14 Days South Africa Tour Package from Albatros Travel Africa ZAR17930/-
GRAND TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA
14 Days from ZAR 17,930 per person sharing
On this exclusive guided tour you will see the best of South Africa. Experience a Big 5 Safari in the Kruger National Park, visit the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland, observe the endangered white Rhino, enjoy the birdlife in the St Lucia wetlands, explore Durban and Port Elizabeth, travel the world famous Garden Route and discover the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.
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Day 1 Monday: Johannesburg – Hazyview, Mpumalanga via Panorama Route
Your Grand Tour of South Africa starts in Johannesburg, from where we will depart for Hazyview in the province of Mpumalanga.
Along the way you will experience the incredibly beautiful Panorama Route, with its dramatic, mountainous landscapes and winding roads. With highlights like God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and of course the mighty Blyde River Canyon, this really is South Africa’s nature at its best!
We will arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon and you will have time to freshen up before dinner.
Day 2 Tuesday: Hayzview: Kruger National Park safari
You will have an early start to the day and embark on an open-vehicle safari through Kruger National Park, an iconic reserve boasting a wildlife experience ranking with the best in Africa. You often see elephant, giraffe and various antelopes graze close to your vehicle, and it is not unusual that a pack of lion prevents free passage! Kruger National Park is the land of baobabs and mopane trees underneath which you can find the Big Five and also an abundance of animals and birdlife.
We return to the hotel in the afternoon and you will have the rest of the day at leisure. You will have the option of another game drive in the evening (for your own account); this is a good time to observe the animals as they come down to the waterholes for their evening drink. Perhaps you will even be lucky enough to witness a lion kill. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 3 Wednesday: Hazyview – Mbabane, Swaziland
Today we will travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This small Kingdom is nestled between South Africa and Mozambique, the beautiful scenery is mountainous with lush forests.
En route you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Swazi culture at the Matsamo Cultural Village, where we will also have lunch. We will also visit the famous Ngwenya Glass Works.
Your next stop is the capital city Mbabane, where you will find vibrant markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. You will spend the night at a hotel in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.
Day 4 Thursday: Mbabane – Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal
After breakfast at your hotel, you will enjoy a visit to the Swazi Candle Factory. Each candle you will see here is individually handmade and unique, displaying a wide range of colours, shapes and patterns.
We will then leave Swaziland behind and travel into KwaZulu Natal. Your hotel for the next two nights is situated close to the town of Mkuze, at the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain.
In the afternoon we will embark on a scenic drive up into the Ubombo Mountains, the views over Lake Jozini are spectacular. From the summit we will watch the sunset transform the sky into a tapestry of colours, while sipping on a sundowner. Also included in this excursion is a visit to a traditional Zulu homestead for a glimpse into the lifestyle of this fascinating culture.
Return to the hotel for dinner on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the classically styled restaurant.
Day 5 Friday: Mkuze: Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve safari
Today we will travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon game drive. The park contains a diversity of fauna and flora and is known for its conservation of black and white rhino. It was here that the endangered white rhino was saved from extinction and the park boasts the largest population of white rhino in the world.
We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon for dinner.
Day 6 Saturday: Mkuze – Durban via St Lucia
Today we travel along KZN’s Elephant Coast to St Lucia, situated at the southern end of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site. At the St Lucia Estuary you will find high forested dunes, brilliant coral reefs, palm savannahs, dense papyrus swamps and rolling acacia bushveld.
You will be taken on a boat cruise on the estuary, giving you the opportunity to view hippo, crocodiles and many different bird species in their natural habitat.
From here we will continue to Durban, a cosmopolitan city where east meets west. We arrive in the afternoon and check into your hotel, situated on the Golden Mile – a 6km stretch of beachfront.
Day 7 Sunday: Durban – Port Elizabeth
This morning you will discover the cultural and historical contrast of Durban on a city tour, before being transferred to King Shaka International Airport for your domestic flight to Port Elizabeth. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel, which overlooks Algoa Bay.
Port Elizabeth is known as the ‘Water Sport Capital of Africa’. The combination of heavenly shores and invigorating sea breezes draw sports lovers to enjoy some of the planet’s best sailing, surfing, scuba-diving etc.
