JOHANNESBURG, HAZYVIEW, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SWAZILAND, JOZINI, HLUHLUWE, DURBAN, DRAKENSBERG, PORT ELIZABETH, KNYSNA, HERMANUS, CAPE TOWN.
MALTA - DUBAI
Meet your tour manager at Malta International Airport for our flight to Johannesburg via Larnaca and Dubai.
JOHANNESBERG Upon arrival at Tambo international Airport you will be met by our partners in South Africa and you will be assisted to the coach for the transfer to The 4*Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch, where your luggage will be stored until you return later for check-in. Depart to Apartheid Museum for an afternoon tour, then return to your hotel.
Breakfast and this morning gasp at the glory that is God’s Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and enjoy a different view of the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. We explore Bourke’s Luck Potholes and other highlights include the waterfalls at Graskop and Pilgrim`s Rest before arriving at Kruger where we check in at The 4* Sabi River Sun Resort. Dinner included.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast and try to imagine a national park the size of Israel, with huge tracts of acacia, sycamore figs and bush willow interrupted by open savannah, rushing rivers and the occasional rocky bluff. Now fill it with lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffaloes and black rhinos (the Big Five), plus cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and many species of smaller animals. Today you will experience all this first hand as we go on a full day Kruger National Park open-vehicle game drive. Dinner included.
KRUGER - SWAZILAND
After breakfast, depart to Swaziland, visiting the Matsamo Cultural Village en route. The village is traditional and a must for visitors looking to experience authentic Swazi culture, which is well preserved in this area. You’ll be treated to age-old folk songs, rhythmic dance performances, including the famous Rain Dance, and music with authentic African instruments. You can also wander on a tour through the village with its many huts and spaces, interacting with the villagers as they go about their daily activities, cultivating their crops, preparing traditional food and fashioning beautiful craft works. Transfer to your 4* Royal Swazi Spa Hotel. Lunch and Dinner included.
SWAZILAND - JOZINI
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then depart Swaziland and travel to Jozini where you will have a boat game viewing cruise to explore the splendour of Lake Jozini in true style. Transfer to your 4*Jozini Tiger Lodge. Lunch and Dinner included.
JOZINI - HLUHLUWE
Breakfast and transfer to Hluhluwe. Named after the many thorny climbers that were once found along the Hluhluwe River, on whose banks the town rests, Hluhluwe is nestled between Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. This fact ensures that visitors will be treated to incredibly scenic surrounding. Afternoon 4x4 game drive. If you visit Kwazulu-Natal, you can’t leave without visiting Big Five country in the oldest park in South Africa. This is the legendary park where a dedicated team made worldwide conservation history with their successful efforts to bring the white rhino back from the brink of extinction. You won’t simply be enthralled with this game-rich reserve and the extraordinary beauty of the terrain, but also with the sense of history having been made here. Our specialist tour is conducted in specially modified open safari vehicles to enhance your game viewing and give photographers the very best vantage point to capture that perfect image. You’ll be equally spellbound by the smallest of creatures, the most beautiful of trees. You’ll be hooked on the camaraderie of being together when you meet that elephant, or spot that lion, and you’ll be back. That’s for sure. Check in at the 4* Bon Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay Lunch and Dinner included.
HLUHLUWE - DURBAN
After breakfast, depart for Durban with a stop at Shakaland to experience a cultural show and lunch. Shakaland is a living museum of the life and times of this Zulu monarch and you can re-live the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulus, in this authentic re-creation of the Great Kraal overlooking the Phobane Lake. Experience the sight of assegaai-wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas and witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and the beer-drinking ceremonies. This cultural village is a unique resort built amid thorn trees and aloes, comprising a traditional Zulu “Umuzi” or homestead, where the Zulu people reside. Travel on to the seaside town of Umhlanga Rocks, which is located 15 minutes from the centre of Durban. Check in at the 3* Protea Hotel by Marriot Umhlanga. Lunch included.
After breakfast, depart to the Drakensberg mountains where you will spend two nights at your resort. Check in at the 4* Champagne Castle Hotel which is nestled below the second highest peak in South Africa, Champagne Castle (3377m), part of the main escarpment within the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range, the highest mountain range in South Africa. Due to its diversity of plant, bird and insect life and the richest collection of San rock paintings in Africa, it has been declared a Mixed World Heritage Site. For visual impact, recreational variety and luxurious splendour, Champagne Castle Hotel is pretty close to being an ultimate experience. Your stay will be characterised by the proximity you gain to the most dramatic and immediate views of the Drakensberg Escarpment and the ‘Barrier of Spears’. Whether you walk or hike, trout fish or horse ride, play golf or tennis, swim or bowl, everything here has been configured to embrace this unparalleled setting. Lunch and dinner included.
