South African Odyssey

Resort: South African Odyssey
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: South Africa
Price From: £3185.00


This tour is the perfect introduction to South
Africa, encompassing many of its highlights.
Track the Big Five in Kruger National Park,
drive along the famed Garden Route to Cape
Town and explore the cultural heritage of
Zululand. The tour also explores the coastal
province of KwaZulu-Natal and includes a
stay in Eswatini, formerly called Swaziland.


Day 1: Fly to Johannesburg

Overnight flight from London (regional
connections available) to Johannesburg. (N)

Day 2: Johannesburg

Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to
Protea Hotel Wanderers for 1 night. Optional
sightseeing tours, excursions or shopping, or
simply relax at your hotel. Welcome briefing in
the evening where you will meet your fellow
travellers. (N)

Day 3: Pretoria Mpumalanga

Brief orientation tour of South Africas capital
city, Pretoria. Continue to the Lowveld,
passing the historic towns of Lydenburg and
Dullstroom via the Long Tom Pass. Arrive late
afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of
the Kruger National Park and stay 3 nights at
Perrys Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel. (B)

Day 4: Panorama Route

Drive the Panorama Route with its multitude of
outstanding views including some of the Blyde
River Canyon, taking in the Three Rondavels,
Bourkes Luck Potholes and Gods Window.
Return to your hotel in the early afternoon to
relax. (B)

Day 5: Kruger National Park

Open vehicle safari through Kruger National
Park to track the Big Five, see prolific birdlife
and a host of other wildlife. Return to your hotel in the afternoon to rest or join an
optional afternoon wildlife drive (payable
locally). (B)

Day 6: Mpumalanga Eswatini (Swaziland)

Drive from Kruger to Eswatini (Swaziland),
enclaved within the borders of South Africa.
An interactive cultural experience displays
the charm of the Swazi people and their rich
traditions. Travel via the capital city, Mbabane,
to the Ezulwini valley and visit a craft market.
Overnight at Royal Swazi Sun. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Eswatini Zululand

Continue south and cross the border back into
South Africa, passing the traditional huts and
rolling hills of Zululand. Optional afternoon
wildlife drive in an open safari vehicle in the
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, renowned
for its conservation of black and white rhino
and other flora and fauna. Overnight at
Hluhluwe Anew Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 8: Zululand Umhlanga

Morning cruise on Lake St Lucia, where you
can often spot plentiful hippos and crocs
(weather dependent). Drive towards Durban,
passing traditional Zulu kraals, eucalyptus
plantations and sugarcane fields. Afternoon
at leisure to enjoy the golden beaches of
the Indian Ocean. Overnight at Protea Hotel
Umhlanga. (B)

Day 9: Fly to Port Elizabeth Knysna

Fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth then explore
the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest and visit
the spectacular Storms river mouth (weather
permitting). Stay 2 nights at The Rex Hotel, set
on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in Knysna.
(B, D)

Day 10: Knysna

Start the day with a lagoon cruise to the
Featherbed Nature Reserve and take a
trailer ride to the top of the Western Head
for expansive views of the town, lagoon and
ocean. Return to your hotel for lunch and a
leisurely afternoon to explore this charming
town. (B, L)

Day 11: Knysna Oudtshoorn

Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to the
ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn. Take a guided
tour of a working ostrich farm, followed by
lunch. Continue to the limestone caverns at the
Cango Caves for a guided tour. Late afternoon
arrival at Hlangana Lodge for a 1-night stay.
(B, L)

Day 12: Oudtshoorn Cape Town

Optional early morning excursion to observe meerkats as they emerge out of their burrows
to bask in the sun (weather permitting).
Drive through the Karoo to Barrydale for a
visit to a local farm school (subject to timings),
before setting off for the picturesque spa
town of Montagu. Continue to Cape Town
and check in for a 3-night stay at President
Hotel. (B)

Day 13: Cape Town

A full day at leisure to explore the city or
waterfront at your own pace. Optional
excursions include a helicopter ride, a visit to
Robben Island or a cable car to the top of Table
Mountain. Dinner will be at a lively venue as
you sample Cape Malay cuisine and hear tales
of the people of the Cape. (B, D)

Day 14: Cape Town

Full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula, following
the scenic coastal paths from Sea Point
through Hout Bay and on to Cape Point, where
the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. Return
via the fishing village of Fish Hoek, Muizenberg
and Simon’s Town to visit the penguin colony
at Boulders Beach (entrance fee payable
locally). (B)

Day 15: Cape Town Fly to London

Morning at leisure for some final shopping or
sightseeing. Afternoon transfer to the airport
for your overnight flight home. (B)

Day 16: London

Morning arrival. (N)

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