A WORLD IN ONE COUNTRY

PRICED FROM ZAR 39 335 PER PERSON SHARING

14 DAYS | 2 COUNTRIES

JOHANNESBURG > MPUMALANGA > SWAZILAND > ZULULAND > DURBAN > PORT ELIZABETH > KNYSNA > OUDTSHOORN > FRANSCHHOEK > CAPE TOWN

14
Days
A Glorious 14-day Southern African experience, where you’ll see and savour the immense richness of the country. From the wilds of Kruger National Park to the cosmopolitan sophistication of Cape Town, you’ll come to understand why South Africa is dubbed 'A World in One Country'.

DAY

1

(SUN) 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 a sightseeing tour or simply relax at your hotel. At 19h00 we will meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers.
**Protea Hotel Wanderers (standard room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 35 kms

DAY

2

(MON) JOHANNESBURG > MPUMALANGA (B)

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.
**Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 425 kms

DAY

3

(TUE) MPUMALANGA (B)

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 breathtaking 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.
**Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 320 kms

DAY

4

(WED) MPUMALANGA (PB)

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle safari (with English speaking Safari Guide) through 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. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. Late afternoon open vehicle game drives are available (optional and for own account).
**Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 120 kms

DAY

5

(THU) MPUMALANGA > SWAZILAND (BLD)

This morning we travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of Swaziland and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, and on to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for a true African shopping experience at the Ezulwini Craft Market which is packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Overnight in Swaziland.
**Royal Swazi Sun (standard room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 310 kms

DAY

6

(FRI) SWAZILAND > ZULULAND (B)

After breakfast we will continue south through 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 Safari Guide) 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.
**Anew Hotel Hluhluwe and Safaris (standard room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 360 kms

DAY

7

(SAT) ZULULAND > DURBAN/UMHLANGA (B)

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).
**Protea Hotel Umhlanga (standard room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 275 kms

DAY

8

(SUN) DURBAN/UMHLANGA > KNYSNA (BD)

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.
**Rex Hotel (standard room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 360 kms

DAY

9

(MON) KNYSNA (BL)

After a leisurely breakfast we’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where we can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon.
**Rex Hotel (standard room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 15 kms

DAY

10

(TUE) KNYSNA > OUDTSHOORN (BL)

Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘ostrich capital’ and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. We’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour and light lunch, 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 will arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon, in time to check in and relax before dinner (for own account). Overnight in Oudtshoorn.
**Hlangana Lodge (standard room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 210 kms

DAY

11

(WED) OUDTSHOORN > FRANSCHHOEK > CAPE TOWN (B)

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. (The tour will travel via Franschhoek, if there are guests booked on the Franschhoek option). Overnight in Cape Town.
**President Hotel (standard mountain facing room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 468 kms

DAY

11

FRANSCHHOEK ITINERARY OPTION: (WED) OUDTSHOORN > FRANSCHHOEK (B)

Same itinerary as Day 11 (above) but you will overnight in Franschhoek.
**Protea Hotel Franschhoek or similar**

DAY

12

(THU) CAPE TOWN (UNESCORTED) (BD)

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (own account) or simply explore the city. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. Alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many pristine beaches. Enjoy an evening of delicious Cape food, captivating theatre and entertaining tales and songs about the people of the Cape. Overnight in Cape Town.
**President Hotel (standard mountain facing room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 10 kms

DAY

12

FRANSCHHOEK ITINERARY OPTION: (THU) FRANSCHHOEK > CAPE TOWN (B)

After a leisurely breakfast, your story telling guide will take you through Franschhoek village, sharing with you the fascinating history of the French Huguenots and the Huguenot Memorial Museum. Enjoy a wine tasting before continuing to Cape Town, where you’ll be rejoining the main tour.

DAY

13

(FRI) CAPE TOWN (B)

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), Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. Overnight in Cape Town.
**President Hotel (standard mountain facing room) or similar**
Distance travelled today: 200 kms

DAY

14

(SAT) CAPE TOWN (B)

Enjoy some last minute shopping (unescorted) or sightseeing (own account). The Robben Island Tour (for own account and 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.

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

13 Breakfasts | 3 Lunches | 3 Dinners
Accommodation | Transportation
Porterage | Sightseeing as specified

EXCLUSIONS
Flight cost: 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.

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
All departures are in English on dates below.
6, 13, 20, 27 Jan
3, 10, 17, 24 Feb               
3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Mar       
7, 14, 21, 28 Apr
5, 12, 19, 26 May              
2, 9, 16, 23 Jun  
7, 14, 21, 28 Jul 
4, 11, 18, 25 Aug
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Sep          
6, 13, 20, 27 Oct
3, 10, 17, 24 Nov              
1, 8, 15 Dec
 
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
We offer 3 different accommodation options at certain hotels on the tour:
 
•        The Comfortable Option offers ‘standard room’ types
•        The Cut Above Option offers accommodation in a slightly higher room category than ‘standard rooms’ 
•        The Premium Option offers accommodation in ‘superior room’ types 
 
Where guests have a choice of accommodation options, the guests will all travel together in one luxury vehicle with a professional guide.  Please ensure you confirm your preference for the accommodation options when booking your Guided Journey.

‘A Cut Above’ Option – From ZAR 40 125 pps & ZAR 48 115 per single person
•     Upgrade to a studio luxury apartment at The Rex or similar on Days 8 and 9.
‘Premium’ Option – From ZAR 40 340 pps & ZAR 48 490 per single person
•     Upgrade to a studio luxury apartment at The Rex Hotel or similar on Days 8 and 9; a superior room at Hlangana Lodge or similar on Day 10; and a standard sea facing room at President Hotel or similar on Days 11, 12 & 13.


If you’ve always dreamed of experiencing an overnight in the scenic Cape Winelands, then this option is for you.  You will have the opportunity to maximise your experience at picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality and fine wines.  
 
FRANSCHHOEK WINELANDS OPTION 
From ZAR 3 770 per person sharing twin/double accommodation and R 4 800 per single person.
Rates are valid 01 Jan ‘19 – 31 Dec ‘19 as a supplement to ‘Comfortable’ / ‘A Cut Above’ / ‘Premium’ Options. Accommodation based on Protea Hotel Franschhoek or similar (subject to availability at the time of booking).

ITINERARY OPTION
DAY 11 (WEDNESDAY)  OUDTSHOORN  >  FRANSCHHOEK  (B)
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 to Franschhoek, a picturesque village surrounded by spectacular vineyards, where French Huguenots settled more than 300 years ago, bringing with them their age-old French wine and food culture. Overnight in Franschhoek.
Protea Hotel Franschhoek or similar
 
DAY 12 (THU)  FRANSCHHOEK  >  CAPE TOWN  (B)
After a leisurely breakfast, your story telling guide will take you through Franschhoek village, sharing with you the fascinating history of the French Huguenots and the Huguenot Memorial Museum. Enjoy a wine tasting before continuing to Cape Town, where you’ll be rejoining the main tour.
 
**OPTIONAL DAY TOUR ACTIVITIES**
While our Guided Journeys are carefully designed to cater to everyone’s taste and pace, Thompsons Africa recognises that personal time is important.  Relaxing around the pool in the golden sunshine, catching up with friends and family via email and social media, indulgent spa treatments or catching that highly anticipated world sporting event on television, are important to some but for others, we have a hand-picked selection of our most popular optional excursions for guests to choose from. The ability for guests to tailor their journey by including these excursions and experiences is sure to enhance their quintessential African experience while travelling with us.


A WORLD IN ONE COUNTRY – OPTIONAL DAY TOURS
Rates valid 01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2019
 
DAY 1 – SUNDAY – JOHANNESBURG – AFTERNOON SOWETO TOUR – PRICED FROM R 840 PER PERSON
Soweto is unlike any suburb you’ve ever seen or been to, yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African story.
DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – AFTERNOON OPEN VEHICLE SAFARI – PRICED FROM R 1 360 PER PERSON 
For the wildlife enthusiasts a second open vehicle safari in one of the world’s most renowned game reserves.
DAY 6 – FRIDAY – HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK – AFTERNOON OPEN VEHICLE – PRICED FROM R 830 PER PERSON
Enjoy an afternoon, 3 hour open vehicle safari into the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Africa’s oldest game reserve and world renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation programme.
DAY 7 – SATURDAY – DURBAN – AFTERNOON DURBAN CITY TOUR – PRICED FROM R 750 PER PERSON
Enjoy an afternoon tour of Durban. Discover the East Coast’s cultural melting pot with a unique atmosphere and beckoning beaches.
DAY 11 – WEDNESDAY – OUDTSHOORN – EARLY MORNING MEERKAT SAFARI – PRICED FROM R 740 PER PERSON
There is an option 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 & subject to availability at the time of booking).
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