Essential South Africa

from £1250
excluding flights *
12 nights Year round

Overview

South Africa is one of the world's most diverse countries as it combines cities, countryside, culture, history, nature and wildlife. A visit to one of the Eastern Cape private reserves provide an opportunity to view the Big Five while a stay in the Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay enables you to connect with nature. The iconic city of Cape Town, with its prominent landmark of Table Mountain provides a fascinating cosmopolitan contrast whilst the surrounding winelands boast spectacular scenery, and of course a chance to sample the local wine.

Highlights

  • Spend three nights in the remarkably beautiful city of Cape Town, nestled at the base of Table Mountain
  • Enjoy wine tasting at several of the best wine estates in the Cape Winelands
  • Stay in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world
  • Explore the picturesque Garden Route, including Knysa and Plettenberg Bay
  • Venture on exciting game drives searching the Big 5 in the Eastern Cape

What's Included

  • Accomodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast, 3 dinners, 3 lunches
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Private transfer from Cape Town airport to hotel
  • Car rental from the morning departing Cape Town for the Winelands

Full description

This 13-day leisurely self-drive holiday includes all the main highlights of South Africa and provides a great combination of city, beautiful landscapes, nature and exhilarating wildlife. Start in the spectacular city of Cape Town soaking up its history, culture and stunning views before heading through the Cape Winelands, Klein Karoo and Garden Route. End the journey with a safari in search of the Big 5 at an Eastern Cape game reserve.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £665 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire

Departure Duration Accommodation Car Category Twin Price (pp)
All year 12 nights Standard Toyota Corolla Quest (or similar) £1,250
All year 12 nights Superior Toyota Corolla Quest (or similar) £1,313
All year 12 nights Deluxe Toyota Corolla Quest (or similar) £2,332

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom 9 nights on a B&B basis, 3 nights on a fully inclusive basis
  • 9 nights on a B&B basis, 3 nights on a fully inclusive basis
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Private transfer from Cape Town airport to your hotel
  • Car rental and delivery of vehicle to your Cape Town hotel on the morning you depart for the Winelands, Toyota Corolla Quest (or similar)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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Day 1: Arrive Cape Town

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met and transferred to you hotel in Cape Town, the ‘mother city’ of South Africa. Cape Town's coastal setting is jaw-dropping; this remarkably beautiful city nestled at the base of Table Mountain has a lot to offer and you will spend three nights here to allow plenty of time to enjoy its main attractions.

Days 2-3: Explore Cape Town

You have two full days to explore Cape Town as you wish. We highly recommend taking a cable car to the top of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain for superb views over the city and the Cape Peninsula, or for those more active, you may wish to hike up the mountain. Perhaps visit the breeding colony of over 2,000 endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach and discover historic Robben Island, the former prison where Nelson Mandela was famously incarcerated for 18 years. Even simply wandering around the V&A Waterfront is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Day 4: Cape Town - Franschhoek

Your rental will be delivered to your hotel in the morning. Depart Cape Town and travel along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, heading to the town of Franschhoek where you will spend the next two nights. Franschhoek dates back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the food and wine capital of South Africa, this charming town located in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style.

Day 5: Discover the Cape Winelands

Today you are free to enjoy wine tasting at several of the best wine estates of the region. We recommend taking the Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour as this is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine and fine wines. Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. If you prefer to be a little more active, you may be interested in a cycle tour around the Franschhoek area and local vineyards.

Day 6: Franschhoek - Oudtshoorn

Travel past eccentric little villages, farming communities and established fruit and wine producers into the Klein Karoo. Away from the big city lights, the Klein Karoo is a region of semi-arid desert, imposing mountain passes and surprisingly beautiful oases. You will stay in Oudtshoorn, the ‘ostrich capital’ of the world, where you may wish to visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour.

Day 7: Oudtshoorn - Plettenberg Bay

Highly recommended this morning is a Meerkat experience. Wake up at dawn to witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, just in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities. Leaving Oudtshoorn behind, it is time to experience the Garden Route. The Garden Route is an area of natural wilderness with endless expanses of untamed forest and pristine beaches with the Atlantic Ocean lapping alongside as imposing mountains line the roads and waterfalls cascade into blue-green seas from dramatic cliffs. We suggest making a stop at the lagoon-side town of Knysna before continuing a little further along the sweeping coastline to the seaside resort of Plettenberg Bay where you will spend the next three nights.

Days 8-9: Discover the Garden Route

You have two free days to explore the Garden Route. You may wish to do some walking in the scenically beautifully Roberg Nature Reserve or Tsitsikamma National Park, known as the ‘garden of the Garden Route’. Alternatively, you can opt to kayak with dolphins and seals or join an ocean safari tour searching for dolphins, sharks, Cape fur seals and whales in season (June - November).

Day 10: Plettenberg Bay - Eastern Cape Game Reserve

Drive to the Amakhala Private Reserve (18,000 hectares) in the Eastern Cape for an African safari experience. The main benefit of staying in a private reserve is that you will not see many other game vehicles and you will be accompanied on game drives with guides who are knowledgeable and experts in spotting wildlife.

Days 11-12: Game watching activities in the Amakhala Private Reserve

Embark on morning and afternoon game tracking drives in 4x4 vehicles, searching for the Big Five. After the evening game drive, enjoy a sundowner drink to watch the sun set. During your stay, you can also enjoy a river cruise (need to request in advance) where you meander down the Bushman’s River looking out for its incredible bird and plant life whilst enjoying an ice cold drink. You will have some free time in the middle of the day where you can relax by the pool, enjoy a spa treatment or catch up on sleep.

Day 13: Eastern Cape - Port Elizabeth Airport

Time permitting, embark on your final early morning game drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Then, drive to Port Elizabeth International Airport where you will return your car and board your flight home or perhaps to another African destination such as Victoria Falls? Our Travel Specialist can advise you on your options.

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