This tour will show you the main attractions of South Africa from Soweto to Swaziland, Cape Town and the Blyde Canyon. The iconic Kruger NP is where you have the opportunity to see the big five. The ”rainbow nation” is adorned with magnificent landscapes, towering mountains, more than 3000 km of coast, deserts, geological wonders, flora, fauna and its rich cultural and historical past. All optional activities will be offered to you at our preferential rates, discounted at around 15%.
|Start||Johannesburg (Day 1)|
|Day 2||Blyde River Canyon (Panorama Route)|
|Day 3-5||Kruger NP|
|Day 6||Mlilwane WS|
|Day 7||Ezulwini Valley (Highlight)|
|Day 8||Cape Winelands (Winelands)|
|Day 9||Cape of Good Hope (Cape Peninsula)|
|Day 10-11||Robben Island (Cape Town)|
|End||Cape Town (City) (Day 12)|
Activities: game drives, evening/night game drives, walking safaris (with an armed guide) & boat trip
Game drives: open-sided 4×4 vehicle
Getting around: minivan
A transfer from and back to the airport is included
Johannesburg City – Soweto + Apartheid museum
This afternoon we visit Soweto with an experienced local guide (optional). You shall also visit Soweto township, Freedom Square and Hector Peterson Memorial.
A walking tour and drive will take you to and past various points of interest. Home of Mandela, Winnie Mandela and the FNB stadium. Home to the late former president, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Then it’s the Apartheid Museum which illustrates the rise and fall of South Africa’s era of segregation and oppression, and is an absolute must-see. Time permitting, Liliesleaf, which was the farm used secretly by African National Congress activists in the 1960s and was the location where many prominent African National Congress leaders were arrested, leading to the Rivonia Trial. Nowadays Liliesleaf Farm is a Museum and world-famous Heritage Site, attracting many visitors annually. Nelson Mandela was captured here which lead to the famous Rivonia trial.
Meals & Drinks:
Blyde River Canyon & Panorama Route
We depart for the beautiful Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga. You follow the scenic Panorama Route and admire God’s Window, Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon, Long Tom Pass, the battlefields, Bourkes Luck Potholes, and the various waterfalls of the Canyon. Time permitting, enjoy a swim in the beautiful MacMac pools to cool off.
Accommodation is on the edge of the canyon or escarpment.
Meals & Drinks:
Kruger National Park + sunset safari
We arrive in the late morning at the famous Kruger National Park and begin your safari into this bush veld wonderland. Enjoy a light lunch from a view point on the banks of the mighty Sabie River. And we continue your game drive and around 3 pm check in at Lower Sabie camp.
At 4:30 pm you begin your exciting late afternoon/sunset game drive with a professional game ranger. The professional game ranger will enthrall you with stories of the African bush and point out the Big 5 and other rare and endangered species (included).
Please note these safari activities can only be operated by the parks board, therefore making it a special experience.
Meals & Drinks:
Kruger National Park + walking safari
Early morning safari walk with armed rangers (included). You get to experience the Kruger on foot, the rangers will show you all sorts of amazing things such as plants, insects, reptiles, tracks, Big 5 and provide superb information on them. You encounter large and small mammals on your walk and get close enough to them to experience these ultimate encounters.
Return to camp for a hearty breakfast.
Witness the African Savannah and wildlife in all its splendor or/and relax in camp beside the pool or on the banks of the Sabie River. The Kruger Park is home to almost a thousand bird species, amongst them many birds of prey. Much wildlife can be seen whilst driving along the banks of the Sabie river including predators like lion and leopard.
Meals & Drinks:
Kruger National Park + nocturnal game drive
Today spend you time self driving the central Kruger region or/and relax in camp beside the pool. Besides the diversity of fauna you encounter, the flora is outstanding, especially renowned for being home to Africa’s southernmost Baobabs. Follow the Sabie or Olifants river where you have a good chance of sighting lion, leopard and even cheetah.
Tonight participate on a nocturnal game drive (included) which is guided by an experienced game ranger with unsurpassed knowledge of the African bush.
Night game drives are where you shall encounter those elusive nocturnal animals who are mostly seen after dark. Including African cats both big and small.
“Look deep deep into nature & you shall truly understand” Albert Einstein.
Meals & Drinks:
Kingdom of Swaziland
This morning you leave early, enjoying your last safari before leaving the park. Breakfast on route.
We then depart for the Kingdom of Swaziland (passport required). The landscapes are very similar to those of Switzerland. We can visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and the oldest mine in the world. Time-dependent you can visit a fantastic example of San (Bushman) rock art created by indigenous people that once roamed Southern Africa alone. Or visit Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s oldest game reserve and close to your hotel (you would then need to prioritize your activities). Near Mbabane, capital of Swaziland, we can admire the Royal Palace and Kings Mausoleum all from our vehicle. We stay overnight in the Ezulwini Valley which is the Kingdom’s main tourist area offering a wealth of attractions. Ezulwini means ‘place of heaven’, and the valley that bears this name certainly has its share of hedonistic delights.
This morning we can visit the Mantenga Cultural Village. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the people in the village and can do so by grinding maize, plaiting mountain grass or joining in the Swazi song and dance
We can then visit the Ezulwini Valley craft market and candle factory or the eclectic ”House on fire”, then depart Swaziland through the beautiful Southern Mpumalanga province.
On the way admire the oldest and best-preserved sequence of volcanic and sedimentary rocks in the world. Known as the Genesis of Life, the Makhonjwa Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to O R Tambo Airport for your journey to Cape Town. We shall arrive in Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Today we drive to Stellenbosch, a fertile area where wheat, vines, and oak trees quickly replace the giraffes, elephants, Hottentot, and Khoisan peoples. Today, Stellenbosch is known for its beautiful varied architecture, renowned wines, and university where the language of instruction is still mainly Afrikaans. We can visit a museum, a historical shop, and partake in a cellar tour before traveling over the beautiful Hels Hoogte Pass on your way to Franschoek. We then can visit the Huguenot Museum. We can also visit an exceptional boutique wine farm to taste local vintage wine including a Pinotage which is South Africa’s own unique cultivar. Next, at Paarl, we will stop in front of Mandela’s statue at the entrance to the prison from which he was liberated in 1990. The Taal monument, dedicated to the Afrikaans language, is the world’s only monument to a language.
Please note we can do a mini Winelands tour and include the Whale coast (seasonal from June to December).
This region is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its floral diversity. You will follow the West coast via Clifton with a stop at Maiden’s Cove to enjoy a magnificent view of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay. We will continue along to Hout Bay, a charming little town where we enjoy a cruise to Duiker Island, home to the world’s largest fur seal colony. The scenic Chapman’s Peak Pass offers breathtaking scenery. Next you will be visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve which is where the cold Atlantic waters meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This famous landmark was named by the early Portuguese mariners. Journeying down to the False Bay coast, we will visit the well known Boulder’s beach, home to Africa’s largest land based jackass penguin colony. We will finish our day with a visit to Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest Cape Dutch manor house.
Cape Town, the worlds great tourist destination has much to offer everyone. Take the “topless bus” to it’s many historical and natural locations, like the Cable car to the top of iconic Table Mountain, visit the Bo Kaap where the descendants of slaves have colorfully painted their homes, visit the Castle South Africa’s oldest building, and the City Hall from where President Mandela made his famous speech. Take a boat cruise to visit Robben Island or visit the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. It is the only botanical garden situated in a world heritage site. It has more endemic plant species than any other in the world. We shall offer you our preferential rates on adventure activities, like, Hot air ballooning, Shark cage diving, Helicopter flip, Whale boat cruises, Paragliding and more.
If you would prefer our services on these 2 days, that would be fantastic, our rates are great.
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Depending on your departure time, various activities can be arranged. All optional activities will be offered to you at our preferential rates, discounted at around 20%. They include: Helicopter flips, Boat cruises, Shark cage diving, Whale cruises, Township tours and many more.
Like Robben Island, Table mountain, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa or even the Two Oceans Aquarian.
Optional activities are offered to you at our preferential rates, discounted from 10%. They include: Helicopter flips, Hot air ballooning, Shark cage diving, Whale cruises and more.