• African Blue Tours
  • Contact David Smith
    +27 (0)82 321-6175
  • Address
    P.O. Box 32392, Camps Bay, 8040
    Cape Town, South Africa

13 day South African Explorer (JHB-CT)

At a Glance

  • Tour duration: 13 days / 12 nights
  • Group size: 2 to 26 people per tour
  • Tour departs from: Johannesburg
  • Price: From R47500 to R60700 per person

Tour Highlights

  • Big 5 game viewing
  • Kruger National Park
  • Panorama Route
  • iSimangaliso Wetlands
  • Ocean Safari
  • Durban
  • Knysna
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Cape Town - Cape Peninsula tour

Suitable for those interested in Adventure, Big 5, Wildlife


  1. DAY 1: Johannesburg

    On arrival at the airport, guests will be collected and transferred to the hotel. After lunch (own account), embark on a guided afternoon city tour of Johannesburg. Explore South Africa’s heritage; experience the street life of Newtown, and take a trip to the Carlton Centre and
    Constitution Hill. Dine at the hotel (own account).

    OVERNIGHT: Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika or similar - Breakfast.

  2. DAY 2: Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Area

    Guests are collected from the hotel and travel east to the province of Limpopo, via Dullstroom. Guests will stop for lunch (own account) en route and arrive at a private game reserve, to enjoy a guided, open vehicle game drive. Return to the lodge for pre-dinner drinks (own
    account) and dinner.

    OVERNIGHT: Overnight at Makalali Main Lodge or similar – Dinner, breakfast, and 2 game drives.

  3. DAY 3: Hoedspruit to Sabie

    Experience an early morning start in the bushveld on a guided, open vehicle game drive. They will enjoy coffee and rusks in the bush before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions: the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels.

    The Panorama Route affords guests memorable views of the more significant sites in this area, including God’s Window and Bourke’s
    Luck Potholes. Lunch (own account) is enjoyed along this scenic route. The tour stops in Hazyview for the evening.

    OVERNIGHT: Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

  4. DAY 4: Sabie to Mthethomusha Game Reserve

    Guests enjoy an early breakfast before departing the hotel, and head towards Mpumalanga's flagship attraction - the Kruger National Park.
    A closed vehicle game drive allows guests to take in the park and view the ‘Big 5’ and other fauna and flora. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route to the Kingdom of Eswatini. Guests enter at the Jeppes Reef border. Arrive at the hotel later in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

    OVERNIGHT: Royal Swazi Spa or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

  5. DAY 5: Eswatini to St Lucia

    After an early breakfast guests stop to visit the Swazi Candle Factory and Crafts Market before we travel to St Lucia via the Kingdom of Eswatini, formally known as Swaziland. (Visa own account).

    Eswatini, one of only two kingdoms in Southern Africa, is also the smallest country in Africa. It’s a proud kingdom, full of traditional pastimes and lasting culture. Enjoy lunch en route (own account).

    Exit Eswatini at the Lavumisa Border post and enter the sub-tropical Elephant Coast, the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. An area naturally gifted with towering mountains, the blissfully warm Indian Ocean, lush tropical vegetation and a myriad of different animal species.

    In the late afternoon you will arrive at your hotel. You will have an opportunity to freshen up before relaxing with pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both for own account) at the restaurant. Optional night game activity available (own account).

    Please note: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport, and for nationals of certain countries, multi-entry visa entry and conditions will apply.

    OVERNIGHT: Forest Lodge or similar – Breakfast and 1 game excursion.

  6. DAY 6: St Lucia to Durban

    Refreshed and ready to go, discover South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s third largest protected area.

    This area was home to the Tsonga people and their fishing culture for 1000 years before being claimed by the British in 1822 and becoming a reserve in 1895. Before breakfast, embark on an open safari vehicle, where you will be guided on a game drive through iSimangaliso (which means ‘miracle and wonder’).

    The park is the biggest estuarine system in Africa and home to the biggest hippo and crocodile populations in the country. In 2013 after 44 years, lions were successfully re-introduced to create an even more exciting natural environment to see. Observe Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the Estuary.

    Enjoy a revitalising lunch (own account) while taking pleasure in the lovely lake views before departing for the city of Durban for late afternoon. Dinner (own account)

    OVERNIGHT: Protea Hotel by Marriott Edward or similar - Breakfast.

  7. DAY 7: Durban (flight own account) to Port Elizabeth

    This morning enjoy a breakfast at your beach front hotel followed by a morning to relax and catch your breath. Take a walk along the promenade or perhaps catch a ride on one of the colourful Zulu rickshaws to the beach front market (own account).

    You will be collected from your hotel for your transfer to King Shaka International Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth. (Flight not included).

    In Port Elizabeth you will be collected from Port Elizabeth International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy dinner (own account) at your hotel or restaurant of your choice.

    OVERNIGHT: Protea Hotel by Marriott Marine or similar - Breakfast.

  8. DAY 8: Port Elizabeth to Knysna

    This morning you will be collected from your hotel by our tourist guide and head south towards Knysna via Storm’s River and the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest.

