Explore South Africa on the tour of a lifetime! This 16 Day Tour includes full-service flights, 13 Nights’ accommodation and breakfasts throughout the tour, plus a deluxe coach, transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees, and English-speaking tour leader – with you the whole way. As part of this holiday package, your full Garden Route Tour will have you in awe among a wealth of natural wonders like lush forests, tranquil lagoons and lakes and, with overnight stays included, you’ll soon see the beautiful eastern coastline in a new light. Look out for the Big 5 on your private game reserve safari, feel the adrenaline rise during your 3-night stay in the Kruger National Park region. Finally, be amazed by the spectacular scenery on the Panorama Route Tour. These incredible activities and more – included in your Bonus Value – will have you well and truly in love with South Africa!
We’ll get you to and from your holiday with no troubles – all you need to do is pack your bag and make your way to the airport! Enjoy return airfares & taxes with a full-service carrier included in the price!
Getting from George to Johannesburg is easy with us. We’ve made all of your arrangements, so you can sit back and enjoy the journey!
Enjoy a total of 13 nights staying accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities across South Africa. Your accommodation is sorted as you make your way through Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Johannesburg.
South Africa is renowned for outstanding locally produced food and your tour will be travelling through many of the best food production regions. Expect to feast on delicious classics and regional specialties throughout the tour.
The last thing you want to do on your holiday is stress about how you’re going to get from A to B. With us, you won’t have to worry. Enjoy airport group transfers in Cape Town and Johannesburg on us.
Get around in total comfort! Enjoy air-conditioned coach transportation when touring South Africa this holiday as you see the sites without breaking a sweat!
Experience the rugged beauty of South Africa this holiday! See the iconic Castle of Good Hope, take a scenic drive through Stellenbosch and the Cape wine region, get up close and personal with rhino’s, lions and elephants at Knysna and Kruger National Park and take a walk suspended above the untamed wilderness of Tsitsikamma National Park & the appropriately named Storms River. There’s so much to see and do and we’ve covered your sightseeing & entrance fees!
Don’t miss out on a thing this holiday! Your tour includes English-speaking tour leader(s) throughout your 16-day tour of South Africa.
Navigate the colourful streets of Cape Mala, tour the V&A Waterfront and discover the heritage of St George’s Cathedral. Cape Town is a compelling blend of historic and modern, with plenty to explore and experience!
Holidays are meant to be enjoyed, and what better way to do that than with a glass of wine in hand! Experience 2 wine tastings and lunch when you explore the Cape wine region in South Africa with us!
Take a walk on the wild side as you experience a game drive in a private reserve! Be astounded by the wildlife in this rare chance to see some of Africa’s biggest icons in their natural habitat.
The Tsitsikamma forest forms part of the greater Garden Route National Park and encompasses rivers, gorges, mountains, lush forests and plantations. Home to Bloukrans bridge, take the opportunity to experience the highest bridge bungee in the world! With trail and bush walk options, take the opportunity to discover more about the fauna and flora of this region.
Take a guided tour of a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn and learn more about these large nomadic birds which although are flightless, can reach speeds of up to 70 km/ph!
Discover one of South Africa’s hidden treasures; the Cango Caves. The series of dripstone caverns are more than 20 million years old. Explore the site with a heritage walking tour or choose an adventurous rock- and cave climbing experience!
From your vantage point in the tour bus, you can easily look out for wildlife in Kruger National Park including the instantly recognisable Big 5! Stretching over 20,000 square km (nearly the size of Belgium!) keep a lookout for cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards, elephants and the white and black rhino.
After a busy day’s safari, head back to the Kruger National Park Lodge and put your feet up! Cool down in the pool before enjoying a locally inspired meal.
Visit the renowned Three Rondavels viewpoint which boasts a stunning vista over the Blyde River Canyon. This canyon forms part of the Drakensberg ridge and is known for picturesque views. Next is Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a natural water feature with hundreds of natural potholes and plunge pools and which marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. From the right direction and on a clear day, you can even see Mozambique in the distance!
