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11 Days Cape Town to Johannesburg Adventure in South Africa

De Noordhoek Lifestyle Hotel, 6 Village Ln, Noordhoek, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa

Sightseeing and Safari Tour in South Africa

Cape Town, the “Mother City”, or the world’s most fabulous city, is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years. The Wild Coast is a stunning section of Eastern Cape coastline stretching from East London in the south to the border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north. It is the home of the Xhosa people and incorporates estuaries, sandy beaches, natural heritage sites, craggy cliffs, waterfalls, and rolling hills, providing spectacular scenery and real authentic traditional experiences. The Drakensberg and Midlands Meander is another section of this tour.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 12 persons
  • Children policy: Children up to 16 years old can join this safari
  • Starting point: Cape Town
  • Ending point: Johannesburg
  • Languages: English and Afrikaans
  • Park fees are included

Meet the guides

Jakes
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Highlights

  • 2 game drives
  • Heritage tour at Cango Caves
  • Whale watching at Addo Elephant National Park
  • Visit Table Mountain National Park, Garden Route, Addo National Park, Wild Coast, Oribi Gorge, Hibiscus Coast, Howick, and Dundee
  • Transportation in a private vehicle
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 8 nights accommodation

Styles


11 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans
The maximum participants in the group is 18
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
20:00

Excellent and comfortable accommodation between three and four stars are selected. During this safari, you will stay in the accommodations below as follows:

  • First and second night: Simon's Town Quayside Hotel
  • Third night: Acorn Guest House George
  • Fourth night: Cottage at Addo Elephant National Park
  • Fifth night: Hole-in-the-Wall Hotel
  • Sixth night: Oribi Gorge Hotel
  • Seventh night: Gooderson Tropicana Hotel

Program

Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route & Addo National Park. Cape Town, the “Mother City”, or the world’s most fabulous city, is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.

Day 1: Cape Town. 1-hour drive

Meet us at your centrally located hotel to start this tour for Cape Town's most famous icon: Table Mountain by the Aerial Cableway at 7 am to take in the natural beauty and stunning views. This is followed by a visit to the first botanical garden in the world to be established (in 1913) to protect local flora, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in the UNESCO-listed Cape Floral Kingdom follows. Lunch is at an African cuisine restaurant. Visiting Groot Constantia, we taste their export quality wines. We journey along the False Bay coastline to Kalk Bay harbour and stroll along the quaint cobbled streets. From here we pass Fish Hoek and Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, home to one of the few land-based penguin colonies in the world. Choose one of the popular restaurants in the area for dinner. You overnight at Simon's Town Quayside Hotel, or similar.

Day 2: Cape Town. 2-hour drive

First visit is Cape Point, part of the Table Mountain National Park and home to an abundance of flora and fauna. You also visit the viewpoint with the Flying Dutchman Funicular. Visit Hout Bay harbour and Camps Bay African Craft Market on our way along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive. Driving in the direction of Stellenbosch, we go to the Spier Wine Farm for chocolate and wine tasting on the banks of the Spier dam. You then visit the Vergenoegd wine farm for some wine tasting and to see a duck parade. Choose one of the popular restaurants in the area for dinner. Overnight at Simon's Town Quayside Hotel (or similar).

Day 3: Cape Town to George via the Cango Caves. 6,5-hour drive

Starting our journey to the Garden Route, we visit some of the numerous farm stalls at Grabouw, and then moves on to the town of Oudtshoorn with Route 62. This route delivers an unforgettable South African travelling experience, making of life-long memories. (Lunch en-route) After visiting the Cango Caves for a Heritage Tour, we head down the scenic Outeniqua Pass and onto the green forests and beaches of the Garden Route. Overnight is at the Acorn Guest House George (or similar).

