Cape Town and overland tours

CAPE TOWN

South Africa’s Mother City is one of the country’s most popular travel destinations. Here lies the majestic Table Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and around it a multicultural and vibrant city with a rich history and natural abundance, second to none. Cape Town and surrounds offer something for every tourist type: adventure tourists and adrenaline junkies flock here to kite surf, hike and shark cage dive, while wine and food lovers are spoilt for choice among the winelands and the city’s growing number of internationally recognised food hotspots. For those who enjoy arts and culture activities, the city’s various monuments, museums and exhibition spaces will go down a treat!

IN-DEPTH SOUTH AFRICA TOUR - 21 DAYS
TOUR CODE: T11
PRICE PER PERSON: USD 6 889 - 7 869

In show business it is often said, “There is no such thing as bad publicity”…but in our trade, we often find that misinformation and exaggerated reports in the international press, paint a false picture of our beautiful country.

Let’s start by dispelling three of these myths:

  1. No, the Big Five animals do not roam the streets. We can, however, offer you up-close-and-personal encounters with the majestic beasts, but form the safe comfort of viewing decks and safari vehicles.

  2. No, Ebola is not rife here. While our African counterparts on other parts of the continent have suffered severely, South Africa has been spared and a sophisticated healthcare support infrastructure safeguards tourists against the dreaded disease.

  3. No, crime is not out of control. While we experience many of the economic headaches that come with urbanisation and a fast-growing population, SA is still an affordable, chilled and most importantly safe travel destination. PenQuin Tours go to extreme lengths to ensure the safety and security of its guests and passengers. Kick off your shoes in the shadow of Table Mountain while enjoying one of our award-winning wines and you will find reports about how terribly dangerous SA is hard to swallow! 

South Africa in 2015 is testament to the power of the human spirit over its much-publicised, troubled past…Whether you are traveling as a honeymoon couple or large European of American group, eager to experience nature like never before, our popular In-Depth South Africa Tour brings to life a country that was blessed with a great diversity and truly is 'a world in one country’.

The tour visits the ridiculously picturesque Magoebaskloof with its chocolate box perfect tea plantations, the famous Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Zululand, the Garden Route, the West Coast and Cape Town. It is a private tour which can start on any date specified by visitors. Enjoy an in-depth exploration in the company of an experienced PenQuin Tours guide.

DAY 1
LIMPOPO HIGHLANDS
Guests will be met on arrival at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, from where we will travel in a northerly direction, following the National Highway to Polokwane. En route to the overnight destination we pass Moria, the center of the Zion Christian Church, where each Easter millions of followers congregate for the largest annual religious ceremony in South Africa. We then visit is then made to the Modjadji Cycad Forest. Once the main diet of the prehistoric mammal-like reptiles that lived in the area, 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.

Guests are encouraged to bring along their digital cameras with all the additional extra battery and data storage gizmos they have available! We promised that we’ll give you something to write home about and this region’s magnificent, ethereal and misty vistas will deliver on that promise right from the get-go!
Overnight: Glenshiel
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
An early wake-up call by your guide is followed by a cup of coffee, before we make our way to the northern part of the central Kruger National Park - the jewel in South Africa’s natural crown, where nearly two million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights - this is real Africa! A Kruger safari will typically include two game drives on daily basis; one in the crisp throes of the early morning and one during the dramatic afterburn of dusk. Whilst on a guided tour with us, guests will enjoy the flexibility of deciding when to embark on a safari at their leisure. The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s premier conservation area, providing a wealth of game viewing opportunities to excite both the Big Five buff and the avid birder.

Evidence suggests that prehistoric man, the Homo Erectus, roamed the area between 500 000 and 100 000 years ago.
Some tips to ensure you’re making the most of your excursion:
- Pack light, cotton clothing in light tones. Do not pack white shirts, they show the dirt up easily and make you highly visible to the animals. Other colours to avoid are red which attracts animals and if you are going into an area where Tsetse flies are present then you should also avoid the colours blue and black.
- Pack a couple of long sleeved shirts and a pair of long trousers. The evenings can be chilly and they are also good for keeping mosquitoes and other insects at bay.
- Remember a lightweight, waterproof jacket as temperatures in Kruger can vary greatly. In winter you can be very cold on a morning game drive, but perfectly comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt at midday. The secret is to wear several layers that you can take off or add to as needed.

  1. Ditch the designer sneakers and opt for a good pair of trainers or hiking shoes.
  2. Do not underestimate the ferocity of the African sun and choose a wide-brimmed hat that will also shade your eyes and the back of your neck. Pack plenty of the best sunscreen you can get your hands on (something with a high SPF or sun protection factor of between 30 and 50.

