MOST RELAXING & HAPPENING SOUTH AFRICA

highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Great Brak River Walk.
  • St Blaize Light House trail
  • Cave of Human Origin Trek.
  • 15 mins Helicopter Ride in Drakensberg.
  • Falcon Show
  • Deon’s Honey products visit
  • 12 mins Helicopter Ride In Mossel Bay.
  • 4 X 4 Safari
  • Quad Biking 
  • Paint ball
  • Rock Ripling 
  • Kayaking
  • Sand Boarding
  • Para Gliding
  • Scuba diving
  • Helicopter ride
  • Horeseback safari 
  • Whale watching cruise
  • Shark cage diving
  • Archery 
  • Speed boat ride
  • Santos Beach
  • Abseiling
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Canoeing 
  • Cango Wild Life Ranch
  • Cheetah Encounter 
  • Ostrich Farm 
  • Strawberry Farm
  • Zip lining over ocean
  • 1957 Heritage Train Drive
  • 03 Spa
  • 07 nights Cocktails (02 hrs)
  • Beach relaxation with refreshments(Chair,beach towel,water,snacks,one cold drink)
  • Excursion to Knysna lagoon, Bungee Jumping Bridge.
  • En route Mossel Bay, Tsitsikamma national park.
  • 01 Game Drive.
  • Cango Caves Heritage Tour.
HOTEL STAY
  • 5 Night accommodation in Hotel Drakensberg Sun or similar accommodation in Drakensberg
  • 7 Night accommodation in Hotel Point Villa or similar accommodation in Mossel Bay.
ENTRANCE INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR
  • Garden Route: Cango caves, Ostrich farm, Cheetah Land & crocodile farm

