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South Africa Highlights 2020

The Best of South Africa in 11 Days

South Africa Highlights 2020

From R30870

per person

Explore indigenous forests, ancient mountain passes and beautiful rugged beaches.

This fantastic 11-day itinerary includes stops in the famous Kruger National Park for a Big 5 safari, and along the scenic Panorama Route, before spending time in cosmopolitan Cape Town and along the scenic Garden Route, taking in the indigenous forests of Knysna and the iconic sights of Oudtshoorn.

  • Departure
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Include
    4 dinners
    10 breakfasts
    1 lunch
    Porterage
    Accommodation
    Professional English-speaking Guide
    Transportation
    Sightseeing
  • Not Included
    Surface Tour at the Cullinan Diamond Mine
    Professional English Commentary only
    2nd Wine Tasting (time permitting)
    Shore-based Whale Experience
    Carlton Centre
    Entrance into Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein
    Hector Peterson Memorial site (photo opportunity only)
    Lilliesleaf Farm
    Entrance to Sun City Resort
    Closed vehicle game drive in PIlanesburg Game Reserve
    Visit to Paul Kruger House
    Visit the Voortrekker Monument
    Visit the Apartheid Museum
    Visit to Hector Peterson Memorial
    Regina Mundi Church
    Visit to Constitution Hill
    Return transfer from main Sandton / Rosebank Hotels
    Entrance fees: God’s Window, Three Rondawels and Bourkes Luck Potholes
    Bottled water
    Kruger National Park Conservation Fees
    Return transfers from central Hazyview Hotels
    Entrance fee in to Addo Elephant National Park
    Closed vehicle game drive in Addo Elephant National Park
    Electric mountain bikes, helmets & water bottles
    Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
    1x wine-tasting at Stellenbosch Wine Estate
    Cape Point Nature Reserve
    3 x wine tastings and 1 x cellar tour
    Estate is closed on Sundays, a visit to the Stoney Point Penguin Colony will be included instead.
    1 x wine-tasting at Bouchard Finlayson Wine Estate
    Welcome drink on arrival
    English-speaking game ranger
    2 -3 hour open vehicle game drive
    Guided tours at Zeits MOCCA and the Norval Foundation
    Guided tours of Company Gardens and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
    3 x gin tastings
    2 hour cruise accompanied by marine biologists
    Chocolate and wine pairing
    Cloete Cellar
    Cape Dutch Manor House at Groot Constantia
    Groot Constantia Wine Estate
    Entrance fees for guided tour of the Heart Museum
    2 x wine tastings
    Passage on the wine tram
    Entrance to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market and Neighbourgoods Market at Old Biscuit Mill
    Interactive djembe drumming session and set menu dinner
    Return transfers to / from Cape Town City Center Hotels with English driver only
    High tea buffet
    An accredited fully licensed guide and use of riding gear
    1 x craft beer or 1 x wine tasting
    Return transfers to / from Cape Town City Centre Hotels
    National Park permits
    2 wine tastings
    Interactive Djembe drumming session & set menu dinner
    Show, 4-course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine
    Riding gear
    1 craft beer tasting or 1 wine tasting
    Kruger National Park Conservation Fees
    Lunch
    Complimentary collection service from select hotels*
    Return transfers from Port Elizabeth city centre hotels
    Full board at Chobe only
    4 breakfasts
    Return airfare ex Johannesburg
    14 breakfasts
    3 lunches
    13 breakfasts
    2 dinners
    2 breakfasts
    6 breakfasts
    2 lunches
    1 dinner
    5 breakfasts
    Accommodation
    3 dinners
    3 breakfasts
    Entry Fees
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Day 1: Tuesday - Johannesburg - Kruger National Park

This morning you will be collected from your hotel, heading east to the Mpumalanga region. After freshening up at your lodge enter the world famous Kruger National Park and spend the afternoon game viewing in your closed touring vehicle. The park offers some of the best game viewing and wildlife opportunities in the world – and the visitor will soon appreciate the challenges of managing this unique reserve. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. [Dinner] Distance travelled today: 430 kms 
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Day 2: Wednesday - Kruger National Park

