- ‘Big 5’ open safari vehicle game viewing
- Connecting with local Soweto community
- Soweto bicycle tour
Day 1 | Wednesday
JOHANNESBURG to DINOKENG GAME RESERVE via HAMMANSKRAAL (±110km)
Guests are collected late morning to experience Gauteng’s hidden gem, Dinokeng Game Reserve, near Hammanskraal. Guests have the opportunity to visit a community in Hammanskraal, in partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Urban Conservation project.
Guests arrive at the lodge for early check-in and lunch overlooking the dam. They can get acquainted with the lodge and the surrounding plains of the Dinokeng Game Reserve, before partaking in high tea.
Dinokeng is the only free-roaming ‘Big 5’ game reserve in Gauteng. Guests embark on an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle, traversing over 8 500 hectares of pristine bushveld, or enjoy a sunset boat cruise (subject to water levels).
The reserve also boasts cheetah, brown hyena, and a large variety of antelope, giraffe and bird species. Indulge in a gourmet dinner.
Overnight at Mongena Private Game Lodge – Lunch, dinner, breakfast and 2 game activities.
Day 2 | Thursday
DINOKENG GAME RESERVE to JOHANNESBURG (±100km)
Guests enjoy a morning game drive in an open safari vehicle, with breakfast on return to the lodge. Guests depart the lodge after breakfast, for a short Johannesburg orientation tour viewing Nelson Mandela Bridge, Newtown, mining district sites and the vibrant Maboneng precinct. Stop for lunch in Soweto, before enjoying a 2 hour tour of the township from the saddle of a bicycle that will take guests to some of the most interesting historical sites around Soweto. Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers and Bicycle Tours have maintained their Fair Trade Tourism certification for 10 years. Since their inception, their business has valued the involvement of the local community as part of their growth strategy.
Dine at the hotel or one of the many restaurants within walking distance from the hotel (own account).
Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika Sandton – Breakfast.
Day 3 | Friday
DAY OF DEPARTURE – JOHANNESBURG
The tour concludes after breakfast. Guests not extending their stay are transferred to the airport (own arrangement and own account).
Accommodation: 4-star private game lodge and hotel
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
Entrance fee: Dinokeng Game Reserve conservation fee
Excursions: Community school visit, 2 ‘Big 5’ game viewing activities, Soweto bicycle tour
Green Seat: SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism
Travel insurance, flights, visa fees, airport transfers, porterage, 1 dinner, gratuities, and personal expenses