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You can’t come to South Africa and not visit Cape Town. How many other cities in the world have a mountain ten minutes from downtown? Or beaches where you can walk with penguins and see whales?

But South Africa is a big country and Cape Town lies at the very bottom, far from the Kruger National Park and other safari destinations like Victoria Falls and Botswana. And you might be thinking about including the Cape Winelands or exploring the Garden Route – one of Africa’s best family destinations.

Make the most of your time in South Africa with a Cape Town safari tour combination – tried and tested itineraries with something for everyone: couples and honeymooners, families on holiday, and travellers who simply want to experience the natural wonders of Africa. Here are a few of our favourite city, winelands, and safari tours from Cape Town – plus the odd beach holiday additions too.

Luxury Cape Town Tours

Luxury Cape Town Tours

1. Cape Winelands and Kruger

Duration: 9 Days | Locations: 3

A coffee table filled with snack bowls and champagne flutes sit next to a couch alongside 2 beaded sheep with an expansive balcony in the background with tables and umbrellas overlooking the Cape Winelands | Go2Africa
Snacks and bubbles | Mont Rochelle Hotel

Pick up your rental car from the airport and drive yourself to one of Cape Town’s smartest boutique hotels, tucked away in one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods. Table Mountain lies a few minutes away, and you have plenty of time for the peninsula highlights: penguins, Cape Point, Robben Island and Kirstenbosch Gardens. Then it’s a scenic drive to Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, the centre of South Africa’s food renaissance, for two nights of indulgence and pampering at a private country house. The pace changes with a flight to the Kruger where you’ll be whisked off to the Sabi Sands Private Reserve for matchless Big 5 game viewing, returning to a luxury suite complete with private viewing decks and room service.

Highlights:

  • Discover Cape Town and the Winelands at your own pace
  • Luxurious, private accommodation throughout; superior service
  • Spa, beauty treatments and massages available
  • Fine food and wine – a gourmet’s delight
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing in private reserve
  • Game drives, bush walks, star-gazing and community visits

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners; special occasions

2. Cape Town, Winelands and Garden Route

Duration: 12 Days | Locations: 3

A thatched building and surrounding balcony overlook a river and mountainside at sunset | Go2Africa
Evening views | Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Get it all on this tour: you’ll start in Cape Town at an intimate boutique hotel and with the advantage of your own car, enabling you to explore at your own speed. Cape Point and the penguins of Boulders Beach lie an hour away, and Table Mountain is just up the road. Then the rest of the Cape opens up: an elegant suite in the Cape Winelands, a luxurious guesthouse along the Garden Route, and the grand finale is a Big 5 safari in the malaria-free Eastern Cape – game drives, walks and river safaris in a wildly beautiful landscape.

Highlights:

  • A unique showcase of the Cape’s extraordinary natural diversity
  • Big 5 game viewing and prime whale-watching (in season)
  • Romantic, luxurious accommodation with spas and fine food
  • Self-drive independence – you set the pace
  • Great inclusive tours – shark-cage diving, city cycling and forest canopy
  • Malaria-free safari in the Eastern Cape

Best for:

Adventurous couples and honeymooners

Kruger & Cape Town Tours

Kruger & Cape Town Tours

3.Cape Town and Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Duration: 8 Days | Locations: 2

A sunken boma with padded seating surround an open firepit with Lion Sands River Lodge in the background | Go2Africa
Evenings spent by the fire | Lion Sands River Lodge

Looking to sit back on holiday and not have to make too many decisions? With this tour, you’ll be met when you arrive at Cape Town airport and transfer straight to one of the city’s finest boutique hotels. There’s both a full-day Cape Point and Cape Winelands tour already booked for you, leaving you with another full day to perhaps tour Robben Island, go hiking or just hit the beach. Then it’s a direct flight to the Kruger Park and one of its best private reserves for Big 5 game viewing – your chance to see elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo with unprecedented ease. Back at camp, you’ll enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned suite, excellent food and a hand-picked wine list.

