Itinerary #1: Classic South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg, & Kruger Safari
This 14-day highlights tour of South Africa combines the country’s two top cities and most important national park for safaris. You’ll experience the very best of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and thrill to bush walks, game drives, and even a visit to an animal rescue center in Kruger.
|Day 1||Arrive in Cape Town, City Tour & Table Mountain||Cape Town|
|Day 2||Wine Tour in the Cape Winelands||Cape Town|
|Day 3||Atlantic Seaboard & Cape Peninsula||Cape Town|
|Day 4||Cape Town Township & Robben Island Museum||Cape Town|
|Day 5||Fauna & Flora at Kirstenbosch Gardens||Cape Town|
|Day 6||Guided Cuisine & Culture Tour||Cape Town|
|Day 7||Cape Town to Johannesburg & African Dinner||Johannesburg|
|Day 8||Soweto Township Visit, Traditional Dinner, & Local Storytelling||Johannesburg|
|Day 9||Safari Arrival Day, Big 5 Night Drive, & Bush Braai||Kruger National Park|
|Day 10||Big 5 Sunrise Bush Walk||Kruger National Park|
|Day 11||Full Day in Kruger National Park||Kruger National Park|
|Day 12||Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre||Kruger National Park|
|Day 13||Blyde River Canyon with Three Rondavels||Johannesburg|
|Day 14||Depart Johannesburg|
Spend your first day in Cape Town, with time to explore top city landmarks and ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. Days two and three are dedicated to visiting wineries in the Winelands, followed by a Cape Peninsula driving tour to the Cape of Good Hope, at Africa’s southernmost tip. Of course, you’ll stop en route visit the penguin colony at Simons Town, plus swim at Maidens Cove.
Next day visit one of Cape Town's iconic townships before taking the ferry to the former prison on Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens awaits on day four. One of the world's most exceptional botanical gardens, it’s rich with exotic bird and floral species. Then head to Constantia to savor a fusion lunch at La Colombe, a fine dining restaurant that gives a foretaste for next day as you sample South Africa's multi-cultural culinary influences.
On day seven you’ll fly to Johannesburg for two days in South Africa’s largest and most vibrant city. Here you’ll visit the Nelson Mandela Museum, plus enjoy a guided tour of Soweto township and a walking tour of the Maboneng Precinct, a former industrial zone that has been transformed with art galleries, restaurants, markets, and a buzzing nightlife. A highlight will be an interactive culinary experience that spans the African continent.
Day nine, you’ll travel to Kruger National Park, considered the crown jewel of South Africa’s game parks. Here you’ll spend four days on the lookout for the Big Five—elephants, buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard—and other creatures during open-vehicle game drives, and a sunrise bush walk along the Olifants River. You’ll also view Stone Age archaeological sites and even visit the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center, where injured and orphaned animals and birds are cared for. On day 13 return to Johannesburg via the magnificent Blyde River Canyon. Next day, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Cape Town & Garden Route Adventure
This 14-day tour lets you fully immerse yourself in the wonderful Western Cape, with time to explore the region in-depth. From city tours and wine tastings to a shark dive and wildlife safari, this itinerary packs in a huge amount of exhilarating activities and top venues.
