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  • Chocolate, cheese, wine discovery excursion in Franschhoek.
  • Explore Cape Town, Table Mountain, and the Cape Peninsula.
  • Search for wildlife during daily game drives in Kruger National Park.
  • Discover the towns of the scenic Garden Route.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels, and VIP arrival assistance in Johannesburg.
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Embark on the voyage of a lifetime through South Africa, from historic Johannesburg, Greater Kruger Area, and sumptuous winelands, to iconic Cape Town, the breathtaking Garden Route and finish with the relaxing beaches of Durban.

South Africa captures the essence of the entire continent with its natural wonders, supreme wildlife, dazzling cities and friendly people. Visit Johannesburg to see an historical city undergoing an urban renaissance. Delve into the dramatic history of South Africa on a bicycle tour of Soweto and follow ancient migration paths as you track Africa’s Big 5, come face-to-face with lions, elephants, leopards, zebras, cheetahs and more during sunrise and sunset game drives. Drive through South Africa’s most stunning landscapes as you make your way through the winelands with your expert private guide. Delight in sensuous wines on stunning, scenic vineyard tours. Take in breathtaking views of cosmopolitan Cape Town from soaring Table Mountain to the brightly colored houses of the traditional Cape Malay community at Bo Kaap. Explore the Cape, meet friendly penguins and more with your private guide. Explore the wonders and mysteries of the Garden Route where you create your own adventure each day with your private vehicle and expert guide. Visit Featherbed Nature Reserve and add activities like feeding ostrich, zip-lining, big cat encounters, explore nature reserves, caves and stunning coastlines... there is so much to choose from! Then finish with pure relaxation along the beaches in sunny Durban, along the Indian Ocean. As the sun sets, draping its golden light across the expansive landscape, you’ll wish your time here never had to end. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Johannesburg
    Johannesburg
    • VIP Meet & Greet & Assist - VIP service
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Documents Package - Documents
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Johannesburg
    Johannesburg
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Apartheid Museum & Constitutional Hill - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Soweto by Bike (with Lunch, 5 hrs) - Bike Tour
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Johannesburg to Hoedspruit to Kruger
    Johannesburg to Hoedspruit to Kruger
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Johannesburg - Hoedspruit [Direct, 1 hr] - Scheduled Flight
    • Private Transfer - Hoedspruit - Kruger [30 mins - 2 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Conservation Fee - Included
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    All Inclusive
  • Day 4 Kruger
    Kruger
    • Morning Game Drive 1
    • Afternoon Game Drive 1
    All Inclusive
  • Day 5 Kruger
    Kruger
    • Morning Game Drive 2
    • Night Drives
    All Inclusive
  • Day 6 Kruger to Hoedspruit to Cape Town to Franschhoek
    Kruger to Hoedspruit to Cape Town to Franschhoek
    • Early Morning Game Drive
    • Private Transfer - Kruger - Hoedspruit [30 mins - 2hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Hoedspruit - Cape Town [Direct, 2 hrs] - Scheduled Flight
    • Private Transfer - Cape Town - Franschhoek [1 hr] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 7 Franschhoek
    Franschhoek
    • Private Tour - Exclusive Winelands Escape (8-9 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Franschhoek to Cape Town
    Franschhoek to Cape Town
    • Transfer - Franschhoek - Cape Town [Cape Point and Peninsula Tour (with Lunch)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 9 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Optional Activities
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City & Table Mountain - Luxury Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 10 Cape Town to Hermanus
    Cape Town to Hermanus
    • Private Transfer - Cape Town - Hermanus [2 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Optional Whale Watching - Land, Sea, Air
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - Vehicle/Guide (Overland)
  • Day 11 Hermanus to Knysna
    Hermanus to Knysna
    • Private Transfer - Hermanus - Knysna [6hrs ] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 12 Knysna
    Knysna
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - Vehicle/Guide (Overland)
    • Featherbed Nature Reserve - 4 hours including lunch
  • Day 13 Knysna to George to Durban
    Knysna to George to Durban
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - Vehicle/Guide (Overland)
    • Private Transfer - Knysna - George [Airport (1 hr)] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - George - Durban [Direct (1 hr, 25 min)] - Scheduled Flight
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 14 Durban
    Durban
    • Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 15 Durban
    Durban
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 16 Durban
    Durban
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Durban - Johannesburg [Direct (1hr 10min)] - Scheduled Flight
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Day 1: Johannesburg

