This 13 day escorted South Africa tour takes you east and south from Johannesburg all the way to Cape Town providing a memorable South Africa travel experience as it takes in some of the best natural attractions the country has to offer.
You will depart the highveld from Johannesburg and travel through some spectacular countryside to the lowveld and one of the most famous wildlife reserves on the planet, Kruger National Park. You will spend a full day in the park taking in the flora and fauna of one of the premier wilderness reserves in the world.
The tour then takes you south through Swaziland and into the province of Kwazulu Natal, home to the once feared Zulu warriors. You will travel through the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park before arriving in Durban, the holiday capital of South Africa.
From Durban you will head into the Southern Drakensberg Mountains and its spectacular scenery and spend a couple of days travelling through & experiencing its beauty. The tour will then travel through Port Elizabeth en-route to the splendour of the Garden Route before arriving in one of the cities of the world, Cape Town.
Price per person – AUD
|1 Nov 19 to 31 Oct 2020||Tour Price|
|Twin Share||From AUD 2,460|
|Single||From AUD 3,175|
Number of Days: 13
- Price is valid until 31 October 2020. If travelling after this date please contact us for revised prices
- Tour departs Johannesburg on selected Mondays – Please see below for exact departure dates
- This is a bilingual – English & German tour.
- Accommodation may be different from properties listed due to availability but will be of a similar standard
- Minimum of 2 & maximum of 28 people on tour
- Vehicle for tour a 7 seater microbus, 18 seater mini coach or 28 seater luxury coach (all air-conditioned)
- 12 nights 3 to 4 star accommodation with buffet breakfast
- 2 dinners
- English & German speaking guide
- Full day game drives in Kruger National Park
- Guided tour of the Cango Caves
- All sightseeing specified in the itinerary
- All entrance fees
- All transfers & transportation specified in the itinerary
- Optional activities and tours
Tour Departure Dates:
2, 9, 16 Mar 2020
6, 13, 20 Apr 2020
11, 25 May 2020
1, 15 Jun 2020
6, 20 Jul 2020
3, 10, 17 Aug 2020
7, 14, 21 Sep 2020
5, 12, 19 Oct 2020
Day 1 – Johannesburg
On arrival at Johannesburg please make your own way to your Sandton Hotel in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.
Welcome to Johannesburg, the economic heart of South Africa. Enjoy the day at leisure or alternatively take an optional, guided afternoon city tour of Johannesburg (own account). Experience the City of Gold and its historic and modern significance. Return to the hotel late afternoon. Guests are met by the tour guide for a tour briefing at 18h30. Enjoy dinner (own account) at the hotel.
Overnight at the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton or similar
Day 2 – Johannesburg to Mpumalanga (±500km)
After breakfast, guests depart for the Panorama Route en-route to Hazyview. The Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels, the world’s largest green canyon, is the first stop along the Panorama Route. Visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Wonder View, the highest viewpoint on this route. Stop for lunch (own account) in Graskop. Arrive in the late afternoon at the overnight accommodation on the fringe of Hazyview. Relax prior to a leisurely dinner at the hotel (own account).
