Enjoy game viewing in 3 different areas, and stay at a private game lodge and see Africa’s ‘Big 5’ on this 15 day tour. Spotting unique wildlife at a World Heritage Site, boarding an ocean safari, enjoying a sunset oyster cruise on the Knysna Estuary and walking through the Tsitsikamma Forest are some of the highlights of our South African Explorer trip.
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Upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met for your transportation to the hotel for check-in.
Breakfast is included at the hotel and the morning is free at your leisure.This afternoon, you will be picked up from the hotel to start your half-day afternoon group tour of Johannesburg. Highlights on the afternoon tour include Carlton Centre, Constitution Hill, and the street life of Newton. Afterwards, you’ll be returned to the hotel for the evening free at your leisure.
Guests are collected from the hotel and travel east to the province of Limpopo, via Dullstroom. Stop for lunch (own account) enroute, before arriving at a private game reserve to enjoy a guided open vehicle game drive. Later, return to the lodge for pre-dinner drinks (own account) before dinner at the hotel.
Experience an early morning start in the bushveld on a guided, open vehicle game drive. Enjoy coffee and rusks in the bush before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Later, head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions, the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. The Panorama Route allows guests to have memorable views of the more significant sites in this area including God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Enjoy lunch (own account) along this scenic route. The tour stops in Hazyview for dinner and an overnight stay.
Guests enjoy an early breakfast before departing the hotel, and head towards Mpumalanga's flagship attraction - the Kruger National Park. A closed vehicle game drive allows guests to view the ‘Big 5’ and other fauna and flora. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route to the Kingdom of Eswatini. Guests enter at the Jeppes Reef border. Arrive at the hotel later in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
After an early breakfast, drive to St Lucia. En route, stop to visit the Swazi Candle Factory and Crafts Market. Exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in an area colloquially referred to as the Elephant Coast. In the late afternoon, arrive at the hotel and have the opportunity to freshen up before pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both on own account).
Before breakfast, guests embark on an open safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive through South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a colloquial reference roughly translated as ‘miracle and wonder’. Observe hippos, crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an ecofriendly boat cruise on the estuary. Enjoy lunch (own account) while taking in the lake vista before departing for the city of Durban. Later, enjoy dinner at the Durban beachfront hotel or in town (own account).
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and have the morning at your leisure. Take a walk along the promenade or a ride on a Zulu rickshaw to the beachfront market (own account). Later, you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to King Shaka International Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Dine (own account) at the hotel or at a restaurant of choice.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel, and head west to Knysna via Storms River and the Tsitsikamma Forest; in the heart of the Garden Route. Stop at Storms River and enjoy a short walk to the suspension bridge to take in the views. Enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest area, home to century-old trees, then continue on to the picturesque town of Knysna. After arrival and check-in at the hotel, board the informative Knysna oyster cruise to sample oysters and enjoy a sundowner. Guests savour an evening’s dinner next to the Knysna Estuary (own account).
After breakfast, make your own way to Plettenberg Bay to depart from Lookout Beach on a marine excursion (weather permitting) dedicated to the observation and conservation of marine mammals. This Fair Trade Tourism certified ocean safari affords guests extensive and memorable whale, dolphin and seal watching. Return back to the shore, and enjoy a relaxing lunch (own account) before your afternoon guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school, and crèche. This is a community development programme; allocated tour proceeds fund the education of Qolweni’s children. Guests are invited to donate pencils, books and other stationary. Take the scenic drive back to Knysna, and spend the afternoon at leisure or explore the village of Knysna. In the early evening, enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants at the Knysna Waterfront (own account).
After breakfast, the tour departs for Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo. Continue via the Outeniqua Pass over the Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is the principal town of the Klein Karoo and the ostrich capital of the world. Enjoy lunch (own account) at an ostrich farm in the Cango Valley on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn and take an informative tractor tour of the farm. Enjoy dinner in this quaint setting.
After breakfast, enjoy an olive farm tour and tasting, paired with Protea rosé or juice, before the tour departs for the Cango Caves. Departing the Cango Cave system, the tour traces Route 62, the region’s iconic freeway. Enjoy a wine tasting (own account) and the sweeping views of the Tradouw Valley. Later, arrive at Cape Town and check-in to your hotel. Lunch & dinner will be on own account today.
After breakfast, join a guided full day Cape Point tour. Travel along the Atlantic seaboard to Cape Point via Chapman’s Peak and the Cape Peninsula. Visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve; Boulders penguin colony (own account) and the internationally-recognised Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Dine at one of many city restaurants (own account).
Breakfast is included at the hotel and the morning is free at your leisure. At approximately 13:00hr, you will be picked up from the hotel to start your half-day afternoon group tour. Visit one of the new 7 Natural Wonders of the World and take in the exceptional beauty of Table Mountain (excluding cableway ticket). Travel through the Malay quarter, city centre, Company Gardens, and if time permits, the Castle of Good Hope. Afterwards, you’ll be returned to the hotel for the evening free at your leisure.
At the appointed time you’ll be met for your group transportation to the airport for your departure flight. Checkout by 12 noon.
Days 11: Stop outside Oudtshoorn, in the Cango Valley and discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves.
Day 5: Enjoy a guided game drive through the Kruger National Park.
This itinerary has been tried & tested and can be booked as-is. However, should you wish to customize your tour, you may contact us here.
CLASSIC KENYA & TANZANIA EXPERIENCE
SOUTH AFRICAN ESSENTIALS
THE CAPE, WINELANDS, WILDLIFE & THE COAST