Known to be ‘a whole world in one country’, South Africa offers the diversity of its landscapes and genres… join us and be seduced by its unsurpassed beauty. For those with more time on their hands, this Tour can be extended to 12 or 14 nights, with a side trip to the Drakensberg and/or extension to the Victoria Falls.
Day 1 – Arrival Cape Town (100 km)
Transfer to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Visit the “Mother City” of Cape Town. Panoramic cable car to the top of Table Mountain.
Day 2 –Cape Town – Cape Peninsula (200 km)
Stop at the small fishing harbour of Hout Bay for a cruise to Duiker Island (Seal island). Drive through the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve to Cape Point. Visit to Boulders beach and observe the Cape penguins. Visit the botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch.
Day 3 – Cape Town – Wine route (200 km) – Durban
Full day excursion to Stellenbosch and Paarl. Lunch and wine tasting on a wine estate. Visit Franschhoek. Late afternoon – flight to Durban.
Day 4 – Durban – Hluhluwe (320 km)
City Tour of Durban. Route to Hluhluwe through Zululand via St Lucia for a cruise on the Estuary.
Day 5 – Hluhluwe – Swaziland (310 km)
4×4 Safari in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. Road to the small Kingdom of Swaziland.
Day 6 – Swaziland – Hazyview (260 km)
Discover Swaziland – Visit a candle workshop and a local market. Stop at a glass factory. Route to Mpumalanga via Piggs Peak. Visit the Swazi Cultural village of Matsamo.
Day 7 – Hazyview – Kruger Park – Hazyview (200 km)
Full day in the Kruger Park to spot the Big 5 in a bus or open 4×4 vehicles
Day 8 – Hazyview – Blyde River Canyon – Burgersfort (300 km)
Visit the principal sites of the Blyde River Canyon : God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the spectacular view of the Three Rondavels. Visit of Pilgrim’s Rest, small gold mining town set back in 1873.
Day 9 – Burgersfort – Pretoria (300 km)
Early morning Safari in 4×4 on the Hannah Ranch. Road to Cullinan – Visit of the Diamond Mine.
Day 10 – Pretoria – Johannesberg – Departure
City sightseeing tour of Pretoria and the Voortrekker Monument. The house of Paul Kruger, former President of South Africa, and the Union Buildings, the Government’s head office.
Departure for Soweto and lunch in a shebeen (restaurant). Transfer to OR Tambo Airport – Flight to Europe
A Tour which combines Safaris in the Pilanesberg Reserve with the Garden Route along the ocean, ending up in the Cape – The Pilanesberg reserve and the discovery of the Big 5 in a malaria-free environment
– Accommodation in lodges in the heart of nature and in the city (Waterfront) in Cape Town.
– Proximity of the beaches from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town
– Family activities that will delight the little ones ….
Day 1: Arrival Johannesbourg – Pilanesberg
Road to the Pilanesberg National Park and check into your lodge along the park. Safari in 4×4 vehicles searching for the Big 5 in the bush (The Park boasts more than 7000 animals who roam freely in its 55000 hectares).
Days 2 and 3: Pilanesberg
2 days with 2 safaris in 4×4 per day (early morning and late afternoon) in the Pilanesberg Park, looking for Animals.
Day 4: Pilanesberg – Port Elizabeth – Plettenberg Bay
Return to Johannesburg and flight to Port Elizabeth (1h40). Road to Plettenberg Bay (2 1/2h), one of the most beautiful coastal towns on the Garden Route.
Day 5: Plettenberg Bay
Discover the area: visit the Monkeyland and Birds of Eden sanctuaries, where a vast range of monkeys and birds species live in their natural habitat, a delightful visit for everyone! Visit the Tsitsikamma forest, Tree top canopy tour, sea kayaking, Whale encounter (in season), skydiving, elephant back safari, quad biking, helicopter flip…
Day 6: Plettenberg Bay – Knysna – Sedgefield
Discover the tranquil little town of Knysna and its magnificent lagoon that communicates with the ocean. Eco-excursion by boat to the Featherbed Nature reserve with magnificent views over the lagoon and town. Night in a family suite overlooking the Sedgefield lake.
Day 7: Sedgefield – Oudtshoorn – Sedgefield
Discover Oudtshoorn, capital of the Little Karoo made famous for its Ostrich farming (farm visit) and the Cango caves that reveal a fantastic underground world with thousands of stalactites.
Day 8 : Sedgefield – Stanford
Visit Mossel Bay, first South African port discovered by the Europeans in 1488. Follow the road to Stanford. Dinner and night in a family suite in a Lodge nestled in a tree-lined valley.
