Highlights of South Africa
The unbelievable beauty of South Africa draws your eyes at every turn and captures your heart at every destination on this once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Make your way through lush scenery along the Panorama Route, gaze upon wildlife in its natural habitat in Kruger National Park, see the beautiful sites along the famed Garden Route, ride the rails of the historic Ceres Railway and catch a glimpse of penguins, seals and sharks in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town: Your African adventure awaits. Over the course of 2 weeks, we set out on a round trip expedition from London and through the vast landscape of Africa’s southern tip. Along the way, enjoy stops in cities such as Johannesburg, Hazyview, Swaziland, Knysna and Cape Town, as well as awe-inspiring vistas of the mountains, coastline and the wide-open wilderness. Rounded out by fascinating experiences, such as hand-feeding ostriches, this guided tour is one to remember.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Flights from London to Johannesburg and Cape Town to London and Durban to Port Elizabeth
- A journey on the Ceres Railway
- 12 nights' hotel accommodation
- Game drive in Kruger National Park
- Visit to Swaziland
- Johannesburg Apartheid Museum
- Tour of Rorke's Drift Battlefield
- Knysna Lagoon cruise
- Cape Peninsula excursion, including the Cape of Good Hope, Chapmans Peak, Kirstenbosch and Boulders Beach
- Orientation tour of Cape Town & Table Mountain
- Free time to explore Johannesburg, Knysna and Cape Town
- Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Days 1 & 2 - To Johannesburg
You depart from London today on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, arriving on Day 2. Your first visit is to the Apartheid Museum, an insightful and at times sombre museum that illustrates the history of racial segregation in South Africa. The rest of your day is at leisure in Johannesburg.
Day 3 - The Panorama Route
Today you journey along the Panorama Route on a scenic coach ride to Hazyview. You travel past lush valleys, majestic mountain peaks and many landmarks, including God’s window (weather permitting), Bourke's Luck and the Three Rondavels. On arrival in Hazyview, you check into your hotel, where you enjoy dinner this evening.
Days 4 & 5 - Kruger National Park
Today's excursion is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your trip as you visit Kruger National Park, the largest in South Africa, for a full day guided game drive. Al the 'Big Five' game animals can be found here, and you spend an unforgettable day pursuing lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants and cape buffalo, along with many other animals that make this wilderness their home. Day 5 is spent at leisure. You could spend the day relaxing at the hotel, or head back to Kruger National Park to embark on a further game drive (payable locally).
Days 6 & 7 - To Swaziland
Neighbouring Swaziland is your destination today. You make the journey this morning by coach, and on arrival check into your hotel for the night. One of the last remaining monarchies, this small, landlocked country is famed for its unique, handmade homewares, which you can learn about on today's glass and candle factory tour. Watch the artisan candle makers at work as they produce a range of colourful candles, soaps and body balms, and be amazed by the technical skill of the glass workers as they intricately craft the 'Big Five' animals in the glass blowing factory. On Day 7 you travel through the Zulu war area of South Africa, visiting Rorke's Drift with a specialist guide. Rorke's Drift is the site of the famous battle of 1879, in which 139 British troops faced the might of 4,500 Zulu warriors and won, an epic struggle which was immortalised on screen in the 1964 film, Zulu. You spend a night at a local hotel here, dining together this evening.
Days 8 & 9 - Knysna
Today you travel by coach to Durban airport for your short afternoon flight to Port Elizabeth. Here you meet your new tour guide before continuing to your hotel in George. On Day 9 you enjoy a scenic cruise on the azure waters of the Knysna Lagoon to the Knysna Heads, a pair of dramatic sandstone cliffs that separate the lagoon from the ocean beyond. Enjoy some time at leisure before returning to your hotel in George. Knysna is set on the stunning Garden Route, a 190-mile-long stretch of the south-west coast, named after the verdant scenery it cuts through. Knysna itself if the perfect place to pause when travelling along the Garden Route, with a wide variety of shops, markets, restaurants and bistros. Fresh seafood is an abundance here, and sampling the famous Knysna Oysters is a must for visitors to the area.
