Day 1 Arrive Cape Town
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met and assisted with your transfer to your hotel. Check in at your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure or start exploring on your own.
Day 2 Explore Cape Town
Start your South African adventure this afternoon by enjoying a city tour and take in the sights and sounds of Cape Town. Explore this vibrant city and learn about its apartheid past to its vibrant present. Visit the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (Cape Town’s Oldest Building), the lively Greenmarket Square, the Company Gardens, and of course, Table Mountain. At the conclusion of your tour, choose to be dropped off at the hotel, or at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to continue exploring and enjoy one of the many restaurants.
Day 3 Cape Point & Peninsula
After breakfast depart the hotel on your full day adventure around Cape Point. Pass brilliant beaches and charming coastal villages before crossing over to Hout Bay. From here, enjoy the scenic drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman's Peak. At the top of the peninsula, watch as the waters of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans converge and enjoy the spectacular views over False Bay.
After lunch continue to Simonstown Naval Base. Visit Boulders Beach, an African Penguin breeding colony. A quick stop at the Kirstenbosch Gardens rounds out the day before you return to the hotel in late afternoon. Explore the local area independently for dinner.
Day 4 Cape Winelands Tour
Depart Cape Town this morning and set off towards the Winelands. Enjoy the scenic drive through mountain ranges, vineyards, and homesteads before arriving to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. Enjoy wine tastings, paired with chocolate and desserts before continuing on. Next, navigate the scenic Helshoogte Pass to South Africa’s culinary capital, Franschhoek. Franschhoek is a delightful town where the cafe lined streets will charm you, and another wine tasting is included at one of the prominent estates. Paarl is the final stop on the tour of the wine country. Located at the foot of a group of remarkable granite domes, Paarl offers a diverse assortment of wineries. Enjoy a final wine tasting before returning to Cape Town.
Day 5 Ostrich Farm to Oudtshoorn
Today bid Cape Town adieu as you travel along Route 62 eastwards to Oudtshoorn, the feather capital of the world. Stop for lunch in Barrydale, a quaint village along Route 62, and enjoy the local hospitality before visiting a working ostrich farm. Arrive to the lodge in late afternoon, and enjoy the grounds before dinner.
Day 6 Cango Caves & Knysna
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Visit one of the natural wonders of the world, the Cango Caves, before arriving to Knysna, a small town on a lagoon where the Knysna River feeds into the Indian Ocean. Knysna is considered the Gem of the Garden Route and its limestone cliffs set it apart from other destinations! This afternoon sail up the Keurbooms River on an informative cruise before reaching the Hog Hollow Country Lodge, your home for the next two nights.
Day 7 Elephant Sanctuary & Birds of Eden
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Get up close and personal with elephants this morning during a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary. Touch, feed, and photograph these gentle giants, an experience not soon to be forgotten. After lunch on your own, visit the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world, Birds of Eden.
Add an optional whale and dolphin boat experience (Additional cost, weather and time permitting).
Day 8 Tsitsikamma National Park
Journey along the final leg of the Garden Route to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning "place of abundant or sparkling water." No other place exemplifies the name as much as when you stroll across a suspension bridge for the unbelievable views (and photo opportunities) of the Storms River mouth gorge. Arrive to Port Elizabeth in time for dinner before retiring to your hotel for the night.
Day 9 Fly to Johannesburg
This morning transfer to the Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, the City of Gold. Upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport, transfer to your hotel.
This afternoon head out on a Johannesburg City Tour. Explore the area close to City Hall, Newtown Cultural Precinct and Maboneng Precinct, which has completely transformed the Market Theatre and surrounds.
Day 10 Soweto | Apartheid Museum
After breakfast visit to Soweto, to learn about the apartheid regime. It is here in Soweto where most of the struggle was fought against the injustices of this formerly oppressive regime and is home to sites of historical importance. Enjoy lunch followed by a visit to the Apartheid Museum.
Day 11 Panorama Route to Mpumalanga
- 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Depart Johannesburg and travel to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun' – Mpumalanga – via the magnificent Panorama Route. This route is a breathtaking drive with amazing views of experience mountains, waterfalls, and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest canyons, with time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window. Late afternoon arrive at your hotel with time to freshen up before dinner.
Day 12-13 Manyeleti Game Reserve
- 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After breakfast, transfer to the Manyeleti Game Reserve for a true African safari experience. The pristine Manyeleti Game Reserve borders the Kruger National Park, Timbavati, and Sabi Sands Reserve. Honeyguide Ranger Camp is located within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy, and forms part of the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere” of the Waterberg region. Morning and evening game tracking drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles bring you into close contact with the Big Five. Highly experienced guides will take you on foot to bring into clear focus the magic of the bush with its myriad of busy insects and resplendent birdlife during your stay.
Day 14 Depart South Africa
Your South African journey comes to an end today. If time allows embark on your final early morning game viewing activity before returning to camp for breakfast followed by check-out formalities. Transfer to Hoedspruit or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport where the tour ends.