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Off the Beaten Path: South Africa (17 days)

Heritage Tours

Cape Town, South Africa To Kruger National Park, South Africa

Valid for Departures Now Through: 20 Dec 2018

Off the Beaten Path: South Africa (17 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Cadogan None

Arrive at Cape Town Airport where you will be met and escorted to your boutique hotel in in the center of town.  Spend your evening enjoying Cape Town and dining at a delicious local restaurant we recommend.    

Day 2
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Cadogan Breakfast

Today you will visit a handful of empowerment projects in some of the local townships - a truly inspiring experience.  You will also enjoy a special tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held for most of his nearly 30 years in prison.

Day 3
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Cadogan Breakfast

Today you will take an excursion to Cape Peninsula and the legendary Cape Point, feared by sailors of the past.  See where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet and snap shots of lovable African penguins, Cape fur seals and more.

Day 4
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Cadogan Breakfast

Enjoy a rare and unique experience – a tour of the prestigious Groote Schuur Residence (the equivalent of the White House in Washington).   Later on, visit some of Cape Town’s top galleries, accompanied by a prominent South African artist.

Day 5
Hermanus, South Africa
Grootbos Forest Lodge Breakfast

Enjoy a tour of the scenic Winelands, including tastings at some of South Africa’s finest wine estates.  Later, check into the Grootbos Reserve, an enormous 5* estate designed for lovers of nature and animal life.

Day 6
Hermanus, South Africa
Grootbos Forest Lodge Breakfast

You will enjoy guided nature walks, horseback-riding through the forest, a private boat ride on the Indian Ocean and more.

Day 7
Hermanus, South Africa
Grootbos Forest Lodge Breakfast

You will enjoy guided nature walks, horseback-riding through the forest, a private boat ride on the Indian Ocean and more.

Day 8
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse Breakfast

Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg, your 5* lodge is dedicated to delicious food and rustic luxury.  Enjoy mountain walks, roaring log fires and seven-course dinners.

 

Day 9
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse Breakfast

After a delicious lodge breakfast, enjoy a full-day Midlands Meander arts and crafts tour.

Day 10
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Fugitive’s Drift Lodge Breakfast

Today you will be escorted to the award-winning Fugitives’ Drift Guest Lodge – the site of the Zulu War of 1879.  Take walks and ride on horseback through the reserve, learning about its history and viewing game and birdlife.

Day 11
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Fugitive’s Drift Lodge Breakfast

Explore Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift with an expert storyteller who will allow the local Zulu history to come alive.    

 

Day 12
Mhlambanyatsi, Swaziland
Foresters Arm Breakfast

Today you will be escorted to your quaint and homey accommodations, situated in the beautiful Swaziland highlands, in the heart of the Kingdom.

Day 13
Mhlambanyatsi, Swaziland
Foresters Arm Breakfast

Enjoy the kingdom of Swaziland, including the Sotho Ruins and Lion Cavern, the Nsangweni Bushman Paintings, the Komati River Gorge, and more.

Day 14
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Lion Sands River Lodge Breakfast

Today you will be escorted to a privileged piece of real estate in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and one of the very best places in South Africa to view game.

Day 15
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Lion Sands River Lodge Breakfast

Enjoy game drives in the bush and learn about conservation and wildlife.  You will also enjoy excellent food and “sundowner” drinks in the bush at sunset.

Day 16
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Lion Sands River Lodge Breakfast

Enjoy game drives in the bush and learn about conservation and wildlife.  You will also enjoy excellent food and “sundowner” drinks in the bush at sunset.

Day 17
Kruger National Park, South Africa
None Breakfast

After a morning game drive, return to the airport for your departing flights.

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Description

A private 17-day, 16-night exploration through South Africa with art, culture, history and luxury safari experiences.


4 Nights - Cape Town

3 Nights - Hermanus

2 Nights - Kwazulu Natal Drakensberg

2 Nights - Fugitives Drift

2 Nights - Swaziland

3 Nights - Kruger National Park

About Us

Heritage Tours sets the standard in custom-designed private travel to Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and sub-Saharan Africa. You are invited to experience the magic of some of the world’s most exciting destinations with an authenticity of experience and insider access that is normally unattainable.

