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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country South Africa
Travel type Fly
Price range From £0
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 15 nights
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South Africa

South Africans call their homeland “a world in one country.” It covers an area equivalent to five times the size of Britain, with a climate ranging from temperate, Mediterranean and sub-tropical to desert. It offers scenery, with arguably the finest wildlife on earth and no fewer than 11 official languages. This 16 day tour is designed to highlight South Africa’s diversity of cultures and scenery together with its history.

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement (date dependent) of £199 to £329 per person. Scheduled flights to Johannesburg and from Cape Town, all transfers, 13 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, three dinners, all tours as mentioned, visit to Apartheid museum, visit to Blyde river canyon, full day Kruger safari, tour of Zulu battlefields including lunch, tour of the Featherbed Nature Reserve including lunch, whale watching depending on season (19 Apr - 22 Nov), winelands tour including a wine tasting, visit to Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, tour of Cape Point, porterage of one item of luggage per person and the services of an experienced Riviera tour manager.

  • A tour taking you into the heart of South Africa
  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
  • Stay in three and four star hotels
  • Guided full-day safari in the Kruger national park
  • Tour of the Zulu War battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift
  • Internal flight to the Garden Route
  • Go whale watching for southern right whales
  • Stay in the heart of the western Cape’s Winelands, experiencing a cellar tour and tasting at a 300-year old wine estate
  • Visits to the Cape of Good Hope and the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens
  • Visit Johannesburg’s new Apartheid Museum
  • Stay three nights in Cape Town
  • Visit Swaziland
  • Daily breakfast and five meals included
  • Option to stay a night in a tented safari camp and experience a sundowner bushwalk with an experienced ranger
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager
Not included
Visa & Health

British passport holders do not currently require a visa. However, please ensure that your passport is valid for at least thirty days after the intended return date and there are at least two completely empty pages. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for South Africa at least a month before departure. The Kruger national park is considered a malarial zone, although the risk is reduced during the South African drier ‘winter’ months of May to August. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate medication well before departure and ensure you use a strong mosquito repellent.

Note on what to wear

Early mornings in the Kruger Park can be cold, especially during June and July, so it’s best to wear several layers that can be removed as the day warms up. However, during December to February midday temperatures can, as an extreme, reach 40C (105F) in certain areas, so a hat and light breathable fabrics are best. Please avoid bright colours or white clothes whilst on safari; neutral colours of khaki, brown or beige are best and remember to bring some binoculars and a camera with a good zoom lens. We recommend long sleeved shirts and trousers in the evenings to reduce the possibility of mosquito bites. Most hotels operate a ‘smart-casual’ policy in the evenings, i.e. collared shirts and long trousers. Jackets and ties are not necessary unless you choose to dine at one of Cape Town’s top restaurants.
Day one

Overnight direct flight to Johannesburg.

Day two

After your morning arrival, you transfer to the four star Indaba hotel in the prosperous suburbs north of the city. On the way to your hotel, you take the opportunity to visit the Apartheid museum, charting the apartheid years that culminated in the first democratic elections. It is presented as a walk through contemporary history, using original material, eyewitness accounts, photographs and film. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day three

You depart for the open spaces of the highveld, following the Panorama route to the Kruger national park, one of the most scenic drives in South Africa. You follow the rim of Blyde river canyon, a 20-mile-long and 2,300-foot- deep gorge. Deep eroded rock formations and many excellent vantage points offer some of the best views in Africa. Your hotel for the next three nights is the three star superior Hippo Hollow country estate, located on the banks of the Sabie river just on the edge of the national park. It has gardens, two pools, a bar, and a restaurant overlooking the grounds and river. Dinner is included tonight.

Day four

Today you have a full day’s game drive in specially adapted 10 seater 4x4 vehicles. Enter the nearby park in the half-light of the African dawn, surrounded by the dawn chorus. Areas of sweeping savannah bisected by rivers full of hippos, muddy waterholes and the bush itself. Game-viewing is an intensely moving experience with encounters with these creatures thriving in their natural habitat.

