Classic South Africa
This extraordinary journey will highlight the unbelievable diversity that South Africa has to offer covering much of the country in an affordable way.
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On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and assisted to your shuttle transfer service that will transfer you to your hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a welcome briefing on the tour and a chance to meet your fellow travellers.
his morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. There is an option to enjoy an exclusive el fresco bridge dinner, overlooking the magnificent Sabie River (optional and for own account).
We have a bright and early start to the day to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle. Open vehicle safaris are available (optional and for own account). The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares that supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure to relax. There is an option to enjoy an African dinner feast and an evening of traditional Shangaan storytelling (optional and for own account).
This morning we travel to eSwatini (Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of eSwatini and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for overnight in eSwatini (Swaziland).
This morning we journey through eSwatini (Swaziland) into Zululand. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve (optional and for own account). Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon for overnight.
Guests have the option to take a morning boat cruise (optional and for own account) on Lake St Lucia, to experience Africa’s largest estuarine system, before heading off to Durban. An orientation tour of Durban, that travels along the Golden Mile, the beachfront promenade, The Point Waterfront and harbour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city. The orientation tour concludes with a visit to the Durban Botanic Gardens before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps explore the bustling Umhlanga Beach with a stroll along the Promenade mile that buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We visit the impressive 300-foot-high Howick Falls, located in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands town of Howick. Our journey continues through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel, situated on a scenic World Heritage site, mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or enjoy fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (optional and for own account).
Enjoy a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities to be enjoyed at the Resort. There is an option to join a 4×4 tour up the spectacular Sani Pass into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (optional and for own account).
This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch (own account) outside the capital of Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.
We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. We set off heading south to the Tsitsikamma Forest.
After a leisurely breakfast, visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna mid-afternoon for check in at our hotel.
After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Albertinia to visit a well-known aloe factory. In this area, the Cape Aloe grows wild on many farms, and is still harvested in the traditional, labour-intensive way, providing a livelihood for unskilled, independent tappers. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (optional and for own account) or simply explore the city. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. Alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many pristine beaches. Overnight in Cape Town.
The Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport welcomes you to Johannesburg, the major international gateway into South Africa. Johannesburg, more commonly known as Jo’burg or Jozi, is a rapidly changing city and the vibrant heart of South Africa.
Vibrant and dynamic, Jozi has a throbbing pulse, an awesome sense of rhythm and invites you to indulge in the extravagant comfort of the Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport. Named for the O.R. Tambo International Airport which is situated a mere 1,2km away, Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo airport is the ideal destination for both the leisure and business traveller.
Hippo Hollow Country Estate is situated outside Hazyview on the Sabie River between the Drakensberg Mountains to the west and the low-lying bushveld to the west. It is the ideal destination from which to access the reserves of the Lowveld and the sights of Mpumalanga.
Hippo Hollows is only ten minutes from the Kruger National Park and the panoramic route which includes Pilgrim's Rest, Graskop, Bourkes Luck Potholes, God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon, and the many fantastic waterfalls of the escarpment is close by. Hippo Hollow Country Estate provides the ideal breakaway from the rigorous of city life. The hotel has an 'Out of Africa ' feel about it, and leaves you feeling totally relaxed and refreshed.
The Lugogo Sun hotel is one of the fine Swaziland hotels that make up the Royal Swazi Spa Valley resort . The hotel’s location takes full advantage of the tranquillity of the surrounding Ezulwini Valley, allowing guests to feel completely relaxed upon driving onto the grounds. Surrounded by nature, mountains and a host of activities and facilities make for a memorable holiday.
The hotel overlooks a sub-tropical garden and 72-par golf course landscape and numerous in-house activities, as well as external things to do you’ll never be short of things to do.
At Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, you'll discover the wild nature of Africa, rejoice in the luxury and revel in the friendly warmth of one of Africa's most welcoming hotels. Leave the modern world behind and discover the untamed beauty of Kwazulu Natal's Elephant coast and the neighboring wildlife and marine reserves – a vibrant ecosystem of unrivalled diversity. It’s a hotel that complements your travel style. Rich in natural ambience and with a distinctively African rhythm, Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris treats guests to luxurious accommodations, tantalizing cuisine and a world-class service with friendly staff who live the motto "hospitality is our game".
This 3-star paradise hotel is your gateway to golden beaches, lush surroundings and the exhilaration of holidaying in an idyllic part of South Africa. Centrally located in the heart of uMhlanga Rocks, the hotel is 18 km from King Shaka International Airport. If you want stunning views overlooking the KwaZulu-Natal coast, look no further than Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Umhlanga . Conveniently situated minutes from the protected beach and 10 minutes from Durban, the hotel offers friendly service, comfortable accommodations, along with a relaxing rooftop sun deck and plunge pool. Most of the hotel's 120 modern rooms have breath-taking sea views, and are all elegantly and stylishly furnished. Semi self-catering facilities include a microwave, fridge, cutlery, crockery and tea-coffee making facilities.
