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You step into the City of Gold as the sun sails over the Western horizon. Your personal Golden Moon Adventures guide will meet you with a broad smile before escorting you to your comfortable Johannesburg-based hotel: a comfortable blend between business-like convenience and efficiency mixed with relaxed countryside atmosphere. The majestic Magaliesberg Mountains visible on the northern horizon ... what a way to start an action-packed 10-day tour!
Fuelled up with a scrumptious breakfast you set aim for Pretoria – the administrative capital of South Africa – for an orientation tour. Renowned for its colourful gardens, and widely know as the 'Jacaranda City' after the sensational spectacle of the spring-time blooming of the 55 000 Jacaranda trees it hosts. Enjoy the sights and architectural wonders of a city established during the heydays of the late 19th Century.
Later in the day you set out for Ohrigstad in the world-renown Mpumalanga. Home for the night is a private game reserve, playing host to 28 species of antelope, including – but by no means limited to – the elusive Sable Antelope, Tsessebe, Mountain Reedbuck, Springbok and Gemsbok ...
The proud roar of the burner in preparation of the gentlest of lift-offs. The utter silence while you drift gently above the African landscape. The unmatched vantage point to spot the lives of the majestic creatures beneath you.
It’s an early start – your personal Golden Moon guide will collect you before sunrise (the exact time to be determined prior to flight) and transport you to the designated take-off location in the Hartbeespoort Dam and Magaliesberg area. Concern yourself only with the incredible sights and sensations, as the guide will take care of all paperwork and permits. You will spend about one hour aloft, but will require three to five hours from check-in to conclusion of your flight, plus allow for transit time to and from your hotel.
The expanse of the Hartbeespoort Dam, the vibrancy of the Chameleon Village Fleamarket, the Lesedi Cultural Village and for good measure the wildness of the African Lion.
It’s an early-morning start as your personal Golden Moon Adventures guide collects you from your hotel, then whisks you off in a compact luxury vehicle in the direction of the Magaliesberg. Allow six to seven hours for the full duration of this tour.
The tour commences with a driveby of the Hartbeespoort Dam. Initial construction of the dam started in 1895 and stretched over many years before it was finally completed in 1925. The 205-million-cubic-metre dam is fed by the Magalies- and Crocodile River. The dam wall is the only example of a Roman Triumphal Arch in South Africa. ,followed by an exploratory stroll through the rich Chameleon Village Fleamarket.
After a warm traditional welcoming you can explore the vibrant and varied cultures of these two incredible venues. Interact with the vendors and learn about their remarkable traditions, art and cultures. Browse the craft market and marvel at the Ndebele murals that decorate the buildings. Take in the theatre presentation which reveal the rich history and origins of the African people.
So much more! Bask in the stories of the Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho, Ndebele and Pedi homesteads during a guided tour. Refresh yourself with some cold drinks before lapping up a display of traditional dance – a treat for all senses. Round off the display with a Pan-African feast served in the Nyama Choma Restaurant.
The full-day tour include visits to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, a drive past the Mandela Family Museum, drive past Regina Mundi Church, drive past the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hopital, lunch at the Maponya Mall and a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Your Golden Moon Adventures guide will collect you from your hotel and drive you to the tour locations in a compact luxury bus. Allow four to five hours for the tour.
Discover one of South Africa three capital cities. Your personal Golden Moon Adventures guide will collect you from your hotel and transport you to the sights of Pretoria. The tour lasts four to five hours and include visits to the Voortrekker Monument, a drive past Kruger House and Church Square, the Union Buildings and the Transvaal Museum.
The Voortrekker Monument was built in testament to the Voortrekkers (pioneers) that endured the journey inland after leaving the then Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. Designed by architect Gerard Moerdijk, who stated he design the building to ‘stand for a thousand years in order to describe the history and meaning of the Great Trek to its descendants.’
The prominent and majestic structure is perched atop a hill in the northern part of Pretoria and can be seen from all directions as you approach Pretoria. It is one of the top ten cultural and historical visitor attractions in South Africa.
This component of your tour will take approximately two-and-a-half hours.
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