CAPE TOWN
Caption: CAPE TOWN
Caption: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Caption: TABLE MOUNTAIN
Caption: AFRICAN HANDICRAFTS

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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: SOUTH AFRICA Cape to Kruger
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
Flight information: We will depart from London Heathrow for an overnight flight to arrive into Johannesburg International Airport [JNB] on Day 1 and depart from Cape Town International Airport [CPT] on Day 10.
Pickup location: Johannesburg International Airport [JNB]

Overview

Choose your own departure date for your group.

Join us as we encounter some of South Africa's greatest places to explore -from the Kruger Park and spotting the 'Big Five' in a private game reserve to the buzz of the city of Cape Town, with its vineyards, diversity and splendid coastal scenery.

You will discover the best of South Africa on this fully escorted tour, introducing you to many well-known attractions and destinations. We start in the traditional city of Johannesburg, where we have a chance to reflect on South Africa's political history before heading along the Panorama Route to the Kruger National Park and spotting some iconic African wildlife for ourselves. Our final nights in South Africa are spent in cosmopolitan Cape Town, sampling locally grown wines and exploring the dramatic  coastline. 

Itinerary

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Welcome to South Africa
DAY 2 - Soweto
DAY 3 - Panorama Route to Hazyview, Mpumalanga
DAY 4 - Kruger National Park
DAY 5 - Moditlo Private Game Reserve
DAY 6 - Hoedspruit to Cape Town
DAY 7 - Cape Town City Tour
DAY 8 - The Cape Peninsula
DAY 9 - Cape Winelands
DAY 10 - Farewell to South Africa and Home
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DAY 1 - Welcome to South Africa

On arrival in Johannesburg we will be met by our local representative and escorted to the shuttle that will take you to the hotel. On arrival there will be welcome drinks at reception. Here you will have the opportunity to meet your Big Journey Company Tour Director and discuss the upcoming tour with them.

DAY 2 - Soweto

After breakfast in the hotel we travel together to Soweto for a thought-provoking day. Soweto is a sprawling cluster of townships on the south-western flank of Johannesburg. We visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Orlando West, built in memory of the people who died on the June 16 Soweto Youth Uprising. We will also stop at the Mandela House Museum, Nelson Mandela's former home in Orlando West. The museum contains an assortment of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family and honorary doctorates bestowed on Nelson Mandela. You can also see the mansion belonging to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in an affluent part of Orlando West. Archbishop Desmond Tutu's house and the Sisulu residences are in the same neighbourhood.
After a stop for lunch we proceed to the Apartheid Museum. Here we will embark on a tour with a local guide on hand to assist with insight and information relating to the exhibits. Illustrating the rise and fall of apartheid, the exhibits have been assembled and organised by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. We will then return to the hotel for the evening.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

DAY 3 - Panorama Route to Hazyview, Mpumalanga

After breakfast today we depart Johannesburg and travel via the magnificent Panorama Route to Hazyview, Mpumalanga. From many well-positioned vantage points along the road, one has a view of the 33km long gorge, which starts at Bourke's Luck Potholes and ends at the Three Rondavels. We will make several stops along the way to make the most of the scenery.

Late afternoon we will arrive at our hotel. Dinner will be enjoyed together at the hotel this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

DAY 4 - Kruger National Park

After breakfast and check-out formalities, we will be transferred to our lodges via a drive through the Kruger National Park. Enter the world-renowned reserve at Phabeni Gate, working our way in a northerly direction through the park, searching out the wildlife, birds and smaller creatures who call this 2 million hectare conservation area home.

In the mid-afternoon, we exit the Kruger National Park via Orpen Gate and continue the 1hr drive to the lodge located in a private reserve. Settle into your rooms and freshen up before heading out on an open vehicle sunset drive through the reserve. Dinner is served on our return.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

DAY 5 - Moditlo Private Game Reserve

Today we will enjoy the scheduled game viewing activities at Moditlo Private Game Reserve. There will be plenty of opportunity for relaxation in between game viewing, for those who want to enjoy all the facilities the lodge has to offer.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

DAY 6 - Hoedspruit to Cape Town

After Breakfast we transfer to Hoedspruit airport for direct flights to Cape town.
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, we will be met and transferred to our hotel where the remainder of your day will be at leisure. We will enjoy dinner together this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

DAY 7 - Cape Town City Tour

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a Cape Town City Tour. Cape Town is rich in historical and cultural heritage and natural beauty. Some of the highlights on this tour will be the Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope and the lively Greenmarket Square – where you can purchase arts and crafts from all over Africa. We also take a trip through the colourful Bo Kaap area, known as the home of the “Cape Malays”. Enjoy a cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting) for panoramic views of this beautiful city.
We will return to the hotel to freshen up before transferring to a local restaurant for dinner

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 

DAY 8 - The Cape Peninsula

Today, we head out on a full day excursion to the magnificent scenery and wildlife of the Cape Peninsula. We travel over the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. You can have your photos taken at the most south western tip of the African continent and enjoy an invigorating walk, or leisurely funicular trip, up to the Cape Point lighthouses to admire the dramatic cliffs and amazing views.
Lunch will be enjoyed at a popular restaurant along the False Bay coastline. Other interesting stops will include the Naval village of Simon's Town and Boulders Beach - to see one of South Africa's two land-based African Penguin colonies. The last stop of the day is at the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens before returning to our hotel for the evening.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

DAY 9 - Cape Winelands

Today we will experience a full day Wine Tour in the Cape Winelands including a visit to the charming town of Oaks, Stellenbosch. After some wine tastings and an introduction to the South African winemaking tradition, we’ll continue to the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, Franschhoek. After another round of wine tasting and lunch at one of the beautiful wine estates, there will be time to take a stroll in this beautiful and cosy little town. The whole day is dedicated to showing you our favourite secret spots and wine cellars – a day to tantalize your taste buds in some of South Africa’s most beautiful landscapes!

Return to the hotel for evening at leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

DAY 10 - Farewell to South Africa and Home

After breakfast at the hotel we will be transferred to the airport for flights home.

Included meals: Breakfast 

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More information

What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • Return international flights to arrive into Johannesburg Airport [JNB] on Day 1 and departing from Capetown Airport [CPT] on Day10 . We are also able to arrange your departure flights to depart from regional UK airport. Supplements will apply - please ask for a quote at the time of booking.
  • Includes domestic flights as detailed in the itenerary.
  • Transfers to/from the airport/hotel on arrival & departure.
  • 4* graded high quality accommodation
  • Meals as detailed on the itinerary
  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Open vehicle game drives
  • All excursions as detailed on the itinerary

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities 
  • All entrance fees to non-stipulated attractions
  • Visas, travel and medical insurance
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above
  • Any meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Any optional activities offered
  • Mobile phone charges & excess in case the phone gets lost, stolen or damaged
  • Transfers on arrival or departure, to/from the airport(s), outside of the tour dates.

Important information

  • You will need to leave your home airport the day before the tour starts to arrive into Johannesburg International Airport [JNB] on Day 1. Return flights home will be from Cape Town Airport [CPT] arriving back in the UK one day after the tour ends.
  • If you would like to arrive one day prior to the journey beginning, we can arrange an extra night’s accommodation for you. Please get in touch if you wish to discuss this.
  • Mpumalanga is located within malaria risk areas. We advise that guests contact their local physicians prior to travelling to establish which precautionary medicines are required. Please also consult your doctor for advice on other vaccinations and innoculations before travel.
  • Some visitors to South Africa may need a visa - please check entry requirements before you depart.
  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Journey Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.

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