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This tour is the perfect introduction to South Africa, encompassing many of its highlights. Track the Big Five in Kruger National Park, drive along the famed Garden Route to Cape Town and explore the cultural heritage of Zululand. The tour also explores the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal and includes a stay in the Kingdom of Swaziland, now called eSwatini.
- Open vehicle wildlife drives in Kruger
- Interactive Cape Malay theatre dinner
- Swazi culture craft market
- Knysna Heads escapade
- Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
- Small group size - maximum 25 people
- 3- & 4-star accommodation
- Flexible - room & flight upgrades available
- Small group size - maximum 25
- Guaranteed departures for a minimum of 2 people
- International flights with British Airways
- Internal flights as specified
- Experienced local tour manager
- 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Welcome drink to meet the group & guide
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- Porterage at airports & stations
Day 1: Fly to Johannesburg
Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Johannesburg, with British Airways.
Day 2: Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to Protea Hotel Wanderers for 1 night. Optional sightseeing tours, excursions or shopping trips, or simply relax at your hotel. Welcome drink in the evening to meet your fellow travellers.
Day 3: Pretoria • Mpumalanga
A brief orientation tour of South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria. Continue to the Lowveld, passing the historic towns of Lydenburg and Dullstroom via the Long Tom Pass. Arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park and stay 3 nights at Perry’s Bridge Hollow.
Day 4: Panorama Route
Early departure to drive the Panorama Route with views of the Blyde river canyon, taking in the Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Return to your hotel in the early afternoon to relax at leisure or join an optional afternoon wildlife drive (payable locally).
Day 5: Kruger National Park
Open vehicle safari through Kruger National Park to track the Big Five, see prolific birdlife and a host of other wildlife. Return to your hotel in the afternoon to rest or join an optional afternoon wildlife drive.
Day 6: Mpumalanga • Swaziland (eSwatini)
Drive from Kruger to the Kingdom of Swaziland (eSwatini), within the borders of South Africa. An interactive cultural experience displays the charm of the Swazi people and their rich traditions. Travel via the capital city, Mbabane, to the Ezulwini valley and visit a craft market. Overnight at Royal Swazi Sun.
Day 7: Swaziland • Zululand
Continue south and cross the border back into South Africa, pass traditional huts and rolling hills of Zululand. Optional afternoon wildlife drive in an open safari vehicle in the famed Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, renowned for its conservation of black and white rhino and other flora and fauna. Overnight at Hluhluwe Anew Hotel (or similar).
Day 8: Zululand • Umhlanga
Morning cruise on Lake St Lucia (weather dependent). Drive towards Durban, passing traditional Zulu kraals, eucalyptus plantations and sugarcane fields. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean. Overnight at Protea Hotel Umhlanga.
Day 9: Fly to Port Elizabeth • Knysna
Fly to Port Elizabeth then explore the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest and visit the spectacular Storms river mouth (weather permitting). Stay 2 nights at The Rex Hotel, set on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in Knysna.
Day 10: Knysna
Start the day with a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve and take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head for expansive views of the town, lagoon and ocean. Return to your hotel for lunch and a leisurely afternoon to explore this charming town.
Day 11: Knysna • Oudtshoorn
Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to the ‘ostrich capital’ of Oudtshoorn. Take a guided tour of a working ostrich farm, followed by lunch. Continue to the limestone caverns at the Cango Caves. Late afternoon arrival at Hlangana Lodge for a 1-night stay.
Day 12: Oudtshoorn • Cape Town
Optional early morning excursion to observe meerkats as they emerge out of their burrows to bask in the sun (weather permitting). Drive through the Karoo, Barrydale and the picturesque spa town of Montagu. Continue to Cape Town and check in for a 3-night stay at President Hotel.
Day 13: Cape Town
A full day at leisure to explore the city or waterfront at your own pace. Optional excursions include a helicopter ride, visit Robben Island or laze on the beach at Camps Bay. Dinner will be at a lively venue as you sample Cape Malay cuisine and hear tales of the people of the Cape.
Day 14: Cape Town
Full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula, following the scenic coastal paths from Sea Point through Hout Bay and on to Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. Return via the fishing village of Fish Hoek, Muizenberg and Simon's Town to visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach (entrance fee payable locally).
Day 15: Cape Town • Fly to London via Johannesburg
Morning at leisure for some final shopping or sightseeing. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home, via Johannesburg.
Day 16: London
Anew Hotel, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
The Anew Hotel is quaint property located just off the main road as you enter the bustling town of Hluhluwe in the heart of Zululand. The hotel provides an ideal stopping point for those wishing to visit the renowned Hluhluwe Game reserve, which is teeming with the Big Five wildlife, or the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) - a Unesco world heritage site. The hotel can arrange whale-watching tours, visits to local pineapple farms or turtle tours.
Features: 81 rooms, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, boma area & lush gardens.
Hlangana Lodge, Oudtshoorn
Hlangana Lodge is a small, boutique Victorian property with views across to the Swartberg Mountains. Situated on the outskirts of the town of Oudtshoorn on the way to the Cango Caves, the hotel has over a hectare of landscaped gardens for guests to enjoy. There are 23 rooms and suites offering comfortable, quality accommodation. The hotel has a salt water swimming pool in an elegant garden setting, a short distance from the guest rooms. The lodge is known for its sumptuous champagne breakfasts and there are many popular restaurants within walking distance.
Features: 23 rooms and suites, free parking, Wi-Fi, lounge area, extensive buffet breakfast room, swimming pool, 24 hour room service.
Room amenities: Private bathrooms with bath or shower, air conditioning, heating, mini bar, in room safe, satellite television.
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.
Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga Rocks
The Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge is conveniently situated within minutes of the beach and close to the Durban's new airport. There are 120 comfortably appointed rooms which are elegantly furnished and have satellite television. The hotel serves breakfasts and is in close proximity to a variety of restaurants in Umlanga.
Royal Swazi Sun, Swaziland
Situated beneath the imposing Mdzimba Mountains, all 147 rooms are tastefully decorated and have air-conditioning, heating, bath, shower, television, radio, telephone, hairdryer and 24 hour in-room dining...
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. Room amenities: Air conditioning, flat-screen television, self-catering kitchenette, tea & coffee facilities, minibar, safe, en suite...
The Rex Hotel, Knysna
The Rex Hotel is situated 150 metres from the Knysna Waterfront. The spacious rooms are an eclectic mix of comtemporary and classic comfort. Cool colours and rich fabrics bring elegance and sophistication to your surroundings.
Wanderers Hotel, Johannesburg
Luxury accommodation in Johannesburg next to the Wanderers Golf Course and sports fields, centrally located between the Rosebank and Sandton shopping and business centres. Accommodation at the Wanderers Hotel consists of spacious air-conditioned bedrooms equipped with workdesk, leather armchair, bathroom with telephone and separate shower, satellite colour television, electonic room safes, computer and modem plug points and direct dial telephone. There is 24 hour room service, porterage, security and valet service, swimming pool and sundeck, a breakfast restaurant for breakfast, an a-la-carte restaurant for lunch and dinner, a guest lounge with adjoining bar, secure parking for 400 vehicles and a gymnasium.
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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