Ultimate South Africa Whale-Watching Special Departure

From £3,704.05
Duration 18 Days
Departures from Sep 2020 - Sep 2020
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From £3,704.05
Duration 18 Days
Departures from Sep 2020 - Sep 2020
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 fly to Durban and 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 Heathrow with British Airways or South African Airways
  • 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 Tour Manager
  • Overseas transfers, intertnal 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
  • 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 African stars

Itinerary

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 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.  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 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.​ We will also visit Table Mountain, and if the weather is favourable, you'll have chance to go on the cable car. 

Day 4 Cape Town - at Leisure

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 Cape Town - Western Cape Wineland

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 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 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 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 Lodge are ideally situated and built on wooden decks and enjoy a breathtaking 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. Returning later this afternoon 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 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 Kruger - UK

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

Day 18 UK

​You'll arrive in the UK today.​

Additional Information

​Add-on

Victoria Falls 4 nights from £

Visit the awesome Victoria Falls where you'll enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, and a guided tour of the Victoria Falls. Includes 4 nights with breakfast at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort.


 


Accommodation

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.

Stellenbosch Lodge

Situated on the outskirts of the charming town of Stellenbosch, this South African hotel embodies the splendid heritage of the Cape. The rugged mountain amphitheater and vineyards create a stunning and dramatic setting for the hotel, the Winelands’ best kept secret. Built in true Cape Vernacular style, the hotel is contemporary and welcoming.

Windsor Hotel

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.

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. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.