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Ultimate Tour: South Africa’s Rainbow Nation

Group Tour | General Interest 19 Days & 17 Nights Lead-in price: £5495

South Africa’s evocative blend of culture, history, wildlife and spectacular scenery never fails to captivate. This journey takes you on an in-depth, immersive tour of the ‘Rainbow Nation’. Guests can look forward to unparalleled wildlife viewing; insightful visits to local communities and important historical sites; and ample time to enjoy South Africa’s stunning beaches and world-class wine.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Experience the cultures and cuisines of historic cities and townships
  • Enjoy direct access to Kruger, one of Africa’s best-known national parks
  • Take an insightful guided tour of various Anglo–Zulu battlefields
  • Travel the coastal Garden Route through towns including Knysna and Oudstshoorn, ending at Cape Town
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
  • Small group size – average 10 people (max 18)
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Johannesburg

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

Day 2: Johannesburg

After arrival, you are introduced to the city of Pretoria with a guided tour, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to your hotel for the rest of the day at leisure. Later, attend your welcome dinner. Overnight at Radisson Red Rosebank (or similar). (L, D)

Day 3: Johannesburg

The life of South Africa’s most famous politician takes centre stage today. Led by an expert guide, discover places that shaped NelsonMandela’s life on a tour through Alexandra township, Liliesleaf Farm and Soweto. The rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight at Radisson Red Rosebank (or similar). (B, L)

Day 4: Hazyview

Transfer to the town of Hazyview, a popular gateway for Kruger National Park. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Perry‘s Bridge Hollow (or similar). (B, L, D)

Days 5 & 6 : Kruger National Park

Spend the next two days enjoying a variety of morning and afternoon safari activities in the world-famous Kruger National Park. As you seek out the ‘Big Five’, learn about their natural habitats as well as the conservation efforts protecting them. Overnight at Perry‘s Bridge Hollow (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 7: Swaziland

Transfer overland to Swaziland, clearing border formalities en route, and arrive at Ezulwini Valley (‘Place of Heaven’). Its attractions include restaurants, hot springs, craft markets, art galleries, riding stables, a nature reserve, a golf course and a cultural village. The rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight at Mantenga Lodge(or similar). (B, L)

Day 8: Mkuze, ZuluLand

Continue through Swaziland, stopping enroute at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and a traditional village. After completing border formalities, cross into South Africa, where you enjoy a safari drive in the uMkhuze Game Reserve, and a South African barbecue (braai) with Zulu entertainment. Overnight at Ghost Mountain Inn. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Mkuze, ZuluLand

Meet your guide for an early morning safari drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, one of South Africa’s oldest reserves. Enjoy lunch at your hotel ahead of a special cultural experience, which includes a visit to a local homestead. Overnight at Ghost Mountain Inn. (B, L, D)

Day 10: KwaZulu-Natal’s historic battlefields

Enjoy a cruise on Lake Jozini before travelling to KwaZulu-Natal’s famous battlefields, which you will begin exploring tomorrow. Overnight at Rorke’s Drift Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 11: KwaZulu-Natal’s historic battlefields

Spend the day with a specialist battlefield guide as you visit the staging grounds of two important Anglo-Zulu battles. Overnight at Rorke’s Drift Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Port Elizabeth via Durban

Transfer to King Shaka Airport in Durban for your indirect flight to Port Elizabeth via O. R. Tambo Airport, then check in to your hotel. The city of Port Elizabeth boasts gorgeous beaches, interesting museums and memorials, award-winning wildlife destinations, and a convivial atmosphere. Overnight at The Beach Hotel. (B)

Day 13: Tsitsikamma & Knysna

En route to Knysna, visit Tsitsikamma National Park – famed for its rugged, coastal beauty – and dine locally. Then continue along the Garden Route, home to rare fynbos flowers, ancient forests, art communes, golf courses, shopping centres, mountain hideaways and beautiful beaches. After arriving in Knysna, the rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight at Knysna Hollow Country Estate. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Knysna

Today, dine as you explore the Knysna Lagoon aboard the John Benn, a double-decker floating restaurant offering daily cruises to the Knysna Heads. Overnight at Knysna Hollow Country Estate. (B, L)

Day 15: Oudtshoorn

Transfer overland to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘ostrich capital of the world’. En route, visit the stalactite-filled Cango Caves for an hour-long tour, followed by a delectable lunch. Round off your day’s activities with a visit to one of Oudtshoorn’s many ostrich farms. Overnight at Queen‘s Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Cape Town

Continue overland towards Cape Town via the famous Route 62, passing through farming towns such as Calitzdorp, Ladismith, Amalienstein, Zoar and the fruit- and wineproducing towns of Barrydale, Montagu and Ashton. Arrive in historic Cape Town this afternoon. Overnight at Cape Milner. (B)

Day 17: Cape Town

Embark on a full-day guided tour of the ‘Mother City’, including visits to Table Mountain (weather permitting) and lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the historic Constantia wine-producing region for a cellar tour and wine tasting. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Overnight at Cape Milner. (B, L)

Day 18: Cape Town

Venture to the coastal outskirts of Cape Town during a day tour of the Cape Peninsula, which includes a visit to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. See the eminently photogenic penguins of Boulders Beach and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Return to the hotel this afternoon and enjoy a final farewell dinner. Overnight at Cape Milner. (B, L, D)

Day 19: Cape Town - Fly to London

Spend your last day at leisure. You may wish to visit Robben Island, Mandela’s former prison turned UNESCO-listed museum; or perhaps enjoy a stroll on one of the many tempting beaches. Later, transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your return flight. (B)

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


Some road journeys can last 4-6 hours. As such, we ensure there are sufficient rest stops for our guests.

