South Africa




'Rainbow Nation' is a phrase favoured by Nelson Mandela to describe the diversity of cultures in South Africa. This 15-day coach tour reveals the cultural diversity and showcases some of the very best that South Africa has to offer.


You will travel by coach, walk on beaches, stroll through the ancient trees in the Tsitsikamma National Park, and you could even choose to ride an ostrich... and yes, you'll relax and drink in the beauty of it all. South Africa is an incredible country, and in 15 glorious days, it will get under your skin.

 

DAY 1 SATURDAY HEATHROW-JOHANNESBURG
Overnight flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg.

DAY 2 SUNDAY JOHANNESBURG
On arrival you will be met and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure. In the evening there will be a tour briefing and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers. Overnight: Protea Hotel OR Tambo, or similar.

DAY 3 MONDAY KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
This morning leave for Mpumalanga. Travel along the Panorama Route, visiting Blyde River Canyon and God's Window. Then a visit to Bourke's Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview (500 km - approximately 6 hours). Overnight: Hippo Hollow Country Estate, or similar. (b,d)

DAY 4 TUESDAY KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
An early start to the day in order to enjoy the wonders of the Kruger National Park in a closed vehicle. Spend the day in search of game before returning to your hotel. Overnight: Hippo Hollow Country Estate, or similar. (b)

DAY 5 WEDNESDAY HAZYVIEW-SWAZILAND
After breakfast, depart on your journey to Swaziland (260 km - approximately 3 hours 30 minutes). Proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland. Visit the Swaziland National Museum before arriving at your hotel. Overnight: Lugogo Sun, or similar. (b)

DAY 6 THURSDAY KWAZULU-NATAL-UMFOLOZI
This morning journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Your journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. Arrive mid afternoon Umfolozi area, optional game drive available. (300 km - approximately 3 hours 30 minutes). Overnight: Protea Hotel Umfolozi, or similar. (b)

DAY 7 FRIDAY ST LUCIA-DURBAN
This morning journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Your journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. Arrive mid afternoon Umfolozi area, optional game drive available. (300 km - approximately 3 hours 30 minutes). Overnight: Protea Hotel Umfolozi, or similar. (b)

DAY 8 SATURDAY DURBAN-DRAKENSBERG
Today head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains (220 km - approximately 3 hours). Visit the 300 feet Howick Falls before arriving at your hotel in mid afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings. Overnight: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel, or similar. (b,d)

DAY 9 SUNDAY DRAKENSBERG
Full day at leisure to enjoy the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. Overnight: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel, or similar. (b,d)

DAY 10 MONDAY DRAKENSBERG-EAST LONDON
This morning continue south to East London (520 km - approximately 6 hours 30 minute). En route enter the Eastern Cape and drive past Nelson Mandela's birthplace and house. Arrive late afternoon in East London. Overnight: The Kennaway Hotel, or similar. (b)

DAY 11 TUESDAY PORT ELIZABETH
Travel through 'Settler Country' via Port Alfred towards Grahamstown. Visit the 1820 Settler Memorial before continuing onto Port Elizabeth (300 km - approximately 4 hours). The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the magnificent beaches. Overnight: The Paxton Hotel, or similar. (b)

DAY 12 WEDNESDAY PORT ELIZABETH-KNYSNA
Your journey continues towards the Cape along the Garden Route. Enjoy a visit to the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River Mouth. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at the hotel, your base for the next 2 nights (280 km - approximately 3 hours 30 minute). Overnight: Knysna Hollow Country Estate, or similar. (b)

DAY 13 THURSDAY OUDTSHOORN-KNYSNA
After breakfast, travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. Visit the famous Cango Caves and an Ostrich Farm where you have the opportunity to ride one of these giant birds. Return to Knysna for overnight. Overnight: Knysna Hollow Country Estate, or similar. (b,d)

DAY 14 FRIDAY KNYSNA-CAPE TOWN
Today's journey ends in Cape Town. Stop off in Mossel Bay then drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon (500 km - approximately 6 hours). Overnight: Protea Hotel Sea Point, or similar. (b)

DAY 15 SATURDAY CAPE TOWN
Enjoy a day of leisure in the 'mother city' where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. (b)

 

DAY 16 SUNDAY CAPE TOWN-HEATHROW
Day at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to Heathrow, or your chosen extension. (b)

Where Next
Add to your experience by extending your holiday to one of these easy to combine destinations: Victoria Falls, Mozambique, Malawi, Seychelles, Mauritius or Dubai.
Ref: Mos 28/12


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