14 Days Experience South Africa Safari Holiday
14 Days Experience South Africa safari holiday
The Kruger National Park is possibly the most popular safari spot in South Africa, as well one of the largest in the world. At nearly two million hectares, the park offers visitors a diverse collection of animal species, including the Big Five, as well as diverse vegetation throughout.
The Garden Route stretches on the southern coast from Heidelberg to the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River. It’s a nook of the country that offers inspiration to writers and artists whose presence gives the Garden Route a trendy flavour. It is also a top priority of many a foreign visitor. The coastal drive links a series of charming towns interspersed with natural beauty.
- Cape Town city tour
- Garden route experience
- Kruger national park
Detailed safari itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to your hotel for overnight
Upon arrival in Cape Town you will be received by our guide and transfer to your hotel for relaxation and overnight, no activities are planned on this day.
Day 2: Cape Town city tour
Your first full day in South Africa kicks off with a driving tour of Cape Town city centre where you will Castle of Good Hope; take a cable car ride up to Table Mountain, This table-shaped mountain is a prominent landmark that towers over Cape Town. Table Mountain is one of the official ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature after you will be taken to the beautiful V&A Waterfront, this is the perfect place to have lunch and try a variety of local foods, including some fresh fish right next to the Cape Town harbour and later you will return to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.
Day 3: Full day at leisure or optional activities
Today is your free day but you may choose to explore more of the endless attractions in and around Cape Town like the Robben Island, Visit the Botanical Gardens, Constantia wine valley, the Two Oceans Aquarium or District 6 Museum or head to Boulder’s beach to see free-roaming African penguins.
Day 4: Cape Winelands – Stellenbosch – Hermanus
This morning we explore the Cape Winelands! Following breakfast we take a scenic drive through the Cape wine region. South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe. This is your chance to taste South Africa’s signature wine, Pinotage. A local wine expert will tell us all about Cape district wines and the wine-making process. Lunch is a delicious traditional meal served among the vineyards and later you will drive to Hermanus via Stellenbosch and you will then check in to your hotel for relaxation and overnight.
Day 5: Shark Diving Excursion – Swellendam – Mossel Bay
This is the official start of our Garden Route adventure! This morning you can stay put in Hermanus to explore this beautiful harbour town. It’s one of the world’s best whale-watching destinations. In season, June to November, you can spot them right off the coast. Join in the optional excursion for the day: Shark Cage Diving! This is your chance to see Great White sharks in their natural habitat. The excursion includes a short drive to Gansbaai – a famous shark cage diving spots in South Africa later you will drive to Mossel Bay, a coastal village and popular holiday destination and you will be transferred to the hotel for overnight.
Day 6: Garden Route: Game Drive – Knysna – Garden Route
After morning breakfast you will head to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve for a unique safari experience. Enjoy close encounters with impala, wildebeest, rhinos, lions, giraffes and more! Over lunch we’ll be in Knysna, the heart of the Garden Route and after you will be taken to your hotel for relaxation or you may choose to more activities like the lagoon cruise will take you along Knysna Bay for spectacular views of the area.
Day 7: Tsitsikamma National Park & Storms River – Eastern Cape
The Tsitsikamma forest forms part of the greater Garden Route National Park. The area encompasses rivers, gorges, mountains and lush forests and plantations – the perfect place to get adventurous! The morning is yours to explore outdoors. Options to consider include tree-top canopy tours, bungee jumping and later you will return to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.
Day 8: Fruit Route: Route 62 – Oudtshoorn Ostrich Farm – Cango Caves Excursion
Get set to explore a different region of South Africa as we leave the Garden Route behind and meander along Route 62. We head for the arid Karoo, and the drive takes you through the Langkloof. Nestled between the Kouga and Tsitsikamma mountains, this area offers spectacular views. You will see vineyards, fruit and vegetable farms dotted along the road. Soon we’ll reach Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s famous ostrich capital! We stop off for a guided tour of a working ostrich farm and learn more about these big feathered animals and after you will be transferred to the lodge in Oudtshoorn for relaxation and overnight.
Day 9: Flight from George to Johannesburg and transfer to Kruger National park
This morning, travel from Oudtshoorn to George for an early morning flight to Johannesburg. On your way to the airport, see the sun rise over the Langkloof. The first stop is on the Outeniqua pass to take in the truly magnificent views. After taking an included flight to Johannesburg in the Gauteng province, land in the “City of Gold”, Johannesburg. Travel onwards towards tonight’s accommodation in a gateway destination to the Kruger National park.
Day 10: Full day game drives in Kruger National Park
After morning breakfast you will start your game drive in search of African wildlife in their natural habitat. Spot wild animals like cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards, elephants and the white and black rhino. En route we stop at rest camps like Skukuza, Tshokwane and Satara. Late afternoon we make our way to our safari lodge/hotel on the western edge of the park.
Day 11: Full day Game Drives in Kruger national park
Receive a packed breakfast as this exciting day starts early with a 05h00 departure on a full day Kruger National.
You will have the whole day to explore one of the largest wildlife conservation areas in Africa (Kruger National Park) and try to spot Africa’s Big 5, this classic safari will give you chance to see elephant, black and white Rhino, Lions, Leopard, Wilddogs, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthog and many antelope species after break for lunch and later continue your Kruger Park Adventure in the afternoon and later return to your accommodation late afternoon, where you can relax until dinnertime.
Day 12: Day at leisure in Kruger national park
On this day you will enjoy the day at leisure at the swimming pool as you relax, but optional activities like walking safari or Night game drives may be arranged privately by the lodge at your own expense.
Day 13: Three Rondavels – Bourke’s Luck Potholes – Blyde River Canyon Viewpoint – Johannesburg
We leave the Kruger National Park behind and discover the Panorama Route through the Mpumalanga province. We make our way to the renowned Three Rondavels viewpoint with a stunning vista over the Blyde River Canyon. This canyon forms part of the Drakensberg ridge and known for storybook views. Next are Bourke’s Luck potholes, a natural water feature with hundreds of natural potholes and plunge pools. This area marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. On a clear day, you can see the Kruger and even Mozambique in the distance. We continue our final leg of the tour back to Johannesburg, arriving at our hotel, where we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner with all of our new friends!
Day 14: Johannesburg: End of tour
After morning breakfast depending on your flight schedule you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
Trip includes for this safari are provided upon making an Enquiry.
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guides and hotels
- South African visa
- Alcoholic drinks
When to book this safari package
We recommend booking this safari 1 year in advance to allow us tailor the best experience for you.
Best time to Visit South Africa for a safari
The best time to go on safari in South Africa is during the dry season from May to October. These cooler months bring an average temperature of 16°C (60.8°F). Dry weather conditions, shorter grass and fewer watering holes mean better visibility for wildlife viewing.