This 14 night trip has all the ingredients of a classic South Africa adventure. Sip sundowners on evening safaris as the sun sinks over Kruger National Park, enjoy magnificent views of the Franschhoek mountains and blue lagoons, watch whales frolic in the bay, and end your trip in a hotel at Cape Town’s fabulous V&A Waterfront which offers a rich piece of history balanced with modern-day comfort.
right next to Cape Town’s fabulous V&A Waterfront
Your amazing holiday begins with 3 nights at Simbavati River Lodge - an authentic and unforgettable African safari experience. The focus of the lodge is on the excellent Big 5 game viewing, accompanied by breathtaking views and friendly and knowledgeable staff who make guests feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment they arrive.
Then it's a flight down to the Eastern Cape, where you overnight in Port Elizabeth before setting out for your drive to the vibrant town of Knysna. The Rex Hotel is one of Knysna’s most centrally located hotels, and a warm welcome and timeless elegance ensure that you enjoy a very special experience when staying here.
Your next stop is Auberge Burgundy, which is set above the picturesque Old Harbour, in the historic heart of Hermanus - the hub of the famous Whale Route. It is a charming Provencal style guesthouse with fragrant courtyards and stone terraces. The cool blue sea of Walker Bay is within 50 m of the front door.
Then you head to the Winelands next where you will find Klein Oliphants Hoek Boutique Hotel. Built as a mission station in 1888, this lovely guest house offers old-time chic and a touch of colonial splendour.
Finally, you end with 3 nights in Cape Town. The PortsWood is situated right on the edge of the V&A Waterfront with its multitude of restaurants, shops and bars.
Arrive into Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. Clear Customs & Immigration at International Arrivals, collect your bags, and walk across to the Domestic Departures Terminal (about a 5-10 minute walk), where you will then check in for your onward flight to the Kruger National Park.
South African Airways SA8851 (Economy Class): Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) departing at 09:50 to Hoedspruit Air Force Base (HDS), arriving at 10:50
A representative from Simbavati River Lodge will meet you and transfer you to the Timbavati Game Reserve.
The 60,000 hectare Timbavati Game Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals free range over 2 million hectares of African bush, and ensuring guests to the area have the opportunity to view the huge diversity of wildlife that Africa has to offer. This lowveld area of wood and grassland is home to Africa's Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) as well as many more species of predator and antelope. Creatures of every shape and size abound during the day, and by night visitors are likely to see smaller, nocturnal mammals such as porcupines, servals, civets and genets. Bird-lovers will struggle to replicate the calibre of bird watching anywhere else in the world, as the Timbavati features over 360 different species.
After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge before you are transferred back to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight back to Johannesburg.
South African Airways SA8852 (Economy Class): Fly from Hoedspruit Air Force Base (HDS) departing at 11:20 to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), arriving at 12:20
Connect with your onward flight down to Port Elizabeth.
South African Airways SA419 (Economy Class): Fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) departing at 14:10 to Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ), arriving at 15:45
Collect your luggage, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your driver will be waiting for you, holding a sign board with your name on it. You will then be transferred to Ibhayi Guest Lodge.
Your hire car will be delivered at 09:00 this morning.
11 Day Car Rental: Group C: Toyota Corolla Quest or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)
Drive to Knysna (approx 240 km / 2 h 40 mins). Situated right in the heart of the Garden Route and set on the shores of a beautiful lagoon, Knysna (pronounced 'Nysna') is a bustling little holiday town, with a lively Waterfront area. The excellent selection of accommodation and restaurants, coupled with the many activities on offer, makes this a superb holiday destination and a perfect base from which to explore the many attractions of the Garden Route. The Knysna Lagoon is sheltered from the ocean by a coral reef and the Knysna Heads - 2 large cliff formations which form a natural narrow opening into the ocean. Several operators offer relaxing catamaran trips and sunset champagne cruises out to the Heads and into the open sea, which is a great way to escape the busy streets for a while.
Drive to Hermanus (approx 410 km / 4 h 0 mins). The traveller's love affair with Hermanus began well over a century ago. The magnificent scenery and perfect setting between mountains and sea, and the many opportunities for recreation and relaxation continue to attract visitors today.
Drive to Franschhoek (approx 80 km / 1 h 0 mins), a small village nestled at the bottom of a valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands, surrounded by rolling green hills, strawberry farms and endless rows of grapevines. There are over 20 wine estates in the region, and staying in the area will give you the chance to either search out the labels you are familiar with from home or to go on a voyage of discovery and find new favourites. One suggestion is to take a hop-on/hop-off tour on the Franschhoek Wine Tram - a totally unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as you trundle in an open-side tram bus through vineyards and stunning scenery, stopping at wine estates along the way.
Drive to Cape Town (approx 85 km / 1 h 0 mins). Nestled at the foot of the majestic Table Mountain and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is consistently voted amongst the top cities in the world to visit. It is no surprise therefore that this wonderful city is one of the highlights of a holiday to South Africa. The PortsWood is ideally located right next to the vibrant V&A Waterfront.
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 14 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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