General

A Fully Escorted 15 Days Guided Tour of South Africa

From ZAR 23,570 per adult – It’s an adventure unlike any other – South Africa, vast land of unimaginable beauty and diversity of experiences, is set to take your breath away.   Come on this journey of exploration, where you’ll marvel at breathtaking vistas such as the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window, spend wild time in the company of lions and elephants in Kruger National Park, and walk – or even crawl – through the legendary Cango Caves with their iconic dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites.

Why?

  • Unbeatable Value for Money!
  • No Internal flights required
  • An iconic highlights tour

A large part of the itinerary is unprescribed, allowing guests to make their own decisions about optional tours and excursions

Route

  • Johannesburg
  • Hazyview
  • Kruger National Park
  • Swaziland
  • St Lucia
  • Durban
  • Drakensberg
  • East London
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Knysna
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Cape Town

This Tour departs on a Sunday [ Note – On Set Departure Dates ]

A Fully Escorted Tour

Day 1: (Sun) Johannesburg

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]

Day 2: (Mon) Hazyview

This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]

Distance travelled today: 500 kms

Day 3: (Tue) Kruger National Park (PB)

We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle. Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure.

Optional excursions available [ at an additional cost ]  

  • Elephant Whispers :  The thrill of close encounters with the Majestic African Elephant.
  • Shangaan River Club :  Immerse yourself in a Feast of Culture, with a night of Shangaan song and dance, and an unforgettable African Banquet at the Shangaan River Club based at Hippo Hollow Hotel
  • Game Drive :  Kruger National Park 4×4 Open Safari Game Drives. A safari in an open vehicle into Kruger National Park isn’t to be taken lightly. It’s a privilege beyond imagination, for this, one of the world’s most famous game reserves, is not only vast with a glorious diversity of wildlife and birdlife, it’s also renowned for its ever-changing African landscapes

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar [ Bed and Packed Breakfast ]  

Distance travelled today: 200 kms

Day 4: (Wed) Swaziland (BB)

This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture

Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]   Distance travelled today: 290 kms

Day 5: (Thu) St Lucia and surrounds (BB)

This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay.

Optional excursions available [ at an additional cost ]  

  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve :  The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is the jewel in the crown of the KwaZulu Natal game reserves. Proclaimed in 1895, it is also the oldest game reserve in Africa.
  • Game Drive :  You won’t simply be enthralled with this game-rich reserve and the extraordinary beauty of the terrain, but also with the sense of history having been made here. Our specialist tours are all conducted in specially modified open safari vehicles to enhance your game viewing, and give photographers the very best vantage point to capture that perfect image

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]  

Distance travelled today: 435 kms

Day 6: (Fri) St Lucia and surrounds / Durban

Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.

Optional excursions available [ at an additional cost ]  

  • St Lucia town  :  St Lucia lies on the St Lucia estuary, and is a haven of tranquillity that only unspoilt nature can provide. Entirely surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, the residents of little village are protective of their beautiful environment
  • Durban Botanical Gardens
  • Moses Mabhida 2010 stadium  :  The stadium was one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Durban: With its beautiful beaches, lively wining and dining scene, and rich cultural heritage, Durban is KwaZulu Natal’s the tourist hub. The swimming and surfing is rated the best of any major city across the world and because of the sub-tropical climate the water is warm all year round.
  • Umhlanga: Just outside of Durban is the seaside resort town of Umhlanga Rocks. It is the perfect location for ocean enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers alike, with great opportunities for diving, swimming, scuba diving, whale watching, dolphin viewing, deep sea fishing and kite boarding. Umhlanga Rocks also offers some excellent golf courses for the avid golfer

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge [ Bed and Breakfast ]  

Distance travelled: 290 kms

Day 7: (Sat) Drakensberg (BB,BD)

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps enjoy a stroll along Durban’s golden mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains .  We proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (own account

The Southern Drakensburg is a wonderland of woodlands, forests, lakes and rivers, all set against the dramatic backdrop of this spectacular mountain range. Several nature reserves fall into the area and protect a wide variety of flora and fauna, including some rare antelope species and, at Kamberg, a network of beautiful hiking trails lead to caves decorated with ancient Khoisan art. Trout thrive in the region’s reservoirs and waterways, making it a magnet for fly-fishermen, while horse riding and mountain biking are also popular pursuits in this scenic part of the world. The ultimate highlight of the Southern Drakenburg, however, is the Sani Pass, which – at almost 3,000 metres above sea level – is South Africa’s highest pass, leading all the way to the Lesotho border and offering magnificent vistas along the way.

