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Proposal for a 1 month tour of South Africa: - Limpopo - Swaziland - Natal (including Lesotho) - Eastern Cape - Western Cape

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  • Explore South Africa

    (July 2013) PRoposal

  • Quote Request Summary Requestors Information

    Contact Name: Thinus Blaauw Company Name: Criss Cross Namibia Telephone Number: +264-61-227261 Email Address: reservations@cresscross.com.na Mobile Number: +264-81-127 4603

    Program Requirement

    Number of participants: 3 adults Date Requested: month of July 2013 Type of program: visit South Africa for a full month starting in Johannesburg, going to Limpopo game parks (including Kruger National Park), moving on to Natal, then Lesotho and down to Knysna. Spending at least 2 3 days in each place.

    Additional Information

    Accommodation: 3 and/or 4 star hotels/lodges (interesting places) based on 1 twin sharing and 1 single. Meals: breakfast to be included at all times. Dinners included at national parks. sight seeing: historical sites & wildlife Guide: only for museums or similar

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  • July 2 ~ Johannesburg

    Soweto Soweto is a vibrant, colorful area, rich in political history that had great

    significance in the struggle against apartheid. This tour will include both informal settlements and affluent suburbs of Soweto. Soweto is one of the famous cities in the world due to the important role it played during the democratization of the country. The peaceful transition to democracy is regarded as one of the greatest achievements of humankind in the 20th century. We pass some of the icons that remind us of this: Hector Pieterson-memorial, Vilakazi Street (where 2 Nobel peace-prize-winners used to live - Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu), we also drive through various neighborhoods, have a drink with the locals in a shebeen (own cost) and enjoy dinner (African buffet) in one of the excellent township-restaurants.

    NOTE: en-route to Soweto you will have a tour of Johannesburg city too.

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  • July 3 ~ Pretoria

    Pretoria City Tour: Visit the Voortrekker Monument, Church Square, Melrose or Kruger

    House and the Union Buildings, home to the Presidents office, and delight in a panoramic view of the Jacaranda City.

    The Cullinan Diamond Mine: A surface tour of the diamond mine where the famous Cullinan

    Diamond of over 3 000 carats was found. You can see the big hole, shaft end diamond room where a selection of uncut diamonds and replicas of famous diamonds are. A visit to the on-site Jewelry shop is included.

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  • July 4 - 7 ~ Polokwane (1) Modjadji Cycad Reserve: The Modjadji Nature Reserve contains one of the most fascinating population of plants seen in South Africa. Once the main

    diet of the prehistoric mammal-like reptiles that lived here, the Modjadji cycad (Encephalartos transvenosus) forms a unique natural forest which can be viewed in its prehistoric state thanks to its strict protection by succeeding generations of Modjadji ('rain queens'), the hereditary rulers in the area. It is here that visitors can view the largest concentration of a single cycad species in the world. These protected plant species not only grow in profusion in the area, but are giants in the genus of 29 species, with specimens up 1,013 metres high, and bearing cones that may weigh up to 34 kg.

    Polokwane Game Reserve: Polokwane Game Reserve is possibly one of the finest on which to cut your teeth if youre new to the pursuit of game

    viewing mainly because its size is such that one can view quite a bit within an afternoon. Even more exciting are the frequent sightings of white rhino and other game - 21 species in all. One of the most important aspects of the Polokwane Game Reserve is that it conserves the Pietersburg Plateau false grassland, one of the only remaining examples of an extremely localised vegetation type that is home to important indigenous birds like the short-clawed lark, the ashy tit and the Kalahari scrub-robin.

    Bakone Malapa Village: Bakone Malapa is a reconstructed village in the style used by the northern Sotho about 250 years ago designed to

    demonstrate the daily life of the Bakone, a highly sophisticated subgroup of the northern Sotho tribe. The cultural village includes two homesteads or lapas that display and explain fire making, maize grinding and beer brewing as they would have been carried out years ago. There are also handcraft demonstrations that include pottery, basketry and bead work and most of these locally-made crafts are then sold from the local craft shop. The guides are all excellent story tellers and the villages architectural and cultural styles come alive through their eyes as they take one through the villages traditional way of life. But the museum is more than a cultural village alone. There is a bird sanctuary, a game reserve, hiking trails and outdoor recreation areas.

