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South Africa from the Cape to Kruger

Price per person
from £3,344

Price based on
London Gatwick
22nd Jun 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • Africa

  • Active pace

  • 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.

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.

At a glance

Cape Town Guided walking tour; cable-car ride up Table Mountain; visit Cape Point Nature Reserve with funicular ride to old Cape Point lighthouse

Stony Point Nature Reserve Visit a colony of African penguins

Oudtshoorn Visit the Cango Caves and an ostrich farm

Knysna Cruise on Knysna Lagoon; visit Tsitsikamma National Park

Shakaland Visit Shakaland

Hluhluwe Game drive in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and boat ride on Lake St. Lucia

Eswatini Visit a local market and glass factory

Kruger National Park Area Two game drives in Kruger National Park

Mpumalanga Drive along the Panoramic Route and visit God’s Window, the Three Rondavels, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Victoria Falls post tour extension

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
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.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Make your own way

For more information please see our booking conditions for tour-only holidays.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful! Beautiful country and lovely friendly people. We experienced everything...

1st October 2018
Mr Leonard Hazell

Wonderful! Beautiful country and lovely friendly people. We experienced everything - architecture, history, coast, mountains, wild animals, old traditions, lovely scenery - you name it, it was there. An excellent tour director brought South Africa to life for us.

Overview

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.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Cape Town, South Africa

Day
2

On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to South Africa! Check in to your hotel and prepare for a fascinating journey.

Cape Town

Day
3

This morning, a WALKING TOUR introduces you to Cape Town’s famous and historic landmarks. Stroll along Government Avenue to see St. George’s Cathedral, Parliament, and much more.

Next, you’ll enter The Company’s Garden, a beautiful oasis in the city, en route to Green Market Square, which at different times has been a fruit and vegetable market and even a slave market. Next, visit Table Mountain for a CABLE-CAR RIDE to the top (weather permitting) for stunning views of the city and its surroundings. In the afternoon, take a scenic drive south through the fishing village of Hout Bay before ascending Chapman’s Peak Drive, which skirts the rocky coastline and is one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Continue on to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE for stops at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwestern most point on the African continent. Here, take a FUNICULAR RIDE to the steps of the old lighthouse for spectacular panoramic views. Return to Cape Town and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

NOTE: Each year, generally in early August, the Table Mountain cableway closes for yearly maintenance. During this time, we will visit Signal Hill for views over the city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cape Town

Day
4

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps explore the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape winelands for wine tasting, or cruise to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Your Tour Director has suggestions to help you make the most of your day.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cape Town - Stony Point Nature Reserve - Hermanus - Mossel Bay

Day
5

This morning, depart Cape Town and drive to STONY POINT NATURE RESERVE to see a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS. Known for the unique sound they make, these penguins grow to an average height of two feet and live in burrows and rock crevices along the beach. Stop in Hermanus for independent exploration before reaching Mossel Bay for the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mossel Bay - Oudtshoorn - Knysna

Day
6

Drive north to Oudtshoorn and stop for a visit of the CANGO CAVES to see the stunning limestone rock formations. You will also visit a local OSTRICH FARM. Continue on to Knysna.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Knysna. Featherbed Nature Reserve Excursion

Day
7

Today, explore the spectacular FEATHERBED NATURE RESERVE. Start, with a CRUISE on Knysna Lagoon to see a variety of bird and marine life. Then, join your expert guide and take a 4-wheel drive vehicle into the reserve stopping at several points for panoramic views of the lagoon and Indian Ocean. You will also take a GUIDED WALK through the unique coastal forest into ancient sea caves and along the shore of Coffin Bay. Lunch is served under a canopy of Milkwood trees overlooking the lagoon, a truly memorable experience! Afterwards, you will have time to explore the Knysna waterfront or simply relax at your hotel.

NOTE:

The guided walk is over one mile long, downhill. Alternatively, you can return by 4-wheel drive vehicle .

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Knysna - Port Elizabeth - Durban - Umhlanga

Day
8

This morning, drive to Port Elizabeth where you will board your flight to Durban. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in nearby Umhlanga for the evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Umhlanga - Shakaland - Hluhluwe

Day
9

Today, visit SHAKALAND, a replica of a traditional Zulu homestead and living monument to their culture. Here, learn more about Zulu history and see how they hand craft ceramics and brew beer. This afternoon, drive to Hluhluwe.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hluhluwe

Day
10

This morning, take a GAME DRIVE in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed wildlife reserve in all of Africa. The park is home to the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. You also have the chance to see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and much more! After time to rest, embark on an AFTERNOON BOAT RIDE on Lake St. Lucia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the cruise, you are likely to spot hippo, Nile crocodile, and a variety of bird life.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hluhluwe - Eswatini

