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City Sightseeing in Johannesburg

The Johannesburg

Red Bus Tour

It was a Sunday morning and Cait had been building up the whole week to a surprise that she had planned for us. We left home at 10:00 with strict instructions to be there by 11:00. Where? I didn’t know a thing. ‘Wear something comfortable and bring your camera’, Cait instructed me.

We parked the car at the Rosebank shopping centre and embarked on our journey with the Hop on Hop off bus at 11:00. SURPRISE SURPRISE!

TRAVEL SOUTH AFRICA LIKE A LOCAL

These double decker, open top, red buses are scattered across the globe and offer such great insight into each destination it travels. In this case it was to travel South Africa, my home. We used the bus in Greece a few months back and it was definitely one of my highlights of our trip. Once you get on board, you are welcomed warmly by the Red Bus tour driver, we show our bus ticket (R170,00 pp) and we are handed earphones. Cait and I climbed the stairs to the top deck of the bus to get the most of our views and to enjoy the the sunshine. Learn more.

THE CITY SIGHTSEEING RED BUS TOUR TICKET = R170

We plugged in our earphones and as the bus embarked, we were introduced to three different voices through the sound system. The bus follows lines (a map), and you are able to hop off and hop on at any specified markers. As the bus drives along the route, the stereotypical voices of the country accompany us through the journey, ‘’If you look to the left now you will see the Zoo Lake. When I was just a young girl, I would beg my daddy to come to the park on Sundays. During our times, blacks were not allowed to use such facilities, but this lake and its surrounding areas was created for all types of people in South Africa, ahhh, how I use to love coming and feeding the ducks here’’. As we pass by the lake there are teens playing basketball on the courts, families having picnics and a few humans’ rowing boats on their hired out boats.

We continued with the bus, listening to interesting stories of the birth and childhood of Johannesburg. The bus stops its green line at constitution hill. At this point, you may continue on the blue or red line. The blue line goes deeper into town, the red line takes you through Soweto. You can’t do both in one day, its just too much.  We continued with the blue line into town and hopped off at the tallest building in Africa, the Carlton Centre. Boasting 50 floors, we travelled to the very top for R30,00 pp. From the pinnacle, you have a breathtaking, panoramic view of Johannesburg. Spanning from North to South, you can walk around the entire rectangular shaped floor and view all approaches of the city. After a short 30-minute gaze, we hopped back onto the bus and continued our date day adventure.

I had no idea where we were stopping next, but both of us were getting pretty hungry. The bus went passed Turffontein where we listened to the stories of Dasiy the assassin and early days of the South. The bus stopped at Gold Reef city and the apartheid musem, but we continued through. The Sci-Bono discovery theatre was our next hop off, which was conveniently placed opposite SAB WORLD OF BEER.

A large, triple-storey warehouse, The Sci-Bono Discovery museum is EPIC. Here, you can learn all about movement, sound and history of science and research. The space is extremely interactive for both kid and adult (although, I feel in this place everyone is a kid). Individulas are educated on how radio frequencies work, or simple weight management and pendulum swings or how force and energy can be transferred from one object to another. Here we also enjoyed a brownie and a cappuccino overlooking a replica of the first ever airplane designed and built by the Wright brothers. We didn’t have much time here as Caitlin had provisionally planned for another experience, which too involved a science of sorts.

THE SAB WORLD OF BEER TOUR = R180

This included a guided tour through the history of beer in Africa and South Africa. We enjoyed a milk stout in the replica of one of the oldest bars in Johannesburg. We drank nqhombothi (traditional South African beer), and watched a short-film on how the ladies of South Africa brew this delicious beer. We learnt how the brew comes alive and its processes and ingredients. Then, we enjoyed a beer tasting of 6 SAB Beers. BUZZ ON!! To top it off, the ticket price included 2 x free draughts in the tap room which serves beer obviously as well as other light meals in burgers and sandwiches. Our guide thanked us, seated us and placed a complimentary bowl of simba chips on our table whilst we enjoyed our 2 draughts of Castle Lager. Big ups to SAB, they have done a great job in creating a fun and interactive space where locals can learn more about their heritage and our local produce. Who needs Heineken when you got a Zamalek!

