Classic South Africa with Garden Route

TZA04: 12 Days Private Tour of Johannesburg - Kruger National Park - Cape Town - Garden Route - Port Elizabeth
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking driver guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Vehicle: Air-conditioned car, spacious and comfortable
Accommodation: 4-star handpicked hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park, Private Panorama Route Tour
In the morning, your driver will pick you up at the hotel to the Johannesburg Airport. After the flight of 1h bound for the Kruger National Park, you will be received by our experienced driver guide to start your Panorama Route visit. The beautiful Panorama Route links various natural and cultural attractions in South Africa. Attractions along the way include the God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Rissington Inn
Day 2 Transfer to Kruger National Park, Sunset Safari
Your South Africa wildlife safari unveil on the Day 2. In the morning, we will drive for 2 hours to reach the Safari Lodge in the Balule Nature Reserve 110km away, where you will spend the following two days of South Africa safari tour. In the evening, along with other lodge members, you will be escorted by an experienced ranger and a local tracker to enjoy the first open-vehicle game drive. Meanwhile, you will know more knowledge about the wild plants and animals. During the game drive, you will feel thrilled upon finding the traces of various wild animals, especially the Big Five: llions, leopard, elephants, buffaloes and rhinos. After the game drive, you can enjoy dinner at the lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge
Day 3 Full Day at Kruger National Park (Shared Vehicle)
Wild animals usually are active and show up in the early morning. Accordingly, you need to set off early after simply a cup of coffee or tea. The ranger and the local tracker perfectly work with each other to spot wild animals. Thanks to their cooperation, guests have many opportunities to take close-up photos of the animals. After about 3h, you will be sent back to the lodge and have breakfast. Then, you can either go swimming, or take a bush walk with the company of the ranger. The bush walk will shorten the distance between you and the cute animals. In the afternoon, the plan is the same as yesterday's game drive.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge
Day 4 Sunrise Safari, Fly to Cape Town, Airport Pick-up
The sunrise game drive on Day 4 is the finale to the South Africa safari tour in the Kruger National Park. Then, we will drive you to the nearby airport for your ongoing flight to Cape Town. And the duration is 3h. Once landing off, you will be escorted to the local hotel. For the rest of the day, you can enjoy free time. As the mother city of South Africa, Cape Town is endowed with marvelous coastal landscape and diversified culture. The journey here will not let you down. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town
Day 5 Cape Town City Tour, Table Mountain and Robben Island Tour
Today we are going to visit several natural and cultural relics in Cape Town, including the Castle of Good Hope and the Cape Town City Hall. After a short break at the St. George's Cathedral, we will pass through the lush Company Gardens and reach the Bo-Kaap. The Bo-Kaap is also named the Cape Malay Quarter, being the cultural center of this city.

Today's highlight is the famous Table Mountain, also called the Dining Table of the God. It has been acclaimed as the 7th nature wonder in the world for its lofty but flat top. If weather permits, you can take the cable car to reach its highest point, where the vast Atlantic and the stretching African continent will definitely please your eyes.

Next, we will go to the Robben Island by ferry. This island was once a notorious prison for unfairly keeping politicians and activists in custody. Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, had been detained here for 18 years. It's worth mentioning that many local guides were once the prisoners or the prison guards. So, they will tell you this island's story from an authentic perspective.

Tips: The form of identification is needed when booking tickets and taking ferry to the Robben Island. It can be either your identification document, passport, birth certificate or drivers' license. The copy is also permissible.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town
Day 6 Full Day Private Cape Peninsula Tour
Today we will explore the amazing Cape Peninsula. Via the picturesque Clifton Beach and the Camp's Bay, the Sea Point Promenade will finally lead us to the Hout Bay, from which we will travel to the Duiker Island by sea. Every summer, the Duiker Island becomes a paradise for hundreds of thousands of seals. In order to protect them, tourists are only allowed to visit on the ship instead of getting on the island.

Next, we will move to the Cape Point Nature Reserve, which is the southernmost tip of the Cape Town Peninsula. Here, we will take the funicular to the lighthouse of 286m (938ft). This lighthouse was built to warn the sailors that they were approaching the dangerous Cape of Storms. Then we can take a walk or climb hills to visit the beautiful White Sands Beach. You may be greeted by many cute animals along the way.

Then, we will drive half an hour to the Simon's Town. This town is famous for penguins and its nearby Boulders Beach is one of the habitats for endangered African penguins. Here, you can observe the wild penguins at a very close distance.

Finally, we will get to the Kirstenosch Botanical Gardens via the Kalk Bay and the surfing paradise Muizenberg. Kirstenbosch boasts more than 7,000 species of plants. If you come here in spring or summer, a blaze of flowers will leave you an unforgettable memory.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town
Day 7 Drive to Franschhoek, Cape Winelands Tour
After breakfast, we're going to visit best wine producing areas in South Africa, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl. Franschhoek actually means the French Corner because some French came to this place and introduced in how to plant grapes and brew wine. Even the buildings here represent the French style. No wonder Franschhoek is considered Provence in the southern hemisphere. Apart from the world-class wine estates, you will also be amazed by the Huguenot Memorial Museum, buildings with the Cape Dutch style and many fancy restaurants in this affluent town.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: La Fontaine Guest House
Day 8 Drive to Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich Capital of the World
After breakfast we will drive to Oudtshoorn along the Route 62 in 4h. We will first visit the local ostrich farm and then appreciate the Cango Caves which are formed on the basis of limestone.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: De Zeekoe Guest Farm
Day 9 Drive to Knysna, the Oyster Box of South Africa
After breakfast we will head for the George Town, the 6th oldest town in South Africa. We will pass by the historic relics here such as the Slave Tree and the King Edward VII Library Building. Then, we will drive for another 1 hour to Knysna via Wilderness. Knysna abounds in fresh and delicious oysters, so many people call it the oyster box of South Africa. Knysna nestles beside a beautiful lagoon. We will visit the Eastern Head and the Brenton on Sea, then enjoy a lagoon cruise.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Parks Manor Guest House
Day 10 Drive to Tsitsikamma National Park
After the visit to the Knysna West Head to enjoy a bird's-eye view of Knysna, we will travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Two sanctuaries here are on our list of the South Africa wildlife safari package. They are the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and the Birds of Eden. The Monkeyland has been committed to saving and sheltering captive primates. You will see 11 types of primates here. The Birds of Eden is the largest single free flight aviary in the world and we will see rare birds like Caribbean Flamingo, Golden Pheasant and Ruppell's Parrot. Next, we will drive to the Bloukrans Bridge, which is the world's highest single span bridge and runs the world's highest commercial bridge bungee-jump.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn
Day 11 Tsitsikamma National Park
Today we'll go on visiting the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Storms River Mouth. It's highly recommended to take a walk along the stretching coastline. You will be impressed by the diversified landscape here made up of the forest, river and the sea. Besides, dolphin, otter, antelope and rock hare are ready to greet you at Tsitsikamma.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn
Day 12 Drive to Port Elizabeth, End of Service
After breakfast, we will drive east along the Tsitsikamma Forest and reach the Port Elizabeth in 2h. Known for pleasant weather, Port Elizabeth also earns the name of the Friendly City. Your driver can sent you to the downtown or directly to the Port Elizabeth Airport. Hope you have a pleasant experience during these 12 days.

Meals: Breakfast
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares (economy class): Johannesburg - Nelspruit/ Hoedspruit - Cape Town
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Service of English speaking driver guide as itinerary specifices
  • Private transfer in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flights into and out South Africa
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for the driver guide, hotel and lodge
  • Personal travel insurance
  • South Africa visa fees
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