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Johannesburg Explorer & Kruger Experience

Johannesburg Explorer & Kruger Experience  4 Star –
5 Nights / 6 Days

DAY 1 – Sunday  

On arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel.  Afternoon collection from your hotel for a scheduled afternoon Gold Reef City Tour.  This magical trip down memory lane will tell you all about how Johannesburg came into being, how gold was discovered on the reef and how the lives of men and women formed an integral part of a rich and fascinating heritage.  Return to the hotel in the early evening for overnight.

 DAY 2 – Monday (B)

This morning you will be collected for your scheduled morning Half Day Soweto Tour. Soweto is a cluster of townships located at the South Western flank of Johannesburg.  It is from here that most of the struggle was fought against the injustices of the apartheid  regime and is home to sites of historical importance. The tour ends with drop-off at your hotel in the early afternoon.

DAY 3 – Tuesday (D)

Morning departure from Johannesburg with your Travel guide.  Travel to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ – Mpumalanga.  Your 5 ½ hour journey takes you through incredible scenery – mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterise the landscape.  Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon.  Check in to start your Kruger Experience immediately with an afternoon open vehicle game drive into the Kruger National Park.  All safaris in the Kruger National Park are operated in specially designed open safari vehicles and you  are accompanied by a qualified and experienced FGASA and SATOUR registered guide.

Kruger National Park consists of nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fused with historical and archaeological sites – this is real Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife  experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, the park is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

After the sun has set on your first exhilarating day, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

 DAY 4 – Wednesday  (FIGD)

After breakfast, embark on a full day safari into the Kruger National Park.  The safari starts early in the morning and your guide will cover as much area as possible. Stops will be included at the various lookout points within the park and you will be given the opportunity to explore man’s interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park’s natural assets. A packed lunch will be enjoyed inside the park. Return to the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner at the hotel.

 DAY 5 – Thursday (B)

After an early breakfast, depart the Kruger National Park and travel back to Johannesburg via the ‘Panorama Route’. The Panorama Route is best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes. It leads through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.

Travel through “Gods playground” to God’s Window overlooking the green Lowveld. Further north along  the route, stop along many well-positioned vantage points from where one has a view of the 33 km long Blyde River Canyon gorge, which starts at “Bourke’s Luck Potholes” and ends at the “Three Rondavels“.

The Potholes are very impressive rock formations that were shaped millions of years ago by erosion. The bizarre swirl holes developed when the once rapid river carried masses of sand and debris. Time and weather permitting, stop at various waterfalls along the way. The tour ends on arrival at your Johannesburg based hotel by 18h00.

DAY 6 – Friday (B)

After breakfast this morning check out and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

How To Explore Places Like Never Before: ARGENTINA

On Board the Train to the Clouds at Salta

WHAT: Originally built for economic and social reasons, the train service called Tren a Las Nubes (Train to the clouds) is now primarily of tourism value as a heritage railway.

WHERE: The train service starts at the provincial capital of Salta.

WHY: It is known as the Tren a Las Nubes because clouds can often be seen around and under the bridges and slopes of the landscape through which the railway passes. The train terminates at the giant iron viaduct La Polvorilla, which is 4200 metres above sea level – the third highest railway in the world.

HOW: Contact an Argentina Specialist at tours@compacttravels.com

VISIT: http://www.namasteargentina.com – Your Indian Connection to Argentina

 

All Year at the Capital of the Andean Patagonia


WHAT: San Carlos de Bariloche and the Lake Region is known as the Capital of the Andean Patagonia. The region is renowned for skiing but is also known for water sports, trekking and climbing.

WHERE: Province of Río Negro.

WHY: Truly a year-round destination, during the summer, the region is a gorgeous destination for walking, trekking and fishing and during the winter, it is home to one of the most popular ski centres in South America.

HOW: Contact an Argentina Specialist at tours@compacttravels.com

VISIT: http://www.namasteargentina.com – Your Indian Connection to Argentina

 

Exploring the End of the World at Ushuaia


WHAT: Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world.

WHERE: It is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel.

WHY: A visit to Ushuaia will not be complete without experiencing the Maritime Museum where you can find collections ranging from naval models to the history of Antarctic exploration – all housed in a former prison building. Ushuaia is also the gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park and to Antarctica!

HOW: Contact an Argentina Specialist at tours@compacttravels.com

VISIT: http://www.namasteargentina.com – Your Indian Connection to Argentina

 

Crossing Argentina on Route 40


WHAT: The famed Route 40 is the longest and most spectacular road in Argentina.

WHERE: Running parallel to the Andes mountain range, the magical route runs along over 4900 kilometres from Cabo Virgenes in the southern Santa Cruz Province to La Quiaca in Jujuy Province in the north.

WHY: With an elevation ranging from sea level to 5000 metres, Route 40 crosses and gives access to 11 provinces, 236 bridges, 18 main rivers, 20 National Parks and Reserves, 27 Andean passes and showcases the vast palette of Argentina’s natural landscape.

HOW: Contact an Argentina Specialist at tours@compacttravels.com

VISIT: http://www.namasteargentina.com – Your Indian Connection to Argentina

Bella Argentina

What makes Argentina beautiful? How do you describe beauty? Bella Argentina is a visual feast inspired by the diverse cultural and natural landscapes of Argentina. From the unbridled force of the Iguazú Falls to the magnificent precision of the Tango, the beauty of Argentina awaits you in Mumbai from 26th Nov. to 2nd Dec. 2010. Email info@opportunitiestoday.co.in for venue and timings. Prize giveaways include Diesel T-shirts, cases of Malbec wine and a return ticket to Buenos Aires too!

San Telmo Market

ENERGY

The San Telmo Street Market in Buenos Aires is characterized by stall after stall of antiques, jewellry, glassware, linens, handmade crafts along the cobblestone streets – all highlighted with lively musicians and dancers.

Mate

TRADITION

Mate is prepared from infusing dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water and is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow calabash gourd. Those who share the mate are believed to be brought together by a bond of acceptance and friendship.

The Perito Moreno Glacier

MAJESTY

The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the Los Glaciares National Park of the Argentine Patagonia. The terminus of the glacier is 5 kilometres wide, with an average height of 74 metres above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino. It is one of only a few ice fields worldwide that have withstood rising global temperatures and has continued to advance.

The tango is a social dance

PASSION

The tango is a social dance and musical genre that originated in the lower-class districts of Buenos Aires in the 1890s. Relying heavily on improvisation, the tango accentuates communication, coordination and the passion of its dancers. It is recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Treasure.

La Boca is the colourful and artistic heart of Buenos Aires.

ARTISTRY

La Boca is the colourful and artistic heart of Buenos Aires. The main pedestrian street, the Caminito, is lined with ornate houses, multi-coloured buildings, statues, fountains, street performers, dancers, musicians and art galleries.

Asado

CULTURE

Beef is a key component of Argentine cuisine. The beef is traditionally grilled on an open fire pit called an asado and is a staple of family and community gatherings.

Email info@opportunitiestoday.co.in for venue and timings of Bella Argentina in Mumbai.

Prize giveaways include Diesel T-shirts, cases of Malbec wine and a return ticket to Buenos Aires!