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Grand South Africa Tour (15 days)


 
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Relish a Laidback Holidays on a 360 Guided Journey to South Africa

Discover this country anew in an amazing South Africa guided tour. This guided journey to South Africa takes you to some of the most astonishing and famous fascinations of this country.

The voyage includes a superlative wildlife safari experience in one of the most renowned national parks of South Africa. A trip to the Kruger National Park camps and the big 5 game viewing is an experience you will recollect for the rest of your lifetime. If you are lucky enough, you might also get the rare chance of seeing the endangered white Rhino as well. En-route lies the beautiful hilly lands of Swaziland, famous cosmopolitan and scenic cities of Durban and Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Moving along the breathtakingly beautiful South African garden route, you will get to experience all the amazing wonders that South Africa cradles. One of the most wonderful experiences one can relish in their South African holidays, is the mesmerizing view of the Mother city, on a Cape Town Helicopter tour. Apart from offering abounding scenic beauty and splendor, this tour also has something to offer, to the adrenaline lovers as well. South Africa has the highest commercial bungee jumping bridge in the whole of the world. Bloukrans bungee, near Cape Town, is one of the highest Bungee jumps in the World. To test your nerves, and elate your senses, embark on this journey of adventures, encounters and discoveries and be prepared to lose yourself in the way.

All About Grand South Africa Tour (15 days)

Explore South Africa on this self drive tour tour, taking you to many of South Africa' s most well-known attractions and destinations. Big 5 game viewing in the world renowned Kruger National Park, Explore Durban and Port Elizabeth. Travel along the famous Garden Route and experience the spectacular natural scenery this region offers en-route to cosmopolitan Cape Town voted, in 2011, as Worlds Best Destination.

Important Notes:
Minimum of 2 passenger

Tour Summary:

Day 1 : Arrival In Johannesburg
Day 2 : Johannesburg to Hazyview 
Day 3 : Hazyview: Kruger National Park safari
Day 4 : Kruger National Park
Day 5 : Kruger - Sun City 
Day 6 : Sun City 
Day 7 : Sun City to Durban  
Day 8 : Durban to Port Elizabeth 
Day 9 : Port Elizabeth to Plettenberg Bay via Tsitsikamma 
Day 10 : Plettenberg Bay 
Day 11 : Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn 
Day 12 : Oudtshoorn to Cape Town via Route 62
Day 13 : Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Tour 
Day 14 : Cape Town: Cape Winelands Tour 
Day 15 : Cape Town: City Tour and onward travel

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • 1 Night in Johannesburg
  • 1 Night I Hazyview
  • 2 Nights in Kruger NAtional Park
  • 2 Nights in Sun City
  • 1 Night in Durban
  • 1 Night in Port Elizabeth
  • 2 Nights in Plettenberg Bay area
  • 1 Night in Oudtshoorn
  • 3 Nights in Cape Town
  • Breakfast daily from
  • Entrances as specified, in the itinerary
  • 24-hour manned emergency assistance
  • Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Cape Town: City tour
  • Entrances along the Garden Route as per the inclusions stated in the itinerary
Excluded in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • All flights, International & Domestic, reservations, taxes, fees etc.
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Porterage
  • All other transport
  • All expenses of personal nature like tips, mineral water, laundry charges, telephone charges, food
  • Any increase in services that may come into force prior to the commencement and any increase in the cost of land arrangements or airfare due to increase in fuel prices, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates etc
  • Gratuities.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in “included in price”
  1. Day 1 Arrival in Johannesburg
    The Grand Tour of South Africa starts in Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met and assisted to the Peermonts complimentary shuttle, located behind the Intercontinental Airport Hotel, to the hotel where you will enjoy the day at leisure in a resort environment

     

    Overnight: Peermont Mondior Hotel (standard room) or similar

  2. Day 2 Johannesburg to Hazyview, Mpumalanga

    After breakfast and check out you will depart for Hazyview in the province of Mpumalanga. Along the way you will experience the incredibly beautiful Panorama Route (time dependent), with its dramatic, mountainous landscapes and winding roads. With highlights like God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and of course the mighty Blyde River Canyon, this really is South Africa' s nature at its best! We will arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon and clients will have time to freshen up before dinner.

    Included:

    • Panorama Route
    • Dinner

     

    Overnight: Perry' s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar

  3. Day 3 Kruger National Park safari

    You will have an early start to the day and embark in an open-vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park, an iconic reserve boasting one of Africa' s best wildlife experience and home to the Big Five. You can return to their hotel for lunch and embark on a bush walk and another game drive in the late afternoon, a good time to observe the animals as they come down to the waterholes for their evening drink. Dinner will be served at the camp.

    Included:

    • Morning game drive in the Kruger National Park
    • Dinner

     

    Overnight: Perry' s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar

  4. Day 4 Hazyview Mbabane, Swaziland

    Travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland nestled between South Africa and Mozambique. En route you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Swazi culture at the Matsamo Cultural Village, where you may choose to have lunch, and the famous Ngwenya Glass Works. The next stop is the capital city Mbabane, where vibrant markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings can be found. Spend the night at a hotel in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.

    Included:

    • Showcase at Matsamo Cultural Village
    • Visit Ngwenya Glass Works Visit to local ostrich farm
    • Lunch

     

    Overnight: Overnight Royal Swazi Sun (standard room) or similar

  5. Day 5 Mbabane Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal

    After breakfast, you may enjoy a visit to the Swazi Candle Factory. Each candle seen here is individually handmade and unique, displaying a wide range of colours, shapes and patterns. Next stop is South Africa' s KwaZulu Natal. Our hotel for the next two nights is situated close to the town of Mkuze, at the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain. In the afternoon embark on a scenic drive up into the Ubombo Mountains; the views over Lake Jozini are spectacular. From the summit you will watch the sunset transform the sky into a tapestry of colours over sundowners. Another option to this excursion is a visit to a traditional Zulu homestead for a glimpse into the lifestyle of this fascinating culture. Then return to the hotel for dinner on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the classically styled restaurant.

    Included:

    • Sunset Mountain drive,
    • Visit to a Zulu Homestead River Cruise
    • Dinner

     

    Overnight: Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar

  6. Day 6 Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve safari

    Today you will travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon game drive. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is an incredibly scenic park with rolling hills covered in low acacia bush. The north of the park is mountainous with amazing forests and grasslands, the south and west are open savannah. The park contains a diversity of fauna and flora and is known for its conservation of black and white rhino. It was here that the endangered white rhino was saved from extinction and the park boasts the largest population of white rhino in the world. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon for dinner.

    Included:

    • Afternoon Game Drive
    • Dinner

     

    Overnight: Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar

  7. Day 7 Durban via St Lucia

    Travel along KwaZulu Natals Elephant Coast to St Lucia, situated at the southern end of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park a World Heritage Site. At the St Lucia Estuary, you will find forested dunes, brilliant coral reefs, palm savannahs, dense papyrus swamps and rolling acacia bushveld. You will be taken on a boat cruise on the estuary, giving them an opportunity to view hippo, crocodiles and many different bird species in their natural habitat. From here, continue to Durban, a cosmopolitan city where east meets west. You'll arrive in the afternoon and check in to our hotel situated on the Golden Mile a 6km stretch of beachfront.

    Included:

    • Boat trip on the St Lucia Estuary

     

    Overnight: Protea Hotel Edward (standard room) or similar

  8. Day 8 Durban Port Elizabeth

    This morning you will discover the striking cultural and historic contrasts of Durban on a city tour, before heading to King Shaka International Airport for your domestic flight to Port Elizabeth(Flight not included). Upon arriving in South Africa' s friendly city, you will be transferred to your hotel, which overlooks Algoa Bay. Port Elizabeth is known as the Water Sport Capital of Africa. The combination of heavenly shores and invigorating sea breezes draw sports lovers to enjoy some of the planets best sailing, surfing, scuba-diving etc.

    Included:

    • Durban City Tour

     

    Overnight: Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth (standard room) or similar

  9. Day 9 Plettenberg Bay via Tsitsikamma

    After breakfast, travel towards Knysna along the Garden Route, a very beautiful drive with the Indian Ocean on their left and mountains and green, rolling hills on their right. Your first destination is the stunning Tsitsikamma National Park. Tsitsikamma means place of much water in Khoi. A combination of original forest, plantations and Fynbos - a large group of plants endemic to South Africa, of which our National Flower the King Protea is a prominent member. Many rivers run through the forest, forming spectacular waterfalls and deep gorges. Enjoy an easy walk through the forest and along the suspension bridge, crossing the Storms River Mouth gorge. Clients will proceed to Knysna, famous for its lagoon, oysters and over 800-year-old iron and stinkwood trees.

    Included:

    • Walk on the Storms River suspension bridge if open

     

    Overnight: The Country House(standard room) or similar

  10. Day 10 Plettenberg Bay

    Today you will visit the Elephant Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants under the expert guidance of their rangers. Later, you'll visit to Birds of Eden the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Time and weather permitting, another optional excursion is also on offer at an additional cost: embark on an exciting Whale & Dolphin Ocean Safari! You will spend the evening at leisure and enjoy dinner at the lodge.

    Included:

    • Elephant Sanctuary
    • Birds of Eden

     

    Overnight: The Country House(standard room) or similar

  11. Day 11 Plettenberg Bay Oudtshoorn

    After breakfast and check-out this morning you will proceed to Knysna, famous for its lagoon, oysters and over 800 year old iron and stinkwood trees. You will have the chance to spend some time at leisure and explore Knysna Waterfront, where there are a variety of interesting shops and enticing restaurants. Weather permitting you will embark on a cruise to the Knysna Heads, after which you'll travel north to Oudtshoorn via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass. With more than 90% of the globes population of ostrich found here, the town is known as the Worlds "ostrich-capital". If you 're brave enough you can even ride an ostrich!

    Included:

    • Keurbooms River Cruise
    • Visit Ostrich Farm

     

    Overnight: De Opstal Country Lodge (standard room) or similar

  12. Day 12 Oudtshoorn Cape Town via Route 62

    After breakfast you'll visit the picturesque Cango Valley, where you can explore the limestone rock formations of the world famous Cango Caves. Afterwards you'll travel towards Cape Town along Route 62, known as the Worlds Longest Wine Route. The scenery along this route is superb, taking us over majestic mountain passes and winding rivers, past vineyards and orchards and through fascinating little towns. You'll arrive in
    Cape Town in the early evening and will check into their hotel situated close to the famous V&A Waterfront, which offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment.

    Included:

    • Cango Caves excursion

     

    Overnight: Radisson BLU Le Vendome (standard room) or similar

  13. Day 13 Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Tour

    After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you'll head out on a full-day excursion to enjoy the magnificent scenery and wildlife of the Cape Peninsula. The tour includes a visit to Hout Bay Harbour, where you can take an optional (for your own account) boat trip to Duiker Island where thousands of Cape Fur Seals live. Travel over the scenic Chapman's Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and have your photos taken at the most south western tip of the African continent, enjoying an invigorating walk, or leisurely funicular trip, up to the Cape Point lighthouses to admire the dramatic cliffs and amazing views. Other interesting stops will include the Naval village of Simon's Town and Boulders Beach - to see one of South Africa's two land-based African Penguin colonies. The day ends at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

    Included:

    • Cape Point Nature Reserve
    • Boulders Penguin Colony
    • Chapmans Peak (Subject to road being open)
    • Kirstenbosch Gardens

     

    Overnight: Radisson BLU Le Vendome (standard room) or similar

  14. Day 14 Cape Town: Cape Winelands Tour

    Today you will experience a full day Wine Tour in the Cape Winelands including a visit to the charming town of oaks, Stellenbosch. After some wine tastingsand an introduction to the South African winemaking tradition, you will continue to the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, Franschhoek. After another round of wine tasting, there will be time to take a stroll in this beautiful and cosy little town. The whole day is dedicated to showing you our favourite secret spots and wine cellars a day to tantalise your taste buds amidst some of South Africa' s most beautiful landscapes!

    Included:

    • Winetasting

     

    Overnight: Radisson BLU Le Vendome (standard room) or similar

  15. Day 15 Cape Town: City Tour and onward travel

    On your final day in Cape Town you will be taken on a half-day City Tour. Some of the highlight stops on this tour will be the Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope and the lively Greenmarket Square where you can buy arts and crafts from all over Africa. You will also take a trip through the colourful Bo Kaap area, known as the home of the Cape Malays. The tour ends with a drop-off at Cape Town International Airport for onward travel.

    Included:

    • South African Museum and Castle of Good Hope

     

Hotels, Resort and Lodges
Thakadu River Camp (3 & 4 star)(standard room) or similar
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Madikwe River Lodge (5 star) (standard room) or similar
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Graywood Hotel (3 star) (standard room) or similar
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The Marine (5 star) (standard room) or similar
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Inn on the Square (3 star) (standard room) or similar
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Commodore Hotel (4 Star) (standard room) or similar
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Knysna Log Inn (4 Star) (standard room) or similar
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Conrad Pezula (5 star) (standard room) or similar
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Auberge Burgundy (3 star) (standard room) or similar
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Harbour House Hotel (4 Star) (standard room) or similar
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Table Bay Hotel (5 star) (standard room) or similar
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Term and Conditions
Included:
  • 4.5 % GST will be levied on the total billing.
  • Cancellation and amendments will be levied as per hotel policy, which would differ on a case to case basis.
  • No refunds for tours / transfers not utilized.
  • Prices are subject to change as per availability at the time of making the reservation.
  • Rate of exchange will be levied as per date of invoicing and final remittance.

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