17 Days / 16 Nights South Africa & Thundering Victoria Falls

Arrive/Cape Town – Knysna – Port Elizabeth – Chintsa – Southern Drakensberg – Durban – St Lucia – Lobamba – Kapama Private Game Reserve – Victoria Falls (Zambia)

Introduction in Summary

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town Day 1 Day 4 B&B 3 Nights
Premier Hotel Knysna The Moorings Knysna Day 4 Day 6 B&B 2 Nights
Protea Hotel by Marriott Port Elizabeth Marine Port Elizabeth Day 6 Day 7 B&B 1 Night
Crawford’s Beach Lodge Chintsa Day 7 Day 8 B&B 1 Night
Premier Resort Sani Pass Southern Drakensberg Day 8 Day 10 B&B 2 Nights
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Durban Day 10 Day 11 B&B 1 Night
Elephant Lake Hotel St Lucia Day 11 Day 12 D,B&B 1 Night
Royal Swazi Spa Lobamba Day 12 Day 13 D,B&B 1 Night
Kapama River Lodge Kapama Private Game Reserve Day 13 Day 15 FB+ 2 Nights
The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara Victoria Falls (Zambia) Day 15 Day 17 D,B&B 2 Nights
Not Included Transfer for International departure Day 17 Day 17 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
D,B&B: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Tipping Guidelines are as follow:

Airport Porters – R15.00 per Bag x 4 services (R60.00) per person

Hotel Portage – R15.00 per Bag x 20 Services (R400.00) per person

Restaurants (All Meals) – It is advised that the guests give a minimum of 10% of the total bill amount.

Game Rangers – Recommended that they guests give a minimum of R100.00 each per game drive.

Guide – Recommended that they guests give a minimum of R150.00 each per person per day.

Coach Driver – Recommended that they guests give a minimum of R100.00 each per person per day.

 

Services Included:

All services as mentioned in the program only.

Guide when specified

Transfers as mentioned

Day tours as mentioned as planned

Entrances mentioned as planned (some items have been inserted for information purposes ONLY  and will be labelled as information)

Meal mentioned as planned (Set Menu or Buffet)

All overnight Accommodation

 

Services Excluded:

  • All services as mentioned below:
  • Airport Portage & Hotel Portage
  • Guide and Drive Gratuity
  • Ranger and Tracker Gratuity
  • All expenses of a personal nature
  • All activity options / optional services
  • Special décor & entertainment
  • Changes due to bad weather, cancellation fees may apply
  • All international flights and airport taxes

All the services that are recommended, optional or which are mentioned as Information (will give you history about the area or place where you are going)

Domestic Flights from Cape Town to Skukuza and from Skukuza to Johannesburg. (Price subject to change at time of booking).

DAY 1: SOUTHERN SUN WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN

Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a top international destination. Large numbers of tourists flock to Cape Town to enjoy this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines and laid-back lifestyle. Whether you are a serious tourist or just want to lie on the beach and enjoy life, Cape Town will satisfy your needs.

Day Itinerary

Day 1: – (Arrival in Cape Town)

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport they will be met by a South Africa representative who will be an English Speaking Tour Guide.  The guide will meet and introduce himself to the guests and will assist them with their luggage (Porterage is included – 1 bag per person only) to the transport vehicle.

The clients will be transferred to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront where they will spend the day at leisure.

Lunch will be at 1200hrs at The Greek Fisherman Restaurant (Gratuity and drinks for the clients own account).  After lunch the clients will be transferred to the hotel where they will be able to check in at 14:00 and relax at the hotel until they get picked up at 1800hrs for their dinner at the Gold Restaurant.  The guests will take part in the drumming interaction and will be entertained while they enjoy their dinner.

Some information for you:

There is a Complementary Shuttle Service that runs between the Hotel and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront every 30 min daily, that all in house guests can make use of.

Here are some recommended Services for the group to do at the V&A Waterfront:

Some of the activities that we can recommend are:

Helicopter Flights,

Harbour boat Tour,

Sunset Cruise,

Two Oceans Aquarium,

Cape Wheel.

The guests will be spending 3 nights at the Southern Sun Waterfront hotel.

Gold Restaurant Information:

Storytelling through music, singing and dancing

Guests at GOLD Restaurant cannot help but be swept up in the excitement of archetypal African stories told through our live entertainment.

This includes praise singing to welcome you, Mali puppetry, and dancing to the rhythms of the marimba percussion and djembe drums. As community is everything in traditional African culture, at the end of the evening, all the staff voluntarily join in the festivities. It is their way of coming together as a family, to celebrate with you, and to wish you well until you we see you again.

Feel the heartbeat of Africa with our pre-dinner interactive djembe drumming session every evening at 18:30.

Gold Restaurant Dinner Menu:

START YOUR AFRICAN TASTE SAFARI

SOUTH AFRICA TOMATO SOUP (V)
There is a delicious zing to this tomato soup that is flavoured with ground spices and pounded green chillies, garlic and ginger

SOUTH AFRICAN ROOSTERKOEK (V)
Usually prepared on the fire when South Africans braai, they are a wonderful accompaniment to the soup and pâté (Gluten free – cassava bread)

SOUTH AFRICAN OSTRICH BILTONG AND PEPPERDEW PÂTÉ
Cured and dried meat is a staple for South Africans and enjoyed daily as a snack. Pepper dew is a piquante pepper discovered in South Africa in 1993. Together they make a delicious pâté (Veg Option: Butter bean mash served with Egyptian Dukkah)

TRY SOME STREET FOOD

ZAMBIAN KANDOLO BALLS (V)
Sweet potatoes are grown in most gardens in Southern Africa and they can be prepared as sweet or savoury. Ours are savoury and given a modern twist with the addition of sesame seeds

KENYAN IRIO PATTIES (V)
Two of Africa’s staples, maize and spinach, are combined in gorgeous, soft patties which are gently fried until golden

ALGERIAN LAMB CIGARS
A typical street food found in Algeria – pastry wrapped around delicately spiced lamb mince. Usually fried, ours are baked as a healthier option (Veg Option: South African pea and potato samosas) EAST AFRICAN MANGO SALSA (V) This delicious salsa smacks of East Africa’s balmy beaches

ENJOY OUR MAINS, SERVED AFRICAN STYLE, A FEAST TO SHARE AND THEN FILL UP YOUR BOWLS AGAIN – IF YOU HAVE SPACE…

ZANZIBAR MASALA FISH CURRY
All the mild and delicate flavours of the spice island come to life in this masala and tamarind infused curry (Veg Option: Cape Malay vegetable curry)

NAMIBIAN VENISON POT
we use organic Springbok (which could not outrun our chef) in this rich and tender “potjie” (3-legged iron cauldron) (Veg Option: Moroccan chick pea and olive tagline)

CASABLANCA GRILLED VEGETABLE COUS (V)
A North African staple made from semolina grains and served with grilled vegetables ETHIOPIAN

AYESHA GONEN -COLLARD GREENS (V)
This authentic Ethiopian side dish is made with collard greens, fresh ginger and bell peppers

CAMEROON BENNE CHICKEN SALAD
Marinated free range chicken breasts coated with sesame seeds served with crunchy greens

MOROCCAN M’HANNCHA (V)
Translated this means “the snake” and is the most famous sweet dish in Morocco. Crisp, buttery filo is filled with almond paste scented with cinnamon (Gluten and nut free: African beetroot cake)

FRESH FRUIT KEBABS (V)
Fresh seasonal fruit

FOOD ALLERGIES and INTOLERANCES: We take utmost care with our dietary requirements however our dishes may contain nuts, wheat, egg, dairy, soy, or fish allergens unless noted at time of your booking. Please speak to our staff about any allergies you might have.

