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Cox & Kings South Africa: Safari & Cape
from £3745 pp
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    South Africa, Africa
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  • Duration
    16 Days
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South Africa provides a wealth of spectacular sights and experiences. Start with the charm of the Western Cape, the world-renowned South African Winelands and the picturesque Garden Route. Fly to Johannesburg and explore both old and new aspects of this vibrant city. Continue through the rugged scenery of the Panorama Route and finish with wildlife viewing adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park in a private reserve.

What’s Included
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 International flights (and domestic flights if applicable) 
UK departure and overseas airport taxes
Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described 
Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

Signature Experiences
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Stay in a luxury safari lodge in a Big Five reserve
Travel along the scenic Garden & Panorama routes
Learn about South Africa’s turbulent history, including visits to Soweto township & the Apartheid Museum
Stay in 4-star accommodation
Small group size - average 10 people (max 16)

Tour Itinerary
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Day 1: Fly to Cape Town

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Cape Town with British Airways. 

Day 2: Cape Town

Arrive into Cape Town and transfer to President Hotel (or similar) for 4 nights in a sea-facing room. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or take optional excursions (see page 19 for suggestions). 

Day 3: Cape Town

Afternoon tour of Cape Town including an ascent up Table Mountain on the cable car (weather permitting), the Company Gardens, the South Africa Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the flea market in Greenmarket Square. 

Day 4: Cape Point & the Cape Peninsula

Full-day tour of Cape Point and the peninsula. Travel along the Atlantic seaboard, stopping at lookout points. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve before lunch (payable locally). Continue to Simon’s Town with its Victorian architecture, naval base and home to a large penguin colony at Boulders beach. The final visit is to Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, renowned for its diversity of Cape flora.

Day 5: Cape Winelands

Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands. Drive through mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Stops include Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl (time permitting) and includes wine tasting. 

Day 6: Barrydale • Oudtshoorn

Travel along Route 62. Stop at the town of Barrydale, surrounded by the Langeberg mountain range, for lunch (not included). Continue to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital of the world’ – and visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Overnight at Surval Boutique Olive Estate (or similar). 

Day 7: Cango Caves • Knysna • Plettenberg

Morning tour of the Cango Caves. Drive to Knysna and spend some time at leisure at the waterfront, with its boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. Continue to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay and take a cruise up the Keurbooms river. Stay 2 nights at Hunters Country House (or similar). 

Day 8: Plettenberg Bay

Morning visit to Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Continue to Bramon Wine Estate for a tasting followed by lunch (not included). Optional Marine Encounter boat trip (additional charge) before returning to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. 

Day 9: Tsitsikamma • Port Elizabeth

Drive along the final leg of the Garden Route to Tsitsikamma National Park. Take a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms river mouth gorge, which offers incredible views. Continue towards Port Elizabeth and overnight at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth (or similar). 

Day 10: Fly to Johannesburg

In the morning fly to Johannesburg and transfer to Protea Hotel Balalaika (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Afternoon city tour. Visit the Ghandi Memorial and the Carlton Centre for a bird’s-eye view of Johannesburg. 

Day 11: Johannesburg

Morning visit to Soweto township and visit several sites of historical importance. After lunch, visit the Apartheid Museum, which tells the history of 20th-century South Africa. 

Day 12: Hazyview

Drive to Hazyview via the scenic Panorama Route with stops along the way for views of the Blyde River Canyon. Time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window before arriving at Perry’s Bridge Hollow (or similar) for an overnight stay. 

Day 13: Safari experience

Drive to Moditlo River Lodge located in a private reserve adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park. Stay 2 nights at Moditlo River Lodge (or similar), a ‘Big Five’ reserve situated on the Blue Canyon Conservancy close to Hoedspruit. Afternoon wildlife drive. 

Day 14: Safari experience

Morning and afternoon wildlife drives. 

Day 15: Fly to London via Johannesburg

Early morning wildlife viewing activity (dependant on the time available). After breakfast, transfer to Hoedspruit airport for your flight to London via Johannesburg with British Airways. 

Day 16: London

Early morning arrival. 

