This in-depth small group tour offers an unparalleled insight into the wonders of South Africa. It showcases the very best that each compelling region has to offer and includes amazing food, wine, wildlife and scenery including visits to Robben Island, Kruger National Park, eSwatini (Swaziland) and its stunning scenery, lesser-visited KwaZulu-Natal, the Garden Route and Cape Town.

• Cape Town: 3 nights

• Stellenbosch: 1 night

• Oudtshoorn: 1 night

• Knysna: 2 nights

• Durban: 1 night

• St Lucia: 2 nights

• eSwatini (Swaziland): 1 night

• Near Kruger National Park: 2 nights

• Pretoria: 1 night

16nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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This small group escorted tour captures the essence of South Africa, from must-sees like Cape Town to stunning lesser-visited areas like KwaZulu-Natal and eSwatini (Swaziland). In a 15-night itinerary, you’ll cover the most iconic bits of each region’s wildlife, scenery, food and history, including visits to Robben Island and the Apartheid Museum, game drives near Kruger National Park and wine tastings in the Cape Winelands.

• Cape Town: 2 nights

• Stellenbosch: 1 night

• Near Knysna: 2 nights
• Cape St Francis (Garden Route): 1 night

• Hluhluwe, Durban: 2 night

• eSwatini (Swaziland): 1 night

• Mjejane Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park: 1 night
• Hazyview: 1 night
• Johannesburg: 2 nights

15nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
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ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Cape Town Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Cape Town.

Day 2: Cape Town On arrival in Cape Town, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where your afternoon will be free. This evening, get to know your fellow guests at a delicious welcome dinner at the popular Quay Four Restaurant. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 3: Cape Town Today promises to be action-filled with a full-day Cape Peninsula tour. Take the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting), where you’ll have sweeping views of the city and ocean below. From different viewpoints, you can see the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island and the Atlantic Ocean on a clear day. Continue your scenic tour of the Cape Peninsula as you head to Cape Point, the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula, via Chapman’s Peak. To round off your tour of Cape Town, head to Boulders Beach to see its adorable penguin colony. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Cape Town Today, you’ll take a ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. It’s a poignant experience and a significant part of South African history as you see Nelson Mandela’s cell and hear stories from an ex-prisoner. The rest of the day is free, leaving you the choice of exploring the V&A Waterfront or returning to your hotel. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 5: Cape Town to Stellenbosch Travel to South Africa’s famous Winelands where a special highlight awaits – a journey aboard the famed Franschhoek Wine Tram. You’ll stop to enjoy wine tastings on this nostalgic journey, giving you the chance to leisurely savour the region’s delicious produce. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Stellenbosch. Approx. journey time: 8 hours including Winelands tour and stops. Stay: Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 6: Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn Travel via the scenic Route 62 to Oudtshoorn, the ‘Ostrich Capital of the World’. Learn about the history of this town and its feathered inhabitants on a tour of the C. P. Nel Museum, before visiting an ostrich farm. After lunch, transfer to your hotel where you’ll have free time this evening. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including stops. Stay: Hlangana Lodge (or similar). B, L.

Day 7: Oudtshoorn to Knysna Head underground to the magical grotto-like Cango Caves. You’ll get to see beautifully lit flowstone formations as you take a guided tour of some of the chambers. Next, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, following the coastline to the lagoon town of Knysna. On arrival, you can explore the waterfront and its shops and restaurants at your own pace. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 8: Knysna Today’s leisurely pace starts with a four-hour Featherbed Eco Experience. After a tour of this private nature reserve and a delicious buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant, you can enjoy a free evening. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 9: Knysna to Durban Travel to the town of Plettenberg Bay to visit Monkeyland, an open-air sanctuary where monkeys roam freely. Keep your eye out for some of the resident species which include langurs and gibbons as well as lemurs. From here you’ll continue on to Port Elizabeth airport for your flight to Durban. Approx. journey time: 4-5 hours including stops. Stay: The Gateway Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Durban to St Lucia Embark on a city tour of many of Durban’s major sites, which includes a visit to the Botanical Gardens. You’ll then travel north towards the intriguing iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Arriving at the St Lucia Estuary, embark on a boat safari (water levels permitting) and try to spot the hippos and birdlife. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Ghost Mountain Inn (or similar). B.

