Experience the numerous facets of South Africa on this fabulous trip. Look forward to vibrant international cities, soaring rocky mountains, beautiful coastlines and a fascinating mix of cultures and languages. One particular highlight is represented by a safari through the worldfamous Kruger National Park! If you’re lucky, you might even see the “Big 5” – elephants, leopards, rhinoceros, buffalo and lions.
Day 2: Cape Town – South Africa’s oldest city
Today we land in Cape Town. Our friendly and competent English-speaking tour guides will meet us at the airport and accompany us to our modern travel coach. On arrival, we will enjoy an orientation tour through South Africa’s oldest city. We will visit Company Garden and the South Africa Museum (admission included). You will then have the opportunity to participate in our optional excursion to the world-famous “Waterfront”: this harbour district is among the most popular highlights the city has to offer. We will then stay the night in Cape Town.
Day 3: Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope & Ostrich Farm
Today a ride on the cableway will take us up Table Mountain4, the emblem of Cape Town. Afterwards, you will have the chance to take part in our optional excursion to the “Cape of Good Hope”. The journey there will take us along the picturesque coastal road of Chapman’s Peak Drive. Fantastic photo motifs await you here! You will also visit an ostrich farm and get a bit closer to the impressive birds. Then we will head back to Cape Town.
Day 4: Stellenbosch Wine Region & Exclusive Wine Tasting Session
The scenic beauty of the coast and the foothills of the splendid semi-desert “Klein Karoo” are just some of the things we will enjoy on our way to Wilderness. We will make a stop in the Stellenbosch region, one of South Africa’s best-known wine-growing regions. At an exquisite wine tasting session, we will indulge in the magnificent wine culture. We will spend the night in the Wilderness area.
Day 5: Knysna, Tsitsikamma National Park & Big Tree
Today, we‘ll be taking the stunning Garden Route to Knysna. After visiting the picturesque harbour town, you can take an optional boat trip to the romantic Knysna lagoon. We will then dive into a unique diversity of flora and fauna in the Tsitsikamma National Park (entrance is included). Translated, the name means „place of much water“, and it‘s one of South Africa‘s last primeval forests. It extends almost 100 kilometres along the coast. We will marvel at the many wonders of nature, such as the „Big Tree“. This yellowwood tree is over 800 years old and 37 metres tall. Overnight stay in Port Elizabeth.
Day 6: Johannesburg & Pretoria
Today will be travelling to Port Elizabeth airport and flying from there to Johannesburg. From there, we will head directly towards Pretoria. Enjoy the benefits of your comfort hotel in the Pretoria/Centurion area and use this time for some relaxation.
Day 7: Panorama Route & Blyde River Canyon
After breakfast, we will set off for Kruger National Park. Even the journey there represents a very special highlight. The unique Panorama Route, which is one of the most beautiful attractions in South Africa, passes the fissured ridges of the Drakensberge mountain range. The most spectacular section is Blyde River Canyon which we will of course visit and from where we can admire the impressive rock formations of the “Three Rondavels”. We will then spend the night near Kruger National Park.
Day 8: Bus-safari in Kruger National Park
Today, you can look forward to a very exciting experience. We will go on bus-safari in Kruger National Park (admission included), the most famous national park in the world. In 1898, it was declared a conservation area for wild animals by Paul Krüger, the son of German immigrants and President of South Africa at the time. Today, it is the largest natural and wildlife reserve in South Africa. If you are lucky, you might even see the famous “Big-5” elephants, leopards, rhinoceros, buffalo and lions. Simply breath-taking.
Day 9: Pretoria - In The Footsteps of Nelson Mandela
Magnificent scenery will accompany us as we make our way back to the capital, Pretoria. On a quick tour of the city, we will be visiting the lavish government headquarters known as the Union Building. In 1994, this was where Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa. Afterwards, it is time to say goodbye to the great country of South Africa. Transfer to Johannesburg airport and return flight.
Day 10: Arrival in England
4 Subject to weather conditions and last minute alteration.
Including a spectacular range of excursions & safari in Kruger National Park!
Special services included for you
- Return flights with Turkish Airlines
(best European airline 2011 – 2016)3
• England to Cape Town
• Johannesburg to England
Domestic flight with a renowned airline from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg
Including hotel transfers
- 7 nights in a double room in selected comfortable hotels & lodges (nat. category)
7x generous breakfast buffet
- Fascinating round-trip in our modern, air-conditioned coach with qualified, English-speaking guides.
A spectacular range of excursions + admissions (as per itinerary), including:
• Cape Town
• Table Mountain
• Wine-tasting in Stellenboschregion
• Tsitsikamma National Park
• Garden Route
• Panorama Route
• Blyde River Canyon
• Bus-Safari in Kruger National Park
- 24-hour emergency medical service
3 Sky Trax: World Airline Award
On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:
Cultural & gourmet package:
This package includes half-board, i.e. 6x generous dinner and 3 excursions – “Waterfront in Cape Town”, “Boat trip in Knysna” & “Cape of Good Hope & ostrich farm”: all for only £199 per person.
Single room surcharge:
£349 per person (subject to availability)
Comparison of temperatures
The Republic of South Africa is at the southern tip of Africa.
Form of government:
Parliamentary democracy with a strong Executive President and federal elements. The bicameral system comprises the National Assembly (400 seats) and the National Council of Provinces (90 seats). The head of state and government is Jacob G. Zuma.
Pretoria (approx. 1 million inhabitants)
79.8% Christian, 1.5% Muslim, 1.2% Hindu, 0.3% traditional African religions, 0.2% Jewish, 0.6% other, 15.1% undetermined
All 11 national languages are official languages, incl. Afrikaans (13.3%) and English (8.2%).
dry to subtropically-humid
220 V, 50 Hz. 3-pin plugs. An adapter is required.
The time difference to the Central European time zone (CET) is +1 hour in winter. As there is no summer time change, there is no time difference to England in summer.
Making telephone calls:
To make phone calls to the UK, pre-dial 0044 (+44). To make phone calls from the UK to South Africa, pre-dial 0027 (+27).
Country and people:
Major cities are often characterised by stark contrasts. While better residential areas are often spaciously laid out, the “Townships” – which are still home to the majority of the non-white population – largely feature basic housing or slum-like huts. But not all townships are necessarily slums – there are also townships in middle-class residential areas. South Africa’s coastlines are ideal for bathing. Please note that strong (under)currents can prevail which can carry even experienced swimmers out to sea. Sharks also pose a potential risk. We urgently recommend enquiring about safe bathing locations and staying on beaches with lifeguards. Where possible, taxis should only be reserved at reliable and wellknown companies. As a general rule, hotels and B&Bs will be of assistance when it comes to making reservations. We urgently advise you to refrain from hitchhiking or travelling in so-called minibus taxis.
Entry requirements for British citizens:
British nationals do not need a visa to visit South Africa for tourism purposes for a period of up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa and should have at least two blank pages. For more information, please see: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa/entry-requirements. The South African government does not accept British passports that have been extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under exceptional measures put in place in mid-2014. You will not be able to enter or exit South Africa on an expired British passport with an extension stamp. Entry requirements for British citizens can change at short notice. Legally binding information and/or more extensive information on entry requirements is only available from the Embassy or one of the Consulates of your destination country.
Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information and a welcoming drink. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that South Africa has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras on arrival. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied. Cultural & gourmet package: This package includes half board, i.e. 6x generous dinner and 3 excursions – “Waterfront in Cape Town”, “Boat trip in Knysna” & “Cape of Good Hope & ostrich farm”: all for only £199 per person.
Currency: The rand (ZAR) is the currency of South Africa. 1 ZAR = 100 Cents. Exchange rate (september 2017): 1 GBP = 17.91 ZAR. 1 ZAR = 0.06 GBP.
Banks/Credit cards: EC and credit cards linked to the Maestro system can be used at international ATMs which are readily available in larger cities. Up to 2,000 ZAR can be withdrawn per day. Processing fees may be incurred depending on the card used. ATMs located outside buildings should be avoided. Preference should be given to ATMs in shopping malls, supermarkets and banks. Beware of tricksters offering to help you to withdraw money whose real objective is to swap your EC/credit card for a fake. Most shops, hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Cash can be changed everywhere in large cities but should only be carried in small amounts on account of the high levels of crime. Eurocheques are not accepted. We do not recommend changing South African rand in the UK as import restrictions are in place and the exchange rate is much better in South Africa. An increasing number of counterfeit 200-rand notes have been in circulation recently. It is therefore advisable to change money only through official channels in banks or currency exchange agencies with the following opening hours: Mon. to Fri. 9 am to 3:30 pm, Sat. 8:30 am to 11 am. Passports must be shown when changing money.
