South Africa Essentials – 17 days

  • ITINERARY

    South Africa Essentials

    Day 1: Johannesburg

    Arrive at Johannesburg Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Johannesburg.

    Day 2: Johannesburg

    Day free at leisure to explore Johannesburg or relax at your hotel. Overnight Johannesburg. (See optional tours).

    Day 3: Johannesburg

    Transfer to meeting point for tour briefing by tour leader. Overnight Johannesburg.

    Day 4: Mpumalanga

    Depart for Mpumalanga. Travel along the circular Panarama Route via Graskop, visit Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa, God’s Window, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. Dinner and overnight Hazyview.

    Day 5: Kruger National Park

    Transfer to explore the Kruger National Park in your closed vehicle, the National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Spend the day in search of game before returning to your hotel. (Optional open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park). Overnight Hazyview.

    Day 6: Swaziland

    Check out and depart on your journey to Swaziland. Visit the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory before arriving at the hotel. Overnight Swaziland.

    Day 7: Zululand

    Journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping enroute for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Continue into the kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. The World Heritage Site of St Lucia offers the opportunity of sighting many hippos, crocodile and bird life. Overnight St Lucia.

    Day 8: Durban

    Time for relaxation or an optional St Lucia Boat Cruise before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. We visit the Botanic Gardens and continue with a city center orientation tour, including a stop at the famous Indian Market. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight Durban.

    Day 9: Drakensburg Mountains

    Head into the majestic Drakensburg Mountains. Day at leisure soaking up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking, playing bowls or tennis and even horse back riding in clean mountain air. Dinner and overnight Drakensburg.

    Day 10: Transkei Coast

    Depart for the wild untamed coast of the Transkei. Continue towards the coast via Umtata to visit the area where South Africa’s most famous citizen, Nelson Mandela, was born and grew up. Continue to your coastal hotel. Dinner and overnight Umtata.

    Day 11: East London

    Spend the morning taking in more of the magnificent scenery before continuing south to East London, the only river port in South Africa. Overnight East London.

    Day 12: Port Elizabeth

    Travel through East London for a short orientation city tour. Continue through “Settler Country” via Port Alfred towards Grahamstown. Visit the 1820 Settler Memorial before continuing onto Port Elizabeth. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight Port Elizabeth.

    Day 13: Knysna

    Continue towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the bridge over the Strom’s River offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna mid afternoon, Overnight Knysna.

    Day 14: Knysna

    Travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. Visit the famous Cango Caves and an ostrich farm where you have the opportunity of riding one of these giant birds. Return to Knysna for dinner and overnight.

    Day 15: Cape Town

    Travel to Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. Overnight Cape Town.

    Day 16: Cape Town

    Enjoy a day of leisure in the “Mother City” and a visit to the Victoria &Alfred Waterfront is recommended. (Optional full day Winelands or Peninsula tour is available). Overnight Cape Town.

    Day 17: Departure

    Morning free at leisure. Transfer to Cape Town airport for your return flight.

     

    Extension Stay

    After your extensive tour of South Africa, why not take a few days to relax on the beaches of Cape Town. Cape Town occupies one of the most stunning locations in the world, nestled under the slopes of Table Mountain and ringed by beaches bathed in clear waters, this city is full of fascinating history combined with an exciting cosmopolitan culture. Please ask for details.

     

    Optional Tours from Johanessburg

    • Rebirth of a Nation Tour (Half Day).
    • Soweto Tour – The Hector Peterson memorial, Apartheid Museum (Full or Half Day).
    • Lesedi African Experience- Guided tour through traditional homesteads of Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi and Sotho villages, song and dance  performance, traditional African dinner feast (Evening Tour).
    • Sun City and Pilansberg Nature Reserve (Full day).
    • Gold Reef Heritage Tour (Half Day).

     

    Optional Tours from Cape Town

    • Winelands Tour (Half or Full day).
    • Topless” Cape Town Tour (Full day).
    • Table Mountain and City Tour (Half Day).
    • Cape Point Tour (Full or Half Day).
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