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Wandering South Africa (15 Days)

Johannesburg, Mpumalanga, Swaziland, Zululand, Durban, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Cape Town

This tour is the perfect introduction to South Africa. Explore the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, enjoy spectacular safaris where you will hopefully see the majestic Big 5, and interact with the local people in traditional cultural villages.

Day 01: Arrive Johannesburg (-/-/-)

On arrival in Johannesburg, you’ll be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Why not enjoy a sightseeing tour or simply relax at your hotel. Tonight we will meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers.

Day 02: Johannesburg – Mpumalanga (B/-/-)

After breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city for a short orientation tour, continue to the Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”. Travel into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld and continue to Dullstroom and Lydenburg. We arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park.

Day 03: Mpumalanga (B/-/-)

Today we drive along the spectacular “Panorama Route”, views of amazing scenery including the 26km long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes’ and historic God’s Window, a breathtaking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. We arrive back in Hazyview in the early afternoon, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or join an optional afternoon game experience.

Day 04: Mpumalanga (B/-/-)

he day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle safari through Kruger National Park. Kruger is one of the world’s greatest national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. Search for the ‘Big Five’ as well as prolific bird life and numerous other game. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. Late afternoon optional open vehicle game drives are available

Day 05: Mpumalanga – Swaziland (B/L/D)

This morning we travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of Swaziland and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, and on to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for a true African shopping experience at the Ezulwini Craft Market which is packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Overnight in Swaziland.

Day 06: Swaziland – Zululand (B/-/-)

After breakfast, we will continue south through Swaziland, before reentering South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. Overnight in Zululand.

Day 07: Zululand – Durban (Umhlanga) (B/-/-)

This morning we will join a cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Our journey takes us past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. We arrive early afternoon and the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean. Overnight in Durban.

Day 08: Durban (Umhlanga) – Knysna (B/-/D)

After breakfast, transfer to Durban (Umhlanga) airport for the short southward flight to Port Elizabeth, where we will be met by our representative and set off to explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. Visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). We’ll arrive at our hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Overnight in Knysna.

Day 09: Knysna (B/L/-)

We’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where we can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon.

Day 10: Knysna – Oudtshoorn (B/L/-)

Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the “ostrich capital” and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. We’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour and light lunch, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. We will arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon, Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Day 11: Oudtshoorn – Franschhoek – Cape Town (B/-/-)

Take an optional early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities (weather permitting). After breakfast, the journey continues through the ‘Little Karoo’ to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before travelling to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. (The school visit is subject to the school being open). Travel via Franschhoek to Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain. Overnight in Cape Town.

Day 12: Cape Town (B/-/D)

Spend the day at leisure. Perhaps join an optional sightseeing tour to Table Mountain or simply explore the city at your own pace. Enjoy an evening of delicious Cape food, captivating theatre and entertaining tales and songs about the people of the Cape.

Day 13: Cape Town (B/-/-)

Enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula offering some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay and then on to Cape Point where it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. We’ll return to Cape Town by way of Simon’s Town, where we visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. Overnight in Cape Town.

Day 14: Depart Cape Town (B/-/-)

Do some last minute shopping or sightseeing or join the optional Robben Island Tour. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your home bound flight.

Day 15: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)

Arrive home dreaming of your next African adventure!

Number of Days 15

Price From $6795

Departure Dates

Every Sunday

Price based on travel from May – August 2019, surcharges may apply.


Inclusions

International flights
13 nights deluxe accommodation with daily breakfast
3 Lunches & 3 Dinners
Transfers, Sightseeing & Admission fees as specified
Porterage at hotels
Domestic flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth with taxes


Exclusions

Visas
Travel Insurance
Personal expenditures
Tipping at own discretion
Peak season surcharges may apply


Price Details

$ Price (Twin Share)

From $6,795 per person (air & land) departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth flying South African Airways or Qantas.
From $4,995 per person (land only)


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