Bush, beach and city!

South Africa

10 Days

4 Stars

Johannesburg, Sun City, Mabula, Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Cape Town

You will be met by your guide, welcoming you to the urban landscape to Johannesburg.  From here you will continue on to the North West Province for an a wealth of entertainment at Sun City Resort and an optional game drive.  You’ll then travel to Mabula Game Lodge for 2 unforgettable nights and experience the African bushveld to your heart’s content.

You will fly from Johannesburg to George and then start your trip to Cape Town, stopping at Knysna to enjoy a lagoon cruise and experience Oudtshoorn’s ostrich farms and Cango Caves.  You will continue your drive to Cape Town where your days will be filled with a Cape Town City tour, where you will step into the rich history of the city and view key historical monuments and places of interest.  Your Peninsula tour will take you further afield; visit Duiker Island by boat, see Cape Point Nature Reserve, eventually stopping at lush Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens.



Day 1

Upon arrival at O R Tambo International Airport you will be met by your guide, welcoming you to the urban landscape of Johannesburg.

Johannesburg is situated in the province of Gauteng, and is known as the economic powerhouse of South Africa.  As a result the city has some of the most high-end shops and restaurants in the country.  Sandton, where your hotel is located is home to the Nelson Mandela Square where a great variety of retail opportunities will suit your shopping needs.

Accommodation is at the Holiday Inn Sandton, on a half board basis.  Promising a comfortable and thoroughly enjoyable stay, the Holiday Inn Sandton is based in the heart of South Africa’s financial district in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Sandton.  Close to leading business, the Sandton Convention Centre as well as the prestigious Sandton Shopping Centre the Holiday Inn Sandton is an ideal base for both leisure and business travellers to the city.  Nelson Mandela Square with its myriad of attractions is also in close proximity as are the Gautrain terminals.  With a classy and sophisticated décor running from the roomy reception area to the 301 spacious rooms, this hotel offers every amenity and facility needed for a comfortable stay, including a fully-equipped business centre,  Guests can indulge in sumptuous meals at the popular Lettuce and Lime Restaurant, cool off in the swimming pool or work out in the fitness centre.

Includes:  Airport transfer, dinner and breakfast

Day 2

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before departing on an approximate 3-hour drive to Sun City, where entertainment is the order of the day.  Restaurants, bars, sports, the Valley of the Waves, shopping, casino and adventure will keep you entertained.

Lunch stop en-route.

With the Pilanesberg National Park located next to Sun City, depart on an optional afternoon game drive, exploring the 55 000 hectare Big 5 game reserve in search of Africa’s amazing wildlife.

Return to Sun City for dinner and an evening of leisure.

Accommodation is at The Palace At Sun City, which includes breakfast and complimentary entry into the Valley of Waves and shuttle service within the resort.  The Palace is and African fantasy palace that indulges, inspires and is a grand affair.  The architecture is bold and the African influence is seen in everything from elephant fountains to the hand-crafted furniture that adorns the resort.  The Palace is set in an emerald green jungle landscape and makes you feel as though you have been plucked from the real world and placed into a wild adventure.  The Valley of Waves is one of the many highlights at the Palace.  It is an idyllic beach cove that creates its own waves surrounded by bush landscape .  The Grand Pool beckons with sun kisses and cocktails as you relax in one of Africa’s most envied destinations.

Includes:  Breakfast, complimentary entry into the Valley of Wave, shuttle service within the resort.

Day 3 

Depart for the 12 000 hectare Mabula Game Reserve located in the malaria-free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province where the African bushveld awaits for a 2-night stay.  Enjoy lunch upon arrival followed by your first game drive.

