GRAND TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA
Grand Tour of South Africa Tour
Embark on a 14 day escorted tour encompassing the best that South Africa has to offer in the way of scenery, wildlife and culture between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Days 1 - 2Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park
Accommodation: 5*Half BoardDepart Johannesburg and travel to the 'Land of the Rising Sun - Mpumalanga - via the magnificent Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondavels". Time and weather permitting, stop at God's Window and the Mac Mac Falls. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. Check in and freshen up before dinner.Early this morning you will depart on an open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. At nearly 2 million hectares, 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 remainder of the day at leisure. You will have the option to return to the Kruger National Park to absorb the tranquil beauty of an evening safari.
Accommodation: 4*Half Board
After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny mountainous kingdom is filled with bygone African traditions and culture and offers beautiful scenery and attractions such as game reserves and art & craft outlets to name a few. 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 create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. After spending some time at the Mbabane craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.
Days 4 - 5Mkuze and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
Accommodation: 4*Half BoardEnjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the age-old technique "millefiore". No two are the same and the range boasts an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu Natal. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, in time to embark on an afternoon scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains, offering views over Lake Jozini. At the summit and as the setting sun transforms the sky into a tapestry of colours, stop for sundowners. The drive will be combined with a visit to a local and authentic Zulu homestead for a glimpse into Zulu life in today's world. Return to the hotel for dinner on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the classically styled restaurant.Enjoy the morning at leisure to embark on any of the activities on offer from the hotel. After lunch (to own account), you will transfer to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve covers a combined area of 90 000ha and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. End the day with dinner at the hotel.
Day 6Saint Lucia Wetland Park
Accommodation: 4*Bed & Breakfast
Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia, located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park - a World Heritage Site. Here you embark on an estuarine boat trip which provides an opportunity to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species, including the elusive African Kingfisher Eagle, in their natural habitat. Continue to Durban, where east meets west; a city beneath which beats the pulse of Africa. Arrive during the afternoon at your hotel which is located on the Gold Mile - Durban's distinctive beach front.
Day 7Port Elizabeth
Accommodation: 4*Bed & Breakfast
This morning you will embark on a brief Durban City Tour where you will spend the morning discovering the cultural and historical contrasts of the city. Check in at Durban International Airport for your domestic flight to Port Elizabeth. On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, transfer to your hotel.
Days 8 - 9Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay and Knysna
Accommodation: 4*Half BoardDepart Port Elizabeth and travel via the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as the 'garden of the Garden Route', the Tsitsikamma actually 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 offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. Continue to Plettenberg Bay for dinner and overnight.After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Knysna Elephant Park. With the help of the resident African elephants and the well-informed guides, you will learn about the sad and mystical story of the Knysna Elephants. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (to own account), travel to Plettenberg Bay for a visit to Birds of Eden - the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds and the sanctuary also enables bird owners to apply to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing rehabilitation. Time permitting you have the option of embarking on a Whale & Dolphin boat experience (weather permitting and to own account) before returning to the lodge.
Accommodation: 5*Bed & BreakfastAfter 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.
Days 11 - 13Cango Caves to Cape Town
Accommodation: 5*Bed & BreakfastBreakfast and check-out of the hotel. Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves before departing Oudtshoorn. The Cango Caves is one of the natural wonders of the world and has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area. Afterward, travel via Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch. Arrive in Cape Town around 18h00.Next morning you will be collected for your scheduled full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour - an awe-inspiring tour passing magnificent beaches, breathtaking views and historic & picturesque coastal villages to the towering headland known as Cape Point. The tour ends upon return to your hotel during the late afternoon.Embark on a scheduled 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.
Day 14Back to UK
Breakfast and check-out of the hotel. Morning collection from the hotel for a scheduled City Tour - a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Your tour ends with drop-off at Cape Town International Airport.
5* PERRY'S BRIDGE HOLLOW, SOUTH AFRICA WILDLIFE SAFARIPerry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel, set in beautiful grounds, in a colonial-style Lifestyle Centre – Perry’s Bridge Trading Post. Just minutes from Kruger National Park and close to the Panorama Route, a scenic region home to highlights such as Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luc...
4* THE ROYAL SWAZI SPA, SOUTH AFRICA WILDLIFE SAFARIThe Royal Swazi Spa hotel forms an integral part of the Royal Swazi Spa Valley resort. The 4-star hotel is sought after by many in search of luxury Swaziland hotels. It offers everything guests could ask for in one convenient location, with additional facilities to tantalise and entertain. ...
4* GHOST MOUNTAIN INN , SOUTH AFRICA WILDLIFE SAFARIAt the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain lies the relaxed and welcoming Ghost Mountain Inn, a country hotel in the village of Mkuze on the Elephant Coast of Northern Kwazulu Natal. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and the scenic splendors of this rich and diverse region. ...
4* PROTEA HOTEL EDWARD DURBAN, KWAZULU-NATALProtea Hotel Edward harks back to a time of Victorian elegance. For the leisure, it has gorgeous stretches of golden sands, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean only 100m away and the promenade that allows you to walk from uShaka Marine world to Suncoast Casino... ...
4* RADISSON BLU PORT ELIZABETH, GARDEN ROUTERadisson Blu Port Elizabeth is located near Port Elizabeth city centre and the stunning coastal scenes of this South African city. Acces to the city is easy and once in it, take advantage of the bus system to reach attractions like Greenacres Shopping Centre, Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve or Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. ...
4* THE HOG HOLLOW , LANGEBAANSet on a hillside, Hog Hollow Country Lodge is situated about 20km east of Plettenberg Bay, overlooking the Matjies River Gorge and Tsitsikamma Mountains beyond. It is an excellent lodge from which to explore the places of interest along this stretch of the Garden Route. ...
5* ROSENHOF COUNTRY LODGE , GARDEN ROUTERosenhof Country House is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. The renovated homestead (Circa 1852), with its yellow wood beams and ceilings and a tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes an aura of authenticity. ...
5* THE BAY HOTEL , CAPE TOWNSituated in Camps Bay, the Bay Hotel is the only hotel in Cape Town with uninterrupted views and direct access to the world famous Camps Bay beach. This elegant 5 star hotel features landscaped grounds with 4 outdoor pools and views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. It offers spacious guest rooms a 10-minute drive fr...
Itinerary OverviewDays 1 - 2 Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Day 3 Swaziland Days 4 - 5 Mkuze and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve Day 6 Saint Lucia Wetland Park Day 7 Port Elizabeth Days 8 - 9 Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay and Knysna Day 10 Oudtshoorn Days 11 - 13 Cango Caves to Cape Town Day 14 Back to UK
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Minimum 2 passengers (or single supplement will apply) assuming flights from the UK. other European or worldwide departure airports available on request.Guide price per person: £2750 / excl. sports