This tour is a combination of Cape Town, the Garden Route and Kruger National Park. It includes the highlights of South Africa but also includes some slightly less famous attractions and the combination gives you a real feel of all that South Africa has to offer.
20 days / 19 nights – Johannesburg • Cape Town • Stellenbosch • Oudtshoorn • Knysa • Hermanus • Kruger National Park
This is a 20-day guided exploration of Cape Town, the Garden Route and Kruger National Park with some interesting and lesser-known diversions along the way. This tour is designed for a group of six and includes a guide and comfortable bus to give you an idea of the cost and itinerary; it can be tailored to your exact plans.
From the moment you arrive in Cape Town your guide will be there to show you and your group or family around Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route. Our recommended guides have lived most of their lives in the Cape and are passionate about sharing all that this magnificent country has to offer. They are a continuous source of information and history not to mention entertainment.
This is the perfect itinerary for friends travelling together or even a family as mom and dad can relax while your guide enjoys a game of soccer with the kids or takes them on an educational hike, teaching them all about the multiple uses of the flora and fauna, and captivating their imaginations with “survival techniques”.
Day 1 – 3: Johannesburg
Transfer from Jo’burg International to the hotel for two nights in the big city. Spend a day visiting Soweto, the Apartheid Museum, Nelson Mandela’s Family House, the Hector Pieterson Museum and other significant landmarks in this historically and culturally fascinating township.
Day 3 – 8: Cape Town
Fly to Cape Town and meet your personal guide and driver who will show you Cape Town, the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route over the next 13 days. Base camp is the quirky and luxurious MannaBay Hotel in the exciting City Bowl District and from here you can explore the whole of the Cape Peninsula with ease.
Your Cape Town itinerary includes these private excursions with your personal guide:
- Sunset cable car ride up Table Mountain
- Tour of the Cape Peninsula including a four-hour hike in Noordhoek led by the local troupe of habituated chacma baboons
- Kirstenbosch Gardens and a three-hour hike up and down the back of Table Mountain
- Historical tour of the city including the District 6 Museum and a tour of Robben Island
- The V&A Waterfront
- And, amazingly, we’ve got a free day for you to relax, shop or explore more of the many attractions in and around Cape Town
Day 8 – 9: Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch is a comfortable hour away from Cape Town allowing plenty of time to stop en route for lunch and to taste some South African wines including the renowned Graham Beck and the charming Fairview wine farms.
Day 9 – 10: Oudtshoorn
Take the scenic drive along Route 62 over mountain passes and through the small towns of the semi-arid Karoo. Explore the town of Oudtshoorn in the evening to stretch your legs and settle on a dinner venue – of which there are many.
Day 10 – 14: Knysna
Spend the morning with a group of habituated meerkats and exploring the Cango Caves. Drive over the Swartberg Pass – a National Heritage Site – to the seaside town of Knysna.
In Knysna you have many activity options including a scheduled sea kayaking trip in Plettenberg Bay and optional boat cruises, fishing, watersports, nature trails, wildlife reserves, golf, craft markets, art galleries, restaurants and beautiful beaches.
Day 14 – 15: Hermanus
Drive back towards Cape Town on the N2 coastal highway, diverting to the seaside town of Hermanus for a night and a good chance to see whales between July and November – which also the best time to visit South Africa for game viewing safaris.
Day 15 – 16: Cape Town
Cape Town is a short drive along South Africa’s most scenic coastal road. Spend the night in a luxury self-catering suite and choose between home-cooked goodness or a decadent splash at any one of a large number of excellent restaurants.
Day 16 – 20: Kruger National Park
Say good-bye to your tour guide and new best friend as you transfer to Cape Town airport and connect to your flight to the Kruger Park in the far north of South Africa for a five-day safari extravaganza.
The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and one of the world’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries.
You’ll stay in Sabi Sand Game Reserve. In effect you have almost sole occupation of a 10,000 hectare nucleus surrounded by millions of acres of pristine game reserve. The lodge, the safari, the wilderness and the experience are an experience that is hard to beat.
Johannesburg – South Africa’s Golden City
Johannesburg is the business capital of South Africa and the economic powerhouse of Africa. It produces a large proportion of the country’s GDP and attracts investment and skills from all over the world. It is without a doubt the most cosmopolitan city in South Africa with people from all over the continent and the rest of the world. With a population of about 8 million in the greater metropolis, the city has expanded and now virtually connects to Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital. It is the provincial capital of Gauteng, South Africa’s wealthiest province and is the only real global city in sub-Saharan Africa.
Johannesburg is also one of Africa’s main travel hubs and an inevitable access point to many Southern African destinations.
The city was formed in the 1880s after gold and diamonds were discovered on the Witwatersrand. This gold rush led to numerous people flocking to the area in search of riches and labour and the settlement quickly expanded to become the largest in the country. The locals refer to it as Egoli – City of Gold in the Zulu language. Mining is still a major part of the industry around ‘Joburg/Jozi’ but business and information technology are now leading the way.
