Arrive in Cape Town where you will be met and transferred to your hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure. Explore the world-renowned V&A Waterfront or take a leisurely stroll along the Sea Point Promenade.
After breakfast, you will meet your tour guide and fellow travellers and depart for the picturesque Cape Winelands, where awe-inspiring mountain scenery surrounds centuries-old vineyards. Today’s itinerary is flexible, with excellent wine estates in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek – as well as fascinating historical landmarks – to explore. Your highly knowledgeable tour guide will discuss your many options with you to tailor-make a memorable Winelands experience for the whole group.
Weather permitting, ascend Table Mountain for breathtaking morning views of Cape Town. After that, a drive through Clifton and Camps Bay will take you to the charming working harbour of Hout Bay. Your journey continues along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, which features breathtaking ocean views. After lunch (for own account), visit the Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park, an integral part of the world-renowned Cape Floral Kingdom.
Depart Cape Town by 08h30 along a stunning coastal drive to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden to explore its delicate coastal fynbos. You will have the opportunity to seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stony Point and enjoy a wine tasting at a boutique winery in the Hemel-en-Aarde region, one of South Africa’s newest wine routes, before arriving in Hermanus.
This morning, explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and gasp at the outstanding views of Walker Bay. During whale season between July and November, you might even spot a whale or two. Depart late morning to stop for lunch (own account) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic Route 62 before continuing to Oudtshoorn.
Spend the morning underground on a fascinating tour of the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s most incredible natural wonders. Thereafter, enjoy a guided tour of an ostrich farm for insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the ‘feather capital of the world’. Soak up the spectacular views of the Outeniqua Pass en route to Knysna.
The scenic Cape Winelands, Western Cape.
Cruise along the vast Knysna Lagoon for a visit to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy a fantastic view of the imposing sandstone ‘Knysna Heads’ which guard the sea’s entrance to the tidal lagoon, with vistas of the forests, marshes and pristine beaches beyond. After lunch, spend the remainder of the day at leisure to explore this unique town.
From Plettenberg Bay, set off on an ocean safari. During the summer months, you may view Bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During winter, you are likely to see both Southern Right and Humpback whales. If you are up for the challenge, you have the opportunity to take on the world’s highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge before continuing on your journey to arrive in the picturesque village of Storms River.
This morning, immerse yourself in the splendour and tranquillity of the Tsitsikamma National Park and unrivalled ocean views at Storms River Mouth. Arrive at Port Elizabeth airport at approximately 14h00 for your flight to Durban (flight not included). On arrival in Durban, you are met by your tour guide and transferred to your accommodation on the tropical North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
After breakfast, head to the tiny village of St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa’s wilderness treasures. A cruise on the St Lucia Estuary will give you fantastic photographic opportunities of hippos, the occasional Nile crocodile and prolific birdlife. After lunch (for own account) arrive at your luxury lodge in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. In the late afternoon, indulge in a delicious high tea and enjoy an evening game drive within the heart of Big Five territory. After winding down with sundowners, continue your game drive in search of Africa’s elusive nocturnal creatures.
After an early-morning start with a cup of fresh coffee or tea, rusks and muffins, set out on safari in a private concession of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (home of white rhino conservation) to enjoy the delightful scenery and wildlife. Following a sumptuous late breakfast, head across the border into the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King Mswati III. Arrive in the afternoon at your luxury lodge set in a beautiful, secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains.
Turtle spotting in St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal.
After breakfast, visit an authentic chief’s village to gain an insight into the fascinating culture of the Swazi people. Cross the border back into South Africa for an early afternoon arrival at your boutique hotel surrounded by the lush forests of the Mpumalanga province. Enjoy dinner at Oliver’s Restaurant, which is widely acclaimed for its gourmet cuisine.
After an early morning breakfast, journey up the awe-inspiring Panorama Route to take in its forested mountains and fertile plains. After viewing the Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window, your safari adventure continues to Kapama Private Game Reserve, described as an African Eden. After checking into your suite, depart on your first open vehicle game drive accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, where you might see lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.
Following an early wake-up call, head out at first light on a morning safari. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. Return to the lodge for a few hours of relaxation where you may choose to indulge in a decadent African spa treatment or meet and interact with Kapama’s 16 habituated elephants (for own account). At around 15h00, everyone gathers for high tea before heading out on a late afternoon game drive through the reserve to seek out Africa’s nocturnal creatures.
This morning, you have the choice to forego an open vehicle game drive and opt for a hot air balloon flight or elephant back safari (for own account). After a final delectable brunch, you are transferred to nearby Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport for your flight to Johannesburg