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Ultimate South Africa

17 Days from £3,499

Discover the very best of South Africa on this all-encompassing tour.

Departure from: Oct 2019 - Nov 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways or South African Airways
  • 14 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 23 meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
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Included holiday highlights

  • Cape Town tour and Table Mountain
  • Cape Peninsula, Cape Point, Boulders Beach and Botanical Gardens 
  • Winelands cellar tour and tasting
  • The Drostdy Museum in Swellendam
  • The Cango Caves and an ostrich farm
  • Drive along the Garden Route
  • Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park 
  • Discover charming Port Elizabeth
  • The Zulu battlefields
  • Game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Drive along the scenic Panorama Route
  • Graskop Gorge Lift and forest walk
  • A 'braai' dinner under the stars

 

                            Your Itinerary

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                            Day 1 UK/Cape Town

                            Depart on your scheduled overnight flight to Cape Town today.

                            Day 2 Cape Town

                            On arrival in Cape Town, we'll transfer you to your hotel, with your sightseeing starting en route. Located on the shores of the Atlantic, with Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town occupies a spectacular setting and you'll take in fabulous views as we approach it. You'll see many of the city's highlights, and if weather conditions are favourable, there's the chance to take the cable car up Table Mountain. On some days the top of the mountain is shrouded by clouds, a natural phenomenon known as the tablecloth. It's a beautiful sight, but it if means we can't make the trip to the summit today, we'll make every effort to return at another time. 

                            Day 3 Cape Peninsula

                            There's a great day ahead as we set off to explore the Cape Peninsula. We'll head along Chapman's Peak, one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world, reaching Cape Nature Reserve and Cape Point. Our return journey is made via Boulders Beach, where we'll see its famous penguin colony. We continue through Simon's Town, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg, and make a final stop at the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.​

                            Day 4 Cape Town

                            The choice is yours today, you can explore independently, or perhaps come on an optional excursion to Khayelitsha, Cape Town's largest black township. En route you'll visit Bo-Kapp Malay Quarter and drive through District Six, whose residents were forcibly removed during the era of apartheid.

                            Day 5 Stellenbosch

                            We're going to Stellenbosch today, in the heart of the Western Cape winelands. A scenic drive takes us through lush farm land and vineyards, and when we arrive we'll take a tour of this charming historic town. We'll wander along Dorp Street admiring fine examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture, and take in fantastic views of the mountains and surrounding countryside. Later, a cellar visit with a wine-tasting rounds off the day a treat.​

                            Day 6 Oudtshoorn

                            Your next base is Oudtshoorn, and during our drive here we'll stop at Swellendam, one of the oldest towns in South Africa. A tour will introduce its stunning architecture and you'll also have time to visit its fascinating museum. Back on the road, take in lovely views of ravines, gorges, cliffs and lush vegetation as we journey through the Huisrivier pass, set between two valleys.​

                            Day 7 Knysna

                            Oudtshoorn is the 'ostrich capital of the world', and home to the world's largest population of these unique flightless birds. On our way to Knysna, our base for two nights, we'll visit the Safari Ostrich Farm to see some of these fascinating creatures up close. You're also going to see the Cango Caves today. Located in a limestone ridge alongside the stunning Swatberg Mountains, this magnificent system of underground caverns is more than 20 million years old.

                            Day 8 Knysna

                            The quaint town of Knysna lies at the heart of the Garden Route and is surrounded by ancient forests. It's a delightful place with plenty of craft shops, boutiques and cafés and after a leisurely start today, Today we will visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve with a cruise across Knysna Lagoon, a walk through the forest, past the ancient sea caves, and a buffet lunch at the lagoon edge restaurant.​

                            Day 9 Port Elizabeth

                            Your journey to Port Elizabeth via Plettenberg Bay includes a stop at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park.​ Here you can walk across the 77-metre-long suspension bridge which hovers above the tumultuous water flowing into the Indian Ocean.

                            Day 10 Battlefields

                            Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and we'll discover its highlights before we fly to Durban. On arrival you'll discover a very different territory to that previously experienced, as we head into the heart of the Zulu kingdom, the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields. The area is our base for two nights.​

                            Day 11 Battlefields

                            On today's guided tour you'll retrace history as you stand at the very spot where the 1879 Battle of Isandlwana and subsequent conflict at Rorke's Drift took place.​ A Local Guide will bring to life the events of the day when 20,000 Zulu warriors, armed with traditional weapons, confronted the firepower of the British army.

                            Day 12 Kruger

                            Your journey today to Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest game reserve, is long but packed full of rewards as you travel through a variety of landscapes and take in spectacular views.

