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Ultimate South Africa Whale-Watching Special Departure with Victoria falls Add-on

From £5,798.00
Duration 23 Days
Departures from: Sept 2025 - Sept 2025
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From £5,798.00
Duration 23 Days
Departures from: Sept 2025 - Sept 2025
Tour Overview

Discover the very best of South Africa on this all-encompassing tour. Beginning in Cape Town, take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy a tour of the Cape Peninsula which includes a visit to Cape Point and Boulders Beach. Next, you'll head to Stellenbosch in the Western Cape winelands, before heading to Hermanus for an incredible whale-watching experience. Continuing to Knysna, a town at the heart of the famous Garden Route. From Port Elizabeth we'll go on to discover the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields on a tour. Kruger National Park is our next destination, where we'll head out in search of the Big Five, before a drive along the scenic Panorama Route.  Complete this incredible adventure with a visit the awesome Victoria Falls where you'll enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, a guided tour of the Victoria Falls and a fabulous Boma Dinner & Drum show.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from London
  • 20 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 30 meals: 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Holiday Director in South Africa
  • Services of a local representative in Victoria Falls
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation and porterage 

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
  • Whale-watching in Hermanus
  • The Cango Caves and an Safari 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 in a Boma under the South African stars
  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise on The River Song
  • Morning guided tour of the Falls [Zimbabwe side] 
  • Dinner & Drum Show at The Boma in Zimbabwe

                          Itinerary

                          Day 1 UK - Cape Town

                          Today you will fly to Cape Town.

                          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 including Table Mountain - on some days the top of the mountain is shrouded by clouds, a natural phenomenon known as the tablecloth - a beautiful sight. And if the weather is favourable, you'll have a chance to go up on the cable car. Join your fellow guests for a welcome drink this evening.

                          Day 3 Cape Peninsula

                          There’s a great day ahead as we set off to explore the Cape Peninsula to take in some absolutely breath-taking views including the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range and a drive along one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world, Chapman’s Peak (weather permitting), we’ll explore Cape Point, stop at Boulders Beach, famous for its penguin colony, and travel into Simon’s Town before completing our travels with a visit to the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

                          Meals included: B

                          Day 4 Cape Town - at Leisure

                          The choice is yours today, you can explore independently, or perhaps come on an optional excursion to Langa, Cape Town’s oldest township. En route, you’ll visit Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter and drive through District Six.

                          Meals included: B

                          Day 5 Cape Town - Western Cape Winelands

                          Today we're going to discover the winelands of the Western Cape. A scenic drive takes us through lush farmland and vineyards, where our first stop will be in the town of Franschhoek. Here we will enjoy a tasting at a winery nestled against the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains. Next, we'll visit the Spice Route Destination in Paarl, where you will discover an array of artisans selling everything from chocolate and wine to cured meats and homeware. Finally we'll tour the charming, historic town of Stellenbosch. 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.

                          Meals included: B

                          Day 6 Stellenbosch - Hermanus

                          Hermanus, your destination today is known as one of the best places for land based whale watching in the world. At this time of year, southern right whales stay in the bay close to the shore and can be seen from the network of cliff paths. For the chance to witness these mesmerising creatures in their own habitat, we'll head out on a whale-watching cruise if weather conditions allow. This afternoon is free for you to explore the town at your own pace and we have arranged an overnight stay here.

                          Meals included: B

                          Day 7 Hermanus - 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.

                          Meals included: B

                          Day 8 Oudtshoorn - Knysna

                          Oudtshoorn is the 'ostrich capital of the world', and home to the world's largest population of these unique flightless birds. Before we make 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.

                          Meals included: B

                          Day 9 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. After a leisurely start 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.

                          Meals included: B,L

                          Day 10 Knysna - Port Elizabeth

                          Your journey to Port Elizabeth, or Gqeberha as it is now known, 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. Later, we will take in some highlights of Gqeberha en-route to our hotel for this evening.

                          Meals included: B,D

                          Day 11 Port Elizabeth - Battlefields

                          On arrival in Johannesburg 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.

                          Meals included: B,D

                          Day 12 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.

                          Meals included: B,L,D

                          Day 13 Greater Kruger

                          Your journey today takes you to the Mpumalanga Lowveld region of South Africa, 40 mins from the Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest game reserve. Your accommodation over the next few nights is spectacular and special. The luxury safari tents at Ndhula & Muluwa Lodge are ideally situated and built on wooden decks and enjoy a breath taking natural setting. An inviting open-air reception area adjoins a large, thatched-roof dining room where you can enjoy South African and international cuisine with beautiful views over the valley. Todays journey is long but packed full of rewards as you travel through a variety of landscapes and take in spectacular views.

                          Meals included: B,D

                          Day 14 Kruger National Park

                          Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. Today we'll take in the sights on a full-day game drive, which also includes a breakfast picnic. 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. We will return later this afternoon and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
                          Meals included: B,D

                          Day 15 Greater Kruger - at Leisure

                          You could relax and enjoy the facilities at the lodge, or head out on an optional game drive and continue your search for wildlife.

                          Meals included: B,D

                          Day 16 Greater 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, get to know one of South African's oldest traditions for dinner - the Boma. The lodge proudly features this amazing outdoor dinner facility in the traditional South African shape – round and protective like a traditional African village with a centralised fire place for ambiance and winter warmth and a chef's station that prepares those famous African barbecue meals. Meals included: B,D

                          Day 17 Kruger - Johannesburg

                          Transfer by road to Johannesburg. Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa. Overnight accommodation has been reserved for you on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and prepare for your journey to Victoria Falls.
                          Meals included: B

                          Day 18 Johannesburg - Victoria Falls

                          Transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. On arrival, we will transfer you to your hotel where three nights' accommodation has been reserved on a bed and breakfast basis. A sunset cruise on the Zambezi river, enjoying an abundance of delicious drinks and snacks while keeping an eye on the water for sightings of hippo, elephant and crocodiles, is the perfect way to end today.

                          Meals included: B

                          Day 19 Victoria Falls

                          On today's guided tour you will see Victoria Falls, from the Zimbabwean side, and will be able to marvel at the might and magnificence of 'The Smoke that Thunders'. Tonight's event is a Dinner & Drum Show at the Boma. A “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, with traditional African food, drumming and dancing.

                          Meals included: B,D

                          Day 20 Victoria Falls

                          Today is at leisure, so why not relax by the pool, soak up the sunshine and enjoy these beautiful surroundings. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional excursion and experience even more of what Victoria Falls has to offer.

                          Meals included: B

                          Day 21 Victoria Falls - Johannesburg

                          We will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Johannesburg, and your overnight accommodation.

                          Meals included: B

                          Day 22 Johannesburg - UK

                          Today you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK

                          Meals included: B

                          Days 23 - 22 UK

                          You'll arrive in the UK today

                          Accommodation (as specified or similar)

                          City Lodge Hotel Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

                          Situated at the entrance of this iconic mixed-use precinct, the 207-room City Lodge Hotel Victoria and Alfred Waterfront allows guests easy access to this great Cape Town attraction.

                          A nautical theme runs through the property in keeping with its seaside location.

                          The hotel features the #Café restaurant serving Full English and Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; sundowner bar and spa pool with views; uncapped WiFi, and fitness room.

                          Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch

                          Ideally situated and brimming with amenities, Protea Hotel Stellenbosch is an ideal destination just a short distance from attractions including Stellenbosch University and Stellenbosch Town Centre, as well as Blaauwklippen vineyard. Intuitively appointed accommodations feature deluxe bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi, room service and other thoughtful perks. Enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast or relax over dinner and drinks at Die Wingerd Restaurant.

                          Windsor Hotel

                          The Windsor Hotel and Self-Catering Apartments, a 120km drive from Cape Town, is renowned for its unparalleled vantage point to view the whales which breed and feed in Walker Bay from July – November. Independently owned, Hermanus’s oldest hotel has been modernised while retaining the charm and hospitality so cherished by our guests, who return time and again for their homely seaside holiday experience.

                          Protea Hotel by Marriott Oudtshoorn Riempie Estate

                          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.

                          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.

                          Garden Court Kings Beach

                          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. The white sands of Kings Beach, sweeping views of Algoa Bay, and the famed Hobie Beach, are just some of the reasons guests return again and again to our Port Elizabeth hotel. Garden Court Kings Beach offers a choice of 280 tastefully appointed en-suite rooms, and great amenities including a fitness centre, conferencing facilities and the popular Mike’s Kitchen.

                          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.

                          Ndhula Lodge

                          Ideally situated in the Mpumalanga Lowveld region of South Africa, the Ndhula Lodge is giving incredible views over the mountains, the bushveld and the surrounding valleys. This stunning view, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, as well as a wonderful array of “plains” game species that graze close by give this place a “Serengeti” type ambience. The name “Ndhula” is the short and modified form of Indlulamithi, which means “Giraffe” in the local Zulu language. When the founder of the Lodge first visited this property, a bunch of Giraffes crossed their way. That was the sign to name the Lodge after this graceful animal.

                          Peermont Metcourt Emperors Palace

                          The 3-star Hotel Peermont Metcourt at Emperors Palace Contemporary convenience at its best. uHotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe and a TV.

                          Pioneers Lodge

                          Pioneers Lodge is situated 5.2 km from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. This 4-star hotel is only
                          Situated in a peaceful residential suburb 2.5 km from the magical Victoria Falls, this lodge is in an ideal location. This fifty-room lodge is an excellent option for those who value comfort and elegance. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated in a classic style, and each has a clear and open view of the garden. Hotel facilities include air-conditioned rooms with WiFi, a private bathroom and a patio with a garden view.

                          Peermont Metcourt Emperors Palace

                          The 3-star Hotel Peermont Metcourt at Emperors Palace Contemporary convenience at its best. uHotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe and a TV.

                          Optional Excursions

                          Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

                          South Africa - Cape Town Township Tour

                          South Africa - Cape Town Township Tour

                          Join us for a unique experience travelling 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 township of Langa (the oldest formal township). 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).

                          Half day – Moderate Walking – Cultural Must Do

                          *Please note: customers are encouraged to pre-book as these prices may increase in resort and will also be subject to availability. For any bookings made in resort, payment will need to be made in South African Rand.
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                          Kruger National Park Full day game drive

                          Kruger National Park Full day game drive

                          Spend a day with a qualified guide in the African bush learning about the diverse African wilderness and in search of the wildlife including the “Big Five”. Experience a breath-taking experience in the wonderful Kruger National Park. Your game drive starts early in the morning as you make your way to one of the camps in Kruger while enjoying the diversity of wildlife the Kruger has on offer. You travel in open safari vehicles. Your guides are fully qualified and their knowledge will enhance the experience! Lunchtime gives you the chance to stretch your legs and enjoy the splendour of this magnificent place! After lunch (at own expense), make your way back to the hotel whilst still enjoying all that Kruger has to offer. Breakfast boxes will be provided for you to eat enroute. Price includes transfers from/to the Kruger and park conservation fees. Full day – Minimal walking – An opportunity not to be missed!

                          Please note: this excursion cannot be combined with the Jane Goodall Institute Chimp Eden
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