South African Surprise Tour (15 Days)

South African Surprise Tour

An expedition of surprise, this South African Surprise Tour is a collection of experiences unique to South Africa. South Africa is a country of vast contrasts of landscapes.  A thrill-seekers paradise. A wildlife enthusiast dream. And a photographer’s canvas.

Beginning in Johannesburg, highlights include the Kruger National Park, where wildlife never seizes to amaze. And the Panorama Route is a wonder of natural sights. It’s then on to eSwatini and Zululand. Two regions steeped in ancient culture and tradition. The Southern Drakensberg Mountains forms a great part of this package. Where nature rejuvenates the soul. The last leg includes trips to the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, a world hero and revolutionary. And the famed Garden Route region, ending in the Mother City, Cape Town.

The South African Surprise tour departs on selected Sundays from Johannesburg. It finishes in Cape Town on a Sunday, 15 days later.

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Table Mountain

South African Surprise Tour Highlights

Visit the spectacular scenic Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window
Experience a game safari in the Kruger National Park
Meet the friendly people of eSwatini (Swaziland) and experience their culture through singing and dancing
Orientation tour of Durban including a visit to the Durban Botanic Gardens
Visit to the charming village of Howick and its impressive waterfall
Overnight in the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains and experience the unspoiled Eastern Cape Coast
Travel past Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and house
Visit Tsitsikamma National Park and the scenic Storms River Mouth
Overnight in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa
Guided tour of the Cango Caves and a guided tour of a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn
Explore the small towns long the famous Route 62 between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn
Sample top quality Port style wines in Calitzdorp, a town well known for its fortified wines
Two overnights in Cape Town, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain
Enjoy a variety of carefully chosen optional MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences that positively impact our travelers and the communities we visit.


South African Surprise Tour Routing

Distance in kilometers
2Johannesburg – Mpumalanga500
4Mpumalanga – Eswatini (Swaziland)200
5Eswatini (Swaziland) – St Lucia And Surrounds375
6St Lucia And Surrounds – Durban320
7Durban – Drakensberg280
9Drakensberg – Eastern Cape Coast520
10Eastern Cape Coast – Tsitsikamma510
11Tsitsikamma – Knysna92
12Knysna – Oudtshoorn180
13Oudtshoorn – Cape Town420
14Cape Town0
15Cape Town0

15 Days South African Surprise Tour Full Itinerary

Please note all hotels / lodges are subject to availability so a similar property will be used if not available.

Day 1 – Sunday, Johannesburg

On arrival in Johannesburg, you’ll be met and assisted to your shuttle transfer service (driver only) to your hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 7 pm. When we all meet at the hotel reception for a welcome briefing on the tour. And a chance to meet your fellow travelers.

Overnight: 4* Protea Hotel OR Tambo

Day 2 – Monday, Johannesburg – Mpumalanga

This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along the circular Panorama Route, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, home to the Three Rondavels and one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

Overnight: 4* Hippo Hollow Country Estate on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 3 – Tuesday, Mpumalanga

We have a bright and early start to the day to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle. Why not join a thrilling open-vehicle game safari through the Kruger National Park (optional and for own account*)? The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares that supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent. Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and bird life that abounds.

Leopard on Kruger safari

We return to our hotel around lunch time and your afternoon is at leisure to relax.

*Optional Full Day Open Vehicle Game Safari: R 1 360 per person
Join a full day open vehicle safari with a highly qualified field guide who is eager to share their knowledge and passion for this unique wilderness area.
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This is a full day open vehicle game safari including an introduction to the KNP Anti-Poaching Dog Unit:  R 1 585 per person
As above but the safari includes an introduction to the KNP Anti-Poaching Dog Unit (Project Watchdog). It was established because of the increase in rhino poaching. Learn about the dogs that are trained to track poachers in the field. Detect firearms, ammunition and wildlife products that enter and exit through the Kruger National Park gates. A portion of the trip price of this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience goes towards ensuring that these dogs receive the best possible care in support of the vital work they do. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land.

Overnight: 4* Hippo Hollow Country Estate on a Bed & packed breakfast basis

Day 4 – Wednesday Mpumalanga – Eswatini (Swaziland)

This morning we travel to eSwatini (Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colorful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of eSwatini and their traditions. We travel south to our hotel, nestled in the mountainous peaks of eSwatini (Swaziland) for overnight.

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Swazi culture

Overnight: 3* Piggs Peak Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 5 – Thursday Eswatini (Swaziland) – St Lucia And Surrounds

After breakfast we journey through eSwatini (Swaziland), visiting Ngwenya Glass, where a small group of eSwati craftsmen and women create beautifully handmade items from recycled glass. Our next stop is The Swazi Candles Centre where you will experience local artisans creating colorful, handmade candles. Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon for overnight.

Overnight: 3* Anew Hotel Hluhluwe on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 6 – Friday St Lucia And Surrounds – Durban

Guests have the option to take a morning optional open vehicle game drive in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve (optional and for own account*), before heading off to Durban.

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Elephant on safari

An orientation tour of Durban, that travels along the Golden Mile, the beachfront promenade, The Point Waterfront, and harbor introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city. The orientation tour concludes with a visit to the Durban Botanic Gardens before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.

*Morning Open Vehicle Game Safari – R 1 065 per person
Enjoy a morning, 3-hour open vehicle safari into the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Africa’s oldest game reserve and world renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation program.

Overnight: 4* Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 7 – Saturday Durban – Drakensberg

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps explore the bustling Umhlanga Beach with a stroll along the Promenade mile that buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground.

South African Surprise 15 day tour

Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We visit the impressive 300-foot-high Howick Falls, located in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands town of Howick. Our journey continues through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel, situated on a scenic World Heritage site, mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or enjoy fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (all activities are optional and for own account). Sit down to a sumptuous dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: 3* Drakensberg Gardens Hotel including Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 – Sunday, Drakensberg

Enjoy a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities to be enjoyed at the Resort. Consider joining a thrilling 4×4 tour up the spectacular Sani Pass into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (optional and for own account*). Enjoy an evening dinner at your hotel with a wide variety of local specialties to choose from.

*Sani Pass 4×4 Adventure Tour– R 1 670 per person
Join a 4×4 tour up Sani Pass and into the tiny mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (passport required). This includes lunch at the highest pub in Africa!

Overnight: 3* Drakensberg Gardens Hotel including Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 – Monday, Drakensberg – Eastern Cape Coast

This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the former homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch (own account) outside the capital of Mthata. We travel past Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoiled Eastern Cape Coast. A delicious dinner with local delicacies awaits you at your lodge.

Overnight: 4* Crawford’s Beach Lodge including Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 – Tuesday, Eastern Cape Coast – Tsitsikamma

We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes. The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometers and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife. We set off heading south to the Tsitsikamma Forest.

Overnight: 3* Tsitsikamma Village Inn on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 11 – Wednesday, Tsitsikamma – Knysna

After a leisurely breakfast, visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities. A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and river below. Arrive in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, for check in at your hotel. Enjoy a dinner filled with culinary delights at the hotel’s trendy restaurant.

Overnight: 3* Premier Resort The Moorings including Breakfast & Dinner

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Knysna Heads

Day 12 – Thursday, Knysna – Oudtshoorn

After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves, with a walk around its magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.

Overnight: 3* Protea Hotel Riempie Estate on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 13 – Friday, Oudtshoorn – Cape Town

Today’s journey travels along the famous Route 62 and through the Little Karoo, ending in Cape Town. On the way we stop off to sample top quality port style wines in Calitzdorp, before continuing via Worcester and the Huguenot Tunnel, arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Optional for day 13 or 14: African Dinner & Drumming: R 1 010 per person
Join a full filled evening of interactive entertainment and delectable food at Gold Restaurant.

Overnight: 3* SunSquare Cape Town Gardens on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 14 – Saturday, Cape Town (Optional tours)

Enjoy a full day at leisure for optional tours*. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes, and restaurants as well as colorful craft markets. Alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many pristine beaches. Overnight in Cape Town.

South African Surprise 15 day tour
Cape Town Food Markets

Optional Cape Town Day Tours

Morning Table Mountain & Cape Town City Tour: R 745 per person. Excluding the cost of the Table Mountain cable way ticket.
Travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting), then descend to further explore the city.

Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour: R 1 575 per person
Join this full day tour that explores the dramatic coastline of the Cape Peninsula. Including a visit to Boulders Beach penguin colony (entrance fee for own account) and Cape Point Nature Reserve.

15 day tour of South Africa
Boulders Beach

Full Day Cape Winelands Tour: R 1 415 per person
While South Africa’s fertile valleys are world famous for their crisp white and classic French-style red wines, the area is also a treasury of rustic beauty and sprawling estates shaded by giant oak trees. Visit the country’s principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience – Marine Big Five Safari Experience: R 3 500 per person
Join us for a marine safari where you may see great white sharks, whales, Cape fur seals and a variety of seabirds. On a 2-hour cruise from Gansbaai, Marine Biologists will be on hand to explain more about the amazing animals that visit our shores. A portion of the monies paid by guests for this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience go towards the Dyer Island Conservation Trust that delivers conservation and research program to protect the biodiversity of the marine Eco-system surrounding Dyer Island. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 14: Life below Water.

Overnight: 3* SunSquare Cape Town Gardens on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 15 – Sunday, Cape Town

This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11 am. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport. [Breakfast]

South African Surprise Rates

Per Person SharingSingle
1st January – 30th April 2024R 37 470R 46 910
1st May – 31st July 2024R 34 500R 43 330
1st August – 31st December 2024R 38 460R 48 370

South African Surprise Tour Includes:

18 Meals: 14 x breakfasts, 4 x dinners including gratuities
14 Nights’ accommodation including porterage
Transportation including toll fees in air-conditioned vehicles
Services of a professional English-speaking tour guide
Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary

South African Surprise Tour Departure Dates

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January 2024
July 2024
February 2024
August 2024
March 2024
September 2024
April 2024
October 2024
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November 2024
June 2024
December 2024

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