The Best Of South Africa: From Cape Town to Kruger
If you can spare up to a full fortnight to explore South Africa, this will give you ample time to experience a wide assortment of the astonishing attractions that the Rainbow Nation has to offer without feeling too rushed. At the end of your trip, you'll look back over your holiday and feel completely stunned by just how much you've seen and done. Driving between each amazing place will be an adventure all of its own, adding a real spirit of independence to your holiday.
South Africa is wonderfully diverse, from the lively bars and restaurants of Cape Town to the endless rows of vines in the peaceful Winelands, the sweeping coastline of the Garden Route and the bushveld of Kruger, abundant with incredible animals.
The Greater Kruger Park truly offers the opportunity for a safari experience of a lifetime. Staying in one of the private game reserves that make up this vast area, you'll go on morning and evening game drives in search of the Big Five, passing half-hidden hippos in the rivers and giraffe nibbling at tall trees. You'll be amazed by how close you get to the lion, leopard and elephant as you head off-road to track them through the bush at dusk and dawn.
The Garden Route is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa - for good reason. The changing scenery is spectacular, with the road skirting along the shores of the ocean with dolphins playing in the surf.
The mountains and valleys of the Cape Winelands are filled with twisting vines and artisan villages. It's a wonderfully lush, green area and a perfect place to relax, indulge in the delicious local cuisine and - of course - discover new tipples.
Then there is Cape Town, a world-class city with a huge wealth of attractions. Backed by Table Mountain with its hovering ‘table cloth‘ of mist and steeped in fascinating culture, Cape Town is one of the highlights of a holiday to this diverse country. Take a moving tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, admire the brilliant blooms of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or wander past the pastel-painted houses of Bo Kaap - it's totally up to you!
Depending on the time of year, if you are planning on holidaying from July through to the end of October/early November, then why not allow a couple of extra days for a spot of whale-watching too.
Whichever way round you choose do to this route - either beginning with a safari and ending in Cape Town, or starting with Cape Town and ending on safari - one thing is for sure, it will be a holiday that gets you hooked on this beautiful country. If you're anything like us, you'll be planning your next South Africa trip before you've even arrived back home.
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If you're passionate about wildlife both above and below the sea, this is the holiday for you. A combination of a stay in one of the top wildlife-viewing spots in the world, plus a couple of nights in Hermanus, one of the best places to see whales on the planet - what more can you ask for?
This is a 14 night itinerary including Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Port Elizabeth, The Garden Route, Hermanus, The Cape Winelands and Cape Town.
This 14 night trip has all the ingredients of a classic South Africa adventure. Sip sundowners on evening safaris as the sun sinks over Kruger National Park, enjoy magnificent views of the Franschhoek mountains and blue lagoons, watch whales frolic in the bay and end your trip in a hotel at Cape Town’s fabulous V&A Waterfront which offers a rich piece of history balanced with modern-day comfort.
This is a 14 night itinerary including Timbavati Game Reserve, Port Elizabeth, The Garden Route, Hermanus, The Cape Winelands and Cape Town.
This holiday includes stays in the outstanding Liz McGrath Collection - the Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town, The Marine in Hermanus and The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay - 3 iconic hotels that exemplify South Africa hospitality. Ending with a safari also befitting to the same attributes and you have a first-class holiday from start to end.
This is a 12 night itinerary including Cape Town, Hermanus, The Garden Route and Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
For a traditional yet luxurious safari holiday, look no further. Flying into and out of an exclusive private game reserve, you will stay in a safari lodge in the heart of a reserve which boasts the highest concentration of leopard in the world, explore the Garden Route from your base at a rustic 5* country house set on its own estate, stay on an historic wine estate in the heart of the Winelands, and finally let your senses be overcome by untold luxury in a boutique Cape Town hotel that is literally 'fit for a queen'.
This is a 14 night itinerary including Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Port Elizabeth, The Garden Route, The Cape Winelands and Cape Town.
On this holiday you'll go on an unforgettable safari in the Kruger National Park, tracking wild animals deep into the bush. You'll also drive the famous Garden Route and stay in a stunning treetop suite within an easy drive of all the main attractions here. After that you'll head to the pretty village of Franschhoek, staying at a real 'home from home' boutique hotel where nothing is too much trouble for the staff. Finally, you end in Cape Town where you stay in a property dating back to the early 1800s but with a bold and quirky style that brings the hotel firmly into the 21st century.
This is a 14 night itinerary including Kruger National Park, Port Elizabeth, The Garden Route, The Cape Winelands and Cape Town.