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Classic South Africa

Classic South Africa

Tour Code: SJC15
15 Days/14 Nights

01/09/2017 - 31/12/2017

From R 25 370.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate R 32 570.00

01/01/2018 - 30/04/2018

From R 26 400.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate R 34 100.00

01/05/2018 - 31/07/2018

From R 24 510.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate R 31 910.00

01/08/2018 - 31/12/2018

From R 26 400.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate R 34 100.00
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Classic South Africa

Explore South Africa from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 15 days

This extraordinary journey will highlight the unbelievable diversity that South Africa has to offer.

Highlights

  • Big 5 game viewing in the Kruger National Park
  • Fascinating cultures of the Swazi & Zulu Kingdom
  • Extraordinary mountain scenery along Mpumalanga’s Eastern Escarpment and the Southern Drakensberg Mountains
  • Enjoy the scenic splendour of the Garden Route
  • Experience the diversity of beautiful Cape Town

Tour Departs:

2017 SEASON

15 JAN 2017, 12 FEB 2017, 12 MAR 2017, 16 APR 2017, 14 MAY 2017, 11 JUN 2017, 09 JUL 2017, 23 JULY 2017, 06 AUG 2017, 20 AUG 2017, 10 SEP 2017, 08 OCT 2017, 22 OCT 2017, 05 NOV 2017, 19 NOV 2017, 10 DEC 2017

2018 SEASON

14 JAN 2018, 11 FEB 2018, 11 MAR 2018, 15 APR 2018, 13 MAY 2018, 10 JUN 2018, 8 JUL 2018, 22 JUL 2018, 5 AUG 2018, 19 AUG 2018, 9 SEP 2018, 7 OCT 2018, 21 OCT 2018, 4 NOV 2018, 18 NOV 2018, 9 DEC 2018

Tour Notes:

Minimum 2 guests.

All departures are in English.

Accommodation check-in on Day 1 is from 14h00. Shuttle service on Day 1 starts at 06h15 and ends at 22h45 (22h00 for 2018 season). If you are arriving on a very early morning or late evening flight, please inform your Travel Agent, in order to make alternative transfer arrangements.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
This tour travels through Swaziland and Lesotho. Please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas in order to travel through Swaziland and Lesotho.

Note for 2018 season: Accommodation on Day 5 will be in Anew Hotel Hluhluwe or similar.

Optional excursions on Days 3, 5, 6, 8 and 14 available for pre-booking, allowing you to enhance the journey while on tour.

Tour Includes

14 breakfasts, 4 dinners, accommodation, porterage, transport, sightseeing as specified and Kruger Park conservation levy (conservation levies are subject to increase without prior notice and are at the discretion of the game park)

Day One

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

Day Two & Three

Day Two
This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. [B]

Day Three
We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle.  Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.  Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds.   We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure. [PB]

Day Four

This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture.  [BL] [Breakfast only for 2017]

Day Five

This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand.  Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay. [B]

Day Six

Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before arriving at our hotel late afternoon. [B]

Day Seven & Eight

Day Seven
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps take an early morning cab ride to the bustling Umhlanga Beach for a stroll along the Promenade mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (own account). [BD]

Day Eight
Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities to be enjoyed at the Resort. [BD]

Day Nine

This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of Umtata.  We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast. [BD]

Day Ten

We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes.  The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife.  We set off heading south to Port Elizabeth. [B]

Day Eleven

Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities.  A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel. [BD]

Day Twelve

After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Overnight in Mossel Bay. [B]

Day Thirteen & Fourteen

Day Thirteen
Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. [B]

Day Fourteen
Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this beautiful city. [B]

Day Fifteen

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport. [B]

Day One - Johannesburg

Shuttle transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Day One Accommodation

Day One - Johannesburg

Shuttle transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport

Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport

Set in the heart of Kempton Park, only minutes from OR Tambo International Airport.

Day Two & Three Accommodation

Day Two & Three - Hazyview

Day Two

Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, God’s Window, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview.

Day Three

Early morning game drive (in closed vehicle) in Kruger National Park.

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Situated on the banks of the Sabie River, Hippo Hollow Country Estate is a peaceful retreat only 10 minutes from the world-famous Kruger National Park. Its ideal location makes it the perfect spot from which to explore sights and other reserves of the Lowveld and Mpumalanga.

Day Four Accommodation

Day Four - Swaziland

Depart to Swaziland. Afternoon visit to a Chief’s village. [BL]

Lugogo Sun

Lugogo Sun

Set in the Royal Swazi Spa Valley resort, the Lugogo Sun offers guests a warm and friendly Swazi welcome. The comfortable rooms have en suite bathrooms and all modern amenities.

Day Five Accommodation

Day Five - Zululand

Journey through Zululand into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal to Umfolozi area.

Protea Hotel Umfolozi River

Protea Hotel Umfolozi River

Situated close to the world-renowned Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, this hotel is set in a lush, tranquil garden with a sparkling swimming pool.

Day Six Accommodation

Day Six - Durban

Optional morning boat cruise (own account). Afternoon Durban orientation tour. [B]

Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

Mere minutes from Umhlanga Beach and King Shaka International Airport, and conveniently located opposite the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Protea Umhlanga Ridge is the perfect base for business and leisure guests alike.

Day Seven & Eight Accommodation

Day Seven & Eight - Drakensberg

Day Seven

Head into the Southern Drakensberg Mountains, via Howick Falls visit. Afternoon at leisure. [BD]

Day Eight

Day at leisure. [BD]

Drakensberg Gardens Hotel

Drakensberg Gardens Hotel

Set in the foothills of the scenic southern Drakensberg on an 860-acre wild lands estate, this hotel boasts some of the most breath-taking views of KwaZulu-Natal’s famous mountain range.

Day Nine Accommodation

Day Nine - Eastern Cape Coast

Continue south via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house, to Chintsa East, on the unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast. [BD]

Crawfords Beach Lodge

Crawfords Beach Lodge

Crawfords Beach Lodge is a jewel on the unspoilt Wild Coast region of South Africa’s Eastern Cape.  The relaxed atmosphere and magnificent scenery makes it the perfect holiday destination.

Day Ten Accommodation

Day Ten - Port Elizabeth

Enjoy the beach before we continue south to Port Elizabeth. [B]

Garden Court Kings Beach

Garden Court Kings Beach

Set on the beachfront of Algoa Bay, guests can enjoy spectacular Indian Ocean views and easy access to the unspoilt beach.

Day Eleven Accommodation

Day Eleven - Knysna

Visit Tsitsikamma Forest, walk to the Storms River Mouth and arrive in Knysna late afternoon. [BD]

Premier Resort The Moorings - Standard

Premier Resort The Moorings - Standard

The Premier Resort The Moorings is in the idyllic town of Knysna, along the celebrated Garden Route. This area is renowned for its distinctive natural beauty and this hotel is set on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon.

Day Twelve Accommodation

Day Twelve - Mossel Bay (via Oudtshoorn)

Travel to Oudtshoorn for the day. Visit ostrich farm and Cango Caves. Overnight at Mossel Bay. [B]

Garden Court Mossel Bay

Garden Court Mossel Bay

Garden Court Mossel Bay is a little gem along South Africa’s famous Garden Route. The hotel boasts 43 en-suite rooms; each tastefully decorated and including a host of essential comforts for a restful stay.

Day Thirteen & Fourteen Accommodation

Day Thirteen & Fourteen - Cape Town

Day Thirteen

Travel to Cape Town, via Post Office Tree, Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum.

Day Fourteen

Day at leisure.

 

SunSquare Cape Town

SunSquare Cape Town

Fantastically situated to explore South Africa’s mother city, the warm and friendly Garden Court de Waal will entice all visitors.

Day Fifteen

Day Fifteen - Cape Town

Day at leisure until transfer to Cape Town International airport. [B]

Day One

Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport

Set in the heart of Kempton Park, only minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, the 4-star Protea Hotel OR Tambo Airport offers an ideal location for travellers. The central theme of an aircraft hangar is addressed in high-class steel finishes and chrome lighting. The spacious rooms are elegantly furnished and have wooden floors and sound-proof windows to ensure a peaceful night. Enjoy fine cuisine at The Warehouse restaurant and a cocktail at the lounge and bar.


Day Two & Three

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Situated on the banks of the Sabie River, Hippo Hollow Country Estate is a peaceful retreat only 10 minutes from the world-famous Kruger National Park. Its ideal location makes it the perfect spot from which to explore sights and other reserves of the Lowveld and Mpumalanga. After a busy day, guests can retreat to the comfort of 91 elegantly decorated hotel rooms and chalets. The light and spacious a la carte restaurant specialises in local seasonal food and offers a range of delectable dishes and magnificent views.


