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26 Day
Fully Guided Tour
South Africa/Victoria Falls

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NZD12,750 per person sharing
AUD10,600 per person sharing
USD9,900 per person sharing

Prices subject to currency fluctuations
Pricing based on exchange rates as of 30 April 2008

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Day 1
– Arrival in Johannesburg

You are met at Johannesburg Airport and transferred to a hotel in Sandton, a comfortable 4-star hotel offering one-bedroomed luxury suites. It is situated near the trendy shopping precinct of Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square and the hotel operates a shuttle service should you wish to do some shopping. The rest of the day is at leisure to recover from your international flight.

Overnight: Hotel in Sandton. Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2 – Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

We depart Johannesburg and travel east via the “Panorama Route”, stopping at the historical gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest and the extraordinary example of river erosion found at Bourke’s Luck Potholes. We also stop at Blyde River Canyon to view the 800 metre drop
into the gorge. We reach the Kruger National Park in the late afternoon. Bordering the Kruger National Park, the accommodation in which you will stay is a lodge-style hotel. The air-conditioned rooms are linked by wooden walkways through indigenous vegetation, giving the impression of being in a tree house. The wooden bar
deck overlooks the Sabie River and is perfect for game viewing. A drum calls you to a dinner of true African cuisine, which is served under the stars in the restaurant. The hotel is a birdwatcher
’s paradise and there are
several bird hides in the grounds of the hotel. There is also a swimming pool.

Overnight: Hotel at Kruger Gate. Basis: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3 – Kruger National Park

We have an early breakfast this morning and then go into the Kruger National Park for a game drive in our coach. Kruger was created in 1898 and is the oldest National Park in Africa. The park provides sanctuary to 147 mammal species, including the Big Five, as well as over 500 species of bird. We return to the hotel at midday and there is time to relax before we depart at 15h00 on an open-vehicle game drive in the nearby Sabi Sands game reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger area. We enjoy a memorable dinner in the bush, listening to the sounds of the night, before returning to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel at Kruger Gate. Basis: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4 – Kruger National Park

There is another early start this morning as we join an open-vehicle game drive inside Kruger, enabling us to explore more of the 2 million hectares that make up the Kruger National Park. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon. There is time to cool off in the pool before dinner is served.

Overnight: Hotel at Kruger Gate. Basis: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5 – Kruger National Park to Swaziland

We rise early for a game drive in our coach and return to the hotel for breakfast, before departing for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland, the smallest country in the Southern Hemisphere. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and watch skilled glass blowers turn broken bottles into works of art, before travelling to our hotel. The hotel is situated in the magnificent appropriately-named Ezulwini Valley, which means “in heaven”.

Overnight: Hotel in Ezulwini Valley. Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 6 – Swaziland to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

Today's first stop is a brief one at Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, on our way to Manzini, the country's industrial centre. We drive further past Big Bend and the country's largest sugar plantations to the South African border. We continue to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, famous for the role it played in saving the white rhino from extinction and now home to the country’s largest white rhino population. Tonight we join a night game drive on open safari vehicles to search for shy nocturnal animals. We overnight at one of the rest camps in the Park.

Overnight: Camp at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 7 – Hluhluwe-Umfolozi to Shakaland

Hlulhuwe-Umfolozi is home to all of the Big Five as well
as a myriad of smaller, equally fascinating, animals.
After an early breakfast we do our final game drive
before travelling to the heart of the Zulu nation. A warm welcome awaits you at your Hotel in Shakaland. On arrival, you are met by Zulu dancers in full tribal dress, who escort you to your room, a traditional thatched beehive-shaped Zulu hut with all modern conveniences and en-suite bathroom. Whilst at Shakaland, you will
enjoy presentations on typical Zulu traditions such as
beer brewing, spear making, hut building, pottery, weaving and beadwork, and Zulu etiquette and social structure. A traditional Zulu dinner will be served in Shakaland
’s restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Shakaland. Basis: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

(including cultural experience)

Day 8 – Shakaland to Port Elizabeth

After a hearty breakfast, we drive down the Kwazulu Natal north coast to Durban, where you bid farewell to your tour guide and fly to Port Elizabeth. You are met at Port Elizabeth airport and transferred to a 4-star hotel on the beachfront overlooking the sun-drenched sands of Port Elizabeth’s famous Hobie Beach. Many of the luxury en-suite rooms have sea views over Algoa Bay. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel on the beachfront. Basis: bed and breakfast

