A Classic Tours Collection

 

Departs every Saturday

16 Days Visiting: Johannesburg Pretoria, Mpumalanga, The Lowveld, Kruger National Park, Swaziland Zululand, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn & Cape Town

 

ACTC TOURS SPECIAL FEATURES :

First class Hotels, Rest camp with private bath/shower.
American Breakfast daily, 4 lunches & 4 Dinners.
Visit the Diamond mine that produced 'Great star of Africa'.
Baggage handling and porterage.
Big - 5 - Game viewing by open safari vehicles.
Services of accompanying escort.

 

ATOC VALUE ADDED FEATURES :

Visit a traditional African Craft Market in Kingdom of Swaziland.
Zulu cultural experience.
Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe- steam train ride.
Visit an Ostrich Farm.
Whale watching (seasonal).

Your Journey begins :

DAY 1:
SAT

DEPART NORTH AMERICA


Your tour to fascinating South Africa begins as you board your South African Airways overnight flight for Johannesburg.

DAY 2:
SUN

ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG


This afternoon arrive in Johannesburg, standing on the southern slopes of the Witwatersrand, a rich gold-mining region that serves as South Africa's industrial heartland. You will be welcomed upon arrival and escorted to your Hotel in Sandston.

DAY 3:
MON

PRETORIA AND MPUMALANGA


Depart Johannesburg for an excursion to Pretoria, capital of South Africa. Visit some of the historical sights, the Union Building, Voortrekkers Monument, the City Hall, Kruger House and Church Square, the world famous Premier Diamond Mine. The Great Star of Africa cut from Africa's biggest diamond, the Cullinan Diamond (mined here) is now in the scepter of the British Crown Jewels. After lunch continue towards Mpumalanga in the lush subtropical region of South Africa, known as the Lowveld.

DAY 4:
TUE

THE LOWVELD AND KRUGER NATIONAL PARK


Tour the old mining village of Pilgrim's Rest where gold was first discovered, God's Window, a bound-less view, stretching across the thickly forested mountains and fertile plains and one of the natural wonders of Africa, the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. Continue to Kruger Park, arriving at our camp in time for a traditional sundowner in the African Bushveld.

DAY 5:
WED

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK


Roam the reserve today in an open land rover, led by experienced rangers and trackers using radio alerts, in search of elephant, leopard, cheetah, kudu, giraffe, Cape buffalo, hippo and other species. Private viewing and photo opportunities abound as huge herds of animals and hundreds of species of birds participate in this incredible procession of wildlife. Find inspiration in nature, tracking wildlife in the pre-dawn, or even by moonlight, learning the names of trees, the habits of 350 birds.

DAY 6:
THU

KRUGER/SWAZILAND


A scenic drive takes you to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British High Commission territory, now ruled by King Motswati III. Visit the Ngwenya Glass Works for a demonstration of handmade glass artifacts before stopping in the Capital Mbabane and its colorful markets known for their woven baskets, beadwork and carvings.

DAY 2:
FRI

SWAZILAND/ZULULAND


This morning visit the Swazi Candle making factory to view some of its colorful artworks, before continuing south into Zululand through rugged country. During the first quarter of the 19th century the Zulu, ruled by Shaka, dominated southern Africa almost from the Zambezi River to the Cape Colony. Zulu huts dot the rugged landscape. Lunch is in traditional Zulu style, enjoying a true Kraal experience, with tribal dancing, beer making and many other aspects of Zulu life.

DAY 8:
SAT

ZULULAND/DURBAN


Travel past the sugar estates and the rolling hills of the North Coast to Durban, a city where the sun never sets. It is a melting pot of African, European and Asian influences which have led to a myriad of styles in the city. Explore the temples, churches, architecture and sights and sounds unique to this beautiful city on your tour this afternoon.

DAY 9:
SUN

DURBAN/PORT ELIZABETH/KNYSNA


Fly today to Port Elizabeth, starting point of your tour on the garden route. Travel through the Tsitsikamma Forest towards the romantic seaside resort of Knysna, nestled in the heart of the Garden Route. Scenic stops are made along the way.

DAY 10:
MON

KNYSNA


Your full day tour includes a ride on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe and a cruise on the Knysna lagoon with a visit to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Admire the view of The Heads; the two majestic rock cliffs at the lagoon's entrance to the Indian Ocean, time permitting you will have an opportunity for oyster tasting.

DAY 11:
TUE

CANGO CAVES AND OUDTSHOORN


Drive through the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the feather capital of the world because of its large ostrich industry. Enjoy a tour of an ostrich farm. Visit the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa's foremost natural wonders. QUEENS HOTEL.

DAY12:
WED

HERMANUS & CAPE TOWN


Travel to Calitzdorp and visit Bop lass, an award winning port producing wine farm. Continue to the seaside village of Hermanus, world famous as breeding site of the Southern Right Whales (seasonal). Our exploration of the garden route continues through scenic Betty's Bay and False Bay arriving in Cape Town, South Africa's oldest City also known as the "Mother City".

DAY13:
THU

CAPE PENINSULA TOUR


Your tour of Cape Peninsula includes the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, dedicated to the preservation of the indigenous plants of Southern Africa. Drive along the False Bay coastline, through Muizenberg & Fishhoek. Continue to Simonstown where 21 buildings along the main street are over 150 years old, and have been restored to their original Victorian splendor. Nearby, the sheltered beach is home to a thriving colony of some 700-jackass penguins. Return to Cape Town via the scenic Atlantic Coastline over Chapman's Peak Drive, carved into solid rock.

DAY14:
FRI

CAPE WINELANDS TOUR


Today we set out on an exciting journey of the beautiful Cape Wine lands. Visit Paarl and Stellenbosch and stop for wine tasting at two well-known estates. Also visit the Huguenot Memorial and the Afrikaans Language Monument. Your afternoon is at leisure.

DAY15:
FRI

CAPE TOWN


Tour of the Mother City, takes you on a drive to the Bo Kaap also known as the Cape Malay Quarters. Next visit the SA Museum where man is depicted from his early stages of development in Africa. Famous especially for displays of ethnic groups, including life-sized casts of Bushmen, Khoikhooi and other tribes of Southern Africa. Visit via cable car to the top of one of the world's most famous landmarks - Table Mountain (weather permitting.) This evening bid South Africa goodbye as you board your homeward flight.

DAY16:
FRI

ARRIVE HOME


Arrive home today, eager to share the excitement of your African adventure.

 

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