Essence of South Africa

10 Day Small Group Tour from Cape Town to Johannesburg with Trafalgar

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Small Group Tour Starts In
Starts In
Cape Town
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Johannesburg
Accommodation
Accommodation
4 Star
20
Max Group Size
20
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Wildlife
Trip Style
Wildlife
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
South Africa
Trip Operated By:
Trafalgar
Trafalgar
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Trip Reviews:
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Trip Code:
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Itinerary

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1 Arrive Cape Town (4 Nights)
South Africa's 'Mother City' and her iconic Table Mountain extend a warm welcome as you embark on a small group journey that will reveal the highlights of South Africa. Spend the day delving into Cape Town's cosmopolitan surrounds before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Stay: Southern Sun Waterfront
2 Table Mountain and Cape Town City Tour
This morning, we encounter Table Mountain first-hand, ascending via aerial cableway to its vast flat top - a rocky wonderland of rich Cape fynbos and curious dassies (hyraxes). Peer over the bustling City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard keeping a keen eye out for the landmarks your Travel Director will show you during this morning's city tour, including Company Gardens, Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cape Town at leisure. Ramble up Bree Street to sample the city's vibrant coffee culture or take a stroll along the Sea Point promenade with the fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Consider joining our Optional Experience to explore infamous Robben Island, with your guide revealing its turbulent past and the cell where Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his prison term. (B)
3 Cape Peninsula Tour
Circumnavigate the Cape Peninsula, from trendy Camps Bay to Cape Point and back. The crashing waves of the Atlantic to your right, the rocky 12 Apostles to your left, wind your way along one of the world's most magnificent coastal roads towards the outcrop that is Africa's most extreme south-western tip. Say a quiet hello to the shy penguins of Boulders Beach, see the Cape of Good Hope and travel through charming coastal towns along the way. (B)
4 Cape Winelands and Hermanus Excursion
Venture to the town of Franschhoek and see during your orientation why it is proclaimed as one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. Take the scenic Franschhoek Pass to the coastal town of Hermanus for your 'Be My Guest' experience. 'Connect With Locals' when you meet local business owner Stefan, who will treat you to a delicious traditional braai (barbecue) featuring deliciacies such as boerewors, pap and melktert. Over a glass of his homemade wine he'll share stories of his life in South Africa's whale watching capital. Return to Cape Town via a scenic driving route, arriving in the late afternoon. Enjoy your evening at leisure. (B/BMG)
5 Cape Town – Greater Kruger National Park Area (3 Nights)
This morning you'll bid farewell to the 'Mother City' and fly to Hoedspruit (flight purchased separately, not included in the trip price) where a private game reserve near South Africa's great Kruger National Park beckons. Kick back, relax and settle in to one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories', Becks Safari Lodge, your home in the bush for the next three nights. (B/L/D) Stay: Becks Safari Lodge
6 Karongwe Private Reserve Safari Game Drives
The action begins as we embark on an early morning game drive through Karongwe Private Reserve with a 'Local Specialist' game ranger and Shangaan tracker-guide. The rising sun awakens the birds and insects that share your journey into the bush, as you scour the dense brush for signs of the Big 5. After lunch, and time for a siesta and a swim, return to the bush for an afternoon safari drive. (B/L/D)
7 Karongwe Private Reserve Safari Game Drives
Today enjoy another full day of game drives through Karongwe Private Reserve. Continue to scour the dense brush with your 'Local Specialist' for incredible encounters with Africa's iconic wildlife. End the day with a traditional sundowner drink overlooking the Game Reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife that emerge from their cover of darkness. (B/L/D)
8 Greater Kruger National Park Area – Johannesburg (2 Nights)
Our time in the South African bushveld comes to a close with a 'Dive Into Culture' visit to a local Shangaan village. Learn about the traditions and customs of the Shangaan people and how the Eco Academy there provides eco and wildlife education. The visit includes a simple meal of grilled chicken, pap, Shangaan style cabbage, and for the brave, the opportunity to try mopani worms! Fly to Johannesburg (flight purchased separately, not included in the trip price) and check into your hotel in the heart of Sandton that's well located for exploring the nearby restaurants and shopping during your free evening. (B/L) Stay: Michelangelo
9 Johannesburg Sightseeing
Unlock the secrets of the 'city of gold' on a full-day tour to view several iconic sites including the Regina Mundi Church and Mandela's house in Soweto. 'Dive Into Culture' during a visit to the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Apartheid Museum, which chronicles South Africa's tumultuous Apartheid years. (B/FD)
10 Depart Johannesburg
Our epic encounter with South Africa's iconic sites comes to an end today. Transfer to Johannesburg International Airport for your onward flight. (B)

Trafalgar Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • City tour in Cape Town
  • View the Castle of Good Hope, Boulder's Beach penguin colony, Mandela House in Soweto
  • Visit Table Mountain, Bo-Kaap, Cape of Good Hope, Franschhoek, Hermanus, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto, the Apartheid Museum
  • Handcrafted Highlights - Connect with Locals in Hermanus, joining a local business owner for a traditional braai (barbecue) and some of his homemade wine against a clifftop backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. (Day 4). Your stay at Becks Safari Lodge in Karongwe Private Game Reserve contributes to the area's environmental sustainability and community development. (Day 5) Hear first hand about the traditions and cultures of the Shangaan people and how their village promotes eco and wildlife education. (Day 8) Learn about South Africa's turbulent past on an interactive Johannesburg and Soweto Freedom tour. (Day 9)
Trip Inclusions
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Hand-picked hotels, lodges and luxury safari camps
  • Optional experiences (Additional Cost) and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director, Driver Guide or Trafalgar Representative
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Complimentary transfers are available on the first and last day of the trip
Included Meals
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches (including Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the trip itinerary: Day 5 from Cape Town to Hoedspruit – 4Z657; Day 8 Hoedspruit to Johannesburg – 4Z874. Trafalgar guarantees you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book with us
  • Guaranteed Room Share and Triple Rooms are not available on this trip
  • We are unable to accept children under the age of 12 on this itinerary
  • Table Mountain: The Aerial Cableway closes annually for maintenance, usually during the months of July and/or August. Departures affected by the closure will have an alternative inclusion
  • Why not explore further? Victoria 3 Night Mini Stay - Make the most of your holiday by booking Trafalgar's Victoria Falls Experience, which follows on seamlessly from the end of this trip. Guests are responsible for purchasing all flights to/from Victoria Falls International Airport (Zimbabwe) required to join this trip.

Reviews (1)

10 Day Essence of South Africa reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Wonderful tour”
- TAS, Australia Jul 2019 5 Helpful Votes View Photo

This tour went beyond my expectations. Accommodation, meals and tours were excellent and of a very high standard. The Safari Lodge and its surroundings were breathtaking. We were a small group of 6 and were looked after very well by Trafalgar. Informative guides who were knowledgeable when asked questions. I thought we would have 1 tour guide from start to finish, but ended up with 3. Our group were delighted to see the Big 5 on our Safari drives. Everything went smoothly - airport transfers,...read more

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