Day 1: Johannesburg (Sunday). Touch down at or Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the magnificent suburban shopping malls or take an optional Soweto Tour (own account). Accommodation: Protea Hotel Wanderers or similar.
Day 2: Pretoria/Mpumalanga (Monday). Leave Johannesburg’s distinctive skyline and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city. Marvel at this country’s miraculous transformation while visiting the Voortrekker Monument, regarded as a shrine to the Afrikaner community. On to the world famous Premier Diamond Mines, which produced Africa’s biggest diamond, the Cullinan, from which the "Great Star of Africa" was cut to grace the scepter of the British Crown Jewels. After lunch we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Accommodation: The Royal Hotel or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Kruger National Park (Tuesday). Explore living history at Pilgrim’s Rest, the old mining village where gold was first discovered, gasp at the glory of God’s Window, a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains, and visit the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa. We arrive at our Kruger National Park Rest Camp in time for a welcome sundowner (own account) in the African bushveld. Accommodation: Kruger - Rest Camp or similar. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: A full day "Big Five" game viewing in Kruger National Park (Wednesday). Set off before breakfast in an open safari vehicle in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species. Savour the magic of this enormous wilderness. Accommodation: Kruger - Rest Camp or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 5: The Kingdom of Swaziland (Thursday). Enjoy an enchanting drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Witness a Swazi cultural experience before visiting the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory to see master craftsmen fashion collectible figures and functional art out of molten glass. We continue through the capital city, Mbabane, known for its vibrant markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Spend the night in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: The Kingdom of the Zulu’s (Friday). Visit the Swazi Candle Factory, teeming with exquisite wax artworks in every shape and color imaginable. Then on into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. Arrive mid afternoon at the town of St Lucia, a World Heritage Site and home to hippo, crocodile and no less than 367 bird species. Clients have the option to purchase an exciting afternoon open safari vehicle game drive into Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Accommodation: Protea Hotel St Lucia or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Durban (Saturday). This morning enjoy a cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coastline en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields do their own version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind. Check into your hotel just before lunch (own account). Explore the beach front and its many attractions at leisure, or take an optional afternoon Durban City Tour (own account). Accommodation: Protea Hotel Edward or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Port Elizabeth/Knysna (Sunday). Morning at leisure until your collection and transfer to the airport for your mid morning flight to Port Elizabeth (cost of flight not included). There you’ll be met by a new guide who’ll, upon everyone arriving, take you through the glorious, indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest, before reaching Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route. Dinner and overnight in Knysna. Accommodation: Knysna Log-Inn or similar. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 9: Knysna (Monday). Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone "Heads" which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond. After lunch the remainder of the day at leisure, to enjoy this lovely and special town. Accommodation: Knysna Log-Inn or similar. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 10: Oudtshoorn (Tuesday). This morning we enjoy the wonderful views of the spectacular Outeniqua Pass en route to Oudtshoorn, the "feather capital of the world", so named because it’s the center of South Africa’s ostrich industry. After lunch, we learn more about these hardy, enigmatic creatures during a tour of an ostrich farm. We then head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. Accommodation: Queens Hotel or similar. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 11: Cape Town (Wednesday). A day of magnificent vistas. Enjoy the ever-changing passing canvas as we travel to Cape Town. During the whale season we will travel via the seaside village of Hermanus in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the southern right whales, which frolic offshore (July to November only). Out of season we will return to Cape Town along "Route 62", South Africa’s version of America’s "Route 66". Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 12: Cape Peninsula (Thursday). A full day touring of the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula via the Atlantic seaboard. We stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you can opt to take a cruise (own account) to Seal Island to watch the antics of these natural performers. Then we continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, before stopping off to see the lovable penguins at Boulders Beach. We drive through the quaint naval village of Simon’s Town on our way back to Cape Town. Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 13: Cape Winelands (Friday). Journey into the beautiful and tranquil Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellenbosch before stopping for wine tasting at two well known estates. A visit to the Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument provides a historical perspective. Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 14: Cape Town (Saturday). This brings us to the end of our "World in One Country". Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Includes: (B).
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