15-day Package Tour with 17-day round trip option

 

Cape Town to Kruger & Swaziland -Picturesque and Authentic Safari exploring the hidden secrets of South Africa.

 

This tour is a combination of our carefully selected tours which will take the Tourist to the best and most spectacular places in South Africa.

 

Please choose your start date appropriate if you plan to attend a Drakensberg Boys Choir concert (available during school terms) on Wednesday, which falls on day 8. The start date therefore has to be on a Wednesday.

 

Itinerary:

 

Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route & Addo National Park.

 

Cape Town, the “Mother City”, or the world’s most fabulous city, is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.

    

Day 1: Meet us at your centrally located hotel to start this tour for Cape Town's most famous icon: Table Mountain by the Aerial Cableway to take in the natural beauty and stunning views. The first botanical garden in the world to be established (in 1913) to protect local flora, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in the UNESCO-listed Cape Floral Kingdom follows. Lunch is at the famous Jonkershuis Cape Malay restaurant. Visiting Groot Constantia, we taste their export quality wines. We journey along the False Bay coastline to Kalk Bay harbour and stroll along the quaint cobbled streets. From here we pass Fish Hoek and Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, home to one of the few land-based penguin colonies in the world.  Choose one of the popular restaurants in the area for dinner. We overnight at De Noordhoek Lifestyle Hotel (or similar).

 

Day 2:  First visit is Cape Point, part of the Table Mountain National Park and home to an abundance of flora and fauna, and ascend the viewpoint with the Flying Dutchman Funicular. We visit Hout Bay harbour and Camps Bay African Craft Market on our way along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive. Driving in the direction of Stellenbosch, we visit the Vergenoegd wine farm for some wine tasting. We go to the Spier Wine Farm for chocolate and wine tasting on the banks of the Spier dam. Now we are off to see a bit of the real South Africa (optional). Select a restaurant where visitors can get an authentic African eating experience. Eat, drink and have fun with the locals! We overnight at Amberley Sleep & Travel Somerset West. (or similar).

 

Day 3:  Starting our journey to the Garden Route, we visit some of the numerous farm stalls at Grabouw, and then pushes on to the town of Oudtshoorn with Route 62. This route delivers an unforgettable South African travelling experience, making of life-long memories. (Lunch en-route) After visiting the Cango Caves for a Heritage Tour, we head down the scenic Outeniqua Pass and onto the green forests and beaches of the Garden Route. Overnight is at the Acorn Guest House George (or similar). 

 

Day 4: A short drive brings us to Knysna where you can choose one of the following activities to do: a boat ride for a “Dolphin Encounters” excursion of 1,5 to 2 hours at Ocean Blue Adventures, jump from the ‘highest recognized bungee from a bridge’ in the world, the Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump, or do a Tsitsikama Canopy Tour at Stormsriver Adventures.

You can also choose to walk through the "Garden of Eden" and the "Big Tree" as another option.

From here we go to the Addo Elephant National Park while being on the look out for Humpback Whales at Nelson Mandela Bay. A night game drive follows dinner at their restaurant: "Cattle Baron is famous for its steaks, having won several awards for the Best Steakhouse in South Africa. The signature dish is chateaubriand, a fillet flambéed with brandy and served with mushroom sauce and béarnaise sauce. In recognition of its game-park location, Addo Cattle Baron also serves venison dishes like slow-cooked springbok shank." Overnight is here in a cottage.

 

Wild Coast adventure with traditional Xhosa hospitality.

 

The Wild Coast is a stunning section of Eastern Cape coastline stretching from East London in the south to the border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north. It is the home of the Xhosa people and incorporates estuaries, sandy beaches, natural heritage sites, craggy cliffs, waterfalls, and rolling hills, providing spectacular scenery and real authentic traditional experiences.

 

Day 5: We leave the Addo National Park (while viewing game) for Port Elizabeth. We head North from Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) to the spectacular Wild Coast along the roads of the Transkei, and see how the Xhosa people still live in their traditional rondawel huts, with farm animals grazing by the side of the road against the backdrop of the Drakensberg in the distance! We veer off the N2 to “The Hole in the Wall”, one of South Africa's most famous tourist attractions. (Lunch en-route not included)  The locals call this "izi Khaleni" which means place of thunder. During certain seasons and water conditions, the waves clap in such a way that the concussion can be heard throughout the valley. If you want to have a real authentic traditional experience, sleep in a rural rondawel (hut) of a traditional Xhosa village if available at the time. You also have the choice to stay at the Hole-in-the-Wall Hotel.

 Book and pay for 7     adults and get your 

 spot for free...and a

 free helicopter ride!                                     (T&Cs apply)                              

Day 6: After visiting some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the world, we drive to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, which lies snugly at the head of a spectacular river gorge lined with dense coastal bush and forests. The breath-taking scenery along the Umzimkulwana river gorge makes this a photographer’s and nature lover’s paradise. Wildlife in the Oribi Gorge consists of many antelope, although the graceful oribi (after which the gorge is named) is rarely seen. You can do an optional activity here: the Lake Eland Zip Lines, the Longest Zip Line Tour in Africa! This tour consists of 14 zip line slides starting at the top of the Oribi Gorge. We stay here for the night. We stay at the 4 star Oribi Gorge Hotel.(or similar)

 

Kwazulu-Natal Drakensberg, Battlefields Route & Midlands Meander.

 

A barrier of upward-pointing spears for the Zulu name “Quathlamba”, describes the craggy pinnacles that form the most spectacular part of the Great Escarpment of Southern Africa’s major watershed.  Discover sites where ferocious wars took place with knowledgeable Guides, see the magnificent mountains and the beautiful Midlands Meander.

 

Day 7: The Hibiscus coast with its inviting stretch of Indian Ocean which sometimes presents the year-round delights of frolicking dolphins and majestic, cruising whales, provide the spectacular scenery for the drive to Durban. Your tour group now has the opportunity to do optional scuba diving at Aliwal Shoal from Umkomaas, a rocky reef which is the remains of an ancient sand dune approximately 5 kms off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The reef is inhabited by many kinds of hard and soft corals and a variety of tropical and subtropical fish species. If you do not scuba dive, you visit uShaka Marine World in Durban, the largest aquarium in Africa, and then overnight at the Gooderson Tropicana Hotel in Durban.

 

Day 8: Leaving Durban, we head to Howick to visit the Mandela Monument. From here we take the road North on the Midlands Meander and visit Tsonga shoes and bags, the Wine Cellar and Chocolate Heaven. The Dragon Rock Reptile Center can be visited, and you can do the Drakensberg Canopy Tour. Savor lunch at one of the delightful restaurants on the way. You get the option to do a helicopter flight over the main Drakensberg escarpment, or attend a Drakensberg Boys Choir concert if we are here on a Wednesday. Spend the night at the Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort (or similar).

 

Day 9: We head to Dundee to have a tour of the battlefields and historical sites of Blood River/Ncome/Talana. “By 1836 relations between the British rulers in the Cape and the Dutch settlers had reached an all- time low. They decided to pack-up their worldly goods load them onto covered wagons and head into the largely unknown interior of South Africa. Thus began in 1836 the exodus that would be recorded by history as ‘The Great Trek’! The north, west and eastward movement of this exodus of Trekkers, who became known as Voortrekkers inevitably led to conflict with the indigenous peoples who inhabited the hinterland. Trek leader Piet Retief and his party were killed at King Dingane’s capital of Mgungundlovu in February 1838…”, and see where brutal battles took place. This excursion follows the drive back to Johannesburg where you spend the night at a Gold Reef City Hotel.

Panorama/Kruger Park/Swaziland.

 

An excellent choice for people who want to enjoy spectacular scenery, combined with game drives to see the renowned big five (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and buffalo). It traverses into Swaziland after 5 days to showcase the best there is to offer.

 

Day 10: Heading on our way to Mpumalanga, we drive through some of the most scenic areas of the Eastern part of South Africa. The Highveld town of Dullstroom hosts Anvil Brewery, where you can enjoy local beer and dishes such as smoked trout for lunch. From here we descend into the Lowveld en route to the historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest. The entire town of Pilgrim's Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s / early 1900s, then to view Pinnacle Rock and to experience the amazing view from God’s Window. We then visit the Berlin Falls, where numerous local arts and crafts are for sale. From here we visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes for lunch and then overnight at the resort: Forever Blyde Canyon (or similar).  

 

Day 11: You can do a tour at the Echo Caves after breakfast, and then traverses to the famous Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre for a tour and lunch at the Curio Shop and Deli. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre follows for another wildlife tour, where we also stay for the night (or similar). 

 

Day 12: We leave after breakfast to take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam. An interpretation tour will take us to the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. The Kadishi Tufa waterfall, at 200 meters (around 660 feet) in height , is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth. The waterfall’s formation strikingly resembles a face which is crying profusely, and is thus sometimes known as ‘the weeping face of nature’. Completing this we head to the Mopani Rest Camp via Phalaborwa gate at the Kruger Park for more game viewing.  After enjoying dinner we have a night game drive and spend the night here.

Day 13: After breakfast, we have a game drive in the park for the entire day, exploring every possible opportunity to view the spectacular wildlife scenery and opportunities to see the Big 5. We drive south to the Skukuza camp, enjoy a night game drive and overnight here (or similar). 

 

Day 14: We continue via Nelspruit (Mbombela) to the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden. From here we drive  to the Matsamo Cultural Village, which offers age-old folk songs, rhythmic dance performances including the famous Rain Dance, and music with authentic African instruments, as well as traditional Swazi cuisine. Visitors can also wander on a tour through the village with its many huts and spaces, interacting with the villagers as they go about their daily activities, cultivating their crops, preparing traditional food and fashioning beautiful craft works. We also have a traditional lunch here, and then drive to the Hlane Royal National Park for the night. Dinner can be enjoyed at Ndlovu Camp’s large restaurant. 

 

Day 15: After a 2,5-hour Sunrise Game Drive at Hlane Royal National Park’s  Ndlovu Camp we head back via Nelspruit to Johannesburg where you can take a flight to your next destination, or do a short tour through Soweto and overnight at Gold Reef City, where you have the opportunity to learn about the history of gold in Gauteng.

 

You now have the option to go on to Cape Town, doing 2 more days of touring.

 

Day 16: Leaving your Jozi hotel, we drive to the capital city of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province on our way to Cape Town. It’s known for its 19th-century diamond mines, like the deep, hand-dug Big Hole. Nearby, the Kimberley Mine Museum is a re-creation of the town in its heyday, and displays jewellery and uncut diamonds where we take a tour, and stay over at the Barney Barnato B&B.

 

Day 17: Leaving after breakfast, we drive to Cape Town for the entire day through the semi desert region of the Karoo.

This tour can be extended with Amatungulu’s Gauteng Historical Tour, Lion Park & Magalies Adventure and

Cradle of Human Kind, North–West & Pilanesberg Tours.

     Included:

 

  • Accommodation as per itinerary

  • Entrance fees

  • National Park fees

  • Breakfasts 

  • Driver/guide

  • Professional guide at specialist venues

  • Transport by private vehicle

     Excluded:

 

  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Activities indicated as optional

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

  • Gratuities (recommended)

  • Travel insurance; Flights; Airport transfers; Porterage; Visa fees

 

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