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SOUTH AFRICA IN DEPTH

OVERALL EXPERIENCE

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Cape Town’s most distinctive feature is its stunning setting: it lies on a dramatic coastline of pristine white beaches and ice waters, overlooked by the iconic flat-topped Table Mountain. Enjoy a leisurely drive through some of the most wonderful and diverse landscapes within South Africa, ideal for first time visitors and taking in some of the region's best kept secrets. Marvel at the beauty of the Drakensburg region; explore the ‘City of Gold’ Johannesburg before arriving at your final destination, the world renowned Kruger National Park and experience the thrill of tracking the Big Five!

HIGHLIGHTS

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Enjoy city tours in Cape Town

Picturesque Garden Route 

Drankensburg Mountains

Visit Soweto & Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg

Opportunity to see the Big Five in Kruger National Park

What's included?

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Internal airfares

Accommodation with private facilities

Hotel taxes

English-speaking guided tours

Entrance fees

Meals as specified

What's not included?

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International airfares

Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable

Travel insurance

Gratuities

Any items not mentioned as included 

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Cape Town

On arrival at Cape Town airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel. This evening, you are at your leisure and we recommend visiting Cape Town's waterfront area with numerous shops and restaurants.
 
No meals included. 

Day 2: Cape Town tour 

Few places in the world possess the beauty and style of the historic and culturally vibrant city of Cape Town and today, you will explore its historical beginnings to the colourful and vibrant melting pot it is today.
 
The city shelters beneath the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain, which is flanked by the landmarks of Devils Peak, Lions Head and Signal Hill. Every visit to Cape Town should commence with a journey to Table Mountain as the breathtaking views across the region are a superb way to familiarise yourself with your new surroundings. You will have the opportunity to take an optional cable car to the summit (cable car fee not included) before returning to the city and explore sights such as the impressive Company Gardens, the S. A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope, Green market Square and the picturesque Bo-Kaap district.
 
The remainder of the day is at your leisure and in the afternoon it's possible to take an emotional journey to Robben Island (optional activity), home to Nelson Mandela for 18 of the 27 years he was incarcerated.
  
Breakfast included.

Day 3: Cape Point & Peninsula Tour

Today, you will embark on a spectacular journey to the towering headland known as Cape Point, taking in all the highlights and breath-taking beauty of this scenic peninsula. Start the day by travelling along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach.
 
In season, you can also opt to take a boat trip to Seal Island (optional activity) before we continue on through Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breath-taking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Within the reserve visitors can encounter wildlife such as antelope, baboons, Cape Mountain Zebra and over 250 species of birdlife along with spectacular scenery historic lighthouses and shipwrecks.

After lunch, you will go on to historic Simon's Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture where you will visit the large penguin colony at Boulders Beach. We then make your way back to Cape Town stopping on the way for a visit to the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure. 
 
Breakfast included. 

Day 4: Cape Town – Winelands – Self Drive

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or a lover of natural beauty you'll be sure to enjoy today’s tour into the heart of the Cape Winelands. This delightful drive takes you through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads and of course allows time to try the local produce.
 
Your first stop is the town of Stellenbosch, the centre of the South Africa's wine industry. The city boasts great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, you are truly spoilt for choice when you can enjoy your first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate or similar.

Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the picturesque town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Enjoy some wine tasting and the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of its many award winning restaurants. After lunch,  continue onward to Paarl, one of the Cape's first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Time permitting, you can enjoy another wine tasting before returning to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
 
Breakfast included.

Day 5: Winelands – Hermanus – Self Drive

Today you will drive to Hermanus for a one night stay. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the way. Experience the delightful local culture, small restaurants and perhaps hear the sounds of the 'Whale Crier' signalling the arrival of a Southern Right Whale in the bay.
 
Breakfast included. 

Day 6: Hermanus – Oudtshoorn – Self Drive

After breakfast, you will travel along the scenic Route 62 to the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, passing towns such as Montagu, Barrydale, Ladismith and Calitzdorp. Oudtshoorn is the "Capital" of the semi-desert area known as the Karoo.
 
Breakfast included.

Day 7: Oudtshoorn

Today spend the day exploring. Oudtshoorn is also known as the Ostrich Capital of the world, playing host to 90% of the world's ostrich population. Stop at an Ostrich Farm, where you can enjoy an informative tour (not included).  Drive through to the Cango Caves for a tour of the caves (not included) or take a Meerkat Safari (not included) - go out before sunrise and encounter Meerkats in a non-invasive way, gaining a real insight into their lives, within their natural habitat.
 
Breakfast included.

Day 8: Oudtshoorn – Knysna/Plettenberg Bay – Self Drive

Today you will continue your journey towards Knysna/Plettenberg Bay, also known as the pearl of the Garden Route and Millionaires Playground. Knysna is surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland. Plettenberg Bay is tranquil and charming, hospitable and rather beautiful, with its exceptional climate, and beautiful viewsover the Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay is perfect for exploring,
watching or just lazing.
 
Breakfast included.

Day 9: Plettenberg Bay – Port Elizabeth – Self Drive – Flight to Durban

Today you will continue to Port Elizabeth Airport where you will return your hire car before boarding a scheduled flight to Durban.  On arrival at King Shaka International Airport collect your hire car and drive to your hotel accommodation for a one night stay.
 
Breakfast included.

Day 10: Durban – Drakensburg – Self Drive

Today you will continue your journey to the magnificent Drakensburg region for a two night stay.
 
Breakfast included.

Day 11: Drakensburg 

Spend your day exploring. The Drakensburg mountain range isroughly divided into the rocky "High Berg" and the rather more gentle rolling hills of what is known as the "Little Berg". Both provide some of the best hiking opportunities to be found anywhere.  Apart from the outstanding natural beauty of this region, you will also come across a number of Zulu villages tucked away in the Mlambonja Valley, not to mention some fine example of Bushman paintings.
 
Breakfast included.

Day 12: Drakensburg – Johannesburg – Self Drive

Today you will travel to Johannesburg and return your hire car before checking into your accommodation for a two night stay.
 
Breakfast included. 

Day 13: Johannesburg – Soweto Tour & Apartheid Museum

Today a representative of tour will collect you from your hotel and escort you on a full day of discovery. First you will visit Soweto; Soweto is a sprawling township, or more accurately, a cluster of townships on the south-western flank of Johannesburg. Soweto was created in the 1930s, with Orlando the first township established. With a population of over 2 million, the township is the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history.  Continue on to the Apartheid Museum: The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th Century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.
 
Breakfast included.

Day 14-16: Johannesbug – Kruger National Park

In the morning, transfer to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Kruger. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your lodge for a two night stay.
 
Over the next two days, enjoy morning game drives where if you are lucky you will get to see the Big Five! Spend your afternoons at leisure before heading off to evening game drives.
 
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 17: Departure

Today you will be transferred to KMIA Airport for your departure flight.

Breakfast included.

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