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16 Day Explore South Africa Tour

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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!

YOUR FLIGHT CENTRE EXCLUSIVES HOLIDAY INCLUDES:

  • International return airfares & taxes with a full-service carrier**

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!

  • Internal flight from George to Johannesburg

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!

  • 13 nights’ accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities

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.

  • 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 10 dinners

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.

  • Airport group transfers in Cape Town and Johannesburg

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.

  • Air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and onboard toilet

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!

  • All sightseeing & entrance fees

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!

  • English-speaking tour leader throughout the tour

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.

PLUS FLIGHT CENTRE EXCLUSIVES:

  • BONUS Cape Town Orientation Tour

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!

  • BONUS experience 2 Wine Tastings

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!

  • BONUS Included Game Drive in Private Reserve

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.

  • BONUS Visit to Tsitsikamma National Park

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.

  • BONUS Ostrich Farm Tour

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!

  • BONUS Cango Caves Visit

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!

  • BONUS Included Full Day Game Drive in Kruger National Park

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.

  • BONUS 3 nights in Kruger National Park Lodge accommodation

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.

  • BONUS Panorama Route Drive

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!

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Tipping: AUD$3-5 per person per day for both driver and tour leader is appropriate
  • Visas (Australian passport holders do not require a visa. Note, New Zealand passport holders and other nationalities may require a tourist visa.
  • Travel insurance – mandatory. Remember to ask your travel consultant for travel insurance options

PRICE:

  • Deposit price: $2,100pp*
  • Package price: $4,599pp*
  • Valued up to: $6,557pp*
  • Single Supplement: from $1,105

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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.

TRAVEL DATES:

2019

  • 13 September (Sold Out)
  • 25 October
  • 8 November

2020

  • 14 February
  • 27 March

DEPARTURE CITY SURCHARGES

  • For travel ex Brisbane & Adelaide: $300pp* regional surcharge applies
  • For travel ex Perth: $450pp* regional surcharge applies

SEASONAL SURCHARGES

  • Seasonal surcharges may apply

TRAVEL DATES:

  • Selected dates from: 25 October 2019 – 27 March 2020. Please see the Departures tab for full details.

Surcharges apply for certain departure cities and note that flights may be via Sydney, Melbourne or Perth.

ACCOMMODATION

3 Star rated throughout

  • Cape Town: StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl
  • Hermanus: Windsor Hotel
  • Mossel Bay: Oceans Hotel
  • Tsitsikamma/Garden Route: Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Tsitsikamma Lodge and Spa, Tsogo Sun Beacon Island Hotel
  • Cape St Francis: Cape St Francis Resort
  • Oudtshoorn: De Oude Meul / Protea Hotel by Marriott Riempie Estate
  • Gateway to Kruger: eBundu Lodge / Buffalo Hotel / Greenway Woods
  • Kruger National Park: Timbavati Safari Lodge / Sanbonani Resort Hotel
  • Johannesburg: Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

REQUIRED PASSPORT INFORMATION

  • A passport valid for 6 months beyond trip completion is a strict requirement of travel. It is your responsibility to ensure all information submitted on the booking form is exactly matched only to a valid passport, including full names and passport numbers. You are liable for all fees due to invalid passports or the provision of inaccurate, incomplete or outdated passport information.
  • If your passport is expired or has insufficient validity, please submit your full name, gender and date of birth only, and submit “TBA” for passport number and expiry. Do not submit expired or invalid passport information. It is your responsibility to submit updated passport information accurately to Ignite Travel as soon as you receive it.
  • Ignite Travel will use the information submitted on your booking form as the final source of truth to process your booking including issuing air, train and cruise tickets. You are solely liable for all reissue fees due to absent, inaccurate or outdated information.

VISA

  • A tourist visa is not required for Australian passport holders travelling to South Africa. Note that New Zealanders and some other nationalities do require a tourist visa. You can find out more here.
  • Ignite Travel cannot be held liable for fees due to the absence of a valid visa.

EXTRAS

EARLY ARRIVAL/STAY BEHIND BREAK FEE

  • $250 per person plus airfare difference.

PRE/POST ACCOMMODATION

  • Pre-tour Cape Town; $150 per twin-share room only per night (excludes transfers).
  • Post-tour Johannesburg; $205 per twin-share room only per night (includes complimentary airport transfers).

TRANSFERS

  • Group transfers are at designated times. Transfers outside group arrangements incur additional costs.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Ask your travel consultant for discounted travel insurance options.

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PRICING

  • All prices are subject to change and availability.
  • Prices are AUD per person for twin-share unless otherwise specified

SEASONAL SURCHARGES

  • Seasonal surcharges may apply to certain departure dates.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY

  • All trip costs, fees and components are fully non-refundable at all times.
  • Refunds are not provided for any unused trip component including flights, transfers, hotels, cruises, optional programs, attractions, etc.

TIPPING

  • Tipping for guides and drivers is recommended but not mandatory. AUD$3-5 per person per day for both driver and Tour Leader is appropriate.

