SOUTHERN AFRICA

South Africa Highlights

from £2372 13 nights | Jan - Dec Exc. flights See price details
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Overview

Located at the Southern end of the African continent, the 'Rainbow Nation' is a large, diverse and beautiful country. South Africa boasts excellent wildlife opportunities, dramatic landscapes, interesting history and vibrant cities which you will discover on this small group escorted tour. At the end of a day spent exploring the sights, relax with a glass of South African wine.

Highlights

  • Spend four nights in the remarkably beautiful city of Cape Town, nestled at the base of Table Mountain
  • View a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Enjoy wine tasting at several of the best wine estates in the Cape Winelands
  • Stay in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world
  • Explore the picturesque Garden Route, including Knysa, Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Visit the moving Apartheid Museum and explore the world’s largest township in Johannesburg
  • Discover the spectacular landscapes of the Panorama Route including Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels
  • Venture on exciting game drives searching for wildlife in Moditlo Private Reserve

This small group escorted tour of South Africa starts in the spectacular city of Cape Town, soaking up its history, culture and stunning views before heading through the Cape Winelands, Klein Karoo and Garden Route. Visit the world’s largest township and learn about the history of apartheid in Johannesburg. End the journey with a safari in search of South Africa’s fascinating wildlife. You will be accompanied by a professional and experienced guide who will share local insights with you.

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Take to the Skies! Cape Town by Helicopter

by Rhys, Southern Africa Travel Specialist
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Gaining a birds eye view of the beautiful Cape Town is one of the best things I have experienced. The helicopter takes off from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront before circling out past Table Mountain. From this height you gain a real understanding of the layout of the city dominated by Table Mountain, Lions Head and signal hill. On a clear day you can see Robben Island and well into the winelands. Great for those short on time and looking for a memorable highlight.

Rhys Watkins, Southern Africa Travel Specialist

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Cape Town
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met and assisted with your transfer to your hotel. Check in at your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Cape Town's coastal setting is jaw-dropping; this remarkably beautiful city nestled at the base of Table Mountain has a lot to offer and you will spend four nights here giving you plenty of time to sample its main attractions.
Day 2: City & Table Mountain tour
The morning is free to relax. In the afternoon, you will embark on a tour of the city known affectionately as the ‘Mother City’. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the castle (South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain (weather permitting, cable car fee not included), which will give you spectacular views over the city and the peninsula. As you come back down from the mountain, make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses. Please note: the Table Mountain cable car is usually closed for maintenance the last week of July to mid-August.
Day 3: Cape Point & Peninsula tour
Enjoy a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island (own expense). From here you will drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives. At Cape Point, you can choose to board a funicular (optional, own expense) to get to the top of the peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. After lunch (own expense), continue to Simonstown and visit a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach. Then stop at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving back at your hotel.
Day 4: discover the Cape Winelands
Leave the city behind to explore the beautiful Cape Winelands where you will enjoy wine tasting at several of the best wine estates of the region. First, head to Stellenbosch, the heart of South Africa’s wine industry and the second oldest town in South Africa. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. This area boasts many wine estates and you will enjoy your first wine tasting at the Waterford Estate (or similar). Next, you will travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the food and wine capital of South Africa, this charming town located in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. You will enjoy a second wine tasting before having free time for lunch where you may wish to dine at one of Franschoek’s many award-winning restaurants (own expense). After lunch, continue to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts where you will have your final wine tasting of the day, before heading back to Cape Town.
Day 5: Cape Town - Oudtshoorn
Depart Cape Town and travel along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world. Travel past eccentric little villages, farming communities and established fruit and wine producers into the Klein Karoo. Away from the big city lights, the Klein Karoo is a region of semi-arid desert, imposing mountain passes and surprisingly beautiful oases. You will stay in Oudtshoorn – the ‘ostrich capital’ of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour.  
Day 6: explore the Cango Caves, head to Plettenberg Bay
Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves, a 20 million year old cave system which consists of a series of hidden chambers cut deep into a thick limestone rock layer. Next, discover the Garden Route. Not a garden in the true sense of the word, the Garden Route is an area of natural wilderness with endless expanses of untamed forest and pristine beaches. Imposing mountains line the roads and waterfalls cascade into blue-green seas from dramatic cliffs. Make a stop at the lagoon-side town of Knysna and enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront. Continue a little further along the sweeping coastline to the seaside resort of Plettenberg Bay where you will spend the next two nights. Embark on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River.
Day 7: discover the Garden Route
After breakfast, visit Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Next, proceed to the Bramon Wine Estate for a tasting followed by lunch (own expense). In the afternoon, there may be time for an optional marine encounter boat trip (weather permitting; additional charge) where you can search for seals, dolphins and even whales in season (June-November).
Day 8: explore Tsitsikamma National Park, head to Port Elizabeth
Journey along the final leg of the Garden Route to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park, the ‘garden of the Garden Route’. Enjoy an easy walk through the national park to the suspension bridge which crosses the Storms River offering breathtaking views of the sea and mountains. Then, continue along the final section of the garden route toward the bustling city of Port Elizabeth where you will arrive early evening.
Day 9: fly to Johannesburg
This morning you will transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, the commercial and financial capital of South Africa. Upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport, transfer to your hotel and later embark on an afternoon city tour. Please note: the flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg is not included in the price, we recommend booking a flight with a departure prior to 10h00.
Day 10: explore Soweto & visit the Apartheid Museum
This morning, visit Soweto (short for South Western Township). This sprawling 'city within a city' is now the largest black residential area in South Africa, home to approximately 3.5 million people. The area is famous for its role in the struggle against apartheid, and there are many sites of historical significance found here, including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu’s former homes. Enjoy lunch in a local tavern before transferring to the Apartheid Museum, where you will spend the afternoon. This extraordinarily powerful museum provides you with an opportunity to take an in-depth look at South Africa’s turbulent past. The history of apartheid is examined right up to the first democratic elections held in 1994, using large photographs, artefacts, newspaper clippings and film footage to display emotional Apartheid scenes and narratives.
Day 11: discover the Panorama Route
Depart Johannesburg and travel to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ – Mpumalanga – via the magnificent Panorama Route, which starts at ‘’Bourkes Luck Potholes’’ and ends at the ‘’Three Rondavels’’. From many well-positioned vantage points, marvel at the scenic beauty. Time and weather permitting, we will also stop at God’s Window, before continue to your accommodation for the night in Hazyview.
Days 12-13: game drives and walks in Moditlo Private Reserve
Transfer to your lodge located in a private reserve (36,000 hectares) adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park for an African safari experience. The main benefits of staying in a private reserve is that you won’t see many other vehicles and you will be accompanied on game drives with knowledgeable guides. You have two days here. Embark on morning and afternoon game tracking drives in 4x4 vehicles, searching for lion, cheetah, wild dogs and plains game. After the evening game drive, enjoy a sundowner drink to watch the sun set. You have some free time in the middle of the day where you can relax by the pool, enjoy a spa treatment or catch up on sleep.
Day 14: transfer to the airport where the tour ends
Time permitting, embark on your final early morning game viewing activity before returning to camp for breakfast. You will be collected for your transfer to Hoedspruit or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport where the tour ends.

Prices & Dates

Departures: Every Sunday

Maximum group size: 16

Minimum number: 2

Prices from:

£2,372 per person
Single supplement - £750

If there are four or more of you travelling together, it may be more affordable to book this itinerary on a private basis. Contact us for more information.

Price Includes
13 nights’ accommodation • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 6 dinners • Services of a professional guide from day 1 to day 12 as well as local guides and lodge staff • Transfers in an air-conditioned safari vehicle • 1 bottle of mineral water per day • Airport transfers • Excursions, entrance and park fees as described in the itinerary • All applicable taxes and levies

Price Excludes
International flights • Internal flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg • Travel insurance • Gratuities • Items of a personal nature • All beverages not listed above • Optional excursions

Please note:

  • Whilst we endeavour to accommodate guests at the stipulated lodges, we reserve the right to replace one with another of a similar standard and location.
  • This tour is made up of two shorter modular tours. Therefore, you will have a different guide for each section (Cape Town-Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg-Moditlo) and the passengers may also change half way through. If you are interested in doing a shorter tour, please contact us to discuss.

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