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Kruger to Cape Town 2018/19

Few countries showcase nature's diversity like South Africa. Vast deserts, lush wetlands, imposing mountains and breathtaking coastline South Africa has it all. The wildlife-spotting opportunities are endless, from the 'Big 5' in Kruger National Park, to the crocodiles, hippopotami and teeming birdlife of the St Lucia Estuary. Learn about the unique culture in eSwatini, and South Africa's apartheid past on Robben Island. Enjoy the spectacular coastline and a drop of the local wine as you travel the picturesque Garden Route to cosmopolitan Cape Town.Joburg & Jane GoodallOur adventure starts with a city tour of Johannesburg, before travelling along the Panorama Route, with its scenic waterfalls and spectacular views to Dullstroom. No tour of Africa would be complete without a visit to our next destination, the sensational Kruger National Park. This is Africa's largest game reserve and a great place to see the 'Big 5' in their natural habitat. We also spend time at the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary before spending a night in the Kingdom of eSwatini.Safari & Wetlands adventureWe visit the Emdoneni wild cat rehabilitation centre at Hluhluwe, and explore the stunning Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, teeming with wildlife including the Big 5. Next we visit the beautiful coastal city of Durban before heading to Sibuya Game Reserve where we enjoy game drives and explore one of Africa's greatest bird sanctuaries. Our touring continues along the famed Garden Route, one of the most beautiful routes in South Africa. Here we visit the famous Cango Caves, with their huge labyrinth of tunnels created from amazing limestone formations and enjoy a meerkat adventure!The picturesque Western CapeFrom the whale-watching capital of Hermanus, we make our way west to Stellenbosch. Famed for its scenic beauty, it's a great place for wine tasting. Our touring ends in Cape Town, where we take a Cape Peninsula tour, visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, enjoy a cable car ride up Table Mountain and visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South Africa. Taxes included
  • Economy-class flight within Africa
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding shared lodge open safari 4WD)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 16 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 4 nights in African lodges (4 star)
  • 2 nights in an eco tent in Sibuya Game Reserve
  • 22 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based national driver/guide (based on 4 people)
  • English-speaking locally based national guide and drivers (based on min. of 5 people)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves are included

Sightseeing

Discover the many sides of South Africa

  • Discover Johannesburg's vibrant Soweto district including the former houses of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi.
  • Visit the moving Apartheid Museum.
  • Enjoy a traditional African themed welcome dinner.
  • Spend the afternoon in Dullstroom, exploring its quant shops, one being Wild about Whisky, home to the largest whiskey menu in the southern hemisphere.
  • Enjoy a visit to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, that focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals.
  • Head out on fantastic game drives in iconic Greater Kruger National Park, one of Africa's largest national parks and home to the 'Big 5'.
  • Travel along the scenic Panorama Route and see the Three Rondavels View Point, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window.
  • Visit Jane Goodall's Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Established in 2006, it is home to chimps that have been misplaced from their habitats in Africa.
  • Spend the night in the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), the southern hemisphere's smallest country.
  • Visit the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre, where injured or orphaned cat species are rehabilitated with the intention of being released back into the wild.
  • Travel to St Lucia Estuary and enjoy a boat trip in search of elephants, crocodiles and hippos.
  • Visit a Zulu village and enjoy a cultural experience.
  • Drive through the breathtaking Valley of 1000 Hills en-route to Durban.
  • Tour the sights of scenic Durban including the Moses Mabhida stadium and take the Sky Car to a 106 metre-high viewing platform to enjoy great views.
  • Spend 2 nights in an eco tent in Sibuya Game Reserve.
  • Discover a diverse range of wildlife in South Africa's most unique safari destination, Sibuya Game Reserve, characterised by its vast, navigable river that attracts nearly 400 different species of birds.
  • Travel along the Garden Route and visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, well known for its indigenous forests and dramatic coastline, and the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary along the way.
  • Stay in Knysna, the Garden Route's premier eco-experience.
  • Visit the Safari Ostrich Farm, learn all about the world's largest bird and experience the farming process first hand.
  • Explore the Cango Caves and discover their incredible natural limestone formations.
  • Enjoy an early morning meerkat adventure! Observe these inquisitive creatures in their natural habitat as they greet the sun.
  • Witness the sights along the famous Garden Route and scenic Route 62, including Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree and the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum.
  • Embark on a whale watching cruise in Hermanus during the winter months.
  • Drop in to Van Rhyn Brandy Distillery and enjoy a tasting.
  • Discover historical Stellenbosch and its row of preserved homes which date back to the early Dutch settler days.
  • Wander through the charming main streets of Franschhoek.
  • Explore the picturesque city of Cape Town including Cape Point and majestic Table Mountain. The second most populous city in South Africa, learn of the history and modern-day Cape Town while witnessing some amazing scenery.
  • Spend a full day exploring the dramatic landscapes of the Cape Peninsula, the most south-westerly tip of the African continent.
  • Tour the museum of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was infamously imprisoned (weather permitting).
  • Dine at a traditional African restaurant and enjoy the Diembe Drumming!
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
25
Price From
AUD $15,545
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
27 Feb 201923 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $14,755
27 Mar 201920 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $14,755
ItineraryExpand
Kruger to Cape Town 2018/19

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Johannesburg

'Welkom' to Johannesburg! Meet your fellow travellers tonight for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Johannesburg

We explore Soweto, the Apartheid Museum and the former houses of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi today. This evening we'll get to know our fellow travellers at a traditional African group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Johannesburg - Dullstroom

This morning we depart for Dullstroom. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy at leisure. Why not visit the 'Wild about Whisky' bar and famous clock shop? [B,D]

Day 5. Dullstroom - Greater Kruger National Park

Today we venture into Greater Kruger National Park, offering some of the best game viewing on the African continent.

Special Experience: En route visit Hdspruit Endangered Species Centre, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals.

After a quick refreshment at the lodge, we'll head out on our first game drive! [B,D]

Day 6. Greater Kruger National Park

Our day is devoted to viewing the abundant wildlife found in this park, including the 'Big 5' - elephants, lions, leopards, buffals and rhinos - on morning and afternoon game drives. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Greater Kruger National Park - Hazyview

Heading south to Hazyview, we travel along the stunning Panorama Route, stopping at many scenic viewpoints along the way. [B,D]

Day 8. Hazyview - eSwatini

Special Experience: Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Established in 2006, it cares for and rehabilitates chimpanzees rescued after being displaced from their natural habitat.

This afternoon we cross the border into the Kingdom of eSwatini. [B,D]

Day 9. eSwatini - KwaZulu-Natal

After breakfast we make our way to South Africa's coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal. This afternoon we'll visit the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre, where injured or orphaned big cat species are rehabilitated with the intention of being released back into the wild. [B,L,D]

Day 10. KwaZulu-Natal

We travel to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and enjoy a morning game drive, searching for the Big 5. This afternoon we'll visit DumaZulu, a traditional Zulu village, and enjoy a cultural experience. [B,L,D]

Day 11. KwaZulu-Natal - Durban

We begin the day discovering St Lucia Estuary by boat, looking out for elephants, crocodiles and hippos. We'll then continue to Durban via the Valley of 1,000 Hills. [B,D]

Day 12. Durban

This morning we explore Durban including the Golden Mile, Indian Spice Markets and the Moses Mabhida Stadium & Sky Car. [B]

Day 13. Durban - Sibuya Game Reserve

We fly to Port Elizabeth and travel to Kenton-on-Sea before boarding our boat to Sibuya Game Reserve. We'll spend the next two nights enjoying this beautiful eco-lodge. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Sibuya Game Reserve

Special Experience: Explore this vast reserve on morning and afternoon game drives as we go in search of a diverse variety of wildlife. Accessible solely by boat via the magnificent Kariega Estuary, Sibuya is also one of Africa's greatest bird sanctuaries. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Sibuya Game Reserve - Knysna

We venture towards Knysna along the 'Garden Route'. Along the way we'll stop at Tsitsikamma National Park for lunch and enjoy a tour of the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary. [B,L]

Day 16. Knysna

Today we cruise across the lagoon in Featherbed Nature Reserve to Featherbed Island. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B,L]

Day 17. Knysna - Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world, so we stop at a farm to learn about the largest bird on earth! We'll also explore the world-famous Cango Caves. [B,L]

Day 18. Oudtshoorn - Hermanus

Special Experience: An early start for a meerkat adventure! Observe these inquisitive creatures in their natural habitat as they greet the morning sun.

We travel along famous Route 62, later arriving in breathtaking Hermanus, the world's best spot for southern right whale-watching. [B]

Day 19. Hermanus - Stellenbosch

We head out in search of the southern right whale (during whale-watching season only: June-October) or spend time exploring the coastal town. Travelling along the wine route later, we visit a brandy distillery before arriving in Stellenbosch. [B]

Day 20. Stellenbosch

Special Experience: Visit Val du Charron Wine and Olive Estate in Wellington for a "Theatre of Wines" tasting experience.

Today we explore the Winelands and sample some of their finest creations, then have some free time in Franschhk. [B,L]

Day 21. Stellenbosch - Cape Town

Today we travel to cosmopolitan Cape Town where we explore the South African Museum before visiting Table Mountain by cable car (weather permitting). [B]

Day 22. Cape Town

A full day of sightseeing. We travel through numerous bays and lookouts before arriving at Cape Point. This afternoon we continue to Boulder's Beach and its penguin colony. [B]

Day 23. Cape Town

We visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was infamously imprisoned (weather permitting). Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 24. Depart Cape Town

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 25. Arrive Australia