SOUTH AFRICAN HIGHLIGHTS

FROM: ZAR 37 790 PER PERSON SHARING

12 Days | 1 Country

Cape Town > Mossel Bay > Oudtshoorn > Knysna > Tsitsikamma > Port Elizabeth > Kruger National Park > Mpumalanga > Johannesburg

12
Days


DAY

1

(MONDAY) CAPE TOWN > MOSSEL BAY

After an early morning departure from Cape Town, we’ll travel along Sir Lowry’s Pass, with its magnificent views from the top, to Grabouw and Elgin, a lush landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. 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 coast line being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa and that creates unforgettable memories. 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.
**Diaz Hotel & Resort or similar**
Distance travelled today: 507 kms

DAY

2

(TUESDAY) MOSSEL BAY > OUDTSHOORN [BD]

After breakfast 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 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.
**La Plume Guest House or similar**
Distance travelled today: 155 kms

DAY

3

(WEDNESDAY) OUDTSHOORN > KNYSNA [BL]

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. Overnight in Knysna.
**Rex Hotel or similar**
Distance travelled today: 134 kms

DAY

4

(THURSDAY) KNYSNA [B]

Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Garden of Eden, set in the lush, green, indigenous Knysna 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.
**Rex Hotel or similar**
Distance travelled today: 110 kms

DAY

5

(FRIDAY) KNYSNA > TSITSIKAMMA [B]

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.
**Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar**
Distance travelled today: 100 kms

DAY

6

(SATURDAY) TSITSIKAMMA > PORT ELIZABETH > JOHANNESBURG [B]

Head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the ‘friendly city’ with a wonderful climate. 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.
**HI Sandton or similar**
Distance travelled today: 185 kms

DAY

7

(SUNDAY) JOHANNESBURG [B]

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.
**HI Sandton or similar**
Distance travelled today: 100 kms

DAY

8

(MONDAY) JOHANNESBURG [B]

Enjoy a full day at leisure and unescorted. Perhaps join a walking tour through downtown Johannesburg (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.
**HI Sandton or similar**

DAY

9

(TUESDAY) JOHANNESBURG > KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [BD]

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 the visitor will soon appreciate the challenges of managing this unique reserve. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
**Protea Hotel Kruger Gate or similar**
Distance travelled today: 430 kms

DAY

10

(WEDNESDAY) KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [BD]

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 dinner and overnight.
**Protea Hotel Kruger Gate or similar**
Distance travelled today: 250 kms

DAY

11

(THURSDAY) MPUMALANGA [BD]

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 Rondawels 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 the lodge for dinner and overnight.
**Protea Hotel Kruger Gate or similar**
Distance travelled today: 260 kms

DAY

12

(FRIDAY) MPUMALANGA > JOHANNESBURG [B]

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.
Distance travelled today: 400 kms

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

JOURNEY INCLUSIONS:
11 Breakfasts | 1 Lunch | 4 Dinners
Accommodation | Transportation | Porterage
Open Vehicle Safaris | Sightseeing as specified

EXCLUSIONS:
Flight and departure tax between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg
Please book PLZ/JNB flight to depart Port Elizabeth after 14h30 (Day 6)

2020 DEPARTURE DATES:
All departures are in English on dates below.
13, 27 Jan
03, 10, 17, 24 Feb
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Mar
13, 27 Apr
11, 25 May
08, 22 Jun
06, 20 Jul
03, 17, 31 Aug
07, 14, 21, 28 Sep
05, 12, 19, 26 Oct
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Nov
14 Dec
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Rates valid 01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020
 
Enhance the journey with optional excursions on the tour, available for pre-booking, subject to minimum of 2 people travelling:
 
Day 8 – MONDAY – JOHANNESBURG – JOHANNESBURG WALKING TOUR
Priced from R 840 per person

Enjoy a walking tour through Johannesburg city with highlights including City Library, Luthuli House, City Hall,
Anglo American Corporation and Beyers Naude Square.
Day 8 – MONDAY – JOHANNESBURG – AFTERNOON PRETORIA TOUR
Priced from R 840 per person

Explore the highlights of Pretoria, including Paul Kruger House, Church Square, the Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings and City Hall.
Day 8 – MONDAY – JOHANNESBURG – MORNING MAROPENG, CRADLE OF HUMANKIND & STERKFONTEIN CAVES – Priced from R 840 per person
Experience the birthplace of human life at the Cradle of Humankind, visit the Maropeng Museum and explore the Sterkfontein Caves, discovery site of Mrs Ples, the first complete Australopithecus skull.
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