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South Africa Safaris & Garden Route

ZA04: 12 Days Johannesburg - Kruger National Park - Cape Town - Garden Route - Port Elizabeth

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: Experienced English-speaking driver guide & air-conditioned car
Hotel: Carefully selected comfortable hotels & lodges with good value

Itinerary
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Day 1: Fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park, Private Panorama Route tour
In the morning, the driver will pick you up from the hotel and then transfer you to the Johannesburg Airport, where you will take a one-hour flight to the Kruger National Park. After arrival, you will be received by the experienced driver guide to start your Panorama Route visit. The beautiful Panorama Route links various natural and cultural attractions in South Africa. Along the way, you will visit the God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Rissington Inn (4 stars)

Day 2: Transfer to Kruger National Park, Sunset safari
Today, we will drive around 2 hours to reach the Safari Lodge in Balule Nature Reserve, which is 110 kilometers (68 miles) away. An experienced ranger and a local tracker will accompany you to take the first open-vehicle game drive. With their help, you will learn more about the wild plants, animals and jungles and have a chance to search for the Big 5 - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinos. Then, we will return to the lodge for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge (4 stars)

Day 3: Full day at Kruger National Park (shared vehicle)
As animals prefer to start their activities very early, so we will start today's safari tour in the early morning. The ranger and the local tracker with superb tracking skills will lead you to find more animals. And you will have plenty of chances to take wonderful photos since the car will be very close to the animals.

After the safari, we will go back to the lodge for breakfast. In the following time, you can enjoy a relaxing time at the swimming pool or join in a bush walk under the guidance of the ranger. It would be an unforgettable experience to hike through the pristine jungle and search for the plants and wild animals. In the afternoon, a game drive will be arranged.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge (4 stars)

Day 4: Sunrise Safari, Fly to Cape Town, Airport pick-up
After enjoying a sunrise game drive in the Kruger National Park, you will be transferred to the airport. Then take the flight for three hours to Cape Town. Upon arrival, you will be met and escorted to the hotel for check-in. The rest time is free for you.

Cape Town located beside the Atlantic Ocean is the mother city of South Africa, where you can experience the diversified cultures, taste delicious food and wines, and appreciate the natural beauty. The journey here will not let you down.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town (4 stars)

Day 5: Cape Town city, Table Mountain and Robben Island
We will spend the whole day to explore several natural and cultural relics in Cape Town. We will first visit the Castle of Good Hope and the Cape Town City Hall, stop over at the St. George's Cathedral and then go through the lush Company Gardens to reach the Bo-Kaap. The Bo-Kaap is also called the Cape Malay Quarter and is the cultural center of the city.

Afterwards, follow the guide to the Table Mountain at an altitude of 1,087 meters (3,566 feet) which is named after its 3-kilometer-long (1.9-mile-long) flat peak. It is also renowned as the God's Dinning Table. Standing at the top, tourists can overlook the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Town. The last stop today is the most notorious jail Robben Island where the first black president and the national father of the country Nelson Mandela was prisoned for 18 years.

About the Robben Island: Visitors are required to provide any of the identification documents like passport, birth certificate or driving license when buying the ticket and boarding the ferry. Copies of any document are also accepted.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town (4 stars)

Day 6: Full day private Cape Peninsula tour
Today, we will go sightseeing in the amazing Cape Peninsula. We will take a scenic drive through the Clifton Beach and the Camp’s Bay, the Sea Point Promenade, and finally get to the Hout Bay, where we will take boat to travel around the Duiker Island, a paradise for hundreds of thousands of seals.

Then move forward to the southern end of the peninsula to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, where there are abundant wild animals, plants, and more than 100 beaches. Here, we can take the cable car up to the lighthouse. This lighthouse was built to warn the sailors that they were approaching the dangerous Cape of Storms. Afterwards, we will drive 30 minutes to the Simon's Town. Here, you can observe the endangered African penguins in the Boulders' Beach at a very close distance. Finally, we will head to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town (4 stars)

Day 7: Drive to Franschhoek, Cape Winelands tour
After breakfast, we will enjoy a full-day winelands tour to visit the best wine regions in South Africa: Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl. Franschhoek was built by Huguenots who brought the French vine species, wine brewage, architectural style and lifestyle. This ancient town has been full of wine flavor from then on and is regarded as the Provence of the southern hemisphere. There are also well-preserved Huguenot Memorial Museum and Cape Dutch buildings. You will be amazed by many world-class wine estates and fancy restaurants here.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: La Fontaine Guest House (4 stars)

Day 8: Drive to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world
In the morning, we will continue to drive to Oudtshoorn along the scenic road Route 62. It takes 4 hours to travel the distance of 375 kilometers (233 miles). It is famous as the ostrich capital of the world so we will visit an ostrich farm. Also, the spectacular limestone cave Cango Caves is unmissable and we will pay a visit. It is one of the most ancient natural landscapes in the world.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: De Zeekoe Guest Farm (4 stars)

Day 9: Drive to Knysna, the oyster box of South Africa
We will go sightseeing the South Africa's sixth most ancient town George via Outeniqua Pass. Plenty of historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and the King Edward VII Library are situated here. Then go on to take a 2-hour car ride to pass through the Wilderness and arrive at Knysna. This famous tourist resort is also known as the oyster box of South Africa and situated at a lagoon in the middle of the Garden Route. Next, we will visit the Eastern Head and the Brenton on Sea to have a bird-eye view of Knysna, and then enjoy a lagoon cruise.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Parks Manor Guest House (4 stars)

Day 10: Drive to Tsitsikamma National Park
After an exploration at Knysna West Head, we will proceed to Tsitsikamma National Park. On the way, we will visit the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary to see the 11 species of primates, and the largest single free-flight aviary, Birds of Eden, to watch various birds like Caribbean Flamingo, Golden Pheasant and Ruppell's Parrot. The next stop is the Bloukrans Bridge, the world's highest single-arch bridge which also operates the world's highest bungee jumping.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Day 11: Tsitsikamma National Park
Today's visit includes the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Storms River Mouth. Tsitsikamma National Park is the essence of the Garden Route. In the 80-kilometer (50-mile) coastline natural reserve, there are also forests and crisscrossing rivers in addition to the seaside scenery. The fairly good ecological environment enables abundant species living there, such as seals, otters, gazelles and rock hyraxes.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Day 12: Drive to Port Elizabeth, End of service
After breakfast, we will drive eastward along Tsitsikamma Forest to the Port Elizabeth 185 kilometers (115 miles) away. It takes about 2.5 hours. With a pleasant climate, it is renowned as the “friendly city”. We will escort you to the downtown area or directly to the Port Elizabeth Airport and say goodbye to you. Hope you enjoy this journey!

Meals: Breakfast

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This trip can be tailored to match your dates and interests!
Tour Prices

2024 & 2025 Special: 12% off - Book before Feb 29, 2024

Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan-Apr, Oct-DecUSD6399 USD5631USD4969 USD4372
May-SepUSD6059 USD5331USD4649 USD4091
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
What's Included
  • Economy class airfare of Johannesburg - Nelspruit / Hoedspruit - Cape Town.
  • Services of a professional English speaking drive-guide and air-conditioned vehicles as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
  • Park fees and conservation fees.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out of South Africa.
  • Personal expenses (travel insurance, laundry, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for drive guide, hotel, lodge.
  • South Africa visa fees.
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