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South Africa Explorer

South Africa Explorer

Tour Code: SCJ12
12 Days/11 Nights

01/01/2020 - 30/04/2020

From R 38 600.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate R 45 200.00

01/05/2020 - 31/12/2020

From R 37 790.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate R 44 390.00

01/10/2020 - 31/12/2020

From R 38 600.00
Rate is per person sharing
Single Rate R 45 200.00
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South Africa Explorer

Explore South Africa – From it’s southernmost tip, to the famous Kruger National Park The South Africa Explorer takes you into the pulse of the country and showcases a diverse range of beloved highlights. Your journey begins at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost top of Africa and moves along the famed Garden Route. You then continue to Johannesburg, the ‘City of Gold’ where the history of the country comes alive through stories of the past in a selection of optional activities. You end in safari country and explore the Panorama Route as well as the Kruger National Park, the roaming grounds of the Big 5.

Highlights

  • Explore the pristine wilderness of South Africa’s premier game reserve, the Kruger National Park
  • Gorgeous mountain scenery and breathtaking views along the Garden Route
  • Fascinating day your options in the ‘City of Gold’

Tour Departs:

Selected Mondays

Tour Notes:

  • Minimum 2 guests
  • All departures are in English. German commentary is available on selected departure dates
  • Optional excursions on Day 8 are available for pre-booking, allowing you to enhance the journey while on tour. See detailed pricing tab

Tour Includes

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners
  • Accommodation
  • Porterage
  • Transport
  • Open vehicle safaris
  • Sightseeing as specified

Tour Excludes

Flight and departure tax between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. Please book PLZ/JNB flight to depart Port Elizabeth after 14h30 (Day 6).

Optional excursions on Day 8 are available for pre-booking, allowing you to enhance the journey while on tour.

Rack rates valid 01/01/2020 – 31/12/2020 DAY 8 MONDAY – JOHANNESBURG:

  • JOHANNESBURG WALKING TOUR – Priced from R1 290.00 per person Enjoy a walking tour through the heart of the Johannesburg city centre, also referred to as the city of gold.
  • MORNING MAROPENG, CRADLE OF HUMANKIND & STERKFONTEIN CAVES TOUR – Priced from R1 715.00 per person This tour offers those wanting to experience the birthplace of life, a first-hand experience. 
  • AFTERNOON PRETORIA TOUR – Priced from R1 590.00 per person Enjoy a tour through Pretoria, informally known as the “Jacaranda City”, for its beautiful purple lined streets when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom.

Day One - Departing Cape Town

We depart Cape Town and head for Sir Lowry’s Pass. Arrive for a coffee/comfort stop at a Farm Stall on top of Sir Lowry’s Pass.

Day One - Cape Town - Mossel Bay

Our journey continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The area has largely been untouched and unexplored with its rugged coast line being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa and that creates unforgettable memories. After this thrilling experience, we continue via historic Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, to Mossel Bay, from where the Garden Route extends to the Storms River in the east. Overnight in Mossel Bay

Day Two - Mossel Bay - Oudtshoorn

After breakfast we continue our journey to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [BD]

Day Three - Oudtshoorn - Knysna

After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), 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. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. Overnight in Knysna. [BL]

Day Four - Knysna

Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Garden of Eden, set in the lush, green, indigenous Knysna forest. The major attraction is the forest itself, beautiful yellow wood trees, thick green foliage and streams. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Afterwards you’ll travel to Brenton on Sea, a breath-taking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight in Knysna. [B]

Day Five - Knysna - Tsitsikamma

Travel to Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route, before visiting Birds of Eden sanctuary, the biggest single free flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary was developed to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds. Our journey continues to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single span arch bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump in the world. Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. Overnight in the Tsitsikamma area. [B]

Day Six - Tsitsikamma - Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg

Head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the “friendly city” with a wonderful climate. Travel to Port Elizabeth Airport for an onward flight to Johannesburg, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax (unescorted). Overnight in Johannesburg. [B]