Styling out of the SAB world of beer with our complimentary SAB world of beer glasses. We jumped on the bus and headed off to Braamfontein for a sundowner. Braam is best known for its social features and spaces to party with mates, Kitcheners, The Greyhound and the Bannister hotel. You’re in the heart of the city and it is a great backdrop for some pretty cool city photographs. Just look after your belongings. We stopped over at the Bannister for two beers and then caught the last bus back to Rosebank at 17:50.

We arrived back at Rosebank and finished the day off at Paul’s Homemade ice cream bar. A fantastic, local ice cream shop. We doubled up and dipped my rocky road sugar cone into the thickest, most natural chocolate dip you can imagine. I WAS SWEETED OUT!!!

My beautiful lady and I headed back to our car and called it a day. A day filled with epic memories, intriguing information about our land, and leaving us feeling even more proudly South African.

Kealeboga eGoli!

PS: Massive shout to the people of Johannesburg for keeping the city so tidy. I was astonished by how clean it was. And another massive holla to the old buildings in town I never knew existed. I’m serious! We live in a damn fine country.

Road trip South Africa: Cape Town and surrounds

Cape Town, world renown. The oldest mountain range known to humans, wine tasting routes, two UNESCO heritage sites, endless panoramic views of natural beauty and the most stunning beaches. Adventure awaits in all forms.

CONTENTS

1. HIGHLIGHTS

2. BUCKET LIST

3. COST AND BOOKINGS

4. ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

5. IMAGES


1. HIGHLIGHTS

  • 14 Days, 1000 kilometres
  • 5 stopovers accommodation varying from BnB’s to self-catering units
  • Visit two of our UNESCO World heritage sites

2. BUCKET LIST

  • Hike Table Mountain and have a sundowner at the V & A Waterfront
  • Visit Trecastelli and Jerry’s Burger Bar in Table View, Cape Town
  • Fish and Chips at Mariners Wharf, Hout Bay
  • Visit the Penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Robben Island
  • ICE BOX CHALLENGE: See how long you can stay in the water bare skinned at Clifton beach
  • Take a on through Chapmans Peak
  • Surf at Muizenberg beach
  • Cycle from Table View to Melkbosstrand
  • Have a drink on Long Street
  • Para-glide off Signal Hill
  • Take a tour with the Franschoek Wine Tram

3. COST AND BOOKINGS

from R13 700 for two people

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  • R13 700 includes varied accommodation for two people in 11 different establishments
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  • We offer the service of handling the booking accommodation on your road trip only. At request, we can assist with other services such as car hire.
50% payment is required upon quote agreement and the further 50% is required 14 days before your trip begins

4. ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Langebaan
  • Day 2: Langebaan
  • Day 3: Table View
  • Day 4: Table View
  • Day 5: Stellenbosch
  • Day 6: Stellenbosch
  • Day 7: Cape Town
  • Day 8: Cape Town
  • Day 9: Cape Town
  • Day 10: Cape Town
  • Day 11: Hermanus
  • Day 12: Hermanus
  • Day 13: Cape Town
  • Day 14: Cape Town

5. IMAGES

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Cape Town, South Africa
Robben Island Museum
Robben Island
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See Penguins, taste great wines and hike Table Mountain
Whale watching in Hermanus
Wine tasting and Whale watching in Hermanus
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Wine tasting in the Western Cape

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Road Trip South Africa: UNESCO World heritage sites

Now this is a lot of driving. Plan this trip in accordance with a few more stopovers on the journey. This itinerary, when mended, can offer the opportunity to get the most insight into what it is like to live all across South Africa.

