South AfricaSouth AfricaSouth Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush Winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Read more
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Mpumalanga (Zulu name for "the place where the sun rises") is a province in eastern South Africa, bordering the nations of Swaziland and Mozambique.
Swaziland, a small, landlocked monarchy in southern Africa, is known for its wilderness reserves and festivals showcasing traditional Swazi culture. Marking its northeastern border with Mozambique and stretching down to South Africa, the Lebombo Mountains are a backdrop for Mlawula Nature Reserve’s many hiking trails. Nearby Hlane Royal National Park is home to diverse wildlife including lions, hippos and elephants.
Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Durban Botanical Gardens showcases African plant species.
The Drakensberg is the name given to the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. The Great Escarpment reaches its greatest elevation – 2,000 to 3,482 metres within the border region of South Africa and Lesotho.
The Eastern Cape is one of the provinces of South Africa. Its capital is Bhisho, but its two largest ... Eastern Cape has a coast on its east which lines southward, creating shores leading to the south Indian Ocean.
Day 1: Sunday - 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 19:00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.
Day 2: Monday - 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. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 500 kms
Day 3: Tuesday - Mpumalanga
We have a bright and early start to the day 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. [Packed Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 200 kms
Day 4: Wednesday - Mpumalanga - Eswatini (Swaziland)
This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Eswatini (Swaziland). We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Eswatini (Swaziland) where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Eswatini culture. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 280 kms
Day 5: Thursday - Eswatini (Swaziland) - ST Lucia and Surrounds
This morning we journey through Eswatini (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. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 350 kms
Day 6: Friday ST Lucia and Surrounds - Durban
Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) 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. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 320 kms
Day 7: Saturday - Durban - Drakensberg
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 clean mountain air (own account). [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 280 kms
Day 8: Sunday - 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. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Day 9: Monday - Drakensberg-Eastern Cape Coast
This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birthplace 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 (own account) 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, un spoilt Eastern Cape Coast. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 520 kms
Day 10: Tuesday: 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 birdlife. We set off heading south to Port Elizabeth. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 340 kms
Day 11: Wednesday 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. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 300 kms
Day 12: Thursday - 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 around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Overnight in Mossel Bay. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 360 kms
Day 13: Friday - Mossel Bay - Cape Town
Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way, we stop off in Albertinia to visit a well-known aloe factory. In this area, the Cape Aloe grows wild on many farms and is still harvested in the traditional, labour-intensive way, providing a livelihood for unskilled, independent tappers. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 420 kms
Day 14: Saturday - Cape Town (Unescorted)
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. [Breakfast]
Day 15: Sunday - Cape Town
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11:00. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport. [Breakfast]
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Package Inclusions & Exclusions
- 14 Breakfasts
- 4 Dinners
- sightseeing as specified and Kruger Park Conservation levy (conservation levies are subject to increase without prior notice and are at the discretion of the game park)
Accommodation check-in on Day 1 is from 14:00. Shuttle service on Day 1 starts at 06:15 and ends at 22:00. If you are arriving on a very early morning or late evening flight, please inform your Travel Agent, in order to make alternative transfer arrangements.
Minimum 2 guests / Maximum 40 guests
Selected departure dates
This tour travels through Eswatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho. Please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas to travel through Eswatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho.
All departures are in English.