This is an itinerary suited for both very low budgets and high budgets for travellers wanting to say that they’ve experienced the biggest attractions of South Africa.
Cape Town – 3 nights (Cloud Nine Boutique Hotel)
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
Day 1: Table Mountain Cableway or Lion’s Head Hiking
Day 2: Robben Island, City tour (Bokaap, Waterfront, city center, etc …)
Day 3: Peninsula tour: Chapman’s peack, Boulders beach, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point
Dolphin Coast – 1 night (Canelands Beach Club & Spa)
Dubbed the ‘Dolphin Coast’, the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast is known for its abundant population of bottlenose dolphins that surf in the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean. The Dolphin Coast is one of the province’s main attractions offering a rich cultural heritage, excellent fishing, and spectacular golden beaches fringed by fields of sugarcane interrupted by pretty coastal holiday towns. This exceptionally scenic coastline stretches north from the metropolis of Durban, passed well-developed beach resorts and golf courses to more remote areas featuring long stretches of unspoilt beaches, wetlands and lake systems. Visitors can enjoy the sunshine-filled days with a fantastic array of activities including: swimming in tidal pools, surfing incredible waves, lazing on beaches all day; or taking a guided walk through the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve.
Day 4: Walk on the coast and if you are lucky, you can see some Whales
St Lucia – 2 nights (Avalone Guesthouse)
St Lucia lies on the St Lucia estuary, and is a haven of tranquillity that only unspoilt nature can provide. Entirely surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, the residents of little village are protective of their beautiful environment. Mountain biking, hiking, bird watching and deep-sea fishing present opportunities to enjoy the surroundings. From the town, you can catch the Santa Lucia ferry and take a trip around the lower reaches of the lake where you can view water birds, crocodiles and hippos wallowing in the shallows.
Day 5: Isimangaliso Wetland park (cruise)
Day 6: Game drive in St Lucia Estuary
Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park – 1 night (Falaza Game Park & Spa)
The Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park is the jewel in the crown of the KwaZulu-Natal game reserves. Proclaimed in 1895, it is also the oldest game reserve in Africa. Initially two separate reserves, they were joined to create a single 94 000 hectare reserve which is home to one-fifth of the world’s black and white rhino population. It was here that the internationally acclaimed Operation Rhino started in the 1960s, successfully capturing and relocating white rhino to havens within South Africa and abroad. The Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park was the first reserve to introduce walking safaris and its Wilderness Trails are internationally renowned. Visitors can also look forward to visiting a traditional Zulu village, enjoying a horse riding safari, and spotting the world renowned Big Five as well as a wide variety of bird species.
Day 7: Game drive in Hluhluwe game reserve
eSwatini – 1 night (Foresters Arms Hotel)
This tiny, land-locked nation boasts a rich historical and cultural heritage. Swaziland encompasses a diverse array of ecosystems – towering mountains and low-lying savannah, tangled rainforests and lush river valleys. Highlights of this laid-back land include the mesmerizingly beautiful ‘Valley of Heaven’, the handicraft haven of the Malkerns Valley and the Hlane Royal National Park, famed for its white rhinos, antelopes and lions.
Day 8: Discover Swaziland at the Swazi Cultural Village, tour the world’s oldest mine, visit or even climb Sibebe Rock, etc …
Kruger National Park – 3 nights (Jock Main Lodge)
At more than 2 million hectares the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. Because of its exceptional size you can experience amazing diversity – from the scenery and ecosystems to the correspondingly amazing array of animals, trees and birds. A trip to the Kruger National Park is an unforgettable and potentially life changing experience.
Day 9: Game drive in Kuger National Park
Day 10: Game drive in Kruger National Park
Day 11: Game drive
Panorama Route – 1 night (Dar Amane)
Connecting the Lowveld and the spectacular Drakensberg, sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the Highlands Meander, the historical Panorama Route is a scenic road in the Mpumalanga Province. The route features sensational views of breathtaking natural wonders, fascinating rock formations, impressive waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, and a myriad of fauna and flora. The quaint little town of Graskop serves as the gateway to this wonderful route. Panorama’s undoubtable highlight is the verdant splendour of Blyde River Canyon, one of the world’s largest green canyons featuring lush subtropical vegetation. Some other popular natural attractions along the route include: the spectacular Lisbon, Berlin, and Mac Mac Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and the astonishing God’s Window. Don’t miss the world famous Kruger National Park and the picturesque gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest, a historical living museum.
Day 12: Panorama route with Blyde river canyon, God’s window, Berlin falls, The pinnacle, etc…