18 Day Kaleidoscope of South Africa

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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Durban – Port Elizabeth.

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 four or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to South Africa and eSwatini. Effective June 1, 2015 children 17 & under will be required to present an unabridged full birth certificate. Extracts or copies are not acceptable. If both parents are not traveling with the child, additional documentation is required. Click here for more information.


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

Feb 8 departure will be accommodated at Protea Hotel Riempie Estate in Oudtshoorn.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



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This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups are required. While the majority of the tour will be performed in an air conditioned motor coach, game drives will be performed by small safari vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Visitors to Kruger National Park are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

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

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. Born a gold mining town, it’s often called "Gauteng - the City of Gold." Transfer to your hotel; time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Johannesburg

DAY 3, Sunday - Soweto Tour
A visit to Soweto reveals the township’s bustling neighborhood life, setting trends in politics, fashion, music, and dance. Visit Nelson Mandela's former home, now a museum, with its expansive multimedia exhibits outlining the life of this storied South African hero. Then, to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, dedicated to casualties of the Soweto uprising of 1976. Lunch in Soweto at a popular restaurant before a visit to the stirring Apartheid Museum. Here, journey through the beginning of segregation in the country implementation of the system and factors that shaped its 20th-century history. This evening, a Welcome Dinner together celebrates your arrival
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Panorama Route to Kruger National Park Area
Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga Province, known as "Paradise Country," driving the spectacular "Panorama Route." Visit Bourke's Luck Potholes, a series of waterfalls and distinctive rock formations created by countless millennia. From afar spot the famous “Three Sisters,” huge spiraling mountaintop sculptures that resemble pointed roofs of traditional African homesteads, considered a geological wonder. This evening join your traveling companions for dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day Game Drive in Kruger National Park
Rise early to get ready for a thrilling open vehicle game drive with an experienced ranger in Kruger National Park. Larger than the state of Connecticut, the park offers some of the best game and wildlife viewing opportunities in the entire world, and early morning is an optimal time of day. Perhaps you’ll have a chance to see lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. Search for the “Big Five” and keep an eye out for the many other smaller creatures that also live in this reserve including over 500 species of birds and over 100 different reptiles. Lunch inside the park before another game drive in the afternoon. Later, after the day's excitement, return to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Morning at Leisure, Sunset Safari & Boma Dinner in Kruger National Park
Spend your morning at leisure. Later in the afternoon, head to Kruger Park National Park for a Sunset Safari and Boma dinner. Embark on a game drive in the world-famous Kruger National Park, a place of unspoiled beauty which is home to the Big Five, a multitude of animals and an array of bird life. Experience a magnificent African sunset before your Boma dinner in the bush. Dine under the glittering African sky and savor a sumptuous meal. Return to the hotel later this evening with memories of a lifetime!
Overnight: Hazyview
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - eSwatini*
The drive today takes you to eSwatini, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, fine handicrafts and vibrant indigenous culture. Visit the Ngwenya glass factory where talented glass blowers form enchanting African animals, birds and fish from 100% recycled glass, collected by the children of eSwatini. Later, perhaps join the excursion to a Swati candle factory to see wax artists creating beautiful candles in different shapes and sizes. Dinner together at the hotel
*Please note: 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, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - St. Lucia Estuary Cruise
Travel to Hluhluwe, a small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal on the banks of the Hluhluwe River. After lunch en route, continue to the southernmost point of Lake St. Lucia to embark on a cruise to the tidal St. Lucia Estuary, home to Nile crocodiles, hippopotami, sea turtles, and even sharks -- a fascinating and uniquely diverse ecosystem
Overnight: Hluhluwe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi & Zulu Village
This morning travel to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest game park in South Africa, established in 1895. As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s, the park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. On this morning’s game drive, you may have a chance to see Africa's 'Big Five' (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros). Afterwards, visit a Zulu village where you will have an opportunity to observe their dancing, local culture and experience a traditional lunch
Overnight: Hluhluwe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Fly to Port Elizabeth
In Durban board a flight to Port Elizabeth, known as the “Friendly City.” A scenic orientation tour introduces you to this lovely city with its balmy climate and sandy white beaches. In the evening, perhaps a trip to the Boardwalk Entertainment Complex known for its eateries and action filled casino
Overnight: Port Elizabeth
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Monday - Garden Route to Knysna
