Classic South AfricaTour Code: SJC15
01/05/2018 - 31/07/2018
01/08/2018 - 31/12/2018
01/01/2019 - 30/04/2019
01/05/2019 - 31/07/2019
01/08/2019 - 31/12/2019
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.
- Big 5 game viewing in the Kruger National Park
- Fascinating cultures of the Swazi & Zulu kingdoms
- 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
- Selected Sunday departures
- 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 22h00. 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
- Note for 2019 season: accommodation on Day 12 changes to Diaz Hotel & Resort
- Optional excursions on Days 3, 5, 6, 8 and 14 available for pre-booking, allowing you to enhance the journey while on tour
- 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
- 14 breakfasts
- 4 dinners
- Sightseeing as specified
- Kruger Park conservation levy (conservation levies are subject to increase without prior notice and are at the discretion of the game park)
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 & Day Three
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 visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. [B]
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 looking out for the Big 5 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 an eye out for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. We return to our hotel around lunchtime and your afternoon is at leisure. [BP]
This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malelane 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]
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 Hluhluwe area for your overnight stay. [B]
Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (for own account) or simply soak up the atmosphere of the tourist town of 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 in the late afternoon. [B]
Day Seven & Day Eight
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 inland to 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 the clean mountain air (for own account). [BD]
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]
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 formerly 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 Chintsa East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast. [BD]
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]
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]
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 & Day Fourteen
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] Note for 2019 season: the tour will stop in Albertinia to visit a well-known aloe factory instead of visiting the Diaz & Shell Museum in Mossel Bay. In the Albertinia area, the Cape Aloe grows wild on many farms, and is still harvested in the traditional, labour-intensive way, providing a livelihood for unskilled, independent tappers.
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]
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 - Johannesburg
Shuttle transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Set in the heart of Kempton Park, only minutes from O.R. Tambo International Airport.
Day Two & Day Three - Hazyview
Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview.
Early morning game drive (in closed vehicle) in the Kruger National Park.
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 - Swaziland
Depart to Swaziland. Afternoon visit to a Chief’s village. [BL]
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 - Zululand
Journey through Zululand into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal to the Hluhluwe area.
Rich in natural ambiance and with a distinctively African rhythm, Anew Hotel Hluhluwe invites guests to relish the untamed beauty of KwaZulu-Natal and rich cultural heritage of the Zulu people.
Day Six - Durban
Optional morning boat cruise (for own account). Afternoon Durban orientation tour. [B]
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 - Drakensberg
Head into the Southern Drakensberg Mountains, via Howick Falls visit. Afternoon at leisure. [BD]
Day at leisure. [BD]
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 - 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 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 - Port Elizabeth
Enjoy the beach before we continue south to Port Elizabeth. [B]
Set on the beachfront of Algoa Bay, guests can enjoy spectacular Indian Ocean views and easy access to the unspoilt beach.
Day Eleven - Knysna
Visit Tsitsikamma Forest, walk to the Storms River Mouth and arrive in Knysna late afternoon. [BD]
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 - Mossel Bay (via Oudtshoorn)
Travel to Oudtshoorn for the day. Visit ostrich farm and Cango Caves. Overnight in Mossel Bay. [B]
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 & Day Fourteen - Cape Town
Travel to Cape Town, via Post Office Tree, Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. Note for 2019 season: travel via Albertinia to a well-known aloe factory instead of via the Diaz & Shell Museum in Mossel Bay.
Day at leisure.
Fantastically situated to explore South Africa’s mother city, the warm and friendly Garden Court de Waal will entice all visitors.
Day Fifteen - Cape Town
Day at leisure until transfer to Cape Town International Airport. [B]
Set in the heart of Kempton Park, only minutes from O.R. Tambo International Airport, the 4-star Protea Hotel O.R. 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 & Day Three
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.
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.
Rich in natural ambiance and with a distinctively African rhythm, Anew Hotel Hluhluwe invites guests to relish the untamed beauty of KwaZulu-Natal and rich cultural heritage of the Zulu people. Comfortable accommodation is in en suite rooms with all modern amenities. Enjoy refreshing sundowners on the swimming pool terrace while a Zulu dance show is held under a magnificent Fever tree. Dine at the friendly restaurant or under the stars in a traditional Zulu boma.
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 & Day Eight
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 & Day Fourteen
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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