Day Four

Lugogo Sun

Set in the Royal Swazi Spa Valley resort, the Lugogo Sun offers guests a warm and friendly Swazi welcome. The comfortable rooms have en suite bathrooms and all modern amenities. Enjoy relaxing at the swimming pool, or make the most of the resort facilities such as the Casino and the Spa. Delicious breakfasts and dinners are served at the Llanga Restaurant and pub lunches are available at the Sportsman’s Bar.


Day Five

Protea Hotel Umfolozi River

Situated close to the world-renowned Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, this hotel is set in a lush, tranquil garden with a sparkling swimming pool. The tastefully decorated rooms are en suite and offer all modern amenities. Relax at the Inkosi Bar or on the Sundowner deck. Enjoying dining at the Rivers Restaurant or the under the stars in the Folozi Lapa.


Day Six

Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

Mere minutes from Umhlanga Beach and King Shaka International Airport, and conveniently located opposite the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Protea Umhlanga Ridge is the perfect base for business and leisure guests alike. The hotel offers 205 modern, upmarket rooms all with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The superb on-site restaurant serves scrumptious meals in a relaxed environment.  Don’t forget the roof-level pool with its magnificent views over Gateway and Umhlanga!


Day Seven & Eight

Drakensberg Gardens Hotel

Set in the foothills of the scenic southern Drakensberg on an 860-acre wild lands estate, this hotel boasts some of the most breath-taking views of KwaZulu-Natal’s famous mountain range. The comfortable rooms are en suite and include most modern amenities. There are a wide range of dining options from buffet at The Eagle’s Roost, a ‘la carte at The Bistro or the Bergview Restaurant & Bar and table d’hote at Vineknot Restaurant. The hotel also has a guest lounge, two bars, a swimming pool and a Wellness Centre.


Day Nine

Crawfords Beach Lodge

Crawfords Beach Lodge is a jewel on the unspoilt Wild Coast region of South Africa’s Eastern Cape.  The relaxed atmosphere and magnificent scenery makes it the perfect holiday destination. All 20 rustic luxury suites have a contemporary feel and most offer magnificent views of the sea. Guests can choose from a wide range of exciting activities including beach walks, canoeing, fishing, game drives, cycling and more. The on-site spa, Senses @ Crawfords, has a range of heavenly and pampering treatments to choose from. Guests can also enjoy a range of delicious meals, including delectable seafood, all while enjoying amazing sea views. If the weather plays along, their al fresco lunches and dinners are a must!


Day Ten

Garden Court Kings Beach

Set on the beachfront of Algoa Bay, guests can enjoy spectacular Indian Ocean views and easy access to the unspoilt beach. This hotel combines a modern and contemporary ambiance with warm and friendly hospitality. The well-appointed rooms have en suite bathrooms and offer all modern amenities. A licensed steakhouse with a salad valley, the Flaming Arrow Spur is on site, and the hotel is within walking distance of many other restaurant and entertainment options.


Day Eleven

Premier Resort The Moorings - Standard

The Premier Resort The Moorings is in the idyllic town of Knysna, along the celebrated Garden Route. This area is renowned for its distinctive natural beauty and this hotel is set on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon. It has private access to the lagoon as well as a boat launch and docking facilities. The hotel is surrounded by indigenous forest, making it an exclusive and serene setting to enjoy an escape from the modern world without giving up its comfort luxuries. The hotel has its own restaurant, the trendy Salmon Restaurant, which serves culinary masterpieces. The hotel has a play area for the children, a swimming pool as well as tranquil picnic spots to sip sundowners while watching the sun set.


Day Twelve

Garden Court Mossel Bay

Garden Court Mossel Bay is a little gem along South Africa’s famous Garden Route. The hotel boasts 43 en-suite rooms; each tastefully decorated and including a host of essential comforts for a restful stay. Guests can enjoy a wide range of facilities including a Wellness Spa, an outdoor pool and a choice of three magnificent dining venues.


Day Thirteen & Fourteen

SunSquare Cape Town

Fantastically situated to explore South Africa’s mother city, the warm and friendly SunSquare Cape Townl will entice all visitors. The hotel is found in Gardens; one of Cape Town’s oldest and most charming suburbs. The spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms are perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring Cape Town’s sights. Relax with a cocktail at the pool or in the lounge. Zepi Grill & Bar offers a sumptuous a la carte dinner menu that is inspired by authentic South African flavours.


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