German Highlights of South Africa

A 14-day tour showcasing the splendor of South Africa. Start in the Mother City, the birthplace of South Africa which boasts some of the world’s best scenic drives. Continue along the most beautiful stretch of our country ’s coastline to Port Elizabeth – the Garden Route.

Spend a few days in the bustling city of Johannesburg which is in a major urban revival and transformation – a metaphor of the socio-political advances being made in South Africa.

The latter part of the tour concentrates on the magnificence of the landscapes and wildlife experiences that this varied country has to offer.

Description

Highlights

  • Cape Town City, Cape Point & Peninsula and Winelands tour
  • Route 62
  • Ostrich Safari & Cango Caves
  • Picturesque Garden Route
  • Johannesburg – City of Gold
  • Soweto & Apartheid Museum
  • Magnificent Panorama Route
  • Exciting game viewing and safari experience

Information

  • Departure – Sunday
  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
  • English speaking THETA registered tour guide
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • 13 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 6 Dinners

 

Day 1 – Sun             Arrival Cape Town                                 

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at The President Hotel (standard room) or similar

 

Day 2 – Mon           City & Table Mountain Tour                  (B)

Embark on an afternoon city tour showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to modern buildings and malls.  The tour ends with a visit to Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). In the city itself, visit the Company Gardens, the SA Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant artsy Greenmarket Square. Return to the hotel by 17h30.  Dinner to own arrangements. Overnight at The President Hotel (standard room) or similar

 

Day 3 – Tue             Cape Point & Peninsula                          (B)

Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay to Hout Bay (optional boat trip to Seal Island – to own account). Continue via Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve.  We go on to historic Simon’s Town – a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. End the day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Overnight at The President Hotel (standard room) or similar

 

Day 4 – Wed           Cape Winelands                                     (B)

Wind your way to the heart of the Cape Winelands through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Overnight at The President Hotel (standard room) or similar

 

Day 5 – Thu             Cape Town / Oudtshoorn                       (BD)

Depart Cape Town and travel along Route 62 to Barrydale for lunch (not included in cost). Continue to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world.  Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour.  Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner.  Overnight Surval Boutique Olive Estate (standard suite) or similar

 

Day 6 – Fri               Oudtshoorn / Plettenberg Bay              (BD)

Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world.  Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront before proceeding to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay. Embark on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River before arriving at your accommodation where you shall spend the following two nights.  Freshen up before dinner at the lodge. Overnight Hunters Country House (standard room) or similar.

 

Day 7 – Sat              Plettenberg Bay area                             (BD)

After breakfast visit Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Proceed to Hogs Hollow Horse Trails for a horse-carriage ride and wine tasting followed by lunch (to own account). Optional: Marine Encounter boat trip (weather and time permitting; additional charge) before returning to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure before dinner.  Overnight Hunter’s House (standard room) or similar.

 

Day 8 – Sun             Plettenberg Bay / Port Elizabeth           (B)

Journey along the final leg of the Garden Route to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park – ‘garden of the Garden Route’.  Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge offering incredible views. Arrive in Port Elizabeth at approximately 18h00 with drop-off at the hotel.  Dinner is to your own arrangements.  Overnight Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth (standard room) or similar

 

Day 9 – Mon           Port Elizabeth / Johannesburg               (B)

This morning you shall be transferred to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, the City of Gold. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and later embark on a scheduled afternoon Johannesburg City Tour – a booming and happening city. Return to your hotel for remainder of the evening at leisure. Overnight Protea Hotel Balalaika (standard room) or similar

 

Day 10 – Tue           Soweto & Apartheid Museum               (BL)

Today you will visit the townships of Soweto followed by an afternoon exploring the exhibit at The Apartheid Museum. Lunch today will be enjoyed at a local tavern in Soweto. Return to the hotel in the early evening. Dinner to own arrangements. Overnight Protea Hotel Balalaika (standard room) or similar

 

Day 11 – Wed         Johannesburg / Mpumalanga               (BD)

Depart Johannesburg and travel via the magnificent Panorama Route.  From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33km long gorge, which starts at “Bourke’s Luck Potholes” and ends at the “Three Rondavels”. Time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. Check in and freshen up before dinner. Overnight Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar

 

Day 12 – Thu           Safari Experience                                    (BLD)

After breakfast and check-out formalities, you will be transferred to your lodge located in a private reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park for an African safari experience. Morning and evening game tracking drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles, allows you to be in close contact with South Africa’s extensive wildlife. Overnight Moditlo River Lodge (standard room) or similar

 

Day 13 – Fri            Safari Experience                                    (BLD)

Enjoy a full day of relaxation, combined with the excitement of a memorable safari experience with the scheduled game viewing activities and lodge facilities. Overnight Moditlo River Lodge (standard room) or similar

 

Day 14 – Sat           Departure                                               (B)

Time permitting, embark on your final early morning game viewing activity before returning to camp for breakfast followed by check-out formalities. You shall be collected for your transfer to Hoedspruit OR Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport where the tour ends.

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