11 Day The Best of South Africa Tour
Price: US $ 7363.00
Cape Town – Hermanus – Swellendam – Mossel Bay – Mossel Bay – Cango Caves – Ostrich Farm – Oudtshoorn – Cango Wildlife Ranch – Garden Route – Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park – Port Elizabeth – Johannesburg – Panoramic Route – Kruger National Park – Johannesburg – Game Drives
|Day 1:||Cape Town – Hermanus – Swellendam – Mossel Bay
Depart from Cape Town at around 09h00 and drive eastwards via the beautiful coastal route between Gordon’s Bay and Hermanus, a seaside holiday town (Hermanus is the best place in the World to spot Whales from land – July to Dec). After lunch we drive on to Mossel Bay. Here we visit arguably the oldest post office in Africa, the Post Office Tree and the site of the first landfall, made by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Dias in 1488.
|Day 2||Mossel Bay – Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves – Ostrich Farm.
We travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo to visit an Ostrich Show Farm for some unique experiences including ostrich racing. A ride on a back of an ostrich is not for the fainthearted. We visit the Cango caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprise an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Visit Oudtshoorn, also called the “Feather capital” of the world, as over ninety percent of the world’s ostrich farms are found here.
|Day 3:||Oudtshoorn – Cango Wildlife Ranch – Garden Route – Knysna
After breakfast we visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, an endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. Then depart for George and Wilderness National Park. We skirt around the lakes with stops at scenic viewpoints to Knysna. The town is situated on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two promontories known as the “Heads”. The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the lakelands and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc. We join a sundowner cruise on the lagoon.
|Day 4:||Knysna – Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma National Park – Port Elizabeth
We explore Knysna and travel further via Plettenberg Bay for a short visit. Then we traverse through magnificently scenic river valley passes. We visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for ‘The place of much water” stretching over 100 km of wild and rocky coastline characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Our next stop is Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some 139 m above the river. The final part of our journey takes us past a few coastal holiday villages to Port Elizabeth, also called the ‘Friendly City’.
|Day 5||Port Elizabeth – Johannesburg – Panoramic Route
An early rise and breakfast before you are transferred to the local airport at 07h30 for your 08h45 flight to Johannesburg. On arrival you are met and the tour continues with from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Robber’s Pass to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. After exploring this quaint old town, we continue to Sabie where we have a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to visit Lone Creek Falls.
|Day 6:||Panoramic Route – Kruger National Park
We travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such the Pinnacle, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to this unique trick of nature is worth the effort), and the magnificent Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We walk along the cliffs to really appreciate the breathtaking views. Then we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel and enter the famous Kruger National Park where our encounter with Africa’s wildlife commences. We Arrive at our camp for overnight.
|Day 7:||Kruger National Park
Today is completely devoted to game viewing as we search for the ‘Big Five’ amongst other animals. We arrive back at our camp at sunset for dinner and overnight. Some may want to do a night drive in an open game viewing vehicle utilising high powered spotlights to find the nocturnal animals (optional).
|Day 8:||Kruger National Park – Johannesburg
We rise early for a game drive and have breakfast on a deck overlooking the Sabie River. We spend the rest of the morning in the reserve. Early afternoon we exit this amazing haven of wild Africa and return to Johannesburg arriving early evening for your flights to Kimberley.
|Day 09 & 10 & 11:||Game Drives – Safari – Wag n Bietjie Lodge – Kareekloof Lodge
We rise early for a game drive and have breakfast. We will be taking the ultimate photo safari on theses working African farms. We spend the rest of the morning in the reserve. On day 11 we have an early afternoon we exit this amazing haven of wild Africa and return to Johannesburg.
What to bring: Binoculars, camera, bird book, Insect repellent, sunscreen
Departing from: Cape Town
Departure point: Collection from all Hotels and Guest Houses in Cape Town
Return point: All Hotels and Guest House in Johannesburg, Sandton, Pretoria or the O R Tambo International Airport
Destinations: Johannesburg, Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park, Garden Route, Oudtshoorn, Countrywide, Panorama Route, Kimberley, Tour ends Johannesburg
What to wear: Well worn-in neutral coloured cool clothes, worn-in walking shoes, one set of warmer clothing with a jacket for the evening and morning safaris and during our winter months from May until August, smart casual for the evenings.
OUR TOP TIP:
Take every game drive you’re offered – you’ll see something different on every one. They may involve early starts – but a lion surely beats a lie-in.
Small group. Min. age 6.
Luxury Guest House, Lodge or tented camp with a pool and treetop dining room. Private inside and outside bathrooms.
This trip can accommodate solo travellers with a surcharge.
TRAVELLING WITH A LOCAL OPERATOR
This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.
Flights (we can arrange the flight for you) and drinks. – Lunches, one dinner, costs of a personal nature.
Per person sharing. Guided touring in our 8 seater vehicles, accommodation, breakfasts, dinners except the one in Port Elizabeth, entrances, conservation fees, game viewing in our vehicle. Rate airport to airport, game drives, bush walks, guides, listed activities.