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16 days
Kuoni
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Description

This in-depth small group tour offers an unparalleled insight into the wonders of South Africa. It showcases the very best that each compelling region has to offer, including the famous Kruger National Park, the stunning natural scenery of Swaziland, and the beauty of KwaZulu-Natal, the Garden Route and Cape Town.

Itinerary


 Day 1: UK to Cape Town

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Cape Town.


 Day 2: Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town, you'll be transferred to your hotel, enjoying your afternoon at leisure. This evening, get to know your fellow guests at a delicious welcome dinner at Richard's Supper Stage & Bistro. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). D


 Day 3: Cape Town

Today promises to be action-filled with a full day Cape Peninsula tour on the schedule including a cable car ride up Table Mountain and a trip to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Stay: Townhouse Hotel or similar. B, L.


 Day 4: Cape Town

With the morning at leisure, you may wish to head out on an optional tour of Robben Island. This afternoon, you'll enjoy one of our tour highlights - the Cape Malay Cooking Safari. Pay a visit to a friendly local family where you will enjoy a fully-interactive, hands-on cooking demonstration. Delight in the delicious flavours of your creation as you indulge in a filling traditional meal. You'll then take a guided tour of the Bo-Kaap area before an evening at leisure. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 5: Cape Town to Stellenbosch

Today, a special highlight awaits - a journey aboard the famed Franschhoek Wine Tram. Stop a total of seven times to enjoy wine tastings and cellar tours, savouring the region's delicious produce. Later, you'll travel to Stellenbosch to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 8 hours including Winelands tour and stops. Stay: Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 6: Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn

Travel via the scenic Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. Visit Karusa, a premium private winery where you will enjoy a delicious wine tasting and tapas-style lunch in the wine gardens. This afternoon, visit the Cango Caves for a guided tour before dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including stops. Stay: Hlangana Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 7: Oudtshoorn to Knysna

Head to the CP Nel Museum for a guided tour this morning before travelling over the Outeniqua Pass to George, following the coastline to the lagoon town of Knysna. Here, you'll have the option to embark on a boat cruise on the Knysna Lagoon (weather permitting). Others may like to take a leisurely stroll around the waterfront or do a spot of shopping. The afternoon is at leisure to explore at your own pace. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B.


 Day 8: Knysna

Your day begins at a leisurely pace, embarking on the Featherbed Eco Experience after breakfast. This four-hour experience includes a tour of the privately-owned nature reserve, ending with a delicious buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant. Enjoy the evening at leisure. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 9: Knysna to Durban

Travel to the town of Plettenberg Bay to visit Monkeyland, and perhaps the Birds of Eden. From here you'll continue on to Port Elizabeth airport for your included flight to Durban, enjoying dinner on arrival at your hotel. Approx. journey time: 4-5 hours including stops. Stay: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 10: Durban to St Lucia

Embark on a city tour that takes in many of Durban's major sites, including a visit to the pretty Botanical Gardens. You'll then travel north towards the intriguing iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Arriving at the St Lucia Estuary, embark on a boat safari (water levels permitting) and try to spot the beautiful hippos and bird life that inhabit this watery world. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Lidiko Lodge (or similar). B, L.


 Day 11: St Lucia/KwaZulu-Natal

Journey to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve where you will embark on a three-hour open-vehicle game drive in search of the Big Five. Indulge in a delicious barbecue lunch in the park before returning to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Stay: Lidiko Lodge (or similar). B, L.


 Day 12: St Lucia to Swaziland

Head northward and visit the Swazi Candle Factory and the Ngwenya Glass Works. While en route, take the time to ask your knowledgeable local leader any questions that you have about all you've experienced so far, as well as what's yet to come. As we anticipate that you'll be hungry on arrival at your Swaziland hotel, we've included dinner here for your convenience. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Mountain Inn (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 13: Swaziland to Kruger National Park

Leaving the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory now ruled by King MsWati III, travel towards the 'Land of the Rising Sun', Mpumalanga Province. En route, enjoy a Swazi cultural experience at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Arrive at the Mjejane Private Game Reserve, found within the Kruger National Park, and embark on your first thrilling game drive in Mjejane. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including stops. Stay: Mjejane River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 14: Kruger National Park

Rise early this morning for your game drive. Absorb the captivating surrounds of the bushveld as you are guided by experienced rangers. After lunch, head out in either the Mjejane Private Game Reserve or Kruger National Park. Stay: Mjejane River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 15: Kruger National Park to Pretoria

After an early breakfast this morning, meet your local leader for a drive along the picturesque Panorama Route. See the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, the third largest in the world, and Bourke's Luck Potholes. The Three Rondavels are easily identifiable, while God's Window offers unparalleled views. On arrival in Pretoria, head out on an orientation tour. This evening, you'll enjoy a spectacular three-course dinner complete with wine pairings and accompanied by local drumming as you enjoy your last night with your group. Approx. journey time: 9 hours. Stay: Court Classique (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 16: Pretoria to UK

Travel to Johannesburg and depart on your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving the following day. B. Stay longer

Victoria Falls 2 nights
Known as the 'Smoke that Thunders', water cascades into a gorge over 100 metres below at this spectacular waterfall - an absolute must-see.

