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Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Johannesburg.
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel with a short tour of the city and visit to Soweto, Africa's most famous township.
Journey to Kruger National Park 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, passing plunging waterfalls, spectacular natural landmarks and old mining towns before arriving at your hotel in Mpumalanga.
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the tour awaits today; 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.
Enjoy this day at leisure to relax.
Returning to Johannesburg, fly to Cape Town where you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel.
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 Point Nature reserve where the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet in harmony amidst dramatic scenery. You will also visit the beautiful marine protected area of Boulder's Beach where the sandy shores are home to a breeding colony of over 2,000 endangered African Penguins. En-route back to Cape Town a stop will be made at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the most highly acclaimed botanical gardens in the world.
Enjoy day eight at leisure to explore Cape Town at your own pace.
After breakfast, transfer to Knysna in the heart of the gorgeous Garden Route to spend the afternoon relaxing at your hotel.
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 around the area.
Departing Knysna, take the scenic drive to the Cape's beautiful Winelands region. Arriving late afternoon, your hotel is located on the valley slopes, commanding far-reaching views of the surroundings.
Today tour the breathtakingly beautiful Cape Winelands, first stopping at the town of Franschoek, then to elegant Stellenbosch, home to South Africa's most prestigious university. Take some time to explore this deli
After breakfast fly to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. You will be met by a representative and taken to your hotel to settle in. Early this evening, enjoy a sundowner during a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River before returning to your hotel for the evening.
This morning you will depart your hotel for a half day tour of the falls. Your guide will take you to vantage points where the finest views can be appreciated whilst educating you on how the falls were formed and the local customs and traditions surrounding them. Return to your hotel to relax.
Today has been left at leisure for you to simply relax or choose to further explore this fascinating area.
Depart for your return flight to the UK via Johannesburg.
British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to South Africa or Zimbabwe. These will be granted on arrival. Further to 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.
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 Years||Up to 64||65 - 74||75 - 85|
|Up to 17 days cover||£39||£75||£129|
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.
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.
We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure. You will need to ask them about the best anti-malarial medication to take before you travel as you will need this for the time you are in Kruger National Park.
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.
The minimum number of travellers on the extension will be 2 and the maximum will be 35. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your main tour 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.
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. Accommodation and transfers are included for the Victoria Falls extension and there will be a guide with you at times during your stay but there is not a guide with you for the duration of the tour.
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.
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!
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
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.
Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.