11 Day – “Scuba Diving and Safari” Tour

There is no better place in the world to combined “scuba diving and safari” than in South Africa. Enjoy a couple of days diving various reefs in the warm Indian Ocean off the KwaZulu Natal North Coast near Sodwana, a diving destination that is ranked in the top 3 in the world. This package includes 5 x dives, air fills or an Open Water Diving Course (PADI) or an Advance Diving Course (PADI). This itinerary has been designed to accommodate all divers and at the same time one can enjoy the other major attractions of South Africa, such as its wildlife (Big 5), diverse natural beauty and cultures.

Minimum number of persons: 2

Size of group: Max 8

 

Category:

Dates – On Demand

Duration: – 10 Nights / 11 Days

Recommended add-on Tour: – 4 Nights – Cape Town or 4 Nights – Victoria Falls

Meals:(B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

Various standards of accommodation are available on a tour to South Africa

* Accommodation is subject to availability, if the under mentioned accommodation is not available we shall endeavor to supply comparable facilities.





Day 1:

Morning arrival in South Africa, your guide will meet you upon arrival at Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport. Visit Soweto – reflex on the “Apartheid” era of South Africa’s history. Time for lunch, before checking-in at our charming little lodge near the airport. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

Accommodation:: Journey’s Inn Africa (D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star


Day 2:

Travel via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Lydenburg to Hazyview situated in the province of Mpumalanga, exploring en route the scenic wonders of the “Panorama Route”. The cylindrical potholes at Bourke’s Luck, scenic views from God’s Window and breathtaking Blyde River Canyon – third deepest in the world rivaling America’s Grand Canyon. Overnight in Hazyview.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate (B) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star

Bourkes Luck Potholes

 


Day 3:

Depart for the world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP). Enter the park through Orpen Gate. The KNP is known to be the most diverse park in the world with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, ± 506 bird, 55 amphibians and ± 1980 plant species. Dinner can be enjoyed at the camps restaurant. Overnight in the KNP.

Accommodation: Satara Camp (B) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star


Day 4:

Enjoy a full day in the KNP in search of the “Big 5” and a host of other animals. Travel to the southern section of the KNP. Dinner will be served as a traditional “braai” – barbeque, prepared by your guide. Overnight in the park.

Other included activities: Evening or sunset safari / game drive with the parks ranger.

Accommodation: Lower Sabie Camp (B & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star

Elephant

 


Day 5, 6, 7 & 8:

Early morning departure. Drive the shortest route via Swaziland to Sodwana Bay. Enjoy the next couple of days diving various reefs in the warm Indian Ocean off the KwaZulu Natal North Coast. This packages includes 5 x dives, air fills or an Open Water Diving Course or an Advance Diving Course (upgrades are available on request). Overnight in Sodwana Bay.

Accommodation: Sodwana Bay Lodge (B & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star

Scuba Diving

 


Day 9:

After a leisurely morning (dive) and breakfast, we travel to Bonamanzi Private Game Reserve near Hluhluwe. Lunch on route. This afternoon you have an included option of joining the ranger on a game walk. Dinner will be served at the camp’s restaurant. Overnight near Hluhluwe.

Accommodation: Bonamanzi Lodge (B & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star


Day 10:

Take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos in the Greater St Lucia Wetlands, which is another one of South Africa’s six UNESCO world heritage site. Then enjoy some lunch at one of the numerous restaurants in the little fishing village of St Lucia, before we drive to the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve for an exciting open vehicle safari. In by-gone years this reserve was the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. Dinner will be served at the camp’s restaurant. Overnight near Hluhluwe.

Accommodation: Bonamanzi Lodge (B & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star


Day 11:

Drive back to Johannesburg the commercial hub of South Africa. Lunch on route and there will also be time for last minute shopping before your departure. Drop-off at O R Tambo International in time for you to catch your evening flight home.

Accommodation: (B)

OR

Recommended – Cape Town Add-on Tour:

Travel to Johannesburg, catch your flight to Cape Town. Your guide will meet you on arrival in Cape Town to transfer you to your hotel. Dinner can be enjoyed at one of the numerous restaurants on the V & A Waterfront. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: (B)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star


Day 12:

Take a scenic drive around the “Cape Peninsula”. Visit Hout Bay and the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and Boulders – Penguins. Optional and weather permitting – we take the cableway up Table Mountain. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: (B)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star

Penguin

 


Day 13:

A day at leisure, where you can do the following optional activities – a city orientation tour of South Africa’s beautiful Mother City on the “hop-on hop-off bus” or visit a local township or visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 17 years or visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens or visit one of the numerous beautiful beaches around the Cape or for the energetic – take a hike up Table Mountain or for the brave – shark cage diving. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: : (B)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star


Day 14:

Wine tasting and cellar tour at one of the wine estates along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route, also spend some time in the historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Enjoy your farewell dinner at Vijff Vlieghen (Five Flies) Restaurant. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: : (B & D)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star

 


Day 15:

Morning at leisure. Lunch at the V & A Waterfront, time for last minute shopping and weather permitting an optional helicopter flip over the Cape Peninsula. Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight home.

Accommodation: (B)



Included:

Air ticket – Johannesburg to Cape Town – add-on, accommodation (3 – 4*), transport, guide, meals as indicated, 5 x dives, air fills or an Open Water Diving Course (only R2000.00 per person extra) or an Advance Diving Course, porter-age where available, conservation fees and all entrance fees as per itinerary.

Excluded:

Air tickets, passport and visa fees, airport tax, insurance, phone calls, facsimiles, beverages, gratuities, items of a personal nature and excess baggage.

 
 

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