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Durban Beach Stay

  • London
  • Cape Town
  • Cape Winelands
  • Knysna
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Kruger National Park
  • Johannesburg
  • Durban
  • London

5 NIGHTS from £799pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a half-day Rural Durban excursion
  • Beach stay in Durban
  • Explore the seafront promenade
  • Drive to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point
  • Explore the Wineland towns of Stellenbosch & Franschhoek
  • Tour of Knysna Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • A full day game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Free time in the port city of Cape Town

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Durban Beach Stay

Spend 5-nights in South Africa's eastern coastal city of Durban located in the KwaZulu-Natal province. During your time in Durban, you will undertake a half-day rural excursion allowing you to meet the local people and experience their way of life.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Cape Town

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight via Johannesburg to Cape Town.

Cape Town

On arrival the following day, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

  • Breakfast
Cape Town

Embark on a fantastic full day tour around the Cape Peninsula. Joining one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world - Chapman's Peak Drive - travel to the World Heritage Site of The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and then on to Cape Point where the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. You will also visit the beautiful marine protected area of Boulders Beach where the sandy shores are home to a breeding colony of over 2,000 endangered penguins.

  • Breakfast
Cape Town

This morning enjoy a city tour of Cape Town. This city is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of different nationalities and indigenous tribes which will be explored during the tour. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure, take an optional excursion (payable locally) including a breathtaking helicopter ride over Cape Town and Table Mountain or take the cable car ride to the top of Table mountain, the flattopped monolith that dominates the city?s skyline commanding stunning views. Alternatively for a more relaxing experience, visit the West Coast Ostrich Farm on a half day tour.

  • Breakfast
Cape Town to The Cape Winelands

Today, tour the breathtakingly beautiful Cape Winelands, first stopping at the town of Franschoek, then onto Stellenbosch. Take some time to explore these delightful towns before enjoying a cellar tour and wine tasting at the award-winning Boschendal Estate.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
The Cape Winelands to Knysna

Take a scenic drive into the heart of the gorgeous Garden Route and into the picturesque coastal town of Knysna. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

This morning, take a ferry across Knysna lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Stopping at some magnificent viewpoints, your guide will describe the area's fauna, flora, history and shipwrecks followed by a leisurely-guided walk around the area.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
Knysna to Port Elizabeth

Depart for Tsitsikamma, a section of the Garden Route famed for luscious forests and dramatic coastlines. In the afternoon head to Port Elizabeth, a city known for its laid-back coastal ambience and bold colonial architecture.

  • Breakfast
Port Elizabeth to Kruger

Fly from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, where you will be transferred to the town of Mpumalanga. Your retreat within this idyllic space will serve as the perfect base from which to explore Kruger National Park.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Kruger National Park

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the tour; a guided safari drive in Kruger National Park. One of the biggest, oldest and quite simply one of the best wildlife parks in the world, Kruger boasts the greatest variety of animals including the famed Big Five.

  • Breakfast

Today is at leisure alternatively, optional excursions are available, including a unique safari on elephant-back (at a fee).

  • Breakfast
Kruger to Johannesburg

Today, travel along the magnificent Panorama Route, one of South Africa's most stunning scenic drives. With awe-inspiring vistas, the route follows the impressive Blyde River Canyon, before arriving in the city of Johannesburg.

  • Breakfast
Johannesburg to UK

Enjoy a short sightseeing tour of the city, with a stop at the Apartheid Museum for a fascinating insight into South Africa's cultural struggles. Later in the afternoon, head to the airport for your scheduled flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast
Johannesburg to Durban

After breakfast transfer to Johannesburg airport for your flight to Durban. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

Enjoy your beach stay in Durban.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Durban to UK

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK via Johannesburg.

  • Breakfast

Important Information


British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to South Africa. This will be granted on arrival. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

For clients travelling to South Africa with children under the age of 18:
Children travelling with both biological parents must travel with:
- Valid passport of travelling parent and child
- Visa, if required
- Birth certificate listing both parents (note: these must be the original documents, or certified copies of the originals)

A child travelling with just one of the parents listed on his or her birth certificate must also present:
- Parental consent affidavit not older than 4 months or
- Letter of special circumstances issued by director-general of home affairs in the event that a parent or parents are incapacitated or deceased and no legal guardian has been appointed as yet.
For full details of requirements for travel to South Africa, please visit


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Johannesburg Airport is with South African Airways (SA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 2. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage that you are permitted to carry one item of hand baggage (Max 8kg - 56cm/36cm/ 23cm) in addition to one small personal item on-board the aircraft. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of the tour, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). It is important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency before you arrive in the country. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in your local currency. In Zimbabwe, multiple currencies are no longer accepted and cash is not available at banks. Therefore we recommend that you take cash in USD, as usual, as this is accepted in hotels and restaurants. Visas and national park fees are payable in USD. Visa and Mastercard use should be restricted to hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. Our local agent discourages the purchase of local currency due to the difficulties with foreign exchange generally, but the local guides will be able to advise you if you do require it.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 - £400 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2021 DATES
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10 Aug 202127 Aug 2021£799£2349£3148SOLD OUT
14 Sep 202101 Oct 2021£799£2359£3158SOLD OUT
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2022 DATES
11 Jan 202228 Jan 2022£849£2379£3228Book Now
15 Feb 202204 Mar 2022£849£2279£3128Book Now
15 Mar 202201 Apr 2022£849£2119£2968Book Now
26 Apr 202213 May 2022£849£2139£2988Book Now
10 May 202227 May 2022£849£2329£3178Book Now
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05 Jul 202222 Jul 2022£849£2279£3128Book Now
09 Aug 202226 Aug 2022£849£2369£3218Book Now
13 Sep 202230 Sep 2022£849£2379£3228Book Now
04 Oct 202221 Oct 2022£849£2379£3228Book Now
01 Nov 202218 Nov 2022£849£2439£3288Book Now
29 Nov 202216 Dec 2022£849£2439£3288Book Now
2023 DATES
10 Jan 202327 Jan 2023£849£2379£3228Book Now
14 Feb 202303 Mar 2023£849£2279£3128Book Now
14 Mar 202331 Mar 2023£849£2119£2968Book Now
25 Apr 202312 May 2023£849£2139£2988Book Now
09 May 202326 May 2023£849£2329£3178Book Now
06 Jun 202323 Jun 2023£849£2209£3058Book Now
04 Jul 202321 Jul 2023£849£2279£3128Book Now
08 Aug 202325 Aug 2023£849£2369£3218Book Now
12 Sep 202329 Sep 2023£849£2379£3228Book Now
03 Oct 202320 Oct 2023£849£2379£3228Book Now
31 Oct 202317 Nov 2023£849£2439£3288Book Now
28 Nov 202315 Dec 2023£849£2439£3288Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Travelling alone?

Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

3rd December 2019 Departure:

Please note for these departure dates, in Cape Town you will be staying at The Rockwell All Suite Hotel. Please refer to your final ticketing documentation for further details.

What to expect

Fact File

South African Rand

Average Flying time

12 hours

Min/Max temperature

18 °C / 29 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.



Cape Town


What to pack
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent and hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Binoculars
  • A plug adaptor
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping!
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