Day 1 : Cape Town – historical
Pick up at CT International Airport, visit the Castle of Good Hope – the first building in SA, District Six Museum and the colourful Bokaap to trace the effects of Apartheid, Robben Island Tour to see where Nobel prize winner, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned for 27 years, browse around the many shops and restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, accommodation in Cape Town central.
Day 2 : Cape Town – scenic
Start the day with a full view of the peninsula from on top Table Mountain (weather permitting), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with over 22 000 different species of plants, Peninsula Tour – Boulder’s Beach home of the African Penguin, Cape Point as the most SW tip of Africa, drive the scenic Chapman’s Peak, walk the white sands of Camps Bay + Clifton beaches, back to accommodation in Cape Town central.
Day 3 : Cape Town – winelands / whales / flowers
First stop, the oldest and most famous wine estate in SA – Groot Constantia for a cellar tour and wine tasting,
+ Option 1 : Visit the historical Cape Dutch towns of Paarl & Stellenbosch and 2 other wine estates along the way, supper at a traditional African restaurant – Moyo’s, back to accommodation in Cape Town.
Option 2 : for Aug – Nov 150kms from CT is Hermanus, a fishing village, one of the most famous whale watching sites in the world, view the Southern Right and Humpback whales breaching out of the water, eat out somewhere local for a seafood dinner, accommodation in Hermanus.
Option 3 : for Jul – Sept travel up the West Coast to view nature’s carpet of Namaqualand spring flowers, seafood dinner experience at Strandloper’s Beach restaurant in Langebaan, back to accommodation in Cape Town.
Day 4 : Oudtshoorn
Drive along the scenic Route 62 through the wineland towns of Worcester, Robertson, Montague, Barrydale and then through the Little Karoo to Oudtshoorn, visit the spectacular Cango Caves with the biggest stalagmites in the world, next stop a working ostrich farm for a tour and the opportunity to ride an ostrich, accommodation in Oudtshoorn.
Day 5 : Garden Route and Knysna
Start the day off at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn to see crocodiles and the Big Cats, drive over the beautiful, emerald green Outeniqua Pass to Knysna, catch a ferry ride on the Knysna estuary to Featherbed Nature Reserve to photograph the famous Knysna Heads, browse through the quaint shops and restaurants at Knysna’s Waterfront, accommodation in Knysna.
Day 6 : Plettenberg Bay
This day begins with the Emzini Township tour in Knysna, guided by one of the locals, then get to touch and feel elephants at the Knysna Elephant National Park, next onto Monkeyland – the biggest primate sanctuary with its highest suspension bridge in Southern Africa, finish the day with a late afternoon stroll along the white sands of Plett’s beach, accommodation in Plettenberg Bay.
Day 7 : Port Elizabeth end of Garden Route
En route to the Eastern Cape, stop at Storm’s River bridge for spectacular views then onto the exhilarating Tree Canopy Tour – sliding through the canopy of indigenous trees in the Tsitsikamma forest, end the Garden Route with accommodation in Port Elizabeth.
Day 8 : St Lucia, Kwazulu Natal
Fly from PE to Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, drive to the unspoilt St Lucia Wetlands in Zululand, sunset boat cruise on the estuary, accommodation in St Lucia.
Day 9 : St Lucia or Hluhluwe
Full day tour options at Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park or game driving in the adjacent Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park – the oldest reserve in SA, accommodation in St Lucia.
Day 10 : Swaziland
Drive through Pongola Land to the Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland, nicknamed ‘The Valley of Heaven’, nestled between Mbabane and Manzini, explore the game, horse riding, crafts and mountain views of this area, accommodation in Ezulwini Valley area.
Day 11 : Kruger Park
Visit a traditional Swazi village to soak up the culture, then drive to Kruger National Park, the flagship of SANpark’s game reserves. There are 147 different mammals, 49 fish, 114 reptiles, 336 trees and 507 different species of birds. Accommodation inside or outside Kruger depending on availability.
Day 12 : Kruger Park
Morning and afternoon game drives to ‘hunt’ the ‘Big 5’ – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard – and to see the rich variety of African birds and other mammals, experience a guided night drive to observe the nocturnal animals like spotted genets, porcupines, bush babies and hopefully some of the ‘Big Cats’, accommodation inside or outside Kruger Park.
Day 13 : Mpumalanga
Drive the scenic route through the Mpumalanga Province, where one finds the most panoramic vistas and geographical formations. Look out over God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon and Bourke’s Luck Potholes, accommodation in Johannesburg.
Day 14 : Johannesburg
Visit Sterkfontein Caves and the Cradle of Humankind where the earliest hominid remains were discovered, go down a gold mine as Johannesburg is ‘Egoli’ the ‘City of Gold’, an evening stroll down the streets of Melville or Sandton to soak up the vibes of Jozi’s night life, accommodation in Johannesburg.
Day 15 : Johannesburg
Transfer to OT International Airport for international flight home.
Day 15: Victoria Falls
Fly from OT International Airport to Victoria Falls, visit the biggest waterfalls in the world – Mosi-oa-Tunya -‘The Smoke that Thunders’, sunset cruise above the falls on the Zambezi River, accommodation in Victoria Falls or Livingstone.
Day 16 : Victoria Falls
Full day adventure or safari tours to choose from including lunch eg bungy jumping, walking with lions, helicopter rides, accommodation in Vic falls or Livingstone.
Day 17 : Victoria Falls
Second full day adventure or safari tours to choose from including lunch eg canoeing, riding an elephant, white river rafting, accommodation in Vic falls or Livingstone.
Day 18 : Johannesburg
Transfer to airport and fly back to OT International airport to catch connecting flights home.
To include: all bookings, shared twin accommodation + breakfast, only lunch and dinners mentioned, domestic flights, all transfers and transport with accredited bus company, bus driver’s food and accommodation, fuel and tolls, entrance fees, conservation fees, all activities mentioned in the itinerary above, full time All Africa Tours guide, guiding fees
To exclude: international flights, visas, most lunches and dinners, all drinks and snacks, tips and gratuities.
Price depends on number of people (sharing or single), dates and type of accommodation from hostels/backpackers, bed and breakfast, guest houses, lodges, 3 – 5 star hotels
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