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16 Day South Africa Odyssey - [SJC16]
Kruger National Park
Cape Town - City
South Africa Odyssey
Journey Through the Spectacular Kaleidoscope of South Africa
You will take in the great highlights South Africa has to offer, such as the world-famous Kruger National Park, the rich cultural heritage and evocative beauty of Swaziland and Zululand, the vibrant coastal cities of Durban and Port Elizabeth, the splendour of the Garden Route and the Cape Winelands, finishing with a leisurely stay in Africa’s most beautiful city, Cape Town.
- Big 5 game-viewing in the pristine wilderness of South Africa’s premier game reserve, the Kruger National Park - Fascinating cultures of Southern Africa’s pastoral Swazi and Zulu kingdoms; and the modern beat of the popular Indian Ocean beach cities - The beauty and sophistication of the Cape, with its glorious Garden Route, its world-class Winelands and the world’s most desirable city, Cape Town
Day One On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. It is also the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. The remainder of the day is at leisure & unescorted. Why not enjoy a sightseeing tour or simply relax at your hotel.
Day Two Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”. We’ll drive along the spectacular “Panorama Route”, offering views of amazing scenery including the 26 kilometre-long Blyde River Canyon and historic God’s Window, a breathtaking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. Continue to an area near Hazyview for your overnight stay. [B]
Day Three Enjoy an early morning game drive in the Kruger National Park with a packed breakfast. Kruger is one of the world’s greatest national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. Search for the ‘Big Five’ (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant) as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. Late afternoon open vehicle game drives are available (optional & for own account). [B]
Day Four The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. The park offers some of the best game viewing and wildlife opportunities in the world – and the visitor will soon appreciate the challenges of managing this unique reserve. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel or you can join us on our Community visit to the Sizabantwana Children Care Centre for a tour and a brief look into the lives of the children that attend the centre. This visit offers you the opportunity to understand more about the rural communities and their lifestyles and to interact with them in a secure and optimistic environment. Return to your hotel where open -vehicle game drives are available (optional and for own account). [B]
Day Five This morning we travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. Visit the Ngwenya glass factory, where visitors can watch talented glass blowers create a range of enchanting African animals, birds and fish, as well as tableware, made from 100% recycled glass that is collected by the children of Swaziland. In the afternoon the opportunity exists for a complimentary (optional) excursion to a Swazi candle factory, where visitors can watch Swazi wax artists make beautiful candles. Overnight in Swaziland. [B]
Day Six After breakfast you will continue south through Swaziland, before re-entering South Africa. Travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. Enjoy an afternoon game drive before continuing to your hotel in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region. Overnight Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region. [B]
Day Seven After breakfast, travel to a traditional Zulu village to experience the local culture, dancing and a delicious ethnic lunch. The journey continues to Durban, passing traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. Overnight in Durban. [BL]
Day Eight After breakfast, transfer to Durban airport for the short southward flight to Port Elizabeth, where you will be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore. Port Elizabeth, known as the “friendly city”, has a wonderful climate and offers plenty to see and do (for own account). Overnight in Port Elizabeth. [B]
Day Nine Head westwards along the Garden Route, which follows the Indian Ocean coastline and is bordered inland by soaring mountain ranges and indigenous forests. You will visit the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park and Storm's River Mouth on your way along the coast. You’ll arrive at your hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore the town. Overnight in Knysna. [BD]
Day Ten After a leisurely breakfast you’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. [BL]
Day Eleven Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. You’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Late afternoon you will travel to your hotel in time to check in and relax before dinner. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [BD]
Day Twelve After breakfast, travel through the ‘Little Karoo’ to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before continuing to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. (The school visit is subject to school being open) Continue to Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in South Africa, surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountains with vineyards as a backdrop. [B]
Day Thirteen After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a wine tasting in the Stellenbosch area, arguably the country’s most famous wine route. Then finally onto Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain where the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore the city (unescorted).
Day Fourteen A full day at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (own account) or simply explore the city. Although a small city,Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. There is also the Two Oceans Aquarium,Robben Islandor alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many beaches. Overnight in Cape Town. [B]
Day Fifteen After a relaxing breakfast, you’ll have a full day at leisure. Why not join an optional tour of the Cape Peninsula (own account). Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay and then to Cape Point where (by tradition) it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Return to Cape Town through the historic naval base of Simon’s Town and Muizenberg to visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a centre for the preservation of the region’s unique flora. Overnight in Cape Town. [B]
Day Sixteen Enjoy some last minute shopping (unescorted) or sightseeing (own account). The Robben Island Tour, which departs from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offers a fascinating excursion or perhaps just wander through the variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets. Later you will be transferred to the airport, harbour or railway station for your onward journey. [B]
Day 1 - Sandton Sun Deep in the heart of Johannesburg’s upmarket financial and retail district, the Sandton Sun offers travelers an oasis of luxury and top quality service. Following a contemporary African style, rooms are lavishly furnished with full amenities and large windows to revel in the views. Dine in the exclusive hotel restaurant or high above the sparking city lights around roaring fire pits on the open air San deck. Indulge yourself at the Sandton Sun Spa after a day of sightseeing or shopping.
