16 Day South Africa Essentials Tour with Flights

Flights + Superior Accommodation + Breakfast + Professional Tour Guides + Kruger Safari

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Overview

Discover some of the world's greatest natural wonders on this incredible 16 day tour of South Africa. Stay in style with superior accommodation and enjoy complimentary daily breakfast and some included meals. Including all transfers, sightseeing and admission fees, this spectacular tour is a great way to explore the fascinating sites of South Africa including the Kruger National Park, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela as well as breathtaking landscapes including mountains and caves. Visit a traditional Chief's village and marvel as the amazing museums as you uncover the history of this amazing destination.

Highlights

  • See the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes along the famous scenic Panorama Route
  • Go on safari in the famous Kruger National Park, home to the Big 5 (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros) and an abundance of other wildlife
  • Interact with the locals at a traditional and authentic Chief’s Village in landlocked Swaziland
  • Visit Zululand, where ancient and modern cultures combine
  • Travel through the Southern Drakensberg Mountains, exploring Howick Falls
  • Explore the Eastern Cape and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela
  • Walk through Tsitsikamma Forest to the Storms River Mouth, marveling at the magnificent views
  • Visit a working Ostrich Farm in the ‘feather capital of the world’
  • Crawl (or walk!) through the stalactites and stalagmites of the Cango Caves
  • Wander through the Post Office Tree, Bartholomew’s Diaz Museum, and the Shell Museum on the way to Cape Town
  • Enjoy time at leisure in beautiful seaside Cape Town and wander along the picturesque waterfront

Inclusions

  • Return economy class airfares with Qantas or South African Airways
  • 14 nights Superior accommodation with breakfast daily
  • 4 Dinners
  • Big 5 Safari in the Kruger National Park
  • Transfers, sightseeing & admission fees as specified
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Internal Domestic Flight
  • Price shown is based on Twin Share on Low Season – 1st May – 31st July 2019 departures only.
  • High Season dates – 1st August to 31st December 2019 are available and incur a surcharge.
  • Peak Season surcharge is from $549pp.

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Day
1

Arrive Johannesburg

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until evening to meet at the hotel for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

Day
2

Johannesburg – Mpumalanga

This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview.

Day
3

Kruger National Park - Safari

We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle. Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure.

Day
4

Mpumalanga – Swaziland

After breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture.

Day
5

Swaziland – St Lucia and Surrounds

This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay.

Day
6

St Lucia and Surrounds – Durban

Guests have the option to sleep in or take an optional morning boat cruise (extra charges apply) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.

Day
7

Durban – Drakensberg

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps take an early morning cab ride to the bustling Umhlanga Beach for a stroll along the Promenade mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in the clean mountain air.

Day
8

Drakensberg

Enjoy a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities to be enjoyed at the Resort.

Day
9

Drakensberg – Eastern Cape Coast

This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.

Day
10

Eastern Cape Coast – Port Elizabeth

We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of bird life. We set off heading south to Port Elizabeth.

Day
11

Port Elizabeth – Knysna

Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel.

Day
12

Knysna – Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay

After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Overnight in Mossel Bay.

Day
13

Mossel Bay – Cape Town

Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomew’s Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Day
14

Cape Town

Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this beautiful city.

Day
15

Depart Cape Town

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11am. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.

Day
16

Arrive Australia

Arrive home dreaming of your South African experience!

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