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South Africa & Swazi Quest
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The unvarnished grandeur of South Africa is on display in this comprehensive exploration of one of the continents most diverse and fascinating destinations. Africas incredible culture and wildlife is at a premium on this tourfrom the coastal shores of Tsitsikamma to extensive game drives in Addo Elephant National Park and the famed Kruger. Youll also have the chance to visit a traditional Swazi village, explore modern Cape Town, and follow the glorious Garden Route. Add in knowledgeable CEOs and some of the best camp meals youve ever tasted and youve got a recipe for adventure par excellence.

  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: DASQ/127101
  • Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Finishes: Cape Town, South Africa
You will Visit
  • Johannesburg
  • Cape Town

Itinerary

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Day 1: Johannesburg

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Johannesburg at any time and make your way to the joining point hotel.

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Day 2: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger Area

Drive through scenic mountains, and experience a traditional dinner and local dancing in the evening.

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Day 3: Kruger National Park

Enjoy a game drive in Kruger and watch wildlife from the comfort of the touring vehicle.

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Day 4: Kruger National Park/Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Opt to go hiking, mountain biking, or visit a traditional Swazi village.
Cross the border from South Africa to Swaziland. Explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated in the Swaziland's “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Valley. Take advantage of free time to go horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, or game viewing.

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Day 5: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Get out and explore Swaziland. Opt to go hiking, mountain biking, or visit a traditional Swazi village.

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Day 6: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary/Saint Lucia

Opt to take a boat cruise, go kayaking, or take a game drive in Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park.
Depart for the beautiful Zululand area, re-entering South Africa in one of its most diverse regions. Stay in the St Lucia area near the coast. Here, take an optional boat trip on the estuary or go for a horse ride on the beach. The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park stands as a beacon to the efforts for conservation in South Africa.

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Day 7: Saint Lucia

Get out and explore. Opt to visit the Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Park, which is a safe haven for both the white and black rhino. Lions, buffalo, elephants, and leopards also call this reserve home.

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Day 8: Saint Lucia/Durban

Enjoy a traditional Durban meal of "bunny chow" (hollowed out bread filled with curry).
Spend most of the day travelling the coast to Durban. Explore the beach and dive into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean just out the front door of our guest house.

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Day 9: Durban/Chintsa

Travel south into the heartland of the Xhosa people and on to Chintsa, a little piece of paradise with 15km (9.3 mi) of beach.
South of Durban, travel to the Eastern Cape province, into the heartland of the Xhosa people, and on to Chintsa.

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Day 10: Chintsa

Spend the day enjoying the beach. Opt to surf, join a guided game drive, or visit a local craft brewery.
There is lots to do around Chintsa. Learn how to surf, take a horseback ride, hike, or enjoy the beautiful 15km (9.3 mi) beach. Opt to join a guided game drive, enjoy an elephant encounter, or quad bike through the 4000 hectare game reserve. Embrace your adventurous side and cycle or jump on the bus to Mama Tofu's Xhosa village for an inspiring cultural experience. Visit the local craft brewery Emerald Vale to taste real home-brewed ale.

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Day 11: Chintsa/Addo Elephant National Park

Enjoy a game drive in Addo Elephant National Park in the touring vehicle.
Today, cross many unique valleys and continue on to the Addo Elephant National Park, a unique wildlife area. Enjoy a game drive in our touring vehicle. Listen to the wild sounds of Africa while enjoying a sundowner (cheers!) and sitting around the campfire at night.

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Day 12: Addo Elephant National Park/Tsitsikamma

Afternoon visit to Tsitsikamma NP. Opt to hike, snorkel, canoe, whale watch, or bungee jump.
Spend the next two nights camping in the Tsitsikamma area. Optional activities include hiking a portion of the Otter Trail or other short hiking trails along the coastline.

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Day 13: Tsitsikamma National Park

Spend the day at Tsitsikamma National Park. Opt to hike, snorkel, canoe, whale watch, or bungee jump.

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Day 14: Tsitsikamma/Knysna

Travel further west to the town of Knysna, famous for the Knysna Lagoon and the "Heads" (sea cliffs). Opt to visit a cheetah sanctuary or a monkey park en route to Knysna.

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Day 15: Knysna/Oudtshoorn

Visit the sea cliffs of Knysna Heads. Opt to explore the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn or one of the many ostrich farms in the area.
From Knysna, take a scenic drive to travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the area known as Klein Karoo (“Little Karoo”), and make the quiet town of Oudtshoorn our base. Opt to explore the Cango caves or visit an ostrich farm.

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Day 16: Oudtshoorn/Cape Town

Travel to beautiful Cape Town. Enjoy amazing views of Table Mountain, and explore the vibrant, cosmopolitan city at night.

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Day 17: Cape Town

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Park entrances to Addo Elephant NP & Kruger NP with wildlife safari drives in our vehicle
    • Traditional dinner and local dancing
    • Tsitsikamma National Park entrance
    • Traditional Durban dinner
    • Beach time in Chintsa
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotel (1 nt), participation camping (13 nts), hostel (2 nts, multi-share)
    • 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Search for the Big Five in national parks and reserves
  • Visit a local village
  • Enjoy cosmopolitan Cape Town
  • Take in South Africa's dramatic coastal scenery
  • Experience local dancing.