South Africa | Highlights of South Africa w/ Swaziland

10 days | 9 nights
TYPOLOGIES

Private Tour

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. TRAVELERS

6 Passengers

$ 2499

Amazing Experience

Experience South Africa like never before on this comprehensive journey! You will be explorer  Cape Town, Montagu, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Durban, and enjoy a game drive in the fascinating Zulu Nyala private Reserve, Swaziland.

Your unforgettable odyssey comes to an end in the gorgeous metropolis of Johannesburg.

What's Included

Arrival and departures transfers
4 nights in Cape Town at Holiday Inn Express Cape Town or similar
1 night in Region Hluhluwe at Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge or similar
2 nights in Hazyview at Sanbonani Resort & Spa or similar
1 night in Eswatini at Mountain Inn or similar
1 night in Region Sabie at Misty Mountain or similar
19 Meals: 9 breakfast, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Visit Robben Island
Cape Town City Tour
Ascend Table Mountain
Visit Hout Bay
Visit Seal Island
Visit Simons Town
Visit Boulders Beach
Visit Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Visit Cape Winelands including Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
1 full-day game drives in Kruger National Park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle with professional ranger
Afternoon cruise on St.Lucia Estuary
Visit Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
Visit Swazi Market
Visit Blyde River Canyon
Visit Mandela House
Lunch in a local shebeen
Visit Soweto
English-speaking registered South African Tourism Board guide
Porterage at airports and hotels
Restaurant tips
15% VAT and 1% tourism levy on accommodation

Services NOT included

Domestic flight: Cape Town - Durban
Any beverages
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses

Day by Day

Please Note While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.[/vc_column_text]

Day 1 | Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will meet one of our representatives who will assist you in being transferred to your hotel. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

| Overnight Cape Town

Day 2 |Cape Town and Table Mountain

After breakfast, meet with your local guide to discover Cape Town and Robben Island today.

The first stop today is Robben Island. The boat cruise to Robben Island is approximately 50 minutes. Upon arrival on the island, you will have a guided tour of the prison and the island.  The island has been declared a National Heritage Site. It is here where, amongst others, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, and Govan Mbeki were incarcerated for a number of years. Visitors will visit the cell of former President Nelson Mandela. On this tour, you will also pass by a penguin colony.

Lunch is not included – enjoy a nice meal at your own expense. 

Continue with an orientation tour of the city center including a drive by the Houses of Parliament, The Castle (the oldest building in South Africa), the old Malay Quarter, known as the Bo-Kaap, and will take a walk through the Company Gardens.

On the orientation tour, you will also visit the Slave Lodge, which is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town,  and the St. Georges Cathedral.

We will continue with a visit to Table Mountain – this excursion usually takes about 2 hours. Ascend Table Mountain via cable car for the most panoramic views of the city, the Atlantic Ocean, and Robben Island.  The Table Mountain range has about 1,400 species of flowers, and is also home to the rock hyrax, a furry little creature often found on the rocks, basking in the sun.   

Note: Visit to Table Mountain is weather dependent. Should the excursion not be possible, it will be moved to the following day, or the day after, depending on the weather.

Afterward, return to your hotel for overnight.

| Overnight in Cape Town

|  Breakfast

Day 3 |Cape Peninsula

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the Atlantic Coastline passing the areas called Sea Point, Clifton, and Camps Bay before arriving in Hout Bay, a small fishing village, dominated by the scenic Chapman’s Peak Pass.  Hout Bay is one of the most beautiful and popular places on the Cape Peninsula and is a highlight of any holiday in South Africa. The fishing village of Hout Bay was probably established in about 1867 when a German immigrant, Jacob Trautmann, began to farm and fish in the area. Starting with a boat cruise from Hout Bay to view the seals at Seal Island, where you will see thousands of Cape Fur Seals basking on the rocks, or frolicking in the cold Atlantic Ocean.  Return to the harbor and browse the local craft market.

Stop at The Original T-BAG Designs, originated with the desire to improve the daily quality of impoverished South Africans, Original Tea Bag Designs produces a range of high quality, innovative, handmade products. Continue via the False Bay coastline to Simon’s Town,  which is home to the South African Navy. It is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. For more than two centuries it has been an important naval base and harbor. The town is named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony. The beautiful Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town’s most visited beaches and the only place in the world where you get close to African Penguins Lunch at leisure. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The area has been declared a National World Heritage Site and abounds with buck, baboons and Cape Zebra, as well as over 50 species of birds. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 meters above the sea cut into the ocean but that is not its sole allure; many visitors are drawn to the area because of its rich maritime history. Named the ‘Cape of Storms’ by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488; the ‘Point’ was treated with respect by sailors for centuries. Fog, as well as violent storms and dangerous rocks, have caused that over the centuries shipwrecks have dotted the coastline. Visit the lighthouse first completed in 1859; it still stands at 249 meters above sea-level and offers a magnificent view.

