Staying in South Africa after the GIC.

POST GIC 1 : 3 days Johannesburg and environment

8 July 2016: Afternoon
Your flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg.

Book this flight ticket the same moment as your organize your other flights. So flying back from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg on 8th of July afternoon and from 12th of July from Johannesburg to your home country or other destination.

transfer to Agterplaas Hotel

9 July 2016
Johannesburg/Soweto Day Tour

This private tour covers the core interest areas of both Johannesburg and Soweto. We start in Soweto at FNB stadium this give a good perspective of Johannesburg and Soweto and the gold mining industry. In Soweto we visit Mandela house, Vilakazi Street, Oppenheimer tower, Regina Mundi before heading into the city. We stop at the Standard Bank mine stope, Main Street heritage and Anglo Precinct before returning to the East side of town to Maboneng for lunch. Maboneng is a successful redevelopment of an old industrial zone. We walk the streets there to see the many new faces on old buildings and the art galleries, bookshops design studios etc. From here we head back uptown to the Carlton Centre for a panoramic view across the city. We return to street level and head north across the railway line to Braamfontein, this is another redeveloping area and this time it is a student 'village and artists' area. At the top of the hill that runs east west and is the divide or watershed for rivers that flow to the Atlantic ocean and the Indian ocean. Here is the Joburg theatre and to the east is the Constitution Hill complex. We move further north to Westcliff and Parkview these two suburbs are examples of inner city residential suburbs that began in the second decade after Johannesburg was founded. They are still popular and well maintained areas. Parkview and neighbouring Parkhurst and Greenside have many shops, restaurants, galleries etc.
Included are guide fees, toll fees, fuel, mineral water and all entries. Excluded: Gratuities and lunch.

10 July 2016
Pretoria Full Day Tour
Pretoria has been a Capital city for almost 160 years ( there was a period of 9 years under British occupation after the Second Boer War) This means that it is rich in monuments, museums and large civic facilities such as parks, offices and various government buildings. Our tour therefore needs to be flexible enough to cover the city’s history while offering a view of the ‘interesting bits’. These need not be profound or even important but will give some insight into life in our Capital city. The fact that there is so much to see means we will be conservative in our choices, stops and exact routes may vary according to traffic and road closures ( there is significant construction happening in Pretoria)
The early years of Pretoria are stongly linked to one man - President Paul Kruger, his Staatsraad, and Church Street. This alone will make a long tour however we will be brief and visit Kruger House, Church Square and with that get a broad view of the first 100 years. The Square itself has numerous buildings of note including the Palace of Justice where the Rivonia Trial was held. Church street is a very long  street and being old has many other significant buildings along it, we shall pass by some and stop at others. This encompasses the ‘old era’,
The Union Buildings are a link to the past as much as the present era and situated on the northern perimeter of the city bowl give a very good view across it. Aslo in this area are many Embassies and  Consular homes. They all have interest for their style and architecture/gardens we shall pass by several en route to  Hatfield. This is the home to the University of Pretoria or “Tuks“ we will get a chance to drive around the main campus but we can also do a campus tour depending on their schedule. Close by is a new shopping precinct with interesting food outlets, shops and  open spaces. From here we can arc back past Loftus Versveld rugby stadium to the southern suburbs via Brooklyn, Waterkloof and Groenkloof. Waterkloof has a very popular and excellent restaurant called café 41 where we might stop for refreshment. We go back across the city via Burgers park, Melrose House, Ditsong museum of National Culture, past the old military encampment at Potgieter St to Freedom Park, one of the most important memorial parks in South Africa, Further up the hill is the Voortrekker monument itself an imposing monlithic structure that dominates the southern skyline of the city. If time allows we will visit this site.
Included are guide fees, toll fees, fuel, mineral water and all entries. Excluded: Gratuities and lunch.

11 July 2016
Pilanesberg Day Tour
Our pick up time changes through the year, we always try to arrive soon after sunrise. We will stop once en route to the park. The drive is pleasant and interesting as we pass from the Witwatersrand through the Magaliesberg Mountains.

