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Let me assist you plan your trip! I offer exciting tours in the Western Cape, Kwa Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and other parts of South Africa. Personalised, Reliable, Fascinating, Knowledgeable Tour Guide with A Difference About Us: • Born in October 1946 • Married to Angela Dunn • Two daughters – Danielle & Laverne • Passionate about South Africa and my family history • Involved in community development and upliftment in Mangete and surroundings • 11 years of service in Rotary – received the Paul Harris Award • actively involved in the tourism industry • Travel extensively in South Africa and around the world I am very enthusiastic about being a tourist guide and showing guests around South Africa, particularly the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal. I love to share my fascinating family history and introduce you to remarkable people that live in our beautiful rainbow nation. I am a tour guide with a difference as I have exciting stories to entertain guests with lots of humour and because of my worldly travels I can relate to people from different parts of the world. Travel extensively in South Africa and around the world
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The Mother City:
Drive through Adderley and Heerengracht Streets
Slave Lodge, Company gardens and S.A. Museum, House of Parliament.
Visit the historic Castle of Good Hope, Grand Parade and City Hall.
Tour through the Bo-Kaap, the picturesque “Malay Quarter”
Proceed to Table Mountain, now a World Heritage Site (weather permitting) and Signal Hill
Visit the historic city of Stellenbosch and Spier Wine Estate
Stellenbosch is the second oldest town outside Cape Town.
Enjoy lunch in Franschoek (for your own account)
Visit and enjoy a wine tasting session at a wine estate in Franschoek.
Visit to the Afrikaans Language Monument situated high on the slopes of Paarl Mountain. There you will have a panoramic view of the Paarl and Franschoek wine region.
Cape Point and Peninsula:
Having your holidays on the beach is certainly a fun experience for the whole family. But if you want to take your getaway to a whole new level, you should try going for a tour on the Cape Point and Peninsula tour. The astounding views and beaches are just some of the main attractions that you will see.
A tour in the beautiful places along the coastline will surely relieve you of all your stress. Most people who take this tour have nothing but praise for the wonderful places that they see along the way. This is also a great chance to meet fellow travellers.
There is no better way to get to grips with Cape Town and South Africa then by taking this tour. This is an ideal way to kick off your trip to the country, so it is worth considering undertaking it in your first few days. This is a scenic tour with magnificent beaches, impressive views, historic and picturesque coastal villages. Drive along the Atlantic Seaboard!
• Proceed along to Hout Bay with the option of going on a boat ride to Duikers Island to see the seals (optional extra).
• Travel along to Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Simonstown and then to beautiful Boulders Beach to see the African Penguins. Optional lunch at Seaforth Restaurant or Black Marlin (seafood restaurants-own account).
• Proceed to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwesterly point in Africa.
Cultural and Township Tour:
This tour is a must see for all tourists visiting Cape Town as it highlights the positive attitude of the people despite the daily struggles, and gives a true prospective of the diversity of the people of Cape Town.
We visit the Bo-Kaap (also known as the Malay Quarters) as well as the District 6 Museum Then we share the experience of Langa, Guguletu and Khayelitsha. You will be shown the various initiatives such as craft markets, B&B’s, restaurants, shebeens and taverns.
A month watering lunch at Lelapa Restaurant (own account)
In the afternoon we head back to town for a boat trip and tour to Robben Island. This is where past president Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his incarceration.
The tour takes approximately 3 1/2 hours
Safari and Winelands:
Visit to the Afrikaans Language Monument situated high on the slopes of Paarl Mountain.
We then head down to KWV Winery for a cellar tour and wine tasting. We then travel along the scenic Helshoogte Pass for Stellenbosch.
Optional: light lunch in Stellenbosch or lunch at game reserve
Enjoy a drive through a nearby Game Reserve sighting Cape Wildlife such as Zebra, Wildbeest, Eland, Gemsbok, Bontebok, and Springbok. Late afternoon wine tasting at Durbanville Hills Winery before returning to the hotel.
Garden Route Tours:
CAPE TOWN TO PORT ELIZABETH – 4 DAY / 3 NIGHTS
Day 1 and 2: Depart Cape Town and head for Oudtshoorn the Ostrich Capital of South Africa. Visit famous attractions such as an Ostrich Farm, Cango Caves and the Cango Ranch. Dinner and overnight stay for two night in Oudtshoorn
Day 3: Travel to George to catch the Choo-Tjoe steam train to Knysna. In Knysna visit the Featherbed Reserve. Dinner and overnight stay in Knynsa
Day 4: Depart for Port Elizabeth travelling along the glamorous resort of Plettenberg Bay. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest. Dinner and overnight stay in Port Elizabeth
Options for Day 5: After breakfast a brief City Tour of Port Elizabeth. Transfer to PE Airport or proceed to Game Parks in a malaria free area of the Eastern Cape
There is also a 5-day/4-night option available!
