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Best of South Africa

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    10 days

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Contact guide

  • Starting Location

    Johannesburg

  • Price Includes

    All entrance fees, two game drives with professional rangers, boat cruise, all breakfasts, three dinners, one barbecue, full-time guide, local guide in Soweto; accommodation or flight Johannesburg-Cape Town-Johannesburg

Highlights

  • Pass through the Blyde River Canyon, third largest canyon in the world.
  • Explore the smallest country in the southern hemisphere and one of the last African kingdoms at Swaziland.
  • Visit Kruger National Park known for exceptional wildlife, incredible diversity and being one of the largest, most famous and oldest game parks in the world.

Guide

Craig

 

Trip Info

Explore South Africa and Swaziland on this unique adventure tour. You will learn of the heritage and local culture as well as a chance to see the Big Five Game, magnificent landscapes and the flora and fauna.

Upon your arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by your guide and check in to your accommodations. Enjoy an afternoon tour in Soweto, Hector Pieterson Museum, a visit to a township, Freedom Square and memorial. You will also visit the home of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Winnie Mandela and the FNB stadium.

In the morning, we travel to the beautiful Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga. Enjoy the scenic views as we pass through God’s Window, Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon, Long Tom Pass, the battlefields, Bourkes Luck Potholes, MacMac waterfall and Pilgrim’s Rest.

We arrive in the morning at Kruger Park and have lunch on the banks of the mighty Sabie River. Have a sunset safari and enjoy a typical South African barbecue.

An early start will allow for a morning safari to witness the African Savannah and wildlife before returning to camp for breakfast. The day will be enjoyed with a safari.

The next day, we leave for the Kingdom of Swaziland where the landscapes are very similar to those of Switzerland. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and the oldest mine in the world.

A visit to the capital Mbabane the next day, will see the Royal Palace, Parliament, the Kings Mausoleum and a craft market in the Ezulwini Valley.

In the morning, we depart Swaziland through Southern Mpumalanga to catch a flight to Cape Town. We arrive late afternoon for a sunset stroll and a visit to the V&A Waterfront.

The next day, we travel to Stellenbosch, the second largest town in South Africa. Here, oak trees, wheat and vines quickly replaced the giraffes, elephants, Hottentots and Khoi San peoples. Enjoy a day of sightseeing as we tour Stellenbosch, the Bugerhuis Museum, the famous Oom Samie Winkel, partake on a cellar tour and wine tasting. We travel through Hels Hoogte Pass on our way to Franschoek to visit the Hugenot Museum and Memorial and a boutique wine farm. We then go to Paarl, with a stop in front of Mandela’s statue. Your day ends with a visit the Taal monument, surrounded by a botanical garden and overlooks the town.

Today, we follow the west coast with a stop at Maiden’s Cove to enjoy a magnificent view of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay then to Hout Bay. Enjoy a cruise to Duiker Island, home to the world’s largest fur seal colony, before a drive along Chapman’s Peak Pass. We enter the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where the cold Atlantic waters meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. We continue to False Bay coast and visit Boulders Beach and Groot Constantia, a wine farm.

The next day, we visit Cape Town, historical places and parks, Dutch East Indian Garden, Castle, South African Museum, Malay Quarter, District 6 and Greenmarket Square. We also visit the noon gun in action on the slopes of Signal Hill, as it is the world’s oldest cannon still in action. After lunch, we visit Kirstenbosh National Botanic Garden, and head along the west coast towards Blouberg for a view of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Table Bay. You will be treated to an authentic African dinner of more than 30 culinary dishes from across the continent.

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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