South African Surprise
 
   
South African Surprise
   
 

South African Surprise 15Days


Day 1: (Sun) Johannesburg

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure 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 travellers.   Accommodation: Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]

Day 2: (Mon) 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.   Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]   Distance travelled today: 500 kms

Day 3: (Tue) Kruger National Park (PB)

We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle. Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. 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. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure.   Optional excursions available [ at an additional cost ]   * A morning and/or afternoon open vehicle safari in the Kruger National Park - with a highly qualified field guide who is eager to share their knowledge and passion for this unique wilderness area - Priced from ZAR 990 / ZAR 915       * Afternoon Elephant Interaction – an opportunity for guests to touch, feed and brush down these magnificent animals - Priced from ZAR 638   Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar [ Bed and Packed Breakfast ]   Distance travelled today: 200 kms

Day 4: (Wed) Swaziland (BB)

This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture   Accommodation: Mantenga Lodge or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]   Distance travelled today: 290 kms

Day 5: (Thu) St Lucia and surrounds (BB)

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. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay.   Optional excursions available [ at an additional cost ]       * An afternoon open vehicle safari in the Hluhluwe -iMfolozi Park -an opportunity to spot both Black and White Rhino's and revel in the beautiful Zululand scenery - Priced from ZAR 575 per person   Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]   Distance travelled today: 435 kms

Day 6: (Fri) St Lucia and surrounds / Durban

Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.   Optional excursions available [ at an additional cost ]       * Game viewing boat cruise in St Lucia - getting up close with the sights and sounds of hippos and crocodiles and marvelling at the plentiful bird life - Priced from ZAR 240 per person   Accommodation: Garden Court South Beach or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]   Distance travelled: 290 kms

Day 7: (Sat) Drakensberg (BB,BD)

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps enjoy a stroll along Durban’s golden mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains .   We proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high 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 (own account).   Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar [ Bed, Breakfast, Buffet Dinner ]   Distance travelled today: 255 kms

Day 8: (Sun) Drakensberg

Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains.   Optional excursions available [ at an additional cost ]       * A 4 x 4 adventure tour up the Sani Pass and up into the tiny mountain Kingdom of Lesotho [ Passport required / Visa may be required dependent on your Nationality ] - includes lunch at the highest Pub in Africa   Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar [ Bed, Breakfast, Buffet Dinner ]

Day 9: (Mon) Eastern Cape Coast (BB, BD)

This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.   Accommodation: Crawfords Beach Lodge or similar [ Bed, Breakfast, Buffet Dinner ]   Distance travelled today: 520 kms

Day 10: (Tue) Eastern Cape Coast

We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. We set off after lunch heading south to Port Elizabeth.   Accommodation: The Paxton Hotel or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]   Distance travelled today: 340 kms

Day 11: (Wed) 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.   Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar [ Bed , Breakfast & Dinner ]   Distance travelled today: 300 kms

Day 12: (Thu) 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. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites.   Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]   Distance travelled today: 315 kms

Day 13: (Fri) 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.   Optional activities available [ at an additional cost ]   * Kaapse stories - an evening of savouring delicious Cape Food and captivating theatre which regales the audience with tales and songs about the people of the Cape - at Richard's Bistro - Priced from ZAR 420 per person   Accommodation: Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]   Distance travelled today: 540 kms

Day 14: (Sat) Cape Town

Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this beautiful city   Optional excursions available [ at an additional cost ]   * Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour - a Full day exploring the dramatic coastline of the Cape Peninsula, including a visit to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve - Priced from ZAR 770 per person       * Full Day Cape Winelands Tour - a superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional Winelands region and heavenly scenery - Priced from ZAR 770 per person   Accommodation: Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ]

Day 15: (Sun) Cape Town [ Breakfast included ]

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.

 

EXHILARATING OPTIONAL EXTRAS – for your own account

    Open vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park.
    Open vehicle safaris in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
    Game viewing boat cruise in St Lucia.
    4x4 Adventure tour up Sani Pass and into Lesotho (Passport required).
    Full day tour to the Cape Winelands.
    Scenic full day Cape Peninsula Tour.



All packages depart with a minimum of 2 passengers travelling together.

Included:

    Dining Inclusions: 14 Breakfasts. 4 Dinners.
    Arrival airport shuttle transfer and departure transfer included.
    Morning visit to the Kruger National Park.
    Kruger National Park Conservation Levy included.
    Hotel porterage included.

(Please note that conservation levies are subject to increase without prior notice and is at the discretion of the game park.)

Please Note

    Accommodation check in on Day 1 is from 14h00.
    Shuttle service on Day 1 starts at 06h15 and ends at 22h45.
    If you are arriving on a very early morning flight or late evening flight please inform your tour operator in order to make alternative transfer arrangements.

 

DEPARTURES ALL TAKE PLACE ON SET  SUNDAY FOR 2017 departures

    16 August
    06 / 20 September
    11 / 25 October
    15 November
    06 December