  3. Sunglasses will protect you against glare, which could cause headaches. Again - rather choose a pair with certified medical sun protection benefits, as opposed to glamorous designers stuff.
  4. A camera, charger and spare memory cards is your way of documenting your journey…and with so much to see, you don’t want to run out of battery or data space. And don't forget to pack the chargers.

  5. A rounds, three pin plug (Type M) is used in SA.

- Bring along a alight weight flashlight - being able to see where you are going in the bush is always a good thing!

  1. While lodges are well-stocked and equipped t deal with insect bites and other minor medical issues, some travelers like to bring their own. These should contain some pain killers, any chronic medications (enough for the trip), some insect repellent, any vitamins etc. Add to that a lip balm with high SPF and waterless, anti-bacterial hand sanitiser and you’re good to go!

IMPORTANT:
The Kruger National Park is in a malarial area. Please consult your doctor about prophylaxis before your trip and do not forget to pack it.
Overnight: Letaba
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 3
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
The day is devoted to two interpretive game drives in the company of your experienced guide. Kruger offers one of the greatest diversities in fauna and flora to be found anywhere in the world. It is home to 336 tree species, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Your guide's intimate knowledge of the area and their insight into the habitat preferences of the different species will ensure that your sightings are maximised.
Overnight: Letaba
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 4
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
An early morning and late afternoon game drive in the company of your experienced guide will fill a day of wonder as the rhythms of the wilderness and the laws that govern life in a unique ecosystem become more apparent. The legendary Big Five, regarded to be the most majestic and awe-inspiring mammals to be found anywhere in the world, are sure to be amongst the day's highlights. In addition to the lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard, the reserve is blessed with a rich diversity of antelope and other mammal species. The day will be completed with a night drive accompanied by one of the professional game rangers. Night drives become the highlight of the South African tour, offering glimpses of nocturnal animals often not seen during the day.
Overnight: Letaba
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 5
MPUMALANGA HIGHLANDS
The Mpumalanga Panorama Route is the focus of the day. Here visits are made to the Blyde River Gorge, dominated by the triplet peaks of the Three Rondavels and Bourke's Luck, where the unique geological features of the potholes are admired. God's Window is then reached, a cleft in the edge of the escarpment from where magnificent views of the Lowveld can be enjoyed. God's Window is situated in a patch of indigenous forest, where many flowering and aromatic plants flourish. A visit is also made to the historical mining village of Pilgrim's Rest. It is one of the most perfect examples of a mining town born during the excitement of an alluvial gold rush. Gold was discovered here in 1873 and the town was declared a national monument in 1986. Guests will receive a gold digging and panning demonstration before traveling to the overnight destination.
Overnight: Mount Sheba
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 6
MAPUTALAND
After breakfast the tour traverses the towns of Nelspruit, Barberton, Carolina, Ermelo, Piet Retief and Pongola en route to the overnight destination. You will devote some time to exploring Barberton. Barberton was a boom town during the gold rush of the late nineteenth century. It was also home to the famous writer Sir Percy Fitzpatrick whose epic tale, "Jock of the Bushveld", has received international acclaim. A statue was erected in honour of this famous dog in front of the town hall. Splendid scenery, ranging from savanna grassland to forested hills and banana plantations, brings the diversity of South Africa to life as the road meanders south to the rolling hills of Zululand.
Overnight: Ghost Mountain Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 7
ZULULAND
Breakfast and a drive to St. Lucia are followed by a boat cruise on this coastal lagoon, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. The cruise offers the opportunity to observe the many hippo and crocodile which inhabit Lake St Lucia. The area is also a bird watcher's paradise, with between 350 and 400 different species occurring in the area. The lake originated when a number of rivers combined their water to form a vast estuary system, roughly in the shape of the letter H and with an average depth of only one meter. Following the visit to St Lucia, you travel inland to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. The game reserve was proclaimed in 1895 and its varied landscape, ranging from densely forested lowlands to open hill summits, provides a sanctuary for a considerable diversity of flora and fauna. An afternoon game drive is conducted in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.
Overnight: Hilltop
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
What is a World Heritage Site?
A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, island, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as of special cultural or physical significance. The list is maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 UNESCO member states which are elected by the General Assembly.
The programme catalogues, names and conserves sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity. Under certain conditions, listed sites can obtain funds from the World Heritage Fund. The program was founded with the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972.
As of May 2015, 1007 sites are listed: 779 cultural, 197 natural, and 31 mixed properties, in 161 states parties. Italy is home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites with 50 sites, followed by China (47), Spain (44), France (39), Germany (39), Mexico (32) and India (32). While each World Heritage Site remains part of the legal territory of the state wherein the site is located, UNESCO considers it in the interest of the international community to preserve each site.


