South African Tour from the Cape to Kruger - Cosmos

South Africa from the Cape to Kruger (3800)

14 Day Tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg

2018 Tour Details

Enthralling game drives, stunning scenery, and fun experiences…this South Africa tour has it all!

Have your camera ready for opportunities to see wildlife in their natural environment. Riding in open-air, safari vehicles, enjoy game drives in Kruger National Park, one of the world's largest game reserves and home to impala, giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, and more. During your game drive in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Africa's oldest wildlife reserve, watch for the "Big 5"—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo—as well as giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest. Enjoy cruises on the shimmering waters of Knysna Lagoon, home to bird and marine wildlife, and on Lake St. Lucia and estuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with hippo, Nile crocodile, and many birds. At Stony Point Nature Reserve, observe the endangered African penguins engage in their daily activities.

In addition to wildlife, you’ll also experience spectacular scenery on this tour through South Africa. Drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the world’s most scenic drives skirting the rocky coastline, and the scenic Panorama Route, with its dramatic landscapes tracing the course of the mighty Blyde River. Visit Tsitsikamma National Park, tucked between the mountains and the ocean, for a walk through its coastal forest. Marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites at the Cango Caves. Witness rugged rocks, sheer cliffs, crashing waves, and panoramic ocean views at Cape Point, Africa’s southwesternmost point.

All of this and more—including opportunities to learn about local cultures—await you on this South Africa tour for savvy, value-minded travelers.
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

In Cape Town, Stony Point Nature Reserve, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Umglanga, Kruger Area, and Pretoria.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:

Cape Point, Stony Point Nature Reserve, Knysna Lagoon, Tsitsikamma National Park, Lake St. Lucia, Kruger National Park, and the Panoramic Route.

Notes:

Check with your physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to South Africa.

All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.

We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough while driving on/off game park trails.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • iSimangaliso Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring. Open-air safari vehicle in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and Kruger National Park.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Welcome to South Africa! Check in to your hotel and prepare for a fascinating journey.

Day 2 CAPE TOWN

This morning, a WALKING TOUR introduces you to Cape Town’s famous and historic landmarks. Stroll along Government Avenue to see St. George’s Cathedral, Parliament, and much more. Next, you’ll enter The Company’s Garden, a beautiful oasis in the city, en route to Green Market Square, which at different times has been a fruit and vegetable market and even a slave market. Next, visit Table Mountain for a CABLE-CAR RIDE to the top (weather permitting) for stunning views of the city and its surroundings. In the afternoon, take a scenic drive south through the fishing village of Hout Bay before ascending Chapman’s Peak Drive, which skirts the rocky coastline and is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Continue on to CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE for stops at the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, the southwesternmost point on the African continent. Here, take a FUNICULAR RIDE to the steps of the old lighthouse for spectacular panoramic views. Return to Cape Town and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

NOTE:
Each year, generally in early August, the Table Mountain cableway closes for yearly maintenance. During this time, we will visit Signal Hill for views over the city.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 CAPE TOWN

Enjoy a full day at leisure for your own discoveries. Perhaps explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, take an excursion to the stunning Cape winelands for wine tasting, or cruise to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Your Tour Director has suggestions to help you make the most of your day.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 CAPE TOWN–STONY POINT NATURE RESERVE–HERMANUS–MOSSEL BAY

This morning, depart Cape Town and drive to STONY POINT NATURE RESERVE to see a COLONY OF ENDANGERED AFRICAN PENGUINS. Known for the unique sound they make, these penguins grow to an average height of two feet and live in burrows and rock crevices along the beach. Stop in Hermanus for independent exploration before reaching Mossel Bay for the evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 MOSSEL BAY–OUDTSHOORN–GEORGE

Drive north to Oudtshoorn and stop for a visit of the CANGO CAVES to see the stunning limestone rock formations. You will also visit a local OSTRICH FARM. Continue on to George.

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Day 6 GEORGE. KNYSNA EXCURSION

Today, take a relaxing CRUISE on Knysna Lagoon to see a variety of bird and marine life. You will have some time to explore the Knysna waterfront before returning to your hotel.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 GEORGE–TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK–DURBAN–UMHLANGA

This morning, visit nearby TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK and walk through the spectacular coastal forest. Continue on to Port Elizabeth, where you will board your flight to Durban. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in nearby Umhlanga for the evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 UMHLANGA–SHAKALAND–HLUHLUWE

Today, visit SHAKALAND, a replica of a traditional Zulu homestead and living monument to their culture. Here, learn more about Zulu history and see how they hand craft ceramics and brew beer. This afternoon, drive to Hluhluwe.

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Day 9 HLUHLUWE

This morning, take a GAME DRIVE in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed wildlife reserve in all of Africa. The park is home to the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. You also have the chance to see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, and much more! After time to rest, embark on an AFTERNOON BOAT RIDE on Lake St. Lucia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the cruise, you are likely to spot hippo, Nile crocodile, and a variety of bird life.

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Day 10 HLUHLUWE–SWAZILAND

Today, drive to Swaziland. En route, stop at a LOCAL MARKET and visit a GLASS FACTORY where glass blowers use recycled glass to create stemware, animals, and more.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 SWAZILAND–KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA

Depart Swaziland and head north for the Kruger area. After lunch, explore world-renowned Kruger National Park on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE with an experienced guide. Be sure to watch for kudu, impala, giraffe, cheetah, spotted hyena, and more. As darkness descends, your guide will bring out a spotlight to help you spot nocturnal animals. Return to your lodge for dinner.

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Day 12 KRUGER AREA

Rise between 5 am and 5:30 am for coffee and tea before your EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE. If the timing is right, you might spot some of the big cats after a night of hunting. The rest of the day is at your leisure for independent activities. Perhaps book a spa treatment, relax at the pool, or go on one last game drive.

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Day 13 KRUGER AREA–MPUMALANGA

Today, drive along the PANORAMIC ROUTE known for its dramatic landscapes. Along the way, drive through Blyde River Canyon and stop to see GOD’S WINDOW, the THREE RONDAVELS, and BOURKE’S LUCK POTHOLES with its stunning rock formations carved by the Blyde River.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 MPUMALANGA–PRETORIA–JOHANNESBURG–DEPARTURE

Drive to Pretoria to see the Voortrekker Monument and Union Buildings. Continue on to Johannesburg, where your tour ends at the airport. Book homebound flights after 4 pm.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

CAPE TOWN Inn on the Square (MF)
MOSSEL BAY Protea Hotel Mossel Bay (F)
GEORGE Protea Hotel King George (F)
UMHLANGA Gateway Hotel Umhlanga (F)
HLUHLUWE Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris (F)
SWAZILAND Lugogo Sun (F)
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA Protea Kruger Gate (F)
MPUMALANGA Protea Hotel Waterval Boven Malaga (F)
KEMPTON PARK Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
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