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Kruger National Park Safari Holidays Tours South Africa Big Five Guides

South Africa Escorted Tour: Kruger + Durban + Cape Town


SYE13J
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,590
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This fascinating South Africa escorted tour includes most activities, travelling from Johannesburg via the Kruger Park, Swaziland & Zululand to the beaches of Durban. Then fly to Port Elizabeth & continue along the scenic Garden Route to Cape Town - followed by a few extra days exploring this beautiful city. Departs every Monday from Johannesburg. Group size 2 to 25. No children < 8.
South Africa Escorted Tour Kruger Park Durban Garden Route Cape Town
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South Africa Escorted Tour
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Blyde River Canyon
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Kruger Park
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Swaziland
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Zululand & St Lucia
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Durban
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Port Elizabeth
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Garden Route
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Knysna
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Cape Town
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South Africa Escorted Tour
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Blyde River Canyon
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Kruger Park
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Swaziland
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Zululand & St Lucia
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Durban
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Port Elizabeth
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Garden Route
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Knysna
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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 independently explore vibrant Johannesburg - the city of gold.
 
You can board the Hop Off Bus to see the highlights of the city. Alternatively many optional excursions are available such as a Pretoria city tour, Montecasino Bird Park, Lesedi Cultural Village, Cradle of Humankind (a World Heritage Site), historic Liliesleaf Farm, De Wildt Cheetah conservation project, Gold Reef City where you can see gold being poured, Elephant Park, Lion Park and Cullinan Diamond Mine outside Pretoria, where you can purchase diamonds.
 
At 19.00 meet at hotel reception for your pre-tour briefing, with you will meet your fellow travellers.
Day 3
This morning we leave Johannesburg and travel 4-hours to Mpumalanga - "the place where the sun rises". Our first stop is Pretoria (now called Tshwane), South Africa’s administrative capital, where we have a short city tour.
 
Afterwards we continue to Mpumalanga, driving eastwards through Witbank, before dropping several hundred feet into the subtropical Lowveld and the scenic Drakensberg Panorama Route.
 
In the afternoon we check into our hotel in this region famous for its wildlife.
 
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
After an early breakfast, this morning we view the highlights of the breathtaking Panorama Route and the green Blyde River Canyon, including God's Window, the Three Rondavels and Bourke's Luck Potholes  - cylindrical holes formed from the swirling waters of the Blyde and Treur Rivers.
 
We return to our hotel in the early afternoon, with the remainder of the day at leisure to relax or join an optional game activity (pay locally).
Day 5
An early start today as we enter the world famous Kruger National Park, driving in an open top game viewing vehicle with a lodge ranger for a morning of game viewing in this vast 2-million hectare game sanctuary that is 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. Outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed, with over 500 different species including eagles, kingfishers, vultures and storks.
 
Afterwards we return to our hotel, with afternoon at leisure or another optional game drive (pay locally).
 
Note: You will need your passport to enter the Kruger National Park.
Day 6
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 7
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 situated near the entrance to the famous Hluhluwe Game Reserve that is renowned for its outstanding game viewing. Here there is the option of an afternoon open-top game drive into this reserve, which saved the black rhino from extinction (pay locally).
Day 8
We leave Hluhluwe this morning and drive 3-hours to Durban.
 
Along the way we stop at St Lucia. Weather permitting, join a boat ride on the estuary, where you may see hippo, buffalo and crocodiles as well as abundant bird life.
 
Situated inside the Isimangaliso Wetlands, this area has been declared a RAMSAR Wetland of international significance because of its great biodiversity and importance as a breeding site for waterbirds. Over 520 different species have been recorded in this vast wetland that is surrounded by mangrove swamps and dense reed beds, with birds ranging from permanent residents to tropical and altitudinal migrants, regional nomads and long-distance migrants. These include a variety of storks, pelicans, flamingos, kingfishers, spoonbills, fish eagles, gulls, herons, terns, ducks and geese.
 
Afterwards we continue southwards, driving past Zulu homesteads and sugar cane fields to the Durban North Coast. We arrive in the early afternoon, with the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean.
 
Day 9
Transfer to Durban Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Port Elizabeth Airport by your guide. Once everyone has arrived, we set off along the scenic Garden Route to the oyster capital of Knysna.
 
We explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest and visit the spectacularly beautiful Storms River Mouth (weather permitting), before arriving in Knysna, nestled on the banks of a beautiful lagoon.
 
Check into your hotel in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
 
Note: In season we recommend bookings Knysna restaurants online in advance of your visit, to avoid disappointment.
Day 10
After a leisurely breakfast, we take the ferry from Knysna Waterfront to Featherbed Nature Reserve situated on Knysna's Western Head, one of two magnificent sandstone cliffs guarding the entrance to the vast Knysna Lagoon.
 
This spectacular nature reserve is only accessible by ferry, followed by a short trailer ride to the top of the reserve which offers panoramic views. Most visitors choose to return on foot along a 1-mile guided nature walk through natural coastal forest onto the cliffs, through caves and along a scenic coastal path.
  
Return to your hotel for lunch with the remainder of the afternoon is free to explore Knysna. This lively town is famous for its oysters, which are grown in the lagoon. It offers good shopping opportunities and many interesting craft shops.
Day 11
We start today with a scenic drive through Wilderness and George, enjoying stunning views from the Outeniqua Pass as we travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo.
 
Here we visit an Ostrich Farm to learn more about these huge flightless birds and their magnificent plumage (light lunch is included today).
 
In the afternoon we 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.
 
We then check into our lodge, where dinner is for your own account.
Day 12
Weather permitting, this morning there is an option to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari (pay locally, subject to availability). Witness these incredible creatures emerging out of their burrows in time to soak up the sun, before they head about their daily activities.
 
After this thrilling experience, head back for a delicious breakfast. We then leave the Little Karoo and travel through the towns of Calitzdorp and Barrydale, where there is the opportunity to visit a local farm school and interact with the children and teachers (subject to the school being open). We then traverse the famous Route 62, passing through the small town of Montagu.  Continue to Cape Town
spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain.
 
Note: for a supplementary cost, you can stay overnight in Franschhoek tonight and re-join your tour in Cape Town tomorrow.
Day 13
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 14
Today enjoy a full day tour to the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve peninsula, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.
 
We drive past the sparkling beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno to Hout Bay, the heart of the local crayfish industry. IHere you can join an optional cruise to Seal Island to see Cape Fur seals (pay locally). We continue via Chapman’s Peak Drive to spectacular Cape Point where you may see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July/November).
 
On the return journey we pass through naval Simons Town, where there is the option to visit the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach (pay locally), Fishhoek fishing village and Muizenberg, before returning to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Day 15
Transfer to Cape Town airport for your flight home.
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