Day 1 UK - Cape Town
Today you fly to Cape Town.
Day 2 Cape TownOn arrival in Cape Town and en route to our hotel, you'll see many of the city's highlights. If the weather permits we'll even make the trip up Table Mountain by cable car. You can then get to know your travelling companions over dinner this evening. Meals included: D
Day 3 Cape PeninsulaThere's a great day ahead as we set off to explore the Cape Peninsula to take in some absolutely breath-taking views including the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range and a drive along one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world, Chapman's Peak (weather permitting), we'll explore Cape Point, stop at Boulders Beach, famous for its penguin colony, and travel into Simon's Town before completing our travels with a visit to the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Dinner this evening will be a moment to see, feel and taste the heartbeat of Africa. Starting with an interactive djembe drumming session, before enjoying your meal, served in generous individual and shared portions with country of origin. With cooking techniques and spicing explained, it's a real experience! Meals included: B,D
Day 4 Cape Town - at LeisureToday has been left free for you to explore Cape Town at your own pace. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront has sweeping views of the ocean, harbour, city bowl and Table Mountain, and is the perfect place to relax with many excellent restaurants and attractions. Otherwise you could choose to join today's optional excursion - an afternoon tour of Cape Town's oldest township. Meals included: B
Day 5 Cape Town - OudtshoornToday we travel along the scenic Route 62, one of the longest wine routes in the world. We'll stop off along the way for a wine tasting before arriving into Oudtshoorn, where we will stay for this evening. Meals included: B,D
Day 6 Oudtshoorn - KnysnaOur day begins with a visit to the impressive Cango Caves, where we’ll descend into an underground world of limestone caverns. A visit to an ostrich farm is next, to admire these curious looking creatures, before heading to Knysna, a town at the heart of the Garden Route, which nestles on the shores of a beautiful lagoon, surrounded by ancient forests. After checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure Meals included: B
Day 7 Knysna - at Leisure
You are free to explore Knysna at your own pace today. You could perhaps explore the town's boutiques and shops with your travelling companions or maybe take in the views from the heads - two huge cliffs lying at the mouth of the lagoon.
Alternatively, you could join our optional excursion to Featherbed Nature Reserve. We'll take a ferry across the Knysna Lagoon and admire spectacular scenery as we drive onto the reserve. A Specialist Guide will tell us all about the region's flora and fauna, and we'll take a walk through the coastal forest to see ancient sea caves. After working up an appetite we'll be ready for our included buffet lunch, which is served at a beautiful outdoor restaurant under a canopy of Milkwood trees.
Day 8 Knysna - Pretoria
We will say goodbye to Knysna this morning and drive along the spectacular Garden Route to Port Elizabeth, also known as Gqeberha. Along the way, we’ll stop at Storms River Mouth in Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can walk across the 77-metre-long suspension bridge that crosses the water as it flows into the ocean.
When we arrive in Gqeberha, we’ll head to the airport and fly to Johannesburg for our overnight stay in Pretoria.
Day 9 Panorama Route
The Panorama Route weaves its way through some of the most stunning scenery in South Africa – the rainforest at God's Window, Bourke's Luck potholes and Blyde Canyon are just some of the highlights. It's also our route to Mpumalanga, the gateway to the iconic Kruger National Park.
Day 10 Kruger National Park
Wake up to the incredible sounds of the African bush as you embark on a thrilling full-day game drive in Kruger. The park is home to an enthralling array of wildlife, so hopefully you'll tick off at least some, if not all, of the 'Big Five' – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.
On your return, there's time to relax by the pool with a refreshing drink later this afternoon.
Day 11 Kruger National Park - at Leisure
There's more time at leisure today, with game drives on offer as an optional excursion if you want to see more of your thrilling surroundings and the resident wildlife.
Tonight, if the weather is on our side, we'll get to know one of South Africa's oldest traditions for dinner - the Boma. The lodge proudly features this amazing outdoor dining facility in the traditional South African shape – round and protective like an African village. There's a centralised fireplace for ambience and winter warmth and a chef's station for preparing those famous African barbecue meals.
Day 12 Kruger National Park - Johannesburg
After a leisurely start to the day, you're free to explore more of your surroundings before we make our way back to Johannesburg where we will gather for our farewell dinner.Meals included: B,D
Day 13 Johannesburg - UK
Enjoy a day at leisure before your overnight flight back to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Arrive in the UK today.