Safari Odyssey

A 14 day group tour taking in some of the highlights of South Africa. Enjoy game drives through the Kruger National Park, tour the Paradise Country, and travelling along the Panorama Route marvel at the most spectacular scenery. Dip into Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, to learn about local culture, take a morning cruise on Lake St Lucia  and visit an ostrich farm and limestone caves in Oudtshoorn, before finishing with a few days in Cape Town.

15 days/14 nights | Prices from £2,949 per person

Including return international flights with British Airways, internal flights, private transfers, the services of English-speaking representatives, guides and drivers, accommodation on a mixed board basis.

Highlight of the trip

Game drive through Kruger National Park in search of the Big Five as well as cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and zebras and if you’re lucky, the elusive African wild cat and the Caracal, a type of lynx with distinctive black-tufted ears.

Route

 

  • Johannesburg for 1 night
  • Mpumalanga for 3 nights
  • Eswatini (Swaziland) for 1 night
  • Zululand for 1 night
  • Durban (Umhlanga) for 1 night
  • Knysna for 2 nights
  • Oudtshoorn for 1 night
  • Cape Town for 3 nights

 

 

Day 1 – Flying from the UK to Johannesburg

Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Johannesburg

Day 2 – Arrival into Johannesburg

Be met by your English-speaking guide at O.R Tambo International airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Stay at Protea Hotel Wanderers, or similar, for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis.

Day 3 – Johannesburg to Mpumalanga

After breakfast set off for Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital, for a short tour before continuing to the Mpumalanga province, known as Paradise Country. Along the route drop down into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld passing the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg and traversing the famous mountain pass, Long Tom Pass. Arrive late afternoon in Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park. Stay at Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel, or similar, for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

 Day 4 – Mpumalanga

Wake early, breakfast and set off along the spectacular Panorama Route. Its stunning scenery includes the 26km long Blyde River Canyon, home to a trio of peaks known as the Three Rondavels. Continue along past the rock features Bourke’s Luck Potholes and on to God’s Window, where on a clear day there are breathtaking views to be had of the Kruger National Park in the distance from the edge of the escarpment. Return to Hazyview late afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5 – Mpumalanga

Leave early morning for a thrilling safari through the Kruger National Park in search of the abundant wildlife, travelling in open safari vehicles with an English-speaking game ranger. Kruger is one of the world’s greatest national parks and is home to all of Africa’s iconic species with the Big Five – lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and rhinos, as well as cheetahs, giraffes, hippos and zebras. Return to your hotel and enjoy a relaxing afternoon or choose a further, optional* game drive late afternoon.

Day 6 – Mpumalanga to Eswatini, formerly Swaziland

This morning journey to Eswatini (Swaziland), an independent kingdom within the borders of South Africa and renowned for its scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. Meet the locals and learn about their cultural traditions. Then journey on via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for dinner at your hotel. Stay at Royal Swazi Spa, or similar, for 1 night on a full board basis.

Day 7 – Eswatini to Zululand

After breakfast continue south before re-entering South Africa and into Zululand. There is an option* to enjoy an afternoon safari in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, renowned for its conservation work with black and white rhino. Stay at Anew Hotel Hluhluwe, or similar, for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis.

Day 8 – Zululand to Umhlanga, Durban

Join a morning cruise on Lake St Lucia, weather permitting, before departing for Durban. Journey past sugar cane field, eucalyptus plantations and traditional Zulu homesteads, arriving early afternoon with the remainder of the day at leisure and a chance to enjoy the golden beaches on the Indian Ocean. Stay at Protea Hotel Umhlanga, or similar, for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis.

Day 9 – Umhlanga, Durban to Knysna

Catch the morning flight from Durban airport to Port Elizabeth where you will be met by our English-speaking representative for onward travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park to explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest and Storms River Mouth. Continue to your hotel in Knysna, a small seaside town nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Stay at Rex Hotel, or similar, for 2 nights on a half board basis.

Day 10 – Knysna

After a leisurely breakfast head out on a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, with a ride to the top of the Western Head to marvel at the panoramic views of the town and lagoon before returning to the hotel for lunch. The afternoon can be spent at leisure or further, independent, exploration of this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon.

Day 11 – Knysna to Oudtshoorn

Today pass through the Outeniqa Pass on your journey to Oudtshoorn, the centre of the world’s ostrich farming industry. A visit to an ostrich farm for a guided tour and a light lunch before continuing to one of the world’s great natural wonders, the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Arrive at the hotel late afternoon and the rest of the day at leisure. Stay at Hlangana Lodge, or similar, for 1 night with breakfast & lunch included.

Day 12 – Oudtshoorn to Cape Town

There is an option* to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari before breakfast. Afterwards travel on to Barrydale and a visit to a local farm school, spending time in the classroom with the children and teachers before travelling on to Montagu, an historic, picturesque spa town. From here continue to Cape Town, with the choice of an optional* tour and stay in Franschhoek before re-joining the group the following day in Cape Town. Stay at President Hotel, or similar, for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

Day 13 – Cape Town

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cape Town and explore independently. Cape Town boasts several museums, a stunning botanical garden, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Robben Island – where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, not to mention the mighty Table Mountain. There are also some excellent cafés, bars and restaurants and colourful craft markets, alternatively spend the day on one of the pristine beaches. In the evening enjoy entertainment and delicious food at a local restaurant.

Day 14 – Cape Town

A full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay and on to Cape Point. Return to Cape Town by way of Simon’s Town where you can visit the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach (entrance fee), along with the coastal town of Fish Hoek and Muizenberg, a seaside town popular with surfers.

Day 15 – Return to the UK

After breakfast, get transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

 

  • Porterage and tips are paid locally
  • We recommend travelling light with no more than one piece of hold luggage and a day bag
  • The small group tour departs weekly each Sunday
  • Guaranteed departure from minimum 2 guests to maximum 25
  • Single travellers – please call us for prices if you wish to book a single room or twin for sole use

We Recommend 

Optional excursion

Day 4 – Kruger National Park

  • Late afternoon game drive

Day 4 – Zululand

  • Afternoon game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Day 11 – Oudtshoorn

  • Meerkat Safari
  • Franschhoek optional stay

Tour Extensions

Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

Beach Extensions

Add a beach stay to your tour and enjoy the white sand beaches of Mauritius.