Overnight at the AHA Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Breakfast
Day 3 – Kruger National Park (±250km)
Leaving the hotel after an early breakfast, we travel to the iconic Kruger National Park. Enjoy a guided closed vehicle game drive, searching the bushveld looking for the ‘Big 5’, their friends and natural enemies, inside the legendary Kruger National Park; a place where elephants always have the right of way. The Kruger National Park covers 19,485km² and runs 360km from North to South. It supports a staggering variety of fauna and flora including 147 mammals and 507 birds species, some rare and indigenous to the area. Staying inside the park, enjoy lunch (own account) while enjoying the wild scenery at one of the park’s rest camps, before continuing on your bush adventure. Exit the Kruger National Park and head back to your hotel to freshen up and enjoy pre-dinner drinks before dinner (own account). NOTE: Optional full day safari in an open safari vehicle available (own account and excluding lunch)
Overnight at the AHA Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Breakfast
Day 4 – Mpumalanga to Malelane (±200km)
Enjoy an early breakfast before spending a second day on a guided closed vehicle game drive in the Kruger National Park. Lunch (own account) while enjoying the wild scenery at one of the park’s rest camps, before continuing your journey to the Malelane Gate. Arrive in the late afternoon at your overnight accommodation, situated on the fringes of the famous park. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) on the deck overlooking the Crocodile River and Southern Kruger National Park before dinner at the hotel. NOTE: Optional full day safari in an open safari vehicle available (own account and excluding lunch)
Overnight at the Pestana Kruger Lodge or similar – Breakfast & dinner
Day 5 – Malelane to Hluhluwe via Zwaziland (±420km)
Depart your hotel after an early breakfast and travel to Hluhluwe via the Kingdom of Swaziland. Swaziland is a beautiful and culturally rich country. Ezulwini Valley is commonly known as the ‘Valley of Heaven’. The Valley contains a number of notable wildlife sanctuaries and crafts markets. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route. Exiting Swaziland, we enter the sub-tropical Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa and make our way to Hluhluwe. Arrive early evening at the lodge in time for dinner (own account). NOTE: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport, and for nationals of certain countries, multi-entry visa entry and conditions will apply.
Overnight at the ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris or similar – Breakfast
Day 6 – Hluhluwe to Port Edward via St Lucia (±495km)
After breakfast, the tour heads for St Lucia, where guests can enjoy a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (own account). View rare wildlife and birdlife, mangrove swamps and vegetated sand dunes that make for an interesting and educational cruise. The tour departs for Port Edward on the South Coast, with lunch en route (own account). Enjoy dinner out (own account) at one of the many resort’s restaurants. NOTE: The vehicle may be required to drop-off and/or collect guests at a hotel in Umhlanga and in Durban
Overnight at the Wild Coast Sun or similar – Breakfast
Day 7 – Port Edward to Mthatha (±280km)
Guests enjoy the morning at leisure before departing for Mthatha, stopping for lunch en route (own account). The Mandela Route takes a scenic drive on the N2 highway to Mthatha. Once in Mthatha, guests can follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, a South African icon. Arriving at the hotel in the late afternoon, guests freshen up before enjoying dinner at the hotel (own account).
Overnight at the Hotel Savoy & Conference Centre or similar – Breakfast
Day 8 – Mthatha to Port Alfred (±365km)
Guests enjoy an early breakfast and depart from Mthatha to the marina town of Port Alfred via Qunu, where Nelson Mandela was laid to rest and is still recognised as his family home. Guests continue south and enjoy lunch en route (own account), and arrive late afternoon at the hotel in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy refreshing drinks (own account) before savouring the delightful local cuisine.
Overnight at the The Royal St Andrews Hotel or similar – Breakfast & dinner
Day 9 – Port Alfred to Plettenberg Bay via East Coast Garden Route (±380km)
After an early breakfast, guests enjoy a boat cruise (weather permitting) along the scenic Kowie River before travelling inland along the Garden Route. The Garden Route derives its name from the ecologically diverse vegetation of the area found between the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma mountains. Guests enjoy lunch in Tsitsikamma (own account) and take a short walk to the suspension bridge of the Storms River Mouth. Guests arrive at the hotel in Keurboomstrand and enjoy time at leisure. Guests enjoy the ocean’s ambience and dine at the resort’s restaurant (own account). NOTE: The vehicle may be required to collect guests at a Port Elizabeth hotel
Overnight at the The Dunes Leisure Resort or similar – Breakfast
Day 10 – Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn via Cango Caves (±160km)
After a hearty breakfast, guests depart for Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, via Knysna. This morning’s excursion gives guests the opportunity to photograph the Knysna Lagoon and the Knysna Heads. Travelling inland to the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn, driving over the Outeniqua Pass, the tour arrives in time for lunch (own account) at an ostrich farm on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, where a tractor tour (own account) introduces guests to the ostrich industry. In the Cango Valley guests discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves (own account). Arriving at the hotel, guests enjoy the afternoon at leisure, and have the opportunity to explore the charming country setting and enjoy dinner (own account).