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  • July 4 7 ~ Polokwane (2) Giant Baobab ( 90 km from Polokwane): Drink a pint inside the widest tree in the world! The legendary Sunland Baobab in

    Modjadjiskloof is internationally celebrated for being the widest of its species in the world. These magnificent trees evoke impressions of quintessential Africa, and if they could speak - many a fascinating tale could be told.

    Arend Dieperink Museum ( 60 km from Polokwane): The Arend Dieperink Museum houses a valuable cultural and historical collection of

    Sotho and Voortrekker artefacts. Inhabiting an elegant old stone school building, the museum tells the story of the region from early humankind at Makapans Cave, the Anglo Boer War and recent times. Vintage farm implements, tractors and wagons are showcased outdoors. Inside are a few of the incredible archaeological finds discovered at Makapans Cave including the three-million-year-old human predecessor, Australothipicus africanus. Tours to Makapans Cave depart from the museum by prior arrangement.

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  • July 7 - 11~

    Kruger National Park Animals to be seen are all dependent on the area visited

    (determined by the accommodation chosen)

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  • July 11 - 14 ~ Swaziland (Please note a valid original passport is required & visa conditions may apply.)

    Ngwenya Glass Factory: There is a terrain of mountains encircling Swaziland, resembling a crocodile, and as the base of

    this mountain lies the worlds most ancient iron ore mine dating back 43000 years here you will find the quaint town of Ngwenya and its band of skilled and inspiring Swazi craftsmen and women. This gifted group of artisans shape and mould glass into various animal species, breathing life into their creations with amazing personalities. While Ngwenya Glass Factory has been a success story since 1987, it is also a friend of the environment, with all glass pieces made from recycled glass collected throughout Swaziland.

    Swazi Candle Factory: The highly decorative Swazi Candles are hand-made in the small African Kingdom of Swaziland

    using the age-old technique "millefiore". The art of millefiore continues today in Swazi Candles. But instead of glass, the gifted candle makers of Swaziland use a special hard wax to create their colourful designs. The hard wax veneer forms the outer shell of the candle, which hardly melts when the candle is lit. Hence the rich, romantic glow of the illuminated exterior as the candle burns, and the burn-again quality when refitted with the votive or tea candle.

    King Shbhuza II Memorial Park and National Museum: This National museum is an amazing cultural experience. The museum is named after the

    beloved King Sobhuza who led Swaziland to their long awaited independence in 1968. Showing the origins of the Swazi culture, an introduction to their history, routines and traditional wear, it truly is an experience you will never forget.

    Mantenga Cultural Village: Known by the siSwati name of Ligugu Lemswati meaning the pride of the Swazi people, the

    Mantenga Cultural Village is a worthwhile excursion for anyone wanting to learn more about the Swazi Culture. The main aim of the village is to enable all Swazis to visit it in order to maintain a positive interest in their cultural heritage and language and provide a forum for display of Swazi customs, rituals, dance, music, folklore, arts and crafts. A Swazi guide dressed in traditional costume welcomes visitors to the village. As visitors are led through the village, the guide will provide a glimpse into the day to day village life of the time. Visit a Swazi family at home and learn the ancient skill of weaving a traditional beehive hut. Try your hand at cooking over an open fire or grinding maize in the time-honoured way. Traditional dance performances are held at regular intervals throughout the day and visitors are able consult a traditional healer.

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  • Day 14 17 ~ St Lucia & Hluhluwe

    Available excursions * Emdoneni Animal Care and Cat Rehabilitation Centre

    * Agriculture experience visit to pineapple and sugar cane farms

    * Boat trips at Lake St Lucia

    * Full day St Lucia day tours

    * Zulu cultural experience

    * Cape Vidal Sunset Tour

    * Game drives at Mkuze Game Reserve

    * Open vehicle game drives in Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve

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  • July 17 20 ~ Durban (1)

    uShaka Marine World: The park is themed with tasteful African imagery and sets the scene for loads of fun

    and adventure. uShaka has a wealth of activities to keep you enthralled, from entertainment at Sea World, to shopping in uShaka Villiage Walk retail village, an assortment of restaurants offering delectable cuisine

    Rickshaw Rides: There are only about twenty registered rickshaw-pullers in Durban, and trust me,

    not only do they look apart, they will treat you like a true king visiti