Day 1 Sandton, South Africa
Your tour starts in Sandton, South Africa.
Day 2: Sandton - Soweto
Today visit the Apartheid Museum which commemorates the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa. A guided tour of Soweto – South West Township – showcases luxurious mansions and informal settlements as you learn about the historical significance of the area. Experience the regional lifestyle when joining locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house tavern. This afternoon, have some time at Liliesleaf. Gather this evening with your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Panoramic Route - Kruger National Park
Travel through the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range en route to Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. This evening, enjoy a traditional BOMA dinner under the stars, where you may sample some local game meat.
Day 4: Kruger National Park - Safari Game Drive
Enjoy a full-day open-air-vehicle safari game drive. A local expert leads you in search of the “Big 5” – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino – and provides insight into these fascinating animals along the way. Relax with a picnic lunch surrounded by giraffe in the natural beauty of Kruger National Park.
Day 5: Kruger National Park - Johannesburg - Knysna
Travel back to Johannesburg to board your flight to George. Upon arrival, travel to the picturesque resort town of Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route.
Day 6: Knysna
Today, visit nearby Featherbed Nature Reserve. Begin with a lagoon cruise out to the famous Knysna Heads which marks the entrance to the lagoon. Next, board a 4x4 vehicle and discover the local flora and fauna during a leisurely paced nature walk. Enjoy lunch amongst the ancient milkwood trees before your return cruise. This afternoon, visit Plettenberg Bay. Enjoy views of beaches, dramatic rock formations and lagoons. Later you return to Knysna.
Day 7: Knysna - Oudtshoorn
This morning’s township tour will highlight the diversity of this community, followed by a touching experience as you visit a school. Travel to Oudtshoorn and enjoy a tour of one of the oldest working ostrich farms in the area, then enjoy a tractor safari through the farm viewing ostriches in various stages of development. An outdoor barbecue lunch adds to an amazing day. Upon your return to Knysna, enjoy some time to independently explore.
Day 8: Knysna - Cape Town
Before leaving the Garden Route, enjoy a visit to the Aloe Ferox region where you will enjoy an aloe-tapping demonstration and a stroll in the indigenous gardens. Later this afternoon, arrive in the beautiful harbour side city of Cape Town.
Day 9: Cape Town
Start your day with a panoramic tour of this lovely city. Then embark on a thrilling ride on a cable car that whisks you to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet, landing up the aptly named – and flat-topped – Table Mountain. The views of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion’s Head will leave you breathless. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Malay Quarter with its mosques and minarets. Make a special stop at the Milnerton Lighthouse.
Day 10: Cape Town - Franschhoek
Journey to the beautiful winelands region, known for its colourful mountains and endless vineyards. Visit a local winery for a wine tasting, followed by lunch overlooking the vineyards. After lunch, it’s your choice! Take a tour of the wine cellar and learn about the different vintages and blends created at the winery. Or, embark on a scenic walk through the winelands along the Franschhoek River.
Day 11: Cape Town
Explore the coastal scenery and charming towns that populate the Cape Peninsula. Travel out to Cape Point, stopping for a visit with the penguins at Boulders Beach. On your return, explore the fascinating and famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to over 5,000 species of plants native to South Africa.
Day 12: Cape Town
Your tour ends in Cape Town.