Tour Dates: October 21st to November 3rd, 2018
Nature and culture are on the forefront of this 14-day trip across two countries – South Africa and Swaziland– where you’ll get the best of what this dynamic region has to offer. Discover why Cape Town is consistently named one of the most beautiful cities in the world, before flying to Durban which is the gateway to several national parks and historic sites. En-route to Johannesburg, scan the horizon of Kruger National Park for the “big five”, spend time in the Jane Goodall chimpanzee sanctuary and drive the legendary Panorama Route.
Cape Town (3 nights) • St. Lucia (2) • Elephant Coast (2) • Swaziland (1) • Kruger National Park (3) • Johannesburg (2)
Cape Town – Scape Milner Hotel – 3 Nights
Day 1- October 21st:
Arrive in Cape Town where you will be met and transferred to your hotel with a brief overview of the city reroute.
Day 2 –October 22nd – Breakfast and Dinner Included
Cape Town’s natural beauty and unique history, near perfect climate is one of the best cities to visit.
This morning we ascend to the summit of Table Mountain (weather permitting) in the new revolving cable car. At the top we will see marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. On a clear day it is even possible to see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on one side and Cape Point on the other.
Next, our Peninsula tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic Coast, with glorious views of the Twelve Apostles, part of the Table Mountain range. We continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, comprising over 17,300 acres of indigenous fauna and flora along with a variety of wildlife that includes baboons, rhebok, Cape Mountain zebra, bontebok and the elusive eland. The reserve is also one of the world’s largest breeding grounds for tortoises. Following the coastline, we return to Cape Town by way of the Simon’s Town naval base, and the Boulders Beach Penguin colony.
This evening dinner is included at a local restaurant where we can sample a selection of traditional dishes from all over Africa. Meals are brought to our table in bowls -- a "communal feast" shared in the African tradition. There's a great moment when the wooden floorboards start to shake as the ululating staff dance through the restaurant with real unrestrained joy.
Day 3 –October 23rd – Breakfast, and Lunch Included
What is the best feature of the Cape Winelands? It’s true that it is renowned for its crisp white and classic French-style red wines, fantastic cheeses and olives; but it also has a stunning wealth of natural rustic beauty with vast estates shaded from the African sunshine by giant oak trees and towering mountains overlooking lush valleys.
Today we will visit and explore the famous and renowned towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch and university town of Franschhoek. For those who love trying new food, we will sample some amazing cheese, chocolates, delicious olives and oils that are produced in the region. Along the way we stop to visit cellars of two prestigious wine estates where lunch is included.
Durban – Anew Hluhluwe Hotel – 2 Nights
Day 4 –October 24th – Breakfast and Dinner Included
This morning we fly to Durban. En-route to Hluhluwe, we enjoy an afternoon boat safari on the largest estuarine lake in South Africa. St Lucia Estuary is located within Isimangaliso Wetlands Park a World Heritage Site where one will observe Hippo's, Nile Crocodiles and hundreds of bird species taking in some of the most impressive wildlife close ups.
Day 5 –October 25th – Breakfast Included
Today is a free day to enjoy! Explore Zulu Cultural Villages that make beautiful arts and crafts, half and full day safaris, elephant interaction, walking tours and much more!
Elephant Coast – Ghost Mountain – 2 Nights
Day 6 –October 26th – Breakfast Included
This entire area is known as the Elephant Coast and includes the nearby Jonzini Lake, the northern border of Zululand, separating Swaziland from South Africa.
Enjoy a cruise on Jozini Lake which lies in a dramatic setting at the foot of the Lebombo Mountains and is one of South Africa’s largest dams. There are several exquisite gorges abound with cycads as well a wide variety of birds. On the western side of the dam one might have the privilege of seeing the likes of elephant, rhino, hippo and crocodile.
Our enchanting hotel is set at the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Northern KwaZulu-Natal on 5 acres of gardens in an ideal location from which to explore the game and coastal reserves of Zululand and the Elephant Coast.
Day 7 – October 27th – Breakfast Included
This morning is some free time to relax or to enjoy an optional hike, river walk or explore the reserves.
In the afternoon we visit Ghost Mountain Cultural Village to learn the daily way of life. The modern Zulus live in remote and relative comfort on the Lebombo Mountains. The Chiefs house may have a microwave tower for cell and TV service. Nguni cattle graze in the mountain grass. The elderly stroll without purpose and the enthusiastic young wave while the adolescents play soccer. Colorful murals decorate the water tank. Meet with the chief and the people of the village. If the children are out of school there will be a chance to interact with them too.
Swaziland – Lugogo Sun Hotel – 1 Nights
Day 8 –October 28th – Breakfast and Dinner Included
This morning we say goodbye to the Elephant Coast as we travel to Swaziland. En-route we stop at the Swazi Candle factory to see how the famous Swazi handmade candles are formed. Local artisans hand make a variety of products featuring an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs.
