16 Day Grand Tour of South Africa
16 Day Grand Tour of South Africa
Experience the delights of South Africa on a 16 day tour that shows South Africa in its true splendour, visiting mountain and coastline and providing the opportunity to head into the wilderness on game tours before heading to the vibrant city of Cape Town.
Tour highlights
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window
  • Search for the ‘Big Five’ during game drives in Kruger National Park
  • Discover all about local cultures with time in Swaziland and Zululand
  • Tour the scenic garden route
  • Interact with the Knysna Elephants on a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary
  • Visit the ostrich capital of South Africa and then go underground at Cango Caverns
  • Spend four nights in Cape Town, exploring the city and surrounding areas
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Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg
Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport where you will be met before transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is then yours to spend at leisure.
  • Faircity Quatermain Hotel
Day 2: Johannesburg - Hazyview
Leave Johannesburg to travel along the stunning Panorama Route to Mpumalanga and your overnight stay. Along the route, you’ll be able to take in a range of spectacular sights as you travel through the Blyde River Canyon section. That includes Bourke’s Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels and – time and weather permitting – God’s Window, where you can be rewarded with some of the most stunning views available in the region.
  • Perry’s Bridge Hollow(B,D)
Day 3: Kruger National Park
Leave in the early morning to visit the Kruger National Park on an open vehicle safari, which will give you the chance to try and spot the 'Big Five' of African wildlife, amongst many other species. After your morning game drive, return to your hotel in the afternoon, with the remainder of the day being spent at leisure. For those who want to further explore the local wildlifre, a return trip to Kruger for an evening safari is available at at additional cost.
  • Perry’s Bridge Hollow(B,D)
Day 4: Hazyview - Swaziland
Take a trip across the border to the mountainous kingdom that is Swaziland, where you’ll be able to see a showcase of traditional Swazi culture at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Beautiful sculptures and artwork will be created in front of your eyes when you head for the Ngwenya Glass Works and you’ll have time to explore the Mbabane craft markets before arriving at your overnight accommodation in the stunning surroundings of the Ezulwini Valley.
  • Royal Swazi Sun (B,L)
Day 5: Swaziland - Mkhuze
After a visit to the Swazi Candle Factory to see candles being made by hand using age-old techniques, you'll travel via Big Bend to KwaZulu Natal. Having checked into your hotel, you'll embark on a scenic drive into the Lebombo Mountains. The drive, which includes a visit to a local homestead to gain a glimpse of Zulu life, will offer fine views over Lake Jozini and concludes with drinks at the summit as the sun sets; transforming the sky into a rich tapestry of colour. Dinner on the terrace, weather permitting, will be awaiting your return at the hotel.
  • Ghost Mountain Hotel (B,D)
Day 6: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
After a morning at leisure to do as you wish at the resort, you'll transfer to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for further wildlife viewing, including a second chance to see the 'Big Five'. You could also spot the rare white rhino, which was saved from extinction in the park. Dinner back at your hotel ends the day..
  • Ghost Mountain Hotel (B,D)
Day 7: Mkhuze - Durban
Travel along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to the World Heritage Site of St Lucia for a boat trip in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with the opportunity to see hippo and crocodiles alongside a rich array of birdlife. You’ll then head on to Durban and an afternoon arrival at your hotel, with the remainder of the day being yours to do as you wish at leisure.
  • The Benjamin Hotel (B)
Day 8: Durban – Port Elizabeth
If time permits, you'll be able to enjoy a brief tour during the morning to learn about the rich history and culture of the city. Then it’s time to head for the airport to fly to Port Elizabeth, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel ahead of some more time at leisure.
  • Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth (B)
Day 9: Port Elizabeth – Plettenberg Bay
Leaving Port Elizabeth behind, you’ll travel along the coast to the Tsitsikamma National Park, famed for its indigenous forests and rugged coastline, and known as the 'garden of the Garden Route'. Enjoy spectacular views as you walk along the suspension bridge that crosses Storm River mouth gorge before heading to Plettenberg Bay for the overnight halt.
  • The Country House (B,D)
Day 10: Plettenberg Bay
A day for the wildlife lovers begins with a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary, where you’ll learn about the sad story of the Knysna Elephants and have the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph the gentle giants as part of an interactive experience. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Birds of Eden, the largest free-flight aviary in the world and home to more than 3,500 birds. A whale and dolphin boat experience is available as your own expense, and if time/weather permits, before returning to your accommodation for dinner.
  • The Country House (B,D)
Day 11: Plettenberg Bay - Oudtshoorn
After a cruise up the Keurbooms River, you'll then head for the picturesque lagoon-side town of Knysna, often referred to as the gem of the Garden Route. Explore the waterfront region before your journey takes you on to Oudtshoorn for a trip to a working ostrich farm; showing first hand why the town and surrounding area is known as the feather capital of the world.
  • De Opstal Country Lodge, or similar (B,D)
Day 12: Oudsthoorn – Cape Town
Having checked out of your hotel, the day starts with a trip to the impressive limestone caverns at Cango Caves before travelling along Route 62 as it meanders through the beautiful South African countryside. Your end destination is the world famous city of Cape Town and the overnight stop.
  • Radisoon Blu Le Vendome(B)
Day 13: Cape Point Peninsula
See the sights of Cape Point and Pensinsula on an awe-inspiring day-long tour that will see you pass by stunning beaches and a number of picturesque villages as you travel to the towering headland of Cape Point, with its breath-taking views of the shoreline. Amongst the highlights of the day is the chance to see the penguins that live at Boulders Beach and to spent time strolling through the impressive Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
  • Radisson Blu Le Vendome(B)
Day 14: Cape Winelands
Enjoy a full day exploring the Cape Winelands on a scheduled tour, which winds its way north from Cape Town through mountain ranges and the many well-known vineyards. The first tasting of the day comes in Stellenbosch, the heart of South Africa's wine industry, before continuing onwards to Franschhoek, where you can also sample the culinary delights of the talented local chefs. After a busy day, you'll return to Cape Town.
  • Radisson Blu Le Vendome(B)
Day 15: Cape Town
A scheduled tour in Cape Town will allow you to explore the historical beginnings of the city and see how it has since developed across the years to become the modern and vibrant location it is now. Table Mountain, Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope and Greenmarket Square all feature on a bustling itinerary. You'll also take a trip to Bo-Kaap, where you can explore the culture of the Cape Muslim community. Following the conclusion of the tour, the remainder of the day is free to spend at leisure.
  • Radisson Blu Le Vendome(B)
Day 16: Depart Cape Town
Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your return flight home.
  • (B)
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
  • English speaking THETA registered tour guide
  • Includes 15 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners and 1 Lunch
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Internal flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth

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