Spectacular South Africa

18

Days

For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Johannesburg and depart from Cape Town

Your tour highlights:


  • Pretoria

  • Kruger National Park

  • Panorama Route

  • eSwatini (Swaziland)

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Shakaland

  • Port Elizabeth - Mandela Bay

  • Garden Route

  • Tsitsikamma National Park

  • Featherbed Nature Reserve

  • Cango Caves

  • Cape Town

  • Cape Peninsula

  • Boulders - African Penguins

  • Table Mountain

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

  • Robben Island

  • Cape Winelands

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Johannesburg

  • 3 Nights - Hazyview

  • 2 Nights - Hluhluwe

  • 1 Night - Eshowe

  • 1 Night - Port Elizabeth

  • 2 Nights - Knysna

  • 1 Night - Oudtshoorn

  • 5 Nights - Cape Town

Included:


  • Meet & Greet and assistance on arrival at airport

  • Travel Documents:

                       Working itinerary

                       Vouchers

                       Maps

                       Travel directions

  • Flight:

                       Durban to Port Elizabeth

                       Local airline taxes & fuel surcharges

                       Checked luggage

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations: 16 Nights

  • 19 Meals: 16 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches & 2 Dinners

  • Conservation fees as per itinerary

  • Vehicle Hire:

                       Contract Fees

                       Unlimited Milage

                       Maximum insurance cover

                       1 x Delivery fee

                       2 x One-way drop-off fees

  • Guided Pretoria city tour

  • Full day open vehicle safari - Kruger

  • Traditional Zulu evening show

Day 1:


Depart for South Africa on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.


Day 2:


Morning arrival in South Africa. Our representative / guide will be at the airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). From here we depart on a short city tour of Pretoria one of South Africa’s 3 capital cities that was previously the capital of the Old Transvaal Republic. Pretoria is also known as the Jacaranda Capital as there are over 55 000 Jacaranda trees lining the streets. Even though these exotic trees originate from Argentina it is still a spectacular sight to behold when the purple flowers are in full bloom during the months of October and November. The city tour includes a stop at the Union Buildings, where there is a magnificent 9 meter tall bronze plated statue of Mr. Nelson Mandela, as it was here where his body lay in state for three days after his death on 5 December 2013. We then drive via the city centre to Church Square and Paul Kruger House, where this modest man lived whilst serving as President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (South African Republic), also known as the Transvaal Republic. We then stop at the impressive and symbolic Voortrekker Monument with its inner walls lined with murals that depict the story of the “Voortrekkers” pioneers and their Great Trek. The monument is surrounded by beautiful indigenous gardens and nature reserve. You can also get a bite to eat at the monument café. Afternoon check-in at a charming lodge found on the East Rand. Dinner will be served at the lodge.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Guided Pretoria city tour


Day 3:


Your hired vehicle will be delivered to the lodge. After breakfast and the collection of your vehicle you depart for the province of Mpumalanga meaning the “pulling of the sun” or “the land where the sun rises”, also known as “Paradise Country”. Travel over the scenic Long Tom Pass, which is one of the highest paved roads in South Africa. On this pass you summit the Transvaal Drakensberg Mountains at 2150 meters (7053 feet), before dramatically descending into the Lowveld which averages about 300 meters (98o feet) above sea level. The pass was named after the Long Tom Guns. There is a replica of one of these Boer guns that marks the spot where the last of the guns were fired in action against the advancing British army during the Anglo-Boer War, which is also known today as the South African War. Check-in early afternoon at your lodge found in the village of Hazyview. You could enjoy an evening of African culture with traditional singing and dancing performed by the Shangaan, people who are the prominent ethnic group that reside in the Lowveld and the Greater Kruger National Park region. Overnight in the beautiful Sabie River Valley.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Traditional Shangaan Evening Show - Singing & Dancing


Day 4:


After early morning traditional coffee & rusks, your guide will pick you up at your lodge. Depart for the world-renowned Kruger National Park and a trilling full day open vehicle safari in search of the “Big 5” animals, as well as a host of other animals and wonderful creatures. Kruger is a national treasure which is known to be the most biodiverse park on earth with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, 55 amphibians, last recorded 506 bird species and about 1980 plant species. Lunch can be had in the park. This evening is at leisure. Dinner can be enjoyed at your lodge’s restaurant or at one of several good restaurants found near your lodge in the village of Hazyview.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast (Packs)


Included Activity:


  • Full day open vehicle safari in the Kruger National Park


Day 5:


Your first stop today is the impressive unspoiled Mac Mac Falls with its double stream of water that tumbles into a 70 meter (230 feet) deep gorge. From here you head to the old historical gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest, a museum in its entirety. After a stroll through this interesting town and a visit to Robbers Grave, you continue along the “Panorama Route” of the Transvaal Drakensberg Mountains with its breathtaking vistas. Here you can view the imposing Three Rondavels and admire the stunning scenery of the Blyde River Canyon which is one of the deepest in the world. Also pay a visit to the spectacular Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Lunch can be had en-route at the original famous Harrie’s Pancakes found in the town of Graskop and dinner can be enjoyed back at your lodge. Overnight in Hazyview.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 6 & 7:


Today you travel through eSwatini to Hluhluwe in Zululand. Lunch can be had en-route. eSwatini, previously Swaziland, is known as “The Switzerland of Africa” due to its picturesque beauty. This tiny landlocked country holds within it a contrasting array of ecosystems from towering mountains to low lying savannah plains and endless rain forests found nestled along the mountain and river ravines. Spend the next two days in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. This hilly reserve is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa and it was once the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. It has an abundance of wildlife and became famous amongst conservationist for its breeding and protection programs of both the Black & White Rhinos. The next morning is at leisure or you could opt to take an exciting game walk in “Big 5” country with experienced rangers armed with rifles and who have excellent knowledge of the fauna & flora found within the park. You’ll get to learn some fascinating facts about the African bush on this relaxed walk which takes place in the surrounding wilderness area adjacent to your lodge. We recommend you also book on your arrival at the camp an open vehicle sunset safari for the following day. Dinners can be enjoyed at the lodge restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Day 7 - Morning - An exciting game walk in “Big 5” country

  • Day 7 - Afternoon - Open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Day 8:


This morning you can take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos found within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is one of South Africa's six UNESCO world heritage sites. Depart after the cruise to Shakaland, a Zulu cultural village. Lunch will be served before you check-in to the hotel. This afternoon there is an included guided tour through the beehive hut and living museum village that was built for the production of the TV series Shaka Zulu; “The last great warrior”. This evening you will witness Zulu hospitality at its best with a traditional Zulu festival. The Zulu people are the largest ethnic group in South Africa and make up twenty percent of the country’s population. They are a proud nation of people who have a rich historical and cultural heritage. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in “The Heart of Zululand”.


Accommodation:  Eshowe

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Traditional Zulu Evening Show - Singing & Dancing


Day 9:


Depart early and after breakfast from Shakaland for Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. Drop-off your hire vehicle at the airport, before catching your flight to Port Elizabeth, also known as the “Friendly City”. Collect your hired vehicle at the rental agency on your arrival a PE Airport. Drive to your hotel which is situated 10 minutes from the airport and close to the beach front in Summerstand, overlooking Algoa Bay or Mandela Bay. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Maybe visit the beach and take a swim in the warm Indian Ocean as PE is ranked among the top 5 cities in the world for pleasant weather. Dinner can be had at the excellent restaurant found at the hotel or at a restaurant found within a short walking distance from the hotel. Overnight in Port Elizabeth.


Accommodation:  Port Elizabeth

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 10:


Embark on a short PE city tour before heading to the town of Knysna, which has been voted several times as “The best little town in South Africa". On this tour you can visit the Horse Memorial dedicated to the horses killed during the Anglo Boer War, the Campanile Memorial marking the spot where the British Settlers of 1820 arrived, Fort Frederick built by the British during the Napoleonic Wars to stop a possible French invasion and the Donkin Reserve; a garden lined with Victorian style churches and terraced cottages. On the reserve is a lighthouse which provides panoramic views over the bay. Travel southeast along the "Garden Route" towards the picturesque town of Knysna. The “Garden Route” stretches about 200 km (130 miles) from Tsitsikamma to Mossel Bay and is sandwiched between towering mountains and the Indian Ocean. The name was adopted due to the region’s diverse vegetation, beautiful scenery, meandering estuaries and rugged coastline. On route you can visit the “Big Tree”, a huge Outeniqua Yellowwood which is the national tree of South Africa, as well as the Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can get a bite to eat and take a short hike to the Storms River mouth suspension bridge. Your final stop for the day will be at Bloukrans Bridge, an arch bridge that stretches across a 216 meter (708 feet) deep gorge. It is here where they boast the highest bungee jump in the world. Evening at leisure. Dinners in Knysna can be had at any one of the numerous excellent restaurants found close to your hotel on the Knysna Waterfront. Overnight in Knysna.