Day 9 – Port Elizabeth to Lalibela Game Reserve

This morning is at leisure until you are collected from the hotel and transferred to the Big Five game reserve, Lalibela. Upon check-in at 14h30, you are transferred by Landrover to your Lodge. At each of Lalibela’s lodges, secluded thatched chalets are placed where magnificent indigenous gardens merge into the surrounding bush.
Each en-suite unit has a private observation deck to make the most of the views. The lodges also all boast a large lounge, viewing deck and a sunny swimming pool where you can spend a lazy afternoon. They also have an outdoor dining
“boma” for fireside dinners and open-air brunches. After high tea (tea and coffee with sweet and savoury eats), you are taken on your first game drive at Lalibela. This late afternoon/evening game drive is an opportunity to search for nocturnal animals, such as the
elusive bat-eared fox, aardvark, black-backed jackal, aardwolf and the curious spring hare. You return to the lodge in time for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner.

Overnight: Lalibela Game Reserve. Basis: Fully Inclusive

Days 10 & 11 – Lalibela Game Reserve

The next two days are spent on safari. In the mornings after a light breakfast you are taken on another game drive. Game drives at Lalibela bring you face to face with a multitude of game species, ranging from the mighty Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) to tiny blue duiker and rock Hyrax. Lalibela is also home to cheetah, African wild dog, hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and numerous species of antelope. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. There is time to relax around the sunny pool, do some bird-watching from the observation deck, or read a book in the peace of your room’s private deck. After tea you set off on another night drive, returning again in time for dinner.

Overnight: Lalibela Game Reserve. Basis: Fully Inclusive

Day 12 – Lalibela Game Reserve to Cradock

This morning you are taken on your last game drive at Lalibela. After brunch you bid farewell to this African wonderland and are transferred by Landrover to reception, where your tour guide and coach will be waiting for you. You drive north to Cradock on the edge of the great Karoo. The vast and arid Karoo has a fascination and beauty all of its own: from wide open plains to brooding wind-eroded mountains, from isolated farmhouses to historic towns and villages and from ancient rock art to abundant wildlife. In the late afternoon we enjoy a game drive in the Mountain Zebra National Park, which provides a sanctuary for the Mountain Zebra, one of the most endangered mammals on earth. This evening we overnight at a B & B in a fascinating street of tastefully restored Victorian houses. An elegant dinner is served at the Victoria Manor.

Overnight: B & B, Cradock Basis: Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 13 – Cradock to Port Elizabeth

This morning we visit the farm of the Antrobus family. The farm runs 4,000 head of sheep in addition to 3,000 pecan trees. There will be a chance to view the flock and inspect the orchards. We depart Cradock and head south through typical Karoo hills and mountains with their distinctive dolerite caps and strange rock formations. We reach Port Elizabeth in the late afternoon and check into the hotel on the beachfront again.

Overnight: Hotel on the beachfront. Basis: bed and breakfast

Day 14 – Port Elizabeth to Knysna

Set on the sweeping shores of Algoa Bay, the “Friendly City” provides a unique mix of long golden beaches and a rich historic heritage. We set off this morning to a dairy farm just outside Port Elizabeth – Bushy Park. Bushy Park is one of the dairy farms that have been successful in marketing its dairy products direct to the local market instead of selling to the likes of Parmalat. After the visit to the farm, we set off down the Garden Route, travelling via the Tsitsikamma forest, an indigenous primeval forest with towering ancient yellowwood trees, lush vegetation and deep gorges. In the Tsitsikamma Forest we visit a protea and fern farm which supplies flowers to the cut-flower market. We drive down the steep pass to the aptly-named Storms River Mouth. We will also visit the 800-year old “Big Tree”. We then enjoy a scenic drive over spectacular single-span bridges and down the breath-taking Grootrivier Pass to Natures Valley and then to Plettenberg Bay. We reach Knysna in the late afternoon and check into a hotel on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon. This award winning hotel offers exclusive comfort in relaxed surroundings of incomparable beauty. You are accommodated in Cape-style cottages offering a comfortable lounge with fireplace, en-suite bedrooms and wide verandahs offering beautiful views of the gardens and Knysna Lagoon.