Accommodation from day 3 to 5 is at Mabula Game Lodge, on a Full Board plus 2 Activities basis.    Located in a malaria-free private game reserve two hours drive north of Johannesburg, Mabula Game Lodge offers an outstanding Big 5 safari experience to discerning guests looking for upmarket accommodation in stunning surrounds.  Accommodation is in 47 rooms, including three suites and the two family rooms, which provide every comfort needed for an unforgettable stay.  The expansive reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife and over 300 bird species that can be viewed on day and night game drives as well as bush walks.  Horseback safaris and quad-biking are other ways to get into nature for a close-up wildlife experience.  Paintball and archery are also on offer.  Two swimming pools, volleyball court and action cricket are just some of the sporting facilities available to guests.  The lodge is known for its excellent cuisine, which can be enjoyed in a variety of settings, from the formal lodge restaurant to under the African night sky accompanied by drummers and traditional dancers.  Guests are welcome to indulge in exotic spa treatments a the on-site centre.

Includes:  All meals, two game drives

Day 4  

Enjoy a full day of game viewing with a morning and afternoon game crive included in your stay.  Look out for over 60 mammal and 300 bird species.

As an optional extra, consider pre-booking an exciting morning Balloon Safari for an aerial view over the reserve and an opportunity to spot wildlife from above.

Day 5  

After your morning game drive and a scrumptious breakfast, return to Johannesburg for your onward flight to George, located in the heart of the Garden Route.

Knysna, about an hour’s drive from George, grew around its large, warm-watered lagoon and is still the town’s principal showcase.  The lagoon is a protected marine reserve.  Outdoor attractions such as the beaches, rivers, mountains and lakes orbit around the town and with it, a host of activities.  The Knysna Heads are a mammoth attraction of sheer cliffs that guard entry into the lagoon:  Many ships have perished in an attempt to sail past the heads.  Scuba divers can still see the remnants of the Paquita that sank in 1903.

Depart on an afternoon lagoon cruise which includes dinner.

The John Ben is a beautiful double-decker floating restaurant that offers daily lagoon cruises to the Knysna Heads.  This verdant part of South Africa is strikingly stunning and what better way to experience it than on serene lagoon waters?  This fully enclosed luxury ferry has been constructed form Yellowwood that was sourced from the Knysna Forest.  The John Ben Ferry is about joviality, good food and wine and scenery that will leave you in awe.  Enjoy dinner on board.

Accommodation from day 5 to 7 is at Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays, in a lagoon-facing room on a bed and breakfast basis, with dinner included on the second night..   Set on the edge of the beautiful Knysna Lagoon located in one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations, Protea Hotel Knysna Quays offers comfortable accommodation and access to all the region has to offer.  The hotel is part of the Knysna Quays Waterfront and so close to shops, a variety of restaurants, pubs and nightlife options.  There is plenty to do in the surrounds from leisurely boat cruises, fishing, forest and lagoon tours, visits to elephant, bird and monkey sanctuaries to paragliding, black-water tubing, scuba diving, golf, bungee jumping, quad biking and more.

Includes:  Breakfast, dinner

Day 6  

Depart on a full day Oudtshoorn excursion, visiting the Safari Ostrich Farm and the renowned Cango Caves.

Oudtshoorn is the “Ostrich Capital” of the world and is the largest town in the Klein Karoo region, a semi-desert place with a reputation for its inspiring natural splendour.  The ostrich feather boom made nstant millionaires of ostrich farmers in the early 1900’s, when feathers were a sought-after fashion piece by royalty and the upper class.  Feather palaces were built in and around the town of Oudtshoorn and they even went as far as having ostriches pull Santa’s sleigh at Christmas.  Today Oudsthoorn is alive with activity that includes the longest wine route in the world (R62), the Cango Caves, nature adventures and museums.  The Cango Caves are one of the great natural wonders of the world, a subterranean world of limestone caverns and at the Wildlife Ranch, you could cage-dive with a crocodile.

