South Africa | Best of South Africa

10 days | 9 nights
TYPOLOGIES

Private Tour

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. TRAVELERS

6 Passengers

$ 2149

Amazing Experience

On this South Africa travel Vacation, get the best of Cape Town and incredible safari experience in the Sabi Sands region of Kruger National Park.

Your unforgettable odyssey comes to an end in the gorgeous metropolis of Johannesburg.

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers
4 nights in Cape Town at Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre or similar
3 nights in Hazyview at Sanbonani Resort & Spa or similar  
1 night in Sabie at Misty Mountain or Similar
1 night in Johannesburg at Zulu Nyala Country Manor or similar 
19 meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners
Ascend Table Mountain by cable car
Interactive cooking experience in Bo-Kaap
Orientation tour of Cape Town 
Hout Bay Seal Island Cruise
Visit Cape of Good Hope
Visit Cape Winelands including Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
2 full-day game drives in Kruger National Park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle with professional ranger
Visit Blyde River Canyon 
Visit Pilgrim’s Rest
Visit Maboneng Precinct
Visit Soweto
Lunch in a local shebeen
Visit Mandela House
English-speaking registered South African Tourism Board guide
Porterage at airports and hotels
Restaurant tips
15% VAT and 1% tourism levy on accommodation

 

Services NOT included

Domestic flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Any optional excursions

Any beverages
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses

Day by Day

Please Note While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour, you will be advised of any amendments.[/vc_column_text]

Day 1 | Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will meet one of our representatives who will assist you in being transferred to your hotel. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

| Overnight Cape Town

Day 2 |Cape Town and Table Mountain

After breakfast, meet with your local guide and continue with the day scheduled visits. Enjoy a city tour to Cape Town which was originally established as a refreshment station in 1652 for the trade between Europe and the Far East.
First, visit Table Mountain (this excursion usually takes about 2 hours). Use the Table Mountain Cable Car to ascend Table Mountain for the most beautiful panoramic views of the city, the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island 11km offshore. The Table Mountain range has about 1 400 species of flowers, and is also home to the rock hyrax, a furry little creature often found on the rocks, basking in the sun.
(Visit is weather dependent; should excursion not be possible, it will be moved to the following day, or the day after – weather permitting)
Continue to Bo-Kaap for an interactive cooking experience with one of the local inhabitants of the Bo-Kaap (also known as the Malay Quarter, situated just outside Cape Town’s CBD).
Lunch with your host (no alcohol is served).
Following lunch, head on an orientation tour of the city centre include a drive by the Houses of Parliament, The Castle (oldest building in South Africa), the old Malay Quarter, known as the Bo-Kaap, and will take a walk through the Company Gardens.

You will also visit the following sites:

• Iziko Slave Lodge: One of the most oldest buildings in Cape Town
Open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
• District Six Museum: District Six before its destruction under Apartheid, was a community representative of diversity on a number of levels – language, religion, economic class, geographical area of origin. It was a vibrant community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants, with close links to the city and the port.
Guided tour with an ex-resident during the following times: 9:30 am / 10:30 am / 11:30 am/ 1:30 pm / 3:30 pm. Closed on Sundays.

| Overnight in Cape Town

|  Breakfast,Lunch

Day 3 |Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Breakfast at your hotel.
Drive along the Atlantic Coastline passing the areas called Sea Point, Clifton, and Camps Bay before arriving in Hout Bay, a small fishing village, dominated by the scenic Chapman’s Peak Pass.
Hout Bay is one of the most beautiful and popular places on the Cape Peninsula and is a highlight of any holiday in South Africa. The fishing village of Hout Bay was probably established in about 1867 when a German immigrant, Jacob Trautmann, began to farm and fish in the area.
Starting with a boat cruise from Hout Bay to view the seals at Seal Island, where you will see thousands of Cape Fur Seals basking on the rocks, or frolicking in the cold Atlantic Ocean.
Return to the harbour and browse the local craft market.
Stop at the Original T-BAG Designs, originated with the desire to improve the daily quality of impoverished South Africans, Original Tea Bag Designs produces a range of high quality, innovative, handmade products (closed Saturdays and Sundays).
Continue via the False Bay coastline to Simon’s Town, which is home to the South African Navy. It is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. For more than two centuries it has been an important naval base and harbour (first for the Royal Navy and now the South African Navy). The town is named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony.
The beautiful Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town’s most visited beaches and the only place in the world where you get close to African Penguins.
Lunch at leisure.

Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The area has been declared a National World Heritage Site, and abounds with buck, baboons and Cape Zebra, as well as over 50 species of birds. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 metres above the sea cut into the ocean but that is not its sole allure; many visitors are drawn to the area because of its rich maritime history. Named the “Cape of Storms” by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488; the ‘Point’ was treated with respect by sailors for centuries. Fog as well as violent storms and dangerous rocks have caused over the centuries shipwrecks have dotted the coastline.
Visit the lighthouse first completed in 1859; it still stands at 249 metres above sea-level and offers a magnificent view.

Return to Cape Town to enjoy an African dinner experience at a local restaurant.

| Overnight in Capetown

|  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 | Cape Winelands

Breakfast at your hotel.
Depart to Stellenbosch, the Stellenbosch Wine Route was the first wine route to have been developed 40 years ago. The town is currently surrounded by approximately 100 000 hectares of vineyards. The wines of the Cape have a worldwide reputation for quality. It is in this region where you will see various examples of Cape Dutch architecture and about 60 of these houses have been declared national monuments. Stellenbosch is also a well-known University Town.
Visit the Seven Sisters Vineyard (subject to availability); The Seven Sisters wine brand evolved from its association with the seven Brutus sisters of Paternoster. The Brutus family lived in a small fishing village on the western coast. The Brutus sisters and their baby brother left the tranquillity of their sleepy town at a very early age when the family was evicted from their home. They yearned to return but were not able to do so give the unfavorable circumstances of the time.
Continue to the town of Stellenbosch where you will have some free time for shopping and enjoy lunch at your own expense.
Following lunch, travel to Franschhoek – this area was settled by the French Huguenots in 1689 and this Valley of the Vignerons is also known for its quality wines and beautiful scenery. You will have some leisure time in this small village for shopping.

| Overnight in Hazyview

|  Breakfast

Day 5 | Cape Town – JNB by air – Kruger

Early breakfast and check-out of the hotel for transfer to Cape Town Airport (flight is not included, to be booked by agent).
Proposed flight (not included): SA306 departing at 7:20 am from CPT, arriving at 9:20 am at JNB
Meet your new driver/guide upon arrival at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, and continue with your vehicle to the Mpumalanga Province.
Check-in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Hazyview

|  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 | Kruger National Park

Early wakeup call for a full day game drive in the Kruger National Park. Gate opening time 6 A.M. and return at around 4:00 P.M. Packed breakfasts will be arranged with the lodge.
Enter the Kruger National Park at the Numbi Gate; ride on open vehicle 4 x 4 safari vehicles and enjoy a game drive with a professional ranger. This reserve was created by former President Paul Kruger in 1898 as a sanctuary for animals, which currently comprise about 450 different birds, 106 different types of mammals, i.e. elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, hippo’s, kudu, impala, and lion. The park is about 220 miles long and 37 miles wide, but there is every chance of seeing the Big 5 (lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and elephants). Enjoy lunch at one of the picnic spots in the park. Afterward, continue safari game drive in an open vehicle. At the end of the afternoon, exit the park and return to the lodge. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the lodge.
Enjoy a buffet dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Hazyview

|  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 | Kruger National Park

Early wakeup call for a full day game drive in the Kruger National Park. Gate opening time 6 A.M. and return at around 4:00 P.M. Packed breakfasts will be arranged with the lodge.
Enter the Kruger National Park at the Numbi Gate; ride on open vehicle 4 x 4 safari vehicles and enjoy a game drive with a professional ranger. This reserve was created by former President Paul Kruger in 1898 as a sanctuary for animals, which currently comprise about 450 different birds, 106 different types of mammals, i.e. elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, hippo’s, kudu, impala, and lion. The park is about 220 miles long and 37 miles wide, but there is every chance of seeing the Big 5 (lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and elephants). Enjoy lunch at one of the picnic spots in the park. Afterwards, continue safari game drive in an open vehicle. At the end of the afternoon, exit the park and return to the lodge. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the lodge.
Enjoy a buffet dinner at your hotel.

