A World in One Country in 14 days - Escorted Tour

13 Nights

Johannesburg

Make your way through Johannesburg, Mpumalanga, Swaziland, Zululand, Durban(Umhlanga), Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Franschhoek and Cape Town on this 14 days escorted tour.

From £1800pp
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Highlights

  • Visit the largest and most populous city in South Africa and explore Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”.
  • Drive along the spectacular “Panorama Route”, offering views of amazing scenery and enjoy the thrilling open vehicle safari through Kruger National Park.
  • Travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture.
  • Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas and journey past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields.
  • Explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitskamma Forest and enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve.
  • Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the “ostrich capital” and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry.
  • Join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (own account) or simply explore the city and enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, offering some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world.
  • Opportunity to discover more of the Cape Winelands with an optional overnight stay in the picturesque village of Franschhoek on Day 11 (supplement to the tour price).
  • Day 1 - Johannesburg
  • Day 2 - Johannesburg - Long Tom Pass - Kruger Natioanl Park
  • Day 3 - Panorama Route - Kruger National Park
  • Day 4 - Mpumalanga - Kruger National Park
  • Day 5 - Mpumalanga - Ewastini (Swaziland)
  • Day 6 - Eswatini (Swaziland) - Zululand
  • Day 7 - Zululand - Durban (Umhlanga)
  • Day 8 - Durban (Umhlanga) - Tsitsikamma -Knysna
  • Day 9 - Knysna
  • Day 10 - Knysna - Oudtshoorn
  • Day 11 - Oudtshoorn - Cape Town
  • Day 12 - Cape Town
  • Day 13 - Cape Town
  • Day 14 - Cape Town
  • Additional Information

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 an optional sightseeing tour of Soweto (own account) or simply relax at your hotel. At 19h00 we will meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers.

Meals Included: Ro

Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers

Situated in the prestigious suburb of Illovo, Sandton, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers is ideal for both the leisure and business traveller with easy access to all business centres, the OR Tambo International Airport and various other attractions the city of Johannesburg has to offer. Venture into Sandton, Rosebank or the Melrose Arch precinct, which are minutes away and offer some of the finest shopping and dining experiences on the continent. Alternatively enjoy fine cuisine in the upmarket restaurant, relax on the hotel’s poolside sundeck, enjoy a cocktail in the 24 hour coffee bar and deli or make use of the in-house FIT gym. Accommodation consists of superbly appointed bedrooms, all equipped with separate bath and shower, an executive work desk & wireless internet access.

Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to the Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, we travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, we travel via Sabie and arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park.

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

Located in Hazyview, Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel is connected to a shopping center, minutes from Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, and close to Elephant Whispers. The 31 spacious rooms and 3 family suites offer relaxed, yet sophisticated accommodation in a beautiful indigenous garden setting. The colonially custom furnished air-conditioned rooms, each feature satellite television, indoor and outdoor showers, safes, tea & coffee making facilities, fridges and private patios with Lowveld vistas. Time spent at the swimming pool in this beautiful garden setting, is bound to leave you feeling refreshed and revived.

After an early morning breakfast, we’ll drive along the spectacular “Panorama Route”, offering views of amazing scenery including the 26 kilometre-long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes’ and historic God’s Window, a breathtaking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. We arrive back in Hazyview in the early afternoon, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax.

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

Located in Hazyview, Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel is connected to a shopping center, minutes from Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, and close to Elephant Whispers. The 31 spacious rooms and 3 family suites offer relaxed, yet sophisticated accommodation in a beautiful indigenous garden setting. The colonially custom furnished air-conditioned rooms, each feature satellite television, indoor and outdoor showers, safes, tea & coffee making facilities, fridges and private patios with Lowveld vistas. Time spent at the swimming pool in this beautiful garden setting, is bound to leave you feeling refreshed and revived.

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle safari (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-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).

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

Located in Hazyview, Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel is connected to a shopping center, minutes from Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, and close to Elephant Whispers. The 31 spacious rooms and 3 family suites offer relaxed, yet sophisticated accommodation in a beautiful indigenous garden setting. The colonially custom furnished air-conditioned rooms, each feature satellite television, indoor and outdoor showers, safes, tea & coffee making facilities, fridges and private patios with Lowveld vistas. Time spent at the swimming pool in this beautiful garden setting, is bound to leave you feeling refreshed and revived.

