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Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Eswatini , South Africa

Cities Visited

Cape Town , Hazyview , Hluhluwe , Johannesburg

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for South Africa
Depart for South Africa

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town. As you transfer to your hotel, you'll see the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Cape Town

DAY 3, Sunday - Cape Town City Tour
After an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, depart on a half day Cape Town city and Table Mountain tour. Drive past famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, the Grand Parade, and St. George's Cathedral. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and Table Mountain. Ascend to the top (weather permitting) by means of a cable car.* Later, descend and proceed to the Milnerton Lighthouse. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to learn the three-billion-year-old story of diamonds while touring the prominent Shimansky Jewelers. Following the tour (or for those who do not wish to participate) stroll through the V & A Shopping Mall before returning to your hotel. Conclude the day with dinner*Table Mountain Aerial Cableway closes for annual maintenance in July & August. Exact dates will be advised in early 2023.
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a full day Cape Peninsula Tour with lunch along the way. After a stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. After lunch, follow the coastline along False Bay and stop in Simon's Town to visit the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach. Lastly, visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens before arriving to Cape Town. Tonight, experience local culture at the optional Home Hosted Dinner
Optional: Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Cape Town
Enjoy the day at leisure in Cape Town. Perhaps join the optional South African Wine Tour* which takes you along the country's principal wine route to the towns of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch with tastings along the way. Alternatively, thrill seekers will not want to miss the optional excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving.* Tonight, attend the optional Traditional African Dinner Experience*The South African Wine Tour and Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours
Optional: South African Wine Tour
Optional: Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving
Optional: Traditional African Dinner Experience
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Flight to Durban, Game Viewing Cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, drive to St. Lucia. Later, embark on a game viewing cruise that takes you on the St. Lucia Estuary, home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, sea turtles, and even sharks. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hluhluwe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, Travel to eSwatini
After an early breakfast, travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, situated in northern KwaZulu Natal, which is famous for its conservation of black and white rhinos. Home to Africa's "Big Five." You may have a chance to see elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard, and rhino during your morning game drive through the reserve. Following the safari, continue to the border of the Kingdom of eSwatini,* an independent kingdom within the borders of South Africa. Stop at a handicraft market this afternoon before arriving at your hotel in the early evening*eSwatini is an independent country from South Africa and therefore has different entry requirements. Non-US passport holders are responsible to check if a visa is required for eSwatini in addition to all other countries on their itinerary
Overnight: eSwatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - eSwatini Sightseeing and Matsamo Village Visit
After breakfast visit the Ngwenya glass factory, where visitors can watch glass blowers create a range of African animals, and tableware made from recycled glass that is collected by the children of eSwatini. Transfer to the South African border and visit Matsamo Cultural Village where you can learn more about the Swati traditions and customs. Enjoy traditional Swati cuisine along with dance and song performances. Later, continue to the hotel in time for dinner
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Kruger National Park Game Drive
Upon departure from the hotel, a pre-packed breakfast will be provided for you. Then, on to Kruger National Park for a full day open-vehicle game drive. You may have a chance to see lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. After stopping at a rest camp for lunch, continue your game drive. End the day with dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Panorama Route to Johannesburg
Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga Province. Stop to admire the scenery along the 16-mile-long Blyde River Canyon, cut deep into red sandstone, and God's Window (weather permitting), overlooking Kruger National Park. Visit Bourke's Luck Potholes, before proceeding this afternoon to Johannesburg. Stop at a family-run curio shop before arriving at the hotel
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Soweto Tour
Depart on a half day tour of Soweto. Drive by the former residence of Bishop Desmond Tutu and visit Nelson Mandela's former home. Continue to the Apartheid Museum, where you will journey through the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans. Cap off the day with dinner tonight
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Depart South Africa
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Cape Town, Johannesburg-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Cape Town-Durban
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 4 nights Cape Town
  • 1 night Hluhluwe
  • 1 night eSwatini
  • 2 nights Hazyview
  • 2 nights Johannesburg
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • Experience Cape Town, during the city tour pass by Castle of Good Hope, the Grande Parade and visit Table Mountain
  • During the Cape Peninsula Tour, visit the Cape of Good Hope reserve and view the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach
  • Game viewing cruise on the St Lucia Estuary, a uniquely diverse ecosystem
  • Game drive through Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
  • A thrilling game drive in an open-vehicle through Kruger National Park
  • In Soweto, the most metropolitan township, visit Nelson Mandela’s former home
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Cape Town-Durban.

    Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle game drives in Kruger National Park.

    Please note, all passport holders should have two or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa and eSwatini. for more information.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms are not available for this package.

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    Accommodations

    Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Cape Town.

    Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Cape Town.

    Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence
    This first class hotel is located nearby Long Street in Cape Town's central business district.

    Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris
    This tourist class hotel is located in the heart of the Zulu's beautiful untamed Elephant Coast in KwaZulu Natal near to renowned Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

    Mountain Inn
    This tourist class hotel is located a short distance away from the Mbabane city center.

    Hazyview Sun
    This tourist class hotel is situated in the lush Mpumalanga Lowveld, and is twenty-five minutes from the famous Kruger National Park.

    Hazyview Sun
    This tourist class hotel is situated in the lush Mpumalanga Lowveld, and is twenty-five minutes from the famous Kruger National Park.

    Hazyview Sun
    This tourist class hotel is situated in the lush Mpumalanga Lowveld, and is twenty-five minutes from the famous Kruger National Park.

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate
    This first class hotel is situated along the banks of the Sabie River.

    Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch
    This first class hotel is located in the Melrose Arch Precinct.

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