Classic South AfricaTour Code: SJC15
01/01/2021 - 30/04/2021
01/05/2021 - 31/07/2021
01/08/2021 - 31/12/2021
Classic South Africa
Explore South Africa from Johannesburg to Cape Town in 15 days
This extraordinary journey will highlight the unbelievable diversity that South Africa has to offer.
- Big 5 game viewing in the Kruger National Park
- Fascinating cultures of the Swazi & Zulu kingdoms
- Extraordinary mountain scenery along Mpumalanga’s Eastern Escarpment and the Southern Drakensberg Mountains
- Enjoy the scenic splendour of the Garden Route
- Experience the diversity of beautiful Cape Town
- Selected Sunday departures
- Minimum 2 guests
- All departures are in English
- ACCOMMODATION CHECK-IN: Day 1 is from 14h00. Shuttle service on Day 1 starts at 06h15 and ends at 22h00. If you are arriving on a very early morning or late evening flight, please inform your Travel Agent, in order to make alternative transfer arrangements
- VISA REQUIREMENTS: This tour travels through Eswatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho. Please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas in order to travel through Eswatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho
- OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS: Available for pre-booking, allowing you to enhance the journey while on tour. See detailed pricing tab.
- 14 breakfasts
- 4 dinners
- Sightseeing as specified
- Kruger Park conservation levy (conservation levies are subject to increase without prior notice and are at the discretion of the game park)
2021 SEASON OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Optional excursions on Days 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 14 available for pre-booking, allowing you to enhance the journey while on tour
Rack rates valid 01/01/21 – 31/12/21
DAY 2 – MONDAY – HAZYVIEW – SABIE RIVER BRIDGE SUNSET DINNER – R 550.00 per person
Experience an exclusive el fresco bridge dinner, overlooking the magnificent Sabie River under a star-studded sky. (This experience is weather permitting & subject to availability at the time of booking)
DAY 3 – TUESDAY – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – FULL DAY OPEN VEHICLE SAFARI – R 1 040.00 per person
Join a full day open vehicle safari with a highly qualified field guide who is eager to share their knowledge and passion for this unique wilderness area.
DAY 3 – TUESDAY – HAZYVIEW – SHANGAAN CULTURAL DINNER EXPERIENCE – R 550.00 per person
Enjoy an African dinner feast and an evening of traditional Shangaan storytelling and entertainment.
DAY 5 – THURSDAY – HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK – AFTERNOON OPEN VEHICLE SAFARI – R 870.00 per person
Enjoy an afternoon, 3-hour open vehicle safari into the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Africa’s oldest game reserve and world renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation programme.
DAY 6 – FRIDAY – ST LUCIA GAME VIEWING BOAT CRUISE – R 340.00 per person
Enjoy a game viewing boat cruise in St Lucia (depending on weather conditions), getting up close to the sights and sounds of hippos and crocodiles and marvelling at the plentiful birdlife.
DAY 8 – SUNDAY – SANI PASS 4X4 ADVENTURE TOUR – R 1 425.00 per person
Join a 4×4 tour up Sani Pass and into the tiny mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (passport required) which includes lunch at the highest pub in Africa.
DAY 14 – SATURDAY – CAPE TOWN – MORNING TABLE MOUNTAIN & CAPE TOWN CITY TOUR – R 570.00 per person
(excluding the cost of the Table Mountain cable way ticket) Travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting), then descend to further explore the city.
DAY 14 – SATURDAY – CAPE TOWN – AFRICAN DINNER & DRUMMING– R 830.00 per person
Enjoy an evening of song, theatre and delicious Cape food that serves as a perfect welcome to the mother city.
DAY 14 – SATURDAY – CAPE TOWN – FULL DAY CAPE PENINSULA TOUR – R 1 300.00 per person
Join this full day tour that explores the dramatic coastline of the Cape Peninsula including a visit to Boulders Beach penguin colony (entrance fee for own account) and Cape Point Nature Reserve.
