Take in the highlights of South Africa from the air as well as overland on this Garden Route, Kruger, and Cape Town tour. Beginning in Johannesburg, explore vibrant neighborhoods at your own pace with your private guide and chauffeur. Enjoy watching the Big Five animals on day and night game drives in Kruger National Park. In Cape Town, visit the Cape Point and the rolling Winelands on personalized excursions. End your journey on the scenic Garden Route, winding your way past rugged landscapes, sandy beaches, and charming coastal towns.
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Discover South Africa’s beating heart! Johannesburg, or Jo’burg’ is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city with great places to eat and interesting sites to visit.
Explore Johannesburg with Your Private Guide and Chauffeur Enjoy a tailor-made tour of Johannesburg specifically designed for your interests. With a chauffeured car at your disposal for half the day, you are at liberty to discover the cosmopolitan city at your own leisure and pace. Whether your interests lie in discovering the rich cultural history of Johannesburg, the city’s vibrant art scene, or in exploring its shopping and fine dining experiences, the city has much to offer. Visit the Johannesburg Inner City neighborhood, the Newtown Precinct, and the grand Museum Africa. Or climb up to the ‘Top of Africa’ building for an iconic bird’s eye view of the city spread out below. The choice is yours, as are the hours of your bespoke city tour. (Duration: Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable shoes, sunglasses & sun hats. Price includes the car and your chauffeur-guide. All other expenses to be paid directly on site.)
Walk on the wild side! One of the oldest, largest, and most diverse parks in Africa, Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s top safari destinations, rich with its lion prides, elephant herds and thousands of other animals, against shifting backdrops of savannah, forest, river and mountains.
Kapama Southern Camp: Game Drives, Bush Walks Be part of an authentic African safari experience on game drives that are offered twice daily. Feel exhilarated as you encounter an array of animal life, over 350 species of birdlife, and the Big Five of Africa across the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Refresh yourself with a sundowner past the afternoon game drive and watch the glorious sunset over the Drakensberg Mountains. As the drive continues in the dark, nocturnal animals of the African bush come out to play and prey. Discover the secrets of the African wilderness with guided bush walks and learn about the ecology and many medicinal plants on the way. Take part in the thrill of tracking an animal using footprints and scat guided by the game rangers. (Shared Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable hiking shoes, sunglasses & sun hats; and don’t forget your camera and binoculars).
Thornybush Waterside Lodge: Game Drives, Bush Walks Enjoy exhilarating game in a private game reserve, or lace up your boots for a walk into the bushveld, all arranged by the lodge. Experience the thrill of riding through open savannah grasslands teeming with wildlife. The Reserve offers sightings of South Africa’s Big Five, your iconic African safari experience. Look out for prides of lions, solitary leopards, herds of elephants and Cape buffalo, as well as rhinos. Watch herds of wildebeest, impala and kudu run along the parklands, alongside your safari jeep. The bush walk experience in the company of your local guide is just as exciting. Expect to find flocks of birds and unique bush plants as you walk along the lake by the game lodge. If you’re lucky, you could catch the African fish eagle in action. Spot Cape starlings, jacanas, giant kingfishers, storks and herons along the lakefront. (Shared Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable hiking shoes, sunglasses & sun hats; and don’t forget your camera and binoculars).
Your African metropolis awaits! With Table Mountain as a breathtaking backdrop, Cape Town is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Personalized Cape Point Tour Discover all that Cape Point has to offer on this enjoyable day excursion. Following an early breakfast at your hotel, drive out to the Atlantic Seaboard Coastal Road with your local guide. Enjoy your drive along this scenic stretch of road, passing by white sandy beaches and the ocean by Clifton and Camps Bay. Take in the bracing sea breeze as the wind catches your hair. Watch the sudden appearance of the Twelve Apostles Peaks to one side of the road, while the dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops of the Cape Peninsula rise above the Atlantic on your other side. Make a pit stop at the pretty little fishing village of Hout Bay with its famous Sentinel. If you wish, you can take a boat ride to Seal Island, or browse through colorful stalls by the harbor piled high with handicrafts and local artifacts. Drive up to the Cape’s famed Chapman’s Peak and make the most of its photo opportunities. Continue up to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve before dropping by the spectacular Cape Point. Look out for the feathery ‘fynbos’ swaying in the heathland along with the region’s endemic birds and wildlife, particularly the Cape Mountain Zebra and the baboons. Gaze out at False Bay, or if you wish, you can ride the funicular to the old lighthouse for taking in the twin oceans of the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. Take a refreshing lunch break (optional), before visiting the colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach. Go over to the old naval base of Simon’s Town, and end your eventful day at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens just as the sun sets over the iconic Table Mountain. (Duration: Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Lunch not included. Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
Personalized Tour: Wine and Cheese Sampling at the Cape Winelands Experience a leisurely tour of the Winelands with some delicious wine and cheese tasting opportunities and a bit of local history. You have an entire day to appreciate this beautiful countryside with all your senses. After an early breakfast at your hotel, drive over to the rolling Winelands for a cellar tour of some of the best and most romantic vineyards in the region. Enjoy your first round of wine and cheese tasting before driving up to Paarl. Visit the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela had spent the last days of his imprisonment. Drive up to the beautiful little village of Franschhoek, overgrown with vineyards, and overlooked by the Cape mountains. Stopover for another round of delicious South African wine paired with cheese. Afterward, you could enjoy an alfresco trout lunch at any of the pretty little restaurants in the area, and make the most of the fresh catch of the day (optional). Travel up to the spectacular rural setting of Stellenbosch after lunch, established by Simon van der Stel in the shadows of the Hottentot Holland Mountains. Feast your eyes on the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and tree-lined avenues shaded by ancient oaks. You could also feast on yet another round of wine and cheese if time allows. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Wine & Cheese Tasting; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes; Note: No wine tasting for those under 18 yrs)
Journey the Garden Route! One of the most impressive parts of South Africa, it offers spectacular mountain and sea landscapes with steep cliffs, long sandy beaches, forests and fertile farmland.
Eco Experience in Featherbed Nature Reserve Start with a leisurely ferry boat ride across the tranquil Knysna Estuary that is fed by rivers from the Outeniqua Mountains. Reaching the Western Head of Knysna Heads that houses the private Featherbed Nature Reserve, hop on a 4×4 trailer and drive up to the viewpoint of this natural heritage site. Following your specialist guides along the scenic walking trail, learn about the region’s history, recent fires and forest rejuvenation, plus its fascinating natural treasures. Traversing the coastal boardwalks under a canopy of Milkwood forests, spot exotic birdlife including the rare and resident Black African OysterCatcher, and a variety of indigenous flora, as the aroma of fynbos fills the air. Enjoy the azure seascape dotted with local sailboats and houseboats from various panoramic lookouts while dramatic sandstone cliffs add to the scenery. Walk into ancient Khoi-Khoi sea caves that protect fascinating stories, and visit the rocky beaches that are home to myriad marine life, before calling it a day. (Half Day; Time: Morning or Afternoon; Duration: 3-4 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Moderate)
John Benn Sunset Cruise on Knysna Lagoon Beginning from the Featherbed Nature Reserve ferry terminus of Knysna Waterfront Quays, embark on John Benn. Now housing a full enclosed double-decker floating restaurant, admire the iconic and well-preserved, classic-style floating vessel crafted using yellowwood from the surrounding forests. Enjoy the natural beauty of lush hillsides and waterfront settlements as your guide regales stories of the legendary pilot John Benn. You will also learn about the region’s flora, fauna, and natural history, while passing by certain landmark spots including Island Rock and Otter Cove among others, along the coast. Cruising the tranquil lagoon around Knysna Heads under a sunset glow, savor a delicious tapas menu featuring fresh Knysna oysters complemented by local beers, fresh fruit juices, and South Africa’s sparkling wines. Soak in the lively vibe with fellow guests on the atmospheric decks as the sun dips into the horizon. (Half Day; Time: 5 pm or 6 pm; Duration: 1.5 hrs; Shared Activity; Fitness level: Easy; EXCLUDED: Transfers & Meals. A la carte and tapas menu available at extra costs)
Explore Garden Route on Your Own Set off at a convenient time to explore the splendid attractions of the famous Garden Route region at your own pace. You could start with a visit to Tsitsikamma National Park with its indigenous flora and fauna, and the Storms River flowing past. Take your pick of activities such as mountain biking, hiking down scenic trails, and bungee jumping. Head to Storms River village for lunch at the charming Marilyn’s 60s Diner where you can savor all-American cuisine as you soak in the retro ambiance. Afterward, enjoy the afternoon soaking in the sun as you lounge on the sand at one of two beautiful beaches by the crystal blue water in Plettenberg Bay. Alternatively, you could spend the day at the oceanside town of Knysna, picnicking by the water and enjoying a unique tour of its township. Follow it up with a trip to Knysna Elephant Park before heading back to your hotel with memories of a lifetime. (Full Day; For guests on self drive: No transfers included. Activity costs, snacks, drinks and entrance fees will have to be paid on site.).
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 11 days / 10 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Johannesburg – Central Kruger
Central Kruger – Cape Town
Cape Town – Garden Route
All activities as listed :
Johannesburg: Explore Johannesburg with Your Private Guide and Chauffeur
Central Kruger: Kapama Southern Camp: Game drives, Bush walks
Central Kruger: Thornybush Waterside Lodge: Game Drives, Bush Walks
Cape Town: Personalized Cape Point Tour
Cape Town: Personalized Tour: Wine and Cheese Sampling at the Cape Winelands
Garden Route: Eco Experience in Featherbed Nature Reserve
Garden Route: John Benn Sunset Cruise on Knysna Lagoon
Garden Route: Explore Garden Route on Your Own
The general business terms apply
Game drives in high quality and well-maintained safari vehicle with professional English-speaking chauffeur-guide. In case the game drives are booked through your lodge/camp, they will be shared with other guests with a maximum of 9 guests per vehicle
All transfers as indicated above
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Fees and taxes
Tips, additional meals, and personal expenses
Drinks and meals not specified above: Most of our camps and lodges include a variety of alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks on certain meal plans. Depending on the meal plan you are booked for, it is important to note that imported brands like luxury spirits, wines, and champagne are not included.
Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above