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South Africa Garden Route And Kruger Safari

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This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welome To Cape Town

Meet your guide who will assist you with any queries throughout the trip at Cape Town International Airport and enjoy a complimentary beverage. Then pick up your vehicle Avis Premium. We recommend a tour of Cape Town, also known as the Mother City. Alongside high rise office blocks, a harmonious blend of architectural styles, including Edwardian, Victorian and Cape Dutch, has been meticulously preserved. Among the numerous highlights are the Castle of Good Hope, Company Gardens, Bo-Kaap and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. If weather conditions allow it, take the cableway up to Table Mountain from where you will discover a magnificent view: the harbour and Table Bay. 

Marvel from the aerial cableway and plateau on Table Mountain. The Mother City is synonymous with the elegant mountain that is flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west, providing a dramatic backdrop to the city. Table Mountain holds an unusually rich biodiversity and forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a protected area. Rock hyrax, or dassie as they are locally known, are often seen scampering through the scrub and the views from the summit over Table Bay. Robben Island and the Atlantic seaboard are breathtaking. The cable cars travel up to 302 metres above the sea level, giving passengers panoramic views over the city. Reach the summit in five minutes and marvel at the views, have a bite at the restaurant or go shopping at the extensive curio shop.

Visited:
Cape Town
Accomodation
Clarendon Bantry Bay (Cape Town)

Day 2: View From The Lighthouse

Breakfast. We recommend a full day visit of the Cape Peninsula. The road between Cape Town and Cape Point is magnificent and includes the small town of Hout Bay where you can board a boat to discover Seal Island and Chapman's Peak Drive, hacked out of the face of the mountain between 1915 and 1922. The highlight of your day will be Cape Point's lighthouse from where you can witness the meeting of two oceans, the Atlantic and Indian, and the Cape of Good Hope, first rounded by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeus Dias in 1488.

Visited:
Cape Peninsula Hout Bay
Accomodation
Clarendon Bantry Bay (Cape Town)

Day 3: All About Nelson Mandela

After breakfast, a ferry will collect you from the hotel for a boat ride to the Robben island. Trace the footsteps of Mandela at the Robben Island Museum, just off the coast of Cape Town. It holds a significant place in South African history as it once housed the country’s most famous political prisoner and freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela. It is now a World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. You will be guided by a former political prisoner, offering unique insight into the island’s history, and take you to Nelson Mandela’s former cell, standing exactly as he did when he was incarcerated there, as well as the lime quarry where he was forced into hard labour.

During a half day Cape Wine Route tour, learn everything about wines, from the vineyard to the bottle. Discover Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. Fondly called 'Eikestad' or 'city of oaks', its streets are lined with some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. Along the Route, wine estates welcome you to taste wines and cheeses and learn how the wines are made.

Visited:
Robben Island Stellenbosch Winelands
Accomodation
Night at Lanzerac Hotel (Stellenbosch)

Day 4: Oudtshoorn And Its Incredible Fauna

After breakfast, travel to Garden Route and spend some time exploring Oudtshoorn, the ‘ostrich capital of the world’. Residential suburbs are flanked by acres of ostrich farms where these large flightless birds are bred and raised. We suggest a tour of one of them, where you can view the birds and browse boutiques full of exotic ostrich leather, while the brave can even try to ride an ostrich. Also do not miss the Cango Caves, an almost fantasy limestone cave formation that stretches on for several kilometres. Then encounter the world’s fastest land mammal at the cheetah breeding station or pop in to see prehistoric predators at the crocodile park. A large variety of hiking and biking trails are available on the outskirts of the town, alongside picturesque rivers and waterfalls.

Visited:
Oudsthoorn
Accomodation
Rosenhof Country House (Oudsthoorn)

Day 5: The Lagoon Cruise

Enjoy your breakfast and then combine adventure and relaxation with our suggested activities in Knysna starting with a lagoon cruise to view the famous Knysna Heads. While they provide a treacherous channel into the ocean, the lagoon itself is peaceful and ideal for boat cruises and water sports. If you’re feeling energetic, explore the Featherbed Nature Reserve on foot, only a short drive from the town. We also recommend attractions including the Knysna Elephant Park and the rather noisy but highly entertaining Monkeyland. Stroll along Knysna’s tree-lined streets and keep an eye for dolphins that can often be spotted offshore. Also don’t miss the opportunity of trying out delicious fresh oysters.

