Overview - 2019

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

Overview - 2020

Flight - 1 night
Pretoria - 2 nights
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

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GRAND TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA

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

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 Khoi- San 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.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Wildlife Experience
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
7 Lunches and 11 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 - 25

 

Special Events

Welcome Dinner, Tea and Drumming

Dinner at the Court Classique Hotel with a wine tasting. Dinner and drumming lesson at the Gold Restaurant. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones, a classic afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel.

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-Umfolozi 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 Diaz 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.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

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.

Day 1 Fly overnight direct from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.

Day 2 Drive to Pretoria, viewing the Union Buildings, Church Square and Voortrekker Monument. Two nights at the 4-star Court Classique Hotel. Welcome dinner with a wine tasting. (D)

Day 3 Full day tour in Johannesburg, visiting Soweto, the Hector Pietersen Memorial, Nelson Mandela’s House and the Military Museum. At Liliesleaf farm learn about the anti-apartheid struggle. (B, L)

Day 4 Travel to Kruger National Park (8 hrs) via the Panorama Route, Blyde River Canyon and the gold-mining village of Pilgrim’s Rest. Three nights at the 3-star Nkambeni Tented Lodge at Kruger NP. (B, D)

Day 5 Full-day open vehicle game drive with ‘safari lunch’. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Optional game drive (£70) or bush walk (£78). Afternoon game drive. (B, D)

Day 7 Travel to mountainous Swaziland (6 hrs) for a singing and dance performance. Visit the National Museum. Overnight at the 3-star Lugogo Sun in Ezulwini Valley. (B, L)

Day 8 Visit the Mlilwane Nature Reserve and a traditional village to meet the Lady Chief and enjoy a nature walk. Continue to Zululand (5 hrs) along the scenic Lebombo Mountains. Two nights at the 4-star Ghost Mountain Inn. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Morning game drive in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve, known for its rich wildlife including the white rhino. Visit a Zulu homestead and community. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Lake Jozini cruise, home to crocodile, hippo and birdlife. Continue to Dundee (3 hrs) to visit Talana museum. Two nights at the 3-star Battlefields Country Lodge. Enjoy a ‘braai’ in the ‘Moth Hall’ with ‘Battlefields’ memorabilia and local experts. (B, D) 

Day 11 Meet a specialist guide at Isandlwana, site of the Zulu War’s opening encounter, then visit Rorke’s Drift. (B, L, D)

Day 12 With a specialist guide and minibus drive up to Spioenkop battlefield. Overnight in the Drakensberg mountains at the 4-star Cathedral Peak hotel. (B, D)

Day 13 Morning at leisure. Fly to Cape Town. Three nights at the 4-star Pepper Club Hotel. (B)

Day 14 Visit Table Mountain, weather permitting (excludes cableway ticket), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope. Walk through Company Gardens to South Africa Museum. Afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson. (B)

Day 15 Tour Cape Peninsula – Hout Bay, Cape Point, Boulders Beach, Good Hope Nature Reserve. Simon’s Town & the SA Navy Museum. Cape Town harbour cruise. (B)

Day 16 Travel to Oudtshoorn (6 hrs) to visit the CP Nel Museum and Cango Caves. Two nights at the 3-star Protea Riempie Hotel. (B)

Day 17 A dramatic ascent by special vehicle up Swartberg Pass to ‘Ou Tolhuis’, base of the H.O.P.E. Foundation. Travel down to Prince Albert for a Karoo lunch. Wine tasting and visit to Meiringspoort waterfall. (B, L)

Day 18 Cross the Outeniqua Pass to George & view locomotives of Transport Museum. Travel to Knysna. Two nights at the 3-star Moorings Hotel. Lagoon Sunset cruise. (B)

Day 19 Explore the forest at Tsitsikamma national park and visit Plettenberg Bay. (B)

Day 20 At Mossel Bay visit Diaz Museum. Travel to Hermanus, where whales may be sighted (Aug-Nov). Two nights at the 4-star Le Franschhoek Hotel in the Winelands. (B)

Day 21 Visit the Huguenot Memorial and a wine estate for a cellar tour and tasting. At Stellenbosch visit the Village Museum. Special dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 22 Return to Cape Town. ‘No Easy Road to Freedom’ tour of District Six Museum and townships with community guides. Gold Restaurant dinner and drumming. Overnight at the Pepper Club Hotel. (B, D)

Day 23 Overnight flight to London. (B)

Day 24 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

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.

2019

Thursdays (22 nights)
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
September 19 £4495
October 3 £4595
October 17 £4695
November 14 £4595

2020

Wednesdays (23 nights)
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 8 £4595
January 29 £4645
February 12 £4695
March 4 £4595
August 5 £4495
September 16 £4595
September 30 £4695
October 21 £4795
November 11 £4695
December 9 £4695

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £695
(2020 £795; Aug-Dec £845)

Optional Excursions

Game Drive £70
Bush Walk £78

Flight Options

London-Johannesburg/Cape Town-London
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £695
British Airways Club World from £3295

Extension Options

Extra nights - Cape Town
Radisson Blu Le Vendome (2019)
(per night) £95

Single supplement £60

Pepper Club Hotel (2020)
(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

Independent Arrival

Save £850 
Arrival transfer with group included
Departure transfer add £25

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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