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South African Discovery2018-07-24T01:58:31+00:00

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South African Discovery

8 Days

Cape Town to Johannesburg

COMFORT SCHEDULED GUIDED TOUR
TIRC

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Discover South Africa from the beautiful Cape to the bustling city of Johannesburg. Experience the internationally-acclaimed Cape Winelands and journey to 3 World Heritage Sites. Celebrate various cultures’ success stories, relish in the scenery on the Panorama Route and encounter the ‘Big 5’ at the Kruger National Park.

South African Discovery TIRC
Languages Bilingual – English and German
Departure days Selected Saturdays
Departure locations La Splendida Hotel – 13h00
Vehicle Luxury sedan or minibus
Group size 2-14 guests
Accommodation 3 and 4-star hotels
Meals 15 breakfasts and 5 dinners
Entrance Fees
Taalmonument, Garden Route National Park conservation fee (Storms River Bridge), ostrich farm, Cango Caves,
Kruger National Park conservation fee, Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Wonder View
Excursions
Wine tasting and a cellar tour, Stellenbosch walking tour,
iSimangaliso Wetlands Park open safari vehicle morning game drive, St Lucia Estuary boat cruise
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Bilingual – English and German Departure Dates

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
10 19 16 16 6 4 8 13 10 7 5
  • Table Mountain
  • Cape Point
  • Wine tasting and cellar tour
  • Garden Route
  • Wild Coast
  • iSimangaliso Wetlands Park game viewing
  • Swaziland
  • Kruger National Park ‘Big 5’ safari
  • Panorama Route
  • Soweto

Day 1 | Saturday

DAY OF ARRIVAL – AFTERNOON AT LEISURE in CAPE TOWN

Guests arrive at the hotel. Enjoy a day at leisure or join an optional Table Mountain (own account and weather permitting) or travel through the Malay Quarter, city centre, Company Gardens and, time permitting, the Castle of Good Hope (own account). Return to the hotel late afternoon and meet the tour guide for a tour briefing at 18h30. Dine at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at La Splendida Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 2 | Sunday

FULL DAY AT LEISURE in CAPE TOWN

Cape Town is as diverse as its history is eclectic. This bustling metropolis boasts a full-offering of excursions and activities. After breakfast spend the morning at leisure discovering the Mother City or join an optional full day Cape Point tour (own account) which includes Cape Point, Boulder’s Beach (entrance fee for own account) and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Enjoy dinner at the hotel or a restaurant in town (own account).

Overnight at La Splendida Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 3 | Monday

CAPE TOWN to STELLENBOSCH via CAPE WINELANDS (±100km)

After breakfast the tour travels northeast to Stellenbosch via the Cape Winelands. Guests travel to the town of Paarl, South Africa’s third oldest town. At Paarl Rock, the second largest granite projection on the planet, guests visit the Afrikaanse Taalmonument (Afrikaans Language Monument) and learn more about the museum. Stop for lunch and wine tasting (both own account) at one of the many wine farms in Paarl. Journey into the heart of the Winelands and arrive at the university town of Stellenbosch. Embark on a walking tour of Stellenbosch which includes the town’s historic sites and colonial Cape Dutch architecture. These structures are some of the country’s oldest buildings. Check in at the hotel and enjoy time at leisure before drinks and dinner (own account) at one of the hotel’s restaurants.

Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch or similar – Breakfast.

Day 4 | Tuesday

STELLENBOSCH to OUDTSHOORN via ROUTE 62 (±410km)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing Stellenbosch en route to Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo, via the scenically-attractive Route 62. Enjoy a cheese and wine pairing followed by a cellar tour at an estate in the Robertson wine valley. Savour lunch en route (own account). Spend the late afternoon and evening at leisure. Enjoy dinner and big-sky hospitality (own account).

Overnight at De Zeekoe Guest Farm or similar – Breakfast.

Day 5 | Wednesday

OUDTSHOORN to KNYSNA via CANGO CAVES (±160km)

After breakfast, guests journey south via the Outeniqua Pass, to Knysna. Stop outside Oudtshoorn, in the Cango Valley and discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves. Back above ground tour a nearby ostrich farm and learn an appreciation for the strich-farming industry. Enjoy lunch at the ostrich farm’s restaurant (own account). Travel southwards to Knysna via the Outeniqua Pass. This pass was constructed by prisoners of war from 1943-1951 and now bridges the semi-arid Klein Karoo and the coastal Garden Route. Stop in Wilderness to enjoy photo opportunities and sweeping views from the Map of Africa lookout point (weather permitting) before continuing on to Knysna. Savour dinner at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at The Rex Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 6 | Thursday

FULL DAY AT LEISURE in KNYSNA

Following breakfast, guests spend the day at leisure, or on optional excursions in and around Knysna. Guests can board a ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (own account, including lunch). The local tour guide will share tales about Knysna whilst guests enjoy panoramic views on board the ferry and a Unimog-drawn trailer. An optional 2.2km guided nature walk, through the forest and along the coast, is recommended. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant, a unique outdoor restaurant under a canopy of milkwood trees, on the edge of the lagoon. Spend time at leisure before dinner (own account).

Overnight at The Rex Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 7 | Friday

KNYSNA to PORT ALFRED via EASTERN GARDEN ROUTE (±410km)

After an early breakfast, the tour departs for the marina town of Port Alfred, via the Garden Route. Travel to the Storms River Mouth and experience unique views from a suspension bridge of the Tsitsikamma. Drive along the coastal road to Port Alfred, on the banks of the Kowie River, in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. The tour arrives, late afternoon, at the hotel. Guests enjoy refreshing drinks (own account) and savour local cuisine.

