Days 1 & 2: Johannesburg / Graskop

South African Airways

After meeting at Melbourne Airport to begin our adventure (with interstate travellers joining us in Perth), we board our overnight flight which will take us to South Africa via Perth. On arrival at Johannesburg Airport we are met by our tour guide and we will board our coach to travel in comfort to Mpumalanga – ‘the place of the rising sun’.

The rest of the day is free to relax or browse in the local curio shops. Overnight is at Graskop Hotel (Dinner & Breakfast).

Day 3: Graskop / Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River CanyonGraskop HotelPilgrems Rest

Today we will visit one of South Africa's great scenic wonders, the Blyde River Canyon, as well as Bourke's Luck Potholes, God’s Window, and the pioneer village of Pilgrims Rest. Overnight is at Graskop Hotel (Dinner & Breakfast).

Days 4 & 5: Kruger National Park

Lion at KrugerLeopard at Kruger
Kudu at KrugerNkambeni Safari Tented Camp

For the next two days we will experience Africa's most famous national park, Kruger National Park. Its diverse habitat and vegetation provides a perfect breeding ground for a lively and varied selection of animals and birdlife. Here we may have the opportunity to encounter some of the Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. We will be staying at Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). The camp is situated within the borders of southern Kruger National Park. Nkambeni is committed to the preservation of the natural surrounds, and for that reason all of the tents have been built on wooden stilts. The tents are simply furnished and decorated, with en suite bathrooms and a front deck.

Day 6: Swaziland

Mile Long MarketForesters Arms Hotel

We now head south to Swaziland, a picturesque mountain kingdom with a big heart and warm, friendly people. Their monarchy embraces and upholds ancient traditions which are carefully guarded and faithfully celebrated. This land-locked country has no desert or sea, instead it is filled with magnificent mountain scenery, rivers, waterfalls and deep gorges. There will be an opportunity for those wanting to collect some African crafts at some of the famous Swazi markets. Tonight we stay at Foresters Arms (Dinner & Breakfast).

Day 7: Hluhluwe

Zululand Tree LodgeElephant at Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Rhinos at Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Leaving Swaziland, we drive south to Hluhluwe Game Reserve. The Reserve covers some 96,000 hectares and contains an immense diversity of faunae and florae. Upon entering the Reserve we will be able to view the free-roaming animals. Often elephant, rhino and buffalo can be seen as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo, lion and leopard. Our accommodation is in chalets at Zululand Tree Lodge (Dinner & Breakfast). Zululand Tree Lodge is situated within the Ubizane Wildlife Reserve, adjacent to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve in Zululand. This lodge is set within a cool fever tree forest, with the chalets raised on stilts.

Day 8: Shakaland

Hippo at ShakalandShakaland 1
Shakaland 2

This morning we drive past the vast cane fields to the coast and the village of St Lucia at the entrance of the world-renowned Greater Lucia Wetlands World Heritage Park. This protected area is home to a huge population of hippos, crocodiles and an amazing array of different bird species. Here we will enjoy a leisurely cruise through along the rivers and estuary and have some close encounters with the hippos, crocs and birdlife.
After lunch we head to Shakaland. This is an opportunity to learn more about the great Zulu tribe of Africa, and its warrior King Shaka. The night will be spent in a traditional Zulu Kraal (equipped with life's essential little luxuries) at Shakaland. (Dinner & Breakfast).

Days 9 & 10: Drakensberg

OaklandsRhino Park

After a city tour of the colourful city of Durban we head towards the Drakensberg Mountains. The Drakensberg Mountains area is not only South Africa's biggest but the most scenic of all Southern African mountain ranges. The mountains form an immense amphitheatre dominated by the highest peak Mont-Aux-Sources. A wonderful diversity of florae and faunae await discovery. For the sports enthusiast, there is a lovely golf course as well as hiking and walking trails ranging from gentle to fairly strenuous. We will spend two nights at the Drakensberg Gardens Resort (Dinner & Breakfast).