This morning we travel to Ewastini (Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of Swaziland and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, and on to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for a true African shopping experience at the Ezulwini Craft Market which is packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Overnight in Swaziland.

Meals Included: Full Board

Royal Swazi Sun

In the fascinating Kingdom of Swaziland is a lush and verdant valley named 'Heaven' by the noble Swazis. In this valley lies a sensational casino resort comprising of two hotels. Each touched by the magic of Africa, none more so than the 4-star Royal Swazi Spa Hotel. There is nowhere better to enjoy peace & tranquility than at this jewel in the African crown, whether it be on the golf course, relaxing at the poolside, enjoying a scenic horse ride, inducing adrenalin on a quad bike, being pampered in the health spa or doing business at a convention.

After breakfast we will continue south through Swaziland, before re-entering South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari (optional and for own account with an English speaking game ranger) in 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. Overnight in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region.

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris

Anew Hotel Hluhluwe is located in the Heart of The Zulu Kingdom. Rich in natural ambience and with a distinctively African rhythm, the hotel offers guests luxurious accommodation, tantalising cuisine and a world-class service, with friendly staff who live the motto "hospitality is our game". The untamed beauty of Kwazulu Natal's Elephant coast and the neighbouring wildlife reserves have created a vibrant eco-system of unrivalled diversity. Soak up the sun at the swimming pool terrace and enjoy the evenings sipping on a refreshing sundowner and watching the Zulu dance shows beneath the magnificent Umkanyakude (Fever) Tree.

This morning we will join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (depending on favourable weather conditions) before departing for Durban. Our journey takes us past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. We arrive early afternoon and the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean. Overnight in Durban (Umhlanga).

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Protea Hotel by Marriott Umhlanga

The Protea Hotel Durban Umhlanga is your gateway to golden beaches, lush surroundings and the exhilaration of holidaying in an idyllic part of South Africa. If you want stunning views overlooking the KwaZulu-Natal coast, look no further. Centrally located in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, the hotel is 18 km from King Shaka International Airport and conveniently situated minutes from the protected beach and 10 minutes from Durban. The hotel offers friendly service, comfortable accommodation. Most of the hotel's modern rooms feature breath-taking sea views, and are all elegantly and stylishly furnished.

After breakfast, transfer to Durban (Umhlanga) airport for the short southward flight to Port Elizabeth, where we will be met by our representative and once everyone has arrived, we set off to explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. Visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). We’ll arrive at our 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. Overnight in Knysna.

Meals Included: Half Board

aha The Rex Hotel

Located on the world-famous Garden Route, aha The Rex Hotel is a celebration of urban style, making it one of the most exhilarating getaway destinations in its class. Expect an eclectic mix of modern and classic comforts that capture the essence of 4-star luxury. The O Bar & Eatery serves Buffet Breakfast daily in a contemporary setting with cuisine that is beautifully presented and prepared using only the freshest ingredients that Knysna has to offer. aha The Rex Hotel offers travellers a gateway to Knysna’s outstanding restaurants, blossoming forests, nature reserves, arts and crafts, and the shores of the serene lagoon.

After a leisurely breakfast we’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where we can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon.

Meals Included: Half Board

aha The Rex Hotel

Located on the world-famous Garden Route, aha The Rex Hotel is a celebration of urban style, making it one of the most exhilarating getaway destinations in its class. Expect an eclectic mix of modern and classic comforts that capture the essence of 4-star luxury. The O Bar & Eatery serves Buffet Breakfast daily in a contemporary setting with cuisine that is beautifully presented and prepared using only the freshest ingredients that Knysna has to offer. aha The Rex Hotel offers travellers a gateway to Knysna’s outstanding restaurants, blossoming forests, nature reserves, arts and crafts, and the shores of the serene lagoon.

Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the “ostrich capital” and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. We’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour and light lunch, 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. We will arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon, in time to check in and relax before dinner (for own account). Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Meals Included: Half Board

Hlangana Lodge

Set amongst beautiful gardens, the Hlangana Lodge is a picturesque setting for your South African escape. Enjoy a stylish champagne breakfast, before venturing out on an organised tour, or relaxing by the pool to soak up some sun. In the evening, take the short stroll to the resort centre, where you'll find an excellent choice of award-winning restaurants. Hlangana Lodge is located close to Cango Wildlife Ranch and C.P. Nel Museum.

