Experience the very best of South Africa and create memories to last a lifetime on our 14-day guided tour of Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, Winelands, the lush Garden Route, the scenic Panorama Route, and Kruger National Park. This tour highlights the best of the best, allowing you to tick things off your bucket list such as seeing the big five, doing a boat-based whale watching tour, doing the highest bungy, chasing waterfalls, and discovering more about South Africa’s history. Whether you are a couple travelling together or a family, looking for solitude in nature or after the thrill of adventure, this all-in-one tour is for you!
It is recommended to secure this package during Hermanus whale season; Between the months of July and November
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One-way 14-day tour ending in Johannesburg
Couples, families, and groups of all sizes and ages
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Sawubona, good day and welcome to South Africa, welcome to Cape Town where we will start our 14-day trip discovering the wonders of the Cape, meandering along the impressive Garden Route, seeing the majestic free-roaming wildlife in Kruger National Park, and so much more. Depending on your arrival time, we can take things easy on your first day. Let’s kick it off on a high note and visit Table Mountain, perhaps explore one of Africa’s most visited attractions or one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. Our world is your oyster, let’s explore!
This is your first full day in Cape Town and there is a plethora of sights to explore. Before we discover the interesting architecture, from traditional Victorian to Cape Dutch, we start our tour at the oldest building in South Africa: the Castle of Good Hope. Get a glimpse of all the phases of South Africa, from the arrival of the Europeans to the slave trade, the Apartheid-era and the vibrant city that Cape Town is today. Through visiting museums such as the Jewish Museum or Slave Lodge, and meandering the streets, you will find a piece of significant history on every corner. We will make a stop at District Six, one of Cape Town's most politically and historically important suburbs, and at the colourful Cape Malay neighbourhood called Bo-Kaap. If you still want to explore we can visit more museums, get a glimpse of the city from Signal Hill (you can even paraglide from here), or get a tour of and do some shopping at the V&A Waterfront (aforementioned activities come at an additional cost).
We have hand-picked three of the Cape Winelands’ finest wine farms to give you an all-round experience, from vineyard to table to the incredible scenery along the way. Learn about the process of winemaking and the region with its rich winemaking heritage as you swirl a glass of the country’s finest and enjoy a unique chocolate and wine pairing. You will also visit a wine museum, do a behind the scenes cellar tour, and breathe in the fresh vineyard and mountain air from Cape Town, to Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek. Please note that this tour is also suitable non-wine drinkers, and children under the age of 18 (South Africa’s legal age of alcohol consumption). Please let us know in advance as there are alternative options available, the wine can be substituted and if you have children a more suitable wine farm will be chosen to accommodate your whole family.
This is a day filled with scenic routes and incredible photo opportunities. You will go on a Seal Island cruise and see a colony of Cape fur seals swimming in the water, basking on the rocks in the sun and visit the famous Boulders Beach with its waddling penguins. Experience the dramatic landscape of Cape Point, with its rugged rocks, high cliffs and the stormy ocean, home to free-roaming wildlife such as the Cape mountain zebra, eland, and baboon. Here you have the option to take the Flying Dutchman funicular – named after the ghost ship – to see the old lighthouse and soak in more breath-taking ocean views. If we didn’t visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on our first day, we can take a walk around this green landmark (entrance fee at your own account).
Before we wave the Mother City farewell, we have one last opportunity to soak in the beauty of Table Mountain and head straight to the top in a cable car. Get a bird’s eye view of Cape Town while we explore one of the world’s new seven natural wonders. Our next stop is known as one of the best whale watching destinations. That’s right, if you visit South Africa between July and November you are in luck because it is whale season! And trust us, it is quite a sight to admire the ocean’s giants, the travelling Southern Right whales when we go on a boat cruise. We’ll be spending the night in this town that is known for its crisp, soul-soothing ‘champagne air’ – did you know that doctors in the 1800s prescribed a visit to this town for rest and recuperation?
We start the day with a visit to an old Dutch Reformed Church, rich with history and built in the early 1900s. As we move along you might spot the famous Aloe Ferox plant next to the road. And you might have heard about this plant with its anti-inflammatory properties. Now you will get up, close and personal with it as we learn more about its healing and medicinal benefits before making our way to the Karoo, South Africa’s semi-arid region. If you wish to dive into the era of sea traders and explorers, before making our way to the Karoo, a visit to a maritime museum in a coastal town can be organised at an additional cost.
The semi-arid region, the Karoo, is home to magnificent sunsets, sunrises, natural wonders, and a lot of ostriches – in fact, it is known as the ostrich capital. We will go to an ostrich show farm where you can see an ostrich’s journey from egg to feather and you can even feed the flightless birds and stand on ostrich eggs. Don’t worry it won’t break – the shells are very strong. Part of the day is a trip to caves that are more than 20 million years old and you will experience the different chambers through an easy walk. But that’s not the only cave you will visit today, there’s another one up for exploring in the Garden Route! Join us as we discover two more natural phenomena – one by the coast, and one atop a hill where a river carved the shape of Africa through the mountains. The day will leave you in complete awe.
Explore more of the Garden Route as you hop on board a ferry on a half-day activity to discover the indigenous coastal and fynbos forest. You can look forward to spectacular viewpoints, a specialist guide sharing information, a hike, going into an ancient sea cave and having lunch under a canopy of trees. Afterwards, there is some leisure time for shopping, and a tour to learn more about the vibrant township culture.
We will visit the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary which stretches out over a space of 12 hectares – eco-tourism is no monkey business. Deep within the Tsitsikamma forest, there is a variety of opportunities to take part in adventure-filled activities – from swinging from treetop to treetop to bungy jumping from the world’s highest bungy jump from a bridge, visiting an 800-year-old tree and taking a walk on South Africa’s most famous suspension bridge tucked between the mountains and ocean.
We start the day off with an early morning flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg (Flight costs are not included) where we will explore the city with its high-rise buildings and eclectic atmosphere. We will go back in time to uncover the rise and fall of apartheid in the Johannesburg apartheid museum. Your overnight stop will be in the province of Mpumalanga, in a town known as one of South Africa’s best flyfishing areas.
Today we will visit some of South Africa's most spectacular views and breath-taking sights along the Panorama Route of Mpumalanga. Scenic at its best! Witness the sheer force of nature and see what thousands of years of water erosion can do. Stand in awe of a landmark of mountain peaks, resembling traditional African huts. Chase waterfalls, the highest in the province, and enjoy panoramic views of the area with its lush indigenous forests.
One simply can't visit South Africa without going on a safari in Kruger National Park, the biggest in the country. On a 4x4 open vehicle with a local game ranger by your side, we will go out and seek the big five and a myriad of other species, such as zebras, giraffes, and the endangered wild dog. Keep an eye out (and your camera ready, see how many of the 500+ bird species you can spot and immerse yourself in the atmosphere, just the way Mother Nature has intended.
Once the safari bug bites, there is no going back. You will just want more and more. Luckily for you, we have another full day in Kruger National Park and you can truly make this day your own. Do you want to go on another game drive with your Bonisa guide? Do you want to go on another organised safari, perhaps do a bush walk, or just spend the day with a book and binoculars? The day is alive with possibilities! (Additional activities come at an extra charge).
The end of your incredible 14-day journey in South Africa is nigh. On our last morning, we will wave the bush goodbye and make our way back to Johannesburg from where you can either carry on with your stay in South African, or board a flight to your next destination.
This route is in illustration of a possible route to be used and may not be the final route of the tour.
The distance between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg will be done by flight
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