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The South Africa Odyssey is an exceptional, long wandering journey through South Africa. From city life to adventure, wildlife to culture, breath-taking scenery to sun-soaked coasts, South Africa is a premier travel destination. Our Odyssey begins in Johannesburg and travels through Mpumalanga, with visits along the Panorama Route as well as the Kruger National Park, a safari extravaganza. Once you have encountered the wildlife of the country, you will then travel to the Kingdom of eSwatini, where a vibrant cultural journey inspires. Zululand is where ancient kings once hunted, where the Big Five now roam, conserved, and protected. The last leg of the odyssey is a Garden Route journey ending with a few days spent in the city of Cape Town.
DATE ROUTING
DAY 1 – Saturday Fly from Home to Johannesburg
DAY 2 – Sunday Johannesburg
DAY 3 – Monday Johannesburg – Mpumalanga
DAY 4 – Tuesday Mpumalanga
DAY 5 – Wednesday Mpumalanga
DAY 6 – Thursday Mpumalanga – Eswatini (Swaziland)
DAY 7 – Friday Eswatini (Swaziland) – Zululand
DAY 8 – Saturday Zululand – Durban (Umhlanga)
DAY 9 – Sunday Durban (Umhlanga) – Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) – Knysna
DAY 10 – Monday Knysna
DAY 11 – Tuesday Knysna – Oudtshoorn
DAY 12 – Wednesday Oudtshoorn – Cape Town
DAY 13 – Thursday Cape Town
DAY 14 – Friday Cape Town
DAY 15 – Saturday Cape Town To Home by Airplane

Day 1 On Airplane

Fly from your home to Jonannesburg

Day 2 Johannesburg

On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. It is also the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. The remainder of the day is at leisure and unescorted. Why not enjoy an optional (own account) sightseeing tour of Soweto, learning more about the struggle for freedom in South Africa, or simply relax at your hotel?  At 19h00 we will meet at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers.

Day 3 Johannesburg – Mpumalanga (B)

Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to the Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, we travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, we travel via Sabie and arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park.

Day 4 Mpumalanga (B)

After an early morning breakfast, we’ll drive along the spectacular ‘Panorama Route’, offering views of amazing scenery including the 26-kilometre long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes and historic God’s Window, a breath-taking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. We arrive back in Hazyview in the late afternoon where the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax.

Day 5 Mpumalanga (B)

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game safari (with English speaking game ranger) through the Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Kruger is one of the world’s greatest national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. Search for the ‘Big Five’ (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant) as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game species. The game safari includes a visit to the Anti-Poaching Dog Unit (Project Watchdog), that was established because of the increase in rhino poaching worldwide. Learn about the dogs that are trained to track poachers in the field, detect firearms, ammunition and wildlife products that enter and exit through the Kruger National Park gates. A portion of the trip price of this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience goes towards ensuring that these dogs receive the best possible care in support of the vital work they do. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. An afternoon open vehicle game drive is available as an extension to the morning game drive (optional and for own account).

Day 6 Mpumalanga – Eswatini (Swaziland) (B, L & D)

This morning we travel to eSwatini (Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience inclusive of lunch, introduces us to the charming people of eSwatini (Swaziland) and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for overnight in eSwatini (Swaziland) and a sumptuous dinner at your hotel.

Day 7 Eswatini (Swaziland) – Zululand (B)

After breakfast we will continue south through eSwatini (Swaziland), before re-entering South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari (optional and for own account with an English-speaking game ranger) in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino.

Overnight in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region.

Day 8 Zululand – Durban (Umhlanga) (B)

This morning we will join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (depending on favourable weather conditions) before departing for Durban. Our journey takes us past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. We arrive early afternoon and the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean. Overnight in Durban (Umhlanga).

Day 9 Durban (Umhlanga) – Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) – Knysna (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Durban (Umhlanga) airport for the short southward flight to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), where we will be met by our representative and once everyone has arrived, we set off to explore the magnificent beauty of the indigenous Tsitsikamma Forest. Visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). We’ll arrive at our hotel in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Overnight in Knysna.

Day 10 Knysna (B, L & D)

After breakfast, visit the spectacular Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River Mouth (weather permitting) and the magical Knysna Forests, the stamping ground of the elusive Knysna elephants. Discover the stories of the woodcutters who worked the forests, the elephants that were hunted to extinction and the discovery of gold. Our expedition into the forest starts with a visit to the Dalene Matthee Big Tree Memorial. The enormous Yellowwood tree of over 880 years was named after Matthee, best known author of four books on the Knysna Forest. Enjoy a delicious lunch, in the forest, of traditional cuisine and local treats at Totties Farm Kitchen. Overnight in Knysna with dinner at Drydock Restaurant, renowned for dishes with glorious aromas and flavours, using the finest local ingredients and freshly picked herbs from the region.

Day 11 Knysna – Oudtshoorn (B & L)

Travel through the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘ostrich capital’ and the centre of the world’s Ostrich farming industry. Along the way, visit the ‘Map of Africa’, an extraordinary viewpoint in Wilderness. In Oudtshoorn, we’ll visit an Ostrich Farm for a fun filled interactive tour and light lunch that includes local specialities such as Ostrich Steak, before taking a tour of the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. We arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon to check in and relax before dinner (for own account). Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Day 12 Oudtshoorn – Cape Town (B)

There is an option (for own account and subject to availability) to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities (weather permitting). A portion of the monies paid by guests for this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience go towards the Buffelsdrift Foundation, that focusses on Wildlife conservation in the Klein Karoo region, habitat conservation and the local community. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land. After this thrilling experience, head back for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast, the journey continues through the ‘Little Karoo’ to Barrydale, where you will have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, to interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom, learning more about this rural community. A portion of the trip monies go towards our Barrydale Farm School Development Fund, that supports local education of underprivileged children in rural communities.  (The school visit is subject to the school being open). Continue to Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain. Overnight in Cape Town.

Day 13 Cape Town (B & D)

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour of Cape Town and Table Mountain (own account) or join us for a Marine Big Five Safari (own account), where you may see great white sharks, whales, Cape fur seals and a variety of seabirds on a 2-hour boat cruise with marine biologists on hand to explain more about these amazing animals that visit our shores.  Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafés, and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. Enjoy a fun filled evening with interactive entertainment and delectable food at Gold Restaurant. Overnight in Cape Town.

Day 14 Cape Town (B)

Enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, offering some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay (where you can enjoy an optional and for own account seal island boat cruise) and then on to Cape Point where (by tradition) it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. We’ll return to Cape Town by way of Simon’s Town, where we visit the Penguin colony at Boulders Beach (entrance fee for own account) and Fish Hoek fishing village. Overnight in Cape Town.

Day 15 Cape Town to Home by Airplane (B)

Enjoy some last-minute shopping (unescorted) or sightseeing (own account). The Robben Island Tour (for own account & time permitting), which departs from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, offers a fascinating excursion, or perhaps just wander through the variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets. Later you will be transferred to the airport, harbour, or railway station for your onward journey.

Cape Town Protea President Hotel

4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

+27 21 434 8111

Oudtshoorn Hlangana Lodge

51 North Street, Oudtshoorn, 6625, South Africa

+27 44 272 2299

Swaziland The Royal Villas Hotel Eswatini

Lobamba, Hhohho H106

+268 2416 2072

+268 2416 2072

Johannesburg Protea Hotel Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton

Maude Street, Sandown, Sandton, South Africa, 2126

+27 11-3225000

Knysna aha The Rex Hotel

8 Gray St, Knysna, South Africa, 6571

+27-(0)-44-302-5900

Mpumalanga Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

R40, Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

+27 (0) 79 757 8014

Durban Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

14 Palm Boulevard Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, Rocks, Durban, 4320, South Africa

+27 31 582 6000

St Lucia Anew Hotel Hluhluwe

104 Main Rd, Hluhluwe, 3960, South Africa

+27 (0) 35 562 4000

  • Traverse the famous Long Tom Pass en route from Johannesburg to Mpumalanga
  • Visit the spectacularly scenic Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window
  • Experience an open vehicle game safari in the Kruger National Park including a visit to the KNP anti-poaching Dog Unit
  • Meet the friendly people of eSwatini (Swaziland) and experience their culture through singing and dancing
  • Boat game cruise on Lake St Lucia
  • Visit Tsitsikamma National Park and the scenic Storms River Mouth
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner at a delightful lagoon side restaurant in Knysna
  • Immersive journey into the mythical Knysna Forests, discovering the legends build around woodcutters, elephants, steam trains and gold miners
  • Visit the ‘Map of Africa’ viewpoint in Wilderness, a unique sight that is quite literally a Map of Africa
  • Guided tour of the Cango Caves and a guided tour of a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
  • Visit a rural farm school in the Barrydale area with the opportunity to interact with the children. This visit supports our Barrydale Farm School Development Fund that encourages local education of underprivileged children in rural communities
  • Explore the small towns along the well-known Route 62 between Oudtshoorn and Cape Town
  • Authentic African dinner experience with a 14-dish taste safari paired with entertainment
  • Three overnights in Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain
  • Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour including the Cape of Good Hope, ‘the fairest cape in the whole circumference of the earth’
  • Enjoy a variety of carefully chosen optional MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences that positively impact our travellers and the communities we visit.

Day Place Excursion Price
2 Johannesburg Afternoon Soweto Tour

Soweto is unlike any suburb you’ve ever seen or been to, yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African story.

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5 Kruger National Park Afternoon Open Vehicle Game Safari

For the wildlife enthusiasts a second open vehicle safari, as an extension to the morning safari, in one of the world’s most renowned game reserves.

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6 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Afternoon Open Vehicle Game Safari

Enjoy an afternoon, 3-hour open vehicle game safari into the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Africa’s oldest game reserve and world renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation programme.

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12 Oudtshoorn Make Travel Matter® Experience – Early Morning Meerkat Safari

There is an option to enjoy an early morning Meerkat Safari. Witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities

(weather permitting & subject to availability at the time of booking).

A portion of the monies paid by guests for this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience go towards the Buffelsdrift Foundation, that focusses on Wildlife conservation in the Klein Karoo region, habitat conservation and the local community. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land.

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13 Cape Town Morning Table Mountain & Cape Town City Tour

Travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting), then descend to further explore the city.

* The Table Mountain cable way ticket is not included.

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13 Cape Town Make Travel Matter® Experience – Marine Big Five Safari Experience

Join us for a marine safari where you may see great white sharks, whales, Cape fur seals and a variety of seabirds. On a 2-hour cruise from Gansbaai, Marine Biologists will be on hand to explain more about the amazing animals that visit our shores.

A portion of the monies paid by guests for this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience go towards the Dyer Island Conservation Trust that delivers conservation and research programmes to protect the biodiversity of the marine eco-system surrounding Dyer Island. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 14: Life below Water.

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Eswatini(Swaziland):

Tourist Visa is not required for US and Candian Citizens, if their stay is not over than 30 days.

Travelers visiting Eswatini generally enter through South Africa.

South Africa:

US and Canadian passport holders do not require a tourist visa to enter South Africa.

  • All Prices are in USD
  • $600/person non-refundable deposit plus air ticket fees request at time of booking. Balance paid 3-month prior to the departure.
  • Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation. Single room is available with additional $599/person.
  • Add on airfare: available upon request (if your home airport does not list, we assist your air ticket consultation)
  • No Child discounts apply. Minimum Child age: at least 8 yrs. old

 

Price includes

  • Round trip international flights from your home to destination
  • Domestic transportation indicated in the itinerary.
  • Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights Hotel accommodations including portage.
  • Meals and featuring regional delicacies mentioned in the itinerary, totally 19 Meals: 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • LUGGAGE: One suitcase and one person bag

 

Price does not include.

  • Tips (Gratuities to tour guides and drivers)
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa fee (if applicable for non-USA/CANADA citizens)
  • Your personal expenses, such as laundry, int’l phone calls, etc.

 

 

Cancellation: In the event of services being cancelled 90 days or less, prior to arrival, the following land tour cancellation fees will apply.

 

  • 90 days to 75 days before commencement of services: 35% tour price.
  • 74 days to 60 days before commencement of services: 70% tour price.
  • 59 days or less before commencement of services: 100% of tour price

 

We recommend that you ensure have Travel Insurance protection at time of booking.

 

Air ticket is non-refundable after ticketing according to airlines rules.

Special Conditions

For tours that include services of certain suppliers with more stringent policies, e.g., National Parks Board, Blue Train, Private Lodges and others, different cancellation fees will be enforceable. These will be provided when applicable.

15 Days

15 Days South Africa Odyssey – Land Tour from $2999 or with Flight from $4299 (New York Departure)

From: USD $2,999 

Group Size:

Guide:

2-20
English

Number of travelers

* Other dates are available on request.

* You may depart from any US major airport, please contact us for details.

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