21 DAY WORLD IN ONE COUNTRY AFRICAN SAFARI
AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFE TIME, EXPERIENCE TRADITION CULTURE AND HISTORY
15th AUGUST - 04th SEPTEMBER 2022
JOHANNESBURG, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, JOZINI, HLUHLUWE, DURBAN, DRAKENSBERG, PORT ELIZABETH, KNYSNA, HERMANUS, CAPE TOWN
Life is all about journeys. One of the most unforgettable journeys you will ever take is to South Africa, not only because of its surpassed beauty and wildlife, but because of the people who will welcome you warmly, and enrich your enjoyment with their generosity and friendship.
Unspoiled beaches, game reserves as big as European countries, soaring mountains, impeccable service, fabulous hand-picked hotels and food and wine to die for... Join me on a ROCS Travel 21 Day World In One Country South African Safari, an exceptional journey like you’ve never experienced before.
- Colin Aquilina, rocs CEO and South Africa tour manager
Day 1 - MALTA - DUBAI
Meet your tour manager at Malta International Airport for our flight to Johannesburg via Larnaca and Dubai.
Day 2 - JOHANNESBURG
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 by Marriott 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.
Day 3 - johannesburg - kruger
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 Three Rondavelsat at Blyde River. We explore Bourke’s Luck Potholes and other highlights include the waterfalls at Graskop before arriving at Kruger where we check in at the 4* Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate Dinner included.
Day 4 – 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.
Day 5 – KRUGER - jozini
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then depart to Jozini and check in at the 4*Jozini Tiger Lodge. Dinner included.
Day 6 – JOZINI
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Afternoon boat game viewing cruise to explore the splendour of Lake Jozini in true style. Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 7 – 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. Dunazulu cultural tour including lunch and 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.
Day 8 – HLUHLUWE - DURBAN
After breakfast depart for Durban, city orientation tour and check in at the 5* Oyster Box hotel.
Day 9/10 - DRAKENSBERG
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.
Day 11 – DURBAN - PORT ELIZABETH
Breakfast and transfer to King Shaka Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth.
City orientation tour and transfer to hotel for check in to The 4* Boardwalk Hotel.
Day 12 - KNYSNA
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. Proceed to The 4* Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays Hotel.
Day 13 - KNYSNA
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.
Day 14 – 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.
Day 15 – HERMANUS
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).
Day 16 – CAPE TOWN
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.
Day 17 – CAPE TOWN
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.
Day 18 – CAPE TOWN
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.
Day 19 – CAPE TOWN
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.
Day 20 – CAPE TOWN
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.
Day 21 - MALTA
Arrival in Malta.
OUR HAND PICKED HOTELS IN SOUTH AFRICA
PACKAGE PER PERSON
Triple sharing______€ 4599
Twin sharing______€ 4699
Whale watching____ € 76
Robben island______€ 44
Hot air ballooning __€258
OUR PACKAGES INCLUDES
Return International flights Malta/Johannesberg/Cape Town/Malta
One way flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth
Airline taxes and fuel charges
1 night in Johannesberg at the 4*Protea hotel by Marriott Fire & Ice Melrose Arch
2 nights in Kruger at the 4*Protea hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate
2 nights in Jozini at the 4*Jozini Tiger Lodge
1 night in Hluhluwe at the 4*Bon Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay
1 night in Durban at the 5*Oyster Box hotel
2 nights in Drakensberg at the 4*Champagne Castle hotel
1 night in Port Elizabeth at the 4*Boardwalk hotel
2 nights in Knysna at the 4*Protea hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays hotel
2 nights in Hermanus at the 4*Marine hotel
4 nights in Cape Town at the 4* Radisson Red V&A Waterfront hotel
Local English speaking guide
Comprehensive guided sightseeing
Active itinerary with unique cultural features
Services of an experienced ROCS
Travel tour manager
supplement will apply if there be a substantial increase in fuel costs at any time