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DYNAMIC SOUTH AFRICA

highlights

  • Sun City day excursion (You have an option to Visit Bird Aviary or enjoy Optional activities like Jet Ski, Parasailing, Banana ride etc.). 
  • Valley Of Waves included. 
  • Excursion to Knysna lagoon, Bungee jumping bridge 
  • En route Mossel Bay, Tsitsikamma national park. 
  • Cango Caves Heritage Tour. 
  • Visit Ostrich farm, Cheetah Land & crocodile farm. 
  • 1 Game Drives 
  • Orientation City tour of Cape town including Table Mountain, Scenic drive through 
  • Clifton and sea point, Green Market square, walk though the company gardens, House of Parliament, the city wall, the castle and slave lodge at Cape town 
  • Full day Cape Point Tour with Flying Dutchman – Cape of Good Hope 
  • Evening Visit to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town 
  • Seal Island 
  • Ocean’s Trail 
  • Africa’s oldest Lighthouse Trail 
  • Visit to Hermanus 
  • Visit to Stellenbosch 
  • Helicopter Ride 
  • Heritage Train Ride 
  • Cheetah Encounter

Itinerary

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MUMBAI – JOHANNESBURG( DAY 1)
  • Arrive at the Johannesburg Airport and clear customs and immigration. 
  • We will then proceed for a short city tour of Johannesburg. 
  • The famous city of Johannesburg, previously established as a mining settlement, is renowned today for being home to Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. Various attractions at close proximity such as Sun City Complex make it a popular hotspot for tourists. 
  • Later, proceed to check into the hotel where guests can relax and unwind or proceed to the sprawling casino if feeling lucky!
(Meals: Lunch& Dinner)
JNB – SUNCITY – JNB( DAY 2)
  • After breakfast we proceed towards Sun City. 
  • Bordering the PilanesburgNational Park lies the luxurious casino and resort complex known as Sun City. 
  • With a myriad of different entertainment and relaxation opportunities, as well as enough attractions and activities to keep everyone busy, the experience here is an unmatched one. 
  • You have an option to visit the Bird Aviary, explore the water park or enjoy optional activities like Quad biking, Jet Ski, Parasailing, Motor boats, Banana ride and more. 
  • We return back to Johannesburg.
(Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)
JNB – GRJ – MOSSEL BAY( DAY 3)
  • After breakfast, check out from your hotel and proceed to catch a domestic flight towards the gorgeous Garden Route Area. 
  • Arrive at the George airport and drive to Mossel Bay. 
  • After checking into the hotel, you can opt for Adventure Activities like Helicopter Ride that gives us the breathtaking views of the wonderful sea and more than 60 kilometers of beaches. 
  • We proceed for Heritage Train Ride. 
  • Other Optional Activities include Speed Boat Ride, Quad Biking and Kayaking etc.
(Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)
MOSSEL BAY – TSITSIKAMMA– MOSSEL BAY( DAY 4)
  • After breakfast we proceed for a day excursion to Knysna. 
  • On the way we take a halt at the magnanimous Bloukrans Bridge located in the Tsitsikamma region for Bungee Jumping (optional). 
  • Bloukrans Bridge is the site of the world‘s highest commercial bungee jumping. 
  • Then we will finally head to Knysna - a town in the heart of South Africa's beautiful Garden Route just east of Cape Town, it lies nestled in between the OuteniquaMountains and the Indian Ocean. 
  • En-route we proceed towards Wilderness Dolphin Point. 
  • After a brief picture halt we continue on our journey crossing some of the beautiful towns falling by the sea.
(Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
MOSSEL BAY( DAY 5)
  • After breakfast, you can proceed for , a 12Kms trail along the majestic Indian Ocean giving you a chance to experience the beauty of Mother Nature from up close. 
  • Later, you get a chance to Enjoy Activities such as Sky Diving (Optional) from 10000 feet giving us the breathtaking views of the whole of Mossel Bay. 
  • After lunch we proceed for Brack River walk and to Shark Aquarium.
(Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) 
MOSSEL BAY – OUDTSHOORN – MOSSEL BAY( DAY 6)
  • Enjoy a lavish breakfast and then head to Cango caves, one of the world's greatest wonders, to experience the fusion of fantasy with natural beauty in the world'sfineststalactite caves. 
  • Thereafter proceed to the Ostrich Farm where you can learn all about these majestic birds and even stand on top of an ostrich egg. After lunch, we will proceed for Cheetah Encounter from where you will hike right alongside someCheetahs(optional). 
  • While it seems like a scary experience, it is a safe and exciting one. Also do notmissthe Crocodile Farmat the Cango wildlife ranch.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner). 
MOSSEL BAY – GAME DRIVE – MOSSEL BAY ( DAY 7)
  • After breakfast we will check-out from the Hotel & proceed towards the wonderful game lodge in the Garden Route Region. 
  • Here, a thrilling open vehicle safari ride awaits you. 
  • Your big African safari will give you a chance to come across the “big 5” of the continent which includes Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Wild Buffalo and African Rhino.
(Meals:Breakfast, Lunch andDinner).
MOSSEL BAY – CAPE TOWN( DAY 8)
  • After enjoying your breakfast and morning safari we check out from the hotel and proceed towards Cape Town via Hermanus.
  • This is South Africa’s most beautiful city, blessed with good climate, natural setting, andwell-developed infrastructure. Also known as “The Mother City”. 
  • We proceed to drive up to the cable car station, for a cable car ride up Table Mountain (if weather permits), South Africa's premiere tourist attraction. The exhilarating assent of Table Mountain provides breathtaking views over the city and its beaches. The Panorama Stretches from Table Bay to False Bay and around the mountain to the Hout bay valley. 
  • We arrive and check in at our Hotel. Dinner and stay at Cape Town.
 (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
CAPE TOWN( DAY 9)
  • After breakfast drive to Cape Point. 
  • Visit "Cape Of Good Hope" (South Western Point of the African Continent). On the way back visit Seal Island. 
  • Later we proceed for an Orientation City Tour visiting Green Market Square, District 6, Company Gardens, Houses of Parliament, the Castle, Signal Hill, Sea Point, Malay Quarters, Downtown Business District and Clifton on the way to HoutBay.
  • Dinner and stay at Cape Town.
(Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner). 
CAPE TOWN( DAY 10)
  • After enjoying your breakfast we proceed towards Stellenbosch. 
  • Stellenbosch is a university town in South Africa's Western Cape Province. 
  • It's surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. 
  • The town's oak-shaded streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries. 
  • We then proceed to V & A Waterfront and to Canal Walk. 
  • Canal Walk is the Third Largest shopping complex in Africa. The shopping Centre hosts over 400 stores, 7000 parking bays, numerous restaurants, 20 cinemas plus a game arcade. 
  • Dinner and stay at Cape Town.
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
CAPE TOWN – HOMEBOUND( DAY 11)
  • After breakfast we proceed towards the Cape Town airport to board a flight for home. 
  • We trust that you enjoyed your Vacation. 
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(Meals: Breakfast)

