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30 Years Experience In Personal Travel Planning
info@southerncircle.com
30 Years Experience In Personal Travel Planning
+27 31 572 4227
info@southerncircle.com
30 Years Experience In Personal Travel Planning
+27 31 572 4227

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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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, but you also have  the opportunity to join optional 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 further along scenic hilly areas with beautiful vistas. Once 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. After an exciting day in search of Africa’s wildlife, we exit the park and travel to our nearby country hotel. Overnight at the Zulu Nyala Heritage Hotel. DAY 2   Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park – Durban We have an early breakfast and afterwards 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 recreational centre and afterwards continue game viewing.  We leave the park around mid-afternoon after the game drive and set off 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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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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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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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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5 Day South African Explorer Guided Tour – Solo

DAY 1 St Lucia – Wildlife (Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park) – Private Reserve Today starts our encounter with the wildlife of Africa! We drive north towards the subtropical coast and bushveld of Zululand – home of the mighty Zulu nation.   Our first stop is the village of St Lucia.  Embark on a boat cruise on the famous lake St Lucia (proclaimed a World Heritage Site in December 1999). Crocodiles, hippos and birds such as the fish eagle, herons and egrets are in abundance. Then travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park where the rhino was saved from extinction and home to the shy nyala, as well as the Big Five. We exit the park early evening and drive to our private lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight Zulu Nyala Game Lodge DAY 2   Swaziland An early morning wake up call for an exciting open vehicle wildlife safari. After an early breakfast we do a last drive in search of game through this magnificent reserve.  Then we head northwards and continue to Swaziland. From Onverwacht border post follow a scenic route via Nhlangano to Manzini where crossing every mountain leads to a new vista. We stop at the well-known local craft market in the Malkerns Valley. Here we visit  Swazi Candles where the artists hand-mould wax into interesting figures. There is also a batik  factory outlet and other interesting shops. Our overnight stop is situated in the mountains just outside Mhlambanyatsi. Overnight Forester’s Arms. DAY 3  Kruger National Park Today we travel through Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, and visit the Ngwenya Glass factory where all the items are hand made from recycled glass. We continue through magnificent mountain scenery via Pigg’s Peak and leave Swaziland entering the Kruger National Park in the south.  We devote the day to game viewing on a true African safari experience. DAY 4  Panoramic Route Today we spend

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Drakensberg Mountains 3 Day Adventure – Solo

DAY 1    Durban – Pietermaritzburg –  Drakensberg Mountains Drive inland to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. First of all we visit the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin.  We enter the waiting room where, in the silence of the night, he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance.  Continue to Howick where we visit the 100m high Falls. We visit the monument erected on the spot where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962. Continue to the Drakensberg Mountains through an area of gentle pastoral beauty called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Visit the spot where the Boers arrested Winston Churchill during the Anglo-Boer War. We enter the Spionkop Game Reserve for some  game viewing. We have a good chance to see white rhino, giraffe and zebra amongst other wildlife.Then we travel to our hotel from where you can enjoy magnificent views while enjoying sundowners. DAY 2   Northern Drakensberg Mountains – Golden Gate After breakfast we travel through Qwa Qwa, a former homeland, and watch the locals busy with their daily chores.  We continue to the Golden Gate National Park and see amazing views of the black basalt and golden sandstone cliffs which gave its name to the park. Afterwards we enjoy a light lunch. We round the day off with a visit to a cultural village. Here we experience  demonstrations of the local people’s culture. Return to your hotel late afternoon. DAY 3    Drakensberg – Giant’s Castle – Rock Art We depart after breakfast we drive to the Giant’s Castle Complex. Here we embark on a walk with a few steep and strenuous inclines to some of the country’s best preserved ancient rock paintings. The roundtrip is around 3 km. We have a peek into the

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2-Day Drakensberg Highlights Tour (Code: SCDB)

Drakensberg Highlights Tour – Code: SCDB – 2 Days This tour highlights the southern Drakensberg Mountain range and the 4 x 4 drive up the Sani Pass is a highlight. We enter the kingdom of Lesotho, spend some time with the locals and afterwards have a sumptuous lunch in the highest pub in Africa!  DAY 1    Durban – Drakensberg Mountains – Sani Pass We depart at around 09h00 for your tour to the Sani Pass and Natal Midlands. Drive inland to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. Stop at the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin. Enter the waiting room where, in the silence of the night, he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance. Continue to Howick and visit the 100m high Howick Falls. Next, we stop at the monument erected on the spot where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1961 . Continue through an area of gentle pastoral beauty called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Then further through Underberg, a picturesque little village situated in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Our hotel is in the lap of the mountain with peaks towering up to 3400m above sea level. The afternoon is at your leisure to participate in some of the organised hikes into the mountain or explore the area on your own. Overnight at the Sani Pass Premier Hotel. DAY 2  Sani Pass – Lesotho – Durban After breakfast we set off to Sani Pass, named after the primitive people who lived in the area millennia ago, on a four-wheel drive with hair raising bends and breathtaking views to the top of the mountain.  Visit the locals in their

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