DAY 8
ZULULAND
The different ecological areas, ranging from riverine brush to open savanna, support an abundance of wildlife, most notably the black and white rhino. This game reserve played an instrumental role in protecting both of these species from extinction. The current population of white rhino in South Africa has largely been re-stocked from this area. The white rhino is much larger than the black. It is a grazer, as opposed to the black rhino, which is a browser. Sightings of other large game, most notably the other members of the Big Five, are sure to make this day spent on safari in Zululand a day to be remembered.
Overnight: Hilltop
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

The plight of the rhino and why they’re important:

  1. Rhinos are critically endangered. At the turn of the nineteenth century, there were approximately one million rhinos. In 1970, there were around 70,000. Today, there are fewer than 24,500 rhinos surviving in the wild.  Three of the five species of rhino are critically endangered, as defined by the IUCN (World Conservation Union). A taxon is classified as critically endangered when the best available evidence indicates that it meets any of a range of pre-determined criteria. It is therefore considered to be facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. The southern subspecies of the white rhino is classified by the IUCN in the lesser category of being “Near Threatened”; and the Indian rhino is classified as "Vulnerable"even this is considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.
  2. Rhinos have been around for 50 million years and have been an important part of a wide range of ecosystems for millions of years; we must not let them join the dodo in extinction.
  3. Humans have caused the drastic decline in numbers…poachers kill rhinos for the price they can get for the horns (used for traditional Chinese medicine and for ornamental dagger handles in Yemen); land encroachment, illegal logging and pollution are destroying their habitat and political conflicts adversely affect conservation programmes.
  4. Rhinos are a so-called ‘umbrella species’. When protecting and managing a rhino population, rangers and scientists take in account all the other species interacting with rhinos and those sharing the same habitat. When rhinos are protected, many other species are too, not only mammals but also birds, reptiles, fish and insects as well as plants.
  5. Rhinos are charismatic mega-herbivores! By focusing on a well-known animal such as a rhino (or, to use the jargon, ‘a charismatic mega-herbivore’), we can raise more money and consequently support more conservation programmes benefiting animal and plant species sharing their habitat.
  6. Rhinos attract visitors and tourists and are second biggest living land mammals after the elephants. Together with lion, giraffe, chimpanzee and polar bear, the rhino is one of the most popular species with zoo visitors. In the wild rhinos attract tourists who bring money to national parks and local communities. They are one of the Big Five, along with lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo.
  7. In situ conservation programmes need our help. Protecting and managing a rhino population is a real challenge that costs energy and money. Rhino-range countries need our financial support, and benefit from shared expertise and exchange of ideas.
  8. Money funds effective conservation programmes that save rhinos. We know that conservation efforts save species. The Southern white rhino would not exist today if it were not for the work of a few determined people, who brought together the 200 or so individuals surviving, for a managed breeding and re-introduction programme. Today, there are some 17,500 Southern white rhinos. With more money, we can support more programmes, and not just save rhino populations, but increase numbers and develop populations. The Northern white rhino subspecies may just have become extinct, but it is not too late to save the rest. Many people don’t know that rhinos are critically endangered.
  9. How many people know that rhinos also live in Asia? Or that two species have just one horn? Or that the horn is not used as an aphrodisiac? We have even heard some people say that they are carnivores! If people do not know about these amazing animals and the problems they are facing, how can we expect them to want to do something to help save rhinos?
  10. We all have an opportunity to get involved! You can help us raise awareness of the plight of the rhino! The more we do all together, the more people will learn about rhinos and the more field projects we will be able to support.

 

DAY 9
ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast is followed by a drive to Durban from where we fly to Port Elizabeth. From Port Elizabeth, we travel to the Addo Elephant National Park. Addo Elephant National Park is situated 72km by road from Port Elizabeth. Established in 1931 to save 11 elephants on the brink of extinction, it is now home to more than 350 of them, along with 280 Cape buffalo, black Rhino, a range of antelope species, and the rare flightless dung beetle. Addo Elephant National Park is a perfect destination for the adventurous outdoors and nature lover. We reach the park during the late afternoon to enjoy the sunset over the Zuurberg Bushveld.
Overnight: Addo Main Camp
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 10
ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK
Early morning and late afternoon game drives in this unique area is the focus of the day. From the graceful elephant, that embodies Africa in its own mysterious way, to the rare black rhino, much smaller than the white, but reputed for its unpredictable temperament. The big cats and a large number of different plains game species that once again roam free in their ancestral grazing grounds afford a glimpse of Africa in all her glory. The focus is on interpretive game viewing, with the guide enhancing the understanding of the animals through their knowledge of the habits and behaviour of the different species.
Overnight: Addo Main Camp
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 11
GARDEN ROUTE
A last morning game drive is followed by breakfast after which we travel south to Knysna, the jewel of the Garden Route. We pass through the Tsitsikamma National Park and make a quick stop at Storms River Mouth and take a short walk to the famous Big Tree, a Yellowwood giant standing 36.6 meters high and estimated to be ± 800 years old. The scenic route then makes its way south en route to Natures Valley, which is reached after descending the Grootrivier Pass into the valley below. This river also marks the western boundary of the Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve. Knysna is reached during the mid-afternoon.
Overnight: Villa Castollini
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 12
GARDEN ROUTE
Knysna is primarily built on the northern shore of a large warm water estuary fed by the Knysna River. The estuary opens to the ocean after passing between The Heads, and has become infamous due to the loss of boats and fishermen passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters. During the morning you will board a ferry crossing the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. This reserve is a prime example of eco-tourism and, in order to protect the splendour of the natural beauty, visitor numbers are limited. During the afternoon the Knysna Elephant Sanctuary will offer guests a closer look at the African elephant by providing the opportunity to touch and feed these gentle giants.
Overnight: Villa Castollini
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 13
LITTLE KAROO
After an early breakfast guests will travel to George and turn off to the town of Oudtshoorn by crossing the Outeniqua Mountains. The Outeniqua mountain range is characterised by gentle southern slopes and steep drops on the Northside down to the low valley of the Little Karoo. Oudtshoorn is a large and modern town that relies mostly on farming and the ever-present ostrich industry. Guests will visit a local ostrich farm and learn more about the world's largest bird. After an opportunity to take part in an ostrich ride race, you make your way to the Cango Caves. The extensive cave system of tunnels and chambers go on for over 4km of which only about a quarter is open to visitors. The cave exploration is followed by a visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch. The ranch is one of the leading cheetah breeders in South Africa where guests are permitted to enter a fenced area to interact with a tame cheetah.
Overnight: Adley House
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 14
WINELANDS
Route 62 passes the towns of Calitzdorp, Ladismith, Barrydale, Ashton and Robertson before reaching Franschhoek. A few kilometers from Robertson, we turn off on a dirt road and make our way to the Sheilam Cactus Gardens, also known as Little Mexico. It is home to about 3000 of the strangest and most interesting exotic cactus plants. After visiting the Cactus Gardens, we visit two of Robertson's most respected wineries. The wine industry in Robertson has grown from less than 25 cellars to more than 50 registered wine cellars as of today. There are a number of wine cellars that have received the highest awards both locally and internationally every year. Robertson wine cellars include Graham Beck, Springfield, Bon Cap, Majors Hill and the Excelsior Estate. The tour then makes its way to Franschhoek.
Overnight: Rusthof
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Why Route 62 is amazing!:
It's an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora - all contribute to make Paarl, Wellington, the Breede River Valley, Klein Karoo and Langkloof some of South Africa's most diverse regions. The ever-changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure, whether this is in the physical sense or simply a kaleidoscope of scenic tranquillity.
The easily accessible towns, nestled along the valleys, all offer ample opportunity for discovery. From visits to wineries and game reserves, tribal art, cultural tours, museums and for the more adventurous: hiking trails and mountain climbing, 4x4 routes, canoeing, horse riding, even ostrich riding, fishing and caving.
Cape Route 62 is an exciting experience, even for the well-travelled. When you are tired after a long day's travel, you can even unwind in one of the region's invigorating hot-springs, revel in luxury or relax in rustic tranquillity.
Cape Route 62 prompts associations with the legendary byway, Route 66, connecting the urban and rural communities between Chicago and Los Angeles. In 1926 the inter regional link, Route 66, between Chicago and Los Angeles, was established as one of America's main east-west arteries, providing small towns access to a major national throughfare. In the same manner Cape Route 62 links Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. This scenic route passes through farming towns such as Calitzdorp, Ladismith, historic Amalienstein, Zoar and the fruit growing and wine producing towns of Barrydale, Montagu, Ashton, Bonnievale, Robertson, McGregor, Rawsonville, Worcester, Ceres, Wolseley, Tulbagh, Wellington and Paarl. It includes the Langkloof with the following towns; Misgund, Louterwater, Krakeel, Joubertina and Kareedouw.

