Day 1 Arrival in Johannesburg
Upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Built on the discovery of gold, Johannesburg continues to produce its own unique treasures.
This city has passion, pride and endless possibilities. Discover the energy of one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. Diverse in culture, colour and heritage, Johannesburg will steal your heart and awaken your soul. Overnight at The Holiday Inn Express Sandton Woodmead (or similar) on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2 Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
After breakfast at approx. 7:30, you will be collected from the hotel for the start of the tour. We travel across the Gauteng Highveld and descend into the subtropical Lowveld region of Mpumalanga towards the world famous Kruger National Park.
Consisting of more than two million hectares, the Kruger National Park boasts more than 146 mammal species, 507 bird species and 400 tree varieties. We will enter the Park late afternoon when we will spend some time game viewing before arriving at our accommodation, situated just outside the Kruger National Park. (Game viewing is done in coach/closed vehicle). Overnight at The Casa do Sol (or similar) on half board basis.
Day 3 Full Day in Kruger National Park
To make the most of our time we recommend an early breakfast so as to begin the game drive soon after sunrise. A full day is spent inside Kruger National Park in search of wild animals. (Game viewing is done in coach/closed vehicle).Whilst no guarantees can be given that you will encounter the "Big Five" (Elephant/lion/rhino/leopard/buffalo), you are certain of seeing at very close quarters, an abundance of antelope, zebra, birds, mammals and possibly reptiles. Optional 4 wheel drive open vehicles are available.
Overnight at The Casa do Sol (or similar) on half board basis.
Day 4 Kruger National Park to Swaziland
After breakfast we leave this massive wildlife sanctuary to the independent Kingdom of Swaziland. During the 15th & 16th centuries, an African people of Nguni descent migrated southward from Central Africa and eventually, during the mid 18th century, a group of them settled in the area, which is now Swaziland. These people, the Nkosi Diamini, became known as the Swazis, and today both names live on.
Nkosi means "king" and Diamini, is the surname of the royal family. The country derives its actual name from a later king, Mswati, but another name, Ngwane, is an alternative word for Swaziland. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory before travelling to the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the facilities at the reserve.
Overnight at Milwane Beehives (or similar) on half board basis.
Day 5 Swaziland to St. Lucia
After breakfast we visit one of the local markets and the Swazi Candle Factory. Here you can watch the creation process amd meet the artisans who make the "Light from Africa" shine through their handmade candles authentic to the Kingdom of Swaziland. We then continue through the small land locked country before re-entering South Africa.
We are met with a warm welcome of the locals in another kingdom, the Kingdom of the Zulu's in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. We proceed to the hotel which is situated on the banks of the St. Lucia Estuary, overlooking Lake St. Lucia. St. Lucia is an entrance point to the southern portion of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, particularly the St. Lucia Game Reserve. It is also the core access point to Fist Rocks, Mission Rocks and Cape Vidal. Overnight at The Elephant Lake Hotel (or similar) on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 6 St. Lucia to Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast (Port Edward)
After breakfast join an optional Eco cruise on Lake St. Lucia (not included). Isimangiliso (The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park) was proclaimed South Africa's first World Heritage Site in December 1999.
It is considered an amazing natural phenomenon because of the occurence of five ecosystems within a relatively small area (260 000 hectare). Our tour continues to Shakaland, an authentic Zulu village. Feel the pulsating rhythm of mysterious and magical Africa as you relive the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulus, in this re-creation of the Great Kraal overlooking the Phobane Lake.
Experience the sight of assegai wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas and witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and the beer drinking ceremonies. Lunch is included at Shakaland before heading to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and sub tropical climate. Afternoon arrival in Port Edward which has a delightful beach that overlooks a hill known by Eurpoeans as "Tragedy Hill". The tragedy in 1831 was the bloodthirsty killing of opposing tribes' people by a rampaging band of Zulu warriors. Human bones still scattered the hillside up until recently. The coaset here is known for its shipwrecks and in 1878, "The Ivy" ran aground on the beach. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at The premier Hotel Edwardian (or similar) on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 7 Port Edward to The Wild Coast
After breakfast we depart and travel to the rural area along the Eastern Cape coast. All the wild places of this world have a secret, a barrier, a portal - something that makes them hard to find or difficult to get to. The Wild Coast has its own secrets. It's a land that has been lost in time.
