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- Wildlife Watching
- Bird Watching
- City Tour
- Rental Car
Main travel focus
25-Day Highlights of Southern Africa Tour
- Discover the Cape Peninsula
- Experience the famous Garden Route
- Discover Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland
- End your trip with a visit to Victoria Falls and the famous Chobe National Park
The Southern African Highlights tour starts in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town and ends with the majestic Victoria Falls. Throughout this exciting journey you will discover all of South Africa from the Garden Route to Kruger National Park through Zululand, the vineyards, the Blyde River Canyon and the desert of the Little Karoo.
At the end of your stay you will head to Botswana and explore the famous Chobe National Park. This national park has the largest concentration of elephants in Africa and it is not uncommon to see groups of several hundred of elephants.
Join us on this unforgettable trip throughout South Africa and enjoy its diversity, stunning nature and fabulous cities.
- 24x nights accommodation in double room in a 3-4 star hotel
- 24x breakfast, 7x lunch, 10x dinner
- Car rental
- English-speaking guide and ranger during game drives
- English-speaking guide on excursions
- Airport transfers
- Safaris in the Kruger National Park
- Cruise along the Chobe River
- International flights
- Helicopter flight in Cape Town (from R1200)
- Sunset cruise in Cape Town (from R180)
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Cape Town!
You will make your first steps on South African soil in the beautiful city of Cape Town!
Upon arrival, collect your rental car and drive to your comfortable Antrim Villa Guest House in Cape Town. Along the way, gaze upon the magnificent coast line and get a first impression of the multicultural city that Cape Town is.
Cape Town welcomes you!
Discover the best of Cape Town!
Cape Town is known as the one of the most beautiful cities in the World! Today, it will be up to you how you will spend the day!
How about taking a cable car and ascending to the top of Table Mountain? The floor of the cable car rotates through 360 degrees during the ascent or descent, giving passengers a panoramic view of the city.
You can also visit the following sites depending on your area of interests - the National Museum of South Africa, the Company 's Gardens, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the colorful Bo-Kaap district, the African Craft Market of Green Market Square, the Castle of Good Hope and many more exciting sites!
After a day of getting familiar with Cape Town, you'll return to your comfortable hotel in the city center.
Choose your own adventure in Cape Town!
After breakfast, you'll have the whole day to explore Cape Peninsula and the legendary Cape of Good. Depending on your interests, you can visit several tourist and nature attractions. The village of Hout Bay is home to craft markets, unique shops, a beautiful beach, a thriving fishing community, thousands of Cape Fur Seals and local birdlife.
You can proceed to enjoy the twists and turns around the famous Chapman’s Peak scenic drive. You can enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve to reach the tip of the Cape Peninsula and enjoy a dramatic viewpoint of the nature reserve.
After leaving Cape Point Nature Reserve travel up the other side of the Cape Peninsula to Simon’s Town, an important naval base and harbor, and Boulder’s beach, home to a colony of African Jackass penguins.
A seafood meal in this area is highly recommended before spending the night at Antrim Villa Guest House.
Visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront!
Rise and shine! Today you will visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - South Africa’s most visited destination which attracts millions of visitors every year. Whether you are looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbor, you can find it all at the waterfront.
How about a visit of the Two Ocean’s Aquarium? It is one of the finest aquariums in the world with more than 3000 marine creatures on view!
Experience a Robben Island Tour, which includes a fascinating half-day trip to the former penal colony where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour guides are likely to be ex-political prisoners, giving you the opportunity to experience a priceless first-hand account of prison life on Robben Island.
Try the best Southafrican wines!
After a delicious breakfast at your hotel you'll enjoy a full day of exploring the Cape Winelands.
You'll depart to Stellenbosch, a university town in the beautiful wine region of the Western Cape. The oldest city after Cape Town is beautifully maintained with typical Cape-Dutch style buildings (the name given to the Cape architecture inspired by the Dutch). You'll visit the wineries and taste wines including the Pinotage, a typical South African grape, a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault.
Next, you'll have the opportunity to visit the village of Franschhoek, the South African gourmet capital, located in one of the most beautiful valleys in the country.
In the evening, you'll return to your guest house Basse Provence located in a winery.
Off to Oudtshoorn!
In the morning you'll depart to the semi-desert region of Karoo!
You'll take the longest wine route in the world: the R62. You will cross the vineyards of the Western Cape and Little Karoo along this scenic road that winds through mountain passes and natural reserves. There are plenty of exciting villages that you can visit while traveling such as Calitzdorp, famous for its muscat and port wines, or Ladysmith where you will find a Parmalat cheese factory.
If you arrive early at Oudtshoorn, you'll have the opportunity to visit the ostrich breeding farm of Safari or even discover the Cango Caves with their magnificent geological formations!
In the evening, enjoy dinner at De Denne Country Guest House, an ostrich working farm on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn.
The seaside village of Knysna
Rise and shine! In the morning drive to the town of Knysna, a seaside village that is renowned for its lagoon and estuary leading to the Indian Ocean.
You'll have the option to go for a boat ride across the lagoon to "The Heads", better known as the river mouth that separates the estuary from the ocean.
Enjoy the beauty of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
Today is a day dedicated to visiting Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in the heart of the Garden Route.
You'll have plenty of activties for the day! How about going for a boat ride across the lagoon to "The Heads," the estuary between the lagoon and the ocean? A visit to the Knysna Elephant Park? Or why not a stroll around Birds of Eden, a bird sanctuary which is one of the largest aviaries in the world with hundreds of bird species.
A visit to the primate sanctuary of Monkeyland is not to be missed as well as a hike to the heart of the Robberg Nature Reserve near Plettenberg Bay. You can also pay a visit to the winery Bramon in the Crags for a wine tasting or even a lunch. The restaurant tables are in the vineyards which makes the atmosphere quite romantic.
At the end of the day full of activities, you'll enjoy a relaxing night at your comfortable lodge.
Discover Storms River and Garden Route National Park
You'll begin the day with a drive to Storms River where the river, the forest, and the ocean meet!
This narrow coastal strip is wedged between the sea and the mountains with the Tsitsikamma National Park bounded on the west by the town of Nature's Valley and on the east the mouth of the Storms River.
The view from the Tsitsikamma National Park is spectacular, especially when the waves of the ocean are unleashed!
After some unforgettable views, you'll head back to Storms River Mouth Rest Camp for the rest of the evening.
Travel to Salt Rock
Rise and shine! Today you'll drive to Port Elizabeth Airport where you'll drop your rental car off then and the take a domestic flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban.
Upon arrival, you will pick up another rental car at Durban Airport and drive to your comfortable bed and breakfast hotel in the small coastal town of Salt Rock.
Discover the wildlife of iSimangaliso National Park
In the morning, you'll drive to iSimangaliso National Park.
The iSimangaliso National Park contains three major lakes, eight different ecosystems, the largest estuary in Africa, 526 birds species and the highest coastal dunes in the world!
The St. Lucia Lake and its estuary has more than a thousand hippos, several thousand crocodiles and 114 fish species. It is also a prime location for migratory birds.
You will then depart for a two-hour cruise on the St Lucia estuary to observe the great diversity of birds in the park. The estuary is also home to many crocodiles and hippos that you will closely observe from the boat.
You will then enjoy an overnight stay at St. Lucia Wetlands Guesthouse.
Discover the Wildlife of Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park
You'll begin your day with a one-hour drive from St. Lucia to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park. Did you know that in order to give more space to the rhinoceros, two neighboring reserves, Hluhluew and Umfolozi, merged to become Huluhluew-iMfolozi National Park? You'll be sure to spot a wide variety of wildlife there such as giraffes, zebras, cheetas, antelopes and many more!
The Umfolosi Reserve is known for its walking safaris, while your vehicle safaris or guided 4x4 game drives occur throughout the park.
At night, the 4x4 guided night safaris are perfect to observe nocturnal birds and other animals that are difficult to see during the day time.
After a day full of witnessing wildlife, you'll return back to your comfortable.
Explore The Hluhluwe-Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Today leave the South African region of Kwazulu-Natal to discover a new country landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique: the Kingdom of Swaziland. Welcome to the smallest country in the southern hemisphere!
The Mlilwane Reserve is the oldest wildlife conservation area in the country. Upon arrival, you will have free time to enjoy this reserve which you can explore on foot, bike, car or on horseback.
Afterwards, you will return back to your comfortable traditional Swazi hut in the Mlilwane Nature Reserve.
Enjoy the Ezulwini Valley and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Today you'll have a day at leisure in Ezulwini Valley, which extends between the kingdom's capital, Mbabane, and the main economic center of the country of Manzini.
