Group Size: 2 - 16 Passengers
Departs: Weekly on Sundays
Discover the wonderful contrasts of South Africa and explore some of the highlights of this magnificent country. Marvel at breathtaking vistas such as the Blyde River Canyon, spend time with the 'Big Five' game viewing in the world famous Kruger National Park, and enjoy cultural and historical experiences in Swaziland and Zululand. Travel through KwaZulu-Natal with its ancient game reserves and spectacular coastline, visit scenic Knysna on the Garden Route, and finally journey through the Eastern Cape to Cape Town – the ‘Mother City’.
Day 1 - Johannesburg
On arrival into Johannesburg you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The elegant 4-star Peermont Mondior hotel at Emperors Palace sets an exciting standard in world-class leisure and business accommodation. The hotel features 150 spacious rooms and suites furnished in contemporary African style. Its convenient location close to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, makes it suitable for all travellers. Guests have access to the casino, dining, entertainment, convention and relaxation facilities of the Emperors Palace hotel, casino and convention resort. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available between the hotel and airport every 20 minutes between 06h15 and 22h45.
Day 2 - Hazyview
Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga via the magnificent Panorama Route. From many well-positioned vantage points one has views of the Blyde River Canyon which starts at Bourke’s Luck Potholes and ends at the Three Rondavels. Time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window. Late afternoon arrive at your hotel located minutes from the Kruger National Park, for check in and dinner. (BD)
Perry’s Bridge Hollow is set in beautiful grounds just minutes from Kruger National Park and close to the Panorama Route – a dramatically scenic region home to highlights such as Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Perry’s Bridge Hollow is a delightful stop-over or holiday destination with something of interest to suit every kind of traveller, both young and old. The 31 spacious rooms offer relaxed, yet sophisticated accommodation in a beautiful indigenous garden setting. The colonial-styled custom furnished, air-conditioned rooms each feature satellite television, indoor and outdoor showers, mini-safes, tea and coffee making facilities, mini-fridges and private patios with Lowveld vistas. Time spent at the swimming pool in this beautiful garden setting is bound to leave you feeling refreshed and revived.
Day 3 - Kruger National Park
Early this morning you will depart in an open safari vehicle for your first game drive through the park. At almost a million hectares, the reserve is the flagship of South African National Parks and is home to an impressive range of flora and fauna. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. An optional evening safari is available (additional charge). (BD)
Day 4 - Swaziland
After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at a cultural village. This afternoon visit the Ngwenya Glass Works and continue via the Mbabane craft markets, before arriving at your hotel located in the Ezulwini Valley. (BL)
Set in the natural tranquility of the Ezulwini Valley, the Royal Swazi Sun Hotel & Spa beckons guests from all corners of the world. Facilities at the resort include the Casino, The Royal Swazi Spa, the Convention Centre, an 18-hole championship golf course, lawn bowls, squash, tennis and horse riding. A variety of retail shops are available, providing stationery, clothing, newspapers and curios.
Day 5 - KwaZulu-Natal
Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory before travelling into KwaZulu-Natal, arriving at your hotel this afternoon. Embark on an afternoon scenic drive with views over Lake Jozini and a visit to a local and authentic Zulu homestead for a glimpse into Zulu life. (BD)
At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze, Northern KwaZulu-Natal lies the privately owned 4 star Ghost Mountain Inn – a perfect setting to experience the allure of Africa in stylish comfort. This intimate and beautiful hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the array of wildlife and coastal reserves in Maputaland and the Elephant Coast. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and the scenic splendours of this rich and diverse region during game drives, guided walks, cultural excursions and boat cruises in the company of knowledgeable rangers. Back at the hotel, the spa offers a range of skin and body treatments and healthy lunches in a tranquil environment. Those who prefer the relaxing sound of birdsong and the warmth of the African sun will find their respite at the poolside within the glorious gardens of Ghost Mountain Inn.
Day 6 - Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
Transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest game reserve in South Africa, for an afternoon game drive. This is where the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner. (BD)
Day 7 - Durban
Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At St Lucia, embark on a boat trip to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species, including the elusive African Kingfisher Eagle, in their natural habitat. Today’s journey finishes in Durban. (B)
Behind the tree-lined street, one steps into the quiet sophistication of The Benjamin Boutique Hotel. This is one of Durban’s historic buildings which has been transformed into a hotel, yet retains the charm of yesteryear. Florida Road is home to approximately 30 restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines and also boasts a bustling night life. The 43 double rooms are all air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms and have satellite TV and Wi-Fi.