Activities

Lunch  The Greek Fisherman

Dinner GOLD Restaurant

 

Optional Activities

Helicopter Rides @ V&A Waterfront
Shopping At The Waterfront
Waterfront Adventures Sunset Champagne Cruises
Waterfront Boat Trips
Two Oceans Aquarium
Cape Wheel

South Africa

Every country in the world displays some diversity, but South Africa, stretching from the lions in the Kruger National Park to the iconic Table Mountain in the Cape, takes some beating. Enjoy the Country’s sweeping valleys of the Winelands, Cape Town’s jumping nightlife, Namakwa’s springtime symphony of wildflowers or KwaZulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park which alone has five distinct ecosystems, attracting both zebras and dolphins – there is something here for any person with any interest of any age.

Although the country has its fair share of problems, South Africans are some of the most upbeat, welcoming and humorous folk you’ll encounter anywhere, from farmers in the rural north who tell you to drive safely on those dirt roads, to Khayelitsha kids who wish you molo (‘good morning’ in Xhosa).

Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a top international destination. Large numbers of tourists flock to Cape Town to enjoy this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines and laidback lifestyle. Whether you are a serious tourist or just want to lie on the beach and enjoy life, Cape Town will satisfy your needs.

V&A Waterfront

Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments. The Waterfront is the heart of the tourist industry in Cape Town.

The Greek Fisherman

Established in 1992, The Greek Fisherman is one of the original restaurants in the V&A Waterfront. The Greek Fisherman offers traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes, with a modern twist. The restaurant’s cuisine includes Greek and seafood specialties, the famed Greek Meze, the Souvla (spit roast) and the stunning lamb in the oven.

Greek Fisherman has the unique advantage of being in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, offering spectacular views of the harbour and Table Mountain. Parties and functions can be enjoyed in the renovated traditional Greek restaurant. The cocktail bar provides guests with the opportunity to relax before settling in to an evening of superb food and excellent service in the heart of the popular Waterfront.

GOLD Restaurant

GOLD Restaurant is a vibrant pan-African experience offering a set Cape Malay and African menu, together with live entertainment and djembe drumming 7 nights a week. Operating from an old warehouse building and a modern function venue, GOLD offers visitors a sophisticated African experience.

Enjoy an award-winning, 14-dish tasting menu inspired by ingredients and textures from all over the African continent. Be seduced by live dancing and singing to the rhythmic beating of African djembe drums. Feel part of their tribal community with some optional pre-dinner drumming under the guidance of an experienced facilitator.

Helicopter Rides @ V&A Waterfront

This is where helicopter rides over Table Bay and down the peninsula leave from.

Shopping At The Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is Cape Town’s most popular shopping centre and one of its biggest, second only in size to Canal Walk. Visitors are spoilt for choice here, with shops running the gamut from clothing stores, gift shops, sports retailers and music outlets, to art galleries, African curio stores, jewellery shops and more.

Waterfront Adventures Sunset Champagne Cruises

Waterfront Adventures is located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and offers scenic boat tours in Cape Town harbour. The Sunset Champagne Cruises provide an authentic sailing experience onboard The Spirit of Victoria, a traditionally designed 58 ft gaff rigged schooner.

Guests depart in the late afternoon in time to view the spectacular sunset at sea, while enjoying a chilled glass of complimentary champagne. This romantic cruise lasts for approximately 90 minutes and with the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Town as the backdrop, the slow setting sun is a photographers dream. All ages are welcome and the vessel includes a cash bar.

Waterfront Boat Trips

The Waterfront offers a number of different boat trips for harbour tours to champagne cruises out into Table Bay.

Two Oceans Aquarium

South Africa’s iconic Two Oceans Aquarium provides an unforgettable look at the life that thrives beneath the waves of the southern African coastline, a coastline that’s more than 2 500km long and exceptionally bio-diverse. The Aquarium, built in 1995, is a perennial favourite amongst locals and tourists, famous for introducing visitors to the magnificent animals and plants that call this stunning coastline home.

With an emphasis on conservation, the Two Oceans Aquarium’s collection – which holds more than 200 species – showcases local wildlife and changes often, resulting in a dynamic experience geared towards fostering curiosity and love for the ocean.

Conveniently located at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town’s only aquarium is open 365 days a year. It’s a great alternative on bad-weather days when outdoor activities have to be cancelled, and no pre-booking is required. There are also several added activities on offer at the Aquarium, from photo opportunities and guided tours to animal experiences and scuba diving.

Young and old are invited to spend their time exploring, experiencing and engaging the natural world found below the ocean surface.

Cape Wheel

Experience Spectacular Cape Town Views from the Cape Wheel – a giant observation wheel that offers a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Cape Town from the iconic and vibrant V&A Waterfront.

Your viewing experience across the Mother City includes Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Town City skyline, Paarl Mountains, and the Cape Town Stadium. The Cape Wheel offers 30 fully enclosed air conditioned cabins that will take you 40 metres above the ground in safety and comfort on the 12 – 15 minute, 4 revolution ride. The wheel also offers two wheelchair friendly and accessible cabins.

Transfers

Date Company Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 1   Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Southern Sun Waterfront   Transfer

Overnight: Southern Sun Waterfront        

As one of the best-known hotels within the Tsogo Sun portfolio, Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town is situated in the heart of the city. A short walk away from the famous V&A Waterfront and other Cape Town sights is just the start of this iconic accommodation landmark’s appeal. Postcard views of the harbour and of Signal Hill are rivalled only by the stylish, inviting presence of the hotel itself.

A total of 537 beautifully furnished rooms are offered at the hotel, catering to your needs with all the amenities expected of such an establishment. Enjoy a truly unique dining experience at Yizani Restaurant, which lives up to its isiXhosa name that translates to ‘come in… Welcome’. Stay fit with the help of a fully-equipped fitness centre, cools down at the outdoor pool or indulge in decadent cocktails and fine wines at the hotel bar.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included

Included in the Package:

English Speaking Guide full day including dinner

Full day coach + Return Dinner Transfer

Lunch (Excluding Beverages and Gratuity)

Dinner (Excluding Beverages and Gratuity)

Accommodation at Southern Sun Waterfront

Excluded

Excluded in the Package:

Any Gratuity for the Restaurants

Any Gratuity for the Guide

Any Gratuity for the Driver

Any Gratuity for the Porters

Dinner

Beverages

Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 2: SOUTHERN SUN WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN (CAPE PENINSULA)

Day Itinerary

On the third morning the guest will enjoy a delightful breakfast in the Hotel restaurant, after breakfast the group will meet the guide in the Hotel lobby to depart on their tour of the Cape Peninsula.

The guests will start the day off with in Hout Bay

45 min Seal Island Boat Cruise,

Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Point,

Funicular Return Tickets (also known as the “Flying Dutchman” to the locals in Cape Town)

After the tour of the Cape Point in the South of the Western Cape the clients will drive through to the beautiful scenic Mountain Passes to Simons Town.

An interesting fact about the Cape of Good Hope, many people say that it is the most Southern Point of Africa, however this is not the case, it is not the most Southern tip of Africa, despite lying at the South-West corner of the Cape Peninsula, just a little South of Cape Point on the South-East corner.  

Lunch will be at:

Black Marlin Restaurant – Set Menu Option 2

When the guests has finished their lunch they will get together and meet for the last activity of the day which is a tour of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, and here is an interesting fact about the Penguins.

African Penguins (Jackass Penguins) Spheniscus demersus, inhabit 27 sites along the South African coastline. The Boulders Beach colony is only one of the 27 sites where you can see the Penguins and it is the most famous colony of them all.

They were originally named Jackass penguins (due to their braying calling sound), but were re-named African Penguins, as there is a penguin specie in South America also called Jackass penguin.  Boulders Beach got its name from the groups of large granite boulders that are in the area, the boulders were created about 540 million years ago when molten granite formed the base of the Table Mountain sandstone.

From Boulders the group will drive back towards the Hotel where they will spend the evening at leisure and where the guests will overnight and have dinner at the Southern Sun Waterfont Hotel.

Simon’s Town

Nestled on False Bay within easy distance of Cape Town, South Africa, Simon’s Town is rich in history, character, atmosphere and warmth. The neighbours are whales, penguins and seals with world heritage status bird life. Simon’s Town offers one of the best holiday accommodations in Cape Town. Featuring the beauty of the Table Mountain range, Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the town has stunning views in the most beautiful environment of the Cape Peninsula.

Activities

Seal Island Hout Bay
Chapman’s Peak
Cape of Good Hope
Cape Point Funicular
Lunch Black Marlin
Boulders Beach

Seal Island Hout Bay

Trips departing from Hout Bay Harbour ferry passengers across to nearby Duiker Island – also known as Seal Island – where thousands of Cape Fur Seals can be seen in their natural habitat. The boat trip provides beautiful views of the bay, the harbour, The Sentinel and Chapman’s Peak.

Chapman’s Peak

Chapman’s Peak Drive winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Situated on the Atlantic Coast, at the south-western tip of South Africa, it is one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world. The 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak. The drive offers stunning 180° views with many areas along the route where you can stop and take in the scenery or sit down for a relaxing picnic.

Cape of Good Hope

Part of the Table Mountain National Park that extends from Signal Hill in the north all the way to Cape Point in the south, the Cape of Good Hope is not the southern tip of Africa, despite lying at the south-west corner of the Cape Peninsula, just a little south of Cape Point on the south-east corner.

Cape Agulhas, roughly 150kms southeast of here, holds this title instead. The Cape of Good Hope, however, remains a significant headland in the sense that from here one travels more eastward than southward, and it is not hard to imagine that rounding of the cape in 1488 was a major achievement.

This said, the Cape of Good Hope is one of two world-renowned landmarks within the Table Mountain National Park, the other is Table Mountain. These two familiar attractions are what draws thousands of visitors to Cape Town, not a new attribute to the Cape of Good Hope that functioned as something of a beacon for sailors for years and is still widely referred to as ‘The Cape’ by sea farers.  the Cape Peninsula, just a little south of Cape Point on the south-east corner.

Cape Point Funicular

The Flying Dutchman funicular takes visitors at Cape Point up to the lighthouse, where there is an outstanding view of the point and ocean.  The funicular is named after a ghost ship whose destiny it is to sail the oceans forever. More information can be found at the museum.

Black Marlin

The Black Marlin is nestled unobtrusively on one of the most scenic coastlines in the Cape, en-route to Cape Point. During “whale season” patrons often enjoy their meal whilst watching whales in False Bay. It is the perfect setting for an idyllic luncheon or evening experience.

The Black Marlin offers an extensive menu with the main emphasis on seafood, complimented by other choices of fine contemporary cuisine.  House specialties include Cape Rock lobster, Seafood platters, oysters and mussels. Through the many years of providing top quality fresh seafood and impeccable service to the locals and foreign tourists, this restaurant has become world-famous.

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is ideal for kids as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents and large waves – but please always take care. It is a rare pleasure to swim with the penguins but don’t touch or feed them. They might look cute and cuddly but their beaks are as sharp as razors and if they feel threatened they have no qualms about nipping the odd finger or nose.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included

Included in the Package:

  • English Speaking Guide full day including dinner
  • Full day coach + Return Dinner Transfer
  • Entrance Fees:
  • Seal Island
  • Chapman’s Peak
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Funicular Return
  • Bourders Beach
  • Lunch (Excluding Beverages and Gratuity)
  • Dinner (Excluding Beverages and Gratuity)
  • Accommodation at Southern Sun Waterfront

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Any Gratuity for the Porters
  • Beverages
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 3: SOUTHERN SUN WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN (ROBBEN ISLAND)

Day Itinerary

On the third morning the guest will enjoy a delightful breakfast in the Hotel restaurant, after breakfast the group will meet the guide in the Hotel lobby to depart on a half day tour of Robben Island (Weather Permitting).

The tour will begin at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront with a multimedia exhibition, museum shop and restaurant, after which, guests hop onto the ferry for a scenic trip to the island.  Once on Robben Island itself, the tour is guided by a former political prisoner of the island, for unique and informative insights into the island’s history as well as Nelson Mandela’s time spent on the island.  Guests will get to see the prison cell where Nelson Mandela spent his time.

When they arrive back at the Nelson Mandela Gate, the, followed by an orientation Tour of Cape Town including return Table Mountain.

The last excursion for the day will be at Constantia Wine farm where the group will do a wine Tasting as follow:

Wine Tasting Experience:

Sip and Enjoy Our Wine Tasting Only

Tasting 5 wines of your choice

Souvenir Spiegelau Crystal Glass

Dinner for the Group will be at the Balducci Restaurant in the V&A Waterfront.

Activities

Robben Island
Robben Island Ferry
Robben Island Prison
Robben Island Lime Quarry
Robben Island Village
Robben Island Lighthouse
Robben Island Curio Shop
Table Mountain Cableway
Dinner Balducci

Robben Island

An icon of struggle, freedom and hope made famous by Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment here.

Robben Island Ferry

This is where the ferry for Robben Island leaves from.  The ticket office also has a little museum and a curio shop.

Robben Island Prison

This notorious prison is located on an Island 7km off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay. It is where Africa’s political prisoners were kept during the colonial and Apartheid years of South Africa.

Robben Island Lime Quarry

The Robben Island tour includes a look at the limestone quarry, where the prisoners were forced to do manual labour for many years. This is one of the most moving parts of the tour.

Robben Island Lighthouse

The first Dutch administrator at Cape Town, Jan van Riebeeck, had the first navigation aid set at the top of the then Fire Hill (now known as Minto Hill). Minto Hill is the highest point on the island. Huge bonfires were lit on Fire Hill at night to warn ships of the rocks that surround the island. Van Riebeeck’s administration was from 1652 until 1662. The fires are mentioned in his dairy from 1656.

The Robben Island lighthouse was built in 1864 by Joseph Flack. It is 18 metres (59 ft) high and was converted to electricity in 1938. It is the only South African lighthouse to utilise a flashing light instead of a revolving light. The light is visible for 24 nautical miles. The lighthouse is the only area on the island that is not an official heritage site.

Table Mountain Cableway

A trip up Table Mountain is quite rightly one of the first things a tourist wants to do when arriving in Cape Town. Once on the top, a 1000m above the city below, you are rewarded with spectacular 360° views. Take your time and enjoy this unique environment, go for a walk or have a bit to eat at the restaurant with arguably one of the best views possible.

Balducci

Balducci is a restaurant located in V&A Waterfront, South Africa. The restaurant offers an unrivalled menu of simple, everyday home-cooked Italian dishes that reflect the most traditional elements of food and culinary styles. The food is prepared in a relaxed and restorative manner, while at the same time being creative, traditional and affordable.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included

Included in the Package:

  • Half Day English Speaking Guide
  • Full day Coach – For Robben Island Tour and city Tour
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Robben Island Boat Cruise & Island Tour (Weather Permitting)
  • Table Mountain Return Cableway Ticket (Weather Permitting)
  • Wine Tasting
  • Dinner at Balducci (Set Menu) (Excluding Beverages and Gratuity)
  • Bed & Breakfast at Southern Sun Waterfront

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Lunch & Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 4: PREMIER HOTEL KNYSNA THE MOORINGS, KNYSNA

Knysna

Sandwiched between the towering Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Knysna is known as the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is surrounded by world-renowned forests, lovely lagoons and pristine beaches. Visitors can look forward to an array of markets offering delicious food and organic locally-made goods, explore the town’s picturesque waterfront and quaint streets, adventure through the lush forest, skip over streams and catch a glimpse of the multicoloured Knysna Loerie, take a ferry trip to the famed Knysna Heads and sample the local oysters. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of exciting activities including: surfing, swimming, and yachting, jet skiing, boating, fishing, and golfing.

Day Itinerary (Cape Town to Knysna)

On the fourth Morning the Guests will have breakfast, followed by the check-out procedure; the guide will meet the group in the hotel lobby for their transfer to Knysna where they will spend the next two days.  The Transfer to Knysna is 490km and will take around 6hours to get to Knysna if as they can stop along the way to eat lunch.

The guests will visit the Tsitsikamma National Park is an area of the Garden Route National Park, on South Africa’s southern coast. It encompasses a marine reserve, deep gorges and local vegetation like the Big Tree (entrance included), a towering yellowwood. The Mouth Trail crosses a suspension bridge over Storms River. The Otter Trail leads to Nature’s Valley, with birds including the Cape batis. The park is also home to small mammals, including bush pigs.

After the tour of the National Park they will drive through to the Hotel and continue with the Check-in procedure, after the check-in is completed the guests will enjoying the evening at the knysna Waterfront where they can walk around and have dinner at Sirroco Restaurant.

Activities

Tsitsikamma National Park
Big Tree
Knysna Waterfront
Sirocco Restaurant

Knysna

Sandwiched between the towering Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Knysna is known as the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is surrounded by world-renowned forests, lovely lagoons and pristine beaches. Visitors can look forward to an array of markets offering delicious food and organic locally-made goods, explore the town’s picturesque waterfront and quaint streets, adventure through the lush forest, skip over streams and catch a glimpse of the multicoloured Knysna Loerie, take a ferry trip to the famed Knysna Heads and sample the local oysters. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of exciting activities including: surfing, swimming, and yachting, jet skiing, boating, fishing, and golfing.

Tsitsikamma National Park

Situated along South Africa’s beautiful coast, the Tsitsikamma National Park is known for its ancient forest, pristine coastline and magnificent rivers. The Tsitsikamma National Park falls within the Garden Route National Park and encompasses a marine conservation belt which stretches 5km out into the ocean. It is home to diverse fauna and flora including over 9000 species of indigenous fynbos. Visitors can look forward to hiking to the Big Tree, an ancient yellowwood; and going on an exhilarating kayaking trip at Storms River Mouth, as well as a number of other activities including: cycling, swimming, zip lining, camping, snorkelling, diving, mountain biking, and sailing.

Big Tree

The world’s oldest and largest Baobab tree, estimated at 3000 years and with a circumference of 43 meters.

Knysna Waterfront

The Waterfront is a central point of activity in Knysna. From here one can board a sunset cruise or ferry ride around the lagoon, do some shopping, enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants and find accommodation for your stay in Knysna.

Sirocco Restaurant

Overlooking the lagoon at Knysna’s hip Thesen’s Harbour Town, Sirocco blends elegant decor and sophisticated service with a relaxed atmosphere and delicious contemporary cuisine. Diners can stick to basics with a simple salad or homemade beef burger, feast on an array of fresh seafood, or indulge their sweet tooth with any of the restaurant’s sumptuous desserts.

Transfers

Date Company Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 4   Southern Sun Waterfront Premier Hotel Knysna The Moorings   Transfer

Overnight: Premier Hotel Knysna The Moorings

Premier Hotel Knysna – The Moorings welcomes you to the secluded banks of the Knysna Lagoon in the midst of enchanting woodland gardens. This hotel offers a range of luxury waterfront accommodation from 23 deluxe rooms, 19 One-bedroom suites and 6 Two-bedroom suites and 11 luxury waterfront Villa’s. The area offers an abundance of outdoor leisure activities such as fishing, swimming, boating or bird watching, while Knysna is only minutes away where guests can enjoy a variety of shopping malls, restaurants, pubs and attractions.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included

Included in the Package:

  • Overland English Guide
  • Overland Coach

Entrance Fees for: Tsitsikamma National Park Conservation fee – Storms River Entrance

  • The Big tree Entrance Fee
  • Dinner at Sirrocco Restaurant (Set Menu)(Excluding Beverages and Gratuity)
  • Bed & Breakfast at Premier Hotel Knysna

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Any Gratuity for the Porters
  • Beverages
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 5: PREMIER HOTEL KNYSNA THE MOORINGS, KNYSNA

Day Itinerary

On the fifth morning the guest will enjoy a delightful breakfast, followed by a Knysna Township Tour. Our Township tour into the Knysna Township is more than a tour, it also gives back to the community. We will show you all around the township, and you can experience a tea in a home with some Xhosa drumming and singing, visit a little school, local businesses, learn of the new housing project in the country and at the same time contribute through going on the tour to our Safe House for abused children, our Skills Development Centre, HIV Counselling project, Soup Kitchen and Dog project in the Knysna Township.

In the afternoon they will have lucnh while on a cruise of the Knysna River on board the John Benn Boat.

The evening will be spent at Leisure and dinner will be at the Dry Dock Restaurant in Knysna CBD.

Activities

Morning Knysna Township
Lunch Featherbed John Benn
Dinner The Drydock Food Company

Featherbed John Benn

The John Benn is a double-decker floating restaurant offering daily lagoon cruises to the Knysna Heads. A memorable family activity on Knysna Lagoon. One of the best floating restaurants in Knysna. The John Benn is a fully enclosed luxury ferry, beautifully appointed with her upper and lower decks constructed from Yellowwood sourced from the Knysna Forest.

This legendary floating restaurant is for eating, drinking and having fun! The galley team onboard the vessel is young and energetic, serving tasty food made from the freshest local selection.
Eating out in Knysna can become a whole new experience as a family activity.

This wonderful floating restaurant offers a wide dining selection from the a la carte menu has a bar on each of the upper and lower decks and is fully enclosed. The John Benn is an ideal venue for corporate functions, staff parties and weddings, or simply to have a good time!

The Dry-dock Food Company

The Dry-dock Food Company is a seafood restaurant overlooking the lagoon on the picturesque Knysna Waterfront. The restaurant serves seafood and an array of imported wines and beers during lunch and dinner.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included

Included in the Package:

  • Overland English Guide
  • Overland Coach
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Township Tour
  • Lunch on the John Benn Floating restaurant  (Set Menu)(Excluding Beverages and Gratuity)
  • Dinner at Dry-dock Restaurant (Set Menu) (Excluding Beverages and Gratuity)
  • Bed & Breakfast at Premier Hotel Knysna

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 6: PROTEA HOTEL BY MARRIOTT PORT ELIZABETH MARINE, PORT ELIZABETH

Port Elizabeth

Set on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, Port Elizabeth also referred to as PE, is known as the Friendly City as well as the Windy City and hopefully, if you stay here you will get a chance to experience the former and not the latter. Port Elizabeth was established to home British settlers who were brought out on a government-sponsored program to provide a buffer between the Cape Dutch and the Xhosa conflict.

The little port grew from there and today it is the gateway to the beautiful Garden Route and serves as an excellent base to explore the Eastern Cape’s magnificent game reserves and pristine beaches. Visitors can explore the Addo Elephant National Park, inhabited by hundreds of elephants; and other wildlife, climb the area’s largest dune at Maitland’s Beach and jump on a boat tour to spot rare seabirds and whales.

Day Itinerary (Knysna to Port Elizabeth)

On the sixth Morning the Guests will have breakfast, followed by the check-out procedure, the guide will meet the group in the hotel lobby for their transfer to from Knysna to Port Elizabeth is 261km and will take around 3hrs to get to Addo Elephant National Park, where the group will go on a 3hrs game drive, Addo Elephant National Park, this park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth in South Africa and is one of the country’s 20 National parks. It currently ranks third in size after Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The guests will be able to get lunch along the way and will have dinner in the hotel.

Port Elizabeth

Activities

Addo Elephant National Park
Afternoon Addo Elephant Safari Lodge Game Drives

Addo Elephant National Park

The third largest National Park and conserves a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. Stretching from the semi-arid karoo in the North, over the Zuurberg Mountains, through the Sundays River Valley and south to the coast, Addo covers about 180 000 hectares. Proclaimed in 1931, when only 11 elephants remained. Today is a sanctuary to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra.

Transfers

Date Company Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 6   Premier Hotel Knysna The Moorings Protea Hotel by Marriott Port Elizabeth Marine   Transfer

Overnight: Protea Hotel by Marriott Port Elizabeth Marine  

Overlooking the sun-drenched sands of Pollock Beach, with sweeping views of Algoa Bay, you can relax or work in comfort. Perfect for tourists and businessmen, Protea Hotel Marine, in the heart of the Friendly City of Port Elizabeth, is famous for its quality facilities, personal service and luxurious interior design. Whether you are on conference or holiday; there is no better place to stay. The hotel offers a wide variety of rooms to choose from and has 78 standard bedrooms and 36 superior rooms including self-catering units. From perfect comfort to ultimate luxury, we have the environment you’ve been searching for.

The Protea Hotel Marine Conference Centre offers a unique and dynamic setting for a powerful presentation; with five conference venues catering for between 10 and 90 delegates, with three dedicated boardrooms and two larger conference rooms.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included

Included in the Package:

  • Overland English Guide
  • Overland Coach
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Conservation fee
  • Game Drive (+/-3 hours)
  • Dinner the Hotel (Set Menu)
  • Bed & Breakfast at Protea Hotel by Marriot Marine Parade

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Beverages
  • Lunch
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 7: CRAWFORD’S BEACH LODGE, CHINTSA

Chintsa

Situated close to the city of East London in the beautiful Eastern Cape Province, Chintsa is a hidden treasure along the Wild Coast of South Africa. It is made up of two small villages: Chintsa East and Chintsa West, which are separated by the Chintsa River Mouth. It features a pristine, unspoilt long stretch of white-sand beach fringed by dense lush vegetation scattered with a variety of wonderful places to stay ranging from luxury to budget accommodation. Chintsa offers visitors the opportunity to surf the waves, kayak along the river, enjoy a fishing excursion and soak up the African sun on the spectacular beach.

Day Itinerary (Port Elizabeth to East London)

On the 9th Morning the guests will have breakfast, followed by the check-out procedure; the guide will meet the group in the hotel lobby for their transfer to Port Elizabeth to East London where they will spend the night.  The Transfer from Port Elizabeth to East London is 284km and will take around 4 hours.

This day will be spent at leisure and lunch and dinner will be in the hotel.

East London

Located at the northern end of the gorgeous Sunshine Coast, known for its beautiful, uncrowded beaches, East London is the only river port in the country. The city’s subtropical climate, friendly atmosphere and pleasant coastline lapped by the temperate waters of the Indian Ocean, make it one of the Eastern Cape’s top destinations. Visitors can enjoy a variety of adventure activities including sailing, swimming, waterskiing, and boating; while the ocean, lagoons, and river mouths provide a paradise for fishermen. Enjoy a relaxing stroll on the beautiful Nahoon Beach, visit the East London Museum to view local artefacts and learn about the city’s history, and use the city as a base to explore the surrounding game reserves.

Transfers

Date Company Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 7   Protea Hotel by Marriott Port Elizabeth Marine Crawford’s Beach Lodge   Transfer

Overnight: Crawford’s Beach Lodge

Situated on the magical Wild Coast, in Chintsa Bay, 42km from East London, surrounded by hills, tropical beach forests and overlooking the warm Indian Ocean. The stylish designed and spacious bedrooms offer amazing views, with the sound of the waves and smell of the sea. All attractions are a few steps from one another, the dining room, the lounge and the beach. Spend your days walking on our endless golden beaches, an ideal honeymoon destination.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included

Included in the Package:

  • Overland English Guide
  • Overland Coach
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Lunch at Hotel (Set Menu)
  • Dinner at Hotel (Set Menu)
  • Bed & Breakfast at Crawfords Beach Lodge

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 8: PREMIER RESORT SANI PASS, SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG

Southern Drakensberg

The Southern Drakensberg is a wonderland of woodlands, forests, lakes and rivers, all set against the dramatic backdrop of this spectacular mountain range. Several nature reserves fall into the area and protect a wide variety of flora and fauna, including some rare antelope species and, at Kamberg, a network of beautiful hiking trails lead to caves decorated with ancient Khoisan art.

Trout thrive in the region’s reservoirs and waterways, making it a magnet for fly-fishermen, while horse riding and mountain biking are also popular pursuits in this scenic part of the world. The ultimate highlight of the Southern Drakensberg, however, is the Sani Pass, which – at almost 3,000 metres above sea level – is South Africa’s highest pass, leading all the way to the Lesotho border and offering magnificent vistas along the way.

Day Itinerary (East London to Drakensberg)

On the eighth morning the Guests will have breakfast, followed by the check-out procedure; the guide will meet the group in the hotel lobby for their transfer from East London to Sani Pass, Drakensberg Area where they will spend the next 2 night.

The Transfer from East London to the Drakensberg is a very long day; the guests can stop over and take their time to get to the hotel.  The distance from East London to Drakensberg will be 562km and will take around 7 hours. The clients will be able to get lunch on route to the hotel, there will be many fuel stations where the group can stop to get something to eat, the guide or Tour leader can also decide on a restaurant in one of the small Towns. (At the Fuel stations there are different take away outlets, Steers, Wimpy, Mugg & Bean.)

The rest of the day will be spent at leisure and that guests will enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Central Drakensberg

The Central Drakensberg is home to some formidable peaks including Monk’s Cowl, Giant Castle Peak and Champagne Castle. The range rises to over 3000 metres in height and offers inspiring views and spectacularly scenic hikes. Known to the Zulus as the ‘Barrier of Spears’ and to the first European settlers as the ‘Dragon’s Mountains’, the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg is one of eight South African UNESCO World Heritage Sites,  as it holds unique significance as a natural resource and for the heritage of the ancient San rock paintings. For thousands of years the Central Drakensberg was home to the San people and they, in turn, left their record on the walls of numerous sandstone caves.

Southern Drakensberg

The Southern Drakensberg is a wonderland of woodlands, forests, lakes and rivers, all set against the dramatic backdrop of this spectacular mountain range. Several nature reserves fall into the area and protect a wide variety of flora and fauna, including some rare antelope species and, at Kamberg, a network of beautiful hiking trails lead to caves decorated with ancient Khoisan art. Trout thrive in the region’s reservoirs and waterways, making it a magnet for fly-fishermen, while horse riding and mountain biking are also popular pursuits in this scenic part of the world. The ultimate highlight of the Southern Drakensberg, however, is the Sani Pass, which – at almost 3,000 metres above sea level – is South Africa’s highest pass, leading all the way to the Lesotho border and offering magnificent vistas along the way.

Northern Drakensberg

Situated in northeastern South Africa, the Northern Drakensberg rises up to 3000 metres in height creating spectacularly scenic views from every direction. Featuring cascading waterfalls, sandstone caves and countless San rock art paintings, the Northern Drakensberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which also boasts a network of scenic hiking trails. Falling within the Royal Natal National Park, the ‘Amphitheatre’, comprised of over 5 kilometres of sheer cliff, is regarded as one of the most impressive cliff faces on earth with the Tugela Falls, the world’s second tallest falls, plunging almost a kilometre from its cliff tops. Nature lovers will delight in this unspoilt landscape and enjoy a wide variety of outdoor adventures.

Transfers

Date Company Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 8   Crawford’s Beach Lodge Premier Resort Sani Pass   Transfer

Overnight: Premier Resort Sani Pass

Premier Resort Sani Pass is nestled at the foot of the Pass and on the banks of the Mkhomazana River with its fresh water coming straight from the Drakensberg Mountains. The resort is a mere 19km from Underberg with a road built from the Lesotho border post via the Katse & Mohali dams to Maseru and the South African border post to Ladybrandt in the Free State. In addition, Premier Resort Himeville Arms is also just 12km away. Premier Resort Sani Pass offers comfortable rooms with its Ezemvelo Nature Reserve surrounds. The area is populated by Eland and plenty of hiking and biking trails for those who are adventurous at heart. A permit is needed to traverse the Ezemvelo Reserve and these are available at reception.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included

Included in the Package:

  • Overland English Guide
  • Overland Coach
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Dinner at the hotel (Set Menu)
  • Bed & Breakfast at Premier Resort Sani Pass Hotel

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 9: PREMIER RESORT SANI PASS, SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG

Day Itinerary (Drakensberg)

On the ninenth morning after breakfast the group will meet in the lobby and will embark on a full day Sani Pass

Day Tour.

Here is a brief description of the Tour:

Once, the Sani Pass was a rough mule trail descending the Eastern Highlands of old Basutoland into Natal. Tough drivers brought wool and mohair down the Pass on donkeys and mules to be exchanged for blankets, clothing and maize meal – the essentials for life in a remote and impoverished country. A young man had a dream of operating a motor vehicle service up this fantastic Pass, using the 4 wheel drive vehicles he had seen on service in the Second World War His name was David Alexander and he founded this Company in 1955.

It has operated and evolved into a Tourism Service on the Sani Pass ever since. Sani Pass Tours employs a team of enthusiastic, dedicated and highly experienced Guides that traverse the slopes of the legendary Sani Pass, in 4X4 vehicles on a daily basis. The only entry point into Lesotho from Kwazulu Natal, the Sani Pass. This will be a full day excursion, and guests will be able to buy lunch while on the tour.  The group will be having dinner at the hotel in the Drakensberg.

Activities

Sani Pass Day Tour

The Sani Pass was once a bridal path which allowed Basotho folk to transport their wool and goods to and from the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho and Kwazulu Natal and today offer visitors the opportunity to experience the adventure of climbing to a height of 2874 metres above sea level in a 4×4 vehicle

The Tour departs at 09h30 and takes approx. 2.5hrs to reach the summit, climbing a grand 2874 metres above sea level, stopping at breath taking view sites along the Sani Pass and the two border posts i.e. The South African Border Control and Lesotho Border Control. Once at the Top of the Sani Pass, we enjoy lunch at the highest Pub in Africa

After lunch the Tour continues into a living Basotho village, where our experienced mountain guide will interest you on Lesotho and its people. We wind down the Sani Pass after this cultural experience and arrive back in Underberg, depending on the wildlife spotted along the way.

The company focuses on all size groups of people, and likes to give individual attention to the many different highlights of the tour; the history of the pass is but one facet, with birding, plants, animals, and sometimes reptiles also making an appearance.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included

Included in the Package:

  • Overland English Guide
  • Overland Coach
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Sani Pass Day Tour
  • Dinner the Hotel (Set Menu)
  • Bed & Breakfast at Premier Resort Sani Pass Hotel

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 10: SOUTHERN SUN ELANGENI & MAHARANI, DURBAN

Durban

With its beautiful beaches, lively wining and dining scene, and rich cultural heritage, Durban is South Africa’s third largest city and KwaZulu Natal’s tourist hub. The swimming and surfing are rated the best of any major city across the world and because of the sub-tropical climate the water is warm all year round. Known as the Golden Mile, this stretch of beaches and amusement parks is Durban’s major attraction with the recently developed UShaka Marine World at the southern end providing a world-class aquarium and other entertainments. Visitors can look forward to an array of wonderful activities including: strolling along the beachfront promenade, visiting the Durban Botanical Gardens and exploring the many Asian and Indian markets.

Day Itinerary (Drakensburg to Durban)

On the tenth Morning the Guests will have breakfast, followed by the check-out procedure; the guide will meet the group in the hotel lobby for their transfer the Durban Area where they will spend the night.  The Transfer from Drakensberg to Durban Area is 249km and will take around 4hrs.

The clients will be able to get lunch on route to the hotel; there will be many fuel stations where the group can stop to get something to eat.

After completing the check-in procedure the group will depart on a 1 to 2 hrs Orientation Tour of the town of Durban.

The rest of the day will be spent at leisure and guest will have a wide range of places to visit.

Recommended Optionals: 

Sun coast Casino

Ushaka Sea Marine World

Durban Harbour

Durban Botanical Gardens

Dinner will be at the Hotel.

Durban

With its beautiful beaches, lively wining and dining scene, and rich cultural heritage, Durban is South Africa’s third largest city and KwaZulu Natal’s tourist hub. The swimming and surfing are rated the best of any major city across the world and because of the sub-tropical climate the water is warm all year round. Known as the Golden Mile, this stretch of beaches and amusement parks is Durban’s major attraction with the recently developed UShaka Marine World at the southern end providing a world-class aquarium and other entertainments. Visitors can look forward to an array of wonderful activities including: strolling along the beachfront promenade, visiting the Durban Botanical Gardens and exploring the many Asian and Indian markets.

Durban City Tour

Durban is a multicultural city with plenty of attractions most of which are focussed around the beach and the harbour. The Marine Parade now connects the iconic Moses Mabhida 2010 Stadium with the Golden Mile and uShaka Marine World. While the Sugar Terminal tells a story of the province’s major industry and a trip to the colourful Indian Market highlights the impact that Durban’s Indian population has had on its food and culture.

uShaka Sea Marine World

uShaka Sea World is based around a shipwreck-themed aquarium (one of the five largest aquariums in the world), a 1 200-seater dolphin stadium, a seal pool and penguin rookery – and interactive activities in the dive tank, snorkel reef and touch pool.

Durban Botanical Gardens

The Durban Botanic Gardens is currently the oldest surviving botanic garden on the African continent and is the city’s oldest public institution, located in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Developed in 1849 as a botanic station for the trial of agricultural crops, today the gardens are part of a network of botanic gardens that are internationally focused on core areas of biodiversity, education, heritage, research, horticultural excellence and green innovation. Visitors can enjoy leisurely strolls amongst the serene exotic plant collections from the sub tropics and towering trees from all over the world. This tranquil setting in the midst of nature is also an ideal picnic spot.

Sun Coast Casino

Shaded by towering palm trees and lined by the stunning beachfront, Sun coast Casino is found on the northern end of Durban’s Golden Mile. Sun coast is Durban’s largest casino, but much more than gambling machines can be found here. Visitors can take a break from gambling by eating at any of the various restaurants and fast food outlets, going to the cinema, browsing the shops, checking out the view on the boardwalk or shaking it up at the dance bar. Kids’ entertainment is also provided.

Transfers

Date Company Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 10   Premier Resort Sani Pass Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani   Transfer

Overnight: Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani       

Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani offers breathtaking views over Durban’s Golden Mile which can be appreciated from the comfort of your room.  Renowned for fine service and excellent food, this is a preferred destination for both business travellers and holiday makers. Located 200 metres from the beach and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, with easy access to golf courses, entertainment for the family, shopping malls and the Durban CBD.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Included in the Package:

  • Overland English Guide
  • Overland Coach
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Dinner the Hotel (Set Menu)
  • Bed & Breakfast at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 11: ELEPHANT LAKE HOTEL, ST LUCIA

St Lucia

Encircled by the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, St Lucia is South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. St Lucia lies on the magnificent St Lucia Estuary which is one of the largest in Africa stretching over 85 kilometres. It features abundant wildlife, pristine natural beauty, and a wide range of wonderful activities. This haven of tranquillity offers a variety of activities including excellent mountain biking, hiking, bird watching and deep-sea fishing. Visitors can also look forward to thrilling night drive safaris, hippo and crocodile cruises, and many comfortable accommodation options.

Day Itinerary (Durban to St Lucia)

In the Morning the Guests will have breakfast, followed by the check-out procedure; the guide will meet the group in the hotel lobby for their transfer Durban to St Lucia where they will spend the night.  The Transfer from Durban Area to St Lucia is 264km and will take around 4 hours. The clients will be able to get lunch before they check in to the hotel in St Lucia.

After completing the check-in procedure the group will depart on the Hippo and Croc Cruise, and spend the evening at leisure.

Activities

Hippo and Croc Tours

Lake St Lucia

South Africa’s largest estuarine system and a world heritage site, Lake St Lucia is home to an incredibly rich wildlife, including large numbers of hippos and crocodiles. The surrounding reserve offers sightings of rhino, elephant and buffalo. The area is a bird watcher’s paradise and nesting turtles lay their eggs at night on nearby beaches. Further out, whales, dolphins and sharks inhabit the warm ocean. It goes without saying that the natural surroundings are spectacular. The world’s highest vegetated sand dunes can be found here.

Hippo and Croc Tours

Hippo And Croc Tours operate from the Sunset jetty in St Lucia. The St Lucia Estuary is one of the largest estuaries in Africa and is 85km in total length. Guests get an opportunity to witness some incredible wildlife species that frequent the area. St Lucia is home to 800 hippos and approximately 1000 Nile crocodiles, as well as an abundance of birdlife. These exciting sight-filled tours depart from the jetty every 2hrs.

Transfers

Date Company Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
8 Aug   Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Elephant Lake Hotel   Transfer

Overnight: Elephant Lake Hotel      

Elephant Lake Hotel is located in St. Lucia and surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Ideally situated to explore the great diversity the region has to offer, rich in wildlife, birdlife, natural vegetation, history and Zulu Culture.

The hotel offers a lounge-bar, viewing deck, restaurant offering buffet, traditional barbeque  and an a la Carté menu. Elephant Lake Safaris offer all guest excursions and activities including game drives, night drives and boat cruises.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Included in the Package:

  • Overland English Guide
  • Overland Coach
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Dinner at the Hotel (Set Menu)
  • Bed & Breakfast at Forest Lodge

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 12: ROYAL SWAZI SPA, LOBAMBA

Lobamba

Resting east of the woodland region of Ezulwini Valley in the traditional country of eSwatini is the city of Lobamba. Famed for being the country’s cultural, spiritual and political heart, this fascinating destination boasts notable British-era buildings, informative museums and is host to sensational Incwala and Umhlanga ceremonies.

Travellers can roam through the gardens of the commemorative King Sobhuza II Park; enjoy a leisurely 18-hole round of golf at the scenic Royal Swazi Golf Course; gain a greater insight into the nation’s history at the Swaziland National Museum; or delve into the culture at the fascinating Mantenga Cultural Village.

Don’t miss the magnificent Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, a lush park home to hiking and horse riding trails, as well as an abundance of wildlife, including zebra, giraffe and several bird species.

Day Itinerary (St Lucia to Swaziland)

In the Morning the Guests will have breakfast, followed by the check-out procedure; the guide will meet the group in the hotel lobby for their transfer to the Swaziland Area where they will spend the night.  The Transfer from Hluhluwe to Swaziland is 279km and will take around 4 hours, depending on the time that it takes to get through the Swaziland border gates. The clients will be able to get lunch on route to the lodge; there will be many fuel stations where the group can stop to get something to eat.

On-route to the hotel the clients will visit Swazi Glass, Swazi Candles and the Swazi Village. After completing the check-in procedure the group will spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner will be at the Hotel.

Activities

Swazi Candles
Swazi Village Home Stay
The Mantenga Cultural Village
Ngwenya Glass Factory

Swazi Candles

Swazi Candles is a manufacturing company based in the beautiful Kingdom of Swaziland in Southern Africa. Their core business is candle making, and they produce both traditional paraffin wax as well as 100% organic soy candle tea lights. Their colourful, handmade product range also features wax encased LED lights, pure vegetable glycerine soaps, and Marula oil body balm. They have a vibrant, music-filled workshop in the Malkerns Valley, where they invite guests to come and interact with artisans as they work their magic.

The Mantenga Cultural Village

Located on the Mantenga Nature Reserve is The Mantenga Cultural Village. This cultural village is a living museum of what the Swazi culture was like during the 1850s and positively highlights the old traditions as well as language, rituals, dance, music, art, and folklore.

Welcomed by a local guide in traditional clothing, visitors are guided through the village seeing huts, kraals and animal sheds crafted from traditional building materials. The traditional dance troupe performs twice-daily, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Visitors are encouraged to interact and take part at grinding maize, plaiting mountain grass, and joining in a Swazi song or dance.

Transfers

Date Company Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day  12   Elephant Lake Hotel Royal Swazi Spa   Transfer

Overnight: Royal Swazi Spa  

Discover the beautiful landscapes of Swaziland – a country rich in tradition, culture and magnificence. At the heart of lush, verdant hills lies the gracious old-world charm of AVANI Royal Swaziland Resort & Casino. A perfect place to explore and enjoy the facilities and activities of the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. The hotel is themed in a regal colonial style, with verandas spilling out onto a breathtaking landscape shaded by large gum trees.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Included in the Package:

  • Overland English Guide
  • Overland Coach
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Dinner at Hotel Restaurant (Set Menu)
  • Bed & Breakfast at Royal Swazi Hotel

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 13: KAPAMA RIVER LODGE, KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Kapama Private Game Reserve

Stretching across 13 000 hectares, towards the Kruger area in South Africa, Kapama Private Game Reserve provides an authentic African safari experience. The reserve provides a range of stylish accommodation across four refined lodges and bush camps. Offering a wide range of options, from a traditional African safari camp to top-notch luxury suites.

Kapama is home to the Big Five and is known for its diverse wildlife experiences which can be enjoyed on one of many game drives offering fascinating encounters with plentiful wildlife. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities including: excellent game viewing, enjoying a relaxing spa experience and stargazing after a lamp-lit dinner under the African night sky.

Day Itinerary (Swaziland to Kapama)

In the Morning the Guests will have breakfast, followed by the check-out procedure; the guide will meet the group in the hotel lobby for their transfer Swaziland to Kapama where they will spend the two nights.  The Transfer from Swaziland to Kapama is 494km and will take around 10 hours, depending on how busy the border gates are.  This will be a very long day as the group will visit the Panorama Route on the way to Kapama.

They will start with God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and then lastly Three Rondavels.

On arrival at the Lodge the guests will be met with a Welcome Drink and will continue with the check in procedure. The guests will arive late at the lodge and might miss out on the afternoon Game Drive and lunch.

On the return from the Game Drive the guests will have some time to freshen up before having dinner at the lodge.

