THE SOUTH AFRICAN ESSENTIALS (SOUTHBOUND)

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The South African Essentials (Southbound)

Map Tour Information

Days / Nights 15 Days / 14 Nights
Min/Max Participants 2 – 28 per vehicle
Departure Selected Mondays
5, 19 Nov – 4, 18 Feb – 13, 27 May – 5, 19 Aug
3 Dec – 4, 18 Mar – 10, 24 Jun – 2, 16, 30 Sep
7, 21 Jan – 1, 15, 29 Apr – 8, 22 Jul – 14, 28 Oct
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

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

INCLUDING

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

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

Arrival at OR Tambo International – airport transfer at own arrangement
Lunch (own arrangements)
Forex desk at hotel
Optional Joburg City afternoon tour available (Pick-up from Rosebank at 14h10)
Scheduled Tour briefing at 18h30 at the hotel
Dinner at hotel or Rosebank Mall (own account)

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

Day 2 : JOHANNESBURG to OHRIGSTAD via DULLSTROOM

Breakfast at hotel
Lunch in Dullstroom (own account)
Arrive at the lodge
Dinner at the lodge (own account)

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

Day 3 : OHRIGSTAD to HAZYVIEW via PANORAMA ROUTE

Optional OSV nature drive available (own account – not Big Five)
Breakfast at lodge
Blyde River Canyon & Three Rondawels (included)
Burke’s Luck Potholes (included)
Wonder View (included)
Lunch in Pilgrim’s Rest (own account)
Graskop
Arrival at the hotel
Time at leisure before dinner
Dinner at hotel

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

Day 4 : 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 5 : HAZYVIEW to HLUHLUWE via SWAZILAND

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

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

Day 6 : HLUHLUWE to DURBAN via ST LUCIA

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

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

Day 7 : DURBAN to COFFEE BAY via SOUTH COAST

Early breakfast at hotel
Drive with N2, via Kokstad to Wild Coast
Lunch near Kokstad (own account)
Arrive at 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

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 PORT ALFRED via WILD COAST

Breakfast at hotel
Stop at Nelson Mandela’s place of birth
Lunch in a coastal town (own account)
Arrive at the riverfront hotel late afternoon
Dinner at hotel (own account)

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

Day 10 : PORT ALFRED to PLETTENBERG BAY via KAROO & EASTERN GARDEN ROUTE

Early breakfast at hotel
Morning river cruise (included – weather dependent)
Grahamstown history and culture tour
Lunch in Tsitsikamma (own account)
Storms River Bridge (included)
Arrive at Keurboomstrand hotel, at leisure
Dinner at hotel (own account)

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

Day 11 : PLETTENBERG BAY to OUDTSHOORN via CANGO CAVES

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

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

Day 12 : OUDTSHOORN to STELLENBOSCH via ROUTE 62

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

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

Day 13 : STELLENBOSCH to CAPE TOWN via CAPE WINELANDS

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

Inn on the Square or similar – Bed and Breakfast (4 star)

Day 14 : FULL DAY AT LEISURE IN CAPE TOWN

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

Inn on the Square or similar – Bed and Breakfast (4 star)

Day 15 : DAY OF DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel
At leisure or Optional Table Mountain & City morning tour (own account)

Airport transfer (own arrangements and for own account)

 

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