This twelve-day itinerary combines two classic South Africa regions: Cape Town and Kruger National Park. During eight days in and around Cape Town, you'll experience everything the city has to offer, including a wine-tasting excursion and Cape Point tour, before heading to the national park—home to hundreds of species of wildlife. Spend the last few days of your trip looking for the "Big 5" from an open-air vehicle, and your nights in a luxurious safari lodge.

Highlights

  • Sample fine South African wines at the vineyards around Cape Town
  • Wander the grounds of the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Spot the 'Big Five' on safari in majestic Kruger National Park
  • Learn about wildlife conservation at a rehabilitation center

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town Cape Town
Day 2 Explore the city center Cape Town
Day 3 Cape Point tour Cape Town
Day 4 Wine route tour Cape Town
Day 5 Free day Cape Town
Day 6 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Cape Town
Day 7 West Coast tour Cape Town
Day 8 Cape Town to Kruger 5-star safari lodge
Day 9 Kruger safari 5-star safari lodge
Day 10 Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre 5-star safari lodge
Day 11 Panorama tour 5-star safari lodge
Day 12 Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town

Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa! You'll be met upon your arrival in Cape Town and transferred to your hotel. If there's time in the remainder of the day, explore the beach or relax in your villa. A private chef can be arranged, or you can make your own meal arrangements.

Day 2: Explore the City Center

Cape Town City Hall

Today you'll enjoy a guided tour of the city center, either walking or via a hop-on/hop-off bus—the choice is yours. Afterwards, walk or take the bus to the V&A Waterfront, where there are many family-friendly activities such as boat rides and aquarium visits. Top off your day by with a cable car ride up Table Mountain or a visit to the famous Robben Island

Day 3: Cape Point tour

Cape Peninsula

Today, follow the Atlantic Seaboard and drive along Chapman's Peak Drive to Boulders Beach, renowned for its colony of rare Jackass Penguins. At the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve you can cycle around, have a picnic lunch and climb to the lighthouse. After taking in the breathtaking views, you will slowly head back to Table View.

Day 4: Wine route tour

Wineries of Stellenbosch

The only exercise you'll need to do today is fill your wine glass! Enjoy some wine tasting today at Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl, including a cellar tour and a picnic lunch. Enjoy the local selections with a variety of white and red cultivars and their own blends and styles.Later, you can stop at the giraffe center or lion park to meet the animals.

Day 5: Free day

Shark-cage diving

Today is yours to do as you please. You can spend the day relaxing on the beach, or try something more adventurous like shark-cage diving, skydiving, or sandboarding.

Day 6: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Today, head to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you'll have time to wander around, play games on the grass, or eat at a traditional African restaurant. After the gardens, head to one of the local food and craft markets for some exploration and shopping.

Day 7: West Coast tour

Die Strandloper

Head up the West Coast, visiting small fishing villages along the way. Your first stop is at a bushman cultural village, where you will be taken on a guided tour and learn about how they lived and hunted.

Then, head further along the coast. Enjoy the sound of gently lapping waves, crackling open fires, and seagulls calling from above. Welcome to Die Strandloper, on the beach in Langebaan. Experience a feast of seafood dishes, prepared in true "Weskus" (West Coast) style. Mussel pots, fish curry, freshly baked breads, delicious jams—the list goes on. Bring your own refreshments or visit the famous Beach Bar as you listen to the sounds of a strumming guitar. This is the land of good food, good cheer, and good, old-fashioned hospitality.

Day 8: Cape Town to Kruger

Giraffes in Kruger National Park

Today, fly to Kruger National Park, be met at Kruger/Nelspruit Airport and transferred to your 5-star lodge.

The Karongwe Reserve is home to the Big Five (lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants) as well as a wealth of other creatures. Your open vehicle game drive will be perfect for game viewing. There are lots of magnificent photographic opportunities; enjoy the view from amid the lush vegetation, the huge variety of trees and over 365 different bird species. Game drives are conducted with our qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers, who will share their vast experience of the African Bush and a chance to view cheetah on foot.

Enjoy a sundowner while the sun sets over the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains.

Day 9: Kruger Safari

Enjoy a sundowner drink on safari

Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles with qualified and knowledgeable guides. Alternatively, you can go on bush walks on foot and get closer to the wildlife (safety first, of course!). Enjoy two game drives today, one in the early morning, and the other later in the late afternoon.

Day 10: Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Kruger National Park

After breakfast, head to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at Moholoholo, where you can gain a deeper understanding of the dangers that our wildlife faces today. This center is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and the rehabilitation of injured and poisoned wildlife, and also runs a range of successful breeding programs. Here, you may see numerous baby animals as well as lions, leopards, servals, lynx, honey badgers, eagles, vultures, wild dogs and any other creatures that are recuperating there. You have the option of an afternoon safari, too.

Day 11: Panorama Tour

Blyde River Canyon

Today, explore one of South Africa’s most picturesque routes as you take a tour of the area’s many natural wonders. You will see Pinnacle Rock towering 98 feet (30 m) above the forest, as well as God’s Window, one of South Africa’s most famous vantage points (on clear days you can see as far as Mozambique). Take in the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels, massive spirals of dolomite that rise from the far wall of the canyon. Other highlights include the spectacular Lisbon Falls and unusual rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Lunch is enjoyed halfway through the journey and there’s a chance to explore colorful craft markets en-route.

Day 12: Depart

After breakfast and a morning game drive, return to the airport in time for your departure flight.