DAY 1 – ARRIVE CAPE TOWN: Your adventure begins! Your host will meet you at the Cape Town International Airport and escort you to the charming Cape Heritage Hotel. After time to relax and settle in, we’ll get a taste of some of the local culture at the Gold Restaurant, featuring opulent African cuisine and traditional South African music and dance.
DAY 2 – TABLE MOUNTAIN: Today, our guide, Nur Edries, will take us to the top of Cape Town’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain. With sweeping views of this beautiful seaport from the spectacular cable car ride, and its one-of- a-kind ecosystem, unique in all the world, this historic site is a must-see for our travelers.
After descending, we’ll tour some of the highlights of the city and make our way, by short boat ride, to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Today, it is a World Heritage Site and museum – a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the extraordinary man who lead them out of the Apartheid era.
For dinner, we’ll enjoy one of the city’s best restaurant destinations, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
DAY 3 – CAPE OF GOOD HOPE: Today, we’ll drive East, by comfortable van or bus, along the coast. Located at the southern-most tip of the African continent, this is one of the most scenically spectacular parks in the whole of South Africa. We’ll visit Hout Bay where we often see wild ostriches, and Cape Point. One of the highlights of the day is Boulders Beach, which is the only place in the world where you can get close to African penguins.
The elevated boardwalks above the sand prevent their habitat from being spoiled or disturbed, but allows our travelers to view them remarkably close up. If there is time, we will stop for an educational tour through a local township before heading back to the Cape Heritage Hotel for the night.
DAY 4 – GARDEN ROUTE: Today we’ll begin our travels up the famous and scenic Garden Route to Mossel Bay. On the way, we’ll have lunch in Albertinia, a settlement at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. In the afternoon, we’ll tour the Point of Human Origins, the archeological site of the earliest known artifacts of modern human beings.
You’ll enjoy the sunset from a charming beach restaurant and spend the night in the Diaz Strand Beach Hotel,named in honor of the famed Portuguese navigator, Bartolomeu Dias, who landed in Mossel Bay in 1488.
DAY 5 – GARDEN ROUTE: As we continue, today, we’ll tour the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. The lions, tigers, and other large carnivores living here were rescued from illegal or abusive situations. The sanctuary’s elevated walkway is more than 1.5 miles long and spans numerous natural habitats, making it possible to view many of the rescued animals up close.
We’ll arrive at luxurious Tsitsikamma Lodge & Spa in the early evening. We highly recommend making advance reservations for your own special spa treatment during your time here.
DAY 6 – TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK: We’ll enjoy a relaxing day in this beautiful park – a stunning region that encompasses a marine reserve, deep gorges and unique local vegetation such as the Big Tree, a towering yellowwood. The area is home to a wide variety of small mammals such as bush pigs. And, for the adventurous, a hike across the suspension bridge is a must. You’ll have your choice of interesting restaurant options for dinner in and around the Tsitsikamma Lodge.
DAY 7 – ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK: Today our destination is Addo, the third-largest, national park in South Africa, famous for offering some of the most spectacular elephant viwing anywhere to be found. Addo’s over 600 elephants delight visitors with their extraordinary intelligence, behavior, family loyalty, and antics. Additionally, the over 400 Cape buffalo and other widlife on this maghificent reserve will fascinate and enchant you. Tonight, we’ll stay at one of the beautiful hotels in the Addo area.
DAY 8 – ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK: Between the excitement of early morning and late afternoon game drives to view the abundant wild life, have a leisurely day to rest and soak in the beautiful surroundings and culture of the African bush.
DAY 9 – MANYONI GAME RESERVE: After breakfast and one more exciting game drive at Addo, we’ll continue on to Port Elizabeth where we’ll board our flight to the seaport town of Richards Bay, and then head to the exclusive Rhino River Lodge at the Manyoni Game Reserve. This reserve has worked closely with the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization to rehabilitate and re-release orphaned baby rhinos and a hippo into the wild. We’ll have a sumptuous dinner and settle into our luxury cabins in preparation for an exciting day tomorrow!
DAY 10 – MANYONI WILDLIFE RESERVE: Teeming with wildlife, Manyoni is one of the premiere safari destinations. It not only is home to the “Big 5” (lion, elephant, rhino, cape buffalo, and leopard), but they also have a population of the highly endangered “Wild Dog” species.In the evening, we’ll enjoy cocktails before dinner and share a welcome celebration with our game rangers. Snuggle into your charming accommodations with the sounds of wildlife at night in the African bush.
DAY 11 – MANYONI WILDLIFE RESERVE: Rising early this morning, we’ll drive the open trails with our game rangers to learn about local flora and fauna on the reserve. Upon return, we’ll have breakfast in the beautiful, open-air lodge. You never know what wildlife will wander by – elephant, kudu, giraffe, zebra, bushbuck, rhino, and baboon are just a few of the possible sightings.
DAY 12 – MANYONI WILDLIFE RESERVE: Rising early this morning, we’ll drive the open trails with our game rangers to
learn about local flora and fauna on the reserve. Upon return, we’ll have breakfast in the beautiful, open-air lodge. You never know what wildlife will wander by – elephant, kudu, giraffe, zebra, bushbuck, rhino, and baboon are just a few of the possible sightings.
Enjoy a relaxed day on the reserve with a short educational briefing after lunch about endangered species and some of the challenges of wildlife conservation. LAEO’s author and reptile and amphibian expert, Nick Evans, with some of his rescued animals in hand, will brief us on his important work. Nick is called from all over South Africa to rescue reptiles and amphibians from places where they would otherwise be killed, and he releases them back into the wild. As unbelievable as it may seem to some, it is likely that you’ll experience an increase in your own care for, or at least tolerance of these often maligned but extremely important-to-the-eco-system animals after experiencing his enthusiastic, entertaining and knowledgeable presentation. His care for these animals is truly infectious!
In the late afternoon, we’ll head out for another game-viewing drive to a different area of the reserve, with a break for “sundowners” – drinks and snacks atop a hilly vista to enjoy the beautiful sunsets of the area. Make sure your camera is charged so that you can capture all the extraordinary wildlife sightings! A campfire dinner with your new friends will complete another extraordinary day of your African adventure.
DAY 13 – TRAVEL DAY: Undoubtedly you will have been awakened by the “bush chorus alarm clock” of birds, monkeys and other animals welcoming the new day. After one last morning drive, our game rangers will collect your bags during breakfast in preparation for our departure. We’ll transport you back to King Shaka International Airport in Durban, for your flight home or on to other destinations, with memories to treasure and share for a lifetime!
NOTE: While we have never had to make significant changes in our Eco Safari adventures, please know that this itinerary can change, based on weather conditions or other unexpected travel conditions. It’s Africa!
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