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Best of South Africa

15 Days 2 Countries 9 Cities

Connect with the culture of two countries as you travel from the north to south to encounter South Africa's legacy of Mandela and the cosmopolitan spirit of Cape Town.

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    • Christmas Departure: The 14 December 2019 departure will celebrate Christmas in Knysna with a festive meal.
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      • Please Note: Guaranteed Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip.
      • Christmas Departure: The 14 December 2019 departure will celebrate Christmas in Knysna with a festive meal.
      • Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Connect with the culture of two countries as you travel from the north to south to encounter South Africa's legacy of Mandela and the cosmopolitan spirit of Cape Town.


      Trip type: Regional Explorer i

      Trip code: AFSA

      14 Nights

      accommodation

      27 Meals
      • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest)

      • 11 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • See South Africa's wildlife and birds on Safari

        • View Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, the Drakensberg mountains and Storms River Mouth

        • Visit the Kruger National Park, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Swaziland, Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, an Ostrich Farm and the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, the Bartolomeu Dias Museum in Mossel Bay and Table Mountain by Cable Car


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 2 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 11 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Hand-picked hotels, lodges and luxury safari camps

        • Hand-picked Trafalgar Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director, Driver Guide or Trafalgar Representative

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Arrive Johannesburg

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      Johannesburg – Kruger National Park Area (2 Nights)

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      Kruger National Park Safari Game Drive

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      Kruger National Park Area – Mbabane (Swaziland)

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      Mbabane (Swaziland) – Hluhluwe

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      Hluhluwe – Durban (Umhlanga Rocks)

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      Durban (Umhlanga Rocks) – Southern Drakensberg Mountains (2 Nights)

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      Southern Drakensberg Mountains – Eastern Cape Beaches

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      Eastern Cape Beaches – Port Elizabeth

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      Port Elizabeth – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna (2 Nights)

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      Knysna – Mossel Bay – Cape Town (2 Nights)

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      Cape Town Free Day

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      Depart Cape Town

      Day 1

      Arrive Johannesburg Day 1 - Arrive Johannesburg

      Your seamless South African journey begins with a private airport transfer from O.R Tambo International Airport to your hotel. Settle in to the pace of Africa's most energetic city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

      Hotel

      The Maslow

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      The Maslow

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Johannesburg – Kruger National Park Area (2 Nights) Day 2 - Johannesburg – Kruger National Park Area (2 Nights)

      The golden Highveld gives way to rolling green hills as we travel to South Africa's Lowveld. We admire the iconic sights along Mpumalanga's Panorama Route - the Blyde River Canyon, the heavenly landscapes of God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. Before evening falls, we venture to our hotel near the famous Kruger National Park, our home for two nights.

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      Sabi River Sun/Protea Kruger Gate

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Sabi River Sun/Protea Kruger Gate

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Kruger National Park Safari Game Drive Day 3 - Kruger National Park Safari Game Drive

      Connect with nature and explore South Africa's oldest national park in the company of a Local Specialist. Uncover the secrets of the bushveld - the magnificent and iconic Big 5, the Little 5 and everything in between. See the glistening yellow Golden-orb spider waiting on her web, smell the damp scent of acacia trees in the early morning and keep your head down in search of animal spoor. Spend your afternoon at leisure or consider returning to the bush for an optional afternoon drive.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Kruger National Park Area – Mbabane (Swaziland) Day 4 - Kruger National Park Area – Mbabane (Swaziland)

      Enjoy one last chance to spot some wildlife before we travel to landlocked Swaziland. 'Dive into Culture' during a visit to Swazi Chief's village and gain insights into the community's way of life, sampling some of the local pap and stew, and admiring their striking crimson traditional dress.

      Hotel

      Royal Swazi Spa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Royal Swazi Spa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Mbabane (Swaziland) – Hluhluwe Day 5 - Mbabane (Swaziland) – Hluhluwe

      We venture to 'garden of province' of KwaZulu Natal and its northern wilderness. Traversing rolling sugarcane fields and lush valleys, we arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park where there is an opportunity to embark on an optional 4x4 game drive. This evening enjoy a delicious South African braai - a perfect way to end the day.

      Hotel

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Hluhluwe – Durban (Umhlanga Rocks) Day 6 - Hluhluwe – Durban (Umhlanga Rocks)

      Board an optional morning cruise on Lake St. Lucia and get up close to the hippos, crocodiles and birdlife residing in the estuary. Alternatively explore the town of St Lucia. We continue south to Durban for an effortless encounter with this tropical east coast hub, which begins with a delicious Curry Buffet at the Oyster Box Hotel, one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories' - a seaside hotel that captures the nostalgia of a bygone era.

