South Africa is often described as ‘a world in one country’ because of its incredibly varied terrain and landscapes. This self-drive vacation will allow you experience that variety for yourself as you meander from the beaches, forests, vineyards and mountains of Cape Town to the glamour of Sun City and the acacia-dotted plains of classic safari country to spot the Big 5 in the Pilanesberg National Park.
Begin your getaway in glorious Cape Town at the very edge of Table Mountain National Park and range the length and breadth of the Cape Peninsula, from the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to scenic Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans met. Then take in the centuries-old heritage of the Constantia Wine Route before dropping in on the adorable African penguins at Boulders Beach, toasting the day with a picnic on Lion’s Head.
Transfer via Johannesburg to Sun City to surf the outrageous Valley of the Waves, upping the ante at the resort’s casino or taking in high-octane extravaganza. Bring your South African adventure to a close with a thrilling Big 5 safari – with hot-air balloon and elephant-back options - at the Black Rhino Game Lodge in nearby Pilanesberg National Park.