South Africa - Two Oceans Coastal Adventure






Highlights: Cape Town - Durban - Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Parks
Other departures: Glasgow - £2605, Edinburgh - £2605, Birmingham - £2565, Manchester - £2569, Belfast - £2655, Bristol - £2655, Norwich - £2655

While wildlife safaris are reason enough to visit this exquisite country, South Africa offers even more to see and do. For one, the city of Cape Town is a jewel that is well worth visiting. Set against the iconic Table Mountain, C.T. offers lots to explore, including the V&A Waterfront, Chapman’s Peak, Boulders Penguin Colony and several beautiful beaches — just to give you an idea. Not to mention the delicious food and fabulous shopping, which can all be enjoyed at a favorable exchange rate.

One of the biggest attractions in the Western Cape is the towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek . Boasting some of the best wine tours in the world, they offer picturesque vineyards, fantastic art galleries and gourmet food.

Furthermore, South Africans are some of the most upbeat, welcoming and humorous people you’ll ever encounter. You will be exposed to different cultures, languages and traditions that will certainly enhance your experience.

With so much diversity, South Africa has something for everyone to enjoy!

Itinerary:

Day 1: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Cape Town, Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities and a top international destination. Large numbers of tourists flock to Cape Town to enjoy this unique city with its fascinating history, interesting culture, natural beauty, award winning wines and laidback lifestyle. Whether you are a serious tourist or just want to lie on the beach and enjoy life, Cape Town will satisfy your needs.

Day Notes
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Cape Town

Prepare to be blown away with the same force as the winds of the iconic Cape South-Easter as you step into the ultra-cool Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! This extreme 3-star Hotel, in the heart of the vibrant Mother City, offers adventure-seekers Cape Town accommodation with a difference. A retro suspended pod chair welcomes travel weary GUESTS at reception. Beat the heat with a frosty-cold beer that awaits you in the built-in ice buckets at the bar and chill out in a booth or on the deck with a sizzlingly sexy cocktail. Attention to detail, personal service, and never forgetting to seize life and live it to the full' make Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! stand out from the crowd. We take service levels very, very seriously, but never take life too seriously. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, with a tour group or as an independent traveller, you’ll be welcomed by like-minded adventurers at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! has upped its standards and its facilities. More rooms, an extraordinary pool deck with an inviting lap pool, a relaxation area, a gym and conference facilities, all ready for your enjoyment. Look around – you’ll find the ultra-chic lighting, music to suit the mood, trendy decor and coffin seats in the smoking room – see what other surprises we have in store for you. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! offers you a place to chillax, a base from which to explore the Western Cape and a friendly haven to make your home away from home. This Cape Town hotel is ideally located near the popular beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, making it perfect for a beach holiday. It is also set in the heart of Cape Town’s entertainment area, a stone’s throw away from the best of Cape Town’s vibrant nightlife, cafés, restaurants and entertainment.

Included:
Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Cape Town, Cape Town

Day Notes
Today is a early wake up, and you will be transferred to the coastal village of Gansbaai. On arrival you\'ll be briefed over breakfast before departing on your shark cage diving adventure.

Activities:
Marine Dynamics

Marine Dynamics:
Marine Dynamics is a company, which specialises in white shark diving and its sister company; Dyer Island Cruises does boat based whale watching tours.

MARINE DYNAMICS SHARK CAGE DIVING:
Marine Dynamics, operating in Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa, a world hot spot for the great white shark - you will experience an incredible cage diving adventure on board our custom designed boat, Slashfin, (named after one of our visiting sharks). An on board marine biologist will educate you as you get up close and personal with this amazing apex predator in the famous Shark Alley. We are certified by Fair Trade in Tourism, live by our motto of ‘Discover and Protect’ and work together with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. We are involved in shark research which includes shark fin identification and tagging and tracking the great white. You will leave with great memories and a deep appreciation of this majestic animal. And along the way, you can view the rest of our Marine Big 5 – whales, dolphins, seals and the African penguin, as well as incredible seabirds. We are only 2 hours drive from Cape Town along a scenic route. The trip includes an educational briefing, breakfast or lunch; refreshments on board; a complimentary drink on return; towels, clean wetsuits, goggles. Enjoy your trip with our very experienced crew and share your memories via our on board wireless streaming or purchase a professional video.

DYER ISLAND CRUISES BOAT BASED WHALE WATCHING:
Operating around the world famous Dyer Island, Gansbaai, Western Cape, enjoy an incredible experience viewing our Southern right whales. Every year from June to December, the Southern right whales arrive to mate and calve. Witness mating displays, breaching, tail slapping, spy-hopping and more. We may also see Bryde’s whales, Humpback whales, the elusive Humpback dolphin, Common dolphin, an incredible array of seabirds and we guarantee a sighting of our almost 60 000 strong Cape fur seal colony on Geyser Rock as we cruise down the famous Shark Alley. Our on board marine biologist will be on hand to teach you more about the amazing animals that visit our shores. We are certified by Fair Trade in Tourism, live by our motto ‘Discover and Protect’ and work together with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. We are only 2 hours drive from Cape Town along a scenic route. The trip includes an educational briefing, water on board and a complimentary drink on return. Enjoy your trip with our very experienced crew and leave with great memories. Professional video available for purchase.

Included:
Bed & Breakfast

Day 3: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Cape Town, Cape Town

Day Notes
We start our day at Kaskazi Kayaks in Mouille Point alongside the Sea Point promenade, getting a safety briefing and orientation. We take to the water in tandem kayaks, with a guide behind you at all times. Enjoy panoramic views of Lion's Head and the iconic Table Mountain, be soaked by the spray and keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and seals frolicking in the deep blue sea! We break for a gourmet picnic lunch on a secluded cove or silky white sand beach, wining and dining in true South African style, just reward for our exertions.

In the afternoon, we hop onto our trusty bikes and experience the peninsula from the saddle. We take in Darwin's Point, where the famous explorer stopped in the HMS Beagle and make our way through Bantry Bay and Clifton, home to the city's most sought after real estate. We visit the bustling promenade and seaside suburb of Camps Bay, and make our way back through the city's culture-rich streets, stopping off in the historic Bo-Kaap community and Company Gardens, learning about the history and heritage of South Africa's oldest city.
Finally we make our way to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to mark the end of our eco-active adventure!

Activities:
Bike & Saddle Cape Town

Bike & Saddle Cape Town
Bike and Saddle lets you get close to the action - soaking up the sights and sounds from ground level, biking the back roads of a rocky coastline or hiking the ancient leopard trails followed by the San people. There are no walls or windows on our journeys. Only the raw and authentic, more than often dramatic landscapes, blended with the best hospitality the region has to offer.

Included:
Bed & Breakfast

Day 4: Protea Hotel Edward, Durban
With its beautiful beaches, lively wining and dining scene, and rich cultural heritage, Durban is KwaZulu Natal’s the tourist hub. The swimming and surfing is rated the best of any major city across the world and because of the sub-tropical climate the water is warm all year round. Known as the Golden Mile, this stretch of beaches and amusement parks is Durban’s major attraction with the recently developed UShaka Marine World at the southern end providing a world class aquarium and other entertainments.

Day Notes
After breakfast you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Durban (Excluded). On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Protea Hotel Edward

Whether you are travelling for business or leisure purposes, the Protea Hotel Edward is well placed within the Durban golden triangle. The sea views from most of the well appointed rooms of this hotel, the personalized service on offer and a sub-tropical climate combine to offer you a luxurious holiday experience. For delicious meals in a relaxed setting, sample the delights of the 120-seater Brasserie & Terrace Restaurants a’la carte menu, or tempt your taste buds with delicious buffet treats. The Protea Hotel Edward caters for full and half day conferences, seminars, presentations, gala dinners, award evenings, cocktail parties, road shows and is the ideal wedding venue.

Included:
Bed & Breakfast

Day 5: Protea Hotel Edward, Durban

Day Notes
After breakfast you will be collected and transferred an hour north of Durban for a ZipLine Canopy tour at Karkloof Nature Reserve.
After lunch, a tour of the Valley of a 1000 hills, will take you back to Durban.

Activities:
Karkloof Canopy Tours
Valley of a Thousand Hills

Karkloof Canopy Tours
The Canopy Tour is South Africa’s fastest growing eco-adventure activity with thousands of satisfied clients visiting our 6 canopy tours country wide each year. A Canopy Tour® takes you on an amazing adventure as you slide from one platform to the next along a series of 8 steel cables set amongst magnificent natural surroundings. Tours take approximately 2 hours to complete.

The scenery high up within the forest canopy is spectacular. It’s perfectly safe and while our recommend age group is between 7 and 70, we’ve had 5 year olds and many people in the 80’s do the tour. Everyone absolutely loves it. Due to our slides being long and fast, there is a weight limit of 130 kg for guests wishing to do the tour.

Our professional guides will assure the safety of each group and point out interesting facts along the way. The Canopy Tour experience is an excellent corporate and team building activity with a number of packages available.

For those not doing the canopy tour we have lovely gardens, seating area and a coffee / tea shop.
The cost is R495-00 per person (Including a toasted sandwich with side salad), with discounts available for groups of 8 or more people.

Valley of a Thousand Hills
Where big views and Zulu culture meet.

Included:
Bed & Breakfast

Day 6: Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, Hluhluwe
Named after the many thorny climbers that were once found along the Hluhluwe River, on whose banks the town rests, Hluhluwe is nestled between Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. This fact ensures that visitors will be treated to incredibly scenic surroundings. Those who enjoy fresh, juicy South African pineapples can indulge themselves to the fullest, with most of the country’s pineapples produced in this region.

Day Notes
After breakfast you will be met and transferred to Hulhulwe

Overnight: Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris
Africa’s top hotel company joins the Marriott’s family of brands. At Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, you'll discover the wild nature of Africa, rejoice in the luxury and revel in the friendly warmth of one of Africa's most welcoming hotels. Leave the modern world behind and discover the untamed beauty of Kwazulu Natal's Elephant coast and the neighboring wildlife and marine reserves – a vibrant ecosystem of unrivalled diversity. It’s a hotel that complements your travel style. Rich in natural ambience and with a distinctively African rhythm, Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris treats guests to luxurious accommodations, tantalizing cuisine and a world-class service with friendly staff who live the motto "hospitality is our game".

Included:
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 7: Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris, Hluhluwe

Day Notes
After an early breakfast depart on a morning safari drive in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve.
The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is the jewel in the crown of the KwaZulu Natal game reserves. Proclaimed in 1895, it is also the oldest game reserve in Africa. Initially two separate reserves, they were joined to create a single 94 000 hectare reserve which is home to one fifth of the world's black and white rhino population. It was here that the internationally acclaimed Operation Rhino started in the 1960s, successfully capturing and relocating white rhino to havens within South Africa and abroad. As a result, this country's white rhino population is now 12 times the 1960 count of 500. Today Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is focusing its efforts on saving the endangered black rhino, whose number in Africa dwindled from 14 000 to a pitiful 2 550 in the 1990s.
The afternoon is a leisure.

Included:
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 8: Departure

Day Notes
After your morning safari in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, you will be transferred to Durban's King Shaka International Airport for your flight home.




Offer Includes

Flights from London with South African Airways
Airport taxes
Accommodation as per the itinerary
Most meals as per the itinerary (7 x breakfast, 2 x dinner)

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary