South Africa Highlights

11 day Small Group Tour - from £1579

Enjoy Big 5 game viewing in the Kruger National Park, take in Cape Town’s highlights and enjoy a relaxing journey through the Garden Route.

Highlights:

  • Game drive in the Kruger
  • Scenic Panorama Route
  • Cape Peninsular
  • Free time in Cape Town
  • Cape Agulhas
  • Ostrich farm and Cango Caves
  • Picturesque Knysna
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Kruger National Park

This morning you will be collected from your Johannesburg hotel to travel east into Mpumalanga province. After freshening up at your lodge, enter the world famous Kruger National Park on an afternoon game drive in your touring vehicle. The park offers some of the best game viewing in the world with all of the Big 5 present and lots more. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Hotel: Protea Hotel Kruger Gate or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Kruger National Park

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive with your game ranger through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Your guide will endeavour to spoil you with sightings of the Big 5, general game and prolific bird life. Return to the lodge for lunch and time to relax.

Enjoy an afternoon of game viewing in the touring vehicle pursuing the Big Five and other rare and endangered species. Alternatively you may like to book (own account) an open vehicle game drive instead. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Hotel: Protea Hotel Kruger Gate or similar
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 - Panorama Route

Enjoy breakfast before setting out to explore the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the most scenic routes in the region, offering glorious views, spectacular landscapes and exquisite waterfalls. Visit majestic sights including God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon of its kind in the world. You will also see Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the charming village of Graskop, one of the first gold mining camps in the country.

Optional (own account) open vehicle game drives are available, should you prefer not to join the Panorama Route tour.

Hotel: Protea Hotel Kruger Gate or similar
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - Fly to Cape Town*

Enjoy breakfast before starting the return journey to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg, at OR Tambo International Airport, at approximately 14h30, for your onward flight to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.  The city is the oldest in South Africa and spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain with a vibrant mix of European and African culture.

Hotels: Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Cape Town

Continue your journey of discovery, by joining a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay and then to the rugged Cape Point itself. Return to Cape Town through the historic naval base of Simon’s Town where you visit the endearing penguin colony at nearby Boulders Beach. Then continue through Muizenberg, finishing with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a centre for the preservation of the region’s unique flora.

Hotel: Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Cape Town

Enjoy a full day at leisure – perhaps book a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain or take the boat over to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Cape Town has numerous bars, cafes and restaurants as well as a colourful craft market at Green Market Square. Alternatively, you may like to head over to sophisticated  Camps Bay to relax on its fantastic beach.

Hotel: Protea Hotel Sea Point or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Mossel Bay

Today, depart Cape Town and travel through the magnificent scenery of Sir Lowry’s Pass on the way to Cape Agulhas. The southernmost tip of Africa is the point at which the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet and the historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is a popular landmark. Continue via historic Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, to Mossel Bay for your overnight stop.

Hotel: Diaz Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Oudtshoorn

After breakfast travel to Oudtshoorn, once the ‘feather capital of the world’ for a guided tour of one of the ostrich farms to see these inquisitive birds. Later, enjoy a wine tasting at a local estate before exploring the eerie stalagmite and stalactite formations of the Cango Caves.

Hotel: La Plume Guest House or similar
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 - Knysna

After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks such as the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route.

Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon.

Hotel: Rex Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 10 - Knysna

Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Garden of Eden, set in the lush, green, indigenous Knysna forest. The major attraction is the forest itself, beautiful yellow wood trees, thick green foliage and streams. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates.

The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads. Afterwards you’ll travel to Brenton on Sea, a breath taking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure.

Hotel: Rex Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Port Elizabeth

After breakfast, head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the “friendly city” with a wonderful climate. The tour ends on arrival in Port Elizabeth.

Meals: Breakfast

11 day Small Group Tour - from £1579

With flights from £2264

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin or double room. Seasonal variations may apply, please call Freedom Destinations for more information and availability. Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar standard if necessary.

*Tour price excludes the Johannesburg to Cape Town flight.

YOUR TOURING EXPERIENCE

Make friends along the way as you discover the sights and experience the culture of this fascinating region.

Your tour includes:

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Max 18 passengers
  • Expert guide throughout tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 4 dinners

Departure dates:

2020
Jan 7 Jan 21 Jan 28 Feb 4
Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Mar 3
Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24 Apr 7
Apr 21 May 5 May 19 Jun 2
Jun 16 Jun 30 Jul 14 Jul 28
Aug 11 Aug 25 Sep 1 Sep 8
Sep 15 Sep 22 Sep 29 Oct 6
Oct 13 Oct 20 Oct 27 Nov 3
Nov 10 Nov 17 Nov 24 Dec 8

 

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