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The Best of South Africa Self-drive or guided tour from Cape Town to The Kruger National Park – 12 Nights
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Tour Cape Town and The Kruger National Park.

Enjoy the freedom to discover various regions and faces of the country from North to South : you will start your journey in Cape Town and will cross through the country towards the Kruger Park, via the regions of Zululand and Swaziland. An itinerary for a couple or a family, for those who want to discover as many landscapes and cultures as possible.

Tour Features

Selling points: the city of Cape Town, the St Lucia estuary nature reserve, the National Parks of Hluhluwe and Kruger, meet the Swazi culture, the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Tour Options

Explore the world heritage Kosi bay sea reserve in Zululand, a magnificent and untamed coastline, wonderful for divers.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 : Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town, magical and diverse city. Take a city tour to discover the layout of the city. Take the cable car up Table Mountain to discover a stunning view over the Bay and the City.
Check in at your hotel for 3 nights, located in Town, Camps bay or V&A Waterfront.

Day 2 : Cape Town and surrounds

Visit the historical center : the Malay area Bo-Kaap, the Companys gardens, the Castle of Good Hope…
Discover the V&A Waterfront, formerly a harbour transformed into a top notch leisure and shopping area
Visit the Kirtenbosch Botanical gardens

Day 3 : The Cape Peninsula

En route for the Cape Peninsula : its pristine beaches and small coastal towns like Hout Bay, Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Noordhoek…After the famous coastal road on the cliff : Chapman’s Peak, arrive at the Cape of good Hope Nature reserve, walk to the lighthouse, it is possible to do a short hike on top of the cliffs. On the way back, drive through the East shore and its charming villages, stop at the Boulders Beach to discover the Cape penguins colony.

Day 4 : The Wine Route

Leave Cape Town and head to the Winelands, 50km from Cape Town. Visit Stellenbosch, founded in 1879. Numerous wine Estate are to be found close to the city centre, taste some of best South African wines ! Your road takes you to the Paarl and Franschhoek valley. in Paarl , founded in 1720, visit the biggest cellar in the world : KWV cooperative created in 1918 to face the over production. The scenic valley of Franschhoek, the ‘French corner’, visite the Huguenots museum, who fled France in 1688. A lot of exquisite wine estate are situated along the road to do a wine tasting, have lunch or dinner. Some very reputable restaurants are hosted by the Estates. Overnight in a guesthouse in the winelands.

Day 5 : Cape Town – Durban – St Lucia

Road to Cape Town airport and flight to Durban. Take a city tour of Durban, multicultural city and the largest port in Africa. Beyond the beachfront and its magnificent beaches, discover the indian district, around Saint Grey and Russel Streets. Road to Zululand and the World Heritage St Lucia Estuary region. Overnight at a Guest House in St Lucia.

Day 6 : Saint Lucia – Hluhluwe

St Lucia estuary: World Heritage site which protects an extraordinary ecosystem: over 300 bird species live in harmony with hippos and crocodiles in the largest salted water lake in Africa.
Enjoy wonderful beaches or take a safari cruise on the estuary to look for wildlife. Road to Hluhluwe and check-in at a Private Game Reserve.

Day 7 : Hluhluwe

Safari in a 4×4 vehicle in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park, one of the largest in South africa with 96000 ha, and one of the oldest (created in 1895), it comprises the reserves of Umfolozi and Hluluwe and shelters 80 mammals species (rhinos, lions, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, leopards, buffalos, antilopes, baboons) and 425 species of birds.
Full board at the Lodge

Day 8 : Hluhluwe- Swaziland

You leave Hluhluwe to head towards Swaziland, one of the three last African kingdoms and the smallest in the world, independent since 1968. The beauty of the landscapes and the laid-back atmosphere will follow you through your journey. Overnight at the hotel in Mbabane.

Day 9 : Swaziland – Kruger National Park

After Swaziland, you carry on North towards the Kruger National Park. On your way, visit of a glass factory and local markets. Check in at your Lodge, South of Kruger. Evening safari in a 4×4 with a ranger. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge

Day 10: Kruger Park – Private Game Reserve

Early morning safari in a 4×4 on your private game reserve. Check out and road to the Blyde River Canyon sites:The Bourkes Potholes, the stunning look out point of the Three Rondavels and God’s window. Surrounded by lush moutains, the village of Pilgrims Rest takes you back in time to the gold diggers era. Overnight in Hazyview, near the Kruger Park gates

Day 11 : Hazyview – Kruger Park- Hazyview

Full day in the Kruger with your car or in a 4×4 with a ranger. Largest wildlife reserve of Africa, with 7 million hectars, it hosts the biggest variety of wildlife. 350km long and 60km large, it offers more than 2000km of roads and dirt roads, it retains its unspoilt character despite the amounts of tourists visiting the Park each year. Overnight in Hazyview.

Day 12 : Hazyview – Pretoria – Johannesburg

Road to Pretoria, one of the three capital cities of South Africa. Its atmosphere is peaceful with its jacaranda trees lined streets. It became the capital of the Boer Republic of the Transvaal in 1855, and is named after Andires Pretorius, winner against the Zulus during the Blood River battle. Take a tour of the city and visit the Voortrekkers Monument, celebrating the voortrekkers who left Cape Town to escape British domination in 1838. Then visit the Union Building, executive headoffice of the government, where a giant statue of Nelson Mandela was recently unveiled. Pay a tribute to the struggle for democracy by visiting the nearby Freedom Park. Overnight in a guest house /hotel in Pretoria or Johannesburg.

Day 13 : Johannesburg – Soweto – Depart

Morning to discover Soweto, a township that became a whole city, with its vibrant and creative atmsophere. Stop at Vilakazi street to see the houses of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, both Nobel peace prizes winners. Shop at the Bruma market and road to OR Tambo airport for your international flight.

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