South Africa Adventure – 12 Nights
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Calling all adventure junkies! This 12-night South Africa vacation gives you the freedom drive across Cape Town and the coast, exploring several highlights on the way. Go on safari at a private game reserve, hike or take the cable car to Table Mountain and go shark cage diving in Gansbaai!
- Take a stroll through the colorful streets of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town. Experience this former township, which is just as vibrant in history as it is in color!
- Browse local craft markets, check out Green Market Square in Cape Town and explore Woodmill Market in Stellenbosch.
- Say hello to the Western Cape’s cutest residents – African Penguins!
- Head to Boulder’s Beach and watch the little guys bask in the sun and swim in the turquoise water.
- Keep an eye out for Southern Right Whales in Hermanus, also known as South Africa’s whale watching capital, then participate in a thrilling shark cage dive in Gansbaai!
- See the Big 5 up-close! Enjoy a luxurious stay in the brush and experience daily safari drives.
- Escape to bright blue waters, postcard-worthy landscapes, rolling vineyards, and wildlife-filled brush.
- Hear the sounds of elephant’s trumpet, dance to the beat of hand-drums, and spot whales’ tails poking up from the ocean.
- Try the vibrant flavors of authentic South African Braii, paired perfectly with a glass of local Pinotage, of course. On this vacation, become part of the magic of South Africa.
Start your journey in colorful Cape Town! Visit sparkling Camp’s Bay, hike up Lion’s Head, and stroll through Bo-Kaap – all while majestic Table Mountain sits in the background. For once-in-a-lifetime views, take a cable car up the iconic mountain and watch a truly unforgettable sunset. While in Cape Town, take advantage of your included Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour and see every nook and cranny of this culture-packed city!
Next, drive through the winding countryside to stunning Stellenbosch. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the South African Winelands and treat yourself to tons of sips and samples! From Stellenbosch, head to the Whale Coast! Gaze out at the bright blue waters of Hermanus, right near the meeting points of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Enjoy cliffside hikes, peaceful whale watching, and endless exploration. Get ready for the adrenaline-pumping adventure you’ve been waiting for – shark cage diving! Get up-close and personal with these majestic creatures, and spot other beautiful marine life as well. You’ll spend the next couple of nights in breathtaking Knysna – home of the picture-perfect Knysna Heads!
Your final stop may be last on the list of destinations, but it’s certainly not last in adventure. Drive to Kariega Private Game Reserve and watch your dreams of an African safari come to life! Take tons of photos and see the Big 5 and more in-person! Say hello to giraffes, elephants, zebra, and more.
**Must be 16 years or older to participate in the Shark Cage Diving Tour
Sample rate from Atlanta is per person and final rate will vary based on dates and availability. Rates and schedule not guaranteed until booked.
Vacation is round-trip, per person, based on 2 travelers. Includes airfare & airport taxes, automatic car, hotels, tours, daily breakfast and more. Additional baggage charges may apply. Rates are available for 1 to 9 travelers.
As your plane floats down to land, peek out at the majestic mountains and deep blue waters that await you below! Upon arrival in Cape Town International Airport (CPT), you will be welcomed by a friendly travel representative who will shower you with tips, directions, and suggestions.
Next, pick up your rental car and take off! Take a scenic drive along the sparkling coast, then settle into your luxurious hotel.
Unpack, then spend your first afternoon frolicking around the vibrant V&A Waterfront. Treat yourself to some delicious seafood at any of the Waterfront’s seaside restaurants, browse through local craft shops, and listen to the lively beats of street drummers. To finish off an amazing first day, take an unforgettable sunset ride on the giant Ferris Wheel that sits at the center of the Waterfront – talk about incredible views!
Check in – Vineyard Hotel
7700, Cape Town, South Africa
Sophisticated elegance with country charm
Escape to this luxurious hotel that blends countryside charm with modern elegance. As soon as you arrive at the Vineyard Hotel, you’ll notice its picture-perfect exterior filled with lush greenery, bright flowers, and stunning views of Table Mountain. Step into the sophisticated lobby and feel welcomed by stylish decor and a beyond-friendly reception team. Open the door to your spacious room and fall into an instant state of peace and serenity. Sprawl out on your large cozy bed, use the hotel’s free WiFi, and take a peek at the spectacular view out your window.
Work all your stresses away in the immaculate fitness center, then pamper yourself with a well-deserved massage at the tranquil spa. Change into your swimsuit and head to the outdoor pool! Take a refreshing dip, enjoy a cold poolside drink, and gaze out at amazing views of neighboring Table Mountain. When it’s time to eat, indulge in mouthwatering cuisine at any of the hotel’s several on-site dining options. Try inventive plates at the trendy Square Restaurant or enjoy traditional favorites in the sophisticated Myoga Restaurant. In the mood for a quick bite paired with an incredible view? Relax with some local wine on the Garden Lounge Patio or the poolside Splash Bar.