Overnight: Hotel in Knysna. Basis: bed & breakfast

Day 15 – Knysna

Today is spent exploring Knysna. This morning we board
a ferry on the Knysna Lagoon, which will take us out to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. A 4x4 trailer takes us to the top of the Western Head, one of the large sandstone cliffs guarding the narrow mouth to the lagoon. From here you can either enjoy a guided nature walk down through indigenous vegetation or you can ride the trailer again. Enjoy lunch under the Milkwood trees on the edge of the lagoon before returning to Knysna. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Restaurants in Knysna specialise
in locally-caught fish and this evening we have the chance to sample the catch of the day.

Overnight: Hotel in Knysna Basis: dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 16 – Knysna

Today is at leisure to relax by the pool or to take a stroll through Knysna. This old-world seaside village is full of arty-crafty shops to browse through. There are also some excellent roadside curio stalls. In the grounds of the hotel, you can dine in the historic Belvidere House and enjoy superb cuisine and Cape wines, or relax in The Bell Tavern (for own account).

Overnight: Belvidere Manor. Basis: bed & breakfast

Day 17 – Knysna to Oudtshoorn

This morning we check out of your hotel and catch the historic Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train. The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is the last steam hauled scheduled passenger train operating in Southern Africa. The route of the Choo-Tjoe is from Knysna, Goukamma, Sedgefield, Wilderness and Victoria Bay to George and encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa in the heart of the Garden Route lake district. The section from Victoria Bay along the cliff side and over the Kaaiman’s River viaduct to Wilderness is the highlight of the journey. When the railway line was opened to traffic in 1928 it was regarded as one of the most expensive sections of line in the world - today it is rated the most beautiful. You are met by the tour bus at George station and we continue the journey over the protea-covered Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo. We check into the Lodge, situated on the route between Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves. The homestead and outbuildings date back to the 1800's and reflect the typical Klein Karoo architectural style. They have been gracefully restored to their original splendour, and equipped with all modern conveniences. The dining room reflects the warmth and hospitality found here, and overlooks the sparkling swimming pool. The picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley provides a breathtaking backdrop. This afternoon we drive to the nearby Cango Caves, where you embark on a magical journey through massive caverns and fascinating limestone formations. This evening we have the opportunity to sample ostrich meat or famous Karoo lamb.

Overnight: Country Lodge, Oudtshoorn. Basis: dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 18 – Oudtshoorn to Winelands

We visit Safari Ostrich Farm for a tour of the show farm to gain an insight into the world’s largest bird. We depart Oudtshoorn and journey through the unique landscape of the arid Little Karoo, passing through Calitzdorp and Barrydale. We enter the verdant Breede River Valley, the largest of the Western Cape’s fruit and wine producing valleys. As we follow the “fruit route”, we enjoy magnificent mountain views, vineyards, orchards and indigenous flora. Stops will be made at roadside farm stalls to purchase fruit. The breath-taking Du Toit’s Kloof Pass brings us over the mountains and into the Cape Winelands. We reach the town of Stellenbosch and check into a historic country Inn. Charm and ambience are the bywords of this historic country inn, the oldest in South Africa. The stylish Georgian entrance sets the tone for the interior which exudes an atmosphere of warmth, where gleaming wood and antiques combine with soft mellow colours. We enjoy dinner in the hotel’s in-house restaurant.

Overnight: Historic Country Inn. Basis: dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 19 – Winelands

Today we explore the Winelands with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. We enjoy a wine and cheese tasting at Fairview Estate on the Paarl Wine Route and then enter the Franschhoek Valley where we visit the memorial to the French Huguenots, who sought refuge from religious persecution in Europe and settled here in the late seventeenth century, bringing vine root stock with them. We stop for a wine tasting, cellar tour and tour of the vineyards at Boschendal on the Franschhoek Wine Route. A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) brings us back to Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks”, for a short guided tour
of South Africa
’s second oldest town. At Spier Estate on the Stellenbosch Wine Route, you will have the
opportunity to get up close to the cheetahs in their
cheetah breeding programme. Throughout the tour, you have the chance to purchase some of the wines you taste. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Historic Country Inn. Basis: bed & breakfast

Day 20 – Winelands to Cape Town

We check out of the Historic Country Inn and enter the fairest city of all, Cape Town. We check in at the a hotel, which is situated on the Atlantic seaboard with uninterrupted sea views. It is five minutes’ drive from the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This charming and gracious hotel offers its guests understated elegance and service. The luxurious rooms have sea or mountain views. Sip sundowners whilst viewing the spectacular ocean sunsets and relax around the decked pool. There is an in-house spa offering health and beauty treatments. This afternoon you are taken on a city tour of the one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We will visit the historic Castle and the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful mosques. We view the Houses of Parliament and the historic Dutch Reformed Moederkerk and the Cathedral of St George. We end the tour with a ride up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to enjoy the panoramic sunset views over the Mother City and across Table Bay to Robben Island.

Overnight: Hotel, Cape Town. Basis: bed & breakfast

Days 21 & 22 – Cape Town – at leisure

The next two days are at leisure to relax and soak up the Cape Town atmosphere. We recommend you take a ferry from the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony. You could also visit the Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium, which is highly recommended for the insight it gives into life in the two oceans off the southern tip of Africa – the cold Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean. Alternatively, you may want to spend a day at leisure on one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches. There are the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay a five minute taxi ride from the hotel, or you may wish to drive over to the warmer Indian Ocean side. Museum lovers can wander through the South African Museum and the National Gallery, while shopaholics can return to the shops at the Waterfront.

Overnight: Hotel, Cape Town. Basis: bed & breakfast

Day 23 – Cape Point

We take a drive along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. We continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. Looking at this dramatic promontory jutting into the sea gives one an idea why early sailors nicknamed it the Cape of Storms. We then follow the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony
of Boulders Beach. We also visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is dedicated to the extraordinary variety
of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring us
back to the hotel in the late afternoon. If the weather
was inclement on our first evening in Cape Town, this evening would be a good opportunity to go up Table Mountain. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at a
quayside restaurant at the Waterfront.

Overnight: Hotel, Cape Town. Basis: dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 24 – Cape Town to Johannesburg

Today you bid farewell to your tour guide at Cape Town airport and fly to Johannesburg to connect with a flight to Victoria Falls, arguably the most spectacular of all the world’s natural wonders. You are met at Victoria Falls airport and transferred to a Lodge at Victoria Falls. The lodge is set high on a plateau that forms the natural boundary to the unfenced Zambezi National Park and is just four kilometres from the Falls themselves. The thatched lodge has natural fabrics and dιcor in an African theme. Each room has a private balcony facing the African sunset. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the Falls, using the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service.

Overnight: Lodge, Victoria Falls. Basis: bed & breakfast

Day 25 – Victoria Falls

Today is at leisure to explore the Falls. The mighty Zambezi River thunders over the 1700 metre wide Victoria Falls and plunges 100 metres into a narrow gorge below. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. This evening, follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls on a sundowner cruise.

Overnight: Lodge, Victoria Falls. Basis: bed & breakfast

Day 26 – Victoria Falls - Johannesburg and departure

This morning you can get up early for a last look at the Falls before you are transferred to Victoria Falls airport for your flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your flight home.

All accommodation
All meals as mentioned in itinerary
All transfers
Services of a registered Tour Guide
Economy class flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
Economy class flight from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

All entrance fees and excursions as per itinerary:

  • Bourke’s Luck Potholes

  • Blyde River Canyon

  • 1 open vehicle night drive in Sabi Sands Game Reserve

  • 1 open vehicle day drive in Kruger National Park

  • Kruger National Park conservation fee

  • Ngwenya Glass Factory

  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve conservation fee

  • 1 open vehicle night drive in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

  • Cultural experience at Shakaland

  • Mountain Zebra National Park

  • Antrobus Family farm near Cradock

  • Bushy Park Dairy Farm near Port Elizabeth

  • The Fernery Protea & Fern Farm

  • Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River

  • Big Tree

  • Featherbed Nature Reserve (includes lunch)

  • Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe train

  • Cango Caves

  • Safari Ostrich Farm

  • Fairview cheese & wine tasting

  • Boschendal vineyard & cellar tour and wine tasting

  • Huguenot Memorial

  • Adult cheetah encounter at Spier

  • Cape Castle

  • Table Mountain cable car

  • Cape Point and funicular

  • Penguin colony

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

  • Sundowner cruise on Zambezi River

Meals not mentioned in the itinerary above
Flights not mentioned in the “Includes” section above
Victoria Falls entrance fee
Personal items and extras

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