SOUTH AFRICA HIGHLIGHTSJanuary 01 - April 30, 2020 Africa
Presented By: Skigroup Presents: Experiences in Africa
Base Trip Price: $2,699.00
Group Leaders
Melissa Schreiber

Included in the base trip price:

~ 10 nights lodging (property details on next tab)
~ Charter bus transportation throughout the duration of the trip
~ 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
~ Game drives while on safari
~ All tours as noted
~ 24-hour on call staff throughout travel
~ All taxes, porterage and credit card fees
~ Not Included: International airfare to/from Africa, airfare between J-burg and Cape Town and staff gratuity

South Africa Highlights

South African Highlights
Cape Town, Kruger Safari & the beautiful Garden Route

Enjoy Big 5 game viewing in the Kruger National Park, take in the finest highlights that cosmopolitan Cape Town has to offer before setting off on a relaxing journey through the Garden Route on this small group tour.

Highlights include exploring Cape Town with its many diverse attractions, Big 5 game viewing in the pristine wilderness of South Africa’s premier game reserve, the Kruger National Park and relishing in the scenic splendour of the Garden Route with its stunning wineries, mountains and lagoons, forests and beaches.

DETAILED TRIP ITINERARY
Day 1: Departing Johannesburg
- This morning you will be collected from your hotel, heading east to the Mpumalanga region.

Day 1: Kruger National Park - After freshening up at your lodge enter the world famous Kruger National Park and spend the afternoon game viewing in your closed touring vehicle. 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. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Kruger National Park - The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Your guide will spoil you with sightings of the Big 5, general game and prolific bird life. Return to the lodge for lunch (for own account) and a short siesta. In the afternoon we will journey once again through the magnificent expanses of the Kruger National Park, unrivalled in its diversity of flora and fauna. Enjoy an afternoon of game viewing in your closed touring vehicle pursuing the Big 5 and other rare and endangered species. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Mpumalanga - Enjoy breakfast before setting out to explore the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the most scenic routes in the region, offering glorious views, spectacular landscapes and exquisite waterfalls. Visit majestic sights including God’s Window, the Three Rondawels and Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon of its kind in the world, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the charming village of Graskop, one of the first gold mining camps in the country. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Arrive in Johannesburg - Enjoy breakfast before starting the return journey to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg, at OR Tambo International Airport, at approximately 14h30, for your onward flight to Cape Town.

Day 4: Arrive in Cape Town - On arrival in Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore the city (unescorted).

Day 5: Cape Town- Continue your journey of discovery, by joining a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. 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 6: Cape Town (Unescorted) - Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (for 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 7: Cape Town - Mossel Bay - Travel through the picturesque Sir Lowry's Pass, surrounded by magnificent mountains. Stop for coffee and a short rest at a farm stall at the top of Sir Lowry's pass. The journey continues through Caledon, Napier and Bredasdorp on your way to Cape Agulhas. You will spend some time at the Cape Agulhas lighthouse before departing for lunch in Swellendam. Thereafter continue onward to Mossel Bay for your overnight stay.

Day 8: Mossel Bay - Oudtshoorn - After a leisurely breakfast, our journey continues through the Robinson Pass to Oudshoorn - the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour, enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Day 9: Oudtshoorn - Knysna - After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks such as the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. 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 to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. Overnight in Knysna.

Day 10: Knysna - Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Garden of Eden, set in the lush, green, indigenous Knysna forest. The major attraction is the forest itself, beautiful yellow wood trees, thick green foliage and streams. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Afterwards you’ll travel to Brenton on Sea, a breathtaking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight in Knysna.

Day 11: Knysna - Port Elizabeth - After breakfast, you’ll be transferred (unescorted, driver only) to Port Elizabeth. You’ll head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the “friendly city” with a wonderful climate. The tour ends on arrival in Port Elizabeth. Guests may disembark, on request, at Port Elizabeth Airport.

Trip rate is valid for set departures over 10 nights between 1/1/20 - 4/30/20 and specific dates will be confirmed upon deposit based on availability.
Rate is is per person based on double occupancy. Single occupancy upgrade available on next tab. Final rate is subject to change based on current exchange rate and will be confirmed at time of booking. Note that the trip price does NOT including flight and between Johannesburg and Cape Town and international flights to and from Africa.