The Very Best of South Africa

16 DAY TOUR FROM £4,745 PER PERSON

What could be a better tour combination than the wildlife, cities and wine country of South Africa? Your luxury escorted tour will begin with an undoubted highlight, the enchanting Cape Town. There is the opportunity to tour Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent his incarceration before leading the new South Africa. You can also delve further into its rich history in the Malay Quarter and visits to the Houses of Parliament and the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest colonial building in Africa.

Your luxury tour also includes the urban highlights of Pretoria with its monuments and museums and Soweto. You will have a chance to learn more of South Africa’s recent history at the excellent Apartheid Museum. The intriguing flora and fauna of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens framed against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain. The rugged coastal scenery of the Cape Peninsula National Park will amaze. Get close up with the world’s most northerly colony of penguins at Boulders Beach.

You will venture down the magnificent Garden Route with its ever-changing scenery of farmland, mountains, lakes and ocean views.  There is a first chance to see South Africa’s big cats at the Cheetah Conservation Centre en route. Your luxury tour will take you to the ostrich farms in Oudsthoorn, where you can experience these wondrous birds face-to-face.  You will then travel to the Swartberg Mountains and nearby the limestone labyrinth of the Cango Caves formed more than 20 million years ago.

Then there is that much anticipated highlight: the Cape Winelands!  Fantastic wine estates in the region offer vineyard tours and the chance to indulge a little from your pretty 17th century base of Franschoek founded by French Hugenot settlers. The safari adventure starts at the Kapama Game Reserve. There will be plenty of opportunities, including jeep safari rides to spot all of Africa’s big five – the African elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, lion and leopard.  If your luxury escorted tour includes the optional Zambia extension, you will enjoy the magnificent and mighty Zambezi River Victoria Falls in equal measure. Your luxury escorted tour to South Africa will bring you an experience that shows you the best of this fascinating and beautiful country. 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 Depart London Heathrow

    Meet in the executive lounge before your overnight flight to Johannesburg.

  • Day 2 Johannesburg

    Arrive in Johannesburg this morning, and head to Pretoria to see the Union Buildings and the Voortrekker monument. Head a little out of the city to relax at your resort hotel before meeting for an evening welcome dinner.

    Meals: Dinner.

  • Day 3 Johannesburg

    This morning visit the friendly and colourful neighbourhood of Soweto, visit the former house of Nelson Mandela, the Hector Petersen Memorial and the fascinating Apartheid Museum.

    Meals: Breakfast.

  • Day 4 Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve

    Journey close to the border of Botswana to the spectacular setting of the Madikwe Game Reserve. Madikwe offers a malaria free African safari, with populations of classic African game, from elephant and rhino, to herds of gazelle, zebra , giraffe and buffalo and of course big cats lion, leopard and cheetah. Arrive this afternoon and settle into the peaceful surrounding of your lodge, overlooking a natural waterhole. Time permitting you will be offered an evening introductory game drive.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 5 & 6 Madikwe Game Reserve

    With two full days on safari, morning and afternoon game drives are included in open top jeeps, departing at optimum times to see Africa’s big game when the wildlife is at its most active in the mornings and evenings. During the day relax in the peaceful surroundings of the lodge, meet daily for lunch and dinner and spot some of the 250 species of birds which inhabit the area.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 7 To Knysna

    This morning drive to Johannesburg and take a flight to George. Transfer to Knysna, for a relaxing stay in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Garden Route, your base is on the Knysna lagoon as it leads onto the Indian Ocean waters.

    Meals: Breakfast.

  • Day 8 Knysna

    Enjoy a morning tour of Knysna followed by a short boat trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, a protected area of indigenous flora and fauna including the rare blue duiker. After a picnic lunch return to Knysna for time to explore the resort town.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Day 9 Garden Route

    Travel inland into the Little Karoo valley to Oudtshoorn, where you’ll visit one of the working ostrich farms where we’ll take lunch. Continue into the Swartberg mountains and visit the Cango Caves before heading back to the coast.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Day 10 Knysna

    Today is a free day, yours to unwind in the lovely surroundings, go for a coastal walk, shop in Knysna or even take a canoe out on the lagoon.

    Meals: Breakfast.

  • Day 11 To Cape Winelands

    Journey along the Garden Route and then inlands to the rolling hills and valleys of the Cape Winelands. Visit one of the Cape’s historic vineyards for a tasting. Arrive at our hotel for time to relax in the beautiful surroundings.

    Meals: Breakfast.

    Sunrise Above Vineyards
  • Day 12 To Cape Town

    After a leisurely morning, a short drive takes us around Table mountain to arrive in the city of Cape Town. Take a tour of the city and the cable car up Table Mountain, for extraordinary views across to the peaks of the Twelve Apostles and the ocean waters. Arrive at the Mount Nelson Hotel in time for a traditional afternoon tea with some South African twists.

    Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon tea.

  • Day 13 Cape Town

    See the beaches, bays and surrounding fishing towns of the Cape Peninsula, on a tour to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. You will also stop at Boulders Beach to see the colony of African penguins and on the way back to the city stop at the excellent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Day 14 Cape Town

    You have a day at leisure today in Cape Town. Unwind at the end of your journey or take a fascinating optional excursion to Robben Island, to see where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were incarcerated. Meet this evening for a farewell dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

  • Day 15 To London

    After a day at leisure in Cape Town transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to London. You might like to spend a few more days in Cape Town and explore the Cape or head to Victoria Falls.

    Meals: Breakfast.

  • Day 16 London

    Your flight lands this morning but like David Livingstone, your heart may still be in Africa.

Accommodation

What’s In Store

  • Maximum group size: 25
  • JOD Tour Manager throughout
  • Local expert guides in resort
  • All flights specified
  • London airport executive lounge
  • Welcome drinks party
  • Inspirational sightseeing programme
  • Hotel luggage porterage service
  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Average Temperatures (℃)

Johannesburg
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
26 ° 25 ° 24 ° 22 ° 19 ° 17 ° 17 ° 20 ° 23 ° 23 ° 25 ° 26 °
Cape Town
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
26 ° 26 ° 25 ° 23 ° 20 ° 18 ° 17 ° 18 ° 19 ° 21 ° 24 ° 25 °

Dates & Prices

Departure Dates Prices
8 Oct 2014 for 16 days £5195
19 Nov 2014 for 16 days £5195
21 Jan 2015 for 16 days £4795
11 Nov 2015 for 16 days £4985

*2015 itineraries are subject to change, see terms and conditions below.

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Prices per person, based on double/twin share. Single Supplement: From £490