Activities

God’s Window
Bourke’s Luck Potholes
Three Rondavels Lookout

God’s Window

God’s Window looks out over the Drakensberg escarpment dropping 1000m below, offering a view of the lowveld stretching out towards the Kruger National Park. Magnificent montane forest, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls can all be seen.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

The Treur River plunging into the Blyde River has caused waterborne sand and rock to create huge potholes, some six metres deep, into the bedrock of the river. This natural water feature is known as Bourke’s Luck. There is a well-developed picnic area here and a series of walkways and bridges that enable visitors to get great views of this amazing geological feature. Another attraction at Bourke’s Luck is the visitors’ centre, which has numerous interesting displays. A newly developed, 180 m circular trail, accessible to the physically disabled, starts at the visitors’ centre and has as its main theme the lichens found in the area.

Three Rondavels Lookout

The Three Rondavels Lookout is famous for its view of the 33 kilometre long gorge that forms the Blyde River Canyon. Its name is due to three hills that resemble African huts and were once called round hovels by the British.

Transfers

Date Company Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 13   Royal Swazi Spa Kapama River Lodge   Transfer

Overnight: Kapama River Lodge     

The majestic northern Drakensberg mountains form the backdrop to the luxury 5-star, 64-suite River Lodge, which is positioned along a bend of the seasonal Kapama River. The lodge offers 3 types of accommodation options in spacious rooms, each featuring full en-suite bathrooms, coffee making facilities, mini bar fridge and air-conditioners. The lodge features a pool, boma, library and media centre. The Wellness Centre includes a spa, lap pool, and gym.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Included in the Package:

  • Overland English Guide
  • Overland Coach
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • God’s Window added as a supplement fee
  • Bourke’s Luck Potholesadded as a supplement fee
  • Three Rondavels added as a supplement fee
  • Daily Conservation Fee
  • Dinner
  • Fully Inclusive Package at Kapama, Including Game Drive Activities

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 14: KAPAMA RIVER LODGE, KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Day Itinerary

This morning the guest will depart on an early morning Game Drive followed by a delightful breakfast in the lodge restaurant, after breakfast the group will have some free time in the morning.  In the afternoon the guests will have lunch, followed by an afternoon Game Drive. On the return from the Game Drive the guests will have some time to freshen up before having dinner at the lodge.

Kapama Private Game Reserve

Stretching across 13000hectares, towards the Kruger area in South Africa, Kapama Private Game Reserve provides an authentic African safari experience. The reserve provides a range of stylish accommodation across four refined lodges and bush camps. Offering a wide range of options, from a traditional African safari camp to top-notch luxury suites. Kapama is home to the Big Five and is known for its diverse wildlife experiences which can be enjoyed on one of many game drives offering fascinating encounters with plentiful wildlife. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities including: excellent game viewing, enjoying a relaxing spa experience and stargazing after a lamp-lit dinner under the African night sky.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Included in the Package:

  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Daily Conservation Fee
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Game Drive
  • Fully Inclusive Package at Kapama, Including Game Drive Activities

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 15: THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE VICTORIA FALLS ZAMBIA HOTEL BY ANANTARA, VICTORIA FALLS (ZAMBIA)

Victoria Falls (Zambia)

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.

Day Itinerary (Kapama to Victoria Falls)

The group will start their day with a morning game drive, followed by breakfast and the check-out procedure.  The group will meet in the lodge lobby for their transfer to the Kruger Hoedspruit International Airport.

Flight details for the group returning to Johannesburg:

Flight Details: Flight number to be advised: HDS to JNB 14:30 TO 15:30

On Arrival at Johannesburg International Airport at 1530hrs you will be met by a South African representative who will assist you to Emperors Palace.  Where the guests will have a late lunch and spend some time while they are waiting for their flight.

The guests will meet back at the Coach (Time to be advised) for their transfer back to the airport for their flight back home.

Activities

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP]
Livingstone
Zambezi River Cruise

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport [MQP]

The attractively designed Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport’s thatch-roofed Airport Terminal blends in with the surrounding bushveld architecture. This is the gateway to the Southern Kruger National Park and the

Panorama Route.

Livingstone

Also known as Maramba, the historic British colonial city of Livingstone in Zambia is a tourism centre for the nearby Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and the Zambezi River. Once a grand Edwardian town, Livingstone is currently experiencing a revival with many luxury lodges, hotels and tour operators establishing themselves in and around the town and along the Zambezi River.

This romantic destination is rich in culture and history, with a host of adventure and adrenaline experiences to choose from including: bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging, white water rafting, and kayaking, canoeing and jet boating.

If that sounds a bit too adventurous for your liking, there are countless relaxing activities on offer such as visits to The Livingstone Museum, micro light or helicopter flights over the falls, and game drives in the impressive Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

Zambezi River Cruise

Guests are met by the boat staff and driven to the jetty on the Zambezi River for boarding. The boats meander slowly upstream along the length of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park as you spot animals and birds from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks. Excellent food is served and the bar is well stocked with spirits, good wines, beers and soft drinks.

Transfers

Date Company Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 15  To be advised Kapama River Lodge The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara   Transfer

Overnight: The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara

Welcome to the magnificent Royal Livingstone, part of Sun International’s Sunlux Collection. Our golden triangle links Cape Town’s landmark The Table Bay, Sun City’s The Palace and Zambia’s gracious Royal Livingstone. The 173 luxurious rooms are tastefully decorated in soft earthy tones with spreading views of the river.

Guests may pass lazy days on one of the magnificent sundecks overlooking the great Zambezi River or savor the culinary delights in the restaurant with its magnificent fireplace. Guests can enjoy massages in open-air gazebos overlooking the Zambezi River, visit the Royal Spa, exercise in the well-equipped gym, view Africa’s ‘Big 5’ or ride and dine on The Royal Livingstone Express Train.

The Royal Livingstone offers the ultimate African encounter to those who seek excellence and quality in their leisure experience.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Included in the Package:

  • Overland English Guide
  • Overland Coach
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Daily Conservation Fee
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Game Drive
  • Fully Inclusive Package at Kapama, including Game driving activities

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 16: THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE VICTORIA FALLS ZAMBIA HOTEL BY ANANTARA, VICTORIA FALLS (ZAMBIA)

Day Itinerary (Victoria Falls)

Guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast followed by a tour of the Victoria Falls (on the Zambia side only). The rest of the day will be spent at leisure and there will be optional tours that the guests can go and do. The clients will have a private Farewell Dinner.

Activities

Victoria Falls – The Falls

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is breathtaking and not surprisingly a World Heritage Site. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Unlike other waterfalls Victoria Falls has a natural catwalk across from the falls which provides for spectacular viewing.

Basis

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Included in the Package:

  • Guided Transfers
  • Entrance Fees for:
  • Park Conservation fee
  • Victoria Falls Entrance Fee
  • Dinner at The Boma Restaurant (Set Menu)
  • Bed & Breakfast at The Royal Livingstone

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

DAY 17: END OF ITINERARY

Day Itinerary (Departure)

The guests will start their day with breakfast and the check-out procedure.  The guests will meet in the lodge lobby for their transfer to the Livingstone International Airport.

Directions – The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport [LVI]

Distance: 14.71km     Travel Time: 15 minutes

Flight Details:

SA049 LVI to JNB 1300 TO 1440

OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

OR Tambo International Airport is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the main international hub for Southern Africa.

Basis

Breakfast

Included

Included in the Package:

Guided Transfer

Excluded in the Package:

  • Any Gratuity for the Restaurants
  • Any Gratuity for the Guide
  • Any Gratuity for the Driver
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Guide or Vehicle for Optional Activities

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