Day 11: St Lucia/KwaZulu-Natal Journey to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve where you’ll go on a three-hour open-vehicle game drive in search of the Big Five. Indulge in a delicious barbecue lunch in the park, before returning to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Stay: Ghost Mountain Inn (or similar). B, L.

Day 12: St Lucia to eSwatini (Swaziland) Head north and visit the Swazi Candle Factory and Ngwenya Glass Works. En route, you’ll have the time to ask your knowledgeable local leader any questions you have about your experiences so far. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Mountain Inn (or similar). B, D.

Day 13: eSwatini (Swaziland) to Kruger National Park Leaving the tiny Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland), travel towards the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, Mpumalanga Province. On the way, enjoy a cultural experience at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Arrive at the Mjejane Private Game Reserve, which borders Kruger National Park, for a thrilling game drive. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including stops. Stay: Mjejane River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 14: Kruger National Park Rise early for your game drive in Kruger National Park and absorb the captivating surrounds of the bushveld guided by experienced rangers. After lunch, head out in either the Mjejane Private Game Reserve or Kruger National Park. Stay: Mjejane River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 15: Kruger National Park to Pretoria After an early breakfast, meet your local leader for a drive along the picturesque Panorama Route. See the Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third largest canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window. This evening, following your arrival in to Petoria, you’ll enjoy a three-course farewell dinner with wine pairings. Approx. journey time: 9 hours. Stay: Court Classique Suite Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 16: Pretoria Travel to Johannesburg and depart on your overnight flight back to the UK. Alternatively, extend your stay. B.


Stay longer

Victoria Falls 2 nights

Known as the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, water cascades into a gorge over 100 metres below at this spectacular waterfall – an absolute must-see.

Day 1: Livingstone

On arrival at the airport, a 20-minute private transfer will take you to David Livingstone Safari Lodge, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Your first afternoon is spent getting acquainted with Zambia’s rich flora and fauna from the water. Enjoy drinks and snacks with a sundowner cruise on board the Lady Livingstone and take in the peaceful surrounds of the Zambezi River. As you cruise along, you can look out for resident wildlife including hippo, crocodile and perhaps even elephant and buffalo as they come to drink from land. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar).

Day 2: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After breakfast at your hotel, embark on the highlight of this tour: a visit to Victoria Falls. Its original name, ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, translates to ‘the smoke that thunders’ – most likely named for the plumes of fine spray that can be seen from miles away. To see this spectacular waterfall, you’ll cross into Zimbabwe where the water falls all year round and which usually means a fuller display. Your afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy your beautiful surrounds or you can choose from two experiences (at extra cost, pre-booking required). On a tour of a traditional Mukuni Village, you’ll get a glimpse into life in a working village that’s home to around 7000 people with a guide to enlighten you as you’re welcomed into people’s homes. Or you can step back in time with a fine dining experience on the Royal Livingstone Express, a restored steam train that oozes nostalgia and romance. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar). B.

Day 3: Livingstone
Following breakfast, depart via private transfer back to Livingstone airport for your onwards flight to Johannesburg where you can continue your journey home. B.

Mauritius 3 nights
Combine your tour with a handful of blissful days in Mauritius – a haven for beautiful beaches and intriguing culture.

Day 1: UK to Cape Town Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Cape Town.

