I am planning for a trip to South Africa for two weeks, and the departure date is
06Jun, 2014. Departure is by Emirates flight. Usually, the airlines offer discounts for early booking, so we are likely to make booking for the flights by end of February.
There is also a great chance that we will even do a 3 weeks trip for those who can afford the time and money.. South Africa is an expensive place for travel, especially so if you stay at the lodges located within the Game Parks.
Please find below the write up about South Africa from the Lonely Planet's website .
Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa, stretching from the hippos in the Limpopo River to the penguins waddling on the Cape, takes some beating. It befits its position at the southern end of the world’s most epic continent, with more types of terrain than photographers can shake their zoom lens at. There’s the deserted Kalahari, Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers, iconic Table Mountain and Cape Point, Kruger National Park’s wildlife-stalked savannah (scene of the famous lion-buffalo-crocodile battle watched more than 40 million times on YouTube) and, running through the east of the country and into Lesotho, the Drakensberg. KwaZulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park alone has five distinct ecosystems, attracting both zebras and dolphins.
If you’re interested in another kind of wildlife, hit the nightclubs on Cape Town’s jumping Long St or sample African homebrew in a township shebeen (unlicensed bar). When it’s time to reflect on it all, do it over seafood on the Garden Route, curry in Durban’s Indian Area, a sizzling Cape Malay dish, or a braai (barbecue) in the wilderness – accompanied by a bottle of pinotage produced by the oldest wine industry outside Europe.
Of course, it's impossible for travellers to South Africa to remain oblivious to the fact that, despite the rise of ‘black diamonds’ (middle-class black folk), racial inequality persists here. Black and coloured townships face problems such as a horrific HIV/AIDS rate and xenophobic tensions caused by economic refugees from nearby countries.
Nonetheless, South Africans are some of the most upbeat, welcoming and humorous folk you’ll encounter anywhere, from farmers in the rural north who tell you to drive safely on those dirt roads, to Khayelitsha kids who wish you molo (‘good morning’ in Xhosa).
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-Africa
This is a huge country and the options are many.. from the various game reserves and national parks.
HIGHLIGHTS of our trip is as below:
1. Cape Town (Table Mountain Cable Car, Cape Peninsula)
2. Garden Route , Sir Lowry's Pass
3. Overnight at Hermanus
4. Shark Cage Diving (at your own expense)
5. South Africa wineries - Bouchard Finlayson & Newton Johnson
6. Seals Cruise, Jackass Penguins
7. Durban & Shakaland
8. Overnight at Hand-woven Beehive Hut
9.Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Big 5 Safari
10. St Lucia Cruise (UNESCO)
11. Pakamisa Paradise Game Reserve
12. Kruger National Park & Safari
13. Blyde River Canyon (3rd deepest canyon in the world)
14. Sudwala Caves
15. Feast of Game meat - Zebra, Kudu, Wildebeest.
Pakamisa Paradise Private Game Reserve
Blyde River Canyon (picture taken from Wikipedia website)
Bourke's Luck Potholes
Contact me should you be keen. And mark your calendar.
Note that this is a fully organised tour, and thus all the meals, sightseeing, and guide will be included.
The price - estimated - $5,250
((subject to the price of the airfare and the fuel surcharge.))