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Discover the wonders of South Africa

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20212020
15 days From £2,495 per person

2021 Tour code: 21SAS

About the tour

Journey on the historical Ceres Railway, embark upon a game drive in Kruger National Park, and enjoy a trip along the glorious Garden Route to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town as you discover the wonders of South Africa.

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Days 1-2 - London & Johannesburg

Meet your Tour Manager at London Heathrow and depart on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, arriving on Day 2. After checking into your hotel, your first excursion is to the Apartheid Museum, an insightful and at times sombre museum that illustrates the history of racial segregation in South Africa. The rest of your afternoon is free.

Johannesburg
Day 3 - The Panorama Route

Today you journey along the Panorama Route on a scenic coach ride to Hazyview, travelling past lush valleys and majestic mountain peaks. Enjoy views of many landmarks, including God's Window (weather permitting), Bourke's Luck, and the Three Rondavels. On arrival in Hazyview you check into your hotel.

Bourke's Luck
Days 4-5 - Kruger National Park

Today's excursion is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your trip as you visit Kruger National Park, the largest of its kind in South Africa, for a full-day guided game drive. All the 'Big 5' game animals can be found here, and you spend an unforgettable day pursuing lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants and cape buffalo, along with many other animals that make this wilderness their home. Day 5 is free. Perhaps head back into Kruger National Park to embark on a further game drive (payable locally).

Kruger National Park
Days 6-7 - To Swaziland & Rorke’s Drift Battlefield

Neighbouring Swaziland is your destination today. You make the journey this morning by coach, and on arrival check into your hotel for the night. One of the last remaining absolute monarchies, this small, landlocked country is famed for its unique, handmade homewares, which you discover on a glass and candle factory visit. The gift shop here is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind products and you can shop for candles, soaps and body balms, or perhaps the 'Big 5', intricately crafted by skilled glass workers in the glass blowing factory.

On Day 7 travel through the Zulu War area of South Africa today, visiting Rorke's Drift with a specialist guide. Rorke's Drift was the site of the famous battle of 1879, in which 139 British troops faced the might of 4,500 Zulu warriors and won, an epic struggle that was immortalised on screen in the 1964 film, Zulu. You spend the night at a local hotel in Dundee.

Swaziland
Days 8-9 - Knysna

Travel by coach to Durban airport for your short afternoon flight to Port Elizabeth. From here, you transfer to your hotel.

On Day 9, you enjoy a scenic cruise on the waters of Knysna Lagoon to Knysna Heads, a pair of dramatic sandstone cliffs that separate the lagoon from the ocean beyond. This afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure before returning to your hotel. Knysna is set along South Africa's stunning Garden Route, a 190-mile long stretch of coast, named after the verdant scenery it cuts through, and is the perfect place to pause along the way, with a wide variety of shops, markets, restaurants and bistros. Fresh seafood is in abundance here, and sampling the famous Knysna oyster, caught in the estuary between the ocean and lagoon, is a must for visitors to the area.

knysna
Days 10-11 - The Garden Route

Today you continue travelling west along the Garden Route, heading to the fascinating town of Oudtshoorn, famous for its ostrich population. Tour the beautifully eerie caverns of the Cango Caves before visiting an ostrich farm, where you have the opportunity to hand feed these magnificent birds before sitting down to a traditional South African barbecue dinner.

On Day 11, begin by heading inland, before continuing west along the Garden Route towards Cape Town, pausing en route in the beautiful Stellenbosch Valley for a wine tasting. Arriving in Cape Town, you enjoy an orientation tour, visiting iconic Table Mountain by cable car (weather permitting).

Stellenbosch vineyards
Day 12 - The Ceres Railway

Step back in time today with a trip on the historical Ceres Railway, travelling from Cape Town to Elgin Valley, a beautiful area known for its apple production. Here, you visit the Art Deco inspired Elgin Railway Market. Housed in a former apple warehouse, this market offers live music along with a plethora of unique stalls, tantalising street food and a bar serving local wines. Make the return journey by train later this afternoon.

The Ceres Railway
Day 13 - The Cape Peninsula & Cape Town

Today you embark on an incredible excursion around the Cape Peninsula. Visit the Cape of Good Hope at Africa's south-western tip, Chapman's Peak, before travelling along False Bay to see the wonderful penguin colony at Boulders Beach, home to Africa's only indigenous penguin, our last visit of the day is Kirstenbosch.

Boulders Bay
Days 14-15 - Cape Town & London

There is free time this morning to explore South Africa's cultural capital at leisure. This evening, your flight departs from Cape Town, arriving at London Heathrow on Day 15.

Cape Town

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Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

SunSquare City Bowl, Cape Town

SunSquare City Bowl, Cape Town

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Royal Country Inn

Royal Country Inn, Dundee

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Sanbonani Resort, Hazyview

Sanbonani Resort, Hazyview

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Kopanong Hotel

Kopanong Hotel, Johannesburg

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Hotel Knysna Log Inn, Knysna

Hotel Knysna Log Inn, Knysna

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Surval Boutique Olive Estate, Oudtshoorn

Surval Boutique Olive Estate, Oudtshoorn

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Happy Valley Hotel

Happy Valley Hotel, Swaziland

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