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Spectacular South Africa

South Africa’s cosmopolitan cities, posh resorts, expansive desert, magnificent wildlife and fertile wine country combine with a harmonious mix of many cultures to create a beautiful mosaic to discover on this fascinating tour. Ponder history during a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Search out the “Big Five” during an open-air safari game drive. Visit the Kingdom of Swaziland, known for its vibrant culture and the only absolute monarchy in Africa. Enjoy a game drive in Mkuze Game Reserve in Zululand. Visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Travel the lush Garden Route between the mountains and the balmy Indian Ocean. Visit a working ostrich farm. Enjoy a winetasting in the winelands region. Relax during a leisurely stay in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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13 breakfasts
13 lunches
13 dinners
Visit one of the oldest working ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn " the ostrich capital of South Africa " and learn about these fascinating animals.
Experience a thrilling cable car ride rising more than 3,000 feet.
Learn the local beat with a lesson on the djembe drums.
Tour Provider Collette
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $4,034
Start Location
Sandton, South Africa
End Location
Cape Town, South Africa
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 24
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Moderate
ItineraryExpand
Sandton, South Africa - Tour Begins
Your journey begins in Sandton, a city established in 1969. Famous for its rich veins of gold and other valuable minerals, it is now the bustling cosmopolitan center of greater Johannesburg.
Sandton - Soweto - Sandton
Today you visit the Apartheid Museum which commemorates the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa. A guided tour of Soweto " South West Township " showcases luxurious mansions and informal settlements as you learn about the historical significance of the area. Experience the regional lifestyle when joining locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house tavern. This afternoon, have some time to ponder history at Liliesleaf, the location of Nelson Mandela’s arrest and the former center and place of refuge of the liberation movement. Gather this evening with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
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Panoramic Route - Kruger National Park
Travel through the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range en route to Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. Scenic wonders surround you as you pass through the Blyde River Canyon, made mostly of red sandstone and known as one of Africa's greatest natural wonders. Set against the triple mountain formation of the Three Rondovals, resembling traditional round houses of the indigenous people, the canyon is the third largest in the world. Along this magnificent route you will also see Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the dramatic natural cylinders shaped by millions of years of natural erosion caused by fast-flowing sand-filled waters. This evening, enjoy a traditional Boma dinner under the stars where you may sample some local game meat!
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Kruger National Park - Safari Game Drive
Have your camera ready for an unforgettable day of adventure and excitement! Enjoy a full day open-air-vehicle safari game drive. A local expert leads you in search of the "Big 5" " elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino " and provides insight into these fascinating animals along the way. Watch carefully " you may also see a graceful impala, dazzling zebra or gorgeous giraffe. Relax with a picnic lunch surrounded by giraffe in the natural beauty of Kruger National Park.
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Kruger National Park - Mbabane, Swaziland
Journey to the Kingdom of Swaziland, an independent nation landlocked by South Africa and Mozambique. Small and peaceful, Swaziland boasts some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Southern Africa. Visit Ngwenya Glass, a success story for Swaziland and the environment, employing local residents to create spectacular glassworks made from 100% recycled glass. Watch the artisans blow their glass and create beautiful pieces before your eyes.
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Mbabane - Mkuze, South Africa
This morning, immerse yourself in the local Swazi culture during a visit to the Mbabane Market. This bustling market is home to vendors selling items from local crafts, textiles and handmade masks to herbs, fruits and vegetables. Return to South Africa this afternoon as you cross into the KwaZulu-Natal region. The land of the Zulu people is iconic to the traditions of South Africa.
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Mkuze Game Reserve - Safari Game Drive
Depart early this morning for a full-day safari game drive in Mkuze Game Reserve. Keep your eyes peeled for wildebeest, eland, kudu and several other species in this diverse landscape, especially around the waterholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the reserve before continuing on your game drive. The reserve is home to over 420 species of birds. Return to the hotel for time to relax before dinner.
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Mkuze - Durban - George - Knysna
Travel to Durban and board your flight to George. Upon arrival, travel to the picturesque resort town of Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route, to enjoy a 3-night stay.
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Knysna
Today we visit nearby Featherbed Nature Reserve. Begin with a lagoon cruise out to the famous Knysna Heads which mark the entrance to the lagoon. Next, board a 4x4 vehicle and travel deep into the forest. Discover the local flora and fauna during a leisurely paced nature walk. Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees " so called because of their white latex sap " before your return cruise. This afternoon, visit Plettenberg Bay, a tranquil and charming town originally known as “Bahia Formosa” (or “Beautiful Bay.”) Enjoy views of beaches, dramatic rock formations and lagoons. Later we return to Knysna.
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Knysna - Oudtshoorn - Knysna
This morning’s township tour will highlight the diversity of this community, followed by a touching experience as you visit a school.* Learn about the efforts of the Collette Foundation and the local community to conquer the challenges of educating the children of the region. Travel to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest working ostrich farms in the area, after which you can catch a glimpse of ostriches big and small while on a tractor safari through the Lucerne fields. An outdoor barbecue lunch adds to an amazing day. Upon your return to Knysna, enjoy some time to independently explore the charming waterfront area.
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Knysna - Stellenbosch - Cape Town
Before leaving the Garden Route, enjoy a visit to the Al Ferox region where you will enjoy an al-tapping demonstration and a stroll in the indigenous gardens. Continue to the beautiful winelands region, known for its colorful mountains and endless vineyards, where you will enjoy a wine tasting at a vineyard. Later this afternoon, arrive in the beautiful harborside city of Cape Town.
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Cape Town
Enjoy a panoramic tour of this lovely city. Cape Town celebrates its noted architecture that fuses the traditions of the French, German and Dutch. Enjoy a thrilling ride on a cable car as it whisks you to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet, landing atop the aptly named " and flat-topped " Table Mountain.** The views of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion’s Head will leave you breathless. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Malay Quarter with its mosques and minarets. Make a special stop at the Milnerton Lighthouse.
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Cape Town
Explore the coastal scenery and charming towns that populate the Cape Peninsula. Travel out to Cape Point, stopping for a visit with the penguins at Boulders Beach. This evening, experience a unique farewell to Africa as you enjoy a lesson on the djembe drums and a soothing hand washing ceremony before a communal African dining experience!
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Cape Town - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today in Cape Town.
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