A melting pot of colour, creed and culture and a variety of scenery to rival any country in the world – beaches, mountains, flora and wildlife big and small. South Africa has it all. Due south of the UK and 10 to 12 hours flying time away, a flight to South Africa does not leave you jet-lagged and travel weary. The minimal time difference allows the traveller to board his aircraft in London in the evening, and arrive at the destination the following morning with no tiresome time-change. Visit Cape Town and the Cape Peninsular with its Mediterranean climate, the Winelands, the Little Karoo and the famous Garden Route. Head towards KwaZulu Natal, the Southern Drakensberg, the Zulu Battlefields and the Hluhluwe-St Lucia Wetlands. Further then to Mpumalanga and the mighty Kruger Park, arguably the best big game viewing in the world with small intimate lodge accommodation.
Day 1: Cape Town
Fly to Cape Town, arguably one of the world’s most beautiful settings with the advantage of Table Mountain as a backdrop. A cable car takes you to the summit of Table Mountain for panoramic views. Visit Robben Island or drive the Cape Peninsular, taking in a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach. Visit the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront plus the Maritime Museum and Two Oceans Aquarium. Explore the Kirstenbosch Gardens with its fine display of fynbos – protea.
Three nights Cape Town
Day 4: Franschhoek
Head to the Winelands and the town of Franschhoek – a gourmet’s paradise in idyllic surroundings of fertile valleys surrounded by rugged mountain. Visit a vineyard and learn about this ever expanding industry – and perhaps sample some of their wares.
One or two nights Franschoek
Day 5: Robertson Valley
Continuing east via the Franschhoek Pass to Worcester and into the Robertson Valley. Here you find further vineyards, rugged craggy mountain scenery and pretty little towns. The Huguenot influence here ensures that you will dine well.
One or two nights Robertson Valley
Depending on the time available, you may consider a side trip to Hermanus on the coast and famous for its whale watching.
Day 6: Oudtshoorn
Pass to the northern side of the mountain range. Vineyards still nestle in fertile hollows – Calizdorf is particularly famous for its port wine. Explore the Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert and the Cango Caves. This area is also famous for its ostrich farms who welcome visitors and the chance to explain ostrich farming past and present.
Two nights Oudtshoorn
Day 8: Plettenberg Bay
Cross the Outeniqua Mountains, and descend to the coast. This – technically – is the Garden Route – the area between George and Plettenberg Bay and has large areas of fynbos to view. Explore the Tsitsikamma National Park, Natures Valley, Storms River Mouth, and the coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. A mixture of adventurous activities, beautiful scenery and flora and fauna.
3 nights Plettenberg Bay
Day 11: Jeffrey’s Bay
Continue east to the seaside town of Jeffrey’s Bay. Relax and unwind for a night at your beachside location, before the next stage of your adventure.
One night Jeffrey’s Bay
Day 12: Southern Drakensbergs
Fly from Port Elizabeth to Durban. Drive north towards the Southern Drakensberg Mountains. The scenery to be found here is reminiscent of Scotland on a grand scale. Wonderful walks take you to some of the best views in South Africa.
Two nights Southern Drakenbergs
You may choose here to add in a few extra days in the Zulu Battlefields.
Day 14: Dullstrom
North into Mpumalanga (formerly Eastern Transvaal) en route to the Kruger National Park.
One night Dullstrom
Day 15: Kruger National Park
Drive to the Kruger today. Choose from tented bush camps to luxury 5* lodges, all with game drives in 4WD vehicles accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker. See the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. Enjoy dinner by the ‘boma’ campfire.
Two nights Kruger
Day 17: Hazyview
Leave the Kruger for the Northern Drakensberg. From here, drive the Panorama Route. Blyde River Canyon – a gorge 20 miles in length hewn from the face of the escarpment. God’s Window gives staggering views of the canyon and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
Two nights Hazyview
Day 19: Depart Johannesburg
Drive or fly back to Johannesburg, and fly home from there, or add an optional extension.
- Sun City South Africa’s Las Vegas is easily accessible by road or air from Johannesburg. A very popular fun and leisure resort it is complete with casino, man made-lake with waves and beaches; a wide range of sports facilities and two 18-hole golf courses designed by Gary Player.
- Victoria Falls Fly from Johannesburg (and return) to the site of the world famous gorges and cataracts of the Zambesi River.
- The Blue Train Pretoria/Johannesburg to Cape Town or vice versa with overnight sleeping berth, drinks and all meals included.
- Rovos Rail Pretoria/Johannesburg to Cape Town or vice versa with 2 nights sleeping accommodation, sightseeing tours at stops en route, drinks and all meals included.
We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with your tailor made South Africa holiday.
All photographs by kind permission of South Africa Tourism