Johannesburg - Cape Town 21 days

21 Day Tour: Johannesburg to Cape Town

Experience a Guided tour of Major historical and cultural experiences of interest in Soweto,  search for the Big Five in the Kruger National Park, cruise the famed wetlands at St Lucia, hike in the Drakensburg, visit the Transkei, the birth and resting place of iconic Nelson Mandela, take a trip through the verdant Garden Route, drive down the scenic Swartberg Pass,  be up close and personal with whales during the season,  and visit wine lands and taste some entrancing South African wines, and end your tour with a flourish in the Mother City, all abuzz with culture and colour.


 

Route

A JohannesburgB Krugernational ParkC St LuciaD DrakensburgE Wild CoastF GrahamstownG TsitsikammaH KnysnaI OudtshoornJ HermanusK Cape Town

Fly to Johannesburg.

Your guide meets you at O R Tambo.

 

Transfer to accommodation for your first night accommodation in this richly diverse cosmopolitan city.

 

The Following day you will visit the Apartheid museum and do a 2 hour cycle ride in Soweto township. Get to feel the vibe and culture of South Africa's political and cultural history.

 

Then We head off to the Kruger National Park in search of The Big Five,, passing some of the most stunning  panoramic views of the picturesque Blyde River Canyon on the way. You will spend 2 nights in the Kruger National Park. Included is an early morning drive and a night drive with the park tour guide/rangers themselves.

 

Heading down into Swaziland, we stop at the markets before making for St Lucia where we travel up on the boats to look for hippo and crocodile - whose natural habitat is this wetlands ecosystem

 

We then travel down from St Lucia to visit Durban infused with its Indian culture and famous for its beaches and cuisine. Be introduced to a curry bunny before heading off into the Drakensberg mountains through some unforgettable scenery, legendary for rugged landscapes.

 

Our next stop will be the birth and final resting place of our iconic former president.  Here Nelson Mandela was born and went to school, tending stock in a place that has remained unspoiled and unchanged for many years.  The former Transkei was a segregated area of the old Apartheid regime of South Africa. This has left the area as a beautiful, rural  and richly cultural place of interest for visitors.

 

Grahamstown is a historical point of reference with a youthful vibe. Grahamstown was the Frontier military outpost in the early nineteenth century  when the Cape was a British Colony.  The fastest growing city in the early 1800‘s, Grahamstown experienced a mass departure when diamonds were discovered, which halted  progress, leaving Grahamstown very much as it was: a small town  with a quaint, small-town feel, yet invested with the integrity of its busy past. The town is legendary for its historical interest and has a fascinating cultural vibe. We will do a walking tour of Grahamstown

 

We head down to Tsitsikamma National  Park and Storms River Village for a walk in the forest. This area is known as an adventure hot-spot, offering zip line tours over waterfalls, bungee jumps  or hikes in the forest and is sure to keep you entertained.

 

We will stop in Knysna, a place which offers some popular options, from a night walk to The Heads, a chance to go for a river cruise, you may choose to simply spend some time in the town browsing. The stop is a favourite for many people.  

 

Driving up the pass to  Oudtshoorn and  into the Karoo, we find ourselves in ostrich country. Cycling down the Swartberg you will be assured of experiencing the  feeling of the karoo. We will  take you to visit the famous Cango caves. You will also stand on an ostrich egg!

 

We will travel down the beautiful route 62 towards the whales and wine.

 

Depending on whether it is the Whales season we overnight either in Franschhoek or Hermanus. If it is whale season we over night in Hermanus where the tour could  include a boat trip if whale watching is possible; if not we overnight  in Franschhoek in the wine region. Here we might taste and some truly radiant South African wines.

 

Then we are off to Cape Town where we board a boat to Robben island, then undertake a city cycle tour and take a trip to see the pompous little penguins at  Cape Point. The tour ends in colourful Cape Town.