Africa Tours and Safaris
21 DAYS CLASSIC SOUTH AFRICA TOUR

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Route::

Cape Town - Garden Route - Natal Drakensberg - Natal Game Reserve - Natal North Coast - Swaziland - Mpumalanga - Kruger National Park or Private Game Reserve - Magaliesberg or Pretoria / Johannesburg 

Steps:

Step 1.
Click on bold names in order to bring up information and descriptions on Cities/Towns, and options for Accommodation, Excursions, Transfers and Flights.

Cape Town
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, please collect your rented vehicle. National car hire options.

Cape Town is the cosmopolitan "Mother City of South Africa" with its beautiful and scenic peninsula, oceans, lakes, mountains, shopping malls, theatres and recreational facilities.

Check into accommodation to be reserved in Cape Town.

Spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Optional excursions in Cape Town.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Step 2.
Cape Town

Spend your day at leisure. Optional excursions in Cape Town.

Overnight at the accommodation of your choice.

Step 3.
Cape Town - Stellenbosch/Franschhoek/Paarl (Winelands):

After breakfast, check out. Depart for an approximate 1 - 2 hour drive to the Cape Winelands visiting Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl.

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl - Visit the various wine farms with wine tasting and cellar tours, Co-Ops, restored and historical buildings and farm stalls. Enjoy scenic views of mountain passes and beautiful landscapes.

Check into accommodation to be reserved in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Paarl.

Optional excursions in the Stellenbosch / Franschhoek Winelands.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

 

Step 4.
Stellenbosch/Franschhoek/Paarl - Mossel Bay/Oudtshoorn/De Rust:

After breakfast, check out. The drive to Mossel Bay (the Gateway to the Garden Route) takes about 4 hours and 4.5 hours to Oudtshoorn.

Mossel Bay offers safe, unspoilt beaches, historic architecture and unique museums, a scenic harbour for commercial as well as leisure craft, makes it a variable Mecca for outdoor enthusiast in search of a Mediterranean type climate and lifestyle.

Oudtshoorn spreads itself along both banks of the Grobbelaars River, a tributary of the Oliphants River, and the Swartberg Mountains to the north and the Outeniqua Mountains to the south encompassing its fertile valleys. Warm, dry summers and sunny winter days make it the ideal breeding ground for the most majestic of flightless birds that is synonymous with the town - the ostrich.

Check into accommodation to be reserved at either Mossel Bay or Oudtshoorn.

Optional excursions in Mossel Bay or Oudtshoorn

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Step 5.
Mossel Bay / Oudtshoorn - George/Wilderness/Knysna:

Optional excursions in Mossel Bay or Oudtshoorn.

Step 6.
George/Wilderness/Knysna - Plettenberg Bay/ Storms River/ Tsitsikamma National Park:

Spend your day exploring the area.

Travel for approximately 1 hour. Check into accommodation to be reserved at either Plettenberg Bay or Storms River or Tsitsikamma National Park.

Plettenberg Bay - a popular holiday resort with safe beaches, a lagoon and river mouth withthe estuary of the Keurboom River.
Natures Valley - a beautiful beach, walks and scenic views.
Tsitsikamma National Park - indigenous forest with bird life, bushbuck, bush-pig and blue duiker. There are about 30 species of indigenous trees. This area is stunning with walks through the forests, alongthe beautiful beach coves. It is a haven in itself.

Optional excursions in Plettenberg Bay or Storms River or Tsitsikamma National Park.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Step 7.
Plettenberg Bay/Storms River/Tsitsikamma National Park - Port Elizabeth:

After breakfast, check out. Depart for an approximate 2-3 hour drive to Port Elizabeth.

Port Elizabeth, known as the "Friendly City", is the gateway to the province and a fun place for all the family. The city also boasts lovely beaches and family entertainment such as the Oceanarium and Snake Park. Historical sites include Donkin Street, where settlers from Britain set up home in 1820.

Check into accommodation to be reserved at either Jeffreys Bay or Port Elizabeth or Addo or Zuurberg.

Optional excursions in Port Elizabeth or Addo. 

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Step 8.
Port Elizabeth - Grahamstown/East London:

Depending on your overnight stay, depart for an aproximate 1.5 hour drive to Grahamstown or a 3 hour drive to East London.

Grahamstown - 30 minutes drive from Port Alfred - visit this historic "City of Saints". It has beautifully preserved Victorian architecture, fascinating museums and abundace of churches.

East London - Its temperate climate, warm sea and sweeping white beaches along an evergreen coastline make East London one of the country's premier holiday resorts. The beaches of the town and its vicinity are among the finest in the world and are renowned for its surfing waves and international championships.

Check into accommodation to be reserved at either Grahamstown or East London.

Overnight at the accommodation place of your choice.

Step 9.
Grahamstown/East London - Wild Coast or KwaZulu Natal South Coast:

After breakfast, check out. Depart for an approximate 4-5 hour drive to the Wild Coast or about 6 hours to KwaZulu Natal South Coast.

Wild Coast - The Eastern Cape coast, which is situated in the former Transkei area, is wild, and aptly named Wild Coast. The coast has been developed - but not over-developed. Activities include fishing, sailing, swimming, surfing, golf and skin-diving. The largest of the seaside villages are Port St Johns and Coffee Bay. The most prominent holiday complex is the superb Wild Coast Sun. Other much smaller and generally charming beach and river-mouth resorts dot the shoreline.

Check into your accommodation to be reserved at Coffee Bay or Port St Johns or Wild Coast or KwaZulu Natal South Coast.

Spend the day at leisure.

Overnight at accommodation of you choice.

