- Take a cable car ride to the top of the iconic Table Mountain
- Walk alongside African penguins at Boulders Beach
- Drive past miles of mountains and vineyards on Route 62
- Snorkel among mangrove trees in the clear waters of Kosi Bay
|Day 1||Arrive in Cape Town, Explore Table Mountain, Dinner on the V&A Waterfront||Cape Town|
|Day 2||Walk With Penguins at Boulders Beach, GOLD Restaurant Show||Cape Town|
|Day 3||Robben Island & Cape Town Tours, Dinner on Kloof Street||Cape Town|
|Day 4||Drive to Mossel Bay via Route 62||Mossel Bay|
|Day 5||Visit Botlierskop Game Reserve||Mossel Bay|
|Day 6||Drive to Durban, Afternoon at the Beach||Durban|
|Day 7||Durban City Tour||Durban|
|Day 8||Drive to St Lucia, Hippo & Crocodile Boat Cruise||St Lucia|
|Day 9||Explore Kosi Bay||St Lucia|
|Day 10||Transfer to Durban & Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town, Explore Table Mountain, Dinner on the V&A Waterfront
Welcome to South Africa! Your self-drive tour begins in Cape Town, a port city in the southwest corner of the country that serves as its legislative capital. Once you arrive at the airport, you'll pick up your rental car and head to your hotel in town.
Get settled in, then take a trip to the top of Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain via cable car to get a bird's eye view of the city. From 3,500 feet (1,067 m) up, you can take in the cityscape and the Atlantic Ocean beyond, stop at the buffet for a snack, or enjoy your own picnic lunch. Table Mountain is home to the unique ecosystem of fynbos, a type of shrubland unique to the Cape region of South Africa that supports around 8,500 species of plants as well as animals like rock hyrax, lizards, and eagles.
Day 2: Walk With Penguins at Boulders Beach, GOLD Restaurant Show
Today, take the 40-minute drive to Simon's Town, home to Boulders Beach—perhaps the most famous beach in this part of South Africa. After all, it is one of few places in the world where you can walk with African penguins, an endangered species that only lives on the coasts of South Africa and Namibia. A colony of these penguins lives in the inlets, guarded by granite boulders, and a network of boardwalks brings curious onlookers right up next to the birds.
Day 3: Robben Island & Cape Town Tours, Dinner on Kloof Street
Tour Robben Island today and learn about the 500-year-old history of the island and its maximum security prison which notably held political prisoner Nelson Mandela for 18 years. You'll see the lime quarry where prisoners worked and the house where political prisoner Robert Sobukwe lived in solitary confinement. Go even farther back in time as you tour old military bunkers, and the cemetery used to bury patients when the island was used as a leper colony in the 19th and 20th centuries.Later on, take a guided tour of the city, starting near Cape Town Stadium. Head toward Bo-Kaap, once used to house enslaved people, now home to vibrantly painted houses and a thriving Cape Malay culture. Visit Company's Garden, the oldest garden in the country and home to the Iziko Slave Lodge, a museum focused on South African slavery. As you head from Green Market Square to the 17th-century Castle of Good Hope, stop to take in memorials and monuments like the District Six Museum.
Day 4: Drive to Mossel Bay via Route 62
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Day 5: Visit Botlierskop Game Reserve
Switch gears today as you head into Botlierskop Game Reserve, home to over 26 different species of animals and over 200 resident bird species. For a true safari experience, opt for a guided game drive and enjoy close encounters with rhinos, lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, rare black impalas, golden wildebeest, mountain zebras, hippos, and more! You can also try your hand at fishing with an experienced guide or take time off on your own and ask your guide to arrange a fishing rod and tackle. Fish species you are likely to catch include blue carp, largemouth bass, and freshwater eels.
If your idea of relaxation is fresh air and exercise, you can get in a game of tennis at the Botlierskop tennis court, located below Botlierskop Main Lodge. Guests can rent the tennis court for an hour or more, day or night, and rackets and balls are provided. Birdwatchers shouldn't miss a visit to Moordkuil River Dam, where you can take a paddle up Moodkuil River for views of the nearby mountains and a remarkable array of birdlife. Later, you'll drive back to your hotel in Mossel Bay for the evening.
Day 6: Drive to Durban, Afternoon at the Beach
This morning, drive from Mossel Bay to nearby George Airport, drop off your car, and hop on a flight to the city of Durban. Located on the coast of eastern South Africa, Durban is known for its amazing beaches and Afro-Indian culture. Upon arrival, you'll grab your rental car and get checked in at your hotel, after which the rest of your day is free.
Day 7: Durban City Tour
Day 8: Drive to St Lucia, Hippo & Crocodile Boat Cruise
Get back on the road today and make the two-hour drive up the coast to St Lucia, located in the UNESCO-listed iSimangaliso Wetland Park. On your first day at the park's 136 miles (220 km) of coastline and beaches, take a guided tour through the St Lucia Estuary. Aboard a double-decker ferry, you will learn about the park's extraordinary ecosystem and the animals that call it home, including hippos and crocodiles that you may see from on deck.
Afterward, you can see more of what the park has to offer, with a self-driving safari along the park's western shores for views of more wildlife such as elephants and zebras, or visit to Ingwe Beach, where you can walk for miles along the peaceful shoreline.
Day 9: Explore Kosi Bay
Day 10: Drive to Durban & Depart
After several days of exploring the coast of South Africa, it's time to say goodbye. Drive in your rental car from St Lucia to the Durban International Airport. From here, you can connect to your international departure flight. Safe travels!
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