DAY 15
WINELANDS
The Cape Dutch architecture in Franschhoek is unspoiled, with restrictions having been placed on the extent of renovations and new construction in order to preserve the spirit of the original settlers to the area. You visit the Huguenot Museum, with its three high arches symbolising the Holy Trinity - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The French Huguenots brought their knowledge of viticulture with them and, upon receiving land from the Dutch East India Company, many vineyards where established which still produce some of the world's finest wines. After visiting the museum, you visit three of the finest wine estates in the region. Here guests will enjoy some insight into the production of wine in South Africa and will have the opportunity to sample some of South Africa's finest.
Overnight: Rusthof
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 16
WEST COAST
Breakfast is followed by a journey via Wellington and a few imposing passes to the South African West Coast. The West Coast is a region with a unique charm and character. The area's population density is much lower than on the east coast, primarily as a result of the low rainfall enjoyed by the area. The region is characterised by sparse vegetation and harsh rocky beaches which line the shores of the Atlantic. The tour travels north to the town of Langebaan. You will devote the afternoon to visiting the West Coast National Park where a rich diversity of bird species can be observed in great numbers. Over 250 species have been recorded in the area. During spring the area is transformed into a flowering tapestry which creates a remarkable display.
Overnight: Farmhouse Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 17
WEST COAST
The tour makes its way north as you visit first the coastal village of Paternoster. This part of the coast is rich in rock lobster, perlemoen and other seafood. Three kilometres down the road from Paternoster, you reach a lighthouse called Cape Columbine, named after the shipwreck which occurred here in 1929. The 9 million candle-power lighthouse and radio beacon is a major navigational point for ships approaching the coast of Southern Africa from Europe and America. This stretch of coastline features many isolated coves and a one kilometre walk will bring guests to Titus Bay. Wild flowers, fresh air and a rugged seascape make up the beauty of this part of the world.
Overnight: Farmhouse Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 18
CAPE TOWN
After breakfast, the tour travels south from where the rest of the day will be spent exploring the 'Mother City' of South Africa - Cape Town. First on the agenda is the oldest garden in South Africa, namely the Company Gardens. It was established in early 1652 by Jan van Riebeeck as a vegetable garden, originally closer to the coast. In a bid to plant in more fertile soil and on ground sheltered from the wind, he moved his garden with its northern boundary on Whale Street, and this is where it stands today. The large public park and botanical garden is home to a rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond and aviary. You then visit the Cape Town Castle, before taking a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. From Table Mountain, one of the most impressive views of the world can be enjoyed. Upon descending Table Mountain, guests are assisted with check-in at their hotel.
Overnight: Cape Cadogan
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 19
CAPE TOWN
For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. The most well-known of the discarded or political prisoners is former president Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned by the former apartheid government. The island is a living museum reached by a return boat trip leaving from the waterfront (half an hour each way). A guided  tour around the museum by an ex-inmate is an unforgettable experience. The afternoon will be spent exploring the V&A Waterfront.
Overnight: Cape Cadogan
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 20
CAPE TOWN
A spectacular road, known as Chapman's Peak Drive, hugs the near-vertical face of Chapman's Peak between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Cut out of the face of the mountain between 1915 and 1922, the road was, at the time, regarded as a major feat of engineering. The road leads to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. Cape Point is often mistakenly claimed to be the place where the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean and the warm Agulhas current of the Indian ocean collide. There are, however, strong and dangerous swells, tides and localised currents around the point and in adjacent waters. These troubled seas have witnessed countless maritime disasters in the centuries since ships first sailed here.
Overnight: Cape Cadogan
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 21
DEPARTURE
The morning will be spent at leisure before guests are transferred to Cape Town International for a flight back to their country of origin after a memorable South African tour.
Overnight: None 
Meals: Breakfast

GAUTENG

Pretoria City Half Day Tour
With its wealth of historical sites, lively nightlife and a booming culinary offering, visitors to South Africa’s administrative capital city are spoilt for choice. During this splendid half day tour, we explore a few of the major attractions:

The iconic Voortrekker Monument, the most visited heritage site of its kind in the entire province and one of the top ten cultural historical visitor attractions in the country. Those interested in SA’s political history, architecture, sculpture and even botany can expect to be wowed by this truly singular, special destination, situated in a nature reserve.


