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Spectacular South Africa + Hilton Garden Inn Mall of the Emirates

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south africa + dubai

Cape Town, one of the most desirable destinations in the world is our magnificent starting point for an elegant guided journey through some of the most spectacular regions of South Africa. From award-winning wine estates, floral kingdoms brimming with splendid botanical treasures, to awe-inspiring mountain and coastal landscapes, our journey through the Garden Route will leave you mesmerised. The shimmering Indian Ocean welcomes us to the sub-tropical paradise of KwaZulu-Natal and as we venture northwards the delightful sights, smells and sounds of the wilderness become our constant companions. Our final two days are spent in luxurious comfort at a private game reserve in the greater Kruger National Park area, drinking in the splendour of the great openness of the sky and revelling in close encounters with the incredible African wildlife.

DAY 1
(Fri) Cape Town
On arrival in Cape Town you are met by a Thompsons Africa representative and assisted to your transfer. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Cape Riviera or similar

Distance travelled today: 200kms

DAY 2
(Sat) Cape Town / Winelands (BB)
After breakfast you meet your Tour Guide and fellow travellers and set out to the picturesque Winelands, where century old vineyards are surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain scenery. We have left today's itinerary open. With extraordinary wine estates from Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek and fascinating historical landmarks to explore your highly knowledgeable Tour Guide will discuss the many possibilities and tailor-make a memorable Winelands experience for the whole group.

Accommodation: Cape Riviera or similar

Distance travelled today: 200 km

DAY 3
(Sun) Cape Peninsula (BB)
This morning we ascend one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature - majestic Table Mountain (weather permitting) for unrivalled views of Cape Town. Thereafter we drive along Millionaires Paradise from Clifton to Camps Bay, heading towards the charming working harbour of Hout Bay. We wind along the legendary Chapman's Peak Drive hugging the cliffs and relishing the breath-taking ocean views. After lunch (own account) we visit the wild and beautiful Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park, an integral part of the world renowned Cape Floral Kingdom.

Accommodation: Cape Riviera or similar

Distance travelled today: 200 kms

DAY 4
(Mon) Cape Town / Hermanus (BB)
We depart by 08h30 from Cape Town. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its delicate coastal fynbos. We also seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stony Point. In the 'Hemel -en -Aarde' region, one of South Africa's newest wine routes, we indulge in a wine tasting at a boutique winery before arriving in Hermanus.

Accommodation: Harbour Square Hotel or similar

Distance travelled today: 200km

DAY 5
(Tue) Oudtshoorn  (BB)
This morning we explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and gasp at the outstanding views of Walker Bay. During the months of July - November the majestic sight of whales add further enchantment to our explorations.  We depart late morning stopping for a late lunch (own account) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic 'Route 62', then onward to Oudtshoorn.

Accommodation: De Opstal Country Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 380 kms

DAY 6
(Wed) Knysna (BB)
This morning we marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with weird and wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Thereafter a guided tour of an ostrich farm gives us insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the 'feather capital of the world'. We travel via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass onto our accommodation for two nights.          

Accommodation: Belvidere Manor or similar

Distance travelled today: 220 km

DAY 7
(Thu) Knysna  (BB, L)
This morning we cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. A specialist guide shares the history and fascinating facts on the fauna and flora of the area with us. We are served a sumptuous lunch under a canopy of Milkwood trees. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Knysna or return to our accommodation.

Accommodation: Belvidere Manor or similar

Distance travelled today: 10 km

DAY 8
(Fri) Plettenberg Bay / Tsitsikamma  (BB)
From Plettenberg Bay we set off on an ocean safari. During summer months we may view Bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During winter months we are very likely to view both Southern Right and Humpback whales.  For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you have the opportunity to attempt the world's highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge.  We arrive late afternoon in the picturesque village of Storms River.

Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar

Distance travelled today: 130 km

DAY 9
(Sat) Port Elizabeth / Durban / Umhlanga Rocks  (BB)
This morning we immerse ourselves in the splendour and tranquillity of the Tsitsikamma National Park and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean.  We arrive at Port Elizabeth airport at approximately 14h00 for your onward flight to King Shaka International Airport (Flight not included). On arrival in Durban you are met by your Tour Guide and transferred to your accommodation for the evening on the tropical North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

Accommodation: The Oyster Box or similar

Distance travelled today: 280 km

DAY 10
(Sun) St Lucia (BB, D + 2 Game Activities)
After breakfast head north to the tiny village of St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa's wilderness treasures. A cruise on the St Lucia Estuary affords us wonderful photographic opportunities as we may encounter large pods of hippos, the occasional Nile crocodile and prolific birdlife. After lunch (own account) arrive at our luxury lodge located in the first private concession within Africa's oldest proclaimed game reserve that is Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. In the late afternoon, indulge in a delicious high tea and enjoy an evening game drive within the heart of Big Five territory. After winding down with Sundowners, we marvel at the spectacular sunsets and continue on our search for elusive nocturnal creatures.

Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 475 km

DAY 11
(Mon) Swaziland (BB, D)
An early start with a cup of fresh coffee or tea, rusks and muffins after which we set out on an early morning safari on the private concession. As the lodge has unlimited access to the greater Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (home of white rhino conservation) we enjoy the delightful scenery and excellent safari opportunity. After a sumptuous late breakfast we set our sights north and cross the border into tiny the Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Arrive in the afternoon at our luxury lodge set in a beautiful, secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains.

