Africa's Wildlife, The Zulu Kingdom & Cape Town
For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Johannesburg and depart from Cape Town
Your tour highlights:
Kruger National Park
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Lesotho - Sani Pass
Giants Castle Game Reserve
Boulders - African Penguins
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
destinations on route:
1 Night - Johannesburg
1 Night - Hazyview
2 Nights - Kruger National Park
2 Nights - Hluhluwe
1 Night - Eshowe
2 Nights - Underberg
2 Nights - Giants Castle
5 Nights - Cape Town
Meet & Greet and assistance on arrival at airport
Johannesburg to Cape Town
Local airline taxes & fuel surcharges
Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges
3 to 4 Star accommodations: 16 Nights
19 Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 3 Dinners
Conservation fees as per itinerary
Maximum insurance cover
1 x Delivery fee
Guided Pretoria city tour
Traditional Zulu evening show
Lesotho - Sani Pass 4X4 tour
Depart for South Africa on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.
Morning arrival in South Africa. Our representative / guide will be at the airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). From here we depart on a short city tour of Pretoria one of South Africa’s 3 capital cities that was previously the capital of the Old Transvaal Republic. Pretoria is also known as the Jacaranda Capital as there are over 55 000 Jacaranda trees lining the streets. Even though these exotic trees originate from Argentina it is still a spectacular sight to behold when the purple flowers are in full bloom during the months of October and November. The city tour includes a stop at the Union Buildings, where there is a magnificent 9 meter tall bronze plated statue of Mr. Nelson Mandela, as it was here where his body lay in state for three days after his death on 5 December 2013. We then drive via the city centre to Church Square and Paul Kruger House, where this modest man lived whilst serving as President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (South African Republic), also known as the Transvaal Republic. We then stop at the impressive and symbolic Voortrekker Monument with its inner walls lined with murals that depict the story of the “Voortrekkers” pioneers and their Great Trek. The monument is surrounded by beautiful indigenous gardens and nature reserve. You can also get a bite to eat at the monument café. Afternoon check-in at a charming lodge found on the East Rand. Dinner will be served at the lodge.
Accommodation: Kempton Park - Johannesburg
Guided Pretoria city tour
Your hired vehicle will be delivered to the lodge. After breakfast and the collection of your vehicle you travel east to the province of Mpumalanga meaning the “pulling of the sun” or “the land where the sun rises”, also known as “Paradise Country”. You can drive along the “Panorama Route” of the Transvaal Drakensberg Mountains with its breathtaking vistas. Here you can view the imposing Three Rondavels and admire the stunning scenery of the Blyde River Canyon which is one of the deepest in the world. You can also pay a visit to the spectacular Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Lunch can be had en-route and dinner will be served at the lodge’s restaurant. Overnight in the beautiful Sabie River Valley.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 4 & 5:
Depart for the world-renowned Kruger National Park, a national treasure which is known to be the most biodiverse park on earth with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, 55 amphibians, last recorded 506 bird species and about 1980 plant species. Travel south through Kruger in search for the “Big 5” animals, as well as a host of other animals and wonderful creatures found within their natural habitats. There is no better place in Africa to get closer to nature than to stay within the boundaries of the Kruger National Park. We recommend you book on your arrival at the camp an open vehicle sunset safari for the following day. Dinners can be enjoyed at the camp restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. In the evenings, after dinner you could sit around your campfire under an African sky with stars so bright one feels you could reach out and touch them. Listen for any nocturnal visitors, as well the sounds and calls of the wild emanating from the African bush. Overnight in Kruger, undeniably Africa’s finest wildlife reserve.
Accommodation: Lodge - Kruger National Park
Meals: Breakfast (Day 4)
Recommended Optional Activity:
Day 5 - Afternoon open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger
Day 6 & 7:
Today you travel through eSwatini to Hluhluwe in Zululand. Lunch can be had en-route. eSwatini, previously Swaziland, is known as “The Switzerland of Africa” due to its picturesque beauty. This tiny landlocked country holds within it a contrasting array of ecosystems from towering mountains to low lying savannah plains and endless rain forests found nestled along the mountain and river ravines. Spend the next two days in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. This hilly reserve is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa and it was once the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. It has an abundance of wildlife and became famous amongst conservationist for its breeding and protection programs of both the Black & White Rhinos. The next morning is at leisure or you could opt to take an exciting game walk in “Big 5” country with experienced rangers armed with rifles and who have excellent knowledge of the fauna & flora found within the park. You’ll get to learn some fascinating facts about the African bush on this relaxed walk which takes place in the surrounding wilderness area adjacent to your lodge. We recommend you also book on your arrival at the camp an open vehicle sunset safari for the following day. Dinners can be enjoyed at the lodge restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. Overnight in the park.
Accommodation: Lodge - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
Meals: Breakfast (Day 7)
Recommended Optional Activities:
Day 7 - Morning - An exciting game walk in “Big 5” country
Day 7 - Afternoon open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger
This morning you can take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos found within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is one of South Africa's six UNESCO world heritage sites. Depart after the cruise to Shakaland, a Zulu cultural village. Lunch will be served before you check-in to the hotel. This afternoon there is an included guided tour through the beehive hut and living museum village that was built for the production of the TV series Shaka Zulu; “The last great warrior”. This evening you will witness Zulu hospitality at its best with a traditional Zulu festival. The Zulu people are the largest ethnic group in South Africa and make up twenty percent of the country’s population. They are a proud nation of people who have a rich historical and cultural heritage. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in “The Heart of Zululand”.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Traditional Zulu Evening Show - Singing & Dancing
Depart for the Southern Drakensberg. En-route you could stop in the seaside town of Ballito where you will have some time to stroll on the beach and dip your feet in the warm, dark blue waters of the Indian Ocean. From here you drive to the historical city of Pietermaritzburg and the capital of the province of KwaZulu Natal (The place of the Zulu). Visit the “Church of the Vow” now a museum, a church that was built in His honour after a small party of “Voortrekkers”, under the command of Andries Pretorius, defeated Dingaan’s mighty Zulu army at “The Battle of Blood River” on the 16th December 1838. The last stop for the day would be the village of Howick and the Howick Falls. This impressive waterfall that lies on the Umgeni River has one of the highest single drops in South Africa at 111 meters (364 feet). After this visit you drive to the quaint village of Himeville, with its picturesque tree lined avenues. The village is nestled in a valley at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment, a name given to the eastern region of the Great Escarpment that flows through southern Africa. Lunch can be enjoyed en-route and dinner at the hotel's restaurant.
Today you can enjoy an interesting and exciting day out on a guided 4 x 4 trip up the Sani Pass to experience the country of Lesotho. This pass found in the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho is the only entry point into the country from KwaZulu Natal. The pass is also known as the “Roof of Africa”, as it is the highest road in Africa and one of the highest roads in the world. It was a rough mule trail in the early days, where traders brought wool and mohair on donkeys down the pass to Natal in exchange for blankets, clothing and maize meal. This tour to Lesotho includes a drive up Black Mountain to view the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana, which is the highest peak in southern Africa. You will also visit a Basotho village before ending the tour with a drink in the “Highest Pub in Africa”. The pub is situated on the edge of the escarpment at the summit of Sani Pass. From the pub's deck you’ll find, on a clear day, one of the most spectacular views in Africa. Return to your hotel in Underberg where you then have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner this evening can be had at the hotel's restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch (Packed)
Full day 4 X 4 Sani Pass / Lesotho tour
Day 11 & 12:
After breakfast you travel to Giants Castle Game Reserve and the scenic Central Drakensberg, also known as the “Barrier of Spears”. This region of the berg has some of the highest peaks in southern Africa, including South Africa’s highest mountain, Mafadi which rises to an elevation of 3450 meters (11 320 feet). The berg is also a place where the San (Bushmen) left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rock and in the caves scattered along the eastern slopes of the mountains. You have this afternoon and the next day at leisure during which time you could visit the Main Cave, a large sandstone cave that boasts one of the biggest and best preserved San rock art painted sites in southern Africa. Or, you could hike one or more of the numerous nature trails found within the park that vary in distance and difficulty. Overnight in the Drakensberg Mountains. All meals can be had at the lodge restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet.
