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#362 | 13 Day Exploration of South Africa | Foreign Independent Tours - FIT Tours
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13 Day Exploration of South Africa
Johannesburg, Panorama Route, Kruger National Park
Swaziland, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town

Package #362

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS
  • 12-night accommodation in 3-star and 4-star hotels and private game lodges

  • 6 game drives

  • Johannesburg City Half Day Tour

  • Cape Point Full Day Tour

  • Extensive sightseeing covering Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, St Lucia Boat Cruise, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Ocean Safari, Sunset Knysna oyster cruise, Elephant interaction

  • Meals: 12 breakfast; 3 dinner

  • Services of THETA registered driver/guide throughout tour

  • Open Safari Vehicle Game drives with experienced ranger

  • Luxury Vehicle
  • HOTELS USED
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Crowne Plaza Rosebank
    Hoedspruit, South Africa
    Makalali Private Game Reserve
    Sabie, South Africa
    Lone Creek River Lodge
    Kaapmuiden, South Africa
    Bongani Mountain Lodge
    Kruger National Park, South Africa
    Ezulwini Game Lodge
    Durban, South Africa
    Protea Hotel Edward
    Port Elizabeth, South Africa
    Protea Hotel Marine
    Knysna Western Cape, South Africa
    Protea Knysna Quays
    Oudtshoorn, South Africa
    Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Protea Fire and Ice
    NOT INCLUDED

    Airfare: International or Domestic unless otherwise indicated.
    We can offer airfare from the airport closest to you. Ask your Destination Specialist.

    OPTIONS FOR YOUR TRIP

  • Ostrich Ride
  • ITINERARY
    This is an Escorted Tour.
    DAY 01: SUN - JOHANNESBURG
    Dumela! Welcome to Johannesburg, Egoli, Place of Gold. A cultural melting pot, it is a place of opportunity and the African dream. Today you will embark on a guided Johannesburg city half day tour. Check-in and overnight.

    DAY 02: MON - JOHANNESBURG to HOEDSPRUIT AREA via DULLSTROOM
    Leaving the city behind us we head east, via Dullstroom, to Mother Nature’s playground, the beautiful and inspiring, Mpumalanga Province. We stop in the enchanting village of Dullstroom before heading further north towards Hoedspruit to our next stop, Makalali Private Game Reserve on the banks of the Makhutswi River. Let the bushveld enchant you on a guided open vehicle game drive, peruse the Big Five and other distinctive species like the giraffe, zebra and the endangered cheetah. Back at the lodge indulge in its luxurious yet rustic settings before tucking into a dinner of delicious local fare. Overnight. (B/D)

    DAY 03: TUE - HOEDSPRUIT to SABIE via PANORAMA ROUTE
    An early start will see you catch the bushveld as it comes alive on a guided open vehicle game drive. Enjoy coffee and rusks en route. After breakfast we head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions, the Blyde River Canyon, on the Panorama Route. The Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest in the world, and the largest green canyon due to its lush subtropical vegetation. One of Africa's natural wonder's it offers you memorable views and unusual natural phenomenons, like The Three Rondawels, Pinnacle Rock and Bourke's Luck Potholes. We continue our trip to Pilgrim's Rest, before we venture onto the small town of Sabie in the Drakensberg escarpment for the evening. Check in and overnight. (B)

    DAY 04: WED - SABIE to Mthethomusha Game Reserve via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
    After breakfast we drive via Hazyview, onto Mpumalanga's flagship attraction, the Kruger National Park. A closed vehicle game drive will allow you the opportunity to take in the park's vastness and seek out the Big Five and other endangered and indigenous animals and plants. We exit the park at Malelane Gate and head to your lodge. Enjoy an early dinner before embarking on an exciting evening game drive on an open safari vehicle. Overnight. (B/D)

    DAY 05: THU - Mthethomusha Game Reserve to HLUHLUWE via SWAZILAND
    After an early breakfast we take a short open vehicle game drive through Mthethomusha Game Reserve, allowing for a few last parting shots, before travelling through to Hluhluwe via the Kingdom of Swaziland. (Visa required). We drive through Hlane Royal Park, home to elephant, lion and white rhino, with an abundant bird life. We exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter the sub-tropical Elephant Coast, the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. An area naturally gifted with towering mountains, the blissfully warm Indian Ocean, lush tropical vegetation and a myriad of different animal species such as the endangered Leatherback and Loggerhead sea turtles. In the late afternoon you will arrive at your overnight accommodation. Overnight. (B)

    Note: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport, and for nationals of certain countries, multi-entry visa entry and conditions will apply.

