18 Day – The Magic of South Africa Tour


Duration:  18 Days / 17 Nights 


  • Camping 4×4 not an option.
  • Accommodation is subject to availability, if the under mentioned accommodation is not available we shall endeavour to supply comparable facilities.
  • The standard of the accommodation is on average a lot better than our grading, due to the fact that we have selected the best accommodation available for each category at each location.

Car Hire:

  • Various car hire groups as per your budget.
  • Hire from Johannesburg to Durban / Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.
  • Includes – 2 x contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover / cross border permit & 2 x one-way drop-off fees.


  • “Day 10” – Durban “King Shaka International Airport” to Port Elizabeth.


Day 1:

Morning arrival in South Africa. Our representative will be at the airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). Collect your hired vehicle at the Car Rentals office at Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport. Depending on your time of arrival – depart to Pretoria for a city tour that includes the Voortrekker Monument, Paul Kruger House, Church Square and Union Buildings. Dinner can be enjoyed at your lodge. Overnight at our charming little lodge in Kempton Park – Johannesburg.

Accommodation: Journey’s Inn Africa *** (-)

Day 2:

Travel via Middelburg, Dullstroom, Lydenburg , Robbers Pass and Pilgrim’s Rest to Hazyview situated in the province of Mpumalanga, meaning “the land of the rising sun”. Spend a couple of hours in the old gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest, a museum in its entirety. Overnight in the beautiful “Sabie River Valley”.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 3:

Travel the “Panorama Route” of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, admire the natural beauty the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third deepest canyon in the world, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, “Pinnacle Rock” and God’s Window, lunch along the way. Depending on availability – you can enjoy some African culture with singing, dancing and dinner at Shangana, a traditional Shangaan village, meet the chief with his 3 wives and 36 children. Overnight in the beautiful “Sabie River Valley”.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 4:

Depart for the world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP). Enter into the KNP through Phabeni Gate, spend the rest of the day in the KNP. The KNP is known to be the most diverse park in the world with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, ±506 birds, 55 amphibians and ±1980 plant species. Overnight in the KNP.

Accommodation: Camp in Kruger *** (-)

Day 5:

Enjoy a full day in the KNP in search of the “Big 5” and a host of other animals. Travel to the southern part of the KNP. Overnight in the KNP.

Accommodation: Camp in Kruger *** (-)

Optional activities:

  • Afternoon / sunset open vehicle safari with a local game ranger.

Day 6:

Depart after breakfast from the KNP for the mountain kingdom of Swaziland. We recommend the show and lunch at Matsumo, a Swazi cultural village situated at the border post. Also visit on route Ngwenya Glass Factory, before heading for your overnight destination. Overnight in Swaziland.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 7:

After a leisurely morning and a visit to Swazi Candles, you depart from Swaziland for Hluhluwe in the heart of Zululand. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure at your lodge / hotel. Overnight in / near the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 8:

This morning you have an option of joining the ranger on a game walk with the rest of the morning at leisure. Spend the afternoon in the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve, in by-gone years this reserve was the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings and the reserve is also renowned for its white & black rhino conservation efforts. Overnight in / near the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 9:

Take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos in the Greater St Lucia Wetlands, which is one of South Africa’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This afternoon or evening you can enjoy Zulu hospitality at its best with a traditional Zulu festival at one of the Zulu cultural villages in Zululand. Overnight in / near Eshowe.

Accommodation: **** (B, D & Show)

Day 10:

Depart for Durban. Drop-off the hired vehicle at the rentals office at Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. Catch an afternoon flight to Port Elizabeth. Collect your car at the rentals office on your arrival in the “friendly city” of Port Elizabeth. Overnight on the waterfront in Mandela Bay.

Accommodation: **** Sea-facing (B)

Day 11:

Travel along the “Garden Route” to Knysna. Visit the “Big Tree”, Bloukrans and the Storms river mouth suspension bridge in the Tsitsikamma National Park.  Our recommended restaurants – Dry Dock or JJ’s on the Knysna Waterfront. Overnight in Knysna.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 12:

A morning at leisure. This afternoon you can take the ferry across the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve for a 4 x 4 trailer-ride tour and hike through the reserve. Overnight in Knysna.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 13:

Travel via George and the “Outeniqua Pass” to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo (semi desert area), a 60km drive that reflects the great diversities of nature South Africa has to offer. Visit the Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch and Safari Ostrich Farm for lunch, also learn everything and more than you might want to know about ostriches. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 14:

Travel to Cape Town – in the whaling season via Riversdale, Swellendam and Hermanus, the whaling capital of South Africa and also known as “the best land based whale watching in the world” or out of season, via the scenic “Route 62”. Weather permitting – take the cableway up Table Mountain on your arrival in the Mother City. Our recommended restaurant – Greek Fisherman on the V & A Waterfront. Overnight in Cape Town on the V & A Waterfront.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 15:

Take a scenic drive around the “Cape Peninsula”. Visit Hout Bay and the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island, Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Boulders – penguins. Have lunch in Simonstown. Our recommended restaurant – Quay Four on the V & A Waterfront. Overnight in Cape Town on the V & A Waterfront.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 16:

A day to relax in Cape Town or to visit places such as Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens or one of the Cape’s beautiful beaches or you could visit Robben Island, the place where Mr Mandela was imprisoned for 17 years. For the more adventurous – maybe you could catch up on some of the adventure activities such as: shark cage diving, deep sea fishing, hiking up Table Mountain, etc. Overnight in Cape Town on the V & A Waterfront.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 17:

Visit the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch wine route, also spend some time in the historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Our recommended restaurant – Baia on the V & A Waterfront. Overnight in Cape Town on the V & A Waterfront. 

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 18:

Morning at leisure or visit the city centre of South Africa’s beautiful Mother City, sights such as the Castle of Good Hope, Parade Ground, City Hall, House of Parliament, Tuinhuis and the Dutch East India Company (DEIC) Gardens. Lunch and time for last minute shopping at the V & A Waterfront. Return to Cape Town International Airport and drop-off the hired vehicle at the rentals office at the airport. Catch your flight home.

Accommodation:  (B)



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Included:   Air tickets – Durban to Port Elizabeth, accommodation (3-4*), vehicle hire – 2 x contract fees / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover / cross border permit & 2 x one-way drop off fees and meals as indicated.

Excluded:   Air tickets – International, passport / visa fees, travel insurance, phone calls, beverages, purchases, porter-age, gratuities, conservation & entrance fees and cost of excess baggage, etc.


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