Visited:
Oudsthoorn Knysna
Accomodation
St. James of Knysna (Knysna)

Day 6: Enjoying A Nice And Relaxing Break

Have a breakfast then stop over sunny Plettenberg Bay for a relaxing break. This trendy seaside town has some of the most renowned and beautiful beaches along the Garden Route and the village centre is a hive of activity where ice cream parlours rub shoulders with stylish boutiques. Restaurants are plentiful and offer a huge variety of cuisines, with a view over the ocean. You can also visit the Tsitsikamma National Park, offering magnificent walking trails through yellowwood and stinkwood forests and colourful indigenous flora. Here you will also find the Storms River Mouth where you can take a walk over the suspension bridge and continue into the damp, cool forest. Birds are plentiful here and also keep a look out for the resident dassies that seek out sunny spots to catch a snooze.

Visited:
Knysna
Accomodation
St. James of Knysna (Knysna)

Day 7: To The East This Time!

After breakfast, travel to Eastern Cape, in and around Port Elizabeth. Depending on your time and itinerary, we could recommend a tour of Port Elizabeth with a busy South African harbour and industrial centre. Many buildings in town represent its English heritage. Also visit Addo National Park, without any doubt one of the most interesting reserves in the country. There are many elephants and numerous other species of wildlife. Keep an eye out for the dung-beetles at work on the tracks across the reserve.

Visited:
Port Elisabeth
Accomodation
Night at Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elizabeth (Port Elisabeth)

Day 8: Safari In Kruger National Park

After breakfast, take your flight from Port Elizabeth Kruger Mpumalanga via Johannesburg. Pick up your vehicle Avis Premium Cat D upon arrival.
Visit Sabi Sand Game Reserve: his 650 square kilometre wildlife sanctuary is the oldest, most well established private game reserve in South Africa, sharing an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. Sabi Sand is regarded as one of the best places in the country to experience a wildlife safari, and is renowned for Big Five game viewing including regular sightings of the elusive leopard.

A typical day in the safari will begin with a light lunch after you check in to your game lodge. Meet your ranger in the early afternoon for tea and biscuits before setting off for the game drive. Stop for a sundowner and snacks as the evening shadows sweep across the bushland, then continue your search of nocturnal predators and night grazers. Then a boma dinner will be served under the stars accompanied by an entertaining after show. An early wake-up call will rouse you for coffee and rusks before a morning game drive to seek out more wildlife and a variety of birds. Then you could explore the bush on foot or continue with the daily safari programme. 

Accomodation
Night at Lion Sands: River Lodge (Kruger National Park)

Day 9: All Interesting Aspects Of Kruger

Take a breakfast and explore Kruger through 4x4 game drives in the morning and afternoon with lunch in between. At the end of the day, have a dinner at the lodge.

Accomodation
Night at Lion Sands: River Lodge (Kruger National Park)

Day 10: Last day in safari

Enjoy a breakfast and your last 4x4 Game drive. Then take your flght from Mpumalanga Airport to Johannesburg. End of your journey.


Cape Town Cape Peninsula Hout Bay Robben Island Stellenbosch Winelands Oudsthoorn Knysna Port Elisabeth Kruger National Park Johannesburg

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £3,100 / 10 days
Excluding international flights
02 Pax Single Supplement
Price per person £3,000 £1,430

Included in price:

  • Nine night accommodation as per program, two of which are in private game reserves where activities are included as per program
  • Two lunches and two dinners
  • Luggage porterage
  • Car rental
  • Air Transport: from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, from Johannesburg to Kruger, from Kruger to Johannesburg
  • Local taxes as VAT or bed Levy are included at the rate applicable at the time the costing is done and can change without notice

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Unless otherwise indicated, our rates do not include the entrance fees for parks or game reserves. They are to be settled by the clients directly at the entrance. Unless otherwise indicated, our rates do not include the meals

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