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SOUTH AFRICA 360 GUIDED JOURNEY

SOUTH AFRICA 360 GUIDED JOURNEY

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During this journey we will covering following places:

South Africa: This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

JOHANNESBURG – DAYS 1 – 2

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.

 

HAZYVIEW -DAYS 2 – 4

Surrounded by subtropical fruit orchards, Hazyview is a small farming town and a gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Escarpment. The town and its spectacularly scenic surroundings serve as a popular adventure capital with a remarkable array of exhilarating outdoor activities on offer to suit all ages, tastes and fitness levels. These include, among others: mountain biking, quad biking, ziplining, tubing, abseiling, and river rafting. Whether you are eager to hike the Panorama Route with its breathtaking views and impressive waterfalls, visit the Shangana Cultural Village, or horse ride along the banks of the magnificent Sabie River, Hazyview has something for just about everyone.

 

ESWATINI – DAYS 4 – 5

Officially known as the ‘Kingdom of eSwatini’ and still referred to as Swaziland, this tiny landlocked nation boasts a rich historical and cultural heritage and is Africa’s last remaining absolute monarchy. Swaziland encompasses a diverse array of ecosystems featuring towering mountains and low-lying savannah, tangled rainforests and lush river valleys. Highlights of this laid-back land include the mesmerizingly beautiful ‘Valley of Heaven’, the handicraft haven of the Malkerns Valley and the Hlane Royal National Park, famed for its white rhinos, antelopes and lions. Visitors can look forward to excellent wildlife watching, rafting, mountain biking, and hiking along a network of scenic trails which traverse spectacular mountainous landscapes.

 

MKHUZE GAME RESERVE – DAYS 5 – 7

Situated northeast of Richard’s Bay in the South African province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, the 40 000 hectare, state-owned Mkuze Game Reserve is known for its dramatic landscapes, exceptional birdlife, and cultural village. The scenery is beautifully diverse, with thornveld on the hills, an enchanting fig tree forest near the pans, stretches of acacia savannah, swamps, riverine forest and a rare type of sand forest. The reserve is home to incredible birdlife, covering 420 species. Animals on the reserve include lion, elephant, zebra, hippo, crocodile, black and white rhinoceros, giraffe, nyala, blue wildebeest, warthog, eland, impala, kudu and other smaller antelope. Rare species occurring in the reserve are cheetah, hyaena, suni and leopard. A unique cultural village offers a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle and crafts of the local Zulu community.

 

DURBAN – DAYS 7 – 8

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.

 

PORT ELIZABETH – DAYS 8 – 9

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 programme 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.

 

PLETTENBERG BAY -DAYS 9 – 11

Set along the spectacularly scenic Garden Route in South Africa, the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay is a popular holiday destination. The Portuguese explorers called it the ‘Beautiful Bay’, and it’s easy to see why – Plettenberg Bay is a picturesque, charming town with endless pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons, clean rivers, indigenous forests and a dramatic rocky peninsula. Playground to the wealthy, beach mansions overlook the Indian Ocean, often dotted with luxury yachts, while leisure time is given over to polo and golf, among other things. However, all kinds of visitors will feel at peace here as simply swimming in the warm water on a safe beach is a great way to experience the beauty of Plettenberg Bay.

 

OUDTSHOORN – DAYS 11 – 12

Located along the well-known Route 62 in South Africa’s beautiful Klein Karoo, the charming town of Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world. It is surrounded by numerous ostrich farms and the golden arid landscape of the Karoo. Visitors can enjoy the locally produced wine and port; sample ostrich meat and biltong; learn about the ostrich feather boom at the C.P. Nel Museum; and visit the world-renowned Cango Caves, the largest cave system in Africa featuring ancient rock formations and sparkling stalactites and stalagmites. Other popular activities include: mountain biking, paragliding, horse riding, and taking a day trip to the quaint town of Prince Albert over the scenic Swartberg Pass.

 

CAPE TOWN – DAYS 12 – 15

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

 

Weather conditions:

The Garden Route has an all-year-round temperate climate that is perfectly suited to playing outdoors. Temperatures are highest in the summer months (November to April), although bear in mind that this stretch of coastline gets very busy over the Christmas school holidays. For a beach holiday without the crowds, the best time to visit the Garden Route is from February to April but remember that unlike Cape Town, on a Garden Route holiday you can experience rain at any time of year.

Temperatures rarely fall below 16°C – even in winter – so your decision as to when to go to the Garden Route should also depend on your interests: whale watching season runs from July to October (peaking in September), hiking is also good in winter, and the 10-day Knysna Festival in July is a great combination of sporting events, food and live local music.

 

South Africa is a year-round destination due to its varying regional climates and wildlife opportunities. The Cape has beautiful hot, dry weather in its summer months between November and February, while the best time to visit for whale watching is between July and November. The northern regions can be rainy from November to February, but this can be the best time to travel for birding, while the cooler winter months from May to September bring superb conditions for viewing big game.

14 Nights / 15 Days

Tour Plan

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DAY 01 : JOHANNESBURG

The Guided Journey of South Africa starts in Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met and assisted to the Peermont’s complimentary shuttle, located behind the Intercontinental Airport Hotel, to the hotel where you will enjoy the day at leisure in a resort environment
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DAY 02: HAZYVIEW

After breakfast and check out you will depart for Hazyview in the province of Mpumalanga. Along the way you will experience the incredibly beautiful Panorama Route (time dependent), with its dramatic, mountainous landscapes and winding roads. With highlights like God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and of course the mighty Blyde River Canyon, this really is South Africa’s nature at its best! We will arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon and clients will have time to freshen up before dinner.
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DAY 03: HAZYVIEW

You will have an early start to the day and embark in an open-vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park, an iconic reserve boasting one of Africa’s best wildlife experience and home to the Big Five. You can return to their hotel for lunch and embark on a bush walk and another game drive in the late afternoon, a good time to observe the animals as they come down to the waterholes for their evening drink. Dinner will be served at the camp.
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DAY 04: ESWATINI

Travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland nestled between South Africa and Mozambique. En route you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Swazi culture at the Matsamo Cultural Village, where you may choose to have lunch, and the famous Ngwenya Glass Works. The next stop is the capital city Mbabane, where vibrant markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings can be found. Spend the night at a hotel in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.
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DAY 05: MKHUZE GAME RESERVE

After breakfast, you may enjoy a visit to the Swazi Candle Factory. Each candle seen here is individually handmade and unique, displaying a wide range of colours, shapes and patterns. Next stop is South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal. Our hotel for the next two nights is situated close to the town of Mkuze, at the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain. In the afternoon embark on a scenic drive up into the Ubombo Mountains; the views over Lake Jozini are spectacular. From the summit youwill watch the sunset transform the sky into a tapestry of colours over sundowners. You will also visit a traditional Zulu homestead for a glimpse into the lifestyle of this fascinating culture. Then return to the hotel for dinner on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the classically styled restaurant.
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DAY 06: MKHUZE GAME RESERVE

Today you will enjoy a morning at leisure at the hotel and then travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon game drive. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is an incredibly scenic park with rolling hills covered in low acacia bush. The north of the park is mountainous with amazing forests and grasslands, the south and west are open savannah. The park contains a diversity of fauna and flora and is known for its conservation of black and white rhino. It was here that the endangered white rhino was saved from extinction and the park boasts the largest population of white rhino in the world. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon for dinner.
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DAY 07: DURBAN

Travel along KwaZulu Natal’s Elephant Coast to St Lucia, situated at the southern end of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site. At the St Lucia Estuary, you will find forested dunes, brilliant coral reefs, palm savannahs, dense papyrus swamps and rolling acacia bushveld. You will be taken on a boat cruise on the estuary, giving them an opportunity to view hippo, crocodiles and many different bird species in their natural habitat. From here, continue to Durban, a cosmopolitan city where east meets west. You’ll arrive in the afternoon and check in to our hotel situated on the Golden Mile – a 6km stretch of beachfront.
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DAY 08: PORT ELIZABETH

