Oct 7 to 21, 2023
$ 8,699 CAD
South Africa is a destination that is on almost everyone’s travel list. This amazing journey begins in the thriving metropolis of Johannesburg, one of Africa’s most vibrant cities. We head to Greater Kruger National Park and our luxurious safari where our days are spent spotting the incredible array of wildlife that includes the 'big 5' - lions, leopards, rhino, buffalo, and elephants. We explore the magnificent stretch of coastline, the Garden Route. We will explore the quaint little town of Knysna often called the “Martha’s Vineyard” of the Garden Route, visit Monkeyland & Birds of Eden, enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise on the scenic Knsyna Lagoon, stay on a working Ostrich farm and visit the Cango Caves. Next, we head to the heart of the Winelands where we learn the process of winemaking from grape to goblet! Our tour ends in beautiful Capetown where we explore Cable Mountain, enjoy visits to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We hope you will join Kerry on this magical tour of South Africa!
Price per person land only $8,699.00 based on two sharing and minimum of 10 passengers. Limited to a maximum of 12) Not included: Entrance visas, domestic flights (currently $TBA subject to change until final payment), personal expenses, international airfare and taxes, meals not specified, tipping. Single supplement $2,899. Private transfers are available at an additional cost for those not arriving at the same time as the group. Hold your space with a $1,000 non-refundable deposit.
Your Package Includes:
– Accommodation as per the itinerary
– Meals as per itinerary
– Professional guides throughout
– Park fees
– Fees for all entrances as sited on the itinerary
– Group airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by private air-conditioned motor coach
Day 1: Sat 7 Oct: Arrival – Johannesburg
Upon arrival, we will be met and transferred to our hotel.
Day 2: Sun 8 Oct: Johannesburg (B, D)
Today we will head for a full-day tour of Constitution Hill, the Soweto Township, and a visit to the Apartheid Museum. We will enjoy a special welcome dinner in Soweto.
Day 3-5: Mon 9, Tue 10, Wed 11 Oct: The Sabi Sand Reserve and Notten’s Bush Camp (B,L,D)
You will transfer this morning to Johannesburg airport for your flight to Skukuza (cost of flight not included). On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Sabi Sand Reserve and Notten’s Bush Camp for four nights. Notten’s is an exclusive and private safari lodge personally run by the Notten family. Each private suite is elegantly styled, spacious, and cooled by ceiling fans. A magical atmosphere is created with the purposeful absence of electric lighting; the ambient candlelight and lanterns capture an enchanting spirit of romance. With splendid panoramic views, this private game lodge is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while watching animals meander past.
Day 6: Thu 12 Oct: Port Elizabeth (B)
This morning after a last morning game drive and breakfast you will be transferred to Skukuza airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg (cost of flight not included). You are met on arrival by your Garden Route guide and transferred to the Isango Gate Hotel for your overnight rest.
Day 7: Fri 13 Oct: Knysna (B)
This morning we join the famed ‘Garden Route’ as we drive to Knysna. Along the way, we will visit Tsitsikamma National Park which lies on this stretch, and the stunning Storm’s River. Nestled along the Indian Ocean coast, the park offers some breathtaking scenery. Knysna is one of the most beautiful quaint little towns along the Garden Route and nestles between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains, the Indian Ocean. Knysna is often called the ‘Martha’s Vineyard of the Garden Route’ with its many seaside cafes, art galleries, and curio shops.
Continue to visit the Birds of Eden and Monkeyland near Plettenburg Bay.
Day 8: Sat 14 Oct: Knysna (B)
You have the full day to explore Knysna whether on your own or with your guide. Set out to explore its many seaside cafes, art galleries, and curio shops.
This late afternoon will be capped off with a sunset cruise on the scenic Knsyna Lagoon where we will enjoy the sunset in this magical part of the world accompanied with sparkling wine and canapés.
Day 9: Sun 15 Oct: Oudtshoorn (B,D)
After breakfast, you will undertake a leisurely drive of a few hours to Oudtshoorn in the arid ‘Little Karoo’ region of the Cape. Oudtshoorn is known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ thanks to its huge ostrich industry. You will tour one of the region’s Ostrich farms as well as visit the mysterious Cango Caves, just a half-hour north of Oudtshoorn.
Continue to check into our charming farm stay accommodations for the evening.
Day 10: Mon 16 Oct: Stellenbosch (B)
It’s an early start this morning as we will rise early for a visit to the local Meerkat colony to enjoy the company of these delightful creatures when they are at their most active.
Continue with your guide as we drive the last stretch of the Garden Route and into the Winelands, set just an hour outside of Cape Town and blessed with heavenly scenery with breathtaking views. Check into your boutique accommodations set in Stellenbosch for two nights.
Day 11: Tue 17 Oct: Stellenbosch (B)
Today you will be pickup up for a full day guided Cape Winelands tour. The area’s rich with history, and you can’t help but feel it as you move through the region. You will make stops at three different wineries with an included light lunch where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet.
Day 12: Wed 18 Oct: Cape Town (B)
This morning we depart for Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. On arrival in Cape Town, we will enjoy an exploration of the city and learn about its fascinating history. We will explore Table Mountain, ride the cable car and enjoy its spectacular views over the Peninsula. We will visit the Cape Castle, Company Gardens, Houses of Parliament, the Malay Quarters, and Greenmarket Square
Day 13: Thu 19 Oct: Cape Town (B)
Your guide will collect you for a spectacular journey around the Cape Peninsula taking in all the highlights and breathtaking beauty of this world-renowned region, including a stop at the famous Boulder’s Beach where the penguins are located as well as the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive. Travel through historic suburbs of Muizenberg, St James, and Simon’s Town, charming fishing villages of Kalk Bay and Hout Bay, and beautiful viewpoints on the way to Cape Point, where the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet in harmony. Your guide will stop in one of the areas for lunch.
Day 14: Fri 20 Oct: Cape Town (B)
Your last day is yours to do as you wish, whether you fancy some more shopping in the V& Waterfront or perhaps book the excursion to Robben Island, known for its most infamous inmate, Nelson Mandela.
Day 15: Sat 21 Oct: Departure (B)
Today in time for your flight you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.