Day Seven - Johannesburg

Spend a full day exploring Soweto and surrounds. The tour starts with a visit to the prestigious Apartheid Museum, located in Johannesburg’s Ormondo suburb. The museum covers the full history of the Apartheid era in South Africa. From here you will continue to Soweto for a tour through this vibrant township. You will visit the Hector Peterson Memorial that commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against Apartheid. Continue to the Liliesleaf Heritage Site for a tour. Once known as Liliesleaf Farm this fascinating heritage site is closely linked to the Rivonia Treason Trial that lead to Nelson Mandela’s incarceration. In the early 1960’s Liliesleaf was a sanctuary where most prominent leaders of South Africa’s struggle against Apartheid sought shelter, attended secret meetings and engaged in key debates on political and military policy and strategy. You will learn in detail what happened during those days and the ultimate arrest of Nelson Mandela. Return to your hotel for overnight. [B]

Day Eight - Johannesburg

Enjoy a full day at leisure and unescorted. Perhaps join a walking tour through downtown Johannesburg (optional and for own account) or enjoy some shopping at Nelson Mandela Square, home to a variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets. Overnight in Johannesburg. [B]

Day Nine - Johannesburg - Kruger National Park

This morning you will be collected from your hotel, heading east to the Mpumalanga region. After freshening up at your lodge enter the world famous Kruger National Park and spend the afternoon game viewing in your closed touring vehicle. 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. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. [BD]

Day Ten - Kruger National Park

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Your guide will endeavour to spoil you with sightings of the “Big 5”, general game and prolific bird life. Return to the lodge for lunch (own account) and a short siesta. In the afternoon we will journey once again through the magnificent expanses of the Kruger National Park, unrivalled in its diversity of flora and fauna. Enjoy an afternoon of game viewing in your closed touring vehicle pursuing the Big 5 and other rare and endangered species. Optional (own account) open vehicle game drives are available. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. [BD]

Day Eleven - Mpumalanga

Enjoy breakfast before setting out to explore the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the most scenic routes in the region, offering glorious views, spectacular landscapes and exquisite waterfalls. Visit majestic sights including God’s Window, the Three Rondawels and Blyderiver Canyon – the third largest canyon of its kind in the world, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the charming village of Graskop, one of the first gold mining camps in the country. Optional (own account) open vehicle game drives are available, should you prefer not to join the Panorama Route tour. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. [BD]

Day Twelve - Mpumalanga - Johannesburg

Enjoy breakfast before starting the return journey to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg, at OR Tambo International Airport, at approximately 14h30, where the tour ends on arrival. [B]

Departing Cape Town

We depart Cape Town and head for Sir Lowry’s Pass. Arrive for a coffee/comfort stop at a Farm Stall on top of Sir Lowry’s Pass.

Day One - Departing Cape Town

Departing Cape Town

We depart Cape Town and head for Sir Lowry’s Pass. Arrive for a coffee/comfort stop at a Farm Stall on top of Sir Lowry’s Pass.

Day One - Cape Town - Mossel Bay Accommodation

Cape Town - Mossel Bay

Depart Cape Agulhas and travel to Swellendam for a late lunch (lunch will be for own account). Afterwards Depart Swellendam and continue to Mossel Bay for your overnight.

Diaz Hotel & Resort

Diaz Hotel & Resort

The Diaz Hotel & Resort is in the seashore town of Mossel Bay, and occupies an enviable space with breathtaking sea views from every window and balcony. There is an enticing rim flow pool as well as a Water Park that is set right alongside the ocean. There is also the Pero Dias Theatre that regularly hosts a range of spectacular live shows. The hotel and resort has a range of culinary options that include everything from delectable dinners to informal café-style lunches as well as cocktails.

