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March 27, 2012

Stars In Transition “Memorable Family Holidays”

A South African Wonderland Tour – 13 days/12 nights

Day 1
Arrival into Cape Town, the ‘Mother City’. You will be met then transferred to your hotel where you will stay for 4 nights. Take time to settle in and to explore the Cape Town V&AWaterfont at leisure – perhaps visit the Two Oceans Aquarium; The ‘Scratch Patch’, where the children will enjoy finding gem stones; Go on a Harbour Cruise; or just enjoy browsing the shops and delectable food at the many restaurants. – Overnight: Commodore Hotel, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

Day 2
Embrace the wonders of the city this morning, by visiting Table Mountain (weather permitting – you can take an optional cable car ride to the top of the mountain); the Company’s Gardens in the City Centre and the Iziko South African Museum; Bo-Kaap Malay Quarters and a tour of the Castle of Good Hope. – Overnight: Commodore Hotel, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

Day 3
A full day Cape Peninsula Tour takes us on a relaxing drive along the Atlantic Sea Board through Sea Point and Camps Bay to Hout Bay (optional Duiker Island boat trip to see the home of 20 000 Cape Fur Seals). We then continue via the scenic Chapmans Peak Drive towards the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where you have the opportunity to stand at the most South Westerly tip of Africa and view the ‘Two Oceans’ meeting point. After lunch (own-account) we travel to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Simon’s Town (to see the statue of the famous Great Dane, ‘Just Nuisance’ and the Naval Harbour), Fish Hoek and Muizenburg. We end the tour off with a visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. – Overnight: Commodore Hotel, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

Day 4
A day spent in the spectacular Winelands, surround by majestic mountain ranges. We visit Butterfly World, a paradise for Butterflies; Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with its many historical buildings; Bilton Wine Estate, for a wine and chocolate tasting and Spier Wine Estate for a ‘Barrel Thief’ Tasting and visit to the Cheetah Outreach, where you experience an up close and personal experience, where you can touch/stroke and take some memorable pictures of these wonderful animals. – Overnight: Commodore Hotel, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

Day 5
Departing Cape Town we travel along the spectacular coastal road to Hermanus, which is well-known for the Southern right whale. This morning we try to see if we can spot any in the bay. We also visit the old harbour, before continuing to the seaside town of Mossel Bay, which owes its origin and growth to the seafaring trade. Here we visit the world-wide known Post Office Tree, under which, in the 15th century Portuguese sailors left their mail, and the Bartholomew Dias Musuem Complex, for a look at the life-size replica of Dias’s caravel, and the Khoi-San culture. After lunch (own account), we enjoy a leisurely drive to Knysna, where we overnight. – Overnight: Knysna Hollow, Knysna

Day 6
This morning, we travel over the Outenique Mountains to Oudsthoorn, where we reach the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn. We tour a local Ostrich Farm (opportunity to ride an Ostrich), before continuing to the Cango Wildlife Ranch (where you can try Crocodile Steak for lunch – own account) and to explore the breathtaking Cango Caves, one of the world’s natural wonders. We then return to Knysna. – Overnight: Knysna Hollow, Knysna

Day 7
After breakfast we board a pleasure boat, for a cruise on the Knysna lagoon and get a close view of the Knysna Heads, the two sandstone sentinels that guard the Knysna lagoon from the roaring Indian Ocean breakers. Knysna is situated in the Amphitheatre of surrounding mountains and the expanse of the Knysna Lagoon, Knysna is a treasure trove of interesting people and unusual places. You will have time to explore Knysna at your leisure today. -Overnight: Knysna Hollow, Knysna

Day 8
Depart Knysna for the ‘Friendly City’ of Port Elizabeth. We pass through forests and enchanted glens…We stop to explore the primate sanctuary of Monkeyland, Storms River (rope bridge) and the Tsitsikamma Forest. Lunch (own account) is enjoyed on arrival in Port Elizabeth at a beachfront restaurant. This afternoon we depart on a City Tour, which provides fascinating insights into the past and present of this historical coastal city. Includes a tour of the Nelson Mandela Bay ‘World Cup Soccer’ Stadium and a 2km hike at Tipper’s Creek. This is then followed by a sunset ‘braai’ at a South African home on the Zwartkops River (a real South African Experience). – Overnight: Brookes Hill Suites, Port Elizabeth

Day 9
Today you will experience a world of diversity in one park. The Addo National Elephant Park is unequalled in its unique wildlife, natural wonders and offers you a thrilling encounter with these giant creatures. After a picnic in the Park, we travel to Kuzuko Lodge. Hidden within the cavernous bushveld of the Sunday River region of the Eastern Cape lies the Addo Elephant National Park. It is here where the evening’s silence is broken by the howl of the black-backed jackal and the francolins’ call heralds each new dawn. With uninterrupted views of the Karoo Plains and the Winterberg Mountains, Kuzuko Lodge lies in a private concession to the north of the Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa in a malaria-free region.
Overnight: Kuzuko Game Reserve, Addo Elephant National Park

Day 10
With nature surrounding you, enjoy all that Kuzuko Lodge has to offer you and your family. God has created few places on earth as awe inspiring as Kuzuko. Morning and Afternoon Game Drives to see the Big 5. Enjoy a leisurely walk to see the San Cave Paintings close by (optional). Children can enjoy the special (optional) activities in store for them while you enjoy the spa, pool or simply relaxing on the deck of your private chalet. – Overnight: Kuzuko Game Reserve, Addo Elephant National Park

Day 11
You will be transferred via Anne’s Villa and Nanaga Farm Stall to Port Elizabeth airport where you take a late morning flight to Johannesburg. Transfer (2 ½ hours) to Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, beautifully located on the slopes of an ancient volcano. Kwa Maritane, meaning “Place of the Rock”, is a hub of luxury in the heart of an untamed wilderness – the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park.
Afternoon Game Drive (regrettably no children U5 years permitted on drives – babysitters available).Dinner in the Kwa Lefikeng Restaurant. Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, Pilanesburg National Park

Day 12
With the famous ‘Sun City Resort’ only a 10-minute shuttle ride away, you enjoy breakfast and then transfer to Sun City for the day, where there are many optional activities on offer (Valley of the Waves, Cultural Village, Camp Kwena, Kwena Gardens, Predator World). Transfer back to Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge for dinner and an evening at leisure.
Should you decide to stay at the Bush Lodge for a day at leisure, you have the opportunity to walk through a 130m underground tunnel leading to The Hide, which provides an intimate glimpse of the wild at their watering holes. Children can enjoy playing tennis, outdoor chess, swimming (with a kids slide), trampolines, the kiddies playground, bush putt-putt, table tennis, pool table, soccer table and a climbing wall, with obstacle course. – Overnight: Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, Pilanesburg National Park

Day 13
After an early morning game drive through the reserve for game and bird identification, breakfast is enjoyed and then check-out for your transfer to Johannesburg to connect with the evening flight to your home.

Total Cost per Adult sharing : ZAR 27, 812.50
Children Under 12 (Max 2 sharing with 2 Adults) : ZAR 15, 565.00

(Based on 2 adults and 2 children traveling together)

Cost includes:
– Meet & Greet at Cape Town and Johannesburg Airport
– Arrival Transfer
– Transfers to and from Johannesburg Airport
– Kiddies Surprise Pack on arrival
– Private Air-conditioned Vehicle, and Fuel
– SATOUR registered Tour Guide
– Tour Guides accommodation & meals
– Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (B&B basis, unless otherwise specified)
– Domestic Flight between Port Elizabeth & Johannesburg
– Entrance Fees as indicated in the itinerary
– Porterage
– Braai on Day 8, including beverages
– Kuzuko Game Reserve is fully inclusive of transfers between Kuzuko Gatehouse and Kuzuko Lodge, accommodation, welcome drinks on arrival, high tea, two game drives (refreshments will be served on game drives), five-course dinner, early morning tea/coffee and brunch.
– Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge is inclusive of accommodation, two breakfasts, two dinners, two game drives, return transfers to Sun City and entrance fee to Sun City.

Cost excludes:– Lunches & Dinners (unless otherwise stated)
– Drinks
– Items of a personal nature
– Personal & Medical Insurance of any sort
– Gratuities
– International Flights
– All optional activities

Note:– Families will not be going into any Malaria high-risk areas, but rather into Malaria-free regions.
– Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge hosts a bush boma braai on a Wednesday and a Saturday evening, weather permitting. The guests are more than welcome to partake in this instead of eating in the restaurant.

Booking Conditions:
– A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 10% per person per tour is required when confirming arrangements.
– Final Payment is required 45 days prior to tour departure.
– Stars in Transition reserves the right to cancel any reservations and apply any cancellations charges should payments not be received within the specified periods.
– Special accommodation and meal requests to be made at time of confirmation of booking.
– The young traveler under 12 years of age must be under 12 years of age on the date of commencement of the tour.
– All baggage and personal effects are at all times and all in circumstances at the risk of the tour participant.
– All Bookings are subject to availability and rate changes.

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