14 Day South Africa Odyssey

A glorious 14-day southern African experience, where you’ll see and savour the immense richness of the country. From the wilds of Kruger National Park to the cosmopolitan sophistication of Cape Town, you’ll come to understand why South African is dubbed A World in One Country.

This tour departs weekly on a Sunday Covering 5 of South Africa’s Provinces and Two Countries

A Fully Escorted Tour

Route:

Johannesburg • Mpumulanga • Eswatini ( Swaziland )  • Zululand • Durban • Port Elizabeth • Knysna • Oudtshoorn • Cape Town

This tour departs on a Sunday, ending on a Saturday

Day 1 – Sunday   Johannesburg

On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. It is also the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. The remainder of the day is at leisure & unescorted. Why not enjoy a sightseeing tour or simply relax at your hotel. At 19h00 we will meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers.

Overnight: Protea Hotel Wanderers  or similar – Bed and Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 35 kms

Day 2 – Monday     Johannesburg – Mpumalanga 

Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to the Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, we travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, we travel via Sabie and arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park.

Overnight: Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar – Bed and Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 425 kms

Day 3 – Tuesday       Mpumalanga 

After an early morning breakfast, we’ll drive along the spectacular ‘Panorama Route’, offering views of amazing scenery including the 26 kilometre-long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes’ and historic God’s Window, a breathtaking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park.
We arrive back in Hazyview in the early afternoon, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or join an afternoon game experience (optional and for own account).

Overnight: Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel  or similar – Bed and Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 320 kms

Day 4 – Wednesday   Mpumalanga

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle safari (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Kruger is one of the world’s greatest national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. Search for the ‘Big Five’ (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant) as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. Late afternoon open vehicle game drives are available (optional & for own account).

Overnight: Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel  or similar – Bed and Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 120 kms

Day 5 – Thursday     Mpumalanga–  Eswatini ( Swaziland )

This morning we travel to Eswatini (Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of Eswatini (Swaziland) and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for overnight in Eswatini (Swaziland). [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Overnight: Royal Swazi Sun (standard room) or similar – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 310 kms

Day 6 – Friday        Eswatini ( Swaziland ) – Zululand 

After breakfast we will continue south through Eswatini (Swaziland), before re-entering South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari (optional and for own account 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.

Overnight in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region.

Overnight: Anew Hotel Hluhluwe and Safaris (standard room) or similar – Bed and Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 360 kms

Day 7 – Saturday    Zululand – Durban ( Umhlanga ) 

This morning we will join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (depending on favourable weather conditions) before departing for Durban. Our journey takes us past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. We arrive early afternoon and the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean. Overnight in Durban (Umhlanga). [Breakfast]

Overnight : Protea Hotel Umhlanga or similar – Bed and Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 275 kms

Day 8 – Sunday     Durban ( Umhlanga ) – Knysna

After breakfast, transfer to Durban (Umhlanga) airport for the short southward flight to Port Elizabeth, where we will be met by our representative and once everyone has arrived, we set off to explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. Visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). We’ll arrive at our hotel 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. Overnight in Knysna.

Overnight: Rex Hotel  or similar – Breakfast & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 360 kms

Day 9 – Monday     Knysna

After a leisurely breakfast we’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where we can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. [Breakfast & Lunch]

Overnight: Rex Hotel or similar -Breakfast & Lunch
Distance travelled today: 15 kms

Day 10 – Tuesday   Knysna – Oudtshoorn 

Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the “ostrich capital” and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. We’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour and light lunch, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. We will arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon, in time to check in and relax before dinner (for own account).

Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Overnight:  Hlangana Lodge (superior room) or similar – Breakfast & Lunch
Distance travelled today: 210 kms

Day 11 – Wednesday    Oudtshoorn – Franschhoek – Cape Town 

There is an option (for own account and subject to availability) 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). After this thrilling experience, head back for a delicious breakfast. After 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). Continue straight through to Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain. (The tour will travel via Franschhoek, if there are guests booked on the Franschhoek option)

Overnight: President Hotel  or similar – Bed & Breakfast  OR  Protea Hotel Franschhoek [ for those booked on the Franschhoek option ]
Distance travelled today: 468 kms

Day 12 – Thursday      Cape Town ( Unescorted ) 

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (own account) or simply explore the city. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. Alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many pristine beaches. Enjoy a fun filled evening with interactive entertainment and delectable food at a local restaurant.

Overnight: President Hotel  or similar – Breakfast & Dinner
Distance travelled today: 10 kms

Day 13 – Friday         Cape Town 

Enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, offering some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay (where you can enjoy an optional and for own account seal island boat cruise) and then on to Cape Point where (by tradition) it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. We’ll return to Cape Town by way of Simon’s Town, where we visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach (entrance fee for own account), Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. Overnight in Cape Town.

Overnight: President Hotel  or similar – Bed & Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 200 kms

Day 14 – Saturday      Cape Town 

Enjoy some last-minute shopping (unescorted) or sightseeing (own account). The Robben Island Tour (for own account & time permitting), which departs from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offers a fascinating excursion or perhaps just wander through the variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets. Later you will be transferred to the airport, harbour or railway station for your onward journey. [Breakfast]

FRANSCHHOEK WINELANDS OPTION  

If you’ve always dreamed of experiencing an overnight in the scenic Cape Winelands, then this option is for you. You will have the opportunity to maximise your experience of picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality and fine wines, thereafter rejoining the tour with minimum disruption.

Day 11 – Wednesday         Oudtshoorn – Franschhoek

There is an option (for own account and subject to availability) 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). After this thrilling experience, head back for a delicious breakfast. After 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). Continue 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. Overnight in Franschhoek. [Breakfast]

Day 12 – Thursday        Franschhoek – Cape Town

After a leisurely breakfast, your story telling guide will take you through Franschhoek village, sharing with you the fascinating history of the French Huguenots and the Huguenot Memorial Museum. Enjoy a wine tasting before continuing to Cape Town, where you’ll be rejoining the main tour.

TOUR RATES valid 01/01/20-30/04/20 & 01/09/20-31/12/20

R 45 310.00 per person sharing twin/double accommodation

R 55 195.00 per single person

TOUR RATES valid 01/05/20-31/08/20

R 41 500.00 per person sharing twin/double accommodation

R 49 665.00 per single person

INCLUDES

13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, accommodation, porterage, transportation, sightseeing as specified

 EXCLUDES

FLIGHT: DURBAN (UMHLANGA) – PORT ELIZABETH (DUR/PLZ) and departure tax on Day 8

Please book flights to depart Durban (Umhlanga) before 09h00. Tour departs from Port Elizabeth between 10h00-10h30 on Day 8

 VISA REQUIREMENTS

This tour travels through Eswatini (Swaziland). Please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas to travel through Eswatini (Swaziland).

 There is an opportunity to maximise your experience of the Cape Winelands, with an optional overnight stay (at a supplementary cost) in the picturesque village of Franschhoek on Day 11, rejoining the main tour on Day 12. 

FRANSCHHOEK WINELANDS OPTION:

RATES are valid 01/01/20-31/12/20 as a supplement to the tour price:

Accommodation based on Protea Hotel Franschhoek or similar (the option is subject to availability at the time of booking)

R 3 995.00 per person sharing twin/double accommodation

R 5 025.00 per single person 

DEPARTURE DATES 

  Jan20 Feb20 Mar20 Apr20 May20 Jun20
English 5;12;19;26 2;9;16;23 1;8;15;22;29 5;12;19;26 3;10;17;24;31 7;14;21;28
German 5 2 1 5 3 7

 

 

Jul20

Aug20

Sep20

Oct20

Nov20

Dec20

English

5;12;19;26

2;9;16;23;30

6;13;20;27

4;11;18;25

1;8;15;22;29

6;13

German

5

2

6

4

1

6

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