Essence of South Africa

Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type Africa 2024 v1

Bush, beach and two vibrant cities - capture the essence of South Africa on this culmination of a Cape Town to Kruger experience, including Johannesburg, the 'City of Gold'.

Be My Guest
  • Hermanus Join a local Hermanus business owner for a traditional braai (barbecue) and some of his homemade wine against a clifftop backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.
Dining Summary
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 4 Lunch (L)
  • 9 Breakfast (B)
Dive Into Culture
  • Johannesburg Learn about South Africa's turbulent past on an interactive Johannesburg and Soweto Freedom tour.
Iconic Experience
  • Cape Town Take in the landmarks of Cape Town during a city tour with your Travel Director. See the Company Gardens, Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope.
  • Hoedspruit Have your camera ready to capture the beautiful scenery and fascinating wildlife on your Reserve Tour with a Shangaan tracker-guide.
  • Cape Peninsula Discover the incredible views of the Twelve Apostles.
  • Franschhoek Take in the spectacular wine valleys of Franschhoek.
  • Johannesburg Spend the day seeing the iconic sight of Mandela's house on your Johannesburg City Tour.
  • Cape Town Spend the day discovering the wonderful views of Table Mountain.
  • Cape Town Spend the day surrounded by penguins on Boulders Beach.
  • Karongwe Portfolio Spend the day marvelling at Africa's iconic wildlife on your Karongwe Private Reserve Visit.
  • Hoedspruit Support a local Shangaan village, its Eco Academy and work in the local community with your visit.
Must-see Highlights
  • View Boulder's Beach Penguin Colony and Soweto's Mandela House
  • Explore Cape Town and Johannesburg
  • Visit Table Mountain, Bo-Kaap, Cape of Good Hope, Franschhoek, Hermanus, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg
Trafalgar Difference
  • Hoedspruit Your stay in Karongwe Private Game Reserve contributes to the area's environmental sustainability and community development.
Whats Included
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Air-conditioned coach or Quantum bus
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Cherry-picked hotels and safari lodges, all tried and trusted

Call (408) 365-3900 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18573010

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer valid through 9/30/2024
10 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1Cape TownWelcome to Cape Town: South Africa's ?Mother City' and her iconic Table Mountain extend a warm welcome as you embark on a small group journey that will reveal the highlights of South Africa. Spend the day delving into Cape Town's cosmopolitan surrounds before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner.

Accommodations: Southern Sun The Cullinan
Day 2Cape TownTable Mountain and Tour Cape Town: This morning, we encounter Table Mountain first-hand, ascending via aerial cableway to its vast flat top - a rocky wonderland of rich Cape fynbos and curious dassies (hyraxes). Peer over the bustling City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard keeping a keen eye out for the landmarks your Travel Director will show you during this morning's city tour, including Company Gardens, Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cape Town at leisure. Ramble up Bree Street to sample the city's vibrant coffee culture or take a stroll along the Sea Point promenade with the fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Consider joining our Optional Experience to explore infamous Robben Island, with your guide revealing its turbulent past and the cell where Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his prison term.

Accommodations: Southern Sun The Cullinan
Day 3Cape TownCircumnavigate the Cape Peninsula: Circumnavigate the Cape Peninsula, from trendy Camps Bay to Cape Point and back. The crashing waves of the Atlantic to your right, the rocky 12 Apostles to your left, wind your way along one of the world's most magnificent coastal roads towards the outcrop that is Africa's most extreme south-western tip. Say a quiet hello to the shy penguins of Boulders Beach, see the Cape of Good Hope and travel through charming coastal towns along the way.

Accommodations: Southern Sun The Cullinan
Day 4Cape TownCape Winelands and Hermanus Excursion Connect with Locals: Venture to the town of Franschhoek and see during your orientation why it is proclaimed as one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. Take the scenic Franschhoek Pass to the coastal town of Hermanus for your Be My Guest experience. Connect With Locals when you meet local business owner Stefan, who will treat you to a delicious traditional braai (barbecue) featuring deliciacies such as boerewors, pap and melktert. Over a glass of his homemade wine he'll share stories of his life in South Africa's whale watching capital. Return to Cape Town via a scenic driving route, arriving in the late afternoon. Enjoy your evening at leisure.

Accommodations: Southern Sun The Cullinan
Day 5HoedspruitFrom City to Safari: This morning you'll bid farewell to the 'Mother City' and fly to Hoedspruit where a private game reserve near South Africa's great Kruger National Park beckons. Kick back, relax and settle in to one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories, Becks Safari Lodge, your home in the bush for the next three nights.

Accommodations: Becks Safari Lodge
Day 6HoedspruitSafari in Karongwe Private Game Reserve: The action begins as we embark on an early morning game drive through Karongwe Private Reserve with a Local Specialist game ranger and Shangaan tracker-guide. The rising sun awakens the birds and insects that share your journey into the bush, as you scour the dense brush for signs of the Big 5. After lunch, and time for a siesta and a swim, return to the bush for an afternoon safari drive.

Accommodations: Becks Safari Lodge
Day 7HoedspruitSeek out the 'Big 5' Safari Animals in Karongwe: Today enjoy another full day of game drives through Karongwe Private Reserve. Continue to scour the dense brush with your Local Specialist for incredible encounters with Africa's iconic wildlife. End the day with a traditional sundowner drink overlooking the Game Reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife that emerge from their cover of darkness.

Accommodations: Becks Safari Lodge
Day 8JohannesburgJourney to Johannesburg: Our time in the South African bushveld comes to a close with a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience visit to a local Shangaan village. Learn about the traditions and customs of the Shangaan people and how the Eco Academy there provides eco and wildlife education. The visit includes a simple meal of grilled chicken, pap, Shangaan style cabbage, and for the brave, the opportunity to try mopani worms! Fly to Johannesburg and check into your hotel in the heart of Sandton that's well located for exploring the nearby restaurants and shopping during your free evening.

Accommodations: The Maslow
Day 9JohannesburgDiscover Historical Soweto Dive Into Culture: Unlock the secrets of the 'city of gold' on a full-day tour to see several iconic sites including the Hector Pietersen Memorial. Dive Into Culture during a visit to the Constitutional Hill, Mandela House Museum and the Regina Mundi Church, which chronicles South Africa's tumultuous Apