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World in One Country Tour

World in One Country Tour

A glorious 14-day southern African experience, where you’ll see and savour the immense
richness of the country. From the wilds of Kruger National Park to the cosmopolitan
sophistication of Cape Town, you’ll come to understand why South African is dubbed
A World in One Country.
From Johannesburg, our journey takes us to the quaint historical mining town of Pilgrim’s
Rest, and on through the breathtaking scenery of Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window.
We’re en route to one of the world’s most famous game parks, Kruger National Park, and
here, in open safari vehicles, we’ll be excitedly tracking the spoor of the legendary Big Five.
Our travels then take us to the little Kingdom of Swaziland for an authentic cultural
experience and traditional craft market, before we embark on a lazy cruise of Lake St Lucia,
a world heritage site, and enjoy ample sightings of the resident hippos and crocodiles.
Heading down the coast, we’ll journey through the dense, cool forest of age-old trees in the
exquisite Tsitsikamma National Park. We then board our ferry for the scenic crossing to the
Featherbed Nature Reserve, right at the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon. And from the
oysters of Knysna to the ostriches of Oudshoorn, we’re in the feather capital of the world.
One of the world’s most majestic sights is that of whales breaching off the Cape coast, and
if we’re fortunate – July to November only - that’s just what we’ll see. Hermanus offers the
best land-based whale watching in the world! The Cape coast is well worth exploring, and
we’ll be winding our way along this exquisite coastline, photo opportunities a-plenty. And for
the wine lovers among us, no trip to South Africa is complete without a signature wine-tasting
at one of the Cape’s famed wine estates. You’ll love the setting and the sipping!
A world in one country. By now you’ll know why.

Day 1: (Sat) Depart Ireland on your overnight flight to South Africa (via London)

Day 2: (Sun) Johannesburg
Touch down at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) where you’ll be met and
transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the magnificent
suburban shopping malls or take an optional afternoon Soweto Tour (own account). At
19h00 we all meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet your fellow
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Wanderers or similar

Day 3: (Mon) Pretoria / Mpumalanga (BB,BD)
Depart by 07h30 and leave Johannesburg’s distinctive skyline and head for Pretoria, South
Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to Mpumalanga, dropping
several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. We travel via the historic
towns of Witbank, Dullstroom and Lydenburg, to your accommodation for the evening which
is situated on the famous Long Tom Pass. The afternoon is at leisure to take in the panoramic
views across the escarpment or to participate in one of the many activities such as mountain
biking, hiking or trout fishing (activity costs for own account) which are on offer at the hotel.
Accommodation: Misty Mountain or similar

Day 4: (Tue) Kruger National Park (BB,D)
This morning we will explore the living history in the form of Pilgrim’s Rest, the old mining
village where gold was first discovered. Afterwards we will gasp at the glory that is God’s
Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and visit the spectacular
Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa.
Accommodation: Perry’s Bridge Hollow or similar
Guests have the option to purchase an afternoon Elephant interaction experience. You will
have the opportunity to touch, feed & brush down these magnificent animals.

Day 5: (Wed) A full day ‘Big Five’ game viewing in Kruger National Park (PB)
Set off before breakfast in an open safari vehicle in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and
leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species. Savour the magic of this
enormous wilderness..
Accommodation: Perry’s Bridge Hollow or similar

Day 6: (Thu) The Kingdom of Swaziland (BB, BL, BD)
Enjoy an enchanting drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection
Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Witness a Swazi cultural experience before visiting
the Swaziland National Museum. We continue through the capital city, Mbabane, known for
its vibrant markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings. Spend the night in
the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.
Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar

Day 7: (Fri) The Kingdom of the Zulu’s (BB)
Visit the Swazi Candle Factory, teeming with exquisite wax artworks in every shape and
colour imaginable. Then on into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas.
Arrive mid afternoon in the Umfolozi area.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi.
Guests have the option to purchase an exciting afternoon open safari vehicle game drive
into Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

Day 8: (Sat) Durban (BB)
This morning enjoy a cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush
KwaZulu-Natal coastline en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields do their own
version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind. Check into your hotel just before
lunch (own account). The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, or you may opt for an
exciting afternoon Durban City Tour or a trip to Ushaka Marine World (own account).
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge or similar

Day 9: (Sun) Port Elizabeth / Knysna (BB,D)
Morning at leisure until your collection and transfer to the airport for your mid morning
flight to Port Elizabeth (cost of flight not included). There you’ll be met by a new tour
director who’ll, upon everyone arriving, take you through the glorious, indigenous
Tsitsikamma Forest, before reaching Knysna, perhaps South Africa’s most visually
stunning resort, in the heart of the famous Garden Route.
Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel or similar

Day 10: (Mon) Knysna (BB,L)
Cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy an
amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to
Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond.
After lunch the remainder of the day at leisure, to enjoy this lovely and special town.
Accommodation: Knysna Hollow Hotel or similar

Day 11: (Tue) Oudtshoorn (BB,HL)
This morning we enjoy the wonderful views of the spectacular Outeniqua Pass en route
to Oudtshoorn, the ‘feather capital of the world’, so named because it’s the centre of
South Africa’s ostrich industry. After lunch, which features Ostrich Steak on the menu,
we learn more about these hardy, enigmatic creatures during a tour of an ostrich farm.
We then head underground for a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South
Africa’s most incredible natural wonders.
Accommodation: Oudtshoorn Inn or similar

Day 12: (Wed) Cape Town (BB)
A day of magnificent vistas. Enjoy the ever-changing passing canvas as we travel to
Cape Town. During the whale season we will travel via the seaside village of Hermanus
in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the southern right whales, which frolic offshore
(July to November only). Out of season we will return to Cape Town along ‘Route 62’,
South Africa’s version of America’s ‘Route 66’.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 13: (Thu) Cape Peninsula (BB)
A full day touring of the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula via the Atlantic seaboard.
We stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you can opt to take a cruise
(own account) to Seal Island to watch the antics of these natural performers. Then we
continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, before stopping off to see the lovable
penguins at Boulders Beach. We drive through the quaint naval village of Simon’s
Town on our way back to Cape Town.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 14: (Fri) Cape Winelands (BB)
Journey into the beautiful and tranquil Cape Winelands, visiting both Paarl and Stellenbosch
before stopping for wine tasting at two well known estates. A visit to the Huguenot
Memorial Museum and the Afrikaans Language Monument provides a historical perspective.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel President or similar

Day 15: (Sat) Cape Town (BB)
This brings us to the end of our ‘World in One Country’. Check out of your hotel and transfer
to the airport for your flight home.

• Visit the diamond mine that produced the ‘Great Star of Africa’.
• View the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window.
• Seek on the ‘Big Five’ in the Kruger National Park in open safari vehicle.
• Visit a traditional African craft market in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
• Enjoy a Swazi cultural experience.
• Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake St.Lucia – A World Heritage Site.
• Swim, bathe, and surf along the pristine beaches of Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’.
• Stroll through the Tsitsikamma National Park, renowned for its age-old trees.
• Journey via ferry to the Featherbed NR at the entrance to Knysna Lagoon.
• Discover the Cango Caves & enjoy an ostrich farm experience.
• The best land-based whale watching in the world, is in Hermanus (Jul-Nov)
• Explore the coastline of the Cape Peninsula.
• Enjoy wine tasting at some of the Cape’s most famous wine estates.

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