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Highlights of South Africa

Group Tour | General Interest 14 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £3695

This escorted group tour blends a selection of South Africa’s quintessential experiences into a well-paced itinerary for lovers of wildlife, walks, wine and sensational scenery. Go on safari, ascend Table Mountain, tour Wineland vineyards and more.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Wildlife viewing in a private safari reserve handpicked by Cox & Kings
  • Experience the famous Knysna lagoon by historic boat
  • Enjoy the picturesque route 62 – a real gem of the Greater Karoo
  • Tour world-class vineyards on a private wine-tasting ‘safari’
  • Small group size – average 10 people (max 18)
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Port Elizabeth

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg. (N)

Day 2: Port Elizabeth

Arrive in Port Elizabeth and stay overnight at The Beach Hotel (or similar). (D)

Day 3: Kariega Game Reserve (or similar)

Transfer to the Kariega Game Reserve. After lunch, join a late-afternoon safari drive within the reserve, rounded off with sundowners. Overnight at Keriega River Lodge (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 4: Kariega Game Reserve (or similar)

Board specialist safari vehicles for morning and late-afternoon safari drives in a ‘Big Five’ wildlife reserve. Cheetahs, giraffes, zebras,wildebeests and an assortment of antelope species also roam these lands. Overnight at Kariega River Lodge or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Tsitsikamma & Knysna

After an early morning wildlife drive, head to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Here you can take a scenic walk and cross the suspension bridge that spans the gorge at the Storms River mouth. Then continue west to the coastal town of Knysna. Overnight at Knysna Hollow. (B, D)

Days 6 & 7: Knysna

Cruise across a stunning lagoon to the Knysna Heads aboard the John Benn, a classic boat named after a legendary harbour pilot. Then enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Spend the following day at leisure, relaxing or joining an optional excursion. Overnight at Knysna Hollow (or similar). (B, D)

Day 8: Oudtshoorn

Drive to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘ostrich capital of the world’. Take a guided tour of the Cango Caves, one of Africa’s most spectacular natural rock formations. Its vast network of tunnels and chambers, which extends for over 4 km, is adorned with delicate stalagmites and stalactites. Then enjoy lunch and an informative excursion to a working ostrich farm, where you will come face to face with the world’s largest birds. Overnight at Swartberg Country Manor (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 9: Cape Winelands

Head out on an optional early morning meerkat adventure, meeting rescued meerkats accompanied by an expert guide. Then continue along the scenic Route 62. Stop at the quirky town of Barrydale for lunch (payable locally). Stay 2 nights in the Winelands at the Devon Valley Hotel (or similar). (B, D)

Day 10: Cape Winelands

Spend a full day touring the Cape Winelands. Drive through mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads between the golden triangle of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Then join a 4×4 wine-tasting safari at Warwick Wine Estate, sampling ‘Big Five’ grape varieties. Overnight at Devon Valley Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 11: Cape Winelands & Cape Town

Take a guided morning walk around Stellenbosch, including a visit to the village museum, which charts the history of the region. Transfer to Cape Town for an afternoon at leisure, followed by dinner at a local home in the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, tasting authentic Cape Malay cuisine. Stay 2 nights at The Cape Milner (or similar). (B, D)

Day 12: Cape Town

Spend the day at leisure or join an optional full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula. The excursion includes a drive along the Atlantic seaboard past fishing villages and the seaside suburbs of Camps Bay and Hout Bay. It continues to Cape Point, before returning via the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Gold Restaurant this evening, accompanied by an interactive drumming experience. (B, D)

Days 13-14: Cape Town - Fly to the UK

Begin your final morning in spectacular fashion: ascending to the top of Table Mountain via cable car (weather permitting; excursion may take place on Day 11). Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home, or extend your journey – perhaps with a visit to Victoria Falls or a beach stay in Mauritius.

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

March–April departures may allow guests to experience the famous harvest season in the Cape Winelands.

Tour standards: Superior tour departures are based in 4- and 5-star accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room / cabin category.

Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • The Beach Hotel
    The Beach Hotel

    Renowned for its warm and friendly hospitality, this is a relaxing hotel ideally situated opposite Hobie beach and adjacent to the new Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex. Unwind in the Heritage Bar, on the Mediterranean-style patio or relax around the pool. Enjoy excellent cuisine at the a la carte Bell Restaurant or a five-course dinner menu at The Crest Restaurant. All 58 guest-rooms are decorated in bright colours, with a distinct home-away-from-home feeling; all have air-conditioning, mini safes and television.

  • Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge
    Kariega Game Reserve - River Lodge

    Kariega River lodge is located on the banks of the Bushman's river. It offers 10 superbly appointed thatched suites, spectacular views, and marvellous cuisine. The suites are air-conditioned, with ceiling fans, satellite television, and en suite bathrooms with spacious showers and ornate baths. Morning and evening game drives with experienced rangers give guests the opportunity of game viewing from open vehicles and Kariega is also unique in its offering of a diverse range of activities, which include walking safaris to view abundant game and birdlife, river cruises, canoeing, a spa and gym and visits to the nearby golden beaches of Kenton-on-Sea.

  • Knysna Hollow Country Estate
    Knysna Hollow Country Estate

    The Knysna Hollow Country Estate is set on a secluded 3-hectare site, 5 minutes from the centre of Knysna. This contemporary country retreat offers stylish accommodation with warm personal service and a high quality restaurant. The 44 suites are spread throughout lush gardens and meandering walkways.

  • Swartberg Country Manor
    Swartberg Country Manor

    Swartberg Country Manor is nestled in the Cango Valley, at the foot of the world-renowned Swartberg Mountain Pass. The farm 'Voorbedacht' offers a tranquil retreat with panoramic views that can be enjoyed from the veranda. The main house has eleven stylish rooms and dates back to 1864. There are a further four rooms in the Historical house and nine Karoo-style cottages as well as an idyllic honeymoon suite that was the old bakery. With bountiful aloe and jacaranda trees, the garden is lush and verdant. Meals are served in the charming restaurant and guests can have sundowners on the wooden deck. Enjoy the swimming pool on hot days, while in winter, relax in front of the fireplace in the lounge. Visit the waterfall look-out and swimming hole, or perhaps take advantage of the bird-watching, photography and star-gazing opportunities.

  • Devon Valley Hotel
    Devon Valley Hotel

    Located outside Stellenbosch and situated on a working wine farm, this cedarwood-clad hotel is set amongst trees and offers magnificent scenery of the Stellenbosch wine route. Well-appointed, comfortable accommodation offers a choice of standard, superior and deluxe rooms. A cosy pub and excellent restaurant offers the best in country cooking, with a choice of a la carte or table d`hote menus. Light meals are also served on the terrace. Sporting and leisure facilities include swimming, hiking and wine-tasting. Golf and tennis are all to be found nearby.

  • The Cape Milner
    The Cape Milner

    Located on the edge of Cape Town’s CBD, The Cape Milner is a perfect choice of Cape Town hotels for the business traveller. It is a functional, minimalist hotel that is all about dove grey and mahogany wood. The hotel has 55 standard rooms and two suites. Rooms are extremely practical, with muted, masculine décor and all the essential mod cons you will need during your stay. Crisp white linen with earthy-toned curtains and carpets make décor unobtrusive. The en-suite bathrooms are relatively spacious with a separate bath and shower. Some rooms have private balconies with mountain views. A rectangular pool in the centre of a black slate patio with oversized deckchairs lends itself to lounging here on a summer afternoon. The in-house restaurant, 2 On Milner, overlooks the sunny patio and has a skylight spanning the length of it as well as large, open windows. Enjoy a full buffet and cooked ...

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Dates & prices

HZA2022

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
18 Aug 2022 - 31 Aug 2022 £3,695 £0 £695 Reserve
8 Sep 2022 - 21 Sep 2022 £3,995 £0 £750 Reserve
22 Sep 2022 - 5 Oct 2022 £3,995 £0 £750 Reserve
6 Oct 2022 - 19 Oct 2022 £3,755 £0 £0 Reserve
20 Oct 2022 - 2 Nov 2022 £4,235 £0 £750 Reserve
3 Nov 2022 - 16 Nov 2022 £4,235 £0 £750 Reserve
18 Nov 2022 - 1 Dec 2022 £4,235 £0 £750 Reserve
 

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • * No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
  • * 4-star accommodation
  • * Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • * Small group size - average 10 people (max 18)
  • * International flights
  • * Internal flights as specified
  • * Transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
  • * Experienced local tour manager
  • * 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 10 dinners
  • * Welcome drink to meet the group & guide
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Safari experiences included, as well as wine tasting

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