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A World In One Country


A glorious 14-day southern African experience where you'll see and savor the immense richness of the country. From the wild of Kruger National Park to the cosmopolitan sophistication of Cape Town, you'll come to understand why South Africa is dubbed A World in One Country. 

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural, Wildlife

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Johannesburg
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Johannesburg
Touch down at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the magnificent suburban shopping malls or take an optional Soweto Tour (own account). In the evening you will begin your escorted tour.

Starting Accommodation: Protea Hotel Wanderers

Day 3 – Pretoria and Mpumalanga
This morning you will leave Johannesburg’s distinctive skyline and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld.

We travel via the historic towns of Witbank, Dullstroom and Lydenburg, passing over the famous Long Tom Pass onto the small town of Sabie. This afternoon explore the living history in the form of Pilgrim’s Rest, the old mining village where gold was first discovered.

Starting Accommodation: Misty Mountain (B, D)

Day 4 – Panorama Route
After a sumptuous early morning breakfast, we journey up the awe inspiring Panorama Route with its forested mountains and fertile plains. After viewing the Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window, arrive back in Hazyview in the early afternoon.

Free time this afternoon allows for a lazy afternoon relaxing around the pool or an exciting afternoon game experience in the Kruger National Park (own account). 

Starting Accommodation: Perry's Bridge Hollow Hazyview Boutique Hotel (B)

Day 5 – Big Five Game Viewing
Set off before breakfast in an open safari vehicle in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species. Savor the magic of this enormous wilderness. You will return to your accommodation at lunch time and can enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Starting Accommodation: Perry's Bridge Hollow Hazyview Boutique Hotel (B)

Day 6 – The Kingdom of Swaziland
Enjoy an enchanting drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Witness a Swazi cultural experience before visiting the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory to see master craftsmen fashion collectable figures and functional art out of molten glass. We continue through the capital city, Mbabane, known for its vibrant markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Spend the night in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.

Starting Accommodation: Lugogo Sun (B, L, D)

Day 7 – The Kingdom of the Zulu's
Visit the Swazi Candle Factory, teeming with exquisite wax artworks in every shape and color imaginable. Then on into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. Arrive mid-afternoon at the town of St Lucia, a World Heritage Site and home to hippo, crocodile and no less than 367 bird species.

Choose to end your day with an exciting afternoon open safari vehicle game drive into Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park on your own account.

Starting Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi River (B)

Day 8 – Durban
This morning enjoy a cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coastline en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields do their own version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind. Check into your hotel just before lunch (own account). The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, or you may opt take an optional afternoon Durban City Tour (own account).

Starting Accommodation: Protea Hotel Edward (B)

Day 9 – Port Elizabeth and Knysna
Morning at leisure until your collection and transfer to the airport for your mid morning flight to Port Elizabeth (cost of flight not included). There you’ll be met by a new guide who will, upon arrival, take you through the glorious, indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest, before reaching Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route.

Starting Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate (B, D)

Day 10 – Knysna
Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond. After lunch, the remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy this lovely and special town.

Starting Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate (B, L)

Day 11 – Oudtshoorn
This morning we enjoy the wonderful views of the spectacular Outeniqua Pass en route to Oudtshoorn, the ‘feather capital of the world’, so named because it’s the center of South Africa’s ostrich industry. After lunch, which features Ostrich Steak on the menu, we learn more about these hardy, enigmatic creatures during a tour of an ostrich farm. We then head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders.

Starting Accommodation: Queens Hotel (B, L)

Day 12 – Cape Town
This is a day of magnificent vistas. Enjoy the ever-changing passing canvas as we travel to Cape Town. During the whale season we will travel via the seaside village of Hermanus in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the southern right whales, which frolic offshore (July to November only). Out of season we will return to Cape Town along ‘Route 62’, South Africa’s version of America’s ‘Route 66’.

Starting Accommodation: Protea Hotel President (B)

Day 13 – Cape Peninsula
A full day touring of the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula via the Atlantic seaboard. We stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you can opt to take a cruise (own account) to Seal Island to watch the antics of these natural performers. Then we continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, before stopping off to see the lovable penguins at Boulders Beach. We drive through the quaint naval village of Simon’s Town on our way back to Cape Town.

Starting Accommodation: Protea Hotel President (B, D)

Day 14 – Cape Winelands
Journey into the beautiful and tranquil Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellenbosch before stopping for wine tasting at two well known estates. A visit to the Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument provides a historical perspective.

Starting Accommodation: Protea Hotel President (B)

Day 15 – Fly Cape Town to USA
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flights back to the USA. (B)

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Hotels

City
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
JohannesburgProtea Hotel Wanderers
MpumalangaPerry's Bridge Hollow Hazyview Boutique Hotel
SwazilandLugogo Sun
St. LuciaProtea Hotel Umfolozi River
DurbanProtea Hotel Edward
KnysnaKnysna Hollow Country Estate
OudtshoornQueens Hotel
Cape TownProtea Hotel President


Pricing

Please note all prices listed below are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

 
Standard
Superior
Deluxe
Luxury
Twin Share
9/1/201712/31/2017$3,320
Single Traveler
9/1/201712/31/2017$4,125


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: wwww.swaindestinations.com/terms