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passport & visa information

Visa requirements: (Consulate takes minimum 30  working days)
  • Passport, (valid for at least 30 days after the intended stay/departure date from South Africa; at least three unused/blank visa pages)
  • Proof of financial (Last 03 month’s bank statement updated till date of submission, minimum balance Rs 1,00,000 per person, signed and stamped by the bank).
  • NOC for leave from employer clearly mentioning the name, passport number of applicant(s) and duration of visit. Letter must have the physical address, as well as contact details of authorised signature’s name, designation and signature.
  • Bonafide Certificate of school/college for students.
  • Notarized letter of consent for minors (below 18 years of age) travelling alone or with one of the parents, and a full birth certificate in English (Notarized copy of the same translated in english required if the same is in regional language)
  • Three recent (not older than 30 days/1 month) passport size, (35mm x 45mm of the picture)photographs §  Marriage certificate if married
  • 2 engagement photos, fiancee's parent’s id copies and No Objection Certificate from the parents if not married yet.
  • Original covering letter signed by the applicant stating the name, passport number of applicant(s) and duration of visit. Letter must have the physical address, as well as contact details of authorized signature’s name, designation and signature (should clearly mention who will bear the expenses of the trip).

Important Notes related to Visas:
 
  • Visa Issuance is sole responsibility of South Africa Consulate; Gem Tours and Travels Pvt Ltd is not responsible for any rejection/refusal or delay in visa.
  • Passengers have to pay for the date change penalty along with the fare difference for shifting to next departure due to delay of the Visa from the South African Consulate (Kindly check with respective Sales Person for the same)
  • South African consulate are very much particular about passengers signature, if passengers signature does  not match with passport, they may call for personal appearance at the South African Consulate, Mumbai.
  • Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. If necessary, you may be requested to bring additional documents or to appear for a personal interview as per the details received from the Consular General of South Africa

FAQ's and other information

Where is South Africa located?
South Africa is located on the southern tip of Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the Indian Ocean on the south and east. Its neighbouring countries are Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. The Kingdom of Lesotho is situated in the eastern central plain of the country. 

 How big is the area of South Africa?
South Africa's total land area is 1 219 912 sq km (471,011 sq mi). The country is five times larger than Great Britain and three times the size of Texas. 
·         Cape Town - 2,499 square kilometres 
·         Johannesburg - 1,644 square kilometres 
·         Durban - 2,292 square kilometres 
·         Kruger National Park - 18,989 square kilometres   

What is the Country Dialing Code of South Africa?
 
The South Africa country dialing code is 27. Long distance calls can be made in South Africa using the correct country code. Many hotels, lodges and guest houses offer direct dialing facilities. If you are not able to connect, a staff member will surely be available to help. Blue public telephones are coin operated and require a minimum of 80c a local call, more for international calls. It is also worth purchasing a phone card for international calls, available from post offices and news agencies and units range from R20, R50, R100 and R200.  

Can I use my Cell/Mobile Phone in South Africa?
South Africa has 4 world class mobile phone operators, namely Vodacom- the biggest and most popular - MTN, Cell C and Virgin Mobile. Sim cards can be purchased almost anywhere and can be as little as R3. Pay-as-you-go airtime is recommended for tourists.  

