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South Africa

15 nights from £2,199 per person

Selected departures up to November 2014 and January to April 2015

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 spectacular scenery with arguably the finest wildlife on earth and no less than eleven offical languages. South Africa is truly a world-class destination!

Firstly, a more naturally beautiful country would be difficult to find- from the serrated peaks of the Drakensburg mountains, to the contorted and timeless sem-desert landscapes of the Karoo and the forested sea-shores and mirror-like lakes of the Garden Route, the enchanting temparate valleys of the Winelands, the rare proximity to nature found in the national parks and the instantly recognisable symbol of the country, Table Mountain- all under an endless azure-blue sky.

Then there is the wildlife, one of the main reasons visitors travel to Africa. One of the finest places in the world to experience this is the Kruger National Park, which is a similar size to Wales. It is exactly how you imagine the African bush to be, as depicted on countless TV documentaries: areas of sweeping savannah, bisected by rivers full of hippos, muddy waterholes lined with animals quenching their thirst, and the bush itself, home to zebra and antelope, studded by immense biscuit-coloured termite hills and towering above it all, instantly recognisable giraffes!

Any country is shaped by its past- South Africa more than most with its recent history a constant struggle between the British, Afrikaners, and various indigenous people, the Zulus being the most well known. Our visit to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg takes us on a fascinating, horrifying, humbling and ultimately inspiring journey from the dark days of 'whites only' privilege, throught to Nelson Mandela's historic release.

This wonderful 16-day tour is designed to highlight South Africa's truly amazing diversity of cultures, its curious blend of old and new, and its phenomenal scenery and wildlife. You leave with the feeling that the new South Africa, open to the world after years of isolation, is a land of superlatives which cannot fail to impress the welcome visitor!

Fully escorted price includes:

  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
  • Staying in excellent quality three and four-star hotels on a bed and breakfast basis, including two lunches and three dinners

  • Guided safari in the Kruger National Park, one of the world’s premier game reserves

  • Tour of the legendary Zulu War battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, immortalised in the classic film ‘Zulu!’

  • Go whale watching in Hermanus, depending on season

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the beautiful small country of Swaziland
  • Stay in the heart of the fabulously beautiful Western Cape’s Winelands, experiencing a cellar tour and tasting at a 300-year old wine estate

  • Visits to the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain and to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town

  • Visit Johannesburg’s new Apartheid Museum, a real ‘must’ in understanding present-day South Africa

  • Stay three nights in cosmopolitan Cape Town – one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities, dominated by the instantly recognisable Table Mountain

  • Visit the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon, the third largest in the world

  • Option tostay a night in a tented safari camp and experience a sunrise bushwalk with an experience ranger
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager

Visa and Health Matters:

British passport holders do not currently require a visa. However, please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after the intended return date and there is at least one empty page. 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, between December and February mid-day temperatures can, as an extreme, reach 40C (105F) in certain areas, when 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.

Call: 0844 571 1980

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