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15 DAY SOUTH AFRICA SURPRISE

AFRICA

FROM $3995* PER PERSON EX AUSTRALIA

Day 1: Johannesburg
Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar
Meals: Own account

Day 2: Hazyview
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.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Hazyview 
We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our enclosed 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.

Optional full day open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park available.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Swaziland
This morning 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 .

Accommodation: Mantenga Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Umfolozi
This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. 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.

Optional exciting afternoon open safari vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Durban
Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) or simply soak up the atmosphere in the small tourist town of 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 in the late afternoon.

Optional morning St Lucia Boat cruise available.

Accommodation: Garden Court South Beach or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Drakensberg
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps enjoy a stroll along Durban’s golden 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 in the mid-afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to go fishing, hiking or even horse riding in clean mountain air (own account).

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 : Drakensberg 
Today we have a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains.

Optional 4×4 Adventure tour up Sani Pass and into Lesotho available (please note your passport is required)

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9: Chinsta, East
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 birth place and house, arriving in the late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.

Accommodation: Crawfords Beach Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: 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 birdlife. We set off after lunch heading south to Port Elizabeth.

Accommodation: The Paxton Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: 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 in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12: Knysna 
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.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Cape Town
Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar
Meals: Breakfast

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.

Optional full day Winelands or Peninsula tour is available.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Tour Ends
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.

Accommodation: Tour ends
Meals: Breakfast

DAY

REGION

ACCOMMODATION

1

Johannesburg

Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar

2

Kruger Park Area

Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

3

Kruger Park Area

Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

4

Swaziland

Mantenga Lodge or similar

5

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, St Lucia

Protea Hotel Umfolozi or similar

6

Durban

The Garden Court South Beach or similar

7

Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

8

Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

9

Chinsta East

Crawford’s Beach Hotel or similar

10

Port Elizabeth

Paxton Hotel or similar

11

Knysna

Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

12

Knysna

Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

13

Cape Town

Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar

14

Cape Town

Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar

15

Cape Town

Tour Ends