Grand Tour of South Africa

Embark on a 14-day tour encompassing the best that South Africa has to offer in way of scenery, wildlife and culture. Go on safari, meet the Swazi and Zulu locals, enjoy scenic trips up the Lebombo Mountains and along the magnificent Garden Route, visit a working ostrich farm and experience all that Cape Town has to offer.

Enjoy all of this and superb cuisine, luxurious accommodation and true South African hospitality throughout your journey.

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Highlights

  • Magnificent Panorama Route
  • Safari Experience
  • Swaziland & Zululand – multicultural experience
  • Hluhluwe-Umfoloi Safari
  • iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
  • Picturesque Garden Route
  • Route 62
  • Cape Town City, Cape Point & Peninsula and Winelands tours

Information

  • Departure – Mondays at 07:30
  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
  • English speaking THETA registered tour guide
  • Includes 1Breakfasts, 7 Dinners and 1 Lunch
  • Tour price does not include DUR/ PLZ domestic flight. We recommend booking on SAA 12h30 flight out of Durban

 

Day 1 – Mon           Johannesburg / Hazyview                     (D)

Depart Johannesburg and travel via the magnificent Panorama Route. From many well-positioned vantage points, one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at Bourke’s Luck Potholes and ends at the Three Rondavels. Stop at God’s window. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. Check in and freshen up before dinner.  Overnight Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar

 

Day 2 – Tue             Kruger National Park                             (BD)

Early morning open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. An optional afternoon safari is available on request (additional charge). Overnight Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar

 

Day 3 – Wed           Hazyview / Swaziland                           (BL)

Travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland.  Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by a traditional lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. Overnight Royal Swazi Spa (standard room) or similar

 

Day 4 – Thur            Swaziland / Zululand                              (BD)

Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory.  Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu Natal.  Embark on an afternoon scenic drive up the Lebombo Mountains.  The drive will be combined with a visit to a local and authentic Zulu homestead for a glimpse into Zulu life in today’s world. Overnight at Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar

 

Day 5 – Fri               Zululand                                                  (BD)

Enjoy the morning at leisure, embarking on the activities on offer from the hotel. After lunch (to own account), transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.  Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar

 

Day 6 – Sat              Mkhuze / Durban                                   (B)

Journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia which is located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.  Here you embark on an estuarine boat trip.  Continue to Durban for afternoon arrival at your hotel. Overnight The Benjamin Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar

 

Day 7 – Sunday       Durban / Port Elizabeth                        (B)

Depending on the departure time of your flight, embark on a morning city tour of Durban – a cosmopolitan city where east meets west.  Flight to Port Elizabeth. Transfer to your Port Elizabeth hotel spending the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth (standard room) or similar

 

Day 8 – Mon           Port Elizabeth / Plettenberg Bay          (BD)

Travel via the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park – ‘garden of the Garden Route’.  Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge offering incredible views. Continue to Plettenberg Bay for dinner and overnight.  Overnight Hunter’s Country House (standard room) or similar

 

Day 9 – Tue             Plettenberg Bay area                             (BD)

After breakfast visit Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Proceed to Bramon Wine Estate for a tasting followed by lunch (to own account). Optional: Marine Encounter boat trip (weather and time permitting; additional charge) before returning to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure before dinner.  Overnight Hunter’s House (standard room) or similar

 

Day 10 – Wed         Plettenberg Bay / Oudtshoorn              (BD)

After breakfast and check-out formalities, proceed on a cruise up the Keurbooms River.  Continue to Knysna – the gem of the Garden Route.  Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront Complex before travelling to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world.  Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour.  Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner. Overnight De Opstal Country Lodge (standard room) or similar

 

Day 11 – Thur         Oudtshoorn / Cape Town                     (B)

Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves before departing Oudtshoorn.  The Cango Caves is one of the natural wonders of the world and has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area.  Travel via Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (to own account) and onward to Cape Town.  Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront (standard room) or similar

 

Day 12 –      Fri        Cape Point & Peninsula                          (B)

Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay (optional boat trip to Seal Island – to own account). Continue via Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve.  We go on to historic Simon’s Town – a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach.  End the day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront (standard room) or similar

 

Day 13 – Sat           Cape Winelands                                     (B)

Wind your way to the heart of the Cape Winelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront (standard room) or similar

 

Day 14 – Sun           Cape Town                                              (B)

Embark on a city tour showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to modern buildings and malls.  The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included).  In the afternoon, transfer to Cape Town International Airport and check in for your onward flight.

 

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