Step 10.
Wild Coast or KwaZulu Natal South Coast:

Spend you day at leisure.

Optional excursions at the Wild Coast.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Step 11.
Wild Coast/KwaZulu Natal South Coast - Drakensberg:

After breakfast, check out. Depending on your overnight stay, depart via Underberg for the Drakensberg. From Coffee Bay, it will be an approximate 3.5-hour drive and from the Natal South Coast, it will be an approximate 2-hour drive.

The Drakensberg is an unspoilt wilderness of grass-covered hills, deep ravines of forests, spectacular mountains with hikes and walks, waterfalls, dramatic scenery, trout streams and accommodations offering a variety of recreational facilities.

Check into accommodation to be reserved in the Drakensberg
Optional excursions in the Drakensberg.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Step 12.
Drakensberg:

Spend your day at leisure.

Optional excursions in the Drakensberg.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice

Step 13.
Drakensberg - Durban:

After breakfast, check out. Depart the Drakensberg region for an approximate 2 – 3 hour drive to Durban along the Midlands Meander.

Durban

- A beachfront city with amusement park, Sea World, entertainment, Mini Town, Botanical Gardens, shops, museums.

Check into accommodation to be reserved in Durban.

Optional excursions in Durban. Overnight at accommodation of your choice

 

Step 14.
Durban – Hluhluwe:

After breakfast, check out. Depart Durban for an approximate 4 hours drive for Hluhluwe or St Lucia. Hluhluwe is renowned for its wide variety of bird and animal life. Besides the "Big Five"(elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo and rhino), elusive cheetah, wild dogs and many other well-known bushveld species inhabit the park, offering visitors a rich game viewing experience.

St Lucia

is about 1 hours drive from Hluhluwe - There is a wealth of plant and animal life inhabiting the rivers, lakes, fresh water pans, swamp forests and dune forests. This internationally renowned conservation area contains a greater diversity of fauna and flora than the Kruger park. At Cape Vidal, there is a legend about secret treasures to be found aboard the wreck of the Dorothea, which sank mysteriously offshore in 1898.
The opening of the Crocodile Centre was a milestone in the conservation of crocodiles in Africa.

Check into accommodation to be reserved at Hluhluwe KZN Wildlife or Pongola or Mkuze or St Lucia or Sodwana Bay.

Spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice

Step 15.
Hluhluwe Area:

Spend the day at leisure.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice

Step 16.
Hluhluwe – Maputoland:

After breakfast, check out. Depart for an approximate 2-hour drive and check into a private game lodge in Maputoland.

Accommodtion options in Maputoland.

Spend the rest of your day exploring the area on activities offered by the lodge.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice

Step 17.
Maputoland - Swaziland:

After an early morning game activity and breakfast, check out. Depart for an approximate 4-hour drive to Swaziland.

Check into accommodation to be reserved in Swaziland. Overnight at accommodation of your choice

Step 18.
Swaziland - Mpumalanga:

After breakfast, check out. Depart for an approximate 2 – 3 hour drive for Mpumalanga, an escarpment of bountiful waterfalls, rain forest and dramatic scenery. Check into accommodation to be reserved at Pilgrim’s Rest or Sabie or Hazyview or White River. Optional excursions in Mpumalanga (e.g. Sabie or Blyde River Canyon or Hoedspruit.)

Overnight at accommodation of your choice

Step 19.
Mpumalanga:

Spend the rest of your day at leisure. Optional excursions in Mpumalanga (e.g. Sabie or Blyde River Canyon or Hoedspruit).

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Step 20.
Mpumalanga – Kruger National Park or Private Game Reserve:

After breakfast, check out. Depart on an approximate 2 – 3 hour drive for Kruger National Park or one of the Private Game Reserves in Kruger National Park or Sabi Sands or Thornybush or Timbavati or Manyeleti or Karongwe reserves.

The world renown Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1889 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this National Park of nearly 2 million hectares, is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a leader in advance environmental management techniques and policies.

Check in where accommodation is to be reserved at Kruger National Park or one of the Private Game Reserves in or next to the Kruger National Park (e.g. Sabie or Thornybush or Timbavati or Manyeleti) reserves. Spend the rest of your day viewing wildlife.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Step 21.
Kruger National Park or Private Game Reserve:

Spend your day at leisure viewing wildlife.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice

Step 22.
Kruger National Park or Private Game Reserves – Limpopo Province:

After breakfast, check out. Depart for an approximate 2 – 3 hour drive to the Limpopo Province. 

Magoebaskloof -

The road leads under the slopes of Wolkberg (Cloudy Mountain) passing the lovely cascades of the upper Letaba, the waters of the Ebenezer Dam, the trout streams of the Haernersburg district and the forest covered gorges of the Magoesbaskloof, which hides the spectacular Debegeni Waterfall.

Check into accommodation to be reserved at Tzaneen or Musina or Louis Trichardt.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice

Step 23.
Limpopo Province - Johannesburg:

After breakfast, check out. Depart for an approximate 3 hour drive from Magoebaskloof to Johannesburg.
Johannesburg is a great city for shopping, eating out and nightlife, Johannesburg is the commercial heartbeat of South Africa. Visit Museum Africa, which offers a superb insight into the country's history or the Johannesburg Art Gallery, to see exquisite South African and international works. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has a public gallery, while on the city outskirts is "Gold Reef City", a re-creation of the city when it was a turn-of-the-century gold mining town.

Check into accommodation to be reserved in Johannesburg.

Optional excursions in Johannesburg.

Overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Step 24.
Homeward bound:

After breakfast, check out. Return your rented vehicle at Johannesburg International Airport and check in for your flight home. Own arrangements.

 

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