South African Surprise

Johannesburg - Cape Town (or reverse)
Duration: 15 Days
Departs: Johannesburg Hotels
Returns: Cape Town hotels

An unforgettable 15 days travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town stopping at all the highlights, including the Blyde River Canyon, the Kruger National Park, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Ukhahlamba-DrakensbergEscarpment.

Our tour leaves for Mpumalanga from Johannesburg, dropping quickly into the lush subtropical environment of the Lowveld before we explore the Panorama Route and sights such as MacMac Falls and the Blyde River Canyon before settling in Hazyview for the next two nights. While in Hazyview we take the time to explore the Kruger National Park, an internationally renowned 2 million hectare game reserve that is home to abundant wildlife.

From Hazyview we continue our journey as we enter Swaziland and visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory before returning to South African soils in KwaZulu Natal; the land of Zulus, British, battles and wildlife. Slowly winding our way down the coast from St Lucia to Durban we marvel at the World Heritage site of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and gasp at the antics of the local hippos and crocs before arriving in Durban.

On day 7 we leave the bustling metropolis of Durban behind and literally 'head for the hills' as we wander along The Midlands Meander towards the Southern Drakenberg. F

From the Drakensberg we enter the Eastern Cape where we slowly wind our way along the coast from East London, to Port Elizabeth and then along the Garden Route taking in the sights of Knysna, Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay before finally arriving at our destination; Cape Town.

Daily Planner
Day 1: Johannesburg

Upon arrival you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. You are under own arrangements until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travelers.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Protea Hotel Waterfront or similar

Day 2: Johannesburg / Hazyview

This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God's Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke's Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview.

Meals Dinner and Breakfast
Accommodation

Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

Day 3: Kruger National Park

A bright and early start to the day in order to enjoy the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in your closed vehicle. Enter the park and keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Spend the day in search of game before returning to your hotel.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Day 4: Hazyview / Swaziland

This morning after breakfast, check out and depart on your journey to Swaziland. We proceed south through to Malalane and then onto Swaziland. Visit the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory before arriving at the hotel for overnight stay.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Lugogo Sun or similar

Day 5: Swaziland / St Lucia and surrounds

This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. The World Heritage Site of St Lucia offers the opportunity of sighting many hippos, crocodile and bird life.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Protea Hotel St Lucia or similar

Day 6: St Lucia and surrounds / Durban

Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning open safari game drive (own account) before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. We visit the Botanic Gardens and continue with a city centre orientation tour before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

Tropicana Hotel or similar

Day 7: Durban / Drakensberg

Today we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300 feet Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air.

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

Day 8: Drakensberg

Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains.

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

Day 9: Drakensberg / East London

This morning we depart and continue south to East London. En route we first stop at Umtata to visit the area where our most famous citizen, Nelson Mandela, was born and grew up. After visiting the museum dedicated to the life and achievements of this incredible man, we continue and arrive late afternoon in East London, the only river port in Southern Africa. Check in for your overnight accommodation.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

The Kennaway Hotel or similar

Day 10: Port Elizabeth

After breakfast, check out and travel through East London for a short orientation tour. Continue through 'Settler Country' via Port Alfred towards Grahamstown. Visit the 1820 Settler Memorial before continuing onto Port Elizabeth. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Port Elizabeth's beaches are magnificent and justifiably world famous.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

The Paxton Hotel or similar

Day 11: Port Elizabeth / Knysna

Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel, our base for the next 2 nights.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

Day 12: Oudtshoorn

After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the 'feather capital of the world' because of its ostrich industry. Visit the famous Cango Caves and an Ostrich Farm where you have the opportunity of riding one of these giant birds. Return to Knysna for overnight.

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

Day 13: Knysna / Cape Town

Today's journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Hollow on the Square or similar

Day 14: Cape Town

Enjoy a day of leisure in the 'Mother City' and a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation

Hollow on the Square or similar

Day 15: Cape Town

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00 after which the remainder of the day will be under your own arrangements.

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Giraffe's spotted while on gae drive with Thompsons Tours
Highlights
  • Kingdom of KwaZulu Natal
  • Umtata
  • Tsitsikamma Forest
  • Gods Window
  • Southern Midlands Meander Route
  • 1820 Settler Memorial
  • Cango Caves
  • City tour of Durban
  • Feather Capital of the World
  • Outeniqua Pass
  • Kruger National Park
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Storms River Mouth
  • Mother City
  • Bourkes Luck Potholes
  • Panorama Route
  • Zululand
  • Southern Drakensberg Mountains
  • Ostrich Farm
Inclusions
Includes Transportation, Accommodation, 14 breakfasts and 5 dinners included, Game Drives, Entrance into attractions.

Excludes Lunch and some Dinners. Items of a personal nature.