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The South Africa Experience

From $3,995.50 Per Person

WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?

Welcome to the "Rainbow Nation", a diverse country, rich with culture and abundant with activities that offer magical sceneries. 

South Africa
From Sep to Jun
14 nights

From $3,995.50 Per Person

BOOK TODAY $1,400.35 DEPOSIT

Based on two people sharing, not including flights learn more

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Cape Town

Cape Town

Since the official opening in 1929 over 25 million visitors have enjoyed views from one of the Seven Natural Wonders. Take a 5 minute cable car to the top, which is 1089 meters above Cape Town.

Safari

Safari

A trip to South Africa is not complete without a Safari Experience. Morning and evening drives make the most of the times to view the animals, and if you are lucky, you can tick off all of the "Big Five".

Wine Farms

Wine Farms

Surrounded by lush valleys, with award winning wine farms at every corner, it's every wine lover's dream destination. Be sure to try the Pinotage, which is unique to South Africa.

Food

Food

South African cuisine is as diverse as the cultures that form the heritage. The most loved form of cooking is refereed to as "a braai" and is similar to a barbecue, but on an open, wood fire. Meat and veggies are cooked this way.

Penguins at Boulders Beach

Penguins at Boulders Beach

Currently classified as endangered, the African penguins are only found along the coasts of South Africa and Namibia. Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African penguins, is the only place where you can see them up close.

Elephant Sanctuary

Elephant Sanctuary

These facilities are home to orphaned elephants. An unforgettable experience to see these gentle giants up close. Touch, walk with or feed them, a rare opportunity to "walk on the wild side".

Battlefields

Battlefields

Two of the most famous battles between the British Armies and native Zulus were fought here. This eerie tour will take you through the memories of the famous battles amongst beautiful scenery.

Drakensberg

Drakensberg

Translated to Dragons Mountains in Afrikaans, this area boasts the highest mountains in Southern Africa ranging up to 3 482 meters and stretching over 300km. It's a heritage site, boasting the most spectacular sceneries.

"This was such an incredible trip and it really gives one a little taste of all that South Africa has to offer. The sights and flavours, especially the wine tastings, are all top notch and the safari experience at the end was just the cherry on top"

J. Murcia

TRIP OVERVIEW

YOUR EXPERIENCE

Let us transport you deep into the vibrant heart of "The Rainbow Nation" A country ripe with history, offering ample activities from beaches to hiking to mountains to wine farms, this country offers it all. We begin our experience in "The Mother City", Cape Town, which is nestled in the belly of Table Mountain. We will awaken your tastebuds with a wine farm tour in Franschhoek Valley. Explore the beautiful coastal towns of Hermanus and Plettenberg Bay, where you can indulge in optional activities of visiting the Elephant Sanctuary, bungee jumping, etc. From here, prepare to be in awe, as you will next be transported to the majestic mountain range in the Drakensberg. From here we will visit Rorkes Drift and be enthralled by tales from the battle fields when the Zulus and British Army clashes. And last but not least, as no trip to South Africa is complete without a safari, we will be enjoying morning and evening safaris on the last two days.

YOUR EXPERTS

Claire

Claire

The happy helper - Meet Claire

James

James

The Brains behind the Operation - Meet James

NEED TO KNOW

DESTINATIONSouth Africa
SEASONOctober 31 - November 4 2019
DURATION14 Nights
GROUP SIZE12 people
ASSISTANCEHands on
AIRPORT(S)Johannesburg
FLIGHTSFor more information on flights from the UK please refer to how it works section.
VISAUK, EU & US not required
VACCINATIONSNo

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town

Arrival in Cape Town followed by a transfer to your boutique accommodation in the heart of the Mother City where you will be greeted with a coffee or glass of wine before you head out into the old town to explore and discover the plethora of restaurants and bars.

INCLUDED

  • Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town
Day 2 Cape Town

Morning transfer to Table Mountain, where you will take the cable car to the top, from where you can enjoy magical views of the City and Ocean. There is a restaurant at the top, and a cute souvenir shop. Walk around the top of One of the Seven Natural Wonders. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the City of Cape Town at your leisure.

Day 3 Cape Town

Visit Robben Island via ferry, and see the prison where former South African president, Nelson Mandela, spent 18 years of his life in prison. Thereafter, you have the afternoon to explore the V&A waterfront, perfect place for shopping, craft markets, and there is even an aquarium and a rugby museum.

INCLUDED

  • Trip to Robben Island
Day 4 Cape Town

The last day in this amazing city, and we end it off with the most scenic tour. You pass over Chapmans Peak enroute to Cape Point. After exploring Cape Point, you will enjoy a long lunch, followed by a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach. We will end the tour with a sunset.

