South Africa Lighthouse Safari
Mar 10, 2018 to Mar 24, 2018
South Africa: Breathtaking, Majestic, and Unique - a treat for lighthouse lovers and world explorers alike!
Cape Town to Durban with post-tour option to Kampama River Lodge
Saturday, March 10: Cape, Town South Africa – Welcome dinner (D*)
Sunday, March 11: City Tour, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens (B/L/D)
Monday, March 12: Robben Island & Green Point Lighthouses, Cape Town (B/L/D)
Tuesday, March 13: Cape Peninsula, Penguins and Four Lighthouses, Cape Town (B/L/D)
Wednesday, March 14: Columbine Lighthouse, Boschendal Winery, Stellenbosch(B/L)
Thursday, March 15: Cape Hangklip and Danger Point Lighthouses, Arniston (B/L/D)
Friday, March 16: Cape Aghulas – Southern most point in Africa, Arniston (B/L/D)
Saturday, March 17: Diaz Nautical Museum, Mossel Bay, Cape Blase, Knysna(B/L/D)
Sunday, March 18: Tsitsikama & Storms River, Cape St Francis (B/L/D)
Monday, March 19: Seal Point, Cape Recife, Donkin. Stay Addo Elephant Park (B/L/D)
Tuesday, March 20: Addo Game drive, Great Fish River, Hood Point, East London(B/L/D
Wednesday, March 21: Fly o Durban, Umhlanga & Cooper Lighthouses, Durban (B/L/D)
Thursday, March 22: South to Green Point, North Sand Bluff. Port Shepstone, (B/L)
Friday, March 23: Tugela lighthouse & Shakaland, Zululand – Farewell Dinner(B/L/D)
Saturday, March 24: Tour ends. Early flights for those going on Post Tour (B)
*B = Breakfast included / L = Lunch included / D = Dinner included
- March 12 - Robben Island - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 12 - Green Point (Cape Town) - Visit & Climb
- March 13 - Slangkop - Visit & Climb
- March 13 - Roman Rock - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 13 - Cape Point Upper - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 13 - Cape Point Lower - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 14 - Cape Columbine - Visit & Climb
- March 15 - Cape Hangklip - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 15 - Danger Point - Visit & Climb
- March 16 - Cape Agulhas - Visit & Climb
- March 17 - Diaz Museum & Cape St. Blaize - Visit & Climb
- March 19 - Seal Point - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 19 - Cape Recife - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 19 - Donkin Hill - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 20 - Great Fish River - Visit & Climb
- March 20 - Hood Point - Visit & Climb
- March 21 - Umhlanga Rocks - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 21 - Cooper - Durban Bluff - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 22 - Green Point - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 22 - North Sands Bluff (Port Edward) - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 22 - Port Shepstone - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
- March 23 - Tugela - Photo Op (Visit Pending)
South Africa Extension
Single $1,680 Double (Per Person) $1,485
Hotel Accommodation: 14 nights
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 12 dinners
Transport: Airport transfers, coach tours, ferry tickets & boat charter, flight from East London to Durban
Other: Table Mountain gondola, Kirstenbosch Gardens, two game drives in Addo National Park, Boulders - Penguin Colony, entrance fees to Addo National Park and Storms River, lighthouses, Shakaland and museums as required. Tour participants receive individual MiFi wireless device to stay in contact with the world while in transit on main tour. This service also provides 24/7 medical access.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE POST TOUR:
Hotel Accommodation: Kampama River Game Lodge (Kruger)
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Coach to Durban Airport, flight from Durban to Hoedspruit (change planes in Johannesburg), return flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg. Jeep: to and from Hoedspruit Airport to Kampama River Lodge
Other: Game drives: 24th - Evening, 25th and 26th - Morning and Evening, 27th - Morning
Fitness level for South Africa is easy as most lighthouses are accessed by bus or boat. A few like "Cape Point Upper" require a short uphill walk on a gravel pathway. As always, moderate fitness is required to climb the hundreds of lighthouse steps we encounter on our journey.
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Lighthouses are essential to coastal navigation between Cape Town and Durban where safe harbors so very few and far between. The warm Agulhas current sweeps southwards out of the Indian Ocean, and collides directly with the very cold Antarctic circumpolar current, creating steep and dangerous seas. We start our journey with four nights in Cape Town – a delightful city with a Mediterranean type climate. The first six lighthouses are relatively close to Cape Town. Cape Columbine is the only lighthouse we visit along the Western Cape, before heading east to South Africa’s beautiful wine country and then along the “garden route” to Port Elizabeth. Beyond Port Elizabeth we spend a night in Addo Elephant National Park. All major African animal groups live wild and free in this area. Trackers will join us for two game drives. From Addo we go to Great Fish River and Hood Point lighthouse near East London. Next we fly north to Durban where we visit six more lighthouses and end our lighthouse safari at Tugela lighthouse, before visiting Shakaland to observe Zulu culture.
Led by Chris and Janet Brookes.
POST TOUR OPTION – KAMPAMA RIVER LODGE
Everyone at some point should experience the natural beauty, birds and animals of the African wilderness. Beyond the Kampana River luxury lodge there is absolutely nothing but the African bush for miles and miles (Kruger National Park is as big as the state of Rhode Island). We rise early to look for animals as they set out on their early morning hunt for food and water. In the heat of the day we relax and swim, before going out again on the evening game drives. Kampana is a very special place and, like all bush lodges, is small. We can only reserve 15 rooms which are assigned on a first come first serve basis.
Saturday, March 24: Fly Durban to Johannesburg to the tiny airport of Hoedspruit. Land Rover to Kampama River Lodge. Evening Game drive (B/D)
Sunday, March 25th and Monday, March 26th: Kampama River Lodge - Two Game Drives Per Day (B/L/D)
Tuesday, March 27th: Early Morning Game Drive, Breakfast. Flights to Johannesburg and International Transfers Home (B)
Tour schedule, lighthouses and accommodations subject to change
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