Astonishingly diverse, South Africa is often described as a 'world in one country'. Discover more on this once-in-a-lifetime tour.
You will stay in standard rooms at 3 or 4 star hotels throughout your holiday in the hotels listed below, or similar.
You will stay for one night at the Protea Hotel or Tambo, two nights at the Hippo Hollow Country Estate, one night at the Lugogo Sun, one night at the Anew Hotel Hluhluwe, one night at the Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge.
You will then stay for two nights at the Drakensberg Gardens Hotel, one night at the Crawford’s Beach Lodge, one night at the Garden Court Kings Beach, one night at the Premier Hotel The Moorings, one night at the Diaz Hotel & Resort and two nights at the Sunsquare Cape Town Gardens.
Fly overnight to Johannesburg.
<p> Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19:00hrs when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and have chance to meet up with your fellow travellers. </p>
Location: Johannesburg - Mpumalanga
<p> This morning, we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. </p><p> We travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa. Gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains, and finally, visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. </p>
<p> Enjoy an early morning game drive in a closed vehicle. Start the day with the 'Big Five' (rhino, buffalo, lions, leopards and elephants), in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. </p><p> We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure. </p><p> Packed breakfast will be provided today. </p>
Location: Mpumalanga - Eswatini (Swaziland)
<p> This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Eswatini (Swaziland), an independent kingdom within the borders of South Africa. </p><p> We head south to Malalane and then on to Eswatini (Swaziland) where this afternoon, you will visit a real chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain authentic knowledge of traditional Eswatini culture. </p>
Location: Eswatini (Swaziland) – St Lucia and Surrounds
<p> This morning, we journey through Eswatini (Swaziland) into Zululand. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal, where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and settler have combined to form a vibrant society, living in peace and harmony. </p><p> Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay. </p>
Location: St. Lucia and Surrounds - Durban
<p> Today, you have the option to lie in and relax, take a morning boat cruise (at own cost), or simply soak up the atmosphere of the tourist town of St. Lucia, before heading off later in the morning to Durban. </p><p> An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city, before arriving at our hotel late afternoon. </p>
Location: Durban - Drakensberg
<p> Today, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps take an early morning cab ride to the bustling Umhlanga Beach for a stroll along the promenade mile; it buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. </p><p> We then head to the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300ft high Howick Falls, continuing through the southern Midlands Meander route and arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon. </p><p> Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings! Go fishing, hiking or even horse riding and enjoy the fresh mountain air (all at own cost). <p>
<p> Enjoy a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities at the resort. </p>
Location: Drakensberg – Eastern Cape Coast
<p> This morning, we continue south to the Eastern Cape, entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). </p><p> En-route, we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei, and stop for lunch (at own cost) outside the capital of Umtata. </p><p> We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape coast. </p>
Location: Eastern Cape Coast - Port Elizabeth
<p> We awake to the sounds of crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches uninterrupted for many kilometres, and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of bird life. </p><p> We set off, heading south to Port Elizabeth. </p>
Location: Port Elizabeth - Knysna
<p> Today, our journey continues towards the Cape. We visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides incredibly scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers magnificent views of the gorge and river below. </p><p> We arrive in Knysna late afternoon and check in to our hotel. </p>
Location: Knysna - Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay
<p> After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. </p><p> We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk around the spectacular caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. </p><p> We stay overnight in Mossel Bay. </p>
Location: Mossel Bay - Cape Town
<p> Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way, we stop off in Albertinia to visit a well-known aloe factory. In this area, the Cape aloe grows wild on many farms and is still harvested in the traditional, labour-intensive way, providing a livelihood for unskilled, independent tappers. </p><p> We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. </p>
Location: Cape Town
<p> Today is a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this beautiful and wondrous city. </p>
Location: Cape Town
<p> This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11:00 hrs. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International Airport. </p>
Arrive in the UK.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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