South African Explorer

Cape Town - Johannesburg (or reverse)
Duration: 14 Days
Departs: Cape Town International Airport or Cape Town Hotels.
Returns: Johannesburg

A 14 day tour taking in the highlights of Cape Town, visiting Cape Point, Simon's Town and Boulders Beach, wine tasting in Stellenbosch and much more. We then leave Cape Town and drive up the Route 62, stopping in Barrydale for lunch before stopping at Mossel Bay. The next few days are spent slowly wandering up the Garden Route, before arriving in Port Elizabeth. We then cross from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal to experience more of the Zulu Culture and the magnificent Natal coastline and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park. We then continue onto the Kruger National Park in search of game while also taking time out to enjoy the spectacular Panorama Route before slowly weaving our way to Johannesburg.

Daily Planner
DAY 1: CAPE TOWN

Be met on arrival at Cape Town International Airport by a professional guide and private transfer to the hotel in Tamboerskloof. Afternoon at leisure for shopping at the Waterfront.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

4 star Protea Hotel Fire and Ice or similar

DAY 2: CAPE HIGHLIGHTS

Full Day Cape Highlights tour (English Only). This full day tour includes: Camps Bay; Hout Bay; Chapman's Peak (subject to the road being open); the Cape of Good Hope Reserve; Simonstown; Muizenberg; one wine tasting of South African wines at a local wine estate; the University town of Stellenbosch.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

4 star Protea Hotel Fire and Ice or similar

DAY 3: WINE TASTING - ROUTE 62 - MOSSEL BAY

Depart Cape Town driving over Du Toit's Kloof Pass to the town of Robertson. Pass Montagu, a quaint country village and enjoy a wine tasting en-route. This is followed by a traditional South African lunch (included) in Barrydale. After lunch, our journey to the beautiful Wilderness continues, visiting the Diaz Museum in Mossel Bay.

Meals Lunch, Breakfast
Accommodation

4 star Protea Hotel Wilderness Resort or similar

DAY 4: FEATHERBED - KNYSNA ELEPHANT SANCTUARY

From your hotel in Wilderness, travel to the Knysna Waterfront and embark on the Featherbed Nature Reserve ferry. On arrival we take a 'Unimog' (tractor driven wagon) ride to the top of the Western Head. An optional hike can be taken through the indigenous Knysna forest to the restaurant area where lunch (included) is served. Upon returning to Knysna, enjoy an interactive elephant experience. Return to Wilderness via a scenic sightseeing drive in the late afternoon.

Meals Lunch, Breakfast
Accommodation

4 star Protea Hotel Wilderness Resort or similar

DAY 5: OSTRICH FARM - CANGO CAVES - CANGO WILDLIFE RANCH

Experience the stunning views of the Outeniqua Pass as we travel towards the Klein Karoo's capital - Oudtshoorn. Here we visit the Safari Ostrich Ranch for a guided tour and traditional ostrich lunch (included). After lunch, visit the Cango Caves, where a guided tour allows us to explore the ancient stalagmites and stalactites. En route back to Wilderness, visit endangered animals at the Cango Wildlife Ranch.

Meals Lunch, Breakfast
Accommodation

4 star Protea Hotel Wilderness Resort or similar

DAY 6: WILDERNESS - TSITSIKAMMA - PORT ELIZABETH

Depart along the Garden Route, passing through Sedgefield, Knysna (South Africa's Oyster Capital) and Plettenberg Bay. Attractions in the Tsitsikamma Forest area include the Big Tree and the scenic Storms River Mouth. Your tour ends in Port Elizabeth with an afternoon drop off at your hotel.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

4 star Protea Hotel Marine

DAY 7: PORT ELIZABETH - DURBAN

Morning at leisure, semi-private transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for flight to Durban (not included). Semi-private transfer from Durban International Airport to your hotel.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

4 star Protea Hotel Umhlanga or similar

DAY 8: SHAKALAND

Optional full day tour of Shakaland. Depart Durban and travel to Eshowe and the authentic Zulu Kraal of Shakaland. Feel the pulsating rhythm of Africa as you re-live the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulus. Experience the sight of assegaai wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of Sangomas and witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and the beer making ceremony. Traditional Zulu lunch will be served. For those not taking the tour, enjoy the day at leisure. Please note that this excursion is not included in the package

price.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Protea Hotel Umhlanga or similar

DAY 9 - DURBAN - ST LUCIA - SAFARI

Morning departure from your hotel in Durban, traveling north through KwaZulu Natal towards St. Lucia, visit iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site (previously known as The Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park). Enjoy a river cruise on the estuary and view prolific wetlands bird life, fish eagles, hippo and crocodiles. Enjoy a game drive in your closed vehicle through the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Arrive at your Maputaland Game Reserve late afternoon . Enjoy dinner served under the African sky (weather permitting).

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

4 star Ubizane Game Reserve or similar

DAY 10 - SWAZILAND - HAZYVIEW

After an early breakfast, travel via the town of Mkuze and enter the Kingdom of Swaziland. Travel via the Lebombo Mountains through North-Eastern Swaziland. Re-enter South Africa and travel through Kruger National Park to arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon. Relax and enjoy dinner in the elegant dining room.

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

4 star Casa do Sol Hotel or similar

DAY 11 - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - LIMPOPO - SAFARI

Breakfast early and enter the world famous Kruger National Park established in 1898. This national park spans over two million hectares in unrivalled diversity of flora and fauna. Spend the day in search of the Big 5, general wildlife and prolific bird life. Exit the park at Orpen Gate and arrive at your private game lodge for afternoon tea. Enjoy an evening game drive in an open safari vehicle. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

4 star Makalali Private Game Reserve or similar

DAY 12 - SAFARI - PANORAMA ROUTE - PILGRIMS REST - SABIE

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. Experience the breathtaking Panorama Route featuring the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window. Continue to the quaint mining town of Pilgrim's Rest, Mac Mac Waterfalls and Sabie. A dinner at the lodge completes the day.

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

Lone Creek River Lodge (Timber Cottages) or similar

DAY 13 - SABIE - LYDENBURG - DULLSTROOM - JOHANNESBURG

After a hearty breakfast on the verandah overlooking the Sabi River, our journey to Johannesburg begins with a visit to the Lone Creek Waterfall. Travel over the historic Long Tom Pass to the towns of Lydenburg, Dullstroom and Witbank. Drop off at your hotel.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Protea Hotel Wanderers or similar

DAY 14: SOWETO

Enjoy a morning tour of Soweto (English Only), including a fascinating glimpse of bustling neighbourhood life, two Nobel Prizewinners' previous residences, the Hector Peterson memorial and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Return to your hotel by lunchtime and continue on a private transfer to OR Tambo International Airport in time for your homebound flight.

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Highlights
  • Simons Town and Boulders Beach
  • Magnificent Natal Coastline
  • Garden Route
  • Barrydale
  • Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch
  • Panorama Route
  • Game viewing in the Kruger National Park
  • Cape Point
  • Experience the Zulu Culture
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park
Inclusions
Includes Game Drives

Excludes Flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban