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Classic South Africa

From £2831.00
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Departing by Air
Duration 17 Days
Available Until November 2022

Stunning sights, Big Five game safaris, the Garden Route, the Cape Winelands and beautiful Cape Town.

Discover extraordinary, surprising, incredibly varied and totally absorbing South Africa on this tremendous value, hugely exciting escorted tour. Encounter the traditions and cultures of an ancient people before discovering some truly awe-inspiring scenery en route to the famous Kruger National Park to search for ‘Big Five’ game. Visit tiny Eswatini and the Zulu War battlegrounds, before flying to friendly Port Elizabeth and the exquisite ‘Garden Route’. The verdant Winelands and the glorious Cape complete an unforgettable holiday.

What You’ll Love

  • Experience the colourful traditions of the Lesedi Cultural Village
  • Visit the Apartheid Museum and Liliesleaf
  • Enjoy a full day’s Game Drive in the Kruger National Park
  • Stunning scenery on the panoramic route, including God’s Window
  • Visit tiny Eswatini
  • Learn about the battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift
  • Visits to charming Knysna and Hermanus
  • See the extraordinary Cango Caves and visit an Ostrich Farm
  • Stay in the heart of the scenic Winelands
  • Journey through the Cape Peninsula to enjoy three days in Cape Town14 nights’ carefully chosen bed and breakfast accommodation, plus two nights on the aircraft
  • Two lunches and dinner on five nights
  • Outbound flight to Johannesburg, an internal flight between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, and returning from Cape Town via Johannesburg
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Alternative Departures

Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.

Itinerary

Day One

Fly south to Johannesburg.

Day Two

Fly to Johannesburg and upon arrival meet your tour manager and transfer to the Lesedi Cultural Village, for a two-night stay in traditional surroundings – with rooms with modern conveniences – in the heart of the World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind. Enjoy dinner and your first night under the African sky.

This evening, enjoy the hospitality of your Lesedi hosts, Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes-people who will introduce their cultures, show you their homes and demonstrate traditional music and dancing.

Day Three

The 28-acre Lilliesleaf farmstead served as the headquarters of the African National Congress and Umkhonto we Sizwe (the ‘Spear of the Nation’) until a security police raid in 1963, which led to the trial and imprisonment of the organisations’ leaders, including Nelson Mandela. Visits to the award-winning site and Johannesburg’s moving Apartheid Museum will provide the historical background to today’s democratic South Africa.

Return to Lesedi for a second evening.

Day Four

Following an early breakfast, bid farewell to Lesedi and journey into Mpumalanga, bordered by the vast Kruger National Park. Upon arrival, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day Five

Make sure you take your camera as you head out for a scenic day’s drive on the famous Panorama Route. with sweeping views over the Blyde River Canyon!

The tour will take in the Three Rondavels, a trio of rocky outcrops, shaped like a traditional Zulu beehive hut, and God’s Window, named for its sweeping panoramic views of the Lowveld and lush forest-clad ravines below. God’s Window is part of a 160-mile-long network of sheer cliffs that boast wonderful views. When you get there, you’ll see why it’s called God’s Window.

Stop for lunch at Graskop (payable locally), then continue to your lodge near Kruger, where you can relax by the pool and enjoy a classic South African sunset.

Day Six

Begin the day early and drive the 15 minutes to Africa’s oldest wildlife conservation area, home to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife species in their natural habitat. Enjoy a full-day game drive, with a packed picnic breakfast and the chance to buy lunch at a rest-stop, and from your open-topped vehicle and with luck you might encounter impala, wildebeest, giraffe and zebra, and the ‘Big Five’ of lion, rhino, elephant, leopard and buffalo. Return to your lodge enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day Seven

Today you’ll cross the border into the tiny Kingdom of Eswatini, a former British Protectorate still boasting a colonial feel with traditional heritage, and the friendly, warm welcome for visitors. En route, you’ll stop at curio shops and cultural centres, before continuing on into Kwazulu-Natal and an overnight stay at a wonderful hot springs resort. Enjoy a therapeutic soak before dinner.

Day Eight

Join a specialist battlefields guide who will introduce you to the tumultuous history of the Zulu Wars, and to the battlefields of Isandlwana and, most famously, Rorke’s Drift, the latter immortalised in the 1964 movie Zulu. A fascinating day includes lunch, before you head to the hotel in time for dinner.

Day Nine

An early start this morning sees you return to Johannesburg airport and a flight south to bustling, friendly Port Elizabeth’. Upon arrival, meet your tour manager for the next few days and transfer to your overnight hotel. A hugely popular beach-resort, modern ‘P E’ still offers glimpses of Victorian grandeur, with plenty of options should you wish to dine out this evening.

Day 10

Begin your journey along the famously scenic Garden Route to Mossel Bay, pausing in charming seaside town of Knysna. Take an optional cruise across the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, if you wish, or enjoy this vibrant town before continuing to Mossel Bay.

Day 11

This morning, visit the world-renowned Cango Caves, with their stalactites and stalagmites, formed over millions of years. You’ll then head to Oudtshoorn, the ‘Ostrich Capital of the World’, in the heart of the ‘Little Karoo’ plain. The world’s strangest, largest and often most valuable bird has been farmed here for 130 years, first for its plumage and more recently for its high-protein, low-cholesterol meat. Enjoy a taste at an included lunch, after which you’ll return to Mossel Bay for a second evening.

Day 12

Bid farewell to Mossel Bay and head along the Garden Route to the Atlantic coast town of Hermanus, a famed whalewatching centre from July to November. Pause at Stony Point for a glimpse of its penguin colony, before heading into the beautiful, verdant Cape Winelands region, for an overnight stay in a hotel overlooking the Stellenbosch mountains.

Day 13

Enjoy today’s tour of rolling vineyard-covered hills and valleys dotted with villages built in ‘Cape Dutch’, Edwardian and Art-Deco styles. After exploring Stellenbosch, you’ll call at Franschhoek, the culinary capital of the Western Cape.

During the tour, enjoy two tastings and the opportunity to purchase some wines, before you make the unforgettable journey across the Western Cape to Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautifully located cities, for a last three-night stay. Enjoy a first evening, perhaps enjoying the delights of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with its complex of shops, theatres, bars and restaurants.

If weather allows, enjoy an included cable car ride to stunning Table Mountain, alternatively this can be enjoyed on day 14 or 15.

Day 14

On a last touring day, weather permitting, take the Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the world’s most thrilling coastal roads, into the Cape Point Peninsula. See treacherous Cape Point, in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, and after a lunch stop in Simon’s Town, overlooking False Bay, make the journey back into Cape Town and a second evening, where you’ll call at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Day 15

Today is free to rest and relax and enjoy the city, perhaps wandering through the historic Bo-Kaap district of Dutch colonial houses, strolling through the horticultural paradise of The Company’s Gardens, catching a catamaran to infamous Robben Island, former ‘home’ to Nelson Mandela, or making an unforgettable ascent of Table Mountain, taking in the panorama from a rotating cable car as it climbs to the summit, with its stupendous views of the city and beyond.

Enjoy a last evening in Cape Town.

Day 16

Make the most of your last day in Cape Town, before transferring this afternoon to the airport and the return overnight flight.

Day 17

Arrival back in the UK, at the end of a truly wonderful South African experience.


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