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Rates from USD 2,266.48

Starts from: Johannesburg OR Tambo

Visited countries: South Africa

Visited areas: Cape Town DrakensbergGarden Route JohannesburgKrugerKwazulu Natal

Itinerary type: ComfortCross Country

Transport: Self drive

Day Transfers & visits Meal plan** Overnight Cat.*
1 Meet and Greet and Transfer • Day Tour: Johannesburg, Soweto (o)     B B Johannesburg area: Faircity Quatermain Hotel 4Star
2 Blyde River Canyon and Potholes(n)     B B Panorama Route area: Forever Resorts Blyde Canyon 3Star
3 Kruger Park(n) • Sunset Drive(o)     B   Kruger Park: Skukuza Rest Camp 2Star
4 Sunrise Drive(o)     B   Kruger Park: Skukuza Rest Camp 2Star
5 Piggs Peak Discover(n) • Cultural Show at Matsamo(n)     B B Swaziland: Malandela`s B&B 3Star
6 Swazi Candles(n) • Lavumisa Discover(n) • 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive   D B B Hluhluwe: Hilltop Camp 3Star
7 Boat Trip St Lucia Estuary(o)     B B Durban North Coast: The Saffron House 4Star
8 Royal Natal Conservation Area(n)     B B Drakensberg area: Sandford Park Country Hotel 3Star
9 Golden Gate(n)     B B Golden Gate: Golden Gate Hotel ( ex Brandwag ) 3Star
10 Morija Museum and Archives(o)   D B B South Lesotho: Morija Guest House 2Star
11 Horse Riding in Lesotho(o)   D B B South Lesotho: Morija Guest House 2Star
12 Thaba Bosiu Visitors' Centre(o)   D B B Cradock: Die Tuishuise 4Star
13 Tsitsikamma Storms River(n)     B B Tsitsikamma: Tsitsikamma Village Inn (Ex -Protea Hotel) 3Star
14 Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary(o) • Cruise(o)     B B Knysna: The Graywood Hotel 3Star
15 Knysna Discover(n) • Ostrich Farm Demonstration(n) • Heritage Tour(n)     B B Oudtshoorn: Swartberg Country Manor 3Star
16 Post Office Tree(n) • Museum: Mossel Bay Diaz Complex(n) • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (o)     B B Cape Town area: Bergzicht Guest House 3Star
17 Hout Bay Seal Island Boat Trip(n) • Chapman's Peak Drive(n) • Cape of Good Hope National Park(n) • Boulders Beach(n) • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens(n)     B B Cape Town area: Bergzicht Guest House 3Star
18 Franschhoek Tour with Museum and Memorial(n) • Stellenbosch Orientation(n) • Boschendal Vineyard tour(n) • Stellenbosch Village Museum(n)     B B Cape Town area: Bergzicht Guest House 3Star
19 Marine Eco Tour (2 hours)(o) • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront(n) • End of our services        
(o)Transfers, visits and meals followed by the (o) symbol are optionals with rates shown separately.
(n)Suggestions not included in our rates.
*The category shown is not necessarily the official star grading of the hotel as some hotels have no grading. It reflects our opinion on the hotel category according to local standards.
**Included meals: L Lunch, D Dinner, B Accommodation, B Breakfast. Followed by (o) when the meal is optional.

Your Itinerary

Day Transfers & visits
1 Meet and Greet and Transfer • Day Tour: Johannesburg, Soweto (o)
2 Blyde River Canyon and Potholes(n)
3 Kruger Park(n) • Sunset Drive(o)
4 Sunrise Drive(o)
5 Piggs Peak Discover(n) • Cultural Show at Matsamo(n)
6 Swazi Candles(n) • Lavumisa Discover(n) • 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive
7 Boat Trip St Lucia Estuary(o)
8 Royal Natal Conservation Area(n)
9 Golden Gate(n)
10 Morija Museum and Archives(o)
11 Horse Riding in Lesotho(o)
12 Thaba Bosiu Visitors' Centre(o)
13 Tsitsikamma Storms River(n)
14 Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary(o) • Cruise(o)
15 Knysna Discover(n) • Ostrich Farm Demonstration(n) • Heritage Tour(n)
16 Post Office Tree(n) • Museum: Mossel Bay Diaz Complex(n) • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (o)
17 Hout Bay Seal Island Boat Trip(n) • Chapman's Peak Drive(n) • Cape of Good Hope National Park(n) • Boulders Beach(n) • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens(n)
18 Franschhoek Tour with Museum and Memorial(n) • Stellenbosch Orientation(n) • Boschendal Vineyard tour(n) • Stellenbosch Village Museum(n)
19 Marine Eco Tour (2 hours)(o) • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront(n) • End of our services
(o)Transfers, visits and meals followed by the (o) symbol are optionals with rates shown separately.
