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Best of South Africa

15 Days from $5,075 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Connect with the culture of two countries as you travel from the north to south to encounter South Africa's legacy of Mandela and the cosmopolitan spirit of Cape Town.

Travel to Africa often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Connect with the culture of two countries as you travel from the north to south to encounter South Africa's legacy of Mandela and the cosmopolitan spirit of Cape Town.

Travel to Africa often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Your seamless South African journey begins with a private airport transfer from O.R Tambo International Airport to your hotel. Settle in to the pace of Africa's most energetic city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:The Maslow
  2. Travel to South Africa's Lowveld and admire the iconic sights along Mpumalanga's Panorama Route – the Blyde River Canyon, God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Sabi River Sun/Protea Kruger Gate
  3. Connect with nature and explore South Africa's oldest national park in the company of a Local Specialist. Uncover the secrets of the bushveld – the magnificent and iconic Big 5, the Little 5 and everything in between.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Travel to landlocked Swaziland, and visit a Swazi Chief's village gaining insights into the community's way of life.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel:Royal Swazi Spa
  5. We venture to 'the garden province' of KwaZulu Natal. Traversing rolling sugarcane fields and lush valleys, we arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park for an opportunity to embark on an optional 4x4 game drive. This evening enjoy a delicious South African 'braai.'

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Anew
  6. Board an optional morning cruise on Lake St. Lucia and get up close to the hippos, crocodiles and bird life residing in the estuary. Alternatively explore the town of St Lucia. We continue south to Durban where our overnight accommodation is the iconic Oyster Box Hotel which began its life as a cottage in the mid 19th-century.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:The Oyster Box
  7. Venture to the Southern Drakensberg mountains. At Phezulu Safari Park, embark on a village tour followed by traditional Zulu dancing, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Premier Resort Sani Pass
  8. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your terms. Consider joining an optional 4x4 Sani Pass drive, ascending to a heavenly height of 9436 feet for lunch at Africa's highest pub in Lesotho, or relax down here on earth amidst the Drakensberg's lofty peaks.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Venture through the Eastern Cape and the green hills of the Transkei. Discover the legacy of Nelson Mandela, at his birthplace in Xunu, then enjoy the unspoiled Wild Coast beaches of Chintsa, where the only footprints in the sand will be yours.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Crawfords Beach Lodge
  10. Wake to the sound of the ocean before we begin our journey to Port Elizabeth which you'll explore on your own terms this evening.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Radisson Blu
  11. Walk beneath the tranquil canopy of Tsitsikamma's giant and ancient Yellowwoods, arriving at Storms River Mouth to peer into the depths of the gorge. We'll indulge in local cuisine with an opportunity to connect with locals over a unique Be My Guest lunch before arriving in Knysna.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Diaz Hotel & Resort
  12. Travel to Oudtshoorn, which holds the distinction of being the world's ostrich capital. We join a Local Specialist for a tour of an ostrich farm to learn about our feathered friends and even feed them, before descending into the ancient Cango Caves.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  13. See the highlights of Mossel Bay, including its Old Post Office Tree, and the Bartolomeu Dias Museum, telling the story of the first European navigators who braved the rugged waters of the tip of Africa. We continue our journey to Cape Town. Visit the iconic Table Mountain by cable car this evening (weather permitting).

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:The PortsWood
  14. Spend the day exploring Cape Town's streets and squares. Consider an Optional Experience tour around the Cape Peninsula or sample the Cape's finest wines in the Cape Winelands.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  15. Explore the city before your transfer to Cape Town International Airport. 

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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Airport Transfers: Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided their flight details.

Guaranteed Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

26 meals: 14 full breakfasts, 2 lunches (including Be My Guest), 10 dinners. 

