South African Essentials 16 Days Northbound (TIRB-N), Cape Town

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South African Essentials 16 Days Northbound (TIRB-N)

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Destination: Cape Town

Duration: 16 Days

Departs From: Johannesburg

Regions Included:Cape Town, Joburg, Winelands, World Heritage Sites, Mandela sites

Travel from Cape Town to Joburg visiting the Winelands, World Heritage Sites and significant Mandela sites, interact with ostriches and elephants. Revel in the rugged Wild Coast and encounter the “Big 5” at the Kruger National Park.


Day 1 | Saturday

Welcome to the beautiful city of Cape Town. Today you will be at leisure or join an optional Table Mountain and city tour (own account). Enjoy the revolving cable car ride up Table Mountain (own account and weather permitting) to marvel at its panoramic views. Travel through the Malay Quarter, city centre and Company Gardens and if time permits, the
Castle of Good Hope. Return to your hotel late afternoon where you will be met by your tourist guide for a tour briefing at 18h30. Dinner (own account) can be enjoyed at your hotel.

Inn on the Square or similar – bed and breakfast
NOTE: The transfer from Cape Town International Airport to the hotel is not
included in the package price and must be booked separately.

Day 2 | Sunday

After breakfast, spend the morning at leisure discovering your Mother City or join an optional guided, full day Cape Point tour (own account), which incorporates Cape Point, Boulder’s Beach (entrance fee for own account) and Kirstenbosch Gardens. This evening’s dinner can be enjoyed at your hotel or restaurant in town (own account).
Inn on the Square or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 3 | Monday

After breakfast we leave Table Mountain behind us and travel North-East to Stellenbosch through the Cape Winelands. We first stop in the beautiful town of Paarl, South Africa’s third oldest town. Paarl gets its name from an enormous granite boulder called Paarl Rock and is the second largest granite projection on the planet. At this Rock, we stop off at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument (Afrikaans Language Monument), where we learn more about this beautiful structure and museum. Stop for lunch and a wine tasting (both for own account) at one of the many stellar wine farms in Paarl. Visit the house that Nelson Mandela lived in for the last 3 years of his 27 years that he spent in prison at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre. Journey further into the heart of the Winelands and arrive in the beautiful university own of Stellenbosch. Embark on a walking tour of Stellenbosch to see the town’s historic sites and colonial Cape Dutch architecture and some of the country’s oldest buildings, along its leafy streets and mountainous backdrop. Check in at your hotel and enjoy time at leisure before drinks and dinner (own account) at one of the hotel’s restaurants.
Protea Hotel Stellenbosch or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 4 | Tuesday

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing Stellenbosch and travel to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo via the scenic Route 62. Route 62 is an iconic route with ever changing landscapes. Running along orchard lined valleys, towering mountain ranges, rivers and
indigenous fynbos, Route 62 bridges the Western and Eastern Cape and includes what is possibly the world’s longest wine route. Next up on our trip is a visit to an award winning Brandy distillery in Robertson, where you’ll experience an informative brandy tasting.
Savour lunch along the scenic Route 62 (own account). See the landscape change as we journey further into the semi-arid beautiful Klein Karoo onward to our destination of Oudtshoorn. Enjoy leisure time when you arrive at your hotel for the night. Delight
in the charming country setting as you enjoy dinner (own account) and great hospitality.
Protea Hotel Riempie Estate or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 5 | Wednesday

After breakfast, our journey takes us South via the Outeniqua Pass to Keurboomstrand, near Plettenberg Bay. Our first stop outside Oudtshoorn, in the Cango Valley, is where we discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves. This 20 million year old world wonder, features an impressive display of gold and vermillion dripstone stalagmites and stalactites. Back above ground, we take a tour of a nearby ostrich farm where you
will be introduced to these strange and exotic birds as well as their ostrich industry. Lunch at the ostrich farm’s restaurant (own account). Travelling down towards the coast via Knysna, we drive over the Outeniqua Pass. In Knysna we stop for wonderful photographic
opportunities at lookout points in Knysna Lagoon and the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Your final stop is Keurboomstrand, near Plettenberg Bay at your hotel.

Enjoy time at leisure or take advantage of the resort’s private access on the 8km stretch of pristine beachfront. This evening, take pleasure in the oceanic ambience while you dine at the resort’s elegant restaurant (own account).
The Dunes Hotel & Resort or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 6 | Thursday

Today is yours; enjoy a full day at leisure or venture on an optional excursion to a South African Heritage Site, Featherbed Nature Reserve and the Elephant Park in Knysna (own account, including lunch). On arrival at the Knysna Waterfront, board the ferry that will take you to Featherbed Nature Reserve on the Western Knysna Head. An optional 2.2 km guided nature walk takes you through the forest onto the cliffs into the caves and along the scenic coast. This is followed by a buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant. After lunch depart for an educational elephant interaction experience. Enjoy time at leisure before dinner (own account).
The Dunes Hotel & Resort or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 7 | Friday

After an early breakfast at the hotel, travel to the marina town of Port Alfred along the Garden Route. Travel further along the Garden Route to Storms River Mouth where
you will experience the wonderful views on the suspension bridge. Here you will observe the Storms River meeting the Indian Ocean in grand splendour. Tsitsikamma is the ancient San name meaning place of abundant water, an enchanting and fabled part of the country.
Drive along the coastal road to Port Alfred, at the heart of the Sunshine Coast on the banks of the Kowie River. Arrive late afternoon at your riverfront hotel. Enjoy refreshing drinks
(own account) before savouring the delightful local cuisine (own account).
Halyards Hotel or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 8 | Saturday

After an early breakfast take a boat cruise (weather permitting) along the scenic Kowie River before departing the Sunshine Coast for the mystical beauty of Coffee Bay, via Qunu where Nelson Mandela was laid to rest. Qunu, which is part of the former Transkei, consists of a number of little villages. These are the green hills and pastures where Madiba herded sheep and cattle and which today are still recognised as his family home. Enjoy lunch en route (own account) on the Wild Coast, an unassuming beauty hidden from the modern world. This drive will present you with incredible untamed views of green rolling hills and rugged cliff faces, dotted with colourful traditional rondawels and free roaming cows and goats. Our final port of call for the day is your hotel situated in Coffee Bay. Admire the lovely views before gathering for a dinner of local fare in this friendly setting. Ocean View Hotel or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 9 | Sunday

Awaken to the calming and refreshing sounds of the ocean and enjoy breakfast along with the views. Today is yours; enjoy a full day at leisure. Spend the day taking part in the many optional activities offered in the area. Choose from hikes, snorkelling or fishing to the more
adrenalin filled activities like abseiling, quad biking and rock climbing. Alternatively enjoy a more relaxed approach and spend the day on the beach, discover the legendary Hole-in-the-Wall with its mythology or shop around for local crafts, while meeting the friendly amaPondo people. Enjoy lunch at your own pace (all for own account). Round off the day with pre-dinner drinks (own account) before savouring dinner at your hotel.
Ocean View Hotel or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 10 | Monday

After an early breakfast at the hotel, depart Coffee Bay for San Lameer on the warm Indian Ocean via Mthatha. Leave the enchanting bay behind and travel towards Mthatha for lunch (own account). Check in at your beach hotel in Southbroom, San Lameer. Enjoy refreshing drinks (own account) before tasting the local cuisine (own account). Peermont Mondazur Resort or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 11 | Tuesday

After an early breakfast you depart the hotel and travel up the South Coast to Hluhluwe via St Lucia. Drive up the KwaZulu-Natal coast and arrive at St Lucia, the only town in South Africa that lies inside a nature reserve. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a World Heritage Site and the largest estuarine system in Africa. Enjoy time at leisure or take an optional boat cruise (own account) around the estuary. With rare and wild birdlife, mangrove swamps and vegetated sand dunes, the estuary makes for an interesting and educational cruise. Savour the sensational views of the lake while enjoying lunch (own account). Arrive at this evening’s accommodation in the late afternoon. After checking in depart on an open vehicle game drive to the nearby Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. This park is the only area in KwaZulu-Natal where the “Big 5” can be found. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon, relax and get ready for dinner and drinks (own account) at the lodge. DumaZulu Lodge & Cultural Village or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 12 | Wednesday

