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Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Knysna
Knysna
Tsitsikamma Natural Park
Tsitsikamma Natural Park
Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth
Johannesburg
Johannesburg
Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga
Oudtshoorn
Oudtshoorn
  

General information

DurationDestinationDeparture
12 days and 11 nights
South Africa (Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Tsitsikamma Natural Park, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga)
South Africa (Cape Town)

Description

12 days/11 nights guided Tour departing on selected Mondays with Minimum 2 guests / Maximum 18 guests.
All departures are in English.

ROUTING
CAPE TOWN - JOHANNESBURG

Program

Day 1:

MONDAY: CAPE TOWN – MOSSEL BAY
This morning you will be met by your local tour guide and depart for the scenic Garden Route. Travel along Sir Lowry’s Pass, with its magnificent views, to Grabouw and Elgin, a lush landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. Stop en route at a farmstall packed with locally produced products from the area. Our journey continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The area has largely been untouched and unexplored with its rugged coastline being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa. After this thrilling experience, we continue via historic Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, to Mossel Bay, from where the Garden Route extends to the Storms River in the east. Overnight in Mossel Bay.
Distance travelled today: 507 kms

Day 2:

TUESDAY: MOSSEL BAY – OUDTSHOORN
After breakfast, we visit the Cape St Blaize Cave, site of one of South Africa’s oldest archaeological excavations, known as the Cradle of Human Culture. We continue our journey to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate in the scenic Schoemanshoek Valley, before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Overnight in Oudtshoorn with dinner at your boutique guest house, dining on local specialities such as Ostrich Steak. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 155 kms

Day 3:

WEDNESDAY: OUDTSHOORN – KNYSNA
After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for 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.
Overnight in Knysna. [Breakfast & Lunch]
Distance travelled today: 134 kms

Day 4:

THURSDAY: KNYSNA
Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Big Tree, set in the lush, green, indigenous forest. The major attraction is the forest itself, beautiful yellow wood trees, thick green foliage and streams. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Afterwards you’ll travel to Brenton on Sea, a breath-taking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure.
Overnight in Knysna. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 110 kms

Day 5:

FRIDAY: KNYSNA – TSITSIKAMMA
Travel to Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route, before visiting Birds of Eden sanctuary, the biggest single free flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary was developed to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds. Our journey continues to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single span arch bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump in the world. Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.
Overnight in the Tsitsikamma area. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 100 kms

Day 6:

SATURDAY: TSITSIKAMMA – PORT ELIZABETH – JOHANNESBURG
Head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, affectionately known as the “friendly city”. Travel to Port Elizabeth Airport for an onward flight to Johannesburg*, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax (unescorted). Overnight in Johannesburg. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 185 kms

*Please book PLZ/JNB flight to depart Port Elizabeth after 14h30 on Day 6 (Not included)
Recommended flight – BA6244 departing Port Elizabeth at 16h15, arriving Johannesburg at 17h50

Day 7:

SUNDAY: JOHANNESBURG
Spend a full day exploring Soweto and surrounds. The tour starts with a visit to the prestigious Apartheid Museum, located in Johannesburg’s Ormondo suburb. The museum covers the full history of the Apartheid era in South Africa. From here you will continue to Soweto for a tour through this vibrant township. You will visit the Hector Peterson Memorial that commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against Apartheid. Continue to the Liliesleaf Heritage Site for a tour. Once known as Liliesleaf Farm this fascinating heritage site is closely linked to the Rivonia Treason Trial that lead to Nelson Mandela’s incarceration. In the early 1960’s Liliesleaf was a sanctuary where most prominent leaders of South Africa’s struggle against Apartheid sought shelter, attended secret meetings and engaged in key debates on political and military policy and strategy. You will learn in detail what happened during those days and the ultimate arrest of Nelson Mandela.
Return to your hotel for overnight in Johannesburg. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 100 kms

Day 8:

MONDAY: JOHANNESBURG
Enjoy a full day at leisure and unescorted. Perhaps join a tour to Maropeng, the Cradle of Mankind (optional and for own account) or enjoy some shopping at Nelson Mandela Square, home to a variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets. Overnight in Johannesburg. [Breakfast]

Day 9:

TUESDAY: JOHANNESBURG – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
This morning you will be collected from your hotel, heading east to the Mpumalanga region. After freshening up at your lodge enter the world famous Kruger National Park and spend the afternoon game viewing in your closed touring vehicle. The park offers some of the best game viewing and wildlife opportunities in the world – and you’ll soon appreciate the challenges of managing this unique reserve. After an action packed afternoon in the Kruger Park, enjoy authentic cuisine from the region, around a cosy campfire at your lodge. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 430 kms

Day 10:

WEDNESDAY: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Your guide will endeavour to spoil you with sightings of the ‘Big Five’, general game and prolific bird life. Return to the lodge for lunch (own account) and a short siesta. In the afternoon we will journey once again through the magnificent expanses of the Kruger National Park, unrivalled in its diversity of flora and fauna. Enjoy an afternoon of game viewing in your closed touring vehicle pursuing the Big Five and other rare and endangered species. Optional (own account) open vehicle game drives are available.
Return to the lodge for a dinner of African specialities, served outdoors by the light of a campfire. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 250 kms

Day 11:

THURSDAY: MPUMALANGA
Enjoy breakfast before setting out to explore the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the most scenic routes in the region, offering glorious views, spectacular landscapes and exquisite waterfalls. Visit majestic sights including God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and Blyderiver Canyon – the third largest canyon of its kind in the world, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the charming village of Graskop, one of the first gold mining camps in the country. Optional (own account) open vehicle game drives are available, should you prefer not to join the Panorama Route tour.
Return to your lodge for a delectable buffet Boma Dinner, served under the light of the stars. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 260 kms

Day 12:

FRIDAY: MPUMALANGA – JOHANNESBURG
Enjoy breakfast before starting the return journey to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg, at OR Tambo International Airport, at approximately 14h30, where the tour ends on arrival. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 400 kms

Price includes

- 16 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners including gratuities
- 11 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
- Visit Dassiesfontein, a farmstall packed with locally produced products from the Overberg region
- Visit to Cape Agulhas (the southernmost tip of Africa)
- Visit to Cape St Blaize Cave in Mossel Bay, site of one of South Africa’s oldest archaeological excavations, and known as the Cradle of Human Culture
- Guided tour of the Cango Caves, 1 wine tasting in the scenic Schoemanshoek Valley, guided tour of an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
- 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 to the Big Tree set in the lush, green indigenous forest
- Visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary & Birds of Eden Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay
- Bloukrans Bridge (highest single span arch bridge in the world)
- Visit to Tsitsikamma National Park and scenic Storms River Mouth
- Visit to vibrant Soweto, Apartheid Museum, Hector Peterson Memorial and Liliesleaf Heritage Site
- Two days of game viewing in the Kruger National Park including a thrilling open vehicle game safari with packed breakfast
- Experience the spectacular scenic Panorama Route with visits to God’s Window, Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon and Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Price does not include

- All accommodation not listed
- Meals, transport and guides not mentioned
- Excursions not mentioned, personal expenses, telephone calls, laundries, tips etc
- All flights*, visas and passports, airport taxes, etc.
- Any other services not mentioned in the programme

*Please book PLZ/JNB flight to depart Port Elizabeth after 14h30 on Day 6 (Not included)
Recommended flight – BA6244 departing Port Elizabeth at 16h15, arriving Johannesburg at 17h50

Itinerary

Day Overnight Itinerary highlights
1 Diaz Hotel & Resort 3* or similarMossel Bay   Cape Town - Your Hotel Lobby
2 La Plume Guest House 4* or similarOudtshoorn
3 Rex Hotel 4* or similarKnysna
4 Rex Hotel 4* or similarKnysna
5 Tsitsikamma Village Inn 3* or similarTsitsikamma National Park
6 Holiday Inn Sandton 4* or similarJohannesburg   Port Elizabeth
7 Holiday Inn Sandton 4* or similarJohannesburg
8 Holiday Inn Sandton 4* or similarJohannesburg
9 Protea Hotel Kruger Gate 4* or similarKruger National Park
10 Protea Hotel Kruger Gate 4* or similarKruger National Park
11 Protea Hotel Kruger Gate 4* or similarKruger National Park
12   O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg
  Johannesburg

Accommodations provided in each place

Place
Mossel BayDiaz Hotel & Resort 3* or similar
OudtshoornLa Plume Guest House 4* or similar
Knysna Rex Hotel 4* or similar
Tsitsikamma National ParkTsitsikamma Village Inn 3* or similar
JohannesburgHoliday Inn Sandton 4* or similar
Kruger National ParkProtea Hotel Kruger Gate 4* or similar