Contiki to Offer South Africa Sea and Safari Itinerary in 2024

Contiki has announced its new "Sea, Safari, South Africa" itinerary. The latest South African tour to date encompasses nine safari parks, plus Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The two-week trip combines the diverse Garden Route with popular wildlife viewing spots Isimangaliso, Hluhluwe and Kruger National Park—where guests will get to sleep ‘under the stars’ on an exclusive Contiki campsite. Travelers will also experience South African city life in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Wildlife experiences include seeing Africa’s gentle giants in Addo Elephant Park, hippo-spotting on a Lake St. Lucia boat cruise and meeting penguins at a rehabilitation center before they are released back into the wild. Travelers will embark on numerous morning and evening game drives and will also experience a walking and/or mountain bike safari. Alongside the Big Five (lions, leopard, elephants, rhinos and African buffalo), travelers can expect to witness zebras, giraffes, wildebeest and meerkats in the wild.

The trip also includes a marine safari in Plettenberg Bay, a visit to the coastal town of Hermanus, considered the best land-based whale-watching spot in the world, and even a shark conservancy visit. Travelers will then join a Township tour in Knysna, visit a local Zulu Village in St. Lucia and even explore Eswatini—one of Africa’s smallest countries, to meet with the local community and learn about their culture, customs and everyday life.

Rounding out the trip, is a visit to the site of Nelson Mandela’s capture, a hike to the Stormsriver Bridge in Tsitsikamma National Park, plus visits to the Stellenbosch wineries and the Cango Caves—the continent’s largest underground cave system.

Elsewhere in the new selection of trips for 2023/24 is Thai Island Hopper West Plus—an upgraded version of one of Contiki’s most popular Asian products. The ‘Plus’ variation includes upgraded accommodation (twin share, centrally located with a view of the sea) and additional Included Experiences, such as a half-day Phuket sightseeing tour and a visit to a well-known rum distillery.

The trip is live and available to book for 2024 departures. Travelers can find more info at:

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