South Africa: Highlights of South Africa and Swaziland with Safari
Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.
Upon your arrival in Cape Town, you will be met by our representative that will transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
Following breakfast, you will begin a city tour to Cape Town. The city was originally established as a refreshment station in 1652 for the trade between Europe and the Far East. This morning you will be taken on orientation tour of the city center, which will include a drive by the Houses of Parliament, The Castle (oldest building in South Africa), the old Malay Quarter (known as the Bo-Kaap), will take a walk through the Company Gardens, and visit the South African Museum. Lunch will be at leisure and in the afternoon the group will ascend Table Mountain by cable car. (Visit is weather dependent; should excursion not be possible, it will be moved to the following day, or the daywhen weather permits). Afterwards, enjoy some time at leisure. Return to hotel for overnight.
After breakfast, you will depart your hotel and enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, starting with a boat cruise from Hout Bay to view the seals at Seal Island. Continue via the scenic Chapmans Peak pass to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Visit the most south-westerly tip of Africa. Continue towards the False Bay coastline to Simon’s Town and enjoy lunch on your own. You will visit the breeding colony of Jackass Penguins and return to the hotel after a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in the afternoon. In the late afternoon, you will return to the hotel to enjoy on your own time some shopping. Experience the city’s nightlife at your own pace.
After breakfast, you will depart for a visit to the Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch is in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Visit the Village Museum and do a short walking tour in the town, which also houses the University of Stellenbosch. Visit a boutique or larger winery and enjoy 1 wine tasting. Continue over the scenic Helshoogte Pass to Franschhoek, situated in the “Valley of the Vignerons” and settled by the French Huguenots in the 16th Century. Driving time from Stellenbosch about 20 mins Enjoy lunch at one of the many gourmet restaurants which line the main street of the town at your own expense. Visit the Huguenot Museum and afterward, return to your hotel.
Following an early breakfast, transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Durban (flight not included, to be booked by agent). Upon arrival at King Shaka International Airport, enjoy a Durban city tour and visit the Indian Market (closed on Sundays) as well as the Golden Mile which is situated along Durban's beachfront. Durban has about 1 million inhabitants and has the biggest harbor in South Africa. The majority of the population is of Indian origin, hence the number of temples and mosques, as well as shops specializing in Indian products. Lunch en route. Continue north towards Maputaland, passing by sugar cane fields, eucalyptus and pine plantations. The Zulu tribe settled in this region at the beginning of the 17th century. They planted grain which was brought to them by Portuguese traders and hunted the local wild animal population. Elephants were very common in this region and were sought after for their ivory. Enjoy a Boma dinner under the African Sky, and enjoy a performance by Zulu Dancers (weather permitting).
Enjoy an early morning game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle with a professional ranger in Zulu Nyala’s private game reserve. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel for breakfast. Continue to Swaziland, an independent country that is ruled by Mswati III. Swaziland 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. Continue to Mbabane, capital of Swaziland, and visit the Swazi Market with its locally produced products if time permits. Dinner will be served at your hotel.
Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel. Travel through 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. Visit 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, learn about the Swazi customs. Visit a typical hut, and experience a dancing performance which will have you tapping your feet. Following lunch, continue towards Malelane for check-in at your lodge. Enjoy the bush views in every direction and listen to the stillness of this wonderful African wilderness. Dinner is served on return from the late afternoon game drive.
Depart the lodge and enter the Kruger National Park. Enjoy a half day game drive on an open 4 x 4 safari vehicles and enjoy a game drive with a professional ranger. Breakfast will be at one of the rest camps in the Kruger. Kruger Park 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, ie 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, ie Lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. Return in time for lunch at the lodge. After lunch, enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner is served at the lodge. You will often hear the lions roar in the distance while enjoying your supper.
Begin your morning with breakfast at your hotel. Depart and enjoy the view of the Drakensberg mountains in the distance. If weather-permitting, stop at God’s Window just outside Graskop for a panoramic view across the valley, and 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. Lunch en route. Continue to Pilgrim's 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. Continue to the small town of Graskop.
After breakfast, you will check-out and depart by coach for Soweto. Soweto is 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. Soweto was created in the 1930s with Orlando being the first township which was established. Enjoy lunch at a local shebeen. Visit the Nelson Mandela House and the Hector Petersen Memorial & Museum. The Hector Petersen Memorial & Museum commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid. The two commemorative sites are just a few blocks from where 12-year-old Hector Pieterson was shot in 1976. You will go on a Soweto orientation tour. Continue the journey to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, arriving on time for the international flight home.
• Meet and greet at airport
• Arrival and departure transfers
• 4 nights in Cape Town at AHA Inn on the Square Hotel or similar
• 1 night in Hluhluwe at Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge or similar
• 1 night in Mbabane at Mountain Inn Hotel or similar
• 2 nights in Kwa Madwala Private Reserve at Manyatta Rock Camp or similar
• 1 night in Graskop at Graskop Hotel or similar
• 20 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners
• Visit of Table Mountain
• Visit the South African Museum
• Day excursion to the Cape Peninsula
• Boat cruise from Houtbay Harbor to Seal Island
• Day visit of the Cape Winelands
• Visit a world-famous wine region on Stellenbosch Wine Route
• Visit Franschhoek
• City tour of Durban
• Visit a Swazi Village
• Visit the Swazi Market
• Visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory
• 2-afternoon wilderness drives at Kwa Madwala Private Reserve
• Half-day game drive in 4×4 vehicle in Kruger National Park
• Visit Pilgrim’s Rest and Graskop
• Visit Soweto
• Visit Nelson Mandela House
• Visit the Hector Petersen Memorial & Museum
• Enjoy lunch at a local shebeen
• All entrances and excursions as per the program
• An English-speaking South African Tourism Board registered guide
• Porterage at airports and hotels
• Restaurant tips
• Luxury Coach with air-conditioning
• 14% VAT and 1% tourism levy on accommodation
• Domestic flight from Cape Town to Durban
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