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Scenic Kwazulu Natal & the Garden Route tour - 15 Days

See some of South Africa's most beautiful and historic sites on this unforgettable 15-day tour

Tour Prices

Standard
fr £2513pp

Valid between:

  • 01/05/2018 - 31/08/2018

Rates based on twinshare


Price includes

  • 14 nights Luxury accommodation
  • 14 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 10 Dinners
  • Transport by AC vehicle
  • English speaking THETA registered tour guide
  • Sightseeing as specified

Not included

  • Flight from DUR to CPT
  • International flights

International flights not included unless otherwise stated

This two-week tour takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery South Africa has to offer, from magnificent mountains to atmospheric caves, through lush vineyards, wetlands and savannahs. You'll hear thrilling stories of epic battles, get up close to wild animals in their natural habitat, enjoy wine tastings and gourmet meals and have plenty of time to relax on this memorable adventure.

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Durban to the Drakensberg

Your tour begins this morning as you depart Durban and travel inland to Pietermaritzburg, the administrative capital of the KwaZulu-Natal province. Here you'll enjoy a brief city tour, before continuing on to Howick, through the picturesque farmland and charming small towns of the Natal Midlands. After visiting the site where Nelson Mandela was captured on 5 August 1962 you'll continue on to your hotel and have some time to relax before dinner.

Accommodation: Standard Champagne Castle Hotel (Standard room)

Day 2: The Drakensberg

Today you'll explore the magnificent scenery of the Drakensberg, including the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptional natural beauty and the diversity of its wildlife. You'll head to the Giant's Castle mountain peak, then take a 45-minute walk to the main caves to see the impressive bushman artworks. Back at your hotel, you'll spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the tennis courts, animal farm, aviary, hiking trails, bowling green and swimming pool.

Accommodation: Standard Champagne Castle Hotel (Standard room)

Day 3: The Drakensberg to the Battlefields

After breakfast this morning you'll head to the summit of Spioenkop Mountain, where your guide will tell the story of the nine-day Anglo-Boer battle which took place here in January 1900. From here you'll continue to the town of Ladysmith, which became infamous when it was besieged for 118 days during the Anglo-Boer War. Here you'll visit the Siege Museum to learn more about this period before continuing to your hotel, where you'll enjoy dinner.

Accommodation: Standard Rorke’s Drift Hotel (Standard room)

Day 4: The Battlefields

Today you'll explore the most famous battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal. Your guide will tell the tale of the Anglo-Zulu battle of Isandlwana, where 20,000 Zulu warriors wiped out almost an entire British regiment, and you'll visit Rorke's Drift, where British soldiers, outnumbered 35 to one, fought off 4,000 Zulus for 12 hours. This battle led to the award of 11 Victoria Crosses – the highest number ever awarded to a regiment in a single action. From here you'll return to your hotel for dinner.

Accommodation: Standard Rorke’s Drift Hotel (Standard room)

Day 5: The Battlefields to Hluhluwe

After an early breakfast this morning you'll travel to Hluhluwe, where you'll enjoy lunch before an afternoon game drive, during which you can expect to see all the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros), as well as a huge range of birds. You'll return to your lodge for dinner.

Accommodation: Standard Falaza Game Lodge & Spa (Tented suite)

Day 6: Hluhluwe

You'll start today with an early-morning game drive to see the animals at their liveliest, before returning to the lodge for breakfast. You'll then have time at leisure to enjoy the lodge's facilities, including the spa, before ending the day with another open-vehicle game drive or a leisurely sundowner cruise on the St Lucia wetlands – a World Heritage Site where you may spot crocodiles and hippos.

Accommodation: Standard Falaza Game Lodge & Spa (Tented suite)

Day 7: Hluhluwe to Cape Town

You'll enjoy a final game drive before breakfast this morning, then travel back to Durban for your flight to Cape Town, where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel, with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Standard Southern Sun Waterfront

Day 8: Cape Town to Swellendam

You'll depart Cape Town after breakfast this morning, travelling through the Hottentots-Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry's Pass, enjoying the spectacularly beautiful landscapes along the way. Your first stop is at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards, near Hermanus, for a tour and tasting. If you're visiting between June and December, you'll also stop in Hermanus to watch the whales from the cliff path, and perhaps take a whale-watching boat trip. If you're travelling outside whale season, you have the option of an eco-marine boat trip. After lunch you'll continue to Swellendam, the third-oldest settlement in South Africa, where you'll enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation: Standard Schoone Oordt Country House (Luxury room)

Day 9: Swellendam to Plettenberg

After a leisurely breakfast this morning you'll depart Swellendam and enjoy your scenic journey along the Garden Route via Mossel Bay. You'll stop at the millionaires' playground of Plettenberg Bay for lunch and a stroll along the white sandy beaches, before checking into your accommodation in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Standard Hog Hollow Country Lodge (Standard room)

Day 10: Plettenberg

After breakfast, you'll have the chance for some unforgettable encounters at the local Elephant Sanctuary, where you'll be able to touch, feed and photograph the elephants. After lunch, you'll head to the stunning Tsitsikamma National Park, where you'll stroll along the suspension bridge across the Storms River to enjoy the incredible views. Afterwards you'll have time at leisure to explore the town of Plettenberg Bay, before returning to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Standard Hog Hollow Country Lodge (Standard room)

Day 11: Plettenberg to Oudtshoorn

This morning you'll depart from Plettenberg Bay and head to the attractive town of Knysna, situated on the side of a lagoon. From here you'll take a ferry around the lagoon before enjoying a delicious lunch. You'll then continue on to Oudtshoorn, where you'll visit an ostrich farm before checking into your accommodation, where you'll enjoy dinner.

Accommodation: Standard Rosenhof Country House

Day 12: Oudtshoorn to Cape Town

This morning you'll visit the awe-inspiring Cango Caves, one of the natural wonders of the world, before travelling along the famous Route 62 to Cape Town. Along the way you can relax and enjoy the spectacularly colourful, and ever-changing, views of mountains, rivers, vineyards and orchards. You'll stop for lunch before continuing to Cape Town, where you'll check into your hotel and enjoy a relaxed evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Standard Southern Sun Waterfront

Day 13: Cape Town

Today you'll enjoy a full-day Cape Point and Peninsula tour. You'll travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a picturesque coastal village with magnificent mountain views, where you can take an optional boat trip to Seal Island. From here you'll continue via Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. After lunch at a local restaurant, you'll continue to the historic village of Simon's Town, which boasts charming Victorian architecture and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Finally you'll visit the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation: Standard Southern Sun Waterfront

Day 14: Cape Town

You'll spend today exploring the Cape Winelands, travelling through magnificent mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads to Stellenbosch for your first wine tasting of the day. Next you'll travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, known as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, for another wine tasting and lunch at one of the town's many award-winning restaurants. Time permitting, you'll enjoy a final wine-tasting at a Paarl-region estate before heading back to Cape Town.

Accommodation: Standard Southern Sun Waterfront

Day 15: Depart Cape Town

You'll be collected from your hotel after breakfast this morning for a tour of this vibrant city. Weather permitting, you'll begin at Table Mountain, before heading back into the city itself to visit the Company Gardens, the SA Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant flea market at Greenmarket Square. Finally your tour comes to an end as you're dropped off at Cape Town International Airport for your onward journey.

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