11 days / 10 nights | per person on a 2 people basis (excluding flights) |
Johannesburg and the Kruger Park, or the Apartheid Museum and the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng. Visit the must-sees of South Africa with an English speaking guide.
Welcome at Johannesburg airport and transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing tour around the city depending on your flight’s arrival time. Discovering the capital of Gauteng Province. The apartheid has left a deep impression on the city’s neighborhoods, which is divided into a dense downtown, suburban or residential suburbs and huge counties. Opportunity to visit various museums and other attractions such as the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, the Market Theatre Complex, the zoo, etc. Johannesburg is South Africa’s economic capital and Africa’s economic power, making significant contributions to the country’s GDP and attracting investors and expertise from all corners of the world. Indisputably the most cosmopolitan city in South Africa, you find people both from the continent and from the rest of the world there. Johannesburg’s great metropolis hosts about 8 million inhabitants. With Pretoria, the country’s administrative capital, to which it is well connected, Johannesburg forms an important corridor of the country. Moreover, the Gauteng Province, to which it belongs, is the wealthiest in South Africa, and Johannesburg is the only true world city in sub-Saharan Africa.
Breakfast. Departure to visit the Apartheid Museum and the Soweto black Township, located 15km southwest of Johannesburg. Victory against apartheid and black people’s emancipation was built at Soweto. You will have an overview of South Africa’s turbulent past there. Also can visit the freedom square and Desmond Tutu’s house, while learning about the history of segregation that tore the country apart.
Breakfast at your expense. Departure for Maropeng northwest the city: the cradle of humanity, classified World Heritage by UNESCO. It is the world’s richest region of hominid fossils. In other words, it contains the secrets of our species origin.
Visiting the museum and its underground lake during which you will relive the history of mankind in a very realistic way. Continue with the Stekfontein’s cave where the oldest human fossils were discovered. Depending on time available, possibility to visit an animal park before returning to Johannesburg.
Breakfast at your expense. For this last day in Johannesburg, heading to the Gold Reef City, amusement park located on the former gold mining site. This theme was even taken up by the Park: the “gold rush” towards Wittwatersrand. Then shopping time for the rest of the day.
Breakfast at your expense. Setting off northeast Johannesburg, towards the small town of Graskop in Mpumalanga. Graskop was set up at first for the miners camps. Nowadays, it is more known for its timber industry and tourist attractions, among which the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve.
The Blyde River Canyon is the Transvaal’s most important site with the Kruger National Park. You can access different sightseeing points along the canyon, visit the Echo caves and the waterfalls.
Continuing the journey to Hoedspruit, gateway to the Kruger Park. The Kruger Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and means Safari, with two million hectares of diverse animal life (500 bird species, more than a hundred reptile species, nearly 150 mammal species…) and several archaeological sites. Not surprising that this park is world renowned. Visit the park on board of a Land Rover accompanied by a ranger or go hiking.
Days dedicated to the discovery of the park (02 safaris per day). On open top vehicles, you will have an optimal and wide-ranging view to observe the animals, particularly Africa’s “Big Five”: the lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhinoceros.
Transfer to airport and flight back to Joburg. Reception and transfer by shuttle bus from the hotel next to the airport.
Airport shuttle transfer depending on your time flight to Antananarivo and boarding for Madagascar.
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