Day 9 : Stanford
Enjoy various possible activities at the Lodge : cruise on the Stanford river, hiking or horseriding, or explore the Cape Agulhas area (the southernmost point in Africa)
Day 10: Stanford – Hermanus – Cape Town
Visit Hermanus, with the old harbour retracing the history of town, and the Fernkloof nature reserve and its indigenous flora. Road to Franschhoek, where the memory of the French Huguenot who settled in 1688 is kept. Visit of the Huguenot Museum and its memorial. Wine tasting (for the parents !). Late afternoon arrival at your apartment situated in Cape Town’s Waterfront.
Days 11/12/13 : Cape Town
3 days to discover the Cape area: Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain (by cable car), City tour, Kirstenbosch botanical gardens… Departure to Europe on Day 13 late afternoon.
Best travelled during the winter months, this tour takes you to the northern areas of South Africa and the Tuli area of southern Botswana for unforgettable safaris. Bring along your binoculars and cameras and enjoy the wilderness (IDEAL FOR SMALLER GROUPS)
Day 1 – Johannesburg / Mpumalanga
The tour commences at OR Tambo APT
Departure to Mpumalanga province in direction of Burgersfort. Afternoon arrival at your lodge situated in a 7000 hectares domain in the heart of the bush. 4×4 vehicle safari.
Day 2 – Mpumalanga / Panoramic route / Hazyview
Visit the Blyde River Canyon sites: God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels. Visit Pilgrim’s Rest, small gold mining town set back in 1873.
Day 3 – Hazyview / Kruger National Park
Explore the Kruger Park in 4×4 vehicle, kingdom of the “BIG FIVE”. One of the most important nature reserves in Africa with more than 100 mammals, reptiles and bird species roaming freely in untouched nature.
Day 4 – Kruger National Park / Elim
Half day in the Park in a bus. Road to Phalaborwa then north to Tzaneen and Elim, famous for its tobacco and tea plantations. Discover the magnificent forests, falls and cycad trees along the road.
Days 5 and 6 – Limpopo / Mashatu Private Reserve (Botswana)
Road to Messina – the main road is lined with 100-year old Baobab trees.
At “Pont Drift” border post guests are met by their ranger from Mashatu Private game reserve in an unforgettable “Out of Africa” safari experience.
The Tuli Block – a mix of bush, savanna, rainforests, marshes and plains awaits.
Personalised service night at MASHATU TENTED CAMP or LODGE
Day 7 – Waterberg
Last morning safari and return to South Africa towards Naboomspruit. Night in a lodge.
Day 8 – Waterberg / Pretoria / Johannesburg / Departure
Route to Pretoria. Farewell lunch in town and city tour, Voortrekker monument, Union buildings. Transfer to Johannesburg airport – Flight to Europe
Self drive – discover two of the most popular provinces: KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga. Situated in the east of the country they boast an abundant untouched fauna and flora as well as some of the most beautiful national parks: Hluhluwe-Umfolozi and the Kruger Park. Explore their unique nature in the comfort of private lodges. On the way, see Durban and the kingdom of Swaziland.
Day 1: Johannesburg – Durban
Upon arrival in Durban pick up your vehicle and drive to your hotel. Free time to enjoy Florida road, one of the trendiest avenues.
Day 2 : Durban – Empangeni
After breakfast leave for the Zululand Region. Departure to Empangeni via the coastal road (Umhlanga and Empangeni +/- 2h30). Lunch at your Lodge and afternoon 4×4 Safari in the private game reserve.
Days 3 /4 – St Lucia
Morning Safari and drive to St Lucia
Activities in St Lucia: cruise on the estuary, beautiful beaches, traditional Zulu Village, day excursion (8h-16h) to Cape Vidal for a ‘bush and beach’ experience (4×4 Safari, walk and scuba). In season from November to March, night excursion to spot the sea turtles coming out of the ocean to lay their eggs in the dunes! Spectacular during full moon.
Day 5 – Hluhluwe Park
Spend the day in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, the most ancient of South Africa. It shelters more than 84 mammal species, amongst which are the Big 5. Birds and reptile lovers won’t be disappointed either!
Exit from the park and road to the Lodge, situated on a private reserve north of Hluhluwe. Night in a Deluxe Safari-tented lodge.
Day 6 – Hluhluwe – Swaziland
In Swaziland, visit the local market and a candle workshop.
Your Guest House is situated in the heart of Summerfields botanical gardens on 96 hectares.
Day 7 – Swaziland – Kruger Park
En route to Kruger Park visit the Swazi cultural village of Matsamo late afternoon, sunset 4×4 safari. Traditional dinner around the Boma.
Day 8 – Shishangeni Concession / Kruger Park / Hazyview
Early morning 4×4 safari before leaving the lodge. Travel through the National Park towards Hazyview watching game. Night at a guesthouse.