Upon arrival into Johannesburg, South Africa you will be met on arrival inside the airport by airport staff with your name on a paging board. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection, customs and on to your connecting flight.

Enjoy a private airport transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

To ensure a seamless experience, a documents package containing useful information including a detailed itinerary with pick­-up and drop­-off times, emergency contact information and relevant e­-tickets will be provided to you.

Accommodation: The Peech Hotel

The Peech Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg boasts elegantly designed bedrooms and suites located in the main house and garden annexes.  A private residence built in the 1950’s The Peech was conceived, built, and is now ran and owned by James Peech. His attention to detail paired, wealth of experience and team of dedicated staff create a one of a kind stay. The Boutique Bistro overlook's the hotel's pool and landscaped gardens, and features sandstone floors, deep leather couches and a walk-in wine cellar, and most importantly, culinary masterpieces.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  South Africa Johannesburg
South Africa Johannesburg
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Peech Hotel
The Peech Hotel

Day 2: Johannesburg

This tour provides you with an opportunity to take an in-depth look at South Africa’s turbulent past. Starting with a drive across Johannesburg to the south of the city to visit the Apartheid Museum (closed on Mondays), which opened its doors in 2002. Here you will embark on a historical voyage of discovery, a personal exploration of the past that examines the story of apartheid right up to the first democratic elections, held in 1994. The tour of the museum lasts approximately two hours. Then continue to the Constitution Hill precinct, bordered by the inner-city neighborhoods of Braamfontein and Hillbrow. It is here that South Africa’s new Constitutional Court opened in March 2004. The new court building is, most appropriately, established on the site of the Johannesburg Fort, built as a fortress in 1898 and later converted to one of the country’s most notorious prisons – popularly known as “Number Four”. Your visit here includes entry to the museum which has been established in the old prison and brings home the significance of this development and what it means for the future of Johannesburg.

Begin a two hour eco-friendly cycling adventure around the township, getting to know the different communities and their histories. Visit places such as a former migrant workers’ hostel for men before continuing to Meadowlands, famous for the forced evictions from Sophiatown in the 1950’s. Cycle through historical landmarks of the 1976 student uprisings and visit the memorial site of Hector Pieterson. You will also cycle down Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela used to reside, and where Bishop Desmond Tutu has his home. Lunch is included at a local establishment where you will have the chance to enjoy a delicious traditional African stew, cooked over a fire and served with a chunk of white bread – a Sowetan ‘bunny chow’. Both fun and informative, this is an activity geared for individuals and families who wish to embrace the unique character and friendly street culture of Soweto.

Accommodation: The Peech Hotel
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Apartheid Museum
Apartheid Museum
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Soweto
Soweto

Day 3: Johannesburg - Hoedspruit - Kruger

Enjoy a private airport transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

Board a flight in Johannesburg with direct service to Hoedspruit. Approximate flight time is one hour.

Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight: 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg); Checked baggage cannot be larger than 62 square inches (158cm). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17 lbs (8 kg). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag.

Start your safari with a private transfer from Hoedspruit to your lodge in the Greater Kruger Area. Approximate travel time ranges depending on seasonal weather conditions and the location of your accommodation, taking between 30 minutes to two hours.

Having had the chance to settle into your lodging - and to prepare for an adventure - meet with other guests of the camp to set out on your first authentic game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when animals are most active, and the Greater Kruger Area features some of the largest private game reserves in Africa, home to an incredible range of wildlife including the Big 5: the African elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros. Spanning across the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the Greater Kruger Area covers a near unfathomable span of land upon which animals both large and small prowl, graze and roam free. Alongside an experienced ranger and tracker, you will explore fascinating and beautiful frontiers through the afternoon and until the sun sets, camera in hand, before returning to your lodge to prepare for a decidedly different adventure; a freshly prepared dinner that you won’t be soon to forget. 

Accommodation: Pondoro Game Lodge

Adjacent to the majestic Olifants River inside Greater Kruger Area, Pondoro Game Lodge offers comfort, sophistication, and elegance in the heart of the bush. This exclusive lodge features eight chalets spread out along the largest perennial river in Kruger National Park, a hotbed for animal activity. Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where traditional African cuisine fuses effortlessly with modern European haute trends. Served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River where game are often spotted, fine wines from the award winning Pondoro cellar are paired to compliment the mouth-watering food. Serenity Spa offers an escape to a place of sophistication and indulgence, surrounded by elegant decor and cascading waterfalls, it is an environment of breathtaking ambiance, much like the surrounding bushveld.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Leopard in the shadows
Leopard in the shadows
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  South Africa Kruger
South Africa Kruger

Day 4: Kruger

Before the blistering sun takes its place high in the African sky make use of the opportunity to discover even more wild game. First thing in the morning, depart to discover the animals of the Greater Kruger Area, home to herds of trumpeting elephants that gently wander through the savannah; will today be the day you see them first-hand? As in the day before, you will be returned to your lodge after a few hours of game viewing to enjoy a complete and hearty breakfast.

Continue your day after lunch with an exciting afternoon game drive. Perhaps the day will include massive, lumbering hippos emerging from the water to snack on nearby grasses, or predators beginning their nightly hunt as grazing antelope roam the plains. Out on the open reserves, trace across new lands as you gain a deeper and more intimate understanding of the South African bushveld before returning to the lodge for another fantastic dinner.

Accommodation: Pondoro Game Lodge
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cheetah in Kruger
Cheetah in Kruger
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pride of Lions
Pride of Lions

Day 5: Kruger

Before first light, begin another day of exploration in the bush. With 507 varieties of bird, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 34 amphibians, 49 fish and 336 types of trees, you are sure to discover animals and flora that have gone unnoticed on previous outings. As in previous mornings, you will head back to your lodge for breakfast after a few hours exploring the land.

Night drives allow you to see nocturnal animals that are not encountered during the day, and a host of daylight animals behaving quite differently. Setting out as dusk begins, you may spot leopards in particular, and with a bit of luck, you may even encounter these predators while on the hunt. During evening drives, trackers employ a powerful spotlight to search for and showcase predators and prey. Lions, hyenas, aardvarks, bat-eared fox, porcupines, bush babies, bushbucks, mongoose, genet cats and nocturnal birds like owls and nightjars are just some of the animals fortunate guests may spot this evening under the African starlit sky.

Accommodation: Pondoro Game Lodge
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lion Cub in Kruger
Lion Cub in Kruger
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Lion Under the Spotlight
Lion Under the Spotlight

Day 6: Kruger - Hoedspruit - Cape Town - Franschhoek

Ahead of first light it’s time set out on an early morning game drive to discover the many animals that stalk through the bush during the early hours of the day. This is one of the best times time to view game, and it is made all the more spectacular as the rising sun dawns upon the unspoiled African bush; the world over, this place is known as the Land of the Rising Sun. Prepare to spot resident predators enjoying the spoils of their hunt the night before and a dizzying range of smaller mammals and bird life. After a few hours of exploration, photography and education, you will return to the lodge for a mouth-watering, well-earned, fresh-made breakfast.

Transfer from your lodge in the Greater Kruger Area to Hoedspruit with a private driver and vehicle. Travel time vary based on your departing and arrival destinations, ranging from 30 minutes to two hours.

Board a flight in Hoedspruit with direct service to Cape Town. Approximate flight time is two hours.

Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight: 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg); Checked baggage cannot be larger than 62 square inches (158cm). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17 lbs (8 kg). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag.

Enjoy a private transfer between Cape Town and Franschhoek. Approximate travel time is one hour.

Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine. With a wealth of restaurants, cooking classes, quaint towns, shops, nearby Stellenbosh and small wineries to explore Franschhoek is your perfect base as you explore South Africa's famous winelands. Here breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories.

Accommodation: The Franschhoek Country House & Villas

The Franschhoek Country House & Villas is a 5 star hotel located in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, just 1 km from the main town. Guests can choose to stay in the original and charming 14 guestrooms at Franschhoek Country House or the 12 recently added luxurious Villa Suites. Voted as one of South Africa’s top restaurants, Monneaux Restaurant features a contemporary take on Mediterranean classics influenced by local Cape Malay flavours. Sample some of the mouth-watering wines from the underground cellar, showcasing local and international bottles. Relax and unwind with a range of spa treatments by qualified professional staff at the on-site spa. Lounge out by the two outdoor swimming pools and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding area. Reception staff at Franschhoek Country House & Villas are happy to arrange a variety of activities for guests, such as wine tours, wine tasting on horseback, golf and more.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Leopards in Kruger
Leopards in Kruger
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -

Day 7: Franschhoek

Explore one of the most scenic and beautiful areas in South Africa, visiting fascinating towns and taking a look into off-the-beaten-track farms which celebrate and honor their old-world roots and influences. Today is about so much more than just sipping fine wines. Depending on the timing of your trip, stroll through seasonal vines and learn about local farming methods and techniques with the help of your expert private guide. Take an intimate wine-tasting and cellar tour and possibly meet the driving force behind the estate. If lucky, your behind-the-scenes experience may include grape picking or barrel tastings. Explore striking Stellenbosch, browsing through its wealth of appealing stores and museums, and sip local coffee blends in tempting cafes. Let the pairing of wine and olives awaken your senses before meandering through lush gardens bursting with life. Admire a collection of contemporary art, see the highest-growing vines and, from an elevated point, take in the stunning vistas over an old-world estate. In the afternoon, discover Franschhoek. Established by the French Huguenots in 1688, this town retains its historic while fusing it with a contemporary vibe. It boasts gourmet restaurants, appealing boutiques and art galleries that you will visit based on your personal interests as the day is tailored to your liking.

Accommodation: The Franschhoek Country House & Villas
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Vineyard near Stellenbosch
Vineyard near Stellenbosch

Day 8: Franschhoek - Cape Town

Today, embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Starting in Franschhoek, make your way along the coast to Cape Town, taking in the beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay en route, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. Afterward, drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans as well as have spectacular views over False Bay. Enjoy lunch in the area (included) before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, for a visit to the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. After a day exploring the Cape Peninsula, you will wrap up the day’s adventure by being transfer to your hotel in Cape Town.

Accommodation: Abbey Manor Guest House

Overlooking Table Bay and the beautiful city of Cape Town, Abbey Manor is ideally situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. Its ideal location is only minutes away from downtown, the waterfront, the beaches, Camps Bay and the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Each room is individually furnished to offer a romantic and tranquil atmosphere, with breathtaking and dramatic views of either the city or the surrounding mountains. Built in 1905, using an arts-and-crafts style, Abbey Manor has been fully renovated to ensure the greatest level of comfort.  Guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the comfortable dining area or on the verandah.  The pool offers a refreshing option following a day of exploration, and the various lounge areas provide a peaceful resting post to reflect and refocus.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cape Town
Cape Town
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Abbey Manor Guest House
Abbey Manor Guest House

Day 9: Cape Town

Spend some time at leisure to relax and soak in the incredible sights, sounds and culture of the Mother City. Alternatively, considering arranging optional activities while in Cape Town. Dive with great white sharks (in a cage!), head out on a whale watching expedition, ferry over to Robben Island for an informative lesson on the history of Cape Town’s infamous prison, discover the near-unfathomable biodiversity on Table Mountain, explore the townships near the city including the famed Winelands, or cycle through the city to explore the many outstanding beaches, bays, quays, shops, restaurants and bars that make Cape Town famous. 

One of the most spectacularly bio-diverse places on Earth, an estimated 1,500 unique species of plant-life are found on Table Mountain alone, many of which are endemic and found nowhere else on the planet. Ascend by cable car as the mist from the clouds open up to the main plateau while striking views of Cape Town come into crystal-clear focus. Now with a better understanding of the city’s layout, walk past Cape Town’s storied past as your guide recounts the colorful histories of the Houses of Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope (South Africa’s oldest building) and the well-tended Company Gardens. Bargain your way through the lively Greenmarket Square in search of souvenir while meeting local artisans along the way. As you enter another one of Cape Town’s famed stop at Bo-Kaap, learn how the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly colored houses became one of city’ most vibrant neighborhoods. There’s no better way of understanding local history than through your Capetonian guide. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the V&A Waterfront to experience this landmark at your own pace, with its many shops, restaurants and pubs - or at your hotel to end the tour.

Accommodation: Abbey Manor Guest House
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Robben Island
Robben Island
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Cape Town's Bo-Kaap District
Cape Town's Bo-Kaap District

Day 10: Cape Town - Hermanus

Enjoy a private transfer from the Cape Town Airport to Hermanus. Approximate travel time is two hours.

A popular holiday destination for tourists and locals alike, Hermanus is hailed as offering the best land based whale watching in the world. From May onwards Southern Right Whales pay homage to these warm, shallow waters in order to calf their young and to mate. The best time for whale watching is between August and November and at this time the bay is dotted with whales. Sign up for the chance to spot the incredible migration of whales by land, sea, or air. Boat tours offer the most viewing. Besides seeing the amazing whales, boat tours offer a complete experience of the Marine Big5, which includes the whales, dolphins, African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals and surface viewing of the Great White Shark. Specialized guides provide all the facts about the whales as well as other interesting information about the magnificent marine life. As these gentle giants are very curious, they often swim right up to the boat to get a better view of the boat and the guests. This trip takes about 2 hours and is a marine experience not to be missed! 

Other whale watching options include viewings by land. Visitors keen to spot a whale or two need only walk along the cliff path that stetches for 12km from one end of the town to the other. Whales can be seen as close as 20 metres away frolicking in the sheltered bay or just beyond the breakers. Or fly over the seas by plane flying over the spectacular Walker Bay! The whale watching tours are all part of the Hermanus experience. Pick whichever tour you desire on site and speak to the hotel manager for more details on pricing.

Your private guide and vehicle will be available today to take you around to different sights, suggest restaurants, etc.

Accommodation: Abalone Guest Lodge

The Abalone Lodge is situated on the magnificent ocean front of Hermanus. Abalone Guest Lodge offers luxury accommodation for travel, business or leisure.  A combination of South African art on the inside & unsurpassed views to the outside position this acommodation as unique in Hermanus. Abalone Guest Lodge has direct-access to the well-known Scenic Cliff Path that makes Hermanus the Land Base Whale Watching Capital of the World. Abalone Guest Lodge on the dynamic Siever's Point, is a landmark seafront property midway between the town centre and the beautiful Blue Flag beaches of Hermanus. Easily accessible via some of the most beautiful routes in the Western Cape, Hermanus is just 1.5 hours drive from Cape Town.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Whale Watching
Whale Watching
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  South Africa Hermanus
South Africa Hermanus

Day 11: Hermanus - Knysna

This morning your guide will collect you from the guesthouse and travel to the lagoon-side town of Knysna – gem of the Garden Route. Upon arrival you could enjoy some time at leisure at the Knsysa Waterfront Complex before embarking on activities or excursions. Attractions in Knysna include: nature reserves, animal encounters, beaches, free diving, markets, art galleries, golfing, biking, hiking and more. Water activities include excursions into the lagoon, Indian Ocean, dinner cruises, whale watching and more. All entrance costs and excursions are at an extra cost.

