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Ultimate South Africa Whale-Watching Special Departure

From £4,499.00
Duration 18 Days
Departures from: Sep 2024 - Sep 2025
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From £4,499.00
Duration 18 Days
Departures from: Sep 2024 - Sep 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 completes this incredible adventure.
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from London
  • 15 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 24 meals: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Holiday Director
  • 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
  • The Cango Caves and an Safari Ostrich Farm
  • Whale-watching experience in Hermanus
  • Drive along the Garden Route
  • 4 hour Featherbed eco experience
  • 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
  • Gorge Lift and forest walk
  • A 'braai' dinner in a Boma under the African stars


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. We'll head along Chapman's Peak, one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world, reaching reaching Cape Point 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 - 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, whose residents were forcibly removed during the era of apartheid.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 10 Knysna - 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 11 Port Elizabeth - Battlefields

Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and we'll discover its highlights before our flight today. 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 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.

Day 13 Kruger National Park

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 accomodation 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.

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.

Day 15 Kruger National Park - 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. With a range of morning or full day game drives on offer, there's plenty of choice. Why not head out in the morning and then spend the afternoon by the pool. We also offer an optional visit to Chimp Eden, a chimpanzee sanctuary which is home to chimps that have been misplaced from their natural habitats in Africa.

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.

Day 17 Johannesburg - UK

Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Day 18 UK

You'll arrive in the UK today.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Premier Hotel Cape Town

Cape Manor Hotel is situated a few minutes away from the Sea Point promenade and Atlantic Ocean. Many major attractions, including the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain are within easy reach of the hotel. Hotel's rooms feature wooden furniture, modern bathrooms, coffee maker and satellite TV. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and a cocktail bar.

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.

Premier Resort The Moorings

Premier Resort The Moorings (Knysna) can be found on the banks of the Knysna lagoon, offering private access to the lagoon for hotel guests as well as boat launch and docking facilities at the hotel. The area is serene in its secluded Knysna Heads setting, with spectacular views of indigenous forest and less than 3km from the town’s centre

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.

Garden Court Sandton City

The stylish 4-star Garden Court Sandton City Hotel is located in the heart of Johannesburg. Bedrooms include private facilities, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities 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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Nelspruit The Jane Goodall Institute: Chimp Eden

Nelspruit The Jane Goodall Institute: Chimp Eden

The goal of the chimpanzee sanctuary is to rescue chimpanzees that have survived the bush meat trade, been orphaned, traded in the illegal pet market, or rescued from being traumatised for entertainment in circuses, beach resorts and night clubs.The chimpanzees at Chimp Eden are the lucky ones, living out their lives in a risk free environment and being provided with the necessary attention to recover from the trauma they have experienced. The chimpanzees spend their days in semi-wild enclosures, and show normal social interaction and behavioural patterns as group members. There are currently three different chimp groups and enclosures at the South African sanctuary. There are viewpoints overlooking the forest and “foraging areas’ from which visitors and volunteers can observe and study the chimpanzees. Minimal walking – An opportunity not to be missed!

Please note: This is a morning excursion and cannot be combined with the full day game drive or the morning game drive.
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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
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-tak...

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Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. 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. Accommodation, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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