Day 9 : Panoramic Route – Hazyview
Visit the main sites of the Blyde River Canyon : God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. Visit Pilgrim’s Rest, small gold-mining town set back in 1873. Night at your guesthouse
WITH EXTENSION MOZAMBIQUE :
Two days to enjoy the beach or take part in non-motorized watersports or picnic on a desert island. Deep sea excursion etc (with supplement)
Day 10 : Hazyview – Vilanculos (Mozambique)
Drive to Kruger airport (MQP)– Vehicle drop-off and flight to Vilanculos. NB : flight operates Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only. Arrival and transfer to your hotel by boat or plane according to the selected Lodge (Vilanculos, Bazaruto, Benguerra or San Sebastian).
Days 11 and 12 : Mozambique
Two days by the sea
Day 13 : Vilanculos – Johannesburg – Departure
Leisure time and transfer to Vilanculos airport. Flight to Johannesburg and Europe late afternoon.
WITH EXTENSION VICTORIA FALLS:
Day 9 : Panoramic Route – KMI – Johannesburg
Visit the Blyde River Canyon’s main sites : God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. Visit Pilgrim’s Rest. Night at your guesthouse.
Late afternoon, road to KMI airport and flight to Johannesburg. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 10 : Johannesburg – Victoria Falls
Mid-morning flight to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls. Arrival and welcome by your guide and transfer to the hotel. Sunset cruise on the Zambezi river. Two nights at the hotel.
Day 11 : Victoria Falls
Guided tour of the Falls and walk in the rain forest. Visit of the village and the craft centre.
Day 12 : Victoria Falls / Johannesburg / Departure
Possibility of a helicopter flip above the Falls (15mn) and free time. Flight back to Johannesburg. Connection to Europe
A 12 nights guided tour combining a wildlife experience in Mpumalanga with the real Africa in Mozambique
Day 1 – Johannesburg / Pretoria
The tour starts at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. Brief visit of Jo’burg and Pretoria.
Day 2 – Pretoria / Hazyview
Early departure for Mpumalanga via Blyde River Canyon : God’s Window, the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels are the highlights of the day.
Day 3 – Kruger Park
Full day game viewing in the famous Kruger National Park either by coach or on 4×4 safari vehicles.
Day 4 – Bongani Private Game Reserve
Depart to Bongani for a safari experience & Rock Painting tour . Stay at the Mountain Lodge which offers an eagle’s eye view over the valley and beyond.
Day 5 – Bongani / Maputo
En route to Maputo … at the busy border crossing the adventure begins – Special dinner : prawns and beer.
Day 6 – Maputo / Bilene
Morning visit of the market, the train station which was designed by no other than Gustav Eiffel Depart for Bilene (180 km) and a visit of a Palm plantation. Night at Praia Do Sol.
Day 7 + 8 Bilene / Inhambane
Drive northwards to Inhambane (375 km). 2 nights at a Beach Lodge. Swim and snorkel , visit Tofu Beach, take a dhow sailing trip to Maxixe.
Day 9 – Inhambane / Vilanculos
Continue to Vilanculos (240 km). 2 Nights at Casa Rex.
Day 10 – Vilanculos
Boat trip to Island Margaruque with picnic lunch – collect pansy shells.
Day 11 – Vilanculos / Gorongosa
Early departure to the National Park of Gorongosa (480 km) where the Karr Foundation has done incredible work to rehabilitate the park. 2 nights at the Gorongosa Lodge
Day 12 – Gorongosa
Game viewing and bird watching and star gazing is the order of the day.
Day 13 – Beira / Johannesburg
Early transfer to Beira – Flight to Johannesburg
A comprehensive tour which covers the main attractions Namibia has to offer but also the Caprivi Strip along the border of Angola which contrasts from the mostly dry areas of the country due to the many rivers. The trip continues to the Chobe National Park in the northern part of Botswana which offers a great concentration of Elephants. The trip ends at the Victoria Falls.
Day 1: Windhoek
Arrival in Windhoek and transfer to the car rental company in town (4×4 or 2×4). Extensive briefing. Night at a guesthouse or hotel.
Day 2 : Windhoek – Sesriem (280km, +/- 5h)
Drive South to the Sossusvlei Region. Stay for 2 nights at one of the many lodges near the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park.
Day 3 : Sesriem – Sossusvlei (+/- 220 km)
Excursion to the famous Sossusvlei dunes a sight which will take your breath away. (The last 5 km either on foot or by 4×4 shuttle. Also of interest is a visit to the Sesriem Canyon.
Day 4 : Sesriem – Swakopmund ( 290 km – +/- 5h)
Drive to Swakopmund via Solitaire and the Namib Naukluft Park + visit of Kuiseb Canyon. Night at a guesthouse or hotel of your choice.