    Our first stop brings us to Storms River. Take in the dramatic views on the suspension bridge of the Storms River mouth where you can view the river meeting the Indian Ocean. Enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest area. A short journey further south brings us to the small beautiful town of Knysna.

    We arrive and check in before embarking on a sunset Knysna Oyster Cruise (weather permitting). This is an informative and interactive cruise that introduces you and your taste buds to the wild Knysna oyster while enjoying a drink in the natural surrounding beauty. Optional dinner at a restaurant next to the Estuary (own account)

    OVERNIGHT: Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays or similar – Breakfast.

  9. DAY 9: Knysna to Plettenberg (and back to Knysna)

    After breakfast we make our way to Plettenberg Bay. From Lookout Beach you will be taken on an Ocean Safari (weather permitting), dedicated to observation and conservation and allows for extensive and memorable whale, dolphin and seal watching. You can’t appreciate how fast or playful these creatures are until you experience it for yourself.

    Following our marine excursion, enjoy a relaxing lunch (own account). In the afternoon we take a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school and crèche. Guests are welcome to donate pencils, books and other stationary.

    Take the scenic drive back to your Knysna hotel and enjoy some time at leisure. In the early evening we make our way to the Knysna Waterfront for a leisurely dinner (own account) at one of the many restaurants on offer.

    OVERNIGHT: Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays or similar – Breakfast.

  10. DAY 10: Knysna to Outdshoorn

    The tour departs for Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo, via Wilderness and the Outeniqua Pass.

    The first scenic stop is in Wilderness. Guests enjoy the photo opportunities and sweeping views from this Magical part of the Garden Route, before continuing on to Oudtshoorn via the Outeniqua Pass. Enjoy lunch (own account) on an ostrich farm in the Cango Valley, on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, before taking an informative tour of the farm. Guests are exposed to the mechanics of the feather industry and learning the history of how this area played a key role in the Cape’s early economy.

    Guests spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. A traditional dinner is served at the lodge.

    OVERNIGHT: Surval Boutique Olive Estate or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

  11. DAY 11: Outdshoorn to Cape Town

    The tour departs for Cape Town, via the Cango Caves, on the iconic Route 62.

    After breakfast, guests enjoy an olive farm tour. A tasting, paired with Protea Rose or juice, is offered in the orchard. The tour continues on to the Cango Caves. This 20 million-year-old cave system, an international treasure located in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, is 4 kilometers in length and includes an extensive system of tunnels and chambers.

    Departing the Cango Caves, the tour traces Route 62, the region’s iconic freeway. Traversing a varied topography, dramatic mountain vistas, the unique splendour of the semi-arid Klein Karoo and tranquil Winelands, Route 62’s claim as South Africa’s own ‘Mother Road’ is difficult to argue.

    Enjoy a traditional Wine tasting (own account) and the sweeping views of the Tradouw Valley. Lunch is enjoyed en-route (own account). This leg of the tour ends, late afternoon, at a Cape Town hotel. Guests enjoy dinner at the hotel or a city restaurant (own account).

    OVERNIGHT: Protea Hotel by Marriott Fire & Ice! Cape Town or similar – Breakfast.

  12. DAY 12: Cape Town

    The last stop of the Explorer, Cape Town offers a World Heritage Site Table Mountain, inviting night life, extensive shopping venues as well as art and cultural events.

    After breakfast, join a guided full day Cape Point tour which incorporates the Cape Point and a chance to get up close with the African Penguins and the internationally recognised Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Lunch (own account) will be had en-route.

    Freshen up before dinning out in one of the many restaurants in the city (own account and arrangements).

    OVERNIGHT: Protea Hotel by Marriott Fire & Ice! Cape Town or similar – Breakfast.

  13. DAY 13: Cape Town

    On your final day, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before spending the day at leisure. Later the afternoon you will be transferred to airport for your onward journey.



Pax.: 2 – 8 guests per vehicle (except on day 1 and day 12 : 2 – 40 guests per vehicle)
Departure: Sundays by arrangement from O.R Tambo International Airport
Languages: Bilingual – English & German (except day 1 English only) Other language tour guides available on request if booked on a private basis.
Private Tour: Itinerary available on a private basis departing on a Sunday
Accommodation:3 and 4 star Hotels and Private Game Lodges

Excluded :
⇒ Travel insurance; Flights; airport transfers; Porterage; Gratuities; Visa fees; 13 Lunch and 8 Dinners
Note : Optional excursion for a night game excursion in St Lucia iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Past Clients Said

1 Review from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Our first time to South Africa but seriously NOT our last! What a wonderful place!! Rufus is the best guide of the whole Kruger National Park. Yesterday we saw the Big 5 before breakfast and we were very lucky, we also saw the extra 7! What a great experience, the camp is wonderful. Everybody makes us feel like home. Thanks guys, see you next time. Thomas & Kirsten Weckenann - Germany

November 2011

Thomas & Kirsten Weckenann (Germany)

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