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Holidays to Cape Town Safari Holiday South Africa Tours Stellenbosch

South Africa Escorted Tour: Kruger + Durban + Cape Town


SYE13J
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,390
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 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
We depart from Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour.
 
We continue to Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, we travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg.
 
After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, we travel via Sabie and arrive in the late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park.
 
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, including Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window, the Three Rondavels and the green Blyde River Canyon.
 
We arrive back in Hazyview in the early afternoon, with the remainder of the day at leisure to relax or join an optional game experience (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
Weather permitting, this morning enjoy a boat ride in the St Lucia Isimangaliso Wetlands, an area that has been declared a World Heritage site because of its unique biodiversity and importance to marine conservation. With over 500 different bird species in the region, it also offers outstanding bird watching.
 
Afterwards we travel southwards to the Durban North Coast, driving past many traditional Zulu kraals, eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. We arrive in the early afternoon and 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, enjoy a logoon cruise to the 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 rest of the day at leisure.
 
 
 
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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