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This two-week self-drive adventure delivers some of South Africa's top highlights and will have you exploring the delights of Africa's favourite city, searching for the Big 5, tasting famous Cape wines and relaxing on pristine sandy beaches.

Kick off with Cape Town and its famous beaches, buzzing streets and towering Table Mountain before driving to the Cape Winelands and the beautiful Alpine-style town of Franschhoek. Having experienced the Cape you'll then jet off to Durban before disappearing into the wonderful Phinda Resource Reserve to enjoy superb game viewing and bird watching.

Then head for the rugged, unspoilt KwaZulu Natal coast to spend your last nights at Thonga Beach Lodge, relaxing on the beach and exploring the beautiful Indian Ocean and its abundant marine life.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Discover the delights of Cape Town
  • Take the cable car up Table Mountain
  • Shop at the V&A Waterfront & Long Street
  • Visit historical Robben Island
  • Taste fantastic local wines in Franschhoek
  • Drive around the scenic Cape Winelands
  • Thrilling game sightings at Phinda private reserve
  • Stay in the shade of an indigenous forest in glass-fronted suites
  • Lounge on unspoilt, pristine beaches
  • Swim, snorkel & dive in the Indian Ocean
  • Go on turtle, whale & dolphin safaris
  • Watch the sun set over Sibaya Lake

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in the Mother City

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport where you will pick up your rental car and drive to the upmarket city suburb of Higgovale, set against the slopes of Table Mountain. Settle into Kensington Place, a sophisticated and tranquil boutique hotel, and enjoy a relaxing evening in or set out to explore the city at night.
Days 2-4

Experience Cape Town's treasures

The next three days are yours to explore bustling, vibrant Cape Town and its many attractions. Wander around the ever-popular V&A Waterfront for great shopping and dining, enjoy a picnic in the stunning Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or take a day tour around the Cape Peninsula to take in Boulders Beach and Cape Point.

Head up Table Mountain on foot or by cable car and marvel at the spectacular views of the city and surrounding oceans, visit historic Robben Island or get your adrenalin pumping with shark-cage diving or kite surfing.

Wander through Cape Town's streets, stopping at the many shops, street markets and cafes along the way for a taste of the city's famous cultural diversity. Return to Kensington Place for a whisky on ice before heading back to town for a completely different atmosphere and some fine dining at one of the city's top restaurants.

Days 5-6

Indulge in the Winelands

Leave Cape Town behind today as you take a leisurely drive into the Cape Winelands and the beautiful town of Franschhoek. Arrive at Franschhoek Country House, the perfect place for an elegant, relaxing stay where you can unwind and enjoy the finer things in life - after all, this is South Africa's best fine food and wine destination. Visit local wine estates as you wind through this extraordinarily scenic valley to taste exquisite wines and marvel at the stunning Alpine views.

Enjoy the elegant simplicity of the country-style estate as you wander through the gardens and cool off with a dip in the pool. Treat yourself to a professional spa treatment or massage before heading out in the evening to enjoy a classic meal at one of Franschhoek's world-famous restaurants - accompanied of course by a fine local wine.

Day 7

Arrive in colourful Durban

Say farewell to the Winelands and return to Cape Town International to drop off your rental car and catch your flight to Durban, a colourful and cultural city located on the coast of KwaZulu Natal. Collect a different rental car when you arrive and drive to Umhlanga Rocks, a popular holiday escape north of Durban. Settle into Teremok Marine, a charming guesthouse offering a Wellness Centre and easy access to the beach.

Days 8-10

Search for the Big 5

This morning you will drive to Phinda Resource Reserve for three days of superb game viewing and luxurious accommodation in a peaceful, forested getaway.

Set at the heart of an indigenous forest, Phinda Forest Lodge is a haven for nature lovers: many small animals wander freely around and the bird watching even around camp is excellent.

But the big stuff lies a little further away: go on 4X4 game drives to explore Phinda's beautiful and varied habitats and be on the constant lookout for Africa's Big 5. The reserve has long been known for its population of rhinos, and a rhino tracking excursion will prove an exhilarating experience as you search for these creatures on foot.

Return to the lodge in the evenings for a relaxing sundowner drink and sit down to a delicious meal as you listen to the sounds of the African night.

Days 11-14

Enjoy a coastal getaway

Leave the Phinda wilderness behind today as you return to the coast and make your way into the rugged and remote Maputoland area for a four-night stay at Thonga Beach Lodge, right beside the Indian Ocean.

Thonga is surrounded by indigenous milkwood forest and is only a short walk away from a seemingly endless beach. Spend your days absorbing the natural ambience of this sub-tropical paradise with long walks on the beach and cool swims in the clear, blue ocean.

Go snorkelling at low tide to discover what goes on beneath the warm ocean's surface and go on whale, dolphin and turtle tracking expeditions to learn more about the resident marine life. In the evenings you can enjoy a sundowner drink overlooking Sibaya Lake, a destination that forms part of the Greater St Lucia Estuary.

Day 15

Say goodbye to KwaZulu Natal

Return to Durban today to drop off your rental car and catch your flight back to either Cape Town or OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where you'll connect with your outbound flight.

Inclusions

  • 4 nights at Kensington Place on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Franschhoek Country House and Villas on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 night at Teremok Marine on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Phinda Forest Lodge on a fully inclusive basis
  • 4 nights at Thonga Beach Lodge on a full board basis
  • 7 days car rental in Cape Town
  • 9 days car rental in Durban
  • Flight from Cape Town to Durban

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $4585
  • 01 Feb 2015 - 03 Mar 2015 $4780
  • 04 Mar 2015 - 03 Apr 2015 $4795
  • 04 Apr 2015 - 04 May 2015 $4795
  • 05 May 2015 - 04 Jun 2015 $4565
  • 05 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015 $4565

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"This trip is all about exploring the coast in luxury. The unusual combination of Cape Town and Natal makes the discovering of hidden gems all the more exciting!"

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