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GRAND TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA – 15 days
*This tour is available in a northbound direction with departures on a Monday out of Cape Town.
Pre tour Sunday  
Arrive into Johannesburg where you are met and transfer to your Sandton Hotel
Overnight Sandton Holiday Inn or similar
 
Day 1 Monday (B,D)
Depart Johannesburg and travel to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun – Mpumalanga – via the magnificent Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondavels". Time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. Check in and freshen up before dinner. Overnight Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar
 
Day 2 Tuesday (B,D)
Early this morning you will depart on an open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. At nearly 2 million hectares, the reserve is the flagship of South African National Parks and is home to an impressive number of flora and fauna. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. You will have the option to return to the Kruger National Park to absorb the tranquil beauty of an evening safari (additional charge). Overnight Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar
 
Day 3 Wednesday (BL)
After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny mountainous kingdom is filled with bygone African traditions and culture and offers beautiful scenery and attractions such as game reserves and art & craft outlets to name a few. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. After spending some time at the Mbabane craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Overnight Royal Swazi Sun (standard room) or similar
 
Day 4 Thursday (BD)
Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the age-old technique "millefiore". No two are the same and the range boasts an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu Natal. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, in time to embark on an afternoon scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains, offering views over Lake Jozini. At the summit and as the setting sun transforms the sky into a tapestry of colours, stop for sundowners. The drive will be combined with a visit to a local and authentic Zulu homestead for a glimpse into Zulu life in today’s world. Return to the hotel for dinner on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the classically styled restaurant. Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar
 
Day 5 Friday (BD)
Enjoy the morning at leisure to embark on any of the activities on offer from the hotel. After lunch (to own account), you will transfer to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing.
The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve covers a combined area of 90 000ha and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. End the day with dinner at the hotel. Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar
 
Day 6 Saturday (B))
Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal to St Lucia, located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site. Here you embark on an estuarine boat trip which provides an opportunity to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species, including the elusive African Kingfisher Eagle, in their natural habitat. Continue to Durban, where east meets west; a city beneath which beats the pulse of Africa. Arrive during the afternoon at your hotel which is located on the Golden Mile – Durban’s distinctive beach front. Overnight Protea Hotel Edward (standard room) or similar
 
Day 7 Sunday (B)
This morning you will embark on a brief Durban City Tour where you will spend the morning discovering the cultural and historical contrasts of the city. Check in at Durban International Airport for your domestic flight to Port Elizabeth (flight cost not included). We recommend booking on a flight at around 15.00 (for the earliest) out of Durban.On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, transfer to your hotel. Overnight Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth (standard room) or similar
 
Day 8 Monday (BD)
Depart Port Elizabeth and travel via the coastline to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as the ‘garden of the Garden Route’, the Tsitsikamma actually deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. Continue to Plettenberg Bay for dinner and overnight. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar
 
Day 9 Tuesday (BD)
After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. With the help of the resident African elephants and the well-informed guides, you will learn about the sad and mystical story of the Knysna Elephants. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (to own account), travel to Plettenberg Bay for a visit to Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds and the sanctuary also enables bird owners to apply to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing rehabilitation. Time permitting you have the option of embarking on a Whale & Dolphin boat experience (weather permitting and to own account) before returning to the lodge. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar
 
Day 10 Wednesday (BD)
After breakfast and check-out formalities, proceed on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River. Continue to the lagoon side town of Knysna – the gem of the Garden Route. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront Complex before travelling to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world due to its large ostrich industry. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner. Overnight De Opstal Country Lodge (standard room) or similar
 
Day 11 Thursday (B)
Breakfast and check-out of the hotel. Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves before departing Oudtshoorn. The Cango Caves is one of the natural wonders of the world and has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area. Afterward, travel via Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (to own account). Arrive in Cape Town around 18h00. Overnight Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa (deluxe studio) or similar
 
Day 12 Friday (B)
This morning you will be collected for your scheduled full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour – an awe-inspiring tour passing magnificent beaches, breathtaking views and historic & picturesque coastal villages to the towering headland known as Cape Point.
The tour ends upon return to your hotel during the late afternoon. Overnight Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa (deluxe studio) or similar
 
Day 13 Saturday (B)
Today you embark on a scheduled full day Cape Winelands Tour. This is a delightful drive, which winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Return to Cape Town during the late afternoon. Overnight Pepper Club Luxury Hotel & Spa (deluxe studio) or similar
 
Day 14 Sunday (B)
Breakfast and check-out of the hotel. Morning collection from the hotel for a scheduled City Tour – a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Your tour ends with drop-off at Cape Town International Airport in the afternoon.
 
