Spend two weeks exploring vineyards, beaches, cities and wildlife on this South Africa itinerary. With its recent turbulent history now safely in the past, South Africa is a country as diverse as it is beautiful. Explore the calm waters of Knysna bay, taste local wines amongst the vineyards of the wine lands and drink in panoramic views of Cape Town from Table Mountain. Finish your time in South Africa spotting zebras and lions on an unforgettable Kruger self-drive. Stunning beaches, extraordinary wildlife and friendly smiles are waiting for you on this luxury holiday of a lifetime.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival in Port Elizabeth you’ll be met and assisted with your Europcar vehicle collection – a group C car (similar to a VW Polo Classic) has been reserved for you, so you’ll drive to your first hotel where you’ll check in for one night.
This morning you’ll drive to Knysna, a three hour drive westwards along the coast. After checking in you’ll be able to freshen up before exploring the area – why not wander down to the beach and watch set between the famous Knynsa Heads while you enjoy a local glass of wine?
After breakfast, the day is yours to enjoy the beautiful area of Plettenburg Bay – whether you want to take to the water on a sailing tour or fishing trip, or simply relax in the grounds of the hotel, enjoying the peaceful tranquillity of Knysna.
Another day to enjoy Knysna, why not head into town and enjoy the pretty seafront and local shops? If you want to explore inland, visit one of the many nature reserves outside the town and witness the stunning flora and fauna of the area, from tiny birds to colourful wildflowers.
After breakfast you’ll drive the 2 hours to Oudtshoorn. Settle into your hotel before getting to enjoy the area, where you are close by to the Cango Caves and the famous Ostrich farms.
Oudtshoorn was the world capital of ostrich farming and provided tall feathers to the fashion houses of Europe for many years. The town is located close to one of the Cape Floral Protected Regions where pretty wildflowers are scattered among the lush hillsides.
This morning you’ll drive west to Franschoek. The drive is around 4.5 hours so you could stop for lunch in one of the many cafes of Montagu along the way. On arrival in the winelands you’ll check into your hotel for 2 nights and spend the rest of the day enjoying the cool beauty of this lush area of the country.
Located on a working farm Babylonstoren is a destination in itself! Head into the farm and see fresh fruit being picked in the orchard, pick your own salad and be sure to head to the greenhouse for lunch, with all produce made on site this will be one of the most delicious meals you’ll taste in South Africa.
Being in the wine region, make sure you don’t miss out on some local wine tasting! Make sure you enjoy some samples from the slopes of Simonsberg before relaxing in your stunning whitewashed room reflecting the Dutch architecture of the region.
After breakfast you’ll drive along to Cape Town, just an hour away. Check into your hotel for three nights before getting out and exploring this metropolitan city. Why not wander down to the harbour and have dinner overlooking the waterfront? Enjoying cocktails whilst looking up at the spectacular Table Mountain is an excellent way to begin your time in Cape Town.
With a free day in Cape Town there is plenty to do – whether you head to the top of Table Mountain and enjoy panoramic views of the bay below or out to Robben Island to explore the island prison where Nelson Mandela was confined for 27 years.
Another day free to enjoy Cape Town – there are plenty of boutique shops and restaurants to keep you busy in the city but if you want to get out to the coast, why not drive south for half an hour and visit Boulders Beach, where penguins and people share the sands.
In the morning you’ll drop your car off at Cape Town Airport and fly to Skukuza, the gateway to Kruger National Park. On arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your lodge, where you’ll check in for three nights. You’ll have activities included at the lodge, like wildlife game drives and walking safaris so make sure you get out and enjoy all Kruger has to offer.
With two days free to enjoy the flora and fauna of Kruger, you won’t be short of options. Take a game drive to get up close to this spectacular wildlife – giraffes drinking at the watering hole, lions lazing on the kopjes and even leopards napping in the shady trees.
The day is yours to continue exploring – you could take a walking safari and take advantage of experiencing the vast array of wildlife on foot, watching zebras graze and hippos cool off in the water.
On your final day in South Africa you’ll be transferred back to Skukuza Airport for your domestic flight to Johannesburg and onward flight home.
You will arrive back into the UK today to complete your holiday.
The climate in South Africa is mild year round, however there are ‘seasons’ you may want consider when planning your trip along the Garden Route. They tend to experience rainfall during the winter months (June to August) when it tends to be greener all round. The rains come in with a cooler air, last maybe a day or two and are then usually followed by champagne days’ of crystal clear air, blue skies and brilliant colours!
The summer months (November to February) are usually warm or hot, and during December to January the surf is often at its best due to the south easterly winds.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.