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We visit a lush oasis in the Little Karoo, named Matjiesfontein. Here you can stroll around and view it's charming history and museums before and after a delicious and traditional lunch. Matjiesfontein was founded in 1884 by the legendary and energetic Scottish railway man, James Douglas Logan. The village established itself as a fashionable Victorian health spa, and is now well known for its splendid historical buildings and a peace and timelessness that is rare in modern-day South Africa... Click here for more about Matjiesfontein Next stop is Sutherland. A visit to Sutherland is something everyone should undertake at least once. Whether you visit in the summer, when the shimmering mirages make one think the end of the earth is just over the horizon or in the winter when temperatures plummet and the ground crunches underfoot, you will not be disappointed by the unspoilt splendour of the Karoo. Since the early 1970s, the major telescopes of the SAAO have operated on a hilltop 1 800 metres above sea level, near the Karoo village of Sutherland. The site was chosen for its good weather, semi-desert setting, absence of light and other pollution. Our 2nd day is spent at Aquila Private Game Reserve, named after the rare and endangered Black Eagle that thrives in the area. Proclaimed a Private Nature Reserve in 1985, this 4 star, Big 5, malaria free, 10,000 hectare conservancy is steeped in Boer War history and boasts 3 pristine biomes of vegetation set in the magnificent Karoo mountains, valleys, rivers and kloofs. Aquila has been recognised alongside major tourist attractions such as Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and Robben Island as a must-see Cape destination. Aquila has all of the Big 5 - elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and rare Cape mountain leopard - and is also home to giraffe and hippo. Aquila is also proud to host the first rhino to be born in the Western Cape in 250 years. Large herds of game are also found on the reserve such as black wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, springbok, gemsbok, steenbok, caracal (lynx), blesbok, bat eared fox, ostriches, klip springer, duiker, greybuck, baboon, black backed jackal, eland and red hartebeest. VIEWING THE STARS: Night tours include the viewing of interesting objects in the sky through two dedicated visitor telescopes, a 16″ Meade and 14″ Celestron. Note that visitors cannot visit any of the research telescopes at night, not even SALT. Astronomy is a light sensitive science and no lights are allowed up on the plateau in the evenings making it impossible to see anything at all. The tour can last about 90 minutes, but may be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions. If the weather is bad, the guide will take you to the Visitor Centre for a movie in case it clears up later. Night tours only take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Day 1 :
08h30 - Collection from hotel/guest house in Cape Town and travel to Matjiesfontein
11h30 - Arrive in Matjiesfontein
12h30 - Lunch (View menu)
14h00 - Leave Matjiesfontein for Sutherland
15h15 - Arrive in Sutherland at hotel/guest house. Refresh and relax.
18h30 - Dinner (your own account)
19h30 - Depart to Astronomical Observatory
20h00 - Night tour including the viewing of interesting objects in the sky through two dedicated visitor telescopes.
21h30 - Depart back to hotel/guest house for the night
Day 2 :
07h00 - Depart Sutherland for Aquila Private Game Reserve
09h00 - Welcome drinks at Aquila
09h00 - 10h00 - Buffet Breakfast
10h15 - Depart on your 2hr to 3hr safari in a safari vehicle with a local ranger guide –
sparkling wine is served at the lookout point.
12h45 - 13h45 - Buffet lunch in the Restaurant
13h45 - Time at leisure – guests are invited to use the pool facilities and are encouraged to
browse the African curio shop or to enjoy a horse back or
quad bike safari at an additional cost.
15h30 - Depart for Cape Town
17h30 - Arrive back at your hotel/guest house in Cape Town.
Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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