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Winelands, Whales & Wildlife

South Africa

Tour Length: 14 days

Cape Town | Winelands | Garden Route: Hermanus & Knysna | Johannesburg | Greater Kruger Park

South Africa – a world in one country! Self-drive on our Winelands, Whales & Wildlife safari through the breathtaking wine country, the magnificient Garden Route, and top it off with the adventure of the wilds of Kapama Private Game Reserve. From $3.995 per person

elephantsSouth Africa is truly a “world in one country”. The fabric of this nation is woven with many different colors and textures that never fail to titillate the senses. The modern transport infrastructure beckons the guest to explore each nook and cranny of the area … at leisure, from the comfort of a personal rental car. A soft landing in Cape Town, the ‘most beautiful harbor in the world’. Explore her Cape of Good Hope, the brightly painted Malay Quarters and vibrant townships that crowd up against the Atlantic shoreline. Drive through the breathtaking Winelands; savor local wines and explore the quaint shops of Stellenbosch.

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At nearby Hermanus, the Southern Right Whales breach and frolic merely an arms’ length from land. Turning eastward, enter the magnificent Garden Route, a swatch of oceanfront beauty lapped by the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. Knysna is the destination of choice, a natural wonderland that touches the senses and restores the spirit. After a restful night in Johannesburg, it is time to go on safari! Kruger National Park – South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge – is home to all the Big Five. Venture forth on daily game drives, in open safari vehicles, escorted by passionate and professional game rangers.

For those who prefer to ‘leave the driving to us’, this itinerary can be operated with a private car and driver/guide.

If you have a little more time, consider an extension to Namibia or fly north to Victoria Falls.

 

Winelands, Whales & Wildlife Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA
Soaring to South Africa!

Day 2-4 Cape Town (3 nights)
Admire quaint fishing villages and espy penguins and seals enroute to the glorious Cape of Good Hope. Hop on the Robben Island ferry and tour the prison that incarcerated Nelson Mandela.

Day 5 Winelands (1 night)
Sip fine wines, explore vineyards and admire Cape Dutch architecture in this exquisitely beautiful rural paradise.

Day 6 Hermanus (1 night)
Perhaps the best whale watching in the world! Explore the village and watch breaching whales and dolphins.

Day 7-8 Knysna (2 nights)
Relax on the beach, hike through lush forest or skim over emerald green lagoons in this glamorous heart of the Garden Route.

Day 9 Johannesburg (1 night)
Wing to Johannesburg and overnight in luxury.

Day 10-12 Kruger Park (3 nights)
Kruger, by air, and thrilling safari days ahead. Wildlife abounds including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and rhino. Daily game drives, walking safaris and superb cuisine.

Day 13 Depart Johannesburg
Fly to Johannesburg and homeward.

Day 14 Arrive USA
With remarkable memories.

Unforgettable Moment #312

As tonight is our last in Cape Town, I pause to consider our wonderfully arranged tour. We enjoyed the quality of each of our accommodations and your guides. Our limited time in Johannesburg was well used to gain an overview of the country’s history. We are big fans of the quality of the Jackalberry Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve, accommodations was outstanding and the safari staff and setting created a lifetime memory. Victory Falls and Zimbabwe was another both wonder of Africa and window into political damage. The Plett was a well-timed taste of relaxation, with Odtshoorn’s acccomodation alone made the trip there worthwhile- not to mention the ostriches and meerkats. The drive with good music exposed us to the wide-open spaces that define most of the country. In Cape Town, the tw0 hotels have been so well situated and with fine service. We have felt privileged to enjoy each of them.

Thank you for your ongoing care, we are grateful for all your efforts to enable our first trip to South Africa that was so rich in diverse and memorable experiences.

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