• 4×4 Safari Game Drives
• Historical Battlefield
• Personalised tours
• Unique South Africa Packages
• Driverguide – with your rental vehicle
Nelson Mandela Tour:
The following tour will provide you with a unique opportunity to journey in the footsteps of a global icon, Nelson Mandela. In addition it will be a historical journey where luminaries such as Mahatma Ghandi, Chief Albert Luthuli, John Dube, as well as Steve Biko who have aided the freedom struggles of South Africa. Included in the tour you will also visit the Island Kingdom of Lesotho. We enjoy a safari experience in the Eastern Cape at the Addo Elephant Park and experience the beauty and cultural diversity of the Cape.
Depart from home on an overnight flight to Johannesburg. We gather this evening for a welcome reception and dinner. o/n Balalaika Hotel or similar – b/b
After breakfast we proceed to Liliesleaf Farm – the headquarters of the military wing of the African National Congress. Prominent leaders of South African struggle against apartheid sought shelter and in 1963 were arrested and tried in the subsequent Rivonia Treason Trial – to spend over 25 years in prison. We continue to Soweto which stands for Southwestern Township. Here you will find a composite of what is South Africa today. You will peek into the past and read the path of greatness taken by Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. Visit Hector Petersen Memorial and Nelson Mandela House, where the former President lived with his family. Lunch en route. o/n Balalaika Hotel or similar – b/b
This morning after check out we head for the Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. In the afternoon we head for the OR Tambo Airport for a flight to Durban. Upon arrival we head immediately to the Luthuli museum. Chief Albert Luthuli was president of the African National Congress from 1952 until his death in 1967. In 1961, for his outstanding efforts to secure political freedom in apartheid South Africa, Chief Luthuli received the 1960 Nobel Prize for Peace. Facing mounting pressure nationally and internationally, the South African Government permitted Luthuli to receive his prize in Norway. Our next call will be the Phoenix Settlement where one the major leaders, Mahatma Gandhi conceptualized his philosophy of passive resistance against injustice. We continue to Ohlange Institute founded by an extraordinary man John Dube. He became the first president of the African National Congress in 1912. After a busy day we head for our hotel. o/n North Beach Garden Court Hotel or similar – b/b
This morning we travel through to Pietermaritzburg where many famous people have left their mark on the city, Queen Victoria, Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. After driving through the main street, we stop at the railway station where Ghandi was forcibly removed from the first class carriage in 1893. This was the start of his politicization and his Passive Restistance campaign. Continue down passed his statue for a brief visit to the Tatham Art Gallery. Later we enjoy the beautiful Howick falls from a viewing platform. We continue to the Nelson Mandela Capture site – from here his journey endured 27 years of imprisonment which was part of his long walk to freedom. In the vicinity we view an exhibition -Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman on the life and times of Nelson Mandela. In the late afternoon we drive through the countryside to Underberg. o/n The Old Hatchery or similar – b/b
Today we participate in the awe-inspiring Sani Pass climb. This reaches an altitude of 2874m and then into the “Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. It is the gateway to the Roof of Africa – views are breathtaking and spectacular. We will also have an unique experience with the Basotho People as well as having lunch at the highest pub in Africa prior to descending to the Underberg. o/n The Old Hatchery or similar – b/b
An early start to the day where we head for Mthatha – driving through the scenic rolling hills passing Kokstad. We check into the hotel and enjoy a light luncheon before we head for Qunu – Nelson Mandela Museum. It is to Qunu that Nelson Mandela returned after his release in prison, where he has built a home that is a replica of the house in which he lived at Victor Vester prison during his last remaining years in jail. Here is the family graveyard where his parents and children are laid to rest as well as his original home where his mother presided over three huts, taught him the legends and fables of his peoples. The granite stone that he used to slide down until “our backsides were so sore we could’nt sit down” can also be seen here. We spend the afternoon at the youth and heritage centre and also explore the area where Nelson Mandela grew up. o/n Mthatha Holiday inn – b/b
Be prepared for a long journey driving from Mthatha to King Williamstown to view the Steve Biko Memorial and the Garden of Remembrance. He founded the Black Conciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population. Since his death in police custody, he has been called a martyr of the anit-apartheid movement. His writings attempted to empower black people and he was famous for his slogan “black is beautiful”. We continue to Port Elizabeth to the Addo Elephant Game Park. The third largest National Park in South Africa, Addo has expanded to conserve a wide biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Today this ecosystem is a sanctuary to over 550 elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle. Enjoy a game drive in the afternoon.
