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This is the last call for the South African Beekeepers tour. So far I have 24 beekeepers paid for and ready to go. States represented are IL, KY, OH, CA, NC, MA, WA, IN, as well as Bermuda.

Dates Nov 28th through Dec 14th.

Contact me at 502 545 1878
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Brief Resume of Tour
14 nights / 14 days
28 Nov Depart Atlanta SAA 212 10.30 am
29 Nov Arrive Johannesburg International Airport 9.05 am - Day at leisure
30 Nov Drive through Johannesburg –– beekeeping visit pm – Pretoria – 2 nights
01 Dec Cullinan Diamond Mine – beekeeping visit
02 Dec Travel to Kwa Zulu Natal – 2 nights Hluhluwe Game Reserve
03 Dec In the game reserve
04 Dec St Lucia boat trip – travel North Coast to Durban – 2 nights beachfront hotel
05 Dec Optional day tours – or beekeeping visit
06 Dec Travel Eastern Cape to East London - 1 night
07 Dec Continue visiting Drennan (via King Williams Town - Fort Beaufort, Adelaide) return to Knysna – 1 night
08 Dec Visit Knysna Oyster Factory, Knysna Lagoon cruise – Outeniqua Steam Train
Drive to Mossel Bay – 3 nights
09 Dec Day at leisure
10 Dec Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Centre, Highgate Ostrich Farm – return to Mossel Bay
11 Dec Travel to Cape Town – en route beekeeping visits - John Moodie, Hans Kiesling – arrive Cape Town pm – 2 nights
12 Dec Full day Cape Peninsula tour end with Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens / or Table Mountain
13 Dec At leisure until return transfer to Cape Town International Airport SAA 211 Departs 4.40pm


Detailed Itinerary

South African Tour
14 nights / 14 days

Tuesday 30 November 04
Arrive Johannesburg International Airport
Meet and greet by Recreational Tours, SATOUR registered local guide
Brief orientation Johannesburg City tour, known as the City of Gold. The exploitation of these gold fields gave rise to the industrial, commercial and financial development of Johannesburg which is now considered the economic hub of Africa. In conjunction with this development many black people came to the city to find work and settled on the outskirts of the city which now have given rise to very large black townships such as Soweto and Vosloorus.

Visit Gold Reef City – African dancers, down gold mine shaft, gold pour

Afternoon beekeeping visit

Evening beekeeping function

2 nights accommodation the Don Suite Hotel Arcadia ***b&b

Wednesday 01 Dec
Brief Pretoria City tour. Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa and boasts some of the finest architecture such as the Herbert Baker designed Union Buildings, the Afrikaner Cultural Museum and Voortrekker Monument, Church Square. Continue to the mining town of Cullinan for a visit to Premier Diamond Mine. The mine has produced many of the world’s largest stones amongst which the most well known is the Cullinan Diamond now part of the British Royal Family Crown Jewels.

Afternoon beekeeping visits

Thursday 02 Dec
Early morning departure. Travel through Ermelo, Piet Retief, N2 to Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

The region of northern Kwa Zulu Natal an area of great ecological diversity such as the vast Greater St Lucia Wetland Park which teems with wildlife such great numbers of hippo, crocodile, antelope and prolific birdlife. The Hlulhuwe-Umfolozi game reserve is also in this area and is world renowned for its preservation of the white and black rhino.
2 nights accommodation Hilltop Camp *** b&b and 1 safari daily

Friday 03 Dec
In the game reserve

Saturday 04 Dec
Morning boat trip on St Lucia Estuary.

Continue to Durban on the North Coast road passing through some popular holiday destinations for South Africa such as Ballito, Umhlanga Rocks.
2 nights accommodation The Beach Hotel *** b&b situated on Durban’s beachfront.

