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South AfricaBest of South Africa

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Day 1: Welcome To Cape Town

Meet your guide who will assist you with any queries throughout the trip at Cape Town International Airport and enjoy a complimentary beverage. Then pick up your vehicle Avis Premium. We recommend a tour of Cape Town, also known as the Mother City. Alongside high rise office blocks, a harmonious blend of architectural styles, including Edwardian, Victorian and Cape Dutch, has been meticulously preserved. Among the numerous highlights are the Castle of Good Hope, Company Gardens, Bo-Kaap and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. If weather conditions allow it, take the cableway up to Table Mountain from where you will discover a magnificent view: the harbour and Table Bay. 

Marvel from the aerial cableway and plateau on Table Mountain. The Mother City is synonymous with the elegant mountain that is flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and Lion’s Head to the west, providing a dramatic backdrop to the city. Table Mountain holds an unusually rich biodiversity and forms part of the Cape Floral region, a protected area. Rock hyrax, or dassie as they are locally known, are often seen scampering through the scrub and the views from the summit over Table Bay. Robben Island and the Atlantic seaboard are breathtaking. The cable cars travel up to 302 metres above the sea level, giving passengers panoramic views over the city. Reach the summit in five minutes and marvel at the views, have a bite at the restaurant or go shopping at the extensive curio shop.

Cape Town
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (Cape Town)

Day 2: View From The Lighthouse

Breakfast. We recommend a full day visit of the Cape Peninsula. The road between Cape Town and Cape Point is magnificent and includes the small town of Hout Bay where you can board a boat to discover Seal Island and Chapman's Peak Drive, hacked out of the face of the mountain between 1915 and 1922. The highlight of your day will be Cape Point's lighthouse from where you can witness the meeting of two oceans, the Atlantic and Indian, and the Cape of Good Hope, first rounded by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeus Dias in 1488.

Cape Peninsula, Hout Bay
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (Cape Town)

Day 3: South Africa History

After breakfast, a ferry will collect you from the hotel for a boat ride to the Robben island. Trace the footsteps of Mandela at the museum, just off the coast of Cape Town. It holds a significant place in South African history as it once housed the country’s most famous political prisoner and freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela. It is now a World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. You will be guided by a former political prisoner, offering unique insight into the island’s history, and take you to Nelson Mandela’s former cell, standing exactly as he did when he was incarcerated there, as well as the lime quarry where he was forced into hard labour.

During a half day Cape Wine Route tour, learn everything about wines, from the vineyard to the bottle. Discover Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. Fondly called 'Eikestad' or 'city of oaks', its streets are lined with some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape. Along the route, wine estates welcome you to taste wines and cheeses and learn how the wines are made.

Robben Island, StellenboschWinelands
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (Cape Town)

Day 4: Explore The Famous African Fauna

After breakfast, travel to Garden Route and spend some time exploring Oudtshoorn, the ‘ostrich capital of the world’. Residential suburbs are flanked by acres of ostrich farms where these large flightless birds are bred and raised. We suggest a tour of one of them, where you can view the birds and browse boutiques full of exotic ostrich leather, while the brave can even try to ride an ostrich. Also do not miss the Cango Caves, an almost fantasy limestone cave formation that stretches on for several kilometres. Then encounter the world’s fastest land mammal at the cheetah breeding station or pop in to see prehistoric predators at the crocodile park. A large variety of hiking and biking trails are available on the outskirts of the town, alongside picturesque rivers and waterfalls.

Rosenhof Country House (Oudsthoorn)

Day 5: At A Lagoon Cruise

Enjoy your breakfast and then combine adventure and relaxation with our suggested activities in Knysna starting with a lagoon cruise to view the famous Knysna Heads. While they provide a treacherous channel into the ocean, the lagoon itself is peaceful and ideal for boat cruises and water sports. If you’re feeling energetic, explore the Featherbed Nature Reserve on foot, only a short drive from the town. We also recommend attractions including the Knysna Elephant Park and the rather noisy but highly entertaining Monkeyland. Stroll along Knysna’s tree-lined streets and keep an eye for dolphins that can often be spotted offshore. Also don’t miss the opportunity of trying out delicious fresh oysters.

Oudtshoorn, Knysna
St. James of Knysna (Knysna)

Day 6: Take A Sunny Break!

Have a breakfast then stop over sunny Plettenberg Bay for a relaxing break. This trendy seaside town has some of the most renowned and beautiful beaches along the Garden Route and the village centre is a hive of activity where ice cream parlours rub shoulders with stylish boutiques. Restaurants are plentiful and offer a huge variety of cuisines, with a view over the ocean. You can also visit the Tsitsikamma National Park, offering magnificent walking trails through yellowwood and stinkwood forests and colourful indigenous flora. Here you will also find the Storms River Mouth where you can take a walk over the suspension bridge and continue into the damp, cool forest. Birds are plentiful here and also keep a look out for the resident dassies that seek out sunny spots to catch a snooze.

St. James of Knysna (Knysna)

Day 7: South African Wildlife Discovery

After breakfast, travel to Eastern Cape, in and around port Elizabeth. Depending on your time and itinerary, we could recommend a tour of Port Elizabeth with a busy South African harbour and industrial centre. Many buildings in town represent its English heritage. Also visit Addo National Park, without any doubt one of the most interesting reserves in the country. There are many elephants and numerous other species of wildlife. Keep an eye out for the dung-beetles at work on the tracks across the reserve.

Night at Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elizabeth (Port Elisabeth)

Day 8: Highlights Of Durban

After breakfast, take your flight to Durban. Upon arrival, pick up your vehicle Avis Premium Cat D at the airport. In and around Durban, we suggest: the Golden Mile, Durban's seafront dotted with art deco architecture, including some excellent style inspirations. uShaka, a magnificent theme park offering dolphin shows, shark feeding and various activities, as well as one of the largest aquariums in the world. The Botanical Gardens offers something completely unique, as a result of the humid subtropical climate of the region. The Indian Market has a myriad of spices, souvenirs and crowds. You could also go to Umghlanga, the most beautiful beach of the region and the only one where swimming is possible as the sea is a bit calmer.

Night at Hilton Durban Hotel (Durban)

Day 9: Along The Saint Lucia Beach

Have a breakfast then travel to North Natal area. You should visit the little estuary town of Saint Lucia, known for its magnificent lagoon to take a walk along the beach and then have lunch. You can also book a boat trip to observe hippopotamus and exotic birds, including fish eagles and herons. Enjoy a 4x4 game drive in the afternoon and have dinner at the lodge.

Hluhluwe, Saint Lucia
Night at Falaza Game Lodge & SPA (Hluhluwe)

Day 10: Driving Around Hluhluwe

Take a breakfast and explore Hluhluwe through 4x4 game drives in the morning and afternoon with lunch in between. At the end of the day, have a dinner at the same lodge.

Night at Falaza Game Lodge & SPA (Hluhluwe)

Day 11: Handicrafts For Good Memories

Have breakfast followed by a morning 4x4 game drive. For the morning or the afternoon, you could the Ezulwini craft market that stretches along the road at Ezulwini, and the Swazi candles where you can watch the craftspeople moulding the colourful wax into fascinating shapes and sizes. These delightful candles are exported throughout the world and could be a very popular memento for your friends and family back home. 

Summerfield Resort (Swaziland)

Day 12: Kapama Game Reserve Expedition

Breakfast then travel to Kruger. Visit the Kapama Game Reserve: It is believed that "Kapama" was the name of a local tribe's chief that lived in the area of Thulumahashe. More land acquisitions followed and Kapama has now grown to be the largest single owned Private Game Reserve in the lowveld safari region of South Africa. It occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park, the Klaserie River flows through the reserve and offers ideal prowling grounds for leopard. Kapama's 17000 hectares has all the big game of Africa with 42 mammal species and approximately 350 bird species. This equates to huge natural diversity and includes the famed "Big 5" - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Game drives and walks are conducted by skilled rangers and trackers through the rolling savannah grasslands and riverine forests that make up this appealing African reserve. Enjoy dinner at the lodge.

Night at Kapama River Lodge (Kapama)

Day 13: All Around Kruger

Take a breakfast and explore Kruger through 4x4 game drives in the morning and afternoon with lunch in between. At the end of the day, have a dinner at the lodge.

Kapama, Kruger National Park
Night at Kapama River Lodge (Kapama)

Day 14: The Blyde River Canyon

After breakfast, go on a morning 4x4 Game drive through Kruger. You should visit the fabulous site of the Blyde River Canyon: with a depth of 6 to 800 metres, it stretches over 26 km, forming the third largest canyon in the world. Several viewpoints are worth the stop, in particular the extreme northern one: Three Rondavels. Bourke's Luck Potholes and its impressive rock formation is also worth watching. If you have more time, the small village of Pilgrim's Rest is also worth the detour: t was the first place where gold was discovered in South Africa and mined until 1972. To finish, travel to Johannesburg.

Kapama, Blyde River CanyonPilgrims Rest, Johannesburg
Night at Peermont D'Oreale Grande Hotel (Johannesburg)

Day 15:  Johannesburg City Tour - Departure

Have breakfast then orientate yourself on a full-day tour of Johannesburg, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum. Your explorations begin in the heart of the third largest city in Africa, as you seek out landmark buildings such as the Hillbrow Tower, one of the tallest towers in Africa, the sky-scraping Ponte City, Sentech and Carlton Centre Tower and the multi-million rand Nelson Mandela Bridge. South of city you will find the Apartheid Museum that showcases the notorious system of racial discrimination that became synonymous with South Africa from 1948 to 1994 with the country’s first fully democratic elections. Your tour rounds off with highlights of Soweto such as the match box houses, Orlando Stadium, the Sisulu residence, Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, Vilakazi Street and Mandela House. End of services.

Cape TownCape PeninsulaHout BayRobben IslandStellenboschWinelandsOudtshoornKnysnaPlettenberg BayPort ElisabethDurbanHluhluweSaint LuciaHluhluweEzulwiniSwazilandKapamaKruger National ParkBlyde River CanyonPilgrims RestJohannesburgSoweto

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