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Spectacular South Africa 15 days Guided Tour

From ZAR 54,810 per adult – 15 days Fully Guided Iconic Highlights Journey – Boutique

Cape Town | Hermanus |Oudtshoorn | Plettenberg Bay | Tsitsikamma | Port Elizabeth | Salt Rock | St Lucia | Swaziland | Hazyview | Kapama Private Game Reserve

Cape Town, one of the most desirable destinations in the world is our magnificent starting point for an elegant guided journey through some of the most spectacular regions of South Africa. From award winning wine estates, floral kingdoms brimming with splendid botanical treasures to awe-inspiring mountain and coastal landscapes our journey through the Garden Route will leave you mesmerised. The shimmering Indian Ocean welcomes us to the sub-tropical paradise of Kwazulu-Natal and as we venture northwards the delightful sights, smells and sounds of the wilderness become our constant companions. Our final two days are spent in luxurious comfort at a private game reserve in the greater Kruger National Park area, drinking in the splendour of the great openness of the sky and revelling in close encounters with the incredible African wildlife

Itinerary

Day 1: (Fri) Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town you are met by a representative and assisted to your transfer. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Cape Riviera or similar – Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: (Sat) Cape Town / Winelands

After breakfast you meet your tour director and fellow travellers and set out to the picturesque Winelands, where century old vineyards are surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain scenery. We have left today’s itinerary open. With extraordinary wine estates from Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek and fascinating historical landmarks to explore your highly knowledgeable tour director will discuss the many possibilities and tailor-make a memorable winelands experience for the whole group.

Overnight: Cape Riviera or similar – Bed & breakfast

Distance Travelled Today: 200kms

Day 3: (Sun) Cape Peninsula

This morning we ascend one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature – majestic Table Mountain (weather permitting) for unrivalled views of Cape Town. Thereafter we drive along Millionaires Paradise from Clifton to Camps Bay, heading towards the charming working harbour of Hout Bay. We wind along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views. After lunch (own account) we visit the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park, an integral part of the world renowned Cape Floral Kingdom.

Overnight : Cape Riviera or similar – Bed & Breakfast

Distance Travelled Today: 200kms

Day 4: (Mon) Cape Town / Hermanus

We depart by 08h30 from Cape Town. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its delicate coastal fynbos. We also seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stony Point. In the ‘Hemel -en -Aarde’ region, one of South Africa’s newest wine routes, we indulge in a wine tasting at a boutique winery before arriving in Hermanus.

Overnight: Harbour Square Hotel  or similar – Bed & Breakfast

Distance Travelled Today: 200kms

Day 5: (Tue) Oudtshoorn

This morning we explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and gasp at the outstanding views of Walker Bay. During the months of July – November the majestic sight of whales add further enchantment to our explorations. We depart late morning and stopping for a late lunch (own account) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic ‘Route 62’.

Overnight: De Opstal Country Lodge or similar – Bed & Breakfast

Distance Travelled Today: 380kms

Day 6: (Wed) Knysna

This morning we marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with weird and wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Thereafter a guided tour of an ostrich farm gives us insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the ‘feather capital of the world’. We travel via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass onto our accommodation for two nights.

Overnight: Belvidere Manor or similar  – Bed and Breakfast 

Distance Travelled Today: 220kms

Day 7: (Thu)  Knysna

This morning we cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve . A specialist guide shares the history and fascinating facts on the fauna and flora of the area with us. We are served a sumptuous lunch under a canopy of Milkwood trees. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Knysna or return to our accommodation.

Overnight : Belvidere Manor or similar –  Bed, Breakfast & Lunch ]

Distance Travelled Today: 60kms

Day 8: (Fri) Plettenberg Bay/Tsitsikamma

From Plettenberg Bay we set off on an ocean safari. During summer months we may view Bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During winter months we are very likely to view both Southern Right and Humpback whales. For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you have the opportunity to attempt the world’s highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge. We arrive late afternoon in the picturesque village of Storms River.

