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  • Johannesburg
  • Hoedspruit
  • Hazyview
  • Lobamba (Swaziland)
  • Bonamanzi (Hluhluwe)
  • Salt Rock
  • Plettenberg Bay
  • Outshoorn
  • Stellenbosch
  • Cape Town

South Africa is a world in one country. Spot on! In this tip of Africa your resolve may be put to the test by the steep climb to the "Cape of Good Hope", your curiosity by looking for the Big Five, your borderless inquisitiveness by hopping across to Swaziland, Botswana and Vic Falls, your engagement by crossing the Drakensbergen and the Karoo and your nerve by tackling White Shark cage diving and white-water rafting. But the rewards are never-ending: stunning vistas, refreshing bays, soothing hot springs, blissful beaches, exhilarating activities and lifetime friendships. And then, there’s the braai (BBQ), the wine and the sunsets…

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Day 1 - Johannesburg

You arrive at Johannesburg OR Tambo airport during the course of the morning. You can pick up your car at the airport or consider having it delivered to your hotel tomorrow. If you arrive early in the morning you have all day to discover its different neighbourhoods.

Standard Hotel:  Ginnegaap Guest House (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  The Peech Hotel (Breakfast)
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Days 2 to 3 - Johannesburg > Hoedspruit (480km/6h)

Today you will leave for a scenic drive to the Wild Rivers Nature Reserve in the surroundings of the Kruger National Park. Your final destination is the Rukiya Safari Camp where you stay 2 nights in a River View tent. You can expect daily included game drives and organized bush walks. Spot the Big Five, learn all about fascinating animals and enjoy life on the wild side.

Standard Hotel:  Rukiya Safari Camp (FULL BOARD n ACTIVITIES)
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Luxe Hotel:  Chacma Bush Camp (Full board)
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Day 4 - Hoedspruit > Hazyview (117km/2h20)

You drive along the famous Panorama Route to Hazyview and visit the Blyde River Canyon and its rondavels, Bourke's Luck potholes and God's Window.

Standard Hotel:  Aha Casa Do Sol & Resort (DBB)
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Luxe Hotel:  Hippo Hollow (Breakfast)
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Day 5 - Hazyview > Lobamba (Swaziland 260km/ 3h15)

Your journey continues via the kingdom of Swaziland! If you have booked a  morning safari in the Kruger Park please take into account the borders operating hours in order to enter Swaziland, a country the size of Wallonia in Belgium. Enjoy the varied, hilly landscape, the vibrant African culture and its colourful markets.

Standard Hotel:  Millwane Wildlife Sanctuary (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  Foresters Arms (Continental Breakfast)
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Day 6 - Lobamba > Bonamanzi (Hluhluwe - 269km/3h30)

Swaziland is so small that you are back at the border with South Africa in no time. Today's destination is the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park. A safari is included in the Bonamanzi Lalapanzi Camp. You can therefore better arrive on time and enjoy it to the max.

Standard Hotel:  Bonamanzi Lalapanzi Camp (Half board)
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Standard Hotel:  Leopard Mountain (Full board)
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Day 7 - Bonamanzi > Salt Rock (190 km/2h)

From Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park you head towards Durban. Along the way you may want to stop for a cruise on Lake St Lucia, a World Heritage Site. The road from St Lucia to Durban hugs the coastline and passes many sugar cane fields; the produce Kwazulu Natal is most famous for. Check in to your hotel and stroll along the Durban beach promenade with its quaint little stalls; go for a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean; visit UShaka Marine World or indulge in a real Indian curry, Durban’s speciality. 

Standard Hotel:  Petite Provence (Continental Breakfast)
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Standard Hotel:  The Benjamin (Breakfast)
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Days 8 - 9 - Salt Rock > Plettenberg Bay (flight + 234km/2h30)

On day 8 you board your domestic flight (not included) to Port Elizabeth or P.E as it is referred to locally and find yourself in Plett in no time. This cozy village is has a pleasant holiday feel to it. En-route make sure to stop at the Tsitsikamma National Park for a walk along the shore of the Indian Ocean or across Storm's River Bridge.

On day 9 you can continue your exploration of the region surrouning Plettenberg Bay at leisure The beaches here are among the most beautiful in the country and you can choose from a whole range of outdoor activities.

