South Africa 2020 Tour

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South Africa 2020 Tour

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Price: £2495

Duration: 14 Days

Date: July 2020

The price of this tour is £2495. If you are travelling alone and require a double room to yourself, then there will be a single person supplement of £450.

To confirm your place you can pay a 20% deposit now, and the rest in instalments. Or, you can simply pay the full amount now.

Flights not included. Please email to discuss flying arrangements.

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South Africa is one of the most diverse wildlife destinations on Earth. The vast variety of habitats and ecosystems throughout the country are home to a great number of animal species: 299 mammals and 850+ bird species, with a high percentage of them endemic to South Africa. On the whole there are approximatley 1.4 million species of plants and animals throughout South Africa, which when you think the country only covers a mere 2% of the earths surface, you realise the sheer diversity of life here. South Africa harbours 10% of the worlds plant species (80% of which are endemic), 8% of bird species and 6% of mammal species. Furthermore, the cold Benguela and warm Aghulas ocean currents meet off the coast of South Africa, making it one of the richest seas on earth, with a megatude of sharks, dolphins, whales, fish and coral reefs, totalling approximately 15% of earths marine species. This combined with South Africa's good road networks makes this an unmissable wildlife watching destination.

We start the tour in one of the most famous national parks in the world, Kruger National Park, a truly astonishing wilderness where we will be spending a full week. Each day starts with an early morning game drive in search of all types of wildlife. The Big Five; lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and cape buffalo are virtually guaranteed in Kruger, and we have never failed to find them yet. However, we are interested in all species of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. We never focus only on these larger species, as the lesser known wildlife such as pangolin, aardvark, aardwolf, genet, civet, serval and caracal are equally, if not more fascinating than the big five and are very high on our list of things to see.

After morning drives, guests will be taken back to basecamp to eat and freshen up, and if you wish to continue in pursuit of more wildlife we are always more than happy to keep going in the park. We also arrange a variety of mind blowing activities included in the price of the trip such as tracking rhino and other animals on foot, night drives to find nocturnal species like leopard and hyena, and sunset drives which take you deeper into the park where many tourists don't get the chance to go.

Once we have peeled ourselves away from the wonders of Kruger, we head back to Johannesburg to catch an internal flight to Cape Town, where we will be based for the following 3 nights. Cape Town is a very unique cosmopolitan city which has the honour of being the only city in the world surrounded by national parks and has the highest biodiversity of anywhere of its kind. Table Mountain alone has 2200 plant species, more than double the species in the whole of the UK, but on one mountain! From Cape Town we will take part in a wide range of activities such as cage diving with Great White sharks near seal island. We will also be hiking to the top of Table Mountain, walking to the very end of Africa at Cape Point, wine tasting in the world famous Cape vineyards and visiting the famous penguin colony at Boulders beach. Nightlife in Cape Town is vibrant and our central location allows us to visit some of the top bars and restaurants.

The final port of call will be the coastal town of Hermanus, arguably the best on-land location in the world to observe whales. Every year, hundreds of Southern Right whales migrate from the icy waters of the Antarctic to the safety of the South African coast where they raise their calves. They are particularly fond of the bays around Hermanus and they can be seen daily with calves in tow, often turning the waters milky whilst feeding them milk. We plan to get up close and personal to these 15 metre, 47 tonne giants by kayaking in the harbour to get to a unique viewing position. Our stunning lodge at Hermanus is set between the beach, a lagoon and mountains, and is the perfect place to spend the last night and reflect on an intense 2 weeks of wildlife watching.

The price of this tour is £2495. If you are travelling alone and require a double room to yourself, then there will be a single person supplement of £450.

To confirm your place you can pay a 20% deposit now, and the rest in instalments. Or, you can simply pay the full amount now.

Flights not included. Please email to discuss flights and further arrangements, or simply to register your interest in the tour without making a formal booking.

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