South Africa’s 2 major Cities where International guests fly into are Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Specialist Tours use these two main centers as basis to carefully plan all tours from. We recommend that overseas guests fly into South Africa at one of these two cities, and out of South Africa from the other one. That enable us to plan a tour for you where you can see most of the prime destinations. Though it involves a fair amount of travelling, we will plan it in such a way that you maximize your adventure, site seeing and experiences, and can still relax, have a holiday, and not only a race against time and travel distance.
Day 1: Cape Town
Guests will be met on arrival at Cape Town International Airport or any location of their choice in Cape Town. Thereafter the day is spent exploring one of the world’s most beautiful cities and known as South Africa’s mother city. A cable car ride up Table Mountain is first on the agenda, affording some of the finest scenic views to be found anywhere. For the fit, more adventures the option to rather hike up Table Mountain and only take a cable car ride down is available.
We also visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, home to 4 000 of the 18 000 species of flora found in South Africa, all of which create a most remarkable display. The tour then makes its way to the hotel, situated on Cape Town’s famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
We also have the option of visiting the Castle of Good Hope. This is the oldest remaining colonial-era building in the country. Built by Dutch colonists at the end of the 1600’s the Castle of Good hope once served as a maritime support point and military hub. It’s historic architecture, history and displays make it a must stop.
(Overnight, Cape Grace, DB&B)
Day 2: Cape Town
After breakfast, we will take the earliest possible ride by boat from the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island, a tourist attraction everybody wants to visit, as it is where Nelson Mandela have spent 26 years of his life as prisoner.
On our return, we drive from the V&A Waterfront, through Sea Point, via Camps Bay, past Clifton beach to Houtbay. We will spend time to stop, enjoy and experience the scenery, take a walk on the beach, or just enjoy a snack or glass of wine.
From Houtbay we take a drive along the spectacular Chapman’s Peak route, through the town of Noordhoek, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. A botanical and scenic delight, the reserve is home to several antelope and bird species, as well as a great diversity of flowering plants. A highlight is sure to be the walk to the edge of Cape Point, where it is said the stormy waters of the Atlantic are met by the calming influence of the Indian Ocean.
Our next stop is at Boulders Beach, an attractive secluded beach comprising a tumble of huge round rocks on a sandy shore. The boulders are ideal vantage points to observe the antics of the colony of mainland-based African penguins. (Overnight at Tintswalo Boulders Lodge)
Day 3: Stellenbosch Winelands Route
Today is time for the best of South African wines. After breakfast, we drive from Cape Town to the beautiful town of Stellenbosch. We will focus on the best of Stellenbosch wines, including farms like Spier, Fairview, Kanonkop, Uitkyk, Rust en Vrede and over lunch we will spend time at The Spice Route, where there is more than enough to choose from to eat, but also chocolate tasting, craft beer tasting, Gin tasting and much more.
We can also visit a Strawberry farm, where you can pick your own box of strawberries. We will also make time for you to walk throw the town of Stellenbosch, and pop into some of the oldest buildings and stores in the country.
(Overnight in Stellenbosch)
Day 4: Franschhoek Winelands Route
Franschhoek is arguably the most beautiful town in South Africa. It is a mere 40 minutes drive from Stellenbosch, and not only known for its fine wines, but also it’s fine dining.
Wine farms we will visit include Boschendal, La Motte, Haubre Gabrier. We will select a farm to enjoy an afternoon picknick (many have this option), and if time permit we will visit the Frensch Huguenot museum, and leave some time to pop into the many little stores, including some chocolate tasting.
(Overnight in Franschhoek)
Day 5: Start the Garden Route
We will leave the beautiful Franschhoek over the Franschhoek Pass towards Villiersdorp, but don’t despair, it is not the last change for wine tasting. We will stop at 1 or 2 well known “farm stalls” and take a “backroad” to reach the Atlantic ocean at Hermanus. If Time permit, we will visit Hermanus Pietersfontein, a wine farm with excellent wines and a long history. Hermanus is known as the best place in the world to watch whales. Mainly Southern right whales, but also humpbacks and killer whales can be seen from July to November. If there are whales in the area, we will book a boat to take you closer to these magnificent creatures.
Our next stop for the adventure junkies is Gansbaai, where those who want to dare it can do some shark cage diving. You will be taken with a boat to seal island, an area where sharks are very active. You will be lowered into the water in a steel cage, able to get real close up with the sharks.
Our last stop for the day is at Cape Agulhas, where you will reach the most Southern tip of Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.
(Overnight either Malagas hotel, Brederivier, or somewhere near Swellendam.)
Day 6: The Garden Route
After breakfast, we will head to the main road and travel East towards Mosselbay. We will drive past George and head for the beautiful Town of Knysna. This should be about a 3 hour drive, which will leave us with the afternoon to visit the beautiful Knysna Heads and other magnificent views and places, including Nutsi and a boat ride on the Knysna lagoon.
We will leave from Knysna to Plettenbergbay and stay over in the Tsitsikama national park.
Day 7: Bungee jump and Oudshoorn
After breakfast, it is the big day for the action adventurers to do the 214m Bungee jump from the Bloukrans bridge. This is the highest commercial bridge jump in the world.
After starting the day on that high, we drive back through Knysna and George and turn inland to the town of Oudtshoorn. Oudshoorn is best known for two things, the Cango caves and Ostriches. Both a must for our visitors to experience. We will first visit an Ostrich farm, where you can even have the change to ride one of these big birds, after which a visit to the world known Cango caves will follow. If time permit, we can visit a Port Farm and do some port tasting in the town of Calitzdorp, from where we drive over the Swartberg mountains via the Swartberg pass to Prince Albert, a beautiful little town on the edge of the Karoo.
Day 8: The Karoo to Free State
Drive from Prince Albert to the Karoo Town of Graaf Reinett, and to Gariep dam, border between the Cape and Free State. We stay over at Gariep dam, for you to experience a very different, more rural part of South Africa.
Day 9: From the Free State back to Gauteng
After breakfast we head “home” to Johannesburg, travelling through the Free State and have a stop-over in Bloemfontein. This is about a 7 hour travel, so we will arrive late afternoon, either to be in time for your flight back out of South Africa, or to stay over a night in Pretoria/ Johannesburg. You can then fly out the next day, or embark on your next leg of touring South Africa, a 5 night, 6 days visit to the beautiful Lowveld of Mpumalanga, including the Panorama route and some 3 days on Safari in the Kruger National Park at a special private game lodge. (See our 6 day Panorama route and Kruger Safari Tour)