9 Days South African Adventure

Take a 9 Day South African Adventure with us – Abseil off Cape Town’s Table Mountain, cycle the Cape Peninsula, dive with great white sharks and walk a backpacking trail through the world famous Kruger National Park! This 9 day adventure harnesses a broad mix of adventures ranging from high adrenaline to breath taking, and covers two of South Africa’s most talked about highlights, Cape Town and the Kruger National Park.

Day 01: Arrival Cape Town
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Cape Town Hollow Hotel. Here you will spend the next (4) night’s on a bed and breakfast basis. Rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Situated overlooking the Dutch East India Company Gardens, the Cape Town Hollow Hotel offers stylish accommodation and spectacular views. The hotel offers an ideal location to some of the city’s best dining experiences, nightlife, cultural and historical buildings.

Day 02: Cape Town
This morning after breakfast, you will be met and transferred to Table Mountain for a morning of abseiling.
The overall experience will take approximately 45 min to an hour and includes:
o Signing and harnessing up
o A safety briefing
o Accessing the abseiling site
o Doing the abseil
o A pleasant hike back to the to the top
Please note that the return cable car tickets will need to be purchased separately and is not included in the abseil.

After your abseiling experience, you will have the opportunity to spend some time on Table Mountain before making your way down the cable car. From Table Mountain you will enjoy a short tour around Cape Town City. You will be taken past the Castle of Good Hope (the first fort to be built in South Africa) as well as the infamous Green Market Square (the oldest market in South Africa). A drive through the Cape Malay Quarter will create a colourful vision as you see the brightly coloured houses and streets of this historical part of Cape Town. Please note that should you wish to visit any particular places of interest, entrance fees are not included in the City Tour.

After experiencing the sights and diverse cultures of the Cape Town CBD and surrounds, you will be taken to the V&A Waterfront where you will board a local charter boat and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise around Table Bay. The sunset cruise is approximately an hour and half to 2 hours and includes 2 glasses of sparkling wine per passenger.

After the sunset cruise, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Sunset Cruise in Cape Town

Day 03: Cape Town
This morning you will be collected from the hotel at approximately 08h30. Today will be spent enjoying the sights and surrounds of the Cape Peninsula by bicycle.
The tour starts in Sea Point where you will follow the Atlantic Seaboard through Hout Bay (optional activity not included: Seal island boat ride) and along the scenic Chapman’s Peak to Simons Town. You will enjoy a stop at Boulders Beach where you get to view the African Penguin in their habitat. From Simons Town the tour continues on the Cape Point Nature Reserve. After a stop for a picnic lunch, you will enjoy a short hike to the top lighthouse at Cape Point and on to the Cape of Good Hope. You will return via Scarborough and Kommetjie before being transferred back to your hotel.

Day 04: Cape Town
This morning you will have an early transfer from your hotel to Gansbaai. Here you will enjoy a day of diving with the Great White Sharks. On arrival you will be met by the crew and enjoy a delicious breakfast, while listening to the safety talks.

Once you board the boat, you will have the opportunity to go into the cage (wetsuits are provided) and view the sharks in their natural habitat. Snacks and beverages are served on board the boat. On return from the diving experience, you will enjoy some warm soup and bread and get to watch a video of your experience. You will then be transferred back to your hotel in Cape Town.

Day 05: Cape Town – Phalaborwa
This morning you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to Cape Town International Airport. On arrival you will connect with your flight to Johannesburg. At Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, you will connect with your flight to Phalaborwa.

On arrival at Phalaborwa Airport, you will make your way to the Avis Car Rental desk. Here you will collect your rental vehicle before heading into town. In town you will collect all the necessary supplies required for your 4 night stay in the Kruger National Park. Tonight will be spent at the Mopani Rest Camp on a self-catering basis, and prepare your backpack for the adventure hike that starts tomorrow.

Day 06: Kruger National Park
This morning you will meet your trail ranger guides who will brief you on the 3 night Lonely Bull Backpacking Trail that you are about to embark on. You will be taken by open vehicle out into the bush where you will be dropped off. After a safety talk you begin your 3 night Kruger Park hiking adventure.

Stretching over 3 nights/4 days the trail has no set route and the trail guides decide where to camp. This hiking adventure allows guests to experience the African wilderness by becoming part of the system instead of being a conventional observer. Guests are required to provide their own camping equipment & food for the duration of the trail, and water is sourced by the guides in the bush from rivers, pools and elephant diggings.

