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Highlights of Cape Town and Kruger Safari - Escorted Tour

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South Africa is known for its fantastic range of experiences, from stunning landscapes to exciting wildlife to exciting cities - and you can experience it all of this on this trip. Start in the vibrant city of Johannesburg, with a chance to learn about the history of the country. Follow this with time in Kruger National Park, an unbelievable chance to see a variety of wildlife. Following stops in Swaziland the battlefield region, make your way towards Knysna, along the Garden Route. Spend the end of your trip exploring the Winelands region and the majestic Cape Town - the perfect end to an unforgettable trip.

  • A slice of African history Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum offers a great insight into South Africa's history, whilst Robben Island is one of the country's most iconic locations.
  • Visit one of the world's most exceptional wildlife reserves Kruger National Park offers the chance to experience stunning scenery and a vast range of wildlife.
  • The majesty of Cape Town and the Winelands region The Winelands offer stunning orchards and charming small towns, whilst Cape Town itself offers Table Mountain and Cape Point nearby.

Day 1 - Johannesburg
After arriving in the morning, transfer to the four-star Indaba Hotel in an affluent suburb, north of the city. On the way to the hotel, take the opportunity to visit the Apartheid Museum, a truly fascinating exhibition charting the apartheid years and the struggle against it, culminating in the first democratic elections. This offers a chance to walk through modern history using original material, riveting eyewitness accounts, photographs and film. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the pleasing verdant district of Fourways and nearby Montecasino shopping mall.

Day 2 - Blyde River Canyon & Kruger National Park
After breakfast, embark on one of the most picturesque drives in South Africa, the Panorama Route to Kruger National Park. Follow the spectacular rim of the Blyde River Canyon, an amazing 2,300-foot deep and 20-mile long gorge cutting through the Great Escarpment separating the grasslands of the Highveld and the dried out savannah beyond. Years of erosion have created deep circular rock formations which offer many excellent viewpoints and excellent photo opportunities of some of the most breathtaking views in Africa. The hotel for the next three nights is the three-star superior Hippo Hollow Country Estate, ideally located in the midst of lush forest on the banks of the Sabie River on the edge of the National Park. Dinner is included tonight.

Hippo Hollow Country Estate:
Luscious gardens, two pools, an intimate bar, a lovely restaurant and an open-air terrace overlook the grounds and river where you can actually watch the hippos! You would be hard pressed to find a more relaxing spot.

Day 3 - Kruger National Park
Today you get to enjoy full day's game drive in specially adapted 10 seat 4x4 vehicles. Enter the nearby park in the half-light of the spectacular African dawn, surrounded by the noise of a unique 'dawn chorus'. You will (hopefully) be able to see an elephant, a family of warthogs or possibly even the elusive cheetah. The experienced game rangers know the best tracks and waterholes given that most have lived here all their lives, built up a vast wealth of knowledge.

Day 4 - Kruger National Park (Free Day)
This is a day at leisure to allow you to refresh and recuperate. You may want to relax by the hotel swimming pool or do some hippo-spotting from the lawn overlooking the river. Alternatively, you could try elephant-back safaris, exciting helicopter flights or even river rafting (all subject to weather conditions), as well as sunset safaris or night safaris where you can experience the unique excitement of an open 4x4 vehicle game drive by spotlight.
There are also a limited number of places available to stay the night at a tented camp and go on a bushwalk. The camp is a real 'back to nature' experience, with no electricity or en-suite facilities - a chance to use portable 'bush' showers and toilets. Dine in natural style as the chef provides some nourishing fresh fare. You rejoin the main tour on the morning of day 6.

Day 5 - Swaziland & Kwazulu Natal Province
Depart Kruger as you head to the battlefields of Zululand. After breakfast, a drive south will lead you to entering the small but scenically beautiful country of Swaziland. As the road climbs through the interestingly-named Piggs Peak, we descend past idyllic green fields and rolling hills interspersed with small farms and drive through the country's capital Mbabane, passing the parliament house and Royal Palace en-route. You will then cross back into South Africa in the afternoon and enter Kwazulu Natal province, staying at the simple three-star Battlefields Lodge for two nights on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6 - Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift
You will use the morning to visit the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift. Brilliantly dramatised in the films Zulu Dawn and Zulu, these two battles, just a day apart, became a defining moment for the British Empire. In 1879 at Isandlwana, a depleted force of 1,300 were taken by surprise and outfought by a 20,000-strong Zulu army armed with cowhide shields and spears. Only a handful survived. The next day, just 9 miles away, about 140 British soldiers, some wounded, held off 4,000 Zulus for over ten hours at Rorke's Drift, an action earning eleven Victoria Crosses, the largest number ever awarded in a single engagement. Isandlwana is still somewhere that has an air of sadness around it. The specialist Zulu guide will really make those desperate encounters come alive. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Lunch is included today.

