The Cape, Mountain Zebra & Addo Elephant National Park

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17

Days

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For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Cape Town and depart from Cape Town

Your tour highlights:


  • Route 62

  • Cango Caves

  • Camdeboo National Park

  • Mountain Zebra National Park

  • Addo Elephant National Park

  • Garden Route

  • Tsitsikamma National Park

  • Featherbed Nature Reserve

  • Cape Agulhas the "Tip of Africa"

  • Hermanus

  • Cape Town

  • Cape Peninsula

  • Boulders - African Penguins

  • Table Mountain

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

  • Robben Island

  • Cape Winelands

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Cape Town

  • 1 Night - Oudtshoorn

  • 1 Night - Graaff-Reinet

  • 2 Nights - Mountain Zebra National Park

  • 2 Nights - Addo Elephant National Park

  • 2 Nights - Knysna

  • 1 Night - Hermanus

  • 5 Nights - Cape Town

Included:


  • Meet & Greet and assistance on arrival at airport

  • Travel Documents:

                       Working itinerary

                       Vouchers

                       Maps

                       Travel directions

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations: 15 Nights

  • 15 Meals: 15 Breakfasts

  • Conservation fees as per itinerary

  • Vehicle Hire:

                       Contract Fees

                       Unlimited Milage

                       Maximum insurance cover

Day 1:


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.


Day 2:


Our representative will meet you upon your morning arrival at Cape Town International Airport. He / She will hand over your travel documents (vouchers) and assist with the collection of your hired vehicle from the rental agency at the airport. Drive to your hotel located in the city. Beautiful Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city nicknamed “The Mother City” is one of the great thriving port cities of the world. It is nestled between the stunning Table Bay and the majestic Table Mountain. Lunch and dinner today can be had at a restaurant in town or on the vibrant V & A Waterfront. The rest of this evening is at leisure.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  None


Day 3 & 4:


Drive north from Cape Town through the arid “Klein Karoo” and along "Route 62" towards the Mountain Zebra National Park. This scenic route passes through the fruit growing and wine producing towns of Robertson, Ashton and Montagu, as well as the picturesque towns of Barrydale, Ladismith and Calitzdorp. Overnight in Oudtshoorn a town surrounded by ostrich farms and grand Ostrich Feather Palaces. The next day you could visit the spectacular Cango Caves for an easy walking tour of this magnificent underground wonder scattered with stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone formations that date back millions of years. After this guided tour you could visit Safari Ostrich Farm for lunch, where you also get to learn everything and more than you might want to know about ostriches! After lunch you continue with your journey to the historical town of Graaff-Reinet known as the "Gem of the Karoo". Overnight in Graaff-Reinet. Both evenings are at leisure and meals can be enjoyed at anyone of a number of excellent restaurants found on route or at your hotel or at a restaurant found near your hotel in either of these quaint little towns.


Accommodation:  Oudtshoorn & Graaff-Reinet

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 5 & 6:


Spend the morning in the Camdeboo National Park and the "Valley of Desolation", before driving to the Mountain Zebra National Park with its invigorating crystal clear air, beautiful scenery, tranquil ambience and an abundance of wildlife. This is a park that offers you a special and personal African wilderness experience. Situated near Cradock in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, this national park was originally proclaimed in 1937 to save the dwindling Cape mountain zebra population. Now, at over 28 000 hectares the park boasts a conservation success story, protecting over 600 zebra, as well as wildlife such as the endangered black rhino and cheetah. Dinners can be had at the lodge restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Mountain Zebra National Park

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Morning and / or sunset open vehicle safari

  • Tracking cheetah on foot


Day 7 & 8:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning, you depart for the renowned Addo Elephant National Park. This is the only park in the world that boasts the “Big 7”, namely, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhino, Whale and the Great White Shark. Spend the next two days relaxing in the African bush in this malaria free 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 lodge restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet, after which you could then relax with a drink around the campfire. Whilst staying in this park and being so close to nature, you have a good chance of hearing the hair-raising roar of a lion marking its territory or the deep growling noise of an elusive leopard on the prowl. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Addo Elephant National Park

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Day 8 - An open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Day 9:


Travel southeast along the "Garden Route" towards the picturesque town of Knysna. The “Garden Route” stretches about 200 km (130 miles) from Tsitsikamma to Mossel Bay and is sandwiched between towering mountains and the Indian Ocean. The name was adopted due to the region’s diverse vegetation, beautiful scenery, meandering estuaries and rugged coastline. On route you can visit the “Big Tree”, a huge Outeniqua Yellowwood which is the national tree of South Africa, as well as the Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can get a bite to eat and take a short hike to the Storms River mouth suspension bridge. Your final stop for the day will be at Bloukrans Bridge, an arch bridge that stretches across a 216 meter (708 feet) deep gorge. It is here where they boast the highest bungee jump in the world. Evening at leisure. Dinners in Knysna can be had at any one of the numerous excellent restaurants found close to your hotel on the Knysna Waterfront. Overnight in Knysna.


Accommodation:  Knysna

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 10:


A morning at leisure to relax and enjoy the delightful town of Knysna. You could take a wonder around town, which is known to have a large selection of excellent craft markets and art galleries. This afternoon you could take the ferry across the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve for lunch, a 4 x 4 trailer-ride tour and hike through the reserve. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Knysna.


Accommodation:  Knysna

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Tour to Featherbed Nature Reserve


Day 11:


Drive to Cape Agulhas the "Tip of Africa" and then along the south east coast to the charming quaint seaside town of Hermanus, which is known to have "The best land based whale watching in the world". Every year, between June and November, the majestic southern right whales grace the shores of the southwestern Cape. Overnight in Hermanus.


Accommodation:  Hermanus

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 12:


After a leisurely morning and lunch in Hermanus you head for Cape Town. Take the spectacular coastal route along the eastern shores of the False Bay coastline with its tower rugged cliffs that are washed below by a swirling combination of Indian and Atlantic Ocean waters. Your evening meals over the next couple of days in Cape Town can be enjoyed at various excellent restaurants found in town or on the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 13:


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 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 can start making your way back towards Cape Town along the western shores of the False Bay coastline, stopping for lunch at a restaurant in Simonstown. After lunch you could 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

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway


Day 14 & 15:


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.


Or


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.


Or


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.


Or


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

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 16:


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 could also spend some time in the picturesque and historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 17:


Morning at leisure. There will be time for last minute shopping and lunch at the V & A Waterfront. Weather permitting; you could also 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.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Helicopter flight over Table Bay, Cape Peninsula and Cape Town