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Best of South Africa

Best of South Africa takes you to the discovery of the best places of the rainbow nation. Start your tour in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town from where you visit the beautiful region located at the tip of the African continent. Go to the mythical Cape of Good Hope, take the scenic route to the peninsula where you can see a colony of African penguins, climb to the top of Table Mountain and enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful bay of Cape Town, taste good wines in the areas around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek... After a short flight between Cape Town and Durban, leave the Atlantic coast to reach the Indian Ocean, 1500 km further north. You are on the territory of the Zulu tribe ! Browse the two major Wildlife National Parks of Kwazulu Natal: iSimangaliso and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. After a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean at Cape Vidal, observe hippos and crocodiles on the St Lucia estuary. Enter in Swaziland, a tiny kingdom wedged between South Africa and Mozambique, and meet Swazis, very welcoming people and the numerous craft markets of the Ezulwini Valley. Cross one of the largest wildlife Park in the continent, the Kruger Park, and enjoy a safari in this vast wildlife sanctuary. Spend two nights in the heart of the park, lulled by the sounds of the bush ... Drive along the scenic road overlooking the Blyde River Canyon before heading to Johannesburg for your return flight. The South Africa's must to see in 15 days !

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Cape Town Airport - Cape Town
  • Day 2: Cape Town
  • Day 3: Cape Town
  • Day 4: Cape Town
  • Day 5: Cape Town - Cape Town Airport - Durban Airport - St Lucia
  • Day 6: St Lucia
  • Day 7: St Lucia - Hluhluwe
  • Day 8: Hluhluwe - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Day 9: Ezulwini Valley - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Day 10: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Kruger National Park
  • Day 11: Kruger National Park
  • Day 12: Kruger National Park
  • Day 13: Kruger National Park - Blyde River Canyon - White River
  • Day 14: Blyde River Canyon - White River
  • Day 15: White River - Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Cape Town Airport - Cape Town

Meet and greet and assistance of our guide on your arrival.

You collect your rental car and drive to your hotel in Cape Town.
Night at The Clarendon Fresnaye in standard room.
Included : reception with english-speaking guide, car rental, room & breakfast, high tea

Day 2: Cape Town

Day at leisure to explore Cape Town known to be one of the most beautiful city in the world!


Suggestions:


Take the cable car and ascend the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). The floor of the cable car rotates through 360 degrees during the ascent or descent, giving passengers a panoramic view of the city. From the top of the mountain at 1000 meters above sea level, a bordwalk will enable you to get different view point of the city and the Atlantic Ocean.


You can also visit the following sites depending on your area of interests:


- The National Museum of South Africa founded in 1825. This museum houses many diverse collections from fossils dating back millions of years to the clothing worn by our ancestors in the last century. All these collections have a common denominator to highlight the biological and cultural diversity of our planet,


- The Company 's Gardens founded in 1652 by the Dutch pioneers who plan to establish a Cape refueling station on the boat ride to India. Walk in Company 's Garden , which now houses the St Georges Cathedral, National Library, National Gallery, artworks and beautiful gardens,


- The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the finest botanical gardens in the world, located at the foot of Table Mountain. Founded in 1913 to protect the diversity of South African flora, the garden is unique as only indigenous plants are cultivated. This is a rare opportunity to see the fynbos, endemic plants in the region of the Western Cape. More than 7000 species of plants are grown in Kirstenbosch, including many rare and endangered species,


- The colorful Bo-Kaap district . The museum located in the historic district showcases the culture of immigrants from Malaysia. A visit to the museum and the neighborhood, with its colorful houses, cobbled streets and calls to prayer of the muezzin, can soak up the cultural diversity of Cape Town,


- The African Craft Market of Green Market Square in the middle of the CBD.


- The Castle of Good Hope , one of the oldest buildings in the country, which houses a collection of antiques (furniture , paintings, objects) that tells a lot about the life of Dutch settlers.


- The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is hosting a craft market, the aquarium " Two Oceans " and many restaurants. It is from this waterfront that boats leave to Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, as well as to navigate in the beautiful bay of Cape Town.


Other activity suggestions during your stay in Cape Town (please consult us in advance for booking):


- A Township tours ( 1 half-day )


- A culinary tours of the city ( 1 half-day )


- A cycling tours of the city (between 3 hours and 1 day )


- Shark cage diving to encounter the greatwhite (1 day )


- An evening discovering the origins of the Cape Town jazz


- An helicopter flight above the city and the peninsula ( between 12 and 60 minutes)


- An abseil of 112m on the Table Mountain (1 half-day )


- A paragliding experience on the Atlantic coast,


- A sunset cruise on board of a catamaran including sparkling wine.


Night at The Clarendon Fresnaye in standard room.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast, high tea

Day 3: Cape Town

Day at leisure to discover the Cape Peninsula and the legendary Cape of Good Hope.


Suggested itinerary:


You can commence this discovery with a little stop in the small fishing village of Hout Bay. This fishing village is a cosy little hamlet surrounded by mountains to the North, East and West and the Ocean to the South. Home to bustling craft markets, antique shops, a beautiful beach and a thriving fishing community. The harbour is also where many boat cruise departs from to Duiker Island. This small island is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and local birdlife. The boat ride lets you see the Cape Peninsula from a new perspective.


You can thereafter proceed and enjoy the twists and turns around the famous Chapman’s Peak scenic drive. Chapman’s Peak Drive is renowned for its spectacular 180° views of the Cape Peninsula as well as its 114 twists and turns. Viewpoints and picnic spots are scattered throughout its 9km length and its dramatic views have made it a favoured spot for photographers.


You enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve to reach the tip of the Cape Peninsula where you enjoy a dramatic view point located in a 17 750 hectare nature reserve. Looking out over the shining sea from the Cape Point Lighthouse truly makes you feel like you are standing at the edge of the world. The rich diversity of the nature reserve, part of the Table Mountain National Park, makes it home to a stunning array of animal and plant species.


After leaving Cape Point Nature Reserve you travel up the other side of the Cape Peninsula on the way to Simon’s Town and Boulder’s beach. Simon’s Town has been an important naval base and harbour for over two centuries and you can still see some historic naval vessels anchored just off-shore. Boulder’s beach is home of a colony of African Jackass penguins since 1985. These small citizens have been charming residents and tourists ever since.


A seafood lunch is highly recommended in this area but you can also have lunch in the Cape Peninsula Nature reserve’s restaurant.


As you head back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastal road; you travel through Fish Hoek a little town with a long history. From Fish Hoek you drive past Muizenberg, another seaside town. The warm waters and long stretch of beach make this a popular spot for holidaymakers and there are a wide variety of activities, like kite boarding and surfing, for the adventurous.



Night at The Clarendon Fresnaye in standard room.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast, high tea

Day 4: Cape Town

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year – and for good reason. Whether you are looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbour, you can find it all here. The construction for the harbor began as early as 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater, hence the attraction’s name: Victoria & Alfred after Queen Victoria of England and her youngest son Alfred.

Our suggestions for the day are:

Visit the Two Ocean’s Aquarium: with more than 3000 marine creatures on view, including sharks, turtles and penguins, enjoy a sensory experience with kelp, shells and anemones at the Touch Pool. The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the finest aquariums in the world. The aquarium showcases the unique marine life of the Atlantic and Indian oceans which lie on either side of the Cape of Good Hope.

A Robben Island tour is a must when you are visiting Cape Town. It is a fascinating half-day trip to the former penal colony where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many leading members of South African political parties like the PAC and ANC were incarcerated alongside him. The tour guides are likely be ex-political prisoners. This gives you the opportunity to hear a first-hand account of prison life on Robben Island that makes it a truly priceless experience.

Night at The Clarendon Fresnaye in standard room.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast, high tea

Day 5: Cape Town - Cape Town Airport - Durban Airport - St Lucia

Drive to the Cape Town airport where you drop your rental car off.



Domestic flight between Cape Town and Durban (flight time and number to be confirmed). Estimated travel time: 2h.


You collect your rental car at the airport and drive along the Indian Ocean to St Lucia, quiet village in the St Lucia estuary. This is the best place in South Africa to encounter the crocodiles and hippos.
Estimated travel time: 2h30.


Overnight stay at St Lucia Wetlands Guesthouse.


Included : car rental, domestic flight, room & breakfast

Day 6: St Lucia

Day dedicated to the discovery of the iSimangaliso national park of such biodiversity that it is the first place in South Africa to be inscribed on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. The park is home to a population of 800 hippos and 1,200 crocodiles and rhinos and many antelopes.

Suggestions:
- Boat trip on the St Lucia estuary to watch hippos and crocodiles
- Day visit to Cape Vidal and beautiful beach along the Indian Ocean.



Overnight stay at St Lucia Wetlands Guesthouse.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 7: St Lucia - Hluhluwe

Route for the wildlife national park Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, famous for its rhino conservation work. Estimated travel time: 1h.

Entrance through the Nyalazi gate and safari with your own vehicle through the many hills of the reserve.

The name of this 96,000 ha national park comes from the merger of two neighbouring reserves Hluhluwe and Umfolozi in order to give more space to the rhinos. This animal is also at the origin of the creation of these two sanctuaries, created in 1895 in order to save the last white rhino specimens in the region. Today, although they are combined, these two spaces still have their specificities with different lanscapes from a bushy savanna to a greener part along the Hluhluwe River. A wide variety of wildlife is present including the Big 5, but also giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, antelopes and many birds including the ibis Cape. 4x4 guided night drives are possible to observe nocturnal birds and other animals difficult to see during the day such as the leopard.


Overnight stay at Falaza Game Park and Spa.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 8: Hluhluwe - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

You leave the south african region of Kwazulu-Natal to discover a new country landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique: the Kingdom of Swaziland. Welcome to the smallest country in the southern hemisphere! Estimated travel time: 4h30.

Road to the Mlilwane reserve, the oldest wildlife conservation area in the country. Installation and free time to enjoy this reserve that you can explore on foot, bike, car or horseback...


Dinner and overnight stay at Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 9: Ezulwini Valley - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Day at leisure to discover the Ezulwini Valley which extends between the kingdom's capital Mbabane and the main economic center of the country Manzini. A visit of Ezulwini is an immersion in the Swazi culture with its handicraft centers, cultural markets and villages.

We suggest you to go to the Mantenga Cultural Village where you can visit a typical village and attend a show with traditional songs and dances.

Do not miss the Mlilwane Reserve where you can explore the wildlife by foot, mountain bike, horseback or with your car on the tracks of zebra, impala, wildebeest, hippos, rhinos ...



Dinner and overnight stay at Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 10: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Kruger National Park

Drive to one of the largest wildlife parks in Africa, the Kruger Park! Estimated travel time: 5h.


You cross the border between Swaziland and South Africa at Jeppe's Reef in the north of Swaziland.



On the road to the border, we suggest you to visit the Ngwenya glass factory and the Piggs Peak craft center.



You reach one of the entrance gates on the south side of the Kruger park and start a safari with your own car until your restcamp.




Overnight stay at Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp.

Included : car rental, room (without breakfast)

Day 11: Kruger National Park

Safari with your own vehicle to a private concession in the Kruger national park.

With an area of nearly 2 million hectares, the Kruger national park is the country's largest park. Its great geological and climatic diversity gives it exceptional flora divided into 16 distinct vegetation zones. The park is not only home to the Big Five (buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino) but as well giraffes, hippos, hyenas, wild dogs, many species of antelope and many other animals. It is an essential experience for wildlife lovers!


Full board stay at Rhino Post Safari Lodge. Two guided safaris are included per day: a first safari in an open 4x4 vehicle in the afternoon, and a second safari the following morning.

This lodge offers an unforgettable experience in the heart of the famous Kruger Park. You are as close as possible to the wildlife through the terrace of your suite overlooking the dry river bed of the Mutlumuvi river.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drive

Day 12: Kruger National Park

Full board stay at Rhino Post Safari Lodge. Two guided safaris are included per day: a first safari in an open 4x4 vehicle in the afternoon, and a second safari the following morning.

This lodge offers an unforgettable experience in the heart of the famous Kruger Park. You are as close as possible to the wildlife through the terrace of your suite overlooking the dry river bed of the Mutlumuvi river.


