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Riviera Travel South Africa

Riviera Travel South Africa

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South Africa’s remarkable diversity in culture, scenery, and wildlife makes this 16-day tour an unforgettable experience.

The country offers diverse climates, ranging from temperate to Mediterranean and sub-tropical. South Africa’s breathtaking scenery includes national parks teeming with wildlife and pristine shorelines. The Kruger National Park, akin to the size of Wales, provides a quintessential African safari experience. The ‘big five’ can be found here, among other remarkable wildlife. Beyond its landscapes and fauna, South Africa showcases vibrant cities like Johannesburg, known for its culture, and Cape Town, with its iconic Table Mountain backdrop.

  • Tour Zulu War battlefields at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift with a specialist guide
  • Experience a full-day safari in Kruger National Park, a world-renowned game reserve
  • Stay in the heart of Western Cape’s Winelands, including a wine estate cellar tour and tasting
  • Explore cosmopolitan Cape Town with three nights’ accommodation, surrounded by natural beauty and Table Mountain
  • Discover the Cape of Good Hope and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town
  • Visit Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum for insight into contemporary South Africa
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon, ranking as the world’s third-largest canyon
  • Witness on-shore whale watching in Hermanus (seasonal)
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque country of Eswatini
  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast each day, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Return UK flights
  • All transfers
  • All tours mentioned and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Riviera tour manager

Day 1 – Departure

You should arrive at the airport to take your overnight flight to Johannesburg where you will be met on arrival ready for your transfer.

Day 2 – Arrival in Johannesburg

After our morning arrival, we transfer to the four-star Indaba Hotel in a prosperous suburb, north of the city. On the way to our hotel we take the opportunity to visit the Apartheid Museum, a truly fascinating exhibition charting the apartheid years and the struggle against it, culminating in the first democratic elections.

Day 3 – Panorama Route

After breakfast we depart for the open spaces and farmlands of the Highveld, following the Panorama Route to Kruger National Park, one of the most scenic drives in South Africa. We follow the spectacular rim of the Blyde River Canyon, an amazing 20-mile long and 2,300- foot deep gorge cutting a vast swathe through the Great Escarpment separating the temperate grasslands of the Highveld and the drier savannah beyond

Day 4 – Kruger Game Drive

Today we have a full day’s game drive in specially adapted 10 seat 4×4 vehicles. There is simply nothing to beat that rising feeling of anticipation and excitement as we enter the nearby park in the half-light of the spectacular African dawn, surrounded by the noise of a unique ‘dawn chorus’. Which animal shall we spot first? Perhaps an elephant, a family of warthogs or possibly even the elusive cheetah.

Day 5 – Kruger Free Day

This is a day at leisure for anyone who just wants to take it easy by one of the pools at the hotel or do some hippo-spotting from the lovely lawn overlooking the river. Alternatively, you could try some elephant encounters, exciting microlight flights or even river rafting (all subject to weather conditions), as well as sunset safaris or night safaris where you can experience the unique thrill of an open 4×4 vehicle game drive by spotlight.

Day 6 – Swaziland & Kwazulu Natal

Today we leave Kruger on our way to the battlefields of Zululand. After breakfast we’ll drive south, entering the small but scenically beautiful country of Swaziland. As the road climbs past the interestingly-named Piggs Peak we descend through lush green fields and rolling hills interspersed with small farms and drive through the country’s small capital Mbabane, passing the parliament house and Royal Palace en route.

Day 7 – Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift

After breakfast we visit the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Brilliantly dramatised in the films Zulu Dawn and Zulu, these two battles, just a day apart, became a defining moment for the British Empire. In 1879 at Isandlwana, a depleted force of 1,300 were surprised and outmanoeuvred by a 20,000-strong Zulu army armed with cowhide shields and spears.

Day 8 – Mossel Bay

After breakfast we return to Johannesburg airport, flying to George in the Western Cape and at the heart of the gorgeous Garden Route. We take the short drive to the coastal town of Mossel Bay and our hotel, the charming three-star superior Diaz Hotel & Resort with breakfast. The comfortable rooms all boast excellent sea views.

Day 9 – Cango Caves & Oudtshoorn

Today we head inland, through stunning mountain scenery of the Ruitersbos Nature Reserve to the foot of the Swartberg Mountains. Here we’ll visit the spectacular Cango Caves, formed over millions of years in the soft limestone and South Africa’s best-known caves. Next we head to the small town of Oudtshoorn, a centre of ostrich farming since the 19th century.

Day 10 – Hermanus

This morning we take the long scenic drive to the Cape’s beautiful Winelands.  We drive via Hermanus, and during July to November is the best time for on shore Whale watching. These gentle giants move in seemingly permanent slow motion and are a truly amazing sight as they playfully cavort in the water. You arrive in the Winelands by late afternoon, staying two nights on bed-and-breakfast at the excellent four-star Devon Valley Hotel, which is a real find.

Day 11 – Winelands

Today we tour the awesomely beautiful Winelands. Set in a valley backed by majestic mountains, rows of manicured vines and orchards stretch into a distance studded by lime-washed, often thatched, 300-year-old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style, seemingly mirroring the undulations of the surrounding countryside.

Day 12 – Cape Town

This morning we visit the amazing Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, located just outside Cape Town and set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

Day 13 – Cape of Good Hope

This morning, we visit Cape Point and the legendary Cape of Good Hope, firstly driving past pristine beaches to the picturesque fishing harbour of Hout Bay. We continue along the breathtakingly scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive, full of rugged seascapes, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, then on to Cape Point itself.

Day 14 – Free Day in Cape Town

Cape Town, featuring British, Dutch and Cape Malay influences, is simply one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities with so much to offer the visitor! You could do some bargain shopping at the Waterfront, followed by a sumptuous seafood lunch. Or maybe go people-watching at fashionable Camps Bay? Obviously no visit to Cape Town is complete without taking a revolving cable car ride to the top of iconic Table Mountain which has announced the city to generations of sea-farers.

Day 15 – Return Flight

Our final day in Cape Town is at leisure before a transfer to the airport, at the appropriate time, for our return flight via Johannesburg to the UK.

Day 16 – Arrive Home

We arrive back in the UK after a truly unique tour.

Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg
Nestled within lush gardens, the four-star Indaba Hotel features two outdoor pools and an inviting spa for relaxation. Enjoy a variety of culinary options at the Epsom Terrace, Courtyard, and Chief’s Boma. The 260 air-conditioned rooms offer comfort and essential amenities. Located in a peaceful suburban area north of the city, it’s an ideal retreat.

Hippo Hollow Country Estate, Hazyview
The three-star superior Hippo Hollow Country Estate offers a serene retreat along the Sabie River, surrounded by lush gardens. Guests can enjoy the charming bar, a riverside restaurant with terrace, and two inviting pools. The 109 rooms, located in low-rise buildings and thatched chalets, provide garden views and essential amenities. Just a 10-minute drive from the National Park gate, it’s an idyllic location to explore the area.

Battlefields Lodge, Dundee
The three-star Battlefields Country Lodge, nestled near Dundee in Kwazulu Natal, offers a tranquil retreat in a historically significant area. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the lodge features a breakfast restaurant, an open-air pool, and 50 comfortable rooms. It overlooks rolling hills and the historic Talana Hill, the site of the first battle between the Boers and British soldiers.

Diaz Hotel, Mossel Bay
The Diaz Hotel offers a luxurious beachfront experience in the charming town of Mossel Bay, with stunning ocean views from every window and balcony. This elegant hotel boasts a cocktail bar, pizzeria, and a delightful restaurant serving dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.  The well-appointed rooms feature satellite TV, private bathrooms, and other amenities.

Pearl Valley Hotel, Franschhoek
The Pearl Valley Hotel, nestled within the scenic Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, offers a luxurious stay within the Val de Vie Estate. This four-star hotel provides a range of amenities, including a wine cellar, equestrian and polo center, spa, and an acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course. The hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool and 31 one-bedroom studio rooms equipped with modern comforts and private balconies or terraces.

Southern Sun Waterfront, Cape Town
The stylish Southern Sun Waterfront, conveniently located a short walk from Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, offers easy access to the city’s major attractions, including Table Mountain. The hotel features comfortable and well-appointed rooms with amenities like air conditioning, a bath, shower, hairdryer, safe, satellite TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel also provides an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and a convenient shuttle service to the waterfront.

Fact File

  • Currency: South African Rand
  • Flight time: Approx.  11 hrs 30 mins
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans
  • Time zone: GMT+2
  • Country: South Africa

*All transfer times listed here are approximate and dependent on traffic. Please note, en route to Johannesburg, you will spend 2 hours at the Apartheid Museum

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo International Airport Johannesburg 1 hr Cape Town Cape Town International Airport 45 mins

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