The Pilanesberg is a Big 5 reserve and is well stocked with wild game. The terrain is mountainous with large valley systems and open plains. There are several rivers that flow through the reserve and 9 dams. Mankwe dam is very large at 156 hectares in surface area. Mankwe is in the centre of the reserve. Sightings of large and smaller species are generally good. As always, being wild free-ranging animals, one finds them where one finds them!  The varied terrain and associated ecosystems support a remarkable range of animal, bird and plant species. The reserve is located in the remnants of an ancient volcano, last active 495 million years ago, the volcanic soils, altitude and climate all contribute to a unique environment. Human beings have been living in the region for milllenia, from our earliest ancestors through the Khoisan and Bantu tribes people to the present era. Stone tools from Oldowan to Achuelean and Late Stone age have been found throughout the area.
On arrival we take time to check in and also look at the sightings board before embarking on our game drives. The day is spent driving through the park and stopping regularly when we spot game as well as at the many hides, waterholes and view sites. We will take time for refreshments and to stretch our legs. During the day we not only talk about big game animals but also about the many smaller things that make up the whole picture. Lunch will be at the Pilanesberg Centre which is in the middle of the Park or at one of the Lodge or Restcamp restaurants. After lunch we will continue our drive during the afternoon and enjoy the late afternoon sunlight stopping at Bakubung Lodge for sundowners.
Includes all park entry fees, guide fees and mineral water.  Excluded: Gratuities and lunch.
Alcoholic beverages are for your own account.

Hotel agterplaas.

We  have accommodation for your conference, in 13 rooms : 1 single, 7 twin/double and 5 triple (twin bed and sleeper couch) available and as soon as you know more excact details we can make a provisional booking for you. Other good news is that we start building our own conference facility as from the December holidays, so we should this up and running by that time.
Should you require more rooms, we work closely together with our collegue opposite the street, as long as they have availability.
On top we are willing to grant you a 10% discount on the total of the accommodation.
A provisional booking comes with a quote, that gives you some time to confirm the booking. For this we will require 50% deposit.
Please take note of our cancellation policy below.

Please advise whether your guests will need a transfers (prices at pre arrangement). If you will be arriving with your own transport we will have a lock-up garage available at no further cost. Please in that case also print a route description from our website, unless you will be using a GPS-system, the GPS co-ordinates are S26 10.457 E28 00.537 Our physical address is 66, 6th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

TOTAL COST for 3 days tour and 4 days hotel:
Single per person: 5.560 ZAR
Double per person: 4.580 ZAR
Triple per person: 4.260 ZAR

These prices are inclusive 14% vat and Full English Breakfast. All our rooms have a bathroom, heaters, a fridge with complimentary water, a cooldrink and a juice, coffee/tea station, TV with Dstv channels and 24h unlimited internet access.

Total Cost transfer Johannesburg towards Agterplaas Hotel: ZAR 450.00 per shuttle (4 persons per shuttle) – to be paid on moment of transfer.

 Container village in Melville close to Agterplaas

 Small canal in shopping street with street art

 Trip with riksja – Driver Victor with Marie Rose 

POST GIC 2:  5 Days: Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape was my home for many years, yearly a few months...I love it and will everytime visit Addo, cause I adore Elephants and the surroundings full of Spekboom/moneytree giving oxygen day and night....The Spekboom inspired me to the O2DAY  during GIC2016 in Port Elizabeth. come and taste the eastern cape with its Dolphins...A 6th of January I sat at 4 o clock at Kingsbeach and said to my sister Thérèse. One thing is missing...Dolphins....she layghed...look she said they overheard you...Four Dolphins playing Happy Birthday to me...jumping and rolling...the last day will be a dolphin or whale day depending on you... Sit at the beach in PE in front at the hotel and contact them...they will feel your energy and be with us...

The Itinerary and quotes are as follows: (Basic)

9th of July - Day 1 :
Port Elizabeth to Addo
Visit Addo Elephant National Park with game drive in open landrover.
Overnight: Aardvark Guest Lodge Back Packer | Aardvark Guest Lodge 3* | The Elephant House 4*

10th of July - Day 2 :
Addo to Amakhala Game Reserve
Game Activities.
Overnight:  Woodbury Tented Camp 3* | Woodbury Lodge 4*

11th of July - Day 3:
Amakhala Game Reserve  to Cradock
Visit Olive Schriener House Musuem.
Game Drive in coach in Mountain Zebra National Park.
Overnight:  Die Tuishuise Backpacking self catering | Die Tuishuise for 3 and 4*

