This is a rare opportunity to offer an itinerary that combines land and sea. A cruise that sails past the famed Cape of Good Hope.
Adding in game parks, Cape Town and Namibia’s sand dune rugged coastline.
Kruger is South Africa’s best known game park, an area 200kms long and 40kms wide where the animals roam free just as they have for centuries. We are the ones locked in.
Travelling south with one night in the Kingdom of Swaziland (now known as eSwatini), reveals a different view on African life before boarding the luxurious cruise ship ‘Le Lyrial’ in Durban.
As well as the historic sailing around the Cape, the two days in Cape Town provide ample time to explore this cosmopolitan city with a weather-permitting visit to Table Mountain.
Continue sailing along Namibia’s well-named Skeleton Coast to the former Diamond port of Luderitz and Walvis Bay where seals, pelicans, flamingos and dolphins roam free. Namibia’s orange-coloured sand dunes of Sossusvlei will amaze.
Finish off with our add on an optional tour to Victoria Falls where the mighty Zambezi River thunders on its 108m cascade and Hwange National Park that boosts the largest elephant population in Africa and you will begin to understand this southern part of Africa.
Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand and arrive in Perth early evening. Transfer to your overnight hotel.
Today’s tour highlights the top spots of Perth city before travelling to Fremantle. Walk the streets of this rejuvenated port town and enjoy the maritime museum and the fresh fish and chips on the waterfront (own expense).
Return to your hotel to freshen up before an evening transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
Arrive early morning into Johannesburg and transfer to your Sandton hotel for two nights with an early check-in and breakfast included.
Rest of the day to relax or visit the nearby shopping centre. A Welcome Dinner is included tonight.
Today’s tour to Soweto (South Western Township) is a fascinating contrast to the wealthy northern Suburbs and an opportunity to discover the racial segregation experienced over many decades.
Return to the hotel via a tour of Johannesburg environs and lunch at the tranquil retreat of Moyo Zoo Lake. Balance of the day free.
Travel via the magnificent Panorama Route from the High Veldt to the Low Veldt to the Mpumalanga area. See the Blythe River Canyon, God’s Window and the Three Rondavels – all unique rock formations. Overnight at a hotel just outside Kruger National Park.
We begin the day with an early morning game drive into Kruger Park. Enjoy breakfast at one of the rest camps inside the park and continue to Bongani Mountain Lodge located outside Kruger where Nelson Mandela compiled his book ‘Long Walk to Freedom.’
Enjoy High Tea before an afternoon game drive in open 4 x 4 vehicles. Return at sundown to enjoy dinner at the lodge.
At sunrise, set out on another 4 x 4 game drive before returning to the lodge for a welcome breakfast. Time to relax before an afternoon game drive.
After breakfast, leave Kruger NP area and drive through farmland and bush to the independent Kingdom of Swaziland. Overnight at Ezulwini.
This morning we visit a local craft market before continuing through eSwatini to re-enter South Africa. Travel south to Hluhluwe / Imfolozi Game Park, South Africa’s oldest park renowned for the White Rhino. A late 4 x 4 game drive is included.
An early morning game drive in open vehicles is included before returning for breakfast. Later drive to Damazulu, home to 50 Zulus including a witchdoctor, spear makers, pot makers and a team of dancers. Lunch and a show is included.
Return to Hluhluwe with an optional night game drive available.
After breakfast drive out of the game park through rolling farmland and the sugar plantations of KwaZulu-Natal province. On arrival in Durban, enjoy a city highlights tour before boarding our cruise ship ‘La Lyrial’.
During your day at sea, explore and make the most of the many services and activities on board.
Arrive early morning and discover Port Elizabeth, one of South Africa’s major cities located in the province of Eastern Cape and nicknamed ‘The Friendly City’.
Depart early evening.
An opportunity to enjoy the conferences and shows available, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
An early morning arrival in one of the most beautiful bays in the world, dominated by the famous Table Mountain.
A day in Cape Town to follow your interests before an early evening departure.
During your time in Cape Town, we prioritise a trip up Table Mountain, which is very weather dependent. Plus we have included a city tour that includes the renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens, a visit to the famed Stellenbosch / Paarl vineyard and winery area and an optional tour to the Cape of Good Hope.
Time to relax in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre.
We have half a day to wander and absorb this very isolated town located on the southern Namibian coastline.
Luderitz is a quirky town located on one of the best harbours on the least hospitable coastline in Africa. Founded in 1863, it began life as a trading post, fishing and guano phosphate harvesting port. When diamonds were discovered in 1909 in nearby Kolmanskop, Luderitz suddenly enjoyed a surge of prosperity.
However stocks depleted and with diamonds mainly found elsewhere, the area has reverted to its original self. Its appeal as a town is the fact that little has changed since the early 20th century as well as its German Colonial buildings, diamond mining past and local history.
After disembarking ‘La Lyrial’ enjoy a morning cruise of the bay where seals, pelicans, flamingos and dolphins highlight the local sea life.
