SOUTH AFRICA This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as…
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This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
Located along the well-known Route 62 in South Africa’s beautiful Klein Karoo, the charming town of Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world. It is surrounded by numerous ostrich farms and the golden arid landscape of the Karoo. Visitors can enjoy the locally produced wine and port; sample ostrich meat and biltong; learn about the ostrich feather boom at the C.P. Nel Museum; and visit the world-renowned Cango Caves, the largest cave system in Africa featuring ancient rock formations and sparkling stalactites and stalagmites. Other popular activities include: mountain biking, paragliding, horse riding, and taking a day trip to the quaint town of Prince Albert over the scenic Swartberg Pass.
Sandwiched between the towering Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Knysna is known as the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is surrounded by world-renowned forests, lovely lagoons and pristine beaches. Visitors can look forward to an array of markets offering delicious food and organic locally-made goods, explore the town’s picturesque waterfront and quaint streets, adventure through the lush forest, skip over streams and catch a glimpse of the multicoloured Knysna Loerie, take a ferry trip to the famed Knysna Heads and sample the local oysters. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of exciting activities including: surfing, swimming, yachting, jet skiing, boating, fishing, and golfing.
Stretching along the border of the Pilanesberg National Park, in the North West Province, Sun City is internationally renowned as South Africa’s premier holiday resort and offers a multitude of attractions and activities to keep all visitors entertained for days. With its combination of golfing, gaming and gambling, as well as world-class hotels, it is a mini Las Vegas in the African bush. It is also known as the only surf-and-safari destination within a two-hour drive of the landlocked city of Johannesburg. Visitors can choose from a range of wonderful accommodation options including the opulent ‘Palace of the Lost City’ or the elegant ‘Cascades’ or enjoy the endless rolling waves at the ‘Valley of Waves’.
PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK
Located northwest of Johannesburg, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve lies inside a 1300 million-year-old extinct volcanic complex and offers a wide variety of beautiful landscapes featuring grasslands, wooded valleys and unique rock formations. Pilanesberg is home to a great diversity of plants and animals including the Big Five and over 360 species of bird. It has some great game drives for both day-trippers and visitors staying in the various camps. Those looking to mix a little glitz and glamour with their wildlife viewing, South Africa’s leading resort, Sun City, is only minutes away.
Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.
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The Garden Court Nelson Mandela BoulevardTransfer to Hotel from the Airport Relax at the hotel . Plenty of services and facilities can be enjoyed within the rest of the hotel. Enjoy buffet style dining at Harbour View Restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner daily. Catch up to your work commitments with the help of our Self Service Workstation, or plan your event with ease through our conferencing options. You can also enjoy a host of other accommodation features as a guest , which receives great reviews on TripAdvisor.
Cape Town City tour incl. Table MountainGet the spectacular views of the City, its Waterfront, Camps Bay, the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains to the East and the mountains of the Cape Peninsula all the way down to Cape Point to the south. The Table Mountain cableway, a must for all visitors to the Cape, boasts revolving floors, giving passengers a 360 degree view. After descending the mountain, you will depart on a tour of the “Mother City” taking in Signal Hill – where the Noon Day Gun is fired at midday, every day except Sunday – through the colourful Bo-Kaap or Cape Malay Quarter, past the Grand Parade, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope and South African Cultural History Museum.
Cape Peninsula Tour incl. Cape Point Nature ReserveFULL DAY CAPE TOWN Highlights of a trip down to Cape Point include; one of the world’s most spectacular drives, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, two lighthouses on the tip of Africa, Boulders Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is ideal for kids as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents and large waves - but please always take care. It is a rare pleasure to swim with the penguins but don't touch or feed them. They might look cute and cuddly but their beaks are as sharp as razors and if they feel threatened they have no qualms about nipping the odd finger or nose.
Transfer CPT/Oudtshoorn - approx 5-6 hoursFULL DAY OUDTSHOORN (The Ostrich Capital of World) With a number of things to do in Oudtshoorn, a trip to this city would certainly be memorable. Oudtshoorn has a wide range of local attractions to keep you entertained throughout your vacation. From visiting famous attractions in Oudtshoorn to engaging in a variety of exciting activities, you may explore an exhaustive list of options during your visit to the city. Be it historical monuments, recreational places, natural sites, or adventurous activities, you will be thoroughly entertained during your Oudtshoorn trip. Overnight at The Turnberry Hotel (B&B)
Visit the Cango Caves, Ostrich farm & Wildlife RanchVisit the Cango Caves, Ostrich farm & Wildlife Ranch The spectacular Cango Caves are a subterranean wonderland of magnificent stalactite and stalagmite rock formations that attracts thousands of visitors annually. They extend more than two kilometres into the Swartberg Mountains and visitors can take guided tours that wind through narrow passageways and steep stairways linking the massive caverns. The spectacular Cango Caves are a subterranean wonderland of magnificent stalactite and stalagmite rock formations that attracts thousands of visitors annually. They extend more than two kilometres into the Swartberg Mountains and visitors can take guided tours that wind through narrow passageways and steep stairways linking the massive caverns. Overnight at the Graywood Hotel (B&B)
Transfer Knysna/GRJ airport for flight to JNBTransfer Knysna/GRJ airport for flight to JNB Transfer JNB airport/Sun City - approx 2.5-3 hours * Transfers taking place from JHB after 15h00 will be subject to a surcharge of ZAR 1, 310.00 The Valley of Waves water park is Sun City’s legendary hub for all kinds of water fun. Offering family-friendly water activities that appeal to adventurers of all ages, there is something for everyone at this iconic Sun City water park. Both day visitors and Sun City Resort guests are invited to enjoy a full day of exciting activities, with a designated children’s area and lifeguards on duty. The main attraction at Valley of Waves is the Roaring Lagoon – a 6 500 square metre wave pool with hydraulic mechanisms that generate waves of nearly 2 metres high every 90 seconds. Overnight at the Sun City Cabanas – std twin shower only (B&B)
at Leisureat Leisure This private adult pool located above The Brew Monkey at the Valley of Waves will inspire you to dive in and swim laps. Surrounded by lush jungle, The Royal Baths is also the perfect place to unwind after an active day at Sun City. - Operating hours: 08h00 - 19h00 (Valley of Waves times – peak periods) thereafter it will be open as per normal Valley of Waves times - Free entry to all hotel and Sun Vacation Club residents on presentation of their resident cards - Day visitor entry fee: R50 (guest will receive an armband for identification) - Complimentary fruit skewer - Complimentary non-alcoholic cocktail - Guest to present ID on request - Max capacity: 200 people - Gazebos are available for private massages - Observatory Bar is exclusively for guests at The Royal Baths Overnight at the Sun City Cabanas – std twin shower only (B&B)
Transfer Sun City/Pilanesberg - approx 3 hoursTransfer Sun City/Pilanesberg - approx 3 hours BLACK RHINO GAME LODGE | PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK Set within the 58 000 hectare Pilanesberg National Park amongst the trees of an old Tamboti forest, Black Rhino Game Lodge is one of South Africa’s most exciting Big 5 eco-tourism destinations. Only 1, 5 hours’ from Johannesburg and 33 km from Sun City, the Black Rhino suites offer spacious, well-appointed accommodation that is suitable for families or a quiet romantic getaway. The waterhole in front of the lodge teems with activity and is a popular playground for elephant, buffalo and many other species. Safaris are conducted on the private Black Rhino Concession and access the greater Pilanesberg National Park. The lovely dining room extends onto various terraces and decks offering a choice of stunning settings to relax and enjoy the bountiful hospitality. Overnight at Black Rhino Lodge (FB)
Safarion Safari BLACK RHINO GAME LODGE | PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK Set within the 58 000 hectare Pilanesberg National Park amongst the trees of an old Tamboti forest, Black Rhino Game Lodge is one of South Africa’s most exciting Big 5 eco-tourism destinations. Only 1, 5 hours’ from Johannesburg and 33 km from Sun City, the Black Rhino suites offer spacious, well-appointed accommodation that is suitable for families or a quiet romantic getaway. The waterhole in front of the lodge teems with activity and is a popular playground for elephant, buffalo and many other species. Safaris are conducted on the private Black Rhino Concession and access the greater Pilanesberg National Park. The lovely dining room extends onto various terraces and decks offering a choice of stunning settings to relax and enjoy the bountiful hospitality. Overnight at Black Rhino Lodge (FB)
Transfer Pilanesberg/JNB Hotel - approx 3.5 hoursTransfer Pilanesberg/JNB Hotel - approx 3.5 hours The Quatermain Hotel in Sandton offers business guests a country stay and weekend leisure guests a place to unwind. The suburb- based accommodation near the Sandton Gautrain Station fuses elegance and nature, offering guests large, spacious gardens, accommodation and public areas in which to enjoy the newspaper or to do a bit of work in comfort. Just 2km from Sandton City and 27km from Oliver Tambo International Airport, the sophisticated hotel in Sandton offers standard and deluxe rooms as well as two opulent suites. Catering to the business traveller’s every need this conferencing hotel near Sandton City offers all the necessary business amenities, including FREE Wi- Fi and six conferencing venues. After a busy day of conferencing and business, our guests may return to this modern, country styled accommodation and enjoy the plethora of services and facilities that we provide. Overnight at the Faircity Quatermain Hotel (B&B)
H/day Gold Reef City tourH/day Gold Reef City tour (CLOSED MON & TUE ; NO KIDS U/6 YRS ALLOWED UNDERGROUND.) :: Gold Reef City is rich in Johannesburg and South African mining history; favourites include the ‘living museum’, gold mine tours - including a trip down a real mine shaft and gold pouring exhibition - and the renowned miners’ gumboot dance.:: Overnight at Faircity Quatermain Hotel (B&B)
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BANKING AND CURRENCY
The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.
Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchange services - with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Several international banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they are not informed.
TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND
Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.
Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways, operated by Comair. There are 2 low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com and Mango.
Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.
An extensive tarred road system makes travelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though.
A valid international driver's licence is required.
We drive on the left hand side of the road.
Wearing seat belts is compulsory and cell phones can only be used ‘hands free'.
Speed limits are generally set at 120km on freeways, 100km on secondary roads and 60km in urban areas.
Toll fees apply on certain national roads.
Petrol stations are widespread.
Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa
Another means of getting around South Africa are luxury inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone. There is a hop-on-hop-off bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Our rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail. There is also the new Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekhuruleni and OR Tambo International Airport.
FOOD, DRINK AND CUISINE ADVICE
Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.
It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa's fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.
Restaurants are subject to South Africa's food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government. Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.
Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER
South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day. Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry. Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.
CLOTHING AND DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS
Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 - 40 degree Celsius range in some areas. Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don't forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).
The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.
Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.
Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
If you are doing business in the country, business attire (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media for example generally dress more casually.
For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.
For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.
ELECTRICITY AND PLUG STANDARDS
Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances - such adapters are also available at major airports.
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