Day 4: George to Jeffreys Bay. 3-hour drive

You can choose one of the following activities to do: a boat ride for a “Dolphin Encounters” excursion of 1,5 to 2 hours at Ocean Blue Adventures, jump from the ‘highest recognized bungee from a bridge’ in the world, the Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump, or do a Tsitsikama Canopy Tour at Stormsriver Adventures. You can also choose to walk through the "Garden of Eden" and the "Big Tree" as another option. Our last stop for the day is at Jeffreys Bay, home to the best right hand surf break in the world! Overnight at Surf's up Accommodation @Supertubes (or similar).

Day 5: Jeffreys Bay to the Addo Elephant National Park. 2-hour drive

From here we go to the Addo Elephant National Park while being on the lookout for Humpback Whales at Nelson Mandela Bay, (Algoa Bay) between the months of August and December. Addo Elephant National Park conserves a wide range of biodiversity, landscapes, fauna and flora. It is home to all of Africa's Big 7: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, the Southern right whale and the great white shark. A night game drive follows dinner at their restaurant: "Cattle Baron is famous for its steaks, having won several awards for the Best Steakhouse in South Africa. The signature dish is chateaubriand, a fillet flambéed with brandy and served with mushroom sauce and béarnaise sauce." Overnight is here in a cottage.

Day 6: Addo Elephant National Park to Kei Mouth. 4-hour drive

Leaving the Addo National Park, you can choose to do optional sand boarding on the dunes of the Sunday’s River.

https://sundaze.co.za/sandboarding/

We head North to the spectacular Wild Coast town of Kei Mouth, where you can have an optional cruise on the Great Kei, watch Fish Eagles feed and see cycads growing in the wild. It is a bird watchers paradise! You can have an optional Wild Coast Horseback Adventure or you can just relax on the spectacular Kei Mouth's sandy beaches. Overnight at Neptunes Cove, Kei Mouth (or similar). 4-hour drive

Wild Coast adventure with traditional Xhosa hospitality.

The Wild Coast is a stunning section of Eastern Cape coastline stretching from East London in the south to the border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north. It is the home of the Xhosa people and incorporates estuaries, sandy beaches, natural heritage sites, craggy cliffs, waterfalls, and rolling hills, providing spectacular scenery and real authentic traditional experiences.

Day 7: Kei Mouth to “The Hole in the Wall”. 4,5-hour drive

Heading North to the spectacular Wild Coast along the roads of the Transkei, and see how the Xhosa people still live in their traditional rondawel huts, with farm animals grazing by the side of the road against the backdrop of the Drakensberg in the distance! You then veer off the N2 to “The Hole in the Wall”, one of South Africa's most famous tourist attractions, where you have a yoga session. The iconic Hole in the Wall rock formation is a geological masterpiece. It is an offshore stack of stratified sandstone through which the power of the waves has worn an impressive hole. The locals call this "izi Khaleni" which means place of thunder. During certain seasons and water conditions, the waves clap in such a way that the concussion can be heard throughout the valley. If you want to have a real authentic traditional experience, sleep in a rural rondawel (hut) of a traditional Xhosa village if available at the time. You also have the choice to stay at the Hole-in-the-Wall Hotel.

Day 8: “The Hole in the Wall” to Oribi Gorge. 5,5-hour drive

After visiting some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches in the world, we drive to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, which lies snugly at the head of a spectacular river gorge lined with dense coastal bush and forests.) The breath-taking scenery along the Umzimkulwana river gorge makes this a photographer’s and nature lover’s paradise. Wildlife in the Oribi Gorge consists of many antelope, although the graceful oribi (after which the gorge is named) is rarely seen. You can do an optional activity at the Wild 5 Adventures, like the wild Gorge Swing to experience the Ultimate Rush! Situated at the top of Lehr’s Waterfall in Oribi Gorge, this is the highest swing of its kind in the world, abseil down a 110m Cliff face, alongside Lehr’s waterfall, walk the suspension bridge (84 Meters) – (A spectacular opportunity to be suspended between heaven and terra firma, as you hover 100m above the Gorge floor enjoying views never before seen of Lehr’s Waterfall and Baboon’s Castle, or just relax on the overhanging rock. See more here: http://www.wild5adventures.co.za/ We stay at the 3-star Oribi Gorge Hotel. (or similar)

Day 9: Oribi Gorge to Durban. 2-hour drive

The Hibiscus coast with its inviting stretch of Indian Ocean which sometimes presents the year-round delights of frolicking dolphins and majestic, cruising whales, provide the spectacular scenery for the drive to Durban. Your tour group now has the opportunity to choose one of the following activities for the rest of the day: optional scuba diving at Aliwal Shoal from Umkomaas, a rocky reef which is the remains of an ancient sand dune approximately 5 km off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The reef is inhabited by many kinds of hard and soft corals and a variety of tropical and subtropical fish species. You can also visit uShaka Marine World in Durban. We overnight at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel in Durban, or similar.

Kwazulu-Natal Drakensberg & Midlands Meander. A barrier of upward-pointing spears for the Zulu name “Quathlamba”, describes the craggy pinnacles that form the most spectacular part of the Great Escarpment of Southern Africa’s major watershed. Add in daily yoga practices and you’ll soon find yourself reflecting on our adventure with complete clarity.

Day 10: Durban to the central uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Park. 2,5-hour drive

Leaving Durban, we head to Howick to visit the Mandela Monument. From here we take the road North on the Midlands Meander and visit Tsonga shoes and bags, the Wine Cellar and Chocolate Heaven. The Dragon Rock Reptile Center can be visited, and you can do the Drakensberg Canopy Tour. Savor lunch at one of the delightful restaurants on the way. You get the option to do a helicopter flight over the main Drakensberg escarpment, or attend a Drakensberg Boys Choir concert if we are here on a Wednesday. Spend the night at the Monks Cowl Resort (or similar).

Day 11: Drakensberg to Johannesburg. 4-hour drive.

We head to Johannesburg where you will visit the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City, an amusement park located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971. The park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand, the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period and you can learn how Johannesburg came to be, how gold was discovered on the reef and descend 75 meters underground. You will be dropped off at your hotel or the OR Tambo airport from 18pm.

Guides

Jakes Conradie

Location

This safari will take you from Cape Town to Table Mountain National Park, Garden Ruote, Addo Elephant National Park, Wild Coast, Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, Hibiscus Coast, Howick, Dundee, and Johannesburg in South Africa.

Food

During this safari, you will be provided with daily breakfast and dinner. Accolade restaurants with healthy and wholesome food menus are used when available. Lodges, hotels, resorts etc. are chosen with healthy and fantastic food menus.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Here are some optional activities for your own cost you can choose to do:

  • Boat ride for a “Dolphin Encounters” excursion of one and a half o two hours at Ocean Blue Adventures
  • Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump or at Stormsriver
  • Tsitsikama Woodcutters Journey
  • Tsitsikama Canopy Tour
  • Scuba diving at Aliwal Shoal from Umkomaas
  • Visit of uShaka Marine World in Durban
  • Helicopter flight over the main Drakensberg escarpment
  • Attend an included Drakensberg Boys Choir concert if you start on a Wednesday and if available

What's included

  • 2 game drives
  • Visit Groot Constantia Winery
  • Visit the Bo-Kaap-Museum
  • Visit the Vergenoegd wine farm
  • Chocolate and wine tasting at Spier Wine Farm
  • Trip to Garden Route
  • Heritage tour at Cango Caves
  • Trip to Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve
  • Trip to Hibiscus Coast
  • Visit uShaka Marine World
  • Services of a driver / guide
  • Services of a professional guide at specialist venues
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle (car or minibus)
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome pack
  • Free use of smartphone and data
  • Entrance fees
  • National park fees

What's not included

  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Activities indicated as optional
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Porterage
  • Visa fees

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 58 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Children 4 to 16 years old are allowed to join for 1150 USD and will be sharing the room with their parents / guardians. Children below three years old are allowed to join for free.

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