notable sightseeing attractions. Stand on the edge of the world at Cape Point – the most extreme south westerly outcrop on the continent and one of the collision points of the Atlantic and Indian ocean currents, take a photo next to the Cape of Good Hope sign that proves you have been to the bottom of Africa.
Walk among African penguins at Boulders Penguin Colony – you’ll have the incredibly rare opportunity to get up close and personal with these adorable but endangered marine birds. You will soak up magnificent scenery from Chapman`s Peak – this idyllic pass, which is carved into a cliff that drops into the ocean below, is often featured in films and is easily one of the most scenic on the planet. (All entrance fees at own expense) Accommodation Rouge on Rose or similar. Breakfast.
Today you get to dive into the cultural hub of Cape Town! If you’re staying in Bo-Kaap you’ll already have noticed its streets lined with brightly painted Georgian terraces and narrow cobbled streets and today you get to hear the fascinating history of slaves imported to the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch during the 16th and 17th centuries.
District Six Museum serves as a monument to the thousands of people around the country forcibly removed under apartheid. It houses an impressive collection of historical items, photographs and artefacts. The museum is used as a vehicle for advocating social justice, as a space for reflection and contemplation.
Langa is Cape Town’s oldest townships, established in 1923. Here you will be guided by a Langa township local who will give you an insight and understanding about how a township ‘lives and breathes’. Langa is one of the many areas established prior to the apartheid era designated for Black Africans.
Pack for a Purpose. After lunch, you will visit an orphanage in Khayelitsha where you can leave any items you may have packed to donate. Items could include pencils, pens, stationery, books or clothing. Orphans are aged between 6 months to 18 years of age and any items you can bring along would be greatly appreciated. Please refrain from bringing toys, lollies or items that could cause discontent among the children.
(Optional visit to museums and lunch at own account.)
Accommodation Rouge on Rose or similar. Breakfast.
Rise and shine honey, we’re going whale watching!
Up early to make our way to Hermanus to board the morning boat for an unforgettable experience of frolicking Southern Right Whales in Walker Bay. Hermanus will win you over with her breathtaking scenery and is considered the whale watching capital of the world. Anywhere from 60 to 100 whales are known to come from Antartica to breed and rear their young in the bay and you may even be treated to close up displays.
After lunch in Hermanus we make our way to Wildebraam Berry Estate. This working fruit farm is located in the most beautiful surroundings and you’ll meet the friendly staff who eagerly share the intricacies of liqueur making and berry farming, and the opportunity to taste ten unique South African Liqueurs and enjoy further tastings of their homemade jams, pickles, chillies and relishes.
Overnight at Hideaway B & B Swellendam. Breakfast.
Today we overland to Gondwana Eco Camp.
Gondwana Game Reserve is 11 000 hectares of private Big 5 reserve and this conservation experience is designed for those who want to get more involved in Africa on their safari.
You will be involved in wildlife and veld management, learn important bush skills and interpretation.
The research and findings from the program are fed back to Gondwana’s conservation department to assist in decision making enhancing the reserve management plan.
The itinerary will include plenty of game drives, bush walks, and downtime in an utterly inspiring landscape. This is your chance to get involved with the important conservation work of a Big Five game reserve and not only enjoy but contribute. A completely unique bucket list experience!
Accommodation: Gondwana Eco Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Excludes conservation levy of R250 (approx AUD $25) per adult per stay. All guests must be 16 years or older.
A day you will never forget. Today you become one of the team members at Gondwana Eco Camp where you live and breath the ecosystem, fauna and flora. A typical day looks like this:
06:00 – Wake up
06:30 – Breakfast (cold buffet & Ranger’s fry up)
07:00 – Depart on Morning activity (Example – locating cheetah/monitoring/leopard cameras)
10:30 – Move to conservation project site (Example – Erosion site/wattle clearing site/water system assessment)
13:00 – Packed lunch in the bush or at camp
14:00 – Continue with conservation/field project
16:00 – Depart on evening game monitoring drive
18:30 – Return to camp and freshen up
19:00 – Dinner (homemade, hearty meals as well as a potjie & braai night)
20:30 – Evening talk and prep for next day’s activity
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Gondwana Eco Camp.
Enjoy being part of the bigger picture for another full day of ranger and conservation activities. Be sure to ask your guide and ranger everything you want to know about conservation, the wildlife, flora and history of the region while putting your best foot forward as an honorary ranger!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Gondwana Eco Camp.
Up bright and early again for breakfast and to finish off your eco-ranger program before checking out with plenty of time to transit to George Airport for your flight to King Shaka International Airport (at own expense, see below) where you will be met by your guide and take an interesting drive to St Lucia.
After check-in at your accommodation, enjoy a relaxing sundowner cruise on the St Lucia estuary.
Flight suggestion: We recommend you take the direct flight from George Airport (GRJ) to King Shaka International Airport (KSIA), Durban.
After breakfast your guide will pick you up for explore the Khula Village ona guided bike ride through the community, allowing you to feel the pulse of daily life. See the local schools, churches, cattle dips and taverns.
Included is the purchase of an indigenous tree from a local ‘treepreneur’ to plant on the edge of the wetland, aiding conservation of this important area and offsetting some of your carbon footprint.
top off at the local tavern for a cold drink before heading back to WowZulu Marketplace where you will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with locally grown seasonal vegetables, steamed bread, chicken or beef.
Visit Veyane Cultural Village and step back in time to experience traditional Zulu culture. View beehive shaped huts and let Veyane’s guides introduce you to local traditions, clothing and beadwork. Immerse yourself in song and dance and learn some local Zulu phrases. Meet the local healer (isangoma) and learn about the value of traditional healing in the Zulu culture.
As the evening sets in, traverse the forest, pans and grasslands up to Lake Bhangazi on an eastern shores excursion. This is an in-depth exploration of the Wetlands and it’s inhabitants, history and scenic beauty. Stop for sundowners before a spotlight safari along the 4WD routes in the reserve.
After breakfast, we leave St Lucia and overland to Durban (approx. 2.5hrs). A full day of experiencing the real locals of the region awaits you.
Your guide will drive you into the hills of Umzinyathi, to a picturesque rural homestead of master crafter Eunice Mtshali. Learn the ancient craft of beadwork and create your own Zulu love letter while our guide introduces you to elements of the rich Zulu culture that surrounds you.
Stop off at Sbu’s tavern the eclectic Fashion Cafe, real local cafes, both bound to be fun and an experience of real township hospitality!
We then visit the modest township home of artist Caesar Mhhize, whose quirky beaded animal sculptures are in demand worldwide. Sing along as the Mhhize family entertain you with music.
At the nearby Esikhumulweni Cooperative, watch as members create designer items from recycled seat covers!
Today is yours to do as you as much or little as you please. Spend time relaxing or get out and explore Durban on your own.
Your driver will be waiting for you after breakfast to drive overland (approx 4.5hrs) to the Northern Drakensberg area via the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.
Take a village walk in the community of New Stand where you will pick organic vegetables for your lunch before stopping at a cattle kraal to understand how cattle play a central role in the life of this farming community.
Visit a tavern to taste the local brew, known by locals as mfula mfula, while traditional dancers and tavern-goers give you a feel for the local beat and teach you a few steps. Round off the experience with a freshly prepared meal.
Today we will overland back to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport with ample time for your departure flight.
Enjoy the scenic journey of the changing landscape as we make our way north-west back to the city for your departure or onward journey flight.
A national monument and one of the oldest houses in Swellendam, the Hideaway Guest House boasts four very spacious and elegant individually decorated rooms in a lush, green garden setting with amazing views of the looming mountain behind. A large natural eco swimming pool is set amongst stunning gardens and olive trees with a beautiful pool pavilion and guest lounge for guests to enjoy.
The Hideaway has the largest Ecopool in South Africa, 222,000 litres of pure water set in a beautiful garden.. Enjoy swimming with amazing views of the Langeberg mountains as a backdrop, or laze on the beautiful deck over the pool and enjoy the beauty of nature around you.
An Ecopool is a swimming pool that uses living ecosystems to maintain the cleanliness and purity of its water, which is absolutely clear and pure enough to drink. The water in the ecosystem of an Ecopool is passively heated by the sun and will leave skin, hair and eyes naturally soft and hydrated.
All rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with fine handcrafted furniture, antiques and beautiful original paintings, prints and photographs.
Their English style cooked breakfasts or extensive continental are prepared to order each morning and served with fresh home baked scones, muffins and bread, complemented by homemade preserves and jams, freshly squeezed fruit juices and plenty of fresh fruit, yoghurt and honey.
What’s not to love?
Your base during the program will be in the eco-friendly tented camp set in a protected valley blanketed in Fynbos in the heart of the game reserve.
The camp facilities include 5 large, comfortable twin or double share tents set on raised decks each with an ensuite bathroom and covered deck area (2 additional tents are for staff).
All meals are provided in the recreational communal tent area which includes kitchen, lounge, dining, and covered deck areas, as well as an outdoor dining boma. Relaxation area with hammocks and pool is also available.
** Gondwana Eco Camp Experience: All guests must be 16 years or older unless designated family weeks which allow children from 6.
– Visa fees and requirements
– Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
– Optional activities/tours
– Personal expenses
– Travel insurance (Mandatory)
* Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with Trailblazers Travel.
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We believe in contributing to change and making a difference, whether through the use of local staff and guides, or by donating to charities we believe in on behalf of every person who travels with us.