At the end of the afternoon, we will return to Cape Town. Dinner at leisure.

| Overnight in Capetown

|  Breakfast

Day 4 | Cape Winelands

Breakfast at your hotel. Depart to Stellenbosch, the Stellenbosch Wine Route was the first wine route to have been developed 40 years ago. The town is currently surrounded by approximately 100,000 hectares of vineyards. The wines of the Cape have a worldwide reputation for quality. It is in this region where you will see various examples of Cape Dutch architecture and about 60 of these houses have been declared national monuments. Stellenbosch is also a well-known University Town.

Visit the Seven Sisters Vineyard (subject to availability); The Seven Sisters wine brand evolved from its association with the seven Brutus sisters of Paternoster. The Brutus family lived in a small fishing village on the western coast. The Brutus sisters and their baby brother left the tranquillity of their sleepy town at a very early age when the family was evicted from their home. They yearned to return but were not able to do so give the unfavorable circumstances of the time.

Continue to the town of Stellenbosch where you will have some free time for shopping and enjoy lunch at your own expense.
Following lunch, travel to Franschhoek – this area was settled by the French Huguenots in 1689 and this Valley of the Vignerons is also known for its quality wines and beautiful scenery. You will have some leisure time in this small village for shopping.

| Overnight in Hazyview

|  Breakfast

Day 5 | Cape Town – Durban – Hluhluwe region

Enjoy an early breakfast and check-out of the hotel for your transfer to Cape Town Airport (Flight not included).

Upon arrival at King Shaka International Airport, continue north towards Maputaland, passing by sugar cane fields, eucalyptus, and pine plantations. Lunch will be provided.

Enjoy an afternoon cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (subject to timing of  CPT / DUR flight). The estuary leads to the sea and is a popular habitat for crocodiles and hippos.

| Overnight in Hluhluwe 

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 | Hluhluwe region - Eswatini (ex-Swaziland)

Enjoy an early morning game drive in an open 4 x 4 vehicle with a professional range in Zulu Nyala’s private game reserve. Return to the lodge and enjoy breakfast.

Continue by road, entering the King of Eswatini (ex-Swaziland), an independent country, ruled by King Mswati III, crowned in April 1986. Eswatini has maintained its cultural traditions and although English is widely spoken, the dominant language is Siswati. Many of its local inhabitants still consult with an Inyanga, a witch doctor, to ward away evil spirits, or with a “ Sangoma, who is mostly consulted for health reasons. Stop en route and visit the popular Candle Factory, known throughout Swaziland, for its variety of candles, in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Lunch will be provided. Continue to Mbabane, capital of Swaziland, and visit the Swazi Market with its locally produced products if time permits.

We will return to your hotel for dinner.

| Overnight in Eswatini 

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 | Eswatini (ex-Swaziland) – Kruger

Breakfast at your hotel.

Today, we will travel through an area called Piggs Peak, named after William Pigg, a prospector who found gold at this location. Mining took place from 1889 – 1954 but currently only timber is being produced for use in the construction industry. Continue with a visit to the Ngwenya Glass factory, known for its beautiful glass ornaments, glasses, and souvenirs (time permitting / factory is closed Saturdays & Sundays, but the souvenir shop is open).

Return to South Africa at the Jeppe’s Reef border post. Enjoy a tour of a local Swazi village and learn about the Swazi customs. You will visit a typical hut, and experience a dancing performance which will have you tapping your feet. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant before continuing to Hazyview.

Check-in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner will be served at your hotel. 

| Overnight in Hluhluwe 

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 | Kruger Park

Depart the lodge early morning for a full day game drive in the Kruger National Park. Packed breakfasts will be arranged with the lodge. Enter the Kruger National Park at the Numbi Gate or Phabeni Gate; transfer onto open vehicle 4 x 4 safari vehicles and enjoy a game drive with a professional ranger. This reserve was created by former President Paul Kruger in 1898 as a sanctuary for animals, which currently comprise about 450 different birds, 106 different types of mammals, i.e. elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, hippo’s, kudu, impala, and lion.  The park is about 220 miles long and 37 miles wide, but there is every chance of seeing the Big 5, i.e. Lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. Lunch at leisure. Continue safari game drive in open vehicle At the end of the afternoon, we wil exit the park and return to the lodge. 

Enjoy a buffet dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Hazyview

|  Breakfast,  Dinner

Day 9 | Kruger Park - Panorama route - Region Sabie

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

Today, we will depart to hotel and enjoy the view of the Drakensberg mountains in the distance. If the weather allows, we will stop at God’s Window, just outside Graskop, for a panoramic view across the valley. On a clear day, one can see as far as the Mozambique border. Continue towards Bourke’s Luck Potholes where paths and footbridges take visitors to view the 900 meter deep holes of cylindrical forms formed by fluvial erosion and floods. The Blyde River Canyon, with its spectacular gorge, is 26 km long and the 3 Rondavels are rocky massifs which look like traditional Zulu huts.

Following lunch, continue to Pilgrims Rest. This small village has been renovated in the style of the gold rush around 1870 when pioneers tried to find their fortunes in gold. Before departing the area, attend a demonstration as to how gold was panned for in the old days and then have a look around the various shops and crafts on display in Pilgrim’s Rest.

We will continue to the small town of Sabie to check-in to your hotel. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

| Overnight in Sabie

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 | Region Sabie – SOWETO – Johannesburg

Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for Soweto. South of Johannesburg is Soweto, a city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system. Soweto is inhabited by over two million people, with homes ranging from extravagant mansions to makeshift shacks. It boasts one of the largest hospitals on the continent and the only African-owned private clinic.

Enjoy a farewell lunch at a local shebeen (restaurant). Chez Alina is a multi-award winning restaurant based in Dobsonville Soweto, boasting its unique, authentic and homely environment in which guests enjoy their meals. Chez Alina is still a home, turned into a Restaurant and there is still a family living there consisting of 4 generations.

Continue with an orientation tour will include a visit to Mandela House. This is the house in which former President Nelson Mandela lived with his first two wives from 1946 to 1961, i.e. before his arrest. The house which is now a museum still has many of Mr. Mandela’s personal photographs and possessions.
Continue the journey to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, arriving on time for the international flight home.

Note: Ensure to book your flight for a departure of 6 PM or later to avoid disruption with today’s planned activity.

|  Breakfast, Lunch

RATES & DATES

Victoria Falls Extension

Package Add-on | Minimum of 2 passengers

Victoria Falls, locally nicknamed “Vic Falls” is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. Declared World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls – and most of the town of Victoria Falls – are part of a National Park Mosi-Oa-Tunya, bordering the Zambezi National Park 573 km ².

Included

1 night in Johannesburg at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport or similar
 Complimentary hotel shuttle to JNB
Arrival and departure transfers in Victoria Falls
2 nights in Victoria Falls at A'Zambezi River Lodge or similar
Dinner cruise on Zambezi River
Guided tour of Victoria Falls
Traditional boma dinner
Daily breakfast

Not Included

Flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe Visa entry fees ($30 per person)
Any optional excursions
Any beverages
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses

Extension Details

This package can be added on to any listed departure, click the days below for details

Day 10 | Johannesburg

Finish with last day of your South African program.

At the end of the day, you will be transferred to your Johannesburg hotel for dinner and overnight.

| Overnight in Johannesburg

| Dinner

Day 11 | Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

Following breakfast at your hotel, take the complimentary hotel shuttle to OR Tambo Johannesburg Airport for your flight (flight not included, to be booked by agent).
At the airport, a local representative with check-in for your flight to Victoria Falls.

Flight to Victoria Falls in not included

Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, proceed to collect your luggage then go through customs.
Meet with your local English-speaking guide who will transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Zambezi River where boat sightings of elephants, giraffes, and even rhinos are common.

Return to the hotel.

| Overnight in Victoria Falls

| Breakfast, Dinner

Pilanesberg Extension

Package Add-on | Minimum of 2 passengers

Pilanesberg National Park, or Pilanesberg Game Reserve as it is often called, is located in the Bojanala Region, within the North West Province and relatively near Johannesburg. With an area of 550km², it is the fourth largest park in South Africa. The volcano crater in which the park is situated erupted 1300 million years ago. Pilanesberg was originally owned by 3 of the local tribes. Many of the Stone Age and Iron Age sites around the reserve show proof of the presence of man.

Included

1 night in Johannesburg at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport or similar
2 nights in Pilanesberg National Park at Bakubung Bush Lodge or similar
3 4x4 Game Drives
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
English-speaking South African Tourism Board registered guide
Porterage at airports and hotels
Restaurant tips
15% VAT and 1% tourism levy on accommodation 

Not Included

Any optional excursions
Any beverages
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses

Extension Details

This package can be added on to any listed departure 

Day 10 | Johannesburg

Finish with last day of your South African program.

At the end of the day, you will be transferred to your Johannesburg hotel for dinner and overnight.

| Overnight in Johannesburg
|  Dinner

Day 11 | Johannesburg - Pilanesberg

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Pilanesberg lodge with an English driver on a 2-hour ride (no guide included).

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to the Sun City Complex. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the Park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa (it is in fact the fourth largest park) and covers an area of 55 000 hectare. The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam.

Upon arrival at the lodge, check-in and enjoy lunch.

Depart for your first game drive in a 4×4 vehicle. Typically by the end of the afternoon is when the animals are on their way to the waterholes to drink.

Return to the lodge in time for dinner.

| Overnight in Pilanesberg

|  Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 | Pilanesberg

Embark on an early morning game drive before breakfast.

Return for breakfast and enjoy the rest of your morning at leisure.

Lunch will be served at the lodge.

Depart for a afternoon game drive in a 4×4 vehicle.

Return to the lodge in time for dinner.

| Overnight in Pilanesberg National Park

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 | Pilanesberg - Johannesburg - Departure

Embark on an early morning game drive before breakfast.

Return for breakfast and enjoy the rest of your morning at leisure.

Official hotel check-out: 10:00 am

Depending on your departure flight, you will be transferred to O.R. Tambo International Airport at the appropriate time.

|  Breakfast