- Coach Transfers from Mount Gambier to Adelaide and Return
- Pre Night & Post Night in Adelaide
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- Airport and Hotel Transfers
- All Accommodation
- Coach Travel in South Africa
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- 48 Meals (24 Breakfast, 7 Lunches & 17 Dinners)
- Overnight on the Shosholoza Meyl Premier Train
- Local English Speaking Driver/Guides
- Game Activities as per the Itinerary
- Entrance Park Fees (except Tourism Levy in Botswana approx USD$30 & Victoria Falls National Park to be paid directly approx USD$30)
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- Fully Escorted from Mount Gambier and Return
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IN a “nutshell”, every day of this tour of South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana & Zimbabwe was in itself a highlight. Every day presented us with either the physical beauty of the countryside we travelled through or the hustle and bustle and cultural diversity of Johannesburg, or the natural beauty of Cape Town nestled under Table Mountain, or the animal diversity of game parks.
Throughout the trip, we experienced first class accommodation and a huge variety of delicious food served by the happiest of people, who treated you with such respect and enthusiasm you could not help but be moved! We had to keep reminding ourselves that we were in a third-world country, trying its best to establish itself in a complex world, but they are very positive and enthusiastic about their “lot in life”. Our two South African guides, reflected this “infectious” enthusiasm and pride in their country!
The 2 days we spent in Johannesburg introduced us to the poverty of SOWETO compared with the affluence of Sandton City. The Apartheid Museum celebrates the life of perhaps one of the greatest men to walk this earth, Nelson Mandela, and also graphically describes the life of the “blacks” under the Apartheid regime of the white Afrikaans! We visited Mandela House in SOWETO, and it was emotionally moving to reflect on how Nelson lived here from 1946 to the 1990s.
The time we spent visiting the Lesedi Cultural village in the “Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site”, north of J’berg was a great and colourful introduction to the 5 key tribes which have shaped southern Africa. The traditional dances by these tribes was spine-tingling in its raw energy and was performed with such pride in their heritage. The traditional BOMA feast was a perfect ending to the Lesedi experience!
The overnight “Premier Classe” train trip from J’berg to Cape Town was memorable for the excellent meals and scenery approaching Cape Town. The 3 days spent in Cape Town, the “Jewel of the African Continent”, included a day trip through the Stellenbosch- Franschhock region and included a visit to the Taal Monument to the Afrikaans language situated on the slopes of Paarl Mountain. A beautiful spot to reflect upon the people who have contributed to southern Africa’s cultural development, i.e., African, Dutch, Portuguese, German, English and Malay, and who have developed the Afrikaans language.
The cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain was unforgettable for the breathtaking view overlooking Cape Town. The bus trip down the Cape Peninsular followed the famous Chapman’s Peak drive with panoramic and rugged views of the Atlantic Ocean. An evening meal in Cape Town at the “GOLD Opulent African Cuisine” restaurant, where we tasted 18 meals reflecting the diversity of the African cuisine, and learnt how to play the African drums, was a fabulous evening!
After flying from Cape Town to Durban we set off by coach to discover some of the more famous Zulu-British battlegrounds. From here we ventured into the game parks which included the famous Kruger NP, but our stay at the Shiduli Private game lodge was outstanding.
Our morning and evening safaris in open-top vehicles provided us with fabulous views of a bewildering array of animal and bird life! The animals we saw “up-close-and-personal” included lions, elephants, cheetah, leopards, buffalo, hippos, crocs and rhinos. Thanks to our guide’s skills and experience we documented sightings of 44 bird species and 27 mammals and reptiles! We walked with a cheetah, our vehicle was chased by a herd of elephants and a male lion walked passed within a metre of our vehicle! And, to top it all off the Shiduli staff offered us superb meals served by the happiest and most respectful staff imaginable!
Our 2 days in Swaziland was memorable for the visit to the Ngwenya Glass Factory which recycles glass bottles etc. into exquisite art work, and the Swazi Candles factory, where their hand made candles are exported around the world. This wonderful trip was topped off in the last 3 days by visiting the Chobe NP, in Botswana. This adventure included a first-class sunset cruise on the Chobe river.
We then crossed into Zimbabwe to stay at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge where for every meal you could look over a permanent water hole which attracted elephants, giraffes, crocodiles as well as some fabulous bird life. We walked the length of Victoria River falls and topped off this natural wonder of the world with an optional helicopter flight over the falls and the Zambesi River!
This trip was memorable and unforgettable for all the right reasons. For a first ever trip to Southern Africa for Gambier Coachlines, Max and Sue did an incredible job! Well done! Editorial Witten By – Kevin & Helen Johnson