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Immerse yourself in Khoisan and Xhosa culture, tasting their authentic cuisine and learning about their traditions. (Day 11)

Stays with Stories

  • Durban's five-star Oyster Box Hotel overlooks Umhlanga's iconic lighthouse and is owned and run by Trafalgar's Tollman family. (Day 6)

Dive into Culture

  • Connect with Swazi culture during a visit to a local Chief's village. (Day 4)
  • Tour the village of Phezulu and witness a traditional Zulu dance performance (Day 7)

Local Specialist

  • Private safari game drive in the Kruger National Park

Sightseeing Experiences

  • Visit the Kruger National Park, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Swaziland, Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, an Ostrich Farm and the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, the Bartolomeu Dias Museum in Mossel Bay and Table Mountain by Cable Car
  • View Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, the Drakensberg mountains and Storms River Mouth
  • See South Africa's wildlife and birds on Safari
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  • Extend to Victoria Falls or Botswana

    Make the most of your trip by choosing our Victoria Falls Experience or Botswana Delta Experience, which both follow seamlessly from this trip. Guests are responsible for purchasing all flights required to join either of these trips.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • Extend to Victoria Falls or Botswana

    Make the most of your trip by choosing our Victoria Falls Experience or Botswana Delta Experience, which both follow seamlessly from this trip. Guests are responsible for purchasing all flights required to join either of these trips.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • Summer (mid-October to mid-March): hot and sunny, often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly.

    Autumn (mid-March to April): very little rainfall and warm but not too hot days, getting colder as the season progresses.

    Winter (May to August): the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau offer dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights.

  • Two (2) hours ahead of GMT. South Africa does not observe daylight savings. EST plus 7 in winter EST plus 6 in summer

  • TIPPING 

    The currency in South Africa is the Rand, noted as ZAR.
    For suggested tipping amounts, follow these guidelines but please remember tipping is always at your discretion.
    · Camp and Game Lodge Guides / Rangers: ZAR 150.00 per guest per day.
    · Camp and Game Lodge Trackers: ZAR 100.00 per guest per day.
    · General Safari Camp / Lodge Staff: ZAR 50.00 per guest per day.
    · Lodge Butlers: ZAR 50 per guest per day.
    · Hotel Staff (i.e. housekeeping): ZAR 50.00 per guest per day.
    · Porterage ZAR 15.00 per bag.
    · Transfer and Touring Driver ZAR 50.00 per person.
    · Half day tour ZAR 100.00 per person.
    · Full day tour ZAR 200.00 per person.
    · Restaurants 10 - 15% on meal accounts.

  • Shopping varies according to destination. Generally African handicrafts such as leather goods, wooden carvings, sculptures, paintings, bead work and woven articles are popular purchases. Jewelry is an excellent purchase in South Africa.

    Suggested Shopping Centers in Cape Town: Cavendish Square, Claremont, Victoria Wharf, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Canal Walk, Century City

  • The import of meat or meat products (dried, canned etc.), plants, seeds, vegetables, fruits, livestock, endangered wildlife species and products thereof (for example clothing & accessories) into the United States and Canada is prohibited. This includes Ostrich eggs & animal skins.

  • Please check in at least three hours prior to departure for international flights, two hours for regional flights and 90 minutes prior for domestic flights. Please reconfirm all onward flights at least 72 hours prior to departure. Local airline numbers are listed on your flight itinerary enclosed with your documents.

  • Power supply is 220v, 50 Hz. Most outlets require the type M plug with 3 round pins as pictured. Sometimes type C plugs with two pins are found on appliances. U.S. made appliances may need a transformer.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day. It’s important to be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. For more helpful information please refer to Packing for Safari.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • Extend to Victoria Falls or Botswana

    Make the most of your trip by choosing our Victoria Falls Experience or Botswana Delta Experience, which both follow seamlessly from this trip. Guests are responsible for purchasing all flights required to join either of these trips.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Hluhluwe

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Safari

If you visit Kwazulu-Natal, you can't leave without visiting Big Five country in the oldest park in South Africa: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. This is the legendary park where a dedicated team made worldwide conservation history with their successful efforts to bring the white rhino back from the brink of extinction. Our specialist tours are all conducted in specially modified open safari vehicles to enhance your game viewing, lead by qualified, experienced guides. You'll learn more than you could have imagined possible about everything from trees, to animal spoor, to the rich bird life.
Adult Price: R940.00

Durban

Durban City Tour - Half Day

Travel along the brand new Golden Mile beach promenade of Durban and move through the City, viewing everything thing from the majestic City Hall, and enjoying its humorous history, to the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle home to nine distinct markets. Visit the fascinating Phansi Museum - home to the largest publicly accessible collection of Southern African artefacts and treasures (Closed on weekends and entrance fee for own account). Then move from culture to nature and visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens founded in 1849. Conclude with a visit to an icon of Kwazulu Natal, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where you will have the option of experiencing the cable car ride (own account) to the top of the Stadium for that phenomenal view of Durban and its surroundings.
Adult Price: R570.00

Ushaka Marine World Tour

Home to Africa's largest dolphinarium, the globally respected Ushaka Marine World entices you to explore the wonders of Africa's vast ocean life. It's a fascinating journey around 30 in- and outdoor themed exhibits, and you won't want to miss the spectacular dolphin, seal and penguin shows. In the aquarium, tank after tank offers a glorious insight into the wealth of South Africa's Indian and Atlantic Ocean marine life, an experience not to be missed.
Adult Price: R766.00

St. Lucia Boat Cruise

All aboard the comfortable Santa Lucia, a spacious double-decker boat on St Lucia Estuary, with ample room for everybody to have the best view possible. We're off on a two-hour relaxed interpretative cruise from the smartest vantage point - the water. We'll get up close to the sight and sounds of hippo, crocodiles and other game species, and if we're lucky, we'll be serenaded by the haunting cry of the fish eagle...perhaps even watch one catch a fish. The boat has a coffee, snack and full bar on board, so relaxation is the order of the day.
Adult Price: R240.00

Drakensberg

Sani Pass Tour

The Tour departs at 09h30 and takes approx. 2.5 hours to reach the summit, climbing a grand 2874 meters above sea level, stopping at breath taking view sites along the Sani Pass and the two border posts i.e. The South African Border Control and Lesotho Border Control. Once at the Top of the Sani Pass, we enjoy lunch at the highest Pub in Africa - The Sani Mountain Lodge. After lunch the Tour continues into a living Basotho village, where our experienced mountain guide will interest you on Lesotho and its people - the hardy mountainous Basotho folk. Traditional beer and homemade bread offered on request .We wind down the Sani Pass after this cultural experience and arrive back in Underberg between 16h00- 16h30 depending on the wildlife spotted along the way.
Adult Price: R1153.00

Cape Town

Cape Peninsula Tour - Full Day

Cruise along Millionaire's Paradise from Clifton to Camps Bay and on to Llandudno before an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise. Wind along Chapman's Peak Drive with lunch (own account) at Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park before meandering back along the coast, visiting Simon's Town and the penguin colony at Boulder's Beach. End at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Summer or in Winter, Groot Constantia for a wine tasting and cellar tour.
Adult Price: R1300.00

Winelands Tour - Full Day

A superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the heavenly scenery. The area's rich with history, and guests can't help but feel it as you move through the region to experience a wine cellar tour and tasting, where you'll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. Visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and in a town with a reputation for gourmet fare, where else could you choose to enjoy lunch. Wind your way to the heady heights of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to meet the charming university town of Stellenbosch on the other side. Stroll through this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and sneaking into the odd shop or two (on Sundays not all galleries and shops are open). Enjoy a wine tasting at two different wine estates where you'll be able to purchase your favorite wine to take back home.
Adult Price: R1065.00

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  • Extend to Victoria Falls or Botswana

    Make the most of your trip by choosing our Victoria Falls Experience or Botswana Delta Experience, which both follow seamlessly from this trip. Guests are responsible for purchasing all flights required to join either of these trips.

  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.