South Africa Surprise

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17 days | Departs year round –
Johannesburg » Hazyview » Swaziland » Durban » Drakensberg » Pt Elizabeth » Cape Town

An unforgettable journey in South Africa, one of the world’s most exciting countries and a vast land of unimaginable beauty & a diversity of experiences.

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Highlights
  • Discover the spectacular Blyde River Canyon
  • Experience the wonders of the Kruger National Park
  • Visit a real Chief’s village in Swaziland
  • Learn about Zululand’s ancient traditions & modern cultures
  • Visit the multicultural, vibrant city of Durban
  • Soak up the surroundings of the Southern Drakensberg Mountains
  • Visit the birthplace of Nelson Mandela
  • Explore the Tsitsikamma Forest & Storms River Mouth
  • Travel over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass
  • Visit the scenic city of Cape Town
Inclusions
  • Return flights from Australia to Africa
  • Guided touring around Africa
  • 16 breakfasts (B) & 6 dinners (D)
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Day 1 – Depart Australia (D)

Today marks the start of your Africa adventure. Board your flight from Australia and travel across the Indian Ocean to South Africa.

Day 2 – Johannesburg (B)

Welcome to South Africa! You will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the city of Johannesburg. There will be a tour briefing at 7pm tonight which will give you a chance to meet your fellow travelers & guide and to get more information on the upcoming days’ adventures.

❱ Hotel stay: Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar (1 night)

Day 3 – Hazyview (B)

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 South Africa Surprise. 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.

❱ Hotel stay: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar (2 nights)

Day 4 – Hazyview (B)

We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our enclosed vehicle. Spend a morning with the Big Five! 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. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora & bird life that abounds. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Day 5 – Swaziland (B)

After breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture.

❱ Hotel stay: Lugogo Sun Hotel or similar (1 night)

Day 6 – Umfolozi (B)

This morning, we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Continue 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.

❱ Hotel stay: Protea Hotel Umfolozi or similar (1 night)

Day 7 – Durban (B)

Enjoy some time at leisure this morning to lie in or simply soak up the atmosphere in the small tourist town of St Lucia. Head to Durban, and enjoy an orientation tour into this vibrant, multicultural seaside city before arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon.

❱ Hotel stay: Durban (1 night)

Day 8 – Drakensberg (B, D)

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps enjoy a stroll along Durban’s golden mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Later, we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel in the mid-afternoon.

❱ Hotel stay: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar (2 nights)

Day 9 – Drakensberg (B, D)

Today we have a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains.

Day 10 – Chinsta East (B, D)

This morning, travel south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of Umtata. Continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house, arriving in the late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.

❱ Hotel stay: Crawfords Beach Lodge or similar (1 night)

Day 11 – Port Elizabeth (B)

Awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. We set off after lunch heading south to Port Elizabeth.

❱ Hotel stay: Garden Court King’s Beach or similar (1 night)

Day 12 – Knysna (B, D)

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 in the late afternoon.

❱ Hotel stay: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar (1 night)

Day 13 – Knysna (B)

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 a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites.

❱ Hotel stay: Garden Court Mossel Bay or similar (1 night)

Day 14 – Cape Town (B)

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 will drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

❱ Hotel stay: Sunsquare Hotel or similar (2 nights)

Day 15 – Cape Town (B)

Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this beautiful city.

Day 16 – Depart Cape Town (B, D)

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11am. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg, proceed to the International Terminal and clear Immigration for your onward flight to Australia.

Day 17 – Arrive Australia (B)

Arrive back in Australia on your flight from Africa this morning.

Additional information
Departure City

Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Departure

05 Oct 2019, 09 Oct 2019, 02 Nov 2019, 18 Nov 2019, 07 Dec 2019, 11 Jan 2020, 08 Feb 2020, 07 Mar 2020, 11 Apr 2020, 09 May 2020, 06 Jun 2020, 04 Jul 2020, 18 Jul 2020, 01 Aug 2020, 15 Aug 2020, 05 Sep 2020, 03 Oct 2020, 17 Oct 2020, 31 Oct 2020, 14 Nov 2020, 05 Dec 2020

Terms

The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on South African Airways ‘T’ Class Economy airfares, with Virgin Australia domestic connections from other cities to/from Perth, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    71 to 100 days before departure – 75% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 70 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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