SA off the beaten track (19 days)
- City Hall.
- Newtown Cultural Precinct
- Ghandi Memorial
- Bird’s eye
- Soweto Museum Tour
- Apartheid Museum Tour
- Hazy view
- Panorama Route
- Kruger National Park
SA off the beaten track (19 days)
Discover South Africa on this tour visiting some of South Africa's most renowned attractions and destinations. Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Kwa Zulu Natal, the Garden Route, Hermanus and cosmopolitan Cape Town... An excellent value journey uncovering the diverse landscapes and cultures of this country.
Minimum of 2 passenger Should you have less than 2 people, OR require a child supplement please contact us for a quote
Tour Summary: Day 1 : Arrive in Johannesburg Day 2 : Johannesburg. Scheduled City tour Day 3 : Johannesburg Scheduled Soweto & Apartheid Museum tour Day 4 : Johannesburg to Hazyview via Panorama Route Tour Day 5 : Hazyview to Swaziland Day 6 : Swaziland Day 7 : Swaziland to Hluhluwe Day 8 : Hluhluwe Day 9 : Hluhluwe to Cape Town via Durban Day 10 : Cape Town to Oudtshoorn Day 11 : Oudtshoorn to Knysna Day 12 : Knysna Day 13 : Knysna to Hermanus via Mossel Bay Day 14 : Hermanus Day 15 : Hermanus to Cape Town Day 16 : Cape Town scheduled Half Day City tour (excl. Cable Car Fee) Day 17 : Cape Town Scheduled Cape Point & Peninsula Tour Day 18 : Cape Town Scheduled Cape Winelands Tour Day 19 : Departure.
Upon arrival at O.R.Tambo International Airport, you would be met by an SA360 representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight Protea Hotel Balalaika (standard room) or similar
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the morning free. 13h00 Afternoon collection from your hotel for a scheduled afternoon Johannesburg City Tour. Johannesburg is a booming, happening city and the area close to City Hall, Newtown Cultural Precinct and Maboneng Precinct, which has completely transformed the Market Theatre and surrounds, now forms the heart of urban revival. Visit the Ghandi Memorial, see how art is being used to revitalize and uplift the inner city of Johannesburg and get a birds eye view of Johannesburg from the top of Carlton Centre. Return to your hotel for remainder of the evening at leisure.
This morning you will be collected for your scheduled morning Half Day Soweto Tour. Soweto is a cluster of townships located at the South Western flank of Johannesburg. It is from here that most of the struggle was fought against the injustices of the apartheid regime and is home to sites of historical importance. The tour ends with lunch at a local township tavern before proceeding to spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the exhibit at The Apartheid Museum
The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th Century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. The exhibits include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artifacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.
Depart Johannesburg and travel to the Land of the Rising Sun Mpumalanga via the magnificent Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondavels". Time and weather permitting, stop at Gods Window. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. Check into the hotel. Dinner at leisure.
Early morning departure from the hotel with breakfast packs to the Kruger National Park for a morning of game viewing through to the south of the reserve. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. At nearly 2 million hectares, the reserve is the flagship of South African National Parks and is home to an impressive number of flora and fauna. Exit the Kruger Park via Malelane and continue to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny mountainous kingdom is filled with bygone African traditions and culture and offers beautiful scenery and attractions such as game reserves and art & craft outlets to name a few. Continue to the Nsangwini Rock Shelter which is the largest example of San art in the country and is said to provide the most comprehensive display in Swaziland. The paintings are remarkably clear and informative interpretations are given by members of the Nsangwini community, who manage and maintain the site. After spending some time at the Mbabane craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the age-old technique "millefiore". No two are the same and the range boasts an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs. Continue to the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a hands-on experience of our neighbouring lady chief 'Inkhosikati' in her homestead 'Umphakatsi' - a very real glimpse of Swaziland's culture that will leave you with a newfound respect and basic understanding of the Swazi way of life. This insightful visit is followed by a sunset game drive with a trained Swazi ranger. Apart from abundant bird life and nesting water birds, there are a number of animal species to be seen including Hippo, Crocodile, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Nyala, Impala, Warthog, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Steenbok, Grey Duiker, Klipspringer and Blesbok. Seldom seen, but present in the reserve are the ever-elusive Leopard and a variety of smaller mammals including Bushbaby, Mongoose, Aardwolf, Genet, Porcupine and Civet. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Breakfast and check-out of the hotel. Enjoy the drive through the southern region of Swaziland. After border formalities, continue to the town of Hluhluwe. Enjoy dinner at the hotel before retiring for the night.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a morning cultural experience by visiting an authentic village to see how the Zulu people have managed to merge their traditional lifestyle within a westernised culture of South Africa. This visit is followed by an afternoon game drive into the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve covers a combined area of 90 000ha and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. End the day with dinner at the hotel.
Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia, located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park a World Heritage Site. Here you embark on an estuarine boat trip which provides an opportunity to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species, including the elusive Fish Eagle, in their natural habitat. Continue to King Shaka International Airport where you will connect with your late afternoon / evening flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by an ILIOS Travel representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Depart Cape Town and travel along Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (not included in cost). Continue to Oudtshoorn the feather capital of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon.
Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves one of the natural wonders of the world. Continue to the lagoon side town of Knysna the gem of the Garden Route. Enjoy an oyster farm tour. This is a hands on, indoor oyster demonstration where you learn all about this famous delicacy, have a go at "shucking" or opening an oyster and tasting the difference between the wild and cultivated varieties. The demonstration includes 2 oysters per person (one wild and one cultivated). Remainder of the day at leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by a boat trip on the lagoon to the Knysna Heads. Sit back and relax, enjoy the feeling of the African sun on your face, the wind in your hair, while viewing Knysna from a unique vantage. Enjoy hearing all about one of SA's favourite coastal towns, Knysna, from a local, homegrown perspective!
Continue to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay where you would visit Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and Birds of Eden - current winners of the Lilizela Tourism Visitor Experience of the Year Award - 'Wildlife Encounters', Skl International Sustainable Tourism Award, Overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Award and in the category 'Best Animal Welfare Initiative' Jukani is home to big cats such as lions (white and tawny), cheetahs, tigers (Siberian, Bengal and white), leopard (spotted and black), jaguar, pumas, caracal, serval cats and other wildlife species such as zebra, springbuck, zorilla, honey badger and various snake species. Birds of Eden is the worlds largest free-flight bird aviary (50 metres high, covering 23 000 square meters of forest) and is the only Fairtrade accredited bird sanctuary in South Africa.
Spend some time in the town of Plettenberg Bay or on the white sandy beaches before returning to Knysna for overnight.
Breakfast and check-out of the hotel. Today the journey takes us into the Overberg region of the Western Cape. Travel to Mossel Bay where we will visit the Bartholomeu Diaz Maritime Museum and the Old Post Office Tree. Continue the journey to Swellendam which is the third oldest town in South Africa. Here you shall stop for lunch (to own account), and, time permitting, visit the old Dutch Reformed Church. The day ends on arrival at the coastal village of Hermanus.
Breakfast at the guest lodge. The popular resort town of Hermanus, situated between mountain and sea, has gained world-wide recognition as the world's foremost land based whale watching destination. This has resulted in the former fishing village showing a tremendous growth over the last few years. A myriad of activities and sites of interest abound in the immediate vicinity of Hermanus. Start the day with a drive into town for a stroll along the cliff paths and a visit to the old harbor museum. During season (July to December) you may be lucky enough to spot whales frolicking in the bay. Continue to Creation Wines for a wine tasting experience in the nearby Hemel-En-Aarde wine route. An option also exisits to embark on a boat trip or Shark Cage Diving (to own account).
After breakfast, proceed to Cape Town, the Mother City via the scenic Whale Route along Clarens Drive. Morning visit to the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. This lovely garden is situated in the centre of the coastal fynbos where the flora is at its richest. It encompasses mountain slopes with wind-clipped heathlands, deep gorges with relict forests, flats and marshes with restios, sedges and bulbs, as well as dunes adjacent to the beach with specialised salt-adapted plants. The Garden is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools. Continue to Stony Point Penguin breeding colony which is near an old abandoned whaling station where, from 1917 until the Great Depression, around 300 whales were killed each year for their oil. The whaling station finally closed in 1930 and without any particular reason, the penguins started to breed at the abandoned station.
Continue to scenic drive along the route also known as the Cape Riviera. The road hugs the shoreline all the way from Betty' s Bay to Gordon' s Bay and Strand. There are many stops along the way for panoramic views and photo opportunities. Arrive in Cape Town in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Breakfast and morning at leisure. Afternoon collection from the hotel by your guide for a scheduled City Tour a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to modern buildings and malls. The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). In the city itself, we visit the Company Gardens, the S.A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. Return to the hotel by 17h30. Dinner to own arrangements.
This morning you will be collected for your scheduled full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour. We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach (optional boat trip to Seal Island to own account). Continue via Chapman' s Peak , one of the worlds most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve.
After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), we go on to Boulders Penguin Colony which is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre. End the day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays. Do not miss the opportunity to walk along the new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. Inspired by a snake skeleton, and informally called 'The Boomslang' (meaning tree snake), it is a low-maintenance, low-impact sculptural raised walkway. The walkway takes the visitor from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursts out above the canopy, giving spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner to own arrangements.
Today you embark on a scheduled full day CapeWinelands Tour. This is a delightful drive, which winds its way to the heart of the CapeWinelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and CapeDutch homesteads. Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa's wine industry, Stellenbosch, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our first wine tasting of the day. Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. We enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch to own account). Time permitting, a visit to a Paarl region estate would be included to round off the days wine-tasting experiences before heading back to Cape Town. Dinner to own arrangements.
Breakfast and check-out of the hotel. Today you shall be collected for your transfer to Cape Town International Airport where you would connect with your onward flight arrangements.