Internal flight schedules may change. We monitor flight timetables and adjust plans accordingly to provide our guests with suitable options.

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

  • Radisson Red Rosebank
    Radisson Red Rosebank

    The Radisson RED Johannesburg Rosebank is characterised by bold designs, chic colour palettes and sleek furnishings. It's a modern, upbeat hotel in the commercial and residential Rosebank suburb, and its staff are friendly and eager to assist. The guestrooms offer king-size beds, rain showers and plenty of stylish touches. On site facilities include a rooftop bar and terrace, and a rooftop swimming pool with a small sun-bathing area. Features: 222 rooms & suites, restaurant, rooftop bar & terrace, rooftop swimming pool, gym. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, multiple USB ports, desk, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel
    Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

    Perry's Bridge Hollow is a modern, colonial-style hotel on the outskirts of Hazyview, just minutes from Kruger National Park. Also close by are other highlights of the region such as Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim's Rest, God's Window and Bourke's Luck Pothole. The hotel offers 31 rooms and three family suites in a beautiful indigenous garden setting, each with indoor and outdoor showers. Facilities include a swimming pool and three restaurants where cocktails are served to enhance the dining experience. The trading post not far from the hotel offers guests a unique shopping and dining experience with a variety of shops and restaurants.

  • Mantenga Lodge
    Mantenga Lodge

    Located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley, Mantenga Lodge sits at the foot of Sheba's Breasts, a mountain immortalized by Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines. The lodge is a great base for those seeking to experience the area's natural beauty. The Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Ezulwini Craft Market are both nearby. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, and a terrace with uninterrupted views of Execution Rock. Features: 38 rooms, restaurant, bar, garden terrace, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service. Room amenities: En suite facilities, air-conditioning, television, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • Ghost Mountain Inn & Safaris
    Ghost Mountain Inn & Safaris

    The family-run Ghost Mountain Inn is an ideal base from which to explore the wildlife and coastal reserves of Zululand and the Elephant Coast. The inn is set within five acres of verdant gardens that stretch down to the waters of Lake Jozini on the boundary of the property. One of South Africa’s largest dams, Lake Jozini is home to abundant birdlife and offers the rare opportunity to see wild elephants swimming. All of the stylish guestrooms feature a private terrace or garden access. Facilities include a spa and two swimming pools with plenty of space for umbrellas and loungers. Features: 74 rooms & suites, restaurant, 2 bars, 2 swimming pools, spa, gardens, gift shop. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, safe, hairdryer, fan, Wi-Fi.

  • Rorke's Drift Hotel
    Rorke's Drift Hotel

    Beautifully situated at the base of Sinqindi Mountain in KwaZulu-Natal, Rorke's Drift Lodge overlooks the battlefields of Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana, the first significant battles of the Anglo-Zulu War. The lodge is located 45 minutes from Dundee, and Nqutu can be reached in less than 30 minutes on good gravel roads. Accommodation is in secluded, self-contained units set within an expansive garden on a 1,000-acre estate alive with wildlife and birdlife. The spacious units feature a lounge and dining area with a kitchenette, as well as private outdoor decking. Guests can prepare their own feasts at a private braai area, or relax in the lounge bar in the main building overlooking the Buffalo River. Guests have the choice of catering for themselves or ordering meals from the lodge kitchens; all meals are served in the guests' own units. A personal lodge assistant will be on call for the duration of your stay ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Queen's Hotel
    Queen's Hotel

    First opened in 1880, the Queen's Hotel in Oudtshoorn is a grand dame of South African hoteliery. Tastefully restored and brought up to date with modern facilities, its guestrooms are bright, spacious and traditionally furnished. The hotel is located in the centre of town, adjacent to the Ostrich Museum and close to several restaurants and coffee shops. On-site dining options include South African fare at the elegant Colony Restaurant, and Café Brûlé with its in-house bakery. Features: 40 rooms, restaurant, cafe. Room amenities: Air-conditioning, television, desk, safe, tea & coffee facilities, Wi-Fi.

  • 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


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
1 Sep 2022 - 19 Sep 2022 £5,550 £0 £615 Reserve
23 Sep 2022 - 11 Oct 2022 £5,550 £0 £0 Reserve
12 Oct 2022 - 30 Oct 2022 £5,650 £0 £615 Reserve
21 Oct 2022 - 8 Nov 2022 £5,495 £0 £595 Reserve
18 Nov 2022 - 6 Dec 2022 £5,650 £0 £615 Reserve
25 Nov 2022 - 13 Dec 2022 £5,650 £0 £615 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 as specified
  • * 16 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 10 dinners
  • * Welcome dinner to meet the group & guide
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Special guest speakers
  • * Safari activities on land

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