Beyond the Long Break | 10 nights
Transfer back to Johannesburg Airport and fly into the Kruger National Park area. On arrival, transfer to your luxury lodge in one of the private reserves or stay at one of the many inexpensive lodges accessible to the Kruger National Park area.
Enjoy big-game safaris. In fact it is one of the few places in Africa where you can see the Big Five (lion, leopard, black rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo) all in one habitat.
Places: Sun City; Cape Town; Garden Route | Activities: Glamour in Sun City; cable car to Table Mountain; drive to the Cape of Good Hope; food, shopping and wine in Cape Town; explore the towns and villages of the Garden Route; big game safaris in Kruger
The perfect introduction to one of the most breathtaking countries in the world, this 11-day trip takes you on a trip of a lifetime. Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to the world renowned resort and entertainment complex of Sun City. Then fly east to the wildlife spectacle of the mighty Kruger National Park where you can see Africa’s big game, up close and personal. From Kruger, fly south to Port Elizabeth and drive along the unique bio-diversity region of the Western Cape, called the Garden Route, passing through beautiful villages and towns, lush vineyards, craggy mountain passes, and beautiful land and seascapes. Finally end your trip at the tip of Africa and be stunned by the cosmopolitan chic of one of the world’s most stylish cities - Cape Town.
Depart India the previous night and arrive into Dubai just past midnight. Take a quick connecting flight from Dubai direct into Johannesburg, arriving just before noon. Transfer to Sun City, Southern Africa’s spectacular resort and entertainment attraction.
Enjoy all of Sun City theme park attractions, its wildlife safaris, and entertainment.
In the afternoon, transfer back to Kruger Airport and fly to Port Elizabeth. On arrival, you are transferred to your hotel.
Leaving Port Elizabeth, you embark via the high forests of the Tsitsikamma onto one of South Africa’s most well-known areas – the Garden Route. Gaze in awe at the scenery whilst crossing the suspension bridge over the Storms River where photographic opportunities abound. And stop for lunch at the scenic Storms River Mouth.
After lunch, continue onto the Tsitsikamma Forest area. Attractions here include the Big Tree. Remember to keep an eye out for the rare Knysna Loerie. Then drive via the 'millionaires’ playground' of Plettenberg Bay to stop for refreshments at Knysna's East Head. And then swing by South Africa's 'Oyster Capital', Knysna, before reaching the quaint village of Wilderness. Enjoy a superb dinner at the hotel or one of the nearby restaurants, located within walking distance.
From your hotel in Wilderness, travel to Knysna to embark on the Featherbed Nature Reserve ferry from the Knysna Waterfront. On arrival take a 'Unimog' (tractor driven wagon) ride to the top of the Western Head. An optional hike can be taken through the indigenous Knysna forest to the restaurant area where lunch is served. On your return to Knysna, depart for an elephant experience, where you are able to enjoy a very close encounter with these gigantic mammals. Finally we take the scenic drive back to Wilderness to your hotel.
In the morning, go up Table Mountain when the crowds are less and the air is clear and crisp. Take the cable car to the summit of South Africa’s most recognized icon for the most spectacular views of Cape Town.
In the afternoon, visit Robben Island. Declared a Cultural World Heritage Site, Robben Island is where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for more than two decades. Catch the hourly ferry from the V&A Waterfront.
On your return, get in some shopping at the V&A Waterfront, with loads of restaurants, bars and shops housed in restored warehouses.
Enjoy a visit to Hout Bay, a colourful fishing harbour and picturesque village filled with arts and crafts. You have the option of joining-in on an optional cruise to Seal Island to view the several thousand summer-resident cape fur seals, along with the rare black cormorants that lollop among the kelp forests. Continue on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for the highlight of your day trip. Indigenous fauna and flora are conserved in this priceless wilderness area. The scenery en route to Cape Point, at the South Western tip of the reserve, is particularly lovely in spring when wildflowers carpet the landscape.
Thereafter you have the option to visit the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach that is home to a thriving colony of some 700-jackass penguins. Your last stop is at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, a world famous garden of indigenous plants and regarded as one of the top 7 botanical gardens in the world.
Couples & Families | Visit All-Year | Fly to Johannesburg
In the morning, depart Wilderness, stopping briefly at the Diaz Museum in Mossel Bay. Continue through the semi-arid region of Little Karoo, traversing the scenic Tradouw Pass. Stop for a traditional South African lunch in a typical country restaurant in Barrydale.
In the afternoon, drive through Montagu, a quaint country village and enjoy a wine tasting en-route. And then arrive into Cape Town after driving through the town of Robertson and via the stunning landscapes of the Du Toit’s Kloof Pass.
In the evening, visit the chic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to take in the marina atmosphere of the city. Have an early dinner at a restaurant or back at your hotel.
Spend the day shopping and exploring Cape Town. Transfer to the airport in the afternoon and fly to Dubai and India.