Amazing South Africa

South Africa provides a wealth of spectacular sights and experiences. Start with the charm of the Western Cape, the world-renowned South African Winelands and the picturesque Garden Route. Fly to Johannesburg and explore both old and new aspects of this vibrant city. Continue through the rugged scenery of the Panorama Route and finish with wildlife viewing adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park in a private reserve.

Day 1: Fly to Cape Town
Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Cape Town with British Airways. (N)

Day 2: Cape Town
Arrive into Cape Town and transfer to President Hotel (or similar) for 4 nights in a sea-facing room. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or take optional excursions. (B)

Day 3: Cape Town
Afternoon tour of Cape Town including an ascent up Table Mountain on the cable car (weather permitting), the Company Gardens, the South Africa Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the flea market in Greenmarket Square. (B)

Day 4: Cape Point & the Cape Peninsula
Full-day tour of Cape Point and the peninsula. Travel along the Atlantic seaboard, stopping at lookout points. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve before lunch (payable locally). Continue to Simon’s Town with its Victorian architecture, naval base and home to a large penguin colony at Boulders beach. The final visit is to Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, renowned for its diversity of Cape flora. (B)

Day 5: Cape Winelands
Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands. Drive through mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Stops include Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl (time permitting) and includes wine tasting. (B)

Day 6: Barrydale • Oudtshoorn
Travel along Route 62. Stop at the town of Barrydale, surrounded by the Langeberg mountain range, for lunch (not included). Continue to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital of the world’ – and visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Overnight at Surval Boutique Olive Estate (or similar). (B, D)

Day 7: Cango Caves • Knysna • Plettenberg
Morning tour of the Cango Caves. Drive to Knysna and spend some time at leisure at the waterfront, with its boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. Continue to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay and take a cruise up the Keurbooms river. Stay 2 nights at Hunters Country House (or similar). (B, D)

Day 8: Plettenberg Bay
Morning visit to Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Continue to Bramon Wine Estate for a tasting followed by lunch (not included). Optional Marine Encounter boat trip (additional charge) before returning to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 9: Tsitsikamma • Port Elizabeth
Drive along the final leg of the Garden Route to Tsitsikamma National Park. Take a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms river mouth gorge, which offers incredible views. Continue towards Port Elizabeth and overnight at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth (or similar). (B)

Day 10: Fly to Johannesburg
In the morning fly to Johannesburg and transfer to Protea Hotel Balalaika (or similar) for a 2-night stay. Afternoon city tour. Visit the Ghandi Memorial and the Carlton Centre for a bird’s-eye view of Johannesburg. (B)

Day 11: Johannesburg
Morning visit to Soweto township and visit several sites of historical importance. After lunch, visit the Apartheid Museum, which tells the history of 20th-century South Africa. (B, L)

Day 12: Hazyview
Drive to Hazyview via the scenic Panorama Route with stops along the way for views of the Blyde River Canyon. Time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window before arriving at Perry’s Bridge Hollow (or similar) for an overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 13: Safari experience
Drive to Moditlo River Lodge located in a private reserve adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park. Stay 2 nights at Moditlo River Lodge (or similar), a ‘Big Five’ reserve situated on the Blue Canyon Conservancy close to Hoedspruit. Afternoon wildlife drive. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Safari experience
Morning and afternoon wildlife drives. (B, L, D)

Day 15: Fly to London via Johannesburg
Early morning wildlife viewing activity (dependant on the time available). After breakfast, transfer to Hoedspruit airport for your flight to London via Johannesburg with British Airways. (B)

Day 16: London
Early morning arrival. (N)

Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

Group tour manager
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a driver-guide from arrival in Cape Town. The tour is made up of two modules – ‘Cape Town & the Garden Route’ and ‘Johannesburg & Kruger’ – and there is a different specialist guide for each module. Some people may join just one module of the tour, but these numbers will be small.

Departures and Cost per Person
15th Sept 2018: £3995
6th October 2018: £4025
13th October 2018: £4025
27th October 2018 £4025
3rd November 2018: £3945
17th November 2018: £3995
1st December 2018: £3745
8th December 2018: £4045

 

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single Person Supplement
A single person supplement is offered on this tour. Price from £650

Tailor-made travel
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please contact us for further information.

Various departure dates in 2018 with prices starting at £3,390 contact us for further details