Days 11 & 12: Wild Coast / Coffee Bay

Ocean View HotelCoffee Bay
Wild CoastSchool

The rugged sub-tropical coastline of the Wild Coast, broken by the waters of numerous rivers, deep gorges and wide lagoons is completely unspoilt. This area is a lovely blend of breathtaking wilderness and the unique African culture. It is here in Coffee Bay where we will visit April’s House of Angels Orphanage and have a wonderful afternoon of interaction with the children and locals of the area. For many this is the highlight of the tour. Our hotel here is The Ocean View (Dinner & Breakfast).

Day 13: Port Elizabeth

Lighthouse, Port ElizabethChurch, Port Elizabeth

Leaving Coffee Bay, we will travel through the Transkei region, where Nelson Mandela spent his early years in the small town of Qunu. We head to the city of Port Elizabeth. The city, often shortened to PE, is one of the major seaports in South Africa. Our hotel for tonight is The Kelway situated on the beach front overlooking Nelson Mandela Bay. (Dinner & Breakfast).

Days 14 & 15: Knysna / Garden Route

Graywood HotelElephants, KnysnaJohn Benn Sunset Cruise

Today we drive along the famous scenic Garden Route to the popular township of Knysna which is situated by a wide and pretty lagoon. En route we will visit the Knysna Elephant Park where we will get up close and personal to the resident elephants. The park offers a rare and exciting opportunity to get close to these gentle giants who live in a controlled, free range environment. A trip to Knysna Heads where two dramatic cliffs guard the entrance to the lagoon from the surging ocean, is a prerequisite. Time at leisure to wander the markets and the boutiques of Knysna and perhaps sample the famous Knysna lagoon oysters. You will relax and take in the magnificent scenery of the lagoon at the Featherbed Nature Reserve aboard the John Benn Sunset Cruise. Two nights at Graywood Hotel (Dinner & Breakfast).

Day 16: Oudtshoorn

Ostriches, OudtshoornCango Caves
Cango Wildlife Ranch

This morning we then continue to Oudtshoorn - the land of the ostrich. Highlights here include a visit to Cango Wildlife Ranch with its cheetah breeding program and the world renowned Cango Caves. In the early evening, we will visit an Ostrich Farm for dinner and tour. You will be in awe with the beauty of your surroundings with the Klein Karoo Valley and the picturesque Swartberg Mountains. Apart from the views, you will be able to see ostriches like you’ve never seen before. Our accommodation is at Queen’s Hotel (Dinner & Breakfast).

Day 17: Cape Town

The CullinanThe CullinanCable Car

On the way to Cape Town we'll drive through the undulating terrain of the Overberg. Late afternoon we arrive what is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town. Cape Town is fondly known as South Africa’s mother city, and is the oldest city in South Africa with a cultural mixture of European, Malay and African heritage spanning over 300 years. Weather permitting, we will ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, the icon of the city. A well known landmark in Cape Town, The Cullinan is an iconic place to stay. It is here we will enjoy its luxurious surroundings for the final three nights of our tour (Breakfast).

Day 18: Cape Town

Fish HoekBoulders
Group

A scenic drive enjoying the spectacular coastline of the Cape Peninsula after which we will enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve, where we will be taken to the best vantage point to view what is said to be the meeting place of two mighty oceans. We will continue on to Simonstown, visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach, Muizenberg and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before returning to our accommodation at the The Cullinan (Breakfast).

Days 19 & 20: Cape Town

Cape WinelandsCape Town

Today we head for the wine country and to the historical university town of Stellenbosch. We will join a cellar tour at one of the many fine estates followed by wine tasting. The Cullinan (Breakfast).

We have arranged the following morning at leisure for those people who would like to indulge in some last minute shopping before we are collected and transferred to Cape Town International for our flight home (Breakfast).