16 Day South Africa Odyssey

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Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon
Lion at Kruger National Park, one of the world's greatest national parks
Lion at Kruger National Park, one of the world's greatest national parks
Kruger National Park Cheetah cubs
Kruger National Park Cheetah cubs
Kruger National Park Leopard in tree
Kruger National Park Leopard in tree
Kruger National Park Rhino
Kruger National Park Rhino
Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon
Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Oudtshoorn, the center of the world's Ostrich farming industry
Oudtshoorn, the center of the world's Ostrich farming industry
Cango caves
Cango caves
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What To Expect

Enjoy open vehicle game drives in Kruger National Park, visit the a glass factory in Swaziland, and watch a cultural show in a traditional Zulu village. Visit the Garden Route and Oudtshoorn, famous for the Cango Caves and ostrich farms. Experience this 16 day tour of South Africa, with splendid scenery, exciting wildlife and ethnic diversity, with lots of leisure time from start to end!

Specifications

Type:
Tours from Johannesburg
Departs From:
Johannesburg
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
16 days and 15 nights
Availability:
Sunday at upon request
Product Code:
1213
Voucher info:
Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

Day 1 (Sunday): Johannesburg

Upon your arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you'll be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. It is also the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. The remainder of the day is at leisure & unescorted. Why not enjoy a sightseeing tour (optional activity) or simply relax at your hotel.

Day 2 (Monday): Johannesburg - Mpumalanga

After breakfast, we'll depart Johannesburg and travel to Mpumalanga Province, known as "Paradise Country". We'll drive along the spectacular "Panorama Route" which offers views of amazing scenery including the 26-kilometer long Blyde River Canyon and historic God's Window, a breathtaking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. We'll continue to an area near Hazyview for your overnight stay.

Meal/s included: Breakfast

Day 3 (Tuesday): Mpumalanga*

Enjoy an early morning game drive in the Kruger National Park with a packed breakfast. Kruger is one of the world's greatest national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. Search for the 'Big Five' (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant) as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. Late afternoon open vehicle game drives are available (optional activity).

Meal/s included: Breakfast

Day 4 (Wednesday): Mpumalanga*

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive (with an English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. The park offers some of the best game viewing and wildlife opportunities in the world - and the visitor will soon appreciate the challenges of managing this unique reserve. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel or you can join us on our Community visit to the Sizabantwana Children Care Centre for a tour and a brief look into the lives of the children that attend the centre. This visit offers you the opportunity to understand more about the rural communities and their lifestyles and to interact with them in a secure and optimistic environment. Return to your hotel where open -vehicle game drives are available (optional activity).

Meal/s included: Breakfast

Day 5 (Thursday): Mpumalanga - Swaziland

This morning we travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. Visit the Ngwenya glass factory, where visitors can watch talented glass blowers create a range of enchanting African animals, birds and fish, as well as tableware, made from 100% recycled glass that is collected by the children of Swaziland. In the afternoon the opportunity exists for a complimentary (optional activity) excursion to a Swazi candle factory, where visitors can watch Swazi wax artists make beautiful candles. Overnight in Swaziland.

Meal/s included: Breakfast

Day 6 (Friday): Swaziland - Zululand

After breakfast you will continue south through Swaziland, before re-entering South Africa. Travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. Enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive (with an English speaking game ranger) before continuing to your hotel in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region. Overnight in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region.

Meal/s included: Breakfast

Day 7 (Saturday): Zululand - Durban

After breakfast, travel to a traditional Zulu village to experience the local culture, dancing and a delicious ethnic lunch. The journey continues to Durban, passing traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. Overnight in Durban.

Meal/s included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 (Sunday): Durban - Port Elizabeth

After breakfast, we'll take a land transfer to Durban airport for the short southward flight to Port Elizabeth, where you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure so to can relax or explore. Port Elizabeth, known as the "friendly city", has a wonderful climate and offers plenty of things to see and do. Overnight in Port Elizabeth.

Meal/s included: Breakfast

Day 9 (Monday): Port Elizabeth - Knysna

Head westwards along the Garden Route, which follows the Indian Ocean coastline and is bordered inland by soaring mountain ranges and indigenous forests. Visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). You'll arrive at your hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore the town. Overnight in Kysna.

Meal/s included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 (Tuesday): Knysna

After a leisurely breakfast you'll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon.

Meal/s included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 (Wednesday): Knysna - Oudtshoorn

Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, the center of the world's Ostrich farming industry. You'll 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, sculpted by nature through the ages. Late afternoon you will travel to your hotel in time to check in and relax before dinner. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Meal/s included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 (Thursday): Oudtshoorn - Stellenbosch

After breakfast, travel through the 'Little Karoo' to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school to interact with the children and teachers, you'll spend time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community (if the school is open). Afterwards we'll continue to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. Continue to Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in South Africa, surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountains with vineyards as a backdrop.

Meal/s included: Breakfast

Day 13 (Friday): Stellenbosch - Cape Town

After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a wine tasting in the Stellenbosch area, arguably the country's most famous wine route. Then finally onto Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain where the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore the city (unescorted).

Meal/s included: Breakfast

Day 14 (Saturday): Cape Town (Unescorted)

The day is at your leisure. Perhaps you can enjoy a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (optional activity) or simply explore the city. Although Cape Town is a small city, it is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. You may also visit the Two Oceans Aquarium (optional activity), Robben Island (optional activity) or alternatively relax on one of Cape Town's many beaches. Overnight in Cape Town.

Meal/s included: Breakfast

Day 15 (Sunday): Cape Town (Unescorted)

After a relaxing breakfast, you'll have a full day at your leisure. Why not join an optional tour of the Cape Peninsula (optional activity). Drive through Sea Point (optional activity), the seaside village of Hout Bay and then to Cape Point where (by tradition) it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Return to Cape Town through the historic naval base of Simon's Town and Muizenberg to visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a center for the preservation of the region's unique flora. Overnight in Cape Town.

Meal/s included: Breakfast

Day 16 (Monday): Cape Town (Unescorted)

You may enjoy some last minute shopping (unescorted) or sightseeing (optional activity). The Robben Island Tour (optional activity), which departs from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offers a fascinating excursion or perhaps just wander through the variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets. Later you will be transferred to the airport, harbor or railway station for your onward journey.

Meal/s included: Breakfast

Includes

  • Meals: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

  • Accommodation

  • Porterage

  • Transportation

  • Sightseeing as specified

  • Pick-up from selected hotels in the Sandton area (View List Here)

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks unless specified

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

  • Flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth

  • Departure Tax

Language Availability (2016-2017)

  • English/German: Dec 4, Jan 1, Apr 2, May 7, Jun 4, Jul 2, Aug 6, Sep 3

  • English: Jan 15/29, Feb 5/12/26, Mar 5/12/26, Apr 16, May 21, Jun 18, Jul 16, Aug 13/20/27, Sep 10/17/24, Oct 1/8/15/22/29, Nov 5/12/19/26

  • German: Feb 5, Mar 5, Oct 1, Nov 5

Please Note

  • This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.

  • Pick-up from other hotels may be requested at the time of booking. Other hotels not included in pick-up list have additional cost.

  • Please book Durban to Port Elizabeth flights departing after 12:30.

    • The itinerary for days 3 and 4 can be replaced with a trip to the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, please inquire.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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