Accommodation: Giants Castle
Guided rock art tour of the Giants Castle Main Cave
Depart for Johannesburg the commercial hub of South Africa. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rental agency at O R Tambo International Airport, before catching your flight to Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city nicknamed “The Mother City”. Collect your hired vehicle on arrival at the rental agency at the airport. Drive to your hotel located in the city. Beautiful Cape Town is one of the great thriving port cities of the world. It is nestled between the stunning Table Bay and the majestic Table Mountain. Your evening meals over the next couple of days can be enjoyed at various excellent restaurants found in town or on the vibrant V & A Waterfront. The rest of this evening is at leisure.
Accommodation: Cape Town
Today you can take a drive around the scenic "Cape Peninsula". Drive along the Atlantic seaboard, a coastline scattered with rocky outcrops, soaring mountain peaks and pristine white beaches washed by clear turquoise blue waters. After your stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best kept secrets, you continue along the magnificent Chapman’s Peak Pass to the legendary Cape of Good Hope, which is the most southwesterly point on the African continent. The Cape of Good Hope nature reserve is known for its indigenous fynbos vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is the smallest, but also the richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Although this reserve is famous for its flora, it is also home to the mischievous Cape chacma baboon, as well as a variety of rare animals such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, eland, rhebuck and the caracal (African lynx). You can then visit Cape Point, a place of mythical beliefs, as it is here where you will find the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. From here you start making your way back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastline. Lunch can be had en-route. After lunch you can visit Boulders Beach penguin colony to see the endangered African penguins. On your return to the city you head for Table Mountain, where you can then (weather permitting) take the cableway to the top of this iconic mountain. The cable cars with their large glass windows rise slowly over the fabulous Mother City and Table Bay, allowing for some of the most magnificent views you will ever see anywhere in the world. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.
Accommodation: Cape Town
Recommended Optional Activity:
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Day 15 & 16:
Cape Town has so much to offer visitors and this is why we recommend a couple of days at leisure to do your own thing! Relax, shop or explore the city and surrounding areas.
A great way to do so is to join a tour on the “hop-on hop-off bus”. One of the routes will take you out to the acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, with its grand setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain or you could take the route through the city that passes South Africa’s oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1666 and City Hall, a splendid baroque building with its balcony overlooking the Grand Parade. It was here where the great Nelson Mandela made his first public speech as a free man on his release from prison on 11 February 1990. On this tour you could also hop-off at the Moorish Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) or the beautiful Dutch East Indian Company Garden to see the gardens, Parliament Buildings and Tuinhuis (Garden House). Visit St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as the National Art Gallery, National Museum and Planetarium.
Visit the posh seaside suburb of Camps Bay, with its popular beach. Beach Road is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. This is a great place to spend an afternoon and to get a bite to eat while watching the sun set over the South Atlantic.
You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island an island found about 11 km (7 miles) off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay. The notorious prison, located on the island, is where Nelson Mandela and other South African political prisoners were incarcerated.
For the energetic, you could take a hike up Table Mountain. For the brave, you could go shark cage diving.
Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.
Accommodation: Cape Town
Today you can tour the beautiful wine lands countryside of the southwestern Cape where you will find towering, rugged mountains, rolling valleys lined with manicured vineyards and elegant 350 year old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style architecture. Wine tastings can be enjoyed at various wine estates found along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route. You can also spend some time in the picturesque and historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.
Accommodation: Cape Town
Morning at leisure. There will be time for last minute shopping and lunch at the V & A Waterfront. To end the tour on a high, weather permitting you could take an optional helicopter flight over the "Cape Peninsula" before you depart to Cape Town International Airport for you to catch your flight home. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rental agency at the airport.
Recommended Optional Activity:
Helicopter flight over Table Bay, Cape Peninsula and Cape Town