South Africa is a country on the Southern most tip of Africa that offers great experiences from off-roading on a safari to diving with great white sharks! With its wonderful array of wildlife , stunning beaches, vibrant citylife ,divine vineyards and majestic mountains , South Africa is truly a land of diversity.
Since this destination has so much to offer, for a complete South African adventure and to experience a bit of every side of the country our Travel Engineers recommend that you start your journey here with a bit of City life in the lap of historical sites and enjoy the lovely nightlife at Cape Town followed by driving down the famous garden route starting with Hermanus to Port Elizabeth and then reachinto the wild side in Kruger National Park.
The city has stunning natural landscapes, delicious and diverse cuisines and so many activities for all ages. Acosmopolitan city with a wealth of historical sites, café culture, and lively nightlife. After spending days of exploring this country, our Travel Engineers have recommended some of their favourite highlights of the city and nearby areas that you could incorporate in your itinerary.
After spending 5-6 full days exploring this gorgeous destination, next up is to leave the city behind.Grab yourself some wheels to head off on a road trip through varied landscapes of the famous Garden Route.
Hermanus – 1-2 nights – 1.5 hour from Cape Town
Whale watching, Zipling& Rafting
From Cape Town, you will drive down 1 hour 35 mins east to the quaint seaside town of Hermanus, a perfect fusion of adventure and relaxation! Hermanus is an amazing little town with incredible scenery and beaches to unwind at. It’s also known for Whale watching and exciting Quad biking & rafting experience. During the winter months between June and October, Southern Right whales routinely come visit this part of the country. There are multiple daily departures on whale watching expeditions to see these amazing animals.
Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai
If you want to experience the exclusive White Shark Cage diving excursion, drive down 45 mins from Hermanus towards Gansbaai and make sure you pre book your shark diving experience.
Oudtshoorn – 1-2 nights – 4 hours from Hermanus
Game Drives, Cango Caves and ostrich farms amidst the semi desert area of Oudtshoorn
You start early from Hermanus towards Outdshoorn, stopping en route in Swellendam for lunch. Outdshoorn is a town in the Karoo region of South Africa. The Karoo is a huge swathe of semi-desert like land in South Africa’s heartland. It is a place of immense spaces, wide-angle horizons, craggy mountain ranges, conical hills, an ancient inland seabed, and a sky so big that at night it feels like you can touch the stars.Oudtshoorn is known for the Cango Caves and its plethora of ostrich farms. Wild and farmed ostrich roam here, so make sure to try some in this town. You can also explore the option to sky dive and at night star gaze the sky.
Travel Engineers would recommend staying at a game reserve here to experience the wildlife at a morning Game Drive.
Mossel Bay – 2 nights – 1 hour 40 mins from Outshoorn
Stunning beaches, water activities and Game drive at Gondwana Game Reserve
Explore the coastal spots and stunning beaches of Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay is one of the most upcoming spots on the garden route with stunning beaches like Santos beach, ship wreck diving experience, snorkelling and shopping. Our Travel Engineers recommend opting for a stay at the Gondwana Game reserve for an exciting safari experience.
Knysna and Plettenberg – 3 nights – 1 hour 20mins from Mosselbay
Sky dive to relaxed beaches, stunning view points, bays and cosy cafes
The next day begins with a by the coast towards the Knysna. Stop in the town of Wilderness for stunning panoramic lake views, and lunch before driving towards Plettenberg Bay &Knysna.You can stay in either of the towns but our Travel Engineers recommend staying in Knysna and taking a visit to Plettenberg Bay which is more chilled, and has plenty of nice beaches. Knysna is slightly more busy and has amazing lookout points of the surrounding areassuch as the Prince Alfred Mountain pass with stunning views of the city. Both towns have world class restaurants so you really can’t go wrong in either place. Make sure you visit the Knysna Elephant Sanctuary, as well relax or go surfing / boating on Buffalo’s Bay or visit the Knysna Lagoon. Knysna is also a popular sky dive destination in South Africa.
Tsitsikama National Park – 1 night – 1 hour from Knysna
Bungee Jump from highest bungee bridge in the world
Welcome to the private backyard of the entire garden route, the stunning Tsitsikama. Driving further down the costal stretch to Tsistsikama National Park, home to a variety of species, the pristine Storms River and exciting activities.
Storms River is the key attraction here and is known for exciting activities such as hiking trails, fishing, bungee jumping and more. The biggest highlight here is bungee jumping from the highest bridge the iconic Bloukrans Bridge.
Port Elizabeth – 1 night – 3 hours from Knysna
Our last stop on the Garden Route is at Port Elizabeth 3 hours from Knysna.You can even opt for a stop en route at the infamous BloukransBridge for some bungee jumpingif you decide to not stay in Tsisitsikama. This isn’t just any old bungee jump, it’s the highest bungee bridge in the world at 220m (710ft) high. If bungy jumping is just not for you, sit at a bar at the edge of the cliff where you have the perfect view to watch people bungee jump.From here, you will drive further to Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth marks the end of the Garden Route.
Johannesburg – Kruger National Park – 3 nights – 1 hour 30 mins flight Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, 4 hour 30 mins drive to Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Indulge in Game drives and Spot the Big 5 at Kruger National Park
After the varied landscapes of Capetown and Garden Route you will now drive into the wild to Kruger National Park over a 1hour 30 mins flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg and a further 4 hour 30 mins drive to the Kruger National Park. This park is South Africa’s largest and most popular game reserve. It’s home to all the wild animals you’ve ever had on your bucket list, and is a great place to see the Big 5 (lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant, and leopard). We recommend you spend a total of three days and two nights in the Kruger National Park. This will give you 1 afternoon game drive on the first day, 1 whole day of game drives for the second day, and 1 morning game drive on the third day. Our Travel Engineer recommends that incase you’ve spotted the BIG 5 you could skip the morning drive, instead relax and soak up the wilderness around you.
Transit before flight back
Johannesburg does not enjoy a great reputation as a tourist destination due to increasing crime in the city and lack of safety, our Travel Engineers highly recommend skipping this destination as there aren’t many attractions here unless your flight requires you to take an overnight stay before heading back home.
That brings us to the end of your African adventure! Incase you want to start your African holiday with adventure and end it in the city, you could follow the exact itinerary and locations starting with Kruger National Park and ending your journey in Cape Town through the Garden Route.