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South Africa and Victoria Falls - September 2018

Price A$6,883


Destination

Cape TownMossel BayKynsnaPort ElizabethEastern CapeDrakensbergDurbanSt LuciaSwazilandHippo HollowJohannesburgVictoria Falls


Category
Group Tours

Duration
18 days 17 nights
Tour Details

South Africa & Victoria Falls: 1 - 18 September 2018 AU$6,883 plus airfares

Once in a lifetime wildlife adventure

There’s a reason people who visit South Africa want to go back. The sights, sounds and spectacular scenery will leave you with memories you’ll never forget. And what better way to explore this stunning country than with a group of like minded travellers on one of our dedicated Solo Tours?

Our journey begins in fabulous Cape Town, with a free day to explore this unique and scenic city. Take a trip up Table Mountain and check out the views! Next we head to Mossel Bay with further stops at Kynsna and Port Elizabeth, before making our way to the beautiful, unspoiled Eastern Cape Coast. Next we visit the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains, before we head to Durban, with it’s buzzing coastline and vibrant culture.

After spending some time in stunning St Lucia we get to know the locals on our visit to Swaziland. Next we make our way to Hazyview, gateway to the famous Kruger National Park and home to an array of breathtaking wildlife. Our closed vehicle will take us on a journey where we’ll come face to face with the ‘Big Five’! Finally we head to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg for a guided tour and a fabulous sunset cruise on the Zambezi river. Watch out for elephants, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles! 

That’s 18 days of exploring one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. 

This tour is awesome value. No camping and 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 15 dinners included.

We know you’ll want to come back.

 

 

 

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town

On arrival at Cape Town Airport you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel, where you’ll have plenty of time to relax before our welcome dinner. 

Cape Point Tour Full Day 

Accommodation: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2: Cape Town

Today is free to explore Cape Town or take one of the optional tours. There are three choices - a half day city tour, with visits to Signal Hill, the City Hall, the Castle of Good Hope and the South African Cultural History Museum; a trip up Table mountain itself, with spectacular 360 views, or the Cape Point full day tour featuring one of the world’s most spectacular drives, taking in Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Kalk Bay and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. 

Optional Tours: 

Cape Town City Tour Half Day 

Table Mountain Cableway 

Cape Point Tour Full Day 

Accommodation: SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Mossel Bay

After breakfast, we travel to Mossel Bay, known for its golf course, which boasts a view of the sea from every tee! Featuring long sandy beaches and an old town packed with plenty of historic attractions, the area has come a long way since its days as a little fishing village. 

Accommodation: Garden Court Mossel Bay 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Kynsna

After breakfast, we travel overland via 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. The spectacular caves are a subterranean wonderland of magnificent stalactite and stalagmite rock formations that extend more than two kilometres into the Swartberg Mountains. Our guided tour winds through narrow passageways and steep stairways linking the massive caverns. 

Next we head towards the beautiful city of Kynsna. Nestled between the imposing Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Knysna features a beautiful lagoon, more than eight beaches and various markets, as well as a wealth of mountains, valleys, lakes, forests and streams all ready to be explored. The region isn’t known as the ‘Garden of Eden’ for nothing! 

Accommodation: Premier Hotel Knysna The Moorings 

 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Port Elizabeth

Today we make our way to Port Elizabeth. En route we visit the Tsitsikamma Forest and the Storms River Mouth, offering some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. 

Known as both the ‘Friendly City’ and the ‘Windy City’, Port Elizabeth was established to accommodate British settlers who were bought out on a government sponsored programme to provide a buffer between the warring Cape Dutch and the Xhosa. The little port grew from there and today it is the gateway to the Garden Route, as well as the Eastern Cape’s game reserves and beaches. 

Accommodation: Garden Court King’s Beach 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Eastern Cape

This morning we continue to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). The Eastern Cape is endowed with some of the best beaches in South Africa – long stretches of fine white sand backed by hills blanketed with lush subtropical vegetation and, for the most part, blissfully uncrowded. The Indian Ocean waters that fringe this coast are mild throughout the year and support a myriad of marine life, including a wide array of fish species that make the region an angler’s idyll. South Africa’s most legendary surfing destination is located along the Eastern Cape coast: Jeffrey’s Bay, renowned for its long rides and world class barrels. 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, unspoiled Eastern Cape Coast. 

Accommodation: Crawford’s Beach Lodge 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Southern Drakensberg

Today we make our way to the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. 

The afternoon is free to soak up the surroundings, go fishing, hiking or horse riding in the clean mountain air. 

Accommodation: Premier Sani Pass Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Southern Drakensberg

Today is yours to explore this fabulous region! The Southern Drakensburg is a wonderland of woodlands, forests, lakes and rivers, all set against the dramatic backdrop of this spectacular mountain range. Several nature reserves fall into the area and protect a wide variety of flora and fauna, including some rare antelope species and, at Kamberg, a network of beautiful hiking trails lead to caves decorated with ancient Khoisan art. Trout thrive in the region’s reservoirs and waterways, making it a magnet for fly-fishermen, while horse riding and mountain biking are also popular pursuits in this scenic part of the world. The ultimate highlight of the Southern Drakensburg, however, is the Sani Pass, which – at almost 3,000 metres above sea level – is South Africa’s highest pass, leading all the way to the Lesotho border and offering magnificent vistas along the way. 

Accommodation: Premier Sani Pass Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Durban

Today we head overland to Durban. En route we visit the Umhlanga Rock and 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route. With its beautiful beaches, lively wining and dining scene, and rich cultural heritage, Durban is KwaZulu Natal’s tourist hub. The swimming and surfing is rated the best of any major city across the world and because of the sub-tropical climate the water is warm all year round. Known as the Golden Mile, this stretch of beaches and amusement parks is Durban’s major attraction with the recently developed UShaka Marine World at the southern end providing a world class aquarium and other entertainments. 

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Umhlanga 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: St Lucia

Today we head to St Lucia, a haven of tranquillity that only unspoiled nature can provide. Entirely surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, the residents of this little village are highly protective of their beautiful environment. And it’s not difficult to see why! Mountain biking, hiking, bird watching and deep-sea fishing are great ways to enjoy the surroundings. This afternoon we’ll head off on a spectacular open vehicle game drive in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park. 

Accommodation: Elephant Inn 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Swaziland

This morning after breakfast, we check out and set off on our journey to Swaziland. This tiny, land-locked nation boasts a rich historical and cultural heritage. Swaziland encompasses a diverse array of ecosystems – towering mountains and low-lying savannah, tangled rainforests and lush river valleys. Highlights of this laid-back land include the mesmerizingly beautiful ‘Valley of Heaven’, the handicraft haven of the Malkerns Valley and the Hlane Royal National Park, famed for its white rhinos, antelopes and lions. 

Accommodation: Lugogo Sun

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Hippo Hollow

Today we make our way to Hazyview via the Matsamo Cultural Village, for a fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic understanding of traditional Swazi culture. Our journey then continues on to Hazyview. 

Surrounded by subtropical fruit orchards, this small farming town is the gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Escarpment. The town and its spectacularly scenic surroundings serve as a popular adventure capital with a remarkable array of exhilarating outdoor activities on offer to suit all ages, tastes and fitness levels.

Accommodation: Umbhaba Lodge 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Hippo Hollow

We start today bright and early, giving us as much time as possible to explore the wonders of the Kruger National Park. We spend today in the company of the 'Big Five' in our open vehicle on an adventure you'll never forget.

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 inhabits this region. 

​After returning to our lodge in the late afternoon, we’ll top off the day with a wonderful cultural dinner at the Shangaan River Club.

Accommodation: Umbhaba Lodge 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Johannesburg

This morning we make our way to Johannesburg, travelling along the circular Panorama Route, one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. 

One of the major highlights of the region is the Blyde River Canyon Reserve, the third largest canyon of its kind in the world and home to spectacular wildlife and birdlife. 

Other highlights include the breathtaking waterfalls in Graskop and Sabie, Lisbon and Berlin Falls, Gods Window and the Gold Rush territory, Pilgrim’s Rest, home to the early gold prospectors. 

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. 

There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction. 