CONTENTS

1. HIGHLIGHTS

2. BUCKET LIST

3. COST AND BOOKINGS

4. ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

5. IMAGES


1. HIGHLIGHTS

  • 29 Days, 4500 kilometres
  • Drive through all 9 provinces of South Africa
  • 11 stopovers varying from BnB’s to self-catering units
  • Experience true South African culture and vast landscapes
  • Visit all our 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Learn the history of South Africa and the relevance we have with the world
  • Fossil Huminid sites, Mapungubwe National Park, Barberton-Makhonjwa Mountains, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Cape Floral Region, Robben Island, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Mountains, Khomani Cultural landscape

2. BUCKET LIST

To see all 9 UNESCO World heritage sites in South Africa is a massive bucket list tick in itself. Enjoy the trip and tick your own bucket list feats off along the way


3. COST AND BOOKINGS

from R49 300 for two people

Contact us for a more detailed quote. Cost may vary (up or down) dependent on your brief
  • R49 300 includes varied accommodation for two people in 11 different establishments
  • We offer the service of handling the booking accommodation on your road trip only. We are able to assist with other services you require upon request.
50% payment is required upon quote agreement and the further 50% is required 14 days before your trip begins

4. ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Day 2: Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Day 3: Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Day 4: Mapungubwe, Limpopo
  • Day 5: Mapungubwe, Limpopo
  • Day 6: Barberton, Mpumalanga
  • Day 7: Barberton, Mpumalanga
  • Day 8: Barberton, Mpumalanga
  • Day 9: Barberton, Mpumalanga
  • Day 10: iSimangaliso Wetland park, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Day 11: iSimangaliso Wetland park, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Day 12: iSimangaliso Wetland park, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Day 13: Drakensberg-Maloti Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Day 14: Drakensberg-Maloti Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Day 15: Drakensberg-Maloti Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Day 16: Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
  • Day 17: Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
  • Day 18: Wilderness, Western Cape
  • Day 19: Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Day 20: Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Day 21: Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Day 22: Tankwa National Park, Northern Cape
  • Day 23: Tankwa National Park, Northern Cape
  • Day 24: Khomani, Northern Cape
  • Day 25: Khomani, Northern Cape
  • Day 26: Philipollis, Free State
  • Day 27: Philipollis, Free State
  • Day 28: Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Day 29: Johannesburg, Gauteng

5. IMAGES

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Stay in a log cabin in Limpopo
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Scuba dive, and search for sunsets and wildlife in iSimangaliso
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The only place in the world you can search for the Big 7 in a 40km radius
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Surf at Victoria Bay or paraglide onto Widlerness Beach, Garden Route
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Cape Town, South Africa
Robben Island Museum
Robben Island
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See Penguins, taste great wines and hike Table Mountain
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Wine Tasting in the Western Cape
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Enjoy stillness and the warmer waters on the west coast
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The Great Karoo for the best stargazing in South Africa
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Long stretches of road in the Karoo and a good playlist does not disappoint
Khomani Cultural landscape
Experience our Khoi San heritage in the Khomani Cultural Landscape
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Hike the Drakensberg Mountains in search of historical cave paintings in KwaZulu-Natal
Camp in a cave and swim in a freshwater river in the Drakensberg mountains

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Road Trip South Africa: South African bushveld

Africa is notoriously known for its wildlife. We like to refer to it as the bush or the bushveld. Scattered across South Africa, you will find wild game parks that offer an experience to submerse yourself totally in the bush whilst you search for wild animals, watch beautiful birds and enjoy African sunsets.

Varied accommodation is offered at all the parks from your own camping tent site, to safari tented camps to luxurious 5-star resorts. Take your pick, and tick off your bucket list search for the wild animals of Africa.

CONTENTS

1. HIGHLIGHTS

2. BUCKET LIST

3. COST AND BOOKINGS

4. ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

5. IMAGES


1. HIGHLIGHTS

  • 15 Days, 2300 kilometres
  • Drive through 5 provinces and stop over at 4 different game reserves
  • Try strike off the Big 7 off your list when visiting ADDO Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape
  • Drive through the game parks yourself or join a Game Ranger on a drive and guided walking tour through the bush
  • Visit Sun City during your stay at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve
  • A wonderful experience that has no match

2. BUCKET LIST

  • Create a list of wildlife animals you would like to see and try tick them all off
  • Enjoy a drink and a sunset in the wild
  • Build a campfire at dusk from wood
  • Braai and enjoy Amarula on ice
  • Go on a guided evening game drive

