Duration
12 Days Itinerary
From
USD $4,495 Dates/Prices
Visiting

South Africa

Transportation

4WD, Cable Car, Catamaran, Coach, Jeep, Plane

Bustling city centres, stunning scenery, vibrant culture and an abundance of wildlife await our small group travellers to South Africa. Explore the country's rich history, taste fine wines in the Cape Winelands, discover the colourful culture, spot the ‘Big Five’ on safari game drives and more on this amazing journey.

Tour highlights

South Africa is a country of diversity and dramatic beauty. From magnificent mountains, white sandy beaches, stunning savannahs and green wine lands, the diversity of the country will astound you as you discover its beauty.  

Vibrant, friendly and colorful, eSwatini will leave a long-lasting impression. Explore its arts and craft culture, traditional markets and vast landscape, interacting with the locals and learning the eSwatini way of life.

More than 140 resident mammal species call the world-renowned Kruger National Park home. Game drives through Africa’s third largest park showcase the diversity of the wildlife with sightings of the ‘Big Five’ a possibility.

Itinerary (12 Days)

Curated destinations, lifetime memories.

Day
Day 1
1

Cape Town

Welcome to Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Framed between mountains and the sea, Cape Town is an eclectic city often referred to as the cosmopolitan hub of Africa. With vibrant restaurants, a rich history and a variety of activities, Cape Town is a fascinating city to explore.

We meet our small group this evening for a welcome dinner at Gold Restaurant, a taste safari of a set 14 course Cape Malay and African menu accompanied by unique and interactive traditional entertainment. 

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Cape Town

Today we embark on a city tour of Cape Town visiting the iconic sights and learning more about the city, its history and its people. Throughout our tour we explore the Malay Quarter, Cape Town’s city centre, Company Gardens, the South African Museum and, time permitting, the Castle of Good Hope. We uncover the vastness of the city; from cobblestone streets, colonial-style buildings, large botanical gardens and brightly coloured houses.

A highlight of our city tour will be a visit to Table Mountain, via the cableway, one of South Africa’s most prominent landmarks. Here, we witness the natural beauty of the mountain’s steep cliffs and rocky outcrops and its abundance of flora and fauna whilst taking in the stunning view of the city below us. After the tour we have the rest of the day to explore more of the city by ourselves.

Note

If we experience poor weather conditions, the cableway ride to Table Mountain will not take place.

[Breakfast]

Day 3
3

Cape Peninsula

Cape Peninsula is a region of stunning scenery and breathtaking landscapes. Enjoy coastal views, wildlife spotting and more in the region.

Our small group excursion to Cape Peninsula today on a full day tour of the area. We drive along the Atlantic seaboard before a scenic cruise to Seal Island to witness the Cape Fur Seal colony in its natural habitat. We disembark our catamaran cruise and continue to Chapman’s Peak, considered to be one of the most stunning roadways in the world. Winding its way along the Atlantic, the short drive features 114 curves and boasts breathtaking views.

We continue to Cape Point Nature Reserve, before taking a ride in the Flying Dutchman Funicular up to the top of Cape Point for stunning panoramic views. The picturesque Simon’s Town is next where we stop for lunch at Black Marlin restaurant. After lunch, we continue to Boulder’s Beach where we have the chance to see rare African penguins before heading back to Cape Town via Fish Hoek, Klak Bay and Muizenberg.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 4
4

Cape Town to Franschhoek

Welcome to the Winelands! Franschhoek is a quaint town located in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Known for its stunning scenery, world-class food and wine, and fantastic hospitality, Franschhoek was first established over 300 years ago and since, has transformed into a beautiful wine region.

Special Experience

On our journey to Franschhoek, we stop in Stellenbosch and enjoy a guided food walking tour of the town. This tasty discovery of the Cape’s traditional food and drinks is the perfect introduction to the Cape Winelands.

We continue to Franschhoek, making one last stop along the way at Drakenstein Correctional Centre, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. We arrive in Franschhoek in the late afternoon with some free time to explore the town’s main street. 

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 5
5

Franschhoek to Knysna

One of the Southern Cape coast’s best-known holiday destinations, Knysna is a charming coastal town with a relaxed and laidback atmosphere. Situated between lush forests and a picturesque lagoon the town offers stunning natural beauty and an array of attractions and activities.

We rise early this morning to start our drive to Knysna. Along the journey we stop in Oudtshoorn at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain range. Known as the Ostrich capital of South Africa, Oudtshoorn is home to 400 Ostrich farms. We visit and tour the Safari Ostrich Farm before a traditional barbeque lunch featuring Ostrich steaks.

We continue to Knysna with free time this evening to explore the coastal town at our own leisure.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 6
6

Knysna: Featherbed Island and Knysna Township

Featherbed Nature Reserve is a South African heritage site accessible by ferry only. We experience this natural paradise and learn about the reserve and its environment. Our Featherbed experience begins with a ferry cruise along the lagoon to arrive at the nature reserve. On arrival, we enjoy a 4WD tour through the reserve to the top of the Western Head and take in spectacular views of the lagoon, mountains and town of Knysna whilst learning about the history and ecology of the reserve. We then have the option of walking 2.2 kilometres downhill to our awaiting buffet lunch under the milkwood trees.

Special Experience

After lunch we make our way back to Knysna where we tour the Knysna Township and learn more about the local community. We meet with local shop owners and gain insight into the Xhosa culture.

Note

The Knysna Township tour is subject to change due to local opening and closing times.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 7
7

Knysna to Port Elizabeth

This morning we travel to Port Elizabeth stopping along the way at Africa’s oldest and largest marine reserve, Tsitsikamma National Park. A photographer’s delight, the national park is home to a spectacular rugged coastline and is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Next, it’s on to the town of Oudebosch where we enjoy lunch before visiting the Protea Farm and enjoy a guided tour to learn about the farm – its nursery, protea fields and packing shed. We enjoy our evening at leisure in Port Elizabeth.

[Breakfast and Lunch]

Day 8
8

Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg

We take a flight to Johannesburg this morning. Upon arrival we enjoy a guided tour of the city. We head to the residential neighbourhood of Orchards this morning and visit the former home of Mohandas Gandi, Satyagraha House. The future Mahatma developed his philosophy of passive resistance in this house during 1908 and 1909. Next, we visit the Apartheid Museum and step back into 20th century South Africa. We immerse ourselves in the story of the apartheid and learn about its rise and fall during our visit to the museum, which itself is a superb example of architectural design. We enjoy time at leisure this evening.

[Breakfast]

Day 9
9

Johannesburg to Hazyview

We make our way to Hazyview this morning, located within the Mpumalanga province. Although one of South Africa’s smaller provinces, it packs a punch when it comes to incredible scenery and natural landscapes. We journey via the Panorama Route, a unique stretch of stunning scenery with some great photo opportunities. We stop at God’s Window viewpoint and descend into Graskop Gorge via a lift to immerse ourselves in the incredible scenery. We enjoy dinner at our lodge this evening.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 10
10

Hazyview to Mjejane

Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game parks home to the greatest species diversity in Africa, with more than 140 resident mammals. Game drives here are a plenty as we gain insight into the wonderful world of Africa’s wildlife. We journey to our lodge this morning, located in Mjejane, a private ‘Big Five’ game reserve within Kruger National Park. Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River, we’re surrounded by thousands of hectares of African wilderness, providing breathtaking views and experiences.

Special Experience

This morning we visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Located in the Umhloti Nature Reserve, the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to chimpanzees that have been displaced from their natural habitats in Africa. We tour the sanctuary before continuing to Mjejane.

Upon arrival we enjoy the first of our game drives through the park, our first opportunity to explore Kruger National Park and get a taste of the excellent scenery and wildlife that Kruger boasts.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 11
11

Mjejane: Kruger National Park

Explore Kruger National Park today across two game drives. With ample opportunity to witness some of nature’s finest, our day is full of magical moments as we explore Kruger and learn more about the fascinating species that call it home. Throughout the day keep an eye out for the ‘Big Five’ (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino) as well as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, wild dog and vast antelope herds. We wake early for our first game drive returning to our lodge for breakfast and some free time. After lunch, we head out on our next game drive, returning to the lodge for dinner.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 12
12

Mjejane to Johannesburg

Kruger has one last game drive in store for us this morning, a fitting farewell to our time in South Africa. Our tour concludes after our game drive when we are transferred back to Johannesburg. We bid farewell to our new friends and to the beauty of South Africa.  

[Breakfast]

Inclusions

No last minute surprises, these are all part of your trip.

Travel

  • Travel in a small group of 6 to 12 passengers
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding open safari 4WD)
  • 1 economy-class flight within South Africa
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • 4 game drives

Stays

  • 8 nights in superior hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights in superior South African lodges

Meals

  • 22 meals, including 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Food highlight, Stellenbosch. Enjoy a food walking tour of Stellenbosch and become acquainted with the traditional food and drink of the Cape Winelands.
  • Food highlight, Oudtshoorn. Traditional barbeque lunch featuring ostrich steaks at Safari Ostrich Farm.

Guides

  • A small group tour leader accompanies the group on the entire tour (min. 6 passengers)
  • Specialist local guides join the small group tour in selected locations

Special Experiences

  • Discover South Africa’s food and wine scene on a walking food tour in the winelands
  • Visit the Knysna Township and gain insight into the Xhosa culture
  • Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Sightseeing

  • Cape Town Sightseeing
  • Table Mountain 
  • Malay Quarter
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • South African Museum
  • Seal Island Cruise
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Boulders Beach
  • Stellenbosch's elegant oak-lined streets 
  • Drakenstein Correctional Centre
  • Safari Ostrich Farm
  • Featherbed Island Cruise
  • 4WD Unimog drive to western head of Featherbed
  • Protea Farm
  • Satyagraha House
  • Apartheid Museum 
  • Panorama Route
  • God's Window
  • Graskop Gorge Lift
  • Kruger National Park game drives
  • Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Accommodation

Accommodation, a superior and safe retreat.

South Africa flag Cape Town South Africa

Protea Hotel Victoria Junction

4-star

In the heart of Cape Town is the Protea Hotel Cape Town Victoria Junction offering a convenient and comfortable stay in South Africa’s capital. Rooms are comfortable and stylish, featuring air-conditioning, a safe deposit box, coffee maker and free wifi. The hotel boats a rooftop outdoor pool with city views, an onsite fitness centre and a contemporary restaurant.

South Africa flag Franschhoek South Africa

Protea Hotel Franschhoek

4-star

Dating back to the 1880s, the Protea Hotel Franschhoek offers a charming stay in the heart of the Winelands. Rooms are elegant and modern, equipped with ai-conditioning, a safe deposit box, free wifi and more. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a contemporary restaurant.

South Africa flag Knysna South Africa

Protea Hotel Knysna Quays

4-star

On the edge of Knysna’s lagoon, the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays is in the perfect location for you to step out and explore all the coastal town has to offer. The hotel offers modern facilities to ensure an excellent stay including a heated outdoor pool, a wellness therapist and four dining options. Enjoy spacious rooms with views of the Knysna Lagoon or the hotel’s pool area, free wifi and tea and coffee making facilities.

South Africa flag Port Elizabeth South Africa

Protea Hotel Marine

4-star

This beachfront hotel offers a superior hotel in the heart of Port Elizabeth. Rooms feature elegant styling and are equipped with air-conditioning, a safe deposit box, free wifi and more to ensure a comfortable stay for guests. The hotel features three dining options, an outdoor pool and sun deck.

South Africa flag Johannesburg South Africa

Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton

4-star

This deluxe hotel is an inner-city oasis with stylish guest rooms and modern facilities. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning and free wifi whilst the hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool, three dining and bar options and a fitness center. Situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s area of Gauteng, the Protea Hotel Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton is conveniently located for exploring all that Johannesburg has to offer.

South Africa flag Hazyview South Africa

Hippo Hollow Country Lodge

4-star

Surrounded by lush greenery and a beautiful landscape, the Hippo Hollow Country Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in Mpumalanga. Each room is spacious and equipped with creature comforts including air-conditioning, free wifi, a safe deposit box, a coffee maker and more. The hotel boasts onsite dining options and two outdoor swimming pools. 

South Africa flag Kruger National Park South Africa

Mjejane River Lodge

4-star

Perched on the banks of the Crocodile River and surrounded by endless plains, the Mjejane River Lodge is a special place to stay whilst visiting Kruger. All rooms have a view of the Crocodile River and are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and private patios overlooking the property's surrounds. The lodge also boasts an outdoor swimming pool overlooking the river and indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Information

Details for your small group tour.

01

Currency

South Africa

The official currency in South Africa is the South African Rand, although the recommended currency to take on your tour is the US Dollar. When you arrive in South Africa you will be able to change your US Dollars into the South African Rand. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations. The South African Rand is accepted in eSwatini.

Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.

Currency
South African Rand (ZAR)
02

Fitness Level

Africa

To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our Africa tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with Africa’s natural beauty, local wildlife and bustling city centers in the continent’s harsh environment. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in Africa. If you are affected by dusty conditions, please ensure that you come prepared and are fit enough to cope with the conditions.

Walking Ability
2-3hrs
03

Arrival Time

South Africa - Arrival Time

We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 14:00h in order to take part in your welcome dinner.

04

Luggage

Luggage

Because of the limited storage space in light aircraft and safari vehicles in Africa, please note the following luggage restrictions for this tour.

·        A soft bag is required

Dates and Prices

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*Prices shown are in USD.

Start Date   End Date Tour Price Offer Price Savings Status  
22 Mar 20
02 Apr 20
$4,695
$4,695
Available
26 Apr 20
07 May 20
$4,495
$4,495
Available
31 May 20
11 Jun 20
$4,495
$4,495
Available
05 Jul 20
16 Jul 20
$4,495
$4,495
Available
23 Aug 20
03 Sep 20
$4,495
$4,495
Available
27 Sep 20
08 Oct 20
$4,495
$4,495
Available
06 Nov 20
17 Nov 20
$4,795
$4,795
Available

Additional Info

Single Supplement

The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.

Tipping

Tipping has been included in your tour price for drivers, porters, waiters, any specialist local guides and your small group tour leader.

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