Exploring South Africa

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • South Africa

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

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.

What's included

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

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.

Private home pick-up service

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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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.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Arrive Johannesburg.

Day
2

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

Johannesburg to Mpumalanga

Day
3

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

Mpumalanga

Day
4

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

Kruger National Park

Day
5

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

Mpumalanga - Swaziland.

Day
6

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

Swaziland - Zululand

Day
7

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

Zululand - Durban (Umhlanga)

Day
8

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

Durban (Umhlanga) - Port Elizabeth - Knysna

Day
9

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
  • Dinner

Featherbed Nature Reserve

Day
10

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

Knysna - Oudtshoorn

Day
11

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

Oudtshoorn - Franschhoek - Cape Town

Day
12

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

Cape Town

Day
13

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
  • Dinner

Cape Town.

Day
14

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

Depart Cape Town

Day
15

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK.

Day
16

Things to note

Note: Hotels as stated or similar.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • 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.

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