12 Day Essential South Africa
12 Day Essential South Africa
From the beauty of Cape Town to the lush Garden Route, from the scenic Cape Winelands to the 'Big 5' of the Kruger National Park, this tour perfectly showcases the very best that South Africa has to offer
Tour highlights
  • Explore the sights around Cape Town enjoying the beautiful beaches, sumptuous cuisine and fantastic climate
  • Enjoy wine tasting and gourmet cuisine in the Cape winelands
  • Experience country cuisine and hospitality in Oudtshoorn
  • Spend time in Knysna or Plettenberg Bay - the ‘Heart of the Garden Route’
  • Go in search of the ‘Big 5’ in the Kruger National Park
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Days 1-3: Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town where you will be greeted before a transfer to your chosen hotel for a three night stay in the city. You’ll then have the opportunity to explore at leisure and take in the sights, either under your own steam or by booking onto a guided tour.
  • Standard: Primi Royal Cape Town, or similar (B) Breakfast not included on Day 1
  • Superior: Southern Sun Waterfront - Standard Room, or similar (B) Breakfast not included on Day 1
  • Deluxe: Radisson Blu Waterfront - Business Class Room, or similar (B) Breakfast not included on Day 1
Day 4: The Winelands
Collect your hire car and then hit the road for the 50km trip to the scenic Winelands; a delightful region close to Cape Town which is home to numerous world famous vineyards. You’ll find yourself staying in the heart of the Winelands, with accommodation in either the wine capital of Stellenbosch or the picturesque village of Franschhoek.
  • Standard: Batavia Boutique Hotel - Luxury Room, or similar (B)
  • Superior: River Manor Boutique Hotel Spa Stellenbosch - Standard Room, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: Le Franschhoek - Standard Room, or similar (B)
Day 5: Oudtshoorn
From the Winelands, you’ll now have chance to take in the scenic drive along Route 62 through an area of outstanding natural beauty to Oudtshoorn, where you’ll then spend the night.
  • Standard: De Opstal Country Lodge - Luxury Room, or similar (B)
  • Superior: De Opstal Country Lodge - Superior Room, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: Rosenhof - Standard Room, or similar (B)
Days 6-8: Knysna / Plettenberg Bay
Head into the heart of the Garden Route as you travel to either Knysna or Plettenberg Bay for a three night stay; providing ample opportunity to explore the beaches, rivers, nature reserves and coastal towns that the region is best known for.
  • Standard: Redbourne Lodge, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Protea Knysna Quays - Lagoon Facing, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: The Plettenberg - Standard Room, or similar (B)
Day 9: Port Elizabeth / St Francis Bay
From the Garden Route, you’ll embark on the drive to Port Elizabeth or the beaches of St Francis Bay for another overnight stay.
  • Standard: Sandals Guest House - Standard Room, or similar (B)
  • Superior: The Beach Hotel Port Elizabeth - Superior Room, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: Radisson Port Elizabeth - Superior Room, or similar (B)
Days 10-11: Kruger National Park
The self-drive portion of your trip comes to an end as you drop the car off at Port Elizabeth Airport before boarding a flight to the Kruger National Park. During a two night stay that is sure to be one of the highlights of your time in South Africa, you’ll embark on both morning and evening game drives with the opportunity to seek out the famous ‘Big 5’ of African wildlife.
  • Standard: Gomo Gomo Game Lodge - Chalet, or similar (B,L,D) Lunch not included on Day 10
  • Superior: Kapama River Lodge, or similar (B,L,D) Lunch not included on Day 10
  • Deluxe: Jock Safari Lodge - Suite, or similar (B,L,D) Lunch not included on Day 10
Day 12: Depart Kruger National Park
After one final game drive in the morning, you’ll head for either Hoedspruit or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for your onward or homebound flight.
  • Standard, Superior & Deluxe: (B)
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.
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Arrival transfer in Cape Town on all options, return transfers in Kruger National Park on deluxe option only
  • Meals as specified B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
  • Personalised self-drive kit
  • Daily game drives on days 10-12
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Internal flight under any price option
  • Car hire costs - to book separately

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