13 Day South African Essentials

Discover all the essentials and classic experiences that South Africa has to offer, from finding the ‘Big 5’ in the Kruger National Park, to the Winelands of the Cape. In between, explore iSimangaliso Wetland Park, as well as the beauty of the Garden Route.
HIGHLIGHTS
• Johannesburg City & Soweto experience
• Kruger National Park ‘Big 5’ game viewing
• Game viewing in a World Heritage Site
• See and hear Mandela’s story
• Beach hotels hospitality
• Wild Coast scenery and villages
• Experience crossing the Storms River suspension bridge
• Wine tasting on the world’s longest wine route
• Cape Point

per adult from

$2,423

NZD

Duration

13 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • 12x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 12 nights
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entrance Fees: Panorama Route sites, Kruger National Park and Garden Route National Park
    • Activity: River cruise
    • Green Seat - local community and wildlife contribution
    • Entry/Admission - Panorama Route
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Travel insurance, flights, airport transfers, porterage, visa fees and personal expenses
    • Meals: 13 lunches, 10 dinners
    • Optional Joburg & Soweto Highlights Half Day Tour
    • Optional full day game drives in an open safari vehicle in the Kruger National Park
    • Optional St Lucia Estuary boat cruise (in a World Heritage Site)
    • Optional tractor tour on a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
    • Optional Cango Caves heritage guided tour
    • Optional wine pairing and cellar tour
    • Optional Cape Town city and Table Mountain tour
    • Optional full day Cape Peninsula tour
    • Entry/Admission - Safari Ostrich Show Farm
    • Entry/Admission - The Cango Caves

  • Day 1: DAY OF ARRIVAL – AFTERNOON AT LEISURE in JOHANNESBURG (±30km)

    Stop At: Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg, Gauteng
    Arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport, transfer to hotel (own arrangements and for own account)
    Lunch (own arrangements and for own account)
    TDM representative will meet and assist guests at the hotel. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase optional day excursions if not pre-booked.
    Optional Johannesburg City afternoon tour (own account)
    TDM representative and tour guide to meet guests at the hotel for tour briefing at 18h30
    Dinner at hotel (own account)

    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika or similar

    Day 2: JOHANNESBURG to HAZYVIEW via PANORAMA ROUTE (±500km)

    Stop At: Panorama Route, R532 Blyde River Canyon, Graskop 1270 South Africa
    After breakfast, guests depart for the Panorama Route en route to Hazyview. The Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels is the world’s largest green canyon, and is the first stop along the Panorama Route. Guests visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Wonder View, the highest viewpoint on this route.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Graskop, Graskop, Mpumalanga
    Guests stop for lunch (own account) in Graskop, arriving in the late afternoon at the overnight accommodation on the fringe of Hazyview. Relax prior to a leisurely dinner (own account) at the hotel.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar

    Day 3: FULL DAY IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±250km)

    Stop At: Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park
    Guests travel to the iconic Kruger National Park after breakfast to experience a guided closed vehicle game drive. The Kruger National Park supports a variety of fauna and flora including some bird species rare and endemic to the area. Enjoy lunch (own account) at one of the park’s rest camps, before continuing on the bush adventure. An optional full day safari in an open safari vehicle is available (own account and excluding lunch). Guests exit the Kruger National Park and head back to the hotel to freshen up and enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) before dinner (own account).
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar

    Day 4: HAZYVIEW to MALELANE via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±200km)

    Stop At: Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park
    Guests enjoy an early breakfast before spending a second day on a guided closed vehicle game drive in the Kruger National Park. An optional full day safari in an open safari vehicle is available (own account and excluding lunch). Guests spend the day finding the ‘Big 5’ and many of the fauna and flora. Lunch (own account) at one of the park’s rest camps. Exit the park at Malelane Gate. Guests arrive in the late afternoon at the overnight accommodation, situated on the border of the famous park. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) on the deck overlooking the Crocodile River, before dinner at the hotel.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Pestana Kruger Lodge or similar

    Day 5: MALELANE to HLUHLUWE via ESWATINI (was SWAZILAND) (±420km)

    Stop At: Ezulwini, Ezulwini, Hhohho District
    Guests depart the hotel after an early breakfast and travel to Hluhluwe via the Kingdom of Eswatini (multiple entry to South Africa is essential). Ezulwini Valley is commonly known as the ‘Valley of Heaven’ and contains a number of notable wildlife sanctuaries and craft markets. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route. Guests re-enter South Africa and arrive early evening at the lodge in time for dinner (own account).
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris or similar

    Day 6: HLUHLUWE to PORT EDWARD via ST LUCIA (±480km)

    Stop At: iSimangaliso Wetland Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal
    After breakfast, the tour heads for St Lucia, where guests can enjoy a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (own account) within the World Heritage Site. View rare wildlife and birdlife, mangrove swamps and vegetated sand dunes that make for an interesting and educational cruise.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Port Edward, Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal
    The tour departs for Port Edward on the South Coast, with lunch en route (own account). Enjoy dinner out (own account) at one of the many resort’s restaurants.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Wild Coast Sun or similar

    Day 7: PORT EDWARD to MTHATHA (±280km)

    Stop At: Mthatha, Mthatha, Eastern Cape
    Guests enjoy the morning at leisure before departing for Mthatha, stopping for lunch en route (own account). The Mandela Route takes a scenic drive on the N2 highway to Mthatha. Arriving at the hotel in the late afternoon, guests freshen up before enjoying dinner at the hotel (own account).
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Garden Court Mthatha or similar

    Day 8: MTHATHA to PORT ALFRED (±365km)

    Pass By: Qunu, 5105, South Africa
    Guests enjoy an early breakfast and depart from Mthatha to the marina town of Port Alfred via Qunu, where Nelson Mandela was laid to rest and is still recognised as his family home.

    Stop At: Port Alfred, Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
    Guests continue south and enjoy lunch en route (own account), and arrive late afternoon at the hotel in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy refreshing drinks (own account) before savoring the delightful local cuisine.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at The Royal St Andrews Lodge or similar

    Day 9: PORT ALFRED to PLETTENBERG BAY via EASTERN GARDEN ROUTE (±380km)

    Stop At: Garden Route, Garden Route
    After an early breakfast, guests enjoy a boat cruise (weather permitting) along the scenic Kowie River before travelling inland along the Garden Route. The Garden Route derives its name from the ecologically diverse vegetation of the area found between the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma mountains. Guests enjoy lunch in Tsitsikamma (own account) and take a short walk to the suspension bridge of the Storms River Mouth.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Tsitsikamma National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park, Eastern Cape
    Guests enjoy lunch in Tsitsikamma (own account) and take a short walk to the suspension bridge of the Storms River Mouth.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Keurboomstrand, Keurboomstrand, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
    Guests arrive at the hotel in Keurboomstrand and enjoy time at leisure. Guests enjoy the ocean’s ambiance and dine at the resort restaurant (own account).
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at The Dunes Hotel & Resort or similar

    Day 10: PLETTENBERG BAY to OUDTSHOORN via CANGO CAVES (±160km)

    Stop At: Knysna Heads, Coney Glen Road, Knysna 6571 South Africa
    After a hearty breakfast, guests depart for Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, via Knysna. This morning’s excursion gives guests the opportunity to photograph the Knysna Lagoon and the Knysna Heads.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Safari Ostrich Show Farm, R328 Road 6 KM From Oudtshoorn Towards Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn 6620 South Africa
    Travelling inland to the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn, driving over the Outeniqua Pass, the tour arrives in time for lunch (own account) at an ostrich farm on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, where a tractor tour (own account) introduces guests to the ostrich industry.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: The Cango Caves, 328 Approximately 30km (19 miles) from town on the R, Oudtshoorn 6625 South Africa
    In the Cango Valley guests discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves (own account). Arriving at the hotel, guests enjoy the afternoon at leisure, and have the opportunity to explore the charming country setting and enjoy dinner (own account).
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Riempie Estate or similar

    Day 11: OUDTSHOORN to CAPE TOWN via CAPE WINELANDS (±450km)

    Stop At: Robertson Wine Valley, Robertson Wine Valley, Western Cape
    After breakfast, the tour journeys westwards, along Route 62 and via the Cape Winelands, to Cape Town. Route 62 is an iconic route with intoxicating and ever-changing landscapes and is possibly the world's longest wine route. Lunch en route (own account). Guests visit a wine estate for a cheese and wine pairing followed by a guided cellar tour in the Robertson Wine Valley (own account).
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Cape Town Central, Cape Town Central, Western Cape
    Arrive at their hotel in Cape Town. This evening’s dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel (own account), or one of the many world-class restaurants located in close proximity to the hotel.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl or similar

    Day 12: FULL DAY AT LEISURE in CAPE TOWN

    Stop At: Cape Town Central, Cape Town Central, Western Cape
    Cape Town boasts a wide variety of activities and attractions, including an impressive mountain range, an inviting night life, extensive shopping venues, world-class art and cultural events. After breakfast, guests spend the morning at leisure discovering the Mother City or join an optional, guided full day Cape Point tour (own account) including Cape Point, Boulder's Beach (entrance fee for own account) and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Dine out or at the hotel (own account).

    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl or similar

    Day 13: DAY OF DEPARTURE – MORNING AT LEISURE in CAPE TOWN

    Stop At: Cape Town Central, Cape Town Central, Western Cape
    Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel before spending the last day of the tour at leisure. Guests can select an optional Table Mountain and City Tour (own account). Table Mountain is a unique conservation area and affords its visitors the best views of Cape Town. Guests can enjoy the revolving cable car ride up the mountain (own account and weather permitting). The tour continues through the Malay Quarter, city centre and Company Gardens and time permitting, the Castle of Good Hope.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton, Maude St, Sandown, Sandton, 2126, South Africa
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Guests booked onto the optional city tour will be collected at 13h00 from Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika.
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl, 54 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Guests to bring along own face masks. A vehicle of appropriate size will be assigned to tour groups in accordance with the COVID-19 regulations.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

14

Organised by Sense of Africa, South Africa

Activity ID: V-158725P32

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