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Overview

Immerse yourself in South Africa’s contrasting highlights, with this packed 12-day journey through Cape Town, the Winelands, the picturesque Garden Route, and Kruger National Park.

Your adventure starts in South Africa’s vibrant Mother City. You’ll be spoilt for choice with cultural and historical sights, world-class restaurants, gorgeous beaches, botanical gardens, and iconic Table Top Mountain to explore.

After three days in Cape Town you’ll pick up your car and head for Franschhoek, in the heart of the stunning Cape Winelands. Breathe in the fresh air and relax as you pass vineyards and quaint Cape Dutch farms. This contrasts with the next leg of your journey: the dramatic desert-like landscape of Oudtshoorn and the Karoo. 

Next up is, arguably, the world’s best road trip: the epic Garden Route. Stop off at Plettenberg Bay, where you’ll stroll miles of unspoilt beaches and explore tranquil fishing villages. And visit Knysna – a pretty spot on the side of a lagoon, surrounded by lush forest – before spending time in Tsitsikamma Forest and Port Elizabeth.

Your adventure ends on a high, as you fly into Kruger National Park to take exciting game drives in search of the Big Five – elephants, lion, Cape buffalo, rhino and the elusive leopard – as well as crocodiles, hippos and more.

This comprehensive and unforgettable tour will give you a taste of South Africa at its most captivating.

Day 1

Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town you’ll be greeted and transferred to your chosen hotel for a three-night stay in the city.

Nestled between the sparkling ocean and the ruggedly imposing mountains, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to explore at leisure and take in the sights, either under your own steam or by booking onto a guided tour (optional).

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront (Breakfast included)

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Day 2

Cape Town Tour (optional) – Table Mountain Cableway

After breakfast, you have the option of taking a morning tour for an insight into the spirit of Cape Town and the history of the port from 1652, when the first Dutch Governor set foot on a beach nearby. The tour spends time on Table Mountain's summit – reached via cable car and payable locally – the Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant flea market of Greenmarket Square. You’ll finish this delightful tour with a walk through colourful Bo Kaap – the Cape Malay quarter.

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront (Breakfast included)

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Day 3

Cape Town

You’ll spend the day at leisure, enjoying all that Cape Town has to offer. You might choose to explore the nearby beaches, visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, or take the journey to Robben Island – where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner.

Venture beyond the city and you'll discover peaceful vineyards, quaint fishing villages, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and the Cape of Good Hope. As the sun sets, enjoy a cool sundowner overlooking the ocean or sample some of South Africa's exceptional wines, followed by a delicious dinner at one of the city's excellent restaurants.

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront (Breakfast included)

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Day 4

Cape Winelands

Today you’ll collect your hire car and hit the road for the 50 kilometre journey to the scenic Cape Winelands – a charming region, close to Cape Town, which is home to a number of world famous vineyards.

Franschhoek Country House & Villas (Breakfast included)

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Day 5

Oudtshoorn

Leaving the Winelands, you’ll now have the chance to take in the scenic drive along Route 62 – an area of outstanding natural beauty – to Oudtshoorn, where you’ll spend the night. 

The unique Karoo landscape provides a dramatic backdrop. Time-permitting, you might want to take a guided tour of an ostrich farm or visit the impressive Cango Caves.

Rosenhof Country House (Breakfast included)

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Day 6

Plettenberg Bay

:Today you’ll head into the heart of the Garden Route as you travel to Plettenberg Bay for a three-night stay. You’ll have ample opportunity to explore the beaches, rivers, nature reserves and coastal towns that the region is best known for.

The Plettenberg (Breakfast included)

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Day 7

Knysna – Plettenberg Bay

Over the next two days, you can explore Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and the surrounding areas. You have the option to take a ferry trip across the lagoon at Knysna to the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

The Plettenberg (Breakfast included)

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Day 8

Knysna –  Plettenberg Bay

Make the most of today, as it’s your last day in the Knysna and Plettenberg area.

Idyllic Plettenberg Bay boasts pale sand beaches backed by majestic mountains, secluded bays, and a number of excellent restaurants. Take time to relax or explore some of the most beautiful parts of the Garden Route.

The Plettenberg (Breakfast included)

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Day 9

Port Elizabeth

Today you’ll drive to Port Elizabeth for an overnight stay.

On the way you can explore St Francis Bay, the Tsitsikamma Forest and Paul Sauer Bridge – a magnificent suspension bridge above the spectacular Storms River Gorge.

The Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth (Breakfast included)

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Day 10

Kruger National Park

This morning you’ll drop your car at Port Elizabeth Airport and fly to Kruger National Park for a two-night stay – sure to be one of the highlights of your time in South Africa.

The Kruger National Park is teeming with wildlife. You’ll experience the exhilaration of early morning and evening game drives with an expert guide who will track the Big Five. As night falls, you’ll return to your lodge for a well-earned dinner and relaxation beside the crackling camp fire.

Jock Main Lodge (Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch included)

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Day 11

Kruger National Park

Your day starts early, with an opportunity to experience a 'close encounter' with the wild. Return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and then relax during the midday heat. In the late afternoon, you’ll enjoy a further game drive before returning to the lodge to savour the evening’s culinary delights.

Jock Main Lodge (Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch included)

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Day 12

Kruger National Park – Depart

After one final game drive in the morning, you’ll head to the airport for your onward or homebound flight.

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  • What's Included

  • Essential Information

Includes accommodation as specified - subject to availability

Included
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in hotels as specified, subject to availability
  • Meals as specified in itinerary
  • Transfer on arrival in Cape Town
  • All game viewing activities in the private game reserves
Not included
  • International and domestic flights
  • Tours mentioned in days 2-9 are suggestions and are not included in the tour price
  • Care hire, fuel, contract fee additional driver and a one-way drop-off fee – all payable locally
  • Drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • Meals and sightseeing other than those specified
  • Overseas airport taxes that are payable locally
  • Visa fees and insurance
  • Add on nights before and after the tour for more exploration

All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.

What's Included

Includes accommodation as specified - subject to availability

Included
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in hotels as specified, subject to availability
  • Meals as specified in itinerary
  • Transfer on arrival in Cape Town
  • All game viewing activities in the private game reserves
Not included
  • International and domestic flights
  • Tours mentioned in days 2-9 are suggestions and are not included in the tour price
  • Care hire, fuel, contract fee additional driver and a one-way drop-off fee – all payable locally
  • Drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • Meals and sightseeing other than those specified
  • Overseas airport taxes that are payable locally
  • Visa fees and insurance
  • Add on nights before and after the tour for more exploration

Essential Information

All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.

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