Cape Town • Hermanus • Oudtshoorn • Plettenberg Bay • Tsitsikamma • Port Elizabeth • Salt Rock • St Lucia • Swaziland • Hazyview • Kapama Private Game Reserve

15
Days
Cape Town, one of the most desirable destinations in the world is our magnificent starting point for an elegant guided journey through some of the most spectacular regions of South Africa.
From award winning wine estates, floral kingdoms brimming with splendid botanical treasures to awe-inspiring mountain and coastal landscapes our journey through the Garden Route will leave you mesmerised. The shimmering Indian Ocean welcomes us to the sub-tropical paradise of Kwazulu-Natal and as we venture northwards the delightful sights, smells and sounds of the wilderness become our constant companions.
Our final two days are spent in luxurious comfort at a private game reserve in the greater Kruger National Park area, drinking in the splendour of the great openness of the sky and revelling in close encounters with the incredible African wildlife.
Itinerary valid from 1 January 2014 and subject to change.
Day
1
(Fri) Cape Town
On arrival in Cape Town you are met by a Thompsons Africa representative and assisted to your transfer. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Accommodation: Cape Riviera or similar
Day
2
(Sat) Cape Town / Winelands (BB)
After breakfast you meet your tour director and fellow travellers and set out to the picturesque Winelands, where century old vineyards are surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain scenery. We have left today’s itinerary open. With extraordinary wine estates from Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek and fascinating historical landmarks to explore your highly knowledgeable tour director will discuss the many possibilities and tailor-make a memorable winelands experience for the whole group.
Accommodation: Cape Riviera or similar
Distance Travelled Today: 200kms
Day
3
(Sun) Cape Peninsula (BB)
This morning we ascend one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature – majestic Table Mountain (weather permitting) for unrivalled views of Cape Town. Thereafter we drive along Millionaires Paradise from Clifton to Camps Bay, heading towards the charming working harbour of Hout Bay. We wind along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive hugging the cliffs and relishing the breathtaking ocean views. After lunch (own account) we visit the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park, an integral part of the world renowned Cape Floral Kingdom.
Accommodation: Cape Riviera or similar
Distance Travelled Today: 200kms
Day
4
(Mon) Cape Town / Hermanus (BB)
We depart by 08h30 from Cape Town. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its delicate coastal fynbos. We also seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stony Point. In the ‘Hemel -en -Aarde’ region, one of South Africa’s newest wine routes, we indulge in a wine tasting at a boutique winery before arriving in Hermanus.
Accommodation: Harbour House or similar
Distance Travelled Today: 200kms
Day
5
(Tue) Oudtshoorn (BB)
This morning we explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and gasp at the outstanding views of Walker Bay . During the months of July – November the majestic sight of whales add further enchantment to our explorations. We depart late morning and stopping for a late lunch (own account) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic ‘Route 62’.
Distance Travelled Today: 380kms
Accommodation: De Opstal Country Lodge or similar
Day
6
(Wed) Plettenberg Bay Surrounds (BB)
This morning we marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with weird and wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Thereafter a guided tour of an ostrich farm gives us insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the ‘feather capital of the world’. We travel via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass onto our accommodation for two nights.
Accommodation: Lairds Lodge Country Estate or similar
Distance Travelled Today: 220kms
Day
7
(Thu) Plettenberg Bay Surrounds / Knysna (BB, L)
This morning we cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve . A specialist guide shares the history and fascinating facts on the fauna and flora of the area with us. We are served a sumptuous lunch under a canopy of Milkwood trees. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Knysna or return to our accommodation.
Accommodation: Lairds Lodge Country Estate or similar
Distance Travelled Today: 60kms
Day
8
(Fri) Plettenberg Bay/Tsitsikamma (BB)
From Plettenberg Bay we set off on an ocean safari. During summer months we may view Bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During winter months we are very likely to view both Southern Right and Humpback whales. For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you have the opportunity to attempt the world’s highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge. We arrive late afternoon in the picturesque village of Storms River.
Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar
Distance Travelled Today: 80kms
Day
9
(Sat) Port Elizabeth/Durban/Salt Rock (BB)
This morning we immerse ourselves in the splendour and tranquillity of the Tsitsikamma National Park and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean. We arrive at Port Elizabeth airport at approximately 14h00 for your onward flight to King Shaka International Airport. (Flight not included). On arrival in Durban you are met by your Thompsons Africa Representative and transferred to your accommodation for the night on the tropical North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Accommodation: Canelands Beach Club or similar
Distance travelled today: 280 kms
Day
10
(Sun) Salt Rock/St Lucia (BB)
The morning is at your leisure to stroll along the golden beach or revitalise yourself with a swim in the sparkling Indian Ocean. At 12h30 you meet your new Thompsons Africa tour director and head north to South Africa’s oldest game reserve, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is particularly well known for its rhino conservation efforts. Chances are excellent to spot one of these prehistoric looking animals when you set out on an afternoon open vehicle safari accompanied by a qualified and experienced local field guide.
Accommodation: Seasands Lodge or similar
Distance travelled today: 320km
Day
11
(Mon) Swaziland (BB)
We start the day with safari boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of South Africa’s wilderness
treasures . Bring your camera as we may come across large pods of hippos, the occasional Nile crocodile and prolific birdlife. Back on land we set our sights north and cross the border into Swaziland, one of the few remaining monarchies in Africa.
Accommodation: Summerfield Luxury Hotel & Botanical Garden
Distance Travelled today: 320kms
Day
12
(Tue) Swaziland / Hazyview (BB)
After breakfast we visit an authentic chief’s village to gain an insight into the fascinating traditional Swazi culture and the residents invite us to participate in their cultural practices.
Cross the border back into South Africa and enjoy lunch (own account)overlooking the Crocodile River, the natural border of the Kruger National Park and arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park.
Accommodation: Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar Distance Travelled Today: 330kms
Day
13
(Wed) Hazyview / Kapama Private Game Reserve (BB, BD)
After breakfast and check out from your hotel at 10h00 you are at leisure until 13h00 when you are collected by your Thompsons Africa driver and so begin your safari adventure. Kapama Private Game Reserve is an African Eden. The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world.
After checking into your indulgent suite for two nights, you depart on your first open vehicle safari accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker. You can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since Kapama Private Game Reserve is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari in the reserve.
Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar
Distance Travelled Today: 150kms
Day
14
(Thu) Kapama Private Game Reserve (BB, L, BD)
Your day starts with an early wake-up call and you head out at first light on your morning safari. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. You return to the lodge for a few hours of relaxation. You may indulge in a decadent African spa treatment or you could choose to meet and interact with Kapama’s 16 habituated elephants (own account). At around 15h00, everyone gathers for a decadent high tea, before heading out for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge.
Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar
Distance Travelled Today: 60kms
Day
15
(Fri) Kapama Private Game Reserve/ Hoedspruit East Gate Airport (BB)
Perhaps this morning instead of joining your morning open vehicle safari you choose to end your safari experience with hot air balloon flight or an elephant back safari (own account). After a final delectable brunch you are transferred to nearby Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport.


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What you get

Dining Inclusions
14 Breakfasts.
2 Lunches.
2 Dinners.
Plus
Hotel Porterage Included
Please Note
Guests are requested to book flight SA1341 which departs Port Elizabeth at 15h35 and arrives in Durban at 16h50.
DEPARTURE DATES 2014

10 Jan

14 Feb

07 Mar

04 Apr

09 May

06 Jun

04 Jul

08 Aug

05 Sep

10, 24 Oct

07, 21 Nov

12 Dec

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