Grand tour of South Africa

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€3899 per person
Duration
17 days
Travellers
20
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Departure Location
Malta International Airport
Return Location
Dubai Airport

Grand tour of South Africa

Visiting: Johannesburg, Hazyview, Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Zululand, St Lucia, Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma National Park, Oudtshoorn & Cape Town

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

MAGNIFICENT PANORAMA ROUTE, BOURKE’S LUCK POTHOLES, SAFARI EXPERIENCE, SWAZILAND & ZULULAND, HLUHLUWE-UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE, PICTURESQUE GARDEN ROUTE, FEATHERBED NATURE RESERVE, ROUTE 62, CAPE TOWN CITY, CAPE POINT & PENINSULA & WINELANDS TOU

Date: 26th August-10th September

FRIDAY, 26TH AUGUST

We meet at the airport at 12.30 pm for our Emirates flight that leaves Malta at 3.35 pm and arrives in Dubai at 1.05 am. We then board our flight to South Africa departing at 4.05 am and arriving in Johannesburg at 10.15 am. Transfer to our hotel in the heart of Sandton & check-in – Davinci Hotel, Nelson Mandela Square 3* (or similar). Photo opportunity at Nelson Mandela Square, in front of a bronze statue of the late President. Dinner included.

SATURDAY, 27TH AUGUST

Breakfast, check-out and then we make our way to Hazyview. Today we have the opportunity for an optional game drive (extra) into the Kruger National Park in search of the Big 5, or relax at our hotel and make use of the facilities it offers – Casa do Sol Resort hotel (or similar). Dinner (included).

SUNDAY, 28TH AUGUST

After breakfast, pick up and we start off travelling via the magnificent Panorama Route. From many well-positioned vantage points, one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at Bourke’s Luck Potholes (included) and ends at the Three Rondavels (included). We then stop at God’s window (included). A visit to a waterfall is also included during today’s trip and we also visit Graskop. Later we return to our Hotel in Hazyview and have dinner (included).

MONDAY, 29TH AUGUST

Packed breakfast – Today we have an early morning open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park (included). The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa, supporting more than half of the world’s remaining white rhinos, together with other animals such as buffaloes, elephants, black rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs & giraffes and one of the few viable lion populations in southern Africa. The safari starts at about 6.30 am and ends at about 12.30 pm at Malelane Gate. Later we make our way to the Royal Kingdom of Eswatini. We enter through Jeppe’s Reef Border Post and continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works (included). Here we see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. Afterwards, we are transferred to our next hotel and have dinner (included). Overnight at Foresters Arm Hotel (or similar).

TUESDAY, 30TH AUGUST

Breakfast and afterwards we enjoy a morning visit at Malandela, with it’s market and shops, as well as the Swazi Candle Factory, colourful handmade products featuring wax encased lights, pure vegetables glycerine soaps and marula oil body balm. We will then have a coffee stop (extra) at Nisela Safaris in the Nisela Nature Reserve before crossing over the border at Golela Border Post into KwaZulu-Natal. Our stay for the next two nights will be at Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Hotel, Hluhluwe (or similar). Dinner included.

WEDNESDAY, 31ST AUGUST

Early breakfast is followed by a transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve (included) for a morning of game viewing in open 4×4 safari vehicles. Have some leisure time, as well as an afternoon visit to a Zulu Cultural Village. Return to our hotel and enjoy dinner (included).

THURSDAY, 1ST SEPTEMBER

We start this day with breakfast and proceed to St Lucia where we embark on a hippo and croc safari boat Cruise with an abundance in birdlife. Transfer to Umhlanga driving along the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal. In the afternoon, we have some free time to either relax at Umhlanga Beach Front or do shopping at Gateway Shopping Centre. Overnight at Royal Palm Hotel Umhlanga (or similar). Today, both lunch and dinner are extra.

FRIDAY, 2ND SEPTEMBER

Breakfast and check out. This morning we make our way to King Shaka International Airport for our flight to Port Elizabeth, no called Ggeberha. Upon our arrival, we enjoy a sightseeing drive of the city and then we are transferred to Jeffrey’s Bay. We check-in at our hotel – Mandyville (or similar) and have dinner (included).

