South African Surprise
South African Surprise

Highlights: Johannesburg - Mpumalanga - Eswatini (Swaziland) - St. Lucia And Surrounds - Durban - Drakensberg - Eastern Cape Coast - Port Elizabeth - Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Mossel Bay - Cape Town 

Alternate Departure Dates:
- 7 Jun 20
- 5/19 Jul 20
- 2/16 Aug 20
- 6 Sept 20
- 4/18 Oct 20
- 1/15 Nov 20
- 6 Dec 20


Accommodation:
Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar x 1 night
Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar x 2 nights
Lugogo Sun or similar x 1 night
Anew Hotel Hluhluwe or similar x 1 night
Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge or similar x 1 night
Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar x 2 nights
Crawford’s Beach Lodge or similar x 1 night
Garden Court Kings Beach or similar x 1 night
Premier Hotel The Moorings or similar x 1 night
Diaz Hotel & Resort or similar x 1 night
Sunsquare Cape Town Gardens or similar x 2 nights


Itinerary:


Day 1: Johannesburg 
Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.


Day 2: Johannesburg - Mpumalanga 
This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 500 kms


Day 3: Mpumalanga 
We have a bright and early start to the day to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle. Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.  Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure. [Packed Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 200 kms


Day 4: Mpumalanga – Eswatini (Swaziland) 
This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Eswatini (Swaziland). We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Eswatini (Swaziland) where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Eswatini culture. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 280 kms


Day 5: Eswatini (Swaziland) – St. Lucia And Surrounds 
This morning we journey through Eswatini (Swaziland) into Zululand. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 350 kms


Day 6: St. Lucia And Surrounds - Durban 
Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before arriving at our hotel late afternoon. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 320 kms


Day 7: Durban - Drakensberg 
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps take an early morning cab ride to the bustling Umhlanga Beach for a stroll along the Promenade mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300-foot-high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (own account). [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 280 kms


Day 8: Drakensberg 
Enjoy a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities to be enjoyed at the Resort. [Breakfast & Dinner]


Day 9: Drakensberg - Eastern Cape Coast 
This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch (own account) outside the capital of Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 520 kms


Day 10: Eastern Cape Coast - Port Elizabeth
We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes.  The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. We set off heading south to Port Elizabeth. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 340 kms


Day 11: Port Elizabeth - Knysna
Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities.  A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Distance travelled today: 300 kms


Day 12: Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Mossel Bay
After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Overnight in Mossel Bay. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 360 kms


Day 13: Mossel Bay - Cape Town
Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Albertinia to visit a well-known aloe factory. In this area, the Cape Aloe grows wild on many farms, and is still harvested in the traditional, labour-intensive way, providing a livelihood for unskilled, independent tappers. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon. [Breakfast]
Distance travelled today: 420 kms


Day 14: Cape Town (Unescorted)
Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this beautiful city. [Breakfast]


Day 15: Cape Town 
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport. [Breakfast]



Offer Includes

  • 14 nights accommodation as per itinerary
  • Excursions & Activities as per Itinerary

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary