This 14 day self-drive tour allows you to set your own pace, explore independently or add optional excursions should you wish, whilst staying in luxury accommodation, with some offering extra, small touches for honeymooners. Enjoy wildlife viewing and unspoilt beaches, beautiful scenery and breathtaking views, and the culture and cuisine of Cape Town.
Including international return flights with British Airways, car hire and accommodation on mixed bed & breakfast and half board basis
The drive through the incredible scenery along the Garden Route on your way from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town via Krysna. Set your own pace and stop for a quick visit to places that take your fancy; Storms River Mouth, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay.
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg
Early morning arrival. Be met on arrival and assisted with collection of your hire car. Make your way to your luxury hotel in Johannesburg’s historic suburb of Houghton for the first night, where a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and plate of truffles and strawberries await. The hotel features two large swimming pools and Jacuzzi, as well as an on-site spa for pampering treatments and a Sky Lounge and bar for views of the urban skyline. Stay at the Residence Hotel, Johannesburg for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis.
Leave Johannesburg behind for the 400km drive to the iconic Kruger National Park and your hotel set right on the banks of the Sabie River and a few hundred metres from the park. Settle in to your hotel, relax and make the most of the facilities before dinner in the on-site restaurant. Honeymoon extras include a bottle of sparkling wine and a cocktail each, served on the viewing deck. Stay at Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate, Kruger National Park for 3 nights on a half board basis.
There is a choice of private, optional tours* including a Panorama mountain tour with an experienced guide seeing Pinnacle Rock and the famous vantage point, God’s Window, before taking in the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, the Lisbon Falls and the rock formations of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, with a stop at a colourful craft market en route. Or choose an optional* morning, afternoon or full day game drive through the pristine wilderness of the Kruger. Travel in an open safari vehicle with an experienced ranger to ensure optimal game viewing as you search for South Africa’s Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.
Journey from Kruger National Park to Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland. This independent kingdom set within the borders of South Africa is renowned for its scenery, wilderness reserves, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. Your hotel is set in a beautiful secure estate a ten minute drive from the capital Mbabane. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area with hiking and bike trails, boating, quad biking, horse riding, game drives and white water rafting, with a world-class golf course nearby. Stay at The Royal Villas, Eswatini for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis.
Set off for the UNESCO-designated Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve after breakfast and check in to your hotel where your honeymoon extras include a bottle of sparkling wine and fruit platter, and subject to availability, a room upgrade. The reserve, the oldest in the country, is situated on the magnificent Elephant Coast of the KwaZulu Natal region and is home to Africa’s prized Big Five; the lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. You can enjoy a complimentary game drive through the reserve in search of its wildlife. Stay at Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris for 1 night on a half board basis.
This morning head for the quiet coastal village of Umdloti on the beautiful Dolphin Coast, where you can enjoy walks through the indigenous coastal forest and explore the unspoilt beaches of the Dolphin Coast. Stay at Greenfire Lodge Dolphin Coast, Umdloti for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis.
Catch the flight from Durban’s King Shaka International airport to Port Elizabeth and pick up another hire car for the drive along the Garden Route to Knysna. A small and charming seaside town it is set around a natural harbour lagoon and famous for its oysters. Stay at The Rex Hotel, Knysna for 2 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
Today explore the town at a leisurely pace or choose an optional tour* to Featherbed Nature Reserve with its abundance of plant, bird and small wildlife, plus a variety of marine life such as dolphins, seals, and in season, whales. Here you can hike the 2.2km trail winding its way through Milkwood Forests, past ancient sea caves and through indigenous wilderness; afterwards head to the nature reserve’s restaurant at the edge of a lagoon for a sumptuous buffet lunch.
Set off for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Swartberg Mountains and your hotel nestling at its feet. A tranquil retreat, this working farm estate offers high levels of service and sophisticated elegance, with honeymoon added extras to include a bottle of sparkling wine with cheese and fruit platter. There are optional tours* available in the area with a visit to an ostrich farm including lunch or a tour of the vast caverns of the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn. Stay at Surval Boutique Olive Estate for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis.
Leave the Swartberg Mountains for your drive to Cape Town. Check in to your urban chic hotel and enjoy a rest, and a bottle of sparkling wine courtesy of the hotel, and in the evening dine in one of Cape Town’s many excellent and diverse restaurants. Stay at O on Kloof Boutique Hotel for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
The hotel is perfectly placed to explore the Cape Town’s city centre and Atlantic Seaboard with its beautiful white-sand beaches, upmarket restaurants and shopping. Cape Town boasts several museums, the stunning Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Robben Island can only be visited on a guided tour lasting around three-four hours including ferry rides and due to its popularity booking in advance is highly recommended. A visit to the top of the mighty Table Mountain is a must, and for attractions further afield, Simon’s Town is home to a colony of African penguins at the Boulders Penguin Colony, and the Silvermine Reservoir, a section of the Table Mountain National Park and a great picnic spot.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 3-4 – Kruger National Park
Day 9 – Knysna
Day 10 – Swartberg Mountains
Spend two nights in the town of Victoria Falls, the adventure capital of South Africa, to make your South African tour complete.
Add a beach stay to your tour and enjoy the white sand beaches of Mauritius.