- Experience the best of Cape Town, from wine tastings to shark-cage tours
- Travel to the Cape of Good Hope and enjoy traditional African cuisine
- Hit the road along Route 62 and the stunning Garden Route
- Go on safari game drives in national parks to see African elephants in the wild
|Arrive in Cape Town, Dinner on the V&A Waterfront
|Cape Peninsula Day Trip
|Cape Town Guided City Tour, Traditional African Dinner
|Winelands Tour & Tasting
|Drive to Hermanus, Shark Cage Diving
|Drive Route 62 to Oudtshoorn, Boplaas Wine Tasting, Visit Cango Caves
|Buffelsdrift Bush Drive, Ostrich Farm Tour
|Drive to Sedgefield: Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, & Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
|Drive to Jeffreys Bay via Tsitsikamma National Park
|Free Day in Jeffreys Bay
|Drive to Addo, Half-Day Addo Elephant National Park Safari
|Full-Day Addo Elephant National Park Safari
|Drive to Port Elizabeth & Depart
Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town, Dinner on the V&A WaterfrontWelcome to South Africa! Upon arrival at the airport in Cape Town, a driver will transfer you to your hotel. If you have the energy after settling in, head out to get your bearings in the city. You could start with a visit to the colorful neighborhood of Bo-Kaap or catch the 40-minute ferry to Robben Island to tour the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years behind bars. For the best vantage point around, hop on the aerial cableway to the summit of Table Mountain to marvel at breathtaking views of the city 3,563 feet (1,086 m) below.
Day 2: Cape Peninsula Day Trip
Set out this morning on the ultimate day trip from Cape Town. After picking you up at your hotel, you and your guide will head south through the historic wine region of Constantia and over the Ou Kaapse Weg mountain pass to the coastal suburb of Noordhoek. This is a great place to stop for coffee and snap photos of the long coastline and wide beaches.Continue south to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, where you'll stop at the Cape of Good Hope. Here, you can hike up to the iconic lighthouse and enjoy views over the headland to both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Then, visit the fishing village of Simon's Town, which is home to a colony of African penguins. Stroll alongside these flightless birds before enjoying lunch at a local seafood restaurant.
Day 3: Cape Town Guided City Tour, Traditional African DinnerSee more of Cape Town today with a half-day guided tour of the city. Explore its historic landmarks as you learn about South Africa's history and the people who shaped it. Stops along the way include Company's Garden, the Houses of Parliament, the 17th-century Castle of Good Hope, and the Iziko Slave Lodge. You'll also visit historic Green Market Square, which once served as a slave market but these days hosts a popular flea market.
Day 4: Winelands Tour & TastingEmbark on one of the most popular experiences in the region today with a tasting tour through the Cape Winelands. This part of the Western Cape of South Africa is home to more than 500 wineries, and today you'll get to visit several of the best. A bonus is that Cape Town's wine country is incredibly beautiful, so the drives between each estate will be scenic and unforgettable experiences in their own right.
The guide will pick you up in the morning, and then it will be up to you which of the six viticulture regions of Cape Winelands you'd like to visit (of course, there will be recommendations according to your specific tastes). At each estate, you'll taste incredible cabernets, syrahs, and other varietals and pair them with delicious tidbits like homemade goat cheese and artisanal chocolates. You'll return to Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Day 5: Drive to Hermanus, Shark Cage DivingAfter enjoying a leisurely morning in Cape Town, check out of your hotel, pick up your rental car, and drive a couple of hours southeast to the tranquil seaside town of Hermanus. After checking in to your new accommodation, embark on a half-day wildlife adventure that is not for the faint of heart. It involves entering the natural habitat of one of the ocean's most famous apex predators: the great white shark.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 6: Drive Route 62 to Oudtshoorn, Boplaas Wine Tasting, Visit Cango CavesSouth Africa's most famous country road—Route 62—offers surprises around every bend. Today, you'll embark on a journey down this scenic highway to the town of Oudtshoorn, located in the valley of Klein Karoo. As you drive, enjoy the expansive vistas of broad mountain ranges and fertile plains, home to grapevines and fruit orchards.
The last scheduled stop you'll make is at the Cango Caves, a natural landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you'll enter a magical limestone labyrinth stretching around 2.5 miles (4 km). These underground systems are also a cultural landmark, as ancient cave art indicates habitation during the early Stone Age. More recently, the caves were used by the Khoikhoi Indigenous people, and samples of their early paintings can still be seen on the walls today.