(n)Suggestions not included in our rates.
**Included meals: L Lunch, D Dinner, B Accommodation, B Breakfast. Followed by (o) when the meal is optional.

Overnight

Day Overnight Cat.*
1 Johannesburg area: Faircity Quatermain Hotel 4Star
2 Panorama Route area: Forever Resorts Blyde Canyon 3Star
3 Kruger Park: Skukuza Rest Camp 2Star
4 Kruger Park: Skukuza Rest Camp 2Star
5 Swaziland: Malandela`s B&B 3Star
6 Hluhluwe: Hilltop Camp 3Star
7 Durban North Coast: The Saffron House 4Star
8 Drakensberg area: Sandford Park Country Hotel 3Star
9 Golden Gate: Golden Gate Hotel ( ex Brandwag ) 3Star
10 South Lesotho: Morija Guest House 2Star
11 South Lesotho: Morija Guest House 2Star
12 Cradock: Die Tuishuise 4Star
13 Tsitsikamma: Tsitsikamma Village Inn (Ex -Protea Hotel) 3Star
14 Knysna: The Graywood Hotel 3Star
15 Oudtshoorn: Swartberg Country Manor 3Star
16 Cape Town area: Bergzicht Guest House 3Star
17 Cape Town area: Bergzicht Guest House 3Star
18 Cape Town area: Bergzicht Guest House 3Star
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*The category shown is not necessarily the official star grading of the hotel as some hotels have no grading. It reflects our opinion on the hotel category according to local standards.
D1: Johannesburg OR Tambo - Johannesburg
Meet and Greet and Transfer • Day Tour: Johannesburg, Soweto (o)
 -Meet and greet and transfer from OR Tambo International Airport. Our guide will meet you at the airport upon your arrival, assist you with any queries you may have before you embark on your holiday, and transfer you to your hotel.
13:00-Collection from your hotel for a half-day tour of Johannesburg, Soweto and Newtown. Your tour begins with a vibrant and intoxicating visit to the Newtown Cultural Precinct in downtown Johannesburg. This area was once a hotbed of protest theatre, poetry and music during the apartheid era and today is the heart and soul of Johannesburg’s cultural landscape. It is jam-packed with art galleries, museums, dance studios, live music venues, restaurants and nightclubs that know no colour barrier and embrace artistic expression from all walks of life. Your Jozi adventure then moves to Soweto for a thoughtful tour through the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial, named after the young boy who was accidentally killed by police crossfire in the infamous 1976 student uprisings in the township. Opened in 2002, the museum retraces the events that culminated in the student riots and, according to some historians, to the beginning of the collapse of the apartheid era. Return transfer to your hotel included. (Optional rates: D1:Joburg and Soweto HD PM)
 -Overnight: Premier Hotel Quartermain (Ex Faircity Quatermain) (Superior Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D2: Johannesburg - Three Rondavels
Blyde River Canyon and Potholes(n)
 -Breakfast
09:00-Pick up your vehicle SA Europcar Classic Plus Category R Early Booker(14+days) at Johannesburg - Drop Off Cape Town airport (Day 19 18:09) - 18 days Livraison de votre voiture de location à l’hôtel Special conditions
 -Travel to Three Rondavels
 -Make your way towards the Blyde River Canyon and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. This seemingly endless river canyon is filled with some of the most beautifully scenic vistas in South Africa. The Bourke's Luck Potholes mark the beginning of the canyon and comprise intriguing geological formations at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers. The canyon itself is 3rd largest in the world, covered in lush sub-tropical vegetation with an average depth of 750 metres and 25 kilometres in length. It consists mostly of red sandstone and has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the planet. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight at the Resort: Forever Resort Blyde Canyon (Chalet - Bed and Breakfast (SCD4/LCS4))
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D3: Three Rondavels - Kruger Park
Kruger Park(n) • Sunset Drive(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Kruger Park
 -We recommend that you spend as much time as you can in the Kruger National Park from sunrise to sunset as vehicles are not allowed to drive during the night. You can have breakfast and lunch inside the park at the rest camps, or alternatively, you can request a packed breakfast or packed lunch from your hotel. Game drives in an open vehicle can be booked locally. The park covers an area close to 19 000 square kilometres (350 km x 60 km)... a small country on its own! Needless to say, you can spend days and days in the park that offers one of the widest diversity of wildlife in the world. (Not included)
 -Marvel at the African evening on a sunset game drive in the Skukuza region of the Kruger National Park. Your guided 4x4 game drive will depart in the golden hours of the afternoon as sun rays paint lingering shadows over the bushland. Alive with wildlife, this special time of day is particularly rewarding as day grazers retire for the night and nocturnal species begin to hunt. At this hour birdlife is also particularly active, and species to look out for include Pel's fishing owl, martial eagle, lappet-faced vulture, saddle-billed stork, southern ground hornbill and Kori bustard. Skukuza is well-known as a densely populated wildlife region, and animals commonly found here include elephant, buffalo, eland, giraffe and endangered rhino. You may be lucky enough to spot some rare species such as Sharpe's grysbok, suni antelope, samango monkey and yellow-spotted rock dassie (Optional rates: D3:Kruger Sunset Drive) Special conditions
