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Best of South Africa


Route:
  • London
  • Cape Town
  • Cape Winelands
  • Knysna
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Kruger National Park
  • Johannesburg
  • London
Tour Pace:

13 DAYS from €2037pp

Tour Highlights
  • Drive to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point
  • Explore the Wineland towns of Stellenbosch & Franschhoek
  • Tour of Knysna Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • A full day game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Free time in the port city of Cape Town

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Best of South Africa

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

1
UK to Cape Town

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

2
Cape Town

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

  • Breakfast
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
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.
Optional excursions (payable locally): Helicopter ride over Cape Town and Cable Mountain, Half day West Coast Ostrich Farm tour.

  • Breakfast
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
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
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
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
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
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
11
Kruger

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

  • Breakfast
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
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

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

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 €300pp 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, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and 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 UKPrice
2018 Dates
10 Oct 201822 Oct 2018€2855
07 Nov 201819 Nov 2018Save €150pp
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€2687pp
€2537pp
2019 Dates
15 Jan 201927 Jan 2019€2508
19 Feb 201903 Mar 2019€2485
19 Mar 201931 Mar 2019€2485
16 Apr 201928 Apr 2019€2396
14 May 201926 May 2019€2340
11 Jun 201923 Jun 2019€2037
09 Jul 201921 Jul 2019€2351
13 Aug 201925 Aug 2019€2564
17 Sep 201929 Sep 2019€2519
08 Oct 201920 Oct 2019€2575
05 Nov 201917 Nov 2019€2608
03 Dec 201915 Dec 2019€2575
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.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

South African Rand

Average Flying time

12 hours

Min/Max temperature

18 °C / 29 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Johannesburg

Knysna

Cape Town

What to pack
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent and hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Binoculars
  • A plug adaptor
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping!
Customer Rating:
10/10
R Patterson
5th Jun 2018

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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