Spectacular South Africa

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Duration: 17 days
Departs: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide (14 Jan; 11 Feb; 11 Mar; 15 Apr; 13 May; 10 Jun; 08, 22 Jul; 05, 19 Aug; 09 Sep; 07, 21 Oct; 04, 18 Nov; 09 Dec 2017)
From: $4125 p/p twin share (including airfares)

South Africa, a vast land of unimaginable beauty and diversity of experiences, is set to take your breath away. A scheduled coach tour travelling to Kruger National Park, Zululand, Durban, Drakensberg Mountains, Garden Route and ending in the stunning city of Cape Town. This itinerary allows you to enjoy and take in the magnificent scenery that South Africa is famous for.

Price Includes:

  • Return economy class airfares from Australia to Johannesburg, Cape Town return with South African Airways.
  • 15 Day South Africa Scheduled Coach Tour.
  • Meals, game activities and sightseeing as specified in itinerary
  • Arrival transfer in Johannesburg and departure transfer in Cape Town.
  • *Airport Taxes. These taxes are subject to alteration until final payment has been received by our office

Full itinerary:

Day 1: Fly Australia to Johannesburg via Perth (overnight flight).

Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg.  Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to the shuttle transfer service to the hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel OR Tambo (or similar) – 1 night

Day 3: Johannesburg – Hazyview.  This morning depart for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa. Gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. (B)
Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate, Hazyview (or similar) – 2 nights

Day 4: Hazyview – Kruger National Park.  Bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the KrugerNational Park in closed vehicles. Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. Internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. Return to the hotel around lunch time and the afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 5: Kruger National Park – Swaziland.  Depart on the journey to Swaziland.  Proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland and visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture.  (B)
Accommodation: Lugogo Sun, Swaziland (or similar) – 1 night

Day 6: Swaziland – St Lucia.  This morning travel through Swaziland into Zululand.  The journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area. (B)
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi (or similar) – 1 night

Day 7: St Lucia – Durban.  An optional morning boat cruise (own expense) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Luciabefore heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour of this multicultural, vibrant seaside city, before arriving at the hotel late afternoon. (B)
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge, Durban (or similar) – 1 night

Day 8: Durban – Drakensberg.  This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps enjoy a stroll along Durban’s golden mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground.  Then continue into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains.   Proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at the hotel mid-afternoon.  Afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (own expense).  (B,D)
Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel, Drakensberg (or similar) – 2 nights

Day 9: Drakensberg.  Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains.  (B,D)

Day 10: Drakensberg – Eastern Cape Coast.  This morning continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of Umtata. Continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.  (B)
Accommodation: Crawfords Beach Lodge, Eastern Cape Coast (or similar) – 2 nights.

Day 11: Eastern Cape Coast. Awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. Depart for Port Elizabeth. (B)
Accommodation: Garden Court Kings Beach, Eastern Cape Coast (or similar) – 1 night

Day 12: Eastern Cape Coast – Knysna. Today the journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon. (B,D)
Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate, Knysna (or similar) – 1 night

Day 13: Knysna – Oudtshoorn. After breakfast, travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. Visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Travel back to the Eastern Seaboard, arriving in Mossel Bay late afternoon. (B)
Accommodation: Garden Court, Mossel Bay (or similar) – 1 night

Day 14: Oudtshoorn – Cape Town. Explore Mossel Bay and visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and ShellMuseum. In the whale season (Aug – Nov) travel to Hermanus and try to catch a glimpse of these majestic mammals from the world most famous land based whale watching site. Out of season, drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. (B)
Accommodation: Sun Square Hotel, Cape Town (or similar) – 2 nights

Day 15:  Cape Town.  Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this beautiful city.  (B)

Day 16: Cape Town – Johannesburg – Australia.  Day at leisure until the departure to Cape Town International Airport.  Fly to Australiavia Johannesburg. (B)

Day 17: Arrive Australia.

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