12th of July - Day 4:
Cradock to Graaff-Reinet
Visit Ganora Farm and Bushman Cave with explanation of the cave drawings as well as Anglo Boer War stories
Lunch at the working Ganora Farm
Visit the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda and the Fossil Trail
Overnight: Karoo Park 3* | The Drostdy Hotel 4*

13th of July - Day 5:
Walkabout in town and visit Drostdy Museum and the Valley of Desolation
Travel back to Port Elizabeth

Backpacking Accommodation  ZAR 7,600 per person sharing min 20 persons
3* Accommodation   ZAR 8,100 per person sharing min 20 persons
4* Accommodation   ZAR 10,560 per person sharing min 20 persons
Single supplement additional 30%

Transport in luxury coach with air-con
Professional Specialist Tourist Guide in Fossils and Geology
4 Night’s accommodation in 4* and 5* luxury accommodation
4 Breakfasts
1 Lunches
1 Dinners
2 Game Activities at Game Reserve
Conservation Fees for Addo Elephant National Park
Game Drive in open landrover in Addo Elephant National Park
Olive Schriener House Museum
Conservation fees for Mountain Zebra National Park (game drive in coach)
Fossil and Bushman Cave Tours at Ganora Farm
Lunch at farm
The Owl House Museum and Fossil Trail in Nieu Bethesda
Drostdy Museum in Graaff-Reinet
Valley of Desolation in Graaff-Reinet

Lunches and dinners unless stated above
Any activities or entrance fees not mentioned above
Extra day: Mandela Bay Boat Cruise
Take a fantastic trip out into Madiba Bay, cruise to Penguin Island to see the largest breeding colony of endangered African Penguins.
Join us and you may be privileged enough to see our Bottlenose Dolphins, Humpback, Southern Right or Bryde’s Whales. 
As the whale season runs from July to November you stand a good chance to viewing whales in the bay.
Includes : Transport, guide, cruise
RATE ZAR 1,450 p/p (Half Day)

POST GIC: 3 days ThulaThula

Thula Thula...I do not know personally but I contacted the owner Francoise a French lady because of her husband...he wrote: The Mr Anthony... a great book about the love animals share with us...meditation in the atmosphere and energy of the silent Elephant is worth all meditations you've ever done...In silence you will feel the heartbeat of the great Mamouth he once was.
Know that if you choose this trip you have to change your basic trip from your country to Johannesburg...To Port Elizabeth...To Durban and back to Johannesburg...

For the dates give, i.e. Arrive 8 July / Dep. 12 July 2016, we have the following availability which – for 4 nights – would fall into our “Stay Longer, Pay Less” Package (see price table below):

Elephant Safari Lodge
2 x De Luxe Rooms (each for single occupancy)
4 x Luxury Safari Suite (each for double occupancy)
1 x Suite Imperial (for double occupancy)

Luxury Tented Camp
2 x Family Tents  (for minimum 3 occupants)

The 24 hour package at both Lodge and Tented Camp includes the following:
•         all meals (Afro French cuisine at Lodge and traditional South African buffet at Tented Camp)
•         game drives (2 per day Lodge, 1 per day Tented Camp)
•         bush walks (1 per day at each Lodge and tented Camp)

Excluded are:
•         1% Tourist Levy
•         Bar and curio shop expenses
•         Gratuities

de Luxe Room: x 2
  R 5’200
2 nights R 7’450
3 nights R 9’600
4 nights R 11’700
5 nights

Luxury Safari Suite: x 4
  R 6’000
  R 8’550
  R 11’050
  R 13’500

Suite Impériale: x 1
  R 7’000
  R 9’050
  R 12’900
  R 15’750

Family Tent (minimum 3 guests)
  R 5’600
2 nights R 8’064
3 nights R 10’304
4 nights R12’320
5 nights
Third, Fourth & Fifth Adult in Family Tent R 5’000
  R 7’200
  R 9’200
  R 11’000

For transfers from Durban, the best person to contact would be Stuart De Beer :

Stuart de Beer – Fever Tree Tours and Shuttle (Pty) Ltd
Tel:  +27 32 552 3454
Cell:  +27 83 303 2568

To rediscover the bush in great style…

Call APHI or PHILLEMON on cell 0822599732 for any information
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Please note our new address : Private Bag 20025 - Empangeni - 3880


IBF network

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