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South Africa Escorted Tour: Kruger + Durban + Cape Town (overland)


SYD15J
15 NIGHTS
FROM £1,690
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Our cost-effective grand South Africa escorted tour starts in Johannesburg & visits the world famous Kruger Park, before continuing to Swaziland, the Zulu Kingdom, the beaches of Durban, the Drakensberg Mountains, Wild Coast & scenic Garden Route, before ending in spectaculr Cape Town. 2 departures a month, with English speaking guide. Group size 2 to 40.
South Africa Escorted Tour Kruger Park Durban Garden Route Cape Town
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South Africa Escorted Tour
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Kruger Park
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Swaziland
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Hluhluwe & St Lucia
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Durban Beaches
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Drakensberg
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Wild Coast
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East London
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Garden Route
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Cape Town
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South Africa Escorted Tour
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Kruger Park
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Swaziland
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Hluhluwe & St Lucia
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Durban Beaches
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Drakensberg
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Wild Coast
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East London
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Garden Route
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Cape Town
Day 1
You will be met at Johannesburg Airport and transferred to your hotel in this thriving city.
    
Check in and relax under warm blue South African skies in the city of gold.
Day 2
Today is free to explore vibrant Johannesburg - the city of gold.
 
You can board the Hop Off Bus to see the highlights of the city, or join an optional half day tour to explore Johannesburg City; visit historic Liliesleaf Farm; or Cullinan Diamond Mine outside Pretoria, where you can purchase diamonds.
 
A full day tour can be taken to the Cradle of Humankind - a World Heritage Site - and Lesedi Cultural Village. You can also take a full day tour to Pilanesberg Game Reserve and Sun City.
 
At 19.00 meet at hotel reception for your pre-tour briefing, with the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.
Day 3
This morning we depart for Mpumalanga - "the place where the sun rises" - and travel eastwards through Witbank, before dropping several hundred feet into the subtropical Lowveld.
 
We travel along the beautiful Panorama Route to Graskop and through the green Blyde River Canyon, where you can enjoy spectacular views from God's Window and visit Bourkes Luck Potholes. In the late afternoon we check into our hotel in Hazyview.
 
Note: On escorted group tours please note that for operational reasons it is sometimes necessary to substitute one hotel with another of similar quality.
Day 4
Today we have an early start, as we enter the world famous Kruger National Park for a morning of game viewing in our closed vehicle in this vast 2-million hectare game sanctuary the size of Wales (packed breakfast included).
 
The Kruger National Park offers magnificent game viewing opportunities and the highest concentration of lion in the whole of Africa. With nearly 150 different species of mammals and over 100 species of reptiles, you can hope to see cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, sable antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons, wild dogs and many other interesting animals as well as the Big Five - Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. With over 500 different bird species including eagles, kingfishers, vultures and storks, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed. We return to our hotel around lunch time, with afternoon at leisure.
 
There is also the option of a full day open-top game drive (pay locally).
 
Note: You will need your passport to enter the Kruger National Park.
Day 5
This morning we travel to Swaziland, a small mountain kingdom known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture.
 
Here we visit a Cultural Village to learn more about Swazi art and traditions, before checking into our hotel in these beautiful surroundings.
 
Note: You will need your passport to enter Swaziland.
Day 6
This morning we travel 4-hours southwards through Swaziland before re-entering South Africa and travelling to Hluhluwe in the kingdom of Zululand.
  
Check into your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 7
This morning you can relax at your hotel or take an optional boat ride on the St Lucia Isimangaliso Wetland estuary where you may see pelicans, fish eagles, hippos and crocodiles (own account). With over 500 different bird species in the region, bird watching is outstanding.
 
Afterwards we drive through the sugar cane plantations of the Indian Ocean seaboard towards the bustling seaside city of Durban. Enjoy an orientation tour of this multi-cultural city, before checking in to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 8
After a leisurely breakfast, today we travel inland for 3-hours to the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.
 
We travel through the scenic Natal Midlands, stopping at Howick Falls and continuing along the Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel in the mid afternoon.
Day 9
At leisure to relax in the southern Drakensberg Mountains.
 
You can take an optional day tour to ascend the mighty Sani Pass, the highest in Africa, and enter the mountain kingdom of Lesotho (passport required) to enjoy a drink in the highest pub in Africa. This the home of the Basuto people, who wear colourful blankets and distinctive traditional hats.
 
These mountains also offer wonderful walking and hiking opportunities, as well as outstanding bird watching – particularly raptors, but also sunbirds, waxbills and the numerous other species found in the grasslands, riverine scrub and natural forests.
Day 10
Today we leave the Drakensberg Mountains and travel 6-hours through the Transkei to Chintsa on the unspoilt Wild Coast.
 
We travel to Umtata and via Nelson Mandela's house, where you can see the traditional way of life of the Xhosa people, arriving at Chintsa in the late afternoon.
Day 11
Enjoy a morning at leisure relaxing on the beaches at Chintsa.
 
In the afternoon we drive southwards for 3.5-hours to Port Elizabeth, which also has magnificent beaches.
Day 12
Today we travel 4-hours from Port Elizabeth along the scenic Garden Route to Knysna.
 
We travel through the Tsitsikamma Forest and take a short walk to the Storms River Mouth to enjoy the scenery from the suspension bridge, where photographic opportunities abound.  
 
We arrive in Knysna in the late afternoon. This is the oyster capital of South Africa and an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Day 13
Today we leave Knysna and continue along the Garden Route to the ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn.
 
We drive past the beautiful lakes of Sedgefield and through the small seaside town of Wilderness. At George we head inland across the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn in the arid Little Karoo. Here we visit an Ostrich Ranch to learn more about these huge flightless birds and their magnificent plumage.
 
We also visit the world famous Cango Caves. This vast series of underground halls and caverns was formed over 20 million years ago in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. The caves, which extend for over 3 miles, contain spectacular stalagmites and stalactites and offer relatively easy access.
 
In the late afternoon we arrive in Mossel Bay on the coast.
Day 14
Today we drive 5-hours to Cape Town, with a stop in Albertina to visit an Aloe Factory.
 
We travel through the historic town of Swellendam, with its delightful Cape Dutch architecture and Worcester, arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.
 
At the end of your tour, check into your hotel within sight of Table Mountain.
Day 15
At leisure to relax and independently explore the beautiful city of Cape Town.
 
We recommend you purchase a day pass onboard the convenient Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and beaches. The "Red Route" bus stops at the Table Mountain base station, where you can buy a ticket to ascend by cable car and enjoy one of the world’s most famous views.
 
Afterwards continue to Camps Bay beach and enjoy the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Day 16
Transfer to Cape Town airport for your flight home.
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