Mac Mac Falls and its deep canyon in MpumalangaJohannesburg sunset cityscapeTraditional Swazi village SwazilandThree young Zulu womenDurban

Mac Mac Falls and its deep canyon in Mpumalanga

Johannesburg sunset cityscape

Traditional Swazi village Swaziland

Three young Zulu women

Durban

Description

  • Discover Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and historic God’s Window in the Mpumalanga Province at Kruger National Park
  • Join in an open vehicle safari with the chance to see rhinos, buffalo, lions, leopards, and elephants
  • Delve into the unique indigenous culture of Swaziland and shop for distinctive crafts in the Ezulwini Valley
  • In Durban, bask on the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean
  • Explore Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth enroute to Knysna
  • Visit an ostrich farm and the caverns of Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn


Itinerary

Day 1 - SUN I JOHANNESBURG

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. Situated on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills, it is also the source of a largescale gold and diamond trade. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. This evening, we will meet at reception for a briefing of your upcoming adventure and a chance to meet fellow travelers.

Day 2 - MON I JOHANNESBURG I MPUMALANGA

Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city. Have an orientation tour before continuing on to the Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country.” Descend several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld passing through the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. Then traverse the famous Long Tom Pass and arrive late this afternoon in Hazyview, the safari hub of Kruger National Park. (B)

Day 3 - TUE I MPUMALANGA

After an early morning breakfast, we’ll drive along the spectacular “Panorama Route,” featuring views of amazing scenery including the 26 kilometer-long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and God’s Window at the edge of Kruger National Park. Arrive back in Hazyview in the early afternoon where the remainder of your day is at leisure to relax or join an afternoon game experience (optional). (B)

Day 4 - WED I MPUMALANGA

Enjoy an early morning coffee or tea, and with your pre-packaged breakfast ready to go, embark on a thrilling open vehicle safari led by your English-speaking game ranger through one of the world’s greatest national parks, Kruger National Park – home to a stunning array of wildlife. Search for the ‘Big Five’ – rhinos, buffalos, lions, leopards, and elephants – as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 5 - THU I MPUMALANGA I SWAZILAND

This morning, travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts, and colorful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces you to the charming people of Swaziland and their traditions. Continue on to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for a true African shopping experience at the Ezulwini Craft Market, brimming with woven baskets, beadwork, and carvings. Overnight in Swaziland. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - FRI I SWAZILAND I ZULULAND

After breakfast, venture through Swaziland before heading back to South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. Consider joining an optional afternoon open vehicle safari in the Hluhluwe- Umfolozi Game Reserve, famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. Enjoy an overnight stay in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region. (B)

Day 7 - SAT I ZULULAND IDURBAN (UMHLANGA)

Rise and shine with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a cruise along Lake St. Lucia (weather permitting). Next, journey past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations, and sugar cane fields to arrive in Durban. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to bask on the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean. Overnight in Durban (Umhlanga). (B)

Day 8 - SUN I DURBAN (UMHLANGA) I KNYSNA

After breakfast, take a short flight to Port Elizabeth and then set off to explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. Visit Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). Arrive at your hotel in Knysna, nestled on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Overnight in Knysna. (B,D)

Day 9 - MON I KNYSNA

After a leisurely breakfast, 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 before returning for lunch. Your afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town. (B,L)

Day 10 - TUE I KNYSNA I OUDTSHOORN

Power up with breakfast before heading out through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, center of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. Tour an Ostrich Farm and enjoy a light lunch before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of Cango Caves. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. (B,L)

Day 11 - WED I OUDTSHOORN I CAPE TOWN

After breakfast, the adventure continues as you travel through the “Little Karoo” to Barrydale. Here you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, share time with them in the classroom, and learn more about the local farming community. Travel on to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. Continue on to Cape Town, set at the foot of Table Mountain. Overnight in Cape Town. (B)

Day 12 - THU I CAPE TOWN

Have breakfast to start your day and get ready to explore with a full day at leisure. Consider joining an optional sightseeing tour to Table Mountain or simply experience the city on your own. The relatively small city of Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, bars, cafes, and restaurants as well as colorful craft markets. Alternately, you can opt to relax on one of Cape Town’s many pristine beaches. Enjoy an evening of delicious Cape food, captivating theater, and entertaining tales and songs about the people of the Cape. Overnight in Cape Town. (B,D)

Day 13 - FRI I CAPE TOWN

Enjoy breakfast before embarking on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, featuring some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay, where you can enjoy a Seal Island boat cruise (optional) and then head on to Cape Point where it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Return to Cape Town by way of Simon's Town where you can visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, then see Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. Overnight in Cape Town. (B)

Day 14 - SAT I CAPE TOWN TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Wake to this glorious day with a full breakfast and then get ready to enjoy some last-minute shopping or sightseeing at your own pace. Consider joining The Robben Island Tour (optional), which departs from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Later you will be transferred to the airport, harbor, or railway station for your onward journey. (B)

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Includes

    • Meet and Greet services
    • Hotel accommodations for 13 nights
    • 19 included meals consisting of:
      - 13 breakfasts
      - 3 lunches 
      - 3 dinners
    • Assistance of an English-speaking tour assistant for the entire length of the program
    • Transfers and transportation as per itinerary
    • Sightseeing, including all entrance fees as follows: 
      - Open vehicle safari
      - Cultural experience in Swaziland 
      - Ezulwini Craft Market 
      - Cruise on Lake St. Lucia
      - Visit Tsitsikamma National Park 
      - Lagoon Cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve 
      - Visit to Ostrich Farm
      - Cango Caves 
      - Visit Penguin Colony
    • Porterage
    • All park fees and government taxes
    • Document holders and luggage tags

Notes

    • All prices are land only, based on a minimum of 2 passengers traveling.
    • Domestic air not included
    • Optional Franschhoek Winelands available (Substitution on Days 11-12)
    • Optional excursions are available.
    • Hotel upgrades are available.
    • IMPORTANT: Please ensure when booking a trip that passports comply with immigration regulations. According to an international regulation, passports must have at least two blank pages in them when one enters South Africa, and they should also not have less than 6 months validity.

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