16 Days / 15 Nights South Africa Odyssey Tour: Day 1: Johannesburg
On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure & unescorted. Why not enjoy a sightseeing tour or simply relax at your hotel?
Day 2: Johannesburg - Mpumalanga
Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”. We’ll drive along the spectacular “Panorama Route”, offering views of amazing scenery including the 26 kilometre-long Blyde River Canyon and historic God’s Window, a breathtaking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. Continue to an area near Hazyview for your overnight stay.
Day 3: Mpumalanga
Enjoy an early morning game drive (in your closed touring vehicle) in the Kruger National Park with a packed breakfast. Search for the Big 5 (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant) as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other games. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. Late afternoon open vehicle game drives are available (optional & for own account).
Day 4: Mpumalanga
The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle safari (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. The park offers some of the best game viewing and wildlife opportunities in the world – and the visitor will soon appreciate the challenges of managing this unique reserve. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel or you can join us on our Community visit to the Sizabantwana Children Care Centre for a tour and a brief look into the lives of the children that attend the centre. This visit offers you the opportunity to understand more about the rural communities and their lifestyles and to interact with them in a secure and optimistic environment. Return to your hotel where open -vehicle safaris drives are available (optional and for own account).
Day 5: Mpumalanga - Swaziland
After breakfast, this morning we travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. Visit the Ngwenya glass factory, where visitors can watch talented glass blowers create a range of enchanting African animals, birds and fish, as well as tableware, made from 100% recycled glass that is collected by the children of Swaziland. In the afternoon, complimentary (optional) excursion to a Swazi candle factory, where visitors can watch Swazi wax artists make beautiful candles. Overnight in Swaziland.
Day 6: Swaziland - Zululand
After breakfast you will continue south through Swaziland, before re-entering South Africa. Travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. Enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari (with an English speaking game ranger) before continuing to your hotel in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region. Overnight Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region.
Day 7: Zululand – Durban (Umhlanga)
After breakfast, travel to a traditional Zulu village to experience the local culture, dancing and a delicious ethnic lunch. The journey continues to Durban (Umhlanga), passing traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. Overnight in Durban (Umhlanga).
Day 8: Durban (Umhlanga) - Port Elizabeth
After breakfast, transfer to Durban (Umhlanga) airport for the short southward flight to Port Elizabeth, where you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore. Overnight in Port Elizabeth.
Day 9: Port Elizabeth - Knysna
Head westwards along the Garden Route. Visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). You’ll arrive at your hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore the town. Overnight in Knysna. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 10: Knysna
After a leisurely breakfast you’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 11: Knysna - Oudtshoorn
After breakfast we travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the “ostrich capital” and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. You’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Travel to your hotel in the late afternoon, in time to check in and relax before dinner (for own account). Overnight in Oudtshoorn.
Day 12: Oudtshoorn - Stellenbosch
Enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities (weather permitting). After this thrilling experience, head back for a delicious breakfast. The journey continues through the “Little Karoo” to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before travelling to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town (the school visit is subject to the school being open). Continue to Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in South Africa, surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountains with vineyards as a backdrop. Overnight in Stellenbosch.
Day 13: Stellenbosch – Cape Town
After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a wine tasting in the Stellenbosch area, arguably the country’s most famous wine route. Then finally onto Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain where the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore the city (unescorted).
Day 14: Cape Town
After breakfast, enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (own account) or simply explore the city. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. There is also the Two Oceans Aquarium, Robben Island or alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many beaches. Overnight in Cape Town.
Day 15: Cape Town
After a relaxing breakfast, you’ll have a full day at leisure. Why not join an optional tour of the Cape Peninsula (own account)? Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay and then to Cape Point where (by tradition) it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Return to Cape Town through the historic naval base of Simon’s Town and Muizenberg to visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a centre for the preservation of the region’s unique flora. Overnight in Cape Town.
Day 16: Cape Town
After breakfast, enjoy some last minute shopping (unescorted) or sightseeing (own account). The Robben Island Tour, which departs from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offers a fascinating excursion or perhaps just wander through the variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets. Later you will be transferred to the airport, harbour or railway station for your onward journey.
Meeting/pick-up point: OR Tambo International Airport.
Duration: 16 days.
Start/opening time: Depending on the flight time.
End/closing time: Depending on the flight time.
Languages: English. German is available on selected departure dates.
Opening days/period: Selected Sunday departures.
Required documentation: Passport.
Min. Age: 8 years.
Others: Guests will travel in the same vehicle, but will be dropped off at different accommodation, depending on their accommodation choices.
Private Game Lodge option: opportunity to incorporate a 1 night stay at a luxury lodge in the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve.
Included: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner; accommodation and choice of accommodation options (“Comfortable” - a standard room, “A Cut Above” a mix of “standard room” and “superior room”, and “Premium” - superior room), porterage; transport and sightseeing as specified; the day 3 early morning game drive (in your closed touring vehicle), the day 4 early morning open vehicle safari and the day 6 afternoon open vehicle safari; entrance fees; 1 wine tasting in Stellenbosch.
Flight and departure tax between Durban and Port Elizabeth are NOT included. Please book DUR/PLZ flight to depart after 12:30pm.