South Africa Odyssey

Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve
Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve
Eswatini Sangoma Village hut
Eswatini Sangoma Village hut
Cape Town
Cape Town
Durban
Durban
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Bourke luck potholes
Bourke luck potholes
Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch
  

General information

DurationDestinationDeparture
14 days and 13 nights
South Africa (Johannesburg, Mpumalanga, Hazyview, Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Zululand, Umhlanga, Durban, Tsitsikamma Natural Park, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Cape Town, Franschhoek)
South Africa (Johannesburg)

Description

14 Days/13 Nights guided Tour departing on Sunday with minimum 2 guests / maximum 18 guests
All departures are in English. German commentary is available on selected departure dates

ROUTING
JOHANNESBURG - CAPE TOWN

Category

 
Classic (Scheduled Tour)
Meals as per program 3 & 4 Stars
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Franschhoek Winelands Option (Scheduled Tour)
Meals as per program 3 & 4 Stars
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Program

Day 1:

SUNDAY : JOHANNESBURG
On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. It is also the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. The remainder of the day is at leisure and unescorted. Why not enjoy an optional (own account) sightseeing tour of Soweto, learning more about the struggle for freedom in South Africa, or simply relax at your hotel? At 19h00 we will meet at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers.
Distance travelled today: 35 kms

Day 2:

MONDAY: JOHANNESBURG - MPUMALANGA
Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to the Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, we travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, we travel via Sabie and arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 425 kms

Day 3:

TUESDAY: MPUMALANGA
After an early morning breakfast, we’ll drive along the spectacular ‘Panorama Route’, offering views of amazing scenery including the 26 kilometre-long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes and historic God’s Window, a breath-taking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. We arrive back in Hazyview in the late afternoon where the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax. Consider joining (for own account) a Shangaan Cultural Dinner experience, for an African dinner feast and an evening of traditional Shangaan storytelling and entertainment. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 320 kms

Day 4:

WEDNESDAY: MPUMALANGA
The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle safari (with English speaking game ranger) through the Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Kruger is one of the world’s greatest national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. Search for the ‘Big Five’ (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant) as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game species. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. An afternoon open vehicle game drive is available as an extension to the morning game drive (optional and for own account). Why not experience an exclusive el fresco bridge dinner, overlooking the magnificent Sabie River under a star-studded sky (for own account)? [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 120 kms

Day 5:

THURSDAY: MPUMALANGA - eSWATINI (SWAZILAND)
This morning we travel to eSwatini (Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience inclusive of lunch, introduces us to the charming people of eSwatini (Swaziland) and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for overnight in eSwatini (Swaziland) and a sumptuous dinner at your hotel. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 310 kms

Day 6:

FRIDAY: eSWATINI (SWAZILAND) - ZULULAND
After breakfast we will continue south through eSwatini (Swaziland), before re-entering South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari (optional and for own account with an English-speaking game ranger) in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino.
Overnight in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 360 kms

Day 7:

SATURDAY: ZULULAND - DURBAN (UMHLANGA)
This morning we will join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (depending on favourable weather conditions) before departing for Durban. Our journey takes us past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. We arrive early afternoon and the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean. Overnight in Durban (Umhlanga). [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 275 kms

Day 8:

SUNDAY: DURBAN (UMHLANGA) - KNYSNA
After breakfast, transfer to Durban (Umhlanga) airport for the short southward flight to Port Elizabeth*, where we will be met by our representative and once everyone has arrived, we set off to explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. Visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). We’ll arrive at our hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Overnight in Knysna with dinner at Drydock Restaurant, renowned for dishes with glorious aromas and flavours, using the finest local ingredients and freshly picked herbs from the region. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 360 kms

*FLIGHT: DURBAN (UMHLANGA) - PORT ELIZABETH (DUR/PLZ) and departure tax on Day 8 (Not included)
Please book flights to depart Durban (Umhlanga) before 09h00. Tour departs from Port Elizabeth between 10h00-10h30 on Day 8.
Recommended flight – BA6324 departing Durban at 07h45, arriving Port Elizabeth 09h05

Day 9:

MONDAY: KNYSNA
After a leisurely breakfast we’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where we take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for a sumptuous lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon, alternatively enjoy a leisurely walk or swim along the pristine Buffalo Bay Beach in the Goukamma Nature Reserve. [Breakfast & Lunch]
Distance travelled today: 15 kms

Day 10:

TUESDAY: KNYSNA - OUDTSHOORN
Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘ostrich capital’ and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. Along the way, visit the ‘Map of Africa’, an extraordinary viewpoint in Wilderness. In Oudtshoorn, we’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a fun filled interactive tour and light lunch that includes local specialities such as Ostrich Steak, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. We arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon to check in and relax before dinner (for own account). Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [Breakfast & Lunch]
Distance travelled today: 210 kms

Day 11:

WEDNESDAY: OUDTSHOORN - CAPE TOWN
There is an option (for own account and subject to availability) to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities (weather permitting). After this thrilling experience, head back for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, the journey continues through the ‘Little Karoo’ to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before travelling to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. (The school visit is subject to the school being open). Continue straight through to Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain. Overnight in Cape Town [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 468 kms

Day 12:

THURSDAY: CAPE TOWN (UNESCORTED)
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour of Cape Town and Table Mountain (own account) or simply explore the city. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafés and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. Alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many pristine beaches. Enjoy a fun filled evening with interactive entertainment and delectable food at Gold Restaurant. Overnight in Cape Town. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 10 kms

Day 13:

FRIDAY: CAPE TOWN
Enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, offering some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay (where you can enjoy an optional and for own account seal island boat cruise) and then on to Cape Point where (by tradition) it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. We'll return to Cape Town by way of Simon's Town, where we visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach (entrance fee for own account) and Fish Hoek fishing village.
Overnight in Cape Town. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 200 kms

Day 14:

SATURDAY: CAPE TOWN
Enjoy some last-minute shopping (unescorted) or sightseeing (own account). The Robben Island Tour (for own account & time permitting), which departs from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offers a fascinating excursion or perhaps just wander through the variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets. Later you will be transferred to the airport, harbour or railway station for your onward journey. [Breakfast]

Price includes

- 19 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners including gratuities
- 13 Nights’ accommodation including porterage
- Transportation including toll fees in air-conditioned vehicles
- Services of a professional English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary

SPECIAL FEATURES
- Traverse the famous Long Tom Pass en route from Johannesburg to Mpumalanga
- Visit the spectacular scenic Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window
- Experience an open vehicle game safari in the Kruger National Park
- Meet the friendly people of eSwatini (Swaziland) and experience their culture through singing and dancing
- Boat game cruise on Lake St Lucia
- Visit Tsitsikamma National Park and the scenic Storms River Mouth
- Enjoy a delicious dinner at a delightful lagoon side restaurant in Knysna
- Lagoon cruise to Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna
- Enjoy a leisurely walk or swim along the pristine Buffalo Bay Beach in the Goukamma Nature Reserve
- Visit the ‘Map of Africa’ viewpoint in Wilderness, a unique sight that is quite literally a Map of Africa
- Guided tour of the Cango Caves and a guided tour of a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
- Visit a local farm school in the Barrydale area with the opportunity to interact with the children
- Explore the small towns along the well-known Route 62 between Oudtshoorn and Cape Town
- Authentic African dinner experience with a 14-dish taste safari paired with entertainment
- Three overnights in Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain
- Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour including the Cape of Good Hope, ‘the fairest cape in the whole circumference of the earth’
- Variety of optional excursions available to enhance the journey

VISA REQUIREMENTS: This tour travels through eSwatini (Swaziland). Please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas to travel through eSwatini (Swaziland).

Price does not include

- FLIGHT: DURBAN (UMHLANGA) - PORT ELIZABETH (DUR/PLZ) and departure tax on Day 8
Please book flights to depart Durban (Umhlanga) before 09h00. Tour departs from Port Elizabeth between 10h00-10h30 on Day 8.
Recommended flight – BA6324 departing Durban at 07h45, arriving Port Elizabeth 09h05
- Any other Services not mentioned

Itinerary

Day Overnight Itinerary highlights
1 Protea Hotel Balalaika 4* or similarJohannesburg   O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg - Arrival Terminal
2 Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel 4* or similarHazyview   Mpumalanga
3 Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel 4* or similarHazyview
4 Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel 4* or similarHazyview
5 Royal Swazi Sun 3* or similarEswatini
6 Anew Hotel Hluhluwe 3* or similarZululand
7 Protea Hotel Umhlanga 4* or similarDurban   Umhlanga
8 Rex Hotel 4* or similarKnysna   Tsitsikamma National Park
9 Rex Hotel 4* or similarKnysna
10 Hlangana Lodge 4* or similarOudtshoorn
11 President Hotel 4* or similarCape Town
12 President Hotel 4* or similarCape Town
13 President Hotel 4* or similarCape Town
14   Cape Town - Airport International, Cape Town - Departure Terminal
  Cape Town - Harbour
  Cape Town - Railway Station
  Cape Town

Accommodations provided in each place

PlaceClassicFranschhoek Winelands Option
JohannesburgProtea Hotel Balalaika 4* or similar
HazyviewPerry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel 4* or similar
EswatiniRoyal Swazi Sun 3* or similar
ZululandAnew Hotel Hluhluwe 3* or similar
DurbanProtea Hotel Umhlanga 4* or similar
KnysnaRex Hotel 4* or similar
OudtshoornHlangana Lodge 4* or similar
Cape TownPresident Hotel 4* or similar
Franschhoek Protea Hotel Franschhoek 4* or similar