Accommodation
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Hunters Country House, Plettenberg Bay
Hunter's Country House is a beautiful thatched homestead, far from the madding crowd, yet conveniently close to a wide variety of holiday activities along the Garden Route. All 19 suites are individually decorated and have private patios and gardens, while certain suites have their own splash pools. Hunter's Country House offers beautiful seating areas to enjoy the excellent food and wine on offer. Have breakfast in the sunny glass conservatory, casual lunches in the dining room or on the manicured lawns, and the outdoor boma, with its comfortable couches and fireplace, invites you to enjoy a high tea or a glass of bubbly as the sun sets. Sage at Hunter's evening a la carte menu offers a selection of flavours which can be complemented by the wine cellar, which has been stocked from the top wine farms in South Africa.

Moditlo River Lodge, Hoedspruit
Moditlo is in close proximity to the world-renowned Greater Kruger National Park in the private Blue Canyon Conservancy which encompasses over 14,500 hectares of African bushveld. All lodge rooms combine the style and elegance of first class safari properties with an element of the rustic nature of bushveld retreats. The rooms are accessed via a wooden walkway over a dry river bed to minimise impact on the area. The main lodge area is a spacious structure with natural wood and thatch and large verandas that wrap around the communal areas. Daily wildlife drives in the morning and afternoon are offered by knowledgeable local guides.

Perry's Bridge Hollow, Hazyview
Perry's Bridge Hollow is a modern, colonial-style hotel on the outskirts of Hazyview, just minutes from Kruger National Park. Also close by are other highlights of the region such as Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim's Rest, God's Window and Bourke's Luck Pothole. The hotel offers 31 rooms and three family suites in a beautiful indigenous garden setting, each with indoor and outdoor showers. Facilities include a swimming pool and three restaurants where cocktails are served to enhance the dining experience. The trading post not far from the hotel offers guests a unique shopping and dining experience with a variety of shops and...

Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, Johannesburg
Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is a tranquil oasis located in the Gauteng area north of Johannesburg, the main business and entertainment hub. All rooms are decorated in English country style, featuring bright colours and large windows. The hotel has several bars and lounges and two restaurants, including one specialising in South African beef.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth
The Radisson Blu Hotel is situated on Marine Drive, in the upmarket suburb of Summerstrand. All 173 rooms have sweeping views of the Indian Ocean as well as free high-speed broadband wireless Internet, direct dial phones with voice mail, mini-bar and coffee making facilities, satellite television, individual air conditioners, safe and hair dryer. The exclusive Business Class rooms include a Nespresso coffee-making machine, luxury bathrobe, slippers and a daily newspaper, delivered to your room. The hotel is just 300m away from 2 family friendly Blue Flag beaches. The bustling Board Walk Casino and Entertainment complex as well as Bayworld (which houses an oceanarium, snake and crocodile park and fascinating museum) are also situated within walking distance.

Surval Boutique Olive Estate, Oudtshoorn
Situated at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain range (a Unesco world heritage site), 4.5 km outside Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, Surval Boutique Olive Estate offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Schoemanshoek valley. There are 16 stylish rooms in a serene farm setting, ranging from the comfortable honeymoon suite, superior and standard rooms to friendly family rooms, and single rooms for the solo traveller.

The President Hotel, Cape Town
The President Hotel is located at Bantry Bay, an ideal location to explore the stunning beaches at Clifton. The hotel offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and Lion's Head mountain from the cocktail bar and there is also an infinity pool to relax in. The hotel's restaurant is in a casual setting and offers both a la carte and buffet options. Features: 349 rooms, infinity pool, restaurant, terrace, curio shop, gym, spa.

Tour Extensions
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Cape Town
2 Nights 
Cape Town has one of the most spectacular city locations in the world, between the imposing Table Mountain and the vast Atlantic Ocean. Spend 2 nights at The President Hotel before the tour to explore the city’s many cafes, galleries, shops and restaurants.

