Best of South Africa

Best of South Africa
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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

  • VISIT the Kruger National Park, Bourke's Luck Potholes, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna and Table Mountain by Cable Car
  • VIEW Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, the Drakensberg mountains and Storms River Mouth
  • SEE South Africa's wildlife and birds on Safari
First class travel Highlights
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Destinations
  • Africa
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
Tour Types
  • Africa
Day 1 Arrive Johannesburg
Your seamless South African journey begins with an 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: 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park

Day 4 Kruger National Park Area – Mbabane (eSwatini)
Travel to landlocked eSwatini. 'Dive Into Culture' during a visit to a 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Locations: Swaziland

Day 5 Mbabane (eSwatini) – 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: 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: Breakfast, Dinner
Locations: Durban

Day 7 Durban (Umhlanga Rocks) – Southern Drakensberg Mountains (2 Nights)
Venture through the scenic Valley of 1000 Hills bound for the spectacular escarpment that winds north from the Eastern Cape to Mpumalanga. The Underberg's vibrant arts and crafts scene and stunning setting provide a beautiful backdrop for a morning drive. You'll continue to the foothills of the iconic Sani Pass where you'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure and stay overnight .
Meals: 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: 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: 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: 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. 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. 'Connect With Locals' during a 'Be My Guest' experience at a township in Knysna, where you'll learn a few key Xhosa phrases, how to drum and gain insights into Xhosa culture. Host Ella will share her life story and reveal the meaning behind some of the local songs that will accompany your traditional Xhosa meal. Our final stop today is the picturesque lagoon setting of 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: Breakfast, Be My Guest
Locations: Knysna

Day 12 Knysna Free Day
You'll have a free day to explore the jewel of the Garden Route. Start your day with a leisurely coffee in the Knysna Quays overlooking the lagoon, then consider an Optional Experience to Featherbed Nature Reserve including a drive through the reserve to the top of the lagoon's Western Head. This evening, why not join an Optional Experience sunset cruise to the Knysna Heads and see where the Indian Ocean crashes against their towering sandstone cliffs?
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Knysna

Day 13 Knysna – Cape Town (2 Nights)
Leave the Garden Route behind bound for the Mother City. You'll pass through vibrant coastal towns and the Cape Winelands, winding your way along South Africa's southern Cape coastline. Arriving in Cape Town later this afternoon, you'll have some time to freshen up before embarking on a visit to the iconic Table Mountain by cable car this evening (weather permitting).
Meals: 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. Spend your final evening at a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions indulging in delicious Cape Malay speciality dishes.
Meals: 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: Breakfast
Locations: Cape Town

Dining Highlights

  • 14 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest)
  • 10 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 Trip 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

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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