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Best of South Africa

8 Days

Johannesburg to Cape Town


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Experience the best of South Africa on this 8 day tour. Spot the ‘Big 5’ in a world-renowned private game reserve and appreciate the awe-inspiring sights of the Panorama Route and Cape Peninsula. Savour local cuisine and cherish true hospitality.

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Languages English, German, and French
Departure days Selected Saturdays
By arrangement from O.R. Tambo International Airport
Vehicle Luxury sedan or minibus
Group size 8 guests per vehicle

Private Tour: Itinerary available on a private basis departing on the selected Saturdays • On request and subject to availability (not available on Freesale) •  Departure on any other day is subject to availability and a surcharge may apply • Public attractions will not be private. Other language tour guides available on request • Other language tour guides available on request

Self-Drive Tour: Available on selected Sundays • Entrance fees and excursions not included • Other day departures are subject to availability • A surcharge may apply

Accommodation 3 and 4-star hotels; 5-star private game lodge
Meals 8 breakfasts and 3 dinners
Entrance Fees
Constitution Hill, Liliesleaf Farm, Voortrekker Monument, Blyde River Canyon, Lisbon Falls, God’s Window, Pinnacle, conservation fees into Kruger National Park and a private game reserve
3 shared airport transfers (within 2 days before or after the tour)
Short Pretoria city orientation tour, afternoon and morning open safari vehicle private game reserve game drives
Green Seat
SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism
Excluded: Travel insurance • Flights • Visa fees • Airport transfers • Porterage, 7 lunches , 4 dinners • Optional excursions • Gratuities • Personal expenses
Optional excursions en route: Cape Highlights Full Day Tour • Cape Point Full Day Tour • Winelands Full Day Tour • My Cape Town Flexible Private Full Day Tour • Mother City Untold Stories storytelling Half Day Tour

English Departure Dates 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
28 12, 26 9 6, 20 6, 20 3 1, 29 26 10, 24 7 4, 18 2, 30

German Departure Dates 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
7, 21 5, 19 2, 16, 30 13, 27 13, 27 10, 24 8, 22 5, 19 3, 31 14, 28 11, 25 9, 23

French Departure Dates 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
14 23 17 15 12 17 21 16
  • Johannesburg and Soweto sights
  • ‘Big 5’ private game reserve
  • Kruger National Park game viewing
  • Tick off the Panorama Route sights
  • Cape Town sights

Day 1 | Saturday


On arrival, guests are met and transferred to the hotel. The afternoon is spent on a Soweto and Johannesburg city tour. Highlights on the afternoon tour include Constitution Hill, the historical Liliesleaf Farm, the famous Vilakazi Street and Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto, ending the day back in the vibrant Maboneng precinct. Return to the hotel late afternoon in time to freshen up and dine at the hotel (own account).
Overnight at Hallmark House or similar – Breakfast.

Day 2 | Sunday


After breakfast, the tour departs from Johannesburg to White River by way of Pretoria. In Pretoria, guests are taken on an orientation tour, a trip to the Voortrekker Monument, and then to the Union Buildings, where they can enjoy the views and have a photo opportunity at the Nelson Mandela statue. Lunch is enjoyed en route (own account) before arriving at the hotel and enjoying dinner.

Overnight at Country Boutique Hotel or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 3 | Monday


Guests wake up early to enjoy breakfast before entering the iconic Kruger National Park at Numbi Gate to enjoy a full day’s game viewing in a closed vehicle. The park boasts one of the largest and most successful conservation schemes in the world, and the diversity of fauna and flora promise an unforgettable bushveld experience. The tour stops for lunch in the park (own account) and then later, exits at the Paul Kruger Gate to head to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 4 | Tuesday


After an early breakfast, guests head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent topographical attractions: the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. The Panorama Route affords guests memorable views of the more significant sites in this area including God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and the Pinnacle. Once at the lodge, guests enjoy high tea before heading off for an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle, then returning to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at Makalali Main Lodge or similar – Dinner, breakfast, and 2 game activities.

Day 5 | Wednesday

JOHANNESBURG to CAPE TOWN (Flight own arrangements and own account)

Guests go for an early morning game drive in an open safari vehicle, and then head back to the lodge for breakfast. The tour then returns to Johannesburg, via the charming town of Dullstroom, where guests can stop for lunch (own account) and take short a walk through the town (time permitting). Guests arrive in Johannesburg in time for an early evening flight to Cape Town. Guests arriving at Cape Town International Airport are assisted on arrival and transferred to a city hotel. Dinner is enjoyed at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at La Splendida Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 6 | Thursday


Cape Town boasts a smorgasbord of delights, including an impressive mountain range, an inviting night life, extensive shopping venues, world-class art and cultural events. After breakfast, guests spend the morning at leisure discovering the Mother City or join an optional, guided full day Cape Point tour (own account) including Cape Point, Boulder’s Beach (entrance fee for own account) and Kirstenbosch Gardens. Dinner is savoured at a V&A Waterfront restaurant (own account).

Overnight at La Splendida Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 7 | Friday


Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel before spending the last day of the tour at leisure. Guests can select an optional story-telling tour (own account). Guests travel with their tour guide, in the character of Bartholomeuw Dias or Jan van Riebeeck, back in time, following history of our Rainbow Nation. Acquire a new skill taught by a community led project before a walk in the Company Gardens, Cape Malay Quarter, and experience the noon gun fired on Signal Hill. Visit the Castle of Good Hope and secrets of the V&A Waterfront. Guests dine at the hotel, or in town (own account).

Overnight at La Splendida Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 8 | Saturday


Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel before spending the last day of the tour at leisure. Guests can book Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and enjoy the revolving cable car ride up the mountain (own account and weather permitting). Table Mountain is a unique conservation area and affords its visitors the best views of Cape Town. Guests are transferred to Cape Town International Airport.

Guests travelling on this tour support GREEN SEAT to conserve South Africa’s




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