Day 1: Fly to Cape Town
Fly overnight to Cape Town. (N)
Days 2: Cape Town
Transfer to Cape Town and stay for 2 nights at The President Hotel in a sea-facing room. Remainder of the day at leisure. (N)
Day 3: Cape Town
Day at leisure or optional excursions such as a trip to Robben Island, a helicopter tour over the city or a whale-watching tour (seasonal). See page 19 for other suggestions. (B)
Day 4: Cape Town
Join the group tour. (B)
View of the Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Victoria Falls
2 Nights
At Victoria Falls, the mighty Zambezi river thunders over a 100-metre drop into a narrow ravine, dividing Zimbabwe and Zambia. While it is not the highest or widest waterfall in the world, it can lay claim to being the largest sheet of falling water and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Day 15: Fly to Johannesburg
Transfer to the airport and fly to Johannesburg. Stay overnight at the Peermont Mondior. (B)
Days 16-17: Victoria Falls
Fly to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and transfer to Ilala Lodge Hotel for 2 nights. Spend time at leisure or take optional excursions (see page 81 for suggestions).
Day 18: Fly to London via Johannesburg
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Johannesburg.
Day 19: London
Early morning arrival. (N)

Mauritius
6 Nights 
This extension provides a relaxing end to your tour, with an opportunity to enjoy the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Mauritius. With only 91 suites, Sands Resort & Spa prides itself on offering a personal service to all its guests. All suites are sea-facing, with either a balcony or terrace.

Day 15: Fly to Johannesburg
Late morning transfer to the airport and fly to Johannesburg. Stay overnight at the Peermont Mondior (B)
Days 16-20: Fly to Mauritius
Fly to Mauritius and stay at Sands Resort & Spa for 5 nights. (B, D)
Day 21: Fly to London
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)
White lions

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
2 Nights 
Covering 54,000 hectares, Sanbona is one of the largest privately owned wildlife reserves in South Africa. The sheer expanse and stark beauty of Sanbona is awe-inspiring. Visitors may spot the Big Five and some of the only free self-sustaining white lions in the world.

Day 1: Fly to Cape Town
Fly overnight to Cape Town. (N)
Day 2: Sanbona
Transfer to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and stay 2 nights at Tilney Manor / Gondwana Lodge. Afternoon safari activity. Activities include safari drives, nature walks, rock art visits and stargazing. Spa treatments are optional extras. (N)
Day 3: Sanbona
Morning and afternoon wildlife activities. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Cape Town
Morning safari drive. After lunch, transfer to Cape Town and join the group tour. (B, L)
Chobe, Botswana

Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park
4 Nights 
Combine Victoria Falls with the spectacular wildlife of Chobe in Botswana, home to southern Africa’s largest elephant herds.

Day 15: Fly to Johannesburg
Transfer to the airport and fly to Johannesburg. Stay overnight at the Peermont Mondior (B)
Days 16-17: Fly to Livingstone
Fly to Livingstone (Zambia) and transfer to Waterberry Zambezi Lodge for 2 nights. Spend time at leisure or take optional excursions (see page 93 for suggestions). (B)
Day 18: Chobe
Drive to Muchenje Safari Lodge in Botswana for a 2-night stay. Afternoon safari drive. (B, L, D)
Day 19: Chobe
Wildlife viewing. (B)
Day 20: Fly to London via Johannesburg
Transfer to Livingstone. Fly to London via Johannesburg with British Airways. (B)
Day 21: London
Early morning arrival. (N)

Winelands
2 Nights 
Franschhoek is a small rural village in the heart of the Cape Winelands, known as the gourmet capital of South Africa. A 2-night stay at Last Word Franschhoek, located right in the heart of the town, means that a range of boutiques, restaurants and wine tasting option are all within easy walking distance.

Day 1: Fly to Cape Town
Fly overnight to Cape Town. (N)
Days 2: Franschhoek
Transfer to Franschhoek and stay for 2 nights at Last Word Franschhoek. Remainder of the day at leisure. (N)
Day 3: Franschhoek
Day at leisure or optional excursions. Spa treatments are available at additional cost. (B)
Day 4: Cape Town
Transfer to Cape Town and join the group tour. (B)

Important Tour Information
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Group tour manager

This tour is fully escorted throughout by a driver-guide from arrival in Cape Town. The tour is made up of two modules – ‘Cape Town & the Garden Route’ and ‘Johannesburg & Kruger’ – and there is a different specialist guide for each module. Some people may join just one module of the tour, but these numbers will be small.

Departures

Guaranteed weekly Saturday departures with minimum 2 people and maximum 16.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single Supplement Available
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Single supplement is available from £735 - £805. 

Price Information
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Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote. 

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