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Discover the wonders of South Africa

15 days From £2,495 per person

2020 Tour code: 20SAS

About the tour

Discover the wonders of South Africa with a journey on the historical Ceres Railway, a fantastic game drive in Kruger National Park, and a trip along the glorious Garden Route to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-2 - To Johannesburg

You depart from London today on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, arriving on Day 2. Your first visit 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 day is at leisure in Johannesburg.

Johannesburg
Day 3 - The Panorama Route

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

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
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 in South Africa, for a full day guided game drive. All the 'Big Five' 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 spent at leisure. You could spend the day relaxing at the hotel, or head back to Kruger National Park to embark on a further game drive (payable locally).

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
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 unique, handmade homewares, which you discover on your 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 Five', intricately crafted by skilled glass workers in the glass blowing factory.

On Day 7 you travel through the Zulu war area of South Africa today, visiting Rorke's Drift with a specialist guide. Rorke's Drift is 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 which was immortalised on screen in the 1964 film, Zulu. You spend a night at a local hotel here, dining together this evening.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Breakfast
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Swaziland
Days 8-9 - Knysna

Today you 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 azure waters of the Knysna Lagoon to the Knysna Heads, a pair of dramatic sandstone cliffs that separate the lagoon from the ocean beyond. Enjoy some time at leisure before returning to your hotel. Knysna is set on the stunning Garden Route, a 190 mile long stretch of the south-west coast, named after the verdant scenery it cuts through. Knysna itself is the perfect place to pause when travelling along the Garden Route, with a wide variety of shops, markets, restaurants and bistros. Fresh seafood is in abundance here, and sampling the famous Knysna Oysters is a must for visitors to the area.

Includes
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
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. You enjoy a tour of an ostrich farm with the opportunity to hand feed the magnificent birds. You also tour the beautifully eerie caverns of the Cango Caves, before enjoying a traditional South African barbecue dinner this evening.

On Day 11 you firstly head inland, then continue west towards Cape Town. You pause in the beautiful Stellenbosch valley for a wine tasting before continuing to Cape Town, where you enjoy an orientation tour before checking into your hotel.

Includes
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
Stellenbosch vineyards
Day 12 - The Elgin Railway Market

Transfer to the Royal Cape Yacht Club this morning, where you board a Ceres train for a relaxed journey to Elgin Valley, a beautiful area known for its apple production. Here, 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast
The Ceres Railway
Day 13 - Cape Peninsula and Cape Town

Today you embark on an incredible excursion around Cape Peninsula. You visit the Cape of Good Hope at Africa's south-western tip, Chapmans Peak and Kirstenbosch, before travelling along False Bay to the wonderful Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, home to Africa's only indigenous penguin.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Boulders Bay
Days 14-15 - Return to London

This morning, you visit iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting) before free time to explore South Africa's cultural capital at leisure. Alternatively, continue on our optional extension with Rovos rail to Pretoria. This evening, your flight departs from Cape Town airport, arriving in London on Day 15.

Includes
  • Day 14 - Breakfast
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

Fountains Hotel

Fountains Hotel, Cape Town

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Sanbonani Resort, Hazyview

Sanbonani Resort, Hazyview

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Kopanong Hotel

Kopanong Hotel, Johannesburg

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Hlangana Lodge

Hlangana Lodge, Oudsthoorn

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Happy Valley Hotel

Happy Valley Hotel, Swaziland

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