Days 10 & 11 - The Garden Route
Today you continue travelling west along the Garden Route, heading to the fascinating town of Oudtshoorn, famous for its Ostrich population. You enjoy a tour of an ostrich farm with the opportunity to hand feed the magnificent birds. You also tour the beautifully eerie caverns of the Cango Caves, before enjoying a traditional South African barbecue dinner this evening. On Day 11 you head inland, then west towards Cape Town on the final stretch of the Garden Route. You pause in the beautiful Stellenbosch valley for a wine tasting before continuing to your Cape Town hotel. Upon arrival in Cape Town you enjoy a short orientation tour of the city with a visit to the iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting).
Day 12 - The Ceres Railway
Step back in time today with a trip on the historical Ceres Railway, making a return trip from Cape Town to Ceres in the heart of the Western Cape. Originally built in the early 1900's, the line is a wonderful way to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Ceres valley, where dramatic mountain peaks provide a stunning backdrop to the sprawling fruit orchards.
Day 13 - Cape Peninsula & Cape Town
Today you embark on an incredible excursion around Cape Peninsula. You visit the Cape of Good Hope at Africa's south-western tip, Chapmans Peak and Kirstenbosch, before travelling along False Bay to the wonderful Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, home to Africa's only indigenous penguin.
Days 14 & 15 - Return to London
You are free to explore South Africa's cultural capital at your own pace today. This evening, your flight departs from Cape Town International Airport, arriving back in London on Day 15.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Kopanong Hotel, Johannesburg
The 4-star Kopanang Hotel is located in a serene country estate just outside of Johannesburg; a unique and relaxing base from which to explore the city. The hotel's superb facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, and fitness centre. There is an ambient bar overlooking the pool terrace, and a welcoming restaurant serving expertly prepared cuisine. Guest rooms are in fully detached, traditional chalets and feature a television, safe, and tea & coffee making facilities.
Gecko Lodge, Hazyview
Set in the indigenous forests of the Sabie River Valley and a short distance from Hazyview, the family-run, 3-star Gecko Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore Kruger National Park and the surrounding areas. The lodge is family run and offers friendly, personal service that is evident in even the smallest detail. The grounds are in fitting with the subtropical climate, featuring a stunning rock swimming pool and exotic gardens that are home to many indigenous flowers, plants and trees.
Graywood Hotel, Knysna
Boasting of a great location in the centre of Knysna, near the Knysna Quays and the pretty Knysna River, the 3-star Graywood Hotel is our base whilst here. Amenities on offer here include some beautifully landscaped gardens, an outdoor pool, a sundeck, and a restaurant. The rooms are decorated in a traditional style with delightful wooden furniture, and come equipped with air-conditioning, a television, and an en-suite bathroom.
Protea Riempie Estate, Oudtshoorn
The 3-star Protea Hotel by Marriott Oudtshoorn Riempie Estate enjoys a location on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn. The rooms are located in some delightful thatched chalets, which truly immerse you in the delights of Africa, and all come well-equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, a television, and tea & coffee making facilities. The Restaurant on site serves a buffet selection, and also includes a bar serving a range of cocktails.
Fountains Hotel, Cape Town
Stay at the 4-star Fountains Hotel whilst in Cape Town. With a location close to the pretty waterfrong, as well as within sight of the Table Mountain National Park, this is the perfect base for your explorations. The hotel offers a restaurant, a bar, a bakery, and a laundry service (payable locally). The rooms are decorated in bold whites and reds, and come with air-conditioning, an en-suite bathroom, a television, tea & coffee making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Following a route through the fruitful scenery of the Ceres Valley, the Ceres Railway offers a nostalgic experience and a scenic journey through mountains, orchards, vineyards and more. The railway was originally built in 1910, and operated for many years before ceasing its route later in the 20th century. It was in 2010 that the lines and locomotives underwent restoration, and by 2015, the Ceres Railway was once again in full working order. The rail lines operates three steam engines - Jessica, Bailey and Red Devil - that have all been fit with comfortable, plush lounge chairs from which to observe the changing scenery between Cape Town to Ceres. For a change in perspective on the train, there is also a fully stocked bar car and a dining car, which has lovingly restored with decor true to the period in which it was built. Passengers have the option to disembark in Ceres or to make this a round trip journey.
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|8th October 2019||£2,895||Book Now|
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|14th January 2020||£2,495||Book Now|
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|2nd June 2020||£2,195||Book Now|
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: Departs 8th October 2019 (£2,895), 5th November 2019 (£2,895), 14th January 2020 (£2,495), 4th February 2020 (£2,595), 2nd June 2020 (£2,195), 29th September 2020 (£2,495), 24th November 2020 (£2,495)
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