• African Blue Tours
  • Contact David Smith
    Telephone +27 (0)21 438-1900
    Mobile +27 (0)82 321-6175
  • Address
    P.O. Box 32392, Camps Bay, 8040
    Cape Town, South Africa

15 day South African Surprise (Jhb-CT)

At a Glance

  • Tour duration: 15 days / 14 nights
  • Group size: 2 to 40 people per tour
  • Tour departs from: Johannesburg
  • Price: From R28250 to R37100 per person

Tour Highlights

  • Panorama Route
  • 'Big 5' viewing at Kruger National Park
  • Kingdom Swaziland
  • Multicultural and vibrant Durban
  • Magnificent Drakensberg Mountains
  • beaches of Chinsta East
  • Tsitsikamma Forest
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Cape Town

Suitable for those interested in Nature, Sightseeing, Wildlife


  1. DAY 1: Johannesburg

    Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service to the hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet up with your fellow travellers.

    OVERNIGHT: Accommodation: Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar

  2. DAY 2: Johannesburg to Hazyview

    This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route via Graskop, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and finally a visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes before heading to Hazyview.

    OVERNIGHT: Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

  3. DAY 3: Hazyview to Kruger National Park

    We have a bright and early start to the day in order to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle. Spend a half with the Big Five in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares and supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds. We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure.

    OVERNIGHT: Hippo Hollow Country Estate or similar

  4. DAY 4: Kruger National Park to Swaziland

    This morning after breakfast, we check out and depart on our journey to Swaziland. We proceed south to Malalane and then onto Swaziland where this afternoon you will visit a real Chief’s village and have the fantastic opportunity to gain an authentic knowledge of traditional Swazi culture.

    OVERNIGHT: Mantenga Lodge or similar

  5. DAY 5: Swaziland to St. Lucia and surrounds

    This morning we journey through Swaziland into Zululand stopping en route to bargain for curios and souvenirs at the roadside markets. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. Arrive this afternoon in the Umfolozi area for your overnight stay.

    OVERNIGHT: Protea Hotel Umfolozi or similar

  6. DAY 6: St. Lucia surrounds to Durban

    Guests have the option to lie in or take an optional morning boat cruise (own account) or simply soak up the atmosphere of this tourist town St Lucia before heading off later in the morning towards Durban. An orientation tour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.

    OVERNIGHT: Garden Court South Beach or similar

  7. DAY 7: Durban to Drakensberg

    This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps enjoy a stroll along Durban’s golden mile which buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains . We proceed on a visit to the 300 foot high Howick Falls, continuing through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or go fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (own account).

    OVERNIGHT: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

  8. DAY 8: Drakensberg

    Full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains .

    OVERNIGHT: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel or similar

  9. DAY 9: Drakensberg to Eastern Cape Coast

    This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birth place of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch outside the capital of Umtata. We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birth place and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast.

    OVERNIGHT: Crawfords Beach Lodge or similar

  10. DAY 10: Chinsta East to Port Elizabeth

    We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. We set off after lunch heading south to Port Elizabeth.

    OVERNIGHT: Garden Court Kings Beach or similar

  11. DAY 11: Port Elizabeth to Knysna

    Today our journey continues towards the Cape. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below . Arrive in Knysna late afternoon for check in at our hotel.

    OVERNIGHT: Knysna Hollow Country Estate or similar

  12. DAY 12: Knysna to Oudtshoorn

    After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk (the more adventurous may crawl!) around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites .

    OVERNIGHT: Garden Court Mossel Bay or similar

  13. DAY 13: Knysna to Cape Town

    Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way we stop off in Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree, the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum and Shell Museum. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

    OVERNIGHT: Sun Square Cape Town or similar

  14. DAY 14: Cape Town to Cape Town

    Enjoy a day of leisure in the ‘Mother City’ where a visit to the V&A Waterfront is recommended. Enjoy quality time exploring this beautiful city.

    OVERNIGHT: Sun Square Cape Town or similar

  15. DAY 15: Cape Town to Cape Town

    This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.



Departure: Selected 2019 Dates Jan 13 / Feb 10 / March 10 / April 14 / May 12 / June 09 / July 07,21 / Aug 04,18 / Sept 08 / Oct 06, 20 / Nov 03,17 / Dec 08

Pax.: 2-40 (Large coaches are utilized, mostly smaller groups.)

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