Overnight : Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar  – Bed & Breakfast

Distance Travelled Today: 130 kms

Day 9: (Sat) Port Elizabeth/Durban/Umhlanga Rocks

This morning we immerse ourselves in the splendour and tranquillity of the Tsitsikamma National Park and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean. We arrive at Port Elizabeth airport at approximately 14h00 for your onward flight to King Shaka International Airport. (Flight not included). On arrival in Durban you are met by your Representative and transferred to your accommodation for the night on the tropical North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

Overnight: Beverly Hills Hotel or similar – Bed & Breakfast

Distance travelled today: 280 kms

Guests are requested to book flight departing Port Elizabeth After  14h30

Day 10: (Sun) Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

After breakfast head north to the tiny village of St Lucia, a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa’s wilderness treasures. A cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (depending on favourable weather conditions) affords us wonderful photographic opportunities as we may encounter large pods of hippos, the occasional Nile crocodile and prolific birdlife. Continue to a private game reserve where you can experience the unique richness that this peaceful region has to offer. Enjoy an afternoon game drive within the heart of Big Five territory. After winding down with sundowners, we marvel at the spectacular sunsets and continue our search for elusive nocturnal creatures. [Breakfast, Dinner & 1 Game Activity]

Overnight: Ubizane Wildlife Reserve or similar  – Breakfast, Dinner & 1 Game Activity

Distance travelled today: 350 kms

Day 11: (Mon) Swaziland

This morning will be an early start with tea, coffee and rusks after which we set out on an early morning safari in search of the Big Five, enjoying the delightful scenery and excellent safari opportunity. After breakfast we set our sights north and cross the border into the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Arrive in the afternoon at our luxury lodge set in a beautiful, secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains.

Overnight: The Royal Villas or similar – Breakfast & 1 Game activity

Distance travelled today: 320 kms

Day 12: (Tue) Mpumulanga

After breakfast we visit a chief’s village to gain an insight into the fascinating traditional Swazi culture and the residents invite us to participate in the cultural practices. Afterwards, we cross the border back into South Africa for an afternoon arrival in the lush Sabie River Valley.

Overnight: Oliver’s Lodge or similar – Bed & Breakfast

Distance travelled today: 330 kms

Day 13: (Wed) Kruger National Park Private Reserve

Today we traverse the glorious Panorama route taking in the spectacular God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and 3 Rondawels at Blyde River Canyon. Our safari adventure continues at Kapama Private Game Reserve described as an African Eden. The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world. After checking into your indulgent suite, you depart on your first open vehicle safari accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker. You can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since Kapama Private Game Reserve is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari in the reserve.

Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar – Full Board  

Distance Travelled Today: 280 kms

Day 14: (Thu) Kapama Private Game Reserve

Your day starts with an early wake-up call and you head out at first light on your morning safari. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. You return to the lodge for a few hours of relaxation. You may indulge in a decadent African spa treatment or you could choose to meet and interact with Kapama’s 16 habituated elephants (own account). At around 15h00, everyone gathers for a decadent high tea, before heading out for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge.

Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar – Full Board  

Distance Travelled Today: 90kms

Day 15: (Fri) Kapama Private Game Reserve/ Hoedspruit East Gate Airport (Breakfast included )

Perhaps this morning instead of joining your morning open vehicle safari you choose to end your safari experience with hot air balloon flight or an elephant back safari (own account). After a final delectable brunch you are transferred to nearby Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport.

ValidityCost per adult sharingCost per single
Sept - Dec 2017ZAR 54,810ZAR 66,380
Jan - April 2018ZAR 59,200ZAR 71,700
May - Aug 2018ZAR 54,450ZAR 68,155
Sept - Dec 2018ZAR 59,200ZAR 71,700

Included:

14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, accommodation, porterage, transportation, sightseeing as specified

Exclusive of:

FLIGHT: PORT ELIZABETH – DURBAN (UMHLANGA) (PLZ/DUR) and departure tax on Day 9
Please book flights to depart Port Elizabeth after 14h30 on Day 9
FLIGHT: HOEDSPRUIT – JOHANNESBURG (HDS/JNB) and departure tax on Day 15
Please book flights to depart Hoedspruit from 12h00 on Day 15

Please Note:

Minimum 2 guests / Maximum 8 guests

Selected departure dates

LANGUAGE
All departures are in English.

18/09/201716/10/201713/11/201718/12/2017
19/01/201816/02/201816/03/201820/04/2018
18/05/201815/06/201813/07/201810/08/2018
14/09/201812/10/201809/11/201814/12/2018