Wake up to blue skies, mountain views, and sea air! After an energizing breakfast, embark on your included Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour. See all of Cape Town’s “must-sees” and feel free to hop off and explore at any point.
If time allows, head to nearby Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, where you’ll suddenly feel tiny in the shadow of towering trees and soaring mountains. Take tons of priceless photos as you walk through vast greenery and become surrounded by rare, brightly-colored flora and fauna. Put on your bravest face and walk across the amazing tree canopy walkway!
In the afternoon, grab your camera and fill your backpack with water-bottles and snacks – it’s time to hike Lion’s Head! On this easy-intermediate hike, experience some of the most amazing views Cape Town has to offer. Gaze out at the horizon and watch the blue ocean meet the shore beneath Table Mountain. Feel immersed in lush vegetation, say hello to some friendly wildlife, and feast your eyes on a once-in-a-lifetime sunset.
Cape Town Hop-on/Hop-off City Tour
See every inch of colorful Cape Town on this fun-filled Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour! Feel free to “hop off” and explore the V&A Waterfront, Long Street, Bo-Kaap, Table Mountain Cableway, Camps Bay, and much more.
Spend your morning walking along the trendy restaurant-lined streets near Camp’s Bay Beach. Grab a bite at a cute seaside cafe, then take a stroll on the sand. Look right and see bright blue ocean, then look left and see a majestic backdrop of Table Mountain.
Hop in the car and spend the afternoon exploring Cape Town’s extraordinary outskirts. Drive through beautiful Hout Bay, then make your way to Simon’s Town. Pull over, stretch your legs, and wander along quaint shop-lined streets.
Be sure to stop at Boulder’s Beach and take tons of photos with some friendly locals – penguins, of course! Boulder’s Beach is home to a large colony of African Penguins, and they’re there all year-round. Watch them bask in the sun and swim in the cool waters in front of you!
Spend your last night in Cape Town unwinding at a trendy bar on Kloof Street.
Wave goodbye to the cobalt coast, for now. Embark on a scenic journey through the mountainous countryside to South Africa’s picture-perfect wine region: Stellenbosch!
Upon arrival, settle into your hotel, wander into town, and explore charming Church Street! Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at any of the fabulous restaurants in the area.
Check in – Oude Werf Hotel
30 Church St
7600, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Trendy sophistication with a cozy feel
Immerse yourself in rustic-chic elegance at this relaxing retreat in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands. Admire the Oude Werf Hotel’s lush green grounds, then step inside to luxury and sophistication. After checking-in with the friendly reception team, stroll through the stylish halls and find your homey bedroom. Open the door to pure peace and soothing serenity. Sprawl out on your large bed, enjoy free WiFi, watch some TV, and discover beautiful views out your window. With contemporary decor, modern amenities, and beautiful views, what’s not to love?
Make your way down to the outdoor pool and enjoy a refreshing dip. Soak up some sun as you gaze out at the view and order a cold drink from the poolside bar. When you work up an appetite, make your way to the trendy on-site restaurant and indulge in an unforgettable dining experience.
Say “cheers” to an exciting day of exploring South Africa’s world-renowned wine region! Visit any of the area’s countless wineries and treat yourself to a tasting, or two.
Be sure to try South Africa’s signature red: Pinotage! Sip its smooth, slightly smokey flavor – it might be your new favorite!
Head to Hermanus today and get ready for a whale of a time! Drive down the Western Cape until you reach the bright blue waters of South Africa’s – and perhaps the world’s – whale watching capital.
This beautiful beach town is populated with Southern Right Whales, species of sharks, and other marine wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled!
Tonight, treat yourself to a beachfront meal at any of Hermanus’ cliffside restaurants!
Check in – Harbour House Hotel
22 Harbour Road
Hermanus, South Africa
Stay in style at the Harbour House Hotel. Located in the heart of Hermanus’ Old Harbour area, this hotel offers the perfect oasis after a day of exploring. Enjoy sweeping views from the Lookout Terrace, treat yourself to a lunch at Selkirk’s restaurant, or take in the sunset from the Wine Bar in the Pavilion.
With a base as convenient as the Harbour House Hotel, you’ll find no shortage of nearby things to do, see, and experience. Start days off wit a nature hike in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, embark upon a whale watching tour, organize a tour of one of the nearby wineries, or pick up the perfect one-of-a-kind souvenir at one of the nearby craft markets.
Enjoy an energizing breakfast, then embark on a voyage into the deep blue waters of Gansbaai, the Great White Shark Capital of the World! Take a once-in-a-lifetime plunge into the water during your included shark cave diving adventure! Talk about an action-packed adrenaline rush…
After a thrill-filled day, lace up your sneakers and head to Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Hike gorgeous cliffs and feast your eyes on spectacular sea views.
More breathtaking beauty awaits at Walker Bay! Sit and stare out at the vast ocean and watch majestic whales swim on by.