Today sees you travelling to Malelane in Mpumalanga via Swaziland. After an early breakfast, travel North, entering the warm and welcoming Kingdom of Swaziland at Lavumisa Border post (visa own account). Swaziland is a beautiful and rich cultural country. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route and drive through Ezulwini Valley. Exit Swaziland at Jeppes Reef Border and make your way towards Kruger National Park’s Malelane Gate.

Arrive in the late afternoon at your overnight accommodation, on the fringes of the famous park. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) on the deck overlooking the Crocodile River and Southern Kruger National Park before dinner at the hotel.
Pestana Kruger Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast

NOTE: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport, and for nationals of certain countries,
multi-entry visa terms and conditions will apply.

Day 13 | Thursday

Enjoy an early breakfast before taking a guided closed vehicle game drive in search of the “Big 5”. Lunch (own account) while enjoying the wild scenery at one of the park’s rest camps, before continuing your journey to Hazyview. Hazyview is the gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park, as well as the spectacular Panorama Escarpment. Arrive at your hotel and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast

NOTE: Optional full day safari in an open safari vehicle available (own
account and excluding lunch)

Day 14 | Friday

After an early breakfast, spend a second day exploring the worldrenowned Kruger National Park. Enjoy a guided closed vehicle game drive. The Kruger National Park covers 19,485km² and runs 360km from North to south. It supports a variety of fauna and flora including 147 mammals and 507 birds species. Staying inside the park, stop for lunch (own account) while enjoying the wild scenery at one of the park’s rest camps before continuing on your
bush adventure. Exit the Kruger National Park in the late afternoon and head back to the
hotel to freshen up and enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) before dinner.
Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast

Day 15 | Saturday

After breakfast, travel to Johannesburg via the scenic Panorama Route to Hazyview. The Wonder View, which is the highest viewpoint on this route, is the start of today’s trip along the beautiful Panorama Route. There after visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondawels. These are some of the country’s most beautiful views and cherished natural marvels. Lunch en route (own account) Arrive in the late afternoon at your overnight accommodation in Johannesburg. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Crowne Plaza – The Rosebank Hotel or similar – bed and breakfast

Day 16 | Sunday

After breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure or alternatively embark on an optional guided Soweto morning tour (own account and excluding lunch). Soweto is the most metropolitan township in South Africa and a leader in politics, music, fashion and popular culture. This tour highlights the political struggles and present day lifestyle. NOTE: The transfer to OR Tambo International Airport is not included in the
package price and must be booked separately


Departure Times Selected Saturdays 1 November 2014 – 31 October 2015
Inn on the Square Hotel ± 07h30
Languages Bilingual – English & German. Other language guides available on request if
booked on a private basis
Participants 2-26 per vehicle
Single Supplement R6085.00
Accommodation 3*-4* Hotels
Vehicle Luxury Sedan, Minibus or Coach
Includes Meals:
15 Breakfasts; 5 Dinners
Entrance Fees:
Drakenstein Centre; Taal Monument; Stellenbosch Walking Tour; Brandy Tasting; River
Cruise; Storms River Bridge; Ostrich Farm; Cango Caves; Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park open safari vehicle morning game drive; Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park conservation fee; Kruger National Park conservation fee; Blyde River Canyon; Burkes Luck Potholes and Wonder View
Optional Tours
En Route – at an additional cost
Cape Town City and Table Mountain Afternoon Tour; Cape Point Full Day Tour; Knysna Full
Day Tour; Wild Coast Excursions; St Lucia Boat Cruise; Full Day Game Drives and Soweto Morning Tour

How to Book

Request a Quote Online or call +27 11 592 9000
(Monday to Friday, 8AM to 17PM, GMT+2)

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