Day 1: Cape Town
Board for Robben Island, the former home of Nelson Mandela and several other political prisoners who fought against the apartheid government. This must-see excursion takes about 4 hours and includes a ferry trip to the Island where you will be guided to see all the historical sites around the Island. You enjoy lunch at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and browse
through the awesome shops before entering the Two Oceans Aquarium for a tour. Overnight at the Sugar hotel. (or similar)
Day 2: Cape Town. 1-hour drive
Meet us to start this tour for Cape Town’s most famous icon: Table Mountain by the Aerial Cableway to take in the natural beauty and stunning views. The first botanical garden in the world to be established (in 1913) to protect local flora, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in the UNESCO-listed Cape Floral Kingdom follows. Lunch is at an African cuisine restaurant. Picture the colourful houses at Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter. Overnight at the Sugar hotel. (or similar)
Day 3: Visit the first winery in the country: Groot Constantia and taste their export quality wines and learn more about wine making on the cellar tour. Now to visit the Naval Base at Simon’s Town, named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony. Naval Base Simon’s Town is the South African Navy’s premier naval base. From here you go to Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, home to one of the few land-based penguin colonies in the world. You choose one of the numerous restaurants in the vicinity to have dinner, and overnight at Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel (or similar).
Day 4: Cape Town to Hermanus. 2,5-hour drive
First visit is Cape Point where the two oceans meet, and part of the Table Mountain National Park. You ascend the viewpoint with the Flying Dutchman Funicular. Head out to Stellenbosch and visit the Spier Wine Farm for chocolate and wine tasting on the banks of the Spier dam. We choose one of the numerous restaurants in the vicinity to have dinner, and drive to Hermanus where you overnight at the Windsor Hotel (or similar).
Day 5: Spend a relaxed day in Hermanus, home to the world’s best whale-watching when in season and overnight at the Windsor Hotel (or similar).
Optional activity: shark cage diving or hiking in the mountains
Day 6: Hermanus to Wilderness. 6-hour drive
Starting our journey to the Garden Route, we meander to the town of Oudtshoorn with Route 62. This route delivers an unforgettable South African travelling experience. Along the way there are sweet small towns to explore, home-baked farmstall goodies to taste and plenty of wineries.
After visiting the Cango Caves for a Heritage Tour, we head down the scenic Outeniqua Pass and onto the green forests and beaches of the Garden Route. Overnight at the Wilderness Hotel (or similar).
Day 7: Wilderness to Jeffreys Bay. 3-hour drive
A short drive brings us to Knysna where you visit the viewpoint of the Knysna Heads. The Knysna Heads are a pair of sandstone cliffs that separate the Knysna Lagoon from the sea beyond; a famous landmark along the renowned Garden Route. The eastern head is easily accessible by car and has many spectacular viewpoints overlooking the channel, Indian Ocean, the Knysna Lagoon and estuary, and the Outeniqua Mountains. From here we drive to the ‘highest recognized bungee from a bridge’ in the world, the Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump, where you can take part as an optional activity. You can then do one of the activities at Stormsriver Adventures like a Tsitsikama Canopy Tour, or walk to the “Big Tree”. Our last stop for the day is at Jeffreys Bay, home to the best right hand surf break in the world! Overnight at On The Beach Guest House Jeffrey’s Bay (or similar). Jeffreys Bay has always been known for its beautiful shells so it stands to reason that the town should have a Shell Museum. The more than 600 shells from species all over the world make it one of the largest shell collections in South Africa.
Optional activity: Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump
Day 8: Jeffreys Bay to the Addo Elephant National Park. 2-hour drive
From here we go to the Addo Elephant National Park. Addo Elephant National Park conserve a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. It is home to all of Africa’s Big 7: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, the Southern right whale and the great white shark.
A night game drive follows dinner at their restaurant: “Cattle Baron is famous for its steaks, having won several awards for the Best Steakhouse in South Africa. The signature dish is chateaubriand, a fillet flambéed with brandy and served with mushroom sauce and béarnaise sauce.” Overnight is here in a cottage.
Day 9: Addo Elephant National Park to Kei Mouth. 4-hour drive
Leaving the Addo National Park, we head North to the spectacular Wild Coast town of Kei Mouth, where you can have an optional cruise on the Great Kei, watch Fish Eagles feed and see cycads growing in the wild. It is a bird watchers paradise! You can have an optional Wild Coast Horseback Adventure or you can just relax on the spectacular Kei Mouth’s sandy beaches. Overnight at Neptunes Cove, Kei Mouth (or similar).
