South Africa And Swaziland

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Visit: Johannesburg • Mpumalanga • Kruger National Park • Swaziland • Zululand • Durban • Port Elizabeth • Knysna • Oudtshoorn • Cape Town Duration: 13 nights / 14 days

A glorious 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: Arrive Johannesburg

Touch down at OR Tambo International Airport and get transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the magnificent suburban shopping malls or take an optional afternoon Soweto Tour.  Overnight in Johannesburg. (B)


Day 2: Pretoria   Mpumalanga

Leave Johannesburg’s distinctive skyline and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. We travel via the historic towns of Witbank, Dullstroom and Lydenburg, passing over the famous Long Tom Pass onto the small town of Sabie. This afternoon we enjoy a leisurely interpretive boat cruise along the lush subtropical banks of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa. View Africa’s largest active Tufa falls as well as the famous Three Rondavels. Overnight in Mpumalanga. (B, D)


Day 3 and 4: Kruger National Park

This morning gasp at the glory that is God’s Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and enjoy a different view of the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. We explore Bourke’s Luck Potholes before arriving mid- afternoon at our Hotel. You have the option to purchase an afternoon Elephant interaction experience. Overnight in Hazyview. (B)


Day 4: Kruger National Park

A full day ‘Big Five’ game viewing in Kruger National Park. Set off before breakfast in an open safari vehicle in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species. Savour the magic of this enormous wilderness. Overnight in Hazyview. (B)


Day 5: Hazyview

The Kingdom of Swaziland - Enjoy an enchanting drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Witness a Swazi cultural experience before visiting the Swaziland National Museum. We continue through the capital city, Mbabane, known for its vibrant markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Spend the night in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Overnight in Swaizaland. (B, L, D)


Day 6: The Kingdom of the Zulu’s - Umfolozi

Visit the Swazi Candle Factory, teeming with exquisite wax artworks in every shape and colour imaginable. Then on into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. Arrive mid- afternoon in the Umfolozi area. You have the option to enjoy an exciting afternoon open safari vehicle game drive into Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Overnight in Umfolozi. (B)


Day 7: Umfolozi - Durban

This morning enjoy a cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coastline en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields do their own version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, to enjoy the golden beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean or take a stroll along the lively promenade. You may opt for an exciting afternoon Durban City Tour or a trip to Ushaka Marine World.


Day 8: Durban - Port Elizabeth - Knysna

Transfer to the airport for your mid-morning flight to Port Elizabeth. Upon arrival you will be taken through the glorious, indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest, before reaching Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route.  Overnight in Kynsna. (B, D)


Day 9:  Knysna

Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond. Overnight in Knysna. (B, L)


Day 10:  Knysna - Oudtshoorn

This morning we enjoy the wonderful views of the spectacular Outeniqua Pass en route to Oudtshoorn, the ‘feather capital of the world’, so named because it’s the centre of South Africa’s ostrich industry. Later we learn more about these hardy, enigmatic creatures during a tour of an ostrich farm. We then head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. (B, L)


Day 11:  Oudtshoorn - Cape Town

A day of magnificent vistas. Enjoy the ever-changing passing canvas as we travel to Cape Town. During the whale season we will travel via the seaside village of Hermanus in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the southern right whales, which frolic offshore (July to November only). Out of season we will return to Cape Town along ‘Route 62’, South Africa’s version of America’s ‘Route 66’. Overnight in Cape Town. (B)


Day 12: Cape Town

A full day touring of the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula via the Atlantic seaboard. We stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you can opt to take a cruise to Seal Island to watch the antics of these natural performers. Then we continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, before stopping off to see the lovable penguins at Boulders Beach.  We drive through the quaint naval village of Simon’s Town on our way back to Cape Town. Overnight in Cape Town. (B)


Day 13: Cape Town - Cape Winelands - Cape Town

Journey into the beautiful and tranquil Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellen-bosch before stopping for wine tasting at two well- known estates. A visit to the Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument provides a historical perspective. Overnight in Cape Town. (B)   Day 14: Depart Cape Town - This brings us to the end of our ‘World in One Country’. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)


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