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South African Surprise

SOUTH AFRICAN SURPRISE
Johannesburg • Hazyview • Kruger National Park • Swaziland • Zululand • Durban • Drakensberg  • Eastern Cape Coast • Port Elizabeth • Knysna • Oudtshoorn • Cape Town

SUMMARY:

Day Location Accommodation Meal Plan
Day 1 Johannesburg Protea Hotel OR Tambo Bed & breakfast
Day 2 Hazyview Hippo Hollow Country Estate Bed & breakfast
Day 3 Kruger National Park Hippo Hollow Country Estate Bed & breakfast
Day 4 Swaziland Mantenga Lodge Bed & breakfast
Day 5 St. Lucia Protea Hotel Umfolozi Bed & breakfast
Day 6 Durban Garden Court South Beach Bed & breakfast
Day 7 Drakensburg Drakensburg Gardens Hotel Half Board
Day 8 Drakensburg Drakensburg Gardens Hotel Half Board
Day 9 Eastern Cape Coast Crawfords Beach Lodge Half Board
Day 10 Eastern Cape Coast Paxton Hotel Bed & breakfast
Day 11 Knysna Knysna Hollow Country Estate Half Board
Day 12 Oudtshoorn Knysna Hollow Country Estate Bed & breakfast
Day 13 Cape Town Protea Hotel Sea Point Bed & breakfast
Day 14 Cape Town Protea Hotel Sea Point Bed & breakfast
Day 15 Cape Town Departure  

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 (SUN): JOHANNESBURG ARRIVAL
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.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 2 (MON) : HAZYVIEW
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.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 3 (TUE) : KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
We have a bright and early start to the day in order 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.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 4 (WED) : SWAZILAND
This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture       . 

Accommodation: Mantenga Lodge
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 5 (THU) : ST. LUCIA
This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. 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.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 6 (FRI) : ST. LUCIA - 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.

Accommodation: Garden Court South Beach
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 7 (SAT) : DRAKENSBURG
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps enjoy a stroll along Durban’s golden 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).

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel
Meals: Half Board

DAY 8 (SUN) : DRAKENSBURG
Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains.

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel
Meals: Half Board

DAY 9 (MON) : 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 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.

Accommodation: Crawfords Beach Lodge
Meals: Half Board

DAY 10 (TUE) : EASTERN CAPE COAST
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 after lunch heading south to Port Elizabeth.

Accommodation: The Paxton Hotel
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 11 (WED) : 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.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate
Meals: Half Board

DAY 12 (THU) : OUDTSHOORN
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 .

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 13 (FRI) : CAPE TOWN
Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Sea Point
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 14 (SAT) : CAPE TOWN
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       

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Sea Point
Meals: Bed & breakfast

DAY 15 (SUN) : CAPE TOWN DEPARTURE
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.

DEPARTURE DATES 2016

19 Jan     16 Feb      09 , 23 Mar   06, 20 Apr
18 May 15 Jun 13 Jul 17 Aug
07, 21 Sep 12 , 26 Oct 16 Nov 07 Dec


INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • Arrival & departure airport shuttle transfer
  • Kruger National Park Conservation Levy
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide
  • All game viewing drives
  • All Government taxes and levies.
  • All meet and greet services.
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number.
  • 14 Breakfasts & 4 Dinners

EXCLUSIONS

  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc. Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s). Budget approx. $ 2.00 – $ 4.00 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, $ 1.00 per bag for porters and $ 5.00 - $ 10.00 per person per day for driver-guides).
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks,
  • International flight and departure taxes.
  • Laundry services.
  • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
  • Visa fees
  • Yellow Fever Certificates