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South African Essentials

13 Days

Durban to Cape Town

ESSENTIALS SCHEDULED GUIDED TOUR
TIRB

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Discover all the best of South Africa, from finding the ‘Big 5’ in the Kruger National Park, to the Winelands of the Cape. In between, explore iSimangaliso Wetland Park, as well as the beauty of the Garden Route.

South African Essentials TIRB
Languages English and German
Departure days Mondays
Departure locations Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika ±13h00
Vehicle Luxury sedan, minibus or coach
Group size 2-30 guests
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.

Accommodation 3 and 4-star hotels
Meals 12 breakfasts and 2 dinners
Entrance Fees
Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Wonder View, Kruger National Park conservation fee, Garden Route National Park conservation fee (Storms River Bridge)
Excursions
River cruise at Royal St Andrews
Optional excursions
en route
Ostrich farm tractor tour Cango Caves
Cheese and wine pairing, cellar tour
Full day tour of Cape Point
Morning tour of Cape Town City and Table Mountain
Optional excursion package: Not sold separately. Full day game drive in an open safari vehicle in the Kruger
National Park on day 3 | Ostrich farm tractor tour | Cango Caves | Full day tour of Cape Point

 English Departure Dates 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
12,26 10 28 11,25 11,25 8,22 20 17 22 12,26 9,23 14,28

German Departure Dates 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
5,19 3 14 4,18 4,18 1,15 6 3 8 5,18 2,16 7,21
  • ‘Big 5’ game viewing
  • Kruger National Park
  • iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
  • See and hear Mandela’s story
  • Wild Coast scenery and villages
  • Cape Winelands
  • Cape Point

Day 1 | Monday

DAY OF ARRIVAL (±30km)

Guests enjoy the day at leisure or alternatively take an optional, guided afternoon city tour of Johannesburg (own account). Experience the City of Gold and its historic and modern significance. Return to the hotel late afternoon. Guests are met by the tour guide for a tour briefing at 18h30. Guests enjoy dinner (own account) either at the hotel or at one of the many restaurants in Sandton.

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

NOTE: The transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to the hotel is not included in the package price and must be booked separately.

Day 2 | Tuesday

JOHANNESBURG to HAZYVIEW via PANORAMA ROUTE (±500km)

After breakfast, guests depart for the Panorama Route en route to Hazyview. The Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels is the world’s largest green canyon, and is the first stop along the Panorama Route. Guests visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Wonder View, the highest viewpoint on this route. Guests stop for lunch (own account) in Graskop, arriving in the late afternoon at the overnight accommodation on the fringe of Hazyview. Relax prior to a leisurely dinner (own account) at the hotel.

Overnight at Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Breakfast.

Day 3 | Wednesday

FULL DAY IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±250km)

Leaving the hotel after an early breakfast, guests travel to the iconic Kruger National Park. They enjoy a guided closed vehicle game drive. The Kruger National Park supports a staggering variety of fauna and flora including some bird species rare and endemic to the area. Enjoy lunch (own account) at one of the park’s rest camps, before continuing on the bush adventure. An optional full day safari in an open safari vehicle is available (own account and excluding lunch).Guests exit the Kruger National Park and head back to the hotel to freshen up and enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) before dinner (own account).

Overnight at Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Breakfast.

Day 4 | Thursday

HAZYVIEW to MALELANE via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±200km)

Guests enjoy an early breakfast before spending a second day on a guided closed vehicle game drive in the Kruger National Park. An optional full day safari in an open safari vehicle is available (own account and excluding lunch). Guests spend the day finding the ‘Big 5’ and many of the fauna and flora. Lunch (own account) at one of the park’s rest camps. Exit the park at Malelane Gate. They arrive in the late afternoon at the overnight accommodation, situated on the border of the famous park. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) on the deck overlooking the Crocodile River, before dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Pestana Kruger Lodge or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 5 | Friday

MALELANE to HLUHLUWE via SWAZILAND (±420km)

Guests depart the hotel after an early breakfast and travel to Hluhluwe via the Kingdom of Swaziland. Ezulwini Valley is commonly known as the ‘Valley of Heaven’ and contains a number of notable wildlife sanctuaries and craft markets. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route. Guests re-enter South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal en route to Hluhluwe. Arrive early evening at the lodge in time for dinner (own account).

Overnight at ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris or similar – Breakfast.

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

Day 6 | Saturday

HLUHLUWE to PORT EDWARD via ST LUCIA (±480km)

After breakfast, the tour heads for St Lucia, where guests can enjoy a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (own account). View rare wildlife and birdlife, mangrove swamps and vegetated sand dunes that make for an interesting and educational cruise. The tour departs for Port Edward on the South Coast, with lunch en route (own account). Enjoy dinner out (own account) at one of the many resort’s restaurants.

Overnight at Wild Coast Sun or similar – Breakfast.