Overnight at The Royal St Andrews Lodge or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 8 | Saturday

PORT ALFRED to WILD COAST (±300km)

Guests enjoy an early breakfast before the tour departs for the Wild Coast. Stop for lunch en route before arriving at the quaint beach resort in the afternoon. Views from the hotel range from the stunning Wild Coast beaches to the green, lush, tropical vegetation. Guests can freshen up before dinner.

Overnight at Trennery’s Hotel or similar or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 9 | Sunday

FULL DAY AT LEISURE – WILD COAST

Guests spend the day at leisure after breakfast. They can join one or more optional activities on offer such as extreme golf, lagoon cruise, canoeing, hiking or enjoy any of the recreational hotel facilities. Visit a traditional homestead and experience authentic, local hospitality (own account). Excursions are operated by a local guide and all funds go to the community. Lunch at the hotel (own account). Enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) and a scrumptious, fresh seafood buffet.

Overnight at Trennery’s Hotel or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 10 | Monday

WILD COAST to HARDING (±380km)

Guests enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel and depart for Kokstad, via the Mthatha sites (time permitting) on the Mandela Route. The Mandela Route takes a scenic drive on the N2 Highway to Mthatha, which hosts the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum hosts a display reflecting the life and times of Mandela. Visit other prominent Mthatha sites (time permitting). Lunch en route (own account). The tour arrives at the resort, late afternoon. Guests spend the late afternoon at leisure, freshen up and dine at the hotel.

Overnight at ANEW Ingeli Forest Resort or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 11 | Tuesday

HARDING to ST LUCIA (±460km)

After an early breakfast, guests depart for St Lucia at 07h30. South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province is colloquially referred to as the Elephant Coast. This region is acclaimed for its towering mountains, the warm Indian Ocean, tropical vegetation and a myriad of animal species. Lunch en route (own account). The tour arrives at the hotel in the late afternoon. Dine at the lodge or in town (own account).

Overnight at Forest Lodge or similar – Breakfast.

Day 12 | Wednesday

ST LUCIA to SWAZILAND (±335km)

Before breakfast, guests embark on an open safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive through South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a colloquial reference roughly translated as ‘miracle and wonder’. Observe hippos, crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the estuary. Have lunch (own account) while taking in the lake-vista. The tour departs for  the Kingdom of Swaziland entering at the Lavumisa Border post. Swaziland is culturally diverse, an absolute monarchy and one of Africa’s smallest countries. The tour stops at the Swazi Candle factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the millefiori technique. Lunch en route (own account). The tour arrives at the hotel in the late afternoon. Guests spend the evening at leisure, freshen up and dine at the hotel or in town (own account).

Overnight at Mantenga Lodge or similar – Breakfast.

NOTE: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland guests must ensure they are in possession of a valid passport and for nationals of certain countries, multi-entry visa terms and conditions apply.

Day 13 | Thursday

SWAZILAND to HAZYVIEW via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±250km)

Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel. The tour exits Swaziland at the Jeppe’s Reef border post and arrives at the Kruger National Park’s Malelane Gate. Guests enjoy a guided game drive through the Kruger National Park to Hazyview. The Kruger National Park, forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Lunch (own account) in one of the park’s rest camps before continuing to Hazyview, the gateway to the spectacular Panorama Escarpment. Arrive at the hotel and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.

Overnight at Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 14 | Friday

FULL DAY IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±250km)

After an early breakfast, guests spend the day exploring the Kruger National Park. They will board a closed vehicle for a guided game drive in Kruger and see Africa’s iconic mega-fauna and endemic birdlife. The tour stops at one of the park’s rest camps for lunch (own account). An optional full day safari in an open safari vehicle is available (own account and excluding lunch). Guests exit Kruger National Park, late afternoon and return to the hotel to freshen up and enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) before dinner.

Overnight at Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 15 | Saturday

HAZYVIEW to JOHANNESBURG via PANORAMA ROUTE (±500km)

After breakfast, guests travel to Johannesburg via the scenic Panorama Route. Wonder View, the highest viewpoint on this route, is at the start of this day’s trip on the Panorama Route. The tour visits Bourke’s Luck Potholes and stops at the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels, the world’s largest green canyon. These sites are included in the country’s list of natural marvels. Guest stop for lunch (own account) en route. The tour arrives in Johannesburg, late afternoon. Spend the evening at leisure. Guests dine at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika or similar – Breakfast.

Day 16 | Sunday

DAY OF DEPARTURE– MORNING AT LEISURE in JOHANNESBURG

Guests spend the day at leisure or alternatively join a Soweto morning tour (own account and excluding lunch). Soweto is the most metropolitan township in South Africa and the leader in politics, music, fashion, and popular culture. Enjoy lunch (own arrangement and own expense). Transfer to the airport is by own arrangement and expense.

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OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES EN ROUTE

  • Afternoon tour of Cape Town and Table Mountain
  • Full day tour of Cape Point and Boulders penguin colony. Midday Featherbed Nature Reserve eco experience including lunch in Knysna
  • Wild Coast activities
  • Xhosa home visit tour and hiking excursion
  • Full day game drive in an open safari vehicle in the Kruger National Park
  • Morning tour of Soweto

ADDITIONAL TOURING OPTIONS

PRIVATE TOUR: Itinerary available on a private basis departing on selected days. On request and subject to availability (not available on Freesale). Departure on any other day is subject to availability and a surcharge may apply. Public attractions will not be private. Other language tour guides available on request.

SELF-DRIVE TOUR: Itinerary (excluding entrance fees and excursions) available on a self-drive basis departing on selected days. On request and subject to availability (not available on Freesale). Departure on any other day is subject to availability and a surcharge may apply.

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