(Johannesburg, A Game Reserve, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Hermanus, Cape Winelands, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town)
Day 1 – Johannesburg (L, D)
SOWETO in Johannesburg stands for SOuth WEst TOwnships. This is the place where apartheid once assumed alarming proportions.
When you arrive in Johannesburg, we’ll transfer you to your hotel in SOWETO. Lunch and dinner today are our headache.
Explore the township that has now developed strong artistic and musical traditions despite its terrible past…
Here’s a picture taken in Johannesburg.
Day 2 – Panorama Route (B, L, D)
After breakfast today, we’ll drive you towards Kruger National Park.
On the way you will cross the Panorama Route which has some interesting natural wonders. It has for instance the largest green canyon on earth – Blyde Canyon. It also boasts of a natural formation called “Bourke’s Luck Potholes.” These potholes are weirdly shaped limestone formation.
You will also experience the ambience of a typical South African village at “Pilgrim’s Rest” on the way. In fact, this is where you’ll stop for lunch!
By evening, you’ll reach a Game Reserve very near Kruger National Park – where you will check in at a game lodge. Of course you’ll crash onto your bed after the exhilarating adventures of the day!
Here’s a picture of the Blyde Canyon.
Day 3 – Big 5 Safari (B, L, D)
Today is THE day! We’ll wake you up before breakfast for a stunning wildlife safari during which you could spot ALL of the big five – the elephant, the lion, the leopard, the rhino and the wild buffalo. You will also embark on another safari in the afternoon. If time permits, we’ll also take you on a Game walk – an interesting adventure through the wilderness on foot. What if a lion crept up right behind you…?
In the mid-day, you could opt for an optional “Golf Add On” and play a round at the famous Hans Merensky Club nearby.
Dinner tonight will be different from all regular dinners: because you’ll have it under the open skies and twinkling stars in the African bush!
After the travails of the day, let go for the night at your lodge.
Day 4 – Port Elizabeth (B, L, D)
You’ll leave for Johannesburg by road today from where you will fly to the beautiful city of Port Elizabeth.
On the way to Johannesburg, you will stop at Pretoria, one of South Africa’s government seats and a beautiful city by itself. Explore!
Port Elizabeth is known as “The Sport Capital of Africa”. It has beautiful beaches and sailing, surfing and scuba diving facilities. You will stay at the best address in Port Elizabeth – “the Marine Drive”, right next to the Indian Ocean!
Your foray along the Stunning Garden route begins tomorrow…
Day 5 – Tsitsikamma National Park (B, L, D)
Today, we’ll take you along one of the most beautiful natural routes on this earth – the Garden Route. As we drive you on towards a town called Knysna, you will see mountains and green hill slopes on your right and the blue waters of the Indian Ocean on the left. You might wonder: is this what heaven is all about?
On the way to Knysna, we’ll take you to the famous Tsitsikamma National Park. This park has plantations, forest land, spectacular waterfalls and deep gorges. No wonder it is called “the Garden of the Garden Route”.
Finally…after the long but definitely enjoyable journey, you’ll reach Knysna – the “gem” of the Garden Route. Rest well tonight in your 3 star hotel at Knysna: tomorrow will be one of the most exciting days of your trip!
Here’s a picture taken in Tsitsikamma National Park.
Day 6 – More of the Garden Route (B, L, D)
Today, we’ll take you to Oudtshoorn – the Ostrich Capital of the World. It has 90 percent of the Ostrich population on earth! You can ride, feed and even kiss an Ostrich…
After Oudtshoorn, we’ll take you to the Cango Caves – the largest underground caves in the world! They have fascinating limestone formations in them…
After the adventurous day, you will come back to Knysna where a romantic cruise on the Knysna Lagoon awaits you…
What a day!
Day 7 – Hermanus (B, L, D)
After having watched the big five and ostriches, today will be the time to watch whales!
Hermanus is one of the best whale watching sites in the world – and you may get to see these enormous creatures very near the shore.
After luncdh, we’ll take you to Cape Town – to your hotel right on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one of the most famous tourist attractions in South Africa – and you will be able to watch the sea from your hotel room.
Here’s a picture taken in Hermanus.
Day 8 – Robben Island (B, L, D)
Today will again an interesting day.
You will start with a visit to Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town. This is the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. An ex-prisoner will escort you around the place – so you will genuinely be able to feel the history associated with it.
After Robben Island, we’ll take you to District Six Museum – a museum depicting the plight of the blacks during the apartheid reign. You will also visit many other townships that not many people know of – and we are sure these will connect you with the essence of South Africa’s past…
Your lunch will be special: it will have the local “Ouma” and “Sorghum” beer.
To make your stay in Cape Town even more memorable, after lunch, we’ll take you to a South African Market, a men’s hostel, a herbalist and a craft centre : this will provide you ample opportunity to interact wityh the locals and learn about their lifestyle.
When you finally sit down for dinner after the fascinating adventures of the day – we’ll treat you to “braai” one of south Africa’s most famous specialities.
Day 9 – Cape Winelands (B, L, D)
South Africa is famous for its wine. We’ll take you to two of its most popular “wine hotspots” – Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – both of which are near Cape Town. Here you will witness the beautiful vineyards and also get to taste some of the finest wines in the world!
You’ll return back to Cape Town for the night.
Here are some tables all set for the wine tasting to begin.
Day 10 – Cape Peninsula(B, L, D)
Today you must gear up for another round of splendid experiences:
* A boat trip to Duiker Island – where thousands of Cape Fur Seals live.
* Lunch at Simon’s Town a local village.
* A visit to Boulder’s Beach – where you can actually see African Penguins!
* A visit to the Cape of Good Hope – where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.
* A visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – which has a diverse range of plant species.
Day 11 – Cape Town(B)
Ah! Finally it will be time to go back. But then, there will be sweet memories to take home.
We’ll escort you to the airport.
The above mentioned price includes:
* Domestic Flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth.
* All mentioned transportation, excursions, safari and entrances.
* 1 Night in Soweto, 2 nights at a lodge near Kruger National Park, 1 night in Port Elizabeth, 2 nights in Knysna and 4 nights in Cape Town.
* Meals: full board from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day11.
The above price excludes:
* International Air Tickets.
* Drinks (apart from Wine and Gourmet tour of the winelands.)
* Gratuities to drivers, guides or rangers.
* Visas, travel insurance.
* Any personal items and any items not mentioned in the price.
* The above mentioned price is for a group of 8 people. View price disclaimer for details.
Call us and we can discuss more about your South Africa trip!