South African Odyssey: A 14-Day Journey of Discovery
Embark on a captivating 14-day adventure through the diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of South Africa. From the cosmopolitan cityscape of Cape Town to the untamed wilderness of Kruger National Park, this tour offers a comprehensive exploration of the country’s most iconic destinations. Immerse yourself in the vibrant history, breathtaking natural wonders, and unforgettable wildlife encounters, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
YOUR ITINERARY DAY 1: Kruger National Park – Sunset Safari DAY 2: Kruger National Park – 4×4 Guided Safari DAY 3: Kruger National Park – Sunrise Safari DAY 4: Panorama Route DAY 5: Johannesburg DAY 6: Cape Winelands DAY 7: Cape Winelands – Wine Tasting Tour DAY 8: Cape Winelands – Wine Tram Experience DAY 9: Cape Town DAY 10: Cape Town – Cape Town City Tour DAY 11: Cape Town & Robben Island – Table Mountain & Mandela Freedom Tour DAY 12: Cape Peninsula – Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope & Boulders Beach DAY 13: Cape Town – V&A Waterfront & 14-Dish African Culinary Experience DAY 14: Cape Town
All private tours are in English. Other languages on request. All our tours are offered on a private basis and can be customized. We are very flexible in accommodating your needs and we can tailor-make this itinerary for you, your friends, family or clients.
Day 1 – Kruger National Park Sunset Safari
Embark on an exhilarating journey as you drive from the airport to the magnificent Kruger National Park. Leave the bustling cityscape behind as you venture through diverse landscapes, witnessing the transition from urban scenery to vast savannahs and rolling hills. As you approach the park, a sense of anticipation builds, knowing that you’re about to enter one of the world’s most renowned wildlife sanctuaries.
Sunset Safari The famed Kruger National Park is home to some of the best wildlife in all of Africa. With over 2 million hectares of biodiversity merged with historical and archaeological sites. Depart for your Sunset Game Drive where you get the chance to view the Big 5 members and learn individually about the wildlife you come across.
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Day 2 – Kruger National Park 4×4 Guided Safari
Kruger National Park, a crown jewel of South Africa’s conservation efforts, is a sprawling wilderness teeming with remarkable biodiversity. Spanning over 19,000 square kilometers, this iconic safari destination offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the Big Five — lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo — alongside a plethora of other fascinating wildlife species. Immerse yourself in the enchanting landscapes of Kruger, where thrilling game drives and guided safaris unveil the raw beauty and extraordinary wildlife that call this majestic national park home.
4×4 Guided Safari Going on a guided safari in Kruger National Park is an experience you will never forget. It is filled with things to see and hear in the bush, especially being up close and personal. You can enjoy this once in a lifetime experience from the open safari vehicle as your experienced guides share their vast knowledge of the Kruger National Park residents.
Day 3 – Kruger National Park Sunrise Safari
On day three of your adventure, prepare for an exhilarating start with a captivating sunrise safari in Kruger National Park. Witness the African wilderness come alive as the first rays of sunlight bathe the savannah, revealing the enchanting wildlife at its most active.
After the safari, embark on a scenic drive towards the Panorama Route, where you’ll find a perfect overnight stay nestled close to the captivating landscapes.
Day 4 – Panorama Route
Today, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Panorama Route, a journey through breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders. Explore the panoramic viewpoints such as God’s Window, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see. Marvel at the dramatic rock formations of the Three Rondavels and the cascading waters of Lisbon Falls. Delve into the enchanting Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a geological wonder shaped by centuries of swirling water. The Panorama Route promises a day filled with jaw-dropping scenery and unforgettable experiences.
Day 5 – Johannesburg
On day five, you’ll begin your journey back to Johannesburg, where a world of optional activities awaits. Take advantage of this time to further explore the vibrant city and its surrounding areas. Delve into the rich history and culture of Johannesburg by visiting museums, such as the Apartheid Museum or the Constitution Hill. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the bustling markets, art galleries, or indulge in some retail therapy at the city’s shopping centers. Whether you choose to relax, engage in cultural experiences, or embark on exciting adventures, Johannesburg offers a myriad of opportunities to make the most of your time before concluding your unforgettable tour.
Day 6 – Day at Leisure
Enjoy a leisurely day in Franschhoek, a picturesque town nestled in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Explore the charming streets lined with art galleries, boutique shops, and exquisite restaurants. Indulge in wine tastings at renowned vineyards, take a scenic hike in the surrounding mountains or simply unwind at a luxurious spa, savoring the tranquility and beauty of this idyllic destination.
Day 7 – Wine Tasting Tour
Explore the Cape Winelands graced with amazing views and taste some of the best wines the region has to offer. Taste wine from each of the 2 best wine regions in South Africa.
Paarl The valley of Paarl, the biggest city of the Winelands, is known to be the rival of Stellenbosch. It is a town with a hot climate, perfect to produce dessert red wine, with a taste more sumptuous and stronger. Red wine overrides the production of white wine in South Africa.
Drakenstein Prison The Drakenstein Prison is situated between Franshhoek and Paarl. It is the prison where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his sentence, while he was fighting against the Apartheid. Even if the stop is short, it is haunting to think about his long walk for freedom.
Stellenbosch Located inland, Stellenbosch is a charming historical town also well known for its University. Go exploring the streets, walking under centenarian trees and discovering the surprising Cape-Dutch architecture. It will offer you a great overview of the heart of the South African wine growing because it hosts the biggest vineyards. The climate is temperate, which allowed the production of red wine and dry white wine.
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Day 8 – Franschhoek Wine Tram
Visit one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world. Franschhoek is one of those enchanting towns in the Cape Winelands that you can never get enough of. Nothing less than awe-inspiring mountain views, luscious vineyards and a charmingly European vibe to the restaurants and shops.
Franschhoek Wine Tram The Wine Tram Experience is a perfect way to explore the Franschhoek region as you will be visiting a selection of wine estates showcasing a separate part of the Franschhoek Valley. The experience allows you to curate and plan your own day. You get to choose how long you spend at each spot, where you eat, where you drink and the activities you partake in.
Day 9 – Mother City Tour
Spend some time exploring the ‘Mother City’, learning and experiencing the city center and its history. The Cape Town City Tour will take you through some of the must-sees of the Mother City. Showcasing the history, architecture, it’s gardens, the seaside and mountains; there is something to enjoy for everyone!
It is difficult to imagine that about 350 years ago, a large part of the city centre belonged to the sea, and yet… since the first settlers from the late 17th Century, Cape Town has never stopped expanding, yet it still retains it’s connect with it’s past. The remarkable evidence of the Mother City’s illustrious past, is beautifully showcased by the Castle of Good Hope, as well as the statues of it’s emblematic characters – marking the history of the city. The tour will take you through the famous Bo-Kaap district, with it’s colorful houses; known as the Malay Quarter and one of the few areas bypassed in The Forced Removal Policies of the Apartheid era. It is a wonderful experience and can only make one smile with it’s originality.
The City Centre is also nicknamed the City Bowl, because of the mountains surrounding it like a protective cocoon. Table Mountain; the recently inaugurated 7th wonder of the modern world, is probably the most emblematic of them all. While taking a leisurely stroll through The Company Gardens, located in the heart of the city, you will have a beautiful view of the mountain and be enchanted by the inquisitive squirrels that live and play year round in the gardens – be sure to keep an eye out for the elusive Albino squirrel. Always remember, that whatever your location in the city, you will always be able to orientate your bearings, thanks to Table Mountain!
Finally, discover the splendid Blue Flag beaches of Clifton & Camps Bay; situated at the foot of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Slow down and relax, enjoy the Atlantic Ocean; ideal for sunbathing & most water sports, even though the waters are a bit chilly. Refresh yourself at one of the many bars and restaurants along the Camps Bay Promenade. The feeling of the fine beach sand between one’s toes is always enjoyable for all ages!
Day 10 – Day at Leisure
Today, travellers can revel in the blissful atmosphere and savor moments of relaxation. With no scheduled activities, the day offers an opportunity to explore the local markets and shops, indulging in a leisurely stroll to find those perfect souvenirs that will forever remind them of this unforgettable journey.
Day 11 – Table Mountain & Mandela Freedom Tour
Spend a day exploring one the members of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as South Africa’s very iconic landscape – Table Mountain.
Ferry Ride The ferries depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. You will disembark at Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the Island and take a short walk to buses that will transport you to all the historical sites around the Island.
Robben Island (Mandela Prison Tour) You will meet your Tour Guide when you have boarded the busses. A Robben Island Tourist Guide will conduct the prison tour. This is part of our integrated tour model. They are fully conversant and knowledgeable about the Island’s multi-layered 500-year-old history. The tour route includes the graveyard of people who died from leprosy, the Lime Quarry, Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry, the army and navy bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. The tour culminates with a viewing of Nelson Mandela’s cell.
