Description / Itinerary:
This amazing journey showcases the stunning diversity of South Africa.
Experience the excitement of tracking the Big Five Get on safari and spotting unique wildlife at a World Heritage Site. Interact with ostriches, take an ocean safari and enjoy a sunset oyster cruise on the Knysna estuary.
An African holiday is not complete until you have explored the Garden Route and seen one of the world’ s most spectacular cities, Cape Town.
Day 1 Arrive Johannesburg
On arrival, transfer to the popular Sandton area for your first night in Johannesburg.
Day 2 City Tour
Morning at leisure before embarking on an afternoon city tour of Johannesburg taking in the sites and some of the cities historical landmarks.
Day 3 Safari Experience
Leaving the city behind, head east, via the quaint village of Dullstroom, through beautiful Mpumalanga Province. Arrive at Makalali Private Game Reserve on the banks of the Makhutswi River in time for high tea followed by an open vehicle game drive – your first safari!
Day 4 Panorama Route
An early start sees you catching the bushveld as it comes alive on your morning game drive. After breakfast see how truly spectacular this region is along the aptly named ‘Panorama Route’. View the remarkable Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, the Three Rondavels, Pinnacle Rock and Bourke’s Luck Potholes before arriving at the small town of Sabie in the Drakensberg escarpment for the evening.
Day 5 Kruger National Park
Mpumalanga’s flagship attraction is the world famous Kruger National Park. Today you will take in the vastness of the park as you seek out the “Big Five” and other animal encounters. You exit the park at Malelane Gate and head to the Mthethomusha Game Reserve for an open vehicle game drive followed by dinner.
Day 6 Swaziland & St Lucia
The Kingdom of Swaziland is one of only two kingdoms in Southern Africa. We travel through Swaziland on the way to St Lucia and the second of the kingdoms, the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal.
Day 7 Durban
Today you will discover South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Embark on an open safari vehicle game drive through iSimangaliso (which means ‘miracle and wonder’). The park is the biggest estuarine system in Africa and home to the biggest hippo and crocodile populations in the country. An eco-friendly boat cruise on the Estuary will give you ample opportunity to observe the hippos and crocs as well as the fascinating bird-life. Then it is on to the seaside city of Durban.
Day 8 Port Elizabeth
In the morning take a walk along the promenade or catch a ride on one of the colourful Zulu rickshaws to the beachfront market. This afternoon we fly to Port Elizabeth (flight cost not included)*.
Day 9 Knysna
From PE we head down the beautiful Garden Route stopping at the Storms River suspension bridge to take in the dramatic scenery where the river meets the Indian Ocean. Then it is on to the tranquil Tsitsikamma Forest area before arriving at South Africa’s leisure village, Knysna. Weather permitting, this evening we will embark on a sunset cruise where your taste buds will be introduced to Knysna’s legendary wild oysters.
Day 10 Plettenberg Bay
From Knysna we travel to Plettenberg Bay or Plett as its known by the locals. Lookout Beach is the launch pad for an Ocean Safari (weather permitting) with memorable whale, dolphin and seal watching. In the afternoon there is a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school and crèche before returning to Knysna.
Day 11 Oudtshoorn
To get to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo we will travel via Wilderness with a stop at the Map of Africa viewpoint, we climb the extraordinary Outeniqua Pass with spectacular views back to the beachfront.
There is a lot of fun in store at one of the local Ostrich farms where the adventurous may get the opportunity to ride one of these amazing birds.
Day 12 Cango Caves
After breakfast you have the rare chance of an elephant interaction and feeding of these massive creatures, then it’s off towards Cape Town via the iconic Route 62, stopping at the Cango Caves, a 20 million year old natural treasure at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains.
Ask your guide if you can have a quick drink at Ronnie’s Sex Shop – which isn’t actually a sex shop but a favoured stop for many motorcyclists and tourists.
The scenery on route 62 changes from tranquil wine lands to dramatic mountain vistas and the unique beauty of the semi-arid Klein Karoo before opening up to the stunning beauty of Cape Town.
Day 13-15 Cape Town
Your stay in Cape Town includes a Cape Point tour. Other suggested options at additional cost include the city and Waterfront and Kirstenbosch Gardens, as well as the chance to take the gondola up Table Mountain for some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, mountains, the city and Robben Island.
Day 16 Depart
Your final day at leisure before your transfer to the airport and say goodbye to the beautiful Cape.