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The Best of South Africa

Trip Length

Trip Code

10 days PFSA

Countries Visited

South Africa

Start City

End City

Johannesburg Cape Town
The Best of South Africa

More than a land of safaris and the Big Five, South Africa is a fascinating study in history and culture. A few days in Cape Town is enough time to sample the gourmet cuisine, head up the picturesque Table Mountain and visit the sobering Robbin Island.

Why we love it:

The Best of South Africa


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg

Travel time: Approximately 8-9 hours travel time including stops along the way

Meals included: 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar, Kruger National Park

Activities:

Day 2: Greater Kruger National Park

Travel time: Game drive times may vary

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar, Kruger National Park

Activities:

Day 3: Blyde River Canyon

Travel time: Approximately 8 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar, Kruger National Park

Activities:

Day 4: Greater Kruger National Park

Travel time: Game drive times may vary

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar, Kruger National Park

Activities:

Day 5: Greater Kruger National Park - Johannesburg

Travel time: Approximately 8-9 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Peermont Metcourt or similar, Johannesburg

Activities:

Day 6: Cape Town

Travel time: From Cape Town Airport to Hotel - Approximately 1.5 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Cape Milner Hotel or similar, Cape Town

Activities:

Day 7: Cape Town Walking Tour

Travel time: 3 hour walking tour

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Cape Milner Hotel or similar, Cape Town

Activities:

Day 8: Cape Point Peninsula and the Winelands

Travel time: Approximately 8 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Cape Milner Hotel or similar, Cape Town

Activities:

Day 9: Cape Town - Free Day

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Cape Milner Hotel or similar, Cape Town

Activities:

Day 10: Cape Town

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Cape Milner Hotel or similar, Cape Town

Activities:


Your Trip

What to know

The flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town on Day 6 is not included. This tour is not accompanied by a Peregrine tour leader.

Extend your holiday

Many of our trips have extensions which can easily be added to the end of your existing itinerary:

PFDDR - Delta, Dunes & Falls (Northbound)
PFZU - Zimbabwe Unveiled
PFKW - Kalahari Extension
PFCB - Classic Botswana

What's Included

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Fitness

You do not need any real fitness for this safari besides the ability to get in and out of the safari vehicles.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

South Africa
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for South Africa. Upon arrival you will be given a free three-month multi-entry visa stamp. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Please note that you require six blank pages and your passport needs to have a minimum of six months validity to enter South Africa. Also note that to enter South Africa you may be required to show proof of onward travel plans and a valid yellow fever certificate (especially if entering or re-entering from East African countries or Zambia). A new immigration regulation will take effect from 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. This is an requirement of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: http://www.nwivisas.com/nwi-blog/south-africa/grace-period-for-parents-travelling-with-children/#sthash.VKZSSlHE.dpuf.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

South Africa

South Africa - Lonely Planet

The Covenant - James A Michener

Cry The Beloved Country - Alan Paton

The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela

White Thorn - Bryce Courtenay


Important Information

Please note you are not accompanied by a Peregrine tour leader on this trip. Experienced English-speaking local wildlife guides will accompany you for the duration of your trip. In Cape Town you will be met by a Peregrine representative and escorted to your hotel.


LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE:
Please keep your luggage to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15-20kgs per person) is essential - NO HARD CASE SUITCASES. Extra luggage can be stored at the hotel in Johannesburg.

FLIGHTS:
An arrival transfer is not included on this tour. Please make your own way to the joining hotel in Johannesburg. You will be departing for the Greater Kruger National Park at approximately 6:00am, so a pre-tour night's accommodation is recommended. You will take a shuttle transfer to the airport on Day 6 for your flight to Cape Town. This can be arranged through your hotel. Please ensure you advise Peregrine of your arrival and departure flight details in Cape Town so this information can be passed on to our local Operator. You will be collected at Cape Town airport by a local representative and transferred to your Hotel.

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER:
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: www.peregrineadventures.com Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.

DRIVE TIMES:

The travel times listed in the day to day itinerary are a guide only. Please be aware that delays may occur and please be patient - it's all part of the experience afterall!

The travel times do not include time spent on game drives as these can vary with each departure.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

20 March 2014


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