                            Day 13 Kruger

                            Kruger is home to the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino, so you're sure to want to head into the park today and notch up some thrilling wildlife spots. We'll take in the sights on a game drive, which also includes a breakfast picnic​.

                            Day 14 Kruger

                            You could relax and enjoy the facilities at the lodge, or head out on an optional game drive and continue your search for wildlife.There's plenty of choice, with a range of optional game drives. You'll travel in an open safari vehicle with an expert guide who will talk to other drivers and track down the best wildlife sightings - it's a wonderful way to experience the African wilderness. You can choose from a morning or afternoon safari, then spend the rest of the day lounging by the pool. With so much to see in the park, you might choose a full day of exploration.​

                            Day 15 Kruger & Panorama Route

                            Start your day with a drive along the breathtaking Panorama Route, which winds its way through some of South Africa's most beautiful scenery. The rainforest at God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels, are some of the highlights. We're also going to take an unforgettable journey on the Graskop Gorge Lift, which travels 51 metres down the face of the gorge and into the forest below. Here, a trail of wooden walkways and suspension bridges carves its way through the forest and interactive exhibits tell us more about the flora and fauna.
                            Tonight, if the weather is on our side, you'll experience a braai, a traditional barbecue under the stars.

                            Day 16 Kruger/UK

                            Today we will transfer you to Johannesburg for your early-evening flight to the UK.

                            Day 17 UK

                            ​You'll arrive in the UK today.​


                            Accommodation

                            Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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                            Day 2 - 4 :

                            ONOMO Hotel Cape Town - Inn on the Square
                            Overlooking Green Market Square in Cape Town, Inn on the Square Cape Town is a contemporary hotel in one of Cape Town’s oldest buildings. Inn on the Square Cape Town’s in-house restaurant, DISH, offers quality South African cuisine. Here they offer a selection of local and imported wines that can be enjoyed either in the restaurant, Cobble & Stone Pub or on the terrace. All rooms include air-conditioning, hairdryers, Wi-Fi and tea/coffee-making facilities.

                            Day 5 :

                            Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch
                            Located in-between two international golf courses with the best of the Winelands. The hotels facilities include a restaurant, bar, heated pool, lounge and health centre. Private room facilities are included.

                            Day 6 :

                            Protea Hotel by Marriott Oudtshoorn
                            Standard rooms come with free WiFi, satellite TV, and tea and coffee making facilities. All have en suite bathrooms. Amenities include a restaurant and cocktail bar, a garden with an outdoor pool.

                            Day 7 - 8 :

                            Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays
                            The 4-star Protea Hotel Knysna Quays is set on the Knysna Quays waterfront, within easy reach of the city's main attractions.

                            Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, lounge and outdoor pool (typically open May-Sept). Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer, telephone, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and Wi-Fi.

                            Day 9 :

                            The Paxton Hotel
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                            Day 10 - 11 :

                            Battlefields Country Lodge
                            The 3-star Battlefields Country Lodge is situated in the heart of the well known historic Battlefields in KwaZulu Natal near Dundee.

                            Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a bar. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.

                            Day 12 - 15 :

                            Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate
                            Protea Hotel Kruger Gate is a lodge-style hotel in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, located 12 minutes walk away from the Paul Kruger Gate. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel amenities include outdoor pool with a bar and a spa.


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                            15 days

                            Saturday 12 October 2019

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                            Saturday 02 November 2019

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                            Saturday 10 October 2020

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                            FRI 11 OCT 19

                            London (Heathrow)

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                            £3,699

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                            Friday 11 October 2019

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                            21:40 London (Heathrow)

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                            10:10 Cape Town (Intl)

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                            Saturday 26 October 2019

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                            19:20 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

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                            04:30 London (Heathrow)

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                            FRI 01 NOV 19

                            London (Heathrow)

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                            £3,649

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                            Friday 01 November 2019

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                            21:30 London (Heathrow)

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                            11:05 Cape Town (Intl)

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                            Saturday 16 November 2019

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                            20:15 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

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                            05:25 London (Heathrow)

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                            FRI 24 JAN 20

                            London (Heathrow)

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                            Friday 24 January 2020

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                            21:30 London (Heathrow)

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                            11:05 Cape Town (Intl)

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                            Saturday 08 February 2020

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                            20:15 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

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                            05:25 London (Heathrow)

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                            FRI 28 FEB 20

                            London (Heathrow)

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                            Friday 28 February 2020

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                            21:30 London (Heathrow)

