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Kruger, Cape & Garden Route

South Africa in 16 Days, 13 Nights in Destination

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A nature-focused tour of South Africa, including wildlife spotting in Kruger, a stay in cosmopolitan Cape Town and an incredible journey along the scenic Garden Route!

Trip Highlights

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    Cape Town
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    Johannesburg
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    Knysna
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    Kruger National Park
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    Oudtshoorn
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    Port Elizabeth
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    Pretoria

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  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

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Accommodation: 13 Nights

Itinerary

An unforgettable journey through South Africa! Touch down in vibrant Johannesburg, spot the Big 5 on safari in Kruger National Park, fall in love with cosmopolitan Cape Town and take in the views from the top of Table Mountain! Travel along the scenic Garden Route to discover the rural charms of Oudtshoorn, the natural beauty of Knysna and the creative atmosphere of Port Elizabeth.

1st Day: US - Night on board
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Arrival at your US departure airport ready to check-in for your flight* to Johannesburg. Night on board.

*If your outbound flight leaves at dawn (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the selected departure day.

2nd Day: Johannesburg
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Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure exploring the city and its diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods. Tuck into the vibrant food scene and pop-up eateries.

The city is a real cultural hub and a great place to catch live music performances, so why not head and indulge in trendy bars and restaurants and soak up the atmosphere. Overnight stay in Johannesburg.

Make the most out of your time in South Africa! Why not add one of the optional excursion packages to your itinerary during the next step of the booking process (please choose only one package, either Gastronomic OR Adventure, as the activities overlap).

Gastronomic Package: two meals in Cape Town’s top restaurants, a Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour and Cape Winelands Excursion.

Adventure Package: a Full-Day Kruger Game Drive, an exciting Shark Cage Diving Experience, and an Atlantis Dunes Quad Biking Excursion.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Garden Court O.R. Tambo I... or similar
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1076 Reviews

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Activities

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Gastronomic package of 4 excursions

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Adventure package of 3 excursions

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3rd Day: Johannesburg - Mpumalanga - Kruger National Park
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Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer by road* to Mpumalanga. Get ready to experience Kruger, home to some of the most iconic wildlife in South Africa!

Fall in love with the stunning landscapes as you drive along the iconic Panorama Route, headed for one of the world's largest and most incredible nature reserves. Arrive and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight stay in Kruger National Park.

*Please note: The journey today takes approximately 7-8 hours by road and includes stops along the way for lunch (at own expense) and sightseeing. There will be no accompanying guide for this journey so take the opportunity to enjoy the passing landscapes as you travel through some of the most spectacular regions in South Africa.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
ANEW Resort White River M... or similar
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261 Reviews

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4th Day: Kruger National Park
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Get ready for an excitement-filled day, as you enjoy a full-day 4x4 Game Drive at Kruger National Park.

Enjoy breakfast on the go as you begin the day early on a sunrise safari! Head to the southern area of South Africa's most famous game reserve, the iconic Southern Circle, renowned for observing lions and rhinos. Around midday, stop for lunch (not included) at a designated vehicle rest stop that has a restaurant.

In the afternoon, discover the amazing diversity of animals in one of the world’s largest reserves, on a game drive through Kruger National Park. End your day with a well-deserved dinner and rest. Overnight stay in Kruger National Park.

Please note: bring comfortable shoes, a warm and rainproof jacket, sunhat, sun cream and a camera to capture the beautiful wildlife.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
ANEW Resort White River M... or similar
tripadvisor rating

261 Reviews

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Activities

included
Full-Day 4x4 Game Drive at Kruger National Park

Light

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5th Day: Kruger National Park
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy today at leisure as you explore the beautiful natural landscapes of Kruger and White River independently. Why not join a guided bush walk, have a bite at one of the designated picnic spots or grab your binoculars and head out bird-watching.

We recommend an optional Full-Day Safari in Kruger National Park to experience more of its wildlife-rich ecosystems*. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Kruger National Park.

*Optional Full-Day Safari in Kruger National Park: Set off on an unforgettable excursion to explore the wilds of Kruger! Look out for the Big 5 as you take a slow drive through the national park. Home to elephants, buffalos, giraffes, impalas, zebras and, of course, lions, you’ve got a great chance to see various species up close. Packed lunch included.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
ANEW Resort White River M... or similar
tripadvisor rating

261 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Full-Day Safari in Kruger National Park

Light

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6th Day: Kruger National Park - Johannesburg - Cape Town
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Breakfast at the hotel. It’s time to head back to civilization today to continue with your South African experience. Transfer by road* back to Johannesburg, stopping to see the exterior of the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the official headquarters of the South African government.

Arrive in Johannesburg and transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Cape Town. This vibrant and picturesque city, located at the southwestern tip of South Africa, is known for its stunning natural beauty, diverse cultures, and rich history.

Arrive and transfer to your hotel for check in. Overnight stay in Cape Town.

*Please note: The journey today takes approximately 7-8 hours by road and includes stops along the way for lunch (at own expense) and sightseeing. There will be no accompanying guide for this journey so take the opportunity to enjoy the passing landscapes as you travel through some of the most spectacular regions in South Africa.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Protea Hotel Cape Town Se... or similar
tripadvisor rating

522 Reviews

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Activities

included
Union Buildings Visit in Pretoria

Moderate

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7th Day: Cape Town
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy the hop on hop off bus ticket in Cape Town. It’s the best way to see the city independently, as you decide when to hop on and when to hop off the bus! With over 30 possible stops, pick your favourite attractions and move about the city at your own pace.

In the afternoon, take the Cableway and go up to Table Mountain to behold one of Africa’s most breathtaking views. Enjoy incredible sights across the city, coastline, and surrounding landscapes. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Cape Town.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Protea Hotel Cape Town Se... or similar
tripadvisor rating

522 Reviews

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Activities

included
Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Table Mountain

Light

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8th Day: Cape Town
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, the day is yours to continue discovering the city independently. Why not head to one of the many museums, explore Cape Point or Kirstenbosch, South Africa’s flagship botanical garden.

We recommend the optional Cape Winelands excursion* to the renowned wine-producing region in South Africa, known for its picturesque landscapes, historic vineyards, and world-class wines. Overnight stay in Cape Town.

*Optional Cape Winelands excursion: Set off into the lush Winelands outside of Cape Town and visit the wine producers in Stellenbosch. Enjoy a mix of wine tastings, stunning scenery, cultural experiences and an exclusive cellar tour.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Protea Hotel Cape Town Se... or similar
tripadvisor rating

522 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Winelands Visit and Wine Tasting Full Day

Light

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9th Day: Cape Town
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy another free day today, where you can continue discovering the city at your own pace. If you want to make the most out of your trip, we recommend the optional full-day tour of Cape Peninsula, a paradise of vineyards, coastal seal and penguin colonies!* Overnight stay in Cape Town.

*Optional full-day Cape Peninsula excursion: Enjoy the delights of Cape Peninsula including; Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno and the amazing Twelve Apostles. Pass through Noordhoek and observe local ostriches before visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. Fall in love with the penguin colony, Boulder's Beach and see Simons Town and Muizenberg Beach.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Protea Hotel Cape Town Se... or similar
tripadvisor rating

522 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Cape Peninsula Full-Day Excursion

Moderate

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10th Day: Cape Town - Oudtshoorn
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Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Cape Town behind as set off for the rural landscapes of the Western Cape. You're headed for Oudtshoorn, one of the most important towns in the scenic Little Karoo Valley. Founded in 1847, the city lies between the Swartberg Mountains in the north and the Outeniqua Mountains in the south. Oudtshoorn is famous for its South African ostriches and is home to a number of ostrich farms. Arrive in the afternoon and, once settled at the hotel, get out and explore this charming town at your leisure. We recommend an optional excursion to a local Ostrich Farm to learn more about these charismatic and interesting birds!* Overnight stay in Oudtshoorn.

*Optional Ostrich Farm Excursion: Learn more about the world's largest bird at one of Oudtshoorn's local ostrich farms. Home to around 25,000 ostriches, visit the hatchery and take a tour of the farm to learn more about these incredible land birds. Enjoy getting to know these friendly ostriches and take the chance to get up close and feed them by hand! Dinner at the hotel is included after the excursion.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Surval Boutique Olive Est... or similar
tripadvisor rating

519 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Ostrich Farm Excursion

Moderate

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11th Day: Oudtshoorn - Knysna
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Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the sleepy town of Oudtshoorn behind as you head east, driving down the incredible Outeniqua Pass, which offers stunning views of the beautiful scenery of the Western Cape including deep gorges, ravines and high cliffs. You're headed for Knysna, nestled between the towering Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean and one of the most famous towns on the scenic Garden Route. Surrounded by pristine forests, beaches and lagoons, arrive in the late morning and get settled at the hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore the beautiful waterfront and pretty coastline of Knysna at your leisure. Overnight stay in Knysna.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
South Villa Guest House or similar
tripadvisor rating

349 Reviews

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12th Day: Knysna
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Breakfast at the hotel. Take a day at your leisure in Knysna. Why not enjoy a stroll along the waterfront to find a nice spot for lunch or pay a visit to the attractions on Leisure Island? We recommend an optional excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve to explore more of the unique landscapes and wildlife of this incredible region!* Overnight stay in Knysna.

*Optional Half-Day Featherbed Nature Reserve Excursion: Head to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, nestled on the coastline of the Western Head. Take the ferry across Knysna Lagoon and continue by 4x4 up to the headland to take in the spectacular views. Explore untouched natural environments of wild beaches and coastal forests on a 2.2-kilometer walk, accompanied by the insights of a specialist guide. Stop for lunch at the outdoor restaurant under a canopy of milkwood trees.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
South Villa Guest House or similar
tripadvisor rating

349 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Half-Day Featherbed Nature Reserve Excursion

Moderate

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13th Day: Knysna - Port Elizabeth
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Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Knysna this morning as you depart for Tsitsikamma National Park, famous for its ancient forests, tranquil rivers and pristine stretches of coastline. Part of the wider Garden Route National Park, Tsitsikamma includes a marine reserve that stretches 5-kilometers out to sea. Pay a visit to Storms River Mouth, where you can enjoy exceptional views of the sea, coastline and river mouth and stroll along the boardwalk to soak up the scenery. Cross Storms River on a 77-meter-long suspension bridge and visit another viewpoint before continuing your journey to Port Elizabeth. Arrive in the afternoon and, once settled, enjoy the remainder of the day to explore at your leisure. Port Elizabeth is a coastal city on the Eastern Cape, known for its creative culture and beautiful beaches. It's the perfect place to enjoy some downtime after completing the incredible Garden Route! Overnight stay in Port Elizabeth.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Garden Court Kings Beach or similar
tripadvisor rating

1048 Reviews

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Activities

included
Tsitsikamma National Park & Storms River Mouth

Moderate

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14th Day: Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg
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Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bid farewell to the beautiful Cape coastline as you transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to Johannesburg. Arrive, get settled at the hotel and enjoy your final moments in South Africa at your leisure, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or making the most of the city's vibrant nightlife. Overnight stay in Johannesburg.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Garden Court O.R. Tambo I... or similar
tripadvisor rating

1076 Reviews

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15th Day: Johannesburg - Night on board
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Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

16th Day: US
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Arrive in the US and end your trip.

Included activities

Included
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Inside of the park, there is a rest area with restaurants.

Full-Day 4x4 Game Drive at Kruger National Park

Included activity for day 4 in Kruger National Park

Enjoy a full-day 4x4 game drive in the southern area of South Africa's most famous game reserve. This is your opportunity to see the "Big Five" in-person!

Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 05:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Union Buildings Visit in Pretoria

Included activity for day 6 in Pretoria

Stop at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the official headquarters of South African government.

Duration 00:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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The cable car ticket can be used from 13h, and if it is not possible to use the first day, it is possible to use it the next days.

Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Table Mountain

Included activity for day 7 in Cape Town

Enjoy the a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour ticket to discover most remarkable attractions of the 'Mother City'. Take the Cableway up to Table Mountain for unforgettable views across the city and beyond.

Duration 09:00h Approx.

Physical rating:

Light

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Tsitsikamma National Park & Storms River Mouth

Included activity for day 13 in Knysna

Visit the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth, where you can enjoy exceptional views of the sea, coastline and river mouth and stroll along the boardwalk to soak up the scenery.

Duration 07:00h . Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional
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Please choose EITHER Adventure OR Gastronomy packages. Activities overlap so you cannot do both. The order of the excursions is based on the arrival day.

Gastronomic package of 4 excursions

Suggested activity for day 2

Cape Winelands excursion (itinerary day 8); Meal at Baii seafood restaurant at the V&A Waterfront (day of your choice); Bo-Kapp cooking tour (itinerary day 9); Meal and drumming experience at Gold Restaurant (day of your choice).

Physical rating:

Light

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Please choose EITHER Adventure OR Gastronomy packages. Activities overlap so you cannot do both. The order of the excursions is based on the arrival day.

Adventure package of 3 excursions

Suggested activity for day 2

Full-day game drive in Kruger National Park (itinerary day 4); Shark Cage Diving experience (itinerary day 7); Atlantis Dunes Quad Bike excursion (itinerary day 8).

Physical rating:

Challenging

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Optional
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Clients to remain inside the safari vehicle at all times unless otherwise instructed by the ranger.

Full-Day Safari in Kruger National Park

Suggested activity for day 5 in Kruger National Park

Enjoy a full-day safari in South Africa's most famous game reserve. Take your chance to observe local wildlife in their native habitat.

Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 05:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Do not add this optional activity if you’ve already selected one of our Excursion Packages (Adventure or Gastronomic) as the activities will overlap and you WILL NOT be able to do both.

Winelands Visit and Wine Tasting Full Day

Suggested activity for day 8 in Cape Town

Experience the delicious taste of Stellencosch’s award winning selection of red and white wines as you sip them paired with a delectable variety of cheeses to complement before embarking on a cellar tour of another wine estate.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Johannesburg, Johannesburg - US.
  • Flights: Johannesburg - Cape Town, Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg .*
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  • 13 nights hotel accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 13 breakfasts and 3 dinners.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with an English-speaking driver.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Safari in Kruger National Park with an English-speaking guide.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Important: The airport transfer on departure is not included when adding additional nights to the itinerary. If required, a departure airport transfer can be added for an additional cost.

*Documentation of the internal flights will be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

Please note you’ll receive all your trip details and destination information 14 days prior to your departure.

Make the most out of your time in South Africa! Why not add one of the optional excursion packages during the next step of the booking process (it’s only possible to do one of the two).

Gastronomic Package: two meals in Cape Town’s top restaurants, a Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour and Cape Winelands Excursion.*

*Please note: a minimum of 4 participants are required in order for the Gastronomic Package to operate. If there are not enough participants, it will be cancelled and you will be refunded when you return from your trip. 

Adventure Package: a Full-Day Kruger Game Drive, an exciting Shark Cage Diving Experience, and an Atlantis Dunes Quad Biking Excursion.*

*Please note: Children are not allowed to take part in the Adventure package.

Please note on optional excursions and packages: before selecting optional excursions, please check the inclusions of the optional excursion packages to ensure you are not selecting an excursion already included in your chosen package. 

Please note:

* The Winelands visit cannot be combined with the Adventure Package due to an overlap of activities.
* The Full-Day Peninsula Excursion cannot be combined with the Gastronomic or Adventure packages due to an overlap of activities.
* Only one optional activity can be selected per day.
* You must choose between either the Gastronomic Package or the Adventure Package. It is not possible to do both.

  • Entry requirements

    Passport with a minimum validity 30 days. Two blank consecutive pages per entry. For more information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/SouthAfrica.html

  • Visa

    No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

  • Currency

    South African Rand

  • Language

    Afrikaans, English, Swazi, Tsonga, Xhosa.

  • Electricity

    230 V 50 Hz

  • Health

    Vaccinations against Tetanus and Hepatitis are recommended. Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.

  • Time zone

    UTC+ 02:00

  • Other useful information

    South Africa is known for its varied landscape. Bring sun protectant, layers, and comfortable shoes!

  • Tourist Office website

    https://www.southafrica.net/gl/en/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

Children: 3 - 11. Babies: 0 - 2.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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