|Overnight in Hazyview

|  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 | Kruger Park - Panorama route – Sabie

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Depart and enjoy the view of the Drakensberg mountains in the distance; weather permitting, stop at God’s Window just outside Graskop for a panoramic view across the valley, and on a clear day one can see as far as the Mozambique border.
Continue towards Bourke’s Luck Potholes where paths and footbridges take visitors to view the 900 meters deep holes of cylindrical forms formed by fluvial erosion and floods. The Blyde River Canyon, with its spectacular gorge, is 26 kms. long and the 3 Rondavels are rocky massifs which look like traditional Zulu huts.
Lunch in Pilgrims Rest at Royal Hotel or similar. Pilgrim’s Rest is a small village has been renovated in the style of the gold rush around 1870 when pioneers tried to find their fortunes in gold. Before departing the area, attend a demonstration as to how gold was panned for in the old days and then have a look around the various shops and crafts on display in Pilgrim’s Rest
Continue and check-in late afternoon at your hotel.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Sabie

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 | Sabie - Johannesburg

Breakfast at the hotel. Continue to Johannesburg on a 4-hour ride. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, enjoy a guided tour of Maboneng Precinct. Regeneration in Johannesburg has seen the transformation of areas that, for years, were declared no-go zones as a result of urban decay and crime. The Maboneng Precinct east of the city is one of these transformed areas.
Maboneng, a Sotho word meaning “place of light”, is a fitting name for a district that has fast become a center of creative energy for Johannesburg’s urban artists.
With a mix of restaurants, coffee shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, and retail and studio space, the precinct draws the inner-city public as well as the chic, art-going crowd of the city’s suburbs, bringing life back to this downtown Johannesburg neighborhood.
Lunch is at leisure.
Continue and check-in at your hotel. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

| Overnight in Johannesburg

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 | Johannesburg - Soweto - Johannesburg

Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for Soweto. South of Johannesburg is Soweto, a city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system. Soweto is inhabited by over two million people, with homes ranging from extravagant mansions to makeshift shacks. It boasts one of the largest hospitals on the continent and the only African-owned private clinic.
Enjoy a farewell lunch at a local shebeen (restaurant). Chez Alina is a multi-award winning restaurant based in Dobsonville Soweto, boasting its unique, authentic and homely environment in which guests enjoy their meals. Chez Alina is still a home, turned into a Restaurant and there is still a family living there consisting of 4 generations.
Continue with an orientation tour will include a visit to Mandela House. This is the house in which former President Nelson Mandela lived with his first two wives from 1946 to 1961, i.e. before his arrest. The house which is now a museum still has many of Mr. Mandela’s personal photographs and possessions.
Continue the journey to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, arriving on time for the international flight home. Note: Ensure to book your flight for a departure of 6 PM or later to avoid disruption with today’s planned activity.

|  Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Victoria Falls Extension

This package can be added on to any listed departure 

Day 10 | Johannesburg

Finish with last day of your South African program.

At the end of the day, you will be transferred to your Johannesburg hotel for dinner and overnight.

| Overnight in Johannesburg

| Dinner

Day 11 | Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

Following breakfast at your hotel, take the complimentary hotel shuttle to OR Tambo Johannesburg Airport for your flight (flight not included, to be booked by agent).
At the airport, a local representative with check-in for your flight to Victoria Falls.

Flight to Victoria Falls in not included

Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, proceed to collect your luggage then go through customs.
Meet with your local English-speaking guide who will transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Zambezi River where boat sightings of elephants, giraffes, and even rhinos are common.

Return to the hotel.

| Overnight in Victoria Falls

| Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 | Victoria Falls

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today, take a guided tour of Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. The paths are well marked and form a paved walk through the rain forests. Every so often the path will open out into a clearing for a view of the Victoria Falls (1,708 meters wide), which is known as “the greatest curtain of falling water.”

You will have some free time at the local craft market before returning to the hotel.