Standard Hotel:  Whalesong Hotel & Spa (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  Emily Moon River Lodge (Breakfast)
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Day 10 - Plettenberg Bay > Oudtshoorn (151km/2h)

On your way to Oudtshoorn, you should definitely stop at Knysna, the capital of the Garden Route and take some time to browse the area, taste its delicious oysters or discover the Featherbed Nature reserve.

Next your path will lead you through the Klein Karoo and across the magnificent Outeniqua pass into the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn. Here everything turns around ostrich farms and produce, made of every single part of the bird: feathers, shin, meat and eggs. The Cango caves in the neighbourhood are definitely worth your while.

Standard Hotel:  De Denne Guesthouse (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  De Zeekoe (Breakfast)
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Day 11 & 12 - Oudtshoorn > Stellenbosch (391km/4h30)

A Golden Tip? Rise early and go meet the meerkats! Today the superlatives will pile up again as you drive along one of the most beautiful routes in South Africa; the emblematic Route 62. Between Oudtshoorn and Montagu, she makes her way in-between the mountains to eventually ends up in a valley. This awesome ride takes you all the way to the heart of the wine region and famous Stellenbosch.

In the 17th century, the Dutch colonists brought french Huguenots to the Cape to assist them with the viticulture. Gastronomy and world-famous wines place this wine region prominently on the map. Visit some of the more than 120 wineries and enjoy the beautiful landscapes.

Standard Hotel:  Brenaissance Wine & Stud (Breakfast)
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Standard Hotel:  Majeka House (Breakfast)
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Day 13 & 14 - Stellenbosch > Cape Town (50km-1h)

A mere 50 km separates you from the final destination of this selfdrive, Cape Town. When entering the Mother City you cannot miss them: the stunning views of the iconic Table Mountain. Hike up the mountain or take a cable ride up and explore this exciting city at your own pace.

An extra day is just perfect to discover the peninsula. Drive to the old naval Simon’s Town and discover the colonial façades and atmosphere. Just a little further you can take the turn of for Boulders Beach. Here you can admire a colony Jack Ass penguins, picnic on the beach or go for a morning swim between the penguins. Cape of Good Hope lies at the end of this ocean-hugging road. Drive back via Scarborough and the stunningly scenic Chapman’s peak drive to Hout Bay. Don’t miss out on a visit to Groot-Constantia before heading back to your hotel.
From the Victoria and Alfred Mall and Waterfront you may take a boat trip across to Robben Island, made (in)famous by Mandela detention. Or maybe a helicopter flight is a dream come true for you? Check out our excursions tab for inspiration.

First Hotel:  Nine Flower Guesthouse (Breakfast)
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Luxe Hotel:  Molo Lolo Lodge (Breakfast)
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Day 15 - Cape Town

Depending on the time of your return flight you have some spare time left to check out the hidden gems of Cape Town.

Johannesburg Cycle Soweto

 2 hours

Is there a more original way to explore South Africa's most famous township than by bike? Accompanied by your guide you cycle along the most prominent places, you meet the locals and learn about the challenges this in African terms young democracy faces. Lunch and bicycle gear included.

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St Lucia Hippo & Crocodile safari

 1/2 day

You will cruise for 2 hours on the St Lucia estuary and watch its surroundings, made up of a vast marshland which is home to some of the highest forested dunes in the world, a forest swamp and wooded palm veld. This diversity of landscapes creates a rich vegetation and is a heaven for wildlife : rhino, pangolins, duikers, sea turtles, pelicans, terns, pink flamingoes, crocodiles, hippos ...

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Gansbaai Shark Cage Diving

 2 hours

Step in the footsteps of many a Hollywoord star... How often do you get the chance to come eye to eye with one of the most beautiful and feared predator of all seas? South Africa's Shark cage diving brings you face to face with the inquisitive white shark.

  • Included: breakfast, diving gear and cup of hot soup at your return
  • min. 5 people requested at start
  • No transfer included
  • Transfers from/to Cape Town can be booked in advance at surcharge. (Cape Town - Gansbaai: 162 km one way)
  • Weather-permitting. Full refund in case of non-departure.
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Cape Town's Robben Island

 3 hours

From Cape Town's Waterfront you board the ferry to Robben Island, the infamous prison island where Nelson Mandela was detained for many years. You will be guided around by ex-prisoners who tell of their past experiences on the island. You explore the island by bus. Child discount age 5-14.

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Cape Town Helicopter flight

 12 min.

Experience the Cape from the air. Located between two oceans and adorned by mountain chains, your trip by helicopter is bound to be beyond breathtaking. possible as well: a 20 min. flight at surcharge.

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Hermanus Whale Cruise

 12 min.

From the world famous whale watching capital of South Africa's Western Cape, Hermanus, you board a catamaran for an unforgettable 2-hour whale cruise, in the company of these wonderful marine giants. Child discount age 5-14.

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Knysna Featherbed cruise

 3 or 4 hours

By ferry, you sail across the Knysna lagoon towards the Featherbed Nature Reserve. There you continue by 4x4 truck. Your local guide will teach you all there is to know about the fauna and flora of this area. No lunch is programmed.

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Hotels & Meals

South African culture is diverse; foods from many cultures are enjoyed by all and especially marketed to tourists who wish to sample the large variety of South African cuisine. In addition to food, music and dance feature prominently.

South African cuisine is heavily meat-based and has spawned the distinctively South African social gathering known as a braai, or barbecue. South Africa has also developed into a major wine producer, with some of the best vineyards lying in valleys around Stellenbosch,Franschhoek, Paarl and Barrydale. 

(Wikipedia)

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 30 days after your departure from South Africa. This a minor travels as an unaccompanied minor, additional documents are required. Please verify the Home Affairs webpage of South Africa.. These measures also apply in case you transit through South Africa.
  • For Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana, your passport must be valid for 6 months after return. In Zimbabwe and Swaziland a visa is required. In Zimbabwe it costs 30US$ - single entry - 15/08/2018 - subject to modification; in Swaziland it is free for Belgians. Please verify the opening hours of the border posts.
  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Insurances

In order to enhance a safe and carefree trip a travel insurance is an absolute must.  Our selection of Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover  and include travel-orientated plus factors such as a fly-on-time, a natural catastrophe and epidemics cover. Whether you leave on one single jurney or you travel year-round. They guarantee the most comprehensive cover at the best price.  

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes.  We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our  Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from y

ou. 

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. In Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Kwazulu-Natal, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), in Botswana & Swaziland anti- malaria tablets are recommended during certain periods of the year. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to http://www.itg.be

Malaria has recently been reported in some areas in the Limpopo province. Travellers heading to the Vaalwater area (Kololo Game Reserve) during our "Limpopo" Selfdrive are advised to adhere to the following set of precautions: the use of a DEET-based repellent spray, the use of long trousers and long sleeves as soon as twilight sets in and anti-malaria tablets. Inquire with your doctor. The problem cases are restricted to the Vaalwater region.

Time Zones

+1h (winter), no time difference (summer)



Currency

Currency

  • South African Rand; 1 EUR = 16 ZAR of 100 ZAR = 6.22 EUR (01/01/2020)

Betalingswijze

In Botswana worden Amerikaanse dollars en Euro’s aanvaard. Je krijgt het verschil terug in Pula (BWP, de lokale munt). 

Prices

Pricing in Africa is low

Climate

Average Temperatures in °C:

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cape Town 21 21 20 17 15 13 12 13 14 16 18 20
Johannesburg 20 20 18 16 13 10 11 13 16 17 18 19
Kruger NP 26 26 25 22 18 15 15 17 21 22 24 25
Victoria Falls 23 23 23 22 18 16 16 18 23 26 25 24
Botswana 21 26 25 24 21 17 13 13 17 21 23 25
Botswana (Gaborone) 26 25 24 21 17 14 14 17 21 24 25 25
Namibia (Windhoek) 28 27 26 25 22 20 20 22 26 27 29 30

 

What's included?

  • 14 nights accommodation in listed hotels
  • All listed meals
  • Rukiya Safari Camp Hoedspruit: game drives & bush walks
  • Lalapanzi Bonamanzi : one activity according programme

What's not included?

Your intercontinental return flight and your domestic flight from Durban to Port Elisabeth, your car rental, optional excursions and tipping.


Good to Know

All listed hotels are subject to availability and may be replaced by equivalent hotels.
Start or end your journey with an unforgettable citytrip, experience one or more captivating excursions or extend with another awesome selfdrive. Please contact our call centre or your nearest travel shop for a custom made itinerary and price offer.

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