South Africa | 14 days from Johannesburg to Cape Town
With a wonderful blend of cultures, climate and topography, South Africa offers incredible wildlife, traditional hospitality, sophisticated cities, unforgettable scenery and a sunny climate. A highlight of your trip is Kruger National Park, where you?ll have a great chance to see the ?Big 5??lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Have your camera ready because you may also see impala, giraffe, hippo, spotted hyena, cheetah, wildebeest, and more. Glorious scenery and majestic wildlife are not the only things you?ll experience on this tour. You?ll also travel to Johannesburg and Cape Town, where you will have the option to take a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting) for spectacular views of the city. If you?re looking to travel to captivating new places, this is the tour for you. You?ll return home from this vacation with plenty of stories and photos to share with your friends and family.
DAY 1:Arrive in Johannesburg
Welcome to Johannesburg.The Remainder of your day is at leisure.
DAY 2:Johannesburg - Mpumalanga
Admire the scenery as you travel to Mpumalanga, known as 'paradise country' and considered to be one of the most geographically diverse and beautiful places in South Africa. (B,D)
DAY 3: Mpumalanga-Kruger National Park-Mpumalanga.
After breakfast enjoy a leisurely tour, driving along the spectacular Panorama Route offering views of amazing scenery, including the 26 kilometre-long Blyde River Canyon. Next stop is the historic Gods Window, a breathtaking view of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. You will also have the opportunity to join the optional trip to the Bourkes Luck Potholes at the meeting point of the Blyde River (river of joy) and the Treur River (river of sorrow). Return to the lodge in the afternoon where you may join an optional afternoon game drive. (B)
DAY 4: Mpumalanga.
Kruger is one of the world's great national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. The day begins with an early morning game drive with a pre-packed breakfast. Look out for the 'Big Five' (rhino, elephant, leopard, lion and buffalo), as well as a vast range of birdlife. The afternoon is yours to relax or you may wish to enjoy an optional late afternoon game drive. (B)
DAY 5: Mpumalanga-Swaziland.
This morning a game drive awaits before you head to Swaziland, an independent kingdom within the borders of South Africa known for its lovely scenery, superb crafts and colourful indigenous culture. First stop is a Swazi glass factory, then later an optional visit to a local candle factory. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore the local area. (B)
Today, re-enter South Africa and enjoy an afternoon game drive, before continuing to your hotel in Zululand for an overnight stay. (B)
Visit a recreation Zulu 'Umuzi' village for a display of local culture including foot-stomping tribal dancing by assegai-wielding warriors. Enjoy dinner and an overnight in this special village. (B,D)
Take leave of Zululand this morning and journey to Umhlanga. Why not explore the beautiful local beaches? (B)
DAY 9:Umhlanga-Durban-Port Elizabeth-Knysna.
Transfer to Durban airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth, where you will be met by our representative and travel to Knysna via the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. The evening is yours to relax or explore. (B)
A leisurely start to the day, you'll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of Western Head to enjoy panoramic views, returning for lunch under the Milkwood trees. (B,L)
ravel over the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, the centre of the world's Ostrich farming industry. Visit an Ostrich farm for a guided tour, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. (B,D)
DAY 12:Oudtshoorn-Cape Town.
Travel via Klein Karoo and Montagu to Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain for an overnight stay. Stop en route at a community farm school in Barrydale, a school built in the 1960's by farmers for the labourer's children. The evening is yours to relax or explore the city. (B)
DAY 13:Cape Town.
This morning's orientation tour takes you past famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope, the baroque City Hall and the Grand Parade. Continue along the city's main thoroughfare, Adderly Street, and pass the Malay Quarter on the slopes of Table Mountain. Next, ascend Table Mountain (excludes cost of cable car tickets) for a stunning bird's eye view of the city and its beaches. Time permitting, also continue round to the Milnerton area for a beautiful view of Table Mountain. (B)
DAY 14:Cape Town.
Your tour ends today after breakfast. (B)
Blyde River Canyon God's Window, Kruger National Park Game drives, Zululand Cultural show, Knysna Lagoon cruise, and Cape Town City tour
13 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D)
JOHANNESBURG Holiday Inn Sandton
MIPUMALANGA Protea Hotel Kurger Gate
SWAZILAND Lugoga Sun
ZULULAND Protea Hotel Umfolozi River and Shakaland Hotel
UMHLANGA (FOR DURBAN) Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge
KNYSNA Knysna Log Inn
OUDTSHOORN Queens Hotel
CAPE TOWN Park Inn Foreshore
Transfers between overseas airport and hotels Pricing is based on double occupancy.
Triple room occupancy and triple room reduction, if available, is on request.
Departure/arrival taxes and fares from other cities will be advised at the time of booking.
All vacation prices are based on rates (including foreign exchange rates) expected to be in effect at the time of departure. Prices are subject to increase without notice if such rates change prior to departure. The current price will be confirmed at the time of reservation. However, once we received your deposit for any vacation departing during the current year, that land price is guaranteed, and any subsequent land cost increases are at our expense, not including any government tax increases. Vacation prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Single room supplements and triple room reductions may be applicable.
Not included in the tour price:
International and Domestic airfares are not included; Federal Inspection Fees for the U.S. Customs and immigration; International Air Transportation Tax; agricultural tax; any other taxes; security fee; airport taxes and fees; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your tour director; tour host; tour driver; local city guides; gratuities on ferries, trains and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; mini bar; alcohol; beverages and food not on the regular table d'h?te menu (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel or restaurant); optional excursions; porterage at airports; travel protection; excess baggage fees; all other items of a personal nature.