Itinerary

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JOHANNESBURG – DRAKENSBERG (350 km – 4 ½ hour drive)( DAY 1)
Arrive Johannesburg at 3:00 pm and after clearing customs and immigration, proceed to Drakensberg drive through beautiful country side towards Drakensberg. The Drakensberg is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. The Great Escarpment reaches its greatest elevation in this region – 2,000 to 3,482 metres. It is located in South Africa and Lesotho. Arrive and check in at hotel. Dinner time with entertainment. Overnight Drakensberg.
DRAKENSBERG( DAY 2)
Today you have a chance to enjoy relaxed late breakfast at 09 am.The Southern Drakensberg offers superb hiking opportunities to all, young and old, fit and unfit. From short rambles to overnight hiking, experience the views, the peace and swims in mountain streams. After that we proceed towards a beautiful Cave trail in the property. Dinner time with entertainment. Overnight Drakensberg.
DRAKENSBERG( DAY 3)
After breakfast proceed to enjoy  Falcon Show. Falcon Ridge is a bird of prey centre in the champagne valley that includes large birds rehabilitated from injury, and provides an excellent opportunity to see these magnificent sky warriors in action. Daily shows include an informative talk and memorable performance of avian acrobatics. Post lunch proceed to Deon’s Honey products to witness the most advanced factory in the world. the factory of the bees, which collect their nectar, resins and pollen in the pristine mountain areas, Here the higher sun radiation leads to elevated flavonoid content (a healing ingredient ) in bee products. Dinner time with entertainment.Overnight Drakensberg.
DRAKENSBERG( DAY 4)
Early morning proceed to enjoy 2.2kms Jungle & Lake Trail. Then  proceed to for 15 mins Helicopter Ride over Africa's Swiss & Grand Canyon followed by 3.5km Trail covering Beautiful waterfall, River Stream & Gorgeous view of Mountain Ranges. After lunch we enjoy Hotel activities. Dinner time entertainment program. Overnight at Drakensberg
DRAKENSBERG( DAY 5)
After breakfast we proceed to Monks Cowl Nature Reserve. In Monks Cowl you can enjoy Hiking, Horse Trails and many more exciting activities. Then we proceed to explore Drakensberg by optional activities by visiting Drakensberg canopy tour, Dragon rock Reptile and Nature park etc. Dinner time entertainment program. Overnight at Drakensberg.
DRAKENSBURG - JOHANNESBURG – GEORGE – MOSSEL BAY( DAY 6)
Early morning check out and proceed to Johannesburg airport to board flight for George. Arrive George airport and proceed to Mossel Bay. Arrive at Mossel Bay check in at our Hotel.Enjoy rejuvenating Spa, from head to toe. your body, mind, and soul to relieve the aches and tension from your daily stress. In Evening we proceed to Beach where you get chair to relax as you are also served Refreshments. Dinner and stay at Mossel Bay.
MOSSEL BAY-GAME DRIVE – MOSSEL BAY( DAY 7)
After breakfast proceed for a Helicopter Ride giving us the breathtaking views. Later proceed towards a thrilling open vehicle safari. 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. Later proceed for a trail for Outeniqua Nature Reserve: Forest Buzzard Walk This is an easy circular route that passes through pine plantations, indigenous forests and a beautiful waterfall. In the evening we visit to Strawberry Farm. Dinner and Stay at Mossel Bay.
MOSSEL BAY - KNYSNA - MOSSEL BAY( DAY 8)
After breakfast we proceed for a day excursion of Knysna, on the way we take our halt at Bloukrans Bridge located in the Tsitsikamma region for Bungee Jumping (Optional). Bloukrans Bridge is the site of the world‘s highest commercial bungee jumping. Thereafter we proceed to take our halt at Knysna- is a town in the heart of South Africa's beautiful Garden Route just East of Cape Town. Knysna lies nestled in between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. After a brief picture halt we precede our journey crossing some of the beautiful towns falling by the sea. In the evening we proceed for Sunset Dinner Cruise .Dinner and stay at Mossel Bay.
MOSSEL BAY( DAY 9)
After breakfast we proceed for the Great Brak River Walk. The Great  Brak  River  Walk  is  an  easy  walk  that  takes  between  two and three hours to complete. It is a circular trail; beginning and ending on Southern Cross Road. From there, walkers cross two bridges and follow the scenic river, which bubbles by peacefully, passing through the village. This area is abundant in birdlife, and those with a  penchant  for  bird-watching  should  bring  their binoculars along, as they are sure to spot some exciting species. Later  we  proceed  for  Zip Line over Indian Ocean which is one of the Longest Zip Line of African Continent.  
MOSSEL BAY – OUDTSHOORN – MOSSEL BAY( DAY 10)
After  breakfast  we  proceed  to  Cango  Caves  for  Cango  Trek, one of the world's great wonders, to experience the fusion of fantasy  with  natural  beauty  in  the  world's  finest  stalactite caves.  Thereafter  proceed  to  Ostrich  Farm  to  avail  the  ever had opportunity of riding an ostrich.  Later  on  we  visit  Cheetah  Land  and  Crocodile  Farm  at Cango  Wildlife  Ranch.  You  get  a  chance  for  Cheetah encounter. Later time for other Activities like Kayaking, Quad Biking: enjoy the ride on a 4 wheeled bike. Dinner and stay at Mossel Bay.
MOSSEL BAY ( DAY 11)
After breakfast we proceed for day excursion of Hermanus then we proceed for a  Point  of Human Origin Trek. Experience the awe of standing at Point of Human Origins. Visit world renowned archaeological site with early evidence for modern human behaviour. In  Afternoon,  we  proceed  for  Diaz  Express  Train Ride.  In  Evening  we  proceed  for  Sand  Boarding.  Dinner  and Stay in Mossel Bay.
MOSSEL BAY( DAY 12)
Early morning we go for Lighthouse Hike. Return and After Breakfast today you get Time for Several Activities and Spa (Optional). You have option to explore beautiful beaches on your own.In Evening, we proceed for Walking Street visit. Dinner and stay at Mossel Bay.
MOSSEL BAY – GEORGE AIRPORT( DAY 13)
After breakfast we proceed to George airport at 08:00 am.We board the flight for our home bound. We trust that you enjoyed your Vacation. Please do give us your valuable feedback.

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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 40000 per person, signed and stamped by the bank).
  • Pan card compulsory
  • 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).

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  • 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.
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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
TYPE N