12 Day Sa Explorer Coach Tour, South Africa

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12 Day Sa Explorer Coach Tour

P O Box 819, Cape Town, 8000

Destination: South Africa
Duration: 12 days/11 nights
Departs From: Johannesburg or Cape Town
Departs: Monthly
Regions Included:Mpumalanga, Swaziland, Kwazulu Natal including Zululand, Eastern Cape, Western Cape

Mpumalanga including Three Rondawels and God’s window, Kruger Park, Game Drives, Swaziland, Zululand including cultural show, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Oudtshoorn including ostrich farm, Cango Caves, Cape Town.


Itinerary

DAY 1
An early departure from Johannesburg, travelling eastward toward the famous Blyde River (Happy River) Canyon. ± 15 km after Witbank (Middelburg) we have our first refreshment stop. We continue, and at the small town of Belfast, we turn off the national road passing through the town, famous for its sheep & trout farming. We pass through the little village of Dullstroom and travel towards Lydenburg where there is a stop for lunch (optional & for own account). Depart Lydenburg for the Three Rondawels for a scenic stop. Arrive at the Three Rondawels. South Africa’s 2nd most photographed natural phenomenon after Table Mountain. Depart for God’s Window travelling through Eucalyptus and Pine plantations. Arrive at God’s Window for a view of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park and the huge plantations of the so-called Lowveld. Continue towards Graskop, starting our descent of the plateau.
Arrive in Hazyview for your overnight stay.

DAY 2
Coach departs the hotel for Kruger National Park with all the passengers for an early morning game drive taken in a Springbok Atlas coach. Arrive at gates and proceed into the park and enjoy a game drive (in the coach) through the park. There is a stop to enjoy a packed breakfast (from hotel included). After breakfast, proceed through the park on the coach & continue to Malelane Sun. Arrive at Malelane Sun for lunch (optional & for own account). Afternoon at leisure or take an open vehicle game drive (for pax own account) to experience the “smells and sounds” of the bush. Overnight at Malelane Sun Hotel or similar.

DAY 3
This morning passengers are met at Malelane Sun for an open vehicle game drive in the Kruger National Park. In this world famous reserve we should encounter the full spectrum of wildlife - from “the Big Five” to insects and sunbirds. There is a stop to enjoy breakfast. Depart for Malelane Sun while enjoying a game drive. Arrive at Malelane Sun in time for lunch (optional & for own account). Afternoon at leisure or enjoy an open vehicle game drive (optional and for own account)
Malelane Sun or similar for dinner and overnight.

DAY 4
After an early breakfast, we depart Malelane and enter the Kingdom of Swaziland and travel through beautiful countryside (plantations). Stop at Komati valley look-out point for scenic photo opportunity. Visit the Ngwenya glass factory en route. Explore the factory through the viewing deck and watch the local craftsmen at work. There is also a shop where you can buy various products. We visit a candle factory where Swazi wax artists make beautiful candles. Depart candle factory for your hotel and arrive in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley to check in to your hotel with an opportunity to enjoy lunch (optional and for own account). The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, with an opportunity to visit a craft market. Overnight in Swaziland. Activities offered at your hotel: golf, health spa, swimming, tennis, squash, casino, hot water springs nearby.

DAY 5
After breakfast we depart your hotel and travel southwards towards the border. Just after Big Bend there is a refreshment stop at Riverside before the Swazi-Zululand border crossing. Enter northern Zululand. We arrive at Dumazulu/Vula Zulu/Shakaland for the presentation of Zulu culture and dancing. Lunch at Cultural Village (included). Arrive at Hluhluwe Gate. Drive to Hilltop Rest Camp or (Ithala*) in Hluhluwe Game Reserve for overnight stay. Passengers will either enjoy a night drive or an early morning game drive – depending on Reserve’s management. Overnight at Hluhluwe or Ithala on a Dinner bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 6
Begin the day with an early morning game drive in the Game Reserve and afterwards enjoy breakfast
Depart the game reserve and continue towards Durban. En route we pass traditional Zulu kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. Optional (for own account) lunch stop in Umhlanga Rocks en-route to Durban. Arrive in Durban and check into your hotel. The rest of the late afternoon and evening is at leisure. Overnight in Durban.

DAY 7
Today is a day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches and explore the markets or perhaps take a day tour (optional and for own account) Overnight in Durban.

DAY 8
You are transferred from your hotel to Durban International airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth.
On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Port Elizabeth.

DAY 9
Depart Port Elizabeth and head westwards, soon reaching the Tsitsikamma Mountains and indigenous forests. Refreshment stop at Storms River Bridge. Viewpoint, Curio shop, walk on bridge, restrooms, auto bank. Drive through Tsitsikamma Forest. Stop and walk to Big Tree, also view the fallen tree. Continue and stop at Blaauwkrantz Bridge viewpoint to watch the Bungi jumping. Continue, stopping at Groot River Pass in Nature’s Valley for photo opportunities and then continue to Knysna . Arriving in Knysna and check into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the area. Overnight in Knysna.

DAY 10
After breakfast we enjoy a cruise and walk. Board ferry for cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. There is a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head, returning for lunch (included) under the Milkwood trees. Coach to collect passengers and transfer to hotel for your overnight stay. There is time to sit at the pool or wander around the markets. Overnight in Knysna.

DAY 11
Depart for Oudtshoorn (via the Outeniqua Pass) with a photo stop at Dolphin Point. Visit an Ostrich Farm for a tour and lunch (optional and for own account) and possibly visit to the curio shop. Depart the Ostrich farm for the Cango Caves.
Explore the vast limestone caverns known as the Cango Caves. Depart the Caves for your hotel in Oudtshoorn. Arrive at your hotel for check in. Dinner and overnight in Oudtshoorn.

DAY 12
After breakfast travel through the 'Little Karoo towards Cape Town via Ladismith and the Huisrivier Pass, stopping briefly at a viewpoint on the pass. Arrive at Ladismith for a refreshment stop before departing for Montagu via Barrydale and arrive in time for lunch (optional & for own account). Depart Montagu and continue to Cape Town via Worcester. Arrive in Worcester for a quick comfort stop before continuing to Cape Town via the Du Toits Kloof Pass. Time permitting, there is a stop at a viewpoint on the pass. Arrive in Cape Town late afternoon. The rest of your day is at leisure. (Unescorted) Overnight in Cape Town.


Notes

German/English on certain departures
Tour may be done in reverse, departing from Cape Town and ending in Johannesburg


Includes

11 breakfasts
2 lunches
5 dinners
Accommodation
Porterage
Transportation
Sightseeing as specified


Excludes

Meals not specified
All items of a personal nature
Optional excursions
Flight Durban/Port Elizabeth and airport taxes


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(Monday to Friday, 8AM to 17PM, GMT+2)



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12 Day Sa Explorer Coach Tour, South Africa