Essential South Africa – SCR

All the best in one vacation

South Africa conjures images of vast open savannah, cosmopolitan cities and world-class beaches. On this 8-night vacation, you’ll experience all of this and more! Spend time in Cape Town, Pilanesberg National Park and Johannesburg.

Unique Explorations
Take a walk through the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town, just steps from your hotel.
Enjoy the scenic coastal views as you drive along Chapman’s Peak in the Cape Peninsula.
Taste South African wine straight from the source on an included Winelands tour.
Stay at a luxury lodge in Pilanesberg National Park, with an infinity pool and spa!
Enjoy daily safaris in open vehicles at Pilanesberg, a national park on the site of an ancient volcano.
See South Africa’s classics on this 8-night vacation! From the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town to the wide open plains of Pilanesberg, this trip will take you to all of the must-see sites with guided tours and safari drives.

You will begin in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a top international destination. Experience the city’s fascinating history and culture, coastal beauty, and award-winning wines on three guided tours. Beaches, mountains, harbors and gardens: Cape Town truly has it all!

Then head to the safari portion of your trip at the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve. The park lies inside a 1300 million-year-old volcanic complex and offers a wide variety of beautiful landscapes, not to mention a great diversity of plants and animals. See the Big 5, wild dogs and 360 species of birds on daily game drives right from your luxurious lodge.

*Vacation is round-trip, per person, based on 2 travelers. Includes airfare & airport taxes, transfers, hotels, tours, daily breakfast and more. Additional baggage charges may apply. Rates are available for 1 to 9 travelers.

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Day 01:
Welcome to Cape Town!

Arrive in Cape Town and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel. Take a stroll on the historic V&A Waterfront, located near your hotel, to get a feel for this vibrant city.

Transfer to Cape Town hotel – Southern Sun The Cullinan

1 Cullinan Street

8001, Cape Town, South Africa

Colonial-style hotel in the heart of Cape Town

Stay in the heart of Cape Town at Southern Sun The Cullinan. From the hotel, enjoy incredible views of Table Mountain, the bustling Table Bay Harbour and Waterfront, and the Cape’s city center.

Each of the 394 rooms is equipped with free WiFi, tea and coffee stations, electronic safes, en-suite facilities and supremely comfortable double or queen beds. Take a dip in the large outdoor pool, relax on the spacious deck, and savor delicious food and fine wine at The Star Bar and Terrace and The Peach Tree Restaurant.

Day 02:
Cape Town

Today you will spend your first full day in Cape Town on a half-day tour taking you to the top of the iconic Table Mountain and the lush Company Gardens.

After the tour, consider a visit to the vibrant-colored Bo-Kaap district, which is rooted in Malaysian, African, Indian and Sri Lankan culture.

Day 03:
Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour (Half-Day)

Take a trip up one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature: the legendary Table Mountain. Accompanied by a scenic coastal drive and a walk through the Company Gardens, this tour was designed with the nature-lover in mind.

As you walk through the gardens, you’ll find yourself surrounded with stunning buildings and museums, such as St. Georges Cathedral, the National Art Gallery, the Jewish Museum, the Salve Museum, and more!

Day 04:
Cape Town

Today, enjoy a scenic full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula led by an English-speaking guide. Visit Cape Point, Chapman’s Peak and Boulders Beach!

Cape Peninsula Tour (full-day)

Make the most of this one-day tour through the Cape Peninsula where you’ll have the opportunity to visit Chapman’s Peak, the Cape Point Nature Reserve where a beautiful old lighthouse stands over beautiful greenery, zebras, baboons, and birds, and Boulders Beach, which is known for its penguins!

Day 05:
Cape Town - Pilanesberg National Park

After an early breakfast, enjoy a transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Once you’ve arrived, you will be transferred to your safari destination at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve, one of the most popular reserves in South Africa.

Set within the crater of an ancient volcano, Pilanesberg is ancient history come alive. Embark on your first safari drive and see incredible wildlife up close!

Transfer to Cape Town airport (CPT)

Fly to Johannesburg!

Transfer to Pilanesberg National Park lodge

Check in – Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

0316, Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa

5-star lodge in Pilanesberg National Park

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a 5-star luxury lodge in the heart of the malaria free Pilanesberg Game Reserve, a mere two hour’s drive from Johannesburg. Facilities on the premises include a rim flow swimming pool, gourmet restaurant, open entertainment decks, cigar lounge, and spa.

Standard suites come equipped patios overlooking the magnificent reserve, outdoor showers, flat screen TVs, and minibars. Guided game drives in open game viewing vehicles are offered in the morning and evening. For a truly indulgent experience, the Amani Spa at Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge offers guests holistic body, skin and beauty rituals designed to revitalize and restore.

Day 06:
Pilanesberg National Park

Continue exploring Pilanesberg National Park’s wildlife and terrain. The relatively small size of the park and its unusual ecological richness make seeing the Big 5 much easier. Virtually all of the animal species native to southern Africa can be found here, including wild dogs, sable antelopes and more than 360 species of birds!

Day 07:
Pilanesberg National Park

On your last full day in Pilanesberg, consider pampering yourself with a relaxing spa treatment at your lodge or lounging by the infinity pool. Dine on exotic meats and sip South African wine as you embrace your last starry night on the African savanna.

Day 08:
Pilanesberg National Park - Johannesburg

After an early morning game drive and breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Johannesburg.

Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure, perhaps by strolling through Nelson Mandela Square, just minutes from your hotel in the suburb of Sandton.

Transfer to Johannesburg

Check in – Sandton Sun

Corner Alice Lane and Fifth Street

2196, Johannesburg, South Africa

5-star luxury hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg

Elegant and distinguished, the Sandton Sun offers guests a memorable stay in the exclusive suburb of Sandton. Linked to the Sandton Convention Centre and the Sandton City Shopping Centre, this hotel combines business services, contemporary dining and fashionable shopping, appealing to both leisure and business travelers. The hotel is a 40 minutes drive from O.R Tambo International Airport and a stone’s throw from the Gautrain Station, offering convenience and easy access to the city’s finest amenities.

Day 09:
Depart South Africa

Say goodbye to South Africa as you transfer to Johannesburg’s airport. Take one last look at the city below as you fly home.

Transfer to Johannesburg airport (JNB)

Fly home!

What's Included

  • Roundtrip economy class airfare into Cape Town (CPT), out of Johannesburg (JNB)
  • All airport and inter-city transfers
  • 4 nights in Cape Town at the Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel, or similar
  • Cape Peninsula Tour (full-day)
  • Winelands Tour (full-day)
  • Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour (half-day)
  • One-way economy class flight from Cape Town (CPT) to Johannesburg (JNB)
  • 3 nights in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park at the Shepherds Tree Game Lodge, or similar
  • Lunch and dinner daily while in Pilanesberg National Park
  • Daily safari drives while in Pilanesberg National Park
  • 1 night in Johannesburg at the Sandton Sun Hotel, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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