Shark Cave Diving Tour in Gansbaai
Going Great White Shark Diving in South Africa and more specifically a trip on the Slashfin, is a combination of goosebump thrills, education, and relaxation on a luxury boat in the company of experienced experts and researchers! They will show you how to distinguish between a male and female shark and how to identify a specific shark by its unique dorsal fin and scars. The 20 – 25 minute boat trip to where the activity is to take place, is by itself an exhilarating adventure.
Named after a legendary 15-foot male shark with a very distinctive dorsal fin, the Slashfin is a unique, multi-million rand aluminium boat custom designed for speed, stability, safety and space and can comfortably accommodate 40 passengers and the crew at a time.
On any given day, you’ll also usually see at least two or more members of the Marine Big Five – sharks, dolphins, whales, seals and penguins, as well as several bird species.
Here is a brief breakdown of what to expect:
Before the trip guests meet at the Great White House in Kleinbaai
You will receive breakfast or lunch and register your wetsuit size
Guests receive a pre-trip safety briefing about what to expect during the trip and a biological background on great white sharks
You’ll then take a short stroll down to the harbor to board Slashfin
Travel time to Dyer Island is approximately 20 minutes, with the shallows being a short 10 minute ride (where you’ll anchor depends on where the sharks are)
On average, you’ll anchor for 2 hours, but this depends on shark activity, conditions, as well as number of divers
Weather permitting, you’ll take a quick trip through the infamous Shark Alley
Lastly, a debrief in the Great White House with soup and bread to warm you up.
Cash Showers available to freshen up before departing on your next adventure.
Hit the road and embark on a journey along the sparkling southern coast. On your way to Knysna, consider stopping at picturesque Mossel Bay for lunch. Then, continue onto Knysna and check-in to your beautiful hotel.
Check in – Protea Hotel Knysna Quays
6571, Knysna, South Africa
Enjoy views of Knysna from your room
Stare off over the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and look out over the sparkling coastal town of Knysna from your room at the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays. Enjoy luxurious rooms with beautiful views in this resort-styled hotel, offering massages, six restaurants to choose from, and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
Tucked comfortably in the center of the Garden Route in South Africa, the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays is very easily one of the best hotels to spend your nights in. With amenities for any kind of traveler, from holiday to tourist to busieness, the Knysna Quays is sure to delight.
Ah, wake up in paradise! Rejuvenate with a tasty breakfast, then grab your camera and head to Knysna Heads. This postcard-worthy spot boasts dramatic cliffs and deep turquoise waters that are so beautiful you won’t believe they’re real. From the Heads, explore the rest of Garden Route National Park and discover the beauty of the wilderness.
In the afternoon, check out the bustling Wild Oats Farmer’s Market. Try delicious foods, learn about Knysna’s culture, and mingle with some friendly locals. After you finish your snacks, make your way to breathtaking Brenton on Sea or Buffalo Bay and relax on the warm sand of the glistening beach.
If time allows, drive through the magnificent Prince Alfred’s Pass. Feel awe-struck by jaw-dropping mountain-scapes, hidden waterfalls, and endless greenery.
Breathe in the salty sea air as you enjoy a pleasant breakfast, then head for the brush. Today’s the day to let your wild side roar!
Explore the lush grounds of the malaria-free reserve, then indulge in a delicious dinner at the main lodge. Get a good night’s rest – excitement awaits tomorrow!
Check in – Kariega Private Game Reserve, Main Lodge
Kariega Private Game Reserve
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Log chalets on a private game reserve
Nestled in the green valleys of the Eastern Cape, Kariega Main Lodge is an authentic safari lodge set in the malaria-free Kariega Private Game Reserve. The lodge serves as a perfect base to enjoy an African safari with twice daily game drives on the reserve and seeing lions, elephants, and rhinos up close.
The lodge is comprised of 24 luxurious log chalets, a vibrant restaurant, bar and living area as well as a pool, gift shop, gym and health spa. In addition to game drives, staying at the lodge means you’ll have access to many other activities including safari walks and fishing.
Wake up in the wild! Enjoy breakfast, then put on your best safari hat and get exploring. Take tons of photos on your first safari drive of the day, then break for a yummy lunch. Roam around the gorgeous grounds of the reserve, then get ready for round two. Spot lions, elephants, leopards, and more!
After an exciting day, indulge in a delicious dinner back at the lodge. Then, cozy up and get a good night’s sleep.
What’s a better way to spend your last day in South Africa than on Safari? Enjoy the day and try to spot all of the Big 5 and more! Get that selfie with a giraffe and hear the roar of a nearby male lion.
Spend your last dinner reflecting on the success of your magical South African journey.
Squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage and take one last scenic drive to the airport. Drop off your rental car and fly from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, then board your connection home. Spend your flight scrolling through priceless photos and dreaming about your next adventure.
Fly from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg