Set at the tip of the epic African continent, South Africa is a convergence of incredible landscapes and cultures. Travel from the wilds of Kruger National Park, through the lands of the Zulu, along the verdant Garden Route to the spectacular 'Mother City', Cape Town.
This tour is ideal for anyone looking to cover all of the main experiences on offer in South Africa. Focusing on the country's natural beauty and abundance, this tour offers a plenty of opportunities to spot much incredible wildlife and admire a huge range of landscapes from mountain to coastal to plain. It also covers South Africa's troubled past in Johannesburg and its cosmopolitan future in Cape Town. All in all, these are the highlights of this diverse and enchanting nation.
Days 1-2: Fly to Johannesburg
Fly overnight to Johannesburg. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 3: Johannesburg City Tour
Take a tour through some of Johannesburg's most fascinating sights. Visit the colourful township of Soweto, an area full of historical interest as the former home of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Back in the city continue your walk through South Africa's contemporary history at the excellent Apartheid Museum, which explains the history of apartheid right up to abolition and the country's first multi-racial democratic elections.
Day 4: The Panorama Route
Depart Johannesburg travelling towards Kruger National Park via the Panorama Route. An area of great scenic beauty, the highlight is the Blyde River Canyon, a 20-mile long gorge that carves its way through the Drakensburg Escarpment – you'll drive along its rim, passing evocatively named places such as God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. In the late afternoon, arrive at your hotel close to the entrance of Kruger National Park.
Day 5: Kruger National Park
Rise with the sun to venture out into the savanna to the sounds of the dawn chorus. In an open-air safari vehicle, you'll have the perfect vantage point from which to explore what is considered one of the world's greatest reserves. Spend the day on the lookout for some of South Africa's most iconic beasts, from elephants and hippos, to lions and leopards. Returning to the hotel, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure with the option of embarking on an evening safari.
Day 6: Swaziland
Start the morning with another safari into Kruger before you pop over the border into the Kingdom of Swaziland to spend the day amongst its spectacular landscapes and fantastic scenery. You'll feel the pace slow down and bygone traditions return to the fore as you visit Matsamo Cultural Village, a showcase of Swazi culture, and browse through the Mbabane craft markets. You'll spend the night in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.
Day 7: Zululand
Head back over the border via the town of Big Bend to the province of KwaZulu Natal. Take an afternoon scenic drive up into the Ubombo Mountains where you'll get fantastic views over Lake Jozini. You'll also have the opportunity to catch a glimpse into the life of the Zulu tribespeople with a stop at an authentic Zulu homestead. The next two nights are spent at the hauntingly named Ghost Mountain.
Day 8: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
This morning will be at leisure to relax or explore as you please. Transfer to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing. The reserve is one of the oldest wildlife parks in Africa and, thanks to conservation efforts, has the largest population of the white rhino in the world.
Day 9: iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Journey farther up the Elephant Coast arriving at St Lucia which sits at the southern end of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here you'll embark on a cruise of Africa's largest estuarine system, encountering hippos, crocodiles and a large variety of birds, including African fish eagles and goliath heron. Continue to the city of Durban, a cosmopolitan city that's driven by an African rhythm.
Day 10: Durban to Port Elizabeth
On the November departure, the group will fly to Port Elizabeth in the morning, enjoying a tour of Port Elizabeth's townships in the afternoon. The March group will have a tour of Durban this morning before flying to Port Elizabeth in the afternoon and transferring straight to their hotel.
Day 11: Tsitsikamma National Park
Take the coast road from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park. Part of the Garden Route, Tsitsikamma is a coastal reserve that encompasses a range of ecosystems. Enjoy the beauty with an easy walk through the park, crossing a suspension bridge at the mouth of the Storms River. Continue on to Plettenberg Bay.
Day 12: Elephant Sanctuary
Spend the morning at an Elephant Sanctuary. Learning more about the resident African elephants from the informative guides, you will also have the opportunity to interact with these gentle giants. This afternoon, travel back to Plettenberg Bay to visit the Birds of Eden, a free-flight aviary and sanctuary. Traversing a gorge of indigenous forest, there are 3,500 birds here, spanning 220 species.
Day 13: Oudtshoorn
Start the day with a cruise up the Keurbooms River, spotting wildlife and admiring the unspoilt nature. Back on dry land, travel to the quaint lagoon-side town of Knysna, considered a gem of the Garden Route. You'll have some free time at Knysna Waterfront Complex, where you can browse galleries, boutiques and luxury yachts. Travel on to Oudtshoorn, centre of the world's ostrich industry where you'll have a guided tour of a working ostrich farm.
Day 14: Cango Caves
Take a morning tour of the Cango Caves, a magnificent cave system located in the limestone foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. Transfer to Cape Town via Barrydale and check in at a luxurious five-star hotel – your home for the next three nights.
Day 15: Cape Point
Cape Town sits on the northern end of the Cape Peninsula, a rocky promontory that is home to pristine beaches, old coastal villages and an incredible biodiversity. You will spend the day exploring this magnificent area, capped off with a stop at Cape Point. From this towering headland you'll have a spectacular view out over the dramatic, ocean-battered rocks to where the Indian and Atlantic oceans collide.
Day 16: Cape Winelands Tour
Today is dedicated to the Cape Winelands. Here you'll find yourself amongst landscapes of manicured grape vines, their uniform rows stretching towards their spectacular mountainous backdrop, occasionally broken by the quaint whitewash of the distinctive Cape Dutch homesteads. During the day you'll also be able to taste the famous fruits of the region at one of the many wine estates.
Day 17: Fly Cape Town to UK
Thanks to its naturally spectacular setting, Cape Town is one of Africa's most beautiful cities. Backed by Table Mountain and flanked by the Twelve Apostles, Cape Town has much to offer, from its beautiful beaches to the vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, unique heritage and cosmopolitan inclinations. Spend the day being guided through this wonderful city's cultural and geographical landscapes before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Dates & Prices
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|8th October||25th October||£4,590|
|12th November||29th November||£4,590|
|4th March||21st March||£4,990|