Start exploring in Johannesburg with a guided tour of Soweto, enjoy game viewing in five different areas, stay at three private lodges and see Africa’s “Big Five”. Spot unique wildlife at a World Heritage Site, interact with ostriches, go on an ocean safari, enjoy a sunset oyster cruise on the Knysna estuary and walk through the Tsitsikamma Forest. See the Cango Caves, mingle with elephants, travel along scenic Route 62, and enjoy a tour of Cape Point and some time at leisure to explore Cape Town's waterfront.
“Just wanted to let you know that all went very, very well on our trip to South Africa. As usual Tour East arrangements were great. Weather was great and saw all the animals on Safari."
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Prices shown are per person based on a party of at least 2 adults traveling together. The Single Room Supplement cost is in addition to the twin sharing cost for those who would like a single room. If traveling alone, please contact us for a solo traveler cost. Tour departs with an arrival on Saturdays.
Hotels & lodges with daily breakfast, lunches & dinners as indicated, services of expert English speaking local guides, seat-in-coach tours & transportation, entrance fees to sites listed on the itinerary, on-tour flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth, and airport transfers. Peak season surcharges may apply. International flights are not included, please enquire.
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Dumela! Welcome to Johannesburg, Egoli, Place of Gold. A cultural melting pot, it is a place of opportunity and the African dream. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the hotel for check-in. Stay two nights in Johannesburg.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then meet your guide for your half-day tour of Soweto. The South Western Township was home to the uprising, nurturer to Nobel Prize Winners and bearer of the Flame of Freedom, Regina Mundi Church, Hector Peterson Memorial and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital are some of the added highlights of your tour. Later, you will embark on a guided afternoon city orientation tour of Johannesburg. Johannesburg, Gauteng, Jozi or Egoli – it is our place of gold. Share our city of great historic and modern significance bridged by Nelson Mandela joining two cultures and erecting the pillars of our Constitution. This landlocked city surrounded by golden mountains, is able to take you back to its humble beginnings as a mining settlement to later progress and become the 40th largest metropolitan area in the world. Travel our streets reliving the South African dream.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then meet and transfer to the airport for your flight to Hoedspruit where you will be met and then transferred to the Kapama River Lodge for check-in. The Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg Mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. Kapama's 13000 hectares has all the big game of Africa with 42 mammal species and approximately 350 bird species. This equates to huge natural diversity and includes the famed 'Big 5' - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Game drives are conducted through the rolling savannah grasslands and riverine forests that make up this appealing African reserve. In the afternoon, guests will depart on their game drive on an open 4x4 safari vehicle accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable ranger & tracker.
An early start sees you catching the bushveld as it comes alive while on a guided open vehicle game drive. The morning sights and sounds differ vastly from the evening sounds of the night hunters and crawlers, and with a bit of luck, some of the big cats may still about after their night of hunting. Enjoy coffee and rusks in the bush before breakfast back at the lodge. After breakfast head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions, the Blyde River Canyon, on the Panorama Route. The Blyde River Canyon may be one of the largest green canyons in the world with its lush subtropical vegetation. The Panorama Route offers memorable views and unusual natural phenomenons, like The Three Rondawels, Pinnacle Rock and Bourke's Luck Potholes. Lunch (own account) will be enjoyed along this scenic route. Venture onto the small town of Sabie in the Drakensberg escarpment for the evening. Check in and freshen up for dinner.
After an early breakfast leave the mountainous town of Sabie and drive, via Hazyview, onto Mpumalanga's flagship attraction, the Kruger National Park. A closed vehicle game drive will give you the opportunity to take in the park's vastness and seek out the “Big Five” and other endangered and indigenous animals and plants. Amongst the park's diverse offerings are: 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles and 1 982 plants species with several historical and ancient archaeological sites. Exit the park at Malelane Gate and onto your lodge on the Mthethomusha Game Reserve. Enjoy an open vehicle game drive followed by dinner.
After an early breakfast we travel to St Lucia via the Kingdom of Swaziland. (Visa own account). Swaziland, one of only two kingdoms in Southern Africa, is also the smallest country in Africa. This landlocked kingdom is named after the 19th century King Mswati II and is today still steeped in ancient cultural traditions. Exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter the sub-tropical Elephant Coast, the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. An area naturally gifted with towering mountains, the blissfully warm Indian Ocean, lush tropical vegetation and a myriad of different animal species. In the late afternoon you will arrive at your hotel. Optional night game activity available (own account
Wake up charmed in this piece of paradise, ready to discover South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Before breakfast, embark on an open safari vehicle, where you will be guided on a game drive through iSimangaliso. The park is the biggest estuarine system in Africa and home to the biggest hippo and crocodile populations in the country. Observe Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the Estuary. Enjoy a revitalising lunch (own account) while taking pleasure in the lovely lake views before departing for the city of Durban.
This morning enjoy a breakfast at your beachfront hotel followed by a morning at leisure. Take a walk along the promenade or perhaps catch a ride on one of the colourful Zulu rickshaws to the beachfront market (own account). You will be collected from your hotel for your transfer to King Shaka International Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth. In Port Elizabeth you will be collected from Port Elizabeth International Airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The evening is at your leisure.
This morning you will head south towards Knysna via Storm’s River and the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest. Our first stop brings us to Storms River. Take in the dramatic views on the suspension bridge of the Storms River mouth where you can view the river meeting the Indian Ocean. Enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest area. A short journey further south brings us to the small beautiful town of Knysna. We arrive and check in before embarking on a sunset Knysna Oyster Cruise (weather permitting). This is an informative and interactive cruise that introduces you and your taste buds to the wild Knysna oyster while enjoying a drink in the natural surrounding beauty.
After breakfast we make our way to Plettenberg Bay or Plett as its known by the locals. From Lookout Beach you will be taken on an Ocean Safari (weather permitting), dedicated to observation and conservation and allows for extensive and memorable whale, dolphin and seal watching. In the afternoon we take a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school and crèche. Guests are welcome to donate pencils, books and other stationary. Take the scenic drive back to your Knysna hotel and enjoy some time at leisure.
Depart after breakfast and begin today’s journey to Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo, via Wilderness and the Outeniqua Pass. Our first scenic stop is in Wilderness. Enjoy the photo opportunities and unspoilt views at Map of Africa lookout point (weather permitting) before we continue our journey via the Outeniqua Pass. Visit an ostrich farm in the Cango Valley on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn that will introduce you to this large, flightless and exotic bird. For the daring enjoy an optional ostrich ride. Following our ostrich farm tour we drive to our lodge for check-in.
Today our trip takes us from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town via the Cango Caves and the iconic Route 62. After breakfast you will have the rare opportunity to experience an elephant interaction and feeding with the African elephants that were raised at Bufflesdrift Game Lodge. Leaving these gentle giants we make our way to the Cango Caves, a 20 million year old natural treasure at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. Departing this world wonder, we travel along the much beloved and picturesque Route 62. With its ever changing landscapes, this route will escort you from tranquil winelands to dramatic mountain vistas and the unique beauty of the semi-arid Klein Karoo. We continue our scenic journey onto the majestically beautiful Cape Town and arrive at your city hotel.
Cape Town offers a wide range of activities and attractions from platinum beaches, a World Heritage Site Table Mountain, inviting night life, extensive shopping venues as well as art and cultural events. After breakfast, join a guided full day Cape Point tour which incorporates the Cape Point and Kirstenbosch Gardens.
On your final day, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before your transportation to the airport.
Day 4: Drive along the scenic Panorama Route.
Day 5: Take a game drive in the Kruger National Park.
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