Safety information specific to South Africa:
South Africa has higher crime rates than the UK, especially in large cities and their suburbs. Most violent crime is in areas in which tourists are not usually affected. Nevertheless, British travellers can be the target and victim of theft, burglary, robbery and similar crimes. We urgently recommend refraining from resistance in the event of robbery. Good preparation and reasonable behaviour significantly reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of a criminal offence. The following precautionary measures are recommended:
• Always carry your mobile phone with you. (Emergency numbers: Police: 10 111; Ambulance: 10 177 or 112)
• Major city centres, e.g. Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, should be avoided after business hours and especially after dark; stay in groups when in city centres on Sundays and national holidays.
• Increased caution and prudence is advisable when visiting townships. Visits to townships should be organised and led by a guide who is familiar with the location.
• Secluded hiking paths and deserted areas should be avoided on excursions to public parks and well-known sights. Reduce the risk by enjoying excursions in groups only.
Special criminal provisions:
Depending on the severity of the offence, the possession, consumption, import/export and trafficking of drugs is punishable by a monetary fine and/or up to 25 years of imprisonment. Prostitution is a criminal offence. Offences associated with child prostitution are subject to particularly long prison sentences. Picking protected plants and catching protected species of animals is prohibited and can lead to substantive monetary fines and imprisonment. The same also applies for the unauthorised export of such flora and fauna. Nude bathing is also prohibited.
Used personal items can be imported free of duty. More detailed customs information on importing goods is available from the embassy of your destination country. Legally binding information can only be provided there. The customs regulations for the UK can be viewed on the British Customs website www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk or queried by phone.
Medical care and information:
As a general rule, the level of medical care is good. Private hospitals in larger cities are of a European standard while state hospitals are often crowded and suffer from budget cutbacks.
Important information: As a general rule, medical services and hospital treatment are subject to advance payment – sometimes to a significant sum. Conclusion of international health insurance with repatriation insurance is urgently advised.
Vaccinations: No compulsory vaccinations are necessary for direct travel from the UK (direct flight). But the Foreign Office recommends examining and supplementing standard vaccinations. Vaccinations against Hepatitis A and Typhus are recommended.
Yellow fever: When travelling from a country declared by the WHO as a yellow fever endemic area, proof of valid yellow fever vaccination is required. A list of yellow fever endemic areas can be found at www.who.int. The border authorities have been instructed to implement these rules consistently and to either send back travellers with the corresponding travel profile who do not avail of vaccination documents or to quarantine them for 6 days at their own expense.
Diarrhoea: Most diarrhoea disorders can be avoided by observing the following hygiene rules: Only use water from a safe source, e.g. bottled water, never tap water. Also use drinking water for washing dishes and brushing your teeth. Boil, peel or disinfect food. Make sure your food is safe from flies. Wash your hands with soap as often as possible but always after using the bathroom, before preparing food and before eating.
Malaria: Transmission follows a bite by the blood-sucking Anopheles mosquito which is active at night. The disease can present weeks to months after visiting the country. If a fever appears during this period, it is necessary to inform the doctor treating you of your visit to a malarial region. Kruger Park and the northern coastal area of Kwazulu-Natal Province are regarded as endemic malarial regions. Medication and personal adjustment thereof should be discussed with a specialist in tropical/travel medicine prior to ingestion. You are advised to take a sufficient supply with you although all medication is also available and in good quality there. On account of the infection risks associated with mosquitos, all travellers to the regions in question are recommended to
• wear light-coloured full-length clothing (long trousers, long shirts)
• apply insect repellent to all exposed body parts several times a night (malaria)
• to sleep under a mosquito net if necessary.
Customers must ensure that they are in good physical and mental health in line with the trip in question. Customers must enquire about the physical mobility and psychological autonomy required for this trip.
All information is subject to change / Last updated: September 2017
“Excellent value for money, wonderful country, first class guides and drivers.”
Madeleine F. from C., travelled 6.6.2017²
“A brilliant holiday all round at a great price!”
Andrew F. from L., travelled 14.6.2017²
“Great food, very good drivers and guides and great camaraderie with all the other holiday makers. Thank you very much.”
Gillian O. from W., travelled 6.6.2017²
²RSD Travel Ltd. and RSD Reise Service Deutschland GmbH belong to a European group of tour operators that organises tours for customers from a number of European countries. The survey focused on tourists who travelled with RSD in 2016. These comments were made by customers who have travelled with our group of companies.