Grand Tour of South Africa

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14 Days – Scheduled or Private

 

Embrace the best of South Africa’s scenery, wildlife and culture! Travel along the awe-inspiring Panorama Route, search for the Big Five in the world-renowned Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe Reserve and experience authentic Swazi and Zulu culture. Explore the scenic Garden Route and experience all that Cape Town has to offer.

TOUR INFORMATION

English tour guide, entrance fees applicable to itinerary

Meals:
13 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners

Highlights:

Panorama Route and safari experience
Swaziland & Zululand 
Hluhluwe Safari and iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
Picturesque Garden Route and Route 62
Cape Town City, Cape Point & Peninsula and Winelands tours

Excluded:

Flights required: Durban to Port Elizabeth on Day 7 no earlier than 12h00

ITINERARY

14 Days From Johannesburg

 

Day 1:

Johannesburg to Hazyview via Panarama Route

Johannesburg

Morning collection from your Johannesburg based hotel, before travelling north via the magnificent Panorama Route.

Panorama Route

From many well positioned vantage points, take in the view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at Bourkes Luck Potholes and ends at the Three Rondavels. Stop at Gods Window (time and weather permitting).

Hazyview

Late afternoon arrival at your hotel for check in and freshen up before dinner.

 

Overnight Perrys Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar | Meals: Dinner

 

Day 2:

Full Day Safari in Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Embark on an early morning open vehicle safari game drive through the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Optional: discuss the availability of an additional afternoon game drive your guide.

 

Overnight Perrys Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 3:

Haziview to Swaziland

Hazyview

Travel through Mpumulanga to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland.

Mbabane

Once in Mbabane, enjoy a showcase of the 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 | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Day 4:

Swaziland to Zululand

Mbabane

After a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory, continue to KwaZulu Natal via Big Bend.

Mkuze

After check-in, embark on an afternoon scenic drive up the Lebombo Mountains, combined with a visit to a local and authentic Zulu homestead for a glimpse into Zulu life in todays world.

 

Overnight at Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 5:

Mkhuze and Hluhluwe

Mkhuze

Enjoy the morning at leisure, embarking on activities on offer from the hotel.

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

After lunch (to own account), transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing.

Mkhuze

Return to the hotel in the late afternoon to freshen up before dinner.

 

Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 6:

Mkhuze to Durban via iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Mkhuze

Journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia, located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and embark on an estuarine boat trip.

Durban

Continue to Durban for an afternoon arrival at your hotel.

 

Overnight The Benjamin Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar | Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 7:

Durban and Port Elizabeth

Durban

Depending on the departure time of your flight, embark on a morning city tour of Durban – a cosmopolitan city where east meets west. Thereafter depart on your flight to Port Elizabeth.

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 | Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 8:

Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay

Port Elizabeth

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.

Plettenberg Bay

Continue to Plettenberg Bay for dinner and overnight.

 

Overnight Hunters Country House (standard room) or similar | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 9:

Plettenberg Bay area

Plettenberg Bay

After breakfast visit Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Proceed to Hog Hollow Horse Trails for a horse-drawn carriage and wine tasting experience followed by lunch (to own account). Return to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure before dinner. Optional: discuss the availability of additional activities on offer in the area with your guide.

 

Overnight Hunters House (standard room) or similar | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 10:

Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn via Knysna

Plettenberg Bay

After breakfast and check-out formalities, proceed on a cruise up the Keurbooms River.

Knysna

Continue to Knysna and enjoy some leisure time at the Knysna Waterfront before travelling to Oudtshoorn, the feather capital of the world.

Oudtshoorn

Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner.

 

Overnight The Surval Boutique Olive Estate (standard room) or similar | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 11:

Oudtshoorn to Cape Town via Route 62

Oudtshoorn

Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves, one of the natural wonders of the world, before departing Oudtshoorn.

Route 62

Travel via the Route 62 meandering through the countryside to Barrydale.

Cape Town

After lunch (to own account) continue onward to Cape Town.

 

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront (standard room) or similar | Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 12:

Cape Point and Peninsula Tour

Cape Town

Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay. Continue via Chapmans Peak to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Then onward to the historic Simons Town, a village with charming 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 | Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 13:

Cape Winelands Tour

Cape Town

Wind your way to the heart of the Cape Winelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Savour the beauty and wine of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.

 

Overnight at Southern Sun Waterfront (standard room) or similar | Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 14:

Cape Town City Tour

Cape Town

Embark on a morning city tour showcasing Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the upbeat city it is today. The tour end with a visit to Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). Return to the hotel to enjoy the remainder of your evening at leisure.

 

Meals: Breakfast

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Grand Tour of South Africa

Tour Excludes:
Lunch
General Information:
Bring your swimsuit / bathing costume. We recommend some warm clothes – even in summer it can get chilly at sea. We highly recommend guests who are prone to any kind of motion sickness (or are unsure if they are) to use anti-nausea medication well in advance.