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South Africa and Victoria Falls - August 2017 - SOLD OUT - 2018 DEPARTURE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

Price A$5,995


Destination

JohannesburgHippo HollowSwazilandZululandSt LuciaDrakensbergEastern CapePort ElizabethKynsnaMossel BayCape TownVictoria FallsChobe


Category
Unpublished

Duration
18 days 17 nights
Tour Details

South Africa & Victoria Falls: 12 August 2017 - 29 August 2017 AU$5,995 plus airfares

Once in a lifetime wildlife adventure

We start our journey by exploring and discovering the treasures of South Africa as we travel from Johannesburg through stunning countryside to Cape Town via the Panorama Route and view game in famous Kruger National Park. 

Visit Swaziland, home to many handicrafts, and enjoy exploring the World-Heritage St Lucia wetlands. Enjoy walking in the stunning Drakensberg Mountains and travelling along the scenic garden route will be sure to delight! 

We then have a few days in Cape Town before heading to Botswana for the last leg of our adventure. Chobe National Park in Botswana is a wonderland of game. We have an included river cruise and game drive to give us a unique perspective of the many hippos, crocodiles and elephants that make the Chobe River their home. This combined with the fun and spectacle of viewing iconic Victoria Falls will top off nearly 3 weeks of amazing memories. 

This tour is awesome value. No camping and 17 breakfasts and 15 dinners included.

We know you’ll want to come back.

 SOLD OUT - 2018 DEPARTURE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

 

 

Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 7pm when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour. 

Accommodation: Peermont Metcourt Suites – Classic Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2: Hippo Hollow

This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. 

Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview. 

Accommodation: Sabi River Sun Lifestyle Resort – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Hippo Hollow

We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle. Spend a morning with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. 

The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. We return to our hotel around lunchtime and your afternoon is at leisure. 

Accommodation: Sabi River Sun Lifestyle Resort – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Swaziland

This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture. 

Accommodation: Avani Ezulwini Sun Hotel – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Zululand

This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. 

Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: St Lucia

Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.

Accommodation: City Lodge Umhlanga Ridge – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Drakensberg

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps take an early morning cab ride to the bustling Umhlanga Beach for a stroll along the Promenade mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. 

Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon. 

Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (own account).

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel – Standard Room

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Drakensberg

Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities to be enjoyed at the Resort.

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Eastern Cape

This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of Umtata. 

We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast. 

Accommodation: Crawfords Beach Lodge – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Port Elizabeth

We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometers and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. We set off heading south to Port Elizabeth. 

Accommodation: Garden Court King’s Beach – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Kynsna

Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. 

Arrive in Knysna late afternoon to check-in at our hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant included. 

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Mossel Bay

After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. 

Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. 

Accommodation: Garden Court Mossel Bay – Standard Room

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Cape Town

Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Sea Point – Superior Room

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Cape Town

Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this beautiful city.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Sea Point – Superior Room

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Victoria Falls

Transfer to the Cape Town International Airport for your early morning flight to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg. 

Transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to your accommodation where the remainder of the day will be at leisure. 

Accommodation: The Kingdom Victoria Falls – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 16: Victoria Falls

Morning of leisure before the afternoon Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. Step into the romance of Africa on this two-hour cruise down the Zambezi River complemented by the sinking sun and host of on-board amenities. 

Besides the ambience on board the boat, helped along by finger snacks, beer, champagne and soft drinks, this is a fantastic choice for those wanting to do some last-minute game viewing as animals come down to the river banks to drink and to take spectacular photographs of this special time of night in Africa. 

The sunset cruise is a fantastic way to end another day in Africa. Return to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for your Boma Dinner. 

Accommodation: The Kingdom Victoria Falls – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17: Chobe

Full Day Chobe day trip—This exciting day trip heads over the border into Botswana to afford you the chance to explore one of Africa’s greatest wildlife destinations, the Chobe National Park. 

The day is spent cruising down the life-giving Chobe River on the look-out for the diverse range of animals that make their way down to the river to drink as well as passing by river inhabitants—the crocodiles and hippo. 

A fantastic destination for all wildlife lovers, photographers and birders, this experience continues with a fabulous lunch at a lodge on the river’s edge before heading back into the national park in safari vehicles for even more game viewing and finally the transfer back to your lodge. 

Accommodation: The Kingdom Victoria Falls – Standard Room 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 18: Depart Victoria Falls

After breakfast check out and transfer to the airport for your journey home or onto further adventures.

Meals : Breakfast

Peermont Metcourt Suites, Johannesburg: The 3 Star Peermont Metcourt Suites offers affordable accommodation with friendly service. This Emperors Palace Hotel boasts 77 spacious suites with contemporary furnishings. Wi-Fi connectivity is available in public areas. Guests can enjoy full access to the casino, dining, entertainment, convention and relaxation facilities of the Emperors Palace Resort.

Sabi River Sun Lifestyle Resort, Hippo Hollow: Located in close proximity to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi River Sun Resort hotel in Hazyview is the perfect destination for visitors seeking a unique wildlife experience in the warm heart of Mpumalanga province. Comfortable and homely accommodation, enhanced by spectacular views, a rich natural heritage, and abundant wildlife, all combine to create a stay that is utterly relaxing and unforgettable. The resort offers guests appetizing dining, an 18-hole golf course and recreational facilities. The Eden Spa offers the opportunity unwind in an atmosphere of bliss and privacy, with a range of exclusive rejuvenating treatments.

Avani Ezulwini Sun Hotel, Swaziland: Sun Hotel is situated in the tranquil Ezulwini Valley and is surrounded by tropical vegetation and mountains. It offers a spa and wellness centre, outdoor swimming pool and is located within 13 km from Mbabane. The air-conditioned rooms offer views of the garden and come equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. The en-suite bathroom has a shower and includes free toiletries.

Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, Zululand: Featuring an outdoor pool with a terrace and pool bar, Protea Hotel Hluhluwe offers daily game drives through Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. The hotel’s curio shop provides handcrafted gifts, a selection of music CDs and safari clothing. Decorated in natural colours, all spacious rooms are air conditioned and have satellite TV. Tea-and-coffee-making facilities are also provided. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

City Lodge Umhlanga Ridge, St Lucia: City Lodge Umhlanga Ridge provides modern 3-star accommodation in Durban. It is close to Gateway Theatre of Shopping, restaurants and shops. Guests staying at City Lodge Umhlanga Ridge can enjoy taking a dip in the outdoor pool, working out in the fitness centre or relaxing with a drink at the on site bar. 

Drakensberg Gardens Hotel: Drakensberg Gardens is poised on a scenic 860 hectare World Heritage site. Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort is a one-of-a-kind retreat for guests to reconnect, relax and unwind. The Three-Star rated Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort offers spacious and comfortable accommodation. Standard, superior and deluxe rooms. All have private bathrooms, television, telephones, tea and coffee making facilities and heaters.

Crawfords Beach Lodge, Eastern Cape: This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Crawford’s Beach Lodge & Cabins is centrally located in Chintsa Bay on the Wild Coast. It is surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests and overlooks the Indian Ocean. The elegant rooms at Crawford’s Cabins feature rustic-style furnishings. Each room is equipped with satellite TV, a private balcony and tea and coffee making facilities. The refreshing outdoor swimming pool at Crawford’s Beach Lodge is surrounded by tropical Khamanga palms. The elevated lounge and deck offers clear views over Chintsa Bay.

Garden Court King’s Beach, Port Elizabeth: The Garden Court Kings Beach hotel is situated on the Port Elizabeth beachfront and presents an affordable and welcoming destination to visitors to one of South Africa’s largest historic coastal cities with sweeping views of Algoa Bay, and the famed Hobie Beach. Garden Court Kings Beach offers a choice of 280 tastefully appointed en-suite rooms, and great amenities including a fitness centre,conferencing facilities and the popular Mike’s Kitchen. Nearby attractions include Kragga Kamma Game Park, South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre, Red Location Museum, Kwantu Private Game Reserve, The Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World, St George's Park and many other cultural, scenic and historical landmarks. 

Knysna Hollow: Located right outside Knysna and surrounded by lush vegetation, Knysna Hollow Country Estate features elegant accommodation with private patios. It offers 3 pools and 2 restaurants, and also has a souvenir shop. The chalets, suites and rooms at the Country Estate are decorated with thatched roofs and wooden furniture. They all have modern private bathrooms. Some units include a fireplace and a satellite TV.

Garden Court Mossel Bay: The Garden Court Mossel Bay hotel, located on the beautiful Garden Route, is the ideal hospitality destination for visitors to one of South Africa’s most picturesque coastal regions. Mossel Bay hotel offers guests a choice of 43 comfortable en-suite rooms, tastefully furnished in a contemporary style. The rooms are equipped with amenities including air-conditioning, free WiFi, DStv and much more. Guests can enjoy a host of additional services and comforts, including a choice of restaurant and bar options which offer appetising dining with something for every taste. 

Protea Hotel Sea Point, Cape Town: This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. Just 150 m from the Sea Point Promenade and the ocean, Protea Hotel Sea Point features an outdoor plunge pool and a fitness centre. The V&A Waterfront 4 km away. Designed by local artists, all Protea rooms are stylish and feature views of the mountains or the sea. Each is equipped with satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and an electronic safe.

The Kingdom Victoria Falls: A 14-minute walk from the David Livingstone Statue overlooking Victoria Falls, this relaxed Omani-style resort hotel built around a man-made lake is 5 km from the Elephant Hills golf course. Relaxed rooms with wood shutters and mosquito nets offer flat-screen TVs, safes, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, plus tea and coffeemakers. Many have balconies overlooking the lake, and family rooms have bunk beds. Suites have separate sitting areas. Room service is available 24/7. There are 3 restaurants, a cafe and 4 bars, including a nightclub. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a kids' pool, a casino and a spa.

Climate

South Africa has a temperate climate and is known for its long sunny days, hence the title: 'Sunny South Africa'. Most of the provinces have summer rainfall, except for the Western Cape (winter rainfall). Winter is from May to August; Spring from September to October; Summer from November to February and Autumn is from March to April.

Visa Requirements

To enter South Africa you are required to have a passport valid for no less than 30 days after the end of your intended stay, and at least two completely blank pages on which your entry permit can be endorsed. If your passport does not comply with this requirement you will either be prevented from boarding the aircraft at your point of departure, or risk deportation on arrival in South Africa.

It's recommendws that your passport has at least six months validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Although regulations specify that only 30 days validity is required for travel to South Africa, many immigration officers will insist on six months.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of South Africa for the most up to date information.

Electricity

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. With a few exceptions (in deep rural areas) electricity is available almost everywhere.

Currency

South Africa's currency is the rand, which offers visitors great value for money. The rand comes in a range of coins (R1 = 100 cents) and note denominations of R10, R50, R100.

Health and safety

South Africa is well-known for its medical skill since Professor Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant in 1967. There are many world-class private hospitals and medical centres around the country, especially in the urban centres. Most of South Africa is malaria-free, but always check with the game reserves you're planning to visit and take precautions if necessary. Make sure you have the latest safety tips from the establishment where you will be staying and take common sense precautions as you would when travelling.

Let us handle your travel arrangements

Two's a Crowd is a full service travel business. We are happy to provide very competitive quotes on all international airfares from your nearest capital city. 

Tour inclusions:

  • Small group tour—solos only
  • Maximum group size 15 plus host
  • Transport by private air conditioned coach
  • Two's a Crowd Tour Host from Australia
  • 14 nights in 3-star en-suite accommodation
  • Hotel porterage
  • 17 x breakfasts, 1 x lunch and 14 x dinners
  • Game drive in Kruger NP 
  • Park and attraction entry fees
  • Cross border transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation at Victoria Falls with breakfast
  • Return Airport transfers throughout 
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls 
  • Sunset cruise on Zambezi River 
  • 4WD Open vehicle game drive in Chobe National Park.
  • River cruise in Chobe National Park
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance underwritten by CHI Travel Insurance (Underwritten by Allianz) Additional premium may be payable if over 60 years, have an existing medical condition or wish to extend your travel dates. Refer to the CHI PDS for more information on policy terms and conditions.

Tour Exclusions:

  • International flights—we can provide a competitive quote and arrange flights on your behalf
  • Visas
  • Tips and gratuities for driver and guide
  • Service fees for included meals
  • Drinks and meals not specified
  • Items of a personal nature

 Prices are correct as at 11 February 2017 and are subject to change until paid in full.

 

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