Spectacular South Africa & Victoria Falls

20

Days

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

ZAR 88 485,00

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

  • Port Elizabeth - Mandela Bay

  • Garden Route

  • Tsitsikamma National Park

  • Featherbed Nature Reserve

  • Cango Caves

  • Cape Town

  • Peninsula Tour

  • Boulders - African Penguins

  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

  • Winelands Tour

  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

  • Victoria Falls Walking Tour

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

  • 4 Nights - Cape Town

  • 1 Night - Johannesburg

  • 2 Nights - Victoria Falls

Included:


  • “Meet & Greet” on arrival at the airport

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • Flights:

                       Durban to Port Elizabeth / Cape Town

                       to Johannesburg to Victoria Falls /

                       Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

                       Local airline taxes & fuel surcharges

                       Checked luggage

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations: 18 Nights

  • 31 Meals: 18 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 8 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:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning we 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 we 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. You shall hear all about this military campaign from your guide on this “Spectacular South Africa” tour. Check-in early afternoon at your lodge found in the village of Hazyview. 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 & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Traditional Shangaan Evening Show - Singing & Dancing



Day 4:


Depart early morning 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 will be served on safari at a restaurant found within the park. This evening is at leisure. Dinner can be enjoyed at your lodge’s restaurant or at one of a number of good restaurants found near your lodge in the village of Hazyview.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch


Included Activity:


  • Full day open vehicle safari in the Kruger National Park



Day 5:


Our 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. We then visit the “Jock of the Bushveld” memorial site to hear all about the famous dog that lived on the wagon trails of the Eastern Transvaal during the early gold rush days. From here we 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, we 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. We 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 the lodge’s restaurant. Overnight in Hazyview.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner



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. Dinner on the first night will be served at the lodge restaurant and the next night as a traditional “braai” - barbeque prepared by your guide. Afterwards you can then relax with a drink around the campfire and listen to the night that comes to life. 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:


We depart Shakaland for Durban’s King Shaka International Airport for you to catch your flight to Port Elizabeth, also known as the “Friendly City”. We’ll then transfer you 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:


We 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 we 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 regions diverse vegetation, beautiful scenery, meandering estuaries and rugged coastline. On route we 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. Our 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. Dinner tonight will be served at a restaurant found on the Knysna Waterfront. Overnight in Knysna.


Accommodation:  Knysna

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner



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 we 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. Dinner tonight 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 & Lunch


Included 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 we 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 a restaurant in town if you are still peckish after a huge lunch. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.


Accommodation:  Oudtshoorn

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch



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 we 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 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. Weather permitting, you could also take an optional helicopter flight over the "Cape Peninsula" before your transfer to Cape Town International Airport for you to catch your flight to Johannesburg, where you’ll be met on your arrival and transferred to a charming lodge found on the East Rand. Dinner will be served at the lodge’s restaurant. Evening at leisure.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner



Day 18 & 19:


We’ll transfer you after breakfast to Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International for you to catch your flight to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where you will be met on your arrival. Transfer to your lodge found on the outskirts of the town of Victoria Falls. After check-in and some time at leisure we join a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Beverages and snacks are included on this excursion. This experience will undoubtedly be one of your highlights on this tour, as there are not many better ways to reflect on how good life can be than to be floating along the mighty Zambezi River, watching the sun set over Africa, whilst sipping a refreshing drink. The next day after breakfast we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”. The falls was named after Queen Victoria by Dr David Livingstone, who was the first European to view the falls on 16 November 1855. This powerful cascade of water, which stretches a mile wide and flows thunderously into a 360 feet deep gorge, is known to the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “The Smoke that Thunders”. The rest of the day is yours to explore the town of Victoria Falls independently with its numerous open air art & craft markets, galleries and shops selling detailed wood carvings, artistic local stone sculptures, beaded jewellery and authentic pieces of African art, or you could consider joining one or more of our recommended optional excursions. Both evenings in Victoria Falls are at leisure and dinners can be enjoyed at your lodge’s restaurant or at a restaurant of your choice found in or near town.


Accommodation:  Victoria Falls

Meals:  Breakfast


Included Activity:


  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River


Optional Activities:


  • Elephant back safari

  • Walking with the lions

  • “Flight of Angels” - a helicopter safari and flight over the Victoria Falls



Day 20:


Morning at leisure before we transfer you to Victoria Falls Airport for you to catch a midday flight to Johannesburg and your connecting flight home.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast