Ultimate South Africa
|Resort:||Ultimate South Africa|
|Destination:||Africa, South Africa|
Discover the very best of South Africa on this all-encompassing tour.
Day 1 UK/Cape Town
Depart on your scheduled overnight flight to Cape Town today.
Day 2 Cape Town
On arrival in Cape Town, we’ll transfer you to your hotel, with your sightseeing starting en route. Located on the shores of the Atlantic, with Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town occupies a spectacular setting and you’ll take in fabulous views as we approach it. You’ll see many of the city’s highlights, and if weather conditions are favourable, there’s the chance to take the cable car up Table Mountain. On some days the top of the mountain is shrouded by clouds, a natural phenomenon known as the tablecloth. It’s a beautiful sight, but it ifmeanswe can’t make the trip to the summit today,we’ll make every effort to returnat another time.
Day 3 Cape Peninsula
There’s a great day ahead as we set off to explore the Cape Peninsula. We’ll head along Chapman’s Peak, one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world, reaching Cape Nature Reserve and Cape Point. Our return journey is made via Boulders Beach, where we’ll see its famous penguin colony. We continue through Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek and Muizenberg, and make a final stop at the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Day 4 Cape Town
The choice is yours today, you can explore independently, or perhaps come on an optional excursion to Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest black township. En route you’ll visit Bo-Kapp Malay Quarter and drive through District Six, whose residents were forcibly removed during the era of apartheid.
Day 5 Stellenbosch
We’re going to Stellenbosch today, in the heart of the Western Cape winelands. A scenic drive takes usthrough lush farm land and vineyards, and when we arrive we’ll take a tour of this charming historic town. We’ll wander along Dorp Street admiring fine examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture, and take in fantastic views of the mountains and surrounding countryside.Later,a cellar visit with a wine-tasting rounds off the day a treat.
Day 6 Oudtshoorn
Your next base is Oudtshoorn, and during our drive here we’ll stop at Swellendam, one of the oldest towns in South Africa. A tour will introduce its stunning architecture and you’ll also have time to visit its fascinating museum. Back on the road, take in lovely views of ravines, gorges, cliffs and lush vegetation as we journey through the Huisrivier pass, set between two valleys.
Day 7 Knysna
Oudtshoorn is the ‘ostrich capital of the world’, and home to the world’s largest population of these unique flightless birds. On our way to Knysna, our base for two nights, we’ll visit the Safari Ostrich Farm to see some of these fascinating creatures up close. You’re also going to see the Cango Caves today. Located in a limestone ridge alongside the stunning Swatberg Mountains, this magnificent system of underground caverns is more than 20 million years old.
Day 8 Knysna
The quaint town of Knysna lies at the heart of the Garden Route and is surrounded by ancient forests. It’s a delightful placewith plenty of craft shops, boutiques and cafs and after aleisurely start today,Today we will visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve with a cruise across Knysna Lagoon, a walk through the forest, past the ancient sea caves, and a buffet lunch at the lagoon edge restaurant.
Day 9 Port Elizabeth
Your journey to Port Elizabeth via Plettenberg Bay includes a stop at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park. Here you can walk acrossthe 77-metre-long suspension bridge which hovers abovethe tumultuous waterflowing into the Indian Ocean.
Day 10 Battlefields
Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa, and we’ll discover its highlights before we fly to Durban. On arrival you’ll discover a very different territory to that previously experienced, as we head into the heart of the Zulu kingdom, the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields. The area is our base for two nights.
Day 11 Battlefields
On today’s guided tour you’ll retrace history as you stand at the very spotwhere the 1879 Battle of Isandlwana and subsequentconflict at Rorke’s Drift took place. A Local Guide will bring to life the events of the day when 20,000 Zulu warriors, armed with traditional weapons,confrontedthe firepower of the British army.
Day 12 Kruger
Your journey today to Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest game reserve, is long but packed full of rewards as you travel through a variety of landscapes and take in spectacular views.
Day 13 Kruger
Kruger is home to the Big Five lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino, so you’re sure to want to head into the park today and notch up some thrilling wildlife spots. We’ll take in the sights on a game drive, which also includes a breakfast picnic.
Day 14 Kruger
You could relax and enjoy the facilities at the lodge, or head out on an optional game drive and continue your search for wildlife.There’s plenty of choice, with a range of optional game drives. You’ll travel in an open safari vehicle with an expert guidewho willtalk to other drivers and track down the best wildlife sightings – it’s a wonderful way to experience the African wilderness. You can choose from a morning or afternoon safari, then spend the rest of the day lounging by the pool. With so much to see in the park, youmight choose a full day of exploration.
Day 15 Kruger & Panorama Route
Start your day with a drive along the breathtaking Panorama Route, which winds its way through some of South Africa’s most beautiful scenery. The rainforest at God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels, are some of the highlights. We’re also going to take an unforgettable journey on the Graskop Gorge Lift, which travels 51 metres down the face of the gorge and into the forest below. Here, a trail of wooden walkways and suspension bridges carves its way through the forest and interactive exhibits tell us more about the flora and fauna. Tonight, if the weather is on our side, you’ll experience a braai, a traditional barbecue under the stars.
Day 16 Kruger/UK
Today we will transfer you to Johannesburg for your early-evening flight to the UK.
Day 17 UK
You’ll arrive in the UK today.