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Tour Description

A glorious 14-day South African experience from the wilds of Kruger National Park to the cosmopolitan sophistication of Cape Town, you will immerse yourself in the richness of our country and come to understand why South Africa is dubbed A World in One Country.

Important:
The internal flight between Durban and Port Elizabeth is not included. Please book flights to depart Durban (Umhlanga) before 09h00. Tour departs from Port Elizabeth between 10h00-10h30 on Day 8. Guests are recommended to book flight SA1334 departing at around 08h30 to arrive in Port Elizabeth at around 09h45.  Any guests arriving after 10h30 will need to arrange for a transfer to join the group in Knysna. Visa conditions apply for Swaziland and passports are required.

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Itinerary

Touch down at Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the magnificent suburban shopping malls or take an optional afternoon Soweto Tour (own account). At 19h00 we all meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet your fellow travellers, compare souvenirs filling your bags already and get excited about the days to come.

Accommodation:
Protea Hotel Wanderers or similar

After a early breakfast  – Departure is by 08h30 where we leave Johannesburg’s metropolitan centre and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld.

We travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg, on to your accommodation for the evening through which traverse the famous Long Tom Pass, named after the last 155mm ‘Long Tom’ cannon used in the 2nd Boer War.

The afternoon is at leisure to take in the panoramic views across the escarpment or to participate in one of the many activities such as mountain biking, hiking or trout fishing (activity costs for own account) which are on offer at the hotel.

Accommodation:
Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar

After an early morning breakfast, we’ll drive along the spectacular “Panorama Route”, offering views of amazing scenery including the Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels),that affords views across a huge area, as we explore Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the historic God’s Window, a breathtaking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park.

We arrive back in Hazyview in the early afternoon, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or join an afternoon game experience (optional and for own account).

Accommodation:
Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar

Wednesday –  A MORNING ‘BIG FIVE’ GAME VIEWING IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy a early morning cup of tea or coffee before setting off in an open safari vehicle in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species, through Kruger National Park, with a pre-packed breakfast while we savour the magic of this enormous wilderness.

We return to Hazyview around lunch time and you have the afternoon at leisure. Late afternoon open vehicle game drives are available (optional & for own account).

Accommodation:
Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar

Thursday – THE KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND

Today we drive to the little but proud Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King Mswati III (who funnily enough went to school in the South of England alongside his 15 wives!) and is known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture.  An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of Swaziland and their traditions.

We continue through the capital city, Mbabane, and on to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley, for a true African shopping experience at the Ezulwini Craft Market which is packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings

Accommodation:
Royal Swazi Spa or similar

Friday – THE KINGDOM OF THE ZULU’S

After breakfast we will continue south through Swaziland, before re-entering South Africa. Travelling through into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and more epic open skies and endless horizons. We arrive mid-afternoon at our hotel in the Umfolozi area.

There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari (optional and for own account with an English speaking game ranger) in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino.

Accommodation:
Anew Hotel Hluhluwe

Saturday – DURBAN

This morning enjoy a cruise on Lake St Lucia  (weather dependant) before departing for Durban. Wild your way round the wild KwaZulu-Natal coastline en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane field ripple and sway with the wind as we pass.

We arrive in Durban early afternoon, and the remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean. Overnight in

Accommodation:
Protea Umhlanga or similar

Sunday – PORT ELIZABETH/KNYSNA

After breakfast, transfer to Durban (Umhlanga) airport for the short southward flight to Port Elizabeth, (cost of flight not included).

We will be met by our guide, a local area expert, and once everyone has arrived, we set off to explore the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park. Here we are treated to stunning coastal scenery and can truly appreciate the wild, natural beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River mouth.

Late this afternoon we arrive in Knysna, South Africa’s most scenic and oft-visited towns, in the heart of the famous Garden Route.

Accommodation:
Rex Hotel or similar

Monday – KNYSNA

After a leisurely breakfast we’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), see the looming sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and white, wind-swept beaches beyond.

After lunch we have the remainder of the day at leisure, to enjoy and explore this beautiful, relaxing town.

Accommodation:
Knysna Rex Hotel or similar

Tuesday – OUDTSHOORN

Today we take the spiralling Outeniqua Pass en route to Oudtshoorn, known as the Ostrich capital of the world, so named because it’s the centre of South Africa’s ostrich industry. After lunch, which features Ostrich Steak on the menu, we will gain a better understanding of these giant birds as we tour the farm and see the inhabitants.

We then head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, with their dark, low ceilinged tunnels and huge open caverns.

We will arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon, in time to check in and relax before dinner (for own account).

Accommodation:
Hlangana Lodge or similar

Wednesday – CAPE TOWN

There is an option (for own account and subject to availability) to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities (weather permitting). After this thrilling experience, head back for a delicious breakfast.

After breakfast, the journey continues through the ‘Little Karoo’ to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before travelling to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. (The school visit is subject to the school being open). Continue to Franschhoek, a picturesque village surrounded by spectacular vineyards, where French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago, bringing with them their age-old French wine and food culture.

From here you will be transferred to Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain.

Accommodation:
Protea Hotel President or similar

Thursday – CAPE PENINSULA

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (own account) or simply explore the city. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. Alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many pristine beaches.

Enjoy an evening of delicious Cape food, captivating theatre and entertaining tales and songs about the people of the Cape.

Accommodation:
Protea Hotel President or similar

Friday – WINELANDS

Enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, offering some of the most spectacular coastal scenery’s in the world. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay (where you can enjoy an optional and for own account seal island boat cruise) and then on to Cape Point with views of the famous Cape of Good Hope, the most south western point of Africa.

We’ll return to Cape Town by way of Simon Town, where we visit the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach (entrance fee for own account), Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg.

Accommodation:
Protea Hotel President or similar

Saturday – CAPE TOWN

Enjoy some last minute shopping (unescorted) or sightseeing (own account). The Robben Island Tour (for own account & time permitting), which departs from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offers a fascinating excursion or perhaps just wander through the variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets. This brings us to the end of our World in One Country tour. Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 14 Days | 13 Nights
  • Start Location: Johannesburg
  • End Location: Cape Town
  • Pax.: 2 – 25 guests per vehicle (mostly smaller groups)
  • Departure: Sundays (Except Dec 22 & 29 2019)
  • Departure Time: Pick up at the Tambo International Airport to your hotel. ±19h00 briefing at the reception
  • Languages: English

Rates (valid until 31/12/2019)

  • ⇒ Standard Sharing:
    R 42 700 pp sharing (Jan-Apr & Sep-Dec 2019)
    R 39 300 pp sharing (May-Aug 2019)
    ⇒ Superior Sharing:
    R 43 200 pp sharing (Jan-Apr & Sep-Dec 2019)
    R 40 100 pp sharing (May-Aug 2019)
  • ⇒ Standard Single:
    R 51 800 pp single (Jan-Apr & Sep-Dec 2019)
    R 46 900 pp single (May-Aug 2019)
    ⇒ Superior Single:
    R 52 700 pp single (Jan-Apr & Sep-Dec 2019)
    R 48 100 pp single (May-Aug 2019)

Included: Meals: 13 Breakfasts; 3 Lunches; 3 Dinners. Hotel porterage; All airport transfers. Entrance Fees: Kruger National Park Conservation Levy
(Please note that conservation levies are subject to increase without prior notice and is at the discretion of the game park.

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