Day 7: Buffelsdrift Bush Drive, Ostrich Farm TourThis morning, you'll meet your guide and head out on a two-hour 4WD safari through Bufflesdrift, a game reserve in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. Though you won't find much in the way of big cats here, you'll still spot a remarkable variety of wildlife, like elephants, zebras, giraffes, hippos, and possibly even a rhino.
After the bush drive, enjoy an even more unique wildlife experience when you embark on the only tractor safari on an ostrich farm in South Africa. This tour takes place on a working farm that is the sole place to see Zimbabwean, Kenyan, and South African ostriches in one place. Your expert guides will explain the natural breeding cycle of these animals, and a major highlight is a visit to the incubator room to see ostrich hatchlings.
Day 8: Drive to Sedgefield: Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, & Jukani Wildlife SanctuaryLeave Oudtshoorn this morning and drive 1.5 hours south to the charming seaside village of Sedgefield. This marks your entry to the Garden Route, the famous 186-mile (300 km) stretch of South African coastline that runs from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape region and abounds in natural beauty. On this route, you'll pass through coastal mountains, native rainforests, lagoons, beaches, coves, and much more.
Today, though, you'll be focusing on the wildlife in the area. First, you'll visit Monkeyland, a multi-species primate sanctuary. After spending time with the primate residents, you'll make your way to Birds of Eden. This reserve is home to a 5-acre (2 ha) dome that functions as a free-flight aviary and currently houses over 3,500 birds from over 220 species.
Last on the itinerary is Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary. The mission here is to operate as a sustainable wildlife sanctuary and spread awareness about the plight of big cats in captivity worldwide. Various rescued cats call Jukani home, including lions, leopards, and Bengal tigers.
Day 9: Drive to Jeffreys Bay via Tsitsikamma National ParkGet ready for some outdoor adventure this morning when you hit the road east to the surf town of Jeffreys Bay. The drive takes about 2.5 hours, and you'll be stopping along the way for nature excursions in Tsitsikamma National Park. This stunning protected area on the Garden Route stretches for about 50 miles (80 km) and is famous for its forests, beaches, and rivers. There are all kinds of exciting activities to keep you busy here that are great for the whole family.
For stunning views, head to the Bloukrans Bridge. This incredible concrete archway rises 708 feet (216 m) over the Bloukrans River and offers great views. The bridge is also home to the largest commercial bungee jump in the world, as it covers the full 709-foot (216 m) distance to the river below. If you're brave enough, feel free to give it a try!
Day 10: Free Day in Jeffreys Bay
Today is yours to enjoy Jeffreys Bay like a local, which means hitting the waves. There's no shortage of boards for rent, and many experts offer lessons for all skill levels. Or, if you want to hang ten but aren't a fan of the ocean, sandboarding might be the activity for you. There are dunes you can carve a mere five minutes from the town center. Another great option is a guided horseback ride that will take you along the beach and around the inland coastal areas.
Day 11: Drive to Addo, Half-Day Addo Elephant National Park SafariWake before dawn and transfer to Addo Elephant National Park for a half-day safari game drive. This is the third-largest national park in South Africa and, as the name suggests, one of the best places to see African elephants in the country. The park was founded in 1931 to protect the last 11 elephants in the area. Their numbers have since rebounded, and today hundreds continue to thrive in this protected area. Upon arrival, meet your expert guide, hop in a 4WD vehicle, and begin the safari.
While animal sightings can never be guaranteed, you'll almost certainly spot some of the hundreds of African elephants in this park. You'll also see plenty of antelope, zebras, warthogs, Cape buffalo, and more. And while spotting big cats here is rare, you might get lucky and catch a glimpse of the elusive rhino or shy leopard. Afterward, head to your accommodation in Addo, where you'll overnight.
Day 12: Full-Day Addo Elephant National Park SafariHead back out on a full-day safari in Addo, where you'll have the chance to glimpse some of the animals you might have missed yesterday. Addo is home to the coveted Big Five of African game (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo,) and you're likely to spot at least one or two of them on today's drive.
Day 13: Drive to Port Elizabeth & Depart
It's time to say goodbye to South Africa. At the appropriate time, you'll drive to the airport in Port Elizabeth, drop off your rental car, and catch your flight home. Until next time!