Paul Kruger House (built in 1884), the historical residence of the feisty Boer leader and former president of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger. It was built in 1884 by architect Tom Claridge and builder Charles Clark. The Museum consists of the original house in which Kruger lived during the late 1800s as well as two display halls and President Kruger’s State Railway Coach. International admiration for Paul Kruger and the struggle for freedom from British imperialism, his journey to Europe and his exile, are illustrated in the exhibitions. Adjacent to the Kruger Museum is the former Bantu Commissioner’s Office Building, erected in 1932 on the same site as the old Native Pass Office. The people of Tshwane and environs remember the building as "gaMohle". Its history of enforcing the Pass Laws dates back to 1896 when Paul Kruger’s government used the site for its police headquarters.

Church Square, the site of the city’s first church, built in 1855. During its early years, the square was used as a marketplace and sports field.Today Church Square is a relaxing spot for visitors who adore 19th-century and early 20th-century architecture. The square is surrounded by numerous historical buildings, including the Palace of Justice where former president Nelson Mandela and several of his African National Congress comrades were charged and tried for treason during the infamous Rivonia Trial. On the southern side of the square lies the Ou Raadsaal (Old Government) building and the Old Capitol Theatre which is linked to Café Riche – the oldest café and bistro in Pretoria. The square is also home of the bronze statue of President Paul Kruger, unveiled here in October 1954 by former prime minister DF Malan.

The Union Building, designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1908, building began in 1909 and was completed in 1913. It took approximately 1265 artisans, workmen and labourers almost three years to construct, using 14 million bricks for the interior office walls and mountains of freestone, concrete, cement and granite. Like an ancient temple adorning over the city it governs, the Union Building is a modern day acropolis, built at the highest point of Pretoria, it forms the official seat of South Africa's government and houses The Presidency as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Soweto Township Half Day Tour
The friendly, famous and vibrant South Western Township borders the city’s mining belt and is a mix of the unexpected, ridiculously opulent and very poor and so gives tourists a taste of how everyday South Africans live. In line with our goal to bring our guests an authentic South African experience, your tour guide Francois will offer his fist-hand knowledge of the area’s turbulent past, gained during his stay there.
Soweto is home to various memorial sites and slick new museums, constructed or refurbished in honour of the most famous citizens, including Hector Pieterson, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and others.

Experience delicious fare at a wide variety of upscale or more rustic braai restaurants and the famous, irresistible jazz melodies spilling from bars and clubs at night.

More adventurous visitor may choose to get the adrenalin pumping with a bungee, abseil or swing experience at the brightly painted Orlando Towers.

Rhino and Lion Park Half Day Tour
Situated in the revered Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site, this respected institution offers visitors without time to go on a proper bush safari the chance to meet a variety of beasts, among them endangered animals and superstars of the Big Five. You will be able to hang out or view the white rhinoceros, bison, the pygmy hippo, the Cape buffalo, lion, white lion, Siberian tiger, black leopard, jaguar to name but a few.
Remember our promise to give you something to write home about? Well, a photo with a baby lion, cheetah or tiger is certain to make you the most popular among your Facebook friends! Keep in mind that this opportunity is dependent on which little ones had arrived at the facility prior to your visit.

Gold Reef City Half Day Tour
Inspired by the gold rush of 1886, this mining-themed amusement park just outside Jozi (how locals refer to Johannesburg) is an exciting, informative experience. Rides include The Jozi Express, The Golden Loop, The Anaconda, The Tower of Terror and River Rapids. Regular demonstrations include the process of making a solid gold bar and visitors can even travel to the deep channels below the city, remnants of the gold mine that the attraction was built on, after it closed down in 1971.

The Apartheid Museum, a tragic reminder of this country’s troublesome past, is also situated at the site and makes for a great alternative for the more serious guest, who doesn’t prefer the crazy rides next door. 

Lesedi Cultural Village Half Day Tour
A warm welcome awaits visitors to this cultural experience of modern and old Africa, co-founded by African explorer, Kingsley Holgate. Your day visit will reveal the mystical cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, as you encounter five traditional homesteads, each inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes who live according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors.

Tip:
Ask your tour guide, Francois, should you be keen experience some of the other activities in the area, available which include game drives, walking trails, guided Anglo-Boer history tours, craft markets, horse-riding, bird-watching, tennis, bowls and two excellent golf courses. Furthermore there is a scenic cableway ride to the top of the Magaliesberg, an aquarium, bird-park and local zoo are also in close proximity. The famous De Wildt Cheetah breeding farm is situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg and a Cape Vulture colony can be seen on the southern cliff face. There is a wide choice of restaurants and special pubs in the area, including a floating restaurant on the dam. Ox-wagon trails are available and the well-known Sterkfontein and Wonder caves, together with the Rhino reserve are situated a few kilometres to the south of Lesedi.

