Day 1: Welcome to Cape Town
Set to the backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town is a city that transitions beautifully from pristine beaches to secluded gardens, eclectic neighbourhoods and sprawling vineyards. After checking in at the hotel, we take the revolving cable car up to Table Mountain for the finest views of the “Mother City”. Alternatively, you can visit the Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his incarceration, for some historical perspective. Explore the city at your own pace, as we walk through the vibrant streets of Bo Kapp, stop by street cafes and soak in the vibe of the city.
Day 2: Tip of The World (The Cable Peninsula)
The iconic Table Mountain is just the beginning of a vast and beautiful mountain range that stretches down to the very tip of south west Africa. This is the Cape Peninsula, and today we spend the day exploring its many natural wonders. Start at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, nestled half way up the mountain and a haven for tropical birds. The drive through Chapman's Peak is one of the most spectacular in the world, overlooking the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Stop by the charming village of Hout Bay for a traditional lunch and then drive further to the Boulders Beach, where you can get up close with African penguins. Our last stop will be Simon’s Town, one of the country's oldest settlements.
Day 3: Vineyard Tours (Franschhoek and Stellenbosch)
South Africa’s highest exported wines come from the vineyards around the hills of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, surrounded by lush landscapes dotted with enchanting farmhouses and empty country roads. Taste some of the finest wines of the region on a day-long tour through this enchanting wine country. Make your way into the warehouses where the rich wines of the region age in rustic oak barrels. And learn about wine history as we stop by Hugeunot Monument and the Museum in Franschhoek. Soak in the intoxication of the area as we step out into the streets and enjoy some fine dining, over fine wine, before returning to Cape Town for another night out in town.
Day 4: Wild Wild Country (Kruger National Park)
Inside one of the largest national parks in the world, over half of the world's remaining rhinos live, alongside millions of antelope, and the full smorgasbord of predators. This is the Kruger National Park. We will take a flight in the morning to Mpumalanga, from where you will be driven down to your lodge. The wildlife roams freely here as there are no fences and one can often spot a white rhino, impala or antelope roaming around the corner. In this luxurious setting, you can enjoy the best of South African wildlife, from the comfort of your own room!
Days 5 – 6: Spectacular Safaris (Kruger National Park)
Wake up early to observe the open savannah at its most active hours. Enjoy a light snack before heading out in an open-topped safari truck. If you are looking out for Africa’s “Big Five” – the Sabi Sands doesn't disappoint. You can spot elephants ploughing through the land or buffalos standing guard next to their young ones. As we go deeper, herds of giraffe, zebras, baboons and more come into sight.
After a three-hour drive, we will return for a hearty brunch and some free time. The jungle rests in the afternoon, as the sun is at is highest, and you can take this time to relax with a midday siesta as well. Or enjoy the comfort of your lodge with a dip in the pool. As the sun sets, we will head back into the savannah for another thrilling ride.
Day 7: Exploring Johannesburg
Fly from Mpumalanga to Johannesburg, where you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. South Africa's largest city dazzles with energy and vibrance. The city is home to the world’s second largest slum, Soweto – where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu both lived on the same street. The colourful neighbourhood, welcoming locals and the history reverberating through the air make a trip to this area an absolute must!
Days 8 – 9: The Smoke that Thunders (Victoria Falls)
Fly down to Victoria Falls, where you will be transferred to your accommodation. A mile wide and over 300 feet deep, the majestic Victoria Falls are one of the most powerful in the world. You can hear its roar long before you catch its first glimpse. Walk through narrow bridges and rocky columns along the falls to experience the gushing water of the Mosi-oa-Tunya, the indigenous name for the falls which means “the smoke that thunders”. Voted one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the falls take up at least a whole afternoon.
Later, you can step down the steep path and admire the valley from the riverside. Some like to cross into no-man’s land between Zimbabwe and Zambia to look down on the Zambezi River below. Over these two days, you'll have ample time to see all the different facets of the Falls. Take a leisurely sunset cruise or get adventurous with white water rafting down the Zambezi. Or simply wander the streets and check out the local craft markets.
Day 10: Farewell South Africa
You'll be transferred to the airport for a connecting flight to Johannesburg. From here, take your international departure back home.