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Best of South Africa 2017

  • Route:
  • London
  • Cape Town
  • Cape Winelands
  • Knysna
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Kruger National Park
  • Johannesburg
  • London
13 DAYS from £1545pp

Tour Highlights

  • Free time in the port city of Cape Town
  • Drive along the magnificent coastal route of Chapman's Peak to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point
  • Explore the Wineland towns of Stellenbosch and Franschoek
  • Tour of Knysna Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • A full day game drive to spot the Big Five, in Kruger National Park

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Best of South Africa 2017

This tour offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Big Five on safari at the famous Kruger National Park, soak up the unforgettable scenery along Chapman's Peak Drive, explore cosmopolitan Cape Town and discover the beautiful Winelands region.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Cape Town

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight via Johannesburg to Cape Town.

    Day 2: Cape Town

    On arrival the following day, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    • Breakfast

    Day 3: Cape Town

    Embark on a fantastic full day tour around the Cape Peninsula. Joining one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world - Chapman's Peak Drive - travel to the World Heritage Site of The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and then on to Cape Point where the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. You will also visit the beautiful marine protected area of Boulders Beach where the sandy shores are home to a breeding colony of over 2,000 endangered penguins.

    • Breakfast

    Day 4: Cape Town

    Enjoy day four in Cape Town at leisure, in which you can unwind upon its surrounding beaches or experience this city's lively cultural scene.

    • Breakfast

    Day 5: Cape Town to The Cape Winelands

    Today, tour the breathtakingly beautiful Cape Winelands, first stopping at the town of Franschoek, then onto Stellenbosch. Take some time to explore these delightful towns before enjoying a cellar tour and wine tasting at the award-winning Boschendal Estate.

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 6: The Cape Winelands to Knysna

    Take a scenic drive into the heart of the gorgeous Garden Route and into the picturesque coastal town of Knysna. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 7: Knysna

    This morning, take a ferry across Knysna lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Stopping at some magnificent viewpoints, your guide will describe the area's fauna, flora, history and shipwrecks followed by a leisurely-guided walk.

    • Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 8: Knysna to Port Elizabeth

    Depart for Tsitsikamma, a section of the Garden Route famed for luscious forests and dramatic coastlines. In the afternoon head to Port Elizabeth, a city known for its laid back coastal ambience and bold colonial architecture.

    • Breakfast

    Day 9: Port Elizabeth to Kruger

    Fly from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, where you will be transferred to the town of Mpumalanga. Your retreat within this idyllic space will serve as the perfect base from which to explore Kruger National Park.

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 10: Kruger National Park

    Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the tour; a guided safari drive in Kruger National Park. One of the biggest, oldest and quite simply one of the best wildlife parks in the world, Kruger boasts the greatest variety of animals including the famed Big Five.

    • Breakfast

    Day 11: Kruger

    Today is at leisure alternatively, optional excursions are available, including a unique safari on elephant-back (at a fee).

    • Breakfast

    Day 12: Kruger to Johannesburg

    Today, travel along the magnificent Panorama Route, one of South Africa's most stunning scenic drives. With awe-inspiring vistas, the route follows the impressive Blyde River Canyon, before arriving in the city of Johannesburg.

    • Breakfast

    Day 13: Johannesburg to UK

    Enjoy a short sightseeing tour of the city, with a stop at the Apartheid Museum for a fascinating insight into South Africa's cultural struggles. Later in the afternoon, head to the airport for your scheduled flight back to the UK.

    • Breakfast
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

    • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
    • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
    • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
    • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
    • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

    Important Information

    Visas

    British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to South Africa. This will be granted on arrival. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

    Insurance

    You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

    Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
    Up to 17 days cover£42£79£135
    For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

    Payment

    If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

    Flight Information

    Your flight is to Johannesburg Airport is with South African Airways (SA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage that you are permitted to carry one item of hand baggage (Max 8kg - 56cm/36cm/ 23cm) in addition to one small personal item on-board the aircraft. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

    Health and Vaccinations

    It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

    Physical Accessibility

    This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

    Group Size

    The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 35. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

    Tour Guide

    This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of the tour, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

    Currency Information

    The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand and we recommend you change some currency before you leave the UK. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in your local currency.

    Personal Expenses

    You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 - £400 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

    Tour Dates & Prices

    Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
    2017 Dates
    25 Jan 201706 Feb 2017£1995ppBook
    22 Mar 201703 Apr 2017£1895ppBook
    17 May 201729 May 2017£1545ppBook
    07 Jun 201719 Jun 2017£1695ppBook
    16 Aug 201728 Aug 2017£1945ppBook
    20 Sep 201702 Oct 2017£1895ppBook
    18 Oct 201730 Oct 2017£1995ppBook
    08 Nov 201720 Nov 2017£1845ppBook
    06 Dec 201718 Dec 2017£1945ppBook

    Travelling alone?

    Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room

    Private Tours:

    If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

    Tour Map

    Best of South Africa 2017 Route Map

    Download Tour Dossier - 2017

    Fact File

    • Currency: South African Rand
    • Average Flying time: 12 hours
    • Minimum temperature: 18°C
    • Maximum temperature: 29°C

    Here to help

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    • 0800 781 4893 (free)
    • 0333 321 3144(mobile friendly)
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