The modern world has passed by the Wild Coast - a combination of history, geography and politics has left it largely undeveloped and unexplored. On this route we pass one of Nelson Mandela's houses in his area of birth in Qunu. After a long journey we arrive at Cintsa, a jewel of the Eastern Cape coast on the Indian Ocean. It has been described as a little piece of paradise and those who live there know its true. The road from the top of Dolphin Drive hints at the pleasure that's about to unfold. This paradise haven will leave you captured by the natural beauty of its surroundings. 2 Overnights at Crawford's Beach Lodge (or similar) on half board basis.
Day 8 The Wild Coast
This morning you will be escorted by a local tour guide and given an insight into the Xhosa tribes customs and traditions. We will visit a nearby village to meet the local people and your visit may also include special events and happenings in and around Cinsta. A light lunch is included. In the afternoon join an optional Elephant Interation at a Nearby Game Reserve. (Please note that this needs to be pre-booked prior to arrival). Get up close and personal with one of the world's most amazing animals - you will never forget it.
This hands on learning experience includes lots of one-on-one interation with these graceful gentle giants. We return to the hotel late afternoon.
Day 9 The Wild Coast to Port Elizabeth via Grahamstown
After breakfast we leave the beautiful Wild Coast as we drive to Port Elizabeth via Grahamstown. A hauntingly beautiful region - arguably the crucible of South African History - Frontier Country is a vibrant mix of all the best that Africa has to offer. One of the premier tourist routes in the Eastern Cape, it has a turbulent past, with more forts than the rest of the country combined. Your guide will tell you stories of frontier wars, pioneering spirits and heroic people bound together by indomitable determination. We leave Grahamstown and continue to Port Elizabeth, set along the beautiful shores of Algoa Bay and better known as the "Friendly City". Overnight at The Kelway Hotel (or similar) on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 10 Port Elizabeth to Knysna
After breakfast we travel to the Garden Route, one of the country's most beautiful and scenic locations with a visit to the Tsitsikamma Forest. Our Journey takes us through dense indigenous forests, woodlands, lakes and lagoons to Knysna, the Southern Cape's best known holiday destination which is situated between lush forests and shores of the peaceful lagoon.
The most well known attraction is The Heads which are two great sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon which connects the estuary with the sea. The Lagoon is one of the few places along the coast that supports an oyster hatchery giving oysters that are reputedly the tastiest in the world. Overnight at The Graywood Hotel (or similar) on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 11 Knysna
After a leisurely breakfast you will be taken to the harbour to board the John Benn, Knysna's only luxury pleasure cruiser, for a trip on the beautiful Lagoon. She is beautifuuly appointed with her upper and lower decks constructed from Yellowwood sourced from the Knysna Forest. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at The Graywood Hotel (or similar) on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 12 Knysna to Oudtshoorn
After breakfast we have an early departure to travel inland along the winding Outeniqua Pass to the Ostrich capital of the world - Oudtshoorn. Here we visit a working ostrich ranch for a tour and to see who is daring enough to ride on one !! Lunch is included at the ranch. We then travel to our hotel arriving late afternoon. Overnight at Turnberry Lodge (or similar) on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 13 Oudtshoorn to Cape Town
After breakfast we have a visit to the Cango Caves which are situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains. Here you will find the finest dripstone caverns with their vast halls and towering formations. We then continue along the famous Route 62 through the semi desert and winelands region to Cape Town. Our journey will take us through towns of Robertson and Worcester before arriving in the "Mother City" in the afternoon.
Day 14 Cape Town
Today is a day at leisure to take in the sights and sounds of this stunning city. Overnight in Cape Town.
Day 15 A fond farewell.....
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your departure flight.
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Disclaimer: Pins in map may not be accurate if Google Maps cannot find the exact address. In this case an approximation is made.
Kruger National Park/Swaziland/Garden Route/Cape Town
Arrival transfer in Johannesburg
Accommodation as stated in itinerary (or similar)
Breakfast each morning
Lunch on Days 6, 8 & 12
Dinner on Days 2, 3, 4, 7 & 8
Transporation in luxury air conditioned coach
Professional English speaking Tour Guide throughout
Entrance fees and excursions where applicable
Conservation Fees at Kruger National Park
All flights, taxes and visa costs
Entrance fees and excursions not mentioned in itinerary