In the evening, you will be picked up for a traditional Boma dinner. This evening of non-stop entertainment includes performances by traditional singers, dancers and drummers, face painting and a four-course dinner featuring local cuisine. The grand finale is an interactive drumming show, giving you the chance to discover your inner African rhythm! There is also a good list of beverages available, including wine and beer.
On arrival you will be dressed in a chitenge (sarong), and after being seated, you will have the chance to take part in a traditional hand washing ceremony and sip on a mug of local beer, before tucking into a shared starter platter, featuring skewered peppered impala, smoked crocodile tail, corn ciabatta, and “nyimo” fritters. This is followed by soup from the campfire.

Return to hotel.

| Overnight in Victoria Falls

|  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 | Victoria Falls (DEPARTURE)

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport at the appropriate time.

|  Breakfast

Optional Pilanesburg Extension

This package can be added on to any listed departure 

Day 10 | Johannesburg

Finish with last day of your South African program.

At the end of the day, you will be transferred to your Johannesburg hotel for dinner and overnight.

| Overnight in Johannesburg
|  Dinner

Day 11 | Johannesburg - Pilanesberg

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Pilanesberg lodge with an English driver on a 2-hour ride (no guide included).

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to the Sun City Complex. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the Park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa (it is in fact the fourth largest park) and covers an area of 55 000 hectare. The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam.

Upon arrival at the lodge, check-in and enjoy lunch.

Depart for your first game drive in a 4×4 vehicle. Typically by the end of the afternoon is when the animals are on their way to the waterholes to drink.

Return to the lodge in time for dinner.

| Overnight in Pilanesberg

|  Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 | Pilanesberg

Embark on an early morning game drive before breakfast.

Return for breakfast and enjoy the rest of your morning at leisure.

Lunch will be served at the lodge.

Depart for a afternoon game drive in a 4×4 vehicle.

Return to the lodge in time for dinner.

| Overnight in Pilanesberg National Park

|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 | Pilanesberg - Johannesburg (DEPARTURE)

Embark on an early morning game drive before breakfast.

Return for breakfast and enjoy the rest of your morning at leisure.

Official hotel check-out: 10:00 am

Depending on your departure flight, you will be transferred to O.R. Tambo International Airport at the appropriate time.

|  Breakfast

RATES & DATES

Victoria Falls Extension

Package Add-on | Minimum 2 Passengers
Double Occupancy: $799 per person
Single Supplement: Add $409

Victoria Falls, locally nicknamed “Vic Falls” is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. Declared World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls – and most of the town of Victoria Falls – are part of a National Park Mosi-Oa-Tunya, bordering the Zambezi National Park 573 km ².

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Victoria Falls Extension Features

Included

1 night in Johannesburg at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport or similar
 Complimentary hotel shuttle to JNB
Arrival and departure transfers in Victoria Falls
2 nights in Victoria Falls at A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar
Dinner cruise on Zambezi River
Guided tour of Victoria Falls
Traditional boma dinner
Daily breakfast

Not Included

Flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe Visa entry fees ($30 per person)
Any optional excursions
Any beverages
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses

Pilanesberg Extension

Package Add-on | Minimum of 2 passengers
Double Occupancy: $799 per person
Single Supplement: Add $409

Pilanesberg National Park, or Pilanesberg Game Reserve as it is often called, is located in the Bojanala Region, within the North West Province and relatively near Johannesburg. With an area of 550km², it is the fourth largest park in South Africa. The volcano crater in which the park is situated erupted 1300 million years ago. Pilanesberg was originally owned by 3 of the local tribes. Many of the Stone Age and Iron Age sites around the reserve show proof of the presence of man.

Learn More

Victoria Falls Extension Features

Included

1 night in Johannesburg at Garden Court O.R. Tambo International Airport or similar
2 nights in Pilanesberg National Park at Bakubung Bush Lodge or similar
3 4×4 Game Drives
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners
English-speaking South African Tourism Board registered guide
Porterage at airports and hotels
Restaurant tips
15% VAT and 1% tourism levy on accommodation 

Not Included

Any optional excursions
Any beverages
Optional tours or visits
Tips for guides, drivers, and specialist guides
Personal expenses