South Africa

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South Africa, the southernmost country on the African continent, renowned for its varied topography, great natural beauty, and cultural diversity, all of which have made the country a favoured destination for travelers since the legal ending of apartheid (Afrikaans: “apartness,” or racial separation) in 1994.

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09 Oct - 23 Oct 2022 
USD $ 3847 / Person

 

DAY 1: SUNDAY JOHANNESBURG On arrival at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. At 19h00 meet at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers.(if arrival is by 4pm )

 Protea Hotel Balalaikaika or similar  

 

DAY 2: MONDAY JOHANNESBURG - MPUMALANGA Distance travelled today: 425 kms An early departure from Johannesburg for the drive to Pretoria where you have a short orientation tour to view the lovely Union Buildings and the statue of Nelson Mandela. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, continue via Sabie arriving in the late afternoon at Hazyview - the safari hub of the Kruger National Park. 

Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar    Meals - B, L

 

DAY 3: TUESDAY HAZYVIEW- MPUMALANGA Distance travelled today: 320 kms Depart after an early breakfast for the drive along the spectacular Panoramic Route making stops to admire the scenic views at the famous Blyde River (Happy River) Canyon. Home to the Three Rondavels - South Africa’s 2nd most photographed natural phenomenon after Table Mountain. Continue on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes and travelling through eucalyptus and pine plantations arrive at God’s Window for a view of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park and the huge plantations of the Lowveld. Return to Hazyview in the late afternoon with the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight enjoy a  Shangaan Cultural Dinner experience, for an African dinner feast and an evening of traditional Shangaan storytelling and entertainment

 Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar   Meals - B, D

 

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Distance travelled today: 120 kms *Wake up times: Sep - March 04h00; April 04h30; May - Aug 05h00 The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle safari (with English speaking game ranger) in the Kruger National Park. In this world famous reserve you should encounter the full spectrum of wildlife - from the “Big Five” to insects and sunbirds. After a stop to enjoy a pre-packed breakfast, continue game viewing for the rest of the morning.  In the afternoon , you will enjoy another open vehicle game drive   In the evening  experience an exclusive al fresco bridge dinner, overlooking the magnificent Sabie River under a star-studded sky ).

 Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar    Meals - PB.D

 

DAY 5: THURSDAY THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI (SWAZILAND) Distance travelled today: 310 kms N.B. Passports are necessary at the border post. Certain Nationalities require visas and have to be obtained before travel  Please be aware that the Swazi people don’t like photos taken of them. In their culture every photo taken takes away the spirits of their ancestors. After an early breakfast, leave Hazyview and drive to eSwatini (Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, traveling through beautiful countryside. An interactive cultural experience introduces you to the charming people of eSwatini and their traditions. Travel via the capital city, Mbabane. arriving at your hotel in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. The rest of the afternoon at leisure with dinner in your hotel.

Royal Swazi Sun or similar   Meals - B,D

 

DAY 6: FRIDAY THE KINGDOM OF THE ZULUS Distance travelled today: 360 kms N.B: Passports are necessary at the border post Depart after breakfast and travel southwards mad re-enter South Africa. Enter northern Zululand and arrive at your hotel around midday. In the afternoon enjoy an open vehicle safari  with an English-speaking game ranger in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino.

 Anew Hotel Hluhluwe or similar   Meals - B, D

 

DAY 7: SATURDAY DURBAN (UMHLANGA) Distance travelled today: 275 kms After breakfast, travel to Lake St Lucia for a 2 hour boat cruise (dependent on favourable weather conditions). Then depart for Durban, passing traditional Zulu kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. In the early afternoon arrive at your hotel in Durban (Umhlanga). The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.

 Protea Hotel Umhlanga or similar   Meals - B, D

 

DAY 8: SUNDAY PORT ELIZABETH - KNYSNA Distance travelled today: 360 kms

 After breakfast you are transferred to the Durban International airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth. Once everyone has arrived by 10h30 you head westwards towards the Tsitsikamma Mountains and indigenous forests with a stop at Storms River Bridge for lunch ( own account) and to enjoy the view and walk on the bridge Drive through Tsitsikamma Forest then on to stop at Blaauwkrans  Bridge viewpoint to watch the bunji jumping.. Arrive in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Time at leisure to explore this vibrant town until dinner at Drydock Restaurant, renowned for dishes with glorious aromas and flavours, using the finest local ingredients and freshly picked herbs from the region

 Rex Hotel (standard room) or similar   Meals - B,D

 

DAY 9: MONDAY KNYSNA Distance travelled today: 15 kms After a leisurely breakfast enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where you take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head, returning for lunch under the Milkwood trees. You will then return to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore more the area on your own.