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar [ Bed, Breakfast, Buffet Dinner ]  

Distance travelled today: 255 kms

Day 8: (Sun) Drakensberg

Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains.   Optional excursions available [ at an additional cost ]       * A 4 x 4 adventure tour up the Sani Pass and up into the tiny mountain Kingdom of Lesotho [ Passport required / Visa may be required dependent on your Nationality ] – includes lunch at the highest Pub in Africa

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar [ Bed, Breakfast, Buffet Dinner ]

Day 9: (Mon) Eastern Cape Coast (BB, BD)

This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.

Accommodation: Crawfords Beach Lodge or similar [ Bed, Breakfast, Buffet Dinner ]  

Distance travelled today: 520 kms

Day 10: (Tue) Eastern Cape Coast

We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. We set off after lunch heading south to Port Elizabeth.

Accommodation: Garden Court Kings Beach [ Bed and Breakfast ]   Distance travelled today: 340 kms

Day 11: (Wed) Knysna

Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below . Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel.

Optional activity  [ additional cost ]: 

Featherbed John Benn : The Featherbed Company gives visitors to the Garden Route ‘an unforgettable experience on the Knysna Lagoon’. The Lagoon, more accurately defined as an estuary, has five fresh water rivers flowing in from the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains meeting with the surge of sea water from the Indian Ocean through the mighty headlands – known as the ‘Knysna Heads’ – the grand sandstone cliffs towering above the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar [ Bed , Breakfast & Dinner ]  

Distance travelled today: 300 kms

Day 12: (Thu) Mossel Bay

After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Travelling back to the Eastern seaboard, we arrive in Mossel Bay in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Garden Court Mossel Bay or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]  

Distance travelled today: 315 kms

Day 13: (Fri) Cape Town

Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. After breakfast we explore Mossel Bay, visiting the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz museum and shell museum. In whale season (August to November) we travel to Hermanus and try to catch a glimpse of these majestic mammals from the world’s most famous land based whale watching site. Out of whale season, we drive via the towns of Swellendam, Robertson and Worcester (Route 62), then through the Huguenot Tunnel. Iconic Table Mountain greets us as we arrive in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Sun Square Hotel  [ Bed and Breakfast ]  

Distance travelled today: 540 kms

Day 14: (Sat) Cape Town

Enjoy a day at leisure in the ‘Mother City’ where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this iconic beautiful city with its ma

Optional excursions available [ at an additional cost ]  

  • Cape Point Tour Full Day :  Highlights of a trip down to Cape Point include; one of the world’s most spectacular drives, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, two lighthouses on the tip of Africa, Boulders Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
  • Winelands Tour Full Day   :  From Cape Town make your way out into the picturesque winelands visiting South Africa’s most famous wine regions – Paarl, Franschoek and Stellenbosch. Aside from the excellent wines the area is renowned for its food and is steeped in history such as the Taal monument, various museums and the contribution of the French Huguenots. There are also many attractions you wouldn’t expect to find on a wine route, from butterflies to cheetahs and pretty much everything in between

Accommodation: Sun Square Hotel  [ Bed and Breakfast ]  

Day 15: (Sun) Cape Town [ Breakfast included ]

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.

EXHILARATING OPTIONAL EXTRAS – for your own account

  • Open vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park.
  • Open vehicle safaris in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
  • Game viewing boat cruise in St Lucia.
  • 4×4 Adventure tour up Sani Pass and into Lesotho (Passport required).
  • Full day tour to the Cape Winelands.
  • Scenic full day Cape Peninsula Tour.

Please click on the COSTS tab for prices / inclusions and exclusions.

ValidityCost per adult sharingCost per single
August 2017ZAR 23,570ZAR 30,660
Sept - Dec 2017ZAR 25,370ZAR 32,570
Jan - April 2018ZAR 26,400ZAR 34,100
May - July 2018ZAR 24,510ZAR 31,910
Aug Dec 2018ZAR 26,400ZAR 34,100

Included:

14 breakfasts, 4 dinners, accommodation as specified or similar , porterage, transportation, sightseeing as specified and Kruger Park Conservation levy (conservation levies are subject to increase without prior notice and are at the discretion of the game park)

Please Note:

NOTE
Accommodation check-in on Day 1 is from 14h00. Shuttle service on Day 1 starts at 06h15 and ends at 22h00. If you are arriving on a very early morning or late evening flight, please inform your travel consultant, in order to make alternative transfer arrangements.

LANGUAGE
All departures are in English

DayActivityPriced From
3Full Day Open vehicle safari in Kruger National ParkZAR 1,195 per person
4Afternoon Elephant InteractionZAR 765 per person
5Afternoon 3 hr open safari vehicle game drive into Hluhluwe-Imfolozi ParkZAR 690 per person
6Game viewing boat cruise in St LuciaZAR 310 per person
84 x 4 Adventure tour up Sani Pass [ passport required ]ZAR 1,100 per person
13Kaapse Stories - Dinner theatreZAR 700 per person
14Full Day Cape Peninsula TourZAR 1,090 per person
14Full Day Cape Winelands TourZAR 1,090 per person
Departures select Sundays
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