10 days

The Best of South Africa

The Best of South Africa

Blyde River Canyon - the largest green canyon in the world

Wildlife safari in Greater Kruger National Park

Stellenbosch's fine wines and produce

Cape Point Peninsula - where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet

Cape Town - South Africa's 'Mother City'

Trip rating
  • More than a land of safaris and the Big Five, South Africa is a fascinating study in history and culture. A few days in Cape Town is enough time to sample the gourmet cuisine, head up the picturesque Table Mountain and visit the sobering Robbin Island.

     

    This trip will be discontinued from 01 January, 2015 and replaced with our new Independent Experiences - trip codes PFKPX and PFCTX.

    Why we love it

    • Meet the locals, including zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, a variety of antelope, elephant, buffalo and hopefully, the Big Five!
    • Cosy accommodation, including our own private camp sleeping in comfortable chalets with en suite facilities and in a private guesthouse

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Johannesburg

    • Your grand adventure will begin at 6am on Day 1. Leaving Johannesburg, ‘The City of Gold’ behind you will head for Greater Kruger National Park, arriving just in time for lunch.
    • Your accommodation for the evening will be an intimate lodge tucked into the Greater Kruger, crafted with local materials and boasting just 14 intimate rooms. The lodge also has a swimming pool perfect for late afternoon refreshment, and a little bar. The staff are also incredibly helpful and friendly.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 2 - Greater Kruger National Park

    • You will awake early today and head into the park itself. Upon entry you will find yourself in prime game viewing territory, perched to catch a glimpse of the Big Five.
    • Breakfast will be a picnic in the park, fuelling you for the full day of game viewing ahead. You will continue on through the park, stopping off at various points and waterholes to observe the incredible animals go about their daily life.
    • You will return to the lodge in the late afternoon, where you can enjoy an evening of relaxation.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3 - Blyde River Canyon

    • You will head to the Drakensberg Escarpment today. Travelling along the Panoramic Route, you will experience some of the most glorious scenery in South Africa.
    • Some of the sights you will catch en route are God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels and the stunning Blyde River Canyon.
    • After a full day of exploration, you will return to the lodge to relax by the fire.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 4 - Greater Kruger National Park

    • Today is your final day at the lodge, so you will have a free day to enjoy it.
    • There will also be a number of optional activities available to those who are interested.
    • You will be taken to a neighbouring game reserve in the afternoon, for one final game drive by spotlight. This is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the elusive animals that operate after dark.
    • You’ll return to the lodge for a Boma dinner after the drive.
    Thornhill Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 5 - Greater Kruger National Park - Johannesburg

    • It is another early start today for a guided bush walk in the area, where you’ll learn some interesting details about the natural world, including tree, spoor and bird identification.
    • You will head back to Johannesburg after the walk, taking some time to stop along the way and enjoy some beautiful views across the Blyde River Canyon.
    • You will arrive back in Johannesburg in the evening, and will have the remainder of the night free to enjoy the city or relax in your hotel.
    Peermont Metcourt or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 6 - Cape Town

    • A courtesy airport shuttle will transport you to the Jonannesburg Airport for your flight to Cape Town (flight not included). The shuttle departs every 20 minutes. You will need to book this flight before you depart and send us the flight details.
    • Upon arrival in Cape Town you will be met and transported to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to explore cape Town or partake in any optional tours (that you can book thorugh local agents).
    Cape Milner Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 7 - Cape Town Walking Tour

    • You will start the day with a three hour walking tour of Cape Town, where you will uncover the dynamic nature of its dramatic 350 year history. From the days of the early Dutch settlers, through the years of slavery, and the tragic apartheid, Cape Town is now a rich and diverse city with an array of historical sights.
    • You will visit the Grand Parade, the Castle of Good Hope, Slave Lodge and Slave Tree, as well as the Parliament Buildings and the District Six Museum, where you will gain a greater isight into apartheid and the impact of racism on the country.
    • Footsteps to Freedom tour guides will also take you the building where apartheid laws were initially passed, and later repealed.
    • Greenmarket Square and St George's Mall will help to uncover the new energy of South Africa.
    Cape Milner Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 8 - Cape Point Peninsula and the Winelands

    • Today you will wind down the breathtaking coastline to Cape Point, where you will enjoy some time in the beautiful Winelands. You will have the opportunity to explore the area on your own (lunch isn't included, allowing you to sample the local cuisine). You will stop on the drive to take in the view across Clifton Beach, see Camps Bay, the Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Cape of Good Hope. You will also stop at Groot Darkenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela was released in 1990 after 27 years behind bars.
    • The afternoon will take you to Stellenbosch, where you will do a city tour and enjoy some free time. Wine and cheese tastings will be on the agenda before you head back to Cape Town.
    Cape Milner Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 9 - Cape Town - Free Day

    • You will enjoy a free day in Cape Town today. You can choose to travel to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, take in the sweeping views from the top of Table Mountain, enjoy the V & A Waterfront or take a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour around town. You can do as you please.
    Cape Milner Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 10 - Cape Town

    • You will be collected from your hotel and transported to the airport for your onward travel today. If you would like to stay in Cape Town for longer, feel free to book additional accommodation.
    Cape Milner Hotel or similar
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced English-speaking specialist local guide
    • Entrance fees and game activities at all National Parks
    • Authentic accommodation, including a private camp with comfortable chalets, all with en suite facilities and a cosy private guesthouse.
    • Transport, including in open 4WD vehicles on safari
    • Transfers in Cape Town to/from Airport

    Not Included

    • Arrival transfer
    • International flights
    • Domestic flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town on day 6
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
    • Optional tours or activities during free time

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure. Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. A specialist guide will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While the guides will endeavour to assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms. TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing. SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty. UNFENCED SITES: On some trips where you will be staying within a national park, please note that at times you may be staying in unfenced sites. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules that must be adhered to. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your leader/guide and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour. BALCONIES: Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm. SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFSA
Group size 2 - 12
Start City: Johannesburg
End City: Cape Town
Style: Small Group

What to know

The flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town on Day 6 is not included. This tour is not accompanied by a Peregrine tour leader.

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