Description / Itinerary:
Enjoy the splendour of South Africa from Cape Town and the Garden Route to Durban and the excitement of game viewing in the Kruger National Park.
Finish your Southern Africa Adventure at the dramatic Victoria Falls and with game viewing in the elephant rich Hwange National Park.
Days 1-2 Cape Town
Known as the Mother City, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You will have 2 days to explore and discover her delights from the Waterfront to Table Mountain, and from Robben Island to the stunning Cape Point. Tours can either be pre-booked or arranged at your hotel.
Day 3 Winelands
From Cape Town you will head to Stellenbosch through the Cape Winelands. Stops include South Africa’s third oldest town, Paarl, then at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument. You will also stop for a tasting at one of the many wine farms in Paarl before journeying into the heart of the Winelands to the beautiful university town of Stellenbosch. Your stop here includes a walking tour featuring the town’s historic sites and colonial Cape Dutch architecture.
Day 4 Outdshoorn
Drive to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo via iconic Route 62 with its ever-changing landscapes of orchard lined valleys, towering mountain ranges, rivers and indigenous fynbos. Next stop is at an award winning brandy distillery in Robertson for some brandy tasting. Your journey through the semi-arid Klein Karoo takes you to Oudtshoorn, your home for the evening.
Days 5-6 Cango Caves & Plett
Stop at the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves. This 20 million year old wonder features an impressive display of gold and vermillion dripstone stalagmites and stalactites. After the visit, take a tour of a nearby ostrich farm where you will be introduced to these exotic birds and the industry associated with them.
On your trip towards the coast you will be awed by the views from the Outeniqua Pass. Depending on weather, there will be a stop at the lookout points of Knysna Lagoon and the Heads before the last leg of your coastal journey through Plettenberg Bay to your hotel in Keurboomstrand.
Day 7 Eastern Garden Route
Today you travel to the marina town of Port Alfred along the Garden Route with a stop at Storms River mouth for wonderful views of the suspension bridge. Here the Storms River meets the Indian Ocean in grand splendour. Drive along the coastal road to Port Alfred, at the heart of the Sunshine Coast on the banks of the Kowie River then on to your hotel.
Days 8-9 Coffee Bay & the Wild Coast
Take a boat cruise (weather permitting) along the scenic Kowie River before departing for the mystical beauty of Coffee Bay, via Nelson Mandela’s birthplace of Qunu, an area steeped in ancient Xhosa traditions and culture. Further along the highway is the Wild Coast, also known as the Transkei or Pondoland in the Eastern Cape, followed by Coffee Bay, your home for the night. Enjoy Day 9 exploring your surrounds.
Day 10 Umhlanga via South Coast
Depart Coffee Bay for Umhlanga in the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal via the South Coast. Your journey takes you through the South Coast’s beachside towns before arriving in the eclectic seaside city of Durban where you will have a short tour before checking into your Umhlanga hotel.
Day 11 St Lucia & Game Drive
Head up the North Coast to Hluhluwe via St. Lucia, the only town in South Africa that lies inside a nature reserve, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This park is a World Heritage Site and the largest estuarine system in Africa.
Enjoy time at leisure or take an optional boat cruise (own account) around the estuary. Arrive late afternoon at Bonamanzi Game Reserve in time for an open vehicle game drive to the nearby Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park.
Day 12 Hazyview via Swaziland
After an early morning breakfast, travel north along the highway, entering the warm and welcoming Kingdom of Swaziland, a beautiful and richly cultural country. Exit Swaziland and arrive late afternoon at your hotel.
Day 13 Kruger National Park
Depart early to the iconic Kruger National Park. Enjoy a guided closed vehicle game drive prowling the bushveld looking for the “Big Five” and other wildlife. In the late afternoon head back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 14 Panorama Route
After breakfast travel along the Panorama Route via the Blyde River Canyon to Ohrigstad. The Panorama route includes The Three Rondavels, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Wonderview, the highest viewpoint on this route. Arrive in the afternoon at your lodge.
Days 15 Johannesburg
Prior to breakfast you have the option of an open vehicle nature drive around beautiful Hannah Lodge (extra charge). Leave the rich poetic expanses of sub-tropical Mpumalanga and continue to the vibrant city of Johannesburg.
Days 17-18 Victoria Falls
Check out and transfer to the airport for your flight (not included) to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. On arrival transfer to the aptly named A’Zambezi River Lodge.
During your stay enjoy a tour of the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River and a special Boma dinner.
Days 19-20 Hwange
Today you move to the heart of elephant country, Hwange National Park. You have two nights at The Hide in a deluxe tent on a full board basis and your safari includes game viewing activities in the park.
Day 21 Depart
Check out and transfer to Victoria Falls airport for your onward flight