Accommodation:  Knysna

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 11:


A morning at leisure to relax and enjoy the delightful town of Knysna. You could take a wonder around town, which is known to have a large selection of excellent craft markets and art galleries. This afternoon you could take the ferry across the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve for lunch, a 4 x 4 trailer-ride tour and hike through the reserve. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Knysna.


Accommodation:  Knysna

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Tour to Featherbed Nature Reserve


Day 12:


Travel via the city of George and the “Outeniqua Pass" to the town of Oudtshoorn the capital of the Klein Karoo. This short scenic drive reflects the great diversities of nature South Africa has to offer, with lush green vegetation & indigenous forests found on the eastern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains and the arid Karoo to the west. Visit the spectacular Cango Caves for an easy walking tour of this magnificent underground wonder scattered with stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone formations that date back millions of years. After this guided tour you could visit Safari Ostrich Farm for lunch, where you also get to learn everything and more than you might want to know about ostriches! Evening at leisure. Dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel or at a restaurant in town. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.


Accommodation:  Oudtshoorn

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 13:


Drive to Cape Town via the towns of Riversdale, Swellendam and the charming quaint seaside town of Hermanus, which is known to have "The best land based whale watching in the world". Every year, between June and November, the majestic southern right whales grace the shores of the southwestern Cape. Hermanus is also a great place to get some lunch, after which you head for South Africa’s oldest city, nicknamed “The Mother City”; beautiful Cape Town is one of the great thriving port cities of the world. It is nestled between the stunning Table Bay and the majestic Table Mountain. Your evening meals over the next couple of days can be enjoyed at various excellent restaurants found in town or on the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The rest of this evening is at leisure.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 14:


Today you can take a drive around the scenic "Cape Peninsula". Drive along the Atlantic seaboard, a coastline scattered with rocky outcrops, soaring mountain peaks and pristine white beaches washed by clear turquoise blue waters. After your stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best kept secrets, you continue along the magnificent Chapman’s Peak Pass to the legendary Cape of Good Hope, which is the most southwesterly point on the African continent. The Cape of Good Hope nature reserve is known for its indigenous fynbos vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is the smallest, but also the richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Although this reserve is famous for its flora, it is also home to the mischievous Cape chacma baboon, as well as a variety of rare animals such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, eland, rhebuck and the caracal (African lynx). You then visit Cape Point, a place of mythical beliefs, as it is here where you will find the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. From here you can start making your way back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastline, stopping for lunch at a restaurant in Simonstown. After lunch you could visit Boulders Beach penguin colony to see the endangered African penguins. On your return to the city you head for Table Mountain, where you can then (weather permitting) take the cableway to the top of this iconic mountain. The cable cars with their large glass windows rise slowly over the fabulous Mother City and Table Bay, allowing for some of the most magnificent views you will ever see anywhere in the world. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway


Day 15 & 16:


Cape Town has so much to offer visitors and this is why we recommend a couple of days at leisure to do your own thing! Relax, shop or explore the city and surrounding areas.


A great way to do so is to join a tour on the “hop-on hop-off bus”. One of the routes will take you out to the acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, with its grand setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain or you could take the route through the city that passes South Africa’s oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1666 and City Hall, a splendid baroque building with its balcony overlooking the Grand Parade. It was here where the great Nelson Mandela made his first public speech as a free man on his release from prison on 11 February 1990. On this tour you could also hop-off at the Moorish Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) or the beautiful Dutch East Indian Company Garden to see the gardens, Parliament Buildings and Tuinhuis (Garden House). Visit St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as the National Art Gallery, National Museum and Planetarium.


Or


Visit the posh seaside suburb of Camps Bay, with its popular beach. Beach Road is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. This is a great place to spend an afternoon and to get a bite to eat while watching the sun set over the South Atlantic.


Or


You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island an island found about 11 km (7 miles) off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay. The notorious prison, located on the island, is where Nelson Mandela and other South African political prisoners were incarcerated.


Or


For the energetic, you could take a hike up Table Mountain. For the brave, you could go shark cage diving.


Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 17:


Today you can tour the beautiful wine lands countryside of the southwestern Cape where you will find towering, rugged mountains, rolling valleys lined with manicured vineyards and elegant 350 year old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style architecture. Wine tastings can be enjoyed at various wine estates found along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route. You could also spend some time in the picturesque and historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 18:


Morning at leisure. There will be time for last minute shopping and lunch at the V & A Waterfront. Weather permitting; you could also take an optional helicopter flight over the "Cape Peninsula" before you depart to Cape Town International Airport for you to catch your flight home. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rental agency at the airport.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Helicopter flight over Table Bay, Cape Peninsula and Cape Town