This is a standard 11 day tour with an optional 4 night Cape Town add-on tour (choice of 3,4 or 5 star accommodation).
Day 1: Morning arrival in South Africa, your guide will meet you upon arrival in Johannesburg at O R Tambo International Airport. Depart to Pretoria for a city tour that includes the Voortrekker Monument, Church Square and Union Buildings. Lunch in Pretoria, before checking-in at our charming little lodge near the airport. Dinner will be served at the lodge. Accommodation: Journey’s Inn Africa *** Includes: (D).
Day 2: Travel via Middelburg and Lydenburg to the province of Mpumalanga and the “Panorama Route” of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, admire the natural beauty of the Blyde River Canyon - third deepest canyon in the world, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Overnight near Hazyview. Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate *** Includes: (B).
Day 3: Early morning departure for the world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP). The KNP is known to be the most diverse park in the world with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, ± 506 bird, 55 amphibians and ± 1980 plant species. Dinner will be served as a traditional “potjie” - stew, cooked by your guide - good luck. Overnight in the park. Accommodation: Lower Sabie Camp *** Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: Another day to relax in the African bush, and to continue with your search of the “Big 5” and a host of other animals. Dinner will be a traditional “braai” - barbeque prepared by your guide. Overnight in the KNP. Accommodation: Lower Sabie Camp *** Includes: (B), (D).
Optional activities: Enjoy a sunset or evening game drive in an open vehicle with a park ranger.
Day 5: Today we travel through the mountain kingdom of Swaziland to Zululand. Overnight on a private game reserve situated near the small town of Hluhluwe. Dinner will be served at the camp’s restaurant. Overnight at Bonamanzi. Accommodation: Lalapanzi Lodge *** Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: This morning you have an option of joining the ranger on a game walk, the rest of the morning is at leisure. This afternoon we travel to the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve to enjoy an open vehicle safari, in by-gone years this reserve was the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. Dinner at the camp’s restaurant. Overnight on Bonamanzi. Accommodation: Lalapanzi Lodge *** Includes: (B), (D).
Day 7: Take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos in the Greater St Lucia Wetlands. Depart after the cruise to the beautiful Nkwalini Valley and Shakaland for lunch, check into hotel. Enjoy Zulu hospitality at its best with a traditional Zulu festival at Shakaland, dinner at the hotel. Accommodation: Protea Hotel Shakaland **** Includes: (B), (D).
Day 8: Travel to Giants Castle in the Natal Drakensburg Mountains, also known as the “barrier of spears” via the historical city of Pietermaritzburg, stop for lunch at Howick waterfall. All meals are served at the lodge’s restaurant. Overnight in the Natal Drakensberg Mountains. Accommodation: Giants Castle Lodge **** Includes: (B).
Day 9: A day at leisure in the beautiful Natal Drakensburg Mountains where Bushmen left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rocks and in the caves. Visit Giants Castle cave for a guided tour or take a walk along one of the numerous nature trails in this park. Overnight in the Natal Drakensberg Mountains. Accommodation: Giants Castle Lodge **** Includes: (B).
Day 10: Travel the “Oliviershoek Pass” to the village of Clarens and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel or take a walk along one of the numerous nature trails in the park. Accommodation: Golden Gate Hotel *** Includes: (B), (D).
Optional activities: Horse riding or game drives are available.
Day 11: Drive back to Johannesburg the commercial hub of South Africa. Township tour of Soweto, visit the very moving Hector Pieterson Museum and Nelson Mandela’s House - reflect on the “Apartheid” era of South Africa’s history. Last minute shopping before your departure. Accommodation. Includes: (B).
Recommended - Cape Town Add-on Tour:
Travel to Johannesburg, catch your flight to Cape Town. Your guide will meet you on arrival in Cape Town to transfer you to your hotel. Dinner can be enjoyed at one of the numerous excellent restaurants on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Accommodation: V & A City Lodge *** or President Hotel **** or Commodore Hotel ***** (-)
Day 12: Take a scenic drive around the Cape of Good Hope. Visit Hout Bay and the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point and the Boulders - Penguins. Have lunch in Simonstown. Optional and weather permitting - we take the cableway up Table Mountain. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town. Accommodation: V & A City Lodge *** or President Hotel **** or Commodore Hotel ***** Includes: (B).
Day 13: A day at leisure, where you can do the following optional activities - a city orientation tour of South Africa’s beautiful Mother City on the “hop-on hop-off bus” or visit a local township or visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 17 years or visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens or visit one of the numerous beautiful beaches around the Cape or for the energetic - take a hike up Table Mountain or for the brave - shark cage diving. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town. Accommodation: V & A City Lodge *** or President Hotel **** or Commodore Hotel ***** Includes: (B).
Day 14: Wine tasting and cellar tour at one of the wine estates along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route, also spend some time in the picturesque towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Enjoy your farewell dinner at Vijff Vlieghen (Five Flies) Restaurant. Overnight in Cape Town.
Accommodation: V & A City Lodge *** or President Hotel **** or Commodore Hotel ***** Includes: (B), (D).
Day 15: Morning at leisure. There will be time for last minute shopping and lunch at the V & A Waterfront, weather permitting an optional helicopter flip over the Cape Peninsula. Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight home. Accommodation. Includes: (B).
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Recommended Add-on Tour: 4 Nights - Victoria Falls
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