SOUTH AFRICAN ODYSSEY

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Cultural tour & Safari of South Africa, Swaziland & Zululand
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Our journey of South Africa covers the most important cultural and historical sites, the majestic cities – urban and rural, and game attractions one would want on any tour of this august land.  We travel from Johannesburg to beautiful Cape Town, through such friendly cities as Port Elizabeth and the vibrant city of Durban.  On this tour, we enjoy a rich variety of culture, flora, fauna and the spectacular game. This journey is being offered in three different categories of accommodation.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 16 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 20 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Johannesburg (SOUTH AFRICA)
Day 02: Johannesburg/Mpumalanga (Drive)
(B)
Day 03: Kruger National Park and Sabi Sabi
(B)
Day 04: Kruger National Park
(B)
Day 05: Mpumalanga/Swaziland (SWAZILAND)
(B)
Day 06: Swaziland/Zululand (Drive) (ZULULAND)
(B)
Day 07: Zululand/Durban (Drive) (UMHLANGA)(SOUTH AFRICA)
(B, L)
Day 08: Durban/Port Elizabeth (Flight)
(B)
Day 09: Port Elizabeth/Knysna (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 10: Knysna
(B, L)
Day 11: Knysna/Oudtshoorn (Drive)
(B)
Day 12: Oudtshoorn/Stellenbosch (Drive)
(B)
Day 13: Stellenbosch/Cape Town Airport or extend stay to Cape Town (Drive)
(B)
Optional Cape Town Stay
 
Day 14: Cape Town
(B)
Day 15: Cape Town
(B)
Day 16: Cape Town/Departure
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Johannesburg (SOUTH AFRICA)

Upon arrival at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport. We are met and transferred to our hotel. This tour is offered in three different categories of hotel accommodation. Please see notes below.
Overnight: Johannesburg (1 night)
Option 1. Park Inn Sandton
Option 2. PH Fire & Ice Melrose Arch
Option 3. Sandton Sun

Day 02: Johannesburg/Mpumalanga (Drive)

The excitement of our South African Odyssey starts as we depart Johannesburg for the first of the many highlights. The route to Mpumalanga province is a sea of spectacular scenery travelling on the “Panorama Route” offering views of amazing scenery including the 26Kms Blyde River Canyon and the God’s Window. We are now heading to the famous Kruger National Park. Continue to an area near Hazyview for the overnight stay.
Overnight: Mpumalanga (3 nights) (B)
Option 1. Sabi River Sun
Option 2. Sabi River Sun
Option 3. Sabi River Sun

Day 03: Mpumalanga

The day starts early with packed breakfasts as we head into the world famous Kruger National Park. Searching for the “Big Five”, we have ample opportunity to enjoy prolific bird life and numerous other game. Later we spend the afternoon relaxing at our hotel, located just outside the park.  Evening, we may take an optional open-vehicle game drive to the Kruger National Park. For an optional upgrade to experience a private reserve inside the Sabi Sabi please see below+.
After breakfast travel through the Kruger National Park, with game viewing en route. At Skukuza Airport you will be met by the Sabi game rangers and transferred to Sabi Sabi Game Reserve for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax until your late afternoon open vehicle game drive. This area offers a great bio-diversity of habitat and wildlife, giving an excellent chance of experiencing close encounters with the “Big Five” – elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion. (B)

Day 04: Mpumalanga

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive (with an English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. The park offers some of the best game viewing and wildlife opportunities in the world – and the visitor will soon appreciate the challenges of managing this unique reserve. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel or you can join us on our Community visit to the Sizabantwana Children Care Centre for a tour and a brief look into the lives of the children that attend the centre. This visit offers you the opportunity to understand more about the rural communities and their lifestyles and to interact with them in a secure and optimistic environment.  Return to your hotel where open -vehicle game drives are available (optional and for own account).
Start your day with an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast, transfer to Skukuza Airport, where you will be met by your tour guide and on your return, enjoy a game drive through the Kruger National Park, before rejoining the main tour. (B)

Day 05: Mpumalanga/Swaziland (SWAZILAND)

This morning we travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. Visit the Ngwenya glass factory, where visitors can watch talented glass blowers create a range of enchanting African animals, birds and fish, as well as tableware, made from 100% recycled glass that is collected by the children of Swaziland.  In the afternoon the opportunity exists for a complimentary (optional) excursion to a Swazi candle factory, where visitors can watch Swazi wax artists make beautiful candles. Overnight in Swaziland.
Overnight: Swaziland (1 night) (B)
Option 1. Lugogo Sun
Option 2. Lugogo Sun
Option 3. Royal Swazi Sun

Day 06: Swaziland/Zululand (Drive) (ZULULAND)

After breakfast we continue south through Swaziland, before re-entering South Africa. Travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. Enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive (with an English speaking game ranger) before continuing to your hotel in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region.
Overnight: Zululand (1 night) (B)
Option 1. PH Umfolozi River
Option 2. PH Umfolozi River
Option 3. PH Umfolozi River

Day 07: Zululand/Durban(UMHLANGA) (SOUTH AFRICA)

