Johannesburg, Mpumalanga, Swaziland, Durban, St Lucia, Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Coast, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Cape Town
Spend 14 nights staying in superior accommodation while you travel through the highlights of Vintage South Africa. With daily breakfast and some meals included, as well as all transfers, sightseeing, and admission fees, this tour is a fantastic way for you to see some of the greatest natural and historical wonders of Africa. Your tour will include National Parks (see the Big 5!), the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, spectacular caves and mountains, and cultural highlights such as existing Chief’s Villages and Museums.
Day 01: Arrive Johannesburg (-/-/-)
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until evening to meet at the hotel for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.
Day 02: Johannesburg – Mpumalanga (B/-/-)
This morning we leave 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.
Day 03: Mpumalanga (B/-/-)
We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle. Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is an 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. We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure.
Day 04: Mpumalanga – Swaziland (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture.
Day 05: Swaziland – St Lucia and Surrounds (B/-/-)
This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand. Our 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 for your overnight stay.
Day 06: St Lucia and Surrounds – Durban (B/-/-)
Guests have the option to sleep in or take an optional morning boat cruise (extra charges apply) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.
Day 07: Durban – Drakensberg (B/-/D)
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps take an early morning cab ride to the bustling Umhlanga Beach for a stroll along the Promenade mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in the clean mountain air.
Day 08: Drakensberg (B/-/D)
Enjoy a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities to be enjoyed at the Resort.
Day 09: Drakensberg – Eastern Cape Coast (B/-/D)
This morning we 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 we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.
Day 10: Eastern Cape Coast – Port Elizabeth (B/-/-)
We 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 bird life. We set off heading south to Port Elizabeth.
Day 11: Port Elizabeth – Knysna (B/-/D)
Today our 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 for check in at our hotel.
Day 12: Knysna – Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We 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. Overnight in Mossel Bay.
Day 13: Mossel Bay – Cape Town (B/-/-)
Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomew’s Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Day 14: Cape Town (B/-/-)
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.
Day 15: Depart Cape Town (B/-/-)
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11am. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.
Day 16: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)
Arrive home dreaming of your South African experience!
Number of Days 16
Price From $4995
Price based on travel from May – July 2019, surcharges may apply.
International flights with Qantas or South African Airways
14 nights 3-4* accommodation with daily breakfast
Transfers, sightseeing & admission fees as specified
Porterage at hotels
Tipping at own discretion
$ Price (Twin Share)
From $4,995 per person (air & land) departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth, flying South African Airways or Qantas.
From $3,195 per person (land only)