DAY 14 – SATURDAY – CAPE TOWN – FULL DAY CAPE WINELANDS TOUR – R 1 065.00 per person
While South Africa’s fertile valleys are world famous for their crisp white and classic French-style red wines, the area is also a treasury of rustic beauty and sprawling estates shaded by giant oak trees. Visit the country’s principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and assisted to your shuttle transfer service that will transfer you to your hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a welcome briefing on the tour and a chance to meet your fellow travellers.
Day Two & Day Three
This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. There is an option to enjoy an exclusive el fresco bridge dinner, overlooking the magnificent Sabie River (optional and for own account) [Breakfast]
We have a bright and early start to the day to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle. Open vehicle safaris are available (optional and for own account). The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares that supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure to relax. There is an option to enjoy an African dinner feast and an evening of traditional Shangaan storytelling (optional and for own account)
This morning we travel to eSwatini (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 eSwatini and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for overnight in eSwatini (Swaziland). [Breakfast]
This morning we journey through eSwatini (Swaziland) into Zululand. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve (optional and for own account). Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon for overnight. [Breakfast]
Guests have the option to take a morning boat cruise (optional and for own account) on Lake St Lucia, to experience Africa’s largest estuarine system, before heading off to Durban. An orientation tour of Durban, that travels along the Golden Mile, the beachfront promenade, The Point Waterfront and harbour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city. The orientation tour concludes with a visit to the Durban Botanic Gardens before arriving at our hotel late afternoon. [Breakfast]
Day Seven & Day Eight
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps explore the bustling Umhlanga Beach with a stroll along the Promenade mile that buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We visit the impressive 300-foot-high Howick Falls, located in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands town of Howick. Our journey continues through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel, situated on a scenic World Heritage site, mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or enjoy fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (optional and for own account). [Breakfast & Dinner]
Enjoy a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities to be enjoyed at the Resort. There is an option to join a 4x4 tour up the spectacular Sani Pass into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (optional and for own account) [Breakfast & Dinner]
This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch (own account) outside the capital of Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast. [Breakfast & Dinner]
We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. We set off heading south to the Tsitsikamma Forest. [Breakfast]
After a leisurely breakfast, visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna mid-afternoon for check in at our hotel. [Breakfast & Dinner]
After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Overnight in Mossel Bay. [Breakfast]
Day Thirteen & Day Fourteen
Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Albertinia to visit a well-known aloe factory. In this area, the Cape Aloe grows wild on many farms, and is still harvested in the traditional, labour-intensive way, providing a livelihood for unskilled, independent tappers. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. [Breakfast]
Day Fourteen (Unescorted)
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (optional and for 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. Overnight in Cape Town. [Breakfast]
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport. [Breakfast]
Day One - Johannesburg
Shuttle transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Day One - Johannesburg
Shuttle transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Set in the heart of Kempton Park, only minutes from O.R. Tambo International Airport.
Day Two & Day Three - Hazyview
Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview.
Early morning game drive (in closed vehicle) in the Kruger National Park.
Situated on the banks of the Sabie River, Hippo Hollow Country Estate is a peaceful retreat only 10 minutes from the world-famous Kruger National Park. Its ideal location makes it the perfect spot from which to explore sights and other reserves of the Lowveld and Mpumalanga.
Day Four - eSwatini (Swaziland)
Depart to eSwatini (Swaziland). Afternoon visit to a Chief’s village. [BL]
Set in the Royal Swazi Spa Valley resort, the Lugogo Sun offers guests a warm and friendly Swazi welcome. The comfortable rooms have en suite bathrooms and all modern amenities.
Day Five - Zululand
Journey through Zululand into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal to the Hluhluwe area.
Rich in natural ambiance and with a distinctively African rhythm, Anew Hotel Hluhluwe invites guests to relish the untamed beauty of KwaZulu-Natal and rich cultural heritage of the Zulu people.
Day Six - Durban
Optional morning boat cruise (for own account). Afternoon Durban orientation tour. [B]
Mere minutes from Umhlanga Beach and King Shaka International Airport, and conveniently located opposite the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Protea Umhlanga Ridge is the perfect base for business and leisure guests alike.
Day Seven & Eight - Drakensberg
Head into the Southern Drakensberg Mountains, via Howick Falls visit. Afternoon at leisure. [BD]
Day at leisure. [BD]
Set in the foothills of the scenic southern Drakensberg on an 860-acre wild lands estate, this hotel boasts some of the most breath-taking views of KwaZulu-Natal’s famous mountain range.
Day Nine - Eastern Cape Coast
Continue south via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house, to Chintsa East, on the unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast. [BD]
Crawfords Beach Lodge is a jewel on the unspoilt Wild Coast region of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The relaxed atmosphere and magnificent scenery makes it the perfect holiday destination.
Day Ten - Tsitsikamma
Enjoy the beach before we continue south to Tsitsikamma. [B]
This family-run hotel has a magical setting on the outskirts of the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, and is known for its good food and old world charm.
Day Eleven - Knysna
Visit Tsitsikamma Forest, walk to the Storms River Mouth and arrive in Knysna late afternoon. [BD]
The Premier Resort The Moorings is in the idyllic town of Knysna, along the celebrated Garden Route. This area is renowned for its distinctive natural beauty and this hotel is set on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon.
Day Twelve - Mossel Bay (via Oudtshoorn)
Travel to Oudtshoorn for the day. Visit ostrich farm and Cango Caves. Overnight in Mossel Bay. [B]
The Diaz Hotel & Resort is in the seashore town of Mossel Bay, and occupies an enviable space with breathtaking sea views from every window and balcony. There is an enticing rim flow pool as well as a Water Park that is set right alongside the ocean. There is also the Pero Dias Theatre that regularly hosts a range of spectacular live shows. The hotel and resort has a range of culinary options that include everything from delectable dinners to informal café-style lunches as well as cocktails.
Day Thirteen & Day Fourteen - Cape Town
Travel to Cape Town via a visit to a well-known aloe factory in Albertinia.
Day at leisure in Cape Town.
Fantastically situated to explore South Africa’s mother city, the warm and friendly Garden Court de Waal will entice all visitors.
Day Fifteen - Cape Town
Day at leisure until transfer to Cape Town International Airport. [B]
Set in the heart of Kempton Park, only minutes from O.R. Tambo International Airport, the 4-star Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport offers an ideal location for travellers. The central theme of an aircraft hangar is addressed in high-class steel finishes and chrome lighting. The spacious rooms are elegantly furnished and have wooden floors and sound-proof windows to ensure a peaceful night. Enjoy fine cuisine at The Warehouse restaurant and a cocktail at the lounge and bar.
Day Two & Day Three
Situated on the banks of the Sabie River, Hippo Hollow Country Estate is a peaceful retreat only 10 minutes from the world-famous Kruger National Park. Its ideal location makes it the perfect spot from which to explore sights and other reserves of the Lowveld and Mpumalanga. After a busy day, guests can retreat to the comfort of 91 elegantly decorated hotel rooms and chalets. The light and spacious a la carte restaurant specialises in local seasonal food and offers a range of delectable dishes and magnificent views.
Set in the Royal Swazi Spa Valley resort, the Lugogo Sun offers guests a warm and friendly Swazi welcome. The comfortable rooms have en suite bathrooms and all modern amenities. Enjoy relaxing at the swimming pool, or make the most of the resort facilities such as the Casino and the Spa. Delicious breakfasts and dinners are served at the Llanga Restaurant and pub lunches are available at the Sportsman’s Bar.
