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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, wild Kruger National Park, 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 cheese, chocolate, and olive oil tastings paired with 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(4)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Document Package - Documents
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Johannesburg
    Johannesburg
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Apartheid Museum & Constitutional Hill - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
    • Tour - Private - 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
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Johannesburg - Hoedspruit [Direct (1hr) ] - Scheduled Flight
    • Hoedspruit - Kruger [ (30mins-2hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Kruger
    Kruger
    • Morning Game Drive 1
    • Afternoon Game Drive 1
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Kruger
    Kruger
    • Morning Game Drive 2
    • Night Drives
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Kruger to Hoedspruit to Cape Town to Franschhoek
    Kruger to Hoedspruit to Cape Town to Franschhoek
    • Early Morning Game Drive
    • Kruger - Hoedspruit [(30mins-2hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Hoedspruit - Cape Town [Direct 2 hours] - Scheduled Flight
    • Cape Town - Franschhoek [1hr] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 7 Franschhoek
    Franschhoek
    • Tour - Private - Wine & Other Delights (Chocolate, Cheese & Olives) - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 8 Franschhoek to Cape Town
    Franschhoek to Cape Town
    • Franschhoek - Cape Town [With Cape Point and Peninsula Tour] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
  • Day 9 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Optional activities
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City & Table Mountain - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
  • Day 10 Cape Town to Hermanus
    Cape Town to Hermanus
    • Cape Town - Hermanus [2 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Optional Whale Watching - Land, Sea, Air
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - Vehicle/Guide (Overland)(3)
  • Day 11 Hermanus to Knysna
    Hermanus to Knysna
    • Hermanus - Knysna [6hrs ] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
    • Optional Activities
  • Day 12 Knysna
    Knysna
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - Vehicle/Guide (Overland)(3)
    • Featherbed Nature Reserve - 4 hour including lunch
  • Day 13 Knysna to George to Durban
    Knysna to George to Durban
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - Vehicle/Guide (Overland)(3)
    • Knysna - George [1hr] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • George - Durban [Direct (1 hr, 25 min)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    Breakfast
  • Day 14 Durban
    Durban
    • Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 15 Durban
    Durban
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 16 Durban
    Durban
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • 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 awaiting vehicle.

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

Upon your arrival, you will receive all of the necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary with pick up and drop off times. Your document package includes, but is not limited to, a summary itinerary and any relevant e-tickets or vouchers.

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 2017 - 2018 -  South Africa Johannesburg
South Africa Johannesburg
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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 neighbourhoods 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.

Get out of the bus and onto a bike with a 2 hour eco-friendly cycling adventure around the township, getting to know the different communities and its history. Visit places such as a former migrant workers’ hostel for men - continue to Meadowlands - famous for the forced removals 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 live and where Bishop Desmond Tutu has his home. Lunch is included at the local establishment. 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 vibey and friendly street culture of Soweto.

Accommodation: The Peech Hotel
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Apartheid Museum
Apartheid Museum
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Soweto
Soweto

Day 3: Johannesburg - Hoedspruit - Kruger

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

Take your flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: 1 piece at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lb) per piece and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches) per piece.

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 scenic views aboard your private vehicle transfer from Hoedspruit to your lodge in the Greater Kruger Area. Travel times may vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the location of your the lodge.

This afternoon you will meet up with other guests at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. The Greater Kruger Area feature some of the largest Private Game Reserves in Africa.  Although in proximity to the Kruger National Park, game drives do not take place within the confines of the National Park grounds. Spanning across the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the Greater Kruger Area covers nearly 2 million hectares of land. Today, you will be escorted out into the Private Game Reserves for a few hours before returning to the lodge to freshen up for dinner.

Accommodation: Pondoro Game Lodge

Adjacent to the majestic Olifants River inside Greater Kruger National Park, Pondoro Game Lodge offers its visitors comfort, sophistication, and elegance. This small, exclusive, 16-bed lodge features 8 chalets spread out along the largest perennial river in Kruger National Park. Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience, where traditional African cuisine fuses effortlessly with modern European trends. Select any of the fine wines from the award winning wine cellar to compliment the food. All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River. Serenity Spa at Pondoro offers an escape to a place of sophistication and indulgence, where one is surrounded by elegant décor and cascading waterfalls, in an environment with a breathtaking ambiance. Enjoy early morning game drives, nature walks, bird watching and so much more.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  South Africa Kruger
South Africa Kruger
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pondoro Exterior
Pondoro Exterior

Day 4: Kruger

One of the more fruitful opportunities to enjoy game viewing is first thing in the morning before the heat of the day takes effect. The Greater Kruger Area is home to the fastest mammal on earth – the Cheetah. Cheetahs are solitary animals that hunt for food early in the morning, late in the afternoon and even at night under a full moon. After a few hours of early morning game viewing, you will head back to your lodge for breakfast.

After lunch, you will continue your day with an afternoon game drive in one of the Greater Kruger Area Private Game Reserves. The late afternoon hours are productive times for game viewing as the day begins to cool, ensuring further animal movement. Watch as a massive, lumbering hippo emerges from the water to snack on nearby grasses. Observe the predators begin their nightly hunt as grazers peacefully occupy the plains. You will be out on the reserve for a few hours before returning to the lodge to refresh before dinner.

Accommodation: Pondoro Game Lodge
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cheetah
Cheetah
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Family of Lions
Family of Lions

Day 5: Kruger

Before first light, you will meet up with the other guests at the lodge to begin your day of exploration. The Greater Kruger Area is home to an impressive array of wildlife species which includes 507 varieties of bird, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 34 amphibians, 49 fish and 336 types of trees. After a few hours of early morning game viewing, you will head back to your lodge for breakfast. 

The night drives allow you the chance to see the nocturnal animals not encountered during the day. You'll share the drives with other guests from the lodge. The night drives are part of the afternoon game drive, as dusk falls. Your possibilities of seeing a leopard, in particular, are a lot higher at night and with a bit of luck, you might even encounter the predators such as lion and leopard hunting. During the evening drives, your tracker uses a powerful spotlight to search for nocturnal animals. Expect to see a wide variety of animals not typically seen during the day, including leopards, hyenas, aardvarks, bat-eared fox, porcupines, bush babies, bushbucks, mongoose, genet cats and nocturnal birds like owls and nightjars.

Accommodation: Pondoro Game Lodge
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Little Lion Cub
Little Lion Cub
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Lion under the spotlight
Lion under the spotlight

Day 6: Kruger - Hoedspruit - Cape Town - Franschhoek

Before first light, you will meet up with other guests at the lodge and begin your early morning game drive. Enjoy the tranquility of a stunning sunrise over the unspoiled bush. Many species are still active in the early morning before the heat of the day sets in. With any luck, you will spot some of the resident predators enjoying the spoils from their hunt the night before. You will be out in the Private Game Reserve for a few hours before returning to the lodge for breakfast.

Enjoy a scenic ride aboard your private vehicle transfer from the Greater Kruger Area to your lodge in Hoedspruit. The time can vary between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the location of your lodge.

Today you'll fly to Cape Town the flight will be 2 hours.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: 1 piece at a maximum of 20 kg (44 lb) per piece.

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 transfer between Cape Town and Franschhoek today.

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 2017 - 2018 -  South Africa Franschhoek
South Africa Franschhoek
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Franschhoek Country House & Villas
The Franschhoek Country House & Villas

Day 7: Franschhoek

This tailor-made tour by your resident wine expert is designed for the visitor who would like to experience and taste some of the other delectable delights that are on offer in the winelands area in addition to some of the fantastic wines. The tour is geared not only for the tasting but for the educational value, as well as learning about each product that you are introduced to. Your day can include Paarl, with its imposing Afrikaans Language Monument and of course the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson, La Motte and Grande Provence. From cheese tasting, to chocolate, biltong and olives tastings, this day is yours to tailor and craft as you choose. Enjoy lunch at one of the top restaurants or estates (lunch to be settled directly but wine tastings included) and you will return to your hotel late this afternoon.

Accommodation: The Franschhoek Country House & Villas
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Wine Tastings
Wine Tastings

Day 8: Franschhoek - Cape Town

Today you embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Starting in Franschhoek you make your way along the coast to Cape Town.  You take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. From here you 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. You enjoy lunch near here (not included – own account) before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and visiting the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. Then continue on to 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 2017 - 2018 -  Cape Town
Cape Town
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Abbey Manor Guest House
Abbey Manor Guest House

Day 9: Cape Town

Enjoy time at leisure today to relax or sign up for optional activities (not included in tour price): diving to see Great White sharks, whale watching, visit to Robben Island to see Mandela's prison, visit to local townships, walking tours, winelands, cycling, cultural tours and more.

Or explore the beaches, bays, quays, shops, restaurants and pubs that make Cape Town famous. As the sun sets, draping its golden light across the expansive landscape, you’ll wish your time here never had to end.

Today you will be met by your guide to begin a half day of exploration around Cape Town, known affectionately as the "Mother City." During your tour, you will visit the Houses of Parliament and the Castle, which was constructed between 1666 and 1679 and is recognized as South Africa’s oldest building. Furthermore, your tour will take you to the Company Gardens and the lively Greenmarket Square that hosts an exciting daily market. Finally, you will visit Table Mountain which will offer spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On your descent, you will stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community featuring elegant cobbled streets and brightly colored houses. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the Waterfront to experience this vibrant location on your own, which consists of many shops, restaurants, and pubs - or at your hotel to end the tour.


*Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from 25 July to 7 August.*

Accommodation: Abbey Manor Guest House
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Robben Island
Robben Island
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cape Town
Cape Town

Day 10: Cape Town - Hermanus

Enjoy your private transfer from the Cape Town Airport to Hermanus.

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 2017 - 2018 -  South Africa Hermanus
South Africa Hermanus
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Abalone Guest Lodge
Abalone Guest Lodge

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 2017 - 2018 -  South Africa Knysna Lagoon
South Africa Knysna Lagoon
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Turbine Hotel and Spa
Turbine Hotel and Spa

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 2017 - 2018 -  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 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 2017 - 2018 -  South Africa Durban
South Africa Durban
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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 2017 - 2018 -  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.

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  • 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.
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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 2017 - 2018 -  The Peech Hotel
The Peech Hotel

Pondoro Game Lodge: Kruger

Adjacent to the majestic Olifants River inside Greater Kruger National Park, Pondoro Game Lodge offers its visitors comfort, sophistication, and elegance. This small, exclusive, 16-bed lodge features 8 chalets spread out along the largest perennial river in Kruger National Park. Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience, where traditional African cuisine fuses effortlessly with modern European trends. Select any of the fine wines from the award winning wine cellar to compliment the food. All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River. Serenity Spa at Pondoro offers an escape to a place of sophistication and indulgence, where one is surrounded by elegant décor and cascading waterfalls, in an environment with a breathtaking ambiance. Enjoy early morning game drives, nature walks, bird watching and so much more.

South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pondoro Exterior
Pondoro Exterior
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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 2017 - 2018 -  The Franschhoek Country House & Villas
The Franschhoek Country House & Villas
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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 2017 - 2018 -  Abbey Manor Guest House
Abbey Manor Guest House
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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 2017 - 2018 -  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 2017 - 2018 -  Turbine Hotel and Spa
Turbine Hotel and Spa
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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 2017 - 2018 -  The Oyster Box
The Oyster Box
South African Grand Journey Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Wine Cellar
Wine Cellar

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

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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  • Edward C. — March 24, 2017 — Africa

    Our guide and driver were above and beyond our expectations.

  • Mary Ann B — March 17, 2017 — Africa

    I would definitely recommend Kensington Tours. Very well pleased with everything they provided. Accommodations were excellent as well as tour guides. Gareth at Kensington was a tremendous help in planning our trip. Thank you so much Kensington for a great trip to South Africa.

  • Elizabeth E — February 07, 2017 — Africa

    Both our guides from Rwanda to Tanzania were the best. Everything was FLAWLESS, the guides, transportation, the accommodations, the food, the safaris, etc. We actually went to the villagers home and met the kids who performed their native dance for us. It really was an emotional connection that was one of the highlights of the whole trip for us. Thanks so much for putting this all together for us!

  • Katie M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Our Kensington Tour to Tanzania was excellent. All of our accommodations were top-notch, our flights were fantastic, and every single detail was taken care of. We were extremely impressed with how welcoming and knowledgeable our guides were.

  • Neal F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Best trip ever. Sarah was a delight to work with and answered all of our questions and concerns professionally and courteously. It was a trip of a lifetime and everything was fantastic. Thank u Sarah and thank you Kensington

  • Rachel F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Kensington Tours gave us a wonderful trip with the best guide and accommodations. They helped us book flights to avoid long drives and answered all of our questions going above and beyond. Thank you for all your help giving my family and I a trip of a lifetime! We cannot wait to go back to Africa and do it again using Kensington!

  • Jeffrey L. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We wanted the full safari experience and Kensington was able to deliver it. We had the perfect mix of tents and lodges and honestly can say we saw about everything we could have in our time there. Our Kensington guide Elijah was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was basically a member of the family by the end of the trip. The entire trip was planned out perfectly. Thanks to Kensington and we hope to travel with them again in the future.

  • Sarah M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We had such a tremendous trip! We covered a lot of geography, plants and animals - both aquatic and land based. Every guide we had was knowledgeable and very personable. When Grootbos and then Madikwe found out it was my husband's birthday - our guide at Grootbos "Nita" arranged a private party for him (and us) and our chef and butler at Little Madikwe, Violet and Patience, baked cupcakes and got a small group together to sing happy birthday - in English and Afrikaans! We could never have seen so much on our own. The knowledge we gained about South African people, places, animals and history made this our trip of a lifetime! Thank you!

  • Sasha T. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We had the most amazing time on our trip. Very grateful to Kensington for organizing all the pick ups and details so we didn't have to think or worry - we could just enjoy ourselves. Will absolutely recommend this trip to family and friends and hope to use Kensington again in the future for our next adventure. Thanks so much!

  • Kristin C. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    From the minute we landed, everything was taken care of. Every driver and guide we had were very friendly and efficient. The highlight of our trip was our stay at Kapama Southern Camp, everything about this place was amazing. We were all sad to leave and would love to return there in the future. Would highly recommend booking as many people there as possible.

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