o/n Addo Elephant – b/b
We enjoy a morning game drive in the park, have a delightful breakfast and transfer through to the Port Elizabeth Airport to connect with a flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. o/n Commodore Hotel– b/b
Take a leisurely walk to the Nelson Mandela Museum – board a cruise that will take you on Robben Island for a tour. The island is well known for its detention of prisoners, including scores of political leaders and activists during the anti-apartheid struggle, one being Nelson Mandela who became the first black president of South Africa. The tour will include visits to President Mandela’s cell and the limestone quarry. After the tour cruise back to the waterfront and travel through to the Lelapa Restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon commence on a township tour before heading back to the city. o/n Commodore Hotel – b/b
We make our way directly to the lower cableway station where we take a cable car ride to the summit of Table Mountain (weather permitting) From here we have spectacular views of the city, harbour and Robben Island. We then descend the mountain and embark on a city orientation tour which includes the Bo-Kaap and District Six. Return to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. o/n Commodore Hotel – b/b
After breakfast we commence on a winelands tour which will include a cellar tour and wine tasting at one of the award winning wine farms. An exciting part of the day would be a tour of Victor Vester Prison conducted by the Drakenstein correctional service, where we will have an opportunity to see where Nelson Mandela spent his last 18 months before being released.
Depart the hotel and travel along the Atlantic coast past the popular beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno en route to the fishing village of Hout Bay. We continue along the beautiful and well known Chapmans Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (Cape Point). Take a stroll to the lighthouse and stop to admire the breathtaking views of the ocean and mountains. After lunch, travel along the False Bay coastline to the Boulders Beach to visit a colony of African penguins. Pass through the historical naval base Simonstown and continue along the False Bay coastline. Return to the hotel.
Spend the morning at leisure. Afternoon outbound transfer…
Kenyan Safari Parks:
Safari Parks to Visit in Kenya
As one of the premiere safari destinations in all of Africa, Kenya’s safari parks present a unique experience for both the casual observer and the most advanced adventurer. The east African nation is home to 26 safari parks, all of them a little different, yet at the same time unified in their featuring of Kenya’s abundance of game and stretches of untouched land set against a natural backdrop many are only ever fortunate enough to view in films or photographs.
Toward the northernmost part of the nation sits Samburu National Reserve. If you’re looking to avoid rain during your safari adventure, Samburu is known for providing a more arid safari experience. The park is home to the typical big game species as well as more rare animals such as the reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra. Samburu is also a great park to visit on any type of budget; the park is home to both luxury and economy style lodges.
Visit Amboseli National Park near the border of Tanzani, home to the famed flat-topped Acacia tree. Amboseli is a bit smaller in size compared to the other parks in Kenya, however here you have the best chance of getting to see the endangered black rhino in person. Amboseli features formal tours as well as self-drive game tours where visitors can enjoy looking at lions, hyenas, zebras, gazelle, cheetah, buffalo and many other native animals. Camping and lodging is welcome on the grounds too. Since the park is on the border, you’ll find that essentially anywhere on the grounds you’ll be in full view of the gorgeous snowy peaks of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, a sort of natural bonus not featured in other parks.
Just to the east of Amboseli sits Tsavo National Park to the east, which features not only big game animals, but also volcanic cones, crops of rocky terrain and the occasional flow of lava. If you’d like to stay over in the park, there are lodges in the northern most part of the park with great views of the green grass plains and the active volcanic scenery.
Should you be looking for a single safari park to visit in Kenya during the summer months, it must be the Masai Mara National Reserve. Another of Kenya’s most famous safari parks, Masai Mara is home to one of the great Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wildebeest Migration.
This annual migration of at least two million zebra and wildebeest crossing the Mara River into Kenya is truly a sight to behold. It is a show of agility, prowess and well, how Mother Nature truly works. Many animals die during the process of the migration, as big game predators as well as crocodiles hiding in the river enjoy the buffet.