Day 8 Monday: Port Elizabeth – Plettenberg Bay via Tsitsikamma
This morning after breakfast we set out along the Garden Route, with the Indian Ocean on your left, mountains and green, rolling hills on your right. Your first destination is the stunning Tsitsikamma National Park. Many rivers run through the forest, forming spectacular waterfalls and deep gorges.
Enjoy an easy walk through the forest and along the suspension bridge, crossing the Storms River Mouth gorge.
From here we will continue to Plettenberg Bay and check into the lodge where you will spend the next two nights. This holiday town offers unspoilt beaches, the Robberg Peninsula, lagoons and indigenous forests.
Day 9 Tuesday: Plettenberg Bay
Today we will visit the Knysna Elephant Park, where you will learn the story of the Knysna Elephants while having the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants under the expert guidance of their rangers.
Later a visit to Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to rehabilitate and release a large collection of free-flight African birds.
Time and weather permitting, another optional excursion is also on offer at an additional cost: embark on an exciting Whale & Dolphin Ocean Safari! Spend the evening and enjoy dinner at the lodge.
Day 10 Wednesday: Plettenberg Bay – Oudtshoorn
After breakfast and check-out this morning we will proceed to Knysna, famous for its lagoon, oysters and over 800 year old iron and stinkwood trees.
Spend some time at leisure and explore Knysna Waterfront, where there are a variety of interesting shops and enticing restaurants. Weather permitting; we will embark on a cruise to the Knysna Heads.
We will then travel north to Oudtshoorn via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass. With more than 90% of the globe’s population of ostrich found here, the town is known as the World’s “ostrich-capital” and of course we will visit an Ostrich Farm to learn more about these giant birds and the history of their farming in this area. If you are brave enough you can even ride an ostrich!
Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner.
Day 11 Thursday: Oudtshoorn – Cape Town via Route 62
After breakfast we drive to the picturesque Cango Valley, where you can explore the limestone rock formations of the world famous Cango Caves. Afterwards we travel towards Cape Town along Route 62, known as the World’s Longest Wine Route.
The scenery along this route is superb, taking you over majestic mountain passes and winding rivers, past vineyards and orchards and through fascinating little towns.
Arrive in Cape Town in the early evening and check into your hotel situated close to the famous V&A Waterfront, which offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment.
Day 12 Friday: Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Tour
After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, we head out on a full day excursion to the magnificent scenery and wildlife of the Cape Peninsula. The tour includes a visit to Hout Bay Harbour, where you can take an optional (for your own account) boat trip to Duiker Island, where thousands of Cape Fur Seals live.
We travel over the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Have your photos taken at the most south western tip of the African continent and enjoy an invigorating walk, or leisurely funicular trip, up to the Cape Point lighthouses to admire the dramatic cliffs and amazing views.
Other interesting stops will include the Naval village of Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach – to see one of South Africa’s two land-based African Penguin colonies.
The day ends at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
Day 13 Saturday: Cape Town: Cape Winelands Tour
Today you will experience a full day Wine Tour in the Cape Winelands including a visit to the charming town of oaks, Stellenbosch. After some wine tastings, a chocolate tasting and an introduction to the South African winemaking tradition, we continue to the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, Franschhoek. After another round of wine tasting, there will be time to take a stroll in this beautiful and cosy little town.
The whole day is dedicated to showing you our favourite secret spots and wine cellars – a day to tantalize all your taste buds in some of South Africa’s most beautiful landscapes.
Day 14 Sunday: Cape Town: City Tour and onward travel
On your final day in Cape Town you will be taken on a half day City Tour. Cape Town is rich in historical and cultural heritage and natural beauty. Some of the highlight stops on this tour will be the Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope and the lively Greenmarket Square – where you can purchase arts and crafts from all over Africa. You will also take a trip through the colourful Bo Kaap area, known as the home of the “Cape Malays”.
Your tour ends with a drop-off at Cape Town International Airport for your onward travel.
DATES AND PRICES
Validity period: Traveling 01 May 2011 – 31 December 2012
All prices are in ZAR based on min. 2 persons travelling
01 May 2011 – 30 September 2011:
Per person sharing: ZAR 17 930
Single room supplement: ZAR 4 750
01 October 2011 – 31 December 2012
Per person sharing: ZAR 20 420
Single room supplement: ZAR 5 670
Departures: Every Monday from Johannesburg at 07:30
Departures: Every Monday from Johannesburg at 07:30
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