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Tour Itinerary

Connect with the culture of two countries as you travel from north to south to encounter South Africa’s legacy of Mandela and the cosmopolitan spirit of Cape Town.

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Johannesburg
    Your seamless South African journey begins with an airport transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to your hotel. Settle in to the pace of Africa’s most energetic city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.Accommodation: The Maslow
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Journey to the Kruger National Park Area
    The golden Highveld gives way to rolling green hills as we travel to South Africa's Lowveld. We admire the iconic sights along Mpumalanga's Panorama Route – the Blyde River Canyon, the heavenly landscapes of God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes. Before evening falls, we venture to our hotel near the famous Kruger National Park, our home for two nights.Accommodation: Sabi River Sun Resort
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Safari in Kruger National Park
    Connect with nature and explore South Africa's oldest and most iconic national park in the company of a Local Specialist. Uncover the secrets of the bushveld and keep a look out for the magnificent 'Big 5', the Little 5 and everything in between. See the glistening yellow Golden-orb spider waiting on her web, smell the damp scent of acacia trees in the early morning and keep your head down in search of animal spoor. Spend your afternoon at leisure.Accommodation: Sabi River Sun Resort
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Onwards to Eswatini Dive Into Culture
    Travel to landlocked Eswatini. Dive Into Culture during a visit to a Swazi Chief’s village and gain insights into the community’s way of life, sampling some of the local pap and stew, and admiring their striking crimson traditional dress.Accommodation: Royal Swazi Spa
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Head to Hluhluwe
    We venture to 'garden of province' of KwaZulu-Natal and its northern wilderness. Traversing rolling sugarcane fields and lush valleys, we arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park where there is an opportunity to embark on an optional 4x4 game drive. This evening enjoy a delicious South African braai – a perfect way to end the day.Accommodation: Anew
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Venture to Durban (Umhlanga Rocks) Stays With Stories
    Board an optional morning cruise on Lake St. Lucia and get up close to the hippos, crocodiles and birdlife residing in the estuary. Alternatively, explore the town of St. Lucia. We continue south to Durban for an effortless encounter with this tropical east coast hub, which begins with a delicious Curry Buffet at the Oyster Box Hotel, one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories – a seaside hotel that captures the nostalgia of a bygone era.Accommodation: The Oyster Box
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Make Tracks for the Drakensberg Mountains
    Venture through the scenic Valley of 1000 Hills bound for the spectacular escarpment that winds north from the Eastern Cape to Mpumalanga. The Underberg’s vibrant arts and crafts scene and stunning setting provide a beautiful backdrop for a morning drive. You’ll continue to the foothills of the iconic Sani Pass where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure and stay overnight .Accommodation: Premier Resort Sani Pass
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    A Day in the Drakensberg
    Indulge in the freedom of a day spent exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your terms. Consider joining an optional 4x4 Sani Pass drive, ascending to a heavenly height of 2,876 meters for lunch at Africa’s highest pub in Lesotho, or alternatively relax down here on earth amidst the Drakensberg’s lofty peaks.Accommodation: Premier Resort Sani Pass
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    On the Road to the Eastern Cape Beaches
    From enigmatic mountain landscapes to South Africa’s untamed coastline, we venture through the Eastern Cape and the green hills of the Transkei, dotted with Xhosa kraals and homesteads. Discover the legacy of Nelson Mandela, at his birthplace in Xunu, then enjoy the unspoiled Wild Coast beaches of Chintsa, where the only footprints in the sand will be yours.Accommodation: Crawfords Beach Lodge
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Travel to Gqeberha
    Wake to the sound of the ocean and spend time admiring pristine natural surrounds before we begin our journey to Gqeberha. Once a British settlement known as Port Elizabeth, this port city holds the distinction of being South Africa’s friendliest city, which you’ll encounter first-hand as you explore it on your own terms this evening.Accommodation: Boardwalk
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    On to Tsitsikamma National Park and Knysna Connect with Locals
    Walk beneath the tranquil canopy of Tsitsikamma's giant and ancient Yellowwoods, arriving at Storms River Mouth to peer into the depths of the gorge. Connect with locals during a Be My Guest experience in Knysna, where you’ll learn a few key Xhosa phrases and gain insights into Xhosa culture. Host Ella will share her life story and reveal the meaning behind some of the local songs that will accompany your traditional Xhosa meal. The visit also contributes towards supporting Ella's work in the local community and is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Our final stop today is the picturesque lagoon setting of Knysna, known as South Africa’s own Garden of Eden. Famed for its indigenous forests, fresh oysters and the two landmark Knysna Heads that stand as sentinels at the edge of the lagoon which shield the town from the Indian Ocean.Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Knysna Your Way
    You’ll have a free day to explore the jewel of the Garden Route. Start your day with a leisurely coffee in the Knysna Quays overlooking the lagoon, then consider an Optional Experience to Featherbed Nature Reserve including a drive through the reserve to the top of the lagoon’s Western Head. This evening, why not join an Optional Experience sunset cruise to the Knysna Heads and see where the Indian Ocean crashes against their towering sandstone cliffs?Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate
    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    Continue to Cape Town
    Leave the Garden Route behind bound for the Mother City. You’ll wind your way through vibrant coastal towns and the Cape Winelands before arriving in Cape Town later this afternoon. Head straight to the most iconic site in the city and visit Table Mountain by cable car (weather permitting).Accommodation: Southern Sun The Cullinan
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    Cape Town Your Way
    Capture the cosmopolitan energy of South Africa’s Mother City. Spend the day exploring its streets and squares in search of a tucked-away restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Or consider joining one of our Optional Experiences to tour around the scenic Cape Peninsula, sample the Cape’s finest wines in the Cape Winelands or visit infamous Robben Island. Spend your final evening at a Farewell Dinner with your traveling companions indulging in delicious Cape Malay specialty dishes.Accommodation: Southern Sun The Cullinan
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Farewell Cape Town
    We bid a fond farewell to Cape Town after breakfast. Explore the city on your terms before your transfer to Cape Town International Airport. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 9 Dinner (D)
  • 14 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Knysna: Join host Ella and friends for a traditional meal and insights into the local Xhosa culture, including traditional dress, language and songs.

Dive Into Culture

  • Eswatini: Connect with Swazi culture during a visit to a local Chief's village.

Iconic Experience

  • Hazyview: Take in the magnificent sights of Kruger National Park Area on your scenic drive.
  • Kruger National Park: Travel to the most iconic national park in South Africa and marvel at its wildlife.
  • Durban: Enjoy the views of the tropical east coast hub in Durban.
  • Mpumalanga: Bask in the beautiful views of the Valley of 1000 Hills on your scenic drive.
  • Chintsa: Venture along the beautiful coast of Xunu and discover its rich historic roots.
  • Gqeberha: Spend the day exploring Gqeberha, formerly known as Port Elizabeth, and all of its wonders.
  • Cape Town: Discover the iconic sights in Cape Town.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Knysna: Emzini is a not for profit organization supporting the local community providing education, food, clothing and a safe place to live.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Visit Bourke's Luck Potholes, Kruger National Park, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna and Table Mountain by Cable Car
  • : Visit Bourke's Luck Potholes, Kruger National Park, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth), Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, Table Mountain by Cable Car, and Chobe National Park
  • : View Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, the Drakensberg mountains and Storms River Mouth
  • : View Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, the Drakensberg mountains, Storms River Mouth, and Victoria Falls
  • : See South Africa's wildlife and birds on safari
  • : Explore Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park with a Local Specialist

Trafalgar Difference

  • Durban: Durban's five-star Oyster Box Hotel overlooks Umhlanga's iconic lighthouse and is owned and run by Trafalgar's Tollman family.

Whats Included

  • : Flight from Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Whats Included

  • Flight from Cape Town to Victoria Falls

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
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Repeat with Operator
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Value for Money
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The tour of South Africa was a wonderful experience. The tour director and coach driver were excellent and was very attentive to our inquires and requests. I would suggest offering a pre and post optional extensions given that most people travel long distances to get to South Africa.

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