After breakfast, travel to a traditional Zulu village to experience the local culture, dancing and a delicious ethnic lunch. The journey continues to Durban, passing traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. Overnight in Durban.
Overnight: Durban (1 night) (B, L)
Option 1. PH Umhlanga
Option 2. PH Umhlanga
Option 3. PH Umhlanga

Day 08: Durban(UMHLANGA)/Port Elizabeth (flight)

We are transferred to Durban airport for our flight to Port Elizabeth (Airfare not included. Book flights to depart Durban after 1230). Upon arrival at Port Elizabeth, we are transferred to our hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Port Elizabeth, known as the “friendly city”, has a wonderful climate and offers plenty to see and do.
Overnight: (1 night) (B)
Option 1. PH Marine (non sea facing)
Option 2. PH Marine (non sea facing room)
Option 3. PH Marine (sea facing)

Day 09: Port Elizabeth/Knysna (Drive)

Head westwards along the Garden Route, which follows the Indian Ocean coastline and is bordered inland by soaring mountain ranges and indigenous forests. Visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). You’ll arrive at your hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore the town.
Overnight: Knysna (2 nights) (B, D)
Option 1. Rex Hotel (standard)
Option 2. Rex Hotel (studio luxury)
Option 3. Rex Hotel (studio luxury)

Day 10: Knysna

After a leisurely breakfast you’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. (B, L)

Day 11: Knysna/Oudtshoorn (Drive)

Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. You’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Late afternoon you will travel to your hotel in time to check in and relax.
Overnight: (1 night) (B)
Option 1. Hilangana Lodge (standard)
Option 2. Hilangana Lodge (standard)
Option 3. Hilangana Lodge (superior room)

Day 12: Oudtshoorn/Stellenbosch (Drive)

After breakfast, travel through the ‘Little Karoo’ to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before continuing to Montagu, a picturesque and historic spa town. (The school visit is subject to school being open) Continue to Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in South Africa, surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountains with vineyards as a backdrop.
Overnight: (1 night) (B)
Option 1. Cultivar Guest Lodge (standard room)
Option 2. Cultivar Guest Lodge (deluxe room)
Option 3. Cultivar Guest Lodge (deluxe room)

Day 13: Stellenbosch/Cape Town Airport or extend to Cape Town (Drive)

After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a wine tasting in the Stellenbosch area, arguably the country’s most famous wine route. Then finally onto Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of the Table Mountain where the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore the city (unescorted).
Overnight: (3 nights) (B)
Option 1. Sunsquare Cape Town
Option 2. PH Sea Point
Option 3. Winchester Mansions

Optional Cape Town stay (DAY 14 - 16)

Day 14: Cape Town optional stay

After a relaxing breakfast, you’ll have a full day at leisure. Why not join one of the many optional tours we offer including tour of the Cape Peninsula ($ 80 per person), Table Mountain ($ 60 per person), Cape Town half day city tour ($ 60 per person), Robben Island tour ($ 100 per person).
Overnight: Capetown (B)

Day 15: Cape Town

After a relaxing breakfast, you’ll have a full day at leisure. Join one of our optional tours. Details under Day 14 of this itinerary. (B)

Day 16: Cape Town/Departure

After a wonderful experience on the South African Odyssey, we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)

OPTIONS

+ Day 03 upgrade to inside Sabi Sabi

After breakfast travel through the Kruger National Park, with game viewing en route. At Skukuza Airport you will be met by the Sabi game rangers and transferred to Sabi Sabi Game Reserve for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax until your late afternoon open vehicle game drive. This area offers a great bio-diversity of habitat and wildlife, giving an excellent chance of experiencing close encounters with the “Big Five” – elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion.
Overnight on a full board basis i.e. Lunch, dinner and breakfast for Day 04 included.

Day 04 Sabi Sabi/Mpulumanga

Start your day with an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast, transfer to Skukuza Airport, where you will be met by your tour guide and on your return, enjoy a game drive through the Kruger National Park, before rejoining the main tour.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017 (ex Johannesburg)

Sundays Jan 15 & 29, Feb 05, 12 & 26, Mar 05, 12 & 26, Apr 16, May 21, Jun 18, Jul 16, Aug 13, 20 & 27, Sep 10, 17 & 24, Oct 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29, Nov 05, 12, 19 & 26

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Hotel Categories   Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
13 days program
(without Capetown)
1 US$ 2350 US$ 475
2 US$ 2490 US$ 550
3 US$ 2645 US$ 595
16 days program
(with Capetown)
1 US$ 2665 US$ 740
2 US$ 2855 US$ 740
3 US$ 3195 US$ 995
+ Supplement for Sabi Sabi private Game reserve
US$ 790 per person sharing.
Single supplement not available.


Notes

Day 08 – Book flights to depart Durban for Port Elizabeth after 1230



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Airfare Durban/Port Elizabeth*
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers on seat-in-coach basis
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • Game Park fees
  • Community visit to a local farm school (Day 12)
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1800

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1700

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1500

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 20 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.