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Your guide will endeavour to spoil you with sightings of the “Big Five”, general game and prolific bird life. Return to the lodge for lunch (own account) and a short siesta. In the afternoon we will journey once again through the magnificent expanses of the Kruger National Park, unrivalled in its diversity of flora and fauna. Enjoy an afternoon of game viewing in your closed touring vehicle pursuing the Big Five and other rare and endangered species. Optional (own account) open vehicle game drives are available. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. [Breakfast & Dinner] Distance travelled today: 250 kms 
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Day 3: Thursday - Mpumalanga

Enjoy breakfast before setting out to explore the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the most scenic routes in the region, offering glorious views, spectacular landscapes and exquisite waterfalls. Visit majestic sights including God’s Window, the Three Rondawels and Blyderiver Canyon – the third largest canyon of its kind in the world, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the charming village of Graskop, one of the first gold mining camps in the country. Optional (own account) open vehicle game drives are available, should you prefer not to join the Panorama Route tour. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. [Breakfast & Dinner] Distance travelled today: 260 kms 
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Day 4: Friday - Mpumalanga - Johannesburg - Cape Town

Enjoy breakfast before starting the return journey to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg, at OR Tambo International Airport, at approximately 14h30, for your onward flight to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore the city (unescorted). [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 400 kms
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Day 5: Saturday - Cape Town

Continue your journey of discovery, by joining a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay and then to Cape Point where (by tradition) it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Return to Cape Town through the historic naval base of Simon’s Town and Muizenberg to visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a centre for the preservation of the region’s unique flora. Overnight in Cape Town. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 200 kms  
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Day 6: Sunday - Cape Town (unescorted)

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (own account) or simply explore the city. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. There is also the Two Oceans Aquarium, Robben Island or alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many beaches. Overnight in Cape Town. [Breakfast]
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Day 7: Monday - Cape Town - Mossel Bay

After an early morning departure from Cape Town, we’ll travel along Sir Lowry’s Pass, with its magnificent views from the top, to Grabouw and Elgin, a lush landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. Our journey continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The area has largely been untouched and unexplored with its rugged coast line being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa and that creates unforgettable memories. After this thrilling experience, we continue via historic Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, to Mossel Bay, from where the Garden Route extends to the Storms River in the east. Overnight in Mossel Bay. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 507 kms
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Day 8: Tuesday - Mossel Bay - Oudtshoorn

After breakfast we continue our journey to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [Breakfast & Dinner] Distance travelled today: 155 kms
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Day 9: Wednesday - Oudtshoorn - Knysna

After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks such as the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. Overnight in Knysna. [Breakfast & Lunch] Distance travelled today: 134 kms 
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Day 10: Thursday - Knysna

Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Garden of Eden, set in the lush, green, indigenous Knysna forest. The major attraction is the forest itself, beautiful yellow wood trees, thick green foliage and streams. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Afterwards you’ll travel to Brenton on Sea, a breathtaking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight in Knysna. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 110 kms 
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Day 11: Friday - Knysna - Port Elizabeth

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred (unescorted, driver only) to Port Elizabeth. You’ll head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the “friendly city” with a wonderful climate. The tour ends on arrival in Port Elizabeth. [B] Guests may disembark, on request, at Port Elizabeth Airport. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 274 kms 

2020 English Departures

  • January - 7, 21, 28
  • February - 4, 11, 18, 25
  • March - 3, 10, 17, 24
  • April - 7, 21
  • May - 5, 19
  • June - 2, 16, 30
  • July - 14, 28
  • August - 11, 25
  • September - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • October - 6, 13, 20, 27
  • November - 3, 10, 17, 24
  • December - 8

2020 German Departures

  • January - 28
  • February - 25
  • June - 2, 30
  • July - 28
  • September - 1, 29
  • October - 27
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  • All departures are in English. German commentary is available on selected departure dates.
  • Minimum 2 Guests, Maximum 18 Guests
  • Flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town need to be booked for any time after 15:00
  • Johannesburg to Cape Town flight is not included in the tour price listed.

2020 Rates

  • RATES valid 01/01/20 - 30/04/20 & 01/10/20 - 31/12/20
    • R 33,325 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 39,535 per single person
  • RATES valid 01/05/20 - 30/09/20
    • R30,870 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 36,170 per single person
  • Accommodation used:
    • Protea Hotel Kruger Gate or similar x 3 nights
    • Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar x 3 nights
    • Diaz Hotel & Resort or similar x 1 night
    • La Plume Guest House or similar x 1 night
    • Rex Hotel or similar x 2 nights