Indulge yourself in the intimate sparkle of Southern Africa. Atmospheric Cape Town dazzles and charms, before offering a journey through penguin covered peninsulas and indulgent Winelands. Kruger National Park provides breathtaking safari experiences, before thundering Victoria Falls epitomizes the natural wonder of the continent. By offering an eclectic blend of favorite highlights, this is an ideal vacation for first timers to Africa.
- Sabi Sands shares an unfenced border with Kruger and you’ll spend three days on a Big Five safari, exploring a remarkable natural wilderness that teems with rhinos, lion prides, leopards, and much more
- Spend three days savoring the unique atmosphere of Cape Town, one of the world’s most iconic and beautiful cities
- Take an enchanting journey to the south western tip of Africa, your Cape Peninsula tour passing deserted beaches, cute fishing villages, a colony of jaskass penguins, and plenty of stupendous views
- Go on a sensual journey through the Cape Winelands and enjoy some of the country’s finest local produce
- Discover Johannesburg and find that this dazzling city is full of endearing sights, including the thought- provoking homes of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu
- Listen to the roar and admire the thundering water of Victoria Falls, one of the world’s new seven natural wonders and the most powerful waterfall on the planet
TRIP AT A GLANCE
(Day 1): International Flight to South Africa
(Day 2): Welcome to Cape Town
(Day 3): Cape Peninsula Tour
(Day 4): Cape Winelands Tour
(Day 5): The Safari Starts in Sabi Sands Game Reserve
(Days 6 – 7): Spectacular Safari in Sabi Sands
(Day 8): Exploring Johannesburg
(Days 9 – 10): The Majestic Victoria Falls
(Day 11): Farewell to Southern Africa
Southern Africa offers an almost baffling list of experiences and destinations. So if you’re new to the continent where do you start? This unique itinerary combines three very diverse destinations, allowing you to fully experience many different sides of Africa. You’ll explore Cape Town, Kruger National Park, and the Victoria Falls. But that’s a little simplistic. It’s a vacation of admiring lion prides and then dining next to elephants. A vacation of swimming next to penguins, standing on mountains, savoring fresh seafood, and then waking up and wondering “did all that happen yesterday?” It’s a trip where you can open the curtains and find rhinos beside your room. Or you can follow the rumbling sounds until the spray emerges from the abyss and soaks you through. Iconic city, unforgettable safari, spectacular natural wonders; this is Southern Africa at its very best.
Cape Town is dominated by Table Mountain, a startling expanse of rock that overlooks the city and seems to keep everyone tuned to the relaxed atmosphere. It’s remarkably beautiful here, ocean and mountain surrounding vivid streets and tranquil restaurants. You’ll be in Cape Town for the first three days, absorbing the unique vibe and exploring the countless attractions. A dramatic coastal road takes you south on day two, your day trip to the Cape Peninsula involving fishing villages, waddling penguins, and endless vistas. Head north on day three for an indulgent journey through the Cape Winelands.
Then it’s welcome to Kruger, a huge national park that’s home to half the world’s rhinos and an astonishing abundance of wild game. It’s a South Africa safari at its best; you’re surrounded by the Big Five but always charmed by something unexpected emerging from the trees. The exclusive and isolated Sabi Sands gets you away from the crowds, meaning that this immense land holds an endearing intimacy. And yes, you really can spot the wildlife from your own room. Safari is a 24 hours a day activity, and three days will bring big cats, elephants, hippos, and just about anything else you’ve seen on an African wildlife documentary.
After a day in the dazzling city of Johannesburg you’ll fly north to Victoria Falls. They’ve been voted one of the new world seven wonders and they’re officially the most powerful waterfalls on the planet. But forget all that. Just stand a couple of miles away and hear the rumble. Now wander alongside and feel the spray. Only first-hand experience can reveal the true power of Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders.” Like every day on this itinerary, there’s much more than the famed attraction. Over these 10 days you’ll get a real sense of authentic Africa, one that’s full of nuance and overwhelmed by beauty. And as you head home you’ll probably be wondering when you can return and see more of this magical continent.
- Cultural / World Heritage Sites / Photography / Scenic Drive / National Park / Reserve / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Safari / Wildlife