Kruger National Park – Pestana Kruger Lodge – 3 Nights
Day 9 –October 29th – Breakfast and Dinner Included
Traveling from Swaziland to Hazyview, we visit Ngwenya Glass Factory set within large indigenous gardens. Here a small group of Swazi craftsmen and women – with age old artistry – breathe life into enchanting interpretations of the animals and birds of Africa. Witness first-hand the magical art of glassblowing!
Free time this afternoon to spend walking along the river banks or around the gardens at our hotel. Relax on your patio or soak up the waters of the pool and enjoy a sun downer while enjoying the beautiful Lowveld sunset.
Tonight we have a dinner and cultural show included. Immerse in a wealth of culture with a night of Shangaan dance and song enthusiastically provided by children from a local AIDS orphanage, which provides shelter and education for abandoned street children. An African feast with an impressive selection of Shangaan and South African mouth-watering dishes served from traditional cast-iron pots completes our experience.
Day 10 –October 30th – Breakfast and Dinner Included
Spend the day in the world famous Kruger National Park exploring the wonders of the African bush. It is one of Africa’s largest game reserves and offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape.
After an exhilarating day enjoy dinner back at the Lodge.
Day 11 –October 31st – Breakfast and Dinner Included
Today we have an early morning start to an exciting 4X4 open vehicle game drive to capture the essence of the African bush. Memorable game encounters and superb birdwatching are part of travelling off the beaten path to bring you into close contact with the parks amazing wildlife and natural environment.
This afternoon we visit the world renowned Jane Goodall Institute that is committed to the rescue and care of chimpanzees. Observe the chimpanzee’s in their habitat and get an inside understanding of how they interact with each other, the danger of their extinction through illegal trade and what the bush meat trade is doing to their survival. Being the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa, this brings the world of chimpanzees closer to humanity through education and tourism.
Johannesburg- Rivonia Bed & Breakfast- 2 Nights
Day 12 –November 1st – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Depart early this morning to experience the breathtaking views, plunging waterfalls, eagles flying above and a rich history along the Panorama Route. This famous route is home to mountains, forests and canyons, most notably, the Blyde River Canyon which is also world’s largest ‘green canyon’. Visit magnificent sites such as Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window, where you can walk in the thick, indigenous mist forest that stands amongst the clouds above Blyde River Canyon.
We will stop at the Art of Food for lunch, found in a small trout-fishing town. It is unlike any other restaurant with walls displaying works of art, and creative food presentation that continues the theme.
Day 13 – November 2nd – Breakfast and Dinner Included
Embark on an informative tour of Soweto and the surrounding area, driving past well known landmarks such as Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Orlando Power Station, and Nelson Mandela’s old house, Desmond Tutu’s House, the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Regina Mundi Church. Afterwards we visit the Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, which illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid: The racially prejudiced system that blighted much of its progress and the triumph of reason which crowned half a century of struggle. It is the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.
Tonight, we have our farewell dinner to reminisce our favorite memories from the trip at Nelson Mandela Square.
Day 14 - November 3rd –Breakfast Included
The morning is at leisure before we transfer to the airport for our flights home.
South Africa Tour Dates & Prices
October 21st return November 3rd, 2018
Tour Cost per person based on double occupancy || $4699.00 CAD
Single supplement || $853.00
Air Fare: Flights to Cape Town and return from Johannesburg are available from many Canadian cities. Contact our office for air fares and flight information. Call for air fares from your city
In order to make each tour a special experience space is limited to 20 people. We encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment and for the best air fares.
Flights: Call us for flight and air fare information from your closest airport in Canada as we can often access flights not easily found on the Internet and offer alternatives.
Tour price includes:
- 13 nights’ accommodation based on double occupancy
- Meals: all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 8 dinners
- All admissions and cultural visits listed in itinerary
- Air conditioned motor coach transportation
- Fully escorted by a Canadian Tour Leader and South African (naturalist) guide
Singles wishing to share: We often get requests for single travellers wishing to share accommodation. If you are interested in traveling with a companion please let us know and we can try to match you up with a suitable traveling partner.
Insurance: Medical insurance is mandatory. Cancellation and trip interruption insurance is optional. Premiums depend on your age, the length of time away and the cost of your tour and insurance will be discussed and quoted at the time of booking.
Visas: Visa is not required for South Africa but passports must have 2 blank, side by side, pages for the arrival Visa stamp.
Passports: Passports should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from your scheduled return date.
Tour Deposit: $300.00 per person.
Forms of Payment: Cheque, Visa and Master Card or by e-mail. Payments made by credit cards will be subject to a 3 percent processing fee. For information regarding e-mail payments contact your financial institution. It is easy and convenient.
Final Payment: Due July 6th, 2018
Cancellation Policy: In the event that you have to cancel you must notify Discovery Tours immediately in writing. The following scale of charges will apply according to the date that notice is received. Air fare penalties may differ and will be discussed at the time of ticket purchase.
More than 71 days prior to departure- loss of non-refundable deposits.
Between 70-46 days prior to departure- 75% of tour price.
45 days or less prior to departure- 100% non-refundable.
*Note: Cancellation penalties for some travel arrangements may differ from our general conditions. In this occurance, you will be advised of these addendums as soon as we are notified of these special conditions.