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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4Cape TownWine Tasting, Contemporary Cosmopolitan Culture, Winelands and Wine FarmsThe Three Boutique Hotel, Four Rosmead Boutique Guesthouse
4 - 5WinelandsStellenbosch and Franschhoek Valleys, Wine Estates and Wine Tasting, Fine Dining, Mont Rochelle Nature ReserveSummerwood Guest House, Grande Roche Hotel
5 - 6Little KarooMassive Cliffs, Desert Landscapes, Crystal Clear RiversBloomestate, Schoone Oordt
6 - 9Garden RouteStunning Landscapes, Tsitsikamma National Park, Long Sandy BeachesBelvidere Manor Hotel, Villa Afrikana
9 - 11Eastern Cape Game ParksAfrican Big Five, Private Safaris, Close Encounters with WildlifeWoodbury Tented Camp, Amakhala Bukela Game Lodge
11 - 12DurbanBeachfront Copacabana Vibes, Contemporary Cosmopolitan Culture, DivingFairlight Beach House, Lalaria Lodge
12 - 14Southern DrakensbergDrakensberg Mountains, Sani Pass, Hiking & Horse RidingSani Valley Lodge, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse
14 - 16Northern DrakensbergSpektakuläre Bergwelten, Golden Gate Nationalpark, Tierbeobachtungen, Eindrucksvolle WanderungenMontusi Mountain Lodge
16 - 16JohannesburgUrban Bistros, Historical Sites, Beautiful Architecture, Musical Rhythms

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Transfer to your hotel

Cape Town

3 Nights

Your African metropolis awaits! With Table Mountain as a breathtaking backdrop, Cape Town is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Included Activities

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).

Kayak with African Penguins
Visit the world-famous penguin colony on Boulder’s Beach and marvel at the friendly animals from an extraordinary perspective. In a kayak you paddle leisurely to the African glasses penguins, who call the stony beaches of the Atlantic coast their home. First, drive over Chapman’s Peak to Simon’s Town, where you will be accompanied by a private guide and kayak. Keep an eye out for the black and white birds as you pass the historic harbor. If the tides and weather conditions permit, jump into the cool water or go ashore on the pristine beaches. Here the little penguins waddle undeterred by the curious eyes of their observers over the sunny rocks. (Usually booked as part of a full-day tour across the Cape Peninsula; minimum age to kayak: 10 years; private activity; fitness level: moderate; Activity depends on the weather).

Private full day Tour to a Township & Robben Island
Start with a tour of District Six and its District Museum and see the oldest mosque in South Africa. Visit Langa, the oldest formal black township in Cape Town, and see the local market, an art & crafts centre, and visit a traditional healer. Weather permitting, board the Robben Island ferry and enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and Table Mountain as you sail across the bay to this island which is so full of history. Once you reach the island you will be given a guided tour and see the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years.

Hotel Options
RoomStudio Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe
MealsFull Board & Drinks
StyleBoutique
Day 4 - 5

Drive to Winelands - Enjoy the winelands’ unsurpassed scenery with mountains, vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture (1 hr)

Winelands

1 Night

Fancy a tipple? The Winelands are one of the prettiest areas of South Africa and producing some of the best wines in the world, which you can sample during your vineyard visits.

Included Activities

Explore Winelands on your own
Explore the beautiful wine-producing area in the mountainous towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek in the Boland region through a range of activities on your own. Visit the Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch – home to the world’s first bottled Pinotage – and taste fine wines in the tasting room surrounded by breathtaking valley views. Gallop on a horse around nature reserves with stunning forest trails and rivers in the Klein Lanzerac Equestrian Club. Taste the finest Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot wines in Rust en Vrede, and relish classical French cuisine in the cellar, which is a National Monument built in 1785. Pamper yourself with an outdoor garden spa, swim in the farm dam, and take a walk in the sprawling fruit and vegetable garden in Babylonstoren – one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. View the carefully curated South African art collection, and explore the landscaped vineyard and gardens with water features and pools in Delaire Graff. Or hike through rolling hills, valleys and vineyards in Sir Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle estate. (Full Day; For self drive guests no transfers included; all costs on guests account.)