Cableway Ride Take the five-minute cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain, 1 089 meters above Cape Town, and explore the summit (The Cableway is wheelchair accessible, and yes, some parts at the top are too). This is a great spot to sit and soak up the commanding 360-degree views of Cape Town, Table Bay, the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains and the rest of the Table Mountain National Park, in which the Cableway is situated.
Table Mountain Top Hit one of three hiking trails that start at the Upper Cable Station and explore the summit further. Table Mountain is part of a World Heritage Site, an important part of the Cape Floristic Region and the single richest floristic area in the world. There is a lot of fynbos vegetation on the mountain, with over 1 460 different species of plants. There are also plenty of dassies, lizards, insects and birdlife to be seen. You’ll find our self-service restaurant, Table Mountain Café, offering a range of food and drinks, snacks, desserts and wines. A selection of gifts and curios are on sale at the Shop at the Top. Pop in and find something special to remind you of your visit to the highest point in Cape Town.
Day 12 – Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope & Boulders Beach
Explore the entire Cape Peninsula and its iconic gems including the penguin colony, Chapman’s Peaks’ world-famous scenic drive and Cape Point National Park.
The Cape Peninsula Tour will take you along the Atlantic Seaboard, passing the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay – which have been awarded Blue Flag status. These beaches offer pristine white sand and beautiful clear water (if slightly cold), that have made them very popular with locals and visitors alike. The tour continues, passes the Twelve Apostles Mountains on its way to Hout Bay, then continue along Chapman’s Peak Drive.
In Hout Bay – a small fishing village often jokingly referred to as “The Republic of Hout Bay” by the locals; you will find a pristine beach, fresh fish market and plenty of restaurants to choose from, you will also have the option to visit Seal Island – where you’ll see hundreds of seals, sunbathing on the huge island rock and cavorting in the water.
Chapman’s Peak Drive – A very dramatic and windy coastal drive which 9km along South Africa’s Atlantic Coast, some say “the most scenic drive of their lives”.
Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is one of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town, and for good reason. Situated on the very tip of the peninsula, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the area spans a landscape that has rugged cliffs, lush fynbos, and vast open spaces – no Cape Town tour is complete without a visit to Cape Point.
Penguin Colony & Simon’s Town – where a parade of penguins waddles between rocks or on the white sandy beach. Watching these adorable flightless birds is diverting and very calming for both young and old.
The Cape Peninsula Tour will continue along the Main Road of the quaint hamlet Kalk Bay – nestled between False Bay on one side and the mountain on the other. Along Kalk Bay Main Road lies a host of veritable treasure troves, from antique shops to costume shops, bakeries, restaurants and plenty more.
Continuing further to Muizenberg – a world renowned surfing spot; where locals and visitors alike, come together in appreciation of the wonders of the sea. Shark-spotters keep a close lookout for any potential danger roaming the bay.
Day 9 – V&A Waterfront & 14-Dish African Culinary Experience
Today’s itinerary takes us to the vibrant V&A Waterfront, a bustling hub of shopping, dining and entertainment. We’ll explore the lively waterfront promenade, visit unique shops and boutiques, and perhaps enjoy a leisurely boat ride or visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. Next, we’ll venture into the Silo District, a cultural and artistic enclave filled with galleries, museums and trendy eateries. In the evening, we’ll indulge in a delectable 14-Dish African Dinner, savoring the rich flavors and diverse culinary traditions of the continent, creating a memorable culinary experience to conclude our day.
V&A Waterfront and The Silo District From cutting-edge art to gourmet food and world-class shopping, the V&A Waterfront has something for everyone. Whether you’re attending the latest exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA, browsing the latest African design at Southern Guild, the Silo district is a space where all creative expression is welcomed and celebrated. It is also home to restaurants, bars, hotels and blue-chip office space.
14-Dish African Culinary Experience A vacation to Cape Town is never complete without visiting the destination’s hidden gems. You will be enjoying a 14-Dish African Dinner. Each dish is a traditional cuisine from the diverse cultures that Africa has to offer. You will also participate in a djembe drumming session. Djembe is a goblet-shaped hand drum that originates in West Africa. You will be shown the different the different sounds of the drum as well as some easy instrumentals.
At the end of the night, get a unique traditional face painting. In the ancient days, the face painting was done to symbolize various things like connecting one to their ancestors.
Day 14 – Day at Leisure
On the final day of the delightful trip, travellers can revel in the blissful atmosphere and savor the remaining moments of relaxation. With no scheduled activities, the day offers an opportunity to explore the local markets and shops, indulging in a leisurely stroll to find those perfect souvenirs that will forever remind them of this unforgettable journey.