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$5,479 or 5 monthly payments of $1,095.80
18 days/17 nights
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18 Day Kaleidoscope of South Africa - Save 750pp!

Nature lovers and adventurers will love exploring the best of South Africa in this 18-day tour through cities, villages, sprawling plains, lush forests and golden beaches. This land of incredibly diverse natural wonders rewards travellers with stunning landscapes, fascinating culture, intriguing hist...

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Highlights

  • All transfers included
  • 33 meals included
  • Visit Nelson Mandela's former home and the stirring Apartheid Museum
  • Explore Kruger National Park with experienced rangers
  • International Flights on full service carrier & all accommodation included
  • Multiple departures in 2018 and 2019

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Depart for South Africa
Depart for South Africa

DAY 2 - Arrive in Johannesburg
Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. Born a gold mining town, it’s often called "Gauteng - the City of Gold." Transfer to your hotel and have time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone.
Overnight: Johannesburg

DAY 3 - Soweto Tour
A visit to Soweto reveals the township’s bustling neighbourhood life, setting trends in politics, fashion, music, and dance. Visit Nelson Mandela's former home, now a museum, with its expansive multimedia exhibits outlining the life of this storied South African hero. Then, to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, dedicated to casualties of the Soweto uprising of 1976. Lunch in Soweto at a popular restaurant before a visit to the stirring Apartheid Museum. Here, journey through the beginning of segregation in the country implementation of the system and factors that shaped its 20th-century history. This evening, a Welcome Dinner together celebrates your arrival.
Overnight: Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 - Panorama Route to Kruger National Park Area
Depart after breakfast and travel to Mpumalanga Province, known as "Paradise Country," driving the spectacular "Panorama Route." Visit Bourke's Luck Potholes, a series of waterfalls and distinctive rock formations created by countless millennia. From afar, spot the famous “Three Sisters,” huge spiralling mountaintop sculptures that resemble pointed roofs of traditional African homesteads, considered a geological wonder. This evening join your travelling companions for dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: White River
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Full Day Game Drive in Kruger National Park
Rise early to get ready for a thrilling open vehicle game drive with an experienced ranger in Kruger National Park. Larger than the state of Connecticut, the park offers some of the best game and wildlife viewing opportunities in the entire world, and early morning is an optimal time of day. Perhaps you’ll see lion, elephant, giraffe, or zebra in their natural habitat. Search for the “Big Five” and keep an eye out for the many other smaller creatures that also live in this reserve, including more than 500 species of birds and more than 100 different reptiles. Lunch inside the park before another game drive in the afternoon. Later, after the day's excitement, return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: White River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Full Day Game Drive in Kruger National Park
This morning, return back to Kruger National Park for another day of fantastic game viewing. There will be ample opportunity for up-close sightings from your 4WD open vehicles. As you travel with the experienced trackers, they’ll help you to spot the game that migrates through this huge reserve. The diversity, density and sheer numbers of animals here is almost unparalleled – a most memorable experience. At the end of the day, return to the hotel for leisure time.
Overnight: White River
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - eSwatini*
The drive today takes you to eSwatini, formerly called Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, fine handicrafts and vibrant indigenous culture. Visit the Ngwenya glass factory where talented glass blowers form enchanting African animals, birds and fish from 100 percent recycled glass, collected by the local children. Later, perhaps join the excursion to a Swati candle factory to see wax artists creating beautiful candles in different shapes and sizes. Dinner together at the hotel.
*Please note: eSwatini is an independent country from South Africa and therefore has different entry requirements. Non-US passport holders are responsible to check if a visa is required for eSwatini in addition to all other countries on their itinerary.
Overnight: eSwatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 - St. Lucia Estuary Cruise
Travel to Hluhluwe, a small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal on the banks of the Hluhluwe River. After lunch en route, continue to the southernmost point of Lake St. Lucia to embark on a cruise to the tidal St. Lucia Estuary. Look out for Nile crocodiles, hippos, sea turtles, and even sharks, in this fascinating and uniquely diverse ecosystem.
Overnight: Hluhluwe-Umfolozi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi & Zulu Village
This morning travel to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest game park in South Africa, established in 1895. As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s, the park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. On this morning’s game drive, you may have a chance to see Africa's 'Big Five' (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros). Afterwards, visit a Zulu village where you will have an opportunity to observe their dancing, local culture and experience a traditional lunch.
Overnight: Hluhluwe-Umfolozi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 - Fly to Port Elizabeth
In Durban board a flight to Port Elizabeth, known as the “Friendly City.” A scenic orientation tour introduces you to this lovely city with its balmy climate and sandy white beaches. In the evening, perhaps take a trip to the Boardwalk Entertainment Complex, known for its eateries and action filled casino.
Overnight: Port Elizabeth
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 - Garden Route to Knysna
Today, journey along South Africa’s picturesque Garden Route via Tsitsikamma National Park in the Western Cape Province to Knysna, a natural paradise of lush, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. Nestled on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon, Knysna is a protected marine reserve, home to the extraordinary seahorse and over 200 species of fish. The area around Knysna is a veritable Garden of Eden and paradise for nature lovers. This is home to the brilliantly coloured and elusive Knysna Loerie, a plethora of forest birds, dolphins and visiting whales.
Overnight: Knysna
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 - Knysna Lagoon Cruise
Today, experience the Knysna Lagoon aboard a paddle cruiser that offers a unique view of the lagoon. View the legendary Knysna “Heads,” two enormous sandstone cliffs that stand like sentries at the entrance to the lagoon from the sea. Enjoy lunch aboard the cruiser before returning to Knysna for leisure time. 
Overnight: Knysna
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13 - Cango Caves & Oudtshoorn’s Ostrich Farms
This morning, a scenic drive takes you along the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo (Little Karoo). Take in the beauty of the deep gorges and ravines, the high cliffs and the majestic mountains to the south and north and the ever-present colorful Fynbos vegetation of the region. Tour the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s great natural wonders. Be amazed by the range of dripstone caverns that open into large areas of towering stalagmite formations, some resembling real-life objects, and even historical figures. One of the main attractions and the most famous is Cleopatra’s Needle, which stands at 30 feet high and is at least 150,000 years old. Continue to Oudtshoorn, the "Ostrich Capital of the World," and learn more about the world's biggest bird. Oudtshoorn's ostrich industry dates back to 1864 when ostrich feathers were fashionable accessories among European nobility, launching the feather industry in South Africa. Next, its onto a working ostrich farm for an interesting guided tour that explains every aspect of ostrich farming, breeding, and rearing. View the eggs, incubators, and chicks (in season) and perhaps even feed one of the ostriches by hand.
Overnight: Oudtshoorn or George
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14 - Scenic Drive to Cape Town
Today, you will travel from the Garden Route into the Western Cape, stopping in Swellendam for lunch. Nestled in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, this picturesque town is filled with wonderful examples of the traditional white washed Cape Dutch architecture. In the late afternoon, arrive to Cape Town where you will be welcomed by the towering symbol of the city - Table Mountain.
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 - Cape Town City Tour
The discovery of Cape Town begins with a drive past the Castle of Good Hope built by the Dutch East India Company, the splendid baroque City Hall, and the Grand Parade. View St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter where thousands of slaves were brought in the early 18th century from Java, Ceylon and other Far Eastern regions. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and the magnificent Table Mountain. Ascend to the top (weather permitting) by means of a cable car. At the summit, see wildflowers and the famous silver tree, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. Explore Cape Town this afternoon on your own, perhaps visit the seaside Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex with its endless shopping, cafes, and restaurants. Later, you're invited to a home hosted dinner. You'll be welcomed by a local family in their home to share a delicious dinner coupled with world-famous South African wines and delightful conversation.
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16 - Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
Depart on a full day tour of the striking Cape Peninsula. Drive to Cape Point passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches. Stop at Hout Bay; see colorful boats moored on the docks and fresh fish markets overlooking the bay. The scenic drive then meanders along the coast to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site comprising over 17,000 acres of indigenous flora and fauna. Ascend by funicular to the old lighthouse built to warn ships sailing near the “Cape of Storms.” The views are spectacular! After, continue on to Boulders Beach, home of an endangered land-based colony of African penguins, viewing these unique and endearing animals in their natural habitat is a unique experience!. End the day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with a rich display of more than 7,000 species and the first garden to be included within a natural World Heritage Site
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 17 - Full Day in Cape Town
Spend your day at leisure to explore Cape Town on your own or perhaps join the afternoon optional Winelands Tour which takes you to Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town and the historic heart of the country’s wine region. Return to Cape Town. Tonight, bid farewell to your newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner
Optional: Half Day Winelands Tour (PM)
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18 - Depart South Africa
Transfer to the airport in Cape Town for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDES

INCLUDES

  • Flights Sydney-Johannesburg, Cape Town-Sydney 
  • Other departure cities available
  • Gratuities while on tour and hotel porterage 
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Internal flight Durban-Port Elizabeth
  • 16 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Johannesburg
  • 3 nights White River
  • 1 night eSwatini
  • 2 nights Hluhluwe-Umfolozi
  • 1 night Port Elizabeth
  • 2 nights Knysna
  • 1 night Oudtshoorn or George
  • 4 nights Cape Town
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 33 meals: 16 breakfast, 6 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Game drives in modern 10-seater safari vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
EXCLUDES
  • Visa
  • Meals not mentioned 
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature 

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fine print

  • Multiple departures in 2018 and 2019.
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • Advertised Price based on departures dates: 12 Oct 2018 from Sydney at time of publishing.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out.
  • Additional nights can be purchased through the resort at promotional rates.
  • Offer only available for consecutive nights stays.
  • Cancellation must be made in writing for your reservation to be cancelled.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Please note all our holidays are subject to availability at time of booking. Should your dates not be available please note the My Discoveries Booking Guarantee applies. The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can't get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we'll give you your money back, no questions asked.

booking essentials

  • Once your MyDiscoveries holiday has been purchased you will receive a voucher with full redemption details for you to book your travel.
  • Should you have any questions on this holiday simply call the customer service team on 1300 404 606 who are on-hand to answer your queries.
  • If for any reason you are unable to book your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names (as they appear on their passport), age of travellers and details of any special requirements you wish to highlight to the resort (e.g. vegetarian etc).
  • We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed.
  • Visas for Australians traveling overseas
  • A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country.
  • We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here 

booking guarantee

The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can't get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we'll give you your money back, no questions asked.

travel period




Travel Period:

Departures in 2018:
Sep: 14
Oct: 12
Nov: 9 

Departures in 2019: 
Feb: 8
Mar: 8 
Apr: 12
May: 10
Jun: 21
Jul: 19
Aug: 2, 30 
Sep: 13, 27
Oct: 4, 11
Nov: 8

*These departures are subject to availability and prices may vary. Please call for an up to date price on 1300 404 606
**Advertised Price based on departures dates: 12 Oct 2018 from Sydney at time of publishing. 

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