South African Safari and Wine Tasting
South African Safari and Wine Tasting – September 2021 (exact dates TBA soon)
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
IncludedAccommondationDinnerLunchTours (see tour details)
Not IncludedBreakfastInternational and internal flightsTipsTravel insurance
Day 1: Arrival to Cape Town
Welcome to South Africa! After a hopefully pleasant flight you’ll be welcomed by your local tour guide at the international airport of Cape Town. You’ll start your day off with a beach walk at Bloubergstrand, which is ideally located along the shores of Table Bay in the Western Cape. The name “Bloubergstrand” means “blue mountain beach” which was derived from Blaauwberg which is a mountain located nearby Bloubergstrand. Enjoy the magnificent view of Table Mountain across the bay. During a city tour of Cape Town, take a photo stop in Bo-Kaap Muslim neighborhood with its colorful, iconic houses and the famous V & A Waterfront.
Day 2: Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Good Hope Nature Reserve
After breakfast a highlight of your South Africa journey is about to happen, you’ll travel toward the Cape Peninsula for the Peninsula tour. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay, a quaint seaside village with magnificent mountain views. A must see is Boulders Beach, a penguin colony which is home to a growing colony of the protected African penguin. Wooden walkways will allow you to view penguins in their natural habitat during a stopover. From here you continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, discover many animals along the way, including antelopes, ostriches and baboons. Off the coast, you can see whales, dolphins and seals. Continue the tour with a walk from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Point, where you can experience jagged cliffs or gaze at the never ending ocean and wildflowers. Cape Point might not be the southernmost point of Africa but it will still make you feel as you were standing on the edge of the world.
Day 3: Hike Table Mountain for Panoramic Views of the Cape Town
Today you’ll visit one of Cape Town's world-famous attractions. Reach the top of the mountain by hiking up and get rewarded with panoramic views over the city including Robben Island lying sleepily in Table Bay. Also, get a bird's eye view over the Atlantic Seaboard. Once arrived at Table Mountain you’ll hike up to the summit via the Platteklip trail, it is 3 km long and ascends the main gorge that divides the front face (Africa face) of Table Mountain. The path is well constructed with stone steps and anti-erosion gabions, and is not difficult to negotiate at any point. However, it is steep, and the best way to tackle Platteklip is slowly. The way down will be by cable car.
Day 4: Stellenbosch Wine Tasting
This day tour will take you in the Stellenbosch winelands, only 20 minutes away from the city of Cape Town, offering superb scenery, completely different to the landscape of the Table Mountain. Numerous grapes are grown in the region such as Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Pinotage and the Méthode Cap Classique (local champagne). Explore the small and vibrant town of Stellenbosch as part of a city tour with its famous university and numerous activities such a wine cellar tours and tastings. You will have the opportunity to fall in love with exquisite South Africa wines at a wine tasting. Subsequently you can relish in another hiking experience on the Delvera Vineyard Trail, which is a moderate hike of 9.75km and lasting about 2.5 hours
Day 5: Bicycle ride of the town, leisure day
Today you will get to know the best of Stellenbosch during a half day of laid-back cycling. Enjoy the unique experience of exploring farm roads and private vineyards by bicycle, stopping for two memorable wine tastings en route. The afternoon is at leisure
Day 6: Cango Caves, Botlierskop Game Reserve,
On today’s drive you’ll be transferred from Stellenbosch via Oudtshoorn to Wilderness. En route you’ll visit the famous Cango Caves, the largest cave system in Africa and one of the most beautiful of its kind in the world, featuring ancient rock formations and sparkling stalactites and stalagmites. Afterwards continue your way towards Botlierskop Game Reserve for a 2,5h guided bush trail hike. During the tour you will have the opportunity to observe several wildlife species such as rhinos, buffalos and giraffes being inhabited in this beautiful, private owned reserve. Do also have a look at the spectacular rock formations giving the park its name. After this wonderful experience and hopefully a lot of new pictures, we go on heading towards Wilderness.