Day 7 - Knysna
An altogether more cheery day as we return to Johannesburg airport after breakfast, flying to George in the Western Cape and at the heart of the gorgeous Garden Route. After landing, a short drive takes us to the coastal town of Knysna and our hotel, the charming three-star superior Knysna Hollow Country Estate. Dinner is included this evening. Knysna's stunning lagoon location, craft shops, numerous art galleries and the excellent Knysna Quays marina shopping and dining complex make this one of South Africa's favourite small towns.

Knysna Hollow Country Estate:
The comfortable rooms are all whitewashed and thatched and many overlook the two swimming pools. There is an excellent restaurant, with an extensive wine selection (as you would expect in this region!) and a welcoming bar.

Day 8 - Knysna & Featherbed Nature Reserve
The Garden Route, as its name implies, really is a scenic treat! This wonderful coastal stretch offers lagoons, pristine beaches, wetlands teeming with birds, indigenous forests, lakes and mountains, all in perfect harmony with one another - a real treat to behold.
This morning, take a ferry across the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, a South African Natural Heritage site which we explore by 4x4 vehicle. There will be an opportunity to stop at some splendid viewpoints whilst our guide describes the area's fauna, flora, history and shipwrecks, followed by an easy downhill guided walk and delicious buffet lunch.

Day 9 - Winelands & Hermanus
This morning, we take the long idyllic drive to the Cape's majestic Winelands. During July to November, drive via Hermanus, the world's best spot for on-shore whale watching, which is certainly something to behold. Arrive in the Winelands by late afternoon, staying two nights on bed-and-breakfast at the excellent four-star Devon Valley Hotel.

Devon Valley Hotel:
This boutique property is set on the valley slopes offering stunning views, fine gardens, a relaxing shady terrace and a restful bar with fireplace.
Note: Some tours may stay at the nearby four-star Erinvale Hotel.

Day 10 - Franschoek, Stellenbosch & Winelands
Today is an opportunity to tour the sensationally beautiful Winelands. Set in a valley backed by grandiose mountains, rows of neat vines and orchards stretch into a distance studded by thatched, 300 year-old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style. Our first stop is the small town of Franschoek in a magnificent setting at the head of a valley, then to chic Stellenbosch established 300 years ago and home of South Africa's most prestigious university. We have time to explore this charming town before enjoying a fascinating cellar tour and tasting at the award-winning Boschendal Wine Estate. Tonight we'll enjoy an included typical South African BBQ or Cape Malay Buffet dinner at our hotel.

Day 11 - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain & Cape Town
This morning, you visit the amazing Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Situated near Table Mountain, these are considered the best in the country. You soon arrive in Cape Town and your hotel, the four-star centrally located Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel, staying three nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis. The afternoon is at your leisure, so you can begin to explore this beautiful city, and you are ideally located within walking distance of the V&A waterfront.

Day 12 - Cape Point & Boulders Beach
This morning, we visit Cape Point and the legendary Cape of Good Hope, firstly driving past sandy beaches to the picturesque fishing harbour of Hout Bay. We continue along the wonderfully scenic Chapman's Peak Drive, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, then on to Cape Point itself. We see the convergence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean currents and the rocks that have been the scourge of mariners for centuries. Finally we visit Boulders Beach and its penguin colony, returning to the city during the afternoon.

Day 13 - Cape Town (Free Day)
Cape Town, featuring British, Dutch and Cape Malay influences, is often cited as one of the world's most picturesque cities. Today is spent at leisure, with a chance to explore as you wish. In addition to the excellent shopping and dining available within the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex, no visit to Cape Town would be complete without taking the revolving cable car to the summit of Table Mountain, the unofficial symbol of South Africa providing stunning views. You may also visit Robben Island (weather permitting), where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 year imprisonment. Take a stroll through the Bo Kaap area, the very image of small-town South Africa. Hermanus, a sweet nearby town can be visited and contains the world's premier on-shore whale-watching location (Jul-Nov). Alternatively, simply just wander around the local area, taking afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson, one of the great colonial hotels of the world: the choice is yours.

Day 14 - Cape Town
The final day in Cape Town is at leisure before a transfer to the airport, for your return flight to Heathrow via Johannesburg.

Day 15 - UK
Arrive back in the UK after an unforgettable experience.

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Highlights of Cape Town and Kruger Safari - Escorted Tour

highlights of cape town and kruger safari - escorted tour
  • Day 1Johannesburg
  • Day 2Blyde River Canyon & Kruger National Park
  • Day 3Kruger National Park
  • Day 4Kruger National Park
  • Day 5Swaziland & Kwazulu Natal Province
  • Day 6Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift
  • Day 7Knysna
  • Day 8Knysna & Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Day 9Winelands & Hermanus
  • Day 10Franschoek, Stellenbosch & Winelands
  • Day 11Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain & Cape Town
  • Day 12Cape Point & Boulders Beach
  • Day 13Cape Town (Free Day)
  • Day 14Cape Town
  • Day 15UK

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