A World in One Country in 14 days - Escorted Tour


13 nights

£2110

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A World in One Country in 14 days - Escorted Tour

A World in One Country is an exceptional, wandering journey through South Africa.
From city life to adventure, wildlife to culture, breath-taking scenery, to sun-soaked coasts,


13 nights

from £2110

Description

Make your way through Johannesburg, Mpumalanga, Swaziland, Zululand, Durban(Umhlanga), Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Franschhoek and Cape Town on this 14 days escorted tour.

Highlights
  • Visit the largest and most populous city in South Africa and explore Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”.
  • Drive along the spectacular “Panorama Route”, offering views of amazing scenery and enjoy the thrilling open vehicle safari through Kruger National Park.
  • Travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture.
  • Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas and journey past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields.
  • Explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitskamma Forest and enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve.
  • Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the “ostrich capital” and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry.
  • Join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (own account) or simply explore the city and enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, offering some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world.
  • Opportunity to discover more of the Cape Winelands with an optional overnight stay in the picturesque village of Franschhoek on Day 11 (supplement to the tour price).
Additional Information

Minimum 2 guests / Maximum 18 guests.

Tour Includes:
13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, accommodation, porterage, transportation, sightseeing as specified.

Departure Dates in 2023:
Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26.
Mar 5, 12, 19,26.
Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
May 7, 14, 21, 28.
Jun 4, 11, 18, 25.
Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27.
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25.
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Nov 6, 13, 20, 27.
Dec 4, 11.

Please note:-
Pre-bookable optional overnight stay at Franschhoek on day 11 (supplement to the tour price) from £125 per person.
Only one suitcase and one overnight bag per person is allowed.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
This tour travels through Eswatini (Swaziland) and certain nationalities may require visas to visit.

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Feb 2024
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Johannesburg

On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. It is also the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. The remainder of the day is at leisure & unescorted. Why not enjoy an optional sightseeing tour of Soweto (own account) or simply relax at your hotel. At 19h00 we will meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers

At the Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers, you’ll experience the serenity and safety of Johannesburg’s leafy northern suburbs, while tapping into the city’s finest live-work-play-eat-shop centers of Illovo, Rosebank, Sandton and Melrose. Whether you are travelling for business, leisure or sports, the freshly remodeled hotel meets all the requirements of the upmarket, yet laid-back contemporary lifestyle. Set in the illustrious grounds of the famous Wanderers Club in Illovo, this is the premier destination for a wide range of corporate, sporting and private events. The modern accommodation range from King Guest Rooms to Junior Suites, and a Presidential Suite for executive travelers. Take advantage of the special feature available exclusively to the guests and enjoy full membership of the iconic Wanderers Club for the duration of your stay. The hotel offers you a calm center where locals and travelers come together to enjoy the best of easy, healthy living.

Meals Included: Room Only

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg, often referred to as Joburg or Jozi, is the largest city in South Africa and one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world. Located in the Gauteng province, it is the economic and cultural hub of South Africa, attracting millions of visitors every year. Johannesburg has a rich history and is a melting pot of cultures, making it a truly unique and exciting destination to visit.

The city is known for its thriving arts and cultural scene, with a variety of galleries, museums, and theaters showcasing the best of South African art and culture. Joburg is also home to a number of historical landmarks, including the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Visitors can learn about the city's past, including the struggle for freedom and equality, and see the progress that has been made over the past few decades.

Johannesburg is also a hub for commerce and finance, with a thriving business community and a bustling stock exchange. Visitors can explore the city's modern side by visiting the impressive Sandton City shopping center, or taking a tour of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

For nature lovers, Johannesburg offers a range of outdoor activities and attractions. The city is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including the famous Magaliesberg Mountains, the scenic Johannesburg Botanical Garden, and the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. Visitors can also take a hot air balloon ride over the city, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Food lovers will be in their element in Johannesburg, with a range of international cuisines available in the city's many restaurants and cafes. From traditional South African dishes to Italian, Indian, and Thai cuisine, there is something for everyone in Joburg. Visitors can also sample local wines and craft beers at one of the city's many bars and pubs.

Johannesburg is a city that never stops, with a vibrant nightlife scene and a range of clubs, bars, and live music venues. Visitors can experience the city's electrifying energy by visiting one of the many jazz clubs, or hitting the dance floor at one of the city's many club nights.

Overall, Johannesburg is a city that offers something for everyone, from its rich cultural heritage to its modern attractions and vibrant energy. Whether you're looking to explore the city's history, enjoy the great outdoors, or simply relax and unwind, Johannesburg is the perfect destination for your next South African adventure.

There are no other SA pockets that have clung to the rewards of democracy quite as tightly as these. They sprung into their new way of life with more pizzazz than their surrounding regions. As a result, holidays to Johannesburg and Pretoria will offer a profound spiritual experience to those open to it. A scarred past has left the business and administrative capitals with a buzzing atmosphere and depth that only a full recovery can bring. Gauteng is a lush urban city that takes its beauty from its rank as the world's largest man made forest. Pretoria is the sibling with the more sedate nature.  Unlike Gauteng's bravado-filled youthfulness, Tshwane is understated, hushed and retrospective.

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History can be a dull companion for vacationers, particularly since the typical traveller is seeking to cram his Johannesburg and Pretoria holiday with sparkling nightlife, shopping extravaganzas and cultural merrymaking. Moments of silent reflection at Gauteng's Apartheid Museum will deepen the experiences of the region's more light hearted moments. The triumphs and tears of apartheid are presented so poignantly that you will leave with an authentic sense of the original struggle. On entrance, you will be presented with a card designating you with a random race. You are then guided through caged pathways which separate mother from son and father from daughter to represent the separation of families that happened during the era. Thereafter, you will be guided by original televised propaganda, celebrations of the struggle's heroes and country's recovery lifecycle. The museum claims to take two hours to cover, but it is likely to swallow you for an entire day.

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Soweto was the core around which much of South Africa's heroic activism and hidden wars took place. Nonetheless, those who visit it will only discover the township's grimmest tales by actively seeking them out. Those willing to enter Soweto's present will find it to be a gleeful cultural melting pot stuffed full of fascinating superstition, communal strength and musical energy. No holiday to Johannesburg and Pretoria should omit a visit to a sangoma. These mystical experiences come replete with bone tossing predictions, ancestral communications and trance states. Sangomas are the root of much of South Africa's culture. The rest can be found in its local music, which is easily sourced on any square foot of the townships. The local youths carry kwaito everywhere they go, but Soweto's true musical genius lies in its jazz. Watch the greats at Jazz Maniacs, which built the foundation for SA's renowned iconic movement in the Fifites.

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The big five are best viewed in their natural habitats around Gauteng's exterior, but a Johannesburg hotel in Benoni offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with birds of prey. The National Bird of Prey Center is a refuge for various rehabilitated feathered species. This well hidden gem is managed by a team that is dedicated to the health and happiness of its wildlife and visitors alike. As such, lucky tourists are able to handle and fly raptors, fish eagles and owls. The resident cheetah is likely to be met in the hotel restaurant during mealtimes, but interaction is only allowed by booking one on one time with this magnificent specimen.

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Pretoria Art Museum delivers a bird's eye view of South Africa's master painters and sculptors from the 17th century, although it has added a dash of contemporary work to its walls in recent years. The exhibition space now has a heist in its history: In November 2012 armed robbers fled the building armed with millions of rand's worth of artworks. The paintings were eventually recovered in perfect condition at a local cemetery. The museum is colossal, taking up a full city block. An altogether tinier but more cutting edge gallery in Rosebank boasts some of the country's finest contemporary talent: The Everard Read Gallery's walls represent the present-day art movement from an African perspective. Johannesburg Art Gallery provides the missing pieces of SA cultural heritage by presenting collections from the 18th and 19th century.

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Summer is the time to hit the suburbs in search of the true South African urban experience. Gauteng and Pretoria are awash with subcultures, ranging from the wealthy Sandton classes, the eclectic Melville crowd and Pretoria's mature, stately communities. Rivonia is studded with upmarket restaurants with award winning wine lists. Parkhurst and Parkview's eateries are frequented by a muddled variety of artistic youths, as well as the occasional poetry readings and art exhibitions. Pretoria may be introspective during the day, but at night, SA's most beautiful people come out to play. Hatfield evenings pulsate with students cruising for the most lively clubs, bars and parties. Tshwane and Melville are the suburbs to explore in search of local brands of rock and pop. World class shopping for international haute couture and the country's most celebrated local labels is best done at Sandton City. The attached Nelson Mandela Square is home to the premium hotels in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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Spring is the premier wildlife viewing season because it gives you a chance to participate in the origins of life: September is the month to spot the big five in infancy. Many species give birth during spring, and The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is an ideal place to participate in the season's celebrations. The Cradle of Humankind is home to over 30 species, including three of the big five. It is also a premier location for those seeking a hotel in Johannesburg and Pretoria with natural vistas.

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Winter's grim skies and shivering iciness set the scene for Pretoria's Mystery Ghost Bus Tour. Spot spectres at Erasmus Castle and bother poltergeists at Mea Vota. Church Street Cemetery will introduce you to the spirits of the dead and Fountains Valley will lead you to the murderous Panga man's roaming grounds.

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Autumn evenings are moderate enough for evening trips out, and the region's theatre scene comes alive with fresh offerings. Pretoria's State Theater is the country's pride and joy, staging premier ballets, operas and musical favorites throughout the year. It offers you the opportunity to don that cocktail dress or black tie whilst attending blockbuster shows with an international flavor. Alternatively, enjoy Soweto's more refined but earthy offerings. The Soweto Theater complex delivers an infinite line up of local acting talent, playwriting skill and musicianship whilst simultaneously confronting South Africa's most pressing issues. Those seeking some serious giggles will find them at Pieter Toerien's theatre in Fourways. 

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Johannesburg - Long Tom Pass - Kruger Natioanl Park

Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to the Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, we travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, we travel via Sabie and arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park.

Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

Looking for Hazyview hotels? Embracing the ever-green Lowveld flora is Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel. Set among indigenous gardens the Hotel is designed to bring a sense of being outdoors while settling into the comforts of modern day luxury. Located at the Perry’s Bridge Trading Post, guests have access to a unique shopping experience, offering something for young and old with everything from spa treatments to children’s activities at their fingertips.

Meals Included: Breakfast