Enjoy time at leisure today to relax and explore at your own pace. Knysna offers a wide range of activities ranging from animal viewing to adventure activities. Optional activities on site include: Featherbed Nature Reserve, Birds of Eden, Elephant Park, Storm's River, Monkeyland, and more.

For the more adventurous, sign up for activities like mountain biking, quad biking, helicopter tours, forest exploration, rock climbing, para-gliding, kloofing, abseiling, black water tubing, Treetop Canopy Tours (zip lining, bungee jumping, etc.), sky diving, Tsitsikama Falls, motorcycle adventures, horseback riding...

Some of the water activities include: Paddle Cruiser, private charter sail boats/yachts/charters, John Benn floating restaurant, boat cruises, paddle surfing, kite surfing, canoeing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing, Pontoon Cruises, kayak, shore scuba diving, fishing, and swim with seals! Speak to your guide or travel advisor for more details.

Accommodation: Turbine Hotel and Spa

Enjoy an extra special experience at The Turbine Hotel and Spa, a five-star boutique hotel in Knysna. This exceptional boutique hotel is situated on Thesen Island, which is considered one of the most prestigious locations on the Garden Route.  The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old power station into a boutique hotel on the Garden Route, now with a massive wow-factor. All of the old machinery which was used in this power station has been creatively restored and forms an integral part of the hotel’s aesthetics. The Turbine Hotel and Spa offers 17 suites, 6 luxury suites, a honeymoon suite and the self-catering Water Club apartment. Dine at the Tapas Bar, serving delicious light meals for lunch and dinner.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Featherbed Nature Walk
Featherbed Nature Walk
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Garden Route
Garden Route

Day 12: Knysna

Your private guide and vehicle will be available today to take you around to different sights, suggest restaurants, etc.

After breakfast, depart to the lagoon-side town of Knysna. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knsysa Waterfront Complex before embarking on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. The trip includes a ferry across the lagoon to the base of the western head with a drive to the top of the reserve, stopping at spectacular viewpoints. Your specialist guide will provide information on history, flora & fauna. There is an optional guided 2.2km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves (on own account). The tour ends with a delicious buffet lunch served under the shade of the Milkwood trees. On return to the mainland, continue on to your hotel.

Accommodation: Turbine Hotel and Spa
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Optional Guided Walk
Optional Guided Walk

Day 13: Knysna - George - Durban

Your private guide and vehicle will be available today to take you around to different sights, suggest restaurants, etc.

Enjoy your private transfer today from Knysna to the airport in George.

Take your flight from George to Durban today. Travel time is one hour and 25 minutes.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 8Kgs.

At no time may a bag be accepted heavier than 32kg, this must either be repacked or be shipped as Cargo.

Enjoy a private airport transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

Accommodation: The Oyster Box

Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront on the eastern seaboard of KwaZulu-Natal, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access, the Oyster Box Hotel is one of South Africa’s most distinguished hotels. Perfectly situated on the ocean’s edge, a brief 5 minute walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, the Oyster Box Hotel is conveniently located for quick and easy access to Durban city centre, International Airports, and numerous stylish shopping centres, yet has a feeling of classical charm and elegance like nowhere else on earth. From the moment the Oyster Box opened its doors in 1947, the hotel rapidly became one of Africa's best loved and most distinguished hotels. The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens, and breathtaking seaside setting swiftly gained it a reputation that was legendary the world over. The setting, the architecture, the décor, the cuisine – everything conspires to create a magical experience that affords a wealth of exceptionally pleasurable experiences and warm memories.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  South Africa Durban
South Africa Durban
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Oyster Box
The Oyster Box

Day 14: Durban

Durban offers the choice of relaxation along its beaches with so many water activities to choose from. For those who are more active, sign up for one of the many tours available on-site: visit the San Rock Paintings, Drakensberg Mountains, Sani Mountain Pass, tour the city, Zulu or Inanda Heritage Tour, walk through the Kranskloof Reserve, visit the Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Reserve, and more!

