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18-DAY TOUR OF SPECTACULAR SOUTH AFRICA
February 6th to 26, 2015

VISITING: Johannesburg, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Pilgrim’s Rest & Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Kruger National Park, Swaziland (Nqwenya Glass Factory, Swazi Candles), Drakensberg Mountain, Durban, Oribi Gorge, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Featherbed Nature Reserve, Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm, Capetown City Tour.

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B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Day 01 - Feb 6 Evening departure from Toronto to our European gateway – London.
Day 02 - Feb 7 We will be taken to an airport hotel where day rooms will be reserved for our group. Late evening – board our southbound flight to Johannesburg.
Day 03 - Feb 8 Early morning arrival at OR Tambo International Airport.Johannesburg We will be met by our South African agent and transferred to our hotel in Johannesburg. We will enjoy an orientation tour of this dynamic city before we check in to our hotel. Affectionately known as ‘Jo’burg’ or ‘Jozi’ by South Africans, the city is a blend of old buildings and modern glass skyscrapers. This evening we will get together for a welcome dinner. Sunnyside Park Hotel. Sunnyside Park Hotel. D
Day 04 - Feb 9 God's Window - South AfricaAfter an early breakfast we leave by private luxury coach via the Panorama Route to Hazyview. Visit the Blyde River Canyon, one of the scenic wonders of Africa, God’s Window, Pilgrim’s Rest & Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Dinner and overnight - Protea Hotel Hazyview. B/D
Day 05 - Feb 10 Lion - Kruger National ParkEarly morning game-drive by 4X4 safari vehicles in the renowned Kruger National Park. We return to our hotel for a relaxing afternoon by the pool. Enjoy another game-drive in the late afternoon. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Protea Hotel Hazyview. B/D
Day 06 - Feb 11 Glass FactoryAfter a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we leave for Swaziland. Time permitting, we will stop at the Nqwenya Glass Factory before we arrive at our hotel for a relaxing afternoon and dinner at the charming Forrester’s Arms Hotel. B/D
Day 07 - Feb 12 Boat Cruise - Umfolozi River, South AfricaAfter breakfast at the hotel we visit the world-famous Swazi Candles and continue south to St. Lucia where we will enjoy a boat cruise on the beautiful lake. Dinner and overnight - Protea Hotel Umfolozi River. B/D
Day 08 - Feb 13 Drakensberg Mountain - South AfricaToday we travel to the Drakensberg Mountain area, to our hotel - the Drakensberg Sun Resort for dinner and overnight. B/D
Day 09 - Feb 14 Breakfast at the hotel. Falcon Ridge Birds of PreyToday we will enjoy the fascinating Falcon Ridge Birds of Prey Sanctuary and Show. (Golfers may substitute the tour for a round at the challenging Drakensberg Champagne Course). The afternoon is free to relax by the pool and soak up the incredible Drakensberg scenery. Dinner and overnight at the Drakensberg Sun Resort . B/D
Day 10 - Feb 15 Durban - South AfricaToday we drive to the coastal resort city of Durban. Drive through city tour along the "Golden Mile" to City Hall and the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Dinner at a selected local restaurant. Overnight- Holiday Inn Express. B/D
Day 11 - Feb 16 After breakfast we take a tour to the rugged Oribi Gorge.Oribi Gorge Entering the gorge through the towering cliffs of Hell’s Gate, you will be awed by the magnificent grandeur. Four distinct ecosystems - Bushveld, Grasslands, Wetlands and Coastal Forests provide you with a unique opportunity to view giraffe, Riverbend Crocodile Farmblue duiker and herds of plains game in close proximity. Proceed to the Riverbend Crocodile Farm for a delicious lunch. Return to Durban for Dinner at a selected local restaurant. Overnight- Holiday Inn Express . B/D
Day 12 - Feb 17 After an early breakfast, we transfer to King Shaka airportPort Elizabeth, South Africa for our morning flight to Port Elizabeth where we will be met and taken to our hotel after a short city tour. The afternoon is free to relax or explore this city on our own. Dinner and overnight – Kelway Hotel . B/L/D
Day 13 - Feb 18 After breakfast we drive along the legendary Garden Route Knysna Lagoonto the beautiful resort town of Knysna which lies on the Knysna Lagoon. Your sightseeing tour will take you to Storms River Mouth, The Big Tree, Monkeyland and the Birds of Eden. Dinner and overnight – Graywood Hotel. B/D
Day 14 - Feb 19 After breakfast leave for an excursion to the stunningFeatherbed Nature Reserve Featherbed Nature Reserve, including lunch. The afternoon is at leisure for independent activity. Dinner & overnight - Graywood Hotel. B/D
Day 15 - Feb 20 Today we drive inland to Oudtshoorn. Here we will visit Ostrich Farmthe spectacular underground wonder of the Cango Caves. We will also visit a Safari Ostrich Farm show. Braai barbecue and overnight at the Protea Hotel Riempie Estate. B/D
Day 16 - Feb 21 After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to quaint, picturesqueHemanus Hermanus – one of the most southern towns on the continent. The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at the sea front Windsor Hotel. B/D
Day 17 - Feb 22 After breakfast at the hotel we leave Hermanus for Capetown, Capetownour last stop on this memorable odyssey. We will enjoy a city tour that includes Table Mountain (weather permitting) Castle & Company Gardens and we drive past Parliament Buildings, City Hall, Slave Lodge, the Malay Quarter and Bo Kaap. We stop at a diamond workshop before we check into our hotel the Protea Breakwater Lodge overlooking the bay and near the V & A Waterfront. Dinner at the fabulous Gold Restaurant with interactive drumming . B/D
Day 18 - Feb 23 Today we will enjoy a Wineland Tour which includes the Taal Monument in Paarl, Cellar tour and wine tasting at a Stellenbosch estate, a delicious lunch at North Neething and cheese tasting at Fairview. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Protea Breakwater Lodge. B/L/D
Day 19 - Feb 24 After breakfast we will enjoy a Peninsula Tour. We drive past Clifton, Camps Bay, and Llandudno. Weather permittingChapman's Peak Drive we cruise to Seal Island. We continue to Chapman’s Peak Drive, take the funicular and on to Simons Town and Boulders Beach. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at Richards Supper Club. B/D
Day 20 - Feb 25 Our final day.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning free for a last look atCapetown Capetown.  Evening transfer to the Capetown International Airport for departure.
Day 21 - Feb 26 Arrive Toronto

Tour Cost $5,439.00 per person sharing double + $740.00 departure taxes (Canadian Funds)

Rate Includes:

  • Economy class airfare Toronto – Johannesburg and Capetown – Toronto
  • Same pricing from Halifax / Ottawa / Montreal
  • $200 more for Winnipeg / Calgary / Edmonton & Vancouver
  • For those joining in London deduct $200.00 from Total price
  • Meet & Greet service at International Airports.
  • Day room at Heathrow Airport between connecting flights
  • 24 hour service of Thompsons Customer Care Center in South Africa
  • The services of a qualified and registered English speaking guide in South Africa
  • Accommodation as specified on the itinerary (or similar)
  • Meals as outlined in the above itinerary. (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
  • Transfers as specified.
  • Game Drives in Kruger; Oribi Gorge tour, Durban; Vineland Tour Capetown
  • Hotel and airport porterage - 1 pieve of luggage
  • Gratuities for the driver and guides on tour
  • Water bottles on the coach.
  • Rates Exclude:

  • All items of a personal nature
  • All tours, entrance fees and transfers not specified in the inclusions above.
  • All meals not specified in the inclusions above
  • Airport departure taxes. (approx. $740 - subject to change)
  • All beverages
  • Optional tours if required.
  • LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE ON THIS FULLY ESCORTED TOUR.

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