There is an option (for own account and subject to availability) to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities (weather permitting). After this thrilling experience, head back for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, the journey continues 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 travelling to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. (The school visit is subject to the school being open). Continue straight through to Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain. (The tour will travel via Franschhoek, if there are guests booked on the Franschhoek option). Overnight in Cape Town.

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

President Hotel Cape Town

Nestled beneath Bantry Bay’s majestic Lion’s Head on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, just a step away from the CBD is the most beautiful urban resort in Cape Town. The hotel’s 349 rooms combine contemporary sophistication and comfort with spaciousness. Our conference venues boast state-of-the-art infrastructure, our Wi-Fi offering is the fastest of any hotel in Southern Africa and we offer world-class guest services and luxury facilities (infinity pool, spa, gym, beauty salon, garden, terrace, restaurants, bars, children’s entertainment area). Experience fresh sea air, panoramic ocean views, superb cuisine, unsurpassed service and a friendly team waiting to welcome you. Live It. Love It. At the President.

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join 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. Alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many pristine beaches. Enjoy an evening of delicious Cape food, captivating theatre and entertaining tales and songs about the people of the Cape. Overnight in Cape Town.

Meals Included: Half Board

President Hotel Cape Town

Nestled beneath Bantry Bay’s majestic Lion’s Head on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, just a step away from the CBD is the most beautiful urban resort in Cape Town. The hotel’s 349 rooms combine contemporary sophistication and comfort with spaciousness. Our conference venues boast state-of-the-art infrastructure, our Wi-Fi offering is the fastest of any hotel in Southern Africa and we offer world-class guest services and luxury facilities (infinity pool, spa, gym, beauty salon, garden, terrace, restaurants, bars, children’s entertainment area). Experience fresh sea air, panoramic ocean views, superb cuisine, unsurpassed service and a friendly team waiting to welcome you. Live It. Love It. At the President.

Enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, offering some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay (where you can enjoy an optional and for own account seal island boat cruise) and then on to Cape Point where (by tradition) it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. We'll return to Cape Town by way of Simon's Town, where we visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach (entrance fee for own account), Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. Overnight in Cape Town.

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

President Hotel Cape Town

Nestled beneath Bantry Bay’s majestic Lion’s Head on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, just a step away from the CBD is the most beautiful urban resort in Cape Town. The hotel’s 349 rooms combine contemporary sophistication and comfort with spaciousness. Our conference venues boast state-of-the-art infrastructure, our Wi-Fi offering is the fastest of any hotel in Southern Africa and we offer world-class guest services and luxury facilities (infinity pool, spa, gym, beauty salon, garden, terrace, restaurants, bars, children’s entertainment area). Experience fresh sea air, panoramic ocean views, superb cuisine, unsurpassed service and a friendly team waiting to welcome you. Live It. Love It. At the President.

Join The Robben Island Tour (for own account & time permitting), which departs from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and offers a fascinating insight into the prison life of Nelson Mandela. Or enjoy a leisurely day just wandering 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.

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Minimum 2 guests / Maximum 25 guests.

Tour Includes:
13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, accommodation, porterage, transportation, sightseeing as specified.

Departure Dates in 2020:
Jan 5, 12, 19, 26.
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23.
Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Apr 5, 12, 19, 26.
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.
Jun 7, 14, 21, 28.
Jul 5, 12, 19, 26.
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Sep 6, 13, 20, 27.
Oct 4, 11, 18, 25.
Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Dec 6, 13.

Departure Dates in 2021:
Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28.
Mar 7, 14, 21, 28.
Apr 4, 11, 18, 25.
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27.
Jul 4, 11, 18, 25.
Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Sep 5, 12, 19, 26.
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.
Nov 7, 14, 21, 28.
Dec 5, 12.

Please note:-
Pre-bookable optional overnight stay at Franschhoek on day 11 (supplement to the tour price) from £165 per person.
Only one suitcase and one overnight bag per person is allowed.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
This tour travels through Eswatini (Swaziland) and certain nationalities may require visas to visit.