Discover all the essentials and classic experiences that South Africa has to offer, from finding the ‘Big 5’ in the Kruger National Park, to the Winelands of the Cape. In between, explore iSimangaliso Wetland Park, as well as the beauty of the Garden Route.
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Upon arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met for private transportation to the hotel for check-in.
Breakfast is included at the hotel and the morning is free at your leisure. This afternoon, you will be picked up from the hotel to start your half-day afternoon group tour of Soweto. Vibrant and upbeat, Soweto is home to anti-apartheid activists and Nobel prize winners. Visit Regina Mundi Church, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Vilakazi Street, Mandela Museum and interact with the local community. Afterwards, you’ll be returned to the hotel for the evening free at your leisure.
After breakfast the tour travels to Hazyview via the Panorama Route. The Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels is the world’s largest green canyon, and is the fi rst stop along the Panorama Route. Guests visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Wonder View, the highest viewpoint on this route. Stop for lunch (own account) in Graskop. Late afternoon, check in at the hotel and enjoy time at leisure before dinner (own account) at the hotel.
After an early breakfast, guests spend the day exploring the Kruger National Park. Board a closed vehicle for a guided game drive in Kruger and see Africa’s iconic mega-fauna and endemic birdlife. The tour stops at one of the park’s rest camps for lunch (own account). An optional full day safari in an open safari vehicle is available (own account and excluding lunch, please enquire). Guests exit Kruger National Park, late afternoon and return to the hotel to freshen up before dinner (own account).
Enjoy an early breakfast before starting the second day of game drive in the Kruger National Park on a guided closed vehicle. Spend the day finding the ‘Big 5’ and many of the fauna and flora. Enjoy lunch (own account) at one of the park’s rest camps. Exit the park at Malelane Gate, and arrive at the hotel in late afternoon. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) on the deck overlooking the Crocodile River, before dinner at the hotel.
Enjoy an early morning breakfast, and then travel to Hluhluwe via the Kingdom of Eswatini. Ezulwini Valley is commonly known as the ‘Valley of Heaven’ and contains a number of notable wildlife sanctuaries and craft markets. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route. Later, re-enter South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal en route to Hluhluwe. Arrive early evening at the lodge in time for dinner (own account).
NOTE: When entering the Kingdom of Eswatini, guests must ensure that they are in possession of a valid passport and for nationals of applicable countries, multi-entry visa regulations apply.
After breakfast, head to St Lucia, where you can enjoy a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (own account). View rare wildlife and birdlife, mangrove swamps and vegetated sand dunes that make for an interesting and educational cruise. The tour departs for Port Edward on the South Coast, with lunch en route (own account). Enjoy dinner (own account) at one of the many resort’s restaurants.
Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel and depart for Mthatha via the Mandela Route. The Mandela Route takes a scenic drive on the N2 Highway to Mthatha, which hosts the Nelson Mandela Museum. The museum hosts a display reflecting the life and times of Mandela. Lunch en route (own account).The tour arrives at the hotel, late afternoon. Guests spend the late afternoon at leisure, freshen up and dine at the hotel.
After an early breakfast, the tour departs for the marina town of Port Alfred, via Qunu, where Nelson Mandela was laid to rest and is still recognized as his family home. The tour arrives, late afternoon, at the hotel in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy refreshing drinks (own account) before savouring the delightful local cuisine.
After an early breakfast, enjoy a boat cruise (weather permitting) along the scenic Kowie River before travelling inland along the Garden Route. The Garden Route derives its name from the ecologically diverse vegetation of the area found between the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma mountains. Enjoy lunch in Tsitsikamma (own account) and take a short walk to the suspension bridge of the Storms River Mouth. Arrive at the hotel in Keurboomstrand and enjoy the ocean’s ambience and dine at the resort restaurant (own account) at your leisure.
After a hearty breakfast, depart for Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo, via Knysna. This morning’s excursion gives you the opportunity to photograph the Knysna Lagoon and the Knysna Heads. Travelling inland to the ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn, driving over the Outeniqua Pass, the tour arrives in time for lunch (own account) at an ostrich farm on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, where a tractor tour (own account) introduces guests to the ostrich industry. In the Cango Valley you discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves (own account). Arrive at the hotel, and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure to explore the charming country setting. Dinner is on own account.
After breakfast, drive to Cape Town via Route 62 and the Cape Winelands. Route 62 is an iconic route with intoxicating and ever-changing landscapes and is possibly the world's longest wine route. Enjoy lunch en route (own account). Later, visit a wine estate for a cheese and wine pairing followed by a guided cellar tour in the Robertson Wine Valley (own account). Arrive at the hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy dinner (own account) at the hotel or one of the many world-class restaurants located in close proximity to the hotel.
Breakfast is included at the hotel and the morning is free at your leisure.At approximately 13:00hr, you will be picked up from the hotel to start your half-day afternoon group tour. Visit one of the new 7 Natural Wonders of the World and take in the exceptional beauty of Table Mountain (excluding cableway ticket). Travel through the Malay quarter, city centre, Company Gardens, and if time permits, the Castle of Good Hope. Afterwards, you’ll be returned to the hotel for the evening free at your leisure.
At the appointed time you’ll be met for transportation by private vehicle to the airport for your departure flight. Checkout by 12 noon.
Days 11: Stop outside Oudtshoorn, in the Cango Valley and discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves.
Day 5: Enjoy a guided game drive through the Kruger National Park.
This itinerary has been tried & tested and can be booked as-is. However, should you wish to customize your tour, you may contact us here.
CLASSIC KENYA & TANZANIA EXPERIENCE
IN THE WILD WITH KENYA & TANZANIA
THE CAPE, WINELANDS, WILDLIFE & THE COAST