Foodies on Foot Tour
Take a leisurely walk along the streets of Stellenbosch. On this walk, enjoy sampling the delicious flavors of South African cuisine. Select from top quality, locally produced food. Also get to meet and interact with food artists, getting insightful stories of what inspires their passion for food art. Take a stroll from one tasting shop to the next, getting a taste of platters of seasonal local products, freshly baked bread, snacks, homemade ice-cream, melt-in-the-mouth pastries and confectionery. The guide will take you on a tour around the oak-lined streets of the old town center. Explore and soak up the beauty of the charming town taking in the amazing architectural marvels of the centuries old town. End the tour with a special tasting of some of the delicious regional wines.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomDuplex Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 5 - 6

Drive to Little Karoo - On your way enjoy mountains, vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture as well as the wonderfully rugged terrain of the Tradouw Pass (2-5 hrs)

Little Karoo

1 Night

Experience spectacular landscapes! The Little Karoo plateau is incredibly varied, with its huge cliffs, desert landscapes, crystal clear rivers and fertile wine-growing regions.

Included Activities

Explore Little Karoo on your own
Northeast of the verdant coastal strip of the Garden Route, over the forested slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains, lies the Little Karoo – a dry area of semi-desert which is one of the more diverse regions in the Western Cape, with gigantic cliffs, desert-like landscapes, crystal clear streams and fertile vineyards. The area is bounded by the Langeberg Mountains to the southwest, and separated from the much more extensive Great Karoo by the Swartberg Mountains to the north. Visit the main highlights close to Oudtshoorn which are the Cango Caves –  one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages – fascinating limestone formations in a wide variety of colours – and the Ostrich Farms where you can visit the hatchery, learn about their behaviour, their physiology, and how they contribute to local arts, crafts and industry. (For guests on self drive; Any meals, beverages,activity costs and entrance fees will be on guest account).

Hotel Options
Bloomestate – Opt 1
RoomLuxury
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Schoone Oordt – Opt 2
RoomStandard Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 6 - 9

Drive to Garden Route - Be treated to a wide variety of incredible scenery while choosing the 23,8 km long Swartberg Pass north of Oudtshoorn (2-5 hrs)

Garden Route

3 Nights

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.

Included Activities

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.).

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)

Hotel Options
RoomLagoon Classic
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Villa Afrikana – Opt 2
RoomGouna Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Day 9 - 11

Drive to Eastern Cape Game Parks - Experience the Big Five in the famous Addo Elephant Park or in one of the Private Game Reserves (4-5 hrs)

Eastern Cape Game Parks

2 Nights

Find the Big Five! The Eastern Cape Game Parks around Port Elizabeth are malaria-free safari destinations and are therefore ideal for families.

Included Activities

Woodbury Tented Camp: Game Drives and Bush Walks
Game drives, bush walks

Amakhala Bukela Game Lodge: Game Drives
Meet the wild inhabitants of the Eastern Cape with a thrilling game drive from the Amakhala Bukela Game Lodge. Set with an experienced ranger in an open 4×4 vehicle to discover Amakhala Game Reserve. Bounding over dirt tracks, venture deep into the heart of the dramatic landscape punctuated by a diverse range of flora, from bushveld to savannah. Beautifully scenic, this vast expanse is home not only to the big five but also elusive creatures such as hyenas and foxes. Not just animals, there are plenty of birds and insects for you to see as well, which your guide will happily point out to you. As you travel, learn about the habitat and the antics of specific animals that have been lovingly named by local rangers and guides. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning/Evening; Please use sunblock and wear, shades, and sturdy footwear.)

Hotel Options
RoomWoodbury Tent
MealsFull Board and Activities
StyleLodge
RoomLuxury Tent
MealsFull Board and Activities
StyleLodge
Day 11 - 12

Transfer to Port Elizabeth (1-2 hrs)

Flight to Durban (1-2 hrs)

Drive to your hotel (1 hr)

Durban

1 Night

Experience the eclectic! Durban is a sprawling, friendly city with beautiful beaches, often compared to Miami Beach.

Hotel Options
RoomLuxury double
MealsFull Board & Drinks
StyleBeach Resort
Lalaria Lodge – Opt 2
RoomSea View Room
MealsFull Board
StyleBoutique
Day 12 - 14

Drive to Southern Drakensberg

Southern Drakensberg

2 Nights

Explore the less visited and quieter southern part of the breathtaking Drakensberg mountains which are tower over KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.

Included Activities

Explore Southern Drakensberg on your own
Explore Southern Drakensberg with a drive through the tricky Sani Pass to Lesotho. Hop into your 4×4 vehicle for your off-road adventure as you navigate thrilling bends and curves. Stop a moment to soak up the picturesque views and capture them on camera. When you reach Lesotho, take a well-deserved break and grab a bite in the highest pub in Africa at 2874 meters! Once you are sufficiently rested, there is a host of exciting activities to explore. Set off on one of the many hiking trails to discover the wildlife or cultural heritage of surrounding areas. If you love horse-riding, then saddle up and get on horseback to ride through scenic trails. Choose from among a number of adventure sports for you and your family or just spend a relaxed day trout-fishing. (Full Day; Self-Exploring Activity; For self drive guests no Transfers; A 4×4 vehicle is mandatory for the drive along Sani Pass; Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate; Please bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses)

Hotel Options
RoomSunset Lodge
MealsHalfboard
RoomLuxury Suite
MealsFull Board & Drinks
StyleBoutique
Day 14 - 16

Drive to Northern Drakensberg

Northern Drakensberg

2 Nights

Spektakuläre Bergwelten! Die Drakensberge sind das höchste Gebirge des südlichen Afrikas. Sie erstrecken sich über 150 Kilometer, eine Region von unglaublicher landschaftlicher Schönheit.

Included Activities

Explore Northern Drakensberg on your own
Escape to the idyllic Northern Drakensberg for a few days of respite or adventure, depending on your preference. Go hiking, mountain biking, or trail running on any one of the scenic routes around the hills or through the forests. Alternatively, you could explore the beautiful trails on horseback. There are several more interesting walks to choose from such as the full moon walk or the bird-watching trail, which change from season to season. For the thrill-seekers, there are a number of adventure sports to select from. Take a ride in the cable car, try the Freefall king swing, flying trapeze, or the bungee jump. If you want to take it easy, then spend a leisurely day at the golf course. Play a game of tennis with fellow travelers and later, cool down with a dip in the swimming pool. Fishing enthusiasts can also get busy fly fishing for rainbow trout. (Full Day; Self Exploring Activity; For Self drive guests no transfers; Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate; Please bring comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses)

Hotel Options
RoomGarden Suite
MealsFull Board
StyleBoutique
Day 16 - 16

Drive to Johannesburg (4-5 hrs)

Johannesburg

0 Nights

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.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 9,090 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 10,290 /person

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.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 16 days / 15 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • The following flights in economy class unless otherwise specified:
    • Port Elizabeth – Durban
  • All activities as indicated:
    • Cape Town: Private Full Day Cape Point Tour
    • Cape Town: Kayak with African Penguins
    • Cape Town: Private full day Tour to a Township & Robben Island
    • Winelands: Explore Winelands on your own
    • Winelands: Foodies on Foot Tour
    • Little Karoo: Explore Little Karoo on your own
    • Garden Route: Explore Garden Route on your own
    • Garden Route: Eco Experience in Featherbed Nature Reserve
    • Garden Route: John Benn Sunset Cruise on Knysna Lagoon
    • Eastern Cape Game Parks: Woodbury Tented Camp: Game Drives and Bush Walks
    • Eastern Cape Game Parks: Amakhala Bukela Game Lodge: Game Drives
    • Southern Drakensberg: Explore Southern Drakensberg on your own
    • Northern Drakensberg: Explore Northern Drakensberg on your own
  • Game drives in high quality and well-maintained safari vehicle with professional English-speaking driver-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
  • Private vehicle and guide from Winelands to Garden Route and Durban to Northern Drakensberg
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

  • 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, it is important to note that imported brands like luxury spirits, wines, and champagne are not included.
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above
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South Africa and Lesotho: Landscapes and Wildlife

16 days $ 9,090 / person

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