13 Day Guided Tour of South Africa - SA Explorer

Holiday Package Includes:
  • Guided and Transport throughout the itinerary as detailed above. Transport depends on the numbers in the group. Maximum group size 9 people / Minimum group size 2 people.
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary (4 star & game lodges)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Entry Fees as specified in the itinerary : Johannesburg City Tour, Blyde River Canyon, Bourkes Luck Potholes, entrance fee to Kruger National Park, Game Drive in 4 x 4 vehicle in Kruger National Park, Game Drive into iSimangaliso Wetland Park, River Cruise on St Lucia Estuary, Storms River Bridge, Knysna Sundowner Lagoon Cruise, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Ocean Safari, Elephant Interaction, Mampoer Tasting, Cape Point Tour
Holiday Package Excludes :
  • All local and international airfares
  • All meals not specified
  • Any entrance fees not specified in the itinerary
  • Any Gratuities
  • Errors & omissions
  • We reserve the right to change accommodation to a similar standard accommodation if required

Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg

Dumela! Sawubona! Hello!
 
Welcome to Johannesburg, Egoli, Place of Gold. A cultural melting pot, it is a place of opportunity and the African dream. Nicknamed Jo'burg" or "Jozi" by the locals it is the most populous city in South Africa and has the third largest population in Africa, behind Cairo and Lagos. 
 
Transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to your hotel. 
 
Complete check in formalities before you depart on a guided afternoon city tour of Johannesburg. Share in the history of Johannesburg – our city of gold. Relive the South African dream with the street life of Newtown, the views of Westcliff and a trip to the Carlton Centre, Mary Fitzgerald Square and
Constitution Hill.
 
Lunch is at leisure (own account)
 
Enjoy dinner (own account) at your hotel

 

Day 2: Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Area

Breakfast at the hotel. 
 
Meet with your local guide and depart eastwards heading for Dullstroom in the Mpumalanga Highlands. Dubbed the 'Trout Mecca' because of its pristine fishing waters, the Highlands are situated on the Highveld escarpment. 
 

Continue onto the Limpopo Province
 

Stop for lunch (own account) en route.
 
In the late afternoon, arrive at arrive at Moditlo River Lodge set within the Blue Canyon Conservancy.
 
Enjoy a sundowner game drive with your game reanger in an open top game vehicle. Set off in search of the “Big Five” and other distinctive species and let the African Bushveld enchant you.
 
Return to the lodge and savour the luxurious yet rustic settings with pre-dinner drinks (own account) before tucking into a dinner of delicious local fare

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Panorama Route

An early start sees you catching the bushveld as it comes alive while on a guided open vehicle game drive. Enjoy coffee and rusks in the bush beforebreakfast back at the lodge.
 
After breakfast head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions, the Blyde River Canyon,on the Panorama Route. 
 
The Blyde River Canyon may be one of the largest green canyons in the world with its lush subtropical vegetation. The Panorama Route offers memorable views and unusual natural phenomenon’s, like The Three Rondawels, Pinnacle Rock and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
 
Lunch (own account) will be enjoyed along this scenic route.
 
At the end of the day arrive in the small town of Sabie in the Drakensberg escarpment for the evening.
 
Check in and freshen up for dinner. 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Kruger National Park

Early breakfast at the hotel.  
 
Meet with your guide and leave the mountainous town of Sabie and drive, via Hazyview, onto Mpumalanga's flagship attraction, the Kruger National Park.
 
The Kruger National Park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This peace park links the Kruger with Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and is 20 000 square kilometres in size, which is roughly that of the Netherlands.
 
A closed vehicle game drive will give you the opportunity to take in the park's vastness and seek out the “Big Five” and other endangered and indigenous animals and plants. Amongst the park's diverse offerings are: 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles and 1 982 plants species with several historical and ancient archeological sites.
 
Lunch in the park (own account).
 
Exit the park at Malelane Gate and onto your lodge on the Mthethomusha Game Reserve.
 
Enjoy an open vehicle game drive in search of the renowned "Big Five" followed by dinner at the lodge 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Malelane to St Lucia

Enjoy an early breakfast at the lodge
 
Depart the Mthethomuhsa Game Reserve heading for St Lucia via the Kingdom of Swaziland.
 
NB: Please check the visa requirements for your nationality. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visa should you require one. (Visa own account).
 
Swaziland, one of only two kingdoms in Southern Africa, is also the smallest country in Africa.
 
Enjoy lunch en route (own account). 
 
Exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter the sub-tropical Elephant Coast, the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. An area naturally gifted with towering mountains, the blissfully warm Indian Ocean, lush tropical vegetation and a myriad of different animal species.
 
In the late afternoon you will arrive at your hotel.
 
You will have an opportunity to freshen up before relaxing with pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both for own account) at the restaurant. 
 
Optional night game activities available (own account).

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: St Lucia to Durban

Wake up relaxed and enchanted in this piece of paradise.
 
Get ready to discover South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
 
Before breakfast, embark on an open safari vehicle, where you will be guided on a game drive through iSimangaliso (which means ‘miracle and wonder’). The park is the biggest estuarine system in Africa and home to the biggest hippo and crocodile populations in the country. Observe Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the Estuary.
 
Enjoy a revitalising lunch (own account) while taking pleasure in the lovely lake views.
 
After lunch depart for the city of Durban. An economic hub, Durban is an eclectic mix of cultural diversity, with the Indian, Zulu and European communities providing fascinating architecture, interesting markets and bazaars and an abundance of attractions and activities. 
 
Dinner (own account)

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Durban to Port Elizabeth

Enjoy a breakfast at your beachfront hotel followed by a morning at leisure.
 
Wander along the renowned Golden mile, Durban’s bustling beachfront - be sure to spot the Rickshaws with their impressively dressed Zulu handlers. Perhaps take a ride on a rickshaw? (own account). 
 
You will be collected from your hotel for your transfer to King Shaka International Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth. (Flight not included).
 
On arrival into Port Elizabeth you will be met at Port Elizabeth International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Originally the city started life in 1799 as a garrison, but it grew during the 1820’s with the arrivals of the settlers. Since then it has continued to grow and is now South Africa’s third largest city! 
 
Enjoy dinner (own account) at your hotel or restaurant of your choice.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Port Elizabeth - Knysna

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel 
 
This morning you will be collected from your hotel by your local guide and will head south towards Knysna via Storm’s River and the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest.
 
The first stop of the day brings you to Storms River. Take in the dramatic views on the suspension bridge of the Storms River mouth where you can view the river meeting the Indian Ocean.
 
Enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest area.
 
A short journey further south brings us to the small beautiful town of Knysna. 
 
Arrive at your hotel and complete check in formalities before before embarking on a sunset Knysna Oyster Cruise (weather permitting). This is an informative and interactive cruise that introduces you and your taste buds to the wild Knysna oyster while enjoying a drink in the natural surrounding beauty. 
 
Optional dinner (own account) at a restaurant next to the Estuary. 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9: Knysna (Plettenberg Bay)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
 
After breakfast meet with your local guide and make your way to Plettenberg Bay or Plett as its known by the locals.
 
From Lookout Beach you will be taken on an Ocean Safari (weather permitting), dedicated to observation and conservation and allows for extensive and memorable whale, dolphin and seal watching.
 
Enjoy a relaxing lunch (own account). 
 
In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school and crèche. Guests are welcome to donate pencils, books and other stationary. Take the scenic drive back to your Knysna hotel and enjoy some time at leisure.
 
In the early evening we make our way to the Knysna Waterfront for a leisurely dinner (own account) at one of the many restaurants on offer.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10: Knsyna to Oudtshoorn

Breakfast at the hotel. 
 
After breakfast, begin your day by heading to Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo, via Wilderness and the Outeniqua Pass.
 
The first scenic stop is in Wilderness. Enjoy the photo opportunities and unspoilt views at Map of Africa lookout point (weather permitting) before continuing your journey via the Outeniqua Pass. 
 
Lunch (own account) on an ostrich farm in the Cango Valley on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn before taking a tour of the farm that will introduce you to this large, flightless and exotic bird. For the daring enjoy an optional ostrich ride. (own account)
 
Following your ostrich farm tour drive to your lodge for dinner.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 : Oudtshoorn to Cape Town

Breakfast at the hotel
 
After breakfast you will have the rare opportunity to experience an elephant interaction and feeding with the African elephants that were raised at Bufflesdrift Game Lodge.
 
Leaving these gentle giants, depart for Cape Town heading via the Cango Caves and the iconic Route 62
 
The Cango Caves are a 20 million year old natural treasure at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. Departing this world wonder, travel along the much beloved and picturesque Route 62. With its ever changing landscapes, this route will escort you from tranquil winelands to dramatic mountain vistas and the unique beauty of the semi-arid Klein Karoo. 
 
Enjoy traditional Mampoer tasting (included) and lunch (own account) en route.
 
Continue your scenic journey onto the majestically beautiful Cape Town and arrive at your city hotel.
 
This evening’s dinner (own account) can be enjoyed out at the hotel.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12: Cape Town

Breakfast at the hotel 
 
After breakfast, join a guided full day Cape Point tour which incorporates the Cape Point and Kirstenbosch Gardens. Thsi tour will allow you to enjoy the true dramatic beauty that is the Cape Point! 
 
Situated only 50 kilometres (31 miles) outside of Cape Town, Cape Point falls within the Good Hope Nature Reserve. The park contains a wide range of indigenous plants, bird species as well as baboons, caracal and a variety of antelope. Visitors to Cape point have a range of activities to pick from: hiking, cycling, angling, surfing and windsurfing. There is an option to take a scenic walk up to the old lighthouse, offering spectacular views across False Bay. Alternatively, those that are less energetic may take a ride up on the new funicular.
 
Highlights of the tour include: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve; the funicular (optional extra) to reach the crest at Cape of Good Hope; the penguin colony at Boulders Beach (optional extra); Chapman’s Peak (subject to the road being open); Hout Bay stop at the harbour; Sea Point; city of Cape Town drive. 
 
Lunch (own account) will be had en route.
 
Freshen up before dinning out in one of the many restaurants in the city (own account and arrangements)

 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13: Cape Town / Home

Breakfast at the hotel.
 
Your morning is at leisure to do some last minute curio shopping or exploring.
 
Transfer to Cape Town International and complete formalities for your return flight home. 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast