South Africa Surprise
South Africa Surprise
SA

Highlights: Johannesburg - Hazyview - Kruger National Park - Swaziland - Zululand - Durban - Drakensberg - Eastern Cape - Port Elizabeth - Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Cape Town


Selected Sundays

Min 2 Pax

14 Jan    11 Feb 

11 Mar   15 Apr 

13 May  10  Jun

8,22  Jul        5,19 Aug


9 Sep          7,21 Oct 

4,18 Nov     9 Dec


Other departures: Glasgow - £2775, Edinburgh - £2779, Birminngham - £2685, Manchester - £2779, Bristol - £2685, Norwich - £2685, Southampton - £2685, Newcastle - £2775


Hotels:
Johannesburg - Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport or similar
Hazyview - Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar
Swaziland - Lugogo Sun Hotel or similar
Zululand - Protea Hotel by Marriott Umfolozi River or similar
Durban - Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga Ridge or similar
Drakensberg - Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort or similar
Eastern Cape - Crawford's Beach Lodge or similar
Port Elizabeth - Garden Court King's Beach or similar
Knysna - Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar
Oudtshoorn - Garden Court Mossel Bay or similar
Cape Town - SunSquare Cape Town Gardens or similar


Itinerary:


Day 1: Johannesburg
Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19:00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.


Accommodation: Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport or similar


Day 2: Hazyview (BB)
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.


Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


Distance travelled today: 500 kms


Day 3: Kruger National Park (PB)
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 touring 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.


Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


Distance travelled today: 200 kms


Day 4: Swaziland (BB)
This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief's village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture.


Accommodation: Lugogo Sun Hotel or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


Distance travelled today: 261 kms


Day 5: St Lucia and surrounds (BB)
This morning we journey through Swaziland 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. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay.


Accommodation: Protea Hotel by Marriott Umfolozi River or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


Distance travelled today: 435 kms


Day 6: St Lucia and surrounds / Durban (BB)
Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.


Accommodation: Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga Ridge or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


Distance travelled today: 290 kms


Day 7: Drakensberg (BB, BD)
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps take an early morning cab ride for a stroll along the Umhlanga Beach Promenade which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (own account).


Accommodation: Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast, Dinner


Distance travelled today: 255 kms


Day 8: Drakensberg (BB, BD)
Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. Today a host of leisure activities awaits you against a breath-taking back drop of tranquil beauty.


Accommodation: Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast, Dinner


Day 9: Eastern Cape Coast (BB, BD)
This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place 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 outside the capital of Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela's birth place and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chintsa East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.


Accommodation: Crawford's Beach Lodge or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast, Dinner


Distance travelled today: 520 kms


Day 10: Eastern Cape Coast (BB)
We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind... 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. In the mid-morning, we set off heading south to Port Elizabeth.


Accommodation: Garden Court King's Beach or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


Distance travelled today: 340 kms


Day 11: Knysna (BB, D)
Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the 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 late afternoon for check in at our hotel.


Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast, Dinner


Distance travelled today: 300 kms


Day 12: Oudtshoorn (BB)
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 (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Travelling back to the Eastern seaboard, we arrive in Mossel Bay in the afternoon for a visit to the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz museum and shell museum.


Accommodation: Garden Court Mossel Bay or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


Distance travelled today: 315 kms


Day 13: Cape Town (BB)
After breakfast we head for Cape Town via the towns of Swellendam, Robertson and Worcester. After traveling through the Huguenot Tunnel, iconic Table Mountain greets us as we arrive in Cape Town in the afternoon.


Accommodation: SunSquare Cape Town Gardens or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


Distance travelled today: 540 kms


Day 14: Cape Town (BB)
Enjoy a day at leisure in the 'Mother City' where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this iconic beautiful city with its many world acclaimed attractions.


Accommodation: SunSquare Cape Town Gardens or similar
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


Day 15: Cape Town (BB)
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11:00. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International Airport.


Board basis: Bed & Breakfast



Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with South African Airways
  • Airport taxes
  • 14 nights accommodation at chosen hotels as per itinerary
  • Arrival airport shuttle transfer and departure transfer
  • Hotel porterage
  • Conservation Levy and Park Fees

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary