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The highlights of South Africa in a round trip. Via the Panorama Route, to Swaziland, along the coast on the Garden Route to Cape Town.
Your journey starts on the Panorama Route, in Hazyview. The Blyde River Canyon is an essential experience.
God's Window is a majestic viewpoint in the canyon, particularly popular among photographers and painters.
Bourke's Luck Potholes are erosion-created swirl holes in the red dolomite rock of the canyon.
Another popular vantage point in the Blyde River Canyon offers a spectacular view of the striking Three Rondavels rock formation.
From the canyon, you will travel on to the adjacent Kapama Private Game Reserve - here you will discover South Africa's "Big 5".
In addition to herds of elephants, you will see lions hunting on guided safaris, among other animals..
Track leopards on the prowl...
Watch black rhinos grazing...
... And watch the African buffalo grazing.
The next highlight on your round trip is Swaziland, a landlocked country that's had its independent since 1968.
Music and dance play an important role in culture of the Swaziland tribes.
Swaziland is a kingdom in the south of the African continent
The St. Lucia Wetland Park includes a ...
From St. Lucia, we travel to the Indian-influenced coastal city of Durban.
Umhlanga Pier is the perfect place to watch the sunset.
The coastal promenade in Durban invites you for a romantic walk.
After Durban, the journey goes back to nature - Drakensberg is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
Especially popular with hikers, Maloti-Drakensberg Park offers numerous idyllic hiking routes.
One of the landmarks of the park is the "Amphitheater", an 8km long vertical rock wall.
Back in Durban, your flight departs for Port Elizabeth, South Africa's second largest city.
View to the lagoon of Knysna at the Garden Route
On the Garden Route, we will drive along the coast towards Cape Town.
However, before heading to the city on the Cape, make a stopover in Stellenbosch.
Famous for its wine region, here you can taste the different grape varieties at wine tastings.
At the end of your trip an absolute highlight awaits you - Cape Town
The view of the landmark of the city on the Cape - Table Mountain
Besides Table Mountain, the Lionshead is also a striking feature of the cityscape.
Be sure to visit the various townships of the city and get to know the authentic cityscape.
The colorful huts at Muizenberg Beach are famous around the world.
Selected luxury accommodations on your trip
Including mid-range rental car, full board & drinks during the safari, exciting game drives
Flexible & independent on site, no group travel
Unforgettable safari & wildlife experiences
Free consultation & customization of the round trip according to your wishes
Are you ready for an extraordinary South African holiday? Visit impressive and diverse landscapes en route to the thrilling metropolis of Cape Town! Along the scenic Panorama Route, past the Drakensberg and Swaziland, you will adventure to the coast of the Indian Ocean. Drive along the world-famous Garden Route to Cape Town and discover all the wonders South Africa has to offer!
The best time for a safari in Kruger National Park is from July to mid-October. At this time, it is very mild, and it hardly rains. Since the vegetation barely overgrows because of the dry season, many wildlife observations are possible!
The best time to travel to Cape Town and the Garden Route is during the South African spring (September to November) and the fall months (April and May). Temperatures remain pleasantly warm, and rainfall is low. The summer months (December to February) are also a popular time to travel. Since many accommodations get fully booked quickly for summer vacations, we recommend that you book your trip well in advance.
When you land at the Johannesburg International Airport, one of our partner representatives will be waiting for you at the arrival gates! He or she will give you all of your travel documents and help you get to your next flight to Nelspruit Airport.
Once you arrive in Nelspruit, pick up your rental car and head to your first accommodation in Hazyview. Now that you're closer to the Kruger National Park, you can quickly drive to all of the activity locations!
Time spent traveling from Nelspruit Airport to Hazyview: approx. 1.5 hours / approx. 80 km
2 nights at Tanamera Lodge**** with half board in a Luxury Chalet, Hazyview, South Africa
Connecting several cultural and natural points of interest, the Panorama Route will take you on an adventure amongst some of South Africa's best views.
Visit Blyde River Canyon on your way to Kruger National Park, or stop at God's Window, a majestic viewpoint in the canyon high above the Mpumalangas African landscape. These breathtaking viewpoints and their pure natural beauty have inspired many artists and photographers over the years.
Continue heading north toward Bourke's Luck Potholes, geological wonders that would fit in with the moon's rocky landscape.
As the drive continues, you will finally reach the most beautiful lookout, Three Rondavels Viewpoint. Look out toward the majestic views of the rocky crests that look like traditional African round huts and onward to the green canyon tops.
As the sun slowly begins to set, the South African sky puts on a fantastic show for you. The impressive color contrasts reflect off the reddish rocks and lush green vegetation, creating unforgettable memories of the natural wonders along the Panorama Route.
Today's adventure leads you to the untouched Kapama Private Game Reserve. Not only is it home to some of the world's most endangered animals, but it also offers four luxurious safari camps. The game reserve borders Kruger National Park and doesn't have any fences separating the private and national park so that animals can roam freely.
42 mammal species, over 350 bird species, and even 'The Big 5' live amongst the 13,000 hectares of land. The Klaserie River flows through the reserve and is an ideal hunting ground for leopards.
When you arrive at your luxurious safari tent, your ranger will greet you and take you on your first safari experience! Hop into the Land Rover, bring along your camera, and get ready for an unforgettable journey where elephants, lions, and zebras dominate the land.
Your stay at Kapama Buffalo Camp includes two daily safari activities and local drinks.
Hazyview - Kapama Private Game Reserve: approx. 1.5 hours / approx. 100 km
2 nights at Kapama Buffalo Camp**** with full board in the Tent and a maximum of two daily activities, Kapama Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Your next destination is the Sabi Sands Game Reserve: one of the oldest private game reserves in the country. The 65,000-hectare reserve is the pioneer of sustainable safari tourism. Similar to Kapama Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands also borders the Kruger National Park; therefore, animals can roam freely within the two areas. The Sabi River flows along the 65,000 hectares of land and the reason why this particular game reserve boasts lush and juicy flora.
Since Sabi Sands provides the highest wildlife density of any private game reserve in the country, you must take advantage of every safari opportunity offered. Embark on a unique night safari and drive off the beaten path for better chances to see endangered species or 'The Big 5'. Sabi Sands is known for their close encounters and numerous leopard sightings, so keep your eyes peeled! Since only the experienced rangers are allowed to drive in the park, you will not come across many other cars like you would in the Kruger National Park.
Your stay includes two daily activities, local soft drinks, house wines, and beer. What’s not included in full board: exclusive wines, champagne, spirits, transfers, massages, and items from the shop.
Time spent traveling from Kapama Game Reserve to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve: approx. 2.5 hours / approx. 123 km
2 nights at Nottens Bush Camp**** with full board (except for certain drinks) in a Tent and a maximum of two daily activities, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
After one last early morning game drive, check-out of your luxurious campsite and start driving your rental car toward your next destination, royal Swaziland. Despite its size, the country consists of four different landscape zones.
Once you arrive at your lodge, order a refreshing drink, and admire the distinct landscapes that surround you. Enjoy the tranquility and watch the evening sun paint the sky in vivid colors.
Time spent traveling from the Sabi Sands Game Reserve to Swaziland: approx. 329 km / approx. 4.5 hours
1 night stay with half board in Mbabane, Swaziland
Are you ready to experience a new kind of nature? Perhaps an entirely different ecosystem, like the wetlands? Well, you're in luck! Today you will discover the natural beauty of the east coast.
For the next couple of days, look forward to relaxing days at your small holiday resort nestled right on the Indian Ocean. Take long walks along the beach and enjoy life at the river. Small cafes, restaurants, and shops entice you to wander and linger.
Are you still hungry for more nature adventures? We will happily help you organize a trip to the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park. The wetland area includes small lakes, wooded dunes, and beautiful beaches. The heart of the park is Lake St. Lucia, the largest in southern Africa. We recommend a boat trip on this dreamy lake! With some luck, you will see crocodiles, hippos, and water birds.
Your accommodation comes with a generous breakfast, including Illy Espresso, Cappuccino, or Café Latte. Tea and coffee are available throughout your stay.
Time spent traveling from Swaziland to St. Lucia: approx. 376 km / approx. 5 hours
2 night stay with breakfast in St. Lucia, Südafrika
Drive toward the coast and relax at your new destination, Durban. It is the third-largest city in South Africa and is known for its African, Indian, and colonial influences. Admire the coast's impressive skyline views and the 6km long sandy beach, "Golden Mile." Visit numerous Indian and African markets, stroll along the shoreline, or take a dip in the warm Indian Ocean waters. Let the locals teach you about the subtleties of the numerous spices and soak up the flair of the city. The city boasts an exciting nightlife - bars, theatre, live music. There's something for everyone here in Durban!
St. Lucia - Durban: approx. 2.5 hours / approx. 223 km
1 night with breakfast in Durban, South Africa
Eat a replenishing breakfast in Durban, then head toward the Drakensberg mountains! It is the eastern portion of the Great Escarpment, which encloses the central Southern African plateau. Their colossal sandstone and granite formations, lush green meadows and crystal clear rivers will all be apart of an adventure you will never forget.
UNESCO declared the Drakensberg a world heritage site because of its extraordinary natural beauty and the site's ever-growing diversity. The park includes numerous 3000m high peaks, including Giant's Castle and Cathedral Park. Not only does it encompass the Kingdom of Lesotho, but its multiple rivers rise and fall as thundering waterfalls into other valleys and gorges. Equally enthralling are the fantastic views of the lowlands and the distant ocean from the mountain slopes. Would you like us to help you organize a hike in this fascinating mountain landscapes? Contact us!
Time spent traveling from Durban to Drakensberge: approx. 3.5 hours / approx. 294 km
2 nights at Montusi Mountain Lodge**** with half board in a Garden Suite, Northern Drakensberg, South Africa
After dropping your car off at the Durban airport, hop on a flight to Port Elizabeth, where the glistening beaches are waiting for you. Once you land, you will pick up another rental car and head to your next accommodation.
Port Elizabeth is not only one of the largest cities in South Africa, but also the city with the sunniest days. Its charm lies in its beautiful nature, small-town flair, and friendly people. From the 53m high Campanile, you can admire a beautiful panorama view of the city. The fantastic, lush beaches are the flagship of the Port Elizabeth, especially Humewood and Summerstrand. Kick back, relax and enjoy your beach holiday in a new city.
Time spent traveling from Durban to Port Elizabeth: approx. 1.5 hours
1 night at Admiralty Beach House**** with breakfast in a Luxury Room, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Along the Garden Route, you will pass dense forests, evergreen vegetation, and romantic bays, transforming your journey into a natural spectacle. This beautiful voyage leads you to Knysna, the heart of the Garden Route. The city nestles between forests, mountains and the sea next to a beautiful lagoon.
For a unique culinary experience, try one of many gourmet meals that include Knysna's lagoon grown oysters!
Take a boat trip on the Knysna Lagoon or visit the picturesque Tsitsikamma National Park. You can also take a walk and admire 850-year-old giant trees.
For the next two days, choose what you do and discover the alluring city. The opportunities are endless!
Time spent traveling from Port Elizabeth to Knysna: approx. 3 hours / approx. 280 km
2 nights at Kanonkop House***** with breakfast in a Luxury Garden Suite, Knysna, South Africa
Time to surround yourself with new sceneries: wine vineyards! Nestled in the fertile vineyards, the Winelands offer many cozy wineries where you can stop for a bite to eat. Spoil yourself with good food and excellent wines in an impressive setting. You can test the different grape varieties at delicious wine tastings.
Your beautiful accommodation in the idyllic Stellenbosch is famous for its abundance of historic buildings and known as one of the wine-growing strongholds in the region.
Once in your hotel room, a bottle of local Cape wine awaits you.
Time spent traveling from Knysna to Stellenbosch: approx. 5.5 hours / approx. 460 km
2 nights at the Rusthuiz Guest House**** with breakfast in a Superior Room, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The last stop of your journey awaits you: Cape Town. Nestled on a peninsula beneath the majestic Table Mountain, the port city offers many highlights and activities to round up your memorable time in South Africa.
Venture to the famous Cape of Good Hope and cherish the beautiful views along the Atlantic coast. We are also happy to help you book a tour to the imposing Table Mountain! You also have the option to discover the V&A Waterfront or the shopping mile.
As the days wind down to an end, take some time to appreciate the vibrant city's breathtaking views.
Time spent traveling from Stellenbosch to Cape Town: approx. 6 hours / approx. 487 km
2 nights at Cape Riviera Guesthouse**** with breakfast in a Superior Room, Cape Town, South Africa
Sadly it's time to say goodbye to the beautiful country of South Africa. On your last day, explore Cape Town for the last time and grab any souvenirs you might have forgotten.
Drive to the airport, drop off your rental car, and hop onto your plane home with countless memories you will never forget.