3. COST AND BOOKINGS

from R16 100 for two people

Contact us for a more detailed quote. Cost may vary (up or down) dependent on your brief
  • R16 100 includes varied accommodation for two people in 4 different establishments
  • We only offer the service of handling the booking accommodation on your road trip only. Upon request, we are able to assist with other services you may require.
50% payment is required upon quote agreement and the further 50% is required 14 days before your trip begins

4. ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Pilanesberg National Park, North-West
  • Day 2: Pilanesberg National Park, North-West
  • Day 3: Pilanesberg National Park, North-West
  • Day 4: Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
  • Day 5: Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
  • Day 6: Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
  • Day 7: Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
  • Day 8: Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
  • Day 9: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Day 10: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Day 11: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Day 12: Addo Elephant Park, Eastern Cape
  • Day 13: Addo Elephant Park, Eastern Cape
  • Day 14: Addo Elephant Park, Eastern Cape
  • Day 15: Addo Elephant Park, Eastern Cape

5. IMAGES

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Spend a sunny day at the Sun City water park
Pilanesberg National Park
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Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, KwaZulu-Natal
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The only place in the world you can search for the Big 7 in a 40km radius

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Pilanesberg Safari

Pilanesberg National Park

North-West Province, South Africa

I planned a Safari trip to the Pilanesberg game park in the North-West Province of South Africa with my Dad. I am getting married in a few weeks time, so I thought it would be nice to spend some quality time in the bush with just me and the balie.

I have been to Pilanesberg 6 times so far. Pilanesberg is a great for even one night away from town, it is less than a 2-hour drive from city to campsite and a definite add to your Travel South Africa bucket list. The complex offers camping sites (Electrified and non-Electrified), self-catering Chalets and Safari tented camps. I highly recommend the safari tented camps. There are ablution blocks scattered across the camp and the on-site shop offers wood, sweets, ice, alcohol, ice creams, food items and many other essentials you may need for your stay. There is a pool, putt-putt and a restaurant for more entertainment.  We opted for a non-electrified site. My dad and I prefer the simpler and more earthy experiences where you need to work a bit for your reward. So we checked in, (R300,00 per night for a campsite) and headed to our site. We setup camp and cracked our first cold beer of the trip. WINNING!


2019 PILANESBERG RATES FOR MANYANE COMPLEX


We left Johannesburg on Friday afternoon at 12:00, stopped by Pick n Pay and the bottle store to collect a few goods for the trip.

IMPORTANT: Beers and game drives are essential. SO essential, that you shouldn’t even have to add ‘’BEERS’’ to your shopping list, it is already detailed in to the heading.

It was now 16:00 on a Friday afternoon and we headed on our first drive out into the park in search of the Big 5. R80,00 per person and R40,00 per car. You need to pay this each time you go into the Game Park. Driving in, I put on my adventure cap, beers in hand my dad and I were automatically in relax mode. That sensational silencing sound of the bush is incredible. Slowly we drove on the gravel roads, spotting birds and chatting about random shit. I had been to Pilanesberg a few times already and I had mentioned to my dad, ‘‘on this trip I would love to see a Leopard, a hippo out of the water and a secretary bird’’. I have never seen a leopard before and previously I had seen a Kori Bustard (Africa’s largest flying bird and intimidating as hell, it is HUGE).

The park was full as it was a long weekend in SA. We turned a bend, and we were looking down at a valley of 20 cars on the road. On the opposite side of the valley about 200m from our sight, IMMEDIATELY, BANG! Underneath a tree of shade, protected from the afternoons, winter sun – A FREAAKING LEOPARD! Straight away, its striking features shout I AM A MIGHTY CAT! Relaxed shoulders, a strong jawline and pointy ears. We turned off the car, and enjoyed a beer whilst examining the cats lazy movements about his space. It was an incredible experience for me. I may have not seen the Leopard and its spots up close, but this offered a different kind of viewing experience where we could enjoy the silhouette of a rare sighting from a distance.

