South African Highlights (10 Days)

South Africa safari

South African Highlights Tour is a 10-day discovery of the secluded Cape Winelands, the road less traveled, Garden Route sites, and guest house and boutique hotel hospitality experiences. Enjoy the ‘Big 5’ game viewing in the Kruger National Park. Discover the African bush at a private game lodge and explore the awe-inspiring Panorama Route.

As this tour departs Cape Town on day 1, we recommend arriving a few days earlier to experience this incredible city.

South African Highlights Tour
South African Highlights Tour showing the number of nights in each place

The scheduled South African Highlights tour departs on selected Mondays in English and German. Choose to join others on the scheduled departure dates; with a maximum of 14 people. Alternatively; have a private guide for just your party/family or; there is also an option to drive yourselves on this tour (self-drive tour). The private and self-drive options may start on any day of the week, however; there may be slight price differences on other days. The tour is available in English and German. See scheduled departure dates.

Trip Highlights

Stellenbosch walking tour
Wine cellar tour, cheese, and wine pairing
Kruger National Park game viewing
‘Big 5’ 5* private game lodge

South African Highlights Tour Summary

1Cape Town to Wellington via Cape Winelands (±115km)
2Wellington to Oudtshoorn (Garden Route) via Route 62 (±390km)
3 – 4Oudtshoorn to Knysna via Cango Caves (±160km)
4Wellington to Oudtshoorn via Route 62 (Garden Route) (±390km)
5Knysna to Port Elizabeth (now called Gqeberha) via Eastern Garden Route (±260km)
6Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg (Flight own arrangements and account)
7Johannesburg to White River via Pretoria (±380km)
8White River to Hazyview via Kruger National Park (±150km)
9Hazyview to Hoedspruit via Panorama Route (±220km)
10Hoedspruit to Johannesburg (±460km)
South African Highlights Tour Full Itinerary

Day 1, Monday

After breakfast, guests travel into the Winelands and enjoy a craft beer tasting (own account) before a walking tour of Stellenbosch. Lunch (own account). Visit the Afrikaanse Taalmonument in Paarl. Arrive at the Wellington guest house, and enjoy time at leisure before drinks and dinner (own account) at one of the hotel’s restaurants.

Overnight at Val du Charron Guest House or similar – Breakfast.

Day 2, Tuesday

This morning the tour departs for Oudtshoorn, via Bainskloof Pass and Route 62. Enjoy a cheese and wine pairing followed by a cellar tour at an estate located off the world’s longest wine route. Lunch en route (own account). Arrive at the guest house. Spend time at leisure before dinner (own account).

Overnight at De Zeekoe Guest Farm or similar – Breakfast.

Day 3-4, Wednesday – Thursday

After breakfast, guests discover the Cango Caves, before a tractor tour at a working ostrich farm. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant (own account). Stop in Wilderness to enjoy photo opportunities and sweeping views from the Map of Africa lookout point (weather permitting) before continuing on to Knysna.

Guests enjoy dinner at the hotel (own account). The following day is spent at leisure, or on optional excursions in and around Knysna. Guests can board the ferry to Featherbed Nature Reserve (own account, including lunch) and enjoy the views, a 4WD vehicle, or an optional guided walk. Enjoy a buffet lunch on the edge of the lake. Guests spend time at leisure before dinner (own account).

Overnight at Madison Manor Boutique Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 5, Friday

After an early breakfast, the tour departs for Port Elizabeth, via the Garden Route. Travel to the Storms River Mouth suspension bridge. Guests enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest. Dine at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at The Kelway Hotel or similar – Breakfast.

Day 6, Saturday

After an early breakfast, guests are collected from the hotel and transferred to Port Elizabeth / Gqeberha International Airport for a flight to Johannesburg (not included). On arrival, guests are met and transferred to a city hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Dine (own account) at the hotel or at a restaurant.

Overnight at The Capital on Bath or similar – Breakfast.

Day 7, Sunday

Guests visit the Voortrekker Monument and the Union Buildings in Pretoria en route to the Lowveld. Lunch (own account). Arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon, and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.

Overnight at Country Boutique Hotel or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 8, Monday

Early morning guests receive a breakfast pack to enjoy en route to the Kruger National Park for a full day’s game viewing in a closed vehicle. Guests may spot the ‘Big 5’ and other wildlife and bird species. Enjoy lunch in the park (own account). Exit at Paul Kruger Gate in the late afternoon. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 9, Tuesday

This morning guests head to the Panorama Route including the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and the Pinnacle. Once at the lodge, guests enjoy high tea before an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. Dinner at the lodge.

Makalali River Lodge accommodation
Makalali River Lodge accommodation

Overnight at Makalali Main Lodge or similar – Dinner, breakfast, and 2 game activities.

Day 10, Wednesday

The tour heads back to Johannesburg following an early morning game drive and breakfast. Stop for lunch (own account) in Dullstroom. The tour ends in the late afternoon in Johannesburg.

Scheduled Tour Departure Dates

Tour Language:Bilingual – English and German
November 20227
December 2022
January 202316
February 202313
March 202313
April 202317
May 202315
June 202319
July 202324
August 202321
September 202311
October 20239

South African Highlights Tour 2023 Rates

Scheduled Tour Rates from 1st November 2022 until 31st October 2023: R 41,670 per person sharing (Single Supplement: R 25,005). Children from 7-11 years pay R20,835

South African Highlights Private Tour Rates
Number of travelers from 1st November 2022 until 31st October 2023Per Person Rate
1 personR72 594
2 peopleR51 431
3 peopleR48 688
4 to 6 peopleR46 400
Single SupplementR9 963

South African Highlights Scheduled and Private Guided Tour Includes:

Accommodation: 3 and 4-star guest houses and hotels and a 5* private game lodge
Meals: 9 x breakfasts and 3 x dinners
Transfers: 2 x shared airport transfers (Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg)
Entrance Fees: Taalmonument, Garden Route National Park conservation fee (Storms River Bridge), Voortrekker Monument, Blyde River Canyon, Lisbon Falls, God’s Window, Pinnacle, conservation fees into Kruger National Park, and a private game reserve.
Excursions: Cheese and wine pairing, wine cellar tour, Stellenbosch walking tour, Cango Caves heritage tour, ostrich farm tractor tour, short Pretoria city orientation tour, afternoon and morning open safari vehicle private game reserve game drives.
Green Seat: SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism

South African Highlights Self-drive Tour Rates and Inclusions
Number of travelers from 1st November 2022 until 31st October 2023Per Person Rate
1 person Group BR46 944
2 people Group BR34 213
3 – 4 people Group VR33 888
5 – 7 people Group ER33 500
Single SupplementR6 431

South African Highlights Self-Drive Tour Inclusions:

Accommodation: 3 and 4* guest houses and hotels and a 5* private game lodge
Meals: 9 x breakfasts and 3 x dinners
Arrival English Airport Meet and Assist
Air-conditioned vehicle of appropriate size (Europcar Group B, V, or E) including Tourism levy, 15% VAT, Carbon Emissions Tax, Airport Surcharge, Unlimited mileage, and Document admin fee. You will also receive a VIP Card giving you discounts / value adds.
Select conservation fees and excursions as per the itinerary
Green Seat: SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism


Travel insurance, flights, toll fees, visa fees, porterages, meals not mentioned, optional excursions, gratuities, and personal expenses

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