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                            11:05 Cape Town (Intl)

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                            Saturday 14 March 2020

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                            20:25 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

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                            05:30 London (Heathrow)

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                            FRI 13 MAR 20

                            London (Heathrow)

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                            Friday 13 March 2020

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                            21:30 London (Heathrow)

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                            11:05 Cape Town (Intl)

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                            Saturday 28 March 2020

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                            20:25 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

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                            05:30 London (Heathrow)

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                            FRI 09 OCT 20

                            London (Heathrow)

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                            Friday 09 October 2020

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                            21:30 London (Heathrow)

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                            11:05 Cape Town (Intl)

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                            British Airways - BA

                            Saturday 24 October 2020

                            Departs

                            20:25 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

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                            05:30 London (Heathrow)

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                            FRI 13 NOV 20

                            London (Heathrow)

                            £3,649

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                            Friday 13 November 2020

                            Departs

                            21:30 London (Heathrow)

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                            11:05 Cape Town (Intl)

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                            British Airways

                            Inbound
                            British Airways - BA

                            Saturday 28 November 2020

                            Departs

                            20:25 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

                            Arrives

                            05:30 London (Heathrow)

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                            British Airways

                            Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

                            Optional Excursions

                            Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

                            By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

                            Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

                            South Africa - Cape Town Township Tour

                            FROM £39

                            Join us for a unique experience traveling through the three South Africa’s – The birth, where it all started, Apartheid South Africa, what happened then – the New South Africa, what is different since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The tour affords the opportunity to interact, mingle and exchange cultural values with the local community. You will be welcomed in the traditional African manner in the townships of Langa (the oldest formal township) & Khayalitsha (the largest informal settlement). The tour includes visits to the Malay Quarter [also known as the Bo-Kaap] which means "Above Cape" because of its location up against the slopes of Table Mountain, an Empowerment centre, where locals are taught basic life skills (weaving / arts & crafts etc), followed by a drive through the middle-class Khayalitsha, to share some of the achievements, such as new housing developments, shopping malls, hospitals, swimming pool & magistrate’s court, under the leadership of Nelson Mandela.

                            Half day – Moderate Walking – Cultural Must Do

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                            Add-on

                            Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

                            Ultimate South Africa with Victoria Falls Add-on

                            Extend your holiday to 21 days from £1,299

                            Oct 2019 - Nov 2019 Departures

                            ​Visit the awesome Victoria Falls where you'll enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River and a guided tour of the Victoria Falls. 

                            Your add-on includes

                            • Overseas transfers and other transportation
                            • 4 nights' accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis, 1 night in Johannesburg, and 3 nights at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort.
                            • Services of a local representative​

                            Your hotel - You will stay in the Avani Victoria Falls Resort, the falls are a short walk away, and hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants and a garden. Guest rooms are air conditioned, and feature TV, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and free wi-fi. 

                            Day 17 Livingstone

                            Transfer to the airport for your flight to Livingstone, Zambia. On arrival, transfer to your hotel where three nights' accommodation has been reserved on a bed and breakfast basis.

                            Day 18 Livingstone

                            To ensure that you experience the most that Zambia has to offer, we have included a guided tour of Victoria Falls from the Zambian side where you will be able to marvel at the mighty magnificence of the falls. Then this afternoon we include a tranquil cruise along the Zambezi River.

                            Day 19 Livingstone

                            The Avani Victoria Falls Resort is situated on the banks of the Zambezi with direct views towards the Victoria Falls. Today is at leisure, so why not relax by the pool and soak up the sunshine and enjoy these beautiful surroundings. Alternatively, you may wish to join one of the optional excursions that are available so that you can experience more of what Zambia has to offer.

                            Day 20 Livingstone/UK

                            Transfer to Livingstone airport for your flight back to Johannesburg to connect with your onward flight to the UK.

                            Day 21 UK

                            Arrival back to the UK

                            Ultimate South Africa with Victoria Falls Add-on

                            Extend your holiday to 21 days from £1,299

                            Jan 2020 - Nov 2020 Departures

                            Extend your holiday with one night in Johannesburg before flying to Livingstone in Zambia, where you’ll stay for three nights. Take a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, with the chance of seeing elephants and giraffes, and enjoy a guided tour of the famous Victoria Falls. Many optional activities are available including a full-day safari in Chobe National Park, Botswana. You will be accompanied by a Tour Manager on this add-on.

                            Local Knowledge

                            We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

                            Local Knowledge

                            “I recommend an evening walk in historic Stellenbosch. There are plenty of great bars and restaurants to choose from.”