South Africa Highlights
TOUR CODE SJP10
A Kruger National Park safari, Cape Town and the Garden Route in 10 days
Enjoy Big 5 game-viewing in the Kruger National Park, take in the finest highlights that cosmopolitan Cape Town has to offer before setting off on a relaxing journey through the Garden Route.
- Big 5 game-viewing in the pristine wilderness of South Africa’s premier game reserve, the Kruger National Park
- Explore Cape Town with its many diverse attractions – join a tour to the spectacular Cape Peninsula with its highlights such as Chapman’s Peak Drive and Cape Point Nature Reserve
- Relish the scenic splendour of the Garden Route with its stunning mountains and lagoons, forests and beaches
- DEPARTS – Wednesday, selected departure dates
- INCLUDES – 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, accommodation, open vehicle safaris, porterage and sightseeing as specified. Choice of accommodation options available
- EXCLUDES – Flight and departure tax between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Please book JNB/CPT flight to depart Johannesburg after 15h00
- NOTE – Minimum 2 guests. Guests will travel on same vehicle, but will be dropped off at different accommodation
DAY 1 JOHANNESBURG – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK: This morning you will be collected from your hotel, heading east to the Mpumalanga region. After freshening up at your lodge enter the world famous Kruger National Park and spend the afternoon game viewing in your closed touring vehicle. The park offers some of the best game viewing and wildlife opportunities in the world – and you will soon appreciate the challenges of managing this unique reserve. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2 MPUMALANGA: Enjoy breakfast before setting out to explore the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the most scenic routes in the region, offering glorious views, spectacular landscapes and exquisite waterfalls. Visit majestic sights including God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon of its kind in the world, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the charming village of Graskop, one of the first gold mining camps in the country. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK: The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Your guide will endeavour to spoil you with sightings of the Big 5, general game and prolific bird life. Return to the lodge for lunch (own account) and a short siesta. In the afternoon we will journey once again through the magnificent expanses of the Kruger National Park, unrivalled in its diversity of flora and fauna. Enjoy an afternoon of game viewing in your closed touring vehicle pursuing the Big 5 and other rare and endangered species. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 [FL] KRUGER NATIONAL PARK – JOHANNESBURG – CAPE TOWN: Enjoy breakfast before starting the return journey to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg, at O.R. Tambo International Airport, at approximately 14h30, for your onward flight to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, spectacularly set at the foot of Table Mountain, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore the city (unescorted).
DAY 5 CAPE TOWN: Continue your journey of discovery by joining a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Drive through Sea Point, the seaside village of Hout Bay and then to Cape Point where (by tradition) it is said that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Return to Cape Town through the historic naval base of Simon’s Town and Muizenberg to visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a centre for the preservation of the region’s unique flora. Overnight in Cape Town.
DAY 6 CAPE TOWN (UNESCORTED): A full day at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (own account) or simply explore the city. Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. There is also the Two Oceans Aquarium, Robben Island or alternatively relax on one of Cape Town’s many beaches. Overnight in Cape Town.
DAY 7 ● CAPE TOWN – OUDTSHOORN: Travel through Montagu, a historic spa town, and the ‘Little Karoo’. Enjoy a wine tasting, along Route 62, known as “The World’s Longest Wine Route”. In the town of Barrydale, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a local farm school, interact with the children and teachers, spending time with them in the classroom learning more about the local farming community, before continuing to Oudtshoorn, the “ostrich feather capital” and centre of the world’s ostrich farming industry. Visit an ostrich farm for a guided tour. (The school visit is subject to school being open.) Overnight in Oudtshoorn.
DAY 8 OUDTSHOORN – KNYSNA: After breakfast, visit the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Continue over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Victoria Bay, a beautiful cove enclosed by cliffs, to Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort with beautiful beaches. In the afternoon you’ll reach Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Overnight in Knysna.
DAY 9 KNYSNA: After a leisurely breakfast you’ll enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch under the milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. Overnight in Knysna.
DAY 10 KNYSNA – PORT ELIZABETH: After breakfast, you’ll head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the “friendly city”, with a wonderful climate. The tour ends on arrival in Port Elizabeth.
Guests may disembark, on request, at Port Elizabeth Airport.