The Beautiful Mix – Tours in South Africa

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    This tour is provided by

    Themba Travel

    Themba Travel is a travel management company with its main focus on community building by offering educational, conservation and volunteering experiences within South Africa.  

    Our travel packages include trips that will take you to the most popular tourist attractions, but also give you an exclusive peek into the history according to the locals. We celebrate our different cultures and offer our travellers the opportunity to meet the local people who make South Africa great. We explore places of hope and introduce you to the communities who thrive amidst their everyday struggles.

    • 12 Days/11 Nights
    • Group Size: 4-10 people
    • South Africa
    The Beautiful Mix Tours combines the best of Cape Town in the south to the best of Johannesburg in the north.

    Voted again as the best city in the world for the 7th year running, Cape Town will not disappoint. Get ready to be amazed by true diversity. This 12-day experience will have you enjoy top attractions, scenic beaches, delicious local cuisine, traditional music and African culture at its best. The first 5 days in the mother city will be filled with sightseeing to iconic attractions like Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope and travelling along in the vineyards in the Winelands. Here you can do some wine tasting – food – chocolate – pairing and walk through the historic town of Stellenbosch.

    The next few days will see you wandering along Vilakaze Street in the vibrant Soweto Town in Johannesburg. You will also meet the director of a community initiative, Nkosi’s Haven created for orphans whose parents died of HIV/AIDS. A trip to the Apartheid’s museum will leave you inspired. Included is also a 2-day Safari on a private Game Reserve just outside Pretoria, where you get to see the Big5 roaming. Spend your last night around an open fire before heading back home. Rest assured, you will take a part of Africa with you! 

    Tour Dates

    Due to the COVID-19 virus and travel restrictions, we are revisiting our tour dates 

    • NEXT TOUR (BM-02): (TBC)
    • TOUR FOR WOMEN (BM-01): (TBC)
    • TOUR FOR OVER 60’s (BM-03): (TBC)

    Location

    The tour takes you to beautiful scenic places. It starts in the mother city, Cape Town, and ends in the buzzing Johannesburg in the north. In Cape Town, we explore the city centre, the Westcoast, and the Winelands. We visit Pretoria and Johannesburg in the north.

    Accommodation

    We stay in a combination of 3-4 star places, like the hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and a wine estate in the Winelands. Accommodation in Johannesburg will be at the Cradle Valley Guesthouse (or similar) and staying in the 4 stars Mongena Lodge in Dinokeng Private Game Reserve.

    Highlights

    • Table Mountain
    • Cape Point Nature Reserve
    • 2-day Safari on a Game Reserve
    • Cape Winelands
    • Robben Island
    • Apartheid Museum
    • Soweto Township Tour
    • Cape West Coast Exploration

    Price Includes

    • Land transportation via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
    • Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3 star and moderate 4 star hotels
    • Meals as indicated in itinerary
    • Services of a professional tour guide throughout tour
    • Admission to all activities listed in the itinerary
    • Luggage handling: one piece per person at hotels
    • All taxes and tips for provided services, except coach driver, tour guide, and restaurant and hotel staff

    Price Excludes

    • International Roundtrip airfare including all related taxes and fees, as well as domestic flights
    • Meals not indicated on the itinerary
    • Beverages except with breakfast
    • Tips for restaurant and hotel staff
    • End of tour tips for driver and tour guide
    • Items of a personal nature such as passport fees (Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond return date)
    • Optional insurance for health, baggage and cancellation (This insurance is available and recommended)
    General Information

    Arrivals

    Your tour starts at the Cape Town International airport at a given time. You must make sure that your flight lands at least two hours before the start of the tour. If not, you should consider flying into Cape Town on the previous day. We can assist you with accommodation bookings close to the airport.

    Passport & visa requirements

    Your passport must still be valid for SIX months after you return to your country. We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps. There is no visa required for U.S. citizens to enter South Africa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

    Clothing & packing tips

    We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing. You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

    Health

    There are no major health risks associated with traveling to South Africa. If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered. If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies, please notify Embrace South Africa Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by sending us a detailed email with your dietary needs

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    We welcome you with open arms and friendly smiles at Cape Town International airport. Welcome to South Africa! We will transport you to your hotel where you have the rest of the day free to explore the surrounding areas by foot or by taxi. Take time to rest and to prepare for the next few days full of new activities.

    Welcoming supper.

    Accommodation: Hotel at the V&A Waterfront
    [supper included]

    Day 2

    Breakfast at your hotel. We leave the city and drive to Hout Bay and then on to Simon’s Town via Chapman’s Peak Drive, where you will have time to visit the African Jackass Penguins. (Penguin Colony – the Boulders Simon’s Town). Since the water will be warm you may be interested to swim in the Indian Ocean!

    Lunch. After lunch we visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve, which includes beautiful sites like the Cape Point Light House and the Cape of Good Hope.

    Supper: Evening free. Go out on your own for supper at the V&A Waterfront.

    Accommodation: Hotel at the V&A Waterfront
    [breakfast and lunch included]

    Day 3

    Today we take the boat to Robben Island. It will be an emotional day since you will “experience” the atrocities of the apartheid system of the Nationalist government and the role that leaders like Nelson Mandela played to fight for the freedom of the South African people. We explore the island and join an ex-political prisoner that will show the group the maximum prison and Nelson Mandela’s cell.