      Hotel

      The Oyster Box

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      The Oyster Box

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Durban (Umhlanga Rocks) – Southern Drakensberg Mountains (2 Nights) Day 7 - Durban (Umhlanga Rocks) – Southern Drakensberg Mountains (2 Nights)

      Enjoy free time this morning before venturing to the Southern Drakensberg mountains that frame South Africa's east coast like the tail of a sleeping dragon. Dive into Culture at Phezulu Safari Park where you'll embark on a village tour followed by traditional Zulu dancing, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

      Hotel

      Premier Resort Sani Pass

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Premier Resort Sani Pass

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Drakensberg Mountains Free Day or Sani Pass Excursion to Lesotho Day 8 - Drakensberg Mountains Free Day or Sani Pass Excursion to Lesotho

      Indulge in the freedom of a day spent exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your terms. Consider joining an optional 4x4 Sani Pass drive, ascending to a heavenly height of 2,876 metres for lunch at Africa's highest pub in Lesotho, or alternatively relax down here on earth amidst the Drakensberg's lofty peaks.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 9

      Southern Drakensberg Mountains – Eastern Cape Beaches Day 9 - Southern Drakensberg Mountains – Eastern Cape Beaches

      From enigmatic mountain landscapes to South Africa's untamed coastline, we venture through the Eastern Cape and the green hills of the Transkei, dotted with Xhosa kraals and homesteads. Discover the legacy of Nelson Mandela, at his birthplace in Xunu, then enjoy the unspoiled Wild Coast beaches of Chintsa, where the only footprints in the sand will be yours.

      Hotel

      Crawfords Beach Lodge

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Crawfords Beach Lodge

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Eastern Cape Beaches – Port Elizabeth Day 10 - Eastern Cape Beaches – Port Elizabeth

      Wake to the sound of the ocean and spend time admiring pristine natural surrounds before we begin our journey to Port Elizabeth. Once a British settlement, this port city holds the distinction of being South Africa's friendliest city, which you'll encounter first-hand as you explore it on your own terms this evening.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 11

      Port Elizabeth – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna (2 Nights) Day 11 - Port Elizabeth – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna (2 Nights)

      Walk beneath the tranquil canopy of Tsitsikamma's giant and ancient Yellowwoods, arriving at Storms River Mouth to peer into the depths of the gorge. We'll indulge in local cuisine with an opportunity to 'Connect with Locals' over a unique Be My Guest lunch before arriving in Knysna, known as South Africa's own Garden of Eden. Famed for its indigenous forests, fresh oysters and the two landmark Knysna Heads that stand as sentinels at the edge of the lagoon which shield the town from the Indian Ocean.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

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      Day 12

      Oudtshoorn Excursion Day 12 - Oudtshoorn Excursion

      Travel to Oudtshoorn, which holds the distinction of being the world's ostrich capital. We join a Local Specialist for a tour of an ostrich farm to learn about our feathered friends and even feed them, before descending into the ancient Cango Caves to admire its dripstone caverns and dimly lit vast halls. We overnight in the harbour town of Mossel Bay.

      Hotel

      Diaz Hotel & Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Diaz Hotel & Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Knysna – Mossel Bay – Cape Town (2 Nights) Day 13 - Knysna – Mossel Bay – Cape Town (2 Nights)

      See the highlights of Mossel Bay, including its Old Post Office Tree, Africa's oldest post box, and the Bartolomeu Dias Museum, telling the story of the first European navigators who braved the rugged waters of the tip of Africa. We continue our journey through Swellendam, Worcester and the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town. Visit the iconic Table Mountain by cable car this evening - the perfect introduction to this spectacular city (weather permitting).

      Hotel

      The PortsWood

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      The PortsWood

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 14

      Cape Town Free Day Day 14 - Cape Town Free Day

      Capture the cosmopolitan energy of South Africa's Mother City. Spend the day exploring its streets and squares in search of a tucked-away restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Consider an Optional Experience tour around the Cape Peninsula to visit Cape Point and see the penguins of Boulder's Beach, or sample the Cape's finest wines in the Cape Winelands.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 15

      Depart Cape Town Day 15 - Depart Cape Town

      We bid a fond farewell to Cape Town after breakfast. Explore the city on your terms before your transfer to Cape Town International Airport.

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      • Buffet Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Stays with Stories
        Durban's five-star Oyster Box Hotel overlooks Umhlanga's iconic lighthouse and is owned and run by Trafalgar's Tollman family. (Day 6)

      • Connect with Locals
        Immerse yourself in Khoisan and Xhosa culture, tasting their authentic cuisine and learning about their traditions. (Day 11)

      • Dive into Culture
        Connect with Swazi culture during a visit to a local Chief's village. (Day 4) Tour the village of Phezulu and witness a traditional Zulu dance performance (Day 7)

      • Local Specialist
        Private safari game drive in the Kruger National Park

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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • See South Africa's wildlife and birds on Safari

        • View Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, the Drakensberg mountains and Storms River Mouth

        • Visit the Kruger National Park, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Swaziland, Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, an Ostrich Farm and the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, the Bartolomeu Dias Museum in Mossel Bay and Table Mountain by Cable Car


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 2 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 11 dinners


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        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Hand-picked hotels, lodges and luxury safari camps

        • Hand-picked Trafalgar Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director, Driver Guide or Trafalgar Representative

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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