BAGGAGE POLICY

  • Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one checked bag not exceeding 20kg, plus one carry-on bag not exceeding 7kg.
  • You are strongly encouraged to pack lightly below these limits as you will be required to carry your own bag to and from coaches, hotels and trains.

FINAL DOCUMENTATION

  • Electronic documentation including e-tickets are generally emailed within two weeks of departure of your core tour, irrespective of early departures, pre-tour extensions or stopovers.

AIRFARES

  • Surcharges apply for certain departure cities and note that flights may be via Sydney, Melbourne or Perth.
  • Due to flight times and scheduling, some customers may be required to depart Australia the day before the advertised itinerary (day 0), and some customers may arrive in Australia the day before the advertised itinerary. The number of accommodation nights will not change.
  • The default full service carrier included in your package will be provided when you receive your final documentation.
  • Please contact your travel consultant at the time of booking to request quotes for premium economy and business class upgrades.
  • All flights or airfare related fees and costs are due immediately upon confirmation.
  • Payment or upgrades using frequent flyer points is not permitted.
  • Pre-set airline meals can be requested at the time of booking (or no later than one month before departure) and is subject to availability.
  • All flights may involve up to two transits in Australian or international connecting cities.
  • No show of any flight will result in the automatic cancellation of all onward flights by the airline and rebooking will be at your own expense.

ITINERARY

  • The itinerary and order may be adjusted as we see fit to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the tour.
  • In the unusual event that a destination, sight or attraction is unavailable due to weather, local, seasonal, political or other constraints, it will be substituted with a similar alternative.
  • The indicated length of trip includes time in flight and is subject to change depending on the prevailing flight schedule to be provided when you receive your final documentation. The number of accommodation nights will not change.
  • Some flights may depart a day before or after the indicated itinerary.
  • A reference to included entrance fees refers to admissions to the main site or attraction but may not include any secondary admissions inside the venue or optional programs marked as “not included”.

HOTELS

  • Triple-share is available on the land tour in the form of extra bedding strictly subject to availability.
  • Reference hotels listed may be substituted with properties of a similar standard.
  • Confirmed hotels will be provided when you receive your final documentation.
  • All hotel ratings are self-rated according to local standards.
  • All rooms are lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise stated.

CHILD POLICY

  • This tour is not suitable for persons under 10 years old. Child discounts do not apply.

OPTIONAL PROGRAMS

  • Optional programs are special ‘money can’t buy’ local experiences or activities that you may add to your tour.
  • Optional programs are payable directly to the tour guides in the local currency and cannot be prepaid.
  • In the unusual event that some programs or venues may not be available due to weather, local, seasonal or political constraints, every effort will be made to provide a similar alternative.
  • Some tours are subject to availability and require minimum numbers to operate.
  • If alternative arrangements cannot be provided due to location or logistical constraints, non-participants must wait in the vicinity of the group until the conclusion of the program as per the guide’s directions.

BREAKAWAY POLICY

  • A ‘break fee’ for early arrival, stay behind or stopover is collected for any deviations from the set dates and group tickets.
  • Transfers and hotels are not included for arrivals and departures outside of the set group arrangements.

COMPLAINTS POLICY

  • All efforts must be made to resolve issues on tour with the tour leader. Formal complaints must be submitted in writing with substantiated evidence within 10 days of trip completion.

DIETARY

  • Vegetarian meals are generally available on tour by pre-request. Please notify your guide of any special dietary requirements.
  • Certain meal types can be requested for the flights at the time of booking, subject to availability.

FITNESS

  • A moderate level of fitness is required for full days of brisk walking with intermittent breaks. You may encounter occasional flights of stairs at stations. This tour is not suitable for people requiring assistance or walking aid.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

  • Luggage and personal effects are at the owner’s risk at all times. We hold no liability for lost or damaged luggage or belongings. Comprehensive travel insurance cover is strongly recommended.

WEATHER

Cape Town & Garden Route:

  • Cape Town is on the same latitude as Sydney, with comparable weather. Expect wet and cool winters, with dry and warm summers. The average temperature in Cape Town is a mild 17°C.

Johannesburg Area:

  • Johannesburg has a subtropical highland climate. Summer, from October to April, has frequent cooling afternoon showers after sunny days. May to September (winter) have typically dry, sunny days and cold nights. Due to the city’s elevation, temperatures are mild with average maximum daytime temperature in January of 25.6°C and average maximum of approx 16°C in June.

GROUP SIZE

  • Maximum 48 passengers (per vehicle).

CURRENCY

  • It is advisable to exchange some South African Raad (ZAR) before leaving home or on arrival at the International Airport. The local currency can be used for optional programs, meals, shopping and expenses of a personal nature.

Single Supplement is available from $1,105.00

The 2020 itinerary is subject to change and there may be minor adjustments to this. All prices are subject to availability and applicable fare difference

All prices are per person twin-share unless otherwise stated and subject to revision without notice. Itineraries, airlines, hotels and ships are subject to availability and change.

Savings % is calculated on the maximum discount across all Ex points.
Valued at price is based on the maximum price across all ex points.

*FROM PRICE. All prices below are in Australian Dollars and are based on per person twin share occupancy unless stated otherwise.

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