Day 5 : Swakopmund / Twyfelfontein (330 km > +/- 06h00)
Depart towards Uis, where the Brandberg can be seen, the highest summit of Namibia (2585m). Take a detour to visit the Cape Cross sea-lions reserve. Arrival in Twyfelfontein and visit of the site (rock art paintings). Night at the Camp.
Day 6 : Twyfelfontein
Early morning departure for a full day excursion in 4×4 vehicle on the Lodge’s reserve to see rhinos close to the Klip river. Part of the safari is walking ( 1 to 3 h walk maximum).
Day 7: Twyfelfontein – Grootberg (120 km, +/- 2h30)
Excursion in 4×4 vehicle, looking for the Desert elephants. Return to the Lodge and leave for Palmwag with your vehicle, region of vast plains covered with red stones. En route, a possibility of a detour to see the petrified forest.
Day 8: Grootberg / Etosha (300 km > +/- 05h00)
Depart towards Etosha, one of the most beautiful wildlife scenery in the world, with 114 mammal and 340 birds species. Afternoon at leisure or safari with your vehicle. Night at the camp (chalet)
Days 9 and 10 : Etosha (+/- 150 km per day)
Full day Safari with your vehicle. Night at the camp.
Day 11 : Etosha / Rundu (370 km > +/- 06h00)
Depart towards Tsumeb, the main town north of Namibia, and Grootfontein, a small town surrounded by cattle ranches. Night at the lodge.
Day 12 : Rundu / Kongola (490 km > +/- 06h30)
Leave for Divundu. Possibility to detour to Mahango Park for a safari. Carry on towards Kongola. Night in a lodge close to Mudumu Park.
Day 13: Kongola
Land rover excursion on nearby reserves or cruise/fishing on the river. Night at the camp in ‘Tree house’
Day 14 : Kongola / Kasane (230 km > +/- 03h00)
Depart for Katima Mulilo and the border towards the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Drop off your vehicle in Kasane and transfer to the Lodge. Afternoon 4×4 safari. 2 Nights at the lodge
Day 15 : Kasane
Early morning game drive in 4×4, +/- 3h in Chobe Park. Afternoon, look for the hippos, crocodiles, buffalos and birds on the river enjoying a boat cruise.
Day 16 : Kasane / Victoria Falls
Transfer to the Victoria Falls. Free time to visit the Falls . A water drop of 1,7km collapses from a 108m-high cliff at its deepest point. Walk through the tropical forest that faces the Falls. Night in a lodge
Day 17 : Victoria Falls
Day at leisure with various possibilities of activities (Zambezi cruise, helicopter flip, village visit). Night at the lodge.
Day 18: Victoria Falls / Depart
Morning at leisure to enjoy the pool and transfer to the airport. Departure for Europe via Johannesburg
A special self drive package to discover 2 most beautiful provinces of South Africa: the Eastern and the Western Cape. Along the coastline to the West of the country, they boast various wonders: The Cape Peninsula, Cape Town and its winelands, the charm and refinement of the small coastal towns of Hermanus and Knysna and finally, the African bush you will enjoy with three days of safari.
Days 1-2-3 Cape Town
Meet & greet on arrival in Cape Town. Brief on your stay and pick up of your vehicle. Departure to Constantia (45min) to reach your hotel at the foot of the mountains, for 3 nights.
Activities: Golf / Spa on the hotel’s property, Day excursion to the Cape Peninsula, Wine Route excursion, the beaches of Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno, the shops and facilities of the Waterfront (possibility to do an helicopter flip above the Bay or a sunset cruise), Cable car to the top of Table Mountain, Visit of the historical centre of Cape Town
Day 4 – Hermanus or Swellendam
Departure to Hermanus via the coastal road (Gordon’s Bay and Betty’s Bay) or to Swellendam via the Wine route (Worcester and Robertson).
Night in a Guest House
Days 5/6 – Knysna
Road to Knysna via Mossel Bay and Wilderness
Activities in Knysna: Eco-excursion on the lagoon in the Featherbed nature reserve, catamaran or boat cruise. Golf on the 5* course of Pezula or Simola, Local oysters tasting, the beaches of Plettenberg Bay and Noetzie. Nights in town at the hotel.
Days 7/8/9 – Eastern Cape / Private Game reserve
Drive to Port Elizabeth where you leave your vehicle. Transfer to your Lodge situated in the heart of a private game reserve home to the ‘Big 5’, each suite (no TV) has its own private viewing deck, as well as a plunge pool (heated). Daily 2 x safaris, superb meals, personal attention. Optional: horseriding, fishing, golf, spa
Day 10 – Port Elizabeth and departure
After an early morning 4×4 safari, private transfer to Port Elizabeth for flight Port Elizabeth – Johannesburg – Europe