18 July 2019
Day 1: Australia – Cape Town (inflight meals)
Depart Australia today on your South African Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qantas (or other, subject to availability) full-service flight to Cape Town, South Africa!
Day 2 Cape Town, South Africa (D)
Welcome to Cape Town! On arrival at the airport be met by a tour representative and be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free before meeting your tour leader and other travellers for dinner together in the evening.
Day 3 Cape Town City Tour (B)
After breakfast this morning, join your driver for a City Tour, including such iconic sights as the Castle of Good Hope, St George’s Cathedral and a chance to wander through the colourful streets of Cape Malay. After a stop at Company’s Gardens, finish the tour at the V&A Waterfront. This redeveloped port precinct is a compelling blend of historic and modern, with lots to explore, great shopping and dining options.
Day 4 Cape Town (B)
Take it easy today, with breakfast provided at your hotel and the full day free for your own relaxation and exploration of Cape Town and surrounds, including Robben Island and Table Mountain. Alternatively, ask your Tour Leader about joining them on an optional (not included) Cape Point and Peninsular Day Tour.
Day 5 Cape Town – Cape Winelands – Stellenbosch – Hermanus (approx. 190-kilometres) (B, L)
Following breakfast, take a scenic drive through the Cape wine region. South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe, so it’s a great opportunity to taste South Africa’s signature wine; Pinotage and learn about Cape district wines from a local wine expert. Lunch is a delicious traditional meal served among the vineyards. Next stop is Stellenbosch, a special university town in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Explore the Cape Dutch architecture and many laid-back coffee shops, boutiques and art galleries. After one more wine tasting tour this afternoon experience the heavenly coastal drive to Hermanus. This evening, choose to join dinner with a South African family (not included), or to explore the town of Hermanus.
Day 6 Hermanus – Swellendam – Mossel Bay (390-kilometres) (B, D)
Enjoy your morning in Hermanus, this relaxed harbour town is one of the world’s best whale-watching destinations from June to November.
Alternatively, join one of the optional excursions for the day: Shark Cage Diving or a Whale & Eco tour.
After departing Hermanus, spend some free time for lunch in beautiful Swellendam. Taste authentic ’boerekos’ (traditional farmer’s food), or perhaps some springbok (venison) carpaccio. The coach will stop this afternoon outside of Albertinia to visit Cape Aloe Vera farm. Taste aloe tea, sample facial cream and learn more about this indigenous plant. The destination today is Mossel Bay, a coastal village and popular holiday destination. On the way, stop at the Pinnacle Caves, an archaeological site with early evidence of modern human behaviour in fossil findings dated as far back as 170,000 years ago. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.
Day 7 Garden Route: Game Drive – Knysna – Garden Route (approx. 230-kilometres) (B, D)
Early this morning, travel to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve for a unique safari experience. Enjoy close encounters with impala, wildebeest, rhinos, lions, giraffes and more! Lunch in Knysna, the heart of the Garden Route. Explore the beautiful harbour area and dine in a local restaurant (not included) or jump aboard a double-decker floating restaurant for an optional lunch cruise with spectacular views of Knysna Bay. From Knysna, depart for more exciting animal adventures. Choose to roam free with monkeys at Monkeyland, a multi-species monkey sanctuary. Alternatively, visit Birds of Eden, a unique eco-tourism experience, and the world’s largest free flight aviary and bird sanctuary (not included). Dinner is included this evening.
Day 8 Tsitsikamma National Park & Storms River – Eastern Cape (approx. 150-kilometres) (B, D)
Your morning is free for you to explore the great outdoors. Explore the Tsitsikamma forest that forms part of the greater Garden Route National Park. The area encompasses rivers, gorges, mountains, lush forests and plantations. Options here include tree-top canopy tours, bungee jumping at Bloukrans Bridge (the highest bridge bungee in the world), the Woodcutters Trail Driver or a bush walk to learn more about the fauna and flora in this region.
