04 Aug 2018 • 16 Day South African Explorer • Fly & Tour Package • Solo Traveller Only Tour

  • Pricing

    per person  –  $7,565


     Inclusions

    • Economy class airfares including taxes
    • Private single rooms in quality accommodation
    • Meals as per itinerary 13 Breakfasts/ 5 Lunches/ 13 Dinners
    • Sightseeing tours and transfers as per itinerary
    • Tour Escort – travels with group from/to Brisbane
    • Local English speaking Tour Director and Driver

  • Itinerary2018-01-04

    Saturday, 04 August – Sunday 05 August 2018 – Brisbane – Cape Town via Singapore & Johannesburg 

    Today we will meet our tour escort and fellow travellers at Brisbane Domestic Airport for our flights to Cape Town – D

    On arrival Sunday morning at Cape Town International Airport we will be met by our tour director who will accompany us to the awaiting vehicle to take us to our hotel. 

    There will be plenty of time to relax before we join together for our Welcome Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

    Hotel – Sunsquare Cape Town Hotel

    Monday, 06 August 2018 – Cape Town

    After breakfast we will commence a Half Day City & Table Mountain tour

    Weather permitting, this tour starts with an exciting ride on the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain. After
    our descent we will tour the cosmopolitan centre of the city passing through the colourful Malay quarter, known as
    the Bo-Kaap, and visiting the Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope (time permitting) and Diamond Works. 

    We will return to the hotel around lunchtime and have the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. 

    We’ll meet early evening for dinner in the hotel.  B-D

    Hotel – Sunsquare Cape Town Hotel

    Tuesday, 07 August 2018 – Cape Town

    Today is a full day at leisure. After breakfast take some time to relax or shop for souvenirs along the waterfront.

    Our tour escort will advise of their plans for the day which are optional for you to join in, or you may wish to simply have some “you” time, the choice is yours. 

    Tonight we will enjoy vibrant, eclectic Pan-African experience at GOLD Restaurant. It offers a night of opulent feasting with a unique bouquet of live entertainment in a mystical African setting of trees and tents in an inner city courtyard steeped in ancient history and GOLD.  B-D

    Hotel – Sunsquare Cape Town Hotel

    Wednesday, 08 August 2018 – Cape Town – Stellenbosch

    This morning after breakfast we will enjoy a full day Cape Winelands tour in a historic town with an elegant mix of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings exuding a modern vibrancy. 

    The Cape Winelands consists of several wine growing regions producing a large variety of wines, using various methods of viticulture. These regions include Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. The Wine Route was developed in the early 1970’s and allows visitors entrance into selected Private Estates to taste wines and visit cellars.

    At the end of the day we will arrive at our hotel in Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is surrounded by many top quality private wine estates and is the hub of the wine industry in the Western Cape.

    We’ll meet this evening and be taken to a local restaurant for dinner. 

    Hotel – Stellenbosch Hotel

    Thursday, 09 August 2018 – Stellenbosch – Oudtshoorn

    After a delicious breakfast, we begin to travel the Garden Route to Oudtshoorn

    Oudtshoorn is famous for its ostriches and the magnificent Cango Caves. Located along the renowned Route 62, which takes motorists past one awe-inspiring sight after another, Oudtshoorn is known as the Ostrich Capital of the World: these huge birds are almost as common as people in this charming town. Other than ostriches and the wonderful feathers and meat they provide, the Oudtshoorn area also boasts the spectacular Cango Caves; the largest show cave system in Africa, permeated with sparkling stalactites and stalagmites and captivating rock formations.

    We will visit the Safari Ostrich Farm, home to the quirky ostrich, including the Kenyan Red and Zimbabwe Blue species. A guided tour of the farm allows us to view the birds, watch chicks hatching in season or footage out of season, and to stand on ostrich eggs. Our tour includes a delicious three-course lunch at the elegant on-site restaurant. 

    Later we will also visit Cango Caves, one of Africa’s most spectacular natural formations. The scenic tour, while not for the fainthearted, is a relatively gentle stroll through the caves while marvelling at their uniquely dramatic rock formations. 

    After freshening up, we’ll go out and enjoy dinner a local restaurant. B-D

    Hotel – Queens Hotel

    Friday, 10 August 2018 – Oudtshoorn – Port Elizabeth

    Today we take the ferry to Knysna’s famous Featherbed Nature Reserve. There is abundance of plant, bird and small wildlife, including the rare Blue duiker, and a variety of marine life from dolphins to seals and in season, whales. 

    Once ashore, the 2.2 km trail winds its way through Milkwood Forests up to steep sandstone cliffs overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean. On completion of the trail we will head to the restaurant set on the edge of the lagoon for a sumptuous buffet lunch

    We arrive this afternoon in Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth or PE is known as the Friendly City and the Windy City and hopefully we will get a chance to experience the former and not the latter. Port Elizabeth was established to accommodate British settlers who were bought out on a government sponsored programme to provide a buffer between the warring Cape Dutch and the Xhosa. 

    Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel’s restaurant. B-L-D

    Hotel – Garden Court Kings Beach

    Saturday, 11 August 2018 – Port Elizabeth – Durban 

    After breakfast we will be collected and transferred to Port Elizabeth Airport for our flight to Durban.

