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From the premier game viewing of the Kruger and malaria-free options in Madikwe and the Eastern Cape, to riding safaris in the Waterberg and getting off-the beaten-track in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve – there is truly something for everyone. Here we give our lowdown on all that South Africa has to offer safari-wise – now all you have to do is decide which one(s) will suit you best!
One of the best ways to take in the spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, rail travel couldn’t be further from a daily commute in the luxurious surroundings of Rovos Rail and the Blue Train. Here we give you the lowdown on what to expect and what separates these two outstanding experiences.
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
This compact itinerary is ideal for those searching for scenic countryside and history of South Africa, as well as some independence that only a self-drive holiday can offer. The cosy lodges provide a homely and intimate stay.
Simply South Africa
Kruger, Cape Town and Winelands
Best for: Highlights, Safari, Wildlife
This itinerary offers a superb combination of safari in the Kruger National Park, a city break in Cape Town and the stunning mountain and vineyard scenery of the Winelands, really allowing you to get under the surface of South Africa’s highlights.
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Begin your discovery of South Africa with an exciting safari in the Greater Kruger which is home to some of the highest densities of wildlife in the whole of Africa. Flying down to Cape Town you will be able to explore this cosmopolitan city, learn about its rich history and absorb its vibrant culture. Your final stop are the stunning Cape Winelands regarded as the gastronomic capital of South Africa - its delights are just waiting to be discovered (and sampled)!
Day 1 - 2 : London to Johannesburg
Fly to Johannesburg from your departure point (international flights not included in this estimate).
Days 2 - 5 : Greater Makalali Game Reserve, South Africa
Stay at Garonga Safari Camp for 3 nights
On arrival into Johannesburg you will connect onto your South African Airways flight to Phalaborwa or Hoedspruit (Kruger airports). On arrival you will be met and driven to Garonga Safari Camp. Spend the following three nights on safari. Accommodation is in a luxury en-suite tent, inclusive of all meals, selected beverages and game viewing activities. Activities include game drives, wilderness walks, sleepout and a romantic outdoor bush bath. For a small additional amount you can also take to the skies for a microlight flight over the reserve.
Days 5 - 9 : Cape Town, South Africa
Stay at The Trevoyan Guesthouse for 4 nights
After a final game drive this morning you will be driven to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Cape Town. On arrival collect your rental car before driving into central Cape Town to spend the next four nights at Trevoyan Guesthouse on a bed and breakfast basis.
A trip up Table Mountain on the revolving cable car is a must. From here the views over the city and Cape Point will entice you to visit other highlights including: Robben Island when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, the attractions of the Cape Peninsula, taking in Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, Boulders Beach and Simon's Town; the spectacular range of beaches from Camps Bay and Clifton to Blouberg. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens also showcase the finest collection of South African plants. With so much to choose from you won't get bored.
Days 9 - 12 : The Winelands, South Africa
Stay at Avondrood Guest House for 3 nights
Today you will drive to Franschhoek in the Winelands - the gastronomic capital of South Africa. You will spend three nights here at Avondrood Guesthouse on a bed and breakfast basis.
The heart of the Winelands lies between the historic towns of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch; however, South Africa’s wine growing region also extends south to Hermanus and north as far as Tulbagh.
The region is full of history - for example, French Calvinist Protestants fled France to escape persecution and founded Franschhoek meaning 'French Corner' in 1688.
The mountainous backdrop enhances the beauty of the region, which prides itself not only on some of South Africa's best wines, but of innovative cuisine.
Day 12 - 13 : Cape Town to London
Make your way back to Cape Town Airport to return your hire car, before boarding your flight home (internatonal flights are not included in this price estimate).
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When to go
Cape Town is a year-round destination, with its driest months running from November through to February where skies are generally clear and the sun is shining, and temperatures range from 15°C to 35°C (59°F to 95°F). The winter months run from May to August, the weather is cooler, at around 7°C to 18°C (45°F to 65°F), with the wettest month being June with around 93mm of rain falling and the odd thunderstorm making an appearance.
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Things to do
Garonga Bush Bath
Enjoy a luxurious bath overlooking the African bush. With a glass of wine in hand, revitalise your mind, body and soul with the surrounding sounds of the bush making the perfectly relaxing end to a day on safari.
Enjoy a scenic, leisurely hop-on hop-off tour around the wine and gourmet capital of South Africa on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. The best way to discover the gems of Franschhoek and to take in the views of the rolling vineyards.
Out and about at Babylonstoren
There is so much to explore on the 200 acres of this working farm, get out with the family to wander through the vines or orchards and head up the koppie for a picnic. Or spend an afternoon wine tasting, or simply lounge in a hammock on a warm day.
Full Day Cape Point Tour
This full day tour will take you around the beautiful scenic attractions of the Cape Peninsula. From the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, crossing over to Hout Bay and along one of the worlds most breathtaking coastal drives this trip is spectacular.
Garonga Sleep Out
Spend a night out under the stars on Garonga's specially-designed sleep out platform in an intimate, romantic and wild setting. Here you will fall asleep to the sounds of the bush or why not stay up to the sound of lion and leopard calls.
Seeing game on a Game-drive or on a Bush-walk is something special, but to see the Africa plains, animals, lakes, mountains and beautiful landscape from the air is a truly fantastic experience. The chance to see the view from above is spectacular.
Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain
Table Mountain, at 1086 metres above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.
Game Drives in the Makalali Conservancy
Located around an hour west of Kruger National Park, the Makalali Conservancy covers around 22,000 hectares and is completely self-contained, offering an exclusive safari experience in a private reserve which holds a wealth of game.
Lunch at La Petite Ferme
Enjoy stunning views and great food at La Petite Ferme's restaurant, listed as on of the top fifteen 'best value' establishments in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. The cuisine incorporates an influence of international methods and flavours.
From $2500 per person
Accommodation as listed
Game activities as per the itinerary