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South African Highlights
A 10 day discovery of the secluded Cape Winelands, the road less travelled, Garden Route sites and guest house and boutique hotel hospitality experiences. Enjoy ‘Big 5’ game viewing in the Kruger National Park. Discover the African bush at a private game lodge and explore the awe-inspiring Panorama Route.
Accommodation: 3 and 4-star guest houses and hotels; 5-star private game lodge
Meals: 9 breakfasts and 3 dinners
Transfers: private airport transfers (Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg)
Day One: Cape Town to Wellington via Cape Winelands
After breakfast, guests travel into the Winelands and enjoy a craft beer tasting (own account) before a walking tour of Stellenbosch. Lunch (own account). At Paarl Rock, guests visit the Afrikaanse Taalmonument. Arrive at the Wellington guest house, and enjoy time at leisure before drinks and dinner (own account) at one of the hotel’s restaurants.
Overnight at Val du Charron Guest House or similar – Breakfast.
Day Two: Wellington to Oudtshoorn via Route 62
This morning the tour departs to Oudtshoorn, via Bainskloof Pass and Route 62. Enjoy a cheese and wine pairing followed by a cellar tour at an estate located off the world’s longest wine route. Lunch en route (own account). Arrive at the guest house. Spend time at leisure before dinner (own account).
Overnight at De Zeekoe Guest Farm or similar – Breakfast.
Day Three & Four: Oudtshoorn to Knysna via Cango Caves
After breakfast, guests discover the Cango Caves, before a tractor tour at a working ostrich farm. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant (own account). Stop in Wilderness to enjoy photo opportunities and sweeping views from the Map of Africa lookout point (weather permitting) before continuing on to Knysna. Guests enjoy dinner at the hotel (own account). The following day is spent at leisure, or on optional excursions in and around Knysna. Guests can board the ferry to Featherbed Nature Reserve (own account, including lunch) enjoying the views, a 4WD vehicle or optional guided walk. Enjoy a buffet lunch on the edge of the lake. Guests spend time at leisure before dinner (own account).
Overnight at Madison Manor Boutique Hotel or similar – Breakfast.
Day Five: Knysna to Port Elizabeth via Eastern Garden Route
After an early breakfast, the tour departs for Port Elizabeth, via the Garden Route. Travel to the Storms River Mouth suspension bridge. Guests enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest. Dine at the hotel (own account).
Overnight at The Kelway Hotel or similar – Breakfast.
Day Six: Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg (Flight own arrangements and own account)
After an early breakfast, guests are collected from the hotel and transferred to Port Elizabeth International Airport for a flight to Johannesburg (not included). On arrival, guests are met and transferred to a city hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Dine (own account) at the hotel or at a restaurant.
Overnight at The Capital on Bath or similar – Breakfast.
Day Seven: Johannesburg to White River via Pretoria
Guests visit the Voortrekker Monument and the Union Buildings in Pretoria en route to the Lowveld. Lunch (own account). Arrive at the hotel in the late
afternoon, and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.
Overnight at Country Boutique Hotel or similar – Dinner and breakfast.
Day Eight: White River to Hazyview via Kruger National Park
Early morning guests receive a breakfast pack to enjoy en route to the Kruger National Park for a full day’s game viewing in a closed vehicle. Guests may spot the ‘Big 5’ and other wildlife and bird species. Enjoy lunch in the park (own account). Exit at Paul Kruger Gate in the late afternoon. Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate or similar – Dinner and breakfast.
Day Nine: Hazyview to Hoedspruit via Panorama Route
This morning guests head to the Panorama Route including the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and the Pinnacle. Once at the lodge, guests enjoy high tea before an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. Dinner at the lodge.
Overnight at Makalali Main Lodge or similar – Dinner, breakfast and 2 game activities.
Day Ten: Hoedspruit to Johannesburg
The tour heads back to Johannesburg following an early morning game drive and breakfast. Stop for lunch (own account) in Dullstroom. The tour ends in the late afternoon in Johannesburg.
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