SATURDAY, 3RD SEPTEMBER

After breakfast, we travel via the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park – ‘garden of the Garden Route’. One can enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers incredible views. A visit to Monkeyland & Birds of Eden is also included. It is the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. We then proceed to a Wine Estate (included) for some tasting followed by lunch (extra). We will spend the following two nights at Belvedere Manor Estate in Knysna (or similar). Dinner included.

SUNDAY, 4TH SEPTEMBER

Breakfast is followed by a transfer to Knysna Waterfront where we will board a ferry to visit Featherbed Nature Reserve, a half-day excursion that finishes with a special lunch (included) under the milkwood trees on this small Island. In the afternoon, we have some leisure time to relax on the beach (weather permitting). Today’s dinner is extra, an opportunity to enjoy dinner overlooking the sunset at Brentonon-Sea.

MONDAY, 5TH SEPTEMBER

Today, after breakfast, we will be travelling to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital of the world. Here we will have a guided tour of the working ostrich farm (included). Later we are transferred to our accommodation for the night located in the Schoemans Valley. We then visit Cango Caves, one of the natural wonders of the world that have become a major draw-card to the Karoo area. After a one hour tour, we head back to the Lodge for dinner. Overnight at De Opstal Guest Lodge (or similar).

TUESDAY, 6TH SEPTEMBER

Breakfast and today we visit Cango Wildlife Ranch (extra) before leaving Oudshoorn. Special attractions at this ranch and conservation centre include cheetah land, Kuranda forest, Lemur falls, snake park, crocodiles and much more. We will travel via Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (extra), followed by Cape Town. We enjoy a drive pass city tour showing us the important sites of the city. One can admire historical beginning and also the modern buildings and malls. Our overnight will be at The Westin Cape Town, V&A Waterfront (or similar). Dinner (extra)

WEDNESDAY, 7TH SEPTEMBER

Breakfast and today’s excursion take us to the heart of the Cape Winelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. We visit Stellenbosch as well, Wine Estate for some wine tasting before browsing the main street of Franschhoek with all its stalls; galleries and shops. We return to our hotel and have dinner (extra).

THURSDAY, 8TH SEPTEMBER

After breakfast, we travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay (optional boat trip to Seal Island – extra). We later continue via Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve (funicular not included), and then to historic Simon’s Town – a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Today, we will have a farewell lunch in Simonstown. Dinner (extra).

FRIDAY, 9TH SEPTEMBER/SATURDAY, 10TH SEPTEMBER

Our last day in South Africa – we have breakfast and check out. We then set off to Table Mountain (weather permitting) where we visit one of the eight natural wonders of the world with a cable car (extra). We have some leisure time at V&A Waterfront and later in the afternoon, we are transferred to Cape Town International airport for our flight that departs at 6.20 pm and arrives in Dubai at 5.45 am (Saturday morning). This is followed by our next flight departing at 8.00 am and arriving in Malta at 2.05 pm

PRICE PER PERSON

Adult in Triple €3899

Adult in Twin €3999

Adult in Single €4667

The minimum group size is based on 20 passengers

Note:

A Maltese passport with a validity date of 6 months beyond departure date Vaccines:

Kindly check with the National Immunisation Service at Floriana Health centre.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Return flights with Emirates to Johannesburg / from Cape Town via Dubai Internal flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth (Ggeberha)

14-night accommodation in hotels indicated (or similar)

12 buffet breakfasts,

2 packed breakfasts,

3 lunches and 10 dinners

All excursions are guided by an English speaking THETA accredited guide as per the itinerary

All the entrances, as mentioned in the programme

All transfers as per programme

Service of a tour leader

All taxes

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Afternoon Game Drive in Kruger €60

Marine Encounter boat trip off Plettenberg Bay beach €52

Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn €24

Seal Island boat trip in Hout Bay €8

Table Mountain , Cape Town cable car €22

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Grand tour of South Africa

Price
€3899 per person
Duration
17 days
Travellers
20

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