“A schedule departure safari visiting the highlights of a country voted most beautiful in the world.”


Tour Details

 

Location:  South Africa

Tour Type:  Group Safari

Duration:  9 days 

Departure Dates:  Every week on Thursday

International Airfare:  Not included *contact for discounts

Max people:  18

Summary of Wildlife:  Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Eland, Kudu, Thompsons Gazelle, Topi, Ostrich, 400+ species of birds

Seasonal Prices

January – December
Per person adult: $2,350 Children: $1,799
Single supplement: $200

 


What’s Included  What’s not Included
All accommodation
One way flight Cape Town to Durban
Game drives in Kruger
Meals as noted (3 meals daily on safari (B,L,D)
All national park and conservation fees
All transportation including airport transfers
Visas
International flights
Driver/guide/cook/porter gratuities
Telephone bills, laundry, and any items of a personal nature
Cost associated with activities not listed on the itinerary
Travel insurance service

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Highlights of South Africa Safari S Safari

D1 Cape Town
–    Scheduled departure starts.
–    Meet and greet at Cape Town International Airport. Our guide will meet you at the airport upon your arrival before embarking on your guided tour.
07:00    –    Embark on your guided tour aboard your coach: service starts at Cape Town airport and ends at Cape Town airport (D4 24/12/17 11:00) – 4 days
–    Delight in Cape Town’s city sights from Signal Hill. This prominent Cape Town landmark is named for its original use, the practice of flying signal flags to communicate with passing ships. Its peaks provide breathtaking views across Table Bay harbour, the City Bowl and the Atlantic Ocean and the 350-metre high hill is a favourite destination for sundowners. Signal Hill lies adjacent to Lions Head, forming the ‘rump’ of the lion and is also the location from which the historic Noon Gun is fired. The guns were once used in combat and as a time signal for ships anchored in the harbour. Today this age-old tradition continues as they are fired at midday every day except Sundays and public holidays. By night Signal Hill becomes one of the most popular spots for romantic rendezvous as amorous couples make their way up the hill for sundowners and stunning views of the city at night. In summer this is also an excellent vantage spot from which to admire the floodlights that illuminate the steep embankments of Table Mountain.
–    Marvel at the sights of Cape Town from the aerial cableway and plateau on Table Mountain. The Mother City is synonymous with the elegant mountain that is flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west, providing a dramatic backdrop to the city. Table Mountain holds an unusually rich biodiversity and forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a protected area. Rock hyrax, or dassie as they are locally known, are often seen scampering through the scrub and the views from the summit over Table Bay, Robben Island and the Atlantic seaboard are breathtaking. The cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes and rotate 360 degrees as they travel up to 302 metres above sea level, giving passengers panoramic views over the city. Five minutes is all it takes to reach the summit and once there you can marvel at the views, have a bite to eat in the restaurant or do a bit of shopping at the extensive curio shop. The cableway only operates when weather permits. (suggestion not included in rates)
–    Dinner: Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard
–    Night: Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard (Standard Room – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (Groups))
Airport M&G (Guided tour) – Cape Town Airport

Signal Hill – Cape Town City

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway – City bowl

D2 Cape Town
–    Breakfast
08:30    –    Boat cruise from Hout Bay Harbour to Duiker Island. The island is a sanctuary for thousands of Cape Fur seals (actually sea lions originating from the Antarctic) as well as a variety of seabirds including gannets, cormorants and sea gulls. It is illegal to land on the island, but the trip takes you within arm’s reach of the seals who seem to know they’re the centre of attention and put up a fantastic performance, diving and twisting with amazing speed and agility (weather permitting).
–    Visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve: It is recognized globally for its extraordinary land formation, rich and diverse fauna and unique flora. The legendary Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, were key beacons for the early explorers and are the source of many myths and legends. In 1488, Bartholomew Dias named the Peninsula the Cape of Storms. King John II of Portugal later gave it it’s actual name. The Cape of Good Hope is a scenic wonder, where soft white sandy beaches alternate with rugged stretches of rock and breathtaking cliffs.The mingling of the icy Atlantic Ocean with the warmer Indian Ocean results in a unique coastal environment and one of the most productive marine zones worldwide.
13:00    –    Lunch
–    Visit the jackass penguins at Boulder’s Beach. This small piece of the coastline has become a haven for these birds and is one of the few remaining places where they are still able to roost without threat from human interference. Here you will be able to view these birds up close whilst not interfering with their natural habitat.
–    Journey though the sparkling past of diamonds at The Diamond Works. This bespoke jewellery manufacturer is situated in central Cape Town and offers visitors the unique opportunity of watching diamond cutters and goldsmiths at work as well as admire handfuls of these exquisite gems. Your multi-language Sparkling Tour will take you through the history of diamonds and tanzanite as you learn about the four Cs of diamond cutting – cut, clarity, colour and carat weight. Meet the designers, cutters and goldsmiths, view a replica of the Cullinan diamond – the largest ever found, or consult with an on-site designer to create your own piece of beautiful bespoke jewellery with diamonds and tanzanite hand-picked by you from the showroom. While on tour you will enjoy a glass of South African sparkling wine and also visit the Diamond Wall of Fame and the Tanzanite Boutique.
–    Take your time to explore the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The V&A Waterfront is situated on South Africa’s oldest working harbour in the centre of Cape Town and offers over 450 retail outlets selling everything from high-end fashion and jewellery to food and crafts. It is one of Cape Town’s most popular destinations, attracting in excess of 23 million visitors a year. Besides offering vibrant and chic indoor and outdoor shopping and restaurants there is the added bonus of watching fishing boats dock with fresh fish or see a container ship being towed into the harbour by a tug boat. Draw- bridges over the water open and close every so often to allow smaller sailing vessels access to the docks, while the Cape Wheel gives unsurpassed 360 degree views of the city, and the outdoor amphitheatre plays host to music, dance and theatrical performances throughout the year. There is also a variety of other activities on offer ranging from historical walking tours to air charters and kids clubs.
19:00    –    Dinner: Meloncino Restaurant
–    Night: Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard (Standard Room – Bed and Breakfast (Groups))
Houtbay Seals Island boat trip – Houtbay

Cape of Good Hope National Park – Cape Point

Boulders Beach – False Bay

D3 Cape Town
–    Breakfast
–    Wander through the oak-lined streets of Stellenbosch. Lying at the foot of the Simonsberg mountains and within the grandiose Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch is internationally renowned for its award-winning wines, fantastic restaurants, trendy culture and historic buildings. The town is the perfect place to explore on foot with its many side-walk cafes and buzzy student vibe, owing to the large and prestigious university that is an icon of Stellenbosch culture. Many leading wine estates are found here including Spier, Tokara and Delheim, as well as some of the country’s best restaurants where dining can be an informal al fresco affair or something more elegant and black tie. Art lovers can explore the copious galleries while outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of nature activities available to them at Jonkershoek. (Optional rates: Winelands Tour and Dinner)
11:00    –    Wine Tasting
12:00    –    Lunch (Optional rates: Winelands Tour and Dinner)
–    Orientation tour of the French corner of the Cape. Franshhoek lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world, just 45 minutes from Cape Town and within half an hour’s drive of the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Somerset West wine routes. Originally known as the Valley of the Huguenots, a community of French Huguenots were granted land in this valley by the Dutch government of the Cape, after fleeing their homeland when Protestantism was outlawed in France in 1685. Today, many of the wine farms still bear their original French names and most of these farms have beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture. (Optional rates: Winelands Tour and Dinner)
18:30    –    Traditional Dinner: Gold Restaurant
A vibrant and eclectic Pan-African experience. One night of opulent feasting with a unique bouquet of live entertainment. A typical evening at GOLD Restaurant starts off with the drumbeat of the djembe drum. An interactive drum circle offers you the opportunity to join in and learn how to play the djembe. While you enjoy the vast variety of Cape Malay and African Cuisine dishes, you will be captivated by the live extravaganza taking place around you. (Optional rates: Winelands Tour and Dinner)
–    Night: Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard (Standard Room – Bed and Breakfast (Groups))
Stellenbosch Orientation – Stellenbosch

Franschhoek Orientation – Franschhoek

Picnic basket . – Franschhoek

D4 Cape Town – Durban
–    Breakfast
–    Tour of Cape Town. Also known as the Mother City, Cape Town is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of different nationalities and indigenous tribes. Alongside high-rise office blocks, a harmonious blend of architectural styles has been meticulously preserved, including Edwardian, Victorian and Cape Dutch. Narrow, cobblestone streets and the Islamic character of the Bo-Kaap enhance the cosmopolitan ambiance. During the tour you will see the Castle of Good Hope – this pentagon-shaped fort is the oldest surviving building in South Africa, and the Company’s Garden – a large public park, originally Jan van Riebeeck’s vegetable garden, which he grew to feed the original colony as early as 1652. The tour of this beautiful city introduces you to a rich culture and history.
–    Lunch at own expense.
–    Flight CapeTown – Durban (Economy Class) (Optional rates: Flight Cape Town – Durban)
–    Meet and Greet at Durban airport.
–    Embark on your guided tour aboard your coach: service starts at Durban airport and ends at Johannesburg airport (D9 29/12/17) – 6 days
–    Travel to Durban
–    Dinner: The Waterfront Hotel
–    Night: The Waterfront Hotel (Standard Room – Bed and Breakfast(Groups)) Special conditions
Cape Town City Tour – Cape Town City

Lunch at own expense

African Eagle

D5 Durban – Hluhluwe
–    Breakfast
–    Discover Durban’s “Golden Mile”. This six kilometre long stretch of sandy beach starts roughly at South Beach and uShaka Marine World and ends at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World to the north. The Golden Mile is also a huge pleasure resort with dozens of swimming and splash pools, fountains and waterslides, curio markets and merry-go-rounds, uShaka Marine World, exotic restaurants, nightclubs and many hotels and apartment complexes directly at the beach. Swimming is good all year round due to the warm, subtropical climate, and the beaches are well monitored and protected by shark nets. An unusual feature at the Golden Mile is the Zulu Rikshas. The vehicles and their drivers are colourfully decorated. For a small fee, you can let yourself be pulled along the beach promenade.
12:00    –    African lunch: DumaZulu Traditional Village
Experience traditional hospitality at the DumaZulu Cultural Village. This informative and authentic Zulu village is located in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal, offering visitors a peek into the lifestyle and culture of the Zulu nation. The village acts as a living museum of traditional Zulu customs, crafts and way of life where you can feel the beat of the Zulu drums and discovery the rich cultural significance of the tribe’s famous beadwork, weaving and pottery that intricately integrate Zulu social values. The village is the largest in South Africa and not only affords guests the opportunity to learn about the rich history of tribal Africa but also serves as a means for the local community to continue practicing their rural ways of living as well as earning an income from selling their crafts. Enjoy stepping into the life of this colourful and friendly tribe and be awed by their fantastic and energetic dancing abilities. Your visit includes an African lunch.
–    Visit to DumaZulu Cultural Village. Experience traditional hospitality and learn about Zulu life at this informative and authentic cultural village in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal. The village is a living museum of traditional Zulu customs, crafts and way of life where you can feel the beat of the Zulu drums and discover the rich cultural significance of the tribe’s famous beadwork, weaving and pottery. Zulu social values are integrated into their arts and crafts and their artefacts, besides being beautifully made, also hold strong cultural significance. The village is the largest in South Africa and not only affords guests the opportunity to learn about the rich history of tribal Africa but also serves as a means for the local community to continue practicing their rural ways of living as well as earning an income from selling their crafts. Other interesting activities on offer include tastings of locally crafted beer and dancing demonstrations.
–    Dinner: Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge
–    Night: Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge (Standard Room – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
Durban Golden Mile – Durban city

Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge – Hluhluwe

Durban Golden Mile – Durban city

D6  Hluhluwe – Swaziland
–    Breakfast
06:00    –    Three-hour 4×4 game drive in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. This 96 000 hectare reserve is the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa and boasts a wealth of wildlife, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog. Your safari will explore the northern side of the park, a scenic, hilly area with patches of dense bush. The reserve is well known for its black and white rhino conservation efforts and there are currently approximately 1 500 white rhino and 360 black rhino in Hluhluwe. The area is also well stocked with a variety of antelope species, including kudu, impala, waterbuck, bushbuck and nyala. This picturesque reserve has a number of excellent viewing hides that overlook the watering holes, allowing visitors the opportunity of close up wildlife viewing.
–    Départ pour le Swaziland et passage de la fontière.
–    Admire the contrasting landscape at Lavumisa. Swaziland is a tiny, independent country locked between the provinces of Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa and Mozambique. The plains in the south-western part of Swaziland contrast sharply with the mountainous landscapes of the north and here you will discover lush sugarcane fields alternating with bush savannah dotted with Swazi kraals. Near the southern border post of Lavumisa, the Lubombo Mountains loom majestically in the near distance. This sweeping mountain range covers practically the entire eastern side of the country and forms the natural border between Swaziland and Mozambique. It is home to many game reserves and is also rich in birdlife.
13:00    –    Lunch
–    Wax lyrical about the Swazi candlemakers at Malkerns. From its humble beginnings in an old cowshed the Swazi Candle Factory today exports beautiful candles throughout the world and holds the esteemed reputation of producing an amazing assortment of handcrafted wax wares. On any given weekday you will be able to view the approximately 200 craftspeople as they go about the process of moulding the pigmented wax into fascinating shapes and sizes, ranging from traditional shaped candles to African animal forms. Each candle is hand-finished, meaning that no two candles will ever look exactly the same. Swazi Candles is one of the most famous handicraft outlets in southern Africa and a favourite stop for visitors looking for gifts and souvenirs to take home.
–    Browse through handmade African crafts at the Ezulwini Artisan Market. This multi-coloured, free- spirited market is located in the Malkern Valley in Swaziland amidst the majestic mountains, offering spectacular scenery as well as a unique shopping experience. The market remains untouched by commercialism, where just about all the goods on offer are made by local Swazi people who collectively gather by the roadside in order to sell their wares and make a living. The market is awash with Swazi style jewellery, colourful linen and exquisite wood carvings, mosaics and paintings. Enjoy perusing the numerous stalls as you get a taste of Swazi culture and pick up mementos of your African travels.
–    Dinner: Mantenga Lodge
–    Night: Mantenga Lodge (Sheba Room – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast)
3 hour Game Drive (Hluhluwe) – Hluhluwe

Lavumisa Discover – Manzini

Swazi Candles – Malkerns

D7 Swaziland – Kruger
–    Breakfast
–    Admire glass-masters at work at the Ngwenya Glass Factory. This glass blowing factory forms the central hub of an arts and craft village in Swaziland where visitors can watch craftsmen at work as they shape and mould molten glass into a variety of gorgeous pieces. The factory makes use of approximately 500 kg of recycled glass a day that is crushed down and then melted in a furnace before the upcycle process begins and the hot glass lava is transformed into new and beautiful shapes. As part of Ngwenya’s social upliftment programme, community members ranging from school children to adults are encouraged to collect discarded glass objects and bring them to the factory in return for payment. The village is also home to numerous other arts and crafts outlets, restaurants, cafes and a children’s playground area, making for an ideal family outing.
–    Traverse the mountains towards Piggs Peak. Tucked away in the north western corner of Swaziland, Piggs Peak is a region once made famous for its spectacular gold mining and now an important supplier of timber. The beautiful mountainous landscape has led to the area often being referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’, filled with sparkling waterfalls, three of the highest peaks in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Bushmen paintings, nature reserves and picturesque indigenous bushland. The town itself is filled with colourful African art and craft shops while slightly further afield you will find the historic Bulembu village, Emlembe, the highest mountain in Swaziland and the Maguga Dam.
–    Continuation pour l’Afrique du Sud et passage de la fontière.
12:00    –    Lunch
–    Be mesmerised by nature at the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens situated just outside of Nelspruit. Yellow bush lilies and the vivid red hues of the flame creeper are just some of the visual delights you will observe on your visit to this evergreen garden, with other highlights including the largest collection of cycads in Africa and over 2 000 plant species that thrive on the lush 165 hectares of land. These botanical gardens are one of only nine in South Africa and encompass a variety of ecosystems including evergreen forest belts, dry bushveld and African rainforest while the landscaped parts of the garden are characterised by large, sweeping lawns and indigenous trees. A suspension bridge provides an awesome vantage point to see the crashing waterfall that stems from the Crocodile River while the Nels River also descends into a waterfall on the west side of the gardens. From the boardwalk you can enjoy sweeping views of the ever-green African Rainforest and the bushveld section introduces you to all varieties of indigenous succulents.
–    Dinner: Casa Do Sol
–    Night: Casa Do Sol (Casa – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (Groups))
Ngwenya Glass Factory – Piggs Peak

Piggs Peak Discover – Piggs Peak

Botanical Garden – Nelspruit

D8 Kruger
–    Breakfast
06:00    –    Venture into the wilds with a full day safari in the Kruger National Park in your tour vehicle. This extraordinary wildlife arena initially opened its gates in 1926, becoming the first national park in South Africa. Today it is one of the largest game reserves on the continent, covering a staggering area of 18 989 square kilometres and extending 350 kilometres from north to south and 60 kilometres from east to west. The Big Five are all found in abundance and overall the park supports 147 species of free roaming mammals. Your full day game drive will take place in the southern sector of the park, well known for its good rhino and leopard sightings. Here you are also likely to encounter numerous species of antelope, elephant and perhaps even cheetah and the rare African wild dog. Bird watching is highly rewarding with over 500 species including a diverse assortment of raptors.
06:00    –    Full day 4×4 game drive in the Kruger Park. Your scheduled departure will leave from Hazyview at dawn as you set out on board an open 4×4 safari vehicle for a short drive to one of the park’s gates and into the Kruger National Park. It is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, stretching across a vast 18 989 square kilometres in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. With over 12 000 elephants, 27 000 African buffalo and 1 000 leopards, the Big Five is well represented. White rhino sightings are frequent, while spotting a black rhino may require some patience and a bit of luck. Lions are plentiful with over 2 000 stalking the plains. Overall, the Kruger supports 147 free roaming mammal species. Of the 517 species of birds here, 253 are resident and the reserve supports six diverse eco-systems. Your morning safari concludes at one of the rest camps inside the reserve giving you the opportunity to stretch, refresh and have lunch (at own expense). After refuelling, set off for a second round of action-packed wildlife discoveries. The 4×4 vehicle will allow you to get very close to the surrounding vegetation while your experienced ranger follows fresh animal spoor. Your safari concludes in the late afternoon before returning to Hazyview. (Optional rates: Kruger 4×4 Game Drive Full Day)
12:00    –    Lunch
–    Dinner: Casa Do Sol
–    Night: Casa Do Sol (Casa – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (Groups))
Kruger South GD FD – Skukuza

4×4 game drive Full Day (Schedule)

Buffet Lunch – Skukuza

D9 Kruger – Highveld
–    Breakfast
–    Witness nature at its best at the Blyde River Canyon. This spectacular piece of landscape carves its way through kilometres of red sandstone and is one of the most outstanding geological features in South Africa. It rates as one of the natural wonders of the world as well as one of the biggest canyons on the planet and presents immense natural beauty and wonder. Stunning vistas from legendary viewpoint such as God’s Window offer views as far afield as the Kruger National Park and Mozambique on a clear day. Other natural attractions include the Three Rondavels, probably one of the most beautiful view of the Canyon. Blyde River is home to over 1 000 species of flora, some of the most glorious waterfalls you could wish to see and is filled with an abundance of animal and bird life including the rare bald ibis that nests on the cliff ledges.
–    Travel to Highveld
–    Buffet lunch
–    Scheduled departure ends.
–    Travel to Addo
–    End of our services

ACCOMMODATIONS

Highlights of South Africa Safari

Cape Town: Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard

https://www.tsogosun.com/garden-court-nelson-mandela-boulevard

Durban:  The Waterfront Hotel

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Hluhluwe:  Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge

http://zulunyalagroup.com/Hluhluwe/Heritage-Safari-Lodge/

Swaziland: Mantenga Lodge

https://www.mantengalodge.com/

Kruger:  Casa Do Sol

Casa do Sol Hotel Hazyview

VIDEO

Highlights of South Africa Safari Video