 -Overnight at the Rest Camp: Skukuza Rest Camp (Bungalow [BG3E] - Accommodation only) Special conditions
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D4: Kruger Park
Sunrise Drive(o)
 -Ride among the light rays on a sunrise game drive in the Skukuza sector of the Kruger National Park. This southern region of the Kruger is home to large populations of wildlife where white rhino graze on the plains and wild dog prey on the abundance of antelope. Kudu, elephant, buffalo, impala and giraffe are often spotted, while the call of baboons can be heard echoing through the landscape. Your 4x4 wildlife safari will begin as the sun emerges to warm the ochre-tinted granite outcrops, and bright species of birds such as purple crested loerie, green pigeon and African goshawk began their daily activities. The area also boasts a large number of fruit-eating birds, attracted by the wild fig and jackalberry trees that dot the terrain in a brilliant display of colour. Closely observe the lush riverine vegetation where elusive leopard may be spotted by those with a sharp eye for detail. (Optional rates: D4:Kruger Sunrise Drive) Special conditions
 -Overnight at the Rest Camp: Skukuza Rest Camp (Bungalow [BG3E] - Accommodation only) Special conditions
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D5: Kruger Park - Swaziland
Piggs Peak Discover(n) • Cultural Show at Matsamo(n)
 -Traverse the mountains towards Piggs Peak. Tucked away in the north western corner of Swaziland, Piggs Peak is a region once made famous for its spectacular gold mining and now an important supplier of timber. The beautiful mountainous landscape has led to the area often being referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’, filled with sparkling waterfalls, three of the highest peaks in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Bushmen paintings, nature reserves and picturesque indigenous bushland. The town itself is filled with colourful African art and craft shops while slightly further afield you will find the historic Bulembu village, Emlembe, the highest mountain in Swaziland and the Maguga Dam. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Visit to the Matsamo Cultural Park. Located at the Jeppes Reef border, not far from the Kruger National Park, this educational cultural village offers visitors an introduction to the Swazi people, their culture and traditions. It opened in 2000 to showcase the Swazi way of life and as a means for the Swazi people to celebrate their own culture, reminding younger generations of their rich heritage. The tour combines singing and dancing shows with an educational experience, highlighting the differences between Swazi and Western lifestyles and revealing why these differences have come about. Your visit will include rhythmic dancing performances, age-old folk songs and music with authentic African instruments. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Swaziland
 -Overnight: Malandela's Guest House (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D6: Swaziland - Hluhluwe
Swazi Candles(n) • Lavumisa Discover(n) • 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to North Natal
 -Wax lyrical about the Swazi candlemakers at Malkerns. From its humble beginnings in an old cowshed the Swazi Candle Factory today exports beautiful candles throughout the world and holds the esteemed reputation of producing an amazing assortment of handcrafted wax wares. On any given weekday you will be able to view the approximately 200 craftspeople as they go about the process of moulding the pigmented wax into fascinating shapes and sizes, ranging from traditional shaped candles to African animal forms. Each candle is hand-finished, meaning that no two candles will ever look exactly the same. Swazi Candles is one of the most famous handicraft outlets in southern Africa and a favourite stop for visitors looking for gifts and souvenirs to take home. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Admire the contrasting landscape of Lavumisa while traversing Swaziland. This tiny, independent country is locked between the provinces of Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and Mozambique. The plains in the south-western part of Swaziland contrast sharply with the mountainous landscapes of the north and here you will discover lush sugarcane fields alternating with bush savannah dotted with Swazi kraals. Near the southern border post of Lavumisa, the Lubombo Mountains loom majestically in the near distance. This sweeping mountain range covers practically the entire eastern side of the country and forms the natural border between Swaziland and Mozambique. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Afternoon 4x4 game drive.