NOTE: The vehicle may be required to drop-off and/or collect guests at a hotel in Umhlanga and in Durban

Day 7 | Sunday

PORT EDWARD to MTHATHA (±280km)

Guests enjoy the morning at leisure before departing for Mthatha, stopping for lunch en route (own account). The Mandela Route takes a scenic drive on the N2 highway to Mthatha. Once in Mthatha, guests can follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, a South African icon. Arriving at the hotel in the late afternoon, guests freshen up before enjoying dinner at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at Hotel Savoy or similar – Breakfast.

Day 8 | Monday

MTHATHA to PORT ALFRED (±365km)

Guests enjoy an early breakfast and depart from Mthatha to the marina town of Port Alfred via Qunu, where Nelson Mandela was laid to rest and is still recognised as his family home. Guests continue south and enjoy lunch en route (own account), and arrive late afternoon at the hotel in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy refreshing drinks (own account) before savouring the delightful local cuisine.

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

Day 9 | Tuesday

PORT ALFRED to PLETTENBERG BAY via EASTERN GARDEN ROUTE
(±380km)

After an early breakfast, guests enjoy a boat cruise (weather permitting) along the scenic Kowie River before travelling inland along the Garden Route. The Garden Route derives its name from the ecologically diverse vegetation of the area found between the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma mountains. Guests enjoy lunch in Tsitsikamma (own account) and take a short walk to the suspension bridge of the Storms River Mouth. Guests arrive at the hotel in Keurboomstrand and enjoy time at leisure. Guests enjoy the ocean’s ambience and dine at the resort’s restaurant (own account).

Overnight at The Dunes Hotel & Resort or similar – Breakfast.

NOTE: The vehicle may be required to collect guests at a Port Elizabeth hotel.

Day 10 | Wednesday

PLETTENBERG BAY to OUDTSHOORN via CANGO CAVES (±160km)

After a hearty breakfast, guests depart for Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, via Knysna. This morning’s excursion gives guests the opportunity to photograph the Knysna Lagoon and the Knysna Heads.Travelling inland to the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn, driving over the Outeniqua Pass, the tour arrives in time for lunch (own account) at an ostrich farm on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, where a tractor tour (own account) introduces guests to the ostrich industry. In the Cango Valley guests discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves (own account). Arriving at the hotel, guests enjoy the afternoon at leisure, and have the opportunity to explore the charming country setting and enjoy dinner (own account).

Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Riempie Estate or similar – Breakfast.

Day 11 | Thursday

OUDTSHOORN to CAPE TOWN via CAPE WINELANDS (±450km)

After breakfast, the tour journeys westwards, along Route 62 and via the Cape Winelands, to Cape Town. Route 62 is an iconic route with intoxicating and ever-changing landscapes and is possibly the world’s longest wine route. Lunch en route (own account). Guests visit a wine estate for a cheese and wine pairing followed by a guided cellar tour in the Robertson wine valley (own account). Arrive at their hotel in Cape Town. This evening’s dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel (own account), or one of the many world class restaurants located in close proximity to the hotel.

Overnight at StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl or similar – Breakfast.

Day 12 | Friday

FULL DAY AT LEISURE in CAPE TOWN

Cape Town boasts a smorgasbord of delights, including an impressive mountain range, an inviting night life, extensive shopping venues, world-class art and cultural events. After breakfast, guests spend the morning at leisure discovering the Mother City or join an optional, guided full day Cape Point tour (own account) including Cape Point, Boulder’s Beach (entrance fee for own account) and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Dine out or at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl or similar – Breakfast.

Day 13 | Saturday

DAY OF DEPARTURE – MORNING AT LEISURE in CAPE TOWN

Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel before spending the last day of the tour at leisure. Guests can select an optional Table Mountain and City Tour (own account). Table Mountain is a unique conservation area and affords its visitors the best views of Cape Town. Guests can enjoy the revolving cable car ride up the mountain (own account and weather permitting). The tour continues through the Malay Quarter, city centre and Company Gardens and time permitting, the Castle of Good Hope.

NOTE: The transfer to Cape Town International Airport is not included in the package price and must be booked separately.

MODULAR TOURS

The South African Essentials Tour | TIRB, is a 13 day modular coach tour from Johannesburg to Cape Town
  • The vehicle may be required to drop-off and/or collect guests on day 6 at Umhlanga/Durban hotels
  • The vehicle may be required to collect guests on day 9 at a Port Elizabeth hotel

TIRB
Day 1 to 13 | JNB to CPT

TISD 04
Day 1 to 6 | JNB to DUR
Drop-off in Umhlanga / Durban en route to Port Edward

TISD 11
Day 6 to 13 | DUR to CPT
Pick-up in Umhlanga / Durban en route to Port Edward

TISD 20
Day 9 to 11 | PE to CPT
Pick-up in PE en route to Plettenberg Bay

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RECOMMENDED PRE/POST ACCOMMODATION

Guests booking the modular tours are advised to book pre-and/or post nights

  • Johannesburg | Not required as the tour package includes a night at Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika
  • Umhlanga | Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga
  • Durban | Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward
  • Port Elizabeth | Protea Hotel by Marriott Marine
  • Cape Town I Not required as the tour package includes 2 nights in Cape Town

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