Sun City and Lost City Full Day Tour
One of Africa’s premier vacation destinations, Sun City is internationally recognised for its superb resort offering of hotels, attractions and world-class events…from the lavish opulence of The Palace of the Lost City to the casual elegance of the Cascades, the glamour of the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge to the tropical thrills of the Valley of the Waves, Sun City delivers plenty to see and do in a beautiful malaria-free landscape.

Star attractions include the Waterworld with its artificial ocean, the half-ruined Mayan Maze and the World Fastest Zip Slide.

Our day visit is an ideal relaxing and exciting option for those who visit SA with an eye on experiencing as much as possible! And after you day of golfing, gambling, fine dining or just chilling in the sun, we’ll whisk you back to Johannesburg or Pretoria, while you sit back and enjoy the bushveld surroundings.

Pilanesberg Reserve Full Day Tour

Recent polls conducted by the South African Tourism Board have shown that Pilanesberg is now the most popular game reserve in the country.

And not without reason! Keep you digital camera handy as we venture into this fascinating park, set within the crater of an ancient volcano, formed 1.2 billion years ago by overflowing magma. The landscape and rock formations we see today are the enduring reminders of this magnificent occurrence.

This biodiverse National Park with its iconic vegetation is home to a weird and wonderful happy family of animals, insects and birds and truly gifted by nature. But this day trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world famous, glamorous Lost City at Sun City (see the section above on this world-class attraction).

The Park counts among Southern Africa’s fascinating game reserves and is possibly the most accessible. Situated in the ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, this vast area promises thrilling big game viewing in a malaria free environment. It attracts an incredible variety of game animals, flora and fauna that are not often found living side by side. Virtually all of the animal species native to southern Africa can be found here, including the Big 5, wild dog, Roan, Tsessebe (also known as the ‘bastard wildebeest’), Sable antelope and more than 360 species of bird.

Quick facts:

  1. Park Area: 550km²
  2. Currency: South African Rand
  3. Seasons: Dry season in the winter months (April to September) and wet season in the summer months (October to March)
  4. Popular attractions: Big 5, hot air-ballooning, day trips, Lost City at Sun City
  5. Nearby airports: OR Tambo International (220km)/Pilanesberg International Airport (inside the park)
  6. Nearest cities: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Rustenburg

 

Cullinan Diamond Mine Half Day Tour
Let’s start with the bad news: Diamond Mine Tours are only available on Fridays and only when pre-arranged. However, surface mine tours are presented every other day and because foreign currencies seem to have pocketful of money babies as soon as it lands in SA, expect to buy diamonds at 20% than anywhere else IN THE WORLD!

It was of course here that the spectacular Cullinan Diamond was unearthed on 26 January 1905, at a whopping 3106.75 carat (621.35 g, 1.37 lb.) rough weight, the largest non carbonado and largest gem-quality diamond ever found. Two breathtaking jewels were cut from the rough stone, the first known as the Cullinan 1 or The Great Star of Africa (530.4 carats) is the focal point of the Sceptre with the Cross. The second one, the Cullinan II a.k.a. the Second Star of Africa was a not-too-shabby 317.4 carats and so became the fourth largest polished diamond in the world. Both are part of the Crown Jewels.
The delightful modern-day Cullinan is home to a variety of attractions, restaurants and vintage and antique stores.

This tour experience is informative, relaxed and a truly feel-good option after hectic sightseeing or safaris.

The Elephant Sanctuary Half Day Tour

Animal lovers in particular, but anyone who respects the wonders of nature is in for a singular, spiritual experience during this excursion. These magnificent African elephants have been domesticated through positive reinforcement animal management principles, and as a result, provide us with the unique opportunity to interact with them. Visitors get to feed them by hand, ride them, even walk hand-in-trunk… they might be intimidatingly colossal, but through the intimate contact your perception of them will change dramatically. They are gentle, intelligent and kind and are standing by to gracefully welcome you into their world.

This unforgettable half-day experience is a favourite for old and young alike and one that you will not ever forget. Guaranteed.

 

Cradle of Humankind / Sterkfontein Caves

The Cradle of Humankind represents a highly informative journey back in time. Your journey will start at what is known as Maropeng - the visitors’ centre here. Maropeng means ‘returning to the place of origin’ in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind is one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and the only one in Gauteng. It is widely recognised as the place from which all of humankind originated.

The 47 000-hectare site has unearthed the best evidence of the complex journey which our species has taken to make us what we are — a place of pilgrimage for all humankind. It is not only a place of ongoing scientific discovery into our origins, but also a place of contemplation — a place that allows us to reflect on who we are, where we come from and where we are going to.

