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Overview

A breath-taking and diverse tour which spans the wonders of South Africa. Beginning in Johannesburg, you will journey through the Panorama Route and on to Kruger National Park. After wonderful game drives and wildlife sightings, you will continue on to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley and KwaZulu Natal. From there you will take in the sights of Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve and Durban, then on to Port Elizabeth and through to Knysna. You will then journey to Oudtshoorn, Cape Point and the superb Winelands, before ending your tour in Cape Town

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Day 1

Departing from Johannesburg first thing this morning, you will journey on to Mpumalanga via the amazing Panorama Route. There are a number of spectacular vantage points along the way where you’ll witness the stunning 33km-long Blyde River Canyon gorge, which begins at Bourke’s Luck Potholes and ends at the Three Rondavels. If time and weather permit, stop off at God’s Window. You will arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, where you can check-in and freshen up before dinner.

Overnight stay at Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar

Day 2

Early this morning you will depart on an open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. Spanning nearly 2 million hectares, this reserve is the flagship of South African national parks and home to an impressive array of flora and fauna. You will return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day relaxing and taking in the views. There is an optional evening safari (Additional cost)

Overnight stay at Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar

 

Day 3

After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland where you will enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture, followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. You will then continue on to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create stunning sculptures from molten glass. After spending some time at the Mbaban craft markets, you’ll return to your hotel situated in the breath-taking Ezulwini Valley.

Overnight stay at Royal Swazi Sun (standard room) or similar

 

Day 4

Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory before journeying on via the Big Bend into KwaZulu Natal. You will arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, before embarking on a scenic afternoon drive with views overlooking Lake Jozini. Stop for sunset drinks as the sun transforms the sky into a blend of stunning colors, and then combine your drive with a visit to an authentic Zulu homestead. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight stay at Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar

 

Day 5

Today you will transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing. This area covers an astonishing 90,000 hectares and was the location where the white rhino was saved from extinction. You will return to the hotel in the late afternoon, ending the day with dinner at the hotel.  

Overnight stay at Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar

 

Day 6

Continue your journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. You will embark on an estuarine boat trip at St Lucia, where you’ll take in sightings of hippos, crocodiles and numerous bird species. Continue on to Durban for arrive in the afternoon at your hotel.

Overnight stay at Protea Hotel Edward (standard room) or similar

 

Day 7

This morning you will embark on a brief tour of Durban City where you can explore the cultural and historical contrasts of the city. Check in at the King Shaka International Airport for your domestic flight to Port Elizabeth (flight cost not included). On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth (standard room) or similar

 

Day 8

Today, depart from Port Elizabeth and travel via the coastline to the stunning Tsitsikamma National Park. Here, you can enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge which overlooks the Storms River mouth gorge for spectacular views. Continue to Plettenberg Bay for dinner and your overnight stay.

Overnight stay at Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard suite) or similar

 

Day 9

Following breakfast at the hotel, visit the Elephant Sanctuary where you’ll have the chance to touch, feed and photograph the amazing creatures. After lunch at your own leisure, visit the Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world.

Optional: Whale and dolphin boat experience (weather & time permitting; not included)

Overnight stay at Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard suite) or similar

 

Day 10

After breakfast and check-out, proceed to the lagoon side of Knysna – the gem of Garden Route. Embark on a tranquil cruise to and into the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Once you’ve returned to the mainland, continue to Oudtshoorn which is known as the ‘feather capital of the world’. Visit a working ostrich farm where you can take part in a guided tour, then check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before having dinner.

Overnight stay at De Opstal Country Lodge (standard room) or similar

 

Day 11

Enjoy breakfast before checking out of the hotel. You’ll take part in a morning tour of the Cango Caves, which are considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Depart from Oudtshoorn then travel via Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch at your own leisure. Arrive in Cape Town around 6pm.

Overnight stay at Pepper Club Luxury Hotel (deluxe studio) or similar

 

Day 12

Today you will be collected for your scheduled full day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour – an amazing tour taking in beaches, breath-taking views and picturesque villages to the towering headland known as Cape Point. The tour ends on arrival to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight stay at Pepper Club Luxury Hotel (deluxe studio) or similar

 

Day 13

Today sees you take in a scheduled full day Cape Winelands Tour. This is a beautiful drive which winds through the heart of the Cape Winelands, through amazing mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. You will then return to Cape Town during the late afternoon.

Overnight stay at Pepper Club Luxury Hotel (deluxe studio) or similar

 

Day 14

Enjoy breakfast before checking out of the hotel. You will be collected from the hotel for a scheduled city tour, taking in the sights of Cape Town and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The tour ends with a drop-off at Cape Town International Airport.

 

Departures available on Mondays from Johannesburg.

Note: This tour is also available in a northbound direction with departures on a Monday out of Cape Town.

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