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VISITING: 
JOHANNESBURG, MPUMALANGA, SWAZILAND, ST LUCIA, DURBAN, DRAKENSBERG, EASTERN CAPE COAST, PORT ELIZABETH, KNYSNA, OUDTSHOORN, CAPE TOWN

 

Day 1: (SUN) JOHANNESBURG
On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. It is also the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. The remainder of the day is at leisure and unescorted. Why not enjoy a sightseeing tour or simply relax at your hotel. At 19h00 we will meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers. Protea Hotel Wanderers (standard room) or similar Distance travelled today: 35 kms

Day 2: (MON) JOHANNESBURG > MPUMALANGA (B)
Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to the Mpumalanga Province, known as ‘Paradise Country’. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, we travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, we travel via Sabie and arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park. Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar Distance travelled today: 425 kms

Day 3: (TUE) MPUMALANGA (B)
After an early morning breakfast, we’ll drive along the spectacular ‘Panorama Route’, offering views of amazing scenery including the 26 kilometre-long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes’ and historic God’s Window, a breathtaking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. We arrive back in Hazyview in the early afternoon, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or join an afternoon game experience (optional and for own account). Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar Distance travelled today: 320 kms

Day 4: (WED) MPUMALANGA (PB)
The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle safari (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Kruger is one of the world’s greatest national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. Search for the ‘Big Five’ (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant) as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. Late afternoon open vehicle game drives are available (optional and for own account). Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar Distance travelled today: 120 kms

Day 5: (THU) MPUMALANGA > SWAZILAND (BLD)
This morning we travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of Swaziland and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, and on to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for a true African shopping experience at the Ezulwini Craft Market which is packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Overnight in Swaziland. Royal Swazi Sun (standard room) or similar Distance travelled today: 310 kms

Day 6: (FRI) SWAZILAND > ZULULAND (B)
After breakfast we will continue south through Swaziland, before re-entering South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari (optional and for own account with an English speaking game ranger) in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. Overnight in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region. Anew Hotel Hluhluwe (standard room) or similar Distance travelled today: 360 kms

Day 7: (SAT) ZULULAND > DURBAN (B)
This morning we will join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (depending on favourable weather conditions) before departing for Durban. Our journey takes us past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. We arrive early afternoon and the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean. Overnight in Durban (Umhlanga). Protea Hotel Umhlanga (standard room) or similar Distance travelled today: 275 kms

Day 8: (SUN) DURBAN (UMHLANGA) > KNYSNA (BD)
After breakfast, transfer to Durban (Umhlanga) airport for the short southward flight to Port Elizabeth, where we will be met by our representative and once everyone has arrived, we set off to explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. Visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). We’ll arrive at our hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Overnight in Knysna. Rex Hotel (standard room) or similar Distance travelled today: 360 kms

Day 9: (MON) KNYSNA (BL)
After a leisurely breakfast we’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where we can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. Rex Hotel (standard room) or similar Distance travelled today: 15 kms

Day 10: (TUE) KNYSNA > OUDTSHOORN (BL)
Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the “ostrich capital” and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. We’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour and light lunch, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. We will arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon, in time to check in and relax before dinner (for own account). Overnight in Oudtshoorn. Hlangana Lodge (standard room) or similar Distance travelled today: 210 kms

Day 11: (WED) OUDTSHOORN > CAPE TOWN (B)
There is an option (for own account and subject to availability) to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities (weather permitting). After this thrilling experience, head back for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, the journey continues through the ‘Little Karoo’ to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before travelling to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. (The school visit is subject to the school being open). Continue straight through to Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain. (The tour will travel via Franschhoek, if there are guests booked on the Franschhoek option). Overnight in Cape Town. President Hotel (standard mountain facing room) or similar Distance travelled today: 468 kms

Day 12: (THU) CAPE TOWN (UNESCORTED) (BD)

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (own account) or simply explore the city. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. Alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many pristine beaches. Enjoy an evening of delicious Cape food, captivating theatre and entertaining tales and songs about the people of the Cape. Overnight in Cape Town. President Hotel (standard mountain facing room) or similar Distance travelled today: 10 kms

Day 13: (FRI) CAPE TOWN (B)

Enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, offering some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay (where you can enjoy an optional and for own account seal island boat cruise) and then on to Cape Point where (by tradition) it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. We’ll return to Cape Town by way of Simon’s Town, where we visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach (entrance fee for own account), Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. Overnight in Cape Town. President Hotel (standard mountain facing room) or similar Distance travelled today: 200 kms


Day 14: (SAT) CAPE TOWN (B)

Enjoy some last minute shopping (unescorted) or sightseeing (own account). The Robben Island Tour (for own account and time permitting), which departs from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offers a fascinating excursion or perhaps just wander through the variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets. Later you will be transferred to the airport, harbour or railway station for your onward journey.


EXCLUSIONS

Accommodation check-in on Day 1 is from 14h00. Shuttle service on Day 1 starts at 06h15 and ends at 22h00. If you are arriving on a very early morning or late evening flight, please inform your Travel Agent, inorder to make alternative transfer arrangements.

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS
This tour travels through Swaziland and Lesotho. Please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas in order to travel through Swaziland and Lesotho.


DEPARTURES & PRICES

2019
13 Jan 10 Feb 10 Mar 14 Apr
12 May 9 Jun 7 21 Jul 4, 18 Aug
8 Sep 6, 20 Oct 3, 17 Nov 8 Dec

JOURNEY INCLUSIONS
RETURN FLIGHTS INCL. TAXES AND CHARGES
14 BREAKFASTS | 4 DINNERS
ACCOMMODATION | TRANSPORTATION | PORTERAGE
SIGHTSEEING AS SPECIFIED AND KRUGER PARK CONSERVATION LEVY (CONSERVATION LEVIES ARE SUBJECT TO INCREASE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE AND ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE GAME PARK)

 

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