    Upon arrival at King Shaka International Airport we will be met and transferred to our hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure. We’ll meet early evening for dinner in the hotel. B-D

    Hotel – Garden Court Marine Parade     

    Sunday, 12 August 2018 – Durban – Hluhluwe

    This morning we will meet for breakfast before we are taken to a traditional village to enjoy a cultural show at Dumazulu

    Dumazulu (‘Thundering Zulu’) Lodge is located alongside a traditional village in the Hluhluwe area of Zululand. A visit to the village allows rich insights into the traditional ways of the Zulu nation. Guests can expect to get their blood racing with a traditional dancing show accompanied by tribal drumbeats, to enjoy a taste of traditional Zulu beer and learn about a variety of indigenous skills. These range from spear and shield making to basket weaving, beadwork, pot making and more. 

    We then make our way to our lodge for this evenings stay and enjoy dinner. B-L-D

    Hotel – Ubizane Wildlife Safari Lodge

    Monday, 13 August 2018 – Hluhluwe – Swaziland

    After breakfast we depart and drive to Hluhluwe on a 3 hour game drive in an open 4 x 4 game vehicle.

    The Hluhluwe region is famous for its abundance of wildlife, in particular the white rhino. Game drives are done with a trained driver and experienced guide. Hluhluwe is the oldest game reserve in the country and internationally renowned for its campaign to save the white rhino from extinction. 

    The 96-000ha reserve is home to the Big 5 and a multitude of other species including a vast array of bird species. The diverse eco-systems surrounding the reserve contribute to this abundance of wildlife; eco-systems include the St. Lucia Wetlands, Kosi Bay and bushveld. A spectacular destination and the game drive allows guests to gain insight into the eco-systems and get up close to the diversity of wildlife that live here. 

    Upon arrival into Swaziland we will check into our hotel, then have time to relax.

    We will meet and enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. B-D

    Hotel – Lugogo Sun

    Tuesday, 14 August 2018 – Swaziland – Kruger National Park 

    This morning we drive through South Africa’s Kruger National Park, world-renowned for the impressive number of species it hosts as well as the diversity of landscapes within its nearly 2 million hectares and its heritage offerings from San rock art to archaeological sites.

    The Kruger National Park was founded in 1898 by Paul Kruger to protect the region’s unique fauna and flora. It encompasses an area of almost 2 million hectares and shares borders with Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The ideal season to observe the game is during South Africa’s winter months (May to September), as the climate is moderate and the landscape dry and bleak. When the first rains fall in November the natural bush, fauna and flora flourish. During summer most of the young animals are born. 

    The Kruger National Park is widely renowned for its astonishing variety in Wildlife. Besides the “Big 5” (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and buffalo) visitors may also encounter giraffes, zebras, and a variety of antelope, warthogs and multiple bird species.

    We check into our accommodation and meet for this evening’s dinner in the Boma (weather permitting). B-D

    Hotel – Nkambeni Tented Lodge

    Wednesday 15 August – Thursday, 16 August 2018 – Kruger National Park 

    We start each morning with an early morning pick-up (05h30 – 06h00).  From there we make our way to one of the Camps in Kruger while enjoying the diversity of wildlife the Kruger has on offer. Here we will usually have breakfast (before 09h00) which is packed by our accommodation and you have a chance to browse through area – depending on which direction the drive goes. 

    From breakfast we head to a different Camp for lunch. Enroute we try to show see as much as possible – the Open Safari Vehicles are all equipped with two-way radios to enhance the experience! Lunchtime also gives us a chance to stretch our legs and enjoy the splendor of this magnificent place! 

    After lunch we make our way back to our accommodation. This includes a “comfort stop” on the way at one of the many Camps or Picnic areas inside Kruger. 

    Freshen up each night before meeting for dinner in the Boma (weather permitting). B-L-D

    Hotel – Nkambeni Tented Lodge

    Friday, 17 August 2018 –Kruger National Park – Johannesburg 

    Today we depart Kruger after breakfast and drive the scenic Panorama Route making a stop at Bourkes Luck Potholes.

    Bourke’s Luck Potholes were named after the gold digger, Tom Burke, who predicted that gold would be found in the area but never realised the rewards of his prediction. This natural water feature with its cylindrical rock sculptures amid eddies of white, yellow and dark brown water is a popular destination in the region. The massive potholes were formed by waterborne sand and rock grinding together propelled by the force of the Treur river water as it enters the Blyde River. It is a 700m walk from the Visitor’s Centre to Bourke’s Luck Potholes and it is worth lingering awhile at the centre to learn about the natural and socio-historical features of the region.

    Arriving into Johannesburg, we are taken to our hotel where we’ll freshen up before meeting for our Farewell Dinner. B-D

    Hotel – Garden Court Sandton City

    Saturday, 18 August – Sunday, 19 August 2018 – Johannesburg – Brisbane via Singapore  

    After breakfast, the morning is at leisure. 

    Once we’ve checked out we will be transferred to the airport for our flights home. B

  • Only one date available for this fly & tour package

    4 to 18 Aug 2018

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