Day five

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 lawn overlooking the river. Alternatively, you could try elephant-back safaris, helicopter flights or even river rafting (all subject to weather conditions), as well as bush walks or night safaris. During the evening there is an option to attend a night of traditional songs and dances and insights into the local tribal culture.

Day six

You leave Kruger for the battlefields of Zululand. After breakfast you will drive south to Kwazulu Natal province, passing through Swaziland and staying at the simple three star Battlefields lodge hotel for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day seven

You visit the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, dramatised in the films ‘Zulu’ and ‘Zulu Dawn’. These two battles became a defining moment for the British Empire. At Isandlwana, a force of 1,300, was outmanoeuvred by a 20,000-strong Zulu army, with only a handful surviving. The same evening, only 140 British soldiers, held off 4,000 Zulus at Rorke’s Drift, an action earning 11 Victoria Crosses, the largest number awarded in single engagement. Isandlwana, particularly, remains a haunting place with mass graves marked by simple white stones. Lunch is included today.

Day eight

After breakfast, you return to Johannesburg airport, flying to George in the Western Cape and at the heart of the Garden Route. You take the short drive to the coastal town of Knysna and your hotel, the three star superior Knysna Hollow country estate on a bed and breakfast basis. Dinner is included tonight.

Day nine

Knysna has been called South Africa’s favourite small town with its lagoon location, numerous art galleries, craft shops and the Knysna Quays marina shopping and dining complex. This stretch of coastline encompasses mountains, lagoons, beaches, indigenous forests, wetlands teeming with birds and akes and mountains. This morning, you take a ferry across the lagoon to the Featherbed nature reserve, a South African natural heritage site. There you stop at viewpoints where your guide will describe the area’s fauna, flora, history and shipwrecks, all followed by an easy downhill guided walk and lunch under the canopy of the milkwood trees.

Day 10

This morning, depending on the season (from July to mid-November), you drive to Hermanus, the world’s best spot for onshore whale watching. You arrive in the Winelands by late afternoon, staying two nights on a bed and breakfast basis at the four star Devon Valley hotel. This little property is set on the valley slopes offering views, gardens, a shady terrace, a bar with dark leather armchairs, fireplace and a wide selection of single malt whiskies. Some tours may stay at the nearby four star Erinvale hotel.

Day 11

Today, you tour the Winelands. Set in a valley backed by 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. Later, you visit the small town of Franschoek in a setting at the head of a valley; then Stellenbosch, established 300 years ago and now home to South Africa’s most prestigious university. You have time to explore before taking a cellar tour and tasting at the award-winning Boschendal wine estate. Tonight, you will have a typical South African barbecue dinner or Cape Malay buffet at your hotel.

Day 12

This morning, you visit Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. Located just below Table Mountain, these are considered the best in the country. You soon arrive in Cape Town and your hotel, the four star Southern Sun Waterfront, staying three nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis. The afternoon is spent at leisure, when you can begin to explore the city.

Day 13

This morning, you visit Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, firstly driving past beaches to the fishing harbour of Hout Bay. You continue along the scenic Atlantic seaboard, full of rugged seascapes, to the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, and then on to the cape itself. At the cape you see the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and the promontory of rocks, the scourge of mariners for centuries. Finally, you visit Boulders Beach and its penguin colony, returning to the city for the afternoon.

Day 14

Cape Town, featuring British, Dutch and Cape Malay influences has so much to offer. You could do some shopping at the Waterfront, followed by a seafood lunch. No visit to Cape Town is complete without taking the cable car to the top of the iconic Table Mountain. You could also visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, and whose visitors since its opening to the public have included Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Gates, and even Nelson Mandela himself. Alternatively, perhaps you will simply wander, or take afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson hotel.

Day 15

Your final day in Cape Town is at your leisure, before a transfer to the airport for your return flight via Johannesburg to the UK.

Day 16

You arrive back in the UK after a truly unique tour - the memories of which will last a lifetime.
Johannesburg - Indaba hotel - four star

In a quiet and prosperous suburb, north of the city,the low-rise buildings are surrounded by gardens with two outdoor pools. The Epsom terrace offers a range of local and continental cuisine, whilst the Courtyard is ideal for an al fresco lunch and the Chief’s Boma offers a more authentic African ambience in the evening. You can also book a treatment at the hotel’s spa. The 260 furnished rooms are all air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, cable TV, safe and tea/coffee-maker.

Hazyview, Kruger - Hippo Hollow country estate - three star superior

Llocated in the midst of riverine forest on the banks of the Sabie river, just a 10 minute drive from the gate to the national park. It has extensive gardens with sun-loungers and hammocks under the trees, two pools, a bar, a restaurant with an open-air terrace overlooking the grounds and river where you can watch the hippos. The 109 rooms are in low-rise buildings or thatched chalets with garden views. Hotel rooms have TVs and are air-conditioned, with en-suite shower/wc, safe and tea/coffee-maker.

Dundee - Battlefields country lodge - three star

Situated near Dundee and lies in the heart of the former battlefields in Kwazulu Natal. The lodge is nestled in a green valley overlooking rolling hills and Talana Hill, which was the site of the first battle between the Boers and British soldiers. The lodge has a restaurant, an open-air pool and 50 rooms set in gardens.

Knysna - Knysna Hollow country estate - three star superior

Just a couple of minutes drive from Knysna. There is a restaurant, with an extensive selection of wines and the Rutland Arms pub. The 79 single storey rooms are whitewashed and thatched and set around the gardens, many overlooking the two swimming pools. All rooms have en-suite shower/wc, hairdryer, ceiling fan, TV, tea/coffee-maker and garden patio.

Winelands - Devon Valley hotel - four star

This small award-winning boutique property is set in a quiet rural location on valley slopes a few miles from Stellenbosch. It offers views, gardens, a shady terrace, a bar with dark leather armchairs, fireplace and a wide selection of single Malt Whiskies. There's an open-air pool, a jacuzzi and a petanque court. The main restaurant is known for its market-fresh Cape cuisine, whilst the adjoining terrace is great for lazy lunches. The 50 rooms have air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe and tea/coffee-maker.

Cape Town - PH Victoria Junction hotel - four star

Situated in the Greenpoint area, close to all major attractions and allows guests easy access to leading nearby restaurants, theatres and shopping and entertainment at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. There’s an open-air pool, a bar and lounge area and a restaurant. All 172 rooms are well-equipped and have air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, iPod docking stations, free wireless internet, safe, tea/coffee-maker and city views.
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We have just returned from a wonderful trip to South Africa. This was our
first trip with Riviera Travel and we were really impressed with the
organisation and the content of our holiday. Mary and Colleen were a really
top class team - Mary with her immaculate organisation and Colleen with her
wide breadth of knowledge about African history, wildlife and the people.
Aug 2011
Mr J Fisher

We are writing to express our appreciation for our South Africa tour manager Matt Locmelis. The whole tour was extremely good and so was Laurence with his extensive knowledge of the country. However, Matt is singled out because he was just terrific when we had a health scare. He dealt extremely efficiently with everything, from hospital to travel insurance, and he kept in touch with us, informing and reassuring us, during the whole problem period. He deserves high praise.
Jun 2011
Dr M S Campo

We have just returned from our holiday in South Africa arranged by Riviera travel. The itinerary, hotels, travel arrangements and special adventures were well chosen and went as promised without a hitch. We have no hesitation in saying it has been the experience of a lifetime and we shall look forward to an opportunity to travel with Riviera again.
Feb 2011
DR Smith

I have just returned from your South African trip and wanted to say how very much my friend and I enjoyed it. Karen Holladay was our Tour Manager and she was excellent - very knowledgeable and helpful and it was all organised superbly - nothing was too much trouble for Karen and she obviously loves Africa. The local South African guide Richard and the two drivers we had were also very good. Highlights were the safaris, bush walk and also the visit to the Township in Cape Town but there was so much on the tour that it is difficult to pick out any one thing. I would definitely use your company again for a tour so well done! Jane Van Goethem
Jan 2011
Jane Van Goethem
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