This fully-escorted small group tour of South Africa starts from Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg, following the spectacular Garden Route along the southern part of the country and including a few days' safari in the iconic Kruger National Park. Travelling with like-minded Rainbow Tours clients, you'll discover far more of the country than just the big-name cities; stopping to explore the world-famous winelands (and sample their produce, of course), tour the beaches and cliffs of Cape Point, delve into the caves of Plettenburg Bay and wander around the beautiful waterfront of Knysna Lagoon.
The epic wildlife encounters begin with a visit to the Plettenburg Elephant Sanctuary where you'll learn about the conservation efforts, then head out into the open wilderness to spot the Big Five in their natural environment. In Johannesburg, learn instead about the recent history and cultures of the people of South Africa by touring the city and visiting the Apartheid Museum.
This itinerary allows you the opportunity to add on an extension to the mighty Victoria Falls if you wish. We have several departures running with a minimum of 2 persons and a maximum of 16 participants making this an intimate and informative tour. Highlights include the Kruger National Park, the Garden Route and Cape Town with an expert and knowledgeable South African registered guide.
Day 1 Depart from London on your overnight flight to Cape Town.
Day 2 On arrival in to Cape Town today you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Whether you choose to have a nap to recover and acclimatise from your flight, or take a stroll down to the waterfront. Overnight at the Protea Hotel President in Cape Town or similar
Day 3 The morning is at your leisure. This afternoon you will be collected from your hotel for a city tour showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to modern buildings and malls. Return to the hotel late afternoon for an evening at your leisure Overnight at the Protea Hotel President or similar (breakfast included)
Day 4 After breakfast you will be taken on a full day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour a scenic tour passing magnificent beaches, historic and picturesque coastal villages to the headland known as Cape Point. Overnight at the Protea Hotel President or similar (breakfast included)
Day 5 Collection for the full day Cape Winelands Tour. Through some amazing views of Mountains, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Taste some of the world renown wines that come from this region as well as some of the cuisine that goes hand in hand. Overnight at the Protea Hotel President or similar (breakfast included)
Day 6 Depart Cape Town and travel along Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (not included in cost). Continue to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. This is where you will start to see the changing scenery, fascinating to go from the city to a more barren landscape before you head to the Garden Route proper! Check into your accommodation the Surval Boutique Olive Esate in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner.
Day 7 Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world. Continue to the lagoon side town of Knysna – the gem of the Garden Route. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront before proceeding to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay. Embark on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River before arriving at your accommodation where you shall spend the following two nights. Freshen up before dinner at the lodge.
Day 8 After breakfast, get up-close-and-personal with nature at the Elephant Sanctuary. The visit presents you with the opportunity to learn so much about these gentle giants. Perfect photo opportunities. After lunch (to own account), travel to Plettenberg Bay for a visit to Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Balance of the day at leisure.
Day 9 After breakfast and check-out formalities, journey along the final leg of the Garden Route to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as the ‘garden of the Garden Route’, the Tsitsikamma actually deserves a more vivid description to encapsulate the beauty of the place. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge which offers visitors incredible views and photo opportunities. Arrive in Port Elizabeth at approximately 18h00. Overnight accommodation: Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth (Includes breakfast)
Day 10 This morning you shall be transferred to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, the City of Gold. Upon arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon collection from your hotel for an afternoon 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. Overnight accommodation: Protea Hotel Balalaika (includes breakfast)
Day 11 Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a morning visit to Soweto. It is from here that most of the struggle was fought against the injustices of the apartheid regime and is home to sites of historical importance. Enjoy lunch followed by a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Overnight accommodation: Protea Hotel Balalaika (includes breakfast & lunch)
Day 12 Depart Johannesburg and travel to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun – Mpumalanga – via the magnificent Panorama Route. Time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. Check in and freshen up before dinner. Overnight accommodation: Perry's Bridge Hollow including breakfast & dinner)
Day 13 After breakfast and check-out formalities, you will be transferred to your African safari experience. Morning and evening game tracking drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles bring you into close contact with the Big Five as well as the other aspects of our wildlife. 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 bird life during your stay. Overnight accommodation: Honeyguide Tented Safari Camp (Includes breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 14 Enjoy a full day of being treated like African Royalty whilst creating a memorable safari experience on the scheduled game viewing activities on offer. Honeyguide Tented Safari Camp (Includes breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Day 15 Time permitting, embark on your final early morning game viewing activity before returning to camp for breakfast followed by check-out formalities. You shall be collected for your transfer to Hoedspruit OR Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for your onward flight to Johannesburg..
Day 16 Arrive London Heathrow early morning.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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