Highlights:

  • Intimate and luxurious accommodation
  • Easy logistics: door to door travel; fly straight to the Kruger
  • Full-day Cape Point and Cape Winelands tours included
  • Day and night game drives, guided walks and bush breakfasts
  • Fine food and wine, spa treatments and massages

Best for:

Couples, honeymooners and special occasions

4. Cape Town, Sabi Sand and a Tropical Island

Duration: 12 Days | Locations: 3

A spacious wooden deck complete with loungers and a plunge pool overlook a river while the sun sets creating a pink sky | Go2Africa
Sublime sunsets overlooking the river | Lion Sands Narina Lodge

From the crisp waters of Cape Point to the tropical temperatures of Mozambique’s Indian Ocean, this tour spans Southern Africa and gives you peerless Big 5 game viewing in between. You begin at a chic apartment in Cape Town’s Kloof Street district and a moment’s walking distance to fashionable bars and restaurants. Then it’s a direct flight to the Kruger Park and one of its private reserves, giving you exclusive access to a game-rich area that you’ll explore on game drives and bush walks. Your suite is air-conditioned and comes with its own plunge pool set on your viewing deck.

The finale is a warm welcome from the Bazaruto Archipelago and a beachfront resort where you have the choice of doing as much as you like – scuba diving, sailing, kayaking – or as little as you please – sunset cruises, spa treatments and private dining.

Highlights:

  • Great beach and bush combination
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing in a private Kruger reserve
  • Direct flights and all transfers included – easy travel
  • Central location in Cape Town – ideal for city-lovers
  • Day and night game drives, guided walks and bush dining
  • Relaxing spa treatments and massages available
  • Superior comfort and service throughout
  • Scuba diving, snorkelling and great water sports

Best for:

Couples, honeymooners and special occasions

5. Honeymoon Cape Town & Kruger

Duration: 9 Days | Locations: 2

A long pool with loungers sit in front of a large manor house with views of the ocean in Cape Town, South Africa | Go2Africa
Poolside bliss and panoramic ocean vistas | Ellerman House

Your journey begins in the refined, elegant grounds of Ellerman House in Cape Town. Overlook the Atlantic Ocean from one of the city’s most elegant postcodes and discover its exuberant streets. Discover the Mother City’s world-class winelands, famous beaches, and its iconic Table Mountain, as well as its café and restaurant scene. From there, it’s time to explore the legendary Kruger National Park, known for housing safari heavyweights, including the Big 5.

After a scenic city sojourn, relish in the wildlife and nature of Kruger National Park, one of the ultimate safari destinations and combinations with safari tours from Cape Town. Romance and sophistication abound at Singita Lebombo, your multi-award-winning home-away-from-home.

Highlights:

  • Exceptional accommodation throughout
  • Big 5 sighting opportunities
  • Incredible sightings and overall safari experience
  • Journey to one of the most famous safari destinations
  • Discover world-class wines, cuisine, and iconic landmarks

Best for…

Couples and honeymooners

6. Honeymoon Cape Town, Kruger & Seychelles

Duration: 14 Days | Locatins: 4

A private plunge pool with fountain feature is surrounded by lanterns and candles with an outside bathtub and table set up for a romantic dinner | Go2Africa
A romantic private dinner set up at your suite | Londolozi Private Granite Suites.

Spend 14 days enjoying the ultimate combination; vibrant city life, luxury safari, and idyllic island escape. The first few days are spent in the Mother City, Cape Town, and promises beautiful beaches, sprawling vineyards, a thriving gastronomy scene, and Table Mountain. Say farewell to the Cape and jet off to Kruger’s Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Opt for a romantic candlelit dinner for your first night at Londolozi Private Granite Suites and settle in to your new home. As the area is known for its high concentration of game, and the opportunity for a Big 5 safari, you’re likely to catch some exciting sightings on game drives and guided walks.

After soaking in your safari surroundings, it’s time to embrace idyllic island life. Make the most of your 5-night stay and soak in the splendid sunshine of the Seychelles. After arriving in Mahé, transfer to the private island of Félicité for your beachside sojourn at Six Senses Zil Pasyon Resort. Your luxurious private villa provides a peaceful escape while beach dinners add an extra level of romance to your trip.

Highlights:

  • Discover Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, and beaches in Cape Town
  • An opportunity to see the Big 5 in Sabi Sands
  • Candlelit and romantic beach dinners
  • Stay on a private island in the Seychelles
  • Various game viewing activities

Best for…

Honeymooners and couples.

7. Exclusive Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury

Duration: 12 Days | Locations: 3

Two pool loungers with purple cushions and a small table between them, complete with cocktails, overlook a pool and the Franschhoek Mountains | Go2Africa
A peaceful escape by the pool surrounded with a view of the Franschhoek Mountains | Le Quartier Francais

A 12-day journey combining the South Africa’s Mother City, world-renowned winelands, and one of its iconic safari destinations. Spend several days exploring Cape Town from the luxurious Cape Grace Hotel, set in the heart of the V&A Waterfront. Ascend Table Mountain for a bird’s eye view of the city, explore an abundance of spectacular beaches, and sample some of the cuisine before the next part of your adventure.

An hour-long drive will find you in the lauded Cape Winelands, more specifically Franschhoek, which is largely regarded as South Africa’s culinary capital. Sample sublime wines, enjoy gourmet dining experiences, and discover this quaint corner of the Cape. Travel to the game-rich Sabi Sands Game Reserve for the safari portion of your adventure next for sensational sightings. Keep your eyes peeled for the Big 5, endangered wild dogs, and other predators. As you’re in a private reserve, take advantage of scintillating night drives in search of the reserve’s nocturnal residents.

Highlights:

  • Sample award-winning wines in Franschhoek
  • Seek out the Big 5
  • Summit Table Mountain by cable car
  • Stay in the heart of the V&A Waterfront
  • Enjoy South Africa’s culinary capital
  • A great combination of winelands, Cape Town and safari destinations

Best for…

Couples, honeymooners, and small groups.

8. Cape, Kruger & Seychelles’ Mahé Island

Duration: 14 Days | Locations: 4

A tasteful suite at Simbambili Game Lodge features mustard yellow accents and a large deck overlooking the surrounding bush | Go2Africa
Nothing like waking up to this view | Simbambili Game Lodge

Combining three iconic destinations on a safari, bush, and beach adventure. Immerse yourself in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town, where beaches, cuisine, world-renowned wineries, and culture abound. Not to mention one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, the mighty Table Mountain. From there, it’s time to discover South Africa’s safari scene at the renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Elegant accommodation and incredible wildlife encounters, including the possibility of seeing Africa’s iconic Big 5, set your soul alight.

Following a thrilling safari, spend one night in Johannesburg before embracing island life. Spend time lazing on Mahé’s beautiful tropical beaches, exploring the archipelago, and indulging in Seychellois cuisine. Enjoy activities such as tennis, yoga, and various watersports or relax your body and mind with pampering spa treatments.

Highlights:

  • Visit Big 5 country at Sabi Sands Game Reserve
  • Summit one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
  • Embrace tropical bliss in the Seychelles
  • Enjoy various safari and island activities

Best for…

Couples and multi-generational travel.

Cape Town Wine Tours

Cape Town Wine Tours

9. Wine and Whales

Duration: 13 Days | Locations: 6

A group of people walk through Babylonstoren gardens with fresh produce picked from parts of the estate with the Franschhoek Mountains in the background | Go2Africa
Walking through the gardens | Babylonstoren

Half of South Africa’s abundant biodiversity lies in the Western Cape and this self-drive adventure gives you a rewarding insight into it. There’s plenty of indulgence – fine food, gorgeous suites and spa treatments – but you also travel in the knowledge that this tour has a strong eco-emphasis, weaving conservation and community experiences into the itinerary. You begin in Cape Town at the ever-welcoming Cape Grace, set in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, before embarking on a lazy loop through the Cape countryside. Accommodation is at restored farmhouses, grand manors and private nature reserves and you’ll take in several of the country’s top wine regions. Too many calories? You can also include mountain biking, hiking and canoeing on the tour as well.

Highlights:

  • Self-drive independence – explore at your pace
  • Fantastic, luxurious accommodation throughout
  • Whale watching in season (July to November)
  • Combine nature and wildlife with local community experiences
  • Diverse landscapes and stunning scenery
  • Tsitsikamma forest canopy tour included
  • Fine food and wine – great for gourmets!

Best for:

Couples, honeymooners and foodies

10. Cape to Kalahari

Duration: 13 Days | Locations: 4

Three people on a horseback safari through the Kalahari face away from the camera overlooking rolling plains and various trees | Go2Africa
Exploring the Kalahari on horseback | The Motse at Tswalu

Recommended for independent-minded travellers, this grand tour gives you your own car with which to explore the Cape. You’ll start at a gorgeous Cape Town boutique hotel, well-located to give you easy access to Table Mountain, the Camps Bay beaches, the V&A Waterfront and the Robben Island ferry. Then it’s a slow drive to Stellenbosch in the Winelands for a stay at a remarkable farmhouse where you’ll enjoy great food and wine. Check in at a private forest reserve close to the coast for whale watching in season plus shark-cage diving and fascinating nature tours. A flight whisks you from the teeming Cape waters to the rolling golden grasslands of the Kalahari. Stay in a private reserve where you’ll search for cheetah and black-maned lion by 4X4, and ride on horseback through herds of antelope and zebra.

Highlights:

  • Unique ‘Cape and Kalahari’ itinerary
  • Africa’s biggest creatures on show: whales, sharks and lions
  • Self-drive independence – explore the Cape at your own pace
  • Fine food and wine – great for foodies
  • Great activities – game drives, hiking, biking and horse riding
  • Plenty of downtime – spa treatments available
  • Luxurious and exclusive accommodation throughout

Best for:

Couples, honeymooners and gourmets

Garden Route Tours from Cape Town

11. Winelands, Garden Route and a Big 5 Safari

Duration: 16 Days | Locations: 4

A Kwandwe game vehicle in the background with people in it and 2 cheetahs in the foreground moving from right to left | Go2Africa
Spotting predators | Kwandwe Fort House

Make your base the heart of the V&A Waterfront as you explore Cape Town and the peninsula at your own pace. A rental car gives you the freedom to go where and when you choose, and it’s only an hour’s drive to Franschhoek in the Winelands, the well-loved centre of South Africa’s food and wine experience. Your journey then takes you to Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route for a feast of activities on land and at sea, before finishing with a flourish at a private Big 5 reserve in the Eastern Cape. It’s malaria-free game viewing at its easiest as you sit back on game drives and let expert guides take care of it all. Accommodation is a blend of family-friendly hotels, private villas and country homesteads.

Highlights:

  • Self-drive independence and flexibility
  • Great land-based whale watching in season
  • Stay at Franschhoek’s Le Quartier Français
  • Full-day family tour included in the Winelands
  • Malaria-free game viewing in a beautiful private reserve
  • Look for the Big 5 – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino
  • Exclusive-use family villa on safari plus private guide and vehicle
  • Game drives, guided walks and community experiences

Best for:

Families and groups of friends

12. South Africa’s Cape, Winelands, Safari & Beach

Duration: 15 Days | Locations: 5

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Relax in comfort and style | Phinda Forest Lodge

Embark on a scintillating self-drive through South Africa’s iconic Mother City, Cape Winelands, and up to KwaZulu-Natal. Find your feet in Cape Town’s upmarket Higgovale suburb at a sophisticated boutique hotel, Kensington Place. Explore the city to your heart’s content from Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront to Boulders Beach and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. A leisurely drive takes you to your next destination, Franschhoek, located in the Cape’s world-class winelands.  The culinary capital of South Africa, sample some of the exceptional cuisine and wine in the area.

