Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg


Welcome to South Africa! You will be met at the gate of your arriving flight into Johannesburg and be assisted through customs and immigration and onto the waiting transfer to your hotel, about 25 minutes away in a quiet suburb.


Johannesberg


The Residence

Overnight at The Residence. Breakfast included.

Day 2, 3, 4 & 5: Kapama Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger Park


Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel before meeting the transfer back to the Johannesburg Airport for the the scheduled flight to Hoedspruit, where you will be met and transferred about to your safari lodge. The enormous Kruger National Park is almost two million hectares of wilderness. Proclaimed in 1899 thanks to the vision of President Paul Kruger, its size continues to expand as private reserves on its borders remove fence lines and more recently, international borders between the Kruger National Park and Mozambique and Zimbabwe have been removed to create the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, effectively doubling the protected game reserve area.


Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park. The reserve with its 13000 hectares of pristine wilderness shares a large number of biomes with the Kruger Park and therefore are able to host all animals including the Big 5: Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhinoceros, to name but a few of the 42 different mammal species calling Kapama home. Approximately 350 bird species and a myriad of smaller species can also be seen in their natural environment. Game drives are conducted twice daily with expert guides and trackers who will eagerly share their bush experiences and knowledge with you whilst driving through some of the most beautiful savannah woodlands, grassland and riverine bush which makes up the Kapama Game Reserve.


Kruger Safari


Kapama River Lodge

Four nights Kapama River Lodge. All meals, twice daily shared game drives and once daily optional walks included.

Day 6: Cape Town


Spend your last morning on a safari game drive then pack your bags for the next leg of your adventure. You will be returned to the Hoedspruit Airport for the direct flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred by road to your Waterfront hotel. Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbor, the V&A Waterfront has become one of South Africa's most visited destinations. Aside from the myriad of shops, restaurants and bars, there is a more cultural side to the Waterfront, focused around the historic Clock Tower, which was the original Port Captain's Office in 1882 and part of a collection of well-preserved turn of the century buildings. It is near here that the ferries depart for Robben Island (from the Nelson Mandela Gateway), while the Two Oceans Aquarium is a short walk from here. With ferries and boats continuously on the go, Cape Fur Seals playing in the harbor water, and a mix of both locals and international visitors, the Waterfront is a wonderful place to soak up some typical Cape Town vibe.


Cape Town


The Table Bay Hotel

Five nights The Table Bay Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Cape Town City, Table Mountain & Robben Island


You will be picked up by your guide and small group and explore the city of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City, this morning. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain, 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 colored houses.


From here you return to the V&A Waterfront with time for lunch (own account) before meeting back up to take the ferry over to Robben Island. The guides inside the prison are former political prisoners. They are fully knowledgeable about the Island’s multi-layered 500 year old history. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell. When you return to the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where you can either head right back to your hotel or stay and have dinner and do some shopping. Breakfast included.


Robben Island


Notes: Cable Car tickets for Table Mountain are not included in tour price as the cable car is weather-dependent.

Day 8: Cape Peninsula


Today you embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula with your guide and small group. 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. From here you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular (optional and for your own account) 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 account), continue to Simonstown, the naval base, and visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. Then stop at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before arriving back at The Table Bay. Breakfast included.


Day 9: Cape Winelands


Your guide and small group will pick up this morning for a delightful drive, which winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa's wine industry, Stellenbosch, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, you are truly spoilt for choice when you enjoy the first wine tasting of the day.


Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style.


Enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (own account). Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Our last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route. We return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at your hotel this evening. Breakfast included. Wine-tastings included.


Note: Alternative estates may be visited over weekends and public holidays.

Day 10: Cape Town


Today is on your own to relax or explore! There are many great places to visit right at your doorstep including the brand new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and the excellent Two Oceans Aquarium. Further afield are the wonderful shopping areas of Kloof Street, The Foundry and Woodstock and if the weather is nice, you may decided to head over to the famously beautiful beaches on the Twelve Apostles side of the city. Cape Town is an easy city to navigate by Uber or taxi – please ask your hotel to assist.


Alternatively, are happy to set you up with a private tour if you would like a guided experience through the township communities, take a shark dive or whale watching adventure, further explore the culture, arts and food of the city or take a photography lesson. Just let us know what interests you! Breakfast included.


Day 11: Garden Route - Cape Agulhas & Oudtshoorn


Today meet your private guide after breakfast and hit the road for the Garden Route. Many imagine a land of manicured gardens, while the Garden Route is actually a 300 km area of natural beauty with its Indian Ocean coastline, dense indigenous forests, dramatic ravines, lagoons and Outeniqua Mountains.


