Highlights of South Africa
|Operator:||Cox and Kings|
This escorted group tour blends a selection of South Africas quintessential experiences into a well-paced itinerary for lovers of wildlife, walks, wine and sensational scenery. Go on safari, ascend Table Mountain, tour Wineland vineyards and more.
The Cox & Kings signature experiences
Superior Group Tour in brief
Day 1: Fly to Port Elizabeth
Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg. (N)
Day 2: Port Elizabeth
Arrive in Port Elizabeth and stay overnight at The Beach Hotel (or similar). (D)
Day 3: Kariega Game Reserve (or similar)
Transfer to the Kariega Game Reserve. After lunch, join a late-afternoon safari drive within the reserve, rounded off with sundowners. Overnight at Keriega River Lodge (or similar). (B, L, D)
Day 4: Kariega Game Reserve (or similar)
Board specialist safari vehicles for morning and late-afternoon safari drives in a Big Five wildlife reserve. Cheetahs, giraffes, zebras,wildebeests and an assortment of antelope species also roam these lands. Overnight at Kariega River Lodge or similar. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Tsitsikamma & Knysna
After an early morning wildlife drive, head to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Here you can take a scenic walk and cross the suspension bridge that spans the gorge at the Storms River mouth. Then continue west to the coastal town of Knysna. Overnight at Knysna Hollow. (B, D)
Days 6 & 7: Knysna
Cruise across a stunning lagoon to the Knysna Heads aboard the John Benn, a classic boat named after a legendary harbour pilot. Then enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Spend the following day at leisure, relaxing or joining an optional excursion. Overnight at Knysna Hollow (or similar). (B, D)
Day 8: Oudtshoorn
Drive to Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world. Take a guided tour of the Cango Caves, one of Africas most spectacular natural rock formations. Its vast network of tunnels and chambers, which extends for over 4 km, is adorned with delicate stalagmites and stalactites. Then enjoy lunch and an informative excursion to a working ostrich farm, where you will come face to face with the worlds largest birds. Overnight at Swartberg Country Manor (or similar). (B, L, D)
Day 9: Cape Winelands
Head out on an optional early morning meerkat adventure, meeting rescued meerkats accompanied by an expert guide. Then continue along the scenic Route 62. Stop at the quirky town of Barrydale for lunch (payable locally). Stay 2 nights in the Winelands at the Devon Valley Hotel (or similar). (B, D)
Day 10: Cape Winelands
Spend a full day touring the Cape Winelands. Drive through mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads between the golden triangle of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Then join a 44 wine-tasting safari at Warwick Wine Estate, sampling Big Five grape varieties. Overnight at Devon Valley Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)
Day 11: Cape Winelands & Cape Town
Take a guided morning walk around Stellenbosch, including a visit to the village museum, which charts the history of the region. Transfer to Cape Town for an afternoon at leisure, followed by dinner at a local home in the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, tasting authentic Cape Malay cuisine. Stay 2 nights at The Cape Milner (or similar). (B, D)
Day 12: Cape Town
Spend the day at leisure or join an optional full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula. The excursion includes a drive along the Atlantic seaboard past fishing villages and the seaside suburbs of Camps Bay and Hout Bay. It continues to Cape Point, before returning via the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Gold Restaurant this evening, accompanied by an interactive drumming experience. (B, D)
Days 13-14: Cape Town – Fly to the UK
Begin your final morning in spectacular fashion: ascending to the top of Table Mountain via cable car (weather permitting; excursion may take place on Day 11). Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home, or extend your journey perhaps with a visit to Victoria Falls or a beach stay in Mauritius.
Meal basis:As per itinerary B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
March-April departures may allow guests to experience the famous harvest season in the Cape Winelands.
Tour standards:Superior tour departures are based in 4- and 5-star accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room / cabin category.
Private & tailor-made travel:This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.