Day Two - Mossel Bay - Oudtshoorn Accommodation

Mossel Bay - Oudtshoorn

Continue to Oudtshoorn for an ostrich farm guided tour, a wine tasting and a Cango Caves tour.

La Plume Guest House

La Plume Guest House

La Plume is a family-owned 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm outside the town of Oudtshoorn offering warm country hospitality and accommodations in refined style.

Day Three - Oudtshoorn - Knysna Day Four - Knysna Accommodation

Oudtshoorn - Knysna

Travel to Knysna for a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), including a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views, returning for lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

Knysna

Visit the Garden of Eden and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. Continue to the Eastern Head for spectacular views (weather permitting). Rest of the day at leisure.

Rex Hotel

Rex Hotel

Located in the vibrant seaside town of Knysna and surrounded by beaches, forests and lakes – this elegant retreat is the perfect base from which to explore all the attractions of the world-famous Garden Route.

Day Five - Knysna - Tsitsikamma Accommodation

Knysna - Tsitsikamma

Travel to Plettenberg Bay and visit Birds of Eden Sanctuary. Continue to Bloukrans Bridge, then visit the Tsitsikamma Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting).

Tsitsikamma Village Inn (Village Rooms)

Tsitsikamma Village Inn (Village Rooms)

This family-run hotel has a magical setting on the outskirts of the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, and is known for its good food and old world charm.

Day Six - Tsitsikamma - Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg Accommodation

Tsitsikamma - Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg

Head to Port Elizabeth Airport for an onward flight to Johannesburg, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure (unescorted).

Holiday Inn Sandton

Holiday Inn Sandton

Experience a warm and friendly welcome, unsurpassed service and superb amenities in the grandeur of the Holiday Inn Sandton hotel on Rivonia Road, Johannesburg. At the Holiday Inn Sandton the accommodation is focused around your comfort while never compromising on style or quality.

Day Seven - Johannesburg Day Eight - Johannesburg Accommodation

Johannesburg

Spend a full day touring Soweto and surrounds including the Apartheid Museum and Hector Pieterson Memorial. Continue to the Liliesleaf Heritage Site.

Johannesburg

Full day at leisure and unescorted to enjoy optional tours (for own account).

Holiday Inn Sandton

Holiday Inn Sandton

Experience a warm and friendly welcome, unsurpassed service and superb amenities in the grandeur of the Holiday Inn Sandton hotel on Rivonia Road, Johannesburg. At the Holiday Inn Sandton the accommodation is focused around your comfort while never compromising on style or quality.

Day Nine - Johannesburg - Kruger National Park Day Ten - Kruger National Park Day Eleven - Mpumalanga Accommodation

Johannesburg - Kruger National Park

Head east to Mpumalanga. Enter the Kruger National Park for afternoon game viewing (closed vehicle). The park offers some of the best game viewing and wildlife encounters in the world.

Kruger National Park

Early morning open vehicle game drive (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Lunch at lodge (for own account). Afternoon game viewing (closed vehicle). Optional open vehicle game drives are available (for own account).

Mpumalanga

Explore the magnificent Panorama Route. Visit God’s Window, the Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the charming village of Graskop. Optional (for own account) open vehicle game drives are available instead of Panorama Route tour.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Situated at the Paul Kruger Gate of the Kruger National Park, just outside the town of Hazyview, this luxury safari lodge-styled hotel is set on the banks of the Sabie River amidst towering indigenous trees.

Day Twelve - Mpumalanga - Johannesburg

Mpumalanga - Johannesburg

Return to Johannesburg arriving at OR Tambo International Airport at approximately 14h30, where the tour ends.

