Discover The Unexpected

10 Days Best of South Africa Safari

Overview

Set against a backdrop of breathtaking Table Mountain, Cape Town will make you fall in love with her. Expect white sandy beaches, an endemic floral kingdom and must-visits like Robben Island, Cape Point, the Winelands and V&A Waterfront. Stay in Hermanus, one of the best land-based whale watching spots in the world. Explore the rain-forested, mountainous, rugged and beachy coastline of the Garden Route before you go in search for the Big 5 on a self-drive safari in the underrated Addo NP.

Best time to visit: May - October

Duration

10 days

Map Overview

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 -Day 1 - Arrival

There’s a reason why Cape Town is SA’s most visited city and one of the top-ranked tourist destinations in the world. Self-driving Cape Town is the best way to immerse yourself in this cosmopolitan and eclectic cultural hotspot. Your self-catering luxury apartment is situated on the water’s edge in the picturesque V&A Waterfront marina and offers a unique and exquisite setting. Apartments boast beautiful views and the best base from which to indulge in world-class cuisine and top-notch excursions.

Inclusion

Meals: Self Catering

Accommodation

V&A Waterfront Marina

Careful planning allows you to enjoy the best that Cape Town has to offer, but on your own terms. Taste excellent wines along the world-famous Stellenbosch Wine Route. Drive along jaw-dropping Chapman’s Peak to visit the iconic penguins at Boulder’s Beach just in time for lunch on the wharf at Kalk Bay. Make your way to Cape Point National Park hosting the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and pristine fynbos. Cable-car to the top of Table Mountain affording vistas of the nestled Mother City and its coastline. Boat your way to the historic Robben Island. Get educated on Cape Town history by visiting its various museums. Revel in the cultural richness of the Muslim, Jewish and Cape-Malay quarters. Taste your way through the food bazaar and tucked away bistros and cafes of the modern and hip city centre. Get an adrenalin fix on a Great White Shark Cage Dive (optional of course!) Picnic in Kirstenbosh Gardens or dine at SA’s top restaurants. Optional activities abound, please inquire.

Inclusion

Meals: Self Catering

Accommodation

V&A Waterfront Marina

Go Self Drive Tours’ personalized written guide with its well laid-out directions lets you effortlessly wind along False Bay and past Stoney Point NP as you enter the almost bucolic Overberg region with its breathtaking coastline. Keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of marine mammals along this pleasure drive to Hermanus that has gained worldwide recognition as the world’s foremost land-based whale watching destination. Hermanus is firmly established on the Epicurean map with its myriad of restaurants, fine wine, fresh vegetables, cheese and fish. Today, it remains a thriving holiday resort with all modern amenities yet retaining its fisherman’s village charm. Your accommodation is a peaceful getaway cottage, situated in a quiet, tree-lined street of Eastcliff, a sought-after suburb of Hermanus. You’ll be centrally situated and a short stroll to the spectacular seafront cliff paths for whale watching, the tidal marine swimming pool and the quaint village center.

Inclusion

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation

Eastbury Cottage Eastcliff

After breakfast, take the scenic coastal route to the southernmost point on the African continent – stunning setting. From here visit Swellendam, the 4th oldest town in SA, for lunch. Leisurely onwards to Knysna, a natural paradise of lush, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. Knysna, your home for 2 nights, nestles on the banks of a breathtakingly pretty lagoon, now a protected marine reserve that is home to the extraordinary seahorse and over 200 species of fish. Beaches, lakes, mountains and rivers provide endless opportunity for leisure and outdoor adventure. Within the town, craft shops, flea-markets and cozy cafés beckon with small-town charm and hospitality. The area around Knysna is a veritable Garden of Eden. This is home of the only forest elephant in South Africa, the rare Pansy Shell, the brilliantly coloured, and elusive, Knysna Loerie, a plethora of waterfowl and forest birds, dolphins and visiting whales. Great activities abound, please inquire.

Inclusion

Meal: Breakfast

Accommodation

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

The stunning scenery of the Garden Route continues as you leisurely explore this region on your way to Storms River. Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley are brilliant places to pay a quick visit en route. Tonight you’ll be staying in Storms River Rest Camp, Tsitsikamma National Park, arguably one of the most stunning marines and coastal nature reserves in Africa. Your self-catering ocean chalet accommodation has unhindered dramatic ocean and coastal views. Prepare your own food or have lunch/dinner in the restaurant at Storms River. Take a short hike on a well-maintained coastal boardwalk path through indigenous coastal forests to the famous suspension bridge built over the mouth of the Strorms River as it enters the Indian Ocean. The cozy sandy beach here is ideal for sunbathing, snorkeling or a swim out to the floating platform tied in the small cove. Scuba diving, kayaking, guided snorkeling and whale watching per boat are great optional activities.

Inclusion

Meal: Self Catering

Accommodation

Oceanettes Self Equipped Detached Units on the Ocean Edge

A two-hour scenic drive will bring you to SA’s third largest game reserve, the Addo NP, which is conveniently located 50km from Port Elizabeth. Having your own vehicle means you can embark on your own Big 5 self-drive safari within the Addo spending as much time as you want viewing African game. Over 550 Elephant makes the park its home, as well as Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Hyena, diverse antelope species, the flightless dung beetle, and incredible birdlife. Addo has several archaeological sites too where bushman rock art can be seen. You’ll be staying in a self-catering chalet in Addo Main Camp. A unique feature of camp is the waterhole lookout point which is floodlit at night and which has an underground hide, allowing close encounters with wildlife. The evenings are punctuated with the calls of lion, hyena, and jackal while francolin heralds each dawn. Chalets are situated within an easy walking distance of facilities such as the swimming pool, restaurant and shop.

Inclusion

Meal: Self Catering

Accommodation

Chalet in Addo Main Rest Camp

Depending on your flight schedule or arrangements for further travel, head to Port Elizabeth airport (70 km) where our agent will meet you and collect the car in good time before your flight.

Inclusion

Meal: None

Accommodation

End of Tour

Inclusions

  • Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days
  • Rental vehicle

Exclusions

  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Services not mentioned in the program

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What If I Have Special Needs or Requirements?

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What Vaccines and Health Requirements Are Needed?

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What Are the Road Conditions Like?

Most safari parks have bumpy but manageable roads, with some roads being paved. Generally, guests do not view this as a problem.

Can I Choose Other Accommodation Than What's Specified?

Yes, if you have a special preference, let us know, and we will offer alternatives from our vast network of company-owned and partner accommodations. Booking with us allows you to enjoy discounted rates as we have special agreements with our partners.

Is Electricity Available 24 Hours in the Lodges and Camps?

Most standard camps and lodges are equipped with generators, so electricity is generally available 24 hours. However, some interruptions may occur but are typically not a significant concern for guests.

Will My Mobile/Cellular Phone Work During the Tour?

es, though signal strength may vary in different areas.

What About My Special Diet and Food Preferences?

We cater to all diets, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, among others. Please inform us in advance about your dietary preferences.

What Activities Can My Kids Do While on a Safari?

A safari offers an enriching experience for children, allowing them to observe animals in their natural habitat. Some camps and lodges offer amenities for children, such as playrooms and pools, though these are not universally available. We suggest bringing activities that your children enjoy.

Is Tipping Required?

Tipping is not required but is recommended. The amount varies by country, but you should tip according to what you feel is appropriate.

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