Day
11

Today, drive to eSwatini. En route, stop at a LOCAL MARKET and visit a GLASS FACTORY where glass blowers use recycled glass to create stemware, animals, and more.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Eswatini - Kruger National Park Area

Day
12

Depart eSwatini and head north for the Kruger area. Enjoy leisure time at your lodge this afternoon in preparation for your day of game viewing in the world-renowned Kruger National Park tomorrow.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kruger Area

Day
13

Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE with an experienced guide. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. Spend some time at leisure in the middle of the day. Perhaps book a spa treatment or simply relax at the pool. Be sure to watch for kudu, impala, giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, and more on your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. As darkness descends, your guide will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals. Return to your lodge for dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kruger Area - Mpumalanga

Day
14

Today, drive along the PANORAMIC ROUTE known for its dramatic landscapes. Along the way, drive through Blyde River Canyon and stop to see GOD’S WINDOW, the THREE RONDAVELS, and BOURKE’S LUCK POTHOLES with its stunning rock formations carved by the Blyde River.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Mpumalanga - Pretoria - Johannesburg - UK

Day
15

Drive to Pretoria to see the Voortrekker Monument and Union Buildings. Continue on to Johannesburg, where your tour ends at the airport.

Depart Johannesburg for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
16

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Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Johannesburg

In Johannesburg, you will overnight at a hotel close to the airport.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Johannesburg - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today, leave South Africa and fly north to Zimbabwe. This evening, enjoy a CRUISE on the Zambezi River, which affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular African sunset!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Victoria Falls

Today, visit mighty VICTORIA FALLS for an awe-inspiring experience. Enjoy a GUIDED WALK, where you will learn the history of the falls and hear fascinating details about the surrounding flora and fauna.

NOTE: During the dry season (Sept-Dec), and during particularly dry years, water flow to Victoria Falls may be low.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Victoria Falls - Johannesburg - UK

Your tour ends with a flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your homebound flight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

Please note each year, generally in early August, the Table Mountain cableway closes for yearly maintenance. During this time, we will visit Signal Hill for views over the city.

All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.

We do not recommend this holioday to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough while driving on/off game park trails.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Cape Town - StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl

With modern amenities, warm hospitality, a perfect location, StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl is an easy choice when deciding on where to stay in Cape Town. Located on the vibrant corner of Bree and Strand Street, visitors can take advantage of the hotel's proximity to popular city neighbourhoods and cultural sites.

  • Location

    54 Bree Street, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe

Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay

Built in 1846 with stone walls, Mediterranean-style outbuildings, and the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop, this is one of the oldest structures in Mossel Bay. The hotel provides breathtaking views over Santos Bay, a delightful breakfast patio, a restaurant, pool, and luxurious guestrooms.

  • Location

    Corner of Church and Market Streets, Mossel Bay, South Africa

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Knysna - Knysna Log-Inn Hotel

This unique hotel was built to reflect the area's history as the hub of the indigenous timber industry. The large lobby is filled with sunlight and the inviting rooms are a welcome respite after a day of exploring the area. The ground floor features a pool and a sauna. The bar is the perfect spot to end your day.

  • Location

    16 Gray Street, Knysna, South Africa

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Umhlanga - Gateway Hotel Umhlanga

This smoke-free hotel offers a restaurant, outdoor pool, bar/lounge, free Wi-Fi, a rooftop terrace, and 24-hour business centre.

  • Location

    Corner Century Blvd & Twilight Dr, Umhlanga, South Africa

  • Facilities

    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Hluhluwe - Anew Hluhluwe & Safaris

Featuring an outdoor pool with a terrace and pool bar, the hotel offers modern yet rustic accommodations. Amenities include a restaurant serving African and international cuisine, laundry service, a curio shop, and more for a true bush experience.

  • Location

    104 Main Road, Hluhluwe, South Africa

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Eswatini - Lugogo Sun

Surrounded by nature and a host of activities, the Lugogo Sun is a relaxing haven in Swaziland, offering a spa and wellness centre, outdoor pool, restaurant, pub, and more.

  • Location

    Old Manzini/Mbabane Main Road, Ezulwini, eSwatini

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Kruger National Park Area - Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate

The wonders of the African Bushveld abound at this peaceful haven that is reminiscent of a treehouse, with elevated walkways that reveal native bird habitats. Amenities include two restaurants, an outdoor pool, fitness centre, and more.

  • Location

    Portia Shabangu Rd, Skukuza-Kruger, South Africa

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Mpumalanga - Fortis Hotel Malaga

Situated on the banks of the Elands River in the foothills of the Drakensberg, the Protea Hotel Waterval Boven Malaga is a serene country retreat offering a full-service spa, restaurant, outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, a bar/lounge, spa tub, and sauna.

  • Location

    N4 Sycamore, Waterval-Boven, South Africa

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

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