Optional activity: cruise on the Great Kei or Horseback Adventure
Day 10: Kei Mouth to “The Hole in the Wall”. 4,5-hour drive
You drive along the roads of the Transkei, and see how the Xhosa people still live in their traditional rondawel huts, with farm animals grazing by the side of the road against the backdrop of the Drakensberg in the distance! We veer off the N2 to “The Hole in the Wall”, one of South Africa’s most famous tourist attractions. The locals call this “izi Khaleni” which means place of thunder. During certain seasons and water conditions, the waves clap in such a way that the concussion can be heard throughout the valley. If you want to have a real authentic traditional experience, sleep in a rural rondawel (separate sleeping and ablution huts) of a traditional Xhosa village and taste a home-cooked meal. You also have the choice to stay at the 3-star Hole-in-the-Wall Hotel.
Day 11: Spend another day at “The Hole in the Wall”, at a spectacular beach in the area, do a hike along the coast, explore Coffee Bay and mingle with the locals during a traditional Xhosa village experience. (https://mg.co.za/article/2019-04-23-mini-guide-to-coffee-bay-eastern-cape )
You can also choose just to relax the entire day. No or little driving. All activities are optional.
Day 12: “The Hole in the Wall” to Underberg. 5,5-hour drive
After a relaxed and visiting some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the world, we drive to the town of Underberg, situated at the foot of the 1,904 m Hlogoma Peak (place of echoes) in the foothills of the southern Drakensberg which is located in the the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Park next to Lesotho. We book into our guest house and get ready for a day tour into Lesotho on the next day. We stay at lodgings like the Sani Window B&B. (or similar)
Day 13: You start a Lesotho Tour (approximately 9 hours) with a 4×4 via Sani Pass to experience an adventure of climbing to a height of 2874 metres above sea level. You will stop at breath taking view sites along the Sani Pass and pass two border posts. Enjoy lunch at the highest Pub in Africa at The Sani Mountain Lodge and continue into a living Basotho village, where you will learn more about Lesotho and its people – the hardy mountainous Basotho folk. On your return to Underberg, you stay at the Sani Window B&B. (or similar)
Day 14: Underberg to the central uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Park. 3,5-hour drive. Leaving Underberg, we head to Howick to visit the Mandela Capture Site. From here we take the road North on the Midlands Meander and visit some of the many Midlands Meander craft shops and the Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre and view the Drakensberg in its full glory. Spend the night at the Monks Cowl Golf Resort and spa (or similar).
Day 15: Have a day to relax, or do a hiking trail to a waterfall in the mountains with your guide. Spend the night at the Monks Cowl Resort (or similar).
Optional activities: Dragon Rock Reptile Center, Birds of Prey Raptor show, Drakensberg Canopy Tour, hiking trails at Monks Cowl, spa treatments, Drakensberg Boys Choir concert (Wednesdays only)
Day 16: Drakensberg to Dundee. 4,5-hour drive. You head to Dundee to have a tour of the battlefields and historical sites of Blood River/Ncome/Talana. “By 1836 relations between the British rulers in the Cape and the Dutch settlers had reached an all- time low. They decided to pack-up their worldly goods load them onto covered wagons and head into the largely unknown interior of South Africa. Thus began in 1836 the exodus that would be recorded by history as ‘The Great Trek’! The north, west and eastward movement of this exodus of Trekkers, who became known as Voortrekkers inevitably led to conflict with the indigenous peoples who inhabited the hinterland. Trek leader Piet Retief and his party were killed at King Dingane’s capital of Mgungundlovu in February 1838…”, and see where brutal battles took place. This excursion follows the drive to the Talana Museum to view the Mahatma Ghandi exhibit. Overnight at a hotel in Dundee.
Day 17: Heading on our way to Mpumalanga, we drive through some of the most scenic areas of the Eastern part of South Africa. The Highveld town of Dullstroom hosts Anvil Brewery, where you can enjoy local beer and dishes such as smoked trout for lunch. From here we descend into the Lowveld to the historic town of Pilgrim’s Rest. The entire town of Pilgrim’s Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s/early 1900s. Overnight at the Royal Hotel or similar.
Day 18: Drive to the town of Sabie and Graskop on the Panorama route to view many waterfalls and spectacular sights, then to view the Pinnacle and to experience the amazing view from God’s Window. We then visit the Berlin Falls, where numerous local arts and crafts are for sale. From here we visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and then overnight at the resort: Forever Blyde Canyon where you get undulating views over the Blyde Canyon and the three Rondavels.
