- Table Mountain
Featured in the flag of Cape Town, flat-topped Table Mountain is often shrouded in cloud, the result, according to legend, of a smoking contest between local pirate, Van Hunks, and the Devil.
- Perhaps see leopards on safari
Have the chance to see the ‘big five’ on your included excursion to Kruger National Park, home to lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and the elusive leopard.
- Cape Town
Experience wonderful Cape Town set against the backdrop of majestic Table Mountain. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront has many bars, restuarants and shops to interest you or enjoy one of Cape Town's local beaches.
- The popular resort of Knysna
Located on a beautiful lagoon in a natural amphitheatre of hills and surrounded by lush forests, mountains, lakes and golden sandy beaches, Knysna has become a popular resort, with numerous restaurants and craft shops.
- VIP door to door
Discover the diverse landscapes and cultures of South Africa's Kruger National Park, the Garden Route, magnificent Cape Coast and more
South Africa is often described as a world in one country and during this popular tour its remarkable canvases unfold before you. Discover the incredible wildlife of Kruger National Park, Drakensberg's mighty escarpment, the dramatic landscapes of the Garden Route and the magnificent Cape Coast.
18 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
43 meals: 18 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 16 dinners (15 dinners in 2021)
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- Pretoria city tour
- Safari in Kruger National Park
- See highlights of the Panorama Route and Drakensburg Escarpment viewpoint
- Lake Jozini boat cruise
- Shakaland cultural village
- Visit to Tsitsikamma National Park
- Knysna Lagoon cruise (2020 departures only)
- Outeniqua tour
- Tour around Cape Aghulas
- Wine tasting in the Cape Winelands
- Cape Town city tour and Table Mountain
Day 1 UK-Johannesburg
After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Johannesburg.
Day 2 Johannesburg-Pretoria
Enjoy an included orientation tour of Pretoria, an attractive city with an air of history to much of its centre.
Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Zebra Country Lodge, bordering a game reserve. D
Day 3 Pretoria-Kruger National Park
Journey to Kruger National Park, Africa's largest, stopping for an included lunch en route.
Stay for three nights at the locally rated 4-star Protea Kruger Gate. B, L, D
Day 4 Kruger Game Drive
Enjoy a full-day game viewing in one of the largest and oldest National Parks, where you may be lucky enough to see Africa’s ‘big five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – in their native habitat. B, D
Day 5 Panorama Route and visit to Drakensburg Escarpment
An included tour explores Limpopo Province. See some of the highlights of the Panorama route including scenic Blyde River Canyon and the ‘Three Rondavels’, visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and God’s Window, for superb views across the lowveld. Lunch is included. B,L,D
Day 6 Kruger National Park-Ezulwini
Stop for an included lunch as you travel to picturesque Ezulwini Valley and discover why this country is often referred to as the Switzerland of Africa.
Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Royal Swazi Spa. B, L, D
Day 7 Ezulwini to Jozini
Continue your drive to Jozini, set in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, where you'll stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Ghost Mountain Inn, set at the foot of Ghost Mountain in Mkuze.
Enjoy an included lunch on arrival at your hotel. B, L, D
Day 8 Jozini
After breakfast enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Jozini with snacks included. Spend this afternoon at leisure or perhaps join an optional game drive to Mkuze. B,D
Day 9 Jozini-Shakaland
Transfer via St Lucia and enjoy a boat cruise with a light lunch on board, as you travel to Shakaland for an evening of Zulu Culture and dance.
Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Shakaland Hotel, where you can look forward to staying in a traditional ‘bee hive’ hut with ensuite facilities. B, L, D
Day 10 Shakaland-Sani Pass
Depart today for the Sani Pass pausing en route at the impressive waterfall of Howick Falls, whose waters tumble more than 300 feet.
Late this afternoon arrive at the locally rated 3-star Sani Pass Hotel where you stay for the next two nights. B, D
Day 11 Sani Pass
Enjoy a full day tour into the Sani Pass which rises to some 9,400 feet, and onto Lesotho. Travelling by 4-4 vehicle, look forward to visiting a village and enjoying lunch at the highest pub in Africa! B,L,D
Day 12 Sani Pass-Durban
Your journey continues as you head first for the beautiful Botanical Gardens of Durban where you can enjoy tea and scones.
Afterwards, continue to Umhalanga – a stylish suburb of the city, where you stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Umhalanga Protea Hotel. B, L, D
Day 13 Durban-Knysna
After an early start, fly to Port Elizabeth, from where you’ll travel along the famous Garden Route to Knysna, pausing en route to see Storms River at Tsistikamma National Park.
Stay for the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star The Rex Hotel. B, D
Day 14 Knysna
Enjoy an included leisurely lagoon cruise today, with the rest of the day at leisure. B, D
Please note: the lagoon cruise is included on 2020 departures only.
Day 15 Knysna-Arniston
Depart for Outdsthoorn, the ‘ostrich capital’ where you can enjoy a morning tour and lunch at an Ostrick Farm.
Afterwards enjoy a scenic journey to Arniston where you spend the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Arniston Hotel. B, L, D
Day 16 Arniston
Enjoy a morning tour to Cape Aghullas where the Atlantic and Indian oceans collide, where you can stroll along the beach or explore the nature reserves. Enjoy this afternoon at leisure. B,D
Day 17 Arniston-Cape Town
Enjoy a scenic drive to Franschhoek where you can enjoy a stroll through the town.
Afterwards, look forward to enjoying lunch at Rickety Bridge Wine Farm as well as a wine tasting before continuing to Cape Town where you will spend the next three nights at the locally rated 4-star Commodore Hotel. B, L
Day 18 Cape Town
Set off for a half day tour of the city taking in famous Table Mountain. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. B, D
Please note: dinner is included on 2020 departures only.
Day 19 Cape Town
Today is at leisure to relax, or perhaps join an optional visit touring the Cape Peninsula. B
Day 20 - 21 Cape Town - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B
Post-holiday extension - bed and breakfast
Extend your tour with a three-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Commodore Hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Alternatively upgrade to the elegant Table Bay Hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis, set in the heart of Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront – the hub of one of the world’s most picturesque working harbours. It's conveniently situated near the bars, cafes and restaurants, and offers a wealth of shopping opportunities. The hotel combines the elegance of neo-Victorian architecture with traditional hospitality. A Saga representative is available on a daily basis to help you plan your time in Cape Town.
For 2020 departures only.
Post-holiday extension - Half board
Extend your tour with a three-night stay at the Protea Sea Point on a half-board basis. Alternatively upgrade to the elegant Table Bay Hotel on a bed-and-breakfast basis, set in the heart of Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront – the hub of one of the world’s most picturesque working harbours. It's conveniently situated near the bars, cafes and restaurants, and offers a wealth of shopping opportunities. The hotel combines the elegance of neo-Victorian architecture with traditional hospitality. A Saga representative is available on a daily basis to help you plan your time in Cape Town.
Rovos Rail's Pride of Africa
2 nights post-extension, full board including local beverages.
Travelling aboard the Pride of Africa is one of the African continent's classic travel experiences. The Pride of Africa uses authentic, historic rolling-stock, some of which is over 60 years old. Air conditioning has been fitted throughout the train and public areas and suites have been tastefully decorated to reflect the opulence of the 1920s era. Meals are freshly prepared by on-board chefs and served in the dining car, along with a selection of complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. While there will be no official Saga representative on board, a number of Rovos Rail staff have been trained to act as your Saga representative for the duration of your train journey. The train carries a maximum of 72 passengers staying on board in suites consisting of double or twin beds and en suite bathroom with a shower. Regretfully, the train corridors are too narrow for the use of standard wheelchairs and large walking aids. As Rovos Rail relies on Southern Africa’s National Railways for the use of their locomotives, journeys can sometimes be unavoidably delayed.
DAY 1: Cape Town to Matjiesfontein
Depart from Cape Town Station. Freshen up in your suite before joining other guests in the midway Lounge car or the Observation carriage. Travel through winelands and the Great Karoo plains on the way to the village of Matjiesfontein, passing through four tunnels, one 13 kilometres long! You may disembark at Matjiesfontein for a stroll through this historic little village declared a National Monument in 1970. B,L,D
DAY 2: Kimberley to Klerksdorp
Disembark at Kimberley, and proceed by coach/combi for a tour of the city and the Mining Museum, reboarding at 4.30pm. Continue to Klerksdorp, passing through Bloemhof and Leeudoringstad en route. B,L,D
DAY 3: Pretoria to the UK
The train will pass through Johannesburg and Germiston en route to Pretoria, arriving at Rovos Rail Station in Capital Park in Pretoria at midday. Disembark and travel to the Smuts House Museum in Doornkloof. After lunch (at your own cost), travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B
Victoria Falls and Rovos Rail
Pre and post holiday extension
Spend 3 nights before your holiday in Victoria Falls and 2 nights after aboard the Pride of Africa.
Pre-holiday extension - Half board
Extend your holiday with a stay at the locally rated 4-star Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe. This optional pre-extension includes accommodation with half board, the services of a Saga-appointed host in Victoria Falls, and transport and flights as specified.
Day 1: UK-Johannesburg-Victoria Falls. Before your main tour, depart the UK and fly to Victoria Falls airport, from where you will transfer to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe, for a three night stay.
Day 2: Victoria Falls; included walking tour. Spend a full day enjoying the programme of activities. After an early breakfast, you can explore the Falls and marvel at the majesty of Victoria Falls from various angles. Above turbulent Victoria Falls the Zambezi is a languid, placid river, on which you set sail for a sunset cruise where you can sit back and relax as you sip sundowners whilst looking out for hippos and crocodiles in the water.
Day 3: Victoria Falls; optional excursions. Spend today at leisure. Your Saga Host will advise you of any optional excursions that may be organised.
Day 4: Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. After breakfast, you may have free time for further exploration before travelling to the airport for your short flight back to Johannesburg International Airport, where you will then join day 2 of the main tour. Due to your arrival time, it will not be possible for you to have the included orientation tour of Pretoria.
Post-holiday extension - half-board
Extend your tour with a three-night stay at the SunSquare Cape Town Gardens (3Q) on a half-board basis. Alternatively upgrade to the elegant Table Bay Hotel (5Q) on a bed and breakfast basis, set in the heart of Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront - the hub of one of the world’s most picturesque working harbours. It's conveniently situated near the bars, cafes and restaurants, and offers a wealth of shopping opportunities. The hotel combines the elegance of neo-Victorian architecture with traditional hospitality. A Saga representative is available on a daily basis to help you plan your time in Cape Town.