14 DAY ECO SAFARI // CAPE TOWN // DURBAN

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14 DAY BECOME AN ECO SAFARI RANGER // CAPE TOWN // DURBAN

Stand in the cool shadow of the magnificent Table Mountain, sip wine in some of the best wineries in the world, spend time in a genuine eco camp where you get to safari and help out with conservation behind the scenes like a true ranger!

Ride bikes through local villages and spend time with authentic locals and tribespeople who will welcome you in, share with you their history and stories and make you feel like you never want to leave! This unique itinerary will have you supporting many social enterprises and creating sustainable income for the traditional landowners.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jump on board the famous Red Bus City Tour
  • Cable car to the top of Table Mountain
  • Sipping liqueurs as the sun sets
  • Stand on the ‘Edge of the World’
  • Walk among African Penguins at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
  • Be a hands-on Ranger at an Eco Camp
  • Help out with conservation activities
  • Game drives & safaris on back roads
  • Sundowners on St Lucia estuary
  • Wetlands exploration safari
  • Visit local villages and support local artisans
  • Hang out in real taverns and cafes
  • Meet local Master Crafters and their families
  • Be entertained and learn dance moves by traditional dancers
  • Visit the historic site of Nelson Mandela’s capture
  • Experience the changing landscapes
Boulders Beach penguin colony
Cape Town whale watching, South Africa
Become a ranger in South Africa
Traditional dress
Cape Town, South Africa
African children running to greet you
Day 1

ARRIVE IN CAPE TOWN

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.

Accommodation Rouge on Rose or similar.

Day 2

HOP ON HOP OFF BUS

(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.

Day 3

CAPE PENINSULA FULL DAY TOUR

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 at the edge of the world at Cape Point – the most extreme southwesterly outcrop on the continent and one of the collision points of the Atlantic and Indian ocean currents, take a photo next at the Cape of Good Hope 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. 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.

Day 4

CULTURAL DAY IN DISTRICT 6, BO-KAAP & LANGA

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.

Day 5

WHALE WATCHING & LIQUEUR TASTING

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 or similar. Breakfast.

Day 6

OVERLAND TO GONDWANA ECO CAMP

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.

Day 7

FULL DAY OF ACTIVITIES GONDWANA ECO CAMP

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.

Day 8

STEP INTO THE RANGERS SHOES FOR ANOTHER DAY

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.

Day 9

ZULU KINGDOM - HERE WE COME!

Up bright and early to complete any last minute ranger activities and breakfast 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).

Be met by our guide on arrival and begin the journey into the heart of the exceptional Kingdom of the Zulu, located within South Africa’s very first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is the quaint town of St Lucia, our base for the next 2 nights.

After check-in at your accommodation, enjoy a relaxing sundowner cruise on the St Lucia estuary.

Accommodation:  St Lucia Wetlands Guesthouse or similar. St Lucia. Breakfast.

Flight suggestion: We recommend you take the direct flight from George Airport (GRJ) to King Shaka International Airport (KSIA), Durban.

11:50 — 13:15
George – Durban
Economy 1h 25m
South African 8514 · Operated by Airlink
Day 10

KHULA VILLAGE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE & EVENING SAFARI

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up to explore the Khula Village whose ancestors have lived here for centuries.  Enjoy a guided bike ride through the community, allowing you to feel the pulse of daily life.  See the local schools, churches 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.
Stop 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.

Accommodation:  St Lucia Wetlands Guesthouse or similar. St Lucia. Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Please note: We are dealing with real community people in everyday life and as a result, the experiences don’t always go according to plan.  i.e. if the tavern owner has to go into town for stock the tavern maybe closed. In this case, we would look for an alternative.
Day 11

MEET LOCAL MASTER CRAFTERS & EXPERIENCE TOWNSHIP HOSPITALITY

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 in what is known as ‘The Cradle of our Democracy’.

Our WOWZULU Marketplace at the historic Ohlange Institute, where Nelson Mandela first voted, is your warm welcome into the valley. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, hear stories and view locally made craft and learn why Nelson Mandela chose to vote in this special place.

Continue with a drive 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 and relish in the fact that the income from your visit changes lives here for the better.

Lunch will be at Sbu’s Tavern and if time permits we’ll drop in at 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. 

