The South Africa Explorer takes you into the pulse of the country and showcases a diverse range of beloved highlights. Your journey begins at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost top of Africa and moves along the famed Garden Route. You then continue to Johannesburg, the ‘City of Gold’ where the history of the country comes alive through stories of the past in a selection of optional activities. You end in safari country and explore the Panorama Route as well as the Kruger National Park, the roaming grounds of the Big 5.

Day 1: Mossel Bay

We depart Cape Town and head for Sir Lowry’s Pass. Arrive for a coffee/comfort stop at a Farm Stall on top of Sir Lowry’s Pass. Our journey continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The area has largely been untouched and unexplored with its rugged coast line being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa and that creates unforgettable memories. After this thrilling experience, we continue via historic Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, to Mossel Bay, from where the Garden Route extends to the Storms River in the east. 

Day 2: Oudtshoorn

After breakfast we continue our journey to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. 

Day 3: Knysna Central

After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. 

Day 4: Knysna Central

Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Garden of Eden, set in the lush, green, indigenous Knysna forest. The major attraction is the forest itself, beautiful yellow wood trees, thick green foliage and streams. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Afterwards you’ll travel to Brenton on Sea, a breath-taking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure.

Day 5: Tsitsikamma

Travel to Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route, before visiting Birds of Eden sanctuary, the biggest single free flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary was developed to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds. Our journey continues to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single span arch bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump in the world. Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.

Day 6: Sandown

Head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the “friendly city” with a wonderful climate. Travel to Port Elizabeth Airport for an onward flight to Johannesburg (cost of flight not included), where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax (unescorted). 

Day 7: Sandown

Spend a full day exploring Soweto and surrounds. The tour starts with a visit to the prestigious Apartheid Museum, located in Johannesburg’s Ormondo suburb. The museum covers the full history of the Apartheid era in South Africa. From here you will continue to Soweto for a tour through this vibrant township. You will visit the Hector Peterson Memorial that commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against Apartheid. Continue to the Liliesleaf Heritage Site for a tour. Once known as Liliesleaf Farm this fascinating heritage site is closely linked to the Rivonia Treason Trial that lead to Nelson Mandela’s incarceration. In the early 1960’s Liliesleaf was a sanctuary where most prominent leaders of South Africa’s struggle against Apartheid sought shelter, attended secret meetings and engaged in key debates on political and military policy and strategy. You will learn in detail what happened during those days and the ultimate arrest of Nelson Mandela.

Day 8: Sandown

Enjoy a full day at leisure and unescorted. Perhaps join a walking tour through downtown Johannesburg (optional and for own account) or enjoy some shopping at Nelson Mandela Square, home to a variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets. 

Day 9: Kruger

This morning you will be collected from your hotel, heading east to the Mpumalanga region. After freshening up at your lodge enter the world famous Kruger National Park and spend the afternoon game viewing in your closed touring vehicle. The park offers some of the best game viewing and wildlife opportunities in the world – and the visitor will soon appreciate the challenges of managing this unique reserve. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Kruger

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Your guide will endeavour to spoil you with sightings of the “Big 5”, general game and prolific bird life. Return to the lodge for lunch (own account) and a short siesta. In the afternoon we will journey once again through the magnificent expanses of the Kruger National Park, unrivalled in its diversity of flora and fauna. Enjoy an afternoon of game viewing in your closed touring vehicle pursuing the Big 5 and other rare and endangered species. Optional (own account) open vehicle game drives are available. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Kruger

Enjoy breakfast before setting out to explore the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the most scenic routes in the region, offering glorious views, spectacular landscapes and exquisite waterfalls. Visit majestic sights including God’s Window, the Three Rondawels and Blyderiver Canyon – the third largest canyon of its kind in the world, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the charming village of Graskop, one of the first gold mining camps in the country. Optional (own account) open vehicle game drives are available, should you prefer not to join the Panorama Route tour. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. 

Departure Day

Enjoy breakfast before starting the return journey to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg, at OR Tambo International Airport, at approximately 14h30, where the tour ends on arrival.