Part of the Cradle, a mysterious and alluring underground complex of caves and passages, located towards the western outskirts of Johannesburg, has risen to international fame. A mere hour hour’s drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, the ‘celebrity’ fossils ‘Mrs Ples' and ‘Little Foot’ (an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton, dating back more than 3-million years) explains why this site is such a crowd favourite.

After an extensive face-lift in 2005, the Sterkfontein Caves site is home to a top restaurant, conferencing facilities, easy access to the caves themselves, modern walkways and a boardwalk past the excavation site where the world-acclaimed fossils were discovered.

Tours at the Sterkfontein Caves, which start above ground and then take visitors deep into the caves, run every half hour, seven days a week.

 

CAPE TOWN

Safari Day Tour

  1. A full day package, which includes a visit to the Aquila Rehabilitation and Conservation Centre, known internationally for their tireless efforts to the end of rhino conservation.
  2. The trip includes a surprisingly entertaining visit to the Karoo Ostrich Farm.
  3. The package can also be done on horseback or as a quad bike safari. 

Wildlife and Wine-lands Tour

  1. Another full day excursion, starting at a beautiful private game reserve
  2. You will visit the Drakenstein Lion Park
  3. Learn more about the wine making process at a fully operational winery 
  4. And experience the fruits of the land at three award-winning wine estates where we’re quite certain you will soon agree with all the hype around South African wine and its quality

 

OVERNIGHT / OVERLAND TOURS
Variety and choice have been two of the pillars of Penquin Tours and Transfers’ Safari Division. We can get your jet lagged body between the crisp white sheets of no less than 49 different camps and lodges in the Greater Kruger District.
Furthermore, we offer game safaris in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Madikwe and Pilanesberg - the jewel in the NorthWest Province’s crown.

If the warm waters of the Indian ocean and rolling green hills sound more like your thing, Penquin will show you this land of the highly respected military strategist Shaka Zulu, the Zulu king.
We will guide you to Hluhluwe, Umfolozi, Ubizane, Pongolo and Mkuze, St.Lucia and Lake St. Lucia.

Outside of South Africa, our ever-expanding list of destinations to choose from includes the Okavango Delta, Savuti, Moremi, Deception Valley, the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and Etosha, The Zambezi, Victoria Falls, Kariba and the Mana Pools in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Talk to your eager-to-please tour guide, Francois, about elephant back safaris, cheetah breeding adventures, Born Free tours and bespoke packages designed around endangered species.

 

Cape Town Tours

Overnight Safari, Standard Cottage

13:00 Ostrich Farm Tour
(lunch optional at The Karoo Ostrich Farm)

14:00  Welcome drinks at Aquilla and cottage check-in

17:00 Game drive and visit to ARC (The Aquilla Reservation and Conservation Centre)

19:30 Dinner

06:00 Early game drive and visit to ARC

08:00 Breakfast

10:00 Cottage check-out

12:15 Lunch

13:15 Leisure time

15:30 Depart for Cape Town

 

Essence of Africa and Kruger Park
A balanced, unmissable 7-day safari tour through three exceptional, quintessentially Africa destinations - The Kruger National Park (spectacular wealth of animal life), The Kingdom of Swaziland (culture) and sub-tropical St. Lucia (this is where you’ll unwind)

 

Wildlife Extravaganza

  1. Kruger National Park pickup in JHB / PTA
  2. Depart for Kruger
  3. Along the way, experience the Highveld’s open grassy plains and maize fields
  4. Descend 1000 m into the Lowveld
  5. Expect to start spotting animals from the moment you enter the renowned game reserve

Talk to us about our variety of overnight packages, ranging from 2 to 5 night stays and your choice of private lodges or Kruger Park camps.

 

Pilanesberg Reserve or Sun City Overnight
No time for the Kruger National Park? Then this is the one for you!

  1. Pilanesberg is situated inside an old volcanic crater and covers 55 000 hectares
  2. Home to the Big 5 and several other animal species and birds

Talk to us about our variety of overnight packages in the Bakabung, KwaMaritane and Manyane L, or alternatively, 3 to 5-star accommodation in a Sun City hotel.

 

Sussi and Chuma Lodge
A laid-back, luxurious experience for families, honeymoon couples or larger groups
A romantic, exclusive lodge, nestled between giant ebony trees

  1. Situated on the Zambian bank of the Zambezi River, within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
  2. Find the majestic Victoria Waterfall just 9 km upstream
  3. The lodge is open all year round and children are welcome
  4. But wildlife roam free, so kids under 6 will only be accommodated by special request