This is our safari with a difference. Uncover South Africa’s legendary safari in Johannesburg with gourmet cuisine and fine wines and you truly have the best of both worlds. Explore the stunning sights and epic scenery as you journey through the rugged bushveld of Kruger National Park and the Western Cape discovering what culinary delights lie between!
Upon arrival at Johannesberg Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Falstaff Hotel.
This morning you will be picked up by your tour guide at 7:30 am for your drive through picturesque country villages such as Dullstroom. A visit to Blyde River Canyon, third largest in the world, Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondaval's and God's Window (weather permitting) will also be of great interest on this day. Overnight at the Chestnut Country Lodge.
After breakfast, you continue to the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve which is connected to the Greater Kruger National Park. Spend the next two nights at Umlani Bush Camp, a Big 5 destination.
See the real Africa at Umlani Bush Camp in true seclusion that accomodates just 16 guests in traditional reed and thatched huts. Game drives are in open land rovers, guided bush walks and tracking game on foot with highly experienced rangers.
After an early morning game drive and breakfast, depart for Johannesburg arriving in the late afternoon.
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by your private guide for a trip down the wonderous Garden Route. This morning head northwards over the spectacular Du Toit's Kloof Mountain Pass en route to Worcester. From here we continue on the R62 (route 62 is the longest wine route in the world), stopping for a tasting before arriving in the town of Monagu overnight.
Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town is NOT included in the land cost.
Enjoy your first night at the Mimosa Lodge, a delightful retreat with an enviable reputation for personal attention, hospitality and care. Unwind from your day's activities in the oasis-like garden, enjoy a refreshing swim or relax in one of the art deco lounges.
After breakfast we travel through the Little Karoo. Changing scenery from lush farmland to semi-arid desert makes this day full of surprises. A warm welcome awaits from the staff of La Plume in Oudtshoorn where we will stay overnight.
La Plume is a 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa, and vine farm. Set in the tranquil Olifantsrivier Valley, it demands spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains. It is a place of rejuvenation, an unexpected oasis and a place for opulent indulgence.
This morning and after a hearty breakfast, set off for the exciting Cango Caves. Sculpted by nature through the ages, it is filled with mysterious limestone formations in a wide variety of natural colors. They live in the Swartberg Mountains in a limestone belt measuring 1.5 km in width and almost 16 km in length.
Next on the tour is the Ostrich farm! This is your chance to find out everything you've ever wanted to know about these enormous birds. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world for their impressive numbers and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat anywhere.
Later in the afternoon we head to the lush vegetation of the Outeniqua Mountains as we drive towards Knysna. The magnificent scenery will give you a greater understanding of why this area is called the Garden Route. We'll check into the Rex Hotel in Knysna for a two night stay.
One of Knysna's most elegant and sophisticated accomodation offerings, The Rex Hotel promises its guests superior service and exceptional comfort. Capturing the essence of four-star luxury, the impeccably appointed Rex Hotel offers travelers a gateway to world-class restaurants, blossoming forests and the shores of the serene lagoon.
After spending the morning relaxing and enjoying a leisurely breakfast, you will be met and taken on The John Benn, a double-decker floating restaurant offering a lagoon cruise to the Knysna Heads, which offers the most striking geological features along the entire southern African coastline. They flank a deep, but potentially treacherous channel through which the sea pours in to flood the wide and breathtakingly petty lagoon at the mouth of the Knysna River. Lunch is on your own.
This morning gives us some time to enjoy the quaint village of Knysna and we have a bit of free time in the Knysna Waterfront. At a time to be advised, we head off to the romantic town of Swellendam. Your guide will tell us all about the fascinating history of the town which was founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1745. After lunch we head towards Hermanus and the best land based whale watching site in the world (June-December). We arrive at Lavender Manor Guest Lodge in the late afternoon.
Lavender Manor Guest Lodge is a quality Hermanus Guest House surrounded by endless outdoor activities. Guests staying at this Riviera of the South can expect to spend their days whale watching, great white shark cage diving, kayaking, golfing, deep sea fishing, paragliding, and plenty more.
After a leisurely breakfast, we travel via the Cape Point Penninsula and Boulders Beach to see the Jackass penguines before arriving in Cape Town in the afternoon.
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$5115 Price per Person (USD) based on twin share
Inclusions: Accommodations as per itinerary, meals as indicated, airport transfers, park fees, game drives, and bush walks
Exclusions: Airfare, optional activities, beverages, gratuities, visas, insurance and items of a personal nature.
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
Options and Extras
Pre-tour accommodation available in Johannesburg and highly recommended. Contact us for further details.