14 Day Grand Tour of South Africa

Days

14

Style

Escorted Tour

From Price

$4,899 AUD per person

Embark on a 14 day escorted tour encompassing the best that South Africa has to offer

Enjoy all of this and superb cuisine, luxurious accommodation and true South African hospitality.

On your journey, you will have the opportunity to travel along the awe-inspiring Panorama Route and the 'Land of the Rising Sun', search for the Big Five in the world renowned Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe Reserves and see magnificent game. Driving along the Swazi Mountain range, you will be able to experience Swazi and authentic Zulu culture and even enjoy a scenic trip up the Lebombo Mountains for sundowners!

You will then take your flight onward to Port Elizabeth / Durban (not included in cost) where you will explore the amazing Garden Route. Here you will have the opportunity to travel via the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. - described as the 'garden of the Garden Route'. Continue on towards Plettenberg Bay - the sports paradise. While on your journey, you will be able to visit a working ostrich farm in the feather capital of the world, Oudtshoorn before departing to your final destination - The beautiful "Mother City" of Cape Town.

Itinerary

Day 1 – HAZYVIEW

Depart Johannesburg and travel to the 'Land of the Rising Sun' - Mpumalanga - via the magnificent Panorama Route.

The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at 'Bourke's Luck Potholes' and ends at the 'Three Rondavels'.

Time and weather permitting, stop at God's Window. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. Check in and freshen up before dinner.

Day 2 – HAZYVIEW

Early morning transfer to the Kruger National Park for a morning open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. At nearly 2 million hectares, the reserve is the flagship of South African National Parks and is home to an impressive number of flora and fauna.

Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner will be at the hotel.

You will have the option to return to the Kruger National Park to absorb the tranquil beauty of an evening safari (additional charge).

Day 3 – SWAZILAND

After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny mountainous kingdom is filled with bygone African traditions and culture and offers beautiful scenery and attractions such as game reserves and art & craft outlets to name a few. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. After spending some time at the Mbabane craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Dinner is to your own arrangements.

Day 4 – MKHUZE GAME RESERVE

Depart the hotel after breakfast.

Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the age-old technique 'millefiore'. No two are the same and the range boasts an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu Natal.

Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, in time to embark on an afternoon scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains, offering views over Lake Jozini. At the summit and as the setting sun transforms the sky into a tapestry of colours, stop for sundowners. The drive will be combined with a visit to a local and authentic Zulu homestead for a glimpse into Zulu life in today's world.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 5 – MKHUZE GAME RESERVE

Enjoy the morning at leisure to embark on any of the activities on offer from the hotel.

After lunch (to own account), you will transfer to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve covers a combined area of 90 000ha and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

End the day with dinner at the hotel.

Day 6 – DURBAN

Morning departure straight after breakfast.

Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia which is located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park - a World Heritage Site. Here you embark on an estuarine boat trip which provides an opportunity to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species, including the elusive African Fish Eagle, in their natural habitat.

Continue to Durban for afternoon arrival at your hotel. Dinner is to your own arrangements.

Day 7 – PORT ELIZABETH

This morning you will embark on a brief Durban City Tour (depending on the departure time of your flight), where you will spend the morning discovering the cultural and historical contrasts of the city.

Check in at King Shaka International Airport for your domestic flight to Port Elizabeth (flight cost not included).

On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Dinner is to your own arrangements.

Day 8 – PLETTENBERG BAY

Depart Port Elizabeth and travel via the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park.

Described as the 'garden of the Garden Route', the Tsitsikamma actually deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities.

Continue to Plettenberg Bay for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 – PLETTENBERG BAY

After breakfast visit Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. After lunch (to own account), enjoy the afternoon at leisure or enjoy an optional Marine Encounter boat trip (weather and time permitting; additional charge) before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Day 10 – OUDTSHOORN

After breakfast and check-out formalities, proceed the lagoon-side town of Knysna – gem of the Garden Route. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront Complex before travelling to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world due to its large ostrich industry. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner.

Day 11 – CAPE TOWN

Breakfast and check-out of the hotel.

Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves before departing Oudtshoorn. The Cango Caves is one of the natural wonders of the world and has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area.

Afterward, travel via Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (to own account).

Arrive in Cape Town around 17:00 at check into Southern Sun Waterfront or similar. Dinner is to your own arrangements.

Day 12 – CAPE TOWN

This morning you will be collected for your scheduled full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour.

We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach (optional boat trip to Seal Island - to own account). Continue via Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve.

After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), we go on to historic Simon's Town - a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also an information centre. End the day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The tour ends upon return to your hotel during the late afternoon. Dinner is to your own arrangements.

Day 13 – CAPE TOWN

Today you embark on a scheduled full day Cape Winelands Tour. This is a delightful drive, which winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa's wine industry, Stellenbosch, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our first wine tasting of the day.

Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. We enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch to own account). Time permitting, a visit to a Paarl region estate would be included to round off the day's wine-tasting experiences before heading back to Cape Town.

Day 14 – END OF ITINERARY

Morning collection from the hotel for a scheduled City Tour - a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to modern buildings and malls.

The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). In the city itself, we visit the Company Gardens, the S.A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. We take a trip through the picturesque Bo-Kaap, where we discover the unique culture, lifestyle and personality of the Cape Muslim community and their contribution to South Africa's development. You will be dropped off at the hotel by 12:30.

In the late afternoon, transfer to Cape Town International Airport with an ILIOS Travel driver and check in for your onward flight.

Inclusions

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner as specified

Transport

Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle

Tour Guide

English speaking THETA registered tour guide

Travel Information

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands.

Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

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