Sunday 05 Dec
Shakaland Zulu Experience
Monday 06 Dec
Early morning departure Eastern Cape to East London
1 night accommodation HIGC East London

Early morning transfer through Eastern Cape to East London. Set at the mouth of the Buffalo River, East London is South Africa’s only major river port. The town is most well known for the discovery of the ‘living fossil’ fish, the coelacanth.
1 night accommodation Holiday Inn Garden Court East London *** b&b

Tuesday 07 Dec
Travel inland via King Williams Town – Fort Beaufort – Adelaide to Drennan.
This route is steeped in early Settler history and Xhosa culture and is also home to Fort Hare where many great African leaders studied including Neslon Mandela.
Drennan beekeeping visit

Afternoon transfer to Knysna
1 night accommodation Knysna River Club *** b&b

Wednesday 08 Dec
Morning visit Knysna Oyster Factory for a glass of South African Sparkling Wine and some local oysters.

Afternoon cruise on the John Benn Ferry.

Continue to Mossel Bay
3 nights accommodation Santos Beach Hotel *** b&b

Thursday 09 Dec
Day at leisure – NB the coach will not in service on this day

Friday 10 Dec
Travel over Outeniqua Mountain Pass into the Klein Karoo. Morning tour of Cango Caves and visit an ostrich farm, Cango Wildlife Ranch.
Return to Mossel Bay

Saturday 11 Dec
Continue on the N2 highway passing through some of the oldest towns in South Africa – the town of Swellendam is the third oldest in the country and has many excellent examples of both Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture dating back to the early 1800’s. Enter into Cape Town City over the Hottentots Hollands Sir Lowrys Pass. The pass has some magnificent viewing spots across False Bay and the Cape Point.

Beekeeping visits en route to Cape Town

John Moodie in Heidelberg and Hans Kiessling in Kleinmond

Cape Town is situated between Table Mountain and the bay known as Table Bay. It is the seat of government in the country and also the oldest city in South Africa, founded originally for the plantation of vegetables to be supplied to shipping lines travelling to the East. Today, the city has every modern feature with skyscrapers, freeways dominating the landscape, yet also remains steeped in history with gracious old buildings, cobbled streets and many old monuments, for example the Castle of Good Hope, Groot Constantia Manor and Winery, the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter.
One of the major attractions of modern day Cape Town is the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Development which is centred around the working Victoria & Alfred Harbour. It is an entertainment, cultural and shopping hub with live daily shows, stylish boutiques, fine dining and five star hotels all within walking distance of each other.

2 nights accommodation the Protea Breakwater Lodge *** b&b in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Sunday 12 Dec
Full day Cape Peninsula tour
Begin your journey to the Cape Point along the Atlantic seaboard passing through Seapoint, the Clifton and Camps Bay beaches to the fishing port Hout Bay. Stop for a browse through the Mariners Wharf or take an optional ferry trip to Seal Island. Continue through the Chapmans Peak Drive (if open) and Ou Kaapse Weg down to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Here you stop to view the mythical meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. For a better view visitors may take the vehicular to the lighthouse.

After lunch continue along the Indian Ocean side stopping at Boulders Beach to visit the only breeding colony of African Penguin – despite their falling numbers elsewhere they are thriving on this area. Continue to the historical South African Naval base of Simons Town, which also has some interesting examples of Victorian architecture. Optional short tour of the naval base to view the South African navy ships. Return to Cape Town with an unforgettable visit to the top of Table Mountain.
Return to the hotel early evening.

Monday 13 Dec
Morning at leisure until transfer to Cape Town International Airport
Connect on outbound flight
End of service

Prices $ 3700.00: Includes flights from your nearest large airport to Atlanta – Johannesburg – Cape Town – Atlanta. All accommodation, bed and breakfast. All transport within South Africa. As well as items mentioned below.

The above price includes:

- all transfers mentioned in the itinerary in an appropriate sized vehicle with driver
- services of English speaking SATOUR registered guide through the tour (Day 1 to 13)
- subsistence and accommodation where necessary for driver and guide
- all excursions with entrances mentioned in the above itinerary
- baggage handling fees
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The above price excludes:

- any other meals and drinks
- optional excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
- gratuities
- any items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, mini bar
- any flights


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