Sep 30, 2020
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Round trip economy class airfare from North America including all air taxes
14 nights' accommodation
14 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
Arrival airport shuttle transfer and departure transfer included
Full Day visit to the Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park Conservation Levy included
Hotel porterage included
(Please note that conservation levies are subject to increase without prior notice and is at the discretion of the game park.)
Visa fees if applicable
Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
Items of a personal nature
About this Trip
Spend two weeks discovering all that makes South Africa one of the world’s most diverse and colourful destinations. Take in natural sights such as Blyde River Canyon, explore the historic lands of the Zulus and Swazis, follow the magnificent South African coastline, and immerse yourself in the beauty, wine, and culture of the Cape. On this tour, a maximum of 40 guests are escorted by a local professional tourist guide. All departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 guests. Transportation is in air-conditioned luxury vehicles and tours are only conducted in English.
This 17-day South Africa trip with airfare takes you from Johannesburg to Cape Town, exploring the best of the country in all its diversity.
Take a night in Johannesburg to shake off any jetlag, meet your fellow travellers, and receive a tour briefing before leaving for the lush Lowveld. You’ll follow the Panorama Route to catch the view over Blyde River Canyon from God’s Window. This is a region filled with interesting geographical features formed by the canyon’s waterways. Your journey through natural South Africa continues the following day in Kruger National Park, arguably the country’s most famous wildlife region. Keep an eye out for the ‘Big 5’ – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo – along with other animals on your morning game drive, before your guide explores more of the park with you later in the day.
Strike another great Southern African country off your list the following day as you explore Swaziland. This independent kingdom is the smallest country in the Southern Hemisphere, preserving Swazi culture and the region’s wildlife with equal enthusiasm. Then, from Swaziland to Zululand, return to South Africa and learn about the unique cultural balance that has shaped this region. Enjoy an open vehicle safari in
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park on your own account if you wish. You may also opt for a cruise from St Lucia, a popular coastal destination among South Africans. The surrounding wetland is home to hippos, crocodiles, and over 360 bird species. Spend the night in the popular seaside city of Durban.
Wonders of South Africa
Day 1: Depart North America
Depart North America on an overnight flight to South Africa
Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg
On arrival at the OR Tambo Johannesburg International airport, you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. Please note that the shuttle transfer is available between 6.15am and 10.45pm. If you arrive earlier or later than this, please note an extra transfer cost will be incurred. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 7.00pm when you will meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.
Day 3: Hazyview
Day 4: Kruger National Park
Day 5: Swaziland
Day 6: St Lucia and surrounds
Day 7: St Lucia and surrounds / Durban
Day 8: Drakensberg
Day 9: Drakensberg
You have a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There is also the option to take a 4x4 adventure tour up Sani Pass and into the tiny kingdom of Lesotho (passport required) which also includes a lunch at Africa's highest pub. This excursion as at an extra cost and can be arranged with your driver/guide in destination. The Drakensberg Mountains were proclaimed World Heritage site in 2000, South Africa's first premier mountain wilderness and cultural site, on the border of South Africa and Lesotho and is mostly a vast national park, called now the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. This spectacular natural landscape also has many rock shelters, containing the largest and most concentrated group of San/Bushmen paintings (more than 6000 sites and featuring 22 000 paintings) in Africa, south of the Sahara. These were created by the San people over a period of at least 4000 yrs. The highest range in Southern Africa, the "Dragon Mountains" or the "Barrier of Spears", reach their highest peaks along the border with Lesotho.
Day 10: Eastern Cape Coast
Day 11: Eastern Cape Coast
Day 12: Knysna
Day 13: Oudtshoorn
Day 14: Cape Town
Day 15: Cape Town
Enjoy a day of leisure in the 'Mother City' where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. You may want to take advantage of one of the optional tours, a full day Peninsula Tour which includes the dramatic coastline of the Cape Peninsula including a visit to the Boulders Beach penguin colony and the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The alternative is to take part in a full day Cape Winelands tour, which is a day celebrating the glorious grape as well as the exceptional winelands region and heavenly scenery. Both of these tours are at an extra cost and can be pre-booked.
Day 16: Depart Cape Town
This morning after breakfast, please check out of the hotel by 11.00am. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.
Day 17: Arrive North America
Arrive in North America today with fond memories of your South African adventure.
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Alternative accommodation may be confirmed due to availability, these will always be in the same category or higher, at no additional charge.
There are a number of optional extras mentioned in the itinerary, some of which can be pre-booked and bought prior to your travel. The excursions we can arrange on your behalf before your travel starts are:
Full Day Open Vehicle Safari on day 3
Afternoon Open Vehicle Safari on day 5
Game Viewing Boat Cruise on day 6
Sani Pass 4x4 Adventure Tour on day 8
Kaapse Stories Dinner Theatre on day 13
Full day Peninsula tour - Cape Town on day 15
Full day Winelands tour - Cape Town on day 15
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.