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Spectacular South Africa






Highlights: Cape Town
Hermanus
Oudtshoorn
Knysna
Plettenberg Bay
Tsitsikamma
Port Elizabeth
Durban (Umhlanga Rocks)
Private Game Lodge - Zululand
Eswatini
Mpumalanga Lowveld
Northern Kruger Private Game Reserve Other departures: London Gatwick  - £4145, Manchester - £4165, Birmingham - £4175, Edinburgh - £4145, Glasgow - £4289, Belfast - £4375, Newcastle - £4289, Cardiff - £4519, Norwich - £4329 15 days Fully Guided Iconic Highlights Journey Cape Town, one of the most desirable destinations in the world is our magnificent starting point for an elegant guided journey through some of the most spectacular regions of South Africa. From award-winning wine estates, floral kingdoms brimming with splendid botanical treasures to awe-inspiring mountain and coastal landscapes our journey through the Garden Route will leave you mesmerized. The shimmering Indian Ocean welcomes us to the sub-tropical paradise of Kwazulu-Natal and as we venture northwards the delightful sights, smells, and sounds of the wilderness become our constant companions. Our final two days are spent in luxurious comfort at a private game reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park area, drinking in the splendour of the great openness of the sky and revelling in close encounters with the incredible African wildlife. Itinerary: Day 1 - Wednesday Cape Town
On arrival in Cape Town, you are warmly welcomed by your representative and transferred to your boutique-style guest house. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafés, restaurants and colourful craft markets. The remainder of the day is at leisure (unescorted). Why not enjoy a sightseeing tour or simply relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings? Floreal House Included:
Accommodation DAY 2 – Thursday Cape Town - Winelands & Culture
After breakfast, you meet your tour guide and fellow travellers and set out to the picturesque Winelands, where century-old vineyards are surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain scenery. We have left today’s itinerary open. With extraordinary wine estates from Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek and fascinating historical landmarks to explore, your highly knowledgeable tour guide will discuss the many possibilities and tailor-make a memorable Winelands experience for the whole group. Floreal House Included:
Accommodation, Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 200 km Day 3 - Friday Cape Town - Cape Peninsula
This morning we ascend one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature – majestic Table Mountain (weather permitting) for unrivalled views of Cape Town. Thereafter we drive along Millionaires Paradise to Camps Bay, heading towards the charming working harbour at Hout Bay. We wind along legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive (if open) hugging the cliffs and relishing the breath-taking ocean views. After lunch (for own account) we visit the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope, an integral part of the world-renowned Cape Floral Kingdom. Floreal House Included:
Accommodation, Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 200 km Day 4 – Saturday Cape Town - Hermanus
We depart Cape Town after breakfast. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its delicate coastal Fynbos. En route, we seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stoney Point before arriving in the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus. Misty Waves Boutique hotel Included:
Accommodation, Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 200 km Day 5 - Sunday Hermanus - Oudtshoorn
This morning we explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and gasp at the outstanding views of Walker Bay. During the months of July to November, the possibility of whale sightings could add further enhancement to our explorations. We depart late morning stopping for a late lunch (for own account) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic ‘Route 62’, then onward to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’, for a guided tour at an ostrich farm. La Plume Boutique Guest House Included:
Accommodation, Breakfast Day 6 - Monday Oudtshoorn- Knysna
Today we will have the opportunity to marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Thereafter enjoy a wine tasting at a boutique wine estate, situated at the foothills of the majestic Swartberg Mountains. We travel via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa. Knysna Hollow Country Estate Included:
Accommodation, Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 220 kms Day 7 – Tuesday Knysna
This morning we cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you will learn more about the fascinating history, fauna and flora of the area. Return for a sumptuous lunch. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure (unescorted) to further explore the charming village of Knysna.
Knysna Hollow Country Estate Included:
Accommodation, Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 20 km Day 8 – Wedesday Knysna - Tsitsikamma
We depart Knysna after breakfast and travel to Plettenberg Bay for an ocean safari (weather permitting). During the summer months, we may encounter bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During the winter months, we may see southern right and humpback whales. For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you will have the opportunity to attempt the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge (for own account and weather permitting). We arrive late afternoon at the picturesque village of Storms River. Tsitsikamma Village Inn hotel Included:
Accommodation, Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 130 km Day 9 – Thursday Tsitsikamma – Port Elizabeth – Durban - Umhlanga
This morning we immerse ourselves in the splendour and tranquillity of the Tsitsikamma National Park and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean (weather permitting). We continue our journey to Port Elizabeth airport for our onward flight to Durban. On arrival in Durban, we will be met and transferred to our accommodation for the evening on the tropical North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The Oyster Box hotel Included:
Accommodation, Breakfast
Distance travelled today: 280 km Day 10 – Friday Durban - Zululand
After breakfast head north to the tiny village of St Lucia, a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa’s wilderness treasures. A cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (depending on favourable weather conditions) affords us wonderful photographic opportunities as we may encounter large pods of hippos, the occasional Nile crocodile and prolific birdlife. Continue to a private game reserve where you can experience the unique richness that this peaceful region has to offer. Enjoy an afternoon game drive within the heart of Big Five territory. After winding down with sundowners, we marvel at the spectacular sunsets and continue our search for elusive nocturnal creatures. Tease your palate with a carefully prepared dinner at your lodge, experiencing multiple flavours and textures that are true to Africa. Zululand Tree Lodge Included:
Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner & 1 Game Activity
Distance travelled today: 350 km Day 11 – Saturday Zululand – eSWATINI Swaziland
This morning will be an early start with tea, coffee, and rusks after which we set out on an early morning safari in search of the Big Five, enjoying the delightful scenery and excellent safari opportunity. After breakfast we set our sights north and cross the border into the tiny Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland), a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Arrive in the afternoon at our luxury lodge set in a beautiful, secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains. The Royal Villas Swaziland Included:
Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner & 1 Game Activity
Distance travelled today: 320 km Day 12 – Sunday eSwati (Swaziland) - Mpumalanga
After breakfast, we visit a candle and craft market where vibrant curios and cravings are on display then we travel to Eswatini's "Hotspot": Ngwenya Glass Factory. After a short and inciteful view into the art of glass blowing, we head north through the Lobamba mountain range and visit a chief’s village to gain an insight into the fascinating traditional eSwati culture and the residents invite us to participate in the cultural practices. Afterwards, we cross the border back into South Africa for an afternoon arrival in the lush Sabie River Valley. Enjoy a wonderfully decadent dinner with exciting menu combinations at your hotel. Country Boutique Hotel Included:
Full Board
Distance travelled today: 330 km Day13 – Monday Mpumalanga - Kapama Private Game Reserve, Kruger Private Reserve, Panorama Route, Limpopo
Today we traverse the glorious Panorama route taking in the spectacular God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and Three Rondavels at Blyde River Canyon. Our safari adventure continues at Kapama Private Game Reserve described as an African Eden. The reserve is a wilderness paradise. After checking in, we depart on an open vehicle safari accompanied by a ranger and tracker. We go in search of a diverse range of animal and bird species and hope to encounter the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). Kapama River Lodge Included:
Breakfast, Dinner & 1 Game Activity
Distance travelled today: 280 km Day 14 – Tuesday Mpumalanga
The day starts with an early morning safari. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. Return to the lodge for a few hours of relaxation. In the afternoon we will gather for high tea, before heading out for the afternoon safari. As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge. Kapama River Lodge Included:
Full Board + 2 Game Activities Day 15 – Wednesday Mpumalanga - Hoedspruit
Enjoy a final early morning open vehicle safari before returning to the lodge for brunch. On check out, you will be transferred to nearby Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport for your onward flight to Johannesburg. Included:
Breakfast & 1 Game Activity  




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Return flights from London Heathrow
Airport taxes
14 nights accommodation as per itinerary
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