Africa's Wildlife, The Zulu Kingdom & Cape Town

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

ZAR 59 995,00

Per Person Sharing / Single Supplement Applies

Price excludes international flights

Your tour highlights:


  • Pretoria City Tour

  • Kruger National Park

  • Panorama Route

  • eSwatini (Swaziland)

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Shakaland

  • Lesotho - Sani Pass 4 X 4 Tour

  • Giants Castle Game Reserve

  • Cape Town

  • Peninsula Tour

  • Boulders - African Penguins

  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

  • Winelands Tour

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Johannesburg

  • 1 Night - Hazyview

  • 2 Nights - Kruger National Park

  • 2 Nights - Hluhluwe

  • 1 Night - Eshowe

  • 2 Nights - Underberg

  • 2 Nights - Giants Castle

  • 4 Nights - Cape Town

Included:


  • “Meet & Greet” on arrival at the airport

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • Flight:

                       Johannesburg to Cape Town

                       Local airline taxes & fuel surcharges

                       Checked luggage

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations: 15 Nights

  • 29 Meals: 15 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 11 Dinners

  • Porterage at airports & hotels

  • All local transfers & transport

  • Professional English-speaking guide

  • Conservation & entrance fees per itinerary

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:


Your guide will meet you upon your morning arrival in Johannesburg at O R Tambo International Airport. 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. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening with fellow travellers and your local accredited guide who will also be the tour manager.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Dinner



Day 3:


Today we travel east to the province of Mpumalanga meaning the “pulling of the sun” or “the land where the sun rises”, also known as “Paradise Country”. We drive 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. We also pay a visit to the spectacular Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Lunch can be had en-route and dinner will be served at the lodge’s restaurant. Overnight in the beautiful Sabie River Valley.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner



Day 4 & 5:


Depart for the world-renowned Kruger National Park, 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. Travel south through Kruger to continue your search for the “Big 5” animals, as well as a host of other animals and wonderful creatures found within their natural habitats. Dinner on the first night will be served as a traditional “potjie” stew and the next night as a “braai” barbeque. Both meals will be prepared by your guide and cooked over an open fire, where after you can then relax with a drink around the campfire. There is no better place in Africa to get closer to nature than to stay within the boundaries of the Kruger National Park. Listen for any nocturnal visitors and even reminisce with your fellow travellers on all that you would have already seen on this safari. We are sure your guide would also be itching to tell you a couple of stories about the bygone days of Kruger when pioneers and outlaws explored, hunted and even settled in the harsh territory of the Eastern Transvaal. Overnight in Kruger, undeniably Africa’s finest wildlife reserve.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Kruger National Park

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Day 5 - An open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger



Day 6 & 7:


Today we 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. Included this afternoon is an open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger. Dinners will be served at the lodge restaurant. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Day 7 - An open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Optional Activity:


  • An exciting game walk in “Big 5” country



Day 8:


This morning we 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 for the Southern Drakensberg. En-route we’ll stop in the seaside town of Ballito where you will have some time to stroll on the beach and dip your feet in the warm, dark blue waters of the Indian Ocean. From here we drive to the historical city of Pietermaritzburg and the capital of the province of KwaZulu Natal (The place of the Zulu). Visit the “Church of the Vow” now a museum, a church that was built in His honour after a small party of “Voortrekkers”, under the command of Andries Pretorius, defeated Dingaan’s mighty Zulu army at “The Battle of Blood River” on the 16th December 1838. The last stop for the day will be the village of Howick and the Howick Falls. This impressive waterfall that lies on the Umgeni River has one of the highest single drops in South Africa at 111 meters (364 feet). After this visit we drive to the quaint village of Himeville, with its picturesque tree lined avenues. The village is nestled in a valley at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment, a name given to the eastern region of the Great Escarpment that flows through southern Africa. Lunch can be enjoyed en-route and dinner will be served at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner



Day 10:


Today you can enjoy an interesting and exciting day out on a guided 4 x 4 trip up the Sani Pass to experience the country of Lesotho. This pass found in the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho is the only entry point into the country from KwaZulu Natal. The pass is also known as the “Roof of Africa”, as it is the highest road in Africa and one of the highest roads in the world. It was a rough mule trail in the early days, where traders brought wool and mohair on donkeys down the pass to Natal in exchange for blankets, clothing and maize meal. This tour to Lesotho includes a drive up Black Mountain to view the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana, which is the highest peak in southern Africa. We also visit a Basotho village before ending the tour with a drink in the “Highest Pub in Africa”. The pub is situated on the edge of the escarpment at the summit of Sani Pass. From the pub's deck you’ll find, on a clear day, one of the most spectacular views in Africa. Return to your hotel in Underberg where you then have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch (Packed) & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Full day 4 X 4 Sani Pass / Lesotho tour



Day 11 & 12:


After breakfast we travel to Giants Castle Game Reserve and the scenic Central Drakensberg, also known as the “Barrier of Spears”. This region of the berg has some of the highest peaks in southern Africa, including South Africa’s highest mountain, Mafadi which rises to an elevation of 3450 meters (11 320 feet). The berg is also a place where the San (Bushmen) left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rock and in the caves scattered along the eastern slopes of the mountains. You have this afternoon and the next day at leisure during which time you could visit the Main Cave, a large sandstone cave that boasts one of the biggest and best preserved San rock art painted sites in southern Africa. Or, you could hike one or more of the numerous nature trails found within the park that vary in distance and difficulty. Overnight in the Drakensberg Mountains. All meals can be had at the lodge restaurant. Dinners are included with your stay.


Accommodation:  Giants Castle

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Optional Activity:


  • Guided rock art tour of the Giants Castle Main Cave



Day 13:


After a leisurely morning we travel to Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport for you to catch your flight to Cape Town. After being met on arrival in South Africa’s oldest city nicknamed “The Mother City” you’ll be transferred to a lodge that is ideally located in the city near the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. 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 V & A Waterfront. The rest of this evening is at leisure.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast



Day 14:


Today we 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 our stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best kept secrets, we 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). We 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 we start making our way back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastline, stopping for lunch at a famous seafood restaurant found in Simonstown. After lunch we visit Boulders Beach penguin colony to see the endangered African penguins. On our return to the city we 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 & Lunch


Included Activity:


  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway



Day 15:


Cape Town has so much to offer visitors and this is why you have this day at leisure to do your own thing! Relax, shop or explore the city and surrounding areas independently.


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 16:


Today we 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. We will 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 17:


Morning at leisure. There will be time for last minute shopping and lunch at the V & A Waterfront. To end the tour on a high, weather permitting you could take an optional helicopter flight over the "Cape Peninsula". Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for you to catch your flight home.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast