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Each Cosmos Africa safari tour is limited to an average of just 20 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Safari Guide/Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery African safari vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Welcome to South Africa! Check in to your hotel and prepare for a fascinating journey.
This morning, visit Table Mountain for a cable-car ride to the top for stunning views of the city, Robben Island, and the Cape Winelands. Then, take a scenic drive south via 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 southwesternmost 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.
Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps explore the Victoria & 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.
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.
Drive north to Oudtshoorn and stop for a guided tour of the Cango Caves with its stunning limestone rock formations. You will also visit a local ostrich farm. Continue on to Knysna.
Today, explore the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park for a walk through the spectacular indigenous coastal forest to the mouth of the Storms River. Cross the famous suspension bridge for views of the coastline and to see the Storms River Mouth Cave. Afterwards, return to Knysna for time to explore the waterfront or consider an optional cruise to see local marine life.
This morning, drive to nearby George for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in the bustling Umhlanga Rocks area for the evening.
Today, drive to Mkuze in the heart of Zululand. After lunch, travel to the Lebombo mountains for a memorable walk to interact with local Zulu people and learn about their customs and life today in this rural community.
This morning, take a game drive in Mkuze Game Reserve, 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, black and white rhino, and much more! After time to rest, embark on an afternoon boat ride on Lake Jozini. During the cruise, you are likely to spot hippo, Nile crocodile, elephant, and a variety of bird life.
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.
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.
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.
Today, leave South Africa and fly north to Zimbabwe. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy some leisure time.
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. Afterwards, enjoy a bit of free time. This evening, a cruise on the Zambezi River affords you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and a spectacular African sunset!
Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps take a helicopter flight over the falls or take a day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana.
Your tour ends with a flight back to Johannesburg. Schedule departing flights after 5:30 pm.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
"Situated near the Cape Town city bowl in the lush suburb of Gardens, the beautifully renovated SunSquare Cape Town Gardens hotel offers guests a contemporary hideaway. The hotel¿s 136 well-appointed rooms are equipped with a host of amenities including air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also offers a gym and an inviting outdoor pool."
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.
This unique hotel was built to reflect the area¿s history as the hub of the 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 sauna. The bar is the perfect spot to end your day.
Knysna is a haven of beaches, forests, lakes and sea, and aha The Rex Hotel is located in the heart of all the action. The eclectic mix of modern and classic design create a comfortable retreat after a day of sightseeing. The hotel takes pride in providing superior service to each and every guests to ensure a memorable stay.
This smoke-free hotel offers a restaurant, outdoor pool, bar/lounge, free Wi-Fi, a rooftop terrace, and 24-hour business center.
The Garden Court Umhlanga hotel is the perfect stop for visitors to KwaZulu-Natal¿s picturesque coastline. The hotel décor is inspired by nature and features a variety of amenities highlighted by the onsite restaurant, ourdoor pool, spa, and bar.
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Surrounded by nature and a host of activities, the Lugogo Sun is a relaxing haven in Swaziland, offering a spa and wellness center, outdoor pool, restaurant, pub, and more.
Set in stunning mountain countryside, Foresters Arms offers a haven of comfort and a place of great character and charm. Set within extensive, beautiful gardens rich in native flowers and trees the hotel offers exceptional accommodation, excellent food, and a genuine caring & friendly service.
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 center, and more.
Located in close proximity to Kruger National Park, the Sabi River Sun Resort in Hazyview is the perfect destination to experience a unique wildlife experience in the warm heart of Mpumalanga province. Comfortable and homely accommodation, enhanced by spectacular views, a rich natural heritage, and abundant wildlife, all combine to create a stay that is utterly relaxing and unforgettable.
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.
The Garden Court boasts spacious and tastefully-designed guestrooms with modern décor, well-maintained gardens, and a sparkling swimming pool.
The Kingdom at Victoria falls is situated within the Victoria Falls National Park where game, ranging from Warthog to Elephant roam freely. Its distinctive architectural design is based on the great Zimbabwe monument. A unique water feature in the form of a man made lake gives inward facing rooms the impression of having been built on the edge of the lake.
At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain lies the enchanting Ghost Mountain Inn. A tale of family, history and an innate love for Africa, this intimate and award-winning hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the area. Wiith an emphasis on service you are sure to enjoy your stay and an authentic Zululand experience.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.