In the foothills of the scenic southern Drakensberg, which forms part of the uKhahlamba World Heritage site, is the Drakensberg Gardens Hotel. This is Nature in all its glory – grandiose scenery composed of the Drakensberg mountain chain, rivers and lakes. The mountains form an immense amphitheatre dominated by the highest peak – Mont-aux-Sources (3248m). Wonderful diversity of flora and fauna await discovery. The resort is conveniently located on an 860-acre estate bordering KwaZulu Natal Wildlife land, allowing access to spectacular walks and hikes – the most strenuous being a 9 hour hike up the Rhino Horn 9842.4 ft (3000 metres) above sea level.
Crawford's Beach Lodge, set along the magical Wild Coast, offers rustic luxury accommodation for the most discerning of travellers, who are looking for fun, sun and relaxation.
Crawford's is nestled in the middle of the beautiful Chintsa Bay on the Wild Coast, surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests and overlooks the warm Indian Ocean. A romantic getaway to explore the many beautiful treasures the Wild Coast has to offer.
Tsitsikamma Village Inn, located in the village of Storms River on the beautiful Garden Route, offers a unique form of accommodation. Most of our rooms are situated around a typical Village green. These buildings represent many of the different building styles that were to be found in the Cape Colony during the 1800s.
The Oude Martha Restaurant serves hearty and delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Other popular on-site restaurants include the characterful Hunter’s Pub and the informal Cafe Bacchus. Next door to the hotel, is the Marilyn’s 60s Diner, where you’ll enjoy a trip down memory lane with the vintage motorcycles, cars, memorabilia and a typical diner menu. Enjoy an Ale or Weiss in our microbrewery which also offers a number of other South African craft beers.
Our hotel is a great base from which to explore the natural attractions and adventure options of the region and there are many ways to do this from hiking trails, mountain biking and horse rides to tree-top canopy tours and bungee jumping. Between excursions, guests are welcome to relax around the sparkling swimming pool or entertain themselves in the games room. There is complimentary wi-fi available throughout the hotel. In-room facilities include air-conditioning/heating, electrical blankets, television and a tea/coffee station.
The Hotel is renowned for its good food, old world charm and has been a favourite for many a year!
Premier Hotel Knysna – The Moorings welcomes you to idyllic natural surroundings in the Western Cape. This new addition to the Premier Hotel & Resorts portfolio offers the traveller luxury accommodation with up-market furnishings and the lifestyle conveniences of a modern home.
With air-conditioning, secure off-street parking, business and conference facilities, restaurant and sparkling swimming pool, Premier Hotel Knysna – The Moorings will surpass all your needs, whether it be for business or pleasure.
The hotel is situated on the secluded banks of the Knysna Lagoon in the midst of enchanting woodland gardens. The area offers an abundance of outdoor leisure activities such as fishing, swimming, boating or bird watching while Knysna is only minutes away where guests can enjoy a wide variety of shopping malls, restaurants, pubs and historical attractions.
Diaz Hotel & Resort is located on the pristine seashore of Mossel Bay's renowned Diaz Beach. All rooms and suites are comfortably designed and equipped with TVs, air conditioning, hairdryers, desks, and tea/coffee-making facilities. Guests can start each day with a delicious breakfast served on-site. The hotel also offers other services and facilities, including free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and a water park.
In the popular historic suburb of Gardens, at the foot of Table Mountain, and just south of the city centre, the SunSquare Cape Town Gardens hotel is perfectly positioned for exploring the best of the Mother City. The hotel’s ideal location is complemented by free uncapped Wi-Fi, contemporary accommodation, amenities for work and play, and great room rates.
The hotel’s 136 en-suite rooms are well-appointed with flatscreen DStv, air-con, free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, and more. Accommodation is offered in a choice of Standard Rooms, Family Rooms with two double beds, and four spacious king bed Suites. You’ll get breakfast included in room rates, and two kids under 18 can stay free when sharing with adults.
Work out in the hotel gym, relax in the outdoor pool, or get to Camps Bay beach, the Table Mountain cableway, or the V&A Waterfront in just 15 minutes from the hotel.
|Start Date||End Date||Adult Sharing||Single Supplement|
|19 Nov 2023||03 Dec 2023||35,625||9,490|
|03 Dec 2023||17 Dec 2023||35,625||9,490|
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