Day 1: Cape Town Waterfront
Upon your arrival in Cape Town – the Mother City – you will be escorted to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Browse the wares in any one of the city’s artisan markets, stroll through the tree-lined paths in the central Company’s Garden park, or enjoy the catch-of-the-day at a waterfront eatery.
Day 2: Table Mountain & Cape Peninsula tour
The flat-topped Table Mountain looms 1,000+ meters over Cape Town, and from the summit, offers 360-degree views of the city and bay below. Take a cable car ride to the top and relish in the sweeping vistas. Next up: A trip to Cape Point, known in nautical lore as the “end of the Earth.” The scenic drive down the Cape Peninsula meanders through the Millionaire’s Paradise – a stretch of palm-lined streets that passes through the exclusive enclaves of Clifton, Camp’s Bay and Llandudno. The journey continues along the cliff-hugging Chapman’s Peak Drive, before a stopover at Cape Point. With baboons babbling and the Atlantic’s waves crashing below, the tranquil, unspoiled landscape will leave you breathless. On your return voyage, visit the historic naval port in Simon’s Town, as well as the African penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach.
Day 3: Leisure & Winelands tour
Spend the morning in Cape Town and watch the city slowly come to life, before being whisked away on an afternoon adventure in the Cape’s award-winning vineyards. Enjoy a glass of crisp white or a chocolaty red at some of the region’s hottest wine estates, while taking a fascinating lesson on the winemaking process, from vine to glass.
Day 4: Whale watching tour
Two oceans converge off the coast of Cape Town – the Atlantic and Indian oceans – creating a perfect habitat for four species of whales. Experience these majestic giants up-close-and-personal. With epic vantage points from the bay or along the coast, choose to encounter the wildlife from land or sea.
Day 5: Garden Route
A journey along the stretch of the southern coast of South Africa, which is known as the Garden Route, offers the chance to enjoy the region’s lush landscapes and unforgettable locales. Begin your journey along the route by cresting the Outenique Mountain Pass – a cloud-shrouded drive that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountain vistas. Your destination is Oudtshoorn, a delightful outpost that was put on the map thanks to ostrich feather booms in the early 1900s. Learn about the town’s thriving ostrich industry with a stop at a Karoo ostrich farm. The day’s tour continues onto the Cango Caves, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites, before visiting the nearby Cango Wildlife Ranch. Known for its resident crocodiles, snakes and big cats, the preserve offers a chance to encounter South Africa’s matchless wildlife.
Day 6: Tsitsikamma tour
Tsitsikamma National Park – a protected habitat along the Garden Route – is nestled between the sea and the surrounding mountains. The park is world-renowned for its natural beauty, from the dramatic coastlines, to the unique-to-the-region fynbos shrubbery and dense gallery forests. Breathe in the salty sea air as your traverse the park on a morning tour. Then, your adventure continues at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, a natural reserve home to rare ape and primate species from around the world. Finally, reach the finish line in Plettenberg Bay – an elite, sought-after holiday destination – known for its stunning beaches and exclusive cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Day 7-9: Kruger National Park
As one of the largest and oldest game reserves in South Africa, Kruger National Park has earned a reputation as a safari powerhouse and is well-known for its native herds of zebra, elephants, lions and rhinos. Explore the expansive park during early-morning game drives in an open air jeep – the quintessential safari experience. Return to the lodge and bask in the sun at the pool, or choose to take a hike through the bush. After lunch, head out for a late-afternoon game drive, before experiencing a traditional dinner around the Boma fire. Over the remaining days, continue your adventures in the bush during morning and evening drives, while relaxing in the comfortable accommodations in your free time.