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JTW 2018 – Africa

22 September 2018 – 11 October 2018
Optional 4 Night Extension

Something special about Africa touches the soul; it is a continent of 54 immensely diverse countries that is both deeply troubled and profoundly uplifting. Be enthralled by one of the continent’s most dynamic regions, offering a wealth of wildlife and safari experiences. From the iconic Blue Train, to the spectacular Garden Route, South Africa is bound to leave an incredible impression – on both mind and heart.

// Spend a luxurious night on board the Blue Train – an iconic journey
// Get up close and personal to the wild animals of Kruger, in open-top vehicles for excellent game viewing opportunities
// Travel the stunning Garden Route
// Stay in the oldest town in South Africa – Franschhoek
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Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18years

OPTIONAL EXTENSION – VISIT VICTORIA FALLS & CHOBE

Day One // 22nd September 2018
Today you will be transferred to Sydney international airport for an overnight flight to Port Elizabeth, stopping briefly in both Perth and Johannesburg.
Meals: In flight

Day Two // 23rd September 2018
Today we will arrive in Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth is known as the Friendly City and the Windy City and hopefully if you stay here you will get a chance to experience the former and not the latter! Port Elizabeth was established to accommodate British settlers who were bought out on a government sponsored programme to provide a buffer between the warring Cape Dutch and the Xhosa. The little port grew from there and today it is the gateway to the Garden Route, as well as the Eastern Cape’s game reserves and beaches. After a long flight, your afternoon is at leisure.
Meals: In flight, Dinner

Day Three // 24th September 2018
After breakfast we will visit the Tsitsikamma Storms River Mouth. Surrounded by national parks, we will enjoy lunch before travelling through to Knysna. Nestled between the imposing Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, and surrounded by world-renowned forests, Knysna offers a wealth of activities for visitors – this area isn’t called the ‘Garden of Eden’ for nothing!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Four // 25th September 2018
Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only. Today we will visit the Knysna Waterfront and board our Featherbed Cruise – embracing an exquisitely beautiful lagoon which is surrounded by ancient forests. Take a leisurely nature walk and stopping for lunch at the reserve. Return to Knysna with free time to explore the waterfront, shopping precinct.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Five // 26th September 2018
The Garden Route is constantly held up as one of the great delights of South Africa. It’s a 200 km stretch of South Africa’s south coast, from Mossel Bay in the west to the mouth of the Storms River, just past the Tsitsikamma National Forest in the east. The area is undoubtedly very beautiful and around every corner you will find a new photo opportunity! Today we will travel along the Garden Route, towards the Ostrich Capital of South Africa, Oudtshoorn. Our home for the next two nights is the delightful La Plume – a 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm. Set in the tranquil Olifants River Valley, this charming guest house offers spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six // 27th September 2018
Start the day with a visit to the infamous Cango Caves, a subterranean wonderland of magnificent stalactite and stalagmite rock formations. Continue on to a Safari through the local Ostrich Farm! See the miracle of chicks hatch in the Incubator Room, feed and meet an ostrich up close in one of the breedings camps, and afterwards enjoy a 3 course lunch meal. This afternoon, relax and enjoy the views from La Plume, before dinner at the property.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven // 28th September 2018
Today we will travel to Hermanus. Built along the beautiful shores and cliffs of Walker Bay, Hermanus has grown from a small seaside resort town to become possibly the best-known place for whale watching in the world. Through September up to 100 Southern Right Whales visit the town’s protected waters and can be easily spotted – hopefully we will see just a few on our boat cruise! Often they come in as close as ten metres from the coast so afterwards, enjoy a walk along the spectacular coastline and spot a few more of these amazing creatures!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eight // 29th September 2018
After a morning at leisure in Hermnaus, we will depart for the wine region of Franschhoek. French Huguenots settled in this spectacular valley over 300 years ago, bringing their vines with them. Ever since, the town has clung to its French roots. One of the oldest towns in South Africa, Franschhoek offers a variety of art galleries, wine farms, excellent restaurants and quaint boutiques – all strewn along the town’s lovely tree-lined avenues.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Nine // 30th October 2018
We will have the day exploring the local Winelands, in the valleys and mountains which have become synonymous with some of the world’s finest wines. Later, you will be transferred to Cape Town. Sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breath-taking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town, is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Ten // 1st October 2018
Embark on a full day city tour of Cape Town! We will travel on the Gondola to the top of Table Mountain, giving you perfect 360 degree view. After descending the mountain, experience the “Mother City” taking in Signal Hill – where the Noon Day Gun is fired at midday, every day except Sunday – through the colourful Bo-Kaap or Cape Malay Quarter, past the Grand Parade, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope and South African Cultural History Museum. Today we will have lunch at the famous GOLD Restaurant – a vibrant, eclectic Pan-African experience. It offers opulent feasting with live entertainment, in a mystical African setting of trees and tents in an inner city courtyard steeped in ancient history and gold. An interactive drum circle offers you the opportunity to join in and learn how to play the djembe. Soon you will be pounding your drum to the rhythms and sounds of Africa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

