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TOUR NAME:SOUTH AFRICAN SURPRISE (Small Group - Guaranteed Departures)
TOUR DAYS: 15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS
TOUR LODGING INFO:14 Nights Hotels

Note: All prices are in USD
 

Johannesburg | Hazyview | Kruger National Park | Swaziland | St Lucia | Durban | Drakensberg | East London | Port Elizabeth | Knysna | Oudtshoorn | Cape Town

 
A remarkable tour at an equally remarkable price!
An unforgettable 15 days in one of the world's most exciting and diverse countries!
This incredible tour is bursting with adventure, fun and variety - at unbeatable value for money!
From Johannesburg through to Cape Town, this tour will take you through some wild and unspoilt beaches, to wildlife and wilderness in the game reserves of Kruger and Hluhluwe. Marvel at the dramatic mountain scenery of the Drakensberg Mountain Range (a World Heritage Site), sample oysters in Knysna, ride an ostrich in Oudtshoorn and go underground into some of the largest caves on earth, with incredible salactite and stalagmite dripstone formations.
 
TOUR PRICE: (Valid from 01 Oct 2009 to 31 Oct 2010)

Per person on Twin sharing basis: USD 1590.00 PER PERSON

Per person on Single room: USD 690.00 PER PERSON

TOUR LODGING INFO: 13 Nights Hotels

Accommodation will be provided on room with breakfast basis. Hotel list is as follows:

PLACES NIGHTS HOTELS
Johannesburg 01 Night Protea Hotel Waterfront
Hazyview/ Kruger NP 02 Nights Hippo Hollow Country Estate
Swaziland 01 Night Lugogo Sun
St Lucia 01 Night Protea Hotel St Lucia
Durban 01 Night Tropicana Hotel
Drakensberg 02 Nights Drakensberg Gardens Hotel
East London 01 Night Kennaway Hotel
Port Elizabeth 01 Night The Paxton Hotel
Knysna/ Oudtshoorn 02 Nights Knysna Hollow Country Estate
Cape Town 02 Nights Hollow on the Square
In event one of the above listed hotels is not available we will substitute with similar hotel.
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Tour in air-conditioned micro-buses or 18-seater mini-buses.
Discover South Africa with our professional Tour Guides.
Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.
Meals included - 14 Breakfasts * 5 Dinners
Return airport transfers
Hotel porterage
Full day visit to the Kruger National Park.
Kruger National Park Conservation Levy
Alleppey Round Trip Backwater Cruise
Sightseeing/orientation in East London and Port Elizabeth.


TOUR PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Meals at hotels except those listed in above inclusions.
Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry etc.
Flight charges if any.

TOUR ITINERARY:

DAY 1: Sunday: Johannesburg
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You are under own arrangements until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Waterfront or similar.

DAY 2: Monday: Johannesburg / Hazyview (BD)
This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God's Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke's Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar.

DAY 3: Tuesday: Kruger National Park (B)
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You are under own arrangements until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

Optional full day open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park available.

DAY 4: Wednesday: Hazyview / Swaziland (B)
This morning after breakfast, check out and depart on your journey to Swaziland. We proceed south through to Malalane and then onto Swaziland. Visit the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory before arriving at your hotel for your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar

DAY 5: Thursday: Swaziland / St Lucia and surrounds (B)
This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. The World Heritage Site of St Lucia offers the opportunity of sighting many hippos, crocodile and bird life.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel St Lucia or similar

Optional afternoon sundowner St Lucia Boat Cruise available.

DAY 6: Friday: St Lucia and surrounds / Durban (BD)
Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning open safari game drive (own account) before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. We visit the Botanic Gardens and continue with a city centre orientation tour before arriving at our hotel in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Tropicana Hotel or similar

Optional morning open safari vehicle game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park available.

DAY 7: Saturday: Durban / Drakensberg (BD)
Today we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We proceed on a visit to Howick Falls, a cascading waterfall that drops 300 feet. Continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, we arrive at our hotel mid afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up your surroundings, or go fishing, hiking or horse riding in clean mountain air.

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

DAY 8: Sunday: Drakensberg (BD)
Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. Within this scenically arresting mountain range, the opportunities for nature hikes abound, whether it be a slow meander or a more lengthy 'serious hike', the waterfalls, streams/rivers and wildlife within these mountains are breathtaking.

Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

An optional 4x4 Adventure tour up Sani Pass and into Lesotho is available (Passport required).

DAY 9: Monday: Drakensberg / East London (B)
This morning we depart and continue south to East London. En route we first stop at Umtata to visit the area where our most famous citizen, Nelson Mandela, was born and grew up. After visiting the museum dedicated to the life and achievements of this incredible man, we continue and arrive late afternoon in East London, the only river port in Southern Africa. Check in for your overnight accommodation.

Accommodation: The Kennaway Hotel or similar

DAY 10: Tuesday: Port Elizabeth (B)
After breakfast, check out and travel through East London for a short orientation tour. Continue through 'Settler Country' via Port Alfred towards Grahamstown. Visit the 1820 Settler Memorial before continuing onto Port Elizabeth. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Port Elizabeth's beaches are magnificent and justifiably world famous.

Accommodation: The Paxton Hotel or similar

DAY 11: Wednesday: Port Elizabeth / Knysna (B)
Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel. This beautiful 'lagoon-town' will be our base for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

DAY 12: Thursday: Oudtshoorn (BD)
After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the 'feather capital of the world' because of its thriving ostrich industry. Visit the famous Cango Caves and an Ostrich Farm where you have the opportunity of riding one of these giant birds. Return to Knysna for overnight.

Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

DAY 13: Friday: Knysna / Cape Town (B)
Today's journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Hollow on the Square or similar

DAY 14: Saturday : Cape Town (B)
Enjoy a day of leisure in the ' Mother City'. A visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended.

Accommodation: The Kennaway Hotel or similar

Optional full day Winelands or Peninsula tour is available.

DAY 15: Sunday: Cape Town (B)
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00 after which the remainder of the day will be under your own arrangements.

TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY:
You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing, which must be signed by the person that signed the Reservation Form. If you cancel on or before 30 days before the first day of the tour, we will retain your deposit to cover our costs. In addition, if the cancellation notification is received less than 30 days prior to the first day of the tour, additional cancellation charges shall be as follows:

Amount of Cancellation Charges:

45-30 Days before the first day of the tour - 50%
29-15 Days before the first day of the tour - 75%
Less than 14 Days before arrival 100%
(Cancellation conditions for Maldives may differ)

CHANGES BY YOU:
If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you, plus an amendment fee of $50.00 per revision per booking. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you will be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline fees or penalties.

HOW TO BOOK:
If you are happy with the arrangements outlined within this itinerary and would like to book, please forward your completed booking form and the deposit. If you would like to revise the itinerary, feel free to contact us and we can prepare another version which will hopefully match your requirements. The deposit is 25% of the total cost, plus any applicable insurance premiums and can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or credit / debit card.

PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD:
Please note, we do not charge a credit card fee on deposits, however, a credit card fee is charged on the balance of the price of your current trip or if full payment is made. Credit card fees are detailed within the enclosed information booklet. Please note we charge a credit card fee due to the high fees charged to tour operators by the credit card companies. We have chosen to make this transparent rather than including it within the trip price. You may therefore wish to pay the balance by bank transfer, debit card or personal cheque.