This tour takes you from the sights of Cape Town to the lush Overberg, followed by an exceptional safari experience. Enjoy some of South Africa’s most sought after destinations across the diverse Western and Eastern Cape Provinces.

Overview

This 10-day experience highlights a combination of city, wine lands, coastline, farm stays, and safari. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the views from the top of Table Mountain, the history of Robben Island, and taste some of the finest wines South Africa has to offer. Depending on what you prefer, you’ll be able to enjoy luxury accommodation in ideal locations and experience true South African hospitality.

Highlights

  • Visit Cape Point Nature Reserve where the two oceans meet
  • Experience a stay on a luxury farm estate in the Overberg
  • Visit Knysna and enjoy a luxury river cruise
  • Enjoy 2 nights at a luxury Eastern Cape Safari Lodge and view the Big 5

Brief itinerary

Day Activity Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town Cape Town
Day 2 Cape Peninsula Tour Cape Town
Day 3 City Tour, Table Mountain & Robben Island Cape Town
Day 4 Cape Town to Caledon Caledon
Day 5 Caledon to Oudtshoorn Klein Karoo
Day 6 Oudtshoorn to Knysna Knysna
Day 7 Hike through the Knysna forest Knysna
Day 8 Knysna to Pumba Private Game Reserve Pumba Private Reserve
Day 9 Safari Pumba Private Reserve
Day 10 End of tour  

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town

Cape Town
Aerial view of picturesque Cape Town

After arriving at Cape Town International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in the heart of Cape Town overlooking the Company Gardens, with exceptional views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.

Day 2: Cape Peninsula Tour

Boulders Beach
African penguins at Boulders Beach (© Howard Spencer-Wilson)

Highlights of today’s tour include a visit to Boulders Beach (home to the African penguins), an awe-inspiring view over Cape Point (where the two oceans meet), and the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Peninsula tour includes a visit to Hout Bay, where you have the opportunity to visit local markets and a glass bottom boat ride around Seal Island.

Along the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula is Cape Point Nature Reserve. Rich in biodiversity with an array of unique flora and fauna, Cape Point is a must-see on anyone’s list. This spectacular location offers secluded beaches, endemic fynbos, a large variety of animals, reptiles and pelagic birds. The breathtaking views across the bay from the Cape’s most powerful lighthouse is a must see.

Day 3: City Tour, Table Mountain & Robben Island

Enjoy a visit to all the prominent and historical locations of Cape Town, followed by a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain. Named one of the 7 Wonders of the World, the incredible views from the “table top” will leave you mesmerized.  A boat trip to Robben Island will give you an insight into the life of prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, and one of the most historical and internationally renowned locations in the world.

Day 4: Cape Town to Caledon

Cape Town wine lands
Cape Winelands (© Howard Spencer-Wilson)

Today’s departure from Cape Town to the start of the Overberg region first takes you to the Cape Winelands. You will enjoy a stop at a number of infamous wine farms and taste some of the best produce (from wine to cheese and olives) South Africa has to offer.  The day ends with your arrival at your accommodation at Rouxwil Country House.

Day 5: Caledon to Oudtshoorn

Ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn (© Howard Spencer-Wilson)

Today’s journey takes you farther inland to Oudtshoorn. The area is predominantly known for ostrich farms, biltong, and the famous Cango Caves. Enjoy a day of exploring beneath the earth’s surface at one of the most astounding locations in the country. For the adventure seeker, you will have an opportunity to be adventurous and actually ride an ostrich. A visit to the Wildlife Centre will give you an opportunity to come up close to some of South Africa’s famous animals. Overnight at the Mooiplaas Guest House, a functioning ostrich farm in the Klein Karoo.

Day 6: Oudtshoorn to Knysna

Today you head back to the coast and to the seaside town of Knysna. The next two days will allow for relaxing strolls along the shore, a luxury boat cruise along the lagoon and enjoy some of Knysna’s best and most sought after cuisine: oysters. For decades, Knysna has retained its title as the oyster capital of South Africa – and rightfully so.

Located at the end of the Garden Route, the town of Knysna is built on the shore of a warm-water lagoon. This scenic town is renowned for its beauty and tranquillity. Knysna is a popular holiday destination for local and international visitors, hosting a number of events throughout the year. Surrounded by forests, water, and rolling hills, Knysna is the ideal destination for hiking, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, running and relaxing.

Day 7: Knysna

Young elephant in Knysna Elephant Park
Young elephant in Knysna Elephant Park

Today continues with experiencing Knysna and its surroundings. Enjoy a hike through the Knysna forest – a true tropical and subtropical ecoregion and one of the most diverse and beautiful areas along the East Coast of South Africa. Overnight at the Knysna Hollow Country Estate located near the Knysna Lagoon.

Day 8: Knysna to Pumba Private Game Reserve

Pumba Game Reserve
Pumba Game Reserve (© Howard Spencer-Wilson)

Today’s journey takes you from the shores to the bush. For the next two days, you will enjoy a true luxury 5-star African safari at the Pumba Private Game Reserve. Situated in a malaria-free area, Pumba Private Game Lodge is an ideal setting for a luxury African safari.

The area offers exceptional sightings of wildlife, bird watching, and catch-and-release fishing. The lodge provides a number of activities, as well as eloquently decorated chalets – each fitted with a plunge pool and outdoor shower.  Enjoy the scenery and views across the landscape from your own private game viewing deck.

Day 9: Safari

Pumba game reserve
Lioness at Pumba Game Reserve

Awaken to the sounds of the wild and enjoy a full day of game viewing and safari activities. Enjoy the sunrise and sunset at a nominated top 10 safari destination in the world. Daily activities include bird watching, bass fishing, stargazing and horseback riding.

Day 10: End of tour

For the last day of your tour, enjoy an early game viewing activity, followed by breakfast. Your tour ends with a transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport, where you will board your outbound flight.

Map

Map of 10 Days in South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari
Map of 10 Days in South Africa: Cape Town, Garden Route and Safari

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10 days in south africa: cape town, garden route and safari, South Africa - Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2018

Traveler: George M. - Local specialist: Howard Spencer-Wilson

Every part of my trip went like clockwork exactly according to plan. Both of the lodges that I went to were very good although Settlers Drift was the best. The rangers and wild life was also excellent.
All my car transfers wore on time with good drivers and my Avis hire car was good and as planned