There are some outstanding specials on two of our small, scheduled departure trips to South Africa. This affordable holiday is ideal for the first timer to South Africa, solo travellers and budget conscious travellers. Find out more today.
IDEAL FOR: First timers, solo travellers, small group tour travellers
second person travels for just 50% of tour cost for specified dates below 2011.
Two great itineraries for you to consider.
1. WILDLIFE & WARRIORS
- Wildlife – Big Five at Kruger National Park & Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve safari
- Panorama Route
- Swaziland & Zululand
- Warriors – Swazi & Zulu culture
- Small organised tour, set departure dates
- Great special – second person travels for just 50%
- UNESCO World Heritage Site – iSimangaliso Wetland Park
- Durban’s beaches and Indian market
- Small group (no more than 12) organised trip
- Departs from Johannesburg or Durban
- Includes National Park fees
A fascinating tour encompassing the best that South Africa has to offer in the way of scenery, wildlife and culture between Johannesburg and Durban.
Travel along the awe-inspiring Panorama Route and the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, search for the Big Five in the world renowned Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe Reserve, experience Swazi and authentic Zulu culture and enjoy a scenic trip up the Lebombo Mountains for sundowners! Enjoy all of this and superb cuisine, luxurious accommodation and true South African hospitality.
2011 Departure dates with special:
- 11 April
- 09 May
- 06 June
- 25 July
- 01 August
- 12 September
BOOK FOR 1 ADULT & RECEIVE 50% OFF THE TOUR PRICE OF THE SECOND ADULT SHARING
Day 1 – Monday (D)
Depart Johannesburg and travel to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun – Mpumalanga – via the magnificent Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33km long gorge, which starts at “Bourke’s Luck Potholes” and ends at the “Three Rondavels”. Time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window and the Mac Mac Falls. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. Check in and freshen up before dinner. Overnight Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar.
Day 2 – Tuesday (BD)
Early this morning you will depart on an open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. At nearly 2 million hectares, the reserve is the flagship of South African National Parks and is home to an impressive number of flora and fauna. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. You will have the option to return to the Kruger National Park to absorb the tranquil beauty of an evening safari (additional charge). Dinner and overnight Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar.
Day 3 – Wednesday (BL)
After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny mountainous kingdom is filled with bygone African traditions and culture and offers beautiful scenery and attractions such as game reserves and art & craft outlets to name a few. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. After spending some time at the Mbabane craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Overnight Royal Swazi Sun (standard room) or similar.
Day 4 – Thursday (BD)
Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the age-old technique “millefiore”. No two are the same and the range boasts an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu-Natal. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, in time to embark on an afternoon scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains, offering views over Lake Jozini. At the summit and as the setting sun transforms the sky into a tapestry of colours, stop for sundowners. The drive will be combined with a visit to a local and authentic Zulu homestead for a glimpse into Zulu life in today’s world. Return to the hotel for dinner on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the classically styled restaurant. Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar.
Day 5 – Friday (BD)
Today you will transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for a full day of game viewing. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve covers a combined area of 90 000ha and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. End the day with dinner at the hotel. Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar
Day 6 – Saturday (B)
Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu-Natal to St Lucia, located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site. Here you embark on an estuarine boat trip which provides an opportunity to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species, including the elusive African Kingfisher Eagle, in their natural habitat. Continue to Durban, where east meets west; a city beneath which beats the pulse of Africa. Arrive during the afternoon at your hotel which is located on the Gold Mile – Durban’s distinctive beach front. Overnight Southern Sun Elangeni (standard room) or similar
Day 7 – Sunday (B)
This morning you will embark on a brief Durban City Tour where you will discover the cultural and historical contrasts of the city. The tour ends with drop-off at Durban International Airport or your Durban based hotel.
Encompass Africa can organise all flights, transfers and accommodation. A great extension to this stay is time out in Cape Town.
2.GARDEN ROUTE SCENIC TOUR
- 4 nights, 5 days
- Small group no more than 12
- Overberg Winelands
- Quaint and charming towns
- Magnificent scenery
- Route 62
- Cango Caves
- Cosmopolitan Cape Town
- Encounters with elephants, ostriches
Embark on a 5 day escorted tour via the Overberg region and along one of the most beautiful stretches of South Africa’s coastline from Cape Town back to Cape Town. Stop in Hermanus which is world renowned as the best land-based whale watching spot along the South African shoreline. Enjoy a cruise on the tranquil Knysna Lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve – a World Heritage Site and interact with the gentle giants at Knysna Elephant Park. Visit the inspiring Tsitsikamma National Park and Oudtshoorn – home to a large ostrich farming industry and the Cango Caves. Accommodation is in 4 star luxury hotels.
Day 1 – Monday (D)
Morning departure from Cape Town over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass into a region of immense beauty. Stop at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards near Hermanus for a tour & tasting of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley terroir driven wines. During whale season (June to December), also stop in Hermanus which boasts the best land based whale watching along its cliff path. Here you would have the option of embarking on an eco-marine (all year round) and whale watching (seasonal) boat trip (additional charge). After lunch (to own account), continue to Swellendam – the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Dinner is enjoyed at the hotel restaurant. Overnight Klippe Rivier Country House (standard cottage) or similar
Day 2 – Tuesday (BLD)
After breakfast, depart Swellendam and travel to the lagoon-side town of Knysna – gem of the Garden Route. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knsysa Waterfront Complex before embarking on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve which is located on the western Knysna Head. The trip includes a ferry across the lagoon to the base of the western head, a drive to the top of the reserve and an optional 2.2 kilometre downhill nature trail walk. The tour ends with a delicious lunch served under the shade of the milkwood trees. On return to the mainland, continue your journey to Plettenberg Bay for the following two nights. Dinner is enjoyed at the lodge. Overnight Laird’s Lodge (standard room) or similar
Day 3 – Wednesday (BD)
After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Knysna Elephant Park. With the help of the resident African elephants and the well-informed guides, you will learn about the sad and mystical story of the Knysna Elephants. The visit presents you with the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph these gentle giants. After lunch (to own account), travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as the ‘garden of the Garden Route’, the Tsitsikamma actually deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. Spend some time at leisure in the town of Plettenberg Bay – ‘millionaires’ playground’ – before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight Laird’s Lodge (standard room) or similar
Day 4 – Thursday (BLD)
Morning departure from Plettenberg Bay. The tour winds its way through George and via the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich show farm for a guided tour and lunch. Continue to the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world and which has become a major draw-card to the Karoo area. Following this visit of discovery, check into your overnight accommodation. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Rosenhof Country House (standard room) or similar
Day 5 – Friday (B)
Depart Oudtshoorn this morning and travel along the famous Route 62 to Cape Town. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards offer you an unforgettable kaleidoscope of scenic tranquility. Stop at the Country Pumpkin Restaurant near Barrydale for lunch (to own account). After lunch, enjoy a slow drive to Cape Town where your tour ends around 18h00 with drop-off at Cape Town International Airport or your Cape Town based hotel.
- 11 April
- 02 May
- 06 June
- 29 August
- 13 September