SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR VISITING CHOIRS – 1

Day 1. Arrive at Johannesburg OR Tambo International airport.

Meet & Greet service with assistance with passport control and customs formalities.

Transfer by luxury air-conditioned coach to Pretoria and check in at your 3* hotel.

https://clhg.com/hotels/312/Road-Lodge-Centurion

Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 2. Pretoria – 1st concert.          

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning guided sightseeing of Pretoria visiting the historical Voortrekker Monument and the Union Buildings, with a drive-by the house of Paul Kruger and the main square in the city.

Afternoon rehearsal and set-up.

Evening joint concert with a local choir, followed by dinner hosted by the SA choir.

 

Day 3. Soweto – 2nd concert.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Travel by coach for ± 1 hour to Soweto located south of Johannesburg.

Soweto obtained its name from the first two letters of South Western Township which was the original description of the area.

“Soweto is a symbol of the New South Africa, caught between old squatter misery and new prosperity, squalor and an upbeat lifestyle, it’s a vibrant city which still openly bears the scars of the Apartheid past and yet shows what’s possible in the New South Africa”

You will visit the house of Mr. Nelson Mandela and drive past various landmarks.

Following lunch your performance at a local venue in Soweto.

Afternoon return to Pretoria where you will have dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4. Pretoria – Pilansberg.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Check out and depart by coach for 200 km’s to the Pilansberg National Park. On the way you will stop at the Hartebeespoort Dam to visit the Chameleon flea market and get your own lunch at one of many restaurants available there.

Arrive at the Bakgatla Resort just outside the Pilansberg National Park and check in. http://www.bakgatlaresort-pilanesberg.com/

 

Late afternoon you will enjoy a 3 hours sunset game drive on open safari vehicles with qualified game rangers. Pilansberg National Park is set in an extinct volcanic crater, with grasslands, wooded valleys and multihued rock formations. Wildlife includes elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos. Animals drink at Mankwe Dam, a man-made lake. Abundant birdlife includes eagles and ostriches. Concealed wildlife-viewing shelters are scattered throughout the park.

Dinner at your resort and overnight.

 

Day 5. Pilansberg – Cape Town.

Early morning game drive at 5.30 to see as much game as possible, before the hot African sun forces the animals into shaded areas.

Breakfast at the resort and check out.

Travel for 2 hours to the Laseria Airport located outside Johannesburg.

Afternoon 2 hour’s flight to Cape Town.

Arrival transfer to your 3* Ritz hotel and check in. http://www.theritz.co.za/

Dinner at the hotel and overnight.

 

Day 6. Cape Town – 3rd concert.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning guided tour of Cape Town city center with English speaking guide.

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and colonial heritage, grand splendor, as well as an assurance of activity and excitement. Including all the “must-sees” of any Cape Town day tour. The tour commences in the city bowl where we will be visiting the well-preserved Company Gardens, the S.A. Museum, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope, as well as the vibrant and arty flea market; Greenmarket Square. Next, we take a trip through the colourful and picturesque Cape Malay Quarter known as the Bo-Kaap.

At midday travel for an hour along the scenic Victoria Drive for an hour to Hout Bay on the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy lunch – traditional fish & chips before you take a boat to an off-shore island.            This is a 40-minute cruise from Hout Bay harbour to Duiker Island, the Seal Colony

where you can see thousands of Cape Fur Seals close up in their natural habitat.

Return to your hotel where you can freshen-up and change into concert dress for this evenings concert hosted by a local school or university.

Dinner at your hotel and overnight.

 

Day 7. Cape Peninsula.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart by coach via the popular and most scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to cape Point at the Cape of Good Hope. Our Cape Peninsula tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast, passing through the cosmopolitan suburbs of Sea Point and Camps Bay to Hout Bay. From there we travel to the Cape Point, a breathtaking rocky promontory. The Cape Point tour returns to Cape Town by way of Simon’s Town where you will visit Boulders beach, famous for its African Penguin Colony. Enjoy a seafood lunch at a restaurant in the harbor before you travel to the trendy Camps Bay for a beautiful sunset at the sea.

Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 8. Table Mountain – Robben Island

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning visit up by cable car to the top of Table Mountain. Visit this website for more insight on Table Mountain. http://www.tablemountain.net/content/page/what-to-do

Afternoon visit Robben Island. The ferries depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at 13:00 at the V & A Waterfront. The tour takes 3.5 hours including the ferry trip to and from the Island.

You will disembark at Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the Island and take a short walk to buses that will transport you to all the historical sites around the Island. On the way to the buses, you will pass buildings and a high wall built by prisoners during the 1960s.The buildings were used for family and lawyer visits to prisoners.

You will meet your Tour Guide when you have boarded the busses. The Tour guides inside the prison are former political prisoners. They are fully conversant and knowledgeable about the Island’s multi-layered 500 year old history. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.

Dinner will be at a restaurant on the waterfront and overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 9. Stellenbosch – Franschhoek – 4th concert.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Travel by coach to the winelands area of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and visit one of the popular wine estates. A favourite one is Lanzerac, which offers a selection of fine cheeses, homemade chutneys, preserves, biscuits, and breads at Governor’s Hall. The Terrace Restaurant offers a choice of South African cheeses with biscuits and preserves, or biscuits, breads, preserves, and cheese. A wine and cheese pairing includes 4 wines paired with 4 Boerenkaas cheeses. For the under-aged we will arrange some grape juice.

Afternoon joint concert with a local choir.

Evening farewell dinner with African drumming session will be at the Gold restaurant.

African 14-course menu in a safari lodge setting with courtyard, live drumming and Mali puppets. http://www.goldrestaurant.co.za/

Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 10. Depart.

Breakfast at your hotel.

Check out and transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your departure flight.

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