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Perfect from the start

By: Betsy


Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2014

From the time we got off the plane, and were ushered through customs, until the minute we were escorted back on the way home, each part of our Moroccan experience was perfect!  The driver and guide were professional and attuned to our needs and wants throughout the 10 days.All the hotels (except one) far exceeded our expectations. (The one hotel was experiencing a sewer issue-not our travel agency fault)The restaurant recommendations were all wonderful!Overall an amazing trip!  Memories of a lifetime!   
Travel Advisor:  Kim Davis-Smith

Very helpful, created a great trip for us

By: Scott and Rebecca


Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2014

Jane put together a great trip for us and made everything fantastic.  From helping us create out itinerary, to adjusting based on our feedback, to getting us great places to see and stay, and to just making it VERY EASY and VERY RELAXING for us.    Everything was great.   Really enjoyed all the places we saw and the places we stayed.   Lisbon and Barcelona were our favorites for places to visit.  Morocco was a great mix of 3 different place with Marrakesh, then the mountains, and then the ocean.   And quite frankly we were very spoiled being picked up every where and transported to hotels and on tours.   Couldn’t have been any easier.  Thanks for putting this all together and making it such a great experience and great memories for us.  
Travel Advisor:  Jane Martz

Great way to travel

By: NYFAM


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2015

We had never travelled with a guide or driver before, preferring to be a bit more spontaneous. We loved both our guide and our driver from Heritage-- we learned SOO much; easily went in and out of places that we either wouldn't have found, or known of, or been able to handle logistically (ie parking). It was fun to spend time with both driver and guide; we enjoyed their company, and they could not have been more accommodating when we wanted to skip something, add on, etc. We also loved the accommodations booked thru Heritage- all quite comfortable, clean, and with plenty of character. We will certainly consider Heritage for another trip in the future.
Travel Advisor:  LuAnn Frisina

Beyond outstanding

By: LICcouple


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2016

Heritage made sure the details -- big and small -- were handled thoughtfully. Our guides and driver made the 25th anniversary vacation to Morocco very special. Michael Diamond, Amine and Alae, and all their co-workers are amazing. It was a major travel event for us and Heritage made sure it would be trouble free, fun and educational,
Travel Advisor:  Ken Neibaur

fun day

By: sunsfanatic


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2016

Good whole day private tour of Lisbon with good guides and a fun itinerary including motorcycle side-car ride and foodie tour. Did not get to private castle we were supposed to see, however.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Great guides and itinerary

By: Farmington Hills couple


Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2016

Definitely would use Heritage Tours again. Guides were knowledgeable, organized and fun! The itinerary they suggested was perfect. Hotels were unique and comfortable with great locations. Wonderful to take a vacation where all logistics were arranged. Can't wait to see Morocco with them next!
Travel Advisor:  Roseann Konke

A good way to see Spain

By: Pistoleros


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2016

We had very good local guides in a number of cities. The itinerary called for us to walk or drive around much of the northeast of the country. We wanted to see architecture and sample the restaurants. We especially enjoyed the Basque country, where it helps immensely to have a native educate you about the area. During the week, we needed to make a slight adjustment to one of the planned excursions. Heritage did it readily. We would happily work with Heritage again.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Ortiz

Great trip to morocco

By: Sjsugs


Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2017

Great guide, great hotels, well planned and executed.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

Morocco

By: Ingrid


Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2017

In a word - wonderful! Our private guide, Driss, and driver Zayd, made our first Moroccan experience over and above what we expected. I was a bit skeptical about being in a car with two strangers for ten days because there is a lot of driving if you want to really see the country. However, any doubts were erased immediately as we all fell in a comfortable, relaxed relationship. They both provided incredible insight and knowledge while maintaining the right balance of fun and adventure. One of the best things about Heritage Tours is their flexibility and Driss and Zayd were more then willing to alter our schedule when we wanted and suggested new things based on what they learned about us. Driss also knows all the best local places to shop and eat! Originally we planned the trip thinking we would only be going to Morocco once but now we're looking forward to returning and will absolutely use Heritage, Driss and Zayd again.
Travel Advisor:  Ginny Mabry

Good guides and knowledgable driver

By: Mae


Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2017

Very friendly guide with vast knowledge of the local history. He was a little hard of hearing and we had to repeat our questions a lot. They screwed up our VIP treatment at the airport and left one of the passengers off the list so we had to wait a long time to get through airport security. We probably could have done it faster the regular way and wasted our money.
Travel Advisor:  Krista Wissinger

AMAZING Tour Group

By: Kelli


Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2017

My husband I could not have been more happy with our experience with Heritage Tours and specifically our guide, Rehad. We enjoyed and appreciated the luxury vehicle, the knowledge and expertise of Rehad. I highly recommend Rehad and Heritage Tours!
Travel Advisor:  Jessi Cook

Sensory overload in Morocco

By: Kent D


Reviewed on: 07 Dec 2017

Our travel agent linked us up with Heritage for our trip to Morocco. We utilized their tour guide (Saeed) and driver (Moncef). Both were incredible men; professional, knowledgeable and experts in their trade. The itinerary Heritage put together was absolutely amazing. Jaw-dropping hotels, great restaurant recommendations and one of a kind experiences while we were in Morocco. We've traveled to all 7 continents and this trip was one of the best we've had.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Bemis

Kenya

By: Zinnia


Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Excellent! Accommodations were wonderful and all details were handled and the trip was very smooth. Only detail we didn’t enjoy was the restaurant choice the last evening before our long journey home. A quieter, more relaxing atmosphere would have been more enjoyed.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Hicks

We found a little paradise in Morocco

By: Jacqui


Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2018

Heritage tours did a wonderful job arranging tour guides for us in Marrakech, a trip to the Sahara via Dar Ahlam and a coupe of days of relaxation at Kasbah Tamadot in the high Atlas Mountains. In our 8 day trip there, we fell in love with Morocco in large part because of the care taken arranging this trip. In addition to amazing tour guides, Heritage is there for you the entire time. They provide a cell phone when you arrive, which has the numbers of the guides, drivers and main office programmed in. Our guide made it clear from the first day, that he was available to us whenever we needed him. The trip to the dessert was phenomenal, and we would never have been able to plan it on our own. When we embarked on this journey, we thought this would probably be our only trip to Morocco. By the time we left, we were already talking about when we could return. When we do, we will be sure to make our plans with Heritage!
Travel Advisor:  Ginny Mabry

Fabulous Tour Guides

By: Christine


Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2018

We have used Heritage tours on several occasions and each time have been thoroughly impressed with our guides. They are full of wonderful information from fun facts to historical details. They are flexible - working with you to create time that is of interest to you. We also love that they take you to places that are not alway touristy so you can really see the cities or places from a local perspective. We would HIGHLY recommend Heritage Tours.
Travel Advisor:  Shawna Owen
Not Recommended

Parts were great...other parts, not so much.

By: Sarah Catterson


Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2018

We enjoyed our time in South Africa -- Cape Town, Hermanus, Franschhoek, and the Kruger Safaris. But I didn't feel like Ginger properly inquired about the specific things we were interested in during the trip planning stages. Plus, there were several activities on our itinerary that were completely skipped, i.e., the Botanical Gardens and Table Mountain (our scheduled time slot was missed due to weather and not rescheduled). And it was very unclear what wine tastings were included. The Safari lodges were good. And the transportation on the small craft airlines were well arranged. We do expect to return to South Africa one day ... but I would ask Barbara to select a different travel arranger for Africa. I think Heritage was a bit challenging for both of us. A special note about Heritage's Philine van Blommestein, located in Cape Town. She followed up with us while we were in South Africa a few times and this was much appreciated. She seemed to really care about our trip.
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Morocco

By: Betsy


Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2018

Driss was one of the best guides we have ever had. Very knowledgeable and flexible, also very friendly. Great drivers too
Travel Advisor:  Shawna Owen