Exploring South Africa

  • 16 Days

  • South Africa

  • Active pace

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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 10th February 2018

Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Overview

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.

At a glance

  • Kruger National Park Go on game drives in search of the 'Big Five'.
  • Swazi Cultural Village Get an authentic taste of Swazi culture on a tour of the village.
  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve Spot black and white rhinos on the brink of extinction.
  • Garden Route Relax at the Featherbed Nature Reserve.
  • Cape Peninsula Visit Cape Point.

Extensions

  • 2 nights in Johannesburg pre-tour
  • 2 nights in Victoria Falls pre-tour
  • 2 nights in Dubai pre-tour
  • 2 nights in Cape Town post-tour
  • 7 nights Mauritus beach stay post-tour

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Johannesburg.

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director for a welcome briefing.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Johannesburg to Mpumalanga

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Mpumalanga

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Mpumalanga - Swaziland.

Head to Swaziland where you will stop at a village before continuing to your hotel via Mbabane and the Ezulwini Craft Market.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Swaziland - Zululand

Travel to Zululand. Enjoy an optional afternoon open vehicle safari (with an English speaking game ranger) in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game reserve.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Zululand - Durban (Umhlanga)

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Durban (Umhlanga) - Port Elizabeth - Knysna

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Featherbed Nature Reserve

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Knysna - Oudtshoorn

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Oudtshoorn - Franschhoek - Cape Town

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

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.   

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Cape Town.

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Depart Cape Town

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Home landing in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Johannesburg: PH Wanderers;
  • Mpumalanga: Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel;
  • Swaziland: Royal Swazi Sun;
  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi: PH Hluhluwe;
  • Umhlanga: PH Umhlanga;
  • Knysna: Rex Hotel;
  • Oudtshoorn: Hlangana Lodge;
  • Cape Town President Hotel.

Notes

Note: Hotels as stated or similar.

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