 -Dinner: Hilltop Camp
 -Overnight: Hilltop Camp (Chalet 4 Beds - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast + 1 activity)
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D7: Hluhluwe - Durban North Coast
Boat Trip St Lucia Estuary(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Boat cruise on the Lake Saint Lucia Estuary. Situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the Lake Saint Lucia Estuary is a designated World Heritage Site that offers some of the most extraordinary waterscapes in the world. The network of coastal lakes, dunes, subtropical forests, swamps and wetland systems provides a haven for indigenous flora and fauna and the area is particularly popular with bird lovers. The Saint Lucia Estuary is one of the largest in Africa and this amazing mass of water is home to approximately 800 hippos and over 1 000 Nile crocodiles. Wildlife such as antelope and zebra graze its shores and birdlife is prolific with over 500 resident species including large flocks of pelicans, flamingos and ducks. (Optional rates: D7:St Lucia Boat Cruise)
 -Travel to Durban North Coast
 -Overnight: The Saffron House (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D8: Durban North Coast - Drakensberg
Royal Natal Conservation Area(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Drakensberg
 -Ramble around in a natural outdoor playground at the Royal Natal National Park. Overflowing with striking scenery and numerous hiking, walking and horse-riding trails, this splendid park is the perfect place to get your fix of fresh mountain air and a chance to enjoy the freedom and beauty of its hilly surrounds. Lofty mountains hide tumbling waterfalls while the bearded vulture and black eagle are among the rare bird species that nest in the crags. Day trippers can enjoy short, easy walking trails, while those who opt to stay longer can tackle more challenging overnight hikes or horse-riding trails. A major attraction is the world-famous Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a 5-kilometre rock wall and the beginning of the Orange River’s incredible journey west across South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. Wildlife in the park includes mountain reedbuck and grey rhebuck, while trout fishing and swimming in the streams are other activities on offer. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Drakensberg
 -Overnight: Sandford Park Country Hotel (Country (Traditional Room) - Bed and Breakfast)
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D9: Drakensberg - Golden Gate
Golden Gate(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Soak up sunshine in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Named for its sun-drenched sandstone cliffs that give the landscape a golden hue, this national park attracts visitors for its alluring and mystical scenery. Although small, it has among the most scenic mountain vistas in the country with the rolling Maluti mountains offset by clear blue skies. Crisp, clean air mingles with the tinkling sound of meandering rivers while antelopes graze peacefully on the sweet grassy lands. The countryside brims with hints of an ancient past and the rich culture of the Basotho, the traditional people of these lands. Very few visitors leave the area without experiencing a yearning connection with the beautiful surrounds as they absorb the magic of the park and its blissful atmosphere. Other highlights in these highlands include Bushmen paintings, rare flora, and the threatened Oribi antelope. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets (Standard Room - Bed & Breakfast) Special conditions
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D10: Golden Gate - Lesotho
Morija Museum and Archives(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Lesotho
 -Step into the cultural centre of Lesotho on a visit to Morija Museum. Located deep in the Caledon valley and approximately 45 kilometres from the capital of Maseru, the peaceful village of Morija is where one of the first European mission sites was established in Africa. Dotted with lovely old buildings and leafy, pastoral scenes, the village is inspirational for anyone interested in Basotho’s early heritage, culture and history. Morija also houses the Morija Museum and Archives depicting the history of Lesotho from the earliest time of dinosaurs through to present time. Lesotho was the first country in Africa where dinosaur footprints were discovered after Dr Eugene Casalis Jr stumbled across a rock slab where large footprints were visible in the stone. The history of this discovery, as well as many other interesting cultural and natural heritage items, can all be viewed at the museum. (Optional rates: D10:Morija Museum and archives)
 -Dinner: Morija Guest House
 -Overnight: Morija Guest House (Standard Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
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D11: Lesotho
Horse Riding in Lesotho(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Go off-road on a horseback riding adventure in Lesotho. In the company of a knowledgeable guide, guests have the choice of short rides in the vicinity of Morija Guest House, or longer trekking expeditions into the mountainous wilderness to experience Lesotho’s wide-open landscape, sunshine, dirt roads, rock pools, waterfalls, rivers and mountain trails. Fill your lungs with fresh air and let your Basotho pony to do the hard work for you as you traverse winding rural roads not accessible by vehicle, climb narrow mountain trails, and cross fresh babbling streams. Basotho ponies have been specially bred to navigate the rugged terrain of the Basotho highlands with short, stocky and extremely sturdy frames. These ponies are the chosen means of transport for many of the locals, often seen wearing traditional Basotho blankets and wide-brimmed straw hats. (Optional rates: D11:Horse Riding)
 -Dinner: Morija Guest House
 -Overnight: Morija Guest House (Standard Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
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D12: Lesotho - Cradock
Thaba Bosiu Visitors' Centre(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Arrive at the visitors’ centre at Thaba-Bosiu. Located on a plateau in the Maseru region of Lesotho, Thaba-Bosiu is a historical site that was once the stronghold of Chief Moshoeshoe and his Basotho people. What remains today is evidence of the Chief’s dwelling and villages with a cemetery. The area is considered a national monument and at its base is an informative visitors’ centre where sightseers can organise guided walks to the top of the hill and book horseback rides, as well as embark on an approximately two-hour walk to see the ancient San rock art in the region. From the centre, visitors can also start an easy climb up Rafutho’s Pass, where the Free State Boer commander Louw Wepener was killed in an attack on Moshoeshoe I in 1865. Proceed to the summit plateau where the remains of Moshoeshoe's village lies. (Optional rates: D12:Thaba Bosiu Centre)
 -Travel to Cradock
 -Dinner: Die Tuishuise
 -Overnight: Die Tuishuise (Standard Room - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
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D13: Cradock - Tsitsikamma
Tsitsikamma Storms River(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Tsitsikamma
 -Walk along the suspension bridge of the Tsitsikamma forest, where lies one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, home to the Garden Route National Park. The Tsitsikamma National Park, part of the Garden Route National Park in South Africa, is a place where you can experience the outdoors, stunning marine life and an adventure filled vacation. The suspension bridge that hangs over the red-brown waters of the Storms River Mouth spans 77 metres and remains one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Tsitsikamma region of the Eastern Cape. Situated within the Tsitsikamma National Park, it was originally built in 1969.It hangs just seven metres above the churning waters of the river as it enters the foamy Indian Ocean. The pathway leading to the suspension bridge covers 900 metres of the Tsitsikamma forest. There are plenty of steps to negotiate, but it remains a fairly easy route, particularly if covered slowly. A steep decline takes visitors to the bridge, and standing on this dramatic piece of engineering, visitors are able to take in the unspoilt beauty around them. The Mouth Trail is the most popular walk in the Tsitsikamma and starts at Sandy Bay and takes one along a winding board walk through indigenous forest to the mouth of the Storms River. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Tsitsikamma Village Inn (Log Room West - Bed and Breakfast)
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D14: Tsitsikamma - Knysna
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary(o) • Cruise(o)
 -Breakfast
 -Meet the big cats at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. Jukani is a wildlife park just outside of Plettenberg Bay where relocated feline predators roam in large enclosures. The park is home to lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, jaguar, puma and other species that have been rescued from circuses and other dire conditions around the world. Visitors to Jukani can take an enthralling walking tour through the various enclosures, as your guide recounts interesting facts about the animals as well as the circumstances they have been rescued from. This sanctuary offers the amazing opportunity of getting close to many of Africa’s predators, that while enclosed, still remain wild and in as natural a habitat as possible. Your tour will last approximately an hour and a half. (Optional rates: D14:Monkeyland Sanctuary)
17:00-Lagoon cruise to the Knysna Heads on the John Benn, a fully enclosed luxury ferry. Enjoy the sea air and the sound of the water lapping around you as you cruise out onto the large lagoon towards its mouth, the Knysna Heads. The Heads are two imposing rocky outcrops that appear to stand sentinel at the mouth of the lagoon, with waves crashing on one side and smooth, calm water on the other. The beautifully appointed ferry has magnificent yellowwood decks, sourced from the local Knysna forests, and you will be treated to stunning scenery and a unique experience during the 90-minute cruise. Warm clothing is advisable as being out on the lagoon can get chilly; however, inside the ferry itself the atmosphere and temperature is warm, cosy and hospitable. (Optional rates: D14:John Benn cruise)
 -Overnight: The Graywood Hotel (Standard Room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D15: Knysna - Oudtshoorn
Knysna Discover(n) • Ostrich Farm Demonstration(n) • Heritage Tour(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Travel to Oudtshoorn
 -Combine adventure and relaxation in Knysna. The picturesque town of Knysna along the Garden Route is surrounded by magnificent coastal forests and an extensive lagoon that boast the town’s most famous landmark, the Knysna Heads. While the Heads provide a treacherous channel into the ocean, the lagoon itself is peaceful and ideal for boat cruises and water sports. The Featherbed Nature Reserve lies on the southern Head and the beautiful Garden Route National Park is only a short drive from the town. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Visit to the Safari Ostrich Show Farm just outside Oudtshoorn. Situated in the Klein Karoo, Oudtshoorn provides the perfect vegetation and climatic conditions for breeding and rearing ostriches. During your tour on this working farm you will see large flocks of ostriches, from chicks to young adults, to mature breeding birds. Begin in the breeding camp to uncover the rustic ostrich nests and get the opportunity to test the strength of the eggs by standing on them! If breeding season is in full swing, your tour will also include a fascinating investigation of the incubation process and hatchery. Newly born chicks are surprisingly soft and fluffy and kept in the incubators for a few days before being taken out into special 'nursery' camps. Your tour will also include a visit to Welgeluk, the ostrich palace that was built in 1910 at the height of the feather boom and is now a national monument. End this informative and fun excursion watching an ostrich derby where the local jockeys display their ostrich riding skills. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Visit to the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, a top tourist destination in South Africa and one of the world's greatest natural wonders, sculpted by nature over millions of years. The Cango Caves are located within the Swartberg Mountain range and form part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage site. These amazing caves are a must-see for locals and visitors alike, carved into the mountains, holding hidden treasures and astounding sights. They are the biggest show cave system in Africa and the oldest tourist attraction in the country. There are three main caves, connected by a series of chambers and tunnels and here you will find a collection of the oldest stalagmite formations on the planet, some dating back as far as 4 500 million years ago. Only the first cave is open to visitors; the other two are kept closed to preserve the pure, crystalline beauty of the dripstone formations. As you descend into the first chamber you will feel the warm humid air and be amazed at its enormity. Van Zyl's Hall is 98m long and filled with illuminated stalagmites, stalactites and helictites. From there travel deeper into this ancient and mystical wonderland for more astoundingly beautiful subterranean sights. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Swartberg Country Manor (Standard room - Bed and Breakfast)
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D16: Oudtshoorn - Cape Town
Post Office Tree(n) • Museum: Mossel Bay Diaz Complex(n) • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (o)
 -Breakfast
 -Trace the beginnings of the South African postal system at the Post Office Tree, located within the Diaz Museum Complex in Mossel Bay. History documents that early Portuguese explorers hung an old boot in this large milkwood tree in order to leave letters for others who came ashore. Thus a tradition was born, where sailors bound for the East left messages and packets for others making their way back to Portugal. The Post Office Tree is still operational to this day and letters can be posted in the boot-shaped post box at the foot of the tree. Why not give a loved one back home a treat and send them a letter from the oldest existing postal tree in southern Africa. The tree is over 500 years old and has been declared a heritage site. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Visit to the Bartolomeu Diaz Museum Complex in Mossel Bay. Bartolomeu Diaz was the first explorer to sail around the southern tip of Africa, landing in Mossel Bay in the 14th century. The grounds of the museum complex are on the shores of the Indian Ocean, the very site that European explorers first came into contact with indigenous African people. There are many attractions at the centre but one of the most popular is the post office tree, the first official post office in the country. Other attractions include the Maritime Museum with a huge, life-size replica of the ship in which Diaz first sailed to southern Africa. Here you can also follow the fascinating maritime history of the early Dutch, Portuguese and English navigators. The Shell Museum houses a collection of shells from around the world, a whale and dolphin exhibit and a touch tank and aquarium where you can learn about sea life along the South African coastline. The Granary at the entrance of the museum displays a live specimen table with examples of plants and flowers found in and around the Mossel Bay area. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Travel to Cape Town
