Discover South Africa
No. of days: 12nights/13days
Places Covered: Cape Town (3nights) – Swellendam (1night) – Oudtshoorn (2nights) - Plettenberg Bay (3nights) - Addo Elephant Park (3nights) – Port Elizabeth
Day 1: Cape Town: Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to a hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize with the place after a long flight. You are free to do whatever you want to. Overnight in Cape Town.
Day 2: Cape Town: Your day starts with a morning climb up Table Mountain, South Africa's most popular tourist attraction. You can ascend the mountain by a short and scenic cableway trip. Have a look at some spectacular views of the city from the top of the mountain. You can have a better knowledge of the flora and fauna found on the Table Mountain.
Once you descend the mountain spend some time exploring the famous V&A Waterfront. You can check out nearby shopping malls known as Millionaires' Mile. After lunch at one of the restaurants in the city, go onto discover more about the history of the region. Go and visit City Hall, the place from where Nelson Mandela addressed thousands after his release from Robben Island in 1990. Overnight in Cape Town.
Day 3: Cape Town: Today embark on the tour with a visit to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The tour is a scenic delight with some of the most impressive coastal roads in South Africa, made by carving into steep mountain sides high above the Atlantic Ocean. Follow this with a short visit to Boulders Beach where you can observe a colony of penguins. Also visit Camps Bay and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
Food and wine are big attractions in Cape Town. Drive to Constania to check out the rolling wine lands and historic vineyards. There are several estates offering wine tasting. Enjoy wine and food and stop at Llandudno while driving back along the Atlantic coast. Have a walk along the beach watching the surfers.
Overnight in Cape Town.
Day 4: Cape Town – Swellendam: Start after an early breakfast from Cape Town for Swellendam, a drive of around 240km. Swellendam, third oldest town of South Africa, is situated in Western Cape Province at the foot of the Overberg Mountains. The town is known for over 50 provincial heritage sites, mostly in Cape Dutch architectural style.
On arrival, check into a hotel. After some relaxation drive a short distance from Swellendam to the coast to watch whales. This is regarded as one of the best whale watching areas.
Enjoy the lovely restaurants and cafés in the evening. Overnight in Swellendam.
Day 5: Swellendam – Oudtshoorn: Start very morning and visit Marloth Nature Reserve, just minutes from Swellendam. Take lovely peaceful and magical walks to waterfalls and indigenous forest. You can also go to the top of the majestic Langeberg Mountains. This tower over Swellendam town.
Return and have a nice lunch. Embark on a drive to Oudtshoorn – a drive of around 225km which takes almost three hours. Drive to Oudtshoorn, largest town in Little Karoo region and often referred to as the ostrich capital of the world, is regarded as one of the most scenic routes in South Africa.
Check into a hotel on arrival in Oudtshoorn. Spend the evening relaxing and acclimatizing to the new place. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.
Day 6: Oudtshoorn: Start the day by visiting an ostrich farm. You can a learn a lot about ostriches. You can get a chance to feed the ostriches. And, if you are up for adventure, you can also ask for a ride on an ostrich.
Later on, go for a tour of the Cango Caves, limestone cave formation in the region. You can take a standard tour or an adventure tour of the caves. Adventure tour takes a lot more stamina and strenuous climb.
You can also enjoy the natural beauty of Swartberg Pass. This is a nice place to do cycling and bike riding. You can go and visit Cango Wildlife Ranch, which is a good wildlife park. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.
Day 7: Oudtshoorn – Plettenberg Bay: After breakfast, start for Plettenberg, a drive of around three hours. Plettenberg Bay, nicknamed Plet or Plett, is the primary town of the Bitou Local Municipality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
Check into a hotel on arrival. You can go and visit the ruins of the old timber shed. The stone walls here are a testimony to the craft of the stone masons who built it. In the afternoon take a walk on the beautiful Plettenberg Beach. The water is sparkling blue with white clean beach sand. You can enrol in taking surfing lessons or go for a refreshing swim in the water. There are some restaurants lines up along the beach, where you can enjoy some nice food and chilled beer.
Have a nice dinner in the evening. Overnight in Plettenberg Bay.
Day 8: Plettenberg Bay: After breakfast embark on a tour to the Tsitsikamma Forest which offers some superb walks amongst dense forest and pretty waterfalls. Later, in the afternoon, go for a trip to the ocean to look for dolphins, seals and whales. If time permits, go on to visit Birds of Eden, which has so many tropical colourful birds.
Have dinner in the evening and retire to your hotel room. Overnight in Plettenberg Bay.
Day 9: Plettenberg Bay: Start in the morning, after breakfast, for a cruise around the Featherbed Nature Reserve. This is privately owned nature reserve. It covers much of the western Knysna Head. It has some breathtaking views of the lagoon and ocean. This is a marvelous place to observe birds like Knysna loerie and blue crane, and also a tiny antelope called blue duiker found in the area.
You should visit the 19th century beautiful St. Peters Anglican Church in the evening. Overnight in Plettenberg Bay.
Day 10: Plettenberg Bay – The Addo Elephant Park: Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to the Addo Elephant Park, a drive of around three hours. Addo Elephant Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth. The Park, one of the national parks of South Africa, is home to one of the densest African Elephant populations on earth.
Check into a hotel or resort on arrival. Get yourself acclimatized to the area. Overnight at an accommodation near the Park.
Day 11:The Addo Elephant Park: After an early breakfast embark on a game drives in the Addo Elephant Park and canoeing on the Sundays River. After an exhausting day get back, have dinner and retire to your room for an overnight stay.
Day 12:The Addo Elephant Park:After breakfast go on tour to nearby game reserves. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best wildlife varieties of South Africa.
Day 13: The Addo Elephant Park – Port Elizabeth International Airport: After breakfast check out in the morning and drive to Port Elizabeth airport to catch flight to desired international destination.