The Cape Winelands in South Africa is as destination of ultimate indulgence and relaxation. You can do exactly what you want on the Wine Route. Whether you are looking to simply de-stress and unwind and soak up the atmosphere, or whether you are looking to go on a cultural adventure visiting historical monuments, vineyards and galleries. The Cape Winelands will not disappoint.
The Cape Winelands is only 45 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, discover the vineyards of Durbanville, Franschhoek, Paarl, Constantia and Stellenbosch and sample some of South Africa’s best wines. With many fine restaurants connected to the cellars and vineyards you can wine, dine, and rest your spinnning head in some of the most luxurious accommodation.
The Cape Wine Route can be explored in a variety of ways. Its proximity to Cape Town means that if your time is limited it can be explored as a Day Trip. Speak to us about our scheduled day tours, allowing you to really enjoy your wine tasting safe in the knowledge that there is someone else to do the driving! Drinking and driving aside, the best way to explore the Cape Wine Route is by hiring a car and taking a drive under your own steam. This gives you complete flexibility to travel at your own pace and do the things that you want to do.
Browse our website for more information about the winelands. If you can’t find what you are looking for or need some advice, then speak to one of our expert travel consultants so that we can create the perfect tailor-made itinerary for you.
Stellenbosch – Visit South Africa’s second oldest town
Close to Cape Town and surrounded by the magnificent mountain scenery of the Jonkershoek valley lies this charming and historic University town. Stellenbosch, the country’s second oldest town, after Cape Town, was founded in 1679, during the period of control of the Dutch East India Company. Stellenbosch is situated on the banks of the Eerste River, which flows out of the mountains and into a shallow, alluvial and fertile valley perfect for producing wine.
Stellenbosch has become known as ‘the town of oaks’, these trees being abundant and verdant here. Some of the oaks have even been proclaimed national monuments. When Governor Simon van der Stel first visited the area in November 1679 he was so taken by its beauty that he decided to establish a town here. The name Stellenbosch (literally meaning ‘Van der Stel’s forest’) was given to the site of the Governor’s camp, and by the following year the first settlers had arrived from Cape Town.
The soils combined with the well-drained, hilly terrain and Mediterranean climate prove ideal for viticulture. Summers are dry and warm to hot, with some February and March days rising to over 40°C. Winters are cool, rainy and sometimes quite windy, with daytime temperatures averaging 16°C. Snow is usually seen a couple of times in winter on the surrounding mountains. Spring and autumn are shoulder seasons and daytime temperatures hover in the 20°C’s.
Oudtshoorn is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. With 80,336 inhabitants, it is the largest town in the Little Karoo region. The town is home to the world’s largest ostrich population, with a number of specialized ostrich breeding farms, such as the Safari Show Farm and the Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.
Knysna (pronounced NIZE-na) embodies the spirit of the Garden Route: a beautiful stretch of coastline inhabited by wealthy dumb-downers, nature-lovers and surfers by the Kombi-load.
Running along the narrow shelf between a large lagoon and the sheer Tsitsikamma Mountains, the main road is a jumble of knick-knack shops, cafés, supermarkets and an endless parade of slow-moving cars on the hunt for parking space.
Knysna Lagoon is protected by two large cliffs – called ‘The Heads’ – through which a boat-sized gap leads out into the Indian Ocean. The western arm is a nature reserve accessed by ferry; and the other is turning into an elite suburb with plush houses and a fancy golf resort.
You can combine Garden Route with other destinations in South Africa or anywhere else in Africa for that matter. We can plan an itinerary that best suits your needs.
Hermanus is famous for being one of the best land-based whale watching spots in the world. The best time to see these beautiful mammals is between July and November. The Southern Right Whales come as close as 50 metres to the shore and are known to breach, lobtail, spyhop and court in the waters. It’s nothing short of amazing!
Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is the ultimate place to go on safari in search of the Big 5. The Kruger’s unspoiled and untamed environment stirs deep emotions and enables you to experience wild Africa just as you imagined it. Explore South Africa’s premier game viewing destination in style by going on one of our recommended tailor-made tours. Expert rangers from some of the most luxurious lodges in Africa will take you on a 4×4 adventure through private reserves in order to spot the Big 5 and perhaps even the Little 5. Not only that, but you’ll learn about the most fascinating things that you never stopped to think about – insects, bird life, ecosystems and topography.
The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and one of the world’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries. It is approximately the same size as Israel or Wales and covers 20,720 square kilometers. It extends 350km from north to south and 60km from east to west. There is something intensely magical about spending a night under the African stars next to a crackling fire with nothing but the sounds of the bush and the cheer of your family and friends for entertainment.
We use our first-hand experience to create personalised itineraries for our clients. Why book with us? Well because we have the best partner in Africa and it’s more cost effective to book through an agency in Africa so we are able to offer superior rates.