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Ultimate South Africa

17 Days from £3,349

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

Departure from: Oct 2018 - Nov 2019

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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
CLASSIC TOURING
ALL BREAKFASTS

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
  • Knysna Lagoon cruise
  • 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, we'll head to the Knysna Lagoon for a lunch cruise aboard a paddle steamer. Guarded by two huge cliffs known as The Heads, the beautiful lagoon is home to an array of different bird species, including the African oystercatcher.

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. Your lodge-style accommodation for the next two nights is located close to the park, on the banks of the Sabie River.​

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. 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 14 Kruger

​As we head to our next lodge in Kruger we'll take in the sights on a game drive, which also includes a breakfast picnic. This afternoon is yours to do as you please. You could relax and enjoy the facilities at the lodge, or head out on an optional game drive and continue your search for wildlife.

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 :

Queens Hotel
Queens Hotel, located in the heart of Oudtshoorn, is an oasis of colonial elegance. Hotel rooms feature air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and private facilities. The Colony at the Queens restaurant, located on-site, offer gourmet dining options with superb meals and an excellent wine menu.

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 - 13 :

Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate
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Day 14 - 15 :

Sabi River Sun Resort
Located in close proximity to the Kruger National Park, The Sabi River Sun is comfortable and homely, enhanced by spectacular views, a rich natural heritage, and abundant wildlife. Standard rooms have two double beds and an en-suite bathroom. Amenities in each of these rooms include air-conditioning, flat screen television, tea and coffee making facilities and free WiFi. Other amenities include 5 outdoor pools, a casual restaurant and a cocktail bar, as well as an 18-hole golf course and a spa offering massages for a fee.


Dates and Prices

 
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FRI 12 OCT 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,599

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 12 October 2018

Departs

21:40 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

10:10 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 27 October 2018

Departs

19:20 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

04:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

FRI 02 NOV 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,599

£3,399

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 02 November 2018

Departs

21:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:05 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 17 November 2018

Departs

20:15 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

05:25 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

FRI 23 NOV 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,599

£3,399

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 23 November 2018

Departs

21:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:05 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 08 December 2018

Departs

20:15 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

05:25 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

FRI 11 JAN 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,649

£3,449

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 11 January 2019

Departs

21:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

09:55 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 26 January 2019

Departs

20:25 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

05:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

FRI 25 JAN 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,649

£3,449

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 25 January 2019

Departs

21:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

09:55 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 09 February 2019

Departs

20:25 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

05:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

FRI 01 FEB 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,649

£3,449

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 01 February 2019

Departs

21:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:05 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 16 February 2019

Departs

20:15 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

05:25 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

FRI 01 MAR 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,649

£3,449

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 01 March 2019

Departs

21:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

09:55 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 16 March 2019

Departs

20:25 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

05:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

FRI 29 MAR 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,649

£3,449

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 29 March 2019

Departs

21:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:05 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 13 April 2019

Departs

20:25 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

05:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

FRI 10 MAY 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,549

£3,349

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 10 May 2019

Departs

21:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

09:55 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 25 May 2019

Departs

20:25 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

05:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

FRI 11 OCT 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,649

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 11 October 2019

Departs

21:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

09:55 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 26 October 2019

Departs

20:25 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

05:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

FRI 01 NOV 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,649

£3,449

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 01 November 2019

Departs

21:30 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

09:55 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 16 November 2019

Departs

20:25 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

05:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

FRI 05 OCT 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,599

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
British Airways

Friday 05 October 2018

Departs

21:40 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

10:10 Cape Town (Intl)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 20 October 2018

Departs

19:20 Johannesburg (O R Tambo)

Arrives

05:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

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 - Knysna Township Tour

FROM £41

Enjoy a half day tour of a township in the company of a local guide. The tour offers a wealth of insight into South Africa's history (educational, political, social, tribal and ethnic). You have a chance to talk to the people, gather information and experience it firsthand. See the culture, traditions, dress, religion, beliefs and history of many cultures, particularly the Xhosa culture. Here traditional healers, traders, markets, shebeens and the Church play an important role in the community. You will also have the opportunity to buy arts & crafts from the local people.

Half day excursion - Moderate Walking - Unique

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South Africa - Cape Town Township Tour

FROM £36

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 2018 - Nov 2019 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.”