Day One - Cape Town - Mossel Bay

Diaz Hotel & Resort

The Diaz Hotel & Resort is in the seashore town of Mossel Bay, a small slice of coastal paradise along the celebrated Garden Route. The hotel occupies an enviable space that allows it to have breathtaking sea views from every window and balcony and promises complete relaxation. There is an enticing rim flow pool as well as a Water Park that is set right alongside the ocean to provide entertainment for in-house guests. Ride the tubes or simply enjoy sun kissed days poolside. There is also the Pero Dias Theatre that regularly hosts a range of spectacular live shows. The hotel and resort has a range of culinary options that include everything from delectable dinners to informal café-style lunches as well as cocktails to sip while watching the gorgeous sunset.


Day Two - Mossel Bay - Oudtshoorn

La Plume Guest House

La Plume is a family-owned 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm outside the town of Oudtshoorn offering warm country hospitality and accommodations in refined style. Enjoy relaxing on the cool veranda with its sweeping view across the Olifant’s River Valley to the Swartberg Mountains. The spacious en suite rooms are tastefully furnished with gracious antiques and offer all modern conveniences.


Day Three - Oudtshoorn - Knysna, 

Day Four - Knysna

Rex Hotel

The Rex Hotel is renowned for its chic urban style and impeccable service. Located in the vibrant seaside town of Knysna and surrounded by beaches, forests and lakes – this elegant retreat is the perfect base from which to explore all the attractions of the world-famous Garden Route. Whether you’re a foodie, a golfer, a wildlife enthusiast or an adventure-seeker, there are plenty of experiences in store for you!

Accommodation at the Rex is inspired by a mix of contemporary and classic décor, featuring calming colours and plush fabrics. Every modern comfort is available in our beautifully appointed rooms, suites and apartments – with accommodation options available to suit your budget and the size of your group.

The Rose Café is the Rex’s fabulous dining establishment, where guests are treated to excellent service and superb cuisine. The menu features a mélange of dishes from the Greater Mediterranean which have been influenced by North Africa, the Middle East and the vast culinary treasures of South Africa. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or have other special dietary requirements – the chefs will cater for your needs.

Other notable hotel features include an outdoor terrace area for al fresco refreshments, a hair salon, complimentary Wi-Fi and a welcoming atmosphere for children.


Day Five - Knysna - Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma Village Inn (Village Rooms)

This family-run hotel has a magical setting on the outskirts of the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, and is known for its good food and old world charm. En suite standard accommodation is in individually-decorated cottages, set village-style in beautiful gardens. The historic main building offers the De Oude Martha restaurant, the popular Hunters Pub, Café Bacchus and a tranquil guest lounge. Guests can relax in the manicured gardens or around the sparkling swimming pool.


Day Six - Tsitsikamma - Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg, 

Day Seven - Johannesburg, 

Day Eight - Johannesburg

Holiday Inn Sandton

Experience a warm and friendly welcome, unsurpassed service and superb amenities in the grandeur of the Holiday Inn Sandton hotel on Rivonia Road, Johannesburg. At the Holiday Inn Sandton the accommodation is focused around your comfort while never compromising on style or quality.

Located in the heart of Sandton, the hotel is in close proximity of a number of key attractions such as Sandton City, one of the largest shopping centres in the southern hemisphere, and Nelson Mandela Square, which offers a diverse range of restaurants, shops, entertainment and vibrant nightlife. A Gautrain Station is just seconds away, making this the ideal Sandton base for both the business and leisure traveller, offering ease of exploration throughout Johannesburg.


Day Nine - Johannesburg - Kruger National Park, 

Day Ten - Kruger National Park, 

Day Eleven - Mpumalanga

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Where the Bushveld is Your Playground
Situated at the Paul Kruger Gate of the Kruger National Park, just outside the town of Hazyview. This luxury safari lodge-styled hotel is set on the banks of the Sabie River amidst towering indigenous trees. The spacious and comfortable en-suite rooms have modern conveniences as well as spectacular private verandas and walkways high in the riverine forest canopy. After an exciting day on safari, you can relax at the pool or enjoy sundowners on a game-viewing deck that overlooks the Park. A highlight of your stay will be dining in the stunning open air Lapa Restaurant where the the African stars are your ceiling.


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