Get a feel of South Africa’s urban and wild sides on this seven-night itinerary. Soak up culture, natural beauty and brilliant dining in the showstopper city of Cape Town, then go on to the Eastern Cape for a safari with game drives featuring the Big Five.
Suggested route & duration
7 nights from Cape Town
• Cape Town 4 nights
• Eastern Cape 3 nights
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this itinerary
• It’s a great introduction combining Cape Town and Big Five viewing
• Look over Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain
• Visit art galleries and wander down the V&A Waterfront
• Spot African wildlife in the malaria-free Eastern Cape
• Fly direct to Cape Town and Port Elizabeth with minimal travelling
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: Cape Town Arrive in Cape Town where you’ll be staying at an iconic hotel on the V&A Waterfront. Head up Table Mountain for panoramic views, see penguins on Boulders Beach and visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Stay 4 nights at Victoria & Alfred Hotel.
Day 5: Kariega Game Reserve, Eastern Cape Fly to Port Elizabeth and head to your safari stay at Kariega Game Reserve. Go on game drives to look for wildlife including the Big Five and relax back at your lodge for sundowners and dinners under the stars. Stay 3 nights at Kariega Game Reserve.
Penguins on the beach
Go to see the cute African penguin colony at Boulders Beach on a tour of the Cape Peninsula
Walk to Freedom
Visit the District Six Museum and Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s Apartheid era
Stop for a refreshing G&T on your game drives in Kariega Game Reserve
Sky and sea
Ride the 360° cable car to the top of Table Mountain for views over Cape Town and the Atlantic
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
We’ve picked the Victoria & Alfred Hotel because of its prime spot on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. In the Eastern Cape, take your pick from the lodges at Kariega Game Reserve, from the picturesque River Lodge to the gorgeous tents with incredible vistas at Settlers Drift. Other favourites in the Eastern Cape include the lodges at Shamwari Private Game Reserve and Amakhala Game Reserve.
For families There are some great accommodation options for families, including hotels with multi-bedroom apartments where children can have their own space. In Cape Town, opt for the African Elite Waterfront Apartments. You can also stay in a dedicated family safari lodge such as Shamwari's five-star Riverdene Family Lodge. Here, children as young as four can head out on game drives and fill out a 'junior ranger' books with the help of the knowledgable guides.
Your game drives in the Eastern Cape are especially great for families and first-timers; you’ve got a good chance of seeing the Big Five and the area is malaria-free. Chat with us about special experiences to add on, like a river cruise or a helicopter ride over Cape Town.
4 nights in Cape Town is great for seeing all the main sights, and 3 nights in the Eastern Cape is a good amount of time to try and see as much wildlife as possible. More time in either place is always a good idea and longer stays in the Eastern Cape lodges usually mean better overall value too.
There’s a lot in between Cape Town and the Eastern Cape that’s worth exploring; the Cape Winelands has wine tasting and great foodie experiences just an hour from Cape Town, and Hermanus is only 90 minutes away for land-based whale watching.
Good to know
When to go
• Cape Town is great to visit year-round with warm summers (January to February) and generally mild winters (June to August, when Cape Town gets its rain). The shoulder seasons are great for warm weather and are usually less busy
• The Eastern Cape is warm year-round with chillier nights in winter and hotter days in the summer
• If you’re adding on more Western Cape stops, July to December is the best time for whale spotting in Hermanus
• December and January are peak travel times as local schools and universities have their summer holiday