Mauritius Beach 2 nights
Escape to white sand beaches and an eclectic paradise of people and cultures.

Mozambique Beach 3 nights
Wind down on the serene beaches of Mozambique for a relaxed end to your tour.


 Day 1: UK to Cape Town

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Cape Town.


 Day 2: Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town, you'll be transferred to your hotel, with your afternoon at leisure. This evening, get to know your fellow guests at a delicious welcome dinner at Richard's Supper Stage & Bistro. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). D.


 Day 3: Cape Town

Today promises to be action-filled with a full day Cape Peninsula tour on the schedule including a cable car ride up Table Mountain (weather permitting) and a trip to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 4: Cape Town

With the morning at leisure, you may wish to head out on an optional tour of Robben Island. This afternoon, you'll enjoy one of our tour highlights - the Cape Malay Cooking Experience. Pay a visit to a friendly local family where you will enjoy a fully-interactive, hands-on cooking demonstration. Delight in the delicious flavours of your creation as you indulge in a filling traditional meal. You'll then take a guided tour of the Bo-Kaap area before an evening at leisure. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 5: Cape Town to Stellenbosch

Today, a special highlight awaits - a journey aboard the famed Franschhoek Wine Tram. Stop a total of seven times to enjoy wine tastings and cellar tours, savouring the region's delicious produce. Later, you'll travel to Stellenbosch to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 8 hours including Winelands tour and stops. Stay: Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 6: Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn

Travel via the scenic Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. Visit Karusa, a premium private winery where you will enjoy a delicious wine tasting and tapas-style lunch in the wine gardens. This afternoon, visit the Cango Caves for a guided tour before dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including stops. Stay: Hlangana Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 7: Oudtshoorn to Knysna

Head to the CP Nel Museum for a guided tour this morning before travelling over the Outeniqua Pass to George, following the coastline to the lagoon town of Knysna. Here, you'll have the option to embark on a boat cruise on the Knysna Lagoon (weather permitting). Others may like to take a stroll around the waterfront or do a spot of shopping. The afternoon is at leisure to explore at your own pace. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B.


 Day 8: Knysna

Your day begins at a leisurely pace, embarking on the Featherbed Eco Experience after breakfast. This four-hour experience includes a tour of the privately-owned nature reserve, ending with a delicious buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant. Enjoy the evening at leisure. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 9: Knysna to Durban

Travel to the town of Plettenberg Bay to visit Monkeyland, and perhaps the Birds of Eden. From here you'll continue on to Port Elizabeth airport for your flight to Durban, enjoying dinner on arrival at your hotel. Approx. journey time: 4-5 hours including stops. Stay: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 10: Durban to St Lucia

Embark on a city tour that takes in many of Durban's major sites, including a visit to the pretty Botanical Gardens. You'll then travel north towards the intriguing iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Arriving at the St Lucia Estuary, embark on a boat safari (water levels permitting) and try to spot the hippos and birdlife. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Lidiko Lodge (or similar). B, L.


 Day 11: St Lucia/KwaZulu-Natal

Journey to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve where you will embark on a three-hour open-vehicle game drive in search of the Big Five. Indulge in a delicious barbecue lunch in the park before returning to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Stay: Lidiko Lodge (or similar). B, L.


 Day 12: St Lucia to Swaziland

Head northward and visit the Swazi Candle Factory and the Ngwenya Glass Works. While en route, take the time to ask your knowledgeable local leader any questions you have about your experiences so far. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Mountain Inn (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 13: Swaziland to Kruger National Park

Leaving the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory now ruled by the Swazi Royal Family, travel towards the 'Land of the Rising Sun', Mpumalanga Province. En route, enjoy a Swazi cultural experience at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Arrive at the Mjejane Private Game Reserve, which borders Kruger National Park, and embark on a thrilling game drive. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including stops. Stay: Mjejane River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 14: Kruger National Park

Rise early this morning for your game drive in Kruger National Park and absorb the captivating surrounds of the bushveld guided by experienced rangers. After lunch, head out in either the Mjejane Private Game Reserve or Kruger National Park. Stay: Mjejane River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 15: Kruger National Park to Pretoria

After an early breakfast this morning, meet your local leader for a drive along the picturesque Panorama Route. See the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, the third largest canyon in the world, and Bourke's Luck Potholes. The Three Rondavels are easily identifiable, while God's Window offers unparalleled views. On arrival in Pretoria, head out on an orientation tour. This evening, you'll enjoy a spectacular three-course dinner complete with wine pairings and accompanied by local drumming as you enjoy your last night with your group. Approx. journey time: 9 hours. Stay: Court Classique Suite Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 16: Pretoria

Travel to Johannesburg and depart on your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving the following day. B. Stay longer

Victoria Falls 2 nights
Known as the 'Smoke that Thunders', water cascades into a gorge over 100 metres below at this spectacular waterfall - an absolute must-see.

Mauritius Beach 2 nights
Escape to white sand beaches and an eclectic paradise of people and cultures.

Mozambique Beach 3 nights
Wind down on the serene beaches of Mozambique for a relaxed end to your tour.