A visit to Ezulwini is an immersion in the Swazi culture with its handicraft centers, cultural markets and villages. How about a visit to Mantenga Cultural Village where you can see a typical village and attend a show with traditional songs and dances?
You should not miss the Mlilwane Reserve where you can explore by foot, mountain bike, on horseback or with your car. You might witness zebras, impalas, wildebeests, hippos, and rhinos.
After a day of leisure, you'll head back to Beehive Villages in a traditional Swazi hut in the Mlilwane Nature Reserve.
Travel to Kruger National Park
In the morning you'll take the five hour drive to one of the largest wildlife parks in Africa - the Kruger Park!
You will cross the border between Swaziland and South Africa at Jeppe's Reef in the north of Swaziland. On the road to the border, visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and the Piggs Peak Craft Center.
You will reach one of the entrance gates on the south side of the Kruger park and start a safari with your own car until you get to the rest camp.
Afterwards, enjoy a natural overnight stay at Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp.
Self-Drive through Kruger National Park
Today you'll undoubtedly explore Kruger National Park in the best possible way - behind your own steering wheel!
A self-drive safari gives you the freedom to move at your own pace through the magnificent Kruger Park! Here you may see the best of African flora and fauna such as leopards, lions, elephants, rhinos and many more!
The southern part of the park along the Sabie and Crocodile River is rich in water and has a lot of game viewing opportunities. Take the chance!
Enjoy a safari at Kruger National Park
Today you will enjoy a safari with your own vehicle to a private concession in the Kruger National Park.
Did you know Kruger National Park is the country's largest park? Its great geological and climatic diversity gives it exceptional flora divided into 16 distinct vegetation zones.
The park is not only home to the 'Big Five', but also is home to giraffes, hippos, hyenas, wild dogs, antelopes and many other animals! It is an astonishing experience for wildlife lovers!
After a day full of exploring and adventure, you'll return to your lodge for a much needed rest.
Two guided-safaris in Kruger National Park
After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your lodge you'll enjoy not one, but two guided safaris.
The first safari will be in an open 4x4 vehicle in the morning and a second in the afternoon in a 4x4 vehicle or on foot - the choice is yours!
After a full day of adventure you'll return to your luxury suite for a well deserved rest.
Welcome to Hoedspruit!
After breakfast you'll have time in the morning to enjoy one more safari tour in the Kruger National Park before driving to Hoedspruit.
Upon arrival, you'll have the options to visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre or to experience a boat cruise on the Blyde River dam where you might see the Three Rondavels of the Blyde River Canyon - crocodiles, hippos and birds.
After a day well spent in Hoedspuruit, you'll return to your hotel to relax for the rest of the evening.
Travel to Johannesburg or Tambo Airport
In the morning you'll depart Blyde River Canyon for Johannesburg or Tambo Airport where you will return your rental car and then check in at the Sun Rock Guest House.
Spend the evening enjoying the nearby surroundings or relax for your flight tomorrow.
Enjoy your flight to Victoria Falls!
At an appropriate time you will catch an international flight which will take you to the next destination in your exciting journey - Victoria Falls.
Upon arrival, you'll be transferred from the airport to your comfortable hotel.
A day of adventure in Victoria Falls
After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will visit one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world - Victoria Falls!
Victoria Falls is located at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia where the Zambezi River flows over 100 meters high and 1.7km wide at a rate of 250 million liters of water per minute! If you're up to it, you can also engage in various water sports such as kayaking, rafting and other thrill seeking activities such as helicopter flight for a magnificent aerial views of the falls or a breathtaking sunset cruise on the Zambezi river.
After an eventful day you'll retire back to your hotel.
Welcome to Chobe National Park!
In the morning you'll be transferred to your lodge located nearby Chobe National Park.
You'll enjoy two nights at Chobe Safari Lodge as well as two guided safaris per day: first in an open vehicle in the afternoon and second via boat on the Chobe River.
This is certainly one of the best ways to observe the sights, wildlife and fauna of the area. You might even spot elephants, hippos, buffaloes, or crocodiles!
Game Drives Through Chobe National Park
After breakfast, you'll have an opportunity to enjoy the Chobe region from the Chobe Safari Lodge. You'll have chance to witness the wildlife of the region with two guided game drives. Don't forget to bring your camera so that you ca capture the beautiful moments!
Afterwards, you'll return to your hotel to relax or get much needed rest.