 -Marvel at the views of Cape Town from the aerial cableway and plateau on Table Mountain. The Mother City is synonymous with the striking mountain that is flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west, providing a dramatic backdrop to the city. Table Mountain holds an unusually rich biodiversity and forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a protected area. Rock hyrax, or dassie as they are locally known, are often seen scampering through the scrub and the views from the summit over Table Bay, Robben Island and the Atlantic seaboard are breathtaking. The cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes and rotate 360 degrees as they travel up to 302 metres above sea level, giving passengers panoramic views over the city. Five minutes is all it takes to reach the summit and once there you can marvel at the views, have a bite to eat in the restaurant or do a bit of shopping at the extensive curio shop. The cableway only operates when weather permits. (Optional rates: D16:Table Mountain Aerial Cableway)
 -Overnight: Bergzicht Guest House (Twin/Double - Bed and Breakfast)
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D17: Cape Town
Hout Bay Seal Island Boat Trip(n) • Chapman's Peak Drive(n) • Cape of Good Hope National Park(n) • Boulders Beach(n) • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Boat cruise from Hout Bay Harbour to Duiker Island. The island is a sanctuary for thousands of Cape fur seals (actually sea lions originating from the Antarctic) as well as a variety of seabirds including gannets, cormorants and sea gulls. It is illegal to land on the island, but the trip takes you within arm's reach of the seals who seem to know they're the centre of attention and put up a fantastic performance, diving and twisting with amazing speed and agility (weather permitting). (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Drive along Cape Town's most scenic road: Chapman's Peak Drive. Hacked out of the face of the mountain between 1915 and 1922, Chapman's Peak connects Hout Bay with Noordhoek along one of the most dramatic marine routes in the world that hugs the coast of the Atlantic Seaboard for nine kilometres. Reopened to the public in 2003 after major safety works were completed, Chapman's Peak Drive climbs steadily from the harbour of Hout Bay, skirting 114 curves to follow the rocky coastline presenting some truly magnificent views of the sandy bays below. The combination of steep, almost thrilling rocky inclines, shimmering blue waters and expansive skies simply take the breath away. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, recognised globally for its extraordinary land formation, rich and diverse fauna and unique flora. The legendary Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope were key beacons for the early explorers and are the source of many myths and legends. In 1488, Bartholomew Dias named the peninsula the Cape of Storms. King John II of Portugal later gave it its actual name. The Cape of Good Hope is a scenic wonder, where soft white sandy beaches alternate with rugged stretches of rock and breathtaking cliffs. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Get acquainted with African penguins at Boulders Beach. Named for the large, smooth, round boulders that form this coastline, Boulders Beach is one of the few remaining locations in the country where African penguins are able to roost and nest without interference from humans. While the beach itself is a popular bathing spot, it is equally shared with these black and white marine birds that are frequently seen sunning themselves on the rocks or taking a dive into the coolness of the Atlantic Ocean. The adjacent fynbos area holds their delicate nesting grounds, and raised, fenced walkways allow visitors to enter the area without disturbing the birds. Look for nests hidden in the sand and among the scrubland as breeding pairs carefully nurture and protect their eggs. African penguins are classified as endangered species and Boulders Beach is the only location in the world where humans can get close to these birds in their natural habitat. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Discover Cape flora of every variety at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Delve into the immense wealth of biodiversity as you explore the Fragrance, Medicinal and Water Wise Gardens. Highlights at Kirstenbosch include the Peninsula Garden, containing many of the 2 500 plant species found on the Cape Peninsula, and the Protea Garden with numerous displays of the king protea, South Africa's national flower. The gardens were established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa and today there are over 7 000 species in cultivation. Kirstenbosch is a World Heritage Site, covering 36 hectares set within a 528 hectare estate that contains protected mountainside supporting natural forest and fynbos along with a variety of animals and birds. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Bergzicht Guest House (Twin/Double - Bed and Breakfast)
Itinerary day photo
Itinerary day photo
D18: Cape Town
