Discover South Africa

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Discover South Africa

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Length of trip:

11 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2000 to $ 3000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

Your South Africa Tour can be a combination of many creative possibilities for you to experience South and Southern Africa. Botswana, Victoria Falls, Zambia Safaris are easy add ons to a South Africa Tour. Your tour to South Africa can be as diverse as you want, as we custom design South Africa Vacations and Tours. Your South Africa trip includes city visits such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Safaris in the Kruger National Park, sightseeing in Zululand, Port Elizabeth and Knysna. The highlights of tour includes the following sightseeing and activities: View the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. Seek out the ‘Big Five’ in the Kruger National Park. Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake St. Lucia – A World Heritage Site. Stroll through the Tsitsikamma National Park, renowned for its age-old trees. Discover the Cango Caves with its magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Enjoy an ostrich farm experience.


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Johannesburg

    On arrival in Johannesburg you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Sightseeing

    Then enjoy a half day Johannesburg city tour including the downtown historical buildings and the arty suburb of Melville.

    Hotel

    Return to your hotel via the Emmarentia Gardens and Rosebank. Stay at Protea Hotel Wanderers or similar.

  • Day 2 - Mpumalanga

    Sightseeing

    Depart from Johannesburg and travel to the 'Province of the Rising Sun', Mpumalanga, via the historic towns of Witbank, Dullstroom and Lydenburg. Travel over the famous Long Tom Pass onto the small town of Sabie. Visit the Lone Creek waterfalls before arriving at your elegant hideaway.

    Food and Dining

    Enjoy a delectable dinner that can only be described as a 'culinary master-piece'. (BD)

    Hotel

    Stay at Lone Creek River Lodge (Timber Cottages) or similar.

  • Day 3 - South Africa

    The Lowveld & the Kruger National Park.
    Sightseeing

    After breakfast, visit the Mac Mac waterfalls. Along the Bonnet Pass pay a short visit to the historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest, where the rich-est alluvial gold deposits in South Africa were discovered in 1873. Continue exploring the Pan-orama Route featuring: the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondawels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God's Window and various waterfalls. Travelling over Kowyn’s Pass to the Hazyview area, arrive at your overnight stop.

    National Parks

    Enter the Kruger National Park for a short introductory game drive in the late afternoon and return to the hotel for dinner under the stars in a traditional African Boma (weather permitting). (BD)

    Hotel

    Stay at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate or similar.

  • Day 4 - South Africa

    Kruger National Park.
    Safari

    Early morning game drive in the Kruger National Park. (An open safari vehicle is avail-able as an optional extra). Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before returning to the Kruger Park for further game viewing en-route to the private game lodge. Arrive in time for high tea and late afternoon game viewing in an open safari vehicle with an experienced ranger and tracker.

    Food and Dining

    Return to the lodge for dinner where an African feast awaits you. (BD)

    Hotel

    Stay at Bongani Mountain Lodge or similar.

  • Day 5 - Swaziland

    Swaziland & the Kingdom of the Zulu’s.
    Safari

    An early morning bush walk or game drive (optional). After breakfast depart via Jeppe’s Reef through Eastern Swaziland and along the Lebombo Mountains. Leave Swaziland at Golela border post and continue via the town of Pongola to a Maputaland game lodge in the late afternoon.

    Food and Dining

    Dinner served under the African sky (weather permitting). (BD)

    Hotel

    Stay at Ubizane Tree Lodge or similar.

  • Day 6 - Durban

    St. Lucia - Durban.
    Safari

    After an early open vehicle safari and breakfast, visit St. Lucia, a World Heritage Site.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Enjoy a river cruise on the estuary. Here you may see peli-cans, fish eagles, hippo and crocodiles.

    Private Car Service

    After driving through sugar cane plantations along the Indian Ocean seaboard, you arrive in the bustling city of Durban. (B)

    Hotel

    Stay at Protea Hotel Umhlanga or similar.

  • Day 7 - Durban

    Sightseeing

    Optional extra full day tour of Shakaland: Depart Durban and travel to Eshowe and the authentic Zulu Kraal of Shakaland. Feel the pulsating rhythm of Africa as you re-live the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulu’s. Experience the sight of assegai - wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of Sangomas and witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and the beer making ceremony.

    Hotel

    Stay at Protea Hotel Umhlanga or similar.

    Food and Dining

    Traditional Zulu lunch will be served. For those not taking the tour, enjoy the day at leisure. (B)

  • Day 8 - Port Elizabeth

    Durban - Port Elizabeth.
    Commercial Flight

    Morning at leisure. Transfer to Durban International Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth (not included).

    On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, you will be met and transferred to your beachfront hotel.

    Hotel

    Stay at Protea Hotel Marine - Port Elizabeth or similar. (B)

  • Day 9 - South Africa

    Knysna.
    Sightseeing

    Departing Port Elizabeth, enter the Garden Route via the high forests of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Bloukrans and Groot River passes. Attractions to be visited through the Tsitsikamma Forest area include the ‘Big Tree’ and the ‘Garden of Eden’. Gaze in awe at the scenery whilst crossing the bridge over the Storms River where photographic opportunities abound. After a short refreshment stop in the 'millionaires' playground' of Plettenberg Bay, reach South Africa’s 'oyster capital', Knysna.

    River or Barge Cruise

    After checking into your waterfront hotel, you have sufficient time to enjoy a sunset cruise on the lagoon (optional extra) or a simple stroll through the village and Waterfront.

    Food and Dining

    Enjoy a superb dinner at a local restaurant on the Waterfront. (BD)

    Hotel

    Stay at Protea Hotel Knysna Quays or similar.

  • Day 10 - Oudtshoorn

    Cango Caves & Oudtshoorn.
    Sightseeing

    Start the day with a scenic drive through Wilderness via Dolphin Point to historical Mossel Bay. Send a postcard to friends or relatives from the famous Post Office Tree before visiting the Diaz and Maritime museums with relics of famous explorers. Continue over the Robinson Pass to Oudtshoorn. Visit a local Ostrich farm before checking into your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is spent visiting the Cango Caves for a fully guided tour. Time permitting, an optional extra tour of the Crocodile and Cheetah Park is available.

    Food and Dining

    After returning to the hotel, enjoy a hearty dinner in the elegant dining room famous for its Ostrich fare and fine wines. (BD)

    Hotel

    Stay at Die Opstal Country Lodge or similar.

  • Day 11 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    After an early breakfast, our journey to Cape Town begins. Leaving the Klein Karoo, visit the towns of Calitzdorp and Barrydale as the true diversity of landscapes is highlighted through the ever-changing semi-desert areas. Over the folded sandstone mountains of the Huis River and Tradouw Passes, arrive at the charming town of Swellendam. After travelling the plateau of expansive apple orchards in and around Grabouw our day ends with the first glimpse of Table Mountain from the top of Sir Lowry's Pass. (B)

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