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Experience South Africa

From $5,799
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Nov 2023
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From $5,799
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Nov 2023
Tour Overview
This fabulous South African adventure starts in cosmopolitan Cape Town, where you'll have the chance to ascend Table Mountain and enjoy a tour of the Cape Peninsula. The highlights keep on coming as we visit Oudtshoorn and Knysna, and then drive along the spectacular Garden Route, taking in Storms River Mouth on our way to Port Elizabeth. From here we'll fly to Johannesburg and visit the Apartheid Museum, before travelling along the scenic Panorama Route to the Greater Kruger Area. Here we'll go on safari in search of the 'Big Five', the perfect end to an unforgettable tour.
  • Classic Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 11 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 19 included meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners including welcome dinner & drink & farewell dinner 
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport* and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Cape Town city tour & visit to Table Mountain
  • Cape Point, the penguins of Boulders Beach & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Ostrich farm & Cango Caves
  • Drive along the Garden Route
  • Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Scenic Panorama Route
  • Game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Enjoy one of South Africa’s oldest traditions for dinner - the Boma

Itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town

Make your own way to the hotel where your Tour Manager will meet you for your welcome meeting that evening. Meals included: D

Day 2 Cape Peninsula

​A day exploring the Cape Peninsula begins at Hout Bay and continues along Chapman's Peak – a spectacular coastal drive – as we make our way to Cape Nature Reserve and Cape Point, at the very tip of the peninsula.
During our return journey to Cape Town we stop at Boulders Beach, where you can see the penguins that make their home here. We'll then continue through Simon's Town, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg, finally reaching Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, beautifully positioned against the slopes of Table Mountain. 
We'll get together and head to a restaurant for our welcome dinner this evening. African food is traditionally shared and enjoyed with family and friends, and tonight's meal is no exception. Feel the heartbeat of Africa with our pre-dinner interactive djembe drumming session, then enjoy your meal, which is served in generous individual and shared portions. Each dish is brought to your table with country of origin, cooking techniques and spicing explained - a real experience!

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Cape Town -at Leisure

​Today has been left free for you to explore Cape Town at your own pace. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront has sweeping views of the ocean, harbour, city bowl and Table Mountain, and is the perfect place to relax with many excellent restaurants and attractions. We also offer two optional excursions today - a morning tour of Cape Town's oldest black township, and an afternoon visit to the Western Cape Winelands region where we'll visit the Spice Route and enjoy tastings as we discover local artisan crafts. Finally, we'll take a walking tour of Stellenbosch, then head to a local farm for a tasting. We'll return to Cape Town this evening.

Meals included: B

Day 4 Cape Town - Oudtshoorn

If weather conditions are favourable, you'll have the opportunity to ascend Table Mountain on a thrilling cable-car ride this morning. Next, there's a scenic drive to look forward to via Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. An afternoon visit to an ostrich farm will give you the opportunity to admire and possibly hand-feed these curious-looking creatures. ​

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Oudtshoorn - Knysna

Our day begins with a visit to the impressive Cango Caves, where we'll descend into an underground world of limestone caverns, stalactites and stalagmites sculptured by nature over millions of years. 

Next, we head to Knysna, a town at the heart of the Garden Route, which nestles on the shores of a beautiful lagoon and is surrounded by ancient forests. After checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure. 

Meals included: B

Day 6 Knysna - at Leisure

You are free to explore Knysna at your own pace today. You could perhaps explore the town's boutiques and shops with your travelling companions or maybe take in the views from the heads - two huge cliffs lying at the mouth of the lagoon. 
Alternatively, you could join our optional excursion to Featherbed Nature Reserve. We'll take a ferry across the Knysna Lagoon and admire spectacular scenery as we drive onto the reserve. A Specialist Guide will tell us all about the region's flora and fauna, and we'll take a walk through the coastal forest to see ancient sea caves. After working up an appetite we'll be ready for our included buffet lunch, which is served at a beautiful outdoor restaurant under a canopy of Milkwood trees.​

Meals included: B

Day 7 Knysna - Johannesburg

We will say goodbye to Knysna this morning and drive along the spectacular Garden Route to Port Elizabeth. Along the way, we'll stop at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can walk across the 77-metre-long suspension bridge that crosses the water as it flows into the ocean.
When we arrive in Port Elizabeth, we'll head to the airport and fly to Johannesburg.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Panorama Route

​The Panorama Route weaves its way through some of the most stunning scenery in South Africa – the rainforest at God's Window, Bourke's Luck potholes and Blyde Canyon are just some of the highlights. It's also our route to Mpumalanga, the gateway to the iconic Kruger National Park. ​

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Kruger National Park

​Wake up to the incredible sounds of the African bush as you embark on a thrilling full-day game drive in Kruger. The park is home to an enthralling array of wildlife, so hopefully you'll tick off at least some, if not all, of the 'Big Five' – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.
On your return, there's time to relax by the pool with a refreshing drink later this afternoon.

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Kruger National Park - at Leisure

There's more time at leisure today, with game drives on offer if you want to see more of your thrilling surroundings and the resident wildlife. Alternatively, we also offer an optional excursion to Chimp Eden, the Jane Goodall Institute, which gives an insight into these beautiful creatures.
Tonight, if the weather is on our side, we'll get to know one of South Africa's oldest traditions for dinner - the Boma. The lodge proudly features this amazing outdoor dining facility in the traditional South African shape – round and protective like an African village. There's a centralised fireplace for ambience and winter warmth and a chef's station for preparing those famous African barbecue meals. ​​

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Kruger National Park - Johannesburg

After a leisurely start to the day, you're free to explore more of your surroundings before we make our way back to Johannesburg.​

Meals included: B

Day 12 Departure

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end. Meals included: B

Accommodation

Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO

Protea Hotel by Marriott Oudtshoorn Riempie Estate

Standard rooms come with free WiFi, satellite TV, and tea and coffee making facilities. All have en suite bathrooms. Amenities include a restaurant and cocktail bar, a garden with an outdoor pool.

Premier Resort The Moorings

Premier Resort The Moorings (Knysna) can be found on the banks of the Knysna lagoon, offering private access to the lagoon for hotel guests as well as boat launch and docking facilities at the hotel. The area is serene in its secluded Knysna Heads setting, with spectacular views of indigenous forest and less than 3km from the town’s centre

Garden Court Sandton City

The stylish 4-star Garden Court Sandton City Hotel is located in the heart of Johannesburg. Bedrooms include private facilities, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and a TV.

Ndhula Lodge

Ideally situated in the Mpumalanga Lowveld region of South Africa, the Ndhula Lodge is giving incredible views over the mountains, the bushveld and the surrounding valleys. This stunning view, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, as well as a wonderful array of “plains” game species that graze close by give this place a “Serengeti” type ambience. The name “Ndhula” is the short and modified form of Indlulamithi, which means “Giraffe” in the local Zulu language. When the founder of the Lodge first visited this property, a bunch of Giraffes crossed their way. That was the sign to name the Lodge after this graceful animal.

Garden Court Sandton City

The stylish 4-star Garden Court Sandton City Hotel is located in the heart of Johannesburg. Bedrooms include private facilities, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities and a TV.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your trip before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Knysna - Featherbed Nature Reserve Cruise and Lunch

Knysna - Featherbed Nature Reserve Cruise and Lunch

"This excursion is renowned as the premier eco-experience on the Garden Route and includes a return ferry ride on the Knysna Lagoon, a scenic drive onto the reserve, a specialist fauna and flora guide and a walk through coastal forest to ancient sea caves. The highlight is an included buffet lunch served at the beautiful outdoor restaurant, enjoy fresh food under the canopy of Milkwood trees.

Please note this excursion must be booked well in advance of travel as it is so popular and space is limited we recommend booking at least 45 days prior to departure.

Three Quarter day – Moderate walking – Outstanding Natural Beauty"
"This excursion is renowned as the premier eco-experience on the Garden Route and includes a return ferry ride on the Knysna Lagoon, a scenic drive onto the reserve, a specialist f...

