This 08D SOUTH AFRICA HIGHLIGHTS vacation spells of adventure, global cuisine, bustling nightlife and all-round entertainment.
In Johannesburg, the gallery of contemporary local art or the Apartheid Museum and the Constitution Hill will enthral you. The Gold Reef City park will thrill you to the bones, while the Sandton City Mall will tickle your retail therapy nerves.
The drive from Port Elizabeth to Knysna along the Garden Route encompasses sights of the sea, natural parks and stunning sightseeing. On the way to Knysna, stop at the world's highest commercial bungee jumping site, the Bloukrans Bridge. At Knysna, visit the Cango Caves, to witness the world's finest stalactite caves. The ostrich farm and crocodile farm will bring you up and close to wildlife. Enjoy optional activities such as a Helicopter Ride or Quad Biking Adventure and Speed Boat ride.
Cape Town is a fine modern city. The Table Mountains offer a stunning view of the rugged landscape which is visible from the cableway. Visit the seal island or the penguin colony. Travel to the Cape Point to witness the meeting of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. The visit to the Parliament building and other tourist spots will add to your wealth of experience and global exposure.
It is a journey to explore and enrich oneself with the sights and smells of a different world.
Johannesburg & Cape Town City Tour
01 Night in Johannesburg
01 Night in Sun City
02 Nights in Knysna
03 Nights in Cape Town
Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. Its sprawling Soweto township was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela’s former residence is now the Mandela House museum. Other Soweto museums that recount the struggle to end segregation include the somber Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, a former prison complex.
To the northeast, Herman Eckstein Park encompasses a boating lake and Johannesburg Zoo. The Gold Reef City theme park combines thrill rides with mining history and an underground tour. The Johannesburg Art Gallery features contemporary local work and 17th-century Dutch paintings. Arts on Main is a trendy studio development in a converted industrial precinct, part of the up-and-coming Maboneng district. Upmarket stores cluster at the Sandton City Mall and Sunday’s Rosebank Rooftop Market showcases African crafts, food, and entertainment.
WHEN TO VISIT:
Johannesburg is a year-round destination, with hot summers (Nov–Mar) and mild, drier winters (May-Sep). Most visitors arrive Mar-May and Oct-Dec. Local events include the Rand Show consumer exhibition (Mar-Apr), the Joy of Jazz festival (Sep) and the Joburg Carnival (New Year's Eve).
Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbour, and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.
Hikers’ paths crisscross the slopes and also climb the mountain, via forests and manicured lawns at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the lush wine-producing suburb of Constantia, and steep Platteklip Gorge. In town, the V&A Waterfront is a chic shopping and entertainment district that includes the Two Oceans Aquarium. Historic sites include the Dutch-built, 17th century Castle of Good Hope. City beaches range from ritzy Clifton to Boulders, where there’s a penguin colony. Popular out-of-town trips take in Chapman's Peak Drive, with coastal views, and the Cape of Good Hope, where craggy cliffs meet the ocean.
WHEN TO VISIT
Most visitors arrive Dec-Apr, during the warm and dry summer months. Winter (Jul–Aug) tends to be chilly and wet. Local events include the Minstrel Carnival (Jan), Gay Pride Parade (Feb), International Jazz Festival (Apr) and Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts (Nov–Apr).
DAY 1: Johannesburg
Upon arrival in Johannesburg international airport proceed for a Johannesburg city tour. Thereafter proceed to your hotel. Overnight at Johannesburg.
DAY 2: Johannesburg – Sun City
After breakfast depart on a private road transfer to SUN CITY which is internationally renowned as South Africa’s premier holiday resort offering a multitude of attractions such as golf, game, and gambling, as well as world-class hotels, Sun City is the perfect choice for any holiday in South Africa. Overnight at Sun City.
DAY 3: Sun City - Johannesburg – Port Elizabeth - Knysna
After breakfast, transfer to Johannesburg airport for your local flight to Port Elizabeth. Arrive at the airport and, thereafter set off on the Garden Route, taking in lakes, lagoons, sea vistas, and pristine national parks along the way. Arrive in Knysna and Check in to your hotel. Overnight at Knysna.
DAY 4: Knysna
After breakfast, visit Oudtshoorn and explore the world-famous underground fairyland, the Cango Caves, to experience the fusion of fantasy and natural beauty in the world's finest stalactite caves. Thereafter proceed to the Ostrich Farm to avail the opportunity of riding an ostrich or stand atop an ostrich egg. Later visit Cheetah Land and Crocodile Farm at Cango wildlife ranch. Overnight at Knysna.
DAY 5: Knysna – Hermanus – Cape Town
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed towards Cape Town. Continue to the seaside village of Hermanus, which is famous for whale watching during the southern winter months. Arrive in Cape Town late afternoon and check in to the hotel. Overnight at Cape Town.
DAY 6: Cape Town
After breakfast depart for a city tour. Drive up to the cable car station, for a cable car ride up to Table Mountain (if weather permits). The exhilarating ascent of Table Mountain provides breathtaking views over the city and its beaches. The panorama stretches from Table Bay to False Bay to the Hout Bay valley. Continue through the historic Malay Quarter, past the South African Museum with its famed Bushmen exhibits, the Castle of Good Hope and other interesting sights. On the way back visit the famous V&A Waterfront & Canal Walk for shopping. Overnight at Cape Town.
DAY 7: Cape Town
After breakfast, depart on a Full day Tour of Cape Point; the cold Atlantic Ocean en route to Hout Bay. Enjoy a half-hour cruise to "Seal Island" or enjoy the fish market "Mariners Wharf". Continue alongside the Indian Ocean, and stop to see the Jackass penguin colony.
In the afternoon travel onwards until Cape Point and theCape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet. Overnight at Cape Town.
DAY 8: Departure.
After breakfast, proceed to Cape Town International Airport for your return flight.