Franschhoek Tour with Museum and Memorial(n) • Stellenbosch Orientation(n) • Boschendal Vineyard tour(n) • Stellenbosch Village Museum(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Discover the wine producing village of Franschhoek. This charming town lies nestled between steep mountain slopes just outside Cape Town, situated in the heart of the Cape’s wine producing region. It is world-renowned for the excellent wines produced here and it is also regarded as the food and wine capital of South Africa, with its streets lined with many cafes and restaurants. Franschhoek was originally established by French Huguenot settlers in the late 1600s and your tour will include a visit to the Huguenot Memorial Museum, displaying a large number of artefacts that illustrate the early life of the Huguenots, and the beautiful French-inspired Huguenot Monument, dedicated to the cultural influences that the Huguenots brought to the Cape Colony. Enjoy strolling through tree-lined streets and exploring art galleries, organic markets, boutiques and award-winning restaurants. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Wander through the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch. Lying at the foot of the Simonsberg mountains and within the grandiose Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch is internationally renowned for its award-winning wines, fantastic restaurants, trendy culture and historic buildings. The town is the perfect place to explore on foot with its many side-walk cafes and buzzy student vibe, owing to the large and prestigious university that is an icon of Stellenbosch culture. Many leading wine estates are found here including Spier, Tokara and Delheim, as well as some of the country’s best restaurants where dining can be an informal al fresco affair or something more elegant and black tie. Art lovers can explore the copious galleries while outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of nature activities available to them at Jonkershoek. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Smell the fruity aroma of grapes on a guided vineyard tour at Boschendal. This majestic wine estate is one of the oldest in the country and besides producing many award-winning wines, it also offers some the best stunning natural beauty to be found in the Cape Winelands. It lies nestled in the Franschhoek Valley, well known as a premium wine producing region with a viticulture history that dates back to the late 1600s. The vineyards stretch high on the cool eastern slopes of the mountains and are planted with noble varieties that produce highly prized wines, characterised by their elegance and complexity. Your tour begins in the late morning as you immerse yourself in the vineyards and explore the extensive collage of varietals before making your way to the highest point on the farm for amazing views of the Simonsberg Mountains and the beauty that is Boschendal. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Relive history at the Stellenbosch Village Museum. The historic village of Stellenbosch was developed around a Cape Dutch style town and the Stellenbosch Village Museum is composed of four different period houses, each representing the way people lived at that time and a different era in the architectural development of Stellenbosch. The Schreuder House was built in 1707 and depicts a modest pioneer cottage while the Bletterman House is a Cape Dutch H-shaped dwelling and an example of a gabled house from the 18th century. The Grosvernor House is a grand old mansion, whose furniture is indicative of the increasing influence of British taste on local design when neo-classicism was at the height of fashion. End your journey through time at the O.M. Bergh House, reflecting a typical middle-class Stellenbosch home during the mid-1800s. Guests may also stroll through the V.O.C. Kruithuis, the only remaining powder magazine in South Africa. (Suggestion not included in rates)
 -Overnight: Bergzicht Guest House (Twin/Double - Bed and Breakfast)
Itinerary day photo
Itinerary day photo
D19: Cape Town - Cape Town airport
Marine Eco Tour (2 hours)(o) • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront(n)
 -Breakfast
 -Climb aboard a hydrofoil and look for marine life in the ecosystem of Table Bay on a 2-hour eco tour from Cape Town. See ocean animals in their natural surroundings, such as humpback and southern right whales, depending on the season. Get the chance to watch pods of dolphins breaching close to the boat and marvel at their acrobatic displays. Be enchanted by Cape fur seals lounging on the jetties and get close to unusual species, such as sunfish. Watch African penguins diving for fish to take back to their breeding colony on Robben Island. Encounter birdlife, such as terns, gannets, cormorants and mighty black-browed albatross. (Optional rates: D19:Marine Eco Tour no Transport)
 -Explore the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, situated at South Africa’s oldest working harbour in the centre of Cape Town. Offering over 450 retail outlets selling everything from high-end fashion and jewellery to food and crafts, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s most popular destinations, attracting in excess of 23 million visitors a year. Besides offering vibrant and chic indoor and outdoor shopping and restaurants, you can also watch fishing boats dock with fresh fish or see a container ship being towed into the harbour by a tug boat. Draw-bridges over the water open and close every so often to allow smaller sailing vessels access to the docks, while the Cape Wheel gives unsurpassed 360 degree views of the city, and the outdoor amphitheatre plays host to music, dance and theatrical performances throughout the year. (Suggestion not included in rates)
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