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Highlights of South Africa

Discover the wonders of South Africa

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Discover the wonders of South Africa with a journey on the historical Ceres Railway, a fantastic game drive in Kruger National Park, and a trip along the glorious Garden Route to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.

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What’s included

Day 1 - Johannesburg
Johannesburg

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Kopanong Hotel in Johannesburg. Your first visit is to the Apartheid Museum, an insightful and at times sombre museum that illustrates the history of racial segregation in South Africa. The rest of your day is at leisure in Johannesburg.

Day 2 - The Panorama Route
Bourke's Luck

Today you journey along the Panorama Route on a scenic coach ride to Hazyview. You travel past lush valleys, majestic mountain peaks and many landmarks, including God's Window (weather permitting), Bourke's Luck and the Three Rondavels. On arrival in Hazyview you check into your hotel, where you enjoy dinner this evening.

Days 3-4 - Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park

Today's excursion is undoubtedly one of the highlights of your trip as you visit Kruger National Park, the largest in South Africa, for a full day guided game drive. All the 'Big Five' game animals can be found here, and you spend an unforgettable day pursuing lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants and cape buffalo, along with many other animals that make this wilderness their home.

Day 4 is spent at leisure. You could spend the day relaxing at the hotel, or head back to Kruger National Park to embark on a further game drive (payable locally).

Days 5-6 - To Swaziland
Swaziland

Neighbouring Swaziland is your destination today. You make the journey this morning by coach, and on arrival check into your hotel for the night. One of the last remaining monarchies, this small, landlocked country is famed for its unique, handmade homewares, which you learn about on today's glass and candle factory tour. Watch the artisan candle makers at work as they produce a range of colourful candles, soaps and body balms, and be amazed by the technical skill of the glass workers as they intricately craft the 'Big Five' animals in the glass blowing factory. 

On Day 6 you travel through the Zulu war area of South Africa today, visiting Rorke's Drift with a specialist guide. Rorke's Drift is the site of the famous battle of 1879, in which 139 British troops faced the might of 4,500 Zulu warriors and won, an epic struggle which was immortalised on screen in the 1964 film, Zulu. You spend a night at a local hotel here, dining together this evening

Days 7-8 - Knysna
Knysna

Today you travel by coach to Durban airport for your short afternoon flight to Port Elizabeth. Here you meet your new tour guide before continuing to your hotel in George.

On Day 8 you enjoy a scenic cruise on the azure waters of the Knysna Lagoon to the Knysna Heads, a pair of dramatic sandstone cliffs that separate the lagoon from the ocean beyond. Enjoy some time at leisure before returning to your hotel in George. Knysna is set on the stunning Garden Route, a 190 mile long stretch of the south-west coast, named after the verdant scenery it cuts through. Knysna itself is the perfect place to pause when travelling along the Garden Route, with a wide variety of shops, markets, restaurants and bistros. Fresh seafood is in abundance here, and sampling the famous Knysna Oysters is a must for visitors to the area.

Days 9-10 - The Garden Route
Stellenbosch vineyards

Today you continue travelling west along the Garden Route, heading to the fascinating town of Oudtshoorn, famous for its Ostrich population. You enjoy a tour of an ostrich farm with the opportunity to hand feed the magnificent birds. You also tour the beautifully eerie caverns of the Cango Caves, before enjoying a traditional South African barbecue dinner this evening.

On Day 10 you head inland, then west towards Cape Town on the final stretch of the Garden Route. You pause in the beautiful Stellenbosch valley for a wine tasting before continuing to your Cape Town hotel. Upon arrival in Cape Town you enjoy a short orientation tour of the city with a visit to the iconic Table Mountain (weather permitting).

Day 11 - The Ceres Railway
The Ceres Railway

Step back in time today with a trip on the historical Ceres Railway, making a return trip from Cape Town to Ceres in the heart of the Western Cape. Originally built in the early 1900's, the line is a wonderful way to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Ceres valley, where dramatic mountain peaks provide a stunning backdrop to the sprawling fruit orchards.

Day 12 - Cape Peninsula and Cape Town
Boulders Bay

Today you embark on an incredible excursion around Cape Peninsula. You visit the Cape of Good Hope at Africa's south-western tip, Chapmans Peak and Kirstenbosch, before travelling along False Bay to the wonderful Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, home to Africa's only indigenous penguin.

Day 13 - Return home
Cape Town

You are free to explore South Africa's cultural capital at your own pace today. This evening, you make your way to Cape Town International Airportfor your flight back home.

Recommended Airport
Airport waiting room

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to O.R.Tambo International Airport, approximately 10 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is the Cape Town International Airport, approximately 14 miles from your final base in Cape Town.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Dates

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
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Trains
Hotels
Fountains Hotel, Cape Town
Fountains Hotel

Stay at the 4* Fountains Hotel whilst in Cape Town. With a location close to the pretty waterfronT, as well as within sight of the Table Mountain National Park, this is the perfect base for your explorations. The hotel offers a restaurant, a bar, a bakery, and a laundry service (payable locally). The rooms are decorated in bold whites and reds, and come with air-conditioning, an en-suite bathroom, a television, tea & coffee making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi. 

Royal Country Inn, Dundee
Royal Country Inn

Ideally located in the heart South Africa's famous historic battlefield sites, the 3-Star Royal Country Inn in Dundee offers accommodation that is both convenient and comfortable. The inn was established in 1886 and it showcases its rich history with its charming, old-world décor. Guest rooms come equipped with a television, telephone, complimentary toiletries and tea & coffee making facilities.

Far Hills Country Estate, George
Far Hills Country Estate

Located on the famous Garden Route, close to the town of George and surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Outeniqua Mountains, the Far Hills Country Estate offers relaxing and comfortable 3-Star accommodation. Facilities on-site include an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a traditional English-style pub. Guest rooms each come with a private balcony, a television, a coffee maker and air conditioning.

Gecko Lodge, Hazyview
Gecko Lodge

Set in the indigenous forests of the Sabie River Valley and a short distance from Hazyview, the family run, 3* Gecko Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore Kruger National Park and the surrounding areas. The lodge is family run and offers friendly, personal service that is evident in even the smallest detail. The grounds are in fitting with the subtropical climate, featuring a stunning rock swimming pool and exotic gardens that are home to many indigenous flowers, plants and trees.

Kopanong Hotel, Johannesburg
Kopanong Hotel

The 4* Kopanong Hotel is located in a serene country estate just outside of Johannesburg; a unique and relaxing base from which to explore the city. The hotel's superb facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre. There is an ambient bar overlooking the pool terrace, and a welcoming restaurant serving expertly prepared cuisine. Guest rooms are in fully detached, traditional chalets and feature a television, safe, and tea & coffee making facilities.

Graywood Hotel, Knysna
Graywood Hotel

Boasting of a great location in the centre of Knysna, near the Knysna Quays and the pretty Knysna River, the 3* Graywood Hotel is our base whilst here. Amenities on offer here include some beautiful landscaped gardens, an outdoor pool, a sundeck, and a restaurant. The rooms are decorated in a traditional style with delightful wooden furniture, and come equipped with air-conditioning, a television, and an en-suite bathroom.

Hlangana Lodge, Oudsthoorn
Hlangana Lodge

Brilliantly located on the edge of Oudtshoorn, the 4-Star Hlangana Lodge is perfectly placed to explore all that the area has to offer. The lodge boasts a well-equipped gym, free Wi-Fi, a gift shop and a swimming pool. Guest rooms are modern and stylish, and open out onto a veranda which overlooks beautiful gardens. Rooms come with a minibar, television, air conditioning, a personal safe and tea & coffee making facilities.

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