Take in the best that South Africa has to offer on this itinerary covering its wildlife, Winelands and its most famous city.
Suggested route & duration
8 nights Cape Town to Kruger National Park
• Cape Town: 3 nights
• Stellenbosch/Franschhoek: 2 nights
• Kruger National Park: 3 nights
CAPE TOWN A few days in Cape Town is one of the best ways to begin your time in this spectacular country with plenty to keep you entertained, no matter what your tastes. Head up to the top of Table Mountain, dine on the lively Victoria & Albert waterfront and visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach – there’s a wonderful variety that’ll keep both children and adults happy.
WINELANDS Just a short journey from Cape Town, you’ll find the enticing Winelands. With French Huguenots settling in the Franschhoek Valley over 300 years ago, this small town still resonates with its European past and the locals here even celebrate Bastille Day each year. Billing itself as the gastronomic capital of South Africa, it’s hard to choose where to eat with so many superb restaurants on offer. Comparatively, Stellenbosch is an elegant, historical town with distinctly Dutch influences that has a slightly louder buzz about it than Franschhoek, yet offers the same array of restaurants and delicious local wines.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK A safari is the perfect way to end any holiday in Africa; you just have to choose the style of adventure you prefer. Kruger National Park is the most iconic of South Africa safaris, with Big Five game viewing and beautiful bushveld to discover – and the added exclusivity of a private game reserve makes it a much more personalised experience. Sip on sundowners and dine on outstanding food out in the bush, by the crackling fire of a traditional boma and under a star-studded night sky.
ACCOMMODATION Staying at some of South Africa’s best boutique properties is a great way to inject character into your self-drive adventure. In Cape Town, the beautiful Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel is an elegant option for couples just off vibrant Kloof Street, or if you’re travelling with family or friends there’s stylish apartment living at the same location at More Quarters. In Franschhoek in the Winelands, the incredible Mont Rochelle is a hotel with the wow factor. This breathtaking vineyard hotel, which has mountain views, has just 26 rooms and is surrounded by a 100-acre wine estate.
In South Africa, Kruger National Park is the holy grail of safaris. Lion Sands Game Reserve is one of the most exclusive properties in the area, featuring a selection of high-end lodges and epic treehouses across Kruger National Park and neighbouring Sabi Sand Game Reserve. River Lodge is a plush, family-friendly lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve with two pools, a gym, spa and interconnecting suites. In Kruger National Park, there’s a more intimate vibe at the nine-suite Tinga Lodge and an elevated setting on stilts at the nine-suite Narina Lodge. Complete your epic stay at Lion Sands with a night in one of the three treehouses where you can enjoy a private picnic and fall asleep under the stars to the sounds of roaring lions.
If you're looking to do this itinerary on a budget, you can stay at The Bay Hotel in the upscale Cape Town suburb of Camps Bay; Le Franschhoek, which is a classic hotel with thatch-roofed villas surronded by rolling vineyards; and the adults-only Chapungu Tented Bush Camp at Thornybush Private Game Reserve.
Tailor your tour
This itinerary is flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights, change accommodation and extend however you please. Just ask one of our Personal Travel Experts to help.