South Africa Highlight Tour – 16 days

Cost: R 28,200.00 per person sharing

NOTE: Rates are subject to availability, seasonality, fuel pricing, and currency fluctuation

Cape Diversity Tours offer small personal guided group overland tours from Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth including Garden Route, Karoo and Wild Coast. For a relaxed hassle free vacation with English, Dutch, German or French Guide.


Summary Itinerary

This highlightvtour will take you through the extreme diversity of our South African scenery, culture, and history. You begin in Johannesburg with a drive-through tour of our Administrative Capital, Pretoria. Continue up to Mpumalanga with an overnight stop in Hazyview. You then spend the next two nights in the world-renowned Kruger National park for a couple of days of viewing game and relaxing in a Camp in the Park.

Continue through the little Kingdom of Swaziland, where you overnight. In the morning you drive down into Kwa Zulu Natal to a private Game Reserve where you spend 2 days and nights viewing the game in open game drive vehicles. You will also have the opportunity to do a guided Game walk amongst the animals. This is an awesome experience, and not to be missed You continue your touring down to Durban and on the way you stop at a Cultural Village for lunch and a talk on customs and tribal dancing. Overnight in Durban with an early flight to Port Elizabeth the next morning.

Continue Through the Tsitsikamma Forest region down to Knysna for 2 nights in this picsturesque village situated on the edge of a large lagoon. Travel over the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn for a visit to the Cango Caves and an Ostrich Ranch. Overnight in Oudtshoorn and then on down to Cape Town for 3 nights in this beautiful and vibrant city. You will enjoy a Pan African Feast on your last night in Cape town, as you share many memories of a wonderful highlight tour around South Africa.

Day by Day Itinerary

DAY 1:
Arrive in Johannesburg, where you will be met by your Driver and Tourguide. Transfer to the Zebrary Country Lodge, just outside Pretoria. This is an African themed hotel – time to relax around the pool in the evening before enjoying an excellent buffet dinner.

DAY 2:
Set off after breakfast into the Mpumalanga Province. Enjoy a light lunch in the country and reach Pilgrims Rest in the afternoon. This is a traditional old gold mining town and you overnight in one of the original hotels of bygone days.

DAY 3:
This is a day of beautiful scenery, as you drive through the Panorama Route viewing mountains, valleys, and waterfalls. Visit the “Blyde River Canyon” and then continue towards the Kruger National Park. Settle into your bungalows and freshen up before doing a Game Drive in an open vehicle, followed by a Bush Boma dinner under the stars.

DAY 4:
Continue your game viewing this morning. The world-renowned Kruger National Park is home to all the Big 5 and much more! Drive in a southerly direction to your next Rest Camp, Berg en Dal and do another game drive in the late afternoon, followed by a buffet style dinner.

DAY 5:
Today you cross the border into the little Kingdom of Swaziland. Time to visit a candle & a glass factory and then you go on to your hotel, which is set in the forest. Perhaps enjoy a stroll in the forest before dinner.

DAY 6:
After breakfast, you cross the border again into the Kwa Zulu Natal province of South Africa. Arrive at Ithala Wildlife Reserve and book into their Ntshondwe Camp. This Reserve has had much success in the breeding of black & white rhino.

DAY 7:
This morning you have to opportunity to do a guided game walk with an experienced Ranger and Guide. This brings you closer to the bush and you can experience viewing all manner of wildlife, including other things, such as insects and trees. After lunch, do a game drive, followed by dinner.

DAY 8:
Depart Ithala and travel on towards the beach region of Umhlanga Rocks, near Durban. On the way, stop at Dumazulu Village for a a cultural show on the Zulu people, as well as lunch. Continue your journey and book into Umhlanga Hotel in the afternoon.

DAY 9:
Drive down to Durban and catch your flight to Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. You will be met by your southern Guide and Driver and you continue your journey through the Tsitsikamma Forest, to Knysna. This quaint village is situated on the edge of a lagoon, and surrounded by forests and the ocean.

DAY 10:
There is free time today for you to explore the quaint little arts & crafts shops of Knysna, as well as the Waterfront region. This area is renowned for its oysters and other seafood – so there is much to see and enjoy. Take a sunset cruise on the MV John Benn in the late afternoon. This is a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of the Lagoon and the surrounding countryside. Enjoy dinner in the Waterfront area.

DAY 11:
Today you travel over the Outeniqua Pass into the Little Karoo region. The Karoo area is dry with scattered scrubby bushes, which are ideal for the breeding of Ostriches. Oudtshoorn was the Capital for exporting Ostrich feathers during Victorian times and the “feather palaces” are still to be seen today. Do a tour of the Cango Caves and then book into your hotel. Visit one of the Ostrich Ranches for a premier Ostrich Barbecue in the evening.

DAY 12:
Depart after breakfast through the Little Karoo, with a stop off for lunch on the way. Continue your journey down to the Mother City of South Africa – the beautiful Cape Town. Book into your hotel in Sea Point, which is a short couple of blocks down to the Promenade, where you can wander along and view the ocean.

DAY 13:
An early start to the day, as you take a trip on the Table Mountain Cable Car (weather permitting and for own account), where you get a panoramic view across Table Bay to Robben Island and beyond. Continue your tour through historical Cape Town and then visit the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you have lunch. These famous Gardens are set on the slopes of Table Mountain, and are well worth the visit. Return to the Waterfront area, where you have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to visit the Waterfront area – a hub for restaurants, shops, and entertainment. You may like to stay on and have dinner here (for own account), as there are numerous buses and taxis which go between the Waterfront and Sea Point.

DAY 14:
This is a day of valleys, vineyards, and mountains, as you view the beautiful Winelands region of the Western Cape. You tour the historical little University town of Stellenbosch, with its oak-lined streets and then visit the Stellenbosch Village Museum for an insight into the life of the village in bygone years. Visit a Wine Estate for a cellar tour and wine tasting and then enjoy lunch on the Estate. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

DAY 15:
Today you do the Peninsula Tour, which gives you a very good idea of the layout of Cape Town and its surrounds. Drive down to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and take a funicular trip to the top of the Point for amazing panoramic views. Visit the Penguin Colony at Boulders and then return to your hotel to relax and freshen up before your farewell dinner at the Africa Café. This African themed restaurant has local foods and music and is a great end to your visit.

DAY 16:
You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.