 Rex Hotel (standard room) or similar  - Meals - B,L

 

DAY 10: TUESDAY OUDTSHOORN Distance travelled today: 210 kms This morning enjoy the wonderful views as you drive through the spectacular Outeniqua Pass en-route to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’, so named because it is the centre of South Africa’s ostrich industry. Enjoy a light lunch and learn about these hardy, enigmatic creatures during a tour of an ostrich farm.Then head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders. Drive on to Oudtshoorn and you overnight accommodation

 Hlangana Lodge (standard rooms) or similar   Meals - B,L

 

DAY 11 WEDNESDAY FRANSCHHOEK Distance travelled today: 468 kms Meerkat Option (own account, subject to availability and weather permitting). Depart at 05.00 for an early morning Meerkat Safari. Enjoy these incredible wild, habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities. Return to your hotel around 07h30h for breakfast.

The journey continues through the ‘Little Karoo’ to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before travelling to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. (The school visit is subject to the school being open). Travel to Franschhoek, a picturesque village surrounded by spectacular vineyards, where French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago, bringing with them their age-old French wine and food culture.

 Protea Hotel Franschhoek -  Meals - B, D

 

 

DAY 12: THURSDAY FRANSCHHOEK / CAPE TOWN After a leisurely breakfast, meet your tour guide and set out to the picturesque Winelands of Paarl and Stellenbosch, surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery. With extraordinary wine estates and fascinating historical landmarks to explore, your knowledgeable guide will create a memorable Winelands experience. Enjoy two wine tastings and a cellar tour before continuing to your hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with interactive entertainment and delectable food at Gold Restaurant.

 President Hotel (standard luxury mountain facing room) or similar  - Meals - B, D

 

DAY 13 FRIDAY CAPE TOWN Distance traveled today: 200 km Enjoy a full day tour on the Cape Peninsula. Travel to Hout Bay where you may take an optional (for your own account) cruise to Seal Island. Continue on to Chapmans Peak to Cape Point. Return to Cape Town via Simons Town and a visit to the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach (entrance fee on own account) and Fish Hoek fishing village. The rest of the day is at leisure.

 President Hotel (standard luxury mountain facing room) or similar  - Meals - B, D

 

DAY 14: SATURDAY CAPE TOWN

MORNING TABLE MOUNTAIN & CITY TOUR 

Travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain (excludes cableway ticket fee & weather permitting) then descend and pass through Malay Quarter, city center, and Company Gardens. Visit the Castle of Good Hope (time permitting) and Diamond Works.

AFTERNOON - A free day for independent activities and optional tours  - Meals: B, D
Late checkout transfer to the airport.

President Hotel (standard luxury mountain facing room) or similar.

 

DAY 15 SUNDAY: CAPE TOWN /DEPART 
Board the flight

INCLUSIONS

• Accommodation • Transport • Porterage at hotels

• Sightseeing as specified Including Flight and departure tax between Durban and Port Elizabeth         

 DUR/PLZ flight to depart Durban before 09h00. Tour departs Port Elizabeth  just after 10.00 am

 

Optional  Tours

 

DAY 11 – WEDNESDAY - OUDTSHOORN – EARLY MORNING MEERKAT SAFARI – $71.00 per person

There is an option to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities (weather permitting & subject to availability at the time of booking).

 

DAY 14 / 15  – CAPE TOWN –Additional  Optional  Tours  Available  

 

Half Day Township Cultural Tour $64.00 3.5 hrs

Join this for a unique experience travelling through the three South Africa’s: The birth, where it all started; Apartheid South Africa, what happened then; and the New South Africa, what is different since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The tour provides the extraordinary chance to connect, mingle and share cultural principles with the local community.

 

 Cape Town Food Markets Experience $60.00 4.5hrs

Explore the typical farmers' markets of Cape Town. Your first stop is the Oranjezicht City Farm Market in Granger Bay in the V&A Waterfront area. Then continue to the Neighbourgoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill (a former biscuit mill converted into a quaint little village in the heart of Woodstock). Take in the fresh Cape Town air as you enjoy a leisurely stroll and delight in fresh farmers’ produce and delectable artisanal goods.

 

Cape Town City Centre Walking Experience $85.00 7 hrs

Explore the history and cultural diversity of the "Mother City" on foot! The tour combines beautiful scenery with historical sites such as the Castle of Good Hope, the Bo-Kaap with its colourful houses and narrow cobbled streets, Company’s Gardens, South African Museum and the District Six Museum. African

 

Cape Town Art Tour Experience $126 .. 7.5 hrs

Visit the spectacular Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa), the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world. Join a guided tour led by curatorial staff, presenting highlights from the museum’s current exhibitions. Continue with a visit to the Norval Foundation that houses one of the largest private collections of South African contemporary art