11-day Package Tour
Cape Town to Johannesburg via the Wild Coast
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, Battlefields Route & Midlands Meander is another section of this tour.
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 8 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 to Hermanus. 2,5-hour drive. First visit is Cape Point where the two oceans meet, and part of the Table Mountain National Park. You ascend the viewpoint with the Flying Dutchman Funicular. Drive along the scenic Chapman’s Peak drive and then picture the colourful houses at Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter. Head out to Stellenbosch and visit the Spier Wine Farm for chocolate and wine tasting on the banks of the Spier dam. We go to the Vergenoegd wine farm for a duck parade show. You leave for Hermanus, home to the world’s best whale-watching when in season and overnight at the Windsor Hotel (or similar) where you have dinner. Cape Town to Hermanus. 2,5-hour drive
Day 3: Hermanus to Wilderness. 6-hour drive Starting our journey to the Garden Route, we meander to the town of Oudtshoorn with Route 62. This route delivers an unforgettable South African travelling experience. Along the way there are sweet small towns to explore, home-baked farmstall goodies to taste and plenty of wineries, also Ronnie's Sex Shop, which had visitors from all over the world, judging by the graffiti on its wall. 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 at the Wilderness Hotel (or similar)
Day 4: Wilderness to Jeffreys Bay. 3-hour drive A short drive brings us to Knysna where 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.
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
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. 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: 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.
Day 10: Durban to the central uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Park. 2,5-hour drive
Leaving Durban, we head to Howick to visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site 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.
Important Additional Info:
South Africa is a big country of 1,219,912 km2 (471,011 sq mi).
On this tour you will be travelling more than half of the country, with an average of 400 km per day.
The itinerary is subjected to slight changes according to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Besides using mosquito repellent, it is advisable to consult your doctor before you depart. Bring sunblock, a sunhat, walking shoes, binoculars and cameras.
Accommodation as per itinerary
National Park fees
Professional guide at specialist venues
Transport by private vehicle
Welcome pack, and free use of smart phone and data
Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
Activities indicated as optional
Food and drinks, unless specified
Travel insurance; Flights; Airport transfers; Porterage; Visa fees