Get close up with South Africa, its rich culture and people in 14 days in an original way. Stay in traditional villages, hop on a bicycle in Soweto and see wildlife in Kruger National Park.

How to go about it?

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After your arrival at Johannesburg Int. Airport, you will meet  our local representative who will explain you the details of you trip. You receive the route & project descriptions & contact details. You will be transferred to your guesthouse in Soweto where you will be staying for next 2 nights.

Overnight: Guesthouse in Soweto incl. breakfast

This Fairtrade tour will give you the opportunity to experience the Soweto Township in its purest. The tour will start with a glimpse of Baragwanath Hospital en route to Kliptown where the Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. We will visit the Hector Pietersen Museum and the Vilakazi precinct,  home to 2 former Nobel Peace Prize Winners – Bishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. After this it is time to visit one of the many projects that find place in and around Soweto. Depending on the date and time of the tour the project you will visit will be selected. Thereafter we will head off to the bicycles to explore the hidden corners of the township. Learn Tsotsi Taal (a language spoken by the locals), visit a day care centre and a hostel to experience the effects of apartheid. Visit a local home and experience the vibe in Meadowlands. After the cycle through Soweto you get to unwind with a typical township lunch.  After lunch you will be dropped off at the airport  to collect your car. You have the rest of the afternoon of to relax.

Overnight: Guesthouse in Soweto incl. breakfast

Today you leave the province of Gauteng behind and drive to the friendly and beautiful village Dullstroom.  Dullstroom offers a lot of outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding and fly-fishing.

Overnight: Dullstroom Bed & Breakfast

Today you travel to Hazyview in Mapumalanga Province. You will drive via the Abel Erasmus pass and the panorama route, with highlights as Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck potholes and God’s Window. You can visit the historical gold mining city Pilgrim’s Rest. .

Overnight: Guesthouse in White River

Today you will travel to the famous Kruger National Park where you will stay 2 nights.  On your way to the Kruger gate you can stop at Shangaan Cultural Village just outside Hazyview for lunch and a show. Here visitors can share the way of life of the Shangaan people. The picturesque village is set in the shade of ancient trees in a reserve of forest and grassland. A bustling African market village forms the centre of Shangaan, where local craftspeople make and trade their crafts.

Overnight: In the Kruger National Park, self catering

Today you can have a wildlife experience in the Big Five territory; spot the Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and the Buffalo. For those who prefer a guided game drive in open Land Rovers, or participate in guided bush walks with rangers and trackers; these excursions can be booked via your accommodation.

Overnight: In the Kruger National Park, self catering

You will leave Kruger National Park through Orpen Gate and make your way to Tzaneen, where you will stay for one night at Responsible Tourism accommodation . On your way to Tzaneen you can stop at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and visit the Cheetah project. The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah conservation is one of their core disciplines.

Overnight: Tzaneen Country Lodge, incl Breakfast

Today you will have time to explore the scenic area. You can visit the quaint Tzaneen museum and the Modjadji Cycad Nature Reserve; a unique natural forest in its prehistoric state, named after the dynasty of Rain Queens, Modjadji. Have a drink in a 6000 year old Baobab tree. You can also choose to go on an optional guided excursion to the nearby Shangaan or Pedi village where you can meet the chief and the Sangoma, the medicine man. Tonight you will overnight 2 nights in a Fairtrade accredited Shiluvari lakeside Lodge, in thatched chalets, all incorporating elements from local artists and crafters. On site there is a curio shop promoting crafts from area, promoting sustainable tourism. Included is a guided sunset cruise on the Levubu River where you meet up with hippos and crocodiles.

Overnight: FTTSA Shiluvari Lodge incl. breakfast

Today you have the option of going on a guided local artist tour; you visit the small little villages in the surrounding of Makhado. Get to know the Venda and Shangaan culture, famous for their multi culture arts and crafts. Meet local wood carvers, potters and textile weavers in their own villages. A picnic is included.

Overnight: FTTSA Shiluvari Lodge incl. breakfast

Today you will drive to Waterberg Bushveld Retreat located in the Malaria free Waterberg biosphere. Here you can relax at their hydro or just enjoy the tranquillity of the game reserve. You can indulge yourself in the activities offered by the Retreat such as horseriding, night drives, mountain biking.

Overnight: Waterberg Bushveld Retreat, self catering

You will leave Waterberg and drive towards Gauteng Province.  You can make your way to Lesedi Cultural Village. Lesedi and its cultural experience of old and new Africa was co-founded by renowned African explorer, Kingsley Holgate, who remains heavily involved in the day to day operations and ensures that every attraction is not only fascinating, but enriching. One of Lesedi’s many differentiating factors is the village’s natural and tasteful incorporation into the surrounding bush, river and forests, with five traditional homesteads including Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele.  Local families live permanently in each of these five homesteads and visitors are invited to observe the African way of life by either enjoying a short tour of the villages.  Tonight you will have the experience to sleep in a Ox-Wagon near Hartebeespoort Dam

On your way to Johannesberg you can visit the Sterkfontein Caves which are one of the richest and most productive paleo-anthropological sites in the world and form part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Amongst the most remarkable findings to have been made by numerous world famous scientists within the Cradle of Humankind is the famous Mrs. Ples, the first complete Australopithecus skull to be discovered and more recently, “Little Foot”, a 4.17 million-year-old almost complete ape-man skeleton was also discovered in the same caves. After your visit make your way to Johannesburg for your flight home.