17 DAYS ●
Set at the tip of the epic African continent, South Africa is a convergence of incredible landscapes and cultures. Travel from the wilds of Kruger National Park, through the lands of the Zulu, along the verdant Garden Route to the spectacular 'Mother City', Cape Town.
See the incredible natural diversity of Kruger National Park, one of the largest in Africa
Experience Swaziland’s unique and fascinating culture
Immerse yourself in spectacular Cape Town and the magnificent Cape Point
Go in search of the rhinos in Africa's oldest nature reserve
Our Grand Tour of South Africa itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Johannesburg. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Visit the colourful township of Soweto, an area full of historical interest as the former home of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu and today a prestigious address. Back in the city continue your walk through South Africa’s contemporary history at the excellent Apartheid Museum, which explains the history of apartheid right up to abolition and the country’s first multi-racial democratic elections.
Depart Johannesburg travelling towards Kruger National Park via the Panorama Route. An area of great scenic beauty, the highlight is the Blyde River Canyon, a 20-mile long gorge that carves its way through the Drakensburg Escarpment – you’ll drive along its rim, passing evocatively named places such as God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. In the late afternoon, arrive at your hotel close to the entrance of Kruger National Park.
Rise with the sun to venture out into the savanna to the sounds of the dawn chorus. In an open-air safari vehicle, you’ll have the perfect vantage point from which to explore what is considered one of the world’s greatest reserves. Spend the day on the lookout for some of South Africa’s most iconic beasts, from elephants and hippos, to lions and leopards. Returning to the hotel, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure, before embarking on a second safari as the sun sets – the perfect way to end the day.
Pop over the border into the Kingdom of Swaziland to spend the day amongst its spectacular landscapes and fantastic scenery. You’ll feel the pace slow down and bygone traditions return to the fore as you visit Matsamo Cultural Village, a showcase of Swazi culture, and browse through the local craft markets. You’ll spend the night in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.
Head back over the border via the town of Big Bend to the province of KwaZulu Natal. Take an afternoon scenic drive up into the Ubombo Mountains where you’ll get fantastic views over Lake Jozini. You’ll also have the opportunity to catch a glimpse into the life of the Zulu tribespeople with a stop at an authentic Zulu homestead. The next two nights are spent at the hauntingly named Ghost Mountain.
This morning will be at leisure to relax or explore as you please. Transfer to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing. The reserve is one of the oldest wildlife parks in Africa and, thanks to conservation efforts, has the
largest population of the white rhino in the world.
Journey farther up the Elephant Coast arriving at St Lucia which sits at the southern end of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here you’ll embark on a cruise of Africa’s largest estuarine system, encountering hippos, crocodiles and a large variety of birds, including African fish eagles and goliath heron. Continue to the city of Durban, a cosmopolitan city that’s driven by an African rhythm.
Fly to Port Elizabeth. At the western end of the sunshine coast, Port Elizabeth has some beautiful beaches and excellent surfing. This afternoon is at leisure, which you can spend at the Broadwalk Casino and Entertainment World – a beachfront complex full of shops, bars and restaurants.
Take the coast road from Port Elizabeth to Tsitsikamma National Park. Part of the Garden Route, Tsitsikamma is a coastal reserve that encompasses a range of ecosystems. Enjoy the beauty with an easy walk through the park, crossing a suspension bridge at the mouth of the Storms River. Continue on to Plettenberg Bay.
Spend the morning at an Elephant Sanctuary. Learning more about the resident African elephants from the informative guides, you will also have the opportunity to interact with these gentle giants. This afternoon, travel back to Plettenberg Bay to visit the Birds of Eden, a free-flight aviary and sanctuary. Traversing a gorge of indigenous forest, there are 3,500 birds here, spanning 220 species.
Start the day with a cruise up the Keurbooms River, spotting wildlife and admiring the unspoilt nature. Back on dry land, travel to the quaint lagoon-side town of Knysna, considered a gem of the Garden Route. You’ll have some free time at Knysna Waterfront Complex, where you can browse galleries, boutiques and luxury yachts. Travel on to Oudtshoorn, centre of the world’s ostrich industry where you’ll have a guided tour of a working ostrich farm.
Take a morning tour of the Cango Caves, a magnificent cave system located in the limestone foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. Transfer to Cape Town via Barrydale and check in at a luxurious five-star hotel – your home for the next three nights.
Cape Town sits on the northern end of the Cape Peninsula, a rocky promontory that is home to pristine beaches, old coastal
villages and an incredible biodiversity. You will spend the day exploring this magnificent area, capped off with a stop at Cape Point. From this towering headland you’ll have a spectacular view out over the dramatic, ocean-battered rocks to where the Indian and Atlantic oceans collide.
Today is dedicated to the Cape Winelands. Here you’ll find yourself amongst landscapes of manicured grape vines, their uniform rows stretching towards their spectacular mountainous backdrop, occasionally broken by the quaint whitewash of the distinctive Cape Dutch homesteads. During the day you’ll also be able to taste the famous fruits of the region at one of the many wine estates.
Thanks to its naturally spectacular setting, Cape Town is one of Africa’s most beautiful cities. Backed by Table Mountain and flanked by the Twelve Apostles, Cape Town has much to offer, from its beautiful beaches to the vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, unique heritage and cosmopolitan inclinations. Spend the day being guided through this wonderful city’s cultural and geographical landscapes before transferring to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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