- Cheetahs in Kruger National Park
Sensational South Africa
- VIP door to door
All the highlights, from Kruger to Cape Town and the famed Garden Route
Our South Africa tour offers you a wonderfully diverse experience of a remarkable country.
We’ll head out to spot the Big Five and other local inhabitants on a 4WD safari in the renowned Kruger National Park.
Then we’ll travel the dramatic Garden Route coastal road, before taking a cruise across the wildlife-rich Knysna lagoon.
Finally, we’ll end our South Africa holiday with four nights exploring beautiful Cape Town, including Table Mountain and Boulders Beach (where characterful penguins waddle across the sand).
11 nights in hotels and 2 in flight
16 meals: 11 breakfasts (days 3-13) 1 lunch (day 8) 4 dinners (days 3-5 and 9)
Local tour manager
- International and internal flights as detailed†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Pretoria orientation tour
- Visits to Voortrekker Monument; and Pilgrim’s Rest and God’s Window
- Game drive in Kruger National Park
- Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River & the Garden Route
- Visit to Featherbed Nature Reserve
- Tour of ostrich farm
- Spectacular Route 62 from Oudtshoorn to Swellendam
- City tour of Cape Town including Table Mountain cable car ride (weather permitting)
- Tour to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point (including Boulders Beach)
†Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- Day 1 UK to Johannesburg
- Day 2 Johannesburg to Pretoria to Sandton
- Day 3 Panorama Route to Kruger National Park
- Day 4 Kruger National Park
- Day 5 Kruger National Park
- Day 6 Johannesburg to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)
- Day 7 Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna
- Day 8 Knysna
- Day 9 Oudtshoorn to Cape Town
- Day 10 Cape Town
- Day 11 Cape Town
- Day 12 Cape Town
- Day 13 Cape Town to UK
- Day 14 UK
Protea Balalaika Hotel
Protea Kruger Gate Hotel
Protea Marine Hotel
Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays
Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel
Day 1 UK to Johannesburg
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Johannesburg.
Day 2 Johannesburg to Pretoria to Sandton
We arrive in Johannesburg this morning and transfer to Pretoria, where we’ll enjoy an orientation tour.
The attractive centre is less cosmopolitan than you’d expect from a suburb of Johannesburg. We’ll see leafy neighbourhoods, wide streets lined with jacarandas and old architecture.
We’ll stop by the hilltop monument that commemorates the settling of South Africa’s interior by the Boer pioneers, known as Voortrekkers.
We stay overnight in Sandton, a hub, where there are plentiful shopping opportunities.
Day 3 Panorama Route to Kruger National Park
Today we’ll wind along the beautiful Panorama Route into the state of Mpumalanga. We’ll pass through Pilgrim’s Rest - a historic spot frozen in time since the 19th-century gold rush.
If the weather is good, we’ll stop at God’s Window for captivating views across a 900m gorge filled with trees, shrubs and wildlife. If the skies are clear enough, you’ll even be able to spot Kruger National Park in the distance.
Day 4 Kruger National Park
We delve deep into the Kruger this morning on our first game drive of the trip. We set off before sunrise and watch the bush wake up around us as we seek out our first sightings of the Big Five - lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos.
Don’t forget your camera and your binoculars - there’s always something to see, with 150 species of mammals roaming the bush, together with hundreds of birds and Lowveld flora.
After a morning spent spying on lions and snapping photos of glorious giraffes, we’ll stop for a well-earned break at a rest point. But not for too long - we’ll do it all over again this afternoon.
Day 5 Kruger National Park
A full day to do as you like. You can spend today at leisure to recuperate by the pool, or return into the Kruger on an optional game drive for more wildlife action.
Day 6 Johannesburg to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)
This morning we make the drive back to Johannesburg for our flight to Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth).
Steeped in history and edged by long swathes of golden sand, it doesn’t take long to get a sense of what Gqeberha is all about. A world away from the bustle of Johannesburg, this laid-back province takes it one day at a time.
You stay at Protea Marine Hotel (4*) or Boardwalk Hotel (5*).
Day 7 Tsitsikamma National Park to Knysna
We head off for one of the most scenic drives in South Africa - the Garden Route.
This thrilling drive offers dramatic coastline, idyllic beaches and rolling hills - there’s a picture-worthy moment at every turn, so make sure you keep your camera handy. We’ll pause at Storms River to soak up the views of the forest and famous coastline.
We arrive in Knysna, the real heartland of the Garden Route, this afternoon. This vibrant town hugs a sparkling lagoon - the hub of activity.
Day 8 Knysna
With the lagoon a real part of day-to-day life in Knynsa, we’d be missing a trick if we didn’t take to the water during our stop here. We board our ferry and head out across the lagoon to the western headland to stop at Featherbed Nature Reserve.
Our guide will ensure we see the most magnificent viewpoints as we explore, and you can choose a guided walk through the coastal forest and fynbos - all before lunch! Stepping back into Knynsa, the afternoon is yours to explore as you please.
Day 9 Oudtshoorn to Cape Town
Leaving Knysna behind, we cross the Outeniqua Mountains that separate the lush coastal area from the arid Klein Karoo.
We arrive in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, where you’ll get up close to these fascinating creatures on a guided tour.
This afternoon we continue to the last stop on our tour, Cape Town.
Day 10 Cape Town
The ‘Mother City’ is a vibrant fusion of culture, cuisine and scenery. The Atlantic Ocean claws at its bustling waterfront, while flat-topped Table Mountain crowns the city to the south.
We’ll spend a day exploring all that lies between the two, starting with a half-day city tour taking in the buzzing waterfront and the colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood. If weather allows, we’ll also take a cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain to drink in the views of the city and beyond.
The afternoon is at leisure to spend as you please. Perhaps head back down to the V&A Waterfront for a cocktail and people-watching in the sunshine, or dive into the city’s poignant history at the District Six Museum.
Day 11 Cape Town
Cape Town sits at the northern end of the Cape Peninsula. Our journey today takes us to the extreme south of the peninsula - all the way down to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point.
We’ll stop at Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay (where we might even see lazy sea lions lounging near the beach), Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach, home to waddling African penguins. An unforgettable day of sights and experiences.
Day 12 Cape Town
You’ll have today completely to yourself. You may have pre-booked a boat ride over to Robben Island - it offers a fascinating insight into the incarceration of Nelson Mandela and thousands of other South African freedom fighters. Tour the chilling maximum security prison, with the opportunity to see Mandela’s cell.
For a restful afternoon, perhaps wander along Cape Town’s string of beaches. The city’s four beaches are located behind Signal Hill by Clifton - they’re a great choice for a picnic or an ice-cream, although the water comes straight from the Antarctic, so it’s a little chilly for a swim!
Alternatively, opt for an excursion into the winelands of Cape Town.
Day 13 Cape Town to UK
Some free time this morning before we transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.