Rich in natural ambiance and with a distinctively African rhythm, Anew Hotel Hluhluwe invites guests to relish the untamed beauty of KwaZulu-Natal and rich cultural heritage of the Zulu people. Comfortable accommodation is in en suite rooms with all modern amenities. Enjoy refreshing sundowners on the swimming pool terrace while a Zulu dance show is held under a magnificent Fever tree. Dine at the friendly restaurant or under the stars in a traditional Zulu boma.
Mere minutes from Umhlanga Beach and King Shaka International Airport, and conveniently located opposite the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Protea Umhlanga Ridge is the perfect base for business and leisure guests alike. The hotel offers 205 modern, upmarket rooms all with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The superb on-site restaurant serves scrumptious meals in a relaxed environment. Don’t forget the roof-level pool with its magnificent views over Gateway and Umhlanga!
Day Seven & Day Eight
Set in the foothills of the scenic southern Drakensberg on an 860-acre wild lands estate, this hotel boasts some of the most breath-taking views of KwaZulu-Natal’s famous mountain range. The comfortable rooms are en suite and include most modern amenities. There are a wide range of dining options from buffet at The Eagle’s Roost, a ‘la carte at The Bistro or the Bergview Restaurant & Bar and table d’hote at Vineknot Restaurant. The hotel also has a guest lounge, two bars, a swimming pool and a Wellness Centre.
Crawfords Beach Lodge is a jewel on the unspoilt Wild Coast region of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The relaxed atmosphere and magnificent scenery makes it the perfect holiday destination. All 20 rustic luxury suites have a contemporary feel and most offer magnificent views of the sea. Guests can choose from a wide range of exciting activities including beach walks, canoeing, fishing, game drives, cycling and more. The on-site spa, Senses @ Crawfords, has a range of heavenly and pampering treatments to choose from. Guests can also enjoy a range of delicious meals, including delectable seafood, all while enjoying amazing sea views. If the weather plays along, their al fresco lunches and dinners are a must!
This family-run hotel has a magical setting on the outskirts of the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, and is known for its good food and old world charm. En suite standard accommodation is in individually-decorated cottages, set village-style in beautiful gardens. The historic main building offers the De Oude Martha restaurant, the popular Hunters Pub, Café Bacchus and a tranquil guest lounge. Guests can relax in the manicured gardens or around the sparkling swimming pool.
The Premier Resort The Moorings is in the idyllic town of Knysna, along the celebrated Garden Route. This area is renowned for its distinctive natural beauty and this hotel is set on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon. It has private access to the lagoon as well as a boat launch and docking facilities. The hotel is surrounded by indigenous forest, making it an exclusive and serene setting to enjoy an escape from the modern world without giving up its comfort luxuries. The hotel has its own restaurant, the trendy Salmon Restaurant, which serves culinary masterpieces. The hotel has a play area for the children, a swimming pool as well as tranquil picnic spots to sip sundowners while watching the sun set.
The Diaz Hotel & Resort is in the seashore town of Mossel Bay, a small slice of coastal paradise along the celebrated Garden Route. The hotel occupies an enviable space that allows it to have breathtaking sea views from every window and balcony and promises complete relaxation. There is an enticing rim flow pool as well as a Water Park that is set right alongside the ocean to provide entertainment for in-house guests. Ride the tubes or simply enjoy sun kissed days poolside. There is also the Pero Dias Theatre that regularly hosts a range of spectacular live shows. The hotel and resort has a range of culinary options that include everything from delectable dinners to informal café-style lunches as well as cocktails to sip while watching the gorgeous sunset.
Day Thirteen & Day Fourteen
Fantastically situated to explore South Africa’s mother city, the warm and friendly SunSquare Cape Townl will entice all visitors. The hotel is found in Gardens; one of Cape Town’s oldest and most charming suburbs. The spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms are perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring Cape Town’s sights. Relax with a cocktail at the pool or in the lounge. Zepi Grill & Bar offers a sumptuous a la carte dinner menu that is inspired by authentic South African flavours.
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