The main park gate closes at 18:00, and it is important for you to try be out and in your camp by then. We were stuck in a traffic jam. A large herd of elephants (20 or so), refused to move off the road. We got back to camp at 18:40, lit the fire (ALWAYS USE WOOD FOR A FIRE IN THE BUSH), and it was time to relax around the fire for the evening. My Dad nailed the menu for the weekend. We had a proper shisa nyama. A hot fire, chuck and brisket, garlic bread and curried beans. Chuck and Brisket are the most flavoursome cuts of red meat but also very chewy. It is important to eat it as soon as it comes off the fire, but it is just as good the next morning. I made the curried beans on the skottel and we chilled underneath a starlit sky out in the wild over a few beers and a great meal. It was perfect! We followed up with a lekker hot shower and called it a night. Early bird catches the worm out here!

STAY AT MANYANE CAMPING COMPLEX

Choose from a campsite beneath the trees, or a more organized Safari Tented Camp equipped with a fridge and electricity

AND WE CAUGHT THE WORM! The gates opened at 06:30 and we got there at 06:45. Brewed ourselves a flask of hot coffee accompanied with rusks and we were ready to mission again. I decided to go a route I had never been before and it really paid off. We found a hippo dam. Medium-sized water hole with a herd of hippos (15). A trio of blacksmith lapwings arguing which is just not right for a Sunday morning, sort your shit out.  Hippos grunting and moving about regularly in the dam. Added another first to my birding library – a TRIPLE BANDED PLOVER, that was milling about alone on the shoreline. We parked off, enjoyed some coffee and spent a good 40-minutes with the herd of hippos. Patience paid off! One hell of an animal a hippopotamus is. Low and behold, a mom and her calf stroll out of the dam to enjoy some sunshine outside of the waters. We lazed about, they lazed about. It was great! We decided to move on and see what else we could find.

We continued on the unkown gravel path.In my TATA INDICA and the roads can get quite rough. My TATA nailed it! After short drive, we were stopped by a couple that said they had spotted a Lion just a bit further down in the middle of a bushy enclosure. We continued, locked onto the binoculars and spotted the male lion sitting proudly, basking in the morning sun. I had never seen a Lion at Pilanesberg so that was pretty epic.

We continued for the next few hours, spotting new birds, naming 5 different type of buck. My dad is quite good with his antelope and birding knowledge. We saw a rooi hartbeest, Kudu, many impala, Waterbuck and a steenbok. We also saw a pair of jackals, a funny sighting, they seem so occupied all the time and on a mission to deliver post. I really love the animals of this beautiful land.

SEE THE BIG 5 AT THE PILANESBERG GAME PARK

Our next plan was to find the fish eagle camp site, which is located upon a mountain with a panoramic view of the Mankwe Dam. A map can be purchased at the gate but we preferred to back our gut on this trip. It is called Fish Eagle Camp because you are likely to see and hear fish eagles (my favourite bird), which we did. If you take your binoculars out and scan across the shorleines of Mankwe Dam you will spot so MANY different type of wildlife. Wildebeest, Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Crocodile, birdlife, elephants, bucks and so much more. It is a great spot to stop off for some much needed chow.

LESS IS MORE! We carried a bag of wood, 4 beers, boerewors, rolls, tomato sauce and a lighter to our picnic spot at Fish Eagle Camp. We braai’d with our hands and had the best boerie rolls I have ever had with an incredible view of a small plain in South Africa. With full stomachs, we moved on back to the campsite to pack up and return home with great memories and some good bonding time together.

A TRADITION that Cait and I started on our last journey is to pack up all your gear, park the car at reception and jump in the pool before getting into the car to drive home. It was SO COLD! But, I was refreshed and clean and ready to drive back home to Cait and my mom who were watching movies at our place.

I had such a  great time again at The Pilanesberg Game Reserve. This is undoubtedly one of my most favourite quick getaways, and even a 24-hour shift is sooooo worth it. Unable to find a buffalo or a secretary bird, we saw 4 out of the Big 5. It has been said that you should always leave something to come back to, and that includes a draught at the bar next time Dad 😉

SHOT PILANESBERG!