06 December 2016

Johannesburg Tours and Cruises

Grand Tour of South Africa tour - 14 Days

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PLUS 1 lunch and 7 dinners

13 nights fr £2499pp

Includes flights

Grand tour of South Africa

For a true South African experience look no further

Valid for deps 01 May - 30 Jun 2017

Simply the best way to see the Rainbow Nation in all its glory

If you want the ultimate South Africa adventure you need look no further than this fabulous two week escorted tour. It takes in the best that the Rainbow Nation has to offer in the way of scenery, wildlife and culture between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Enjoy all of this and superb cuisine, luxurious accommodation and true local hospitality. You you will travel the awe-inspiring Panorama Route, search for the Big Five on safari in the world renowned Kruger National Park and be able to experience Swazi and authentic Zulu culture. You then take a flight to Durban to explore the amazing Garden Route then on to Plettenberg Bay before arriving at the beautiful "Mother City" of Cape Town.

Tour Highlights

  • Mpumalanga    ·
  • Kruger National Park    ·
  • Swaziland    ·
  • Mkuze    ·
  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve    ·
  • St Lucia Wetland Park    ·
  • Durban    ·
  • Elizabeth    ·
  • Plettenberg Bay    ·
  • Knysna    ·
  • Cape Town    ·
  • Cape Winelands    ·

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Jo'burg to Mpumalanga

You leave from Johannesburg and travel to the Land of the Rising Sun - Mpumalanga - via the magnificent Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon, where from many well-positioned vantage points you can view the stunning gorge. Also stop at God's Window and the Mac Mac Falls. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel with time to freshen up before dinner.

Standard Perry's Bridge Hollow

Day 2: Kruger National Park

Early morning departure on an open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. The reserve is the flagship of South African National Parks and is home to an impressive number of flora and fauna. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You will have the option to return to the park to absorb the tranquil beauty of an evening safari.

Standard Perry's Bridge Hollow

Day 3: Swaziland

After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny mountainous kingdom is filled with bygone traditions and culture and offers beautiful scenery and attractions such as game reserves and art and craft outlets. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen at work then drive to your hotel in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.

Standard Royal Swazi Sun

Day 4: Mkuze

Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand then continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu Natal. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, in time for a scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains, offering views over Lake Jozini. At the summit and as the sun in setting, stop for sundowners. The drive will be combined with a visit to a Zulu homestead for a glimpse of Zulu life in today's world.

Standard Ghost Mountain Inn

Day 5: Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

Today you will travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for a full day of wildlife viewing. This reserve covers a huge area and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. End a memorable day with dinner on the terrace at the Ghost Mountain Inn.

Standard Ghost Mountain Inn

Day 6: St Lucia Wetland Park

Continue your journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia, located in a World Heritage Site wetland park. Here you take a boat trip which provides an opportunity to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species, including the elusive African Kingfisher Eagle. Continue to Durban, where east meets west. Arrive during the afternoon at your hotel which is located on the Gold Mile - Durban's distinctive beach front.

Standard Protea Hotel Edward Durban

Day 7: Durban to Port Elizabeth

This morning you will have a short Durban city tour where you will spend the morning discovering the cultural and historical contrasts of the city. Then check in at Durban International Airport for your domestic flight to Port Elizabeth. On arrival at Port Elizabeth you are taken to your hotel where you have time to explore the city.

Standard Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth

Day 8: Tsitsikamma and Plettenberg Bay

Leave Port Elizabeth and travel along the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as the 'garden of the Garden Route', the Tsitsikamma deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which has incredible views and photo opportunities. Continue to Plettenberg Bay for dinner and overnight.

Standard Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Day 9: Knysna

After breakfast, get close to the animals at the Knysna Elephant Park. With the help of the resident African elephants and the guides, you will learn about the sad and mystical story of the Knysna Elephants. You will then be able to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch, travel to Plettenberg Bay for a visit to Birds of Eden - the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Then there may be time for a whale and dolphin boat experience.

Standard Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Day 10: Knysna to Oudtshoorn

After breakfast and check-out formalities, proceed on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River. Continue to the lagoon side town of Knysna – the gem of the Garden Route. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront Complex before travelling to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world due to its large ostrich industry. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner. Overnight De Opstal Country Lodge (standard room) or similar

Standard De Opstal Country Lodge

Day 11: Cango Caves to Cape Town

Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves before leaving Oudtshoorn. The Cango Caves are one of the natural wonders of the world and have become a major draw for tourists visiting the Karoo area. After your cave experience, travel via Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch before arriving in Cape Town in the early evening.

Standard Radisson Blu Le Vendome

Day 12: Cape Point and Peninsula

This morning you will be picked up at your hotel for a full day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour - an awe-inspiring journey passing magnificent beaches, breathtaking views and historic and picturesque coastal villages to the towering headland known as Cape Point. The tour ends upon return to your hotel during the late afternoon.

Standard Radisson Blu Le Vendome

Day 13: Cape Winelands

It's a vintage day today as you are taken on a full day Cape Winelands Tour. This is a delightful drive, which winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Return to Cape Town during the late afternoon.

Standard Radisson Blu Le Vendome

Day 14: Cape Town

This is your last day but the magical tour isn't over yet. After breakfast you are picked up at your hotel for a city tour - a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Your tour ends with drop-off at Cape Town Airport.


Standard fr £1995pp

Valid between:

  • 01/01/2016 - 30/04/2016
  • 01/10/2016 - 31/12/2016

Rates based on twinshare

Price includes

  • · 13 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • · 7 dinners and 1 lunch
  • · Transport by air conditioned luxury vehicle

NOT included

  • · International flights & visas
  • · DUR / PLZ domestic flight

International flights not included unless otherwise stated

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