DURBAN - PORT ELIZABETH
Transfer to Durban for check in at King Shaka Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth. Transfer and check in to The 4* Boardwalk Hotel. Packed breakfast included.
After breakfast, depart to Knysna via Tsitsikamma Forest and Plettenberg Bay. Tsitsikamma - the Garden of the Garden Route welcomes you - Tsitsikamma is a khoi word meaning “place of abundant or sparkling water”. The region, which sits on a 200m high plateau stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to the Tsitsikamma River in the east, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean. The area is covered in large tracts of indigenous forest, commercial plantation and Fynbos. Deep river gorges cleft the plateau as they make their way down to the sea, creating spectacular waterfalls and deep kloofs (ravines). The water in the rivers is a characteristic dark brown (Coca Cola Water) due to its high tannin content leached from the surrounding vegetation. Stop at the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay and after proceed to The 4* Protea Knysna Quays Hotel.
After breakfast, depart on your Featherbed Eco tour. The Featherbed Nature Reserve, situated on the Western Head in Knysna, is the premier eco-experience on the Garden Route. Enjoy a ferry trip on the Knysna Lagoon to the Western Head, then in a 4x4 vehicle and trailer drive up the headland onto the Reserve, stopping at spectacular viewpoints. A specialist guide will provide information on history, fauna & flora, then take an optional guided 2.2km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves. Enjoy a world-renowned buffet lunch at an outdoor restaurant setting under a canopy of Milkwood trees before taking the ferry back to Knysna.
KNYSNA - HERMANUS
Breakfast and this morning transfer to Hermanus - visit the Cango Caves, situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. Depart to the Safari Show Ostrich Farm and enjoy a one-hour tour, followed by lunch. Check in at the 4* Marine Hotel.
Breakfast and today we have a day of magnificent vistas. Hermanus has grown from a small seaside resort town to possibly the best-known place for whale watching in the world and the best way to enjoy whale watching in Hermanus is by boat(optional) and (weather permitting).
Enjoy the ever-changing passing canvas as we travel to Cape Town stopping at the cableway and take the cable car up Table Mountain, to enjoy spectacular views of the city and surrounds (weather permitting). Check in at The 4* Radisson Red V&A Waterfront Hotel.
After breakfast join us on the ultimate ‘Mother City’ experience, designed to orientate and give you a full-colour insight into the extraordinary magic of Cape Town. We’ve chosen iconic buildings, snatches of its history, and experiences unique to this City. We visit the country’s oldest building, The Castle (closed Sundays), and a short distance away, the Company Gardens, both historically fascinating and well conserved. Our drive continues past Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge, and you’ll sense the depth of history via their distinctive architecture. Colonial then changes to colourful, as we move up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colours of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes. Our day ends on a sparkling note, as we trace the moves of a professional diamond cutter, as he creates every girl’s dream stone. Perhaps you’ll be taking one home.
Breakfast and today depart on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Drive along Millionaire’s Paradise from Clifton to Camps Bay and on to Llandudno, before an up-close-and personal Seal Island cruise and wind along Chapman’s Peak Drive. Proceed to Cape Point Nature Reserve which lies at the south-western tip of Africa and offers great views, a restaurant and a funicular which takes you up to the old lighthouse. The spectacular scenery coupled with zebras, baboons, deserted beaches and plenty of fynbos to make this one of the Cape’s must-see destinations. Drive to Simon’s Town where you will stop for lunch (own account). Visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, then travel back to Cape Town, stopping at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens en route.
Breakfast and proceed to a superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the heavenly scenery! The area’s rich with history, and we can’t help but feel it as we move through the region to experience a wine cellar tour and tasting, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. We visit Neethlingshof for a cellar tour and wine tasting. Afternoon (optional) excursion to Robben Island (weather permitting) the icon of struggle, freedom and hope made famous by Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment here.
Breakfast and time at leisure for personal sightseeing and shopping. Transfer from your hotel to Cape Town International Airport, for your flight to Malta via Dubai.
Arrival in Malta.