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Escorted Tours

South Africa's Garden Route including

Durban Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Cape Town
  • Hermanus
  • Knysna
  • Cape St Francis
  • Durban
  • UK

5 NIGHTS from £559pp

Tour Highlights
  • Beach stay in Durban
  • Explore the seafront promenade
  • Explore Addo Elephant National Park
  • Enjoy a tour and ostrich derby at an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
  • Sample award-winning wine at a tasting in Stellenbosch
  • Visit African penguins on Boulder's Beach
  • Orientation tours of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth
  • Take a scenic hike along the cliffs of Hermanus

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Durban Beach Stay

Spend 5 nights in South Africa's eastern coastal city of Durban located in the KwaZulu-Natal province.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Cape Town

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

2
Cape Town

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel before an afternoon tour of the city. Visit the pentagon-shaped fort at the Castle of Good Hope and the tranquil Company's Garden before tonight's welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Dinner
3
Cape Town

Following breakfast, take in the extraordinary land formations, flora and fauna of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve then encounter the African penguins of Boulder's Beach, a powder-soft stretch of beach that has become a haven for these birds. This afternoon, wander through the colourful blooms and foliage of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens before continuing on to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for a stroll around the picturesque harbour.

  • Breakfast
4
Cape Town to Hermanus

This morning, start your journey along the Garden Route - a road that hugs South Africa's dazzling southern coastline. Your first stop is Stellenbosch, a town that is perfect to explore on foot with its many sidewalk cafes, restaurants and art galleries. Next, visit Boschendal Wine Estate for a tasting of its award-winning wines. In the late afternoon, arrive in Hermanus, a charming former fishing village situated between mountains and sea.

  • Breakfast
5
Hermanus to Wilderness

Hermanus is a hiker's paradise, offering some of the best land-based whale watching in the world. Accompany your guide on a hike along the Cliff Path, enjoying sweeping mountain and ocean vistas. Travel further along the coast, stopping in Mossel Bay to visit the 500-year-old Post Office Tree, historically used as a drop-off point for letters, before continuing on to the town of Wilderness for your overnight stay.

  • Breakfast
6
Wilderness

After breakfast, travel to Oudtshoorn for a tour of a working ostrich farm. Make your way through the breeding and rearing areas, perhaps trying your hand at riding one of these large flightless birds, before watching an entertaining ostrich derby. Next, journey to Knysna for a cruise through its lagoon to the towering rocky outcrops of the Knysna Heads, then return to Wilderness for the night.

  • Breakfast
7
Wilderness to Port Elizabeth

Depart Wilderness and travel to Plettenberg Bay whose stunning coastline led early Portuguese explorers to name it Bahia Formosa (Beautiful Bay). Embark on a tour of the town then continue on to the lush forests of the wildlife-rich Tsitsikamma National Park for a walk along the trail leading to the impressive Storms River Suspension Bridge. Continue on to Port Elizabeth for tonight's stay.

  • Breakfast
8
Port Elizabeth

Enjoy a drive through the Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of elephants in the world, and marvel at these gentle giants roaming through breath-taking landscapes. An optional evening game drive (at a fee) gives you the chance to spot the park's nocturnal wildlife and predators, including lions and polecats.

  • Breakfast
9
Port Elizabeth to the UK or extension

Following breakfast set out this morning for a guided tour of Port Elizabeth, South Africa's oldest city and the commercial capital of the Eastern Cape. Known for its sunny weather and safe sand beaches, it is also home to many historical attractions, one of the most interesting being the Donkin Heritage Trail, which allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of the 1820 Settlers on their journey of discovery and settlement. Continue to the airport at Port Elizabeth for your return flight back to the UK via Johannesburg, or continue onto your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
10
Port Elizabeth to Durban

After breakfast transfer to the airport at Port Elizabeth for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
114
Durban

Enjoy your beach stay in Durban.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
12
Durban to UK

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK via Johannesburg.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is not required for your trip to South Africa. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. 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 initial flight is to Cape Town International Airport via Johannesburg with South Africa Airways (SA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Please note that all flight times and numbers listed above are provided for guidance only and are subject to change. Final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 8kg - 56cm/36cm/ 23cm) in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your 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.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is strongly recommended that you check the latest health recommendations for travel to South Africa with your GP at least 4-6 weeks before travel. 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. Any medicines you may need during your journey should be packed in your hand luggage. We suggest it is worth taking a few first aid supplies such as travel pills, rehydration powder, plasters, stomach settlers, mosquito repellent, antiseptic cream, aspirin etc because these products can be more expensive abroad and familiar brands are not always available. It is not advisable to drink the tap water.

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

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main 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 at each destination and will have a regional guide with you during your stay in each place, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). It is important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency before you arrive in the country. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in your local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need extra money with you to cover any lunches or dinners which are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and any extra drinks or snacks. Approximately £300-£400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.
It is customary to tip both your driver and guide approximately £6 (100/120 ZAR) per person per day in total and £6 (100/120 ZAR) per person per day for the Ranger. Tips will be collected at the end of your tour. Tipping for restaurants (recommended 10%) and the porters at your hotels will be at your discretion. Tips are accepted in the local currency, US dollars, Euros and British pounds.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 Dates
2019 Dates
09 Jan 201922 Jan 2019£589£2059£2648Book Now
13 Feb 201926 Feb 2019£589£2059£2648Book Now
13 Mar 201926 Mar 2019£589£2059£2648Book Now
10 Apr 201923 Apr 2019£619£1999£2618Book Now
30 Apr 201913 May 2019£559£1759£2318Book Now
05 Jun 201918 Jun 2019£619£1929£2548Book Now
11 Sep 201924 Sep 2019£619£2029£2648Book Now
25 Sep 201908 Oct 2019£619£2099£2718Book Now
09 Oct 201922 Oct 2019£619£2099£2718Book Now

Included in the Price

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

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary Changes

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

South African Rand

Average Flying time

12 hours

Min/Max temperature

18 °C / 29 °C

What to pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Plug adaptor
  • Binoculars
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Long sleeve shirt and long trousers
  • Swimwear
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