Travel to South Africa
Depart from Dublin for Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town
Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met by our local representative in the airport.
Begin your holiday with a trip to Table Mountain (weather permitting) for a cable car ride to take in the spectacular views of the city, stretching to False Bay, including Robben Island and the Devil’s Peak.
Transfer to your hotel
This afternoon you will transfer to your hotel to relax for the rest of the day.
Today, travel through picturesque countryside on a tour of some local vineyards. Enjoy the incredible scenery of rolling vineyards while you sample some of South Africa’s favourite wines and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local winery.
Cape Peninsula Tour
On today’s excursion to the Cape Peninsula, you will be treated to some of the most breath taking scenery in the world! Beginning at the fishing village of Hout Bay, home to an enormous colony of Sea Lions, and finishing at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where the Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias first established trading routes between Africa and Asia in the fifteenth century.
You will drive along the coast route, overlooking the rocky peninsula and take in stunning views of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans along the way.
Stops include Cape Point and Boulders Beach for an up close and personal encounter with African Penguins. Lunch is included.
Weather permitting; today you will catch the boat from the Victoria & Alfred waterfront out to Robben Island. Located almost 7km off the coast in Table Bay, the island is internationally known as the location where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Today the island is a UNESCO world heritage site and a living museum, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. You will be taken on a guided tour of the island and museum by one of the former political prisoners from the island.
Travel to Hermanus/Arniston
This afternoon you will leave Cape Town and begin your journey up the famous stretch of coastline called the Garden Route, travelling past the picturesque towns of Betty's Bay and stunning Pringle Bay. While admiring these breath-taking coastal sights, stay on the lookout for whales swimming and playing in the ocean below. Along the way you will visit the Harold Porter Botanical Garden. Containing approximately 1,600 plant species the garden has a greater floral diversity per unit area than any other place in the world. Please note that on the 18th November departure date, the visit to Robben Island will be followed by a night in the coastal town of Arniston.
Today, you will travel along Route 62 to the small town of Montagu, famed for its thermal baths and fruit orchards. Take in ocean views and vineyard scenery along the way, and take a short stop at the historic town of Swellendam en route.
*Please note that on selected dates this stop may be replaced with a trip to Oudshoorn, which is known as the Ostrich Capital of the world.
Garden Route & Route 62
Continue along beautiful Route 62, and take in spectacular mountain sights while driving through the Outeniqua Mountain Pass, heading towards the coastal town of Knysna.
This town lies on the Knysna lagoon, the mouth of which is guarded by two promontories known as ‘The Heads’ and is famed due to the amount of sailors who lost their lives sailing through this dangerous stretch.
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Today you will visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you will travel by ferry across the Knysna Lagoon. The reserve lies on the unspoilt western head of Knysna, and here you will be driven in a 4x4 to see stunning views and beautiful flora & fauna. Enjoy a buffet lunch sitting underneath a canopy of Milkwood trees.
You will have the remainder of the day to spend at leisure in the beautiful surrounds of your hotel.
Tsitsikamma National Park & Forest
Today, you will travel to Tsitsikamma, where you will experience the dramatic coastal areas of the Garden Route where forest meets ocean. You will visit the Tsitsikama National Park, a glorious 10km stretch of wild and rocky coastline characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forest along the river valleys.
Travel to Port Elizabeth
Afterwards you will travel to your hotel in Port Elizabeth.
Travel to Johannesburg & Soweto Tour
After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
You will be met by our local representative on arrival in Johannesburg, before travelling to the suburb of Soweto for a traditional lunch at a local tavern.
Visit to former house of Nelson Mandela
After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive to sights such as the former house of Nelson Mandela.
Bourkes Luck Potholes
Today, you will travel east towards Mpumalanga, also known as the ‘Province of the Sun.’ This region is home to rare flora & fauna and offers sweeping grassland and savannah views, and boasts some of the oldest rocks in the world.
Visit the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a bizarre rock formation, and the spectacular Mpumalanga waterfalls that drop into a deep lagoon en route.
Travel on to Kruger
This afternoon you will travel on to Kruger National Park. Make sure to have your camera ready, as animals can appear at any time, not just while on a safari drive!
Game Drive in Kruger National Park
It’s time for safari! You will set off early this morning while it’s still cool and the animals are most active, in an open top four wheel drive vehicles to explore some of the magnificent 2 million hectares of Kruger National Park.
Another early start, this time you will drive through a different area of the park in search of some new species of birds and animals to the ones you saw yesterday. This is your last chance to see the big 5 so keep your eyes peeled!
You will have the afternoon at leisure, take a dip in the pool or just relax and enjoy the beautiful calm surroundings of your lodge.
After breakfast you will transfer to Johannesburg Airport for your flight home.