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VISITING: CAPE TOWN, HERMANUS, OUDTSHOORN, KNYSNA, TSITSIKAMMA, PORT ELIZABETH, DURBAN/UMHLANGA ROCKS, ZULULAND, SWAZILAND, MPUMALANGA, HOEDSPRUIT

 

Day 1: (WED) CAPE TOWN
On arrival in Cape Town you are met by your representative and assisted to your transfer. The remainder of the day is at leisure (unescorted). Floreal House or similar

Day 2: (THU) CAPE TOWN (B)
guide and fellow travellers and set out to the picturesque Winelands, where century old vineyards are surrounded by awe inspiring mountain scenery. We have left today’s itinerary open. With extraordinary wine estates from Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek and fascinating historical landmarks to explore, your highly knowledgeable tour guide will discuss the many possibilities and tailor-make a memorable Winelands experience for the whole group. Floreal House or similar Distance travelled today: 200 kms

Day 3: (FRI) CAPE TOWN (B)
This morning we ascend one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature – majestic Table Mountain (weather permitting), for unrivalled views of Cape Town. Thereafter we drive along Millionaires Paradise to Camps Bay, heading towards the charming working harbour at Hout Bay. We wind along legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive (if open) hugging the cliffs and relishing the breath-taking ocean views. After lunch (for own account) we visit the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope, an integral part of the world renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. Floreal House or similar Distance travelled today: 200 kms

Day 4: (SAT) CAPE TOWN > HERMANUS (B)
We depart Cape Town after breakfast. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its delicate coastal Fynbos. We also seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stoney Point. In the ‘Hemel en Aarde’ region, one of South Africa’s newest wine routes, we indulge in a wine tasting at a boutique winery before arriving in Hermanus. Misty Waves Boutique Hotel or similar Distance travelled today: 200 kms

Day 5: (SUN) HERMANUS > OUDTSHOORN (B)
This morning we explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and gasp at the outstanding views of Walker Bay. During the months of July – November, the possibility of whale sightings could add further enhancement to our explorations. We depart late morning stopping for a late lunch (for own account) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic ‘Route 62’, then onward to Oudtshoorn. La Plume Boutique Hotel or similar Distance travelled today: 380 kms

Day 6: (MON) OUDTSHOORN > KNYSNA (B)
Today we will have the opportunity to marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Thereafter enjoy a guided tour at an ostrich farm, which will give us insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the ‘feather capital of the world’. We travel via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa. Knysna Hollow or similar Distance travelled today: 220 kms

Day 7: (TUE) KNYSNA (BL)
This morning we cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you will learn more about the fascinating history, fauna and flora of the area. Return for lunch. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure (unescorted) to further explore the charming village of Knysna. Knysna Hollow or similar Distance travelled today: 20 kms

Day 8: (WED) KNYSNA > TSITSIKAMMA (B)
We depart Knysna after breakfast and travel to Plettenberg Bay for an ocean safari (weather permitting). During the summer months we may encounter bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During the winter months we may see southern right and humpback whales. For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you will have the opportunity to attempt the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge (for own account and weather permitting). We arrive late afternoon at the picturesque village of Storms River. Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar Distance travelled today: 130 kms

Day 9: (THU) TSITSIKAMMA > PORT ELIZABETH > DURBAN/UMHLANGA (B)
This morning we immerse ourselves in the splendour and tranquillity of the Tsitsikamma National Park and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean (weather permitting). We continue our journey to Port Elizabeth airport for our onward flight to Durban. On arrival in Durban we will be met and transferred to our accommodation for the evening, on the tropical North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The Oyster Box or similar Distance travelled today: 280 kms

Day 10: (FRI) DURBAN > ZULULAND (BD + 1GA)
After breakfast head north to the tiny village of St Lucia, a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa’s wilderness treasures. A cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (depending on favourable weather conditions) affords us wonderful photographic opportunities as we may encounter large pods of hippos, the occasional Nile crocodile and prolific birdlife. Continue to a private game reserve where you can experience the unique richness that this peaceful region has to offer. Enjoy an afternoon game drive within the heart of Big Five territory. After winding down with sundowners, we marvel at the spectacular sunsets and continue our search for elusive nocturnal creatures. Ubizane Wildlife Reserve or similar Distance travelled today: 350 kms

Day 11: (SAT) ZULULAND > SWAZILAND (B + 1GA)
This morning will be an early start with tea, coffee and rusks after which we set out on an early morning safari in search of the Big Five, enjoying the delightful scenery and excellent safari opportunity. After breakfast we set our sights north and cross the border into the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Arrive in the afternoon at our luxury lodge set in a beautiful, secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains. The Royal Villas or similar Distance travelled today: 320 kms

Day 12: (SUN) SWAZILAND > MPUMALANGA (BD)

After breakfast we visit a chief’s village to gain an insight into the fascinating traditional Swazi culture and the residents invite us to participate in the cultural practices. Afterwards, we cross the border back into South Africa for an afternoon arrival in the lush Sabie River Valley. Country Boutique Hotel or similar Distance travelled today: 330 kms

Day 13: (MON) MPUMALANGA (BD + 1GA)

Today we traverse the glorious Panorama route taking in the spectacular God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels at Blyde River Canyon. Our safari adventure continues at Kapama Private Game Reserve described as an African Eden. The reserve is a wilderness paradise. After checking in, we depart on an open vehicle safari accompanied by a ranger and tracker. We go in search of a diverse range of animal and bird species and hope to encounter the Big Five, lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Kapama River Lodge or similar Distance travelled today: 280 kms


Day 14: (TUE) MPUMALANGA (BLD + 2GA)

The day starts with an early morning safari. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. Return to the lodge for a few hours of relaxation. In the afternoon we will gather for high tea, before heading out for the afternoon safari. As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge. Kapama River Lodge or similar Distance travelled today: 90 kms

Day 15 (WED) MPUMALANGA > HOEDSPRUIT (B)
Enjoy a final early morning open vehicle safari, before returning to the lodge for brunch. Upon checking out, you will be transferred to nearby Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport for your onward flight to Johannesburg.


EXCLUSIONS

FLIGHT: PORT ELIZABETH > DURBAN (UMHLANGA) (PLZ/DUR) and departure tax on Day 9 Please book flights to depart Port Elizabeth after 14h30 on Day 9 FLIGHT: HOEDSPRUIT > JOHANNESBURG (HDS/JNB) and departure tax on Day 15 Please book flights to depart Hoedspruit from 12h00 on Day 15

 

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


DEPARTURES & PRICES

2019
16 Jan 13 Feb 13 Mar 17 Apr
15 May 12 Jun 10 Jul 7 Aug
11 Sep 9 Oct 6 Nov 11 Dec

JOURNEY INCLUSIONS
RETURN FLIGHTS INCL. TAXES AND CHARGES
14 BREAKFASTS | 2 LUNCHES | 4 DINNERS
ACCOMMODATION | TRANSPORTATION | PORTERAGE
SIGHTSEEING AS SPECIFIED

 

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