Scuba Diving, Safari & Cape Town

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16

Days

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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 57 855,00

Per Person Sharing / Single Supplement Applies

Price excludes international flights

Your tour highlights:


  • Soweto Tour

  • Panorama Route

  • Kruger National Park

  • eSwatini (Swaziland)

  • Scuba Diving - Sodwana Bay

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

  • 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

  • 4 Nights - Sodwana

  • 2 Nights - Hluhluwe

  • 4 Nights - Cape Town

Included:


  • “Meet & Greet” on arrival at the airport

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • Flight:

                       Durban to Cape Town

                       Local airline taxes & fuel surcharges

                       Checked luggage

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations: 14 Nights

  • 25 Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches & 10 Dinners

  • Porterage at airports & hotels

  • All local transfers & transport

  • Professional English-speaking guide

  • Conservation & entrance fees per itinerary

  • 5 x Dives & air fills

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 for a short township tour of SOWETO for a glimpse of neighbourhood life and to reflect on the apartheid history of South Africa. This vibrant city is home to a host of interesting attractions, such as the Twin Towers and Freedom Square, as well as Vilakazi Street which is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize recipients resided namely Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the great Nelson Mandela. Included in this tour is a visit to the Nelson Mandela “Matchbox” House Museum and then the Apartheid Museum. You might like to get a bite to eat at the Truth Café found at the museum complex. 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 will be 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 bio-diverse 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 will 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, 8 & 9:


Today we travel through eSwatini to Sodwana Bay 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. Enjoy the next couple of days diving various reefs in the warm Indian Ocean off the KwaZulu Natal North Coast. This package includes 5 x dives, air fills or an Open Water Diving Course or an Advance Diving Course (upgrades are available on request). Overnight in Sodwana Bay.


Accommodation:  Sodwana Bay

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • 5 x Dives & Air Fills, or

  • Open Water Diving Course, or

  • Advanced Diving Course


Day 10 & 11:


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. After the cruise we drive to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, were we’ll spend the next two days. 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 11 - An open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Optional Activity:


  • An exciting game walk in “Big 5” country


Day 12:


Depart after breakfast to King Shaka International Airport, found just north of the city of Durban. 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 13:


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 14:


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 15:


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 16:


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