Embark upon an inspirational journey combining the best parts of the Western Cape in a diverse and all-encompassing itinerary. Some big city living, a little R&R, a lagoon paradise and a second to none safari experience make for one luxuriously rich getaway. You’ll enjoy a three night stay in the Mother City where you’ll explore the ins and outs of this vibrant culture hub. Spend two nights at Mosaic Lagoon Lodge in Hermanus, with a host of unique included experiences such as a 4x4 beach safari, kayaking, fynbos quad bike adventures and conservation nature walks through the estate. Next up, Knysna is waiting to pamper you. Choose how you spend your days from the base of your boutique hotel, throw in an oyster tasting and a lagoon cruise or go adventuring up the magnificent sandstone peaks, it’s all up to you. Finally, get ready for a chic, luxury safari extravaganza at the malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. A Big Five experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo offering alluring stillness and isolation amid raw beauty and boundless plains. This is the perfect place to end off your 10-night journey of discovery, with a rejuvenated soul and endless travel memories.
Paddle through the staggering scenery and abundant birdlife of Wilderness.
Hike through the luscious Tsitsikamma forest over suspension bridges with views of a secret beach.
Get beak to beak with the world’s biggest bird at an ostrich farm.
Head deep underground to the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves.
Follow orphaned African elephants at Buffelsdrift on their trek to the waterhole.
Meet the cute 5,000+ resident penguins at Stony Point Nature Reserve.
Cruise to a colony of Cape Fur seals as these clumsy creatures laze about.
Explore the cultural haven of the bustling Hout Bay harbour.
Prepare for unparalleled views as you drive along Chapman's Peak.
See wild Atlantic waves crash at the southwestern most point of Africa.
Take pics of the Muizenberg surfer's shores.
Glide up the aerial cableway to see Cape Town from atop the iconic Table Mountain.
Indulge in Bo-Kaap's rainbow colours and Cape Malay flavours.
Explore the V&A Waterfront's cacophony of sights, sounds and tastes.
Let a local lead you through Cape Town's inner city for an insider view of the Mother City.
Taste delicious ports in the Klein Karoo at Boplaas.
Cruise through the scenic Knysna Lagoon while tasting oysters.
Experience an authentic African dining indulgence at Moyo.
Cruise the azure blue waters of Hermanus' wildlife rich lagoon.
Explore the Cape Floral Kingdom at Mosaic's sanctuary.
Add a touch of something different with a 4x4 beach exploration.
Indulge in ultra luxe spa treatments at Mosaic's Rain Milkwood Spa.
Try out your paddling skills on a sea or lagoon kayaking adventure.
Explore Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of earth's hidden gems.
Safari in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve for an unparalleled game viewing experience.
Head out with a park ranger on a bush walking safari to fully experience the diverse array of fauna and flora that Sanbona has to offer.
Experience the award-winning goodness of Bouchard Finlayson's globally acclaimed wines.
Start with a pick-up from Cape Town International Airport or your Cape Town accommodation.
There’s no denying it, Cape Town has come of age as one of the must-do cities on the travel bucket list. This vibrant city on Africa’s southern tip could strut its stuff in the middle of mainland Europe and be completely at home. Your three days in Cape Town give you the flexibility to see the best highlights of the Mother City independently and with a knowledgeable local guide, the way you want to. Enjoy your first day at leisure; your guide will collect you from the airport and transfer you to your hotel from where you are free to explore some of your bucket list items.
If your time allows, you could simmer down with a relaxed afternoon discovering the delights hidden in Kirstenbosch Gardens, right around the corner from your evening stay. The Gardens are world renowned for the beauty and diversity of Cape flora they display and for the magnificence of the setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Children will love Kirstenbosch’s winding walkway, affectionately known as the boomslang. It starts at ground level and extends high above the treetops, offering stunning views of Table Mountain and lesser-seen parts of the city. The timber and steel walkway is around 130-metres long. Nature lovers will enjoy the unique vantage point from above the crowns of the trees, and bird and animal enthusiasts will be in seventh heaven with the diverse fauna that abounds. What a way to end a day in the Cape.
Full Day Cape Town City Tour
Get ready to discover some of Cape Town’s gems today, with an intimate look into the city that locals love. After enjoying panoramic city views from Table Mountain, head into town to see the sights up-close on a walking tour. Pass colonial-era hotspots such as Company’s Garden and the Castle of Good Hope, and then travel to the colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood for photos. Opt to visit the District Six Museum and then enjoy free time at the V&A Waterfront, before finishing the day with a drive along the dramatic Atlantic coastline. The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour's highlights that interest you the most, or you can even visit some sights that are not listed, it's all up to you. This is an ideal way to see a large part of Cape Town in a short amount of time while helping you get a brilliant orientation of all that the Mother City has to offer.
Full Day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour
Today the Cape Peninsula awaits you. Cape Town fades into the distance as you head southwest to Hout Bay, a quaint fishing village best known as the entry point to the Cape fur seal colony of Duiker Island. Stop and peruse the local craft stores and opt for a seal cruise if you want to get up close and personal with some lazy seals. The morning drive along the towering cliffs of Chapman’s Peak sets the standard for the day, so expect stunning vistas at Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, with their rich fynbos flora and the inevitable baboon spotting. Keep your eyes peeled for the Cape mountain zebra, ostriches, eland and sugarbirds.
Then, meander into the afternoon, as the Atlantic coastline hugs cloud-capped mountains at the seaside town of Muizenberg where you stop briefly to explore and ‘shark spot’ from shore. Keep your eyes on the ocean as you drive back along this beach route to reach Cape Town by early evening.
Prepare to sink into the chilled way of life as you set off towards the seaside town of Hermanus. A whale-watchers paradise during whale season, this little town is the perfect spot for some serious relaxation and pampering. Make a quick stop at the inspiring African penguin colony at Stony Point. The 5,000+ resident penguins at the reserve form one of South Africa’s most successful breeding colonies and share their home with some furry neighbours, the rock hyrax (dassie or rock badger), who do their best to capture their fair share of the attention. This colony of creatures charms from the first with their comical waddle and are sure to turn up the cuteness factor for adoring onlookers. Round off your day with a spot of wine tasting before arriving at your luxurious lodge for the night. Bouchard Finlayson, one of South Africa’s most awarded boutique wine estates waits to welcome you in the breathtaking Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Expect world-class Pinot Noir, exceptional Chardonnay and an abundance of indigenous wildflowers. Enter into pristine luxury tonight at the Mosaic Private Sanctuary on the Hermanus Lagoon.
Today offers you the luxury of time… time to explore; time to indulge and time to immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of your surrounds. After a hearty or healthy breakfast, you’re free to design your day, your way. Mosaic prides itself on the array of recreational activities offered on, in and under the Overberg… and allows you to set the pace for your day out in nature. Slip into a leisurely cruise aboard the Spirit of Agnes for a touch of bird watching or head out with the Mosaic team and learn about the fragile Cape Floral eco-system and what you can do to help.
Delight in a spot of whale watching from shore – a must-do during the annual migration – or take time out on the water for a more personal experience. Jump aboard an open-air jeep and enjoy a picnic on a secluded stretch of beach with only seals for company or head out for a sunset kayak on a bird-filled lagoon. Pamper yourself with optional self-indulgent, African-inspired spa sessions surrounded by nature. Or, just be.
Hold onto your hat, you’re off to Knysna! But first, you’ll get to meet the Garden Route – 300 or so kilometres of contrasts, contradictions and some of the most mind-blowingly beautiful scenery on the planet. In this lush corner of the world, landscapes swap and change with great regularity so keep your camera at the ready as you wind your way through mountain passes and fertile cropping land towards the Atlantic Ocean.
After a morning drive with fascinating stops along the way, Wilderness National Park allows you to stretch your legs with a leisurely canoe paddle through a luscious green gorge or a hike to a hidden waterfall. Native kingfishers, African fish eagles and brightly coloured Knysna loeries tease bird-watchers with their calls and the fresh air provides the best pick-me-up after a morning on the road. Next up, your final destination for the day.
Knysna is a tiny hamlet with a bustling waterfront that’s a firm favourite with holidaying South Africans. This little town has a big reputation with seafood lovers. Your boutique Knysna hotel waits to greet you with a warm welcome and an extra dose of R&R.
Nature lovers are in for an overdose this morning as you head out into the surreal Tsitsikamma National Park, which marries lush mountain forestry with dramatic ocean views. A short, albeit steep walk to the suspension bridge is worth it, if just for the views alone, and you’ll get a thrill as you test the bridge’s swing factor. Marine life can often be seen in the water and rock hyraxes regularly sun themselves on the rocky coastline. As sea breezes lull you, unwind in this natural sanctuary and breathe deep as the fresh air fills your lungs.
Each July the city of Knysna hosts a thriving oyster festival, a firm favourite of locals and travellers alike… so shucking a shell or two is a must-do. The town also sits on the shores of an oversized lagoon and, in a town known for its water activities, it would be remiss not to head out on the water to admire the view with a leisurely cruise. Enjoy fine oysters while sipping in the view of the towering Knysna Heads aboard your luxury cruise, living the high life.
The Garden Route by its very name evokes visions of lush, green sub-tropical landscapes, but today you’ll witness first-hand another of South Africa’s crazy contrasts as you head towards the semi-arid Klein Karoo region. Away from the coastline, temperatures climb and the vegetation thins, but the mountain passes, with their bright bursts of wildflowers and scrubby brush, are equally as spectacular.
Yup, you guessed it. You’re en-route to Oudtshoorn, the self-proclaimed ostrich capital of the world. Ostriches thrive in the desert conditions and indeed helped put this tiny town on the global map. A visit to an ostrich farm allows a stylised glimpse into the world of ostrich farming and the chance to come beak-to-nose with the stars of the show.
This afternoon you’ll reach new depths. Hidden beneath the arid landscape lies a special place that the Khoisan people named Cango, the wet place. Some 100 metres underground, you’ll find incredible 20-million-year-old limestone formations that dominate a series of enormous underground caverns and are illuminated to show-off their extraordinary curves and shapes. Your Heritage Tour of the caves is a gentle wander with a guide (there are plenty of steps, so be warned) who fills you in on the history and ecology of the area and tests out the acoustics with a well-timed song.
As night falls in Oudtshoorn, be sure to sit back and watch the stars in the clear night sky – it’s African big sky country after all.
As dawn breaks in Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s sunniest town, you can choose to join an optional stroll with rescued elephants (you are in Africa after all!) along the dam wall at the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve. Gentle giants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo made this their home after their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. This experience will have you following in their massive footsteps, making memories you'll never forget. Top this off with a dash of port tasting along Route 62, the world’s longest wine route!
Make sure your cameras are charged, as things are about to get wild. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is nestled at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, boasting 58, 000 hectares of sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide-open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3, 500 years. This Big Five reserve is home to the only free-roaming white lions in South Africa as well as a wealth of other fascinating wildlife and many endangered animals. You’ll head out on an afternoon guided 4x4 game drive, with a knowledgeable guide tracking wildlife and sharing facts about the fauna and flora. Settle in for the night in the heart of the reserve at the acclaimed Gondwana Lodge, offering a sense of modern comfort with a touch of bush authenticity.
The next two days are all about that safari experience. You’ll spend an entire day and a half immersed in the spectacular sights, smells and tastes that the reserve has to offer. You will travel through three different biomes, and many habitats, including the quartz fields of the succulent Karoo, a very special habitat characterised by beds of angular quartz debris and home to a flora of stunning minute succulent shrubs. Set off on an early morning safari in your open-topped 4x4 vehicle to spot the creatures of the bush as they awake to start their day. This is an ideal time to see the best game as animals are more active in the cooler hours of the morning. Round this off with a guided bush walking safari where your well-informed and experienced rangers can indicate points of interest while divulging important and interesting information about the area. Get the chance to see animals up close and meet the smaller members of the animal kingdom too, such as interesting beetles, and magnificent birdlife. And to end off your day? Another safari, of course. Enjoy the late afternoon from the comfort of your safari vehicle and watch the sun set on the dusty Klein Karoo in the best way possible.
Then finally, your last day is upon you and what a way to end such an inspiring journey. Wake up with the African bush one last time as you start your morning bright and early with one final sunrise safari. By now you will have become familiar with the distinct smell of the thick fynbos vegetation and you’ll feel a connection with the crisp air and the dusty roads. Have one final shot at ticking the Big Five off your list and say your farewells to the creatures you have become fond of.
After your morning adventures, you’ll set off towards Cape Town accommodation or the airport to end off your luxury trip, with cameras and hearts full.
End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation or airport.
This trip will run exclusively for you.
Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.
Private transfers to included tour highlights.
There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.
10 nights luxury accommodation.
10 x breakfasts, 4x lunches, 4x dinners included.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
Local and international flights are excluded.
Certain meals may be included, however other meals + drinks are for your own expense.
Since the beginning, working as a guesthouse manager 13-years ago, I have been involved in creating personalised experiences for people in the travel industry. It has grown into my work passion and I love being able to create tailor-made experiences for people that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In between doing that, I create my own memories and experiences by spending time with my family (usually on the beach), attending festivals and capturing it all with my camera.
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No children under 18 years of age allowed for this package.
11 official Languages Spoken
Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa
How to say hello?
Molo – Xhosa
Sawubona - Zulu
Hallo - Afrikaans
Dumela - SeSotho
Electricity – Volt & plug
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.
WiFi/Internet Access on tour
WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.
When to go
South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.
Shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.
Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather.
Best time to go
Jun-Jul = Safari
Jan-Feb = Beach
With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.
|1 Jan||New Year's Day|
|21 Mar||Human Rights Day|
|30 Mar||Good Friday|
|2 Apr||Family Day|
|27 Apr||Freedom Day|
|1 May||Workers' Day|
|16 Jun||Youth Day|
|9 Aug||National Women's Day|
|24 Sep||Heritage Day|
|16 Dec||Day of Reconciliation|
|17 Dec||Day of Reconciliation Holiday|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Day of Goodwill|
Visa & Travel docs
Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).
Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
What to pack
We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:
Health & Safety
There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.
The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.
South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.
South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.
There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.
From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.
Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping.