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South African Surprise Summer 2014

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Table Mountain
Leopards in Africa
Elephants in Africa
Lion cubs
  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Discovery tour
  • Description: Explore and experience the wonder of South Africa as you journey through vibrant cities and vast landscapes on this spectacular tour. Feel the thrill of an African safari at Kruger National Park as you seek out Africa’s 'Big Five', savour the ocean breeze on a seaside cycle in Durban and ride an ostrich in Oudtshoorn, if you dare!

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You are under own arrangements until 7:00pm when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

    Meal(s): (Glass of wine)

    Hotel: Protea Hotel or Tambo or similar (MF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    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.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    A bright and early start to the day in order to enjoy the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in your closed vehicle. Enter the park and keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Spend the day in search of game before returning to your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    This morning after breakfast, check out and depart on your journey to Swaziland. We proceed south through to Malalane and then onto Swaziland. Visit the Swaziland National Museum before arriving at the hotel for overnight stay.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Lugogo Sun or similar

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. 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. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Protea Hotel Umfolozi or similar

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. We visit the Botanic Gardens and continue with a city centre orientation tour before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Docklands Hotel or similar

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    This morning we savour the ocean breeze as we enjoy a gentle but fun cycle along the beachfront promenade. Durban’s golden mile buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300 feet Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 9


    This morning we depart and continue south to East London. En route we enter the fourth of the provinces, the Eastern Cape, the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba) also seeing the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei, stopping for lunch outside the capital of Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house. We arrive late afternoon in East London, the only river port in Southern Africa. Check in for your overnight accommodation.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: The Kennaway Hotel or similar

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    After breakfast, check out and travel through East London for a short orientation tour. Continue through ‘Settler Country’ via Port Alfred towards Grahamstown. Visit the 1820 Settler Memorial before continuing onto Port Elizabeth. The remainder of the afternoon is free. Port Elizabeth’s beaches are magnificent and justifiably world famous.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: The Paxton Hotel or similar

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Today our journey continues towards the Cape. 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 late afternoon for check in at our hotel, our base for the next 2 nights.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    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. Visit the famous Cango Caves and an Ostrich Farm where you have the opportunity of riding one of these giant birds. Return to Knysna for overnight.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 13


    Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ and a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 15


    This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11:00am. The remainder of the day will be free until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Fascinating tour of an ostrich farm.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • GraskopSee the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and God's Window.
  • Kruger National ParkSpend a day with the lions and elephants in the Kruger National Park.
  • SwazilandVisit a traditional African Village Kingdom of Swaziland.
  • St LuciaExplore and soak up the atmosphere in the tourist town of St Lucia, situated within a World Heritage Site.
  • DurbanEnjoy a cycle tour along the beachfront promenade of Durban, the cultural ‘melting pot’ of South Africa.
  • DrakensbergRelax or hike in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, part of a World Heritage Site.
  • Eastern CapeTravel through the Eastern Cape where the British settled in 1820.
  • East LondonOrientation of the city.
  • Port ElizabethOrientation of the city.
  • TsitsikammaGet close to mother nature at her best by walking amongst the ancient trees in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
  • OudtshoornWalk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Also enjoy a ride an ostrich or just enjoy an ostrich farm experience in Oudtshoorn – ‘feather capital of the world’.
  • Cape TownSpend quality time enjoying Cape Town in all its splendour.


  • Welcome Briefing with your Travel Director.

  • 14 buffet breakfasts

  • 4 evening meals

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring two-bedded rooms and private facilities (best available accommodation in National Parks).
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Travel by air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All internal flights included where applicable.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director
  • Audio headsets to clearly hear your guid's commentary on all included sightseeing (excluding South African itineraries).
  • A travel wallet with your documentation
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map
  • Arrival airport shuttle transfer included.
  • Kruger National Park Conservation Levy included.

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