Celafrica Tour Operator - Kosher safari

Sophia's Travel AKA Jewish Travel Agency is proud to present our South Africa Kosher Safari

Thursday 3 July : Johannesburg

Arrive at OR Thambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg. 

Clients will be met on arrival and transferred to Westbrooke Drive Guest house for a 3-night stay. 

Friday 4 July : Johannesburg Optional sightseeing Shabbat 5 July : Johannesburg Shul is in easy walking distance of the guesthouse. Clients will be collected this morning at the guest house and transferred back to ORTIA for a light aircraft flight to a private game lodge Ulusaba/Idube) or scheduled flight to Hoedspruit (Kapama). Check in for a 3-night stay. 

Options: Ulisaba or Kapama .

Game drives in open 4x4 vehicles with an experienced ranger and tracker, offer exciting sightings of Africa’s “Big 5” plus a host of other animals and magnificent birdlife. The afternoon game drive starts immediately after tea, and clients will return to the lodge after dark in time for drinks and dinner. During the drive a stop is made for refreshments and the drive continues using lights to spot the nocturnal animals. The activities at the lodge include late afternoon game drives, early morning game drives and an optional bush walk after breakfast. The game drives are all conducted in open Land Rover game drives accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers, ensuring an informative and stimulating safari experience. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing at the particular time of the year. The rangers advise of an early morning wake up call followed by a game drive, returning for breakfast. The afternoon game drive departs at approximately 4.00pm and returns at approximately 7.00pm. Afternoon drives extend into the evening with the aid of spotlights to view seldom seen nocturnal species. 

Monday 7 July : Game Lodge (on safari) It's an early start for the morning game drive. As the early morning sun rises over the horizon, rangers and trackers head out with guests into the African bushveld. One can sense the excitement… who knows what to expect? A herd of ever-cautious impala huddled together, a leopard in the branches of a knobthorn tree with a kill from the last hours of darkness, a herd of elephant feeding in the lush vegetation or a pride of lion in the shade of an acacia. Tea/coffee are served prior to departing the lodge, and again there will be refreshments about mid-way through the drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Now clients have the option of a bush walk, accompanied by an armed ranger. A wonderful way to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. Afternoon/evening program as per previous day. 

Tuesday 8 July : Game lodge (on safari) Another day on safari Wednesday 9 July : Game lodge – Nelspruit – Cape Town After early morning game drive and breakfast, it’s time to pack up for light aircraft flight to Nelspruit from where a flight is taken to Cape Town. Clients will be met on arrival and transferred to their hotel/guesthouse for a 4-night stay. 

Thursday 10 July : Cape Town Depart on a full day sightseeing tour to Cape Point. (either on a scheduled tour or with a private tour guide) and Table Mountain. The 25 mile drive to Cape Point will include a stop at Hout Bay, a beautiful fishing village from where a boat trip can be made to Duiker Island, to see the mass of seals (weather permitting) .To arrive at Cape Point, you pass through the 7750 hectare plant rich expanse of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This reserve is home to a variety of indigenous wildlife species including the Cape Mountain zebra, red lynx, caracal and a variety of antelope. In addition about five troops of chacma baboons frequent the area. There are also over 250 species of marine birds. Viewers may be lucky enough to spot seals, whales and dolphins. Leaving the reserve you drive along the False Bay coastline to Boulders beach, home of the largest Jackass Penguin colony in South Africa. A cable-car is taken up Table Mountain – weather permitting. 

Friday 11 July : Cape Town A private tour guide will collect you for a full day’s touring to the winelands. South Africa is the world's seventh largest wine producer, and its vineyards are as spectacular as those of France, Italy and California. Leaving Cape Town proceed through the spectacular mountain scenery and lush fertile valleys of the Cape to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second oldest city. This oak lined university town has a museum showing different styles of architecture in the Cape from the 16th century. Make your way to Franschhoek, nestled in the valley where the French Huguenots first settled. Visit the Taal Monument in Paarl. Pass the Victor Verster Prison from where former President Mr. Nelson Mandela was released in 1994. The day can be spent combining a mixture of fascinating history with spectacular scenery and wine tastings at a kosher winery. 

Shabbat 12 July : Cape Town Shul is walking distance of the guesthouse 

Sunday 13 July : Cape Town – Johannesburg - USA This morning clients can visit the Jewish Museum and Holocaust Centre. Thereafter they will be taken back to Cape Town Airport for flight to Johannesburg. 

Check in for return transatlantic flight.