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Cosmos escorted tours
Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.
Explore the many faces of South Africa on this thrilling adventure that combines game drives at some of the county’s most important nature reserves, with cultural sightseeing in the city and villages.
With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.
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On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director for a welcome briefing.
Depart Johannesburg and travel to Mpumalanga, enjoying a short orientation tour of Pretoria along the way. After, travel to the small town of Hazyview where you will stay overnight.
Enjoy a leisurely driving tour along the spectacular Panorama Route with its stunning scenery, including the 26 kilometre-long Blyde River Canyon. Your next stop is the historic God’s Window, a breathtaking view of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park.
Kruger is one of the world's great national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. The day begins with an early morning game drive with a pre-packed breakfast. Look out for the 'Big Five' (rhino, elephant, leopard, lion and buffalo), as well as a variety of birdlife. The afternoon is yours to relax or you may wish to enjoy an optional late afternoon game drive.
Head to Swaziland where you will stop at a village before continuing to your hotel via Mbabane and the Ezulwini Craft Market.
Travel to Zululand. Enjoy an optional afternoon open vehicle safari (with an English speaking game ranger) in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game reserve.
This morning join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (weather dependant) before departing for Durban. The journey passes traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. Arrive early afternoon and the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean.
Transfer to Durban (Umhlanga) airport for the short southward flight to Port Elizabeth. Visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting), before continuing to the hotel in Knysna.
Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western for panoramic views of the town and lagoon. Return for lunch under the milkwood trees, then enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to further explore this charming town, which is set around a natural harbour lagoon.
Travel to Oudtshoorn, known as the "Ostrich Capital" and the centre of the world's ostrich farming industry. Enjoy a guided tour of an ostrich farm before exploring the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders.
After breakfast, continue through the ‘Little Karoo’ to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, before travelling to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. Continue to Franschhoek, a picturesque village surrounded by spectacular vineyards, where French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago, bringing with them their age-old French wine and food culture. From here transfer to Cape Town.
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cape Town before an evening of delicious Cape food, captivating theatre and entertaining tales and songs about the people of the Cape.
Enjoy a full day Cape Peninsula tour. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay and then to Cape Point where it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Return to Cape Town through the historic naval base of Simon's Town, where you will have the option to visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Note: Hotels as stated or similar.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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Enthralling game drives, stunning scenery, and fun experiences…this South Africa tour has it all!
Have your camera ready for opportunities to see wildlife in their natural environment. Riding in open-air, safari vehicles, enjoy game drives in Kruger National Park, one of the world's largest game reserves and home to impala, giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, and more. During your game drive in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Africa's oldest wildlife reserve, watch for the "Big 5"—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo—as well as giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest. Enjoy cruises on the shimmering waters of Knysna Lagoon, home to bird and marine wildlife, and on Lake St. Lucia and estuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with hippo, Nile crocodile, and many birds. At Stony Point Nature Reserve, observe the endangered African penguins engage in their daily activities.
In addition to wildlife, you’ll also experience spectacular scenery on this tour through South Africa. Drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the world’s most scenic drives skirting the rocky coastline, and the scenic Panorama Route, with its dramatic landscapes tracing the course of the mighty Blyde River. Visit Tsitsikamma National Park, tucked between the mountains and the ocean, for a walk through its coastal forest. Marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites at the Cango Caves. Witness rugged rocks, sheer cliffs, crashing waves, and panoramic ocean views at Cape Point, Africa’s southwesternmost point.
All of this and more—including opportunities to learn about local cultures—await you on this South Africa tour for savvy, value-minded travellers.
Price based on 22 Jun 19
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Price based on June 22, 2019 - July 8, 2019
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