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11 Jan 202122 Jan 2021 R38600 R6600
25 Jan 202105 Feb 2021 R38600 R6600
08 Feb 202119 Feb 2021 R38600 R6600
15 Feb 202126 Feb 2021 R38600 R6600
22 Feb 202105 Mar 2021 R38600 R6600
01 Mar 202112 Mar 2021 R38600 R6600
08 Mar 202119 Mar 2021 R38600 R6600
15 Mar 202126 Mar 2021 R38600 R6600
22 Mar 202102 Apr 2021 R38600 R6600
29 Mar 202109 Apr 2021 R38600 R6600
05 Apr 202116 Apr 2021 R38600 R6600
12 Apr 202123 Apr 2021 R38600 R6600
26 Apr 202107 May 2021 R38600 R6600
10 May 202121 May 2021 R37790 R6600
24 May 202104 Jun 2021 R37790 R6600
14 Jun 202125 Jun 2021 R37790 R6600
05 Jul 202116 Jul 2021 R37790 R6600
19 Jul 202130 Jul 2021 R37790 R6600
02 Aug 202113 Aug 2021 R37790 R6600
16 Aug 202127 Aug 2021 R37790 R6600
30 Aug 202110 Sep 2021 R37790 R6600
13 Sep 202124 Sep 2021 R37790 R6600
20 Sep 202101 Oct 2021 R37790 R6600
27 Sep 202108 Oct 2021 R37790 R6600
04 Oct 202115 Oct 2021 R38600 R6600
11 Oct 202122 Oct 2021 R38600 R6600
18 Oct 202129 Oct 2021 R38600 R6600
25 Oct 202105 Nov 2021 R38600 R6600
01 Nov 202112 Nov 2021 R38600 R6600
08 Nov 202119 Nov 2021 R38600 R6600
15 Nov 202126 Nov 2021 R38600 R6600
22 Nov 202103 Dec 2021 R38600 R6600
29 Nov 202110 Dec 2021 R38600 R6600
06 Dec 202117 Dec 2021 R38600 R6600

Price Includes:

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, accommodation, porterage, transportation, sightseeing as specified.

Price Excludes:

Airfare, visas, alcohol and soft drinks, meals where stipulated, curios, tips and optional excursions.

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Covid-19 Flexible Booking – Springbok Atlas

Discount Information: COVID-19 Flexible Refund Policy
Conditions: Book with confidence!
This trip features flexible COVID-19 cancelation terms that can allow for a full refund up to 48 hours before your trip date should you experience COVID-19 related travel issues. You will be covered by this policy should one or more of the following conditions apply:
• The government in the guest’s country of residence restricts travel, which has a direct causal impact on the guest’s travel plans.
• Travel restrictions on the destination(s) are imposed by the guest’s country of residence.
• The destination(s) fall under official government sanctioned lockdown.
• The destination(s) close their borders to all international travellers, or to travellers from the guest’s country of residence.
• International flights are cancelled, with no viable alternative routing available to reach your destination in Africa.
• A mandatory quarantine period is imposed by your destination(s), or on return to the guest’s country of residence.
• If the guest has contracted COVID-19, and is in quarantine or under medical treatment, up to 48 hours prior to travel.
• If the guest has been subject to contact tracing and has been asked to self-isolate by officials for a period which extends into their travel plans.
• Supportive documentation to one of the conditions above may be required in order to process your refund.
Please note this policy does not apply in the event a client does not feel comfortable traveling in the absence of any of the above conditions.
This policy applies to new bookings only.

Covid-19 Flexible Booking – Springbok Atlas

Discount Information: COVID-19 Flexible Refund Policy
Conditions: Book with confidence!
This trip features flexible COVID-19 cancelation terms that can allow for a full refund up to 48 hours before your trip date should you experience COVID-19 related travel issues. You will be covered by this policy should one or more of the following conditions apply:
• The government in the guest’s country of residence restricts travel, which has a direct causal impact on the guest’s travel plans.
• Travel restrictions on the destination(s) are imposed by the guest’s country of residence.
• The destination(s) fall under official government sanctioned lockdown.
• The destination(s) close their borders to all international travellers, or to travellers from the guest’s country of residence.
• International flights are cancelled, with no viable alternative routing available to reach your destination in Africa.
• A mandatory quarantine period is imposed by your destination(s), or on return to the guest’s country of residence.
• If the guest has contracted COVID-19, and is in quarantine or under medical treatment, up to 48 hours prior to travel.
• If the guest has been subject to contact tracing and has been asked to self-isolate by officials for a period which extends into their travel plans.
• Supportive documentation to one of the conditions above may be required in order to process your refund.
Please note this policy does not apply in the event a client does not feel comfortable traveling in the absence of any of the above conditions.
This policy applies to new bookings only.