Today, journey along South Africa’s picturesque Garden Route via Tsitsikamma National Park in the Western Cape Province to Knysna. The park is one of South Africa’s most diverse protected natural areas. One of the many highlights in this area is the long suspension bridge offering striking gorge views. Then enjoy a guided tour of Birds of Eden, an award winning bird sanctuary. Explore the enormous single-dome flight aviary, home to 3500 birds from 200 species. Proceed to Knysna, a protected marine reserve, nestled on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon
Overnight: Knysna
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Featherbed Nature Reserve
Today, take the ferry to Knysna’s famous Featherbed Nature Reserve with its abundance of plant, bird and small wildlife, including the rare Blue duiker, and a variety of marine life. Upon arrival, embark on a hike along a trail that winds its way through Milkwood Forests up to steep sandstone cliffs overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean. The trail also meanders past ancient Khoi sea caves and through indigenous wilderness. After your walk, head to the restaurant set on the edge of the lagoon for lunch before returning to Knysna for leisure time
Overnight: Knysna
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Wednesday - Cango Caves & Oudtshoorn’s Ostrich Farms
This morning, a scenic drive takes you along the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo (Little Karoo). Take in the beauty of the deep gorges and ravines, the high cliffs and the majestic mountains to the south and north and the ever-present colorful Fynbos vegetation of the region. Tour the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s great natural wonders. Be amazed by the range of dripstone caverns that open into large areas of towering stalagmite formations, some resembling real-life objects, and even historical figures. One of the main attractions and the most famous is Cleopatra’s Needle, which stands at 30 feet high and is at least 150,000 years old. Continue to Oudtshoorn, the "Ostrich Capital of the World," and learn more about the world's biggest bird. Oudtshoorn's ostrich industry dates back to 1864 when ostrich feathers were fashionable accessories among European nobility, launching the feather industry in South Africa. On to a working ostrich farm for an interesting guided tour that explains every aspect of ostrich farming, breeding, and rearing. View the eggs, incubators, and chicks (in season) and perhaps even feed one of the ostriches by hand
Overnight: Oudtshoorn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday - Scenic Drive to Cape Town, Wine Blending Experience
Today, travel from the Garden Route to Cape Town via Route 62, considered the longest wine route in the world. Stop in Robertson, filled with wonderful examples of traditional white washed Cape Dutch architecture. Visit Zandvliet Wine Estate, which dates back to 1838 and was one of the very first Shiraz producers in the country. Here, you will have the opportunity to blend, bottle, label and take with you your very own bottle of wine. In the late afternoon, arrive to Cape Town where you will be welcomed by the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Friday - Cape Town City Tour
The discovery of Cape Town begins with a drive past the Castle of Good Hope built by the Dutch East India Company, the splendid baroque City Hall, and the Grand Parade. View St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter where thousands of slaves were brought in the early 18th century from Java, Ceylon and other Far Eastern regions. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and the magnificent Table Mountain. Ascend to the top (weather permitting) by means of a cable car*. At the summit, see wildflowers and the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. Explore Cape Town this afternoon on your own, perhaps visit the seaside Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex with its endless shopping, cafes, and restaurants. Later, you're invited to a home hosted dinner. You'll be welcomed by a local family in their home to share a delicious dinner coupled with world-famous South African wines and delightful conversation
*Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will be closed between Jul 22 - Aug 11, 2019
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Saturday - Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a full day tour of the striking Cape Peninsula. Drive to Cape Point passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches. Stop at Hout Bay; see colorful boats moored on the docks and fresh fish markets overlooking the bay. The scenic drive then meanders along the coast to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site comprising over 17,000 acres of indigenous flora and fauna. Ascend by funicular to the old lighthouse built to warn ships sailing near the “Cape of Storms.” The views are spectacular! After, continue on to Boulders Beach, home of an endangered land-based colony of African penguins, viewing these unique and endearing animals in their natural habitat is a unique experience!. End the day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with a rich display of more than 7,000 species and the first garden to be included within a natural World Heritage Site
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 17, Sunday - Tour of Robben Island
This morning, a tour of historic Robben Island* reveals the poignant struggles, hopes, and dreams of freedom made famous by Nelson Mandela's imprisonment here. This notorious prison, located on an island off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay is where South Africa’s political prisoners were kept during the colonial and apartheid years of the country. Tour the island and the infamous prison before returning to Cape Town for time at leisure. Tonight, say goodbye to your newfound friends and Tour Manager at a Farewell Dinner
*The operation of the Robben Island ferry is dependent on weather and sea conditions. If the ferry is canceled, the visit to Robben Island will be replaced with alternate sightseeing.
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18, Monday - Depart South Africa
Transfer to the airport in Cape Town for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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