Inspirational South Africa Explored

Be prepared to discover a variety of awe-inspiring and stunning landscapes, safari plains teeming with wildlife, warm and welcoming peoples, mouth-watering cuisine washed down with some of the world's finest wines, a diverse culture and a history stretching so far back through time its simply staggering.

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Inspirational South Africa Explored
Escorted Bus Tour

  • Small group travel in luxury fully equipped air-conditioned transportation
  • Superior hotels than those offered on other comaparable tours available online
  • Excellent staff to guest ratio - usually 1 staff member to 6 guests
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ITINERARY (Cape Town to Johannesburg Option):

Day 1 Saturday
Overnight flight to Cape Town

Day 2 Sunday
Upon your arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon collection from the hotel for a scheduled afternoon City Tour - a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Return to the hotel for overnight. Overnight Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa (deluxe studio) or similar

Day 3 Monday (Breakfast included)
This morning you will be collected for your scheduled full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour - an awe-inspiring tour passing magnificent beaches, breath-taking views and historic & picturesque coastal villages to the towering headland known as Cape Point. The tour ends upon return to your hotel during the late afternoon. Overnight Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa (deluxe studio) or similar

Day 4 Tuesday (Breakfast included)
Today you embark on a scheduled full day Cape Winelands Tour. This is a delightful drive, which winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Return to Cape Town during the late afternoon. Overnight Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa (deluxe studio) or similar

Day 5 Wednesday (Breakfast & Dinner included)
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 before enjoying dinner. Overnight De Opstal Country Lodge (standard room) or similar

Day 6 Thursday (Breakfast & Dinner included)
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 some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront before proceeding to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay. Embark on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River before arriving at your lodge where you shall spend the following two nights. Freshen up before dinner at the lodge. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar

Day 7 Friday (Breakfast & Dinner included)
After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (to own account), visit Birds of Eden - the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Optional: Whale & Dolphin boat experience (weather & time permitting; not included) before returning to the lodge. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar

Day 8 Saturday (Breakfast included)
After breakfast and check-out formalities, journey along the final leg of the Garden Route to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. Arrive in Port Elizabeth at approximately 18h00 with drop-off at the hotel. Overnight Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth (standard room or similar)

Day 9 Sunday (Breakfast included)
Transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Durban (flight not included). On arrival at King Shaka International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel which is located on the Golden Mile - Durban's distinctive beach front. Afternoon collection from your hotel for a city tour of Durban, where east meets west; a city beneath which beats the pulse of Africa. On the tour you will discover the cultural and historical contrasts of the city. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight Protea Hotel Edward (standard room) or similar

Day 10 Monday (Breakfast & Dinner included)
This morning you depart Durban and travel up 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 African Kingfisher Eagle, in their natural habitat. In the afternoon you will transfer to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve covers a combined area of 90 000ha and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Continue to the hotel for dinner on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the classically styled restaurant. Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar

Day 11 Tuesday (Breakfast & Dinner included)
Enjoy a morning at leisure to relax or embark on one of the optional morning activities on offer from the lodge. Later in the day, embark on a scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains, offering views over Lake Jozini. At the summit and as the setting sun transforms the sky into a tapestry of colours, stop for sundowners. The drive will be combined with a visit to a local and authentic Zulu homestead for a glimpse into Zulu life in today's world. End the day with dinner at the hotel. Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar

Day 12 Wednesday (Breakfast included)
Today you journey 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. Travel via Big Bend and visit 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. After spending some time at the Mbabane craft markets arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Overnight Royal Swazi Sun (standard room) or similar

Day 13 Thursday (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
This morning the tour continues through Swaziland. En route you will stop at the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. At the Jeppe's Reef border, enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue the journey to your hotel for late afternoon arrival followed by dinner. Overnight Perry's Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar

Day 14 Friday (Breakfast & Dinner included)
Early this morning you will depart on an open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. 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. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. You will have the option to return to the Kruger National Park to absorb the tranquil beauty of an evening safari (additional charge). Overnight Perry's Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar

Day 15 Saturday (Breakfast included)
Continue to Johannesburg 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, we also stop at God's Window. The tour ends at approximately 18h00 upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport.

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Key: (B) Breakfast - (L) Lunch - (D) Dinner
6 Key Reasons to Book
- Operated in 16 seater specially adapted luxury busses so high ratio of driver and guide to customer to ensure 1st class service levels

- Over 100 departures per year guaranteed all with fully qualified English speaking guides and professionally trained drivers

- Tour operates from Johannesburg to Cape Town or Vice Versa

- The tour, unlike most others, can be broken down and split to allow for extra days in either Durban or Port Elizabeth should you want a beach break

- We provide all transfers to and from airports in South Africa and meet and greet you at the airport

- The hotels used are of a superior quality to comparable tours on offer, some hotels with real character are being used on this tour
Main Highlights of the Tour
- Table Mountain
- Cape Peninsula & Winelands
- Route 62
- Magnificent scenery
- Quaint & charming towns
- Knysna Lagoon & Heads
- Encounter with elephants
- Durban's beaches and Indian market
- UNESCO World Heritage Site
   iSimangaliso Wetlands Park
- Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve Safari
- Zululand
- Multi-cultural experiences
- Swaziland
- Kruger National Park Safari
- Panorama Route
Additional Information
- Departure Monday
- Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
- English speaking THETA registered tour guide
- Accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis
- 13 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners

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