Your first stop is at Cape Agulhas, the geographic tip of the African continent, before heading inland to Oudtshoorn. Since 1863 Oudtshoorn had become known as the ostrich capital of the world, successfully producing the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat worldwide. The town of Oudtshoorn is situated in the beautiful valley between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains, and is the commercial hub of the greater Klein Karoo region, which encompasses the towns of Prince Albert, De Rust and Calitzdorp. Being surrounded by mountains means that every road into Oudtshoorn follows a picturesque pass, offering travelers scenes of unspoilt natural beauty.


This afternoon you will visit an ostrich show farm demonstrating how these unique birds are farmed, and also see the museums and national monuments which reflect the rich culture of Oudtshoorn and highlight the story of the “ostrich feather boom” that made instant millionaires of the ostrich farmers in the early 1900’s. Learn all about ostriches, feed one by hand, and watch as our staff expertly demonstrate the various crafts using the ostrich’s exquisite feathers, eggs, and leather. This evening enjoy dinner at Altes Landhaus.


South Africa Garden Route


Altes Landhaus

Overnight at Altes Landhaus. Breakfast included.

Day 12: Garden Route – Cango Caves, Knysna & Plettenberg Bay


Enjoy breakfast at your guesthouse before heading into the mountains to the Cango Caves. The Caves are situated in a limestone ridge and present an underground wonderland of dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. You can spend hours exploring the stalactites, stalagmites and helictites of this great natural wonder of the world! From there you return to the coastline and continue on to Kysna.


Perched on the edge of South Africa’s largest forest alongside an immense tidal lagoon, Knysna is an eco-wonderland offering magnificent beaches, hiking, walking, cycling and water activities. Take part in a river cruise and experience the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve from the water. Just sit back and relax with an ice cold beverage and let your eyes and mind be, titillated with majestic scenery as you slip along shimmering waters cascading with dense pristine forest lining your meandering journey. Let your ears be alighted to the mighty sounds of the natural orchestra of bird calls amplified by the amphitheater of gorges. Late this afternoon you will arrive at your seaside boutique hotel in Plettenberg Bay. We highly recommend dinner reservations at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant for tonight.


Knysna


The Plettenberg

Two nights at The Plettenberg. Breakfast included.

Day 13 / 14: Garden Route – Birds of Eden & Marine Wildlife Cruise / Tsitsikamma National Park, Port Elizabeth & Depart


Today step into a feathered wonderland at Birds of Eden, is the Garden Route's very own world class free flight bird sanctuary. The unique two hectare dome (the World’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall and a canopy walk. The decision to develop Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds and the sanctuary also enables bird owners to apply to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing rehabilitation.


Lunch is on your own and this afternoon your ecological adventure leaves from Central Beach with an exciting beach launch and heads east past the bird sanctuary and Keurbooms beach to Arch Rock. Here we usually encounter Bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins, as well as some shark species. From Arch Rock you head into the middle of the Bay where pelagic seabirds are normally to be found some 7km from the shore. Out there our resident Bryde’s whales may be seen, as well as Common dolphins or Southern Right and Humpback whales during their season (May/June to November). You then traverse the Bay to the point of Robberg Peninsula and out to the Wild side, often seeing groups of whales and pods of dolphins. Cruising back along the inside of Robberg, we see the unique geology from this unusual viewpoint and can observe the growing Cape Fur Seal Colony. Finally, we head back along the Robberg beach, while a brief rundown on the history of the area is given. After passing the Beacon Island Hotel, built on the site of an original Whaling Station, we end the experience with an exhilarating landing, again on Central Beach. You will then return to The Plettenberg for the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to explore and dinner on your own before heading back to The Plettenberg to rest up for your next day's departure.


After breakfast, journey along the final leg of the Garden Route to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. Then you will continue on to Port Elizabeth, where you bid your guide farewell at the airport and take the scheduled flight to Johannesburg to meet your departing flights for home. Breakfast included.


Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
May-Sept $5,680.00 $2,250.00
Jan 6-31, April $5,998.00 $2,490.00
Feb-March, Oct-Nov $6,150.00 $2,824.00
Prices based on two travelers sharing.International flights not included, please call for a quote from our air partners! All South African safari rates are subject to change based on the current rate of exchange; please call for pricing for solo travelers or small groups.
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