Headed For South Africa

After I return from watching the Hanshin Tigers defeat the Daiei Hawks in the 2003 Japan Series, I'll have a chance to rest in Columbus for 3 days before heading off to South Africa! My father and I will be gone for 10 days and get to see all sorts of animals, landscapes, cities, and cultures that we've never seen before. We're both excited and looking forward to the trip. In fact we've already begun our celebration by making a doctors appointment so we can receive the vaccination injections we'll need to stay healthy over there. Big long painful needless. Woo Hoo! My skin's bristling with excitement already!

The following is the itinerary for our trip. I'll post an update after the trip so you can read about how things worked out and see some pictures of the sights we saw. You'll get to go where our eyes went without having to get 3 horrendous shots [I actually don't mind the shots, but it makes a more dramatic story if I play up the pain and fear].

DAY 01 USA / JOHANNESBURG Transatlantic overnight flight from USA to Johannesburg, South Africa via South African Airways.

DAY 02 ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG Arrive in Johannesburg. Greeting and assistance upon arrival by a representative who will hand over all of your local documents and vouchers for your land arrangements. Transfer from the airport to the Crowne Plaza Sandton Hotel. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Sandton Hotel

DAY 03 JOHANNESBURG / KRUGER NATIONAL PARK 3 day SJJ-3k Kruger Park Breakaway scheduled tour Depart Johannesburg and travel across the Highveld to Machadodorp and on to the Kruger National Park for game viewing in the late afternoon. Dinner and Overnight: Rest Camp (DBB). Game drives in enclosed vehicle. Dinner and Overnight: Drifter's Lodge Camp (DBB). Game drives in 4 x Open Vehicles!!

DAY 04 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK A full day of game viewing, in search of the "Big Five" while enjoying the incredible variety of flora and fauna protected within the Park. Dinner and Overnight: Rest Camp

DAY 05 JOHANNESBURG / CAPE TOWN Depart the camp at sunrise to explore the African bush at its best. Return to the camp for breakfast before continuing your return journey to Johannesburg arriving in the late afternoon. Drop of at Johannesburg Airport for flight to Cape Town on South African Airways. On arrival at Cape Town International airport, you will be met and transferred to the Protea Cape Castle Hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight: Protea Cape Castle Hotel(B)

DAY 06 CAPE TOWN TABLE MOUNTAIN & CITY TOUR Breakfast at the hotel and morning at leisure. Afternoon scheduled Table Mountain and City Tour. Depart your hotel for Table Mountain where you will board one of the two cable cars for your journey to the top. Once on top, there is time to wander around and take photographs from the numerous viewing decks around. Descend and board your coach to travel through the Malay Quarter, the city centre, and the Company gardens. After the Castle Of Good Hope we arrive at the Milnerton Lighthouse for a chance to photograph Table Mountain from a distance away. The tour terminates at your hotel or the V &A Waterfront. Breakfast and Overnight: Protea Cape Castle Hotel (B)

DAY 07 CAPE TOWN FULL DAY CAPE PENINSULA TOUR Full day Cape Peninsula scheduled tour Depart your hotel and travel to Hout Bay - passengers have the opportunity to join a 1/2 hour boat trip to Duiker Island or browse through the variety of shops at the harbour front. Our journey continues via Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch Gardens - one of the world's greatest botanical gardens with over 5000 plant species in the gardens and hot houses. Visitors have plenty to do and see here, including a large gift shop, restaurants, and walks in and around the garden. We depart and make our way to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Visit Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope by way of funicular or on foot. The views from this point are spectacular. After lunch proceed via Simonstown, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg and onto Cape Town where your tour ends. Breakfast and Overnight: Protea Cape Castle Hotel(B)

DAY 08 CAPE TOWN Full day at leisure in Cape Town. Breakfast and Overnight: Holiday Inn Waterfront Hotel (B)

DAY 09 CAPE TOWN / USA Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from hotel to the airport. Depart Cape Town to USA via South African Airways.

DAY 10 ARRIVE USA Arrive USA.


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