Spectacular South Africa – 2020

Duration: 17 days
Departs: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth: 11 Jan; 8 Feb; 7 Mar; 11 Apr; 9 May; 6 Jun; 4, 18 Jul; 1, 15 Aug; 5 Sep; 3, 17, 31 Oct; 14 Nov; 5 Dec 2020
Price: From $4,325 p/p twin share inc 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.

Includes 14 breakfasts and 4 dinners.

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 Kruger National 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: Anew Hotel, Hluhluwe (or similar) – 1 night

Day 7: St Lucia – Durban
An optional morning boat cruise (own expense) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this coastal town of St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour of this multicultural, vibrant seaside city, before arriving at the hotel late afternoon.
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 traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei. 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,D)
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 on the famed Garden Route 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 Shell Museum. 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 Australia via Johannesburg. (B)

Day 17: Arrive Australia

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. These costs are based on current special offers and are subject to change.

To find out more about this African adventure, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Amazing East Africa Safari

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12 days covering Kenya and Tanzania for the 18-29 age group

Geckos Adventures specially cater to the 18-29 year old age group and focus on cost effective trips worldwide. This trip cover the highlights of Kenya and Tanzania on a small group safari. Prices start from $2448 per person, with numerous departures available in 2017.

Included Activities:
Meals
11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport
Overland Vehicle

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night), Camping (with facilities) (8 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights)

Loita Hills – Village Visit
Masai Mara National Reserve – Game drive
Serengeti National Park – Game drive
Mto Wa Mbu – Market Visit

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

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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.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Cruising Voyage to South Africa

On the Aegean Odyssey – 32 nights
Departs 18 Nov 2015 from Malaga in Spain and finish in Cape Town in Sth Africa.

Premium outside cabin twin share from $15995 1st person and $8445 2nd person.
Free round trip airfares from Australia – limited time offer.

A remarkable journey from the souks of Morocco to the wild coast of Namibia and summer sunshine in South Africa, visiting Tangier, Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh, Las Palmas, Cape Verde, Principe Islands, Luanda and Luderitz, finishing with three nights in Cape Town.

Special offer includes 12 tours, pre-cruise hotel in Malaga for one night, hotel stay in Marakkesh for one night, post-cruise hotel in Cape Town for one night.

Offer expires July 31 or when sold out.

The premium class MV Aegean Odyssey is classically elegant, but far from stuffy and offers passengers every comfort at sea, with a relaxed, congenial atmosphere and the highest calibre of personal service. Ship average of 350 passengers.

For more information contact us on 03 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

Botswana Wildlife Safari

The Okavango Delta: Africa’s Watery Heart

There is a reason why so many of the best wildlife documentaries are filmed in the Okavango. One of the world’s largest inland deltas, the Okavango boasts the Big Five, all of them in abundance except the rhino. The lions and leopards of the Okavango have been made famous by National Geographic.

Moremi is lush and varied – a patchwork of lagoons, shallow flooded pans, plains and forests. It is one of Africa’s finest areas for wildlife, with particularly high game densities. The animals found here are numerous and relaxed, often allowing vehicles to approach closely.

Chobe National Park

The Chobe National Park is part of the northern Kalahari, much of it impenetrable thorn bush growing on deep sand. This is an old safari area. Livingstone visited it in the 1850s, as have countless big-game hunters since. It’s famous for huge herds of elephant and buffalo, and large prides of lion that have learnt to hunt them; for a river that apparently flows both ways; and for the mysterious, disappearing (and reappearing) Savuti Channel.

Pricing From Victoria Falls: 11 Days / 10 Nights $3,155 pp

Includes: two nights houseboat, two nights hotel and six nights camping accommodation, meals as indicated, game activities as specified, Botswana park and camping fees, transport, flight Maun to Moremi and a professional guide.

Departs 2014 05, 19 Mar; 02, 16, 30 Apr; 14, 28 May; 11 Jun; 02, 03, 16, 17, 30, 31 Jul; 13, 14, 27, 28 Aug; 10, 11, 24, 25 Sep; 08, 09, 22, 23 Oct; 05 Nov; 17 Dec ’14

Similar dates for 2015

Travel Style: Small Group tour

Travel Scale: Discovery

Note: Luggage must be limited to 12 kg in a soft bag plus a reasonable amount of camera equipment. Contact us for a copy of the pre-departure information.

Highlights:

  • The Okavango Delta
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Chobe National Park
  • Victoria Falls

Tour Details:

Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zambia – Okavango Delta

Early departure from Livingstone. Cross into Namibia and Botswana en-route to the Okavango Panhandle and board the Kabbo Houseboat. (L)(D)

Day 2: Okavango Delta

Enjoy morning and afternoon boat activities. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3: Okavango Delta – Maun

Travel to the frontier town of Maun for an overnight stay in a hotel. (B)

Day 4: Maun – Moremi Game Reserve

Continue by light aircraft to the Moremi Game Reserve and transfer to a private campsite. This area is famous for its astounding and diverse game viewing. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5: Moremi Game Reserve

Today is spent on early morning and afternoon game drives. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6: Savute, Chobe National Park

Depart Moremi for Savute. This area is best known for its bull elephants and prides of lion. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7: Savute, Chobe National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8: Serondella, Chobe National Park

Journey north to the Chobe River, home to large herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo. (B)(L)(D)

Day 9: Serondella, Chobe National Park

Continue game viewing. Optional cruise along the Chobe River (extra cost). (B)(L)(D)

Day 10: Victoria Falls, Zambia

Head to Livingstone and visit the magnificent Victoria Falls (entrance fee is not included). Overnight at the Zambezi Waterfront Lodge. (B)

Day 11: Victoria Falls, Zambia

Tour ends at check-out from hotel. (B)

To find out more about this adventure, contact Trans Otway Travel on (03) 9600 1482 or email contact@transotwaytravel.com.au

South Africa: Shongololo Express 2014 Early Bird Deals

Just like an ocean cruise, from the moment guests join the train, all comforts are taken care of; accommodation, meals, recreation and sightseeing. Guests only need to unpack and pack once throughout their journey. The Shongololo travels through the night to deliver you to your next stop with the entire day to explore.

Good Hope Journey: 13 Days/12 Nights from $3,710 pp*
Visits Capetown, Winelands, Overberg region, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Durban, Zululand, St Lucia Wetlands, Swaziland, Kruger National Park, Pretoria, Soweto, J’Burg

“As the Good Hope journey travels the length and breadth of South Africa, guests can enjoy the great variety of landscapes, shorelines, cultures and lifestyles that the Rainbow Nation has to offer.”

Early bird bonuses: a free pre-night on board the train, house beverages on board the train, a Shongololo Express T-shirt, cap and overnight bag with detachable day pack and one open vehicle game drive in the Kruger National Park.

Includes: 12 nights Ivory class accommodation on board the train, breakfast and dinner daily, airport transfers, a program of off-rail activities plus early bird bonuses (a free pre-night on board the train, house beverages on board the train, a Shongololo Express T-shirt, cap and overnight bag with detachable day pack and one open vehicle game drive in the Kruger National Park).  Prices for other cabin types are available on request.

Departs Johannesburg on 12 March, 4 June and 24 September 2014
Departs Cape Town on 24 February, 12 May and 19 November 2014

Southern Cross Journey: 16 Days/15 Nights from $4,900* pp
Visits J’Burg, Swaziland, Maputo, Kruger National Park, Great Zimbabwe, Antelope Park, Bulawayo, Hwange National Park, Chobe National Park and Vic Falls

“Visiting six countries, the Southern Cross journey from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls or vice versa, is carefully crafted to ensure guests gain a rare insight into the cultural and geographical cocktail that makes Southern Africa so exciting.”

Early bird bonuses: a free pre-night on board the train, house beverages on board the train, a Shongololo Express T-shirt, cap and overnight bag with detachable day pack and one open vehicle game drive in the Kruger National Park.

Includes: 15 nights Ivory class accommodation on board the train, breakfast and dinner daily, airport transfers, a program of off-rail activities plus early bird bonuses (a free pre-night on board the train, house beverages on board the train, a Shongololo Express T-shirt, cap and overnight bag with detachable day pack and one open vehicle game drive in the Kruger National Park).  Prices for other cabin types are available on request.

Departs Johannesburg on 12 March, 4 June and 15 October 2014
Departs Cape Town on 1 April, 25 June and 15 October 2014

Please call us on 9600 1482 to discuss any of these train journeys in further detail, or to find out what other train travel deals are available.

South African Safari

Makutsi Safari Springs – SAVE $200* per person

This popular package encompasses a variety of activities in the Kruger and Drakensberg regions and is perfect for families. Highlights include three game drives in open 4WD safari vehicles on the private game reserve, searching for the Big Five in Kruger National Park, the panoramic Blyde River Canyon and a visit to a local village.

7 Days / 6 Nights from $1,445 per person

Price Includes:

  • 6 Nights Accommodation
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Three Game Drives
  • Kruger Park Excursion
  • Blyde River Canyon Excursion
  • Tribal Village Visit
  • Return transfers from Hoedspruit or Phalabowra Airports.

For travel: 15 January – 31 March & 15 April – 31 May 2012

HURRY ON SALE UNTIL 31st MARCH 2012!

To book, call us on (03) 9600 1482 or email us at contact@transotwaytravel.com.au