How big is the Population?
South Africa is a diverse country filled with a myriad of traditional origins, languages and beliefs, and is home to over 47 million people from all walks of life. The population of South Africa is divided into four ethnic groups, black Africans, whites, coloureds and Asians. The Black Africans make up the majority of the population, which accounts for 76% of the entire countries population. Whites account for 13%, coloureds (mixed White and Black descent) make up for 9% and Asian account for 3%.  

When is the best time to visit for my holiday to South Africa?
South Africa is a year round holiday destination, but it all depends on what kind of experience you are looking for. Different activities are better suited to different seasons. For the best game watching, visit during a South African spring (August - October), Whale watching from mid June to the end of October and for diving and surfing, April to September. The beaches of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban are great and best visited in the peak of summer (November - February), but are often overcrowded.  

What currency do I need for my South Africa holiday?
The unit of currency is the South African Rand, denoted by the symbol R. One hundred cents makes up one Rand (R1). Coins are available in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5, and notes in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. The Rand is weaker than the Pound and Dollar, making a visit to South Africa highly affordable by international standards. Accommodation, eating out and shopping in South Africa offers great value for money to the international traveller. Your foreign currency can be exchanged at most local banks and Bureaux de Change. There are many banks and ATM's all around South Africa, including airports, petrol stations and malls. Please Note: In South Africa you cannot purchase fuel (petrol) with a credit card. Many locals possess a special 'petrol card' that can only be used at filling stations. You can, however, pay toll with MasterCard or Visa.  

What are the Bank Opening Hours?
Operating hours for banks are 09:00am - 15:30pm on Mondays to Fridays, and 08:30am - 11:00am on Saturdays. Banks are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Credit cards are widely accepted, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa.  

How much should I Tip?
In South Africa it is customary to tip for good service. Porters usually receive R5 per item; taxis receive 10% of the bill, and waiters and waitresses in restaurants 10-15%. In South African restaurants the service charge is not included in the total bill. At petrol stations, petrol attendants will fill your car and offer to clean your windscreen and check your oil and water, therefore a tip of about R2 will be appreciated. In parking areas, official and unofficial parking attendants may offer to help you park your car and watch it while you are away. Again, whatever small change you may have will be appreciated.  

What kind of clothes do I need to pack?
South Africa is generally a very casual country, with warm, windy days and chilly nights. Denims, t-shits and skirts are fine for during the day. In summer, the day's range from pleasant, to very hot and evenings are balmy. In some areas of South Africa, winter is wet and windy during the day, while in other areas it is dry, hot and humid. Winter nights are, however, always cold. Formal to semi-formal attire is worn to work, upper-class restaurants and clubs. Casual wear is accepted at most restaurants, pubs and bars. The majority of clubs do not accept guests in running shoes. Bathing suits - full or two pieces - are for the beach. School uniform is worn at all schools in South Africa. In general, South Africa is very fashion conscious, especially in the big cities - Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Jeans, shirts, sneakers, sandals, blouses, pants and skirts are all regarded as appropriate everyday wear.  

What are the Visa and Passport Requirements?
Entry is relatively straightforward to the majority of foreigners travelling to South Africa. Travellers from certain parts of the world, including Scandinavia, the USA and most European countries do not need to apply for a visa. Upon arrival in South Africa, travellers from either of these countries are given a free entry permit sticker with details of how long they may stay in the country. This permit is usually valid for a maximum of 90 days. Foreign nationals from other countries offer this service, but for a maximum of 30 days. If you wish to stay longer than 90 days, they will then need to apply for a visa.  

What is the Country Dialing Code of South Africa?
The South Africa country dialing code is 27. Long distance calls can be made in South Africa using the correct country code. Many hotels, lodges and guest houses offer direct dialing facilities. If you are not able to connect, a staff member will surely be available to help. Blue public telephones are coin operated and require a minimum of 80c a local call, more for international calls. It is also worth purchasing a phone card for international calls, available from post offices and news agencies and units range from R20, R50, R100 and R200.  

What plugs and power voltage is used in South Africa?
Electricity in South Africa runs on 220/230V, 50Hz AC and the sockets are adapted to take round or flat pinned plugs. Most hotel rooms have sockets for 110V electric razors. Plugs have 3 round pins, with some plugs having 2 smaller pins. Adaptors can be purchased but may be in short supply. Please keep in mind that for the sake of authenticity, some bush camps may not even have electricity.  

Top 10 Things on South African Holidays
·         Safari in the Kruger National Park 
·         Cable car on Table Mountain 
·         Whale watching in Hermanus 
·         Traveling the Garden Route 
·         Exploring the Cape Winelands and wine tasting 
·         Cape Town beaches 
·         Tee off at world class South African golf courses 
·         Adventure sports - bungee jumping, abseiling, shark cage diving 
·         Township tours and cultural excursions - Soweto 
·         Surfing at Jeffrey's Bay

Sockets & plugs

South Africa uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C, Type D, Type M and Type N.

TYPE C
TYPE D
TYPE M
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