Best of South Africa

Discover the Best of South Africa and connect with the culture of two countries. Travel from the north to the south to encounter South Africa’s legacy of Mandela and the cosmopolitan spirit of Cape Town.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg

Your seamless South African journey begins with a private airport transfer from O.R Tambo International Airport to your hotel. Settle in to the pace of Africa’s most energetic city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: The Maslow
Day 2: Johannesburg – Kruger National Park Area

The golden Highveld gives way to rolling green hills as we travel to South Africa’s Lowveld. We admire the iconic sights along Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route – the Blyde River Canyon, the heavenly landscapes of God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Before evening falls, we venture to our hotel near the famous Kruger National Park, our home for two nights.

Hotel: Sabi River Sun/Protea Kruger Gate, 2 nights
Day 3: Kruger National Park Safari Game Drive

Connect with nature and explore South Africa’s oldest national park in the company of a Local Specialist. Uncover the secrets of the bushveld – the magnificent and iconic Big 5, the Little 5 and everything in between. See the glistening yellow Golden-orb spider waiting on her web, smell the damp scent of acacia trees in the early morning and keep your head down in search of animal spoor. Spend your afternoon at leisure or consider returning to the bush for an optional afternoon drive.

Day 4:  Kruger National Park Area – Mbabane (Swaziland)

Enjoy one last chance to spot some wildlife before we travel to landlocked Swaziland. ‘Dive into Culture’ during a visit to Swazi Chief’s village and gain insights into the community’s way of life, sampling some of the local pap and stew, and admiring their striking crimson traditional dress.

Hotel: Royal Swazi Spa
Day 5:  Mbabane (Swaziland) – Hluhluwe

We venture to ‘garden of province’ of KwaZulu Natal and its northern wilderness. Traversing rolling sugarcane fields and lush valleys, we arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park where there is an opportunity to embark on an optional 4×4 game drive. This evening enjoy a delicious South African braai – a perfect way to end the day.

Hotel: Anew
Day 6:  Hluhluwe – Durban (Umhlanga Rocks)

Board an optional morning cruise on Lake St. Lucia and get up close to the hippos, crocodiles and birdlife residing in the estuary. Alternatively explore the town of St Lucia. We continue south to Durban for an effortless encounter with this tropical east coast hub, which begins with a delicious Curry Buffet at the Oyster Box Hotel, one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays with Stories’ – a seaside hotel that captures the nostalgia of a bygone era.

Hotel: The Oyster Box
Day 7: Durban (Umhlanga Rocks) – Southern Drakensberg Mountains 

Enjoy free time this morning before venturing to the Southern Drakensberg mountains that frame South Africa’s east coast like the tail of a sleeping dragon. Dive into Culture at Phezulu Safari Park where you’ll embark on a village tour followed by traditional Zulu dancing, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Hotel: Premier Resort Sani Pass, 2 nights
Day 8: Drakensberg Mountains Free Day or Sani Pass Excursion to Lesotho

Indulge in the freedom of a day spent exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your terms. Consider joining an optional 4×4 Sani Pass drive, ascending to a heavenly height of 2,876 metres for lunch at Africa’s highest pub in Lesotho, or alternatively relax down here on earth amidst the Drakensberg’s lofty peaks.

Day 9: Southern Drakensberg Mountains – Eastern Cape Beaches

From enigmatic mountain landscapes to South Africa’s untamed coastline, we venture through the Eastern Cape and the green hills of the Transkei, dotted with Xhosa kraals and homesteads. Discover the legacy of Nelson Mandela, at his birthplace in Xunu, then enjoy the unspoiled Wild Coast beaches of Chintsa, where the only footprints in the sand will be yours.

Hotel: Crawfords Beach Lodge
Day 10: Eastern Cape Beaches – Port Elizabeth

Wake to the sound of the ocean and spend time admiring pristine natural surrounds before we begin our journey to Port Elizabeth. Once a British settlement, this port city holds the distinction of being South Africa’s friendliest city, which you’ll encounter first-hand as you explore it on your own terms this evening.

Hotel: Radisson Blu
Day 11: Port Elizabeth – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna

Walk beneath the tranquil canopy of Tsitsikamma’s giant and ancient Yellowwoods, arriving at Storms River Mouth to peer into the depths of the gorge. We’ll indulge in local cuisine with an opportunity to ‘Connect with Locals’ over a unique Be My Guest lunch before arriving in Knysna, known as South Africa’s own Garden of Eden. Famed for its indigenous forests, fresh oysters and the two landmark Knysna Heads that stand as sentinels at the edge of the lagoon which shield the town from the Indian Ocean.

Hotel: Diaz Hotel & Resort, 2 nights
Day 12: Oudtshoorn Excursion

Travel to Oudtshoorn, which holds the distinction of being the world’s ostrich capital. We join a Local Specialist for a tour of an ostrich farm to learn about our feathered friends and even feed them, before descending into the ancient Cango Caves to admire its dripstone caverns and dimly lit vast halls.

Day 13: Knysna – Mossel Bay – Cape Town 

See the highlights of Mossel Bay, including its Old Post Office Tree, Africa’s oldest post box, and the Bartolomeu Dias Museum, telling the story of the first European navigators who braved the rugged waters of the tip of Africa. We continue our journey through Swellendam, Worcester and the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town. Visit the iconic Table Mountain by cable car this evening – the perfect introduction to this spectacular city (weather permitting).

Hotel: The PortsWood, 2 nights
Day 14: Cape Town Free Day

Capture the cosmopolitan energy of South Africa’s Mother City. Spend the day exploring its streets and squares in search of a tucked-away restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Consider an Optional Experience tour around the Cape Peninsula to visit Cape Point and see the penguins of Boulder’s Beach, or sample the Cape’s finest wines in the Cape Winelands.

Day 15:  Depart Cape Town

We bid a fond farewell to Cape Town after breakfast. Explore the city on your terms before your transfer to Cape Town International Airport.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 05, 19$6,575.00$8,625.00
February: 02, 16$6,575.00$8,625.00
March: 02, 16$6,575.00$8,625.00
April: 06, 20$6,425.00$8,415.00
May: 04, 18$6,425.00$8,415.00
June: 15, 29$6,425.00$8,415.00
July: 13, 27$6,425.00$8,415.00
August: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$6,425.00$8,415.00
September: 07, 14, 21, 28$6,425.00$8,415.00
October: 12, 26$6,575.00$8,625.00
November: 09, 23$6,575.00$8,625.00
December: 14$6,925.00$8,625.00

Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch, 11 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Accommodation:14 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Travel Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Grand Tour of South Africa

Discover the wonderful contrasts on a Grand Tour of South Africa and and explore some of the highlights of this magnificent country. Marvel at breathtaking vistas such as the Blyde River Canyon, spend time with the ‘Big Five’ game viewing in the world famous Kruger National Park, and enjoy cultural and historical experiences in Swaziland and Zululand. Travel through KwaZulu-Natal with its ancient game reserves and spectacular coastline, visit scenic Knysna on the Garden Route, and finally journey through the Eastern Cape to Cape Town – the ‘Mother City’.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg

On arrival into Johannesburg you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Peermont Mondior
Day 2: Hazyview

Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga via the magnificent Panorama Route. From many well-positioned vantage points one has views of the Blyde River Canyon which starts at Bourke’s Luck Potholes and ends at the Three Rondavels. Time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window. Late afternoon arrive at your hotel located minutes from the Kruger National Park, for check in and dinner.

Hotel: Perry’s Bridge Hollow, 2 nights
Day 3: Kruger National Park

Early this morning you will depart in an open safari vehicle for your first game drive through the park. At almost a million hectares, the reserve is the flagship of South African National Parks and is home to an impressive range of flora and fauna. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. An optional evening safari is available (at own expense).

Day 4: Swaziland

After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at a cultural village. This afternoon visit the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass.

Hotel: Royal Swazi Sun Hotel & Spa.
Day 5: KwaZulu – Natal

Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory before travelling into KwaZulu-Natal, arriving at your hotel this afternoon. Embark on an afternoon scenic drive up the Lebombo Mountains. 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.

Hotel: 2 nights Ghost Mountain Inn.
Day 6: Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve

Transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest game reserve in South Africa, for an afternoon game drive. This is where the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner.

Day 7: Durban

Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Embark on a estuarine boat trip. Today’s journey finishes in Durban.

Hotel: The Benjamin Boutique Hotel
Day 8: Port Elizabeth

Depending on your departure time of your flight, embark on a brief City Tour before flying to Port Elizabeth (flight cost not included). On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth
Day 9: Plettenberg Bay

Depart Port Elizabeth and travel via the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River Mouth Gorge which offers incredible views and photo opportunities. Continue to Plettenberg Bay for dinner and overnight.

Hotel: Hunters Country House, 2 nights
Day 10: Plettenberg Bay

After breakfast visit Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Proceed to Hog Hollow Horse Trails for a horse-drawn carriage and wine tasting experience followed by lunch (at own expense). Return to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure before dinner. Optional: Discuss the availability of additional activities on offer in the area with your guide.

Day 11: Knysna

After breakfast enjoy a cruise along the Keurbooms River. Visit Knysna – the ‘Gem of the Garden Route’ and explore the waterfront area before travelling to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour before arriving at your hotel for dinner.

Hotel: De Opstal Country Lodge
Day 12: Cape Town

After breakfast take a tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world. Leave Oudtshoorn, travel via Route 62 with a lunch stop in Barrydale (at own expense), before arriving into Cape Town early evening.

Hotel: Southern Sun Waterfront, 3 nights
Day 13: Cape Town

This morning you will be collected for your scheduled full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour – an awe-inspiring tour with breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages to the towering headland of Cape Point.

Day 14: Cape Winelands

Today you embark on your scheduled full day tour to the Cape Winelands. A delightful drive, winding to the heart of the region through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads.

Day 15: End of Grand Tour of South Africa

This morning after breakfast you will be collected from the hotel for a scheduled City Tour – a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling, modern city it is today. Table Mountain ticket excluded (as weather permitting).

After the tour you will be met and transferred to Cape Town Airport where your tour ends.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
June: 02$5,195.00$6,695.00
August: 18$5,195.00$6,695.00
September: 01, 08, 15$5,665.00$7,190.00
October: 27$5,665.00$7,190.00
November: 10, 24$5,665.00$7,190.00
December: 01$5,625.00$7,095.00

Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners
Transport:Return Airport Transfers, Luxury Air-Conditioned vehicle & 4x4 Vehcile
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Driver / Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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