If open, we stop at the nearby Esikhumulweni Cooperative, watch as members create designer items from recycled seat covers!

Accommodation: The Benjamin Hotel, or similar. Durban. Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 12

DAY OF LEISURE IN DURBAN

Today is yours to do as you as much or little as you please. Spend time relaxing or get out and explore the sights, sounds and tastes of this multicultural city on your own. Click here for ideas and information on what’s on in Durban.

Breakfast.

Accommodation: The Benjamin Hotel, or similar. Durban.

Day 13

NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG CULTURE, BREW & LOCAL LIFE

An early morning departure from Durban and head off to the Northern Drakensberg  (approx. 3.5hrs) and the picturesque Amphitheatre.

En route we stop at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site and learn the history and importance of this area. August 5th, 1962, this otherwise ordinary piece of road, suddenly took on profound consequence. Armed apartheid police flagged down a car in which Nelson Mandela was pretending to be the chauffeur.

Having succeeded in evading capture by apartheid operatives for 17 months, it was in this dramatic way, at this unassuming spot, that Nelson Mandela was finally captured and arrested.

Visit the Mazizi community, whose ancestors have lived in the area for centuries. Meet friendly locals, experience the rural culture.

The WOWZULU Marketplace on the road to Royal Natal National Park is our friendly home in the village. It stocks locally-made craft that combines traditional craft techniques with modern design. Enjoy a cup of coffee, hear local stories and get a taste of local culture.

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.

Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Berghouse & Cottages or Greenfire Lodge based on availability.

  • Please note: We are dealing with real communities and people in everyday life and as a result, the experiences don’t always go according to plan. In this case, we would look for an alternative.
Day 14

OVERLAND TO JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Today we will overland back to the ‘City of Gold’, 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.

Hamba Kahle – Go Well

Breakfast.

ROUGE ON ROSE:

We use ROUGE ON ROSE for your accommodation in Cape Town. A gorgeous 4 star boutique hotel in the historical city neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap.
Ursula & Michel, the mother and son team at Rouge on Rose welcome all their guests like old friends.
Born and bred in Cape Town, they know everyone and everything there is to know and back it up with a generous serving of personality, fun, wit and all the info you need to experience Cape Town as a local.
Whether you are looking for fine dining restaurants, buzzing cocktail spots, hipster hangouts or stimulation for your ears and soul, you will be in for a treat and they will make your stay in Cape Town all the more memorable.
Generously spacious, chic and uber relaxing, the deluxe suites are perfect for resting your head and feet after a busy day out and about. Enjoy views of Lion’s Head and the multicoloured Bo-Kaap houses.

HIDEAWAY BED & BREAKFAST

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?

GONDWANA ECO BUSH CAMP

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.

EXCLUSIONS

– Airfares
– Visa fees and requirements
– Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
– Gratuities/tipping
– 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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  • About Us

    Trailblazers Travel is an independent Tour & Travel Agency offering small group travel.  In addition, any itinerary can be taken independently, at any time of the year.

    Our tours are always responsible, sustainable, ethical and where possible, also incorporate ecotourism into our itineraries.

    When choosing our partners, we like to ensure we are helping in the following ways…

    Creating jobs and opportunity for locals;

    Ensuring the money you spend stays local;

    All interactions with people, communities, and animals are a positive experience and not an exploitation of resources;

    Showing respect to people who live in the places visited and engage with them in a dignified way.

    Our travelers arrive as new friends and often leave like family.  They are from all walks of life, uniting them is where they are going.

INCLUSIONS

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 20+ meals
  • Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour Ticket
  • Full day township & local culture tour
  • Full day peninsula tour
  • Eco Camp behind the scenes stay
  • Ranger & conservation activities
  • All game drives and safaris
  • All Day tours & village visits
  • Sundowner cruise and activities
  • Wetlands safari
  • English speaking guides & drivers
  • Free time to explore
  • All transfers
  • All activities listed in itinerary
  • Supporting Sustainable Tourism

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By choosing Cape Town tour travel with Trailblazers Travel, you are aligning yourself with an organisation that gives our guests real, authentic and life changing experiences, works with responsible travel operators to leave a social impact, and gives you the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself.

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.