Overnight at the Protea Hotel Riempie Estate or similar – Breakfast
Day 11 – Oudtshoorn to Cape Town via Cape Winelands (±450km)
After breakfast, the tour journeys westwards, along Route 62 and via the Cape Winelands, to Cape Town. Route 62 is an iconic route with intoxicating and ever-changing landscapes and is possibly the world’s longest wine route. Lunch en route (own account). Guests visit a wine estate for a cheese and wine pairing followed by a guided cellar tour in the Robertson wine valley (own account). Arrive at their hotel in Cape Town. This evening’s dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel (own account), or one of the many world class restaurants located in close proximity to the hotel.
Overnight at the Stay Easy Cape Town City Bowl or similar– Breakfast
Day 12 – Cape Town
Cape Town boasts a smorgasbord of delights, including an impressive mountain range, an inviting night life, extensive shopping venues, world-class art and cultural events. After breakfast, guests spend the morning at leisure discovering the Mother City or join an optional, guided full day Cape Point tour (own account) including Cape Point, Boulder’s Beach (entrance fee for own account) and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Dine out or at the hotel (own account). NOTE: Optional full day Cape Point Tour (own account)
Overnight at the Stay Easy Cape Town City Bowl or similar– Breakfast
Day 13 – Depart Cape Town
Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel before spending the last day of the tour at leisure. Guests can select an optional Table Mountain and City Tour (own account). Table Mountain is a unique conservation area and affords its visitors the best views of Cape Town. Guests can enjoy the revolving cable car ride up the mountain (own account and weather permitting). The tour continues through the Malay Quarter, city centre and Company Gardens and time permitting, the Castle of Good Hope.
|Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris ★★★★
||Experience spectacular accommodation near South Africa’s oldest game reserve at the 3-star ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris – the ultimate South African holiday destination. The idyllic African centerpiece is nestled between the Hluhluwe Game Reserve – home to the ‘Big 5’, and the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. Enjoy daily game drives, traditional Zulu dances and relax in the family friendly atmosphere of ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris.|
| Hotel Savoy & Conference Centre ★★★★
||Hotel Savoy & Conference Centre is an award winning hotel situated in the city of Mthatha, Eastern Cape. The hotel’s 28 four star Executive luxury suites are upmarket with superior facilities and have been designed specifically with comfort, class and security in mind. The hotel also has 101 three star rooms with double beds and en-suite bathrooms, 19 of which are twin rooms ideal for sharing.In addition, the hotel offers world-class conferencing facilities with five separate conference rooms to choose from. Guests can enjoy fresh handmade breakfasts each morning in the new hotel restaurant. Choose between Spur or Panarottis for lunch or dinner, and have ease of access to the Savoy Shopping Centre right next to the hotel for any day-to-day shopping necessities. The hotel boasts a new upmarket bar, lounge and business desk area as well as a boma with splash pool and outdoor café-style and lounge seating.|
| Stay Easy Cape Town City Bowl ★★★★
||With modern amenities, warm hospitality, a perfect location and a price that’s easy on the pocket, StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl is an easy choice when deciding on where to stay in Cape Town. Located on the vibrant corner of Bree and Strand Street, business travellers and holiday makers alike can take advantage of the hotel’s proximity to local business districts and cultural sites. The hotel has dedicated basement parking underneath the hotel making it easy to get to and from the hotel by car. The hotel has 302 fresh and stylish rooms made up of twin rooms with 2 single beds and standard rooms with double beds. There are also 3 wheelchair-accessible rooms. StayEasy’s attractive lobby is particularly appealing to guests who want to meet, relax or work in a comfortable environment. This space has great high-speed WiFi connectivity and Rewards members get extra free data. Vigour and Verve, the in-house, all-day dining restaurant serves fresh and delicious coffee, meals and snacks.|
This tour gives you a great overview of South Africa as it takes in many of its major attractions. If you are looking for more game viewing and lodge activity an extension back into Kruger National Park or into Pilanesberg National Park for some concentrated game activity would be a good option. You may want to travel further north into Botswana, Zambia or Namibia to experience other regions of southern Africa. Or you may wish to relax on a beach in Mozambique before heading home.
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