JOHANNESBURG, A KRUGER PARK SAFARI AND CAPE TOWN 9 Days / 8 Nights
1st Day Wednesday  
On arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Afternoon collection from your hotel for a scheduled afternoon Apartheid Museum Tour. The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th Century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own. . Return to the hotel in the early evening for overnight. Overnight Johannesburg – Park Inn Hotel Sandton
 
Day 2 Thursday (B)
This morning you will be collected for your scheduled morning Half Day Soweto Tour. Soweto is a cluster of townships located at the South Western flank of Johannesburg. It is from here that most of the struggle was fought against the injustices of the apartheid regime and is home to sites of historical importance. The tour ends with drop-off at your hotel in the early afternoon. Overnight Johannesburg – Park Inn Hotel Sandton.
 
Day 3 Friday (B, D)
Early morning departure from Johannesburg with your ILIOS Travel guide. Travel to Mpumalanga. Your 5 ½ hour journey takes you through incredible scenery – mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterize the landscape. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon. Check in to start your Kruger Experience immediately with an afternoon open vehicle game drive into the Kruger National Park. All safaris in the Kruger National Park are operated in specially designed open safari vehicles and you are accompanied by a qualified and experienced FGASA and SATOUR registered guide.

Kruger National Park consists of nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fused with historical and archaeological sites – this is real Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, the park is a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.

After the sun has set on your first exhilarating day, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight Protea Hotel Kruger Gate (standard room) or similar
 
Day 4 Saturday (BLD)
After breakfast, embark on a full day safari into the Kruger National Park. The safari starts early in the morning and your guide will cover as much area as possible. A packed lunch will be enjoyed inside the park.

Return to the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner at the hotel.

Overnight Protea Hotel Kruger Gate (standard room) or similar
 
Day 5 Sunday (B)
After an early breakfast, depart the Kruger National Park and travel back to Johannesburg via the ‘Panorama Route’. The Panorama Route is best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes. It leads through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Travel through "Gods playground" to God’s Window overlooking the green Lowveld. Further north along the route, stop along many well-positioned vantage points from where one has a view of the 33 km long Blyde River Canyon gorge, which starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondavels". The Potholes are very impressive rock formations that were shaped millions of years ago by erosion. The bizarre swirl holes developed when the once rapid river carried masses of sand and debris. Time and weather permitting, stop at various waterfalls along the way.

The tour ends on arrival at an Airport Hotel at the O.R. Tambo International Airport by 18h00.

Overnight City Lodge OR Tambo
 
Day 6 Sunday (B)
Walk the short distance to the check in counters at the Airport for your flight to Cape Town (cost of flight not included ) Upon your arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 13.00 afternoon collection from the hotel for a scheduled afternoon City Tour – a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls. The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). In the city itself, we visit the Company Gardens, the S.A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. We take a trip through the picturesque Bo-Kaap, where we discover the unique culture, lifestyle and personality of the Cape Muslim community and their contribution to South Africa’s development. You will be dropped off at the hotel by 17h30. Dinner to own arrangements.

Overnight Cape Town – Pepper Club (Studio room)
 
Day 7 Tuesday (B)
This morning you will be collected for your scheduled full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour. We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach (optional boat trip to Seal Island – to own account). Continue via Chapman’s Peak , one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), we go on to historic Simon’s Town – a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre. End the day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The tour ends upon return to your hotel during the late afternoon.
Dinner to own arrangements.
Overnight Cape Town– Pepper Club (Studio room)
 
Day 8 Wednesday (B)
Today you embark on a scheduled full day Cape Winelands Tour. This is a delightful drive, which winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa's wine industry, Stellenbosch, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our first wine tasting of the day. Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. We enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch to own account). Time permitting, a visit to a Paarl region estate would be included to round off the day’s wine-tasting experiences before heading back to Cape Town.
Dinner to own arrangements.
Overnight Cape Town – Pepper Club (Studio room)
 
Day 9 Thursday (B)
Today you shall check-out of the hotel and transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flight arrangements.
 
GARDEN ROUTE CLASSIC – CAPE TOWN TO PORT ELIZABETH 4 DAYS
Note: This tour is available in the opposite direction, departing Port Elizabeth on a Monday morning at 08h45 and ending in Cape Town on a Thursday around 18h00.
Day 1 Thursday (D)
Depart Cape Town and travel along Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (not included in cost). Continue to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner. Overnight De Opstal Country Lodge (standard room) or similar
 
Day 2 Friday (BD)
Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world. Continue to the lagoon side town of Knysna – the gem of the Garden Route. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront before proceeding to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay. Embark on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River before arriving at your lodge where you shall spend the following two nights. Freshen up before dinner at the lodge. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar
 
Day 3 Saturday (BD)
After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (to own account), visit Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Optional: Whale & Dolphin boat experience (weather & time permitting; not included) before returning to the lodge. Overnight Hog Hollow Country Lodge (standard room) or similar
 
Day 4 Sunday (B))
After breakfast and check-out formalities, journey along the final leg of the Garden Route to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. The tour terminates in Port Elizabeth at approximately 18h00 with drop-off at the airport or your Port Elizabeth based hotel.
 
 

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