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  4 DAY WILDLIFE SAFARI    
  From US$ 475    
  Valid to 30/11/2017    
       
  SELF-DRIVE TOURS    
 

From US$ 48 per day

   
  Valid to 31/10/17 Includes Accommodation & Vehicle (unlimited Km)    
       

 

   
 

Travel Trade Updates - Tourism News

 
  NEW!  Great White Shark Cage Diving & Scuba Diving Tours in Cape Town & Zululand
  NEW!  Cape Town Peninsula Day Tour
  FREE  Cape Town Walking Tours
  • Educational Tour for Tour Operators and Travel Agents - Garden Route Adventure Tour
  NEW!  Six new Routes designed for the Self Drive Traveller
  NEW Tour!  Cape Town - Garden Route  Adventure Tour
  Iberian Airlines: Madrid - Johannesburg Direct Flights Resume
  • Sylvester The Lion Escapes ..... AGAIN
  What do  Vegans, Vegetarians & Party Lovers Share?
  Party Lovers Tour to Samui in Thailand
  Aussie & Kiwi Rugby Supporters Tour to South Africa
  It’s Official! South Africa is the Most Affordable Place in the World to Stay
  40% Discount on Garden Route Beachfront Accommodation
  NEW! Rhino Tracking Safari
  NEW Tour Launched!  Muslim Inspired Tour of Cape Town & Surrounding Region
  Fly-Inn Tours to the Garden Route
  The Blue Train is Going Places

 

 

 
 

 May 2017  

 
   
       
 

 Great White Shark Cage Diving & Scuba Diving

Experience the thrill of diving with sharks and seals without a cage in Plettenberg Bay. Dive with crocodiles in Oudtshoorn. Go Cage diving and get up close with the Great White Shark in Mossel Bay and Gansbay. You will also visit Addo Elephant National Park, one of Africa's top Wildlife Safari Parks where you can see the the Big Five.

Experience three of the best diving venues in Africa - Sodwana Bay for coral reef diving and Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks for shark diving. You will also visit Hluhluwe Game reserve, one of Africa's top Wildlife Safari Parks where you can see the the Big Five

 

To see the full itinerary click Here

 
       
       

 

 
 

 April 2017  

 
   
   

 

 

 

The Cape Peninsula Explorer Day Tour

Book your ticket on the Cape Point Explorer to enjoy a fully guided  day excursion to Cape Point in a luxury air-conditioned coach. We’ll spend the day exploring this spectacular nature reserve, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site, with a stop en route at Boulders Beach to visit the African penguins. This day tour to the Cape of Good Hope, which includes your pass into Cape Point, is a must-see for visitors and locals.

Top things to see on the Cape Point Explorer

The Cape Point Explorer leaves Cape Town in the morning and takes a scenic drive to Boulders Beach through Muizenberg and Fish Hoek. The guide will highlight points of interest along the way and will be at hand to answer any questions you have about the route.

After visiting the penguins, next stop is Cape Point, where guests can enjoy a bite to eat or hike from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope headland (medium fitness required).

After a day spent exploring, sit back in your seat and enjoy the coastal drive back to Cape Town via Scarborough and Kommetjie, with spectacular views from the Ou Kaapse Weg mountain pass.

Cape Point - Cape of Good Hope

Cape Point Nature Reserve offers visitors some of the most breathtaking mountain and ocean scenery in the world. Explore the area in the footsteps of early Portuguese explorers and enjoy a number of short walking trails leading to beautiful beaches and viewpoints.

Using the Flying Dutchman funicular to the viewing point below the lighthouse, guests can admire glorious views across False Bay; there is also an optional hike from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope where the Explorer coach will collect you as it continues the tour.

Tour Cost:

R550 for adults (age 12 and up) and R275 for children aged two to 11. Buy online and save: adults pay R530!  (Approx US$ 14)

 This includes entrance to the Cape Point Nature Reserve entrance and a live guided tour in English.  Excluded: Lunch, entrance to Boulders Beach and the cost of the Flying Dutchman funicular (if required) at Cape Point.

 

 

 
 
 

February 2017  

 
   
   

FREE - Cape Town Walking Tours

Nielsen Tours offer FREE tours by foot. All tours run on tips alone and start from Greenmarket Square  (except the V&A Waterfront Tour) Look out for our green umbrellas. No booking needed. Tours last 90 minutes and operate 365 days a year.

 
Starting Times Tour
11:00am Historic Tour  |  District 6 Tour
2:00pm Bo-Kaap Tour |  District 6 Tour
4:20pm Historic Tour   |  Bo-Kaap Tour
11:00am  * 2:00pm  * 4:15pm Waterfront Tour

(Waterfront Tour starts from City Sightseeing Office by the Aquarium)

 

 
       
 
 

December 2016  

 

 

Garden Route Educational Tour:   April  22 - 25   2017 

If you are an incoming Travel Agent or Tour Operator  then this is especially for you. We are inviting a small group to come and Explore The Garden Route and experience our Adventure Tour

Optional adventure activities on offer will include:  Seal Island & Knysna Heads Boat Trips; Whale Watching; Bungy Jumping; Zip Lines in the Tsitsikamma;  Riding Ostriches; Caving in the Cango Caves; Cage Diving with Crocodiles and a Wildlife Game Safari.

The Tours begins from Cape Town on the morning of 22 April and ends in Cape Town in the late Afternoon of 25 April.

Accommodation, Breakfasts, some Dinners, Transportation, and most of the adventure activities are complimentary (FOC).

If you are interested to hear more, send us your Name, Company and Contact Details:   Click   HERE

 

 
       
 
 

November 2016  

 

 

New Routes for  Self Drive Travelers

 

Six new Routes for Self Drive Travelers have been introduced. The destinations are: The Limpopo, Winelands, Overberg (Whale Route), The Wild Coast, Drakensberg and Zululand.

Guests are able to design their own itinerary from a menu supplied. They pre-book a vehicle rental and accommodation. Explore South Africa will also supply a driver on request.

There is a minimum of three days for each tour. Vehicles can be collected at all major airports and cities. The vehicles have "Super Cover" insurance and unlimited Km. Guests may choose between three, four or five star accommodation and self-catering options are also available.

View Routes Here

 

 
 
 

October  2016  

 

 

NEW TOUR!  Cape Town - Garden Route Adventure Tour

This new tour caters for the adventure seeker and outdoors lover. The tour includes three nights in Cape Town and three  nights along the Garden Route.

Highlights include:

Great White Shark Cage Diving | Zip Line and Canyoning
Wine Tours by Mountain Bike | Cango Caves
Ostrich Ranch | Cage Diving with Crocodiles
Knysna  Lagoon Cruise | Bungy Jumping
Whale Watching | Tree Top Canopy Tour
Paragliding | Quad-biking

                                                                                            

 
 
 

August  2016  

 

 

Iberian Airlines:  Madrid - Johannesburg Direct Flights Resume
 

The Travel Industry remains hopeful that the resumption of services between Johannesburg and Madrid, with three weekly flights, will increase the number of visitors from the Spanish market to South Africa.
Arrivals from Spain are up 19%, year-to-date, according to the arrival statistics for May from Stats SA.

Resuming the flights could only have a positive impact on tourism to South Africa. The Spanish market did not have many options available in terms of travelling to South Africa, and a direct flight was good news.

Flight IB6051 departs Madrid at 23h45 and arrives in Johannesburg at 09h55 on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. The return flight IB6050 departs Johannesburg at 20h15 and arrives in Madrid at 06h45 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

 

 
       
       
 
 

April  2016  

 
   
       
 

Sylvester The Lion Escapes ..... AGAIN
 

A search is under way in Beaufort West for a lion that escaped from the Karoo National Park, the South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Monday. SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakuli said a search team had been deployed to track the cat.

“An electronic collar indicated that the lion was outside the national park,” said Thakuli. He confirmed it was the same lion that had escaped in 2015 last year. The lion which was said to be 3-years-old escaped through a hole that formed under the fence after a heavy rain storm.

The hole was underneath the fence on the western side of the park, next to Fraserburg Road, and the suspicion was that the lion made its way  to one of the farms in the area where it promptly ate a cow.

 News24

 
       
       
 

 

 What do Vegans, Vegetarians & Party Lovers Share?

 

Very little in fact. The former prefers a Healthy Lifestyle while the party person eats and drinks far too much. The only thing they have in common is that they can book a tour of their choice on this website. 

 

New!  Foodie Tours for Vegans & Vegetarians


The Vegan Vacation and the Vegetarian Vacation are both 8 days duration. They begin in Port Elizabeth and end in Cape Town.

Highlights include: Big 5 Safari in Addo National Elephant Park – Organic farms and markets in the Garden Route - Knysna – Oudtshoorn - Winelands - Cape Point - V&A Waterfront - and plenty of vegan or vegetarian food in a variety of restaurants.

All meals are strictly Vegan or Vegetarian. Tour groups are small and personal with 6 - 10 persons per tour.

 
     
       
 

New!   Party Lovers Tour to Samui in Thailand

Six day tour starting in Samui and ending in Bangkok. The tour includes two nights on Koh Tao Island.   Dates: 1 - 6 June 2016


 

 
       
       
 

Aussie & Kiwi Rugby Supporters Tour to South Africa

The 2016 Rugby Championship series will see Australia and New Zealand play in South Africa in October.

Explore South Africa is organizing 4 tours designed for Rugby Fans.

SA vs Wallaby Test is being played in Johannesburg on 1 October.  Supporters will be able to take a 4 day tour to the Kruger National Park either  before or after the Test.

The New Zealand Test is being played in Durban on October 8. Supporters will be able to take a 4 day tour to St Lucia and the KZN Ezemvelo Game Reserves either before or after the Test.

 A Test Ticket with an official Hospitality Package is also provided.

  Australian Test:                                         

  New Zealand Test:         

 
       
       
 

 

 

 

 

It’s Official!

South Africa is the Most Affordable Place in the World to Stay

That’s according to a ‘GO Banking Rates’ study, which ranked 112 nations by comparing local purchasing power to the cost of consumer goods and services. Sourced from the online database Numbeo.com, the living indices found that rent, groceries, goods and services are, respectively, 80%, 71% and 65.8% cheaper in South Africa than in a city like New York. This resulted in a local purchasing power that's significantly higher than what New Yorkers face, which is the most favorable factor that puts South Africa at No1.


The other cheapest countries to live in are India, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Zambia, Oman, Paraguay, Czech Republic and Macedonia, according to the study.


Economist Dawie Roodt said the rand was "hugely undervalued" making it very attractive to foreigners like New Yorkers to come to South Africa, have a boob job, go on safari and still have some change in their pockets." A Mc Donalds Burger will cost around 1.4 US$, a beer in a local pub will cost 1 US$ and a steak, egg and fries around 4 US$.


How does this affect Travel? A small car can be hired from as little as 15 US$ per day including unlimited Km. A decent Bed & Breakfast can cost less than 20 US$ per person per night. A three night Safari with full board and game drives at a Private Game Reserve can be booked for under 400 US$.

 
       
 

 

 40%  Discount on Garden Route Beachfront Accommodation

Myoli Beach Lodge:  Our African styled Beach Lodge is nestled midway between Knysna and Wilderness in the centre of the Garden Route. We are walking distance from the well known Gericke’s Point with its stunning tidal pools and a mere 50 meters from Sedgefield’s main beach stretching for 14 km to Goukamma National Park. We have ten tastefully furnished self catering chalets with fully equipped kitchens, a downstairs bedroom with bathroom, dining room and outdoor braai. Upstairs is the main master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, dressing room, TV lounge and a balcony with stunning views.

The Garden Route has a multitude of outdoor activities for the discerning nature lover, adventurer and sportsman. Or merely come to experience the peace and tranquility in Africa’s first Cittaslow “slow town”.

We are offering 40% discount off our rates for the period: 1st March - 20th September excluding school and public holidays.

 
   

 
       
 
 

February   2016  

 
   
       
 

New! Rhino Tracking Safari

Affordable Rhino Tracking Safari to the Kruger Park & Surrounding   Private Game Reserves

Explore South Africa has introduced a new Big Five Safari based in the Hoedspruit region. The package starts from 550 US$ and includes three nights accommodation with full board, two safaris on foot tracking rhino, elephant and other game as well as four game drives in an open 4x4 Safari Vehicle.

The safari includes airport transfers from Hoedspruit. Road transfers from Johannesburg or Pretoria can also be arranged.

To see the full itinerary click Here

 

 
     

 

 
 
 

January   2016

 
   
 

New Tour Launched:  Muslim Inspired Tour of Cape Town & Surrounding Region

Cape Town Halaal Tours: The Cape is intricately connected to Muslim history and offers a wide variety of top Halaal restaurants, accommodation and activities catering for families that abide by Islamic religious and lifestyle practices.

The 6 Day Tour Features: 1 night at a Private Game Reserve near Cape Town. 4 nights accommodation in Cape Town.

Visits to the Cape Peninsula including The top of Table Mountain, We stop at Simon’s Town Heritage Museum. The Heritage Museum was established in Amlay House (built in 1858), which belonged to the Amlay family of Simonstown. Some of the displays in the Heritage Museum include various artifacts pertaining to Muslim Culture, photos from the 1800s to date as well as handwritten kitaabs. Cape Point and the Penguin colony are also on the itinerary.

See a detailed itinerary Here

 
       
 

 

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