The South African Explorer - Southbound
Countries Visted: South Africa
12 days / Trip Code: SWE
$5695.00 (double / per person)

Trip Overview:
The South African Explorer is an excellent trip for the first time traveler to South Africa. Travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town, experiencing the best that each area has to offer. Johannesburg city sites, open vehicle safaris, Swazi culture, ostrich interaction, Cape Winelands and peninsula sites are some of the highlights of this tour.

>Makalali Private Game Reserve & Game Drives
>Panorama Route - Blyde River canyon, Three Rondawels
>Kruger National Park and Drives
>St Lucia Wetlands park and Cruise
>Miliwane Wildlife Sanctuary
>Tsitikamma Mountains
>Cape Town & Table Mountain

This Adventure Includes:
> All lodging and taxes as noted
> All transportation and Open Safari Vehicle game drives
> 11 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
> All Entrance fees
> Airport Transfers

This Adventure Does Not Include:
> International flights and taxes
> Domestic flights - we can book these with our office in Cape Town
> VIP Card and TDM documentation welcome pack

Service Level:
Four Star Level (The Four Star service level features deluxe suite, 4 star accomodations. Some meals may be provided. Programs feature private guides and customized personal adventures.)

Physical Demand Rating:
1 (Very Easy)

Departure Info:
Open Safari Vehicle game drives

Additional Trip Notes:
Welcome Services

Adventure Type:
Classic Adventure, Family Explorer, Wildlife Safari

Budget: $2501 ~ $5000

Days: 12

Day 1:
Arrive Johannesburg
On arrival in Johannesburg, your expert guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel (private basis).Embark on a half day city tour of Johannesburg...
On arrival in Johannesburg, your expert guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel (private basis).Embark on a half day city tour of Johannesburg. Highlights of this half day tour include: Johannesburg city sightseeing, Nelson Mandela Bridge, Newtown and Constitution Hill. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 2:
Kruger via Dullstroom & Lydenberg
Depart Johannesburg and travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom, Lydenburg...
Depart Johannesburg and travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom, Lydenburg and over the Abel Erasmus Pass. After passing through the J.G. Strijdom Tunnel, marvel at the mountainous scenery whilst passing through a homeland, formerly known as Lebowa. Continue to your private game lodge, near the Kruger National Park. Arrive in time for afternoon tea, followed by your evening game drive in an open safari vehicle. Return to the lodge for a diverse array of eclectic cuisine.

Day 3:
Blyde River Canyon
Early morning bush walk or game drive, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the smaller species of Africa’s animal kingdom. After breakfast explore the breathtaking Panorama Route, featuring the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondawels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and various waterfalls. Arrive at your overnight destination late afternoon.

Day 4:
Kruger National Park
Early start to your day, by entering the world famous Kruger National Park, unrivalled for its diversity of flora, fauna and bird life, seeking the Big Five. Exit the park and travel to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Visit the Ngwenya glass factory en route to your hideaway in the Mlilwane Wildlife sanctuary

Day 5:
Enjoy a first-hand glimpse into Swaziland’s rich cultural heritage by visiting the Esitjeni Umphakatsi bordering Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, and experience this original interaction with the local people of this vibrant community, (weather depending). Leave the wonderful country of Swaziland and re-enter South Africa, making your way to the town of Hluhluwe.

Day 6:
Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Early morning breakfast followed by a game drive in your closed vehicle in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Visit iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site(previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park). Enjoy a river cruise on the estuary. Highlights include prolific wetlands bird life, fish eagles, hippo and crocodiles. Continue south along Indian Ocean coastline, arriving in the bustling city of Durban during the late afternoon. Drop off at your hotel in Umhlanga Rocks.

Day 7:
Flight to Port Elizabeth
Morning at leisure. Semi-private transfer to King Shaka International Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth (flight not included, can be booked by TDM Air). On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, semi-private transfer to your beachfront hotel.

Day 8:
Plettenberg Bay
Departing Port Elizabeth, enter the Garden Route via the high forests of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Bloukrans and Groot River Passes. Attractions visited in the Tsitsikamma Forest area include the Big Tree. Remember to keep an eye out for the rare Knysna Loerie. Gaze in awe at the scenery whilst crossing the bridge over the Storm’s River, where photographic opportunities abound. After lunch (not included) continue via the “millionaire’s playground” of Plettenberg Bay to South Africa’s “oyster capital,” Knysna. Enjoy a superb dinner (not included) at one of the nearby restaurants.

Day 9:
Cango Wildlife Rango
Start the day with a scenic drive through Wilderness via Dolphin Point to George. Continue over the Outinequa Pass to Oudtshoorn. Here we visit the Safari Ostrich Ranch for a guided tour and traditional ostrich lunch (not included). After lunch, visit the Cango Caves, where a guided tour allows us to explore the ancient stalagmites and stalactites. En route back, visit endangered animals at the Cango Wildlife Ranch (optional and time permitting). After returning to the hotel, enjoy a hearty dinner(not included).

Day 10:
Drive to Capetown
After an early breakfast, our journey to Cape Town begins. Leave the Klein Karoo; pass through the towns of Calitzdrop and Barrydale as the true diversity of landscapes is highlighted through the ever changing semi-desert areas. Over the folded sandstone mountains of the Huis River and Tradouw Passes on Route 62, arrive at the charming town of Swellendam. After travelling the plateau of expansive apple orchards in and around Grabouw, our day draws to an end with the first glimpse of Table Mountain from the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass. Drop off at your hotel in Cape Town.

Day 11:
Cape Town
Full day Cape Highlights tour (English only). This full day tour includes Camps Bay; Hout Bay; Chapman’s Peak (subject to the road being open); the Cape of Good Hope Reserve; Simonstown; Muizenberg; one wine tasting of South African wines at a local wine estate; the University town of Stellenbosch..

Day 12:
Depart Capetown
Private transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your homebound flight.

Pre-Trip Travel Information:
Minimum 2 people per tour
Maximum 9 people per tour
Maximum 9 people per day

Cancellation Policy:

For More information, please review our Term & Conditions link
60 or more days: $150
30-60 days: $300 Advance payment cost unless deposit is higher
29–8 days: 40% of trip cost
7–0 days No refund

Client Note:
Some cruises and operators may require an additional deposit and have different cancellation policies. We will advise this at time of reservation. We strongly recommend travel insurance.

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