Drive to the Storms River mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park. Take a walk along the coast or cross the longest suspension river in South Africa and spend some free time to enjoy lunch overlooking the ocean. This afternoon drive to the Eastern Cape Coast. Local holiday destinations here including Jeffreys Bay and Cape St. Francis, are known to be some of the best surfing locations in the world. Here you can enjoy long sandy beaches in idyllic surroundings.
Day 9 Fruit Route: Route 62 – Oudtshoorn Ostrich Farm – Cango Caves Excursion (approx. 380-kilometres) (B, L, D)
Explore a different region of South Africa this morning, leaving the Garden Route behind for meandering Route 62. Head for the arid Karoo via the spectacular Langkloof valley. Stop off for a guided tour of a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn and learn more about these big, feathered animals. Afterward is an option to explore one of South Africa’s hidden treasures, the Cango Caves. The series of dripstone caverns are more than 20-million years old. Explore on a heritage walking tour or choose an adventurous rock and cave climbing experience. This evening be treated to a special Karoo dinner.
Day 10 George – Johannesburg – Kruger Gateway (approx. 450-kilometres) (B, D)
This morning, travel from Oudtshoorn to George for an early morning flight to Johannesburg. On the way, watch the sunrise over the Langkloof, with a stop on the Outeniqua Pass to take in the magnificent views. After the included flight, arrive in the “City of Gold”, Johannesburg. Travel onwards to tonight’s accommodation in a gateway destination to Kruger National Park. The first experience in the African bush awaits as dinner is served under the African sky this evening.
Day 11 Kruger National Park (approx. 320-kilometres) (B, D)
Time for a full-day game drive of the park! Elevated in the tour bus you can easily look for animals in the bush, perhaps even the iconic Big 5. The Kruger National Park stretches over 20,000sq. kilometres – nearly the size of Belgium. In the park, watch out for wild animals like cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards, elephants and the white and black rhino. En route, stop at rest camps like Skukuza, Tshokwane and Satara. Around late afternoon, make your way to the Safari Lodge on the western edge of the park, for a multi-night stay. Time for a relaxing swim in the pool and a sun-downer or two before this evenings’ included dinner!
Day 12 Kruger National Park (B, D)
Make your own choice today, from a range of different safari options and durations. Kruger National Park is home to 114 different species of reptiles, 507 kinds of birds and 147 mammal species, so you are sure to come across some of the most amazing creatures in Africa. After your chosen game drive, return to the Lodge to cool down in the pool before enjoying an included dinner in true African style.
Day 13 Kruger National Park (B, D)
Again today, choose from full-day, half-day, Sunrise and/or Sunset Safari (not included). A sunrise safari offers the incredible experience of African bush awakening for the day as the sun rises over the savanna. The Sunset Safari brings a different charm with hues of gold, pink and orange as the sun sets. As it gets cooler the animals move around to find food, your guide will follow to see if there’s anything interesting to see.
This evening enjoy a last dinner in the African bush. Spend time around the campfire exchanging safari stories and sipping Amarula – an African liqueur made with fruit of the marula tree (not included).
Day 14 Three Rondawels – Bourke’s Luck Potholes – Blyde River Canyon Viewpoint – Johannesburg (approx. 590-kilometres) (B, D)
Leave the Kruger National Park behind, via the Panorama Route through the Mpumalanga province. The first destination is the renowned Three Rondavels viewpoint with a stunning vista over the Blyde River Canyon. This canyon forms part of the Drakensberg ridge and is known for storybook views. Next is Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a natural water feature with hundreds of natural potholes and plunge pools. This area marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Look for out for Kruger and Mozambique, visible in the distance on a clear day. Continue the final leg of the tour into Johannesburg. Finally, sit down for a farewell dinner with new friends!
Day 15 Johannesburg – Australia (B, inflight meals)
After check-out, be transferred to the airport for your flights home to Australia.
Day 16 Arrive Home
Please note that depending on timing, some flights may arrive home on Day 15 or 17.
DEPARTURE CITY SURCHARGES
Surcharges apply for certain departure cities and note that flights may be via Sydney, Melbourne or Perth.
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