This morning you will discover the striking cultural and historic contrasts of Durban on a city tour, before heading to King Shaka International Airport for your domestic flight to Port Elizabeth (Flight not included). Upon arriving in South Africa’s friendly city, you will be transferred to your hotel, which overlooks Algoa Bay. Port Elizabeth is known as the ‘Water Sport Capital of Africa’. The combination of heavenly shores and invigorating sea breezes draw sports lovers to enjoy some of the planet’s best sailing, surfing, scuba-diving etc.
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DAY 09: PLETTENBERG BAY

After breakfast, travel towards Knysna along the Garden Route, a very beautiful drive with the Indian Ocean on their left and mountains and green, rolling hills on their right. Your first destination is the stunning Tsitsikamma National Park. Tsitsikamma means “place of much water” in Khoi. A combination of original forest, plantations and Fynbos - a large group of plants endemic to South Africa, of which our National Flower the King Protea is a prominent member. Many rivers run through the forest, forming spectacular waterfalls and deep gorges. Enjoy an easy walk through the forest and along the suspension bridge, crossing the Storms River Mouth gorge. Clients will proceed to Knysna, famous for its lagoon, oysters and over 800-year-old iron and stinkwood trees.
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DAY 10 : PLETTENBERG BAY

Today you will visit the Elephant Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants under the expert guidance of their rangers. Later, you’ll visit to Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Time and weather permitting, another optional excursion is also on offer at an additional cost: embark on an exciting Whale & Dolphin Ocean Safari! You will spend the evening at leisure and enjoy dinner at the lodge
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DAY 11: OUDTSHOORN

After breakfast and check-out this morning you will proceed to Knysna, famous for its lagoon, oysters and over 800 year old iron and stinkwood trees. You will have the chance to spend some time at leisure and explore Knysna Waterfront, where there are a variety of interesting shops and enticing restaurants. Weather permitting you will embark on a cruise to the Knysna Heads, after which you’ll travel north to Oudtshoorn via the spectacular Outeniqua Pass. With more than 90% of the globe’s population of ostrich found here, the town is known as the World’s "ostrich-capital". If you’re brave enough you can even ride an ostrich!
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DAY 12: CAPE TOWN

After breakfast you’ll visit the picturesque Cango Valley, where you can explore the limestone rock formations of the world famous Cango Caves. Afterwards you’ll travel towards Cape Town along Route 62, known as the World’s Longest Wine Route. The scenery along this route is superb, taking us over majestic mountain passes and winding rivers, past vineyards and orchards and through fascinating little towns. You’ll arrive inCape Town in the early evening and will check into their hotel situated close to the famous V&A Waterfront, which offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment.
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DAY 13: CAPE TOWN

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you’ll head out on a full-day excursion to enjoy the magnificent scenery and wildlife of the Cape Peninsula. The tour includes a visit to Hout Bay Harbour, where you can take an optional (for your own account) boat trip to Duiker Island where thousands of Cape Fur Seals live. Travel over the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and have your photos taken at the most south western tip of the African continent, enjoying an invigorating walk, or leisurely funicular trip, up to the Cape Point lighthouses to admire the dramatic cliffs and amazing views. Other interesting stops will include the Naval village of Simon's Town and BouldersBeach - to see one of South Africa's two land-based African Penguin colonies. The day ends at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
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DAY 14: CAPE TOWN

Today you will experience a full day Wine Tour in the Cape Winelands including a visit to the charming town of oaks, Stellenbosch. After some wine tastings and an introduction to the South African winemaking tradition, you will continue to the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, Franschhoek. After another round of wine tasting, there will be time to take a stroll in this beautiful and cosy little town. The whole day is dedicated to showing you our favourite secret spots and wine cellars – a day to tantalise your taste buds amidst some of South Africa’s most beautiful landscapes!
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DAY 15: END OF ITINERARY

On your final day in Cape Town you will be taken on a half-day City Tour. Some of the highlight stops on this tour will be the Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope and the lively Greenmarket Square – where you can buy arts and crafts from all over Africa. You will also take a trip through the colourful Bo Kaap area, known as the home of the “Cape Malays”. The tour ends with a drop-off at Cape Town International Airport for onward travel. Tour ends…
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