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Tours and Travel Packages for Solo Travelers

The need to streamline bookings for single travelers have increased enormously in the last few years. For that reason we have decided to design a system to make it easier for our single travelers to book our tours as part of a small group tour while not having to pay the single traveler premium! To facilitate it we started off with offering all the departures on our tours that have spaces for singles. Our single travelers would tour in a safe environment in our luxury microbuses with other travelers having similar interests. We  will have the system set up and fully operation around the end of December 2018. In the meantime, please contact Debbie at debbie@southerncircle.com  for assistance with your booking.

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From R 2 780.00 per person

1 Day Sani Pass Guided Tour – Durban (Code: SCDA)

This Sani Pass day tour is an adventure day out! Travel up the mountain pass with 4 wheel drive vehicles, awe at the views and on a clear day one can see up to 250km! Drive inland past Pietermaritzburg to the area of gently pastoral beauty, also called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with Zulu villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Traverse through Underberg, a picturesque little village situated in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.  At Himeville you change vehicles and set off in a 4 wheel drive minibus for the drive up Sani Pass, named after the primitive people who lived in the area millennia ago. The ascend is steep at places with hair-raising bends. The driver talk about the geography and also stop frequently for photo opportunities of the breathtaking views. Afterwards, arrive at the top of the mountain in the kingdom of Lesotho. You visit the locals and they may  invite you into their house, which often result into tasting locally baked snacks or bread! Lunch is served at the top in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho some 3 000 metres above sea level. Afterwards, we descend down the mountain, change vehicles and set off to Durban. OTHER TOURS YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN 2 Day Drakensberg Highscdblights  – SCDB 3 Day Drakensberg Adventure – SCDD  

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R4800.00 per person sharing

Wildlife Highlights Safari – Durban to Durban (Code: SCDH)

This overnight safari departing from Durban is completely devoted to finding Africa’s wildlife including the Big Five in the Zululand reserves north of Durban – for those with limited time.  We operate the tour in our vehicles with the opportunity to join open vehicle safaris to further enhance the experience. DAY 1   Durban – Zululand – Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park (Big Five Safari) Our Big Five wildlife safari commences at around 08h00 from Durban.  Travel northwards and turn towards the village of Eshowe (Zulu for the sound of the wind blowing through the forest).Traverse along scenic mountainous areas with beautiful vistas. Past Ulundi, the Capital of the previous homeland of KwaZulu, continue to the park. Enter Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park game reserve to start our game viewing and spend the day here. Late afternoon we exit the park and exit late afternoon and travel to our nearby country hotel. Overnight at the Zulu Nyala Heritage Hotel. DAY 2   Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park – Durban After an early breakfast we return to the reserve and spend most of the day searching for Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo). You are able to join an optional early morning open vehicle safari. Enjoy lunch (not included) at the Hilltop recerational centre and afterwards continue game viewing.  We leave the park around mid-afternoon for the final section to Durban. SIMILAR TOURS YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN 1 Day Touch of Wildlife – Durban to Durban (Code: SCDU) 2 Day Wildlife and Culture Tour – Durban to Durban (Code: SCDE) 3 Day South Africa Wildlife Experience – Durban to Durban (Code: SCDW)

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4 Day Guided Garden Route Tour from Cape Town – Solo

4 Day Guided Garden Route Tour from Cape Town – Solo DAY 01. Cape Town – Hermanus – Swellendam – Mossel Bay (Cape Garden Route) Your 4 Day Guided Garden Route Tour From Cape Town going solo. Depart on the Cape Garden Route tour at around 09h00. We continue eastwards towards the Garden Route. The road takes us via a beautiful coastal route between Gordon’s Bay and the beautiful seaside town of Hermanus. (Hermanus is also arguably the best place in the World to spot Whales from land – July to Dec). After lunch, you continue to Mossel Bay and visit famous Cape Town tourist attractions such as the oldest post office in Africa.   A huge hollow tree was used to hide the post at the site of the first landfall, made by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias in 1488. Overnight at Bar -T-Nique Guesthouse in Mosselbay. DAY 02.  Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves – Ostrich Farm. Travel over the scenic Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo and we visit an Ostrich Show Farm for some unique experiences. Here we learn about these amazing flightless birds and may see some ostrich racing. A ride on the back of an ostrich is not for the fainthearted. You visit the Cango caves regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The calcite caves comprise an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Afterwards; you visit Oudtshoorn, also called the “Feather capital” of the world, because we find over ninety percent of the world’s ostrich farms here. Overnight at La Plume Lodge outside Oudtshoorn. DAY 03.  Oudtshoorn – Cango Wildlife Ranch – Garden Route – Knysna After breakfast, you visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, an endangered species breeding facility. Then depart for George and Wilderness National Park. You skirt around the

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3 Day Garden Route Tour – Port Elizabeth to Cape Town – Solo

DAY 1 Port Elizabeth – Garden Route – Knysna You depart from Port Elizabeth, also called the ‘Friendly City’ towards the Garden Route and along the N2 national route. We arrive at Storms River and view the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering one hundred and thirty-nine metres above the river. Our next stop in the breathtaking Garden Route is the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for the place of much water), the park stretches over one hundred kilometres of wild and rocky coastline characterized by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches, and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. You can do a relaxing walk/hike to the suspension bridge stretching over the mouth of the Storms River. Travel to The Bloukrans Bridge, 216 metres (709 feet) above the Bloukrans River. The Bloukrans Bungee is the world’s highest commercial bungee bridge and is the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world! We visit Birds of Eden. This unique two hectare dome (the world’s largest), spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. It is currently home to over 3,500 birds from over 220 area proclaims to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the Lakeland and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc. We overnight at Augusta Bay Lodge in Knysna. DAY 2 Garden Route – George – Oudtshoorn You travel along with the lake areas and the Wilderness National Park, a picturesque part of the Garden Route. This leads us to the scenic Outeniqua Pass and to Oudsthoorn. Oudsthoorn is known as the ‘Feather Capital’ of the world, the largest concentration of ostrich farms in the world are found here. We visit the Cango caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprise an underground wonderland

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From R10995.00

4 Day Guided Cape Garden Route Tour – Solo

4 Day Guided Cape Garden Route Tour – Solo Day 1.  Cape Town – Mossel Bay – George – Knysna Starting with your 4 ay Guided Cape Garden Route Tour we, depart from Cape Town on the Garden Route tour and drive eastwards via Sir Lowry’s Pass. Travel through the famous apple country of Grabouw to Swellendam and Mossel Bay. Here you visit arguably the oldest post office in Africa, the Post Office Tree. This is the site where the Portuguese explorer, Bartholomeu Dias, made the first landfall in 1488. From here you truly enter the Garden Route and travel past George via the Wilderness Lakelands to Knysna. Overnight at Augusta Bay Lodge. Day 2.  Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park You explore Knysna and travel further to Plettenberg Bay for a short visit. Then you traverse through magnificent scenic river valley passes. You visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for ‘The place of much water’). Stretching over one hundred kilometers of wild and rocky coastline characterized by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys, the parks impresses! Your next stop is Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge, towering 139 m above the valley. We return to Knysna via the “Big Tree” and spend the last part of the afternoon exploring the Heads at Knysna.   Overnight at Augusta Bay Lodge. Day 3.  Knysna – George – Oudtshoorn After breakfast, you board a boat for a short trip on the Knysna Lagoon. Depart from Knysna and travel to George. From here you drive via the scenic Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. The town is known as the ‘Feather Capital’ of the world as we find the largest concentration of ostrich farms in the world here. We visit the Cango Caves, regarded as

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4 Day Garden Route Tour – Port Elizabeth to Cape Town – Solo

DAY 1 Port Elizabeth – Garden Route – Knysna We depart from Port Elizabeth on the Garden Route tour along the N2 national route to the Storms River. This is the beginning of the Garden Route – with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some one hundred and thirty- nine meters above the river. The next stop is at Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for the place of much water) stretching over one hundred kilometers of wild and rocky coastline. It is characterized by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches, and indigenous forests along the river valleys. Here you can do a relaxing walk/hike to the suspension bridge stretching over the mouth of the Storms River. From here you travel to The Bloukrans Bridge, 216 meters (709 feet) above the Bloukrans River. The Bloukrans Bungee is the world’s highest commercial bungee bridge and is the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world! Before entering Plettenberg Bay we visit the Birds of Eden. This unique two-hectare dome (the world’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. Currently, more than 3,500 birds from over 220 species, with the main focus being African birds are here. Then a short visit to Monkeyland, the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. On this visit, you can expect to see a variety of primates, ranging from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar. More than 700 primates live at the sanctuary. Travelling past Plettenberg Bay to Knysna on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two promontories known as the ‘Heads’. The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the Lakeland and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities for unusual locally made art and craft,

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6 Day South African Coastal Experience Guided Tour – Solo