    Lunch will be with Odwa Futshane (tour guide) at a traditional restaurant in Langa, Lelapa. After lunch our tour guide will take us on a very insightful walking tour of the Langa townships. You will get the opportunity to meet the people and have a cappuccino in the first coffee shop in a black township.

    Supper (own account)

    Accommodation: Hotel at the V&A Waterfront
    [breakfast and lunch included]

    Day 4

    Breakfast at your hotel. You have the morning and afternoon free to explore Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront on your own. There are so many options. One of the exciting possibilities is to take the Hop On Hop Of bus and visit famous Cape Town places.

    Lunch (own account) Evening: Pan-African cultural experience at GOLD Restaurant and an opportunity to learn to play the African drum.

    Accommodation: Hotel at the V&A Waterfront
    [breakfast and supper included]

    Day 5

    After breakfast at your hotel we leave for Table Mountain and take the Cable Car (vernacular) to the top of the mountain and back. You will have at least an hour to breathe in the beautiful views and explore the hiking trails on top of the mountain. Then it is time to visit the African Craft and Gift market at Greenmarket Square. Here you can meet artists from different parts of Africa.

    Lunch (own account) This afternoon we explore the world-famous botanical gardens, Kirstenbosch and Groot Constantia, the first wine farm in the Cape.

    Supper

    Accommodation: Laborie Estate, Paarl
    [breakfast and supper included]

    Day 6

    Breakfast at your hotel. Today the group explore one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa, namely the Cape Winelands. We will stop at Franschhoek where you will get the opportunity to see the vineyards and visit the wine farms with the Franschhoek Wine Tram. This is truly a very exciting experience! Our next stop is at the second oldest town in South Africa, Stellenbosch, where we learn more about the history and taste some of the best wines of the region.

    Lunch in Stellenbosch (own account)

    Supper. A typical South African BBQ

    Accommodation: Laborie Estate, Paarl
    [breakfast and supper included]

    Day 7

    Breakfast at your guest house Todays journey take us to the famous area of the West Coast of the Cape. Travel to Langebaan via !Khwa ttu Heritage Centre and enter the fascinating world of the First People in South Africa, the San.

    Lunch Langebaan (own account) Afternoon explore Langebaan. Langebaan is an internationally acclaimed Ramsar Site for its importance as a wetland and the tidal mud flats of the lagoon not only host many local bird species but also attract migratory birds every year.

    Supper

    Accommodation: Laborie Estate, Paarl
    [breakfast, lunch and supper included]

    Day 8

    Breakfast at your guest house. Check out. Today we leave Cape Town and make our way to Johannesburg. Our flight leaves at 10:00 from Cape Town International to O R Tambo Johannesburg.

    When we arrive in Johannesburg, we will visit Nkosi’s Haven Orphanage Lunch at Nkosi’s Haven. Meeting with Gail Johnson, founder and director of the orphanage. Interacting with the children at Nkosi’s Haven.

    Supper.

    Accommodation: Cradle Valley Guest Lodge (or similar)
    [breakfast, lunch and supper included]

    Day 9

    Breakfast at your lodge. After breakfast we visit the Cradle of Humankind Museum and the Sterkfontein Caves

    Lunch: Robby’s Restaurant – Soweto. Soweto is a township of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng, South Africa, bordering the city’s mining belt in the south. Its name is an English syllabic abbreviation for South Western Townships. Wikipedia During the afternoon we do a Soweto tour with our famous tour guide Queen Malefane. We will stop at Regina Mundi Church, Hector Peterson Museum, visit Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu once lived and the FNB soccer stadium where the finals of the 2010 Soccer World Cup were played.

    Supper

    Accommodation: Cradle Valley Guest Lodge (or similar)
    [breakfast, lunch and supper included]

    Day 10

    Breakfast at your lodge. Check out.

    Today we take time to visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. The museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. Afterwards we make our way to the Mongena Game Lodge where we will be staying for two nights.

    Lunch High Tea Afternoon Game Drive at Mongena Lodge. The 4-star Lodge offers a Big 5 bush safari and is a favorite for local and international guests who wish to see the Big 5 on a Game Drive or bush walk

    Supper

    Accommodation: Mongena Lodge
    [breakfast, lunch and supper included]

    Day 11

    Breakfast Mongena Game Lodge

    Morning Game Drive Mid-morning Bush Walks (optional)

    Lunch Relax around the pool High Tea Afternoon Game Drive

    Supper Boma Braai. You are invited to sit around the fire and enjoy the atmosphere of a real South Africa BBQ (braai)

    Accommodation: Mongena Lodge
    [breakfast, lunch and supper included]

    Day 12

    Early Morning Game Drive Breakfast at Mongena Lodge. Check out The group visits the Union Buildings in Tshwane. The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African government and house the offices of the President of South Africa. We explore the nine-meter-high statue of Nelson Mandela (short stop)

    Lunch Our group conclude their South African Tour with a visit to Freedom Park in Pretoria. Freedom Park celebrates South Africa’s heritage. It is a center of knowledge aimed at deepening the understanding of the nation. It strives to accommodate all the country’s experiences and symbols to tell one coherent story.

    We have to say our final goodbyes and wish you all a very safe journey with high hopes that you will return soon. We drop you off at O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 16:00.

    Flight back to your home destination
    [breakfast and lunch included]

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