Included : room & breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drive

Day 13: Kruger National Park - Blyde River Canyon - White River

Road to the "Highveld", the highlands where the Blyde River Canyon can be observed from the multiple viewpoints along the scenic route R532.
Estimated travel time: 3h.


Overnight stay at Oliver's Lodge.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 14: Blyde River Canyon - White River

Day dedicated to the discovery of the Blyde River Canyon along the scenic route R532.

Suggestions: Go to the following sites for the best views of the canyon:

- God's Window, the "Window of God" which offers magnificent views across the Lower Veld,
- The Three Rondavels that resemble three typical African huts,
- Bourke's Luck Potholes and rock formations shaped pot created by erosion,
- Waterfalls Lisbon and Berlin,

Visit the mining town of Pilgrim's Rest where gold prospecting was in full swing during one century to the early 1970s.

Visit the Mac Mac Pools, natural pools in a forest setting where it is possible to do a little walking tour.

Overnight stay at Oliver's Lodge.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 15: White River - Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport

Road to Johannesburg international airport where you drop your rental car off. Estimated travel time: 4 hours.


Included : car rental

The Clarendon Fresnaye   Cape Town

Level : 4* sup
Included : room & breakfast, high tea

Located in Fresnaye, Clarendon is located five minutes from Clifton Beach and less than half an hour from Cape Town International Airport by car. The property was owned by the Governor of the Cape and the Earl of Clarendon. The elegant air-conditioned rooms of the guest house feature a modern bathroom, satellite TV, minibar and tea and coffee available. The terrace overlooks two pools and a lush garden. The breakfast buffet is well prepared, while tea, coffee and cakes are available in self-service in the afternoon. The waterfront Victoria and Alfred, with its many shops and restaurants, is less than ten minutes.

St Lucia Wetlands Guesthouse   St Lucia

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

St Lucia Wetlands Guest House offers 6 comfortable charming rooms in a peaceful setting, just few minutes from iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the beach. The hosts are always happy to assist and advise guests on activities to explore the site. For a moment of relaxation, a pool is available.

Falaza Game Park and Spa   Hluhluwe

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

The Falaza Game Park and Spa offers 15 luxurious tents in a safari atmosphere, each with private terrace. The place is intimate and fits perfectly into the natural surroundings. A swimming pool and a cozy seating area are available for relaxation moments and spa offers a wide range of treatments. In the evening, the dinner is taken in the boma under the stars around a campfire or on the restaurant terrace.

Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge   Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Level : 4* sup
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge, the former home of Mickey Reilly, one of the first white settlers of Swaziland, has 6 exclusive suites in the main building and 7 cottages, each with kitchen, in the botanical garden. The days begin with a generous breakfast in front terrace to enjoy the activities proposed to discover the site. Between hiking and wildlife encounters, relax admiring the spectacular view is a must to provide the program. In the evening, we meet around a fire at dusk in a warm atmosphere, to share stories before dinner.

Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp   Kruger National Park

Level : 2*
Included : room (without breakfast)

Berg-en-Dal camp is located in the southwest part of the Kruger National Park near the Malelane gate. Consisting of 23 family cottages and 69 bungalows, the camp has a restaurant and a cafeteria offering a magnificent view of the Matjulu waterpoint.

Rhino Post Safari Lodge   Kruger National Park

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drive

Situated on a private concession of 12,000 hectares in the heart of the Kruger Park, the Rhino Post Safari Lodge has 8 suites on stilts made of wood and canvas in tamboti forest and on the banks of the river Mutlumuvi. Each suite has a small lounge, en-suite bathroom with views of the river bed, outside shower and a balcony. The lodge has been designed with the idea to blend into nature by using the most natural materials possible, with minimal impact on the environment. Open safari vehicles at Rhino Post Safari Lodge allow you to meet the "Big Five": lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. This is one of the best lodges to see the leopard!

Oliver's Lodge   White River

Level : 4* sup
Included : room & breakfast

Ensuring a comfortable and intimate atmosphere, Oliver's Camp offers some charming rooms and a cottage in the lush surrounded by the forests of the province of Mpumalanga. The place is also famous for its excellent restaurant and wine cellar. We like to combine adventure and relaxation thanks to the nearby Kruger Park, panoramas of the Blyde River Canyon, the pool and spa facilities.

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