South African Surprise

Code: NDQSR
15 DAYS - 14 NIGHTS
  • Zulu cultural dance-in-shakaland
  • shakaland
  • hluhluwe-hotel-accommodation
  • whale-watching
  • cape_st_blaize_cave_mossel_bay-attractions
  • Mossel-Bay-Map-

JOHANNESBURG > MPUMALANGA > SWAZILAND > ST LUCIA > DURBAN > DRAKENSBERG > EASTERN CAPE COAST > PORT ELIZABETH > KNYSNA > OUDTSHOORN > CAPE TOWN

Its an adventure unlike any other – South Africa, a vast land of unimaginable beauty and diversity of experiences, is set to take your breath away. Seeing the Big Five in the wild is one of the most memorable things one can ever experience. The African continent is the only place in the world where big game still roams freely in great numbers.

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Day 1: (Sun) Johannesburg

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.Accommodation: Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar

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Day 2: (Mon) Johannesburg > Mpumalanga  (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 wonders of Africa; 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.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

Distance travelled today: 500 kms

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Day 3: (Tue) Mpumalanga  (PB)

We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle.  Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. The 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 and bird life that abounds.   We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

Distance travelled today: 200 kms

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Day 4: (Wed) Mpumalanga > Swaziland  (B)

This morning 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.

Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar

Distance travelled today: 261 kms

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Day 5: (Thu) Swaziland > St Lucia and surrounds  (B)

This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand.  Our journey continues 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.

Accommodation: Anew Hotel Hluhluwe and Safaris or similar

Distance travelled today: 435 kms

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Day 6: (Fri) St Lucia and surrounds > Durban  (B)

Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge or similar

Distance travelled today: 290 kms

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Day 7: (Sat) Durban > Drakensberg  (BD)

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps take an early morning cab ride to the bustling Umhlanga Beach for a stroll along the Promenade mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then 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 mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (own account).

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

Distance travelled today: 255 kms

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Day 8: (Sun) Drakensberg  (BD)

Enjoy a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities to be enjoyed at the Resort.

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

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Day 9: (Mon) Drakensberg > Eastern Cape Coast  (BD)

This morning we continue 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.  We continue via Nelson Mandela's birth place and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.

Accommodation: Crawford's Beach Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 520 kms

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Day 10: (Tue) Eastern Cape Coast > Port Elizabeth  (B)

We 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 heading south to Port Elizabeth.

Accommodation: Garden Court Kings Beach or similar

Distance travelled today: 340 kms

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Day 11: (Wed) Port Elizabeth > Knysna   (BD)

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 late afternoon for check in at our hotel.

Accommodation: Premier Knysna The Moorings or similar

Distance travelled today: 300 kms

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Day 12: (Thu) Knysna > Oudtshoorn > Mossel Bay  (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. We 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. Overnight in Mossel Bay.

Accommodation: Garden Court Mossel Bay or similar

Distance travelled today: 315 kms

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Day 13: (Fri) Mossel Bay > Cape Town  (B)

Today's journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomew's Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Sunsquare Cape Town Gardens or similar

Distance travelled today: 540 kms

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Day 14: (Sat) 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.

Accommodation: Sunsquare Cape Town Gardens or similar

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Day 15: (Sun) Cape Town  (B)

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.

 

EXTRAS

NOTES

Accommodation check-in on Day 1 is from 14h00. Shuttle service on Day 1 starts at 06h15 and ends at 22h00. If you are arriving on a very early morning or late evening flight, please inform your Travel Agent, in order to make alternative transfer arrangements.

**SOUTH AFRICAN SURPRISE  OPTIONAL DAY TOURS**

Rates valid 01 Jan 2018  31 Dec 2018

Day 3  Tuesday  Kruger National Park  Full Day Open Vehicle Safari  Priced from R 1 195 per person

Join a full day open vehicle safari with a highly qualified field guide who is eager to share their knowledge and passion for this unique wilderness area.

Day 5  Thursday  Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park  Afternoon Open Vehicle Safari  Priced from R 770 per person

Enjoy an afternoon, 3 hour open vehicle safari into the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Africas oldest game reserve and world renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation programme.

Day 6  Friday  St Lucia  Game Viewing Boat Cruise  Priced from R 310 per person

Enjoy a game viewing boat cruise in St Lucia (depending on weather conditions), getting up close to the sights and sounds of hippos and crocodiles and marvelling at the plentiful birdlife.

Day 8  Sunday  Sani Pass 4x4 Adventure Tour  Priced from R 1 250 per person

Join a 4x4 tour up Sani Pass and into the tiny mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (passport required) which includes lunch at the highest pub in Africa.

Day 14  Saturday  Cape Town  Kaapse Stories Dinner Theatre  Priced from R 750 per person

Enjoy an evening of song, theatre and delicious Cape food that serves as a perfect welcome to the mother city.

Day 14  Saturday  Cape Town  Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour  Priced from R 1 090 per person

Join this full day tour that explores the dramatic coastline of the Cape Peninsula including a visit to Boulders Beach penguin colony and Cape Point Nature Reserve.

Day 14  Saturday  Cape Town  Full Day Cape Winelands Tour  Priced from R 1 090 per person

While South Africas fertile valleys are world famous for their crisp white and classic French-style red wines, the area is also a treasury of rustic beauty and sprawling estates shaded by giant oak trees. Visit the countrys principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

1 review for South African Surprise

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    admin

    We had a great time! Cape Town was unbelievable! Our hotels were outstanding and the World Escapes did a great job with all our day trips. Sam our guide was top notch. Please let World Escapes know that he was great!

    Chiefs camp is the best camp that we have stayed in way much better that mombo. The camp and the rooms were excellent, We can say the same thing about the staff and the quality of food.

    Duba was great, Dynamics have changed since the hunting Tsaro pride had aged /passed away and the next generation is in charge. The food by the chef Oliver was one the best food we have had in all of our safaris. Every dish that he prepared mouthwatering. Please let the World Escapes know that many of us wanted to take Oliver back in the States with us because he was that great. The rooms at the camp were nice… However the camp Managers were new and didn’t handle some sitituations as proffesionally as they could have although they were fine nonetheless. Baboons broke into
    Herbert and Paula’s rooms and the way the managers handled it made it seem like that were trying cover it up. Maybe /maybe not who knows?

    We finally hit the rainy season and it showed, wildlife viewing wasn’t as pleasant but we have to give it to the guides who tried really hard to show a good time. they were honestly great. The food looked nice but needs a lot of improvement. it just didn’t taste as good. The camp also needs a facelift. The floors were not as clean including inside the shower, they need to pick this up with the house cleaning who need to do a quick daily sweep of the fllors. The only reason that I have decided to point out these faults is to help the camps to raise their standards. The were all very special camps and we loved every moment of our trip. Thank you all for all you did to make it happen. We will recommend you to our friends.

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