South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race
Want to be part of the vibe and thrill of the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race? Then why not join us at our new home at Heron Banks Golf and River Resort and experience the race weekend schedule and events.
African Olive Travel Concepts have put together accommodation packages catering for all tastes and budgets and a variety of pre and post touring options to explore the region. See the links below with further information on the event. We look forward to seeing you!
Venue and Location
Emerald Resort & Casino is situated on the banks of the Vaal River in Gauteng, South Africa Emerald Resort & Casino is situated on the lush banks of the Vaal River, a mere hour’s drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport.
The extensive property, along 7km’s of river frontage, is the ideal location for a fun-filled family getaway. The Resort offers an array of accommodation options, restaurants, entertainment like the all-year-round heated Water Park – Aquadome, to Animal World Zoo and game drives, ten pin bowling, outdoor activities as well as the Emerald African Spa.
There are 3 accommodations options available at Emerald Resort and Casino catering for any style and budget.
Emerald Hotel ☆☆☆☆
Whilst visiting the Emerald Hotel you will instantly notice the luxurious North-East African inspired decor. A sanctuary set far from the bustling big city, the four-star hotel’s 75 twin/double rooms and 02 suites offer you spacious comfort and all of the amenities you could need.
Room facilities include: Air-conditioning / Digital Safe / Telephone / Hairdryer / TV selected channels / Internet Access / Tea & Coffee making facilities.
Bush Lodges ☆☆☆☆
Hidden away in a natural setting, the secure, luxurious Bush Lodges offer guests two-bedroom units styled to resemble the safari lodges of the Serengeti. Adventure awaits just outside of these semi self-catering lodges, built for ultimate comfort and in luxurious style.
River Resort Chalets ☆☆☆
Step into adventure from one of the comfortable, self-catering River Resort Chalets that provides two, four and six sleeper units - ideal for weekend getaways or longer stays.
Just a quick walk from the banks of the Vaal River, the chalets offer guests easy access to a range of adventures including boating facilities for water sport enthusiasts.
Package Costs Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative of African Olive Travel displaying signage reflecting your name or the name of your party. You will then have the opportunity to collect foreign exchange from one of the many banks at the airport and make use of the coffee shops available whilst awaiting the arrival of fellow travellers.
Road Transfers to and from Emerald Resort
Emerald resort is located 45 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport. Transportation to and from the resort is on offer as follows:
Distances from the Resort
Emerald Resort is full of exciting entertainment and family-friendly activities. Beyond the bright lights of the casino there are a plenty of activities for a fun-filled visit including the aqua dome water park, Animal World zoo, adventure golf, rock climbing, fishing, bowling and the Emerald African Spa. In addition to the resort activities the following off-site sightseeing activities will be offered on Friday, 02 February 2017:
Explore Parys (08h00 – 17h30)
Cost: ZAR 1200 per person (min 06 participants)
After breakfast, we set off to the Vredefort Crater site on the outskirts of Parys. The dome is one of the largest and oldest known meteor impact sites in the world and South Africa's seventh World Heritage Site. During the exploration of this area, you will be able to enjoy the remarkable features this landscape has to offer with unique fauna and flora. Your expert guide will provide background information as you explore various sites in the area some of these offering evidence of human habitation and activity dating back to late Stone Age and Iron Age. We travel to the Dog and Fig brewery, a craft microbrewery with a difference, producing unique beers for lunch followed by a beer tasting. We return to Emerald via the town of Parys whilst you have the opportunity to browse a number of art galleries, antique and gift shops.
Parys – White Water River Rafting (07h00 – 16h30)
Cost: ZAR 1600 per person (min 06 participants)
It’s an early departure from Emerald Resort for an adrenalin packed white water rafting at its best! We travel to Fleet-woods located 10 minutes from Parys where you will be served with a cold-drink, and learn how to surf with a two man “croc” for a start. We give a safety talk, provide all equipment including life- jackets and helmets, and you are accompanied and led by experienced and qualified river guides. Once you get into the feeling of handling the paddle and steering the raft, things will get more technical and you then will be able to enjoy the “real” white water through the longest rapid, 800meters, where you will be able to play in the rapids with the river guides. From here things will slow down into a paddle through the Lovers Lane and Knuckle Crusher rapids down to Dimalachite where a scrumptious barbeque lunch will await on the banks of the river. After lunch, we travel to the town of Parys where you are able to browse around the art galleries and crafts shops on offer before heading back to Emerald Resort in the late afternoon.
The Sharpeville Experience (09h00 – 15h30)
Cost: ZAR 1600 per person (min 06 participants)
After breakfast, depart Emerald Resort Hotel and travel to Sharpeville, a township created in the 1940s to house Vereeniging’s black population in preparation for the institution of the Group Areas Act, one of the tenets of Apartheid that enforced segregation of the Races. Sharpeville became one of South Africa’s most famous townships due to the infamous Sharpeville Massacre of 1960. While Sharpeville’s origins and past are noteworthy as examples of some the worst atrocities committed against indigenous people in South Africa in the Apartheid years, the township has a central role in more recent history. Nelson Mandela signed the post-Apartheid South African Constitution and Bill of Rights in Sharpeville on December 10th 1996, ushering in a new era of democracy in the midst of widespread reconciliation measures and processes designed to encourage forgiveness and peace. During your visit to the Sharpeville Human Right Precinct you will gain better insight of the events of 21 March 1960 and those who died on that horrific day. We continue to visit the other Heritage sites of this area including the Vuka Cemetery, the Sharpeville Catholic Church and the Kwa Dlomo Dam which will highlight the atrocities of this massacre and the role it played to end Apartheid. You will have the opportunity to browse around local arts & crafts shops, enjoy the sights and sounds of this township by meeting some of the locals before enjoying a typical African meal served at a Shebeen Restaurant before returning to the resort in the early afternoon.
African Olive Travel Concepts
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