From there, catch a quick flight to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and collect your next rental car. Discover this colourful, culture-rich city from your base at The Oyster Box, a charming hotel in Umhlanga Rocks. The very next day, your safari adventure begins with a drive to Phinda Forest Lodge, a true haven for nature lovers and home to Africa’s safari icons, the Big 5. After awe-inspiring game drives and wildlife encounters, venture to Thonga Beach Lodge for a sub-tropical beachside escape.

Highlights:

  • Take the cable car up Cape Town’s Table Mountain
  • Sample fantastic cuisine and world-class wines in the Cape Winelands
  • Enjoy thrilling game drives and sightings at Phinda Forest Lodge
  • Discover Cape Town and Durban’s Umhlanga Rocks
  • Relax and unwind by the ocean at Thonga Beach Lodge
  • Make the most of your autonomy with a self-drive

Best for…

Honeymooners, couples, and multi-generational travel.

 

Vic Falls & Cape Town Tours

Vic Falls & Cape Town Tours

13. Kenya’s Masai Mara, Vic Falls and Cape Town

Duration: 14 Days | Locations: 4

A romantic dinner set up for two with a vast view of green plains and a pink sky accompanied by lanterns placed around the adjacent pool | Go2Africa
A lantern-lit dinner by the pool with an exceptional view | Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Easy-paced, assisted all the way and packed with inclusive tours, this is an itinerary for travellers looking to span Africa in one trip. Opening with the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara, you’ll settle into a tented suite with ‘Out of Africa’ views and the prospect of game drives and guided walks in one of Africa’s most rewarding big game destinations.

Jet off to Zambia and check in at a sleek, contemporary lodge on the Zambezi River where a private boat offers sublime sunset cruises. You’ll also have a day trip into Botswana to look forward to, plus bird’s eye views of Victoria Falls from a helicopter. The journey ends with four nights in Cape Town at a boutique hotel set in the city’s fashionable Kloof Street area – giving you plenty of time to discover the city and you’ll even tour the Winelands.

Highlights:

  • Africa in one go! The perfect bucket-lister
  • Excellent year-round game viewing in the Masai Mara
  • The Wildebeest Migration (July to November)
  • Game drives and a hot-air balloon safari in the Mara
  • Helicopter flights over Victoria Falls
  • Day trip to Botswana’s legendary Chobe River
  • Enjoy a full-day Cape Winelands tour
  • Intimate, romantic and luxurious accommodation throughout

Best for:

Couples and honeymooners (a once-in-a-lifetime experience)

14. Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls

Duration: 11 Days | Locations: 4

Three lionesses stand on a stone-lined bridge all looking towards the left side of the photo as a game vehicle approaches from the back to try and cross | Go2Africa
Morning traffic | Lion Sands River Lodge

Southern Africa’s three most iconic destinations on one itinerary ensures a wide diversity of experiences. Open with an apartment-style hotel in Cape Town, set just a minute’s walk from restaurants and fashionable boutiques. Then it’s a flight straight to the Kruger and one of its private reserves – the legendary Sabi Sand – where you enjoy 5-star views of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), as well as sumptuous accommodation with your own game viewing deck. The grand finale is ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ – Victoria Falls, and a boutique lodge located in a private wildlife reserve close to the Falls, where you can track rare white rhinos on foot.

Highlights:

  • Well-paced, highly diverse itinerary – a great overview of Africa
  • Plenty of time to explore Cape Town
  • Larger family suites and many activities available
  • Excellent wildlife viewing in private Kruger reserve
  • Game drives, guided walks and community experiences
  • Stay close to Victoria Falls in a wildlife reserve

Best for:

Families, first-timers to Africa and honeymooners

Ready to Plan Your Ideal Cape Town Safari Tour?

Our team of African Safari Experts have over two decades of knowledge and experience in curating the best itineraries. Whether an existing Cape Town tour strikes the right note, or simply provided inspiration, speak to one of our experts about planning your ideal tailor-made trip.

Written By

Dominic Chadbon

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