Day one begins with a meeting at O.R Tambo Airport where you’ll be transferred straight to your hotel and Protea Wanderers, that famous brand of luxurious South African hotels.
This day is at your leisure, feel free to shop in the city at designer stores from around the world or take the Soweto Tour (this is on your own account.) Don’t shop until you drop though, there’s a quick meeting at 07:00 PM for a briefing at the hotel’s reception where guides will answer all the burning questions of yours and fellow travellers.
The next 3 days are going to be some of the busiest with almost 900 kilometres of travelling.
Say goodbye to the ‘City of Gold’ at an early 08:00 AM in the morning with a quick meeting before departing for the South African Province ‘Mpumalanga.’ Along the famous Long Tom Pass, you’ll pass through old, historic towns such as Dullstroom and Lydenberg for a quick stop and visit (don’t forget your cameras!) The trek doesn’t end there, there’s still a pass through Sabie and eventually in the late afternoon, you’ll arrive at your lodging for the next 3 nights in Hazyview of the Kruger National Park.
Day 3 is all about Panorama Route, an excellent scenic drive passing famous landmarks of Mpumalanga such as Gods Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon. Back just in time for a hearty lunch from your busy day of exploration and discovery. The rest of the afternoon is all at your leisure.
Seek out the famed Big 5 just before breakfast while colourful birds flock past and lay to rest on the unique flora of the area. Soak up the magic of the surrounding wilderness before returning to lunch and afterwards take an optional game drive before resting up for the big journey the next morning.
A 310 kilometre trek to the simply marvellous Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory and now a monarchy run by its own heir to the throne, King MsWati III. Experience the culture and learn of their traditions in Swaziland as a local but dine and sleep like a king at the Royal Swazi Spa hotel, accommodation truly fit for a king or royalty.
Venture through the stunning capital city, Mbabane as well as the colourful and diverse Ezulwini Craft Market filled to the brim with traditional beadwork, baskets and carvings.
Day 6 begins after a relaxed breakfast with a 360 kilometre drive to the mystical Kingdom of the Zulus passing by traditional round huts and endless vistas. At around mid-afternoon, you will arrive at your hotel in Zululand, another of the luxurious South African branded Protea Hotel, the Protea Hotel Hluhluwe in the the Umfolozi area.
You have the rest of the day all to yourself; explore the area or take advantage of the hotel’s restaurant with a menu that will leave your mouth watering.
Say your goodbyes to Zululand with a cruise along Lake St Lucia before making headway to Durban so you can soak up the views one last time while watching pods of hippos stand and chatter amongst themselves.
It’s a 275 kilometre drive today but that’s nothing compared to what you’ve done the previous days, day 7 makes for a relaxing day at the coastline of Durban where the afternoon is all at leisure, we suggest you relax at the soft golden beaches or perhaps strolling on them. Durban is on the East coast which the Indian Ocean runs through so take a dip in the warm Benguela current before heading off to enjoy a heart meal at your hotel, the Protea Hotel Edward.
Day 8 is a big day with a flight down to Port Elizabeth (not included in cost) after breakfast on the beachfront. Upon arrival at Port Elizabeth, you’ll be met with your friendly and professional Tour Guide to take you on your adventure to explore the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park; from here, you will be granted with breathtaking views of the coast as well as the mystical, indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest.
You’ll arrive at Knysna in the late afternoon after a 360 kilometre trek from Port Elizabeth. Knysna is one of the most beautiful resorts with colourful shops and incredible restaurants… that is if you want to pass up the delicious cuisine provided by your place of accommodation at the Knysna Hollow Country Estate. Explore the city a little or catch an early night, you’ve earned it.
Day 9 is a rather relaxed one with a cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and a trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Soak up the stunning views of the forests, marshes, pristine beaches and Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon; it’s rare to find a part of nature so clean and wild.
The rest of the day is at your leisure to shop until you drop or to stroll on the beach. Just make sure you use it to appreciate this magnificent little coastal town.
Day 10 starts off with a morning trip to the famous Cango Caves, one of the most fascinating natural wonders and a local favourite among South Africans. Enjoy the views of Outeniqua Pass on the way to Oudtshoorn, dubbed the ‘Feather Capital of the World’ due to its sheer abundance in Ostrich and being the centre of South Africa’s ostrich industry.
After lunch (we certainly recommend you try the Ostrich Steak) you will get to learn about this ancient looking, giant, flightless birds with a tour of one of the ostrich farms.
Return to your hotel destination, the Queens Hotel at the heart of Oudtshoorn where you can relax and chat with your fellow travellers. Make sure to rest up, tomorrow is another big day.
The next few days are spent in Cape Town, the capital city of South Africa, also known as the ‘Mother City’ due to her friendly, welcoming warmth. Day 11 is spend travelling from Knysna, covering about 475 kilometres which will consume about 6 hours of the day excluding any stops. The stunning trip is all a part of the fun with views of beautiful vistas and a chance to see whales (if they are in season; this is usually between July and November.) Make your way to the President Hotel, the epitome of luxury. Make sure to head to their spa for a relaxing treatment after your long day.
Day 12 is all about touring the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula and finding the most spectacular coastal scenery the world has to offer. Start off at Hout Bay, a fishing village along the West Coast. You can opt in for a cruise to Seal Island (on your own account) which we strongly recommend as these wonderful creatures make for great performance artists, you may even spot one of the local Great White sharks. Then you will make your way to Boulder’s Beach, a small beach down South where the main inhabitants are the quirky and friendly African Penguin. Drive through the quaint and colonial styled naval village of Simons Town as you make your way back to your place of stay.
Day 13 is all about the Winelands as you make your way through the famous vineyards of both Paarl and Stellenbosch for an excellent wine tasting tour where you will get to try the fine wines of one of the best wine producers in the world, South Africa. Then you will make way to the Huguenot Memorial Museum for a fresh historical perspective of this glorious country.
And on the final day, day 14, you will say your goodbyes to Cape Town with a trip to the airport for your flight back home.
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