South Africa

South Africa

Welcome to Johannesburg, Egoli, Place of Gold. A cultural melting pot, it is a place of opportunity and the African dream. This afternoon, embark on a guided Johannesburg city half day tour. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Leaving the city behind us we head east, via Dullstroom, to Mother Nature’s playground, the beautiful and inspiring Mpumalanga Province. For lunch we stop in the enchanting village of Dullstroom before heading further north towards Hoedspruit to our next stop.

An early start will see you catch the bushveld as it comes alive on a guided open vehicle game drive. The morning sights and sounds differ vastly from the evening sounds of the night hunters and crawlers, and with a bit of luck, some of the big cats may be still about after their night of hunting. Enjoy coffee and rusks in the bush before breakfast back at the hotel.After breakfast we head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions, the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels, on the Panorama Route. The Blyde River Canyon may be one of the largest green canyons in the world with its lush subtropical vegetation. The Panorama Route offers you memorable views and unique natural phenomenon, like God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Lunch will be enjoyed along this scenic route. Venture onto the small town of Sabie in the Drakensberg escarpment for the evening.Check in and freshen up for dinner.

After breakfast we drive, via Hazyview, onto Mpumalanga’s flagship attraction, the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This peace park links the Kruger with Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and is 20 000 square kilometres in size, roughly the size of the Netherlands. A closed vehicle game drive will allow you the opportunity to take in the park’s vastness and seek out the Big Five and other endangered and indigenous animals and plants. Amongst the park’s diverse offerings are: 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles and 1 982 plants species with several historical and ancient archaeological sites. Enjoy lunch in the park (own account). We exit the park at Malelane Gate and head to our hotel on the Mthethomusha Game Reserve. Enjoy an open vehicle game drive followed by dinner.

After an early breakfast you will travel to St Lucia via the Kingdom of Swaziland. Swaziland, one of only two kingdoms in Southern Africa, is also the smallest country in Africa. This landlocked kingdom is named after the 19th century King Mswati II and is today still steeped in ancient cultural traditions. Enjoy lunch en route. We exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter the sub-tropical Elephant Coast, the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. An area naturally gifted with towering mountains, the blissfully warm Indian Ocean, lush tropical vegetation and a myriad of different animal species. In the late afternoon you will arrive at your overnight accommodation. You will have a chance to freshen up before relaxing with pre-dinner dinks and dinner at the hotels restaurant. When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport, and for nationals of certain countries, multi-entry visa terms and conditions will apply.

Awake in this little piece of paradise, ready to discover South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999. The 332 000ha Park contains 3 major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old coastal dunes – amongst the highest in the world and home to the biggest hippo and crocodile populations in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place. Before breakfast, embark on an open safari vehicle, where you will be guided on a game drive through iSimangaliso. Observe hippopotamus, crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the Estuary. Enjoy a revitalising lunch while taking pleasure in the lovely lake views before departing for the city of Durban.

This morning enjoy a breakfast at your beachfront hotel followed by a morning at leisure. Take a walk along the promenade or perhaps catch a ride on one of the colorful Zulu rickshaws to the beachfront market . You will be collected from your hotel for your transfer to King Shaka International Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth. In Port Elizabeth you will be collected from Port Elizabeth Airport and transferred to your beachfront hotel. Enjoy dinner at hotel.

This morning you will be collected from your hotel by our professional tourist guide and head towards Knysna via Storm’s River and the beautiful and ancient Tsitsikamma Forest, in the heart of the Garden Route. Our first stop brings us to the Storms River. After a short walk, take in the dramatic views on the suspension bridge of the Storms River Mouth, where you can view the river meeting the Indian Ocean. Enjoy lunch in the Tsitsikamma forest area. A short journey south further brings us to the small beautiful town of Knysna. We arrive and check in before embarking on a sunset Knysna Oyster Cruise, (weather permitting). This is an informative and interactive cruise. Dinner can be enjoyed at a restaurant next to the Knysna Estuary.

After breakfast we make our way to Plettenberg Bay or Plett, as its fondly known by the locals. From Lookout Beach you will be taken on an Ocean Safari (weather permitting). The Ocean Safari is dedicated to observation and conservation and allows for extensive and memorable whale, dolphin and seal watching. Following our marine excursion, we enjoy a relaxing lunch. In the afternoon we take a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school and crèche. This is a community enrichment program that sees the proceeds of its tours going into the education of the young children of Qolweni. Guests are welcome to donate pencils, books and other stationary. Enjoy the scenic drive back to your Knysna hotel and enjoy some time at leisure. In the early evening we make our way to the Knysna Waterfront for a leisurely dinner at one of the many restaurants on offer.

We depart after breakfast and begin today’s journey to Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo, via Wilderness and the Outeniqua Pass. Our first scenic stop is in Wilderness. Enjoy the photo opportunities and unspoilt views (weather permitting) at Map of Africa lookout point before we continue our journey onto the Outeniqua Pass. We will lunch on an ostrich farm in the Cango Valley on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn before taking a tour of the farm that will introduce you to this large, flightless and exotic bird. The daring can enjoy an optional ostrich ride (own account). Following the ostrich farm tour, you will then drive to your hotel where an optional afternoon game drive will be available (own account) before dinner.

Today our trip takes us from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town via the Cango Caves and the iconic Route 62. After breakfast you will have the rare opportunity to experience an elephant interaction and feeding with the African elephants that were raised at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. Leaving these gentle giants behind, we make our way to the Cango Caves, a 20 million year old natural treasure at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. Departing this world wonder, we travel along the much beloved and picturesque Route 62. With its ever changing landscapes, this route will escort you from tranquil winelands to dramatic mountain vistas and the unique beauty of the semi-arid Klein Karoo. Enjoy lunch and continue our scenic journey onto the majestically beautiful Cape Town and arrival at your hotel. This evening’s dinner will be enjoyed out at the hotel.

Cape Town offers a wide range of activities and attractions from platinum beaches, World Heritage Sites like the Table Mountain range, inviting night life, extensive shopping venues and art and cultural events. After breakfast join a guided full day Cape Point tour. Travel along the Atlantic seaboard to Cape Point via Chapman’s Peak and Cape Peninsula. Visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve; Boulders Penguin Colony where you can see the Cape Fur Seal Colony and rare African Penguins. The tour ends at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Freshen up before dining out in one of the many restaurants in the city.

On your final day, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before spending the day at leisure. Your transfer to Cape Town International airport sees the end of our tour. Here we will say hamba kahle, good bye and go well.