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South African Safari Tour

Blyde Canyon
Blyde Canyon
Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
Cape Town city beach
Cape Town city beach
Knysna
Knysna
Knysna Beach
Knysna Beach
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park Safari riding
Kruger National Park Safari riding
Giraffes at the Kruger National Park
Giraffes at the Kruger National Park
Lions at the Kruger National Park
Lions at the Kruger National Park
Zebras at the Kruger National Park
Zebras at the Kruger National Park
14-Day Tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Guests will arrive in Cape Town, the first stop of the entire trip. There, you’ll get to visit places that preserve the local and even endangered wildlife for people to learn about them and their predicaments. You’ll visit caves, explore parks, check out farms, and many other places where animals and nature still thrive and survive. Aside from nature visits, cruises through special birdwatching lagoons and exploring places where Zulu culture has been preserved for modern audiences to appreciate.There will also be fun shopping trips and factory visits so you can do some souvenir shopping along the way. Buy yourself something to remember the trip by before your departure back home in Johannnesburg
Overview
Be welcomed to the beauty of the African continent through this trip to the adventure-filled south. You’ll be assisted through this memorable journey by a local guide who will give you all the details as you go. You’ll experience seeing animals in their native habitats and marvel at the natural scenery and culture found there.
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Location: Cape Town, Mossel Bay, George, Umhlanga, Hluhluwe, Swaziland, Kruger National Park Area, Mpumalanga, Johannesburg

Departure Date: between May 1 and October 31, 2018

Day 1: Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Check in to your hotel and prepare for a fascinating journey.

Day 2: Cape Town

This morning, a walking tour introduces you to Cape Town’s famous and historic landmarks. Stroll along Government Avenue to see St. George’s Cathedral, Parliament, and much more. Next, you’ll enter The Company’s Garden, a beautiful oasis in the city, en route to Green Market Square, which at different times has been a fruit and vegetable market and even a slave market. Next, visit Table Mountain for a cable-car ride to the top (weather permitting) for stunning views of the city and its surroundings. In the afternoon, take a scenic drive south through the fishing village of Hout Bay before ascending Chapman’s Peak Drive, which skirts the rocky coastline and is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Continue on to Cape Point Nature Reserve for stops at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point on the African continent. Here, take a funicular ride to the steps of the old lighthouse for spectacular panoramic views. Return to Cape Town and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

NOTE: Each year, generally in early August, the Table Mountain cableway closes for yearly maintenance. During this time, we will visit Signal Hill for views over the city. (B)

Day 3: Cape Town

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape winelands for wine tasting, or cruise to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Your Tour Director has suggestions to help you make the most of your day. (B)

Day 4: Cape Town–Stony Point Nature Reserve–Hermanus–Mossel Bay

This morning, depart Cape Town and drive to Stony Point Nature Reserve to see a Colony of endangered African Penguins. Known for the unique sound they make, these penguins grow to an average height of two feet and live in burrows and rock crevices along the beach. Stop in Hermanus for independent exploration before reaching Mossel Bay for the evening. (B)

Day 5: Mossel Bay–Oudtoshoorn–George

Drive north to Oudtshoorn and stop for a visit of the Cango Caves to see the stunning limestone rock formations. You will also visit a local OSTRICH FARM. Continue on to George. (B/L)

Day 6: George. Knysna Excursion

Today, take a relaxing cruise on Knysna Lagoon to see a variety of bird and marine life. You will have some time to explore the Knysna waterfront before returning to your hotel. (B)

Day 7: George–Tsitsikamma National Park–Durban–Umhlanga

This morning, visit nearby Tsitsikamma National Park and walk through the spectacular coastal forest. Continue on to Port Elizabeth, where you will board your flight to Durban. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in nearby Umhlanga for the evening. (B)

Day 8: Umhlanga–Shakaland–Hluhluwe Today, visit Shakaland, a replica of a traditional Zulu homestead and living monument to their culture. Here, learn more about Zulu history and see how they hand craft ceramics and brew beer. This afternoon, drive to Hluhluwe. (B/L/D)

Day 9: Hluhluwe

This morning, take a game drive in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed wildlife reserve in all of Africa. The park is home to the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. You also have the chance to see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and much more! After time to rest, embark on an afternoon boat ride on Lake St. Lucia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the cruise, you are likely to spot hippo, Nile crocodile, and a variety of bird life. (B/D)

Day 10: Hluhluwe–Swaziland

Today, drive to Swaziland. En route, stop at a local market and visit a glass factory where glass blowers use recycled glass to create stemware, animals, and more. (B)

Day 11: Swaziland–Kruger National Park Area

Depart Swaziland and head north for the Kruger area. After lunch, explore world-renowned Kruger National Park on an afternoon game drives with an experienced guide. Be sure to watch for kudu, impala, giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, and more. As darkness descends, your guide will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals. Return to your lodge for dinner.

Day 12: Kruger Area

Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your early morning game drive. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. The rest of the day is at your leisure for independent activities. Perhaps book a spa treatment, relax at the pool, or go on one last game drive.

Day 13: Kruger Area–Mpumalanga Today, drive along the Panoramic Route known for its dramatic landscapes. Along the way, drive through Blyde River Canyon and stop to see God’s Window the Three Rondavels, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes with its stunning rock formations carved by the Blyde River. (B)

Day 14: Mpumalanga–Pretoria–Johannesberg–Departure

Drive to Pretoria to see the Voortrekker Monument and Union Buildings. Continue on to Johannesburg, where your tour ends at the airport. Book homebound flights after 4 pm. (Breakfast)

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Legends: B-breakfast; L-lunch; D-dinner

What To Try:

  • Go on a fun safari
  • Check out nature reserves where endangered animals are protected
  • Go on a food trip to test out exotic South African dishes
  • Enjoy Africa’s beautiful nature
  • Go spelunking in the Cango Caves
  • Observe and feed ostriches

What To See:

  • Cape Town - a coastal city within South Africa, it is the second most prominent population in the country, the first being Johannesburg. Well-developed and surrounded in a natural setting with a good climate, it is definitely a popular place for tourists to explore and stay in.
  • Oudtshoorn - Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world and is home to the Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system, and the Swartberg mountain range, which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.
  • Johannesburg - Also called Jozi, Joburg and Egoli, it is the largest city in South Africa and is one of the 50 largest urban areas across the globe. The city is found in the mineral-rich Witwatersrand hills and is a center for gold and diamond trading.

Local Eats:

  • Chakalaka & pap - Chakalaka is made out of veggies like onions, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beans and spices. This dish is also best served cold. Pap, on the other hand, means 'porridge' and is a starchy dish made from white corn maize. Chakalaka and pap are usually served together along with meat, bread, salad and stews.
  • Braai/Shisa nyama - Braai or shisa nyama means 'burn the meat' in Zulu and is a must-try food experience you don’t want to miss. The types of meat range from beef, chicken, pork, lamb and vors (sausages).
  • Bunny chow - These are popular street food items across South Africa. Hollow loaves of bread are filled with spicy curry. There are a few varieties to them, including pork, chicken, and even vegetarian ones.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy and subject to change without prior notice. Rates do not include airfares. Other terms and conditions apply.