Best of South Africa

Best of South Africa
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  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
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  • Trafalgar

Connect with the culture of two countries as you travel from the north to south to encounter South Africa's legacy of Mandela and the cosmopolitan spirit of Cape Town.

Highlights
Sightseeing Highlights

  • See South Africa's wildlife and birds on Safari
  • View Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, the Drakensberg mountains and Storms River Mouth
  • Visit the Kruger National Park, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Swaziland, Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, an Ostrich Farm and the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, the Bartolomeu Dias Museum in Mossel Bay and Table Mountain by Cable Car
Destinations
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Africa
  • Table Mountain
  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg
Tour Types
  • Africa
  • Safaris
Day 1 Arrive Johannesburg
Your seamless South African journey begins with a private airport transfer from O.R Tambo International Airport to your hotel. Settle in to the pace of Africa's most energetic city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Meals: Welcome Reception
Locations: Johannesburg

Day 2 Johannesburg – Kruger National Park Area (2 Nights)
The golden Highveld gives way to rolling green hills as we travel to South Africa's Lowveld. We admire the iconic sights along Mpumalanga's Panorama Route - the Blyde River Canyon, the heavenly landscapes of God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. Before evening falls, we venture to our hotel near the famous Kruger National Park, our home for two nights.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park

Day 3 Kruger National Park Safari Game Drive
Connect with nature and explore South Africa's oldest national park in the company of a Local Specialist. Uncover the secrets of the bushveld - the magnificent and iconic Big 5, the Little 5 and everything in between. See the glistening yellow Golden-orb spider waiting on her web, smell the damp scent of acacia trees in the early morning and keep your head down in search of animal spoor. Spend your afternoon at leisure or consider returning to the bush for an optional afternoon drive.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park

Day 4 Kruger National Park Area – Mbabane (Swaziland)
Enjoy one last chance to spot some wildlife before we travel to landlocked Swaziland. 'Dive into Culture' during a visit to Swazi Chief's village and gain insights into the community's way of life, sampling some of the local pap and stew, and admiring their striking crimson traditional dress.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Locations: Swaziland

Day 5 Mbabane (Swaziland) – Hluhluwe
We venture to 'garden of province' of KwaZulu Natal and its northern wilderness. Traversing rolling sugarcane fields and lush valleys, we arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park where there is an opportunity to embark on an optional 4x4 game drive. This evening enjoy a delicious South African braai - a perfect way to end the day.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park

Day 6 Hluhluwe – Durban (Umhlanga Rocks)
Board an optional morning cruise on Lake St. Lucia and get up close to the hippos, crocodiles and birdlife residing in the estuary. Alternatively explore the town of St Lucia. We continue south to Durban for an effortless encounter with this tropical east coast hub, which begins with a delicious Curry Buffet at the Oyster Box Hotel, one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories' - a seaside hotel that captures the nostalgia of a bygone era.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Durban

Day 7 Durban (Umhlanga Rocks) – Southern Drakensberg Mountains (2 Nights)
Enjoy free time this morning before venturing to the Southern Drakensberg mountains that frame South Africa's east coast like the tail of a sleeping dragon. Dive into Culture at Phezulu Safari Park where you'll embark on a village tour followed by traditional Zulu dancing, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Durban, Phezulu Safari Park

Day 8 Drakensberg Mountains Free Day or Sani Pass Excursion to Lesotho
Indulge in the freedom of a day spent exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your terms. Consider joining an optional 4x4 Sani Pass drive, ascending to a heavenly height of 2,876 metres for lunch at Africa's highest pub in Lesotho, or alternatively relax down here on earth amidst the Drakensberg's lofty peaks.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Drakensberg Mountains

Day 9 Southern Drakensberg Mountains – Eastern Cape Beaches
From enigmatic mountain landscapes to South Africa's untamed coastline, we venture through the Eastern Cape and the green hills of the Transkei, dotted with Xhosa kraals and homesteads. Discover the legacy of Nelson Mandela, at his birthplace in Xunu, then enjoy the unspoiled Wild Coast beaches of Chintsa, where the only footprints in the sand will be yours.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Chintsa

Day 10 Eastern Cape Beaches – Port Elizabeth
Wake to the sound of the ocean and spend time admiring pristine natural surrounds before we begin our journey to Port Elizabeth. Once a British settlement, this port city holds the distinction of being South Africa's friendliest city, which you'll encounter first-hand as you explore it on your own terms this evening.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Port Elizabeth

Day 11 Port Elizabeth – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna (2 Nights)
Walk beneath the tranquil canopy of Tsitsikamma's giant and ancient Yellowwoods, arriving at Storms River Mouth to peer into the depths of the gorge. We'll indulge in local cuisine with an opportunity to 'Connect with Locals' over a unique Be My Guest lunch before arriving in Knysna, known as South Africa's own Garden of Eden. Famed for its indigenous forests, fresh oysters and the two landmark Knysna Heads that stand as sentinels at the edge of the lagoon which shield the town from the Indian Ocean.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Locations: Knysna

Day 12 Oudtshoorn Excursion
Travel to Oudtshoorn, which holds the distinction of being the world's ostrich capital. We join a Local Specialist for a tour of an ostrich farm to learn about our feathered friends and even feed them, before descending into the ancient Cango Caves to admire its dripstone caverns and dimly lit vast halls.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Oudtshoorn

Day 13 Knysna – Mossel Bay – Cape Town (2 Nights)
See the highlights of Mossel Bay, including its Old Post Office Tree, Africa's oldest post box, and the Bartolomeu Dias Museum, telling the story of the first European navigators who braved the rugged waters of the tip of Africa. We continue our journey through Swellendam, Worcester and the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town. Visit the iconic Table Mountain by cable car this evening - the perfect introduction to this spectacular city (weather permitting).
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Mossel Bay

Day 14 Cape Town Free Day
Capture the cosmopolitan energy of South Africa's Mother City. Spend the day exploring its streets and squares in search of a tucked-away restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Consider an Optional Experience tour around the Cape Peninsula to visit Cape Point and see the penguins of Boulder's Beach, or sample the Cape's finest wines in the Cape Winelands.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Locations: Cape Town

Day 15 Depart Cape Town
We bid a fond farewell to Cape Town after breakfast. Explore the city on your terms before your transfer to Cape Town International Airport.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast
Locations: Cape Town

Dining Highlights

  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest)
  • 11 dinners


First class travel Highlights

  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Hand-picked hotels, lodges and luxury safari camps
  • Hand-picked Trafalgar Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director, Driver Guide or Trafalgar Representative
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

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