Accommodation: The Royal Villas or similar

Distance travelled today: 320 km

DAY 12
(Tue) Sabie  (BB, D)
After breakfast we visit an authentic chief's village to gain an insight into the fascinating traditional Swazi culture and the residents invite us to participate in their cultural practices. Cross the border back into South Africa for an early afternoon arrival at our boutique hotel in the lush Sabie River valley. A decadent table d'hote dinner complements and completes the day.

Accommodation: Lone Creek River Lodge - River Suites or similar

Distance travelled today: 330 km

DAY 13
(Wed) Northern Kruger Private Reserve  (B, D + 2 Game Activities)
Today we traverse the glorious Panorama route taking in the spectacular God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and 3 Rondavels at Blyde River Canyon. Our safari adventure continues at Kapama Private Game Reserve described as an African Eden. The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world.  After checking into your indulgent suite, you depart on your first open vehicle safari accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker. You can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since Kapama Private Game Reserve is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari in the reserve.

Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 280 km

DAY 14
(Thu) Northern Kruger Private Reserve  (FB + 2 Game Activities)
Your day starts with an early wake-up call and you head out at first light on your morning safari. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve.   You return to the lodge for a few hours of relaxation. You may indulge in a decadent African spa treatment or you could choose to meet and interact with Kapama's 16 habituated elephants (own account).  At around 15h00, everyone gathers for high tea, before heading out for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge.

Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 90kms

DAY 15
(Fri) Johannesburg
Perhaps this morning instead of joining your morning open vehicle safari you choose to end your safari experience with hot air balloon flight or an elephant back safari (own account). After a final delectable brunch you are transferred to nearby Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

Distance travelled today: 10kms

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Price for 16 nights, 2 Adults flying 17 May 2018 from Heathrow with Emirates
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Dubai, Figures and Facts

Climate (Dry)

With a hot and arid climate typical of the desert that surrounds it, the emirate of Dubai experiences very warm weather throughout the year. Daytime temperatures can rise to extremes of over 50 degrees Celsius in the height of summer but are much cooler during evenings and nights. Radiant sunshine and almost non-existent rainfall is to be expected virtually all-year-long with humidity at its lowest in summer and at its highest in the mild winter.

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Average °C 222021232732343636343026
Minimum °C 171516182125283031282420
Maximum °C 262425283338404141393631
Sunshine (hours) 8899101112111110109
Rain (cm) 000000000000
Average Rainfall Days 354520000002

Useful information

  • Time Difference

    GMT +4 hours

  • Language

    Arabic

  • Currency

    Dirham (AED)

  • Local laws & customs

    Due to local customs and etiquette rules some countries observe a strict dress code. This is especially true for most Muslim countries. Please show respect for local customs and dress accordingly so as not to offend locals or attract unwanted attention.
    Some countries also have strict custom laws on what items you can import and export. Always check with the local tourist board before travelling.

  • Health requirements

    Be aware that prior to visiting some countries you may need to get specific immunisation against some diseases. Consult your local GP and check with the FCO website to find out if you will need any vaccinations before travelling. Also, to ensure your health is covered while you’re away it might be worth investing in some health insurance. In some countries this is a strict requirement.

  • Visa/Documentation

    Some countries require specific permits or visas to allow entry. Please ensure your passport is up to date in advance and check the FCO website for more detailed information.

  • Best time to travel

    December to March

  • Tipping

    10% in bars, restaurants and taxis

  • Calls

    To call Dubai from the UK dial 00
    To call the UK from Dubai dial 044 followed by your phone number

  • Electricity

    Electricity in United Arab Emirates is 220 volts / 50Hz. Most common socket / plugs are type G

South Africa, Figures and Facts

Climate (Tropical)

The weather in South Africa is as diverse as its multicultural people, from sunshine-filled Mediterranean shores to subtropical conditions in the southwest and temperate climate in the interior plateau - here you can find it all. Regardless of the differences in weather according to regions, this is a year-round destination where you can experience a variety of exciting climates depending on when and where you go. Rainfall is minimal throughout the year and varies according to season and region.

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Average °C 242424222016131316202223
Minimum °C 17181816138558121516
Maximum °C 303030282624212124282929
Sunshine (hours) 7767799101012119
Rain (cm) 1010118410002710
Average Rainfall Days 181714128431231216

Useful information

  • Time Difference

    GMT 0 hours

  • Language

    English

  • Currency

    South Africa Rand (ZAR)

  • Local laws & customs

    Due to local customs and etiquette rules some countries observe a strict dress code. This is especially true for most Muslim countries. Please show respect for local customs and dress accordingly so as not to offend locals or attract unwanted attention.
    Some countries also have strict custom laws on what items you can import and export. Always check with the local tourist board before travelling.

  • Health requirements

    Be aware that prior to visiting some countries you may need to get specific immunisation against some diseases. Consult your local GP and check with the FCO website to find out if you will need any vaccinations before travelling. Also, to ensure your health is covered while you’re away it might be worth investing in some health insurance. In some countries this is a strict requirement.

  • Visa/Documentation

    Some countries require specific permits or visas to allow entry. Please ensure your passport is up to date in advance and check the FCO website for more detailed information.

  • Best time to travel

    Depends on location. Winter season runs from May to July and summer from mid-October to mid-February. Spring season runs from August to mid-October and autumn from mid-February to April. Autumn is said to be the shortest but most pleasant of all seasons.

  • Tipping

    10% in bars, restaurants and taxis

  • Calls

    To call South Africa from the UK dial 00
    To call the UK from South Africa dial 044 followed by your phone number

  • Electricity

    Electricity in South Africa is 220 volts / 50Hz. Most common socket / plugs are type M