INCLUDED

  • Visit and entry to Chapmans Peak
  • Visit and entry to Cape Point
  • Visit and Entry to Boulders Beach
Day 5 Travel to Winelands

Transfer to the winelands, where you will check into your hotel, before heading out for a day of wine tasting in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley. Evening can be enjoyed at your leisure.

INCLUDED

  • Wine Tasting Tour

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Hiking
  • Horse Riding
  • Beer Tasting
  • Lunch at La Maison
Day 6 Travel to Hermanus

Transfer to Hermanus, after checking in to the hotel, you have the option to enjoy the scenic 1,5hr whale trail, followed by lunch with a view. The rest of your afternoon can be enjoyed at your leisure. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the whale boat, or indulge in relaxing spa treatments.

INCLUDED

  • Transfer to Hermanus

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Beach picnic
  • Dolphin & Whale Watching
  • Great White cage dive
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
Day 7 Travel to Plettenberg Bay via The Garden Route

Transfer soon after breakfast and drive through the Garden Route the next destination. Lunch will be enjoyed in the quaint town of Swellendam, before heading on to the Elephant Sanctuary close to Knysna. Once checked into your hotel in Plettenberg Bay, you can enjoy the evening at your leisure.

INCLUDED

  • Transfer to Plettenberg Bay

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Plettenberg Beach,
  • Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
  • Birds of Eden
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Wolf Sanctuary
  • Sky Diving
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Hiking
Day 8 Plettenberg Bay

There is such a large variety of fun activities and sight seeing to be done at this location, that we have decided to leave the day for you to fill. Choose from bunjee jumping, visiting the largest tree in South Africa, Visit the wolf sanctuary or Birds of Eden, or just relax with a beautiful walk or lounge at the beach

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Plettenberg Beach,
  • Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
  • Birds of Eden
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Wolf Sanctuary
  • Sky Diving
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Hiking
Day 9 Travel to Drakensberg

Transfer to Port Elizabeth straight after breakfast where you will catch a flight to Durban. We will have a quick lunch in Durban before transferring to Drakensburg. There will be a quick stop en route at Howick where you can see the capture site of Nelson Mandela, and view the falls. After checking in at your hotel in Champagne Castle Hotel you can spend the day at your leisure.

Day 10 Drakensberg

After breakfast, enjoy an early morning hike followed by a canopy tour. This is an optional activity, so feel free to relax by the pool if you want slightly less adventurous day. Dinner is included at the hotel.

INCLUDED

  • Hiking Monks Cowl

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Canopy Tour
  • African Bird of Prey Sanctuary
  • Nelson Mandela Capture site tour
Day 11 Travel to Battlefields

Transfer to Rorkes Drift for the hotel check in, followed by lunch and an afternoon battlefield tour at Isanlwana.

INCLUDED

  • Transfer to Rorkes Drift
Day 12 Battlefields

Head out after breakfast for a second battlefield tour followed by lunch. The afternoon is to be enjoyed at your leisure.

INCLUDED

  • Entry and visit to The Battlefields
Day 13 Travel to Safari

Transfer to safari with a coffee stop enroute. We will arrive just in time to enjoy lunch after check in, and perhaps a short snooze before an evening game drive.

INCLUDED

  • Evening Game Drive

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Bush Walks
Day 14 Safari

An early start on this day to enjoy a morning game drive followed by breakfast. Spend your day at leisure, before the evening game drive, followed by dinner at the lodge.

INCLUDED

  • Morning Game Drive
  • Evening Game Drive

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Bush Walks
Day 15 Final day and transfer back to the airport

Another early start, as the final morning game drive will be enjoyed. Enjoy breakfast at the lodge, before checking out and transfer to Durban for your connecting flight back home. There will be a quick coffee stop on the way to Durban.

INCLUDED

  • Transfer to Richards Bay
  • Flight to Johannesburg

TRIP ACCOMMODATION

A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.

Cape Town

Cape Town
South Africa

You will be staying right in the heart of the Mother City, with many interesting sites close by, and minutes from the trendy bars and eateries.
Typical Accommodation: Cape Town Lodge or similar

Winelands

Winelands
South Africa

A picturesque town in the heart of the Winelands. A fantastic location for you to enjoy nature, and sample some of South Africas award winning wines.
Typical Accommodation: Oak Tree Lodge or similar

Hermanus

Hermanus
South Africa

An old fishing village that is now a popular holiday town on the south coast of South Africa. Famously known as the Whale Watching Capital.
Typical Accommodation: One Marine Drive or similar

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay
South Africa

Plettenberg Bay is a very popular seaside town, and top class holiday destination. It offers a variety of scenic views, golden beaches.
Typical Accommodation: Buffelsdam Country House or similar

Drakensberg

Drakensberg
South Africa

Set in dramatic beauty created by awe-inspiring mountains, this is the perfect place to rest your soul after a day of exploring the mountains.
Typical Accommodation: Champagne Castle Hotel or similar