The afternoon is free to take an optional scenic flight along the coastline known as the ‘Skeleton Coast’ or spend time in the resort town of Swakopmund.
This morning we travel the scenic route via the Moonlandscape, see the endemic Welwitschia plant that is estimated to be more than 1000 years old.
Continue through the Gaub and Kuiseb canyons and across the desert plains of Namibia to arrive at our accommodation in the magnificent red sand dunes for a two-night stay.
Welwitschia is a botanical curiosity and is restricted to the Namib Desert. The Welwitschia has the characteristics of both flowering and cone-baring plants and is classified as Gymnosperm, an ancient plant order that includes cycads and conifers.
Before sunrise leave the lodge to enter the park with the rising sun behind us. Part of the day will be in small 4x4 vehicles. The day will provide wonderful photo opportunities at Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Later return to the lodge with the remainder of the day free.
Many visitors to Namibia say that no part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei with its monumentally high sand dunes. One of the largest of these star-shaped mountains of sand measured from the base is said to be 325m high.
The warm tints of the sand ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, make them a sort after subject for artists and photographers.
One of the most attractive sites surrounding Sossusvlei is Dead Vlei, a combination of seemingly never-ending blue skies, deep red dunes dotted with skeletons of ancient camel thorn trees, carbon dated between 500 and 600 years old. The dunes are shaped by strong multi-directional winds, primarily the southwester and have three to five sinuous crests which meet at the highest point to give them a star shape.
After breakfast travel to the nation’s capital of Windhoek, a city of around 268,000. After a brief city tour, the rest of the afternoon is free. Farewell Dinner is at a local restaurant.
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Johannesburg and onto Perth.
Arrive Perth, change planes and depart on an Air New Zealand flight to home.
The option of a stopover in Perth is available
Arrive Auckland early morning
Monday 03 Windhoek – Victoria Falls B D
Mid-morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Tuesday 04 Victoria Falls – Hwange (The Hide) B L D
This morning travel south to the entrance of Hwange National Park. Transfer to four wheel drive vehicles for the journey to the lodge, arriving in time for lunch. The lodge accommodation is under thatch and canvas with private facilities. This is an all-inclusive lodge with two game drives per day, all meals, all refreshments, alcoholic and non-alcoholic included.
Wednesday 05 Hwange (The Hide) B L D
Enjoy morning and evening game drives and a sunset cocktail.
Thursday 06 Hwange – Victoria Falls B D
After breakfast, retrace the journey to the entrance of the park – game viewing en-route and return to Victoria Falls for a two night stay. Late afternoon, transfer to the Zambezi River for a sunset evening Sundowner Cruise and dinner.
Friday 07 Victoria Falls B D
This morning walking tour of the Falls gives wonderful opportunities for photography. See the rainforest created by the spray from the mighty falls.There is an option to stop for lunch at a café overlooking the falls and later take optional helicopter flight over the falls. Dinner tonight is at the Colonial Victoria Falls Hotel.
Saturday 08 Victoria Falls – Johannesburg – Perth B
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Johannesburg and on to Perth.
Sunday 09 Perth – Auckland
Arrive Perth, change planes and depart on Air New Zealand for Auckland
Early morning arrival in Auckland
*Itinerary subject to change
Cost per Person*
Twin Share $8,487
Zimbabwe is reverting to local currencies. However at Victoria Falls, the US$ is still accepted
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Prestige Stateroom (18.5sqm + 4sqm Balcony - Deck 4)||$15,361||POA|
|Prestige Stateroom (18.5sqm + 4sqm Balcony – deck 5)||$15,535||POA|
|Deluxe Suite (27sqm + 5sqm Balcony – Deck 6)||$17,810||N/A|
|Business Class Upgrade||+$4,479|
|Early Booking Discount ( 06/12/2019 )||$250|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$200|
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
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• Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and climb stairs.
• There are no obligatory inoculations required
• HIV / AIDS are prevalent in the continent. We will ask the group to supply their blood group so in the unlikely event of someone needing blood, we may be able to supply our own. We have done this during the past 19 years and thankfully we have never needed to use this information.
Built in Italy in 2015, the Le Lyrial is a fully luxury expedition ship that boasts state of the art navigational systems and safety layout. Carrying just under 200 passengers, the Le Lyrial is luxury focused ship. It’s small size gives the ship an almost super-yacht feel. The Le Lyrial has elegance in mind and the ship is laid out in pallet of blues with only the finest fittings and furnishings used. Fully stabilized, the Le Lyrial is an ideal option for anyone who suffers
on rough seas and with 3 elevators, the ship is incredibly easy to get around. Passengers will have plenty of viewing space on board the ship.
All cabins come with sea views.
Are equipped with mini bar, safe, iPod station, climate control, flatscreen TV, WiFi, satellite direct-line telephone.
Private en suite with bath and shower, hair dryer, bathrobes and French toiletries.
Twenty-four-hour room service is available throughout the cruise.
On board, enjoy complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise and in your Stateroom minibar.
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* Itinerary subject to change