A World In One Country <strong>Province</strong>: Gauteng<br />

A World In One Country

 
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Ref: GT06
Departs from: Johannesburg
Province: Gauteng
Days: 14
Persons: min2
Departs: every sunday
Price: R37580pp, single R 46710 till December 2017
 
Rates Valid till Oct this year, All Rates subject to change
   
Highlights: Explore the historic town of Pilgrimïs Rest.
View the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and Gods Window.
Seek out the Big Five in the Kruger National Park in open safari vehicles.
Visit a traditional African craft market in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Enjoy a Swazi cultural experience.
Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake St Lucia A World Heritage Site.
Stroll through the Tsitsikamma National Park, renowned for its age-old trees.
Journey via ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, situated at the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon.
Discover the Cango Caves with its magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
Enjoy an ostrich farm experience.
The best land-based whale watching in the world is in Hermanus. (Seasonal July to November only).

   
Itinerary: Day 1: (Sun) Johannesburg
Touch down at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the magnificent suburban shopping malls or take an optional afternoon Soweto Tour (own account). At 19h00 we all meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet your fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Wanderers or similar
Distance travelled today: 35 kms

Day 2: (Mon) Pretoria / Mpumalanga (BB, BD)
Depart by 08h30 and leave Johannesburg's distinctive skyline and head for Pretoria, South Africa's capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. We travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg, on to your accommodation for the evening which is situated on the famous Long Tom Pass.
The afternoon is at leisure to take in the panoramic views across the escarpment or to participate in one of the many activities such as mountain biking, hiking or trout fishing (activity costs for own account) which are on offer at the hotel.
Accommodation: Misty Mountain or similar
Distance travelled today: 425 kms

Day 3: (Tue) Panorama Route (BB)
This morning gasp at the glory that is Gods Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and we explore Bourkes Luck Potholes. After lunch (own account) we view Africas largest active tufa falls as well as the famous Three Rondavels.
Accommodation: Perrys Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar
Distance travelled today: 320 kms

Day 4: (Wed) A Morning Big Five game viewing in Kruger National Park (PB)
Set off before breakfast for a morning in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species. Savour the magic of this enormous wilderness. We return to Hazyview around lunch time and you have the afternoon at leisure.
Accommodation: Perrys Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar
Distance travelled today: 250 kms

Day 5: (Thu) The Kingdom of Swaziland (BB,BL,BD)
Enjoy an enchanting drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of Swaziland and their traditions. We continue through the capital city, Mbabane, and on to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for a true African shopping experience at the vibrant Ezulwini Craft Market which is packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings.
Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar
Distance travelled today: 310 kms

Day 6: (Fri) The Kingdom of the Zulus (BB)
After a leisurely breakfast we start the day we travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. We arrive mid-afternoon at our hotel in the Umfolozi area.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi River
Distance travelled today: 360 kms

Day 7: (Sat) Durban (BB)
This morning enjoy a cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coastline en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields do their own version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind. We arrive into Durban early afternoon and the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, to enjoy the golden beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean or take a stroll along the lively promenade.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Edward or similar
Distance travelled today: 275 kms

Day 8: (Sun) Port Elizabeth / Knysna (BB, D)
We enjoy breakfast before being collected and transferred to the airport for a morning flight (cost of flight not included) to Port Elizabeth. We will be met by our new tour director and once everyone has arrived, we set off to explore the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park. Here we are treated to magnificent coastal views and to soak up the beauty of the glorious, indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. Late this afternoon we arrive in Knysna, perhaps South Africas most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route.
Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar
Distance travelled today: 360 kms

Day 9: (Mon) Knysna (BB, HL)
Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone Heads which guard the sea entrance to Knysnas huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond. After lunch we have the remainder of the day at leisure, to enjoy this lovely and special town.
Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar
Distance travelled today: 15 kms

Day 10: (Tue) Oudtshoorn (BB, HL)
This morning we head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africas most incredible natural wonders and enjoy the wonderful views of the spectacular Outeniqua Pass en route to Oudtshoorn, the feather capital of the world, so named because its the centre of South Africas ostrich industry. After lunch, which features Ostrich Steak on the menu, we learn more about these hardy, enigmatic creatures during a tour of an ostrich farm.
Accommodation: Queens Hotel or similar
Distance travelled today: 210 kms

Day 11: (Wed) Cape Town (BB)
This is a day of magnificent vistas. Enjoy the ever-changing passing canvas as we travel to Cape Town. During the whale season we will travel via the seaside village of Hermanus in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the southern right whales, which frolic offshore (July to November only). Out of season we will return to Cape Town along Route 62, South Africas version of Americas Route 66.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar
Distance travelled today: 475 kms

Day 12: (Thu) Cape Peninsula (BB, D)
A full day touring of the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula winding our way through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. We stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you can opt to take a cruise (own account) to Seal Island to watch the antics of these natural performers. Then we continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, before stopping off to see the lovable penguins at Boulders Beach. We drive through the quaint naval village of Simons Town on our way back to Cape Town.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar
Distance travelled today: 200 kms

Day 13: (Fri) Cape Winelands (BB)
We journey into the beautiful and tranquil Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellenbosch before stopping for wine tasting at two well-known estates. Pass by the impressive Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument which provide a historical perspective.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar
Distance travelled today: 200 kms

Day 14: (Sat) Cape Town (BB)
This brings us to the end of our World in One Country. Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Please Note
The internal flight between Durban and Port Elizabeth is not included.
All guests are requested to book flight SA1334 departing 09h15 to arrive in Port Elizabeth at 10h35.
On day eight the tour departs from Port Elizabeth between 11h00 and 12h00. Any guests arriving after 12h00 will need to arrange for a transfer to join the group in Knysna.
Visa conditions apply for Swaziland and passports are required.

   
Included: Transportation
Tour in air-conditioned micro-buses or 18-seater mini-buses.

Professionally Escorted
Discover South Africa with our professional Tour Guides.

Accommodation
Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis. All accommodation is of a 3 star standard.

Dining Inclusions
13 Breakfasts.
3 Lunches.
4 Dinners.

Plus
Airport transfers included.
Hotel porterage included.
Kruger National Park Conservation Levy included.

Please Note
The internal flight between Durban and Port Elizabeth is not included. We can assist you in obtaining these flights. Clients are requested to book flight SA1336 departing 12h30 to arrive in Port Elizabeth at 13h45. Should guests arrive earlier, we will be happy to take care of them until the arrival of the scheduled flight.
Visa conditions apply for Swaziland and passports are required.

   
Excluded: Private purchases
   
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