Battlefields

Battlefields
South Africa

A quaint, historic town, that is rich in history from monuments to memorials.
Typical Accommodation: Nortons Guest House or similar

Zululand

Zululand
South Africa

A quiet area in the heart of Zululand, once home to the Zulu Kings. South Africas oldest game reserve is found here.
Typical Accommodation: Rhino Safari Lodge or similar

TRIP LOCATION

WHERE YOU'RE GOING

South Africa is part of Africa, but not nearly as wild as one would expect. No, there are no lions roaming around the streets, only in Game parks. South Africa is loving referred to as "The Rainbow Nation", and it's a very colourful nation. Home to many indigenous tribes, its not surprising that the country has 11 official languages. South Africa has a little bit of everything for every traveller. Bustling cities with great 5 star restaurants, quaint towns surrounded by beauty and a beautiful coastline offering all kinds of amazing beaches. 

DID YOU KNOW

  • South Africa is home the the world's second largest waterfall? Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg measures at 850 meters. 
  • South Africa has 11 official languages. Zulu and Xhosa are most commonly spoken, followed by Afrikaans and English.
  • Table Mountain is one of the oldest mountains and home to 2 200 species of plants.
  • South Africa has hosted the rugby (1995) cricket (2003) and soccer (2010) world cups, the only other country besides England to boast this. 

FAST FACTS

CAPITAL
POPULATION
CURRENCY
TIME DIFFERENCE

"There is so much to see, do, taste, explore and experience in this wonderful country, but some of the experiences are weather dependant, like a ferry to Robben Island, or taking the table car up Table Mountain, so we will be sure to monitor the weather and adjust the itinerary accord lying"

Claire - Untravelled Paths

Host Tips

TRIP TIPS

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Sunscreen and Hat

The sun in South Africa is very harsh, even for the sun lovers. It's best to use sunscreen to ensure you don't look like one of many red skinned tourists walking around that clearly forgot.

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Try some Biltong

Biltong is a salted, cured meat that loved by all South Africans. Roughly translated into "strip of beef" although it can be made from all meats from Springbok to Ostrich and even fish.

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Visa Application

As a UK / EU passport holder you can get an e-visa or obtain one on arrival. However as rules tend to change fairly regularly it's always prudent to double check as one of our team can testify!

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Use Uber

Uber is a great way to get around, as it is not recommended to hail a taxi off the street. It gives you the freedom to do your own thing during leisure time and it's much cheaper than in the UK.

TRIP DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • ALL TRANSFERS
  • ALL ACCOMMODATION
  • 4 nights in Cape Town
  • 1 night in Winelands
  • 1 night in Hermanus
  • 2 nights in Plettenberg Bay
  • 2 nights in Drakensberg
  • 2 nights in Battlefields
  • 2 nights on Safari
  • MEALS
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner at Champagne Valley
  • Lunch and Dinner on Safari
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Visit and entry to Table Mountain
  • Visit and entry to Robben Island
  • Visit and entry to Cape Point
  • Entry to Chapmans Peak
  • Visit and entry to Penguins at Boulders Beach.
  • Hiking Monks Crowl
  • Visit and entry to Battlefields Tour
  • 4x Game Drives
GETTING THERE

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Cape Town. 

  • British Airways (Heathrow)

*There are a number of airlines that connect to Cape Town, which can be better value.

  • Ethiopian Airways (Heathrow)
  • Kenya Airways (Heathrow)
  • Turkish Airlines (Heathrow)
  • Lufthansa (Heathrow)

We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

(Domestic flights are not included and we will send you information on what or how to book. Again, we recommend using Skyscanner)

DATES & PRICES

SOLO TRAVELLERS

Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.

EXTRA NIGHTS

If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you. For the extra nights organised through us, the airport transfer will still be included.

AVAILABILITY

January 2020
January 18 - February 1 2020 $4001 PP
February 2020
February 1 - 15 2020 $3995.50 PP
February 15 - 29 2020 $4001 PP
February 29 - March 14 2020 $4001 PP
March 2020
March 14 - 28 2020 $3729 PP
March 28 - April 11 2020 $4001 PP
April 2020
April 11 - 25 2020 $4001 PP
April 25 - May 9 2020 $4001 PP
May 2020
May 9 - 23 2020 $4001 PP
May 23 - June 6 2020 $4001 PP
June 2020
June 6 - 20 2020 $4001 PP
June 20 - July 4 2020 $4001 PP
September 2020
September 12 - 26 2020 $4001 PP
September 26 - October 10 2020 $4001 PP
October 2020
October 10 - 24 2020 $4001 PP
October 24 - November 7 2020 $4001 PP
November 2020
November 7 - 21 2020 $4001 PP
November 21 - December 5 2020 $4001 PP
December 2020
December 5 - 19 2020 $4001 PP

HOW IT WORKS

Book your trip in five easy steps.

1

ENQUIRE ONLINE

Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.

2

BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS

We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.

3

BOOKING FORM

Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.

4

PAY FOR YOUR TRIP

As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.

5

FINAL CONFIRMATION

Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalized itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!

6

NOTES

Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions

FAQ

What currency do I need?

The rand is the official currency of South Africa. R is the symbol used and ZAR is the code. One Rand subdivides into 100 cents, using the symbol c. Bank note denominations are 10 Rand, 20 Rand, 50 Rand, 100 Rand and R200 Rand. Coins come in 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 Rand, 2 Rand and 5 Rand. The currency gets its name from the place where the first gold deposits were found, Witwatersrand (translated to white waters ridge)

Where should I exchange currency?

Rand can be difficult to get hold of outside South Africa but fear not there are a few options available. 

  1. Get it locally: the easiest option is to head to a cash machine once you've checked into your hotel in Cape Town to withdraw funds. It should be quick and convenient to get hold of your holiday cash just take note of the advice below. 
  2. Get it at home: If you're set on getting your money organised before you travel, the Bureau de Change in M&S is, strangely, one of the only places that dispense the local currency.
  3. Get it online: You can also purchase currency online and collect it from your local post office or even have it delivered straight to your door. Ordering currency online with the Post Office is commission free and available for next day delivery. Obviously the more you buy the better rate you'll receive.
Do they accept Credit/Debit cards?

Most major credit and debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted throughout South Africa's main towns and cities. While you should have no problem using your card to pay for drinks or dinner in major towns and cities using your PIN number, some establishments accept cash only so it's worth checking before you get settled in. It is also a good idea to carry some cash with you for smaller purchases and activities. It is always advisable to inform your bank that you're travelling abroad in order to avoid the frustration of having your card blocked.

How much do people generally tip?

Tipping is not obligatory in South Africa, but standard practice as most waitrons receive minimum wage and rely on tips. 10-15% is an acceptable amount, but often restaurants will add gratuity to tables of 6 or more, so just double check the total when the bill arrives. If the service has been poor please don't feel obligated to leave a tip. 

How much spending money do I need?

In order to give you some direction on how much spending money to budget for your trip to South Africa, we thought it would be a good idea to offer some guidelines in terms of costs. As a general rule, you'll be able to have a good lunch for around £5 a head and will pay around £20 a head for a nice evening meal. Naturally, the type of establishment you choose to eat in and what you order will dictate the cost of your meals. Be aware that ordering imported wines can cause your bill to sky-rocket so drinking local wines id advisable. We reckon around £70 for lunch, dinner and drinks for two people is plenty per day. Please note that these are rough estimates and you can always choose to spend more or less depending on your budget and preferences. Please note that dinner at ????????? and your village accommodation ?????????are included.

What is the climate?

The climate in South Africa is as diverse as its cultures.  Most of the country enjoys cold but dry winters and in summer the hot afternoons are often ended off with rains, whilst the Western Coast had hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters. June, July and August are the coldest months of the year sometimes dropping to below 0 degrees. Average summer temperatures, however, range from a very pleasant 24 degrees, but can hit up to 40 degrees, so, don't forget the sun cream. That said, it's not unusual for the weather to change quite drastically, particularly in the mountains so it's a good idea to pack layers just in case.

What is the cuisine like?

South African cuisine is as diverse as the cultures that form our heritage. Whilst the indigenous way of cooking is still implemented by majority of the country, (mostly meat based with a maize porridge called "pap") we still find a huge influence from colonial times, namely, British, Dutch, German and French. There is also a huge Cape Malay cooking style used today, that was brought over with slaves, such as Bobotie (Mince meat with an egg topping). The most loved form of cooking is refereed to as "a braai" and is similar to a barbecue, but on an open, wood fire. It's so popular that our Heritage Day holiday is also called National Braai Day. Generally men will do the braai, and women will attend to the side dishes of salads and breads that accompany the meal. Fear not if you do not eat meat, we have a huge range of lovely vegetables available with butternut being one of the most loved. We love our deserts too, and some unusual sweet treats to try out are Koeksisters (deep fried dough that is smothered in syrup) and Melktert (translated to "milk tart") 

Who should I contact in an emergency?

In the unlikely event you experience any problems whilst travelling in South Africa with Untravelled Paths please contact Claire Cowley on +27  72 443 1599 She is an absolute super-woman so don't hesitate to contact her should there be a problem no matter how big or small. On arrival, you will be provided with a business card containing all the relevant contact details for both Claire and your bi-lingual guide, should you need them. Alternatively, you can call Untravelled Paths office on +44207 101 4061.

Can I drink the tap water?

Tap water is safe to drink practically everywhere, but most people stick to bottled water to be on the safe side. We would highly recommend drinking bottled or filtered water during your stay in South Africa.