Highlights Of South Africa Tour
A Kruger National Park safari, Cape Town and the Garden Route in 11 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
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Group Size Large Group
Tuesday, selected departure dates
Minimum 2 guests
Guests will travel in the same vehicle, but will be dropped off at different accommodation, depending on their chosen accommodation option
All departures are in English. German commentary is available on selected departure dates
NOTE: The Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour scheduled for Day 5 will be moved to Day 6 on the day of the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town
MAP & ATTRACTIONS
Day One: Departing Johannesburg
This morning you will be collected from your hotel, heading east to the Mpumalanga region.
Africa – Explored, Experienced & Enjoyed
Southern Africa is well-known as one of the world’s best destinations for guided tours and safaris. The area is vast, and there are so many diverse attractions that you can get the most out of your holiday by accessing professional and trusted advice, itinerary design, planning, logistics and expert guidance. Springbok Atlas Tours
& Safaris’ guided holidays are also sociable and fun, enabling you to connect with people while enjoying all the enthralling adventure, magnificent beauty and amazing variety that southern Africa has to offer.
The many advantages of a guided holiday include that you are guaranteed high standards of safety, reliability and quality. Each hassle-free Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris guided holiday experience takes in top destination
highlights; and offers you safe luxury transport, excellent accommodation and fine dining, fully supported by professional, caring service.
There’s no better way to encounter the best of Africa than to sit back and take it easy, knowing that all the details that make for a relaxing memorable holiday are completely taken care of. You are free to have fun – to fully explore, experience and enjoy a continent so rich in culture and heritage, peoples and places, astonishing wildlife and spectacular scenery.
Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris tracks its origins back to 1946 – that’s more than 70 years of enthusiasm and expertise invested in engaging travelling and touring in Africa, the world’s most adventurous, evocative and beautiful continent! Today, we take pride in being one of Southern Africa’s most well-established and best-known quality tour operations. When it comes to safety and logistics, planning and execution, we leave nothing to chance. When it comes to exploration and experience, engagement and enjoyment we make everything possible!
- 10 breakfasts
- 1 lunch
- 4 dinners
- 1 x early morning open vehicle game drive on Day 2, and closed vehicle game drives
- Sightseeing as specified
- Choice of accommodation options available – Comfortable / A Cut Above / Premium
Flight and departure tax between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Please book JNB/CPT flight to depart Johannesburg after 15h00 (Day 4).
This morning you will be collected from your hotel, heading east to the Mpumalanga region.
Kruger National Park
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 the visitor will soon appreciate the challenges of managing this unique reserve. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. [Dinner]
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 (for 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. Optional (for own account) open vehicle game drives are available. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. [Breakfast & Dinner]
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 Rondawels 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. Optional (for own account) open vehicle game drives are available, should you prefer not to join the Panorama Route tour. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Arrive in Johannesburg
Enjoy breakfast before starting the return journey to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg, at OR Tambo International Airport, at approximately 14h30, for your onward flight to Cape Town.
Arrive in 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). [Breakfast]
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. [Breakfast]
Cape Town (Unescorted)
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour to Table Mountain (for 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. [Breakfast]
Cape Town - Prince Albert
Travel through the picturesque Hex River Valley, surrounded by magnificent mountains. This area is considered to be the biggest producer of table grapes in South Africa. Continue to Matjiesfontein, where a part of the local hotel served as a convalescent hospital for British officers during the Anglo-Boer War. The entire village was declared a National Heritage Site in 1975 and is today a charming, beautifully restored throwback to the late Victorian era. The journey continues to Prince Albert, another delightful village, dating back to 1762. The town is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, vineyards, olives and local cheese. Overnight in Prince Albert. [Breakfast]
Prince Albert - Oudtshoorn
After breakfast we have the opportunity to sample some of the locally produced olives before travelling through the spectacular Meiringspoort Pass and Waterfall, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with breathtaking rock formations and jaw-dropping beauty. The winding road takes us through the Swartberg Mountains to the quaint Little Karoo village of De Rust. Continue to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. In the afternoon, visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Oudtshoorn - Knysna
After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks such as 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 Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. 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. [Breakfast & Lunch]
Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Garden of Eden, set in the lush, green, indigenous Knysna forest. The major attraction is the forest itself, beautiful yellow wood trees, thick green foliage and streams. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Afterwards you’ll travel to Brenton on Sea, a breathtaking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight in Knysna. [Breakfast]
Knysna - Port Elizabeth
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred (unescorted, driver only) to Port Elizabeth. 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. [Breakfast] Guests may disembark, on request, at Port Elizabeth Airport.
Day One: Kruger National Park,
Day Two: Kruger National Park,
Day Three: Mpumalanga
Where the Bushveld is Your Playground
Situated at the Paul Kruger Gate of the Kruger National Park, just outside the town of Hazyview. This luxury safari lodge-styled hotel is set on the banks of the Sabie River amidst towering indigenous trees. The spacious and comfortable en-suite rooms have modern conveniences as well as spectacular private verandas and walkways high in the riverine forest canopy. After an exciting day on safari, you can relax at the pool or enjoy sundowners on a game-viewing deck that overlooks the Park. A highlight of your stay will be dining in the stunning open air Lapa Restaurant where the the African stars are your ceiling.
Day Four: Arrive in Cape Town,
Day Five: Cape Town,
Day Six: Cape Town (Unescorted)
Set in the heart of Sea Point, only minutes away from Cape Town’s city centre and the V & A Waterfront, this hotel offers modern convenience and contemporary comfort blended with décor inspired by South African art. The en suite rooms, with either stunning mountain or sea views, offer all necessary modern amenities. Unwind in the friendly atmosphere of the La Café Coffee Bar, also a hotspot for cocktails from sundowners to late. The La Café Restaurant serves delicious buffet breakfasts and the Seven Spur restaurant offers a classic steak and salad valley menu on site or as room service. Guests can relax at the sparkling plunge pool overlooking the vibrant Sea Point promenade and get active at the fitness centre.
Day Seven: Cape Town – Prince Albert
Situated in the heart of the quirky Karoo town of Price Albert, Swartberg Hotel is a charming Victorian hotel dating back to 1864. It boasts a rich history and its one of 19 national monuments in the village! The hotel
features a number of rooms in the main building and the quiet garden, each uniquely decorated with a Victorian feel. Guests can enjoy delicious evening meals in the Victoria Room and delectable treats as well as delicious breakfasts and lunches at their quaint coffee shop. The large dining area leads out onto the patio overlooking the swimming pool and a large second floor balcony offers a quiet retreat with beautiful views of the town.
Day Eight: Prince Albert – Oudtshoorn
La Plume is a family-owned 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm outside the town of Oudtshoorn offering warm country hospitality and accommodations in refined style. Enjoy relaxing on the cool veranda with its sweeping view across the Olifant’s River Valley to the Swartberg Mountains. The spacious en suite rooms are tastefully furnished with gracious antiques and offer all modern conveniences.
Day Nine: Oudtshoorn – Knysna,
Day Ten: Knysna
The Rex Hotel is renowned for its chic urban style and impeccable service. Located in the vibrant seaside town of Knysna and surrounded by beaches, forests and lakes – this elegant retreat is the perfect base from which to explore all the attractions of the world-famous Garden Route. Whether you’re a foodie, a golfer, a wildlife enthusiast or an adventure-seeker, there are plenty of experiences in store for you!
Accommodation at the Rex is inspired by a mix of contemporary and classic décor, featuring calming colours and plush fabrics. Every modern comfort is available in our beautifully appointed rooms, suites and apartments
– with accommodation options available to suit your budget and the size of your group.
The Rose Café is the Rex’s fabulous dining establishment, where guests are treated to excellent service and superb cuisine. The menu features a mélange of dishes from the Greater Mediterranean which have been influenced by North Africa, the Middle East and the vast culinary treasures of South Africa. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or have other special dietary requirements – the chefs will cater for your needs.
Other notable hotel features include an outdoor terrace area for al fresco refreshments, a hair salon, complimentary Wi-Fi and a welcoming atmosphere for children.