JTW Africa 1

Day Eleven // 2nd October 2018
Today we will visit Robben Island. The island is a unique symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice” with a rich 500 year old multi-layered history. It is visited every year by thousands of people eager to understand and honour the important aspects of South Africa’s history that the Island represents. Tonight, dine at The Greek Fisherman – offering fantastic views back to Table Mountain and a feast of Greek and Mediterranean style dishes, with a modern twist.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twelve // 3rd October 2018
It may not be the southernmost point of Africa – that honour goes to Cape Agulhas – but Cape Point certainly makes you feel as if you are standing at the edge of the world. Cape Point is a spectacular sight, covered in endemic fynbos and home to breath-taking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys, just 60km outside of Cape Town. Our trip to the Cape will take us along one of the world’s most spectacular drives, around Hout Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, Boulders Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Thirteen // 4th October 2018
Take a luxurious trip into South Africa’s exquisite colonial past, on board the scenic Blue Train. There is nothing as serene as allowing your mind to wander, while your eyes soak in scenery so splendid you can do nothing but stare in awe… Welcome to rail travel through the wild expanses of mighty Africa that will usher you through the land of unsurpassed beauty. Once you reach Matjiesfontein (one of the most curious and fascinating places in the Karoo) you are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar. The sherry glass is engraved with the Blue Train Logo, and is a memento for you to keep. You can then explore the Victoria buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts – giving you an uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age! We then reboard the Blue Train for an elegant affair dinner and your overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Fourteen // 5th October 2018 
Today is your last day on the Blue Train, as you make your way to Pretoria. Sit back and enjoy the scenery; relax before we embark on the final adventures of our journey through South Africa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Fifteen // 6th October 2018
You will be transferred to Jo’burg airport, for your flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival we will be transferred to the beautiful Motswari Private Game Reserve. Set deep in the Timbavati within the Greater Kruger National Park Conservancy, Motswari Private Game Reserve offers the quintessential African wildlife and bush experience, fusing panoramic bush views with luxurious accommodation. With 15 luxury-appointed en-suite bungalows, each with air-conditioning, and all offering unrivalled bush views, guests enjoy a high level of comfort which complements the lodge’s level of service excellence. 150km2 of untamed wilderness guarantees prolific game viewing of South Africa’s Big Five, the Little Five, and more.

This family-owned reserve merges luxurious accommodation with high quality cuisine and sincere passion into one extraordinary experience. At Motswari, you “arrive as a visitor and leave as a friend. For the next four days you will be participating in game activities.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

JTW Africa 2

Day Sixteen // 7th October 2018
There is nothing as exhilarating as finding yourself face to face with exotic wildlife, and no continent on Earth does wild animals with quite as much style and verve as Africa. During our stay at Motswari, we will go ‘off road’ in open top cruisers in search of lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos or elephants!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seventeen // 8th October 2018
Experienced game rangers are on hand throughout your drives to bring anything of interest to your immediate attention and there’s always something to captivate. Benefit from talented local trackers who’re not only experts in the art of reading the African bush, they’re also adept at spotting a moment of wonder a mile off.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Eighteen // 9th October 2018
After a morning game drive, we will check out of our accommodation and be transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga airport. From here, travel via Johannesburg and Perth back to Sydney – or alternatively take part in our tour extension to Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park (see extension tour below).
Meals: Breakfast, In flight

Day Nineteen // 10th October 2018
Tonight is a late arrival into Sydney. We will be spending the night at Sydney Airport to break the long journey back to Newcastle.
Meals: In flight

Day Twenty // 11th October 2018
This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to your home address in Newcastle.


JTW Africa Extension

Please note that your JTW Tour Manager will only travel on the extension tour with a minimum
of 6 participants.

Day Eighteen // 9th October 2018
After a morning game drive, we will check out of our accommodation and be transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga airport. Here you will bid farewell to any travellers returning to Sydney and instead board your flight to Livingstone. On arrival, cross the border into Zimbabwe and transfer to your accommodation in Victoria Falls. Tonight, dinner is included at our lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, In flight, Dinner

Day Nineteen // 10th October 2018
Today you will witness the power of Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall. The awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, it was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. We will take a guided walking tour of the Falls this morning and is sure to be something you will never forget! Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre. This afternoon, take to the skies in a helicopter to experience a birds eye view of the Falls! Tonight we will dine at the popular ‘Boma’ restaurant where you can taste local game meats!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twenty // 11th October 2018
This morning we will transfer across the Botswana border to Chobe National Park. This area is renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land! This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. We will arrive in time for an afternoon safari on the water, before witnessing the most spectacular sunsets over the river.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

JTW Africa 3

Day Twenty-One // 12th October 2018
Today we will have a morning game safari on land, and an afternoon activity on the river – to further view the amazing wildlife of this area.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Twenty-Two // 13th October 2018
After a morning game drive, we will check out of our accommodation and be transferred to Kasane airport. From here, travel via Johannesburg and Perth back to Sydney.
Meals: Breakfast, In flight

Day Twenty-Three // 14th October 2018
Tonight is a late arrival into Sydney. We will be spending the night at Sydney Airport to break the long journey back to Newcastle.
Meals: In flight

Day Twenty-Four // 15th October 2018
This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to your home address in Newcastle.

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