|Day 1||Arrive in Cape Town, Bloubergstrand Beach||Cape Town|
|Day 2||Cape Town City Tour & Table Mountain||Cape Town|
|Day 3||Guided Cuisine & Culture Tour||Cape Town|
|Day 4||Fauna & Flora at Kirstenbosch Gardens||Cape Town|
|Day 5||Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Pensinsula, & Stellenbosch||Stellenbosch|
|Day 6||Stellenbosch to Cape Agulhas, Wine Tasting||Cape Agulhas|
|Day 7||Hermanus Whale Watching & Betty's Bay Penguins||Hermanus|
|Day 8||Shark Cage Diving Adventure, Overnight in Hermanus||Hermanus|
|Day 9||Garden Route Drive & Wilderness Canoe||Sedgefield|
|Day 10||Bungee Jumping or Tsitsikamma National Park||Jeffreys Bay|
|Day 11||Addo Elephant National Park Safari, Explore Jeffrey's Bay||Jeffreys Bay|
|Day 12||Oudtshoorn, Caves, & Ostriches||Oudtshoorn|
|Day 13||Wine Tasting on Route 62||Cape Town|
|Day 14||Depart Cape Town|
On day one you’ll arrive Cape Town and spend the afternoon relaxing at Bloubergstrand Beach. Next morning is filled exploring the historic city highlights, while in the afternoon take a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. Foodies will love day three as you sample South Africa's multi-cultural culinary influences, including a traditional Cape Malay lunch in the colorful Bo Kaap district, plus craft beer in the trendy suburb of Woodstock.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens awaits on day four. One of the world's most exceptional botanical gardens, it’s rich with exotic bird and floral species. Then head to Constantia to savor a fusion lunch at La Colombe, an acclaimed fine dining restaurant. Day five, drive south along the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. Then continue to the Winelands district to indulge in delicious cuisines and wines in historic Stellenbosch and, next day, Franschhoek—South Africa's twin wine and food capitals. Then head south to Cape Agulhas for sunset and overnight at the southernmost tip of Africa.
Day seven, drive east for Hermanus, South Africa's top whale-watching destination, where options include sea-kayaking and a whale-watching tour (June-November). Round out your day with a visit to the penguin colony at Betty's Bay. Next day drive to Kleinbaai for a thrilling full-day diving adventure with great white sharks from the safety of a shark-proof cage. Then, on day nine, drive east along the Garden Route for canoeing in Wilderness National Park; end the day in lovely Knysna.
Continue via Plettenberg Bay to Bloukran's Bridge where travelers can leap into the gorge from the world's highest bridge bungee jump, or hike in nearby Tsitsikamma National Park. Up early on day 11 for an exciting game drive in Addo Elephant National Park, followed by free time in Jeffrey's Bay for surfing or other activity. Next day, wind through the Langkloof Mountains and Klein Karoo, home turf of the African ostrich. You’ll visit Cango Ostrich Show Farm, plus explore underground in Cango Caves to admire dripstone formations and prehistoric pictographs. On your penultimate day, follow scenic Route 62 to Cape Town, stopping at Ronnie's Sex Shop, a legendary roadside bar festooned with quirky miscellany. Day 14, depart Cape Town. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Southern Africa Safari: Cape Town, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, & More
This 14-day itinerary combines sophisticated Cape Town, the Cape of Good Hope, and the Winelands with a safari through Sabi Sands Game Reserve, plus the majesty of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. You’ll also spend five exhilarating days exploring Namibia’s watery and wildlife-rich Chobe National Park and Botswana’s equally rich Okavango Delta.
|Day 1||Arrive in Cape Town, City Tour & Table Mountain||Cape Town|
|Day 2||Cape Peninsula Tour, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden||Cape Town|
|Day 3||Cheese, Wine, & Chocolate Tour||Cape Town|
|Day 4||Cape Town to Johannesburg, Soweto Tour||Johannesburg|
|Day 5||Johannesburg to Sabi Sands Safari||Sabi Sands Game Reserve|
|Days 6-7||On Safari in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve||Sabi Sands Game Reserve|
|Day 8||Sabi Sands to Victoria Falls||Victoria Falls|
|Day 9||Victoria Falls to Chobe Safari, Zambezi Queen Houseboat||Chobe National Park|
|Days 10-11||Houseboat Safari in Chobe National Park||Chobe National Park|
|Day 12||Chobe River to Moremi Game Reserve & Okavango Delta||Okavango Delta|
|Day 13||On Safari at Moremi in the Okavango Delta||Okavango Delta|
|Day 14||Depart Botswana via Johannesburg|
You’ll arrive in Cape Town, the chic, sophisticated coastal city with a rich history and stunning setting. A walking tour of the city core takes in the highlight sights, such as Parliament and the District Six Museum. You’ll also enjoy a cable car up Table Mountain. Day two is given to exploring the dramatic shoreline of Cape Peninsula, including Cape of Good Hope and Simon's Town penguin colony, plus Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, with its Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway. Next day, foodies will particularly enjoy a full-day cheese, wine and chocolate indulgence in the Winelands, with visits to three notable wineries in and around Stellenbosch.
On day four you’ll fly to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest and most vibrant city. Here you’ll visit the Nelson Mandela Museum, plus enjoy a guided tour of Soweto township and visit to the Kliptown Youth Program, an after-school tutoring program for disadvantaged youth. Next day, fly to Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park. Here you’ll spend three days heading out on morning and afternoon game drives and walking safaris in search of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino) plus more elusive nocturnal wildlife.
Fly to Zambia on day eight, then transfer to the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls, where your hotel overlooks "The Smoke that Thunders." Enjoy an afternoon dinner cruise along the Upper Zambezi. Next day transfer to Namibia and board the Zambezi Queen houseboat for three days sensational wildlife viewing as you cruise the waterways of Chobe National Park; then fly to Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana’s Okavango Delta for two days. Chobe and the Okavango boast the world's largest concentration of African elephants, large pods of hippos, plus massive herds of Cape buffalo, and many lions and other predators. On day 14 you’ll fly to Maun airport for your onward flight home. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Discover South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, & Tswalu Kalahari
The magnificent and remote northern region of Tswalu Kalahari is a highlight of this sensational 14-day adventure replete with activities to boost your endorphins: hot-air ballooning, sea-kayaking, scuba diving with sharks, and safari bush walks, to name a few. Plus, you’ll experience the best of both Cape Town and Johannesburg and their surrounds.
|Day 1||Arrive in Cape Town||Cape Town|
|Day 2||Guided Cape Peninsula Sidecar Tour||Cape Town|
|Day 3||Shark Cage Diving Adventure||Cape Town|
|Day 4||Guided Sea Kayak & Table Mountain Tour||Cape Town|
|Day 5||Free Day in Cape Town||Cape Town|
|Day 6||Cape Town to Franschhoek, Afternoon Free||Franschhoek|
|Day 7||Guided Bike Tour of the Winelands||Franschhoek|
|Day 8||Winelands to Johannesburg, Soweto Tour||Johannesburg|
|Day 9||Hot Air Balloon Flight & Johannesburg City Tour||Johannesburg|
|Day 10||Johannesburg to Kalahari Game Reserve||Tswalu Kalahari Reserve|
|Days 11-13||Kalahari Safari||Tswalu Kalahari Reserve|
|Day 14||Depart Kalahari via Cape Town or Johannesburg|
Enjoy a Cape Town harbor cruise on your first day in South Africa, or visit the Two Oceans Aquarium or the Diamond Museum. On day two hop aboard a motorcycle sidecar to drive south along the dramatically scenic Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. After viewing the penguin colony at Simons Town, head inland via Muizenberg—famous for its surfing—for wine tasting in the Constantia Winelands.
Day three you’ll drive to Kleinbaai for a thrilling full-day diving adventure with great white sharks from the safety of a shark-proof cage. A sunrise kayak along the Cape Town coast from Moullie Point on day four offers a chance for close-up encounters with whales and dolphins, while your afternoon is given to a tour by open-top bus plus a cable-car ride up Table Mountain for scenic hiking. Then enjoy a free day in Cape Town for activities of your choice.
Spend day six in Franschhoek to partake from a smorgasbord of optional activities, including a ride on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. Next day, indulge in a full-day biking tour through the vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley, including a picnic lunch at a wine estate. Day eight, you’ll fly to Johannesburg for two days in South Africa’s largest and most vibrant city. Here you’ll visit the Nelson Mandela Museum, plus enjoy a guided tour of Soweto township. Up early next day for a hot air balloon flight over the Magalies River Valley, then explore the Johannesburg highlights, including the interactive Museum Africa.