Day 8 - Port Elizabeth
This morning you will embark on a brief City Tour before flying to Port Elizabeth (flight cost not included). On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)
Just 300 metres from Blue Flag beaches, the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth boasts majestic views of the Indian Ocean, ideal for all travellers. Guests appreciate the hotel’s contemporary architecture, urban interiors and convenience to shopping, golf and entertainment destinations. 173 rooms and suites are thoughtfully equipped with free high-speed, wireless Internet access, tea and coffee provisions, and a minibar. An on-site restaurant, the Tabú Grill, offers up delicious grilled dishes, an extensive wine list and views of the ocean as a romantic backdrop. Guests can also keep up with workout routines at the gym or head to the Camelot Spa to relax and rejuvenate.
Day 9 - Plettenberg Bay
Depart Port Elizabeth and travel via the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River Mouth Gorge which offers incredible views and photo opportunities. Continue to Plettenberg Bay for dinner and overnight. (BD)
The Country House legacy has become a personal journey and a home to all those who entered through her doors. The thatched cottages, beautiful gardens and inviting living spaces invite you to relax, put your feet up and enjoy the history and charm of this divine hotel. Young or old, it is a place that fills your heart with fond memories and remains with you for a lifetime. Ideally situated between the coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, The Country House is a wonderful location from which to explore the beauty of the celebrated Garden Route, or just to spend time relaxing at the peaceful lodge.
Day 10 - Plettenberg Bay
After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. With the help of the resident African elephants and the well-informed guides, you will learn about the sad and mystical story of the Elephants. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (to own account), travel to Plettenberg Bay for a visit to Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds and the sanctuary also enables bird owners to apply to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing rehabilitation. Time permitting you have the option of embarking on a Whale and Dolphin boat experience (weather permitting and to own account) before returning to the lodge. (BD)
Day 11 - Knysna
After breakfast enjoy a cruise along the Keurbooms River. Visit Knysna – the ‘Gem of the Garden Route’ and explore the waterfront area before travelling to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour before arriving at your hotel for dinner. (BD)
De Opstal Country Lodge is a luxury 4 star accommodation in the picturesque valley of Schoemanshoek, near the world famous Cango Caves of Oudtshoorn. The beautiful farm house, stables and milking parlour date back to 1830. All the buildings in the complex have been creatively converted into modern, quaint en-suite bedrooms with the retention of an atmosphere of rustic charm. The terracotta floors, heavy wooden doors and shutters and wide timber ceilings bear the scars, buckles and blemishes of generations of use and give the entire complex an authentic feel. In this relaxed atmosphere Albertus, Matilda and staff treat their guests to wholesome country hospitality and food, reminiscent of a bygone era.
Day 12 - Cape Town
After breakfast take a tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world. Leave Oudtshoorn, travel via Route 62 with a lunch stop in Barrydale (own account), before arriving into Cape Town early evening. (B)
The Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town is situated in the heart of the city’s most sought-after areas. Being a short walk away from the famous V&A Waterfront and other Cape Town sights is just the start of this iconic accommodation landmark’s appeal. Postcard views of the harbour and of Signal Hill are rivalled only by the stylish, inviting presence of the hotel itself. Recently refurbished, the award-winning Cape Town hotel offers 537 beautifully-appointed rooms, with a host of amenities and services on offer, including free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a fully-equipped fitness centre and an outdoor pool.
Day 13 - Cape Town
This morning you will be collected for your scheduled full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour – an awe-inspiring tour with breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages to the towering headland of Cape Point. (B)
Day 14 - Cape Winelands
Today you embark on your scheduled full day tour to the Cape Winelands. A delightful drive, winding to the heart of the region through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. (B)
Day 15 - End of Grand Tour of South Africa
This morning after breakfast you will be collected from the hotel for a scheduled City Tour – a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling, modern city it is today. Table Mountain ticket excluded (as weather permitting). (B)
After the tour you will be met and transferred to Cape Town Airport where your tour ends.
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included. Tour price excludes Durban/Port Elizabeth domestic flight. We recommend booking flights around 12h30 from Durban.