Day 19: Do a tour at the Echo Caves after breakfast, and then traverses to the famous Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre for a tour and lunch at the Curio Shop and Deli. The Swadini Resort is a perfect stay for the night (or similar).
Day 20: Leave after breakfast to take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam. An interpretation tour will take us to the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels. Wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. The Kadishi Tufa waterfall, at 200 meters (around 660 feet) in height is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth. Completing this we head to the Letaba Rest Camp at the Kruger Park for more game viewing. After enjoying dinner you have a 3 hour sunset/night game drive and spend the night here.
Day 21: After breakfast, we have a game drive in the park for the entire day in your tour vehicle, exploring every possible opportunity to view the spectacular wildlife scenery and opportunities to see the Big 5. We drive south to the Skukuza camp and overnight here (or similar).
Optional activity: Early morning walk with a game ranger, sunset or night game drive
Day 22: After breakfast, we have a game drive in the park for the entire day, exploring every possible opportunity to view the spectacular wildlife scenery and opportunities to see the Big 5. We drive south to the Berg en Dal camp, enjoy a sunset game drive and overnight here (or similar).
Optional activity: Early morning walk with a game ranger, night game drive
Day 23: Breakfast follows a tour to Eswatini, with a show of glass blowing at Ngwenya Glass factory which evolved as a community project that recycles used glass, King Sobuza Memorial Park, the Candle factory which also evolved as a community project where locals learnt and perfected the skill of molding wax to shapes and patterns that are unique, Go Rural – another community based project focused on the use of special type of grass to weave different household artifacts. Lastly, Mantenga cultural village and Mantenga falls. On the whole, the tour is also filled in by a continuous narrative by our professional guide touching on aspects of African culture and traditions which are still alive in the country through the country’s monarchical democratic system as they prefer to call it. Overnight at the Badplaas Spa Resort where you can relax in a hot sulfur spring pool.
Day 24: Leave after breakfast for Soweto, a township located on the South-Western side of Johannesburg. It is home to sites of historical importance; as many of the struggles were fought against the injustices of the apartheid. You go to Vilakazi Street where we can relive the history of two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. We visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, and then the Mandela House Museum. Drive past the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and the Orlando power station’s towers. We spend the night at the Marriott Protea Hotel (or similar).
Day 25: Pretoria was named after one of the “Voortrekker” leaders Andries Pretorius, and is the administrative capital of South Africa. The many historic buildings, museums and monuments make this a historical ‘heimat’ of South Africa. It is also called the “Garden City” due to the abundance of Jacaranda trees flowering into a sea of purple. It is the capital city and steeped in the history of South Africa. The Voortrekker Monument follows to study the Pioneer history of South Africa and the history of the Afrikaner. Union Buildings concludes this rich South African heritage excursion. We spend the night at the Marriott Protea Hotel (or similar).
Day 26: You drive to The Cradle of Human Kind/Maropeng for a tour of a journey back in time from the start of our universe, some 14-billion years ago. We visit the Tumulus building to browse the interactive displays, have lunch at the Tumulus restaurant and then go to the Sterkfontein Caves to see where world-acclaimed fossils were discovered. We overnight at the Cabanas at the Sun City Resort. (or similar) Unlimited free access to the Valley of Waves.
Day 27: We go to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, “The Volcano That Gave Birth to a Game Reserve” for a game drive where you will have opportunities to see the Big 5 in their natural habitat. We spend the rest of the day at the Sun City and Lost City Resorts. With hundreds of things to offer, you have a huge variety to do, from family fun to adrenaline-fueled adventures. Sun City has something for everyone to enjoy. We spend the night at the Cabanas (or similar).
Day 28: Starting with a game drive through the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, we leave the reserve on our way to the Hartbeespoortdam area, where we stop over at the Monate Citrus Cellar for a taste of home-brewed mampoer spirits. You will also have the opportunity to visit AFRICAN arts and craft stores for shopping. Spend the night in Johannesburg at an airport hotel close to the O.R. Tambo International Airport, where you can board for your flight on your time, from 18pm. (not included)
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Travel South Africa from Cape Town to Johannesburg in comfort and visit the most popular tourist destinations and most amazing sights. This tour is designed to show you the highlights of South Africa and Lesotho in a casual way, but will also excite the adventurous Tourist with the best kept secrets with optional adrenaline-filled activities.