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South Africa - Cape Town Township Tour

South Africa - Cape Town Township Tour

Join us for a unique experience travelling through the three South Africa’s – The birth, where it all started, Apartheid South Africa, what happened then – the New South Africa, what is different since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The tour affords the opportunity to interact, mingle and exchange cultural values with the local community. You will be welcomed in the traditional African manner in the township of Langa (the oldest formal township). The tour includes visits to the Malay Quarter [also known as the Bo-Kaap] which means "Above Cape" because of its location up against the slopes of Table Mountain, an Empowerment centre, where locals are taught basic life skills (weaving / arts & crafts etc).

Half day – Moderate Walking – Cultural Must Do

*Please note: customers are encouraged to pre-book as these prices may increase in resort and will also be subject to availability. For any bookings made in resort, payment will need to be made in South African Rand.
Join us for a unique experience travelling through the three South Africa’s – The birth, where it all started, Apartheid South Africa, what happened then – the New South Africa, wh...

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Cape Town - Winelands tour and Tasting (afternoon)

Cape Town - Winelands tour and Tasting (afternoon)

This afternoon we, head over to Spice Route in Paarl, where we have included two tastings of your choice (chocolate, wine, craft beer, cured meats) , there will also be an opportunity for you to buy some lunch. From here, we will go to Stellenbosch for a walking tour before we make our way to a local vineyard on the outskirts of Stellenbosch for a wine tasting town before heading back to Cape Town.

Please note: customers are encouraged to pre-book as these prices may increase in resort and will also be subject to availability and minimum numbers. For any bookings made in resort, payment will need to be made in South African Rand.
This afternoon we, head over to Spice Route in Paarl, where we have included two tastings of your choice (chocolate, wine, craft beer, cured meats) , there will also be an opportun...

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Kruger National Park Morning game drive

Kruger National Park Morning game drive

Take the opportunity to wake up early to enjoy this mornings game drive in Kruger National Park, South Africa’s oldest and most famous game park to experience the thrill and excitement of the sights and sounds of this wonderful park. Whilst in the African bush you will be taken on an incredible journey and you will learn about the diverse African wilderness and go in search of wildlife including the “Big Five”. Breakfast boxes will be provided for you to eat enroute. (morning game drive - approx 4 hours).Price includes transfers from/to the Kruger and park conservation fees. Morning Excursion - Highly Recommended.

Please note: this excursion cannot be combined with the full day game drive or the Chimp Eden Excursion.

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Nelspruit The Jane Goodall Institute: Chimp Eden

Nelspruit The Jane Goodall Institute: Chimp Eden

The goal of the chimpanzee sanctuary is to rescue chimpanzees that have survived the bush meat trade, been orphaned, traded in the illegal pet market, or rescued from being traumatised for entertainment in circuses, beach resorts and night clubs.The chimpanzees at Chimp Eden are the lucky ones, living out their lives in a risk free environment and being provided with the necessary attention to recover from the trauma they have experienced. The chimpanzees spend their days in semi-wild enclosures, and show normal social interaction and behavioural patterns as group members. There are currently three different chimp groups and enclosures at the South African sanctuary. There are viewpoints overlooking the forest and “foraging areas’ from which visitors and volunteers can observe and study the chimpanzees. Minimal walking – An opportunity not to be missed!

Please note: This is a morning excursion and cannot be combined with the full day game drive or the morning game drive.
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Kruger National Park Full day game drive

Kruger National Park Full day game drive

Spend a day with a qualified guide in the African bush learning about the diverse African wilderness and in search of the wildlife including the “Big Five”. Experience a breath-taking experience in the wonderful Kruger National Park. Your game drive starts early in the morning as you make your way to one of the camps in Kruger while enjoying the diversity of wildlife the Kruger has on offer. You travel in open safari vehicles. Your guides are fully qualified and their knowledge will enhance the experience! Lunchtime gives you the chance to stretch your legs and enjoy the splendour of this magnificent place! After lunch (at own expense), make your way back to the hotel whilst still enjoying all that Kruger has to offer. Breakfast boxes will be provided for you to eat enroute. Price includes transfers from/to the Kruger and park conservation fees. Full day – Minimal walking – An opportunity not to be missed!

Please note: this excursion cannot be combined with the Jane Goodall Institute Chimp Eden
Spend a day with a qualified guide in the African bush learning about the diverse African wilderness and in search of the wildlife including the “Big Five”. Experience a breath-tak...

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