6 Day South African Coastal Experience Guided Tour DAY 1.  Cape Town – Route 62 – Oudtshoorn (Cape Town to Durban Tour) Depart from Cape Town and drive eastwards via the beautiful Du Toit’s Kloof Mountains and the Breede Valley Wine region, heartland of South Africa’s Brandy producers as well as via the Robertson and Montague wine regions. We visit one of the many Wine Estates in these areas for a wine tasting. We continue via Route 62 through the Little Karoo with its many unique mountain ranges and vegetation to Oudtshoorn, visiting an Ostrich Show Farm for some exceptional experiences with these strange birds! Overnight in Oudtshoorn, also called the “Feather capital” of the world, as over ninety percent of the world’s ostrich farms are found here. Overnight La Plume Lodge. DAY 2.  Cango Caves – Garden Route – Knysna We visit the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprise an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. An optional visit to the Cango wildlife ranch can be done. The Ranch encompasses over 90 different species of animals. They provide guided tours which are fundamental in educating the public, giving each species a voice, and highlighting animal and environmental issues. We travel past Oudtshoorn, over the Outeniqua Mountains via George and Wilderness along the Wilderness National Park lakes area. We skirt around the lakes to Knysna on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two promontories known as the “Heads”. The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the Lakelands and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities for unusual locally made art and craft, etc. Overnight in Knysna. Overnight Augusta Bay Lodge. DAY 3.  Garden Route –

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6 Day Durban to Cape Town Guided Tour – Solo

 6 Day Durban to Cape Town Guided Tour This tour includes the rugged Wild Coast as well as the scenic Garden Route. The route follows the coastline from Durban on the East Coast to Cape Town in the southwestern corner!  DAY 1  South Coast – Wild Coast (Durban – Cape Town) The drive from Durban along the South Coast takes you through lush subtropical vegetation and numerous holiday villages dotted along the seaboard. We visit the scenic Oribi Gorge and some beautiful little beaches. You turn inland and enter the Eastern Cape Province, the former homeland of Transkei, and traverse over hilly grasslands dotted with Xhosa homesteads, through valleys and clear streams. The final part of today is via tiny hamlets on the rugged Wild Coast and check into our hotel on the edge of the sea. Overnight Mbotyi Lodge. DAY 2 Wild Coast You travel to Umtata, the capital of the former homeland. We visit the Nelson Mandela Museum and travel south towards our lodge. The lodge is nestled in the middle of the beautiful Chintsa Bay on the Wild Coast, surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests, and overlooks the warm Indian Ocean. Overnight Crawford Beach Lodge. DAY 3 Addo Elephant National Park – Port Elizabeth After breakfast overlooking the shimmering Indian Ocean, you depart. The morning’s journey takes us to East London, the only river port in South Africa. This is where a prehistoric coelacanth was caught in 1938. We travel along the coast and enjoy the lush vegetation and rugged coastline. You visit Port Alfred, an outstanding holiday village situated on the Kowie River mouth and travel to Grahamstown. The small cathedral city is considered the art capital of South Africa and is steeped in history. At the Addo National Elephant Park game reserve, You have an excellent chance of an encounter

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6 Day Great African Wildlife Expedition – Solo (Code: SCMD/S)

The Great Wildlife Expedition includes some of the most scenic areas in the country, but the main focus is on the almost 5 days of wildlife viewing including two private reserves and the famous Kruger National Park. It also includes a boat cruise on Lake St Lucia, situated in the iSimangaliso world heritage site! The scenery includes the Panorama Route, Swaziland mountains and the Zululand forests and lakes. DAY 1. Johannesburg – Panoramic Route (Wildlife Safari Tour) Our first day on this amazing wildlife safari tour takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Robber’s Pass to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. After exploring this quaint old town, we continue to Sabie where we have a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to visit Lone Creek Falls Overnight Ligna Lodge. (Dinner included). DAY 2. Panoramic Route – Private Reserve After breakfast, travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such the Pinnacle, God’s Window and Lisbon Falls. Then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to this unique trick of nature is worth the effort), and the magnificent Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We walk along the cliffs to really appreciate the breathtaking views.  Later, we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel. Arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve,  a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). Overnight Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge  (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included). DAY 3.             Private Reserve

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4 Day Kruger Park Explorer Tour – Solo (Code: SCJL/S)

This safari tour departs daily from Johannesburg to the famous Kruger Park in search for Africa’s wildlife. We also include a visit the very scenic Panoramic Route.  During your time in the Panoramic route we stay in a luxury 4 star type lodge the night. We accommodate you in the Kruger Park in their free-standing, round-like rondavel type rooms with en-suite  bathrooms to enhance your experience in the wild. The rooms certainly are still very comfortable with air-conditioning installed. While we do the game viewing in the comfort of our vehicles, you also have the option to book an open vehicle safari from the camps. The duration of such safari is around 2,5 – 3 hours. Day 1.  Johannesburg – Kruger National Park We embark on the safari tour driving eastwards to the Kruger Park  via Witbank and Middelburg to Nelspruit. Enter the Kruger National Park in the south.  Your encounter with Africa’s wild life starts here as we begin our  thrilling  safari. Tonight we enter our camp for dinner and overnight. We overnight in our comfortable free-standing ‘rondavel’ type room with air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom. Day 2.  Luxurious Kruger National Park Safari Today we devote our time to game viewing in search for the ‘Big Five’ among other animals. Reach the camp at sunset for dinner and overnight. Some also may want to do a night drive in an open game viewing vehicle utilising high powered spotlights to find the nocturnal animals (optional). Day 3.  Panoramic Route After a final game drive and breakfast, we leave the park and drive via Klaserie and the Abel Erasmus Pass to the Escarpment and visit Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window and the Pinnacle Rock. Travel to Sabie where we overnight. Overnight Ligna Lodge. Day 4.  Pilgrim’s Rest – JNB Our first stop is at the Lone Creek falls.

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From R9760.00

3 Day Kruger National Park Explorer Tour – Solo

A wildlife safari tour to the famous Kruger National Park in luxury microbuses in search of Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) and a host of other animals such as the over 140 species of mammals! This tour is designed for those with little time, but who still want to experience the Kruger Park, the biggest reserve in Africa at around 20 000 sq km – slightly smaller than Belgium! DAY 1.   Johannesburg – Kruger Park Our first day on this wildlife safari tour takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg and Nelspruit to the famous Kruger National Park. Enter the park in the south where our encounter with Africa’s amazing wildlife commences.  During the rest of the afternoon, you search for the Big Five and many other species such as giraffe, zebra, and antelope such as kudu, nyala, impala, etc, etc. Arrive at the camp late afternoon after an exciting couple of hours for dinner and overnight. Overnight in a Bungalow. (Dinner included) DAY 2.  Kruger Wildlife Safari Tour We devote today to game viewing in search of the Kruger National Park’s ‘Big Five’ among a whole host of other wild animals.  Your guide will arrange a lunch stop (optional) during the mid-day period.  After another game viewing session, arrive back at our camp at sunset for dinner and overnight.  Back at the camp you can join an optional night safari.  The safari vehicle utilizes high powered spotlights to find nocturnal animals.  Overnight in a bungalow. (Breakfast and dinner included) DAY 3.   Panoramic Route – Johannesburg After a final game drive and breakfast, continue via Kowyn’s Pass to the Escarpment and Panoramic Route. visit The Pinnacle, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Blyde River Canyon.  Then, unfortunately, we are at the end of our tour and have to return and arrive in Johannesburg late afternoon. (Breakfast

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6 Day Great South African Wildlife Expedition – Solo

DAY 1 St Lucia – Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park – Private Reserve (Wildlife safari and scenery) Our first day on this wildlife safari and scenery tour takes us northwards towards the subtropical coast and bushveld of Zululand – home of the mighty Zulu nation and visit the village of St Lucia for a boat cruise on the estuary of the famous lake St Lucia (proclaimed a World Heritage Site in December 1999). Crocodiles, hippos and wildlife including birds such as the fish eagle are in abundance. After lunch (optional) we travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, where the rhino was saved from extinction and home to the shy nyala and the Big Five. We exit the park early evening and drive to our private lodge for dinner and overnight at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge. DAY 2  Swaziland We join and early morning open vehicle safari to search for the African wildlife awakening. After breakfast we head northwards and continue to Swaziland. We enter at the Onverwacht border post and follow a scenic route via Nhlangano to Manzini, where crossing every hill leads to a new vista. We stop in the Malkerns Valley for some excellent shopping opportunities. Apart from Swazi Candles, where the locals hand-mould wax into a wide variety of colourful candles, there is also a hand-craft market, a batik factory outlet, and other interesting shops. Forester’s Arms. DAY 3  Kruger National Park Today we travel through the capital of Swaziland, Mbabane, and visit the Ngwenya Glass factory further on, where all products are hand made from recycled glass. We continue through magnificent mountain scenery via Piggs Peak and leave Swaziland entering the Kruger National Park in the south. The rest of the day is devoted to game viewing. We overnight in chalets in a rest camp within the park. DAY 4 Explore Kruger

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