8Apr

16 day mini bus tour South Africa’s eastern coastline

Highlights: Discover South Africa from the beautiful Cape to the bustling city of Johannesburg. Experience the internationally acclaimed Cape Winelands and journey to three world heritage sites. Celebrate various cultures” success stories, relish the scenery on the Panorama Route and encounter the Big 5 in Kruger National Park
Departure Times: selected Saturdays / Townhouse Hotel at 13H00
Tour Code :
TIRB-N
Start / end location : Cape Town, Western Cape / Johannesburg, Gauteng
Duration : 16 days / 15 nights
Accommodation :3 and 4 star hotels
Vehicle:2 – 14 guests per vehicle / luxury sedan, minibus or coach
Languages :Bilingual – English & German
other languages guides available on request if booked on a private basis
Includes: Meals: 15 Breakfasts; 5 Dinners
Entrance Fees: Taal Monument; Garden Route National Park, Storms River conservation fee; Ostrich Farm; Cango Caves; Kruger National Park conservation fee; Blyde River Canyon; Bourkes Luck Potholes; Wonder View
Excursions : wine tasting; Stellenbosch Walking Tour; traditional home visit; iSimangaliso Wetlands Park; open safari vehicle morning game drive and St Lucia Estuary boat cruise

Departures :Selected Saturdays – German
Nov 11 & 25 ; Jan 20; Feb 17; Mar 17; Apr 21; May 19; Jun 09; Aug 11; Sept 08; 22; Oct 06; 20

Selected Saturdays – English & German
Jan 06; Feb 03 ; Mar 03; Apr 07; May 05; Jul 14; Aug 25

South African tour starting from Cape Town
aerial view of Cape Town South Africa

Recommended Pre-Tour:Mother City Full Day Theatrical Tourthrough Cape Town

Table Mountain is a unique conservation area which presents its visitors the best views of Cape Town, ancient caves and some amazing hiking trails. It is also home to the Dassie or Rock Hyrax, a small, furry, guinea pig like animal whose closest living relative is the African elephant. The Table Mountain Range is six times older than the Himalayas and five times that of the Rocky Mountains, and is estimated to be 260 million years old. Its original name was Hoeri ‘kwaggo, sea mountain, then named Taboa da Caba, Table of the Cape by Portuguese.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Saturday | day of arrival – Cape Town

Molo! Welcome to the beautiful city of Cape Town, iKapa.

Arrival at Cape Town International Airport; transfer to hotel (own arrangements and for own account)

A representative will meet and assist guests at the hotel. Guests have the opportunity to purchase optional day excursions if not pre-booked.

Lunch (own account)

At leisure or optional Table Mountain and City afternoon tour (own account)

Tour Guide to meet guests at the hotel for tour briefing at 18h30

Dinner at hotel (own account)

Note: The transfer from Cape Town International Airport to the hotel

should be arranged by yourselves and will be for your own account.

Day 2 | Sunday | full day at leisure – Cape Town

Cape Town lingers on the edge of Africa where oceans meet and cultures

fuse under the ever watchful and majestic Table Mountain. Cape Town is as diverse as its history and bursts with enticing activities.

After breakfast, spend the morning at leisure discovering your Mother City or join an optional guided, full day Cape Point tour (own account), which incorporates Cape Point, Boulder’s beach (entrance fee for own account) and Kirstenbosch Gardens.

This evening’s dinner can be enjoyed at the hotel or restaurant in town

(own account).

Day 3 | Monday | Cape Town to Stellenbosch via Cape winelands (±100km)

After breakfast we leave Table Mountain behind us and travel north-east
to Stellenbosch through the Cape Winelands.
Guests travel to the town of Paarl, South Africa’s third oldest town.

Paarl gets its name from the enormous granite boulder is called Paarl Rock and is the second largest granite projection on the planet. At this Rock, we stop off at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument (Afrikaans Language Monument), where we learn more about this beautiful structure and museum.

We stop for lunch and a wine tasting (both for own account) at one of the many stellar wine farms in Paarl. Finding some of the world’s finest wines is an easy task in the Cape Winelands.

Journey further into the heart of the Winelands and arrive in the beautiful university town of Stellenbosch. Embark on a walking tour of Stellenbosch to see the town’s historic sites and colonial Cape Dutch architecture, and some of the country’s oldest buildings, along its leafy streets and mountainous backdrop. Check in at your hotel.Take some time at leisure to enjoy the comfortable and luxurious settings and views before drinks and dinner (own account) at one the hotel’s restaurants.

Cape Town to Johannesburg bus tour
landscape view of Cape wine lands

Day 4 | Tuesday | Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn via Route 62 (±410km)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing Stellenbosch. Travel to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo via Route 62, an iconic route with intoxicating and ever changing landscapes. Running along orchard lined valleys, towering mountain ranges, rivers and indigenous fynbos, Route 62 bridges the Western and Eastern Cape and includes what is possibly the world’s longest wine route.

Next up on our trip is a visit to an award winning brandy distillery in Robertson, where you’ll experience a brandy tasting. Lunch along the scenic Route 62 (own account). See the landscape change as we journey further into the semi-arid beautiful Klein Karoo onward to our destination of Oudtshoorn.

Enjoy some leisure time when you arrive at your hotel for the night.Delight in the charming country setting as you enjoy a dinner (own account) of local fare and hospitality.

Day 5 | Wednesday | Oudtshoorn to Knysna via Cango Caves (±160km)

After breakfast, our journey takes us south, via the Outeniqua Pass to

Knysna. Our first stop outside Oudtshoorn, in the Cango Valley, is where we discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves.

This 20 million year old world wonder, features an impressive display ofgold and vermillion dripstone stalagmites and stalactites. These calciteformations grow between 2-6 mm in length per one hundred years making it a true treasure and natural marvel.

Cango Caves on Cape Town to Johannesburg tour
drop formation Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Back above ground, we take a tour of a nearby ostrich farm where you will be introduced to these strange and exotic birds as well as the ostrich industry. Lunch at the ostrich farm’s restaurant (own account).

Traveling southwards to Knysna via the Outeniqua Pass. This Pass was constructed by prisoners of war from 1943 – 1951 and now bridges the semi-arid Klein Karoo and the coastal Garden Route.
The next scenic stop is in Wilderness. Guests enjoy some photographic opportunities

And sweeping views from the Map of Africa lookout point (weather permitting) bfore continuing to Knysna.

Savour dinner at the hotel (own account).

Day 6 | Thursday | full day at leisure

enjoy a full day at leisure or venture on an optional excursion to a South African Heritage Site, Featherbed Nature Reserve and wildlife rehabilitation centre
(own account).

On arrival at the Knysna Waterfront, board the ferry that will take you to Featherbed Nature Reserve on the Western Knysna Head. On arrival at the reserve, board a Unimog-drawn trailer and drive up to the top of the reserve. While stopping at a scenic lookout point, our specialist guide will share fascinating tales about Knysna and the surrounding area while you enjoy the panoramic views.

An optional 2.2 km guided nature walk takes you through the forest onto the cliffs into the caves and along the scenic coast. This is followed by a buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant, a unique outdoor restaurant situated on the edge of the Lagoon under a canopy of Milkwood trees.

After lunch depart for an educational experience at a rehabilitation centre for indigenous widlife.

Enjoy time at leisure before dinner (own account).

Day 7 | Friday | Knysna to Port Alfred via Eastern Garden Route (±410km)

visitors walking along the Storms River bridges
walkways across the Storms River

After an early breakfast at the hotel, travel to the marina town of Port

Alfred along the Garden Route. Travel further along the Garden Route to Storms River mouth where you will experience the wonderful views on the suspension bridge. Here you will observe the Storms River meeting the Indian Ocean in grand splendour. Tsitsikamma is the ancient San name meaning place of abundant water, an enchanting and fabled part of the country.

Drive along the coastal road to Port Alfred, at the heart of the Sunshine Coast on the banks of the Kowie River. Arrive late afternoon at your riverfront hotel. Enjoy refreshing drinks (own account) before savouring the delightful local cuisine (own account).

Day 8 | Saturday | Port Alfred to Wild Coast (±300km)
Enjoy an early breakfast before the tour departs for the Wild Coast.

Stop for lunch en-route before arriving at the quaint beach resort in the afternoon. Views from the hotel range fromthe stunning Wild Coast beaches to the green, lush, tropical vegetation.

Day 9 | Sunday | full day at leisure

Spend the day at leisure after breakfast. Join one or more optional activities on offer such as extreme golf, lagoon

cruise, canoeing, hiking or enjoy any of the recreational hotel facilities.

Visit a traditional homestead and experience authentic, local hospitality. Excursions are operated by a local guideand all funds go to the community. Lunch at the hotel (own account).

Enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) and a scrumptious, fresh seafood buffet.

Day 10 | Monday | Wild Coast to Kokstad/Harding (±380km)

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel and depart for Kokstad, via the Mthata sites (time permitting) on the Mandela Route.

The Mandela Route takes a scenic drive on the N2 Highway to Mthatha, which hosts the Nelson Mandela Museum.

The museum hosts a display reflecting the life and times of Mandela. Visit other prominent Mthata sites (time permitting).

Lunch en-route (own account).

The tour arrives at the resort, late afternoon. Guests spend the late afternoon at leisure, freshen up and dine at the hotel.

Day 11 | Tuesday | Kokstad/Harding to St Lucia (±460km)

Large elephant herd in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park, South Africa
elephant herd moving through the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi park

After an early breakfast, depart for St Lucia at 07h30.

South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province is colloquially referred to as the Elephant Coast. This region is acclaimed for its towering mountains, the warm Indian Ocean, tropical vegetation and a myriad of animal species.

Lunch en-route (own account).

The tour arrives at the hotel in the late afternoon. Dine at the lodge or in town (own account).

Day 12 | Wednesday | St. Lucia to Swaziland (±335km)

Before breakfast, board an open safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive through iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Take a short walk in iSimangaliso, a World Heritage Site. This 332 000-hectare park contains 3 major lake systems, 8 interlinking ecosystems, 700-year- old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 525 bird species, 25000-year- old coastal dunes (amongst the highest in the world) and is also home to the largest concentrations of hippo and crocodile in the country.

After breakfast at the hotel, board an eco-friendly boat cruise on the estuary.


The tour departs for Swaziland entering the tiny Kingdom at the Lavumisa Border post. Swaziland is culturally diverse, an absolute monarchy and one of Africa’s smallest countries.

The tour stops at the Swazi Candle factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the millefiori technique. Candles are unique and the range boasts an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs.

Lunch en-route (own account).

The tour arrives at the hotel in the late afternoon. Guests spend the evening at leisure, freshen up and dine at the hotel or in town (own account).

glass-factory.jpg
exquisite glass works made in the Kingdom of Swaziland

Note: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that

you are in possession of a valid passport, and for nationals of certain

countries, multi-entry visa terms and conditions will apply.

Day 13 | Thursday | Swaziland to Hazyview via Kruger National Park (±250km)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. The tour exits Swaziland at the Jeppe’s Reef border post and arrives at the Kruger National Park’s Malelane Gate.

Guests take a guided, closed vehicle game through the Kruger National Park to Hazyview. The Kruger National Park, or Kruger as it’s locally called, forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This peace-park links the Kruger with Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. Greater Kruger is 20 000km² in extent – roughly the size of the Netherlands.

Lunch (own account) in one of the park’s rest camps before continuing to Hazyview, the gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park and the spectacular Panorama Escarpment.

Arrive at the hotel and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.

Kruger Park lion and lionesses
lion squabble
The Pinnacle, Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga province South Afica
the Pinnacle at Blyde River Canyon

Day 14 | Friday | full day in Kruger National Park (±250km)

After an early breakfast, spend the day exploring the Kruger National Park. Board a guided, closed vehicle for a game drive in Kruger and see Africa’s iconic mega-fauna and endemic birdlife. Guests have the option of a full day, open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger (own account and excludes lunch).

The Kruger National Park covers 19,485km² and runs 360km from north to south, supporting a variety of fauna and flora including 145 mammals and 500 bird species, some rare and endemic to the area.

The tour stops at one of the park’s rest camps for lunch (own account).

Guests exit Kruger, late afternoon and return to the hotel to freshen up and enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) before dinner.

Day 15 | Saturday | Hazyview to Johannesburg via Panorama Route (±500km)

After breakfast travel to Johannesburg via the scenic Panorama Route.

Wonder View, the highest viewpoint on this route, is at the start of this day’s trip on the Panorama Route. The tour visits Bourke’s Luck Potholes and stops at the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels, the world’s largest green canyon. These sites are included in the country’s list of natural marvels.

En route stop for lunch (own account).

The tour arrives in Johannesburg, late afternoon. Spend the evening at leisure. Guests dine at the hotel (own account).

Day 16 | Sunday | morning at leisure in Johannesburg
Spend the day at leisure or alternatively join a Soweto morning tour (own account and excluding lunch). Soweto is the most metropolitan township in South Africa and the leader in politics, music, fashion and popular culture. In 1963 the acronym Soweto, adapted from South Western Townships, was officially adopted as the township’s name. This tour highlights the historical struggle and showcases the present-day lifestyle of South Africa’s previously disadvantaged citizens.

Note: Your transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport is notincluded in the package price and must be booked separately.