Accommodation: The Oyster Box
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Durban Landscape
Durban Landscape

Day 15: Durban

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: The Oyster Box

Day 16: Durban

Enjoy a private airport transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

Take your flight from Durban to Johannesburg today.  Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
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The Peech Hotel: Johannesburg

The Peech Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg boasts elegantly designed bedrooms and suites located in the main house and garden annexes.  A private residence built in the 1950’s The Peech was conceived, built, and is now ran and owned by James Peech. His attention to detail paired, wealth of experience and team of dedicated staff create a one of a kind stay. The Boutique Bistro overlook's the hotel's pool and landscaped gardens, and features sandstone floors, deep leather couches and a walk-in wine cellar, and most importantly, culinary masterpieces.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Peech Hotel
The Peech Hotel

Pondoro Game Lodge: Kruger

Adjacent to the majestic Olifants River inside Greater Kruger Area, Pondoro Game Lodge offers comfort, sophistication, and elegance in the heart of the bush. This exclusive lodge features eight chalets spread out along the largest perennial river in Kruger National Park, a hotbed for animal activity. Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where traditional African cuisine fuses effortlessly with modern European haute trends. Served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River where game are often spotted, fine wines from the award winning Pondoro cellar are paired to compliment the mouth-watering food. Serenity Spa offers an escape to a place of sophistication and indulgence, surrounded by elegant decor and cascading waterfalls, it is an environment of breathtaking ambiance, much like the surrounding bushveld.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pondoro Exterior
Pondoro Exterior
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pondoro Safari
Pondoro Safari

The Franschhoek Country House & Villas: Franschhoek

The Franschhoek Country House & Villas is a 5 star hotel located in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, just 1 km from the main town. Guests can choose to stay in the original and charming 14 guestrooms at Franschhoek Country House or the 12 recently added luxurious Villa Suites. Voted as one of South Africa’s top restaurants, Monneaux Restaurant features a contemporary take on Mediterranean classics influenced by local Cape Malay flavours. Sample some of the mouth-watering wines from the underground cellar, showcasing local and international bottles. Relax and unwind with a range of spa treatments by qualified professional staff at the on-site spa. Lounge out by the two outdoor swimming pools and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding area. Reception staff at Franschhoek Country House & Villas are happy to arrange a variety of activities for guests, such as wine tours, wine tasting on horseback, golf and more.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Franschhoek Country House & Villas
The Franschhoek Country House & Villas
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Franschhoek Country House & Villas Terrace
The Franschhoek Country House & Villas Terrace

Abbey Manor Guest House: Cape Town

Overlooking Table Bay and the beautiful city of Cape Town, Abbey Manor is ideally situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. Its ideal location is only minutes away from downtown, the waterfront, the beaches, Camps Bay and the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Each room is individually furnished to offer a romantic and tranquil atmosphere, with breathtaking and dramatic views of either the city or the surrounding mountains. Built in 1905, using an arts-and-crafts style, Abbey Manor has been fully renovated to ensure the greatest level of comfort.  Guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the comfortable dining area or on the verandah.  The pool offers a refreshing option following a day of exploration, and the various lounge areas provide a peaceful resting post to reflect and refocus.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Abbey Manor Guest House
Abbey Manor Guest House
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Abbey Manor Guest House
Abbey Manor Guest House

Abalone Guest Lodge : Hermanus

The Abalone Lodge is situated on the magnificent ocean front of Hermanus. Abalone Guest Lodge offers luxury accommodation for travel, business or leisure.  A combination of South African art on the inside & unsurpassed views to the outside position this acommodation as unique in Hermanus. Abalone Guest Lodge has direct-access to the well-known Scenic Cliff Path that makes Hermanus the Land Base Whale Watching Capital of the World. Abalone Guest Lodge on the dynamic Siever's Point, is a landmark seafront property midway between the town centre and the beautiful Blue Flag beaches of Hermanus. Easily accessible via some of the most beautiful routes in the Western Cape, Hermanus is just 1.5 hours drive from Cape Town.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Abalone Guest Lodge
Abalone Guest Lodge

Turbine Hotel and Spa: Knysna

Enjoy an extra special experience at The Turbine Hotel and Spa, a five-star boutique hotel in Knysna. This exceptional boutique hotel is situated on Thesen Island, which is considered one of the most prestigious locations on the Garden Route.  The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old power station into a boutique hotel on the Garden Route, now with a massive wow-factor. All of the old machinery which was used in this power station has been creatively restored and forms an integral part of the hotel’s aesthetics. The Turbine Hotel and Spa offers 17 suites, 6 luxury suites, a honeymoon suite and the self-catering Water Club apartment. Dine at the Tapas Bar, serving delicious light meals for lunch and dinner.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Turbine Hotel and Spa
Turbine Hotel and Spa
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Dining
Dining

The Oyster Box: Durban

Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront on the eastern seaboard of KwaZulu-Natal, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access, the Oyster Box Hotel is one of South Africa’s most distinguished hotels. Perfectly situated on the ocean’s edge, a brief 5 minute walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, the Oyster Box Hotel is conveniently located for quick and easy access to Durban city centre, International Airports, and numerous stylish shopping centres, yet has a feeling of classical charm and elegance like nowhere else on earth. From the moment the Oyster Box opened its doors in 1947, the hotel rapidly became one of Africa's best loved and most distinguished hotels. The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens, and breathtaking seaside setting swiftly gained it a reputation that was legendary the world over. The setting, the architecture, the décor, the cuisine – everything conspires to create a magical experience that affords a wealth of exceptionally pleasurable experiences and warm memories.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  The Oyster Box
The Oyster Box
South African Grand Journey Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Wine Cellar
Wine Cellar

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Karen E. — May 07, 2018 — Africa

    Kensington Tours is truly first rate. They totally took care of us. I plan to use Kensington Tours for all future international travel myself and totally recommend them to everyone else.

  • Phillipa R. — April 14, 2018 — Africa

    My driver and guide were caring and warm- as a woman traveling alone that was particularly important. Food was great and the Masai Mara spectacular. Meet and greets were very smooth.

  • Patricia S. — February 04, 2018 — Africa

    Our positive experience started in the planning stages with Lily. She listened to us and made amendments to our agenda as needed and answered all our our questions in a timely manner. I will definitely use Kensington for any trips in the future! Thank you for a wonderful experience.

  • Endicott P. — February 03, 2018 — Africa

    Kristie did a wonderful job! She really took the time to understand our desires and built the trip accordingly. We were most appreciative of her attention to detail.

  • Sally M. — December 24, 2017 — Africa

    The trip was magical from start to finish. Kensington thought of every detail to make the trip so enjoyable and interesting. This trip will go down as one of the best, if not the best, trip we have ever taken!

  • Jay R. — May 09, 2018 — Africa

    Fabulous Trip. Everyone worked to make this trip absolutely memorable. I highly recommend Carolyn, our agent, and Kensington Tours in general.

  • Sarah J — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Everything was seamless! The itinerary covered all of the highlights of Casablanca and Marrakesh with enough time for us to wander at our leisure. Our driver, Rashid and tour guide, Achmed were very knowledgeable and fantastic.... always on time, extremely well informed, tremendously kind, humorous and always flexible to our wants and desires.

  • Manuel G — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Our guides, George, Ben and Michael were fantastic. Both George and Ben were amazing at spotting animals and knowing where to find them.

  • Barbara H — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Trip of a lifetime! Our guides, George (Kenya) and Raymond (Tanzania), were both outstanding- knowledgeable, personable, patient, and accommodating.

  • Roxann Z — October 06, 2017 — Africa

    Your Egyptian team is fantastic. We loved Garonga safari camp.

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