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South African Surprise

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For an amazing adventure you'll not soon forget, comprising fascinating landscapes and visits to all of South Africa's landmark cities and nature reserves, this is the most complete of tours you could ever do in this region. Imagine a thrilling journey of discovery through lands of unimaginable beauty and a wide variety of experiences. This amazing 15-day tour will take you to absorb awe-inspiring views of God's Window and Blyde River Canyon and will provide you with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to encounter elephants and lions roaming wild in their natural protected habitat. You will be souvenir-shopping at traditional craft markets in the Kingdom of Swaziland, touring around culture-rich Durban city and walking through the Cango Caves while marvelling at their dripstone formations and formidable stalagmites and stalactites. The South African Surprise is just as its name indicates: full of non-stop surprises.

This tour departs on selected Sundays.
15 Jan
12 Feb
12 Mar
16 Apr
14 May
11 Jun
9, 23 Jul
06, 20 Aug
10 Sep
08, 22 Oct
05, 19 Nov
10 Dec

  • Cherish a Safari of a lifetime At Kruger National park, where you'll spend the morning on the look out for one of the big five!
  • Enjoy the beautiful Swaziland Visiting a real Chief's village, whilst gaining an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi Culture
  • Take in the views along the Blyde River Canyon One of Africa's natural wonders!

Tour Highlights
• See the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window.
• Spend a day with the lions and elephants in the Kruger National Park (in a closed vehicle).
• Visit a traditional African craft market in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
• Explore and soak up the atmosphere in the tourist town of St Lucia, situated within a World Heritage Site.
• Tour the city of Durban, the cultural ‘melting pot’ of South Africa.
• Relax or hike in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, part of a World Heritage Site.
• Travel through the Eastern Cape where the British settled in 1820.
• Get close to mother nature at her best by walking amongst the ancient trees in the Tsitsikamma
• National Park.
• Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent
• Dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
• Ride an ostrich or just enjoy an ostrich farm experience in Oudtshoorn - ‘feather capital of the world’.
• Spend quality time enjoying Cape Town in all its splendour.

(Sun) Johannesburg
Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar

Distance travelled today: 5 kms

(Mon) Hazyview (BB)
This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God's Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke's Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

Distance travelled today: 500 kms

(Tue) Kruger National Park (PB)
We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed touring vehicle.  Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.  Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds.   We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

Distance travelled today: 80 kms

(Wed) Swaziland (BB)
This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief's village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture. 

Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar

Distance travelled today: 260 kms

(Thu) St Lucia and surrounds (BB)
This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand.  Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi or similar

Distance travelled today: 435 kms

(Fri) St Lucia and surrounds / Durban (BB)
Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge or similar

Distance travelled today: 290 kms

(Sat) Drakensberg (BB, BD)
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps take an early morning cab ride for a stroll along the Umhlanga Beach Promenade which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (own account).

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Resort Hotel & Spa or similar

Distance travelled today: 255 kms

(Sun) Drakensberg  (BB, BD)
Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. Today a host of leisure activities awaits you against a breath-taking back drop of tranquil beauty.

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Resort Hotel & Spa or similar

(Mon) Eastern Cape Coast  (BB, BD)
This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of Umtata.  We continue via Nelson Mandela's birth place and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chintsa East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.

Accommodation: Crawford's Beach Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 520 kms

DAY 10
(Tue) Eastern Cape Coast  (BB)
We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind... beach sand between our toes.  The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. In the mid-morning, we set off heading south to Port Elizabeth.

Accommodation: Garden Court King's Beach or similar

Distance travelled today: 340 kms

DAY 11
(Wed) Knysna  (BB, D)
Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities.  A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel.

Accommodation: Simola Hotel or similar

Distance travelled today: 300 kms

DAY 12
(Thu) Oudtshoorn  (BB)
After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the 'feather capital of the world' because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Travelling back to the Eastern seaboard, we arrive in Mossel Bay in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Garden Court Mossel Bay or similar

Distance travelled today: 315 kms

DAY 13
(Fri) Cape Town  (BB)
After breakfast we head for Cape Town via the towns of Swellendam, Robertson and Worcester. After traveling through the Huguenot Tunnel, iconic Table Mountain greets us as we arrive in Cape Town in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Sun Square Hotel - Cape Town or similar

Distance travelled today: 540 kms

DAY 14
(Sat) Cape Town  (BB)
Enjoy a day at leisure in the 'Mother City' where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this iconic beautiful city with its many world acclaimed attractions.

Accommodation: Sun Square Hotel - Cape Town or similar

DAY 15
(Sun) Cape Town (BB)
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International Airport.

Distance travelled today: 30 kms

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South African Surprise

south african surprise
  • Day 1Johannesburg
  • Day 2Hazyview
  • Day 3Kruger National Park
  • Day 4Swaziland
  • Day 5St Lucia and Surrounds
  • Day 6St Lucia and Surrounds / Durban
  • Day 7Drakensberg
  • Day 8Drakensberg
  • Day 9Eastern Cape Coast
  • Day 10Eastern Cape Coast
  • Day 11Knysna
  • Day 12Oudtshoorn
  • Day 13Cape Town
  • Day 14Cape Town
  • Day 15Cape Town

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