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Tanamera Lodge****, Hazyview, South Africa
This luxurious lodge nestles amongst the Lowveld Forest and boasts unique views of the green Sabie Valley. There are only seven stylishly furnished lodges, each with a fireplace, private bathroom with rain shower, and private outdoor deck. Relax here from your hectic daily life and enjoy the magnificent view of the sheer endless expanse of the country. In the main lodge, you can find a bar, lounge, library, and dining room. Awaiting you are local produce, fresh fish and local fruits that will sweeten your day.
Kapama Buffalo Camp****, Kapama Private Game Reserve, South Africa
The luxurious camp offers a unique safari experience without sacrificing comfort. The ten elegant tents, located on a raised platform along the riverbank, have a bathroom with shower, safe, tea/coffee facilities, and a coffee maker. Wooden paths amongst the beautiful nature connect the main area and tents.
Nottens Bush Camp****, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
Located amidst the magnificent Sabi Sands Game Reserve, the camp resides on the western edge of Kruger National Park. All eight chalets have a fan, a private balcony overlooking the bush and an en-suite bathroom with bathtub and shower. Also, there is an outdoor shower in each chalet for the ultimate African feeling. Oil lamps and candles replace electric light and create a natural and romantic atmosphere.
Foresters Arms***, Mbabane, Swaziland
This hotel has a beautiful location in the malaria-free area high up in the mountains. The lush gardens and colorful birdlife create a lovely atmosphere. From here you can explore all the attractions available in the area. The 30 stylishly furnished rooms have a bathroom, telephone, and TV. Some rooms overlook the beautiful countryside and others the lush green flora in the garden.
Serene Estate*****, St. Lucia, South Africa
The inn welcomes you to the edge of the idyllic iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly known as St. Lucia Greater Wetland Park). The town center and Mackenzie Street are within walking distance. The house stylishly combines modern architecture and African nature. In the evening, enjoy a delicious cocktail on your private balcony with a panoramic view of the ocean.
Teremok Marine Hotel*****, Durban, South Africa
Your hotel is only 200 meters from the beach. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can relax on the beaches along the Indian Ocean or enjoy relaxing hours by the inviting outdoor pool.
The individually furnished rooms come with a fan, air conditioning, DVD player and flat-screen TV. A particular highlight is a private balcony. The open bathroom offers a rain shower, a free-standing bathtub, and a double washbasin.
Montusi Mountain Lodge****, Northern Drakensberg, South Africa
The gorgeous mountain lodge is the only four-star hotel in the region. Quietly nestled amidst a direct view of the "Amphitheater" mountain range, the thatched chalets are all tastefully furnished. They have an en-suite bathroom with shower and bathtub, a lounge and TV. In the main building, there is a restaurant, bar, reception, and swimming pool.
Admiralty Beach House****, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
About 150 m from the beach and about 10 minutes from the city center, the Admiralty Beach House welcomes you complete with eight residential units. The three luxury rooms have a minibar, TV, DVD player, desk and coffee and tea accessories. The three studio suites include a large sitting area, and the two family rooms with a pool or garden view offer enough space for the whole family. Start the day refreshed and well-fed with a delicious breakfast.
Kanonkop House*****, Knysna, South Africa
Nestled in a forest, the family-run boutique hotel offers stunning views of the sandstone cliffs that frame the entrance of the famous Knysna Lagoon to the Indian Ocean. The city center is just a five-minute drive away. Beautifully furnished, the seven rooms with lagoon views promise a perfect family atmosphere during your stay. Amenities include a satellite TV, safe, minibar, and comfortable seating. Relax by the outdoor pool and enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar.
Rusthuiz Guest House****, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Amid a beautifully landscaped garden, this splendid four-star Victorian-style house awaits you with typical South African hospitality. The quaint Rusthuiz Guest House has a total of seven rooms and suites that come with all amenities, and some even have a balcony. Breakfast can be served either in the dining room, next to the pool, or on your balcony. The city center is only a few minutes walk away, so explore all of the shops and restaurants it has to offer!
Cape Riviera Guesthouse****, Cape Town, South Africa
Awaiting you in the upscale suburb of Oranjezicht at the foot of Table Mountain is Cape Riviera Guesthouse. The12 spacious rooms provide modern designs and include an en-suite bathroom, a small fridge, air conditioning, telephone, and TV. Start your day with a delicious breakfast and unwind at one of the two outdoor pools. The city center is just a few minutes away and offers numerous sights, restaurants, and shopping areas.
Duration of the trip: 20 days / 19 nights