Day 10 fly to the Tswalu Kalahari Private Game Reserve, adjoining the border with Botswana. Ranging from sand dunes to savanna, its range of habitats harbor a wealth of wildlife. When not relaxing at your oasis-like resort, you’ll spend three days exploring the wilderness in search of black-maned lions, critically endangered desert black rhinos, and other remarkable creatures. On day 14, fly to Cape Town or Johannesburg for your flight home. Learn more
Itinerary #5: South Africa Family Adventure: Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route, Safari, & More
Whether you’re traveling with wee ones of adolescents, this 14-day family adventure is sure to awe all family members. From rotating your way up Table Mountain in a cable car and zip-lining to viewing meerkats eye-to-eye and safari bush walks, your week is chock-full of great activities and venues.
|Day 1||Arrive in Cape Town, Family Time on the Beach||Cape Town|
|Day 2||Mountain Peaks & Pirate Ships||Cape Town|
|Day 3||Peninsula Day: Cape Point, Penguins, & Playgrounds||Cape Town|
|Day 4||Family Fun in Franschhoek||Elgin|
|Day 5||Elgin Adventures: Zip Lining, Vineyards Maze, & Beach Zorb-balls||Elgin|
|Day 6||Marine Big 5 Meander, Village Stroll, & River Cruise||Stanford|
|Day 7||Big Cats & Big Milkshakes: Stanford to Oudtshoorn||Oudtshoorn|
|Day 8||Oudtshoorn: Ostriches, Biking, and the Cango Caves||Oudtshoorn|
|Day 9||Meerkat Morning, Sandboarding & Strawberries, Ocean & Oysters||Knysna|
|Day 10||Garden Route: Waterways & Wildlife||Knysna|
|Day 11||Arrive at Shamwari Game Reserve||Eastern Cape Game Reserve|
|Days 12-13||On Safari at Shamwari Game Reserve||Eastern Cape Game Reserve|
|Day 14||Transfer to Cape Town or Johannesburg via Port Elizabeth, Depart|
Arrive in Cape Town on day one, with time to enjoy a harbor cruise, or visit the Two Oceans Aquarium or the Diamond Museum. Next morning ride the cable car up Table Mountain to hike at the summit, then view the mountain from the ocean with a trip aboard the Jolly Roger pirate ship, followed by a sunset ride on the Cape Wheel Ferris Wheel. Day three, journey along the Cape Peninsula, then visit the penguin sanctuary at Boulders Beach, maybe by renting a sea kayak to feel as-one with the penguins. You’ll also visit the Kommetjie Imhoff Village to interact with farm animals, and perhaps enjoy a horseback ride along the beach or even a coastal train ride to Muizenberg.
Next day start with a sensory experience at Babylonstroen Winelands and Gardens, then head to Boschendal, South Africa's second-oldest wine farm, which offers farm learning experiences for kids. A ride on the Wine Tram adds to the fun, as does learning to make chocolate at the Huguenots Chocolate Shop or maybe a visit to the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
Day five includes a zip line ride at the Cape Canopy Tour Adventure Park, exploring the vineyard maze at family-friendly Southhill Vineyards, and paddle-boarding the lake at the mountaintop Old Mac Daddy farm lodge. Next day drive to Gansbaai for a thrilling diving adventure with great white sharks from the safety of a shark-proof cage. Continue to the Klein River for an evening cruise aboard the Lady Stanford.
Next, hit famous Route 62 for Oudtshoorn, stopping en-route at the Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary, a rescue center where kids will love the enrichment tour. Linger next day in Outdtshoorn to visit an ostrich farm, rent bikes, or even thrill to a hot-air balloon ride; and don’t miss exploring the Cango Caves. Day nine, visit a game reserve for a meerkat encounter as you eat breakfast in the bush. Continue to Mossel Bay to sandboard on South Africa’s largest dune. Then it’s on to a strawberry farm for more fun activities. You’ll arrive the seaside town of Knysna with time for a sunset yacht cruise along the coast.
Day ten is for hiking the Tsisitakama Forest and maybe kayaking the Stormsriver Gorge. Then visit the Fynboshoek Cheese Farm, plus the Tenikwa Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for an afternoon of education. Next day, transfer to Shamwari, a luxury private game reserve with a special Kids on Safari Adventure. Your three days here includes game drives, birding, walking safaris, and a visit to the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Rescue Center. Day 14, transfer to Port Elizabeth for connecting flights home. Learn more
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