Accommodation: Garden Court OR Tambo International Airport 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Victoria Falls

Today we head to the airport for our early morning flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival we’ll be met and transferred to our hotel, with some free time before we set sail on our spectacular sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Relax with a sundowner and snacks as you gaze out onto the banks of the river. Have your camera ready to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa. 

We’ll see an array of wildlife as they come down to the river for a drink after a hot day in the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe) and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). Sightings of elephant, giraffe and other resident game are common. There’s always an abundance of hippos and crocodiles. Birdlife is superb and the Fisheagles will usually fill the scene with their calls! 

Accommodation: Cresta Sprayview Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 16: Victoria Falls

Today we enjoy a morning guided tour of the Falls. We’ll discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. The remainder of the day is then yours at leisure to explore before we meet for dinner that evening at the Boma Restaurant. 

Accommodation: Cresta Sprayview Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 17: Victoria Falls, Chobe

On Day 17, we head over the border into Botswana for the chance to explore one of Africa’s greatest wildlife destinations, the Chobe National Park. Our morning begins with a river cruise into the park, with an opportunity to see a host of waders and water birds along with the ever present crocodile and hippos. Chobe is known for scores of large herbivores making their way down to the river to drink, most notably buffalo and elephant. 

Soft drinks and water are included on the boat. A fabulous lunch is served at a lodge on the river’s edge before we head back into the national park in safari vehicles for even more game viewing and finally back to our hotel. 

Note: 

Passport required for border crossing - Visa required for Zimbabwe Currently the UNIVISA is USD 50.00 Cash per person allows travel between both Zimbabwe and Zambia and allows day visit to Chobe. 

Accommodation: Cresta Sprayview Hotel 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 18: Depart Victoria Falls

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for your flight home or onto further adventures. Ask us if you need any travel suggestions!

Meals : Breakfast

SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl Hotel: With so much to do and see in Cape Town, you need to stay somewhere central. Situated, on the corner of Buitengracht and Strand Street, the bustling location of SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl inspires visitors to explore the hip surroundings and get to know the city. This new Cape Town hotel has 5 levels of basement parking for those travelling by car and planning to explore beyond the City Bowl. The hotel has 202 bedrooms made up of standard rooms with queen size beds, family rooms each with 2 double beds, 5 executive rooms, 2 suites and 2 wheelchair-accessible rooms.The stylish bar on the 18th floor is a welcome retreat for SunSquare guests looking to relax in style. The bar also offers access to the enclosed pool deck and opens onto an outdoor patio overlooking the picture perfect Cape Town harbour and Lions Head.The gym located on the top floor of the hotel will satisfy guests looking to keep fit or work up an appetite before venturing out into the surrounding foodie district. With panoramic views of Table Mountain, you can determine this wondrous mountain’s mood before stepping out of the hotel.

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.

Premier Hotel Knysna The Moorings: Set in the idyllic natural surroundings of the Western Cape, this new addition to the Premier Hotel & Resorts portfolio offers luxury accommodation with up-market furnishings and the lifestyle conveniences of a modern home. With air-conditioning, restaurant and sparkling swimming pool, the hotel is situated on the secluded banks of the Knysna Lagoon in the midst of enchanting woodland gardens. The area offers an abundance of outdoor leisure activities such as fishing, swimming, boating or bird watching while Knysna is only minutes away where guests can enjoy a wide variety of shopping malls, restaurants, pubs and historical attractions.

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,conference 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.

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.

Premier Sani Pass Hotel: At the foot of the Sani Pass, this warm resort hotel with a 9-hole golf course is 5.2 km from the Himeville Museum and 11.5 km from the Underberg Country Club. Classic rooms and thatched cottages have free WiFi, flat-screens, soaking tubs, and tea and coffee making equipment. Family rooms add sofabeds, and cottages feature private patios. Kids under age 6 stay free when sharing their parents' room. Breakfast and dinner are included. Morning and afternoon tea are served on a terrace, and there's a cigar lounge offering sushi, plus a poolside bar. There are 2 pools, tennis courts, a spa and a playground. 

Holiday Inn Express Umhlanga: Stay at the ocean-front Holiday Inn Express Durban-Umhlanga Ridge hotel, next to Umhlanga Beach and minutes from the Gateway Mall. The contemporary Holiday Inn Express Durban-Umhlanga Ridge's curving facade faces the Indian Ocean. This peaceful hotel is 10 km from Durban's vibrant city centre and rail station, and 13 km from King Shaka International Airport. The Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 400 metres away, has a Wave House surf centre as well as a range of high fashion stores. Glitzy stage shows take place at the Sibaya Casino, 15 km away. Head for a dip in the sunny outdoor pool, centred by a calming water feature. The maritime theme continues in the Great Room, with its ornate sea shell decor, where a complimentary breakfast buffet is prepared each morning.

Elephant Inn: Located on the shores of the St Lucia Estuary in the town of St Lucia, this hotel has a three star grading and boasts 56 upmarket, en-suite, air-conditioned rooms, all sharing a westerly view across the St Lucia Estuary. All rooms are equipped with DSTV, tea/coffee making facilities, wall safes; hair dryer and full range of bathroom amenities. The Hotel has two levels. The ground level has 25 rooms, all with a private patio leading out to a sparkling pool, an upmarket restaurant, leading out to the pool patio, the Hotel lounge and Reception area. The Upper level has 31 rooms, all with private balcony, a spacious lounge bar that lead out the Hotel’s Estuary Viewing Deck, which forms part of the restaurant and a very popular venue for guests to enjoy some excellent lunches, dinners or a refreshing sundowner. Free WIFI in public areas.

Lugogo Sun: The Lugogo Sun hotel is one of the hotels that make up the Royal Swazi Spa Valley resort. The hotel’s location takes full advantage of the tranquillity of the surrounding Ezulwini Valley, allowing guests to feel completely relaxed, surrounded by nature, mountains and a host of activities and facilities. The hotel overlooks a sub-tropical garden and 72-par golf course landscape.

Umbhaba Lodge: Set on a hillside overlooking the Sabie Valley, this relaxed all-suite lodge is 5 km from Perry's Bridge Reptile Park and 17 km from Kruger National Park. Decorated in African color schemes, the casual suites feature free Wi-Fi, sitting areas, en suite bathrooms and private patios. Upgraded quarters add fireplaces and separate lounges. Freebies include breakfast and parking. Other amenities consist of an outdoor pool, tropical gardens, and an open-air wedding chapel.

Garden Court OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg: The Garden Court OR Tambo International Airport hotel offers an ideal combination of affordability, comfort and service, near Johannesburg’s main airport. For guests just stopping over, travelling on business or starting an amazing holiday in South Africa, the hotel offers an excellent location and superb amenities. Guest accommodations feature well-appointed en-suite rooms, equipped with air conditioning, complimentary WI-FI access and more. A porter service, complimentary airport shuttle service and wake-up call facility, are also available. The buffet restaurant serves a choice of full or continental breakfast, as well as a delicious dinner buffet, while Rosie O'Gradys Pub is an ideal venue for sundowners.

Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Victoria Falls: Cresta Sprayview Hotel is situated just 1.4 km from the Victoria Falls Rain Forest entrance. It is the perfect gateway for adventure seekers exploring the resort town of Victoria Falls and its surrounds. In months when the Falls are in full flood, the spray from this majestic wonder of nature rises like a column of smoke, locally referred to as "Mosi-oa-Tunya", the "Smoke that Thunders" and can be seen from the Hotel, hence the name "Sprayview" from which the Hotel derives its name.Accommodation is ideally situated, within walking distance of the town of Victoria Falls, with its accompanying restaurants and curio markets a short 10-minute walk to the falls themselves. Set on eight acres of manicured grounds, Accommodation offers a tranquil oasis from which to enjoy all Victoria Falls has to offer. Alfresco dining and the large swimming pool make Accommodation a relaxing retreat. All the modern amenities such as satellite television, room service, conference facilities, a business centre and Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas are available.

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 17 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
  • 18 x breakfasts, 2 x lunch and 15 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)  or QBE. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medical condition or wish to extend your travel dates. Refer to the CHI or QBE  PDS for more information on policy terms and conditions.

Tour Exclusions:

  • International flights including the flight from South Africa to Zimbabwe—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 1 December 2017 and are subject to change until paid in full. Deposit and final payments are not refundable. Please see our Terms & Conditions on our website for more information.

 

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