Classic South Africa - 15 Days

Overview

Departing select Sundays

$1,165 – $2,235

This extraordinary journey will highlight the unbelievable diversity that South Africa has to offer as you explore from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 15 days.

  • Big 5 game viewing in the Kruger National Park
  • Fascinating cultures of the Swazi & Zulu kingdoms
  • Extraordinary mountain scenery along Mpumalanga’s Eastern Escarpment and the Southern Drakensberg Mountains
  • Enjoy the scenic splendor of the Garden Route
  • Experience the diversity of beautiful Cape Town

Itinerary

Day 1
JOHANNESBURG

On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and assisted to your shuttle transfer service that will transfer you to your hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 7 pm when we all meet at the hotel reception for a welcome briefing on the tour and a chance to meet your fellow travelers.
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Day 2
HAZYVIEW

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. There is an option to enjoy an exclusive el fresco bridge dinner, overlooking the magnificent Sabie River (optional and for own account).
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Day 3
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

We have a bright and early start to the day to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle. Open vehicle safaris are available (optional and for own account). The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares that supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds, too! We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure to relax. There is an option to enjoy an African dinner feast and an evening of traditional Shangaan storytelling (optional and for own account).
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Day 4
ESWATINI

This morning we travel to eSwatini (renamed in 2018, the country was formerly known in English as Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colorful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of eSwatini and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for overnight in eSwatini.
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Day 5
ZULULAND

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. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve (optional and for own account). Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon for overnight.
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Day 6
DURBAN

Guests have the option to take a morning boat cruise (optional and for own account) on Lake St Lucia, to experience Africa’s largest estuarine system, before heading off to Durban. An orientation tour of Durban, that travels along the Golden Mile, the beachfront promenade, The Point Waterfront and harbour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city. The orientation tour concludes with a visit to the Durban Botanic Gardens before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.
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Day 7
DRAKENSBERG

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps explore the bustling Umhlanga Beach with a stroll along the Promenade mile that buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We visit the impressive 300-foot-high Howick Falls, located in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands town of Howick. Our journey continues through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel, situated on a scenic World Heritage site, mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or enjoy fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (optional and for own account).
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Day 8
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. There is an option to join a 4×4 tour up the spectacular Sani Pass into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (optional and for own account).
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Day 9
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, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.
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Day 10
TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK

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 miles and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. We set off heading south to the Tsitsikamma Forest.
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Day 11
KNYSNA

After a leisurely breakfast, 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 mid-afternoon for check in at our hotel.
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Day 12
OUDTSHOORN

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.
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Day 13
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, labor-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.
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Day 14
CAPE TOWN

Enjoy a full day at leisure (unescorted). Perhaps join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (optional and for own account) or simply explore the city. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colorful craft markets. Alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many pristine beaches. Overnight in Cape Town.
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Day 15
CAPE TOWN

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11 am. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.
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Cost Includes

  • Professionally-trained, English-speaking driver/guides with each vehicle
  • Meals as detailed in brackets following each day's description below
  • All park entrance fees, VAT and other government taxes
  • Comprehensive pre-trip material

Additional Expenses Not Included

  • Meals not included
  • Most beverages
  • All international, regional and local scheduled flights
  • Requisite visas and other travel preparations like inoculations
  • Tipping