Day 7: Featherbed Nature Reserve, Ferry Ride
Today you will explore Knysna. Enjoy the stunning Featherbed Nature Reserve, in Knysna as you take the ferry across the Knysna Lagoon to the Western Head. From here you will be taken up a beautiful 4x4 trail into the Reserve, stopping occasionally to allow you to take in the scenery and for your guide to give you all the information you need on the various plants and animals. Guests can also choose to take a short guided tour through the coastal forest into nearby sea caves. You will then be lead to the Reserves famous outdoor restaurant where you will enjoy an amazing buffet lunch under a canopy of Milkwood trees. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 8: Robberg Nature Reserve, Indian Ocean Coastal Hike
Today, you are driving to the scenic seaside town Plettenberg Bay for discovering the Robberg Nature Reserve. The protective area comprises a 4km long peninsula with lots of cliffs and rugged coastlines. Being a part of the famous Garden Route it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017. Following the Witsand Circuit Trail, you will do an easy 5,5 km long hike along the beautiful coast which will definitely be worth it. Watch out for the lovely seal colony being domiciled here while overlooking the deep blue Indian Ocean! Follow the track down a large dune to a boardwalk leading to a colony of kelp gulls breeding at this stunning plac
Day 9: Tsitsikamma National Park and on to Port Elizabeth
On your way the wonderful city of Port Elizabeth, also known as Gateway to the Garden Route, you pause in the Tsitsikamma National Park which is famous for its ancient forest, pristine coast and beautiful rivers. A short nature trail of 2 km starting at Sandy Bay takes you along a winding board walk to the Mouth of Storm River and its famous suspension bridge. Are you brave enough to cross it? Moreover, you will have a look at the stunning Storm River Mouth Cave, a Khoisan Heritage Site. Enjoy the picturesque view over the ocean at the end of the trail. The journey back to the bus will take you approximately 40 minutes. Subsequent to this worth seeing hike, Port Elizabeth is waiting for us! Located on Algoa Bay in South Africa's Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth, or PE, is known as the "Friendly City" or even the "Windy City". Within a orienting city tour, you will get a first impression of the city and its numerous beaches. With a little luck, you will get the chance to see some whales in the width of the ocean.
Day 10: Addo Elephant Park
Although there is no walking-tour planned for today, you will definitely enjoy your unforgettable full-day game drive through the famous Addo Elephant Park, the third largest national park in the country. The finely-tuned ecosystem is a sanctuary for an enormous variety of animal and bird species. Apart from that, the reserve is the only place in South Africa where you can see the Big Seven - elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard, whale and shark. Keep your camera ready, you never know what hides behind the next bush! After a long and exciting day we return to our accommodation in Port Elizabeth.
Day 11: Humpback Dolphin Trail - End of Tour
Get ready for your last trekking tour. This will be a fairly easy trail in a beautiful surrounding. Today you will do the Humpback Dolphin Trail. Enjoy a 2,3km strole along Port Elizabeth's magnificent blue flag beaches. Your trail starts at the majestic flat rocks and you will pass the beautiful pier which you might have seen beautifully lit at night before. Your walk continues until Pollock beach which is right before the harbour. Here you can hopefully witness some of nature's fury as it splashes against the harbour wall alongside modern buildings, breathtaking oceansides and indigenous plants. Watch out on your way for the Humpback dolphins where this trail got its name from. Unfortunately now it is time to say goodbye. Your guide will take you to the airport in time. Hopefully you will take home a lot of new impressions and awesome memories.
Optional 3-Day Pre-Tour in Victoria Falls (Devil's Pool & Livingston Island)
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Optional 3-Day Post Tour - Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda
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Included ✓ 10x accommodation in above mentioned hotels/lodges ✓ 10x breakfast ✓ Day 1: Beach walk Bloubergstrand ✓ Day 1: Orienting city tour Cape Town ✓ Day 2: Excursion Cape Peninsula with Boulders Beach and walk from Cape of Good Hope to Cape Point ✓ Day 3: Hike to the top of Table Mountain with Summit Walk (Cable Car back down) ✓ Day 4: City tour Stellenbosch with wine tasting ✓ Day 4: Hike on the Delvera Vineyard Trail ✓ Day 5: Half Day Bike Tour Stellenbosch ✓ Day 6: Visit to the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn ✓ Day 6: Guided Bush Trail Hike (2h30min) at Botlierskop Game Reserve ✓ Day 7: Featherbed Eco Excursion with lunch included ✓ Day 8: Hike/Walk the Witsand Circuit Trail at Robberg Nature Reserve ✓ Day 9: Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and walk to the Storms River Mouth ✓ Day 9: Orienting city tour Port Elizabeth ✓ Day 10: Full Day Game Drive at Addo Elephant Park in transfer vehicle ✓ Day 11: Hike along Humpback Dolphin Trail in Summerstrand ✓ Round trip as described in a luxury coach ✓ English speaking Guide