What To Expect
Depart Johannesburg and travel to Mpumalanga Province, known as "Paradise Country". We'll drive along the spectacular "Panorama Route", offering 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. Continue to an area near Hazyview for your overnight stay.
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 bird life and numerous other game. Enjoy a leisure time in the afternoon at your hotel. Late afternoon open vehicle game drives are available (optional and for own account).
The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive 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 center. 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 and for own account).
This morning we travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colorful 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) excursion to a Swazi candle factory, where visitors can watch Swazi wax artists make beautiful candles. Overnight in Swaziland.
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 game drive before continuing to your hotel in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region.
Overnight Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region.
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.
After breakfast, transfer to Durban airport for the short southward flight to Port Elizabeth, where you will be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore. Port Elizabeth, known as the "friendly city", has a wonderful climate and offers plenty to see and do. Overnight in Port Elizabeth.
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 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.
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.
After breakfast, travel through the 'Little Karoo' to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before continuing to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. (The school visit is subject to school being opened)
Continue to Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in South Africa, surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountains with vineyards as a backdrop.
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.
Between beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, traditional dancers with painted faces performing in the streets, the smell of spicy Malay cooking and the taste of a well-made wine, this city will fill your senses. The tour ends on arrival in Cape Town.
DAY 2 and 3 MPUMALANGA - SABI SAND CONSERVANCY
Experience award-winning luxury and warm African hospitality. The Sabi Sabi Game Reserve lies on the banks of the Sabie River, within the Sabi Sand Conservancy and adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Sabi Sabi offers personal game rangers who ensure exciting and memorable wildlife experiences.
TUESDAY Meet game rangers. Transfer to Sabi Sabi for lunch, and afternoon game drive. Overnight on full board basis.
WEDNESDAY Early morning game drive followed by breakfast before rejoining main tour.
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transportation and sightseeing as specified
Meals and drinks not specified
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth
English/German: Dec 5, Jan 2, Apr 3, May 8, Jun 5, Jul 3, Aug 7, Sep 4
English: Sep 2/9/16/23/30, Oct 7/14/21/28, Nov 4/11/18/25, Jan 16/30, Feb 6/13/27, Mar 6/13/27, Apr 17, May 22, Jun 19, Jul 17, Aug 14/21/28, Sep 11/18/25, Oct 2/9/16/23/30, Nov 6/13/20/27
Passengers may disembark at Cape Town International Airport upon request.
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.
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