Day 2: Cape Town On arrival in Cape Town, transfer to your hotel for your free afternoon. Meet your guide and head to Gold Restaurant for tonight’s dinner – a 14-course Cape Malay and African meal, with djembe drumming and a hand-washing ceremony before dinner. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 3: Cape Town Start your full day of sightseeing with a visit to the city’s iconic natural landmark – Table Mountain (weather permitting). Take the cable car up to the top, and enjoy the sweeping views of the ocean and city. Continue your scenic tour via Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point, the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula, and walk to the lighthouse. Lunch is at a seafood restaurant before a trip to Boulders Beach to see its adorable penguin colony. End your day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where flowers and sun birds surround a canopy path. Dinner is at leisure. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Cape Town to Cape Winelands Head to the V&A Waterfront to board a ferry to Robben Island (weather permitting). On a poignant tour, you’ll hear stories from an ex-prisoner and see the cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life. Travel to the Cape Winelands for lunch and a wine tasting. Check in to your lodge on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and try more local wine before your free evening to choose one of Stellenbosch’s high quality restaurants for dinner. Approx. journey time: 1 hour. Stay: De Zalze Lodge (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Cape Winelands to Knysna area Your journey to Knysna takes you past gorgeous mountain views along Franschhoek Pass and onto Route 62 for a sparkling wine tasting in Robertson. The rest of the drive will give you plenty of time to relax and take in the views, with a stop at old-world settlement, Swellendam, for lunch. Arrive at your peaceful hotel outside of Knysna and check in for dinner. Approx. journey time: 7½ hours. Stay: Knysna Hollow Country Estate (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Knysna Meet at the jetty at around 9.30am for a ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Take a tractor tour for dramatic views over where Knysna Lagoon and have lunch, returning back to the mainland for a free afternoon. Stay: Knysna Hollow Country Estate (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Knysna to Cape St. Francis After a leisurely morning, tour a birds of prey rehabilitation centre and learn about conservation of birdlife like falcon and eagles. Have lunch at Bramon Wine Estate and then visit the Big Tree in Tsitsikamma National Park and a farm for protea, South Africa’s national bulb-like flower, before arriving in Cape St. Francis. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Cape St Francis Resort Beach Break (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: Cape St. Francis to Hluhluwe After breakfast, transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Durban. Meet your guide at the airport and drive to St Lucia for a boat cruise on the estuary before your evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 2¾ hours. Stay: ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe (or similar). B.

Day 9: Hluhluwe You’ll have the option of an early morning game drive today in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve (at extra cost). Have a special visit to White Elephant Safari Lodge where you’ll take a boat cruise spot elephants on Lake Jozini, then have lunch with the resident elephant researcher. Return to your hotel with time to relax. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Hluhluwe to eSwatini (Swaziland) Today you’ll cross countries into eSwatini, formerly Swaziland. Visit a market and the Swazi Candles workshop where artisans skilfully shape candles into animal sand decorate them with intricate patterns. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Mountain Inn (or similar). B, D.

Day 11: eSwatini (Swaziland) to Mjejane Game Reserve On your way back to South Africa, you’ll visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and learn about Swazi culture at Matsamo Cultural Village with songs and dancing from locals in traditional dress. At Mjejane Game Reserve, just south of Kruger National Park, get ready for a game drive after lunch. There are no fences between Mjejane Game Reserve and Kruger National Park so you’ll have access to wildlife including the Big Five. Stay: Mjejane River Lodge (or similar). Approx. journey time: 3 hours. B, L, D.

Day 12: Mjejane Game Reserve to Hazyview After a morning game drive to tick off more of Africa’s majestic wildlife, start today’s scenic Panorama Route drive. Go gin tasting in White River, and pass by impressive sights like Graskop Gorge Lift, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the magnificent God’s Window, arriving in Hazyview in the afternoon. Approx. journey time: 3¼ hours. Stay: Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: Hazyview to Johannesburg Today’s a full day of travelling as you drive to Johannesburg with comfort stops along the way. On arrival in the afternoon, spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 8 hours. Stay: The Capital on the Park (or similar). B. Day 14: Johannesburg Learn about important South African history on a tour at the Apartheid Museum. Have lunch in Soweto and get to know this vibrant township on a tuk-tuk tour. Tonight you’ll have a special farewell dinner at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. Stay: The Capital on the Park (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 15: Johannesburg Make use of free time to see more of Jo’burg before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or extend your holiday at Victoria Falls or Mauritius. B.


Stay longer

Victoria Falls 2 nights

Known as the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, water cascades into a gorge over 100 metres below at this spectacular waterfall – an absolute must-see.

Day 1: Livingstone

On arrival at the airport, a 20-minute private transfer will take you to David Livingstone Safari Lodge, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Your first afternoon is spent getting acquainted with Zambia’s rich flora and fauna from the water. Enjoy drinks and snacks with a sundowner cruise on board the Lady Livingstone and take in the peaceful surrounds of the Zambezi River. As you cruise along, you can look out for resident wildlife including hippo, crocodile and perhaps even elephant and buffalo as they come to drink from land. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar).

Day 2: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After breakfast at your hotel, embark on the highlight of this tour: a visit to Victoria Falls. Its original name, ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, translates to ‘the smoke that thunders’ – most likely named for the plumes of fine spray that can be seen from miles away. To see this spectacular waterfall, you’ll cross into Zimbabwe where the water falls all year round and which usually means a fuller display. Your afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy your beautiful surrounds or you can choose from two experiences (at extra cost, pre-booking required). On a tour of a traditional Mukuni Village, you’ll get a glimpse into life in a working village that’s home to around 7000 people with a guide to enlighten you as you’re welcomed into people’s homes. Or you can step back in time with a fine dining experience on the Royal Livingstone Express, a restored steam train that oozes nostalgia and romance. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar). B.

Day 3: Livingstone
Following breakfast, depart via private transfer back to Livingstone airport for your onwards flight to Johannesburg where you can continue your journey home. B.

Mauritius 3 nights
Combine your tour with a handful of blissful days in Mauritius – a haven for beautiful beaches and intriguing culture.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Perfect for those that want to enjoy a more in-depth discovery of South Africa and its many hidden secrets.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)

• Average group size of 8 guests

• A maximum of 14 guests.

What to expect

• 2019 departure dates are guaranteed
• Air-conditioned transport

• Frequent rest stops will be made
• Your local leader will leave you at Mjejane (where you will enjoy the company of an expert safari guide) and re-join you as you travel to Pretoria
• Check-in at hotels is after 2pm
• UK passport holders do not require a visa for eSwatini (Swaziland)
• Kruger National Park is a malaria risk zone. We recommend consulting your GP or local travel clinic for advice on the necessary precautions.

Accommodation on tour

Embodying the diverse nature of this itinerary, the accommodation selected for this exclusive adventure offers the finest locations, making it easier to access the many sights. An undeniable highlight is the Mjejane River Lodge, located in the Mjejane Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the iconic Kruger National Park.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £4638

Is this for you?

Perfect for an in-depth experience in South Africa with key sights, off-the-beaten-track exploration and plenty of nature and culture.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (including on a private journey)

• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 14 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• Full days of sightseeing
• Some long journeys
• You’ll have two different tour guides (one between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and one between Durban and Johannesburg)  
• Frequent rest stops will be made
• Check-in at hotels is after 2pm
• UK passport holders do not require a visa for eSwatini (Swaziland)
• Kruger National Park is a malaria risk zone. We recommend consulting your GP or local travel clinic for advice on the necessary precautions.

Accommodation on tour

This diverse tour includes stays in equally diverse hotels; Mjejane River Lodge overlooks a river in the Mjejane Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the iconic Kruger National Park; and Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel is a slice of boutique luxury on the Panorama Route. Knysna Hollow Country Estate is just outside Knysna itself, with great facilities  including two pools.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Jan 21; Feb 04, 18; Mar 04, 25; Apr 15; May 20; Aug 12; Sep 09, 30; Oct 14, 28; Nov 11; Dec 09

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Handpicked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

• All specified flights.

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Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Handpicked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

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