    DAY 06: FRI - HLUHLUWE to DURBAN via ST LUCIA
    Enjoy breakfast before embarking on a closed vehicle guided game drive in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. Hluhluwe is the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa and world renowned for its White Rhino conservation. Leaving this ancient park land we move to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site and the biggest estuarine system in Africa. On arrival, partake in a boat cruise on the estuary. Travelling down the Elephant Coast we arrive at the diverse city of Durban, situated on the warm Indian Ocean. We arrive at our hotel, the Protea Hotel Edward, on the Golden Mile. The Golden Mile is a popular stretch of beachfront which includes a re-vamped promenade. Overnight. (B)

    DAY 07: SAT - DURBAN to PORT ELIZABETH – flight
    This morning enjoy a breakfast at your beachfront hotel followed by a morning at leisure. Take a walk along the promenade or perhaps catch a ride on one of the colourful Zulu rickshaws to the beachfront market. You will be collected from your hotel for your transfer to King Shaka International Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth. In Port Elizabeth you will be collected from Port Elizabeth International Airport and transferred to your beachfront hotel, Protea Hotel Marine. Overnight. (B)

    DAY 08: SUN - PORT ELIZABETH to KNYSNA via TSITSIKAMMA FOREST
    This morning you will be collected from your hotel by our professional tourist guide and head south towards Knysna via Storm’s River and the beautiful and ancient Tsitsikamma Forest, the heart of the Garden Route. Our first stop brings us to the Storms River. Take in the dramatic views on the suspension bridge of the Storms River mouth where you can view the river meeting the Indian Ocean. A short journey south further brings us to the small beautiful town of Knysna. We arrive and check in before embarking on a sunset Knysna Oyster Cruise. This is an informative and interactive cruise that introduces you and your taste buds to the wild Knysna oyster while enjoying a drink in the natural surrounding beauty. Overnight. (B)

    DAY 09: MON - KNYSNA to PLETTENBERG BAY and back
    After breakfast we make our way to Plettenberg Bay or Plett as its known by the locals. From Lookout Beach you will be taken on an Ocean Safari. The Ocean Safari is dedicated to observation and conservation and allows for extensive and memorable whale, dolphin and seal watching. In the afternoon we take a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school and creche. This is a community enrichment programme that sees the proceeds of its tours going into the education of the young children of Qolweni. Guests are welcome to donate pencils, books and other stationary. Enjoy the scenic drive back to your Knysna hotel and enjoy some time at leisure. Overnight. (B)

    DAY 10: TUE - KNYSNA to OUDTSHOORN via WILDERNESS
    We depart our hotel after breakfast and begin today’s journey to Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo, via Wilderness and the Outeniqua Pass. Our first scenic stop is in Wilderness. Enjoy the photo opportunities and unspoilt views at Map of Africa lookout point before we continue our journey onto the Outeniqua Pass. Tour an ostrich farm in the Cango Valley on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn. You will be introduced to this large, flightless and exotic bird. For the daring enjoy an optional ostrich ride. Following our ostrich farm tour we drive to our evening’s accommodation at Bufflesdrift Game Lodge. At the lodge freshen up and have some time at leisure before enjoying a dinner of local fare in this quaint, rural lakeside setting. Overnight. (B/D)

    DAY 11: WED - OUDTSHOORN to CAPE TOWN via ROUTE 62
    Today our trip takes us from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town via the Cango Caves and the iconic Route 62. After breakfast you will have the rare opportunity to experience an elephant interaction and feeding with the African elephants that were raised at Bufflesdrift Game Lodge. Leaving these gentle giants we make our way to the Cango Caves, a 20 million year old natural treasure at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. Departing this world wonder, we travel along the much beloved and picturesque Route 62. With its ever changing landscapes, this route will escort you from tranquil winelands to dramatic mountain vistas and the unique beauty of the semi-arid Klein Karoo. We continue our scenic journey onto the majestically beautiful Cape Town and arrival at your hotel The Protea Hotel Fire and Ice. Overnight. (B)

    DAY 12: THU - CAPE TOWN FULL DAY TOUR
    Cape Town offers a wide range of activities and attractions from platinum beaches, World Heritage Sites like the Table Mountain range, inviting night life, extensive shopping venues and art and cultural events. After breakfast, join a guided full day Cape Point tour which incorporates the Cape Point and Kirstenbosch Gardens. Overnight. (B)

    DAY 13: FRI - CAPE TOWN AT LEISURE / DAY OF DEPARTURE
    On your final day, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before spending the day at leisure. Your transfer to Cape Town International sees the end of our tour. Here we will say hamba kahle, good bye and go well.


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