Day 2, Day 3 & Day 4 - Sabi River Sun Lifestyle Resort (superior) Situated on the banks of the Sabie River, just outside the world-famous Kruger National Park, the Sabie River Sun Lifestyle Resort offers home away from home convenience and comfort in a spectacular sub-tropical setting. The resort boasts 5 swimming pools, various sporting facilities and a pampering spa. The comfortable rooms with tranquil garden views are all en suite and include all modern amenities. Enjoy meals and refreshments at the Sesonke Restaurant and the Pool Terrace.
Day 5 - Royal Swazi Sun In a lush valley in the Kingdom of Swaziland lies the sensational 4-star Royal Swazi Sun. This regal hotel may be set in a classic colonial style but it offers the best of modern amenities and service. Characterised by sweeping verandas, huge oak trees and gracious wide-open spaces, the Swazi Sun is offers a special experience. Spacious luxury en suite rooms offer sweeping panoramic views of the valley. Revitalise your mind and body at the Royal Swazi Sun’s renowned Spa. After the sun goes down enjoy a meal or a drink at a variety of first class restaurants and bars or try your luck in the casino.
Day 6 - Protea Hotel Umfolozi River Superior Situated close to the world-renowned Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, this hotel is set in a lush, tranquil garden with a sparkling swimming pool. The tastefully decorated rooms are en suite and offer all modern amenities. Relax at the Inkosi Bar or on the Sundowner deck. Enjoying dining at the Rivers Restaurant or the under the stars in the Folozi Lapa.
Day 7 - Protea Hotel Edward Sea Facing Room With its elegant, restored Art Deco façade and modernised interior, the historic Protea Hotel Edward occupies a stately position on Durban’s beachfront, the Golden Mile. The spacious en suite rooms are equipped with the necessary modern amenities, comfortable finishings and many, have wonderful Indian Ocean views. Enjoy sundowners or cocktails at the Causerie Bar, and a la carte or buffet dining at Brasserie Restaurant. Relax around the roof-top swimming pool or in the gracious hotel lounge.
Day 8 - Protea Hotel Marine Sea Facing Room Overlooking the sun-drenched sands of Pollock Beach, with sweeping views of Algoa Bay, this hotel, in the heart of the Friendly City, is renowned for its quality facilities, personal service and comfortable atmosphere. The well-appointed rooms are en suite and offer the necessary modern amenities and stunning sea views. Enjoy sundowners at the Deck Cocktail Bar and dining at the La Mer Restaurant. The hotel has a swimming pool and gym facilities.
Day 9 & 10 - Protea Hotel Knysna Quays Superior (Lagoon Facing Room) The Protea Hotel Knysna Quays is set right on the lagoon at the heart of the stylish Knysna Quays Waterfront, surrounded by the best of Knysna’s trendy shopping and dining. Comfortable and convenient, accommodation is in spacious en suite rooms overlooking the Knysna lagoon and the historical train station. There is a breakfast restaurant, a heated outdoor swimming pool and all modern conveniences are catered for.
Day 11 - Hlangana Lodge Superior Situated just outside of Oudtshoorn, within walking distance of some of town’s finest restaurants, Hlangana Lodge is a pretty guest house set in a picturesque garden with a sparkling swimming pool. The attractive and comfortable en suite rooms offer all modern amenities and lead out onto a deep, tranquil veranda with refreshing garden views. Hlangana Lodge is committed to responsible tourism and provides a high level of caring, attentive service.
Day 12 - D'ouwe Werf Superior Established in 1802, d’Ouwe Werf is South Africa’s oldest and most historic hotel, and it has defined hospitality and fine dining for centuries. Located on vibrant Church Street in Stellenbosch, the hotel retains the graceful ambiance of its original Georgian style while offering every modern facility. Dine at the 1802 Restaurant, renowned for its traditional and international cuisine with its famed wine list of world-class South African wines. Relax at the pool in the tranquil haven of the beautiful gardens or enjoy tea and cake in the outdoor vine-covered coffee garden. Accommodation is in gracious rooms with en suite bathrooms, and every convenience is provided.
Day 13, Day 14 & Day 15 - Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel Experience a contemporary luxury design perfectly married with the rich cultural heritage of Cape Town, the Southern Sun Cullinan is located in walking distance of the city’s best business and leisure destinations. Rooms enjoy en-suite luxury bathrooms as well as sensational views of Table Mountain and the surrounding sites. Enjoy dinner and a cocktail in the fabulous Star Bar and Terrace, the world class service and personal attention will ensure your stay in Cape Town is unforgettable.
- Flight: Durban - Port Elizabeth (DUR/PLZ) and departure tax. - Any additional personal expenses and purchases - Any activities and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Subject to minimum 2 guests. - Please note that the guests will be travelling on the same vehicle, but will be dropped off at different accommodation, depending on their accommodation choices. - Flights: Please book flights to depart Durban after 12h30. All departures in English. German/English on selected departures. - Private Game Lodge Option Opportunity to incorporate a 1 night stay at a luxury lodge in the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve on this tour. - Sabi Sabi Supplement (excl. 20/12/2013 - 06/01/2014): - Per person sharing: R5 360.00, Single Supplement: R2 500.00