SOUTH AFRICA: WILDLIFE, WHALES AND WINELANDS
10 DAYS // SEPT 2 – 13, 2015 // SOLD OUT
ABOUT Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
This unique and highly-regarded private game reserve is considered one of the best game-viewing arenas on the continent. It is certainly Big Five country and, coupled with the luxurious lodges, the shared border with the legendary Kruger National Park and the knowledgeable and friendly staff, a visit to this reserve is worth the money and time spent.
Sabi Sand covers 65 000 hectares of Mpumalanga bush with two established rivers and enjoys the highest and most bio-diverse animal and bird populations in Africa. Sabi Sands is the place in South Africa to easily see all of the Big Five in a short period. With a good population of highly habituated leopards, Sabi Sands is one of the best places in Africa to see these normally elusive cats. Lions and cheetahs are also easily seen.
Through historical ideals and modern practice, Sabi Sand leads the way in the conservation of rare and endangered species, wildlife and habitat monitoring, anti-poaching efforts and wild-fire control. It provides a haven for the eco-tourist who desires only the best game viewing opportunities.
This safari experience is aimed at the discerning photographer who wishes to enjoy only the finest that South Africa has to offer.
ABOUT HERMANUS-GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE
Hermanus offers the most dramatic coastal scenery in South Africa. Reputed to be the best place in the world for land-based whale watching, it's the ideal destination for your whale route tour. During whale season Southern Right Whales come to the coast to mate and calve, with calving usually happening during August and September, and the height of the whale season between August and October. It's also home to the world's only Whale Crier, who signals whale locations using a kelp horn.
The secluded, rock-sheltered coves and the long, pristine beaches are perfect for strolling. The mountains behind Hermanus offer a range of hikes through fynbos with beautiful views of Walker Bay Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, located 2 hours from Cape Town in one of the most beautiful locations on the Garden Route, known for some of the most distinct and unique plant, bird and animal life. Explore the area with specialized guides and include land-based whale watching, flower safaris, cave and beach exploration.
Other exciting activities include boat-based whale watching, shark cage diving, scenic flights, birding and wine tours. After a busy day relax with fine wine, cuisine, spectacular sunsets and luxurious spa treatments.
About SHARK CAGE DIVING
Shark cage diving in South Africa has grown greatly in popularity and we have just the location to view these incredible monsters of the deep - Gansbaai. Your adrenaline is sure to pump as you come almost face to face with the sea’s most awesome predators. Shark cage diving is absolutely safe and you need not have any diving experience at all. You will photograph the Great White sharks near the Geyser and Dyer Islands from the safety of a cage. You could get close and personal in the cage or enjoy photographing them from the deck of the largest and most stable boat operating from Gansbaai Harbour.
August to November is usually the best time to see the Southern Right Whale on a full day whale tour. Hermanus is the best place for land based whale watching. These mammals, which often come as close to 50 metres from the shore, are given to displays of breaching, lobtailing, spyhopping and courtship rituals.
South Africa is a multi-lingual country and there are 11 official languages including: English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Composed by Enoch Sontonga in 1899, the Xhosa hymn 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika is South Africa's national anthem.
South Africa's currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R50, R100. All of our hotels and lodges accept major credit cards
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all foreign visitors and citizens over 1 year of age travelling from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas. U.S. passport holders visiting the Republic of South Africa for ninety (90) days or less do not need visas. A valid passport with 2 blank pages is enough
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Please note that Sabi Sabi is situated within a malaria area. It is recommended that guests consult their physician/travel clinic regarding easily administered malaria prophylaxis before embarking on any safari travel to South Africa. Always stick to bottled water and wear sunscreen.
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ.