A World in One Country - 14 Days / 13 Nights
Day 1: (Sun) Johannesburg
Touch down at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the magnificent suburban shopping malls or take an optional afternoon Soweto Tour (own account). At 19h00 we all meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet your fellow travellers.
Day 2: (Mon) Pretoria / Mpumalanga
Depart by 08h30 and leave Johannesburg’s distinctive skyline and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. We travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg, on to your accommodation for the evening which is situated on the famous Long Tom Pass .
Day 3: (Tue) Panorama Route
This morning gasp at the glory that is God’s Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and we explore Bourke’s Luck Potholes. After lunch (own account) we enjoy a leisurely interpretive boat cruise along the lush subtropical banks of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa. View Africa’s largest active tufa falls as well as the famous Three Rondavels.
Day 4: (Wed) A Morning ‘Big Five’ game viewing in Kruger National Park
Set off before breakfast in an open safari vehicle in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species . Savour the magic of this enormous wilderness. We return to Hazyview around lunch time and you have the afternoon at leisure.
Day 5: (Thu) The Kingdom of Swaziland
Enjoy an enchanting drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of Swaziland and their traditions. We continue through the capital city, Mbabane, and on to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.
Day 6: (Fri) The Kingdom of the Zulu’s
We start the day with a true African shopping experience at the vibrant Ezulwini Craft Market which is packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Then on into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. We arrive mid-afternoon at our hotel in the Umfolozi area.
Day 7: (Sat) Durban
This morning enjoy a cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coastline en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields do their own version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind. We arrive into Durban early afternoon and the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, to enjoy the golden beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean or take a stroll along the lively promenade.
Day 8: (Sun) Port Elizabeth / Knysna
We enjoy breakfast before being collected and transferred to the airport for a morning flight (cost of flight not included) to Port Elizabeth.
Day 9: (Mon) Knysna
Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve . Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond. After lunch we have the remainder of the day at leisure, to enjoy this lovely and special town.
Day 10: (Tue) Oudtshoorn
This morning we enjoy the wonderful views of the spectacular Outeniqua Pass en route to Oudtshoorn, the ‘feather capital of the world’, so named because it’s the centre of South Africa’s ostrich industry. After lunch, which features Ostrich Steak on the menu, we learn more about these hardy, enigmatic creatures during a tour of an ostrich farm. We then head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders.
Day 11: (Wed) Cape Town
This is a day of magnificent vistas. Enjoy the ever-changing passing canvas as we travel to Cape Town. During the whale season we will travel via the seaside village of Hermanus in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the southern right whales, which frolic offshore (July to November only). Out of season we will return to Cape Town along ‘Route 62’, South Africa’s version of America’s ‘Route 66’.
Day 12: (Thu) Cape Peninsula
A full day touring of the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula winding our way through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. We stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you can opt to take a cruise (own account) to Seal Island to watch the antics of these natural performers. Then we continue to the Cape Point
Day 13: (Fri) Cape Winelands
We journey into the beautiful and tranquil Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellenbosch before stopping for wine tasting at two well-known estates. Visits to the Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument provide a historical perspective.
Day 14: (Sat) Cape Town
This brings us to the end of our ‘World in One Country’. Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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