Splendours of South Africa

For the discerning traveler South Africa’s extraordinary natural beauty and cultural diversity is not to be missed! On this escorted tour you will spend 2 nights in the Kruger National Park spotting the Big 5, then to Johannesburg and Pretoria which have a distinctly cosmopolitan African flavor. Then journey along the scenically stunning countryside of the Garden Route before ending up in Cape Town. Cape Town is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Table Mountain and framed by two oceans it is surrounded by lush countryside with the best wine regions of South Africa. The city itself is a unique blend of Indonesian, French, Dutch, German and British cultures, which have amalgamated with that of the local tribes.

Highlights

  • Johannesburg’s unexpected wildlife, museums and caves
  • Spend 2 nights in the Kruger National Park spotting the "Big 5"
  • Discover Africa’s best-kept secrets: The Garden Route
  • Explore Cape Town – one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities

What is Included

  • Return flights
  • 12 nights accommodation - sharing BB basis, 4 lunches & 2 dinners
  • All tours and excursions mentioned in programme
  • Services of a local guide/assistance
  • MAP Travel representative to accompany the group from Dublin return

What is Not Included

  • Insurance: €60.00 per person (+ 69 years rates on request)
  • Single room supplement: €595.00 for duration of stay

Itinerary Details

Monday 19 November

Fly from Dublin via Istanbul to Johannesburg.

Tuesday 20 November

On arrival meet and greet and transfer to Kruger Park. Afternoon open-vehicle game drive in Kruger Park. Dinner in hotel

Wednesday 21 November

Full day open-vehicle game drive in Kruger Park. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Thursday 22 November

Today we travel to Johannesburg via the panoramic route including Bourkes Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon & God's Window. Arrive late afternoon and check into hotel. Evening at leisure.

Friday 23 November

Spend today exploring Johannesburg and Pretoria to include Constitution Hill and Court, Johannesburg inner city and Maboneng Precinct. Drive past Houghton. Continue to Pretoria, Voortrekker Monument. Kruger Museum. Union Buildings. Overnight in Johannesburg.

Saturday 24 November

Today we fly from Johannesburg to Port Elizbeth airport. On arrival meet and greet and transfer to hotel to include an orientation tour of Port Elizabeth. Overnight in Port Elizabeth.

Sunday 25 November

Travel by coach to Knysna via Tsitsikamma Forest, the Big Tree Birds of Eden at Jukani Wildlife Conservancy and the Elephant Santuary, Overnight in Knysna.

Monday 26 November

Today travel to Oudtshoorn. Safari Ostrich Show Farm - tour with lunch. Then visit the Cango Caves. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Tuesday 27 November

After breakfast depart for Cape Town via scenic Route 62. Overnight in Cape Town.

Wednesday 28 November

Full day Peninsula tour – drive by Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno. Take a Seal Island cruise at Hout Bay Afterwards drive to Cape Point. Enjoy lunch at Bertha's Restaurant in Simon's Town. Overnight in Cape Town.

Thursday 29 November

Full day city tour including:Table Mountain (weather dependant!). Visit The Castle & Company's Garden. Drive by Parliament, City Hall and Slave Lodge. Visit Bo Kaap & Malay Quarter. Complimentary diamond-workshop tour. Lunch at Lelapa's Restaurant. Langa township local market, Arts & Crafts Centre and local B&B. Gugulethu township experience with a local guide. Return to Cape Town for overnight.

Friday 30 November

Full day winelands tour to Franschhoek - walking tour of the town. Drive by Huguenot Monument. Wine tasting at Boschendal Wine Estate and cellar tour in Neethlingshof Wine estate to include lunch and wine tasting. Afterwards visit Stellenbosch. Return to Cape Town for overnight

Saturday 1 December

Day at leisure in Cape Town.

Sunday 2 December

Transfer to the airport in time check in for return flight to Dublin to arrive back on Monday 3 December.

Accommodation

Kruger (2 nights); Johannesburg & Pretoria (2 nights); Port Elizabeth (1 night); Garden Route (2 nights) and Cape Town (5 nights)

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure

Arrival

Mon 19 Nov

Dublin/Istanbul

16.55 hrs.

*00.20 hrs.

Thu 20 Nov

Istanbul/Johannesburg

02.15 hrs.

11.05 hrs.

Sun 02 Dec

Cape Town/Istanbul

18.00 hrs.

*06.00 hrs.

Mon 03 Dec

Istanbul/Dublin

08.30 hrs.

10.20 hrs.

(*Next day arrival)

Flight times and details may be subject to change

Dates & Prices

Depart Date

Arrive Ireland

Price PPS

Mon 19 Nov

Mon 03 Dec

€2,950.00

Important Information

Please note that places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

  • How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €250.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cheque/cash/bank transfer or debit card only)

For further information: MAP Travel 01-8783111

Caroline Gleeson (Tour Manager) (01-8315186) or (087-6261148)

caroline.gleeson@hotmail.com