The South African Experience with Ellen Tucker

Sept 11 - 19, 2020

From $ 11,615.00

The South African Experience with Ellen Tucker

15 Days | 2 Countries | 9 Cities

 

Day 1, October 17, 2020: Arrive Johannesburg

Your seamless South African journey begins with an airport transfer from O.R Tambo International Airport to your hotel. Settle in to the pace of Africa’s most energetic city before meeting your fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel – The Maslow
Included Meals – Welcome Reception

Day 2, October 18, 2020: Johannesburg – Kruger National Park Area (2 Nights)

The golden Highveld gives way to rolling green hills as we travel to South Africa’s Lowveld. We admire the iconic sights along Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route – the Blyde River Canyon, the heavenly landscapes of God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Before evening falls, we venture to our hotel near the famous Kruger National Park, our home for two nights.

Hotel – Sabi River Sun ResortProtea Hotel Hazyview
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Kruger-National-Park

 

Day 3, October 19, 2020: Kruger National Park Safari Game Drive

Connect with nature and explore South Africa’s oldest national park in the company of a Local Specialist. Uncover the secrets of the bushveld – the magnificent and iconic Big 5, the Little 5 and everything in between. See the glistening yellow Golden-orb spider waiting on her web, smell the damp scent of acacia trees in the early morning and keep your head down in search of animal spoor. Spend your afternoon at leisure.

Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Giraffe-At-Kruger-National-Park

 

Day 4, October 20, 2020: Kruger National Park Area – Mbabane (eSwatini)

Travel to landlocked eSwatini. ‘Dive Into Culture’ during a visit to a Swazi Chief’s village and gain insights into the community’s way of life, sampling some of the local pap and stew, and admiring their striking crimson traditional dress.

Hotel – Royal Swazi Spa
Included Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5, October 21, 2020 – Mbabane (eSwatini) – Hluhluwe

We venture to ‘garden of province’ of KwaZulu Natal and its northern wilderness. Traversing rolling sugarcane fields and lush valleys, we arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park where there is an opportunity to embark on an optional 4×4 game drive. This evening enjoy a delicious South African braai – a perfect way to end the day.

Hotel – Anew
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experience

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Safari

If you visit Kwazulu-Natal, you can’t leave without visiting Big Five country in the oldest park in South Africa: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. This is the legendary park where a dedicated team made worldwide conservation history with their successful efforts to bring the white rhino back from the brink of extinction. Our specialist tours are all conducted in specially modified open safari vehicles to enhance your game viewing, lead by qualified, experienced guides. You’ll learn more than you could have imagined possible about everything from trees, to animal spoor, to the rich bird life.

Adult Price: R940.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Day 6, October 22, 2020: Hluhluwe – Durban (Umhlanga Rocks)

Board an optional morning cruise on Lake St. Lucia and get up close to the hippos, crocodiles and birdlife residing in the estuary. Alternatively explore the town of St Lucia. We continue south to Durban for an effortless encounter with this tropical east coast hub, which begins with a delicious Curry Buffet at the Oyster Box Hotel, one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ – a seaside hotel that captures the nostalgia of a bygone era.

Hotel – The Oyster Box
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experience

Durban City Tour – Half Day

Travel along the brand new Golden Mile beach promenade of Durban and move through the City, viewing everything thing from the majestic City Hall, and enjoying its humorous history, to the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle home to nine distinct markets. Visit the fascinating Phansi Museum – home to the largest publicly accessible collection of Southern African artefacts and treasures (Closed on weekends and entrance fee for own account). Then move from culture to nature and visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens founded in 1849. Conclude with a visit to an icon of Kwazulu Natal, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where you will have the option of experiencing the cable car ride (own account) to the top of the Stadium for that phenomenal view of Durban and its surroundings.

Adult Price: R570.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change

 

Optional Experience

St. Lucia Boat Cruise

All aboard the comfortable Santa Lucia, a spacious double-decker boat on St Lucia Estuary, with ample room for everybody to have the best view possible. We’re off on a two-hour relaxed interpretative cruise from the smartest vantage point – the water. We’ll get up close to the sight and sounds of hippo, crocodiles and other game species, and if we’re lucky, we’ll be serenaded by the haunting cry of the fish eagle…perhaps even watch one catch a fish. The boat has a coffee, snack and full bar on board, so relaxation is the order of the day.

Adult Price: R240.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Day 7, October 23, 2020: Durban (Umhlanga Rocks) – Southern Drakensberg Mountains (2 Nights)

Venture through the scenic Valley of 1000 Hills bound for the spectacular escarpment that winds north from the Eastern Cape to Mpumalanga. The Underberg’s vibrant arts and crafts scene and stunning setting provide a beautiful backdrop for a morning drive. You’ll continue to the foothills of the iconic Sani Pass where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure and stay overnight .

Hotel – Premier Resort Sani Pass
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8, October 24, 2020: Drakensberg Mountains Free Day or Sani Pass Excursion to Lesotho

Indulge in the freedom of a day spent exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your terms. Consider joining an optional 4×4 Sani Pass drive, ascending to a heavenly height of 2,876 metres for lunch at Africa’s highest pub in Lesotho, or alternatively relax down here on earth amidst the Drakensberg’s lofty peaks.

Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experience

Sani Pass Tour

The Tour departs at 09h30 and takes approx. 2.5 hours to reach the summit, climbing a grand 2874 meters above sea level, stopping at breath taking view sites along the Sani Pass and the two border posts i.e. The South African Border Control and Lesotho Border Control. Once at the Top of the Sani Pass, we enjoy lunch at the highest Pub in Africa – The Sani Mountain Lodge. After lunch the Tour continues into a living Basotho village, where our experienced mountain guide will interest you on Lesotho and its people – the hardy mountainous Basotho folk. Traditional beer and homemade bread offered on request .We wind down the Sani Pass after this cultural experience and arrive back in Underberg between 16h00- 16h30 depending on the wildlife spotted along the way.

Adult Price: R1,153.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Day 9, October 25, 2020: Southern Drakensberg Mountains – Eastern Cape Beaches

From enigmatic mountain landscapes to South Africa’s untamed coastline, we venture through the Eastern Cape and the green hills of the Transkei, dotted with Xhosa kraals and homesteads. Discover the legacy of Nelson Mandela, at his birthplace in Xunu, then enjoy the unspoiled Wild Coast beaches of Chintsa, where the only footprints in the sand will be yours.

Hotel – Crawfords Beach Lodge
Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Wild-Coast-Transkei-South-Africa

 

Day 10 October 26, 2020: Eastern Cape Beaches – Port Elizabeth

Wake to the sound of the ocean and spend time admiring pristine natural surrounds before we begin our journey to Port Elizabeth. Once a British settlement, this port city holds the distinction of being South Africa’s friendliest city, which you’ll encounter first-hand as you explore it on your own terms this evening.

Hotel – Radisson Blu
Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 11, October 27, 2020: Port Elizabeth – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna (2 Nights)

Walk beneath the tranquil canopy of Tsitsikamma’s giant and ancient Yellowwoods, arriving at Storms River Mouth to peer into the depths of the gorge. Walk beneath the tranquil canopy of Tsitsikamma’s giant and ancient Yellowwoods, arriving at Storms River Mouth to peer into the depths of the gorge. ‘Connect With Locals’ during a ‘Be My Guest’ experience at a township in Knysna, where you’ll learn a few key Xhosa phrases, how to drum and gain insights into Xhosa culture. Host Ella will share her life story and reveal the meaning behind some of the local songs that will accompany your traditional Xhosa meal. Our final stop today is the picturesque lagoon setting of Knysna, known as South Africa’s own Garden of Eden. Famed for its indigenous forests, fresh oysters and the two landmark Knysna Heads that stand as sentinels at the edge of the lagoon which shield the town from the Indian Ocean.

Hotel – Premier Resort The Moorings
Included Meals – Breakfast, Be My Guest

Day 12, October 28, 2020: Knysna Free Day

You’ll have a free day to explore the jewel of the Garden Route. Start your day with a leisurely coffee in the Knysna Quays overlooking the lagoon, then consider an Optional Experience to Featherbed Nature Reserve including a drive through the reserve to the top of the lagoon’s Western Head. This evening, why not join an Optional Experience sunset cruise to the Knysna Heads and see where the Indian Ocean crashes against their towering sandstone cliffs?

Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 13 October 29, 2020: Knysna – Cape Town (2 Nights)

Leave the Garden Route behind bound for the Mother City. You’ll pass through vibrant coastal towns and the Cape Winelands, winding your way along South Africa’s southern Cape coastline. Arriving in Cape Town later this afternoon, you’ll have some time to freshen up before embarking on a visit to the iconic Table Mountain by cable car this evening (weather permitting).

Hotel – Southern Sun The Cullinan
Included Meals – Breakfast

 Table-Mountain-Cable-Car

 

Day 14, October 30, 2020: Cape Town Free Day

Capture the cosmopolitan energy of South Africa’s Mother City. Spend the day exploring its streets and squares in search of a tucked-away restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Consider an Optional Experience tour around the Cape Peninsula to visit Cape Point and see the penguins of Boulder’s Beach, or sample the Cape’s finest wines in the Cape Winelands. Spend your final evening at a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions indulging in delicious Cape Malay speciality dishes.

Included Meals – Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Optional Experience

Cape Peninsula Tour – Full Day

Cruise along Millionaire’s Paradise from Clifton to Camps Bay. Wind along Chapman’s Peak Drive with lunch (own account) at Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park before meandering back along the coast, visiting Simon’s Town and the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. End at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Summer or in Winter, Groot Constantia for a wine tasting and cellar tour.

Adult Price: R1,300.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Optional Experience

Winelands Tour – Full Day

A superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the heavenly scenery. The area’s rich with history, and guests can’t help but feel it as you move through the region to experience a wine cellar tour and tasting, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. Visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and in a town with a reputation for gourmet fare, where else could you choose to enjoy lunch. Wind your way to the heady heights of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to meet the charming university town of Stellenbosch on the other side. Stroll through this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and sneaking into the odd shop or two (on Sundays not all galleries and shops are open). Enjoy a wine tasting at two different wine estates where you’ll be able to purchase your favorite wine to take back home.

Adult Price: R1,065.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Penguin-Boulders-Beach

 

Day 15, October 31, 2020: Depart Cape Town

We bid a fond farewell to Cape Town after breakfast. Explore the city on your terms before your transfer to Cape Town International Airport or to  Victoria Falls Add-on below

Included Meals – Breakfast

Day 15, October 31, 2020: Arrive Victoria Falls Airport – (3 Nights)

Welcome to Zimbabwe! Meet your Trafalgar representative on arrival at Victoria Falls Airport and transfer to your accommodation. Buckle up for an exhilarating encounter with Victoria Falls, an untamed natural wonder that has captured the imagination of explorers and adventurers since David Livingstone declared it the most wonderful sight he had seen in Africa. Board a cruise and navigate one of Africa’s mightiest rivers, cruising past islands of basking crocodile and hippo pods lazing in the waning African sun, before returning to your lodge for dinner.

Hotel – Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Included Meals – Dinner

Day 16, November 1, 2020:  Victoria Falls Sightseeing

Join a ‘Local Specialist’ on a guided tour of the world’s largest waterfall. Admire the powerful curtain of water from various vantage points in Zimbabwe – feel the fine spray and hear the thunderous roar as water crashes over a hundred metres into a swirling mass in the gorge below. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure with the sound of the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ never far from your ears. Tonight you may choose to join an Optional Experience Boma dinner and interactive drum show.

Included Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Experience

Flight of Angels

Feel the freedom. And you certainly will, on a 15 minute helicopter flight over Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River. The helicopter has the ability to fly lower than a fixed wing aircraft, so you’ll have unrivalled opportunities to view the breath-taking Falls and get those perfect pictures. Your flight path takes you over the seemingly tranquil Zambezi River, and on a journey of discovery along the gorges which zigzag their way to the infamous Batoka Gorge downstream. It’s a unique perspective on the Falls, and gives you the perfect overview of the size and magnitude of this astounding Natural Wonder of the World. PLEASE NOTE: There is a park fee of USD 15 per person to pay directly to the activity operator that is NOT included in the pricing below.

Adult Price: $155.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Victoria-Falls

 

Day 17,  November 2, 2020: Chobe National Park Excursion

Cross the Botswana border for a day-trip into Chobe National Park, where large herds of African elephant roam. Board your Chobe River cruise, watching herds of elephant and buffalo come to the edge of the river to drink. See the flash of a kingfisher hovering over the water to catch its next meal, then enjoy an included lunch at Chobe Safari Lodge on the banks of the mighty Chobe River. Later return to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for your last night in Zimbabwe.

Included Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18, November 3, 2020: Depart Victoria Falls Airport

We bid farewell to the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ and return to Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls Airport for your onward journey.

Included Meals – Breakfast

 

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