Vehicles are left at the Mopani Rest Camp in a designated area. The maximum number of participants there can be on a trail is 8, and it conducted by two highly qualified and experienced Rangers. Guests are to bring their own tents as there are no overnight huts along the trails. Every individual is responsible for maintaining a clean environment and responsible for their own set up and cooking. Biodegradable products are requested to be used on the trail.

Kruger National Park

Day 07 – 08: Kruger National Park
Lonely Bull Backpacking Trail.

Day 09: Johannesburg
On the day of departure guests will be transferred to the Mopani drop off point by 14h00. You will then drive your rental vehicle to the Phalaborwa Airport for return before boarding your flight to Johannesburg.

On arrival at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, you will continue as per your own arrangements.

- End of services –

COST (based on 2 adults sharing):
ZAR 27 338.00 per person sharing (Feb 2017)
ZAR 27 652.00 per person sharing (Mar – Apr 2017)
ZAR 25 904.00 per person sharing (May – Aug 2017)
ZAR 27 594.00 per person sharing (Sep – Nov 2017)

** Day 06 on this itinerary needs to fall on a Wednesday or Sunday, as the Lonely Bull Back Pack Trail is a scheduled departure.

Above costs include:
04 Night’s accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
04 Night’s accommodation on a self-catering basis (Mopani & Lonely Bull Backpacking Trail)
Services of trained professional Trail Rangers

Park fees
All road transfers as per itinerary
All sightseeing day tours as per itinerary
Tourism levy of 1 %

Flights:
Cape Town – Phalaborwa one way excl. taxes (SAA)
Johannesburg – Phalaborwa one way excl. taxes (SAA)
Phalaborwa – Johannesburg one way excl. taxes (SAA)

Car Hire:
05 days use of a Group B car (VW Polo Hatch or similar with manual gears & air con)
Unlimited Kilometers
Premium Collision Damage Waiver - zero excess
Premium Theft Loss Waiver (TLW) - zero excess
Personal Accident Insurance
Tyre Windscreen Damage Waiver
General Public Liability Insurance
Value Added Tax 14%
Third Party Liability Insurance
Location Surcharge
Tourism Levy
Sandblasting Damage
Water and Undercarriage Damage
Claim Admin Fee – only in the event of an accident / theft
Rim and Hubcap Damage

Above costs exclude:
Visas if required
Airport taxes
Personal items and gratuities
Bar accounts
Flights not specified
Meals not specified

Car hire excludes:
Fuel & fuel deposit - the amount vary as it is the cost of refueling if vehicle is not returned with a full tank
Additional Driver fee (ZAR 350 per rental)
GPS Rental (ZAR 99 per day)
Special equipment one-way fee for GPS:  ZAR285
Delivery & collection charges:  ZAR 420 within 25 km radius during office hours;
ZAR 760 within 25 km out of office hours
Cross Border fee:  ZAR 1600 excluding Swaziland & Lesotho
Cross Border fee:  ZAR 500 for Swaziland & Lesotho
One Way drop off fee:  ±ZAR 790 to ±ZAR 1070 depending on routing when car is collected at a different location than where it is returned
One-way Cross Border fees:  ZAR 1450 for South Africa to Swaziland or Lesotho; ZAR 3 300 for South Africa to Botswana; ZAR 6 050 for South Africa to Namibia
Accident towing fee:  Actual cost
Traffic Fine admin fee:  ZAR 295 per fine
Claim Administration Fee (ZAR 350)
Child safety seat (ZAR 450 for the rental)

** Please note that a cancellation fee of ZAR 399.00 (including VAT) will be charged in the event that a reservation is not cancelled for a customer who does not arrive. As of 1 August 2016, should a renter fail to cancel their booking prior to the date and time of reservation and fail to pick up their vehicle within 24-hours of that date and time, then a charge for non- cancellation will be applied to the method of payment presented at the time of booking.

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Avis:  Renters and additional driver’s must be in possession of a valid unendorsed driver’s licence of country of residence and an Avis-accepted method of payment. If driver’s licence is non-roman alphabet, an international driver’s licence is required. Please note that Foreigners must also produce a valid passport.  Rule of the road - drive on the left hand side.

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