Classic Tour  The Safari Ostrich Farm is a working ostrich farm in the popular town of Oudtshoorn on the celebrated Garden Route.  It was established in 1956 and has been delighting visitors ever since.  It is often referred to as a must-see.  On a guided tour, you will learn and see all the aspects of ostrich farming as well as the ostriches themselves.  Everything from the miracle of hatching to the incubator room is shown and experienced.  The Safari Ostrich Farm is also home to the beautiful and rare White Ostrich.  There are two restaurants that serve delicious home-made ostrich dishes, if you want to try an ostrich fillet and shopping is a treat, with a wide range of well crafted ostrich leather products or intricate ornamental ostrich eggs.

Cango Caves Heritage Tour  Oudtshoorn’s famous Cango Caves can be explored on a guided tour (all guides are accredited) lasting an hour.  This is one of Africa’s most spectacular natural formations with vast caverns, beautiful, delicate and sometimes majestic stalagmites and stalactites and dripstone caverns.  The scenic tour, while not for the feint-hearted, is a relatively gentle stroll through the caves while marvelling at their uniquely dramatic rock formations. 

Includes:  Breakfast

Day 7  

After breakfast, depart along the Garden Route for Cape Town, with a lunch stop en-route.

Cape Town is addictive and inspires discovery.  It has been voted as the best place in the world to visit by the prestigious New York Times.  This vibrant multicultural city is a healthy mix of urban and convenient living, vibey day and night sports, nature and relaxation as well as the ocean and white sandy beaches at your fingertips.  Ride the revolving cable car to the sky on Table Mountain; shop at the V&A Waterfront, one of Africa’s premier shopping destinations; stand on the edge of the world at CApe Point or delve into South Africa’s past at Robben Island, the prison that once hold one of the world’s greatest heroes, Nelson Mandela.  The “Mother City”, the “Green City’, the “Tavern of the Seas”… whatever name you give it, it remains beautiful and beckons to be explored – the more the better!

Enjoy dinner in the V&A Waterfront

Accommodation from day 7 to day 10 is at Southern Sun Waterfront, which includes breakfast.  Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel is found at the entrance to the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town’s premier shopping destination.  The hotel’s design is one of inspiring elegance and grace as it stands in all of its glory in the Mother City.  The hotel provides an ideal base for exploration into some of the city’s most well known attractions.  For days spent at the the hotel, there is an impressive range of facilies that include a restaurant, bar, gym and an azure swimming pool  The swimming pool area is a popular spot because of its seclusion and tranquillity.

Includes:  Breakfast

Day 8  

Depart in the morning on a guided tour of the Mother city and enjoy the afternoon at leisure for some shopping time at the V&A Waterfront.

Cape Town City Tour:  Explore South Africa’s exciting “Mother City” on this guided tour of the historical and cultural sights of Cape Town.  You will step into the rich history of the city passing by key historical monuments and places of interest, such as the impressive Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town City Hall.  The tour stops at the beautiful St George’s Cathedral, passes through the lush Company Gardens, and explores a cultural hub of Cape Town, the Bo-Kaap, also known as the Cape Malay quarter.  A tour of this vibrant city, home to street markets of every kind, cosmopolitan and rustic eateries and a host of cultures is an unforgettable experience.

Dinner at leisure and for own account.

Includes:  Breakfast, Cape Town City tour

Day 9  

Early morning departure exploring the Cape Peninsula

Cape Peninsula Tour:  This full-day tour explores Cape Town’s stunning peninsula moving through the vibrant coastal suburb of Sea Point with its famous promenade and onto the upmarket, pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay.  The scenic road winds its way to Hout Bay where a boat trip to Duiker Island, home to thousands of seals, is possible before heading onto the famous Cape Point Nature Reserve at the very tip of the peninsula.  The road twists its way to a penguin colony that has made Simon’s Town home, and then through the eclectic fishing village of Kalk Bay and surfer heaven Muizenberg before stopping at the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens.  Lunch will be enjoyed en-route.

Enjoy dinner at an African restaurant in Cape Town.

Includes:  Breakfast, Cape Peninsula tour

Day 10  

After breakfast, depart for Cape Town International Airport where your guide will bid farewell before continuing with your onward travel arrangements.

Includes:  Breakfast, airport transfer


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