South Africa is a country of contrasts where you can uncover colonial and African history, discover the rich wildlife & enjoy unspoilt scenery, travelling from the Kruger to the Cape
Flight - 1 night
Pretoria - 1 night
Kruger NP - 3 nights
Swaziland - 1 night
Mkuze - 2 nights
Dundee - 2 nights
Drakensberg - 1 night
Cape Town - 3 nights
Oudtshoorn - 2 nights
Knysna - 2 nights
Winelands - 2 nights
Cape Town - 1 night
Flight - 1 night
South Africa is an immense country of incredible scenic, climatic and cultural contrasts. Climates range from subtropical on the KwaZulu-Natal coast to semi-desert in regions such as the Karoo, the scenery ranges from the dramatic peaks of the Drakensberg to the plains of the arid interior.
Culturally, the country embraces populations of an equally diverse nature housing Khoisan bushmen, a number of Bantu-speaking tribes (such as the Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele), various other non-related tribes, Afrikaner communities descended from Dutch settlers and English speaking communities from Britain's later coast-based colonisation.
This far-ranging arrangement combines the contrasting experiences of game drives, tribal communities, townships, battlefields, winelands, the Garden Route and 'the fairest Cape'. A cruise, wine tasting and specialist battlefield guide enhance the experience.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
7 Lunches and 11 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 - 25
Day 1 Fly overnight direct from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
Day 2 Drive to Pretoria, viewing the Union Buildings, Church Square and Voortrekker Monument. Overnight at the 4-star Court Classique Hotel. Welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3 Travel to Kruger National Park (8 hrs) via the Panorama Route, Blyde River Canyon and gold-mining village of Pilgrim's Rest. Three nights at the 3-star Nkambeni Tented Lodge at Kruger National Park. (B, D)
Day 4 Full-day open vehicle game drive with 'safari lunch'. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Optional game drive (£70) or bush walk (£78). Afternoon game drive. (B, D)
Day 6 Travel to mountainous Swaziland (6 hrs). Lunch and cultural show at Mantenga. Walk to Mantenga waterfall. Overnight at the 3-star Lugogo Sun in Ezulwini Valley. (B, L)
Day 7 Continue to Zululand (5 hrs) along the scenic Lebombo Mountains. Visit a Zulu homestead and community. Two nights at the 4-star Ghost Mountain Inn. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Game drive in Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Game Reserve. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Cruise on Lake Jozini. Continue to Dundee (3 hrs) for two nights at the 3-star Battlefields Country Lodge. Dinner in a historic building with 'Battlefields' memorabilia. (B, D)
Day 10 Meet a specialist guide at Isandlwana, site of the Zulu War's opening encounter, then visit Rorke's Drift. (B, L, D)
Day 11 With your specialist guide visit Spioenkop battlefield (drive up in a mini-bus). Overnight in the Drakensberg mountains at the 4-star Cathedral Peak hotel. Time to enjoy a walk. (B, D)
Day 12 Travel to Soweto (4 hrs) for a township tour. Fly to Cape Town. Three nights at the 4-star Radisson Blu Le Vendome. (B)
Day 13 Visit Table Mountain, weather permitting (excludes cableway ticket), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, picturesque Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope. Walk through Company Gardens to the South Africa Museum and ending with classic afternoon tea at the historic Mount Nelson Hotel. (B)
Day 14 A tour of the Cape Peninsula includes Hout Bay, Cape Point, the Good Hope Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach. Walk through historic Simon's Town and visit the SA Navy Museum. Harbour cruise in Cape Town. (B)
Day 15 Travel via Route 62 to Oudtshoorn (6 hrs) to visit the CP Nel Museum. Visit Cango Caves. Two nights at the 3-star Protea Riempie Hotel. (B)
Day 16 A dramatic ascent by special vehicle up Swartberg Pass to the historic 'Ou Tolhuis', base of the H.O.P.E. Foundation. Enjoy the wonderful scenery, perhaps take a short hike. Travel down to Prince Albert for a traditional Karoo lunch. Wine tasting and visit to Meiringspoort waterfall. (B, L)
Day 17 Cross the Outeniqua Pass to George. Visit the Outeniqua Transport Museum, home to many steam locomotives. Continue to Knysna for two nights at the 3-star Moorings Hotel. Sunset cruise across Knysna Lagoon. (B)
Day 18 Explore the forests at Tsitsikamma National Park and visit Plettenberg Bay with its lagoons and rocky peninsula. (B)
Day 19 Travel to Mossel Bay for a visit to Dias Museum, then to Hermanus, where whales may be sighted from June to November. Two nights at the 4-star Hotel Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa in the Winelands. (B)
Day 20 Visit the Huguenot Memorial and take the 'Wine Tram' to wine estates including two wine tastings. At Stellenbosch visit the Village Museum of four historic houses. Enjoy a special dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Day 21 Return to Cape Town. 'No Easy Road to Freedom': visit the District Six Museum and Cape townships with local community guides. Gold Restaurant dinner with drumming lesson. Overnight at the 4-star Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel. (B, D)
Day 22 Transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to London. (B)
Day 23 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.
Some travel is on unmade roads and it may be necessary to ‘climb’ into the safari vehicle.
Some visits are on foot with uneven surfaces and inclines.
A 4-star boutique hotel in Pretoria with restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 57 air-conditioned rooms with tea/coffee making facilities, safe, mini-fridge, satellite TV and hairdryer.
This is a large safari camp within the Kruger National Park boundaries. Restaurant, bar and pool. The 146 air-conditioned rooms are permanent safari style tents and offer views of the surrounding Kruger National Park with private facilities and tea/coffee making facilities.
The 4-star Lugogo Sun overlooks a majestic landscape of sub-tropical gardens. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym and spa. 202 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze lies the Ghost Mountain Inn - a perfect setting to experience the allure of Africa in stylish comfort. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool, sauna, spa and WiFi (free). 50 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, mini-bar, safe, satellite TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
Battlefields Country Lodge is situated near the well known historic Battlefields in KwaZulu Natal. Restaurants, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 70 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, mini-fridge, safe, satellite TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
This 4-star hotel is nestled in the unspoiled surroundings of the Drakensberg mountain range (a World Heritage site). Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and WiFi (free). 104 rooms with private facilities, fan or heater, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.
A superior 4-star which offers a higher standard in an attractive location on the western side of Signal Hill, a few steps from the Sea Point promenade and 2 miles from V&A waterfront/Company Gardens. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 142 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 3-star hotel in a farm-like setting with well-appointed thatched rondavels, on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 29 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 3-star hotel located on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon, in the midst of enchanting woodland gardens offering spectacular views of indigenous forest. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 50 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, safe, satellite TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
This 4-star hotel is located in the heart of the Cape Winelands in the small town of Franschhoek. Restaurant, bar, lounge, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 63 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Victoria Falls Extension
Fly to Victoria Falls for four nights at the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Fly via Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and transfer to the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel for four nights. (B)
Day 2 A morning guided tour of Victoria Falls. Sunset cruise on the Zambezi. (B)
Day 3 Optional excursions include a helicopter flight over the falls (12 mins, £150) and a morning game drive in the Zambezi National Park (£54). (B)
Day 4 Day at leisure. (B)
Day 5 Transfer to the airport for return flight. (B)
Day 6 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.
One of the world’s great hotels, known as ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Falls’ and a member of the exclusive ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, this 5-star hotel is steeped in history and tradition. Fine dining and casual restaurants, afternoon teas on the terrace, pool and gardens, a short walk to the falls and WiFi (free). 161 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £695
Game Drive £70
Bush Walk £78
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £695
British Airways Club World from £3295
Extra nights - Cape Town
Radisson Blu Le Vendome
(per night) £95
Single supplement £60
Pepper Club Hotel
(per night) £50
Single supplement £40
Departure transfer £25
Extra nights – Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Hotel
(per night) £175
Single supplement £150
Departure transfer £20
Extension - Victoria Falls
4 nights £1295
Single supplement £545
Arrival transfer with group included
Departure transfer add £25
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 21 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 11 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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