Day 1: Overnight Flight. One country with a world of treasures, South Africa awaits our arrival.
Day 2: Sandton, South Africa – Tour Begins. Your journey begins in Sandton. Famous for its rich veins of gold and other valuable minerals, it is now the bustling cosmopolitan center of greater Johannesburg.
Day 3: Sandton-SowetoSandton. Today visit the Apartheid Museum, which commemorates the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa. A guided tour of Soweto – South West Township – showcases luxurious mansions and informal settlements as you learn about the historical significance of the area. Experience the regional lifestyle when joining locals for lunch at a nearby Shebeen, or house tavern. This afternoon, have some time to ponder history at Liliesleaf, the location of Nelson Mandela’s arrest and the former center and place of refuge of the liberation movement. Gather this evening with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Panoramic Route-Kruger National Park. Travel through the spectacular Northern Drakensberg Mountain Range en route to Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. Scenic wonders surround you as you pass through the Blyde River Canyon, known as one of Africa’s greatest natural wonders. Set against the triple mountain formation of the Three Rondovals, resembling traditional round houses of the indigenous people. Along this magnificent route you will also see Bourke’s Luck Potholes. This evening, enjoy a traditional BOMA dinner under the stars, where you may sample some local game meat! (B, D)
Day 5: Kruger National Park-Safari Game Drive. Enjoy a full-day open-air vehicle safari game drive. A local expert leads you in search of the “Big 5”: elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino, and provides insight into these fascinating animals along the way. Watch carefully – you may also see a graceful impala, dazzling zebra or gorgeous giraffe. Relax with a picnic lunch surrounded by giraffe in the natural beauty of Kruger National Park. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Kruger National Park-Johannesburg-Knysna. Travel back to Johannesburg to board your flight to George. Travel to the picturesque resort town of Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route. (B)
Day 7: Knysna. Today, visit nearby Featherbed Nature Reserve. Begin with a lagoon cruise out to the famous Knysna Heads, which mark the entrance to the lagoon. Next, board a 4×4 vehicle and travel deep into the forest. Discover the local flora and fauna during a leisurely paced nature walk. Enjoy lunch among the ancient milkwood trees before your return cruise. This afternoon visit Plettenberg Bay, a charming town originally known as “Bahia Formosa” (or “Beautiful Bay”). Enjoy views of beaches, dramatic rock formations and lagoons. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Knysna-Oudtshoorn-Knysna. This morning’s township tour will highlight the diversity of this community, followed by a touching experience as you visit a school. Learn about the efforts of the Collette Foundation and the local community to conquer the challenges of educating the children of the region. Travel to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the oldest working ostrich farms in the area, then enjoy a tractor safari through the farm, viewing ostriches in the Lucerne fields. An outdoor barbecue lunch adds to an amazing day. Upon your return to Knysna, enjoy some time to explore independently. (B, L)
Day 9: Knysna-Stellenbosch. Before leaving the Garden Route, enjoy a visit to the Aloe Ferox region, where you will enjoy an aloe-tapping demonstration and a stroll in the indigenous gardens. Next, journey to the heart of the beautiful winelands region, known for its colorful mountains and endless vineyards. This evening, enjoy a wine pairing with dinner. (B, D)
Day 10: Stellenbosch. Later this morning you set out on a walking tour of Stellenbosch, one of the oldest European settlements in the region, with a local expert. The afternoon is at leisure to explore. Later, enjoy a wine tasting complemented by some local savories. (B)
Day 11: Stellenbosch-Cape Town. This morning travel to Cape Town to enjoy a panoramic tour of this beautiful
harborside city. Enjoy a thrilling ride on a cable car as it whisks you to an altitude of more than 3,000 feet, landing atop the aptly named and flat-topped Table Mountain. The views of Cape Town, Robben Island and Lion’s Head will leave you breathless. Return to the city via Table Bay, passing through the Malay Quarter with its mosques and minarets. Make a special stop at the Milnerton Lighthouse. (B)
Day 12: Cape Town. Explore the coastal scenery and charming towns that populate the Cape Peninsula. Travel out to Cape Point, stopping for a visit with the penguins at Boulders Beach. On your return, explore the fascinating Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to over 5,000 species of plants native to South Africa. (B)
Day 13: Cape Town. The day is yours to explore Cape Town. This evening experience a unique farewell to Africa as you enjoy a lesson on the djembe drums to learn the local beat. Then experience a soothing hand-washing ceremony before a communal African dining experience! (B, D)
Day 14: Cape Town – Tour Ends. (B)