Touch down at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where you will be met and transferred to your hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure. Explore suburban shopping malls or take an optional afternoon Soweto Tour (for own account). Meet in reception at 19h00 for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet your fellow travellers.
Depart by 08h00, leaving Johannesburg’s distinctive skyline behind to head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city. Enjoy a short orientation tour before continuing to Mpumalanga. Travel into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, your journey continues via Sabie to arrive late afternoon in Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park.
After an early morning breakfast, journey up the awe-inspiring Panorama Route to take in its forested mountains and fertile plains. After viewing the Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window, return to Hazyview and enjoy a lazy afternoon relaxing around the pool or an exciting afternoon game drive in the Kruger National Park (for own account).
Set off before breakfast for a morning game drive in search of the Big Five and all manner of wondrous bird and plant species. Savour the magic of the Kruger National Park before returning to Hazyview to spend the afternoon at leisure. Book an additional afternoon game drive or an unforgettable elephant interaction (for own account).
Impala in the Kruger National Park
Enjoy a scenic drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King Mswati III. An interactive cultural experience will introduce you to the Swazi people and their traditions. Continue through the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for an authentic African shopping experience at the vibrant Ezulwini Craft Market, which is packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings.
After a leisurely breakfast, travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas along the way. Arrive mid-afternoon at your hotel in the Umfolozi area.
Enjoy a morning cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coastline along the scenic route to arrive in Durban in the early afternoon. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, enjoying the golden beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean or taking a stroll along the lively promenade.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a morning flight (airfare not included) to Port Elizabeth. Your South Africa tour guide will meet you before you set off to explore the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park. Here, you will be treated to magnificent coastal views and soak up the beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. Arrive in Knysna, the heart of the famous Garden Route, during the late afternoon.
Cruise along the vast Knysna Lagoon for a visit to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy a fantastic view of the imposing sandstone ‘Knysna Heads’ which guard the sea’s entrance to the tidal lagoon, with vistas of the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond. After lunch, spend the remainder of the day at leisure to explore this unique town.
Spend the morning underground on a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders. Soak up the spectacular views of the Outeniqua Pass en route to Oudtshoorn, the ‘feather capital of the world’, named because it is the centre of South Africa’s ostrich industry. After lunch, which features ostrich steak on the menu, learn more about these hardy, enigmatic creatures on a tour of an ostrich farm.
The Cape Winelands, Western Cape
Enjoy ever-changing landscapes as you travel to Cape Town. During whale season, you will have the opportunity to visit the seaside village of Hermanus in the hopes of seeing Southern Right Whales, which frolic offshore between July and November. Out of whale season, you will return to Cape Town along ‘Route 62’ – the longest wine route in the world.
Spend a full day touring the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula, winding your way through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. Stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay where you can opt to take a cruise (for own account) to Seal Island. Continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve before stopping to see the resident penguin colony of Boulders Beach. Drive through the quaint naval village of Simonstown on your way back to Cape Town.
Journey into the Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellenbosch for wine tastings at two well-known estates. Pass by the impressive Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument for some historical insights.
Your arrival in Cape Town brings you to the end of the tour. Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.