14 Day Bucket List Tour of South Africa
With a difference - not your average tour!
Highlights of the tour
Visit 3 of the main regions in South Africa in just 2 weeks!
Johannesburg is a fascinating, captivating and astounding city with so much to offer ranging from the joys of the big economical city life with all the bright lights as well as the stark contrast of townships like Soweto which is permeated with so much history originating from apartheid and is bustling with energy of the city of gold.
Soweto is perfect for those wanting to experience true Africa and for the traveller looking for more than sun, sea and the big five. Soak in the sights and smells of all that South Africa has to offer and go bungee jumping off the Orlando Towers, spend a day giving back at one of our orphanages and visit the administration capital of South Africa – Pretoria.
Greater Kruger Area is just what you need to experience a taste of the African bush lifestyle. Our bush lodge is located 30 minutes away from one of the Kruger National Park Entrance gates and don’t forget your binoculars to spot the awe inspiring Big 5.
A trip through the Panorama Route is a fabulous sightseeing adventure with attractions like the Blyde River Canyon which is the third largest canyon in the world, the inspiring Lisbon falls and for the brave at heart the Graskop Big Swing.
The accommodation at Kruger offers a swimming pool, honesty bar, campfire, viewing deck above the waterhole and bushwalk trails through the property to keep busy with any free time you may find.
Cape Town, an iconic city with so much to offer as it’s a city alive with stunning natural beauty, amazing historical sights like Robben Island and Cape Point where two oceans meet, as well award winning restaurants and is without a doubt the tourist hub of South Africa, your final destination is where you will begin with the end of your busy tour through our beautiful country.
Cape Town is situated on the coastline of South Africa boasting magnificent views of Table Mountain, Atlantic and Indian oceans, some of the best wineries in the world, exciting nightlife and gorgeous beaches for lazy days.
Our hostel in located right in the hub of the city and has easy access to transportation routes. The Waterfront is our neighbor so feel free to visit the 2 Oceans Aquarium or go shopping at one of our many festive urban markets places.
Overall this is the chance of a lifetime to fall in love with South Africa and its very diverse culture, local cuisines and gorgeous landscapes.
Detailed description of The 14 Day Bucket List Tour:
- You will be collected at the Johannesburg/OR Tambo International Airport on your arrival day. All flight details are to be given to IWH minimum 7 days prior to the arrival date. We will help you book flights with IWH Travel at no extra cost to you. Maybe even get you on the same flight as some other kiwis.
- You are then transferred to the privately owned hostel in Rosebank, Johannesburg where you will be checked in and given a brief orientation to the area and what to expect in the days to come.
- The Soweto Tour takes you to some infamous sights like Nelson Mandela’s House, Desmond Tutu’s House, Hector Pieterson Museum, Regina Mundi Church, Vilakazi Street, Orlando Towers, Kliptown, FNB Soccer City Stadium and if suitable one of our social volunteer projects.
- Anyone is more than welcome to enjoy some of the additional activities at Orlando Towers such as the Bungee Jump, the scad fall and the restaurant Chef Pozi.
- The Pretoria Tour will take you to a variety of cultural sites throughout the city. Voortrekker Monument and the Avokado Restaurant are one of the most popular stops along with the Union Buildings where all of our presidential staff spend their days.
- Photos in front of the gigantic Nelson Mandela Statue – erected to commemorate his life upon his death – are a definite as well as The Heart Memorial Hospital where he was admitted for illness numerous times. Church Square and The Old Post Office are a couple other stops and of course the scenic view along the way.
- The volunteer day is a day dedicated to giving back to the local community in Soweto. This can be done in a variety of different ways and we find the most popular choices are making lunch for the children at one of our social projects. Should there be anyone with a skill we try to use this to our best advantage and organise an activity around this skill to better the community i.e. plumber, carpenter or even professional clowns.
- The transfer to the Go!Kruger Lodge is quite long but the scenery will remind you of NZ, but it can take about 6 hours but regular pit stops are made to stretch and explore along the way (there's one where you can see rhinos from your toilet cubicle window). Transfers are all done in air- conditioned vehicles with registered tour guides. The group is welcomed and checked into their rooms at the bush lodge and treated to a sunset drink at the viewing deck.
- An amazing wildlife viewing deck is located in front of the waterhole so you can get some picture perfect moments with the wildlife in the Guernsey Nature Reserve.
- The next day is spent exploring the Kruger National Park. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,633 square km's in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa. It also stretches 360 kms from north to south and 65 kms from east to west. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South African Republic in 1898, and it became South Africa's first national park in 1926. This is where you are going to spot the Big 5 animals of Africa, namely the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. You will be travelling around in an open-air safari vehicle for a better experience in the bush. There are a number of camps where you can disembark from your open vehicle and stretch your legs, have a drink and visit the bathrooms. Water bottles, suncream, neutral coloured clothing and a warm jacket for the early starts are recommended.
- The Panorama Route is a famous region for visitors to South Africa. One of the major highlights of the region is the Blyde River Canyon Reserve, home to spectacular wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in South Africa. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon of its kind in the world where you have magnificent viewing points such as God’s Window and the Three Rondavels. Other highlights include the exquisite waterfalls in Graskop and Sabie, there are in fact more waterfalls there than any other part of Southern Africa, The Graskop Big Swing and the Bourke Luck Potholes. The tour goes past a number of local sellers of African merchandise for those travellers wanting to purchase souvenirs.
There are a variety of activities for your free day such as:
- Swimming in the pool
- Creating a bonfire and having a few drinks from the bar
- Treating yourself to a massage
- Going for a bushwalk with the guide
- Visiting Moholoholo Rehab Centre
- Elephant Back Safari
- Khamai Reptile Centre
- Kapama Centre for Endangered Species
- The next day you will be transferred to the Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for your flights onto Cape Town – the final leg of your tour. This domestic flight is not included in the tour fee and needs to be booked prior to your arrival. South African Airlink services a direct flight from Nelspruit to Cape Town International departing at 13:15. We recommend this flight for the group tour and our team at IWH travel will sort this out for you also.
- The tour group will be collected at the Cape Town International Airport by another Staff Member and transferred to the Go!Cape Town Boutique Hostel in the city centre.
- Robben Island is an island in TableBay, 6.9 km west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa. The name is Dutch for "Seal Island”. Robben Island is internationally known for the fact that Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid. Kgalema Motlanthe, who also served as President of South Africa, spent 10 years on Robben Island as a political prisoner, as did the current President of South Africa Jacob Zuma. Robben Island is both a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. The view from the top of Table Mountain has been described as one of the most epic views in Africa! It was recently awarded one of the 7 Wonders of Nature.
- Next you get the opportunity to learn how to surf. The school takes people with all skill levels, beginner right through to expert, and know some of the best local spots to hang out along the coastline. Don’t want to surf? Not a problem frolicking on the blue flag beaches is always available for the not so adventurous. Cape Town receives water from both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
- Kirstenbosch is a famous botanical garden nestled at the foot of Table Mountain. The garden is one of nine National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa's six different biomes. When Kirstenbosch, the most famous of the gardens, was founded in 1913 to preserve the country's unique flora. The garden includes a large conservatory and home to 22 000 indigenous plants.
- V&A Waterfront is located on the waters edge near the harbour and boasts some of the best boutique shopping [over 450 retail outlets] and restaurants experiences in the city. The 2 Oceans Aquarium, Red Shed Craft Workshop and local markets run alongside and offer everyone a unique trip out in Cape Town.
- Free Days are fun days where you can decide to do whatever you like. Chat with the travel Desk at the hostel to book your activities.
There are a variety of activities for your free day such as:
- Get a tattoo (we can recommend a studio which is awesome)
- Old Biscuit Mill Market
- Shark Cage Diving
- Surfing Lessons
- Green Point Soccer Stadium
- Hermanus Day Trip [during whale season]
- Robben Island Trip
- 2 Oceans Aquarium
- Day at the beach
- Ratanga Junction Roller Coaster Theme Park
- Century City Shopping Centre
- Long Street for fun vibes and an excuse to stay out all night Houtbay market
- Chapmans Peak
- Wineries Franshoek, Stellenbosch and Constantia
- Boulders Penguin Colony
- Signal Hill
- Hiking and Biking
- Walking Tours
Your final day on the Bucket List Tour is for checking out, settling any bills you may have racked up in the outlets, last minute shopping and getting to your transfer for your return flight home.
During your leg in Johannesburg you will be accommodated in a dorm style hostel in the beautiful tree-lined area of Rosebank. It is located on the neighbouring block to the Rosebank Mall and is privately owned and managed ensuring high security and privacy.
There are very cute golden retriever guide dogs in training on property and WIFI access is available. Honesty bar, large social dining area with live-in chef and wooden decks are great for socialising.
Go!Kruger Bush Lodge are thatched chalets sleeping 2 people per chalet. They are all en-suite with an outside shower and are connected via wooden walkways through the bush. The main lodge has WIFI accessibility as well as honesty bar and lounge area and TV. The swimming pool and braai [BBQ] pit are great for spending your free time and consuming a beverage or two in the afternoon heat.
The accommodation in Cape Town is in a boutique hostel environment and is located right in the heart of Cape Town CBD. The hostel is dorm style with en-suite bathrooms with locker space to hold you belongings. The food and beverage outlet is located in the same building and is easily accessible during open hours. Reception is at the front door ensuring high security and service levels. WIFI is available and all bills can be settled upon check out at the end of your tour.
The tour includes 3 main meals a day. This does not include alcoholic beverages or snacks of a personal nature. Some lunches and breakfasts may be packed into individual containers for the purpose of the day’s activity. Dietary requirements need to be communicated a minimum of 7 days prior to the arrival date. Any medication needed for food allergies should be brought along just in case.
Direction of tour
Please also note that this tour goes in both directions each month.