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South African Surprise 2021 – 2022

A Celebration of the Best of South Africa
Cullinan Guided Journeys / South African Surprise 2021 – 2022

South African Surprise 2021 – 2022

From R28330

per person

From Big 5 safaris to explorations of coastal wetlands and inland mountains, this is the ultimate South African journey.

Spend two weeks discovering the very best of South Africa. Highlights include Big 5 safaris in the Kruger National Park, a trip through the Kingdom of eSwatini  and time spent in the wetlands of St Lucia. Visit the country’s largest mountain range, the Drakensberg, then meander down the pretty Eastern Cape Coast to Knsyna. The Garden Route is the final part of your journey before spending a few days in Cape Town.

  • Departure
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Include
    Kruger National Park Conservation Fees
    14 breakfasts
    4 dinners
    Professional English-speaking Guide
  • Not Included
    Guided tours of the Company Gardens and the Arderne Gardens
    3 x Mittagessen
    13 x Fruhstuck
    6 x Fruhstuck
    5 x Fruhstuck
    2 x Mittagessen
    1 x Abendessen
    4 x Abendessen
    1 x Mittagessen
    11 x Fruhstuck
    Besichtigungen laut Reiseplan
    3 x Fruhstuck
    3 x Abendessen
    2 x craft beer tastings and brewery tours
    1 wine tasting at Buitenverwachting Wine Estate
    Kliptown Open Air Museum
    11 breakfasts
    1 x cheese & wine pairing
    1 wine tasting and a BBQ (Braai) lunch)
    2 x Craft Beer Tastings & a Beach BBQ (Braai) dinner
    Boulders Beach
    1 wine tasting of five wines at Groot Constantia Wine Estate
    Visit to V&A Waterfront
    Muizenberg Beach
    Table Mountain (excludes the cost of the Cable Way ticket & weather permitting)
    USB charging ports onboard vehicle
    Wifi onboard vehicle
    1 wine tasting and a 2 course winelands lunch
    Entrance to the Franschhoek Motor Museum
    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
    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
    3 lunches
    13 breakfasts
    10 breakfasts
    2 dinners
    2 breakfasts
    6 breakfasts
    2 lunches
    1 dinner
    1 lunch
    5 breakfasts
    3 dinners
    3 breakfasts
    Entry Fees

Day 1: Sunday - Johannesburg

Upon your arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by your representative and assisted to your shuttle transfer service that will transfer you to your hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a welcome briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers.

Day 2: Monday - Johannesburg - Mpumalanga - Panorama Route

This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 500 kms

Day 3: Tuesday - Mpumalanga - Kruger National Park

We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle.  Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.  Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds.   We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure. [Packed Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 200 kms  

Day 4: Wednesday - Mpumalanga - eSwatini (Swaziland)

This morning we travel to eSwatini (Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of eSwatini and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for overnight in eSwatini.  [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 280 kms

Day 5: Thursday - eSwatini (Swaziland) - St Lucia and Surrounds

This morning we journey through eSwatini into Zululand.  Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. There is an opportunity to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve (optional and for own account).  Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon for you overnight stay. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 350 kms

Day 6: Friday - St Lucia and Surrounds - Durban

Guests have the option to take a morning boat cruise (optional and for own account) on Lake St Lucia, to experience Africa's largest estuarine system, before heading off to Durban. An orientation tour of Durban introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city. The orientation tour concludes with a visit to the Durban Botanic Gardens before arriving at our hotel late afternoon. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 320 kms

Day 7: Saturday - Durban - Drakensberg

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps explore the bustling Umhlanga Beach with a stroll along the Promenade mile that buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We visit the impressive 300 foot high Howick Falls, located in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands town of Howick. Our journey continues through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel, situated on a scenic World Heritage site, mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or enjoy fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (optional and for own account). Sit down to an extensive dinner buffet at your hotel. [Breakfast & Dinner] Distance travelled today: 280 kms

Day 8: Sunday - Drakensberg

Enjoy a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities to be enjoyed at the Resort. Consider joining a thrilling 4x4 tour up the spectacular Sani Pass into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (optional and for own account). Enjoy an evening dinner at your hotel with a wide variety of local specialities to choose from. [Breakfast & Dinner]

Day 9: Monday - Drakensberg - Eastern Cape Coast

This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch (own account) outside the capital of Umtata.  We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast. A delicious seafood buffet awaits you for dinner at your lodge. [Breakfast & Dinner] Distance travelled today: 520 kms

Day 10: Tuesday - Eastern Cape Coast - Tsitsikamma

We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes.  The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife.  We set off heading south to the Tsitsikamma Forest. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 510 kms

Day 11: Wednesday - Tsitsikamma - Knysna

After a leisurely breakfast, visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, for check in at your hotel. Enjoy a dinner filled with culinary delights at the hotel's trendy restaurant. [Breakfast & Dinner] Distance travelled today: 92 kms

Day 12: Thursday - Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Mossel Bay

After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Overnight in Mossel Bay. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 360 kms

Day 13: Friday - Mossel Bay - Cape Town

Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Albertinia to visit a well-known aloe factory. In this area, the Cape Aloe grows wild on many farms, and is still harvested in the traditional, labour-intensive way, providing a livelihood for unskilled, independent tappers. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. [Breakfast] Distance travelled today: 420 kms

Day 14: Saturday - Cape Town (unescorted)

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour of Cape Town and Table Mountain (optional and for own account), or spend the day exploring the magnificent Cape Winelands on a full day winelands tour (optional and for own account) or join a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, with its dramatic coastline and spectacular scenic beauty (optional and for own account). Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sighseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. Alternatively relax on one of Cape Town's many pristine beaches. Overnight in Cape Town.  [Breakfast]  

Day 15: Sunday - Cape Town

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport. [Breakfast]


Enhance the journey with optional excursions on the tour, available for pre-booking, subject to minimum of 2 people travelling:
  • Rack Rates valid 01/01/21 – 31/12/21:
  • Experience an exclusive el fresco bridge dinner, overlooking the magnificent Sabie River under a star studded sky. (This experience is weather permitting & subject to availability at the time of booking)
    • Join a full day open vehicle safari with a highly qualified field guide who is eager to share their knowledge and passion for this unique wilderness area.
  • Enjoy an African dinner feast and an evening of traditional Shangaan storytelling and entertainment.
    • Enjoy an afternoon, 3-hour open vehicle safari into the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Africa’s oldest game reserve and world renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation programme.
  • DAY 6 – FRIDAY – ST LUCIA: GAME VIEWING BOAT CRUISE – R 340.00 per person
    • Enjoy a game viewing boat cruise in St Lucia (depending on weather conditions), getting up close to the sights and sounds of hippos and crocodiles and marvelling at the plentiful birdlife.
  • DAY 8 – SUNDAY – SANI PASS: 4X4 ADVENTURE TOUR – R 1 425.00 per person
    • Join a 4x4 tour up Sani Pass and into the tiny mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (passport required) which includes lunch at the highest pub in Africa.
  • DAY 14 – SATURDAY – CAPE TOWN: AFRICAN DINNER & DRUMMING – R 830.00 per person
    • Join a fun filled evening of interactive entertainment and delectable food at Gold Restaurant.
  • DAY 14 – SATURDAY – CAPE TOWN: MORNING TABLE MOUNTAIN & CAPE TOWN CITY TOUR – R 570.00 per person excluding the cost of the Table Mountain cable way ticket
    • Travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting), then descend to further explore the city.
    • Join this full day tour that explores the dramatic coastline of the Cape Peninsula including a visit to Boulders Beach penguin colony (entrance fee for own account) and Cape Point Nature Reserve.
  • DAY 14 – SATURDAY – CAPE TOWN – FULL DAY CAPE WINELANDS TOUR – R 1 065.00 per person 
    • While South Africa's fertile valleys are world famous for their crisp white and classic French-style red wines, the area is also a treasury of rustic beauty and sprawling estates shaded by giant oak trees. Visit the country's principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

2021 English Departure Dates

  • January - 10
  • February - 7
  • March - 7
  • April - 11
  • May - 9
  • June - 6
  • July - 4, 18
  • August - 1, 15
  • September - 5
  • October - 3, 17
  • November - 7, 21
  • December - 5

2022 English Departure Dates

  • January - 9
  • February - 6
  • March - 6
  • April - 10
  • May - 8
  • June - 5
  • July - 3, 17
  • August - 7, 21
  • September - 4
  • October - 2, 16
  • November - 6, 20
  • December - 4

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit the spectacular scenic Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window
  • Experience a game safari in the Kruger National Park
  • Meet the friendly people of eSwatini (Swaziland) and experience their culture through singing and dancing
  • Orientation tour of Durban including a visit to the Durban Botanic Gardens
  • Visit to the charming village of Howick and its impressive waterfall
  • Overnight in the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains and experience the unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast
  • Travel past Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and house
  • Visit Tsitsikamma National Park and the scenic Storms River Mouth
  • Overnight in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa
  • Guided tour of the Cango Caves
  • Guided tour of a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
  • Visit a well known Aloe factory and learn more about the locally grown Cape Aloe
  • Two overnights in Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain
  • Variety of optional excursions available to enhance the journey
  • All departures are in English commentary
  • This Group Tour requires a minimum of 2 Guests to operate and will not exceed a maximum of 40 Guests
  • Transport will be in a Cullinan Guided Journeys vehicle with 2-8 guests travelling in a 13 seater vehicle, 9-11 guests in a 15 seater vehicle and 12-40 guests in a coach
  • This tour travels through eSwatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho. Please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas in order to travel through eSwatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho.

2021 Rates valid:

  • 01/01/21 - 30/04/21 
    • R 29,585 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 37,895 per single person
  • 01/05/21 - 31/07/21
    • R 28,330 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 36,720 per single person
  • 01/08/21 - 31/12/21
    • R 30,535 per person sharing twin/double accomodation
    • R 39,435 per single person

2022 Rates valid:

  • RATES valid 01/01/22 - 30/04/22 
    • R 31,280 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 39,590 per single person
  • RATES valid 01/05/22 - 31/07/22
    • R 29,420 per person sharing twin/double accommodation
    • R 37,810 per single person
  • RATES valid 01/08/22 - 31/12/22
    • R 32,270 per person sharing twin/double accomodation
    • R 41,170 per single person
  • Accommodation included:
    • Protea Hotel OR Tambo in Johannesburg or similar x 1 night
    • Hippo Hollow Country Estate in Hazyview or similar x 2 nights
    • Piggs Peak Hotel and Casino (eSwatini) or similar x 1 night
    • Anew Hotel Hluhluwe in Hluhluwe or similar x 1 night
    • Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge in Umhlanga or similar x 1 night
    • Drakensberg Gardens Hotel in Underberg (southern Drakensberg) or similar x 2 nights
    • Crawford’s Beach Lodge in Chintsa or similar x 1 night
    • Tsitsikamma Village Inn in Storms River or similar x 1 night
    • Premier Hotel The Moorings in Knysna or similar x 1 night
    • Diaz Hotel & Resort in Mossel Bay or similar x 1 night
    • Sunsquare Cape Town Gardens in Cape Town or similar x 2 nights