THE SOUTH AFRICAN ESSENTIALS (NORTHBOUND)

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The South African Essentials (Northbound)

Map Tour Information

Days / Nights 15 Days / 14 Nights
Min/Max Participants 2 – 28 per vehicle
Departure Selected Saturdays
10, 24 Nov – 2, 16, 30 Mar – 8, 22 Jun – 14, 28 Sep
5, 19 Jan – 13, 27 Apr – 6, 20 Jul – 12, 26 Oct
2, 16 Feb – 11, 25 May – 3, 17, 31 Aug
Accommodation Upper 3-star and 4-star hotels and private game lodges
Vehicle Luxury Sedan / Microbus / Coach
Driver/Guide Services of THETA registered driver guide throughout tour
Open Safari Vehicle Game drives with experienced ranger – where applicable
Languages Available English – German
Other language guides available on request or if booked on a private basis
Additional Information
HIGHLIGHTS

      *Cape Town sites *Taal Monument *Stellenbosch walking tour *Brandy tasting *Route 62 *Ostrich Farm *Cango Caves *Tsitsikamma Forest *Storms River Bridge *Grahamstown historical sites *River cruise *Nelson Mandela place of birth *Wild Coast *Durban beach front *iSimangaliso Wetland Park *Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game viewing *Swaziland cuisine *Kruger National Park game viewing *Pilgrim’s Rest *Wonder Window *Burke’s Luck Potholes * Blyde River Canyon * Dullstroom cuisine *Soweto

INCLUDING

  • Meals: 14 breakfasts; 4 dinners
  • Entrance fees: Taal Monument; Stellenbosch Walking Tour; Brandy Tasting; Cango Caves; Ostrich Farm; Storms River Bridge; Ocean Cruise; Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park conservation fee;
    Kruger National Park conservation fee; Blyde River Canyon; Burkes Luck Potholes; Wonder View

EXCLUDING

  • Visa
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any drinks
  • Tips
Tour Programme
Some of what you will see:
Cairo
Cape Town

Giza
Tall Monument
Sakara
Cango Caves
Khan Elkhalili
Plettenberg
Nile Cruise
Port Alferd
Aswan
Coffee Bay
Kom Ombo
Durban
Edfu
Hlane Royal park
Ethna
Kruger National Park
Luxor
Wonder View

Day 1 : Day of arrival – Cape Town

Arrival at Cape Town International Airport, transfer to hotel (own arrangements and for own account)
Lunch (own account)
At leisure or Optional Table Mountain & City afternoon tour (own account – pick-up at 12h30)
Scheduled tour briefing at 18h30 at the hotel
Dinner at hotel (own account)

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town or similar – Bed and Breakfast (3 star)

Day 2 : Full day at leisure in Cape Town

Breakfast at hotel
At leisure or Optional Cape Point full day tour (own account)
Lunch (own account)
Dinner at hotel (own account)

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town or similar – Bed and Breakfast (3 star)

Day 3 : Cape Town Stellenbosch via Cape Winelands

Breakfast at hotel
Taal Monument in Paarl (included)
Wine tasting and lunch (own account)
Stellenbosch Walking tour (included)
Arrive at hotel in afternoon
Dinner at hotel (own account)

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch or similar – Bed and Breakfast (3 star)

Day 4 : Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn via route 62

Breakfast at hotel
Brandy and chocolate tasting, factory tour at Klipdrift Distillery in Robertson (included)
Drive through Route 62 small towns or villages
Lunch in Barrydale (own account)
Arrive at hotel late afternoon
Time at leisure
Dinner at hotel (own account)

Protea Hotel Riempie Estate or similar – Bed and Breakfast (3 star)

Day 5 :Oudtshoorn to Plettenberg Bay via Cango Caves

Breakfast at hotel
Cango Caves (included)
Cango Ostrich Farm (included)
Lunch at Cango Ostrich Farm (own account)
Outeniqua Pass
Scenic drive through Knysna and stop at lookout point – views of Knysna Lagoon & Heads
Arrive at Keurboomstrand hotel, at leisure
Dinner at hotel (own account)

The Dunes Hotel & Resort or similar – Bed and Breakfast (hotel rooms 3 star)

Day 6 : Plettenberg Bay to Port Alfred via Eastern Garden Route & Karoo

Early breakfast at hotel
Storms River Bridge (included)
Lunch in Tsitsikamma (own account)
Grahamstown history and culture tour
Arrive at riverside hotel late afternoon
Dinner at hotel (own account)

Halyards Hotel or similar – Bed and Breakfast (3 star)

Day 7 : Port Alfred to Coffee Bay via Wild Coast

Breakfast at hotel
Morning river cruise (included – weather permitting)
Stop at Nelson Mandela’s place of birth
Lunch in a coastal town (own account)
Arrive at the beachfront hotel late afternoon
Dinner at hotel (included)

Ocean View Hotel or similar – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (3 star)

Day 8 : Full Day at Leisure

Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at hotel (own arrangements and account)
Dinner at hotel (included)

Ocean View Hotel or similar – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (3 star)

Day 9 : Coffee Bay to Durban via South Coast

Early breakfast at hotel
Drive with N2 highway, via Kokstad to KwaZulu-Natal
Lunch near Kokstad (own account)
Arrive at Durban beachfront hotel late afternoon
Dinner at hotel (own account)

Protea Hotel Edward or similar – Bed and Breakfast (4 star)

Day 10 : Durban to Hluhluwe via St Lucia

Early breakfast at hotel
Short orientation tour of Durban
Drive along the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast
At leisure in St Lucia or enjoy a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (own account)
Lunch at the Estuary (own account)
Game viewing in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park in a closed vehicle (included)
Arrive at hotel late afternoon
Dinner at hotel (own account)

Bonamanzi Game Park or similar – Bed and Breakfast (3 star)

Day 11 : Hluhluwe to Hazyview via Swaziland

Early breakfast hotel
Enter Swaziland at Lavumisa Border (if applicable, visa for own account)
Lunch before exiting Swaziland (own account)
Drive through Hlane Royal Game Park
Enter South Africa at Mananga Border (if applicable, multiple entry to SA for own account)
Comfort stop near Malelane
Arrive at hotel late afternoon/evening in time for dinner
Dinner at hotel

Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (4 star)

Day 12 : Full Day in Kruger National Park

Early breakfast at hotel
Game viewing in Kruger National Park in a closed vehicle
Optional Open Safari Vehicle game drive available (own account)
Lunch in the Kruger National Park (own account)
Return to hotel late afternoon
Dinner at hotel

Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (4 star)

Day 13 : Hazyview to Ohrigstad via Panorama Route

Breakfast at hotel
Graskop
Lunch in Pilgrim’s Rest (own account)
Wonder View (included)
Blyde River Canyon & Three Rondawels (included)
Burke’s Luck Potholes (included)
Arrival at the hotel
Dinner at hotel (own account)

Hannah Game Lodge or similar – Bed and Breakfast (4 star)

Day 14 : Ohrigstad to Johannesburg via Dullstroom

Optional Open Safari Vehicle nature drive available (own account – not Big 5)
Breakfast at lodge
Lunch in Dullstroom (own account)
Arrive at the hotel
Dinner at the hotel (own account)

Crowne Plaza – The Rosebank Hotel or similar – Bed and Breakfast (4 star)

Day 15 : Breakfast at hotel

Optional Soweto morning tour available (drop-off at Rosebank ±14h00)
Lunch (own arrangements)
Airport transfer (at own arrangement and account)

 

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