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Grand Tour of South Africa

Grand Tour of South Africa

Experience the delights of South Africa on a tour that shows South Africa in its true splendour

Grand Tour of South Africa

$ 1,890 from, per person

Experience the delights of South Africa on a 16-day tour from Johannesburg to Cape Town that shows the country in its true splendour. Explore Kruger National Park and Swaziland, visit mountains and coastline and have the opportunity to head into the wilderness on game tours. Come face-to-face with ostriches and plenty more South African wildlife before heading to the vibrant city of Cape Town. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will show you all the must-sees, including Cape Point and the stunning Garden Route.

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  • Departure/Return Location
    Johannesburg / Cape Town
  • Important Notes
    Optional Pre/Post Stay: Add-on nights are available in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Please call for details. Tour departures every Sunday. Maximum group size of 16 travellers, runs with a minimum of 2 clients. Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.
  • Main Destinations
    Johannesburg • Panorama Route • Kruger National Park • Swaziland • Zululand • Durban • Port Elizabeth • Garden Route • Oudtshoorn • Cape Town
  • Incredible Moment
    Experience the rush of an open vehicle safari with a visit to the world-renowned Kruger National Park.
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Guide
    Meals
    Transport
  • Not Included
    Flights
    Insurance
    Internal Flights

Day to Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg
Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport where you will be met before transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is then yours to spend at leisure.
  • Faircity Quatermain Hotel or similar
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Days 2 & 3: Johannesburg - Kruger National Park
Depart Johannesburg and travel to the Kruger area for a 2-night stay via the magnificent Panorama Route and the 33-kilometre-long Blyde River Canyon. On day 3, depart early morning on an open vehicle safari through the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Relax back at your hotel before returning to Kruger for an evening safari.
  • Perry’s Bridge Hollow or similar (B,D)
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Day 4: Mpumalanga - Swaziland
Enter the Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny mountainous kingdom is filled with bygone African traditions and culture.
  • Royal Swazi Sun or similar (B,L)
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Days 5 & 6: Swaziland - Zululand
Enter KwaZulu-Natal and enjoy an afternoon scenic drive up the Lebombo Mountains. After lunch on day 6, enter the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing.
  • Ghost Mountain Inn or similar (B,D)
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Day 7: Zululand - Durban
Continue the journey to St Lucia and embark on an estuarine boat trip to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species. Arrive in Durban in the late afternoon.
  • The Benjamin Hotel or similar (B)
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Day 8: Durban – Port Elizabeth
Enjoy a brief Durban City Tour, where you will spend the morning discovering the cultural and historical contrasts of the city before your flight to Port Elizabeth. On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, transfer to your hotel.
  • Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth or similar (B)
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Days 9 & 10: Port Elizabeth – Garden Route
Travel through the Tsitsikamma Mountains to Plettenberg Bay. The following day, after breakfast, visit Birds of Eden - the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Proceed on a horse-drawn carriage trip through the Plettenberg Bay wine region. Optional: Marine Encounter boat trip (weather and time permitting; additional charge) before returning to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
  • Hunter's Country House or similar (B,D)
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Day 11: Knysna - Oudtshoorn
Enjoy the scenic drive to Oudtshoorn, where you will visit an ostrich farm for a guided tour.
  • De Opstal Country Lodge or similar (B,D)
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Days 12-15: Oudsthoorn – Cape Town
After a morning tour of the Cango Caves, depart through the Little Karoo for Cape Town arriving in the late afternoon where you will spend 4 nights. On Friday, enjoy a full day Cape Point and Penninsula Tour; on Saturday morning discover the city on a morning Cape Town City Tour.
  • Southern Sun Waterfront or similar (B)
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Day 16: Depart Cape Town
Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your return flight home.
  • (B)

Map and Highlights

Experience the delights of South Africa on a 16-day tour that shows South Africa in its true splendour, visiting mountain and coastline and providing the opportunity to head into the wilderness on game tours before heading to the vibrant city of Cape Town.

Tour highlights

 
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window
  • Search for the ‘Big Five’ during game drives in Kruger National Park
  • Discover all about local cultures with time in Swaziland and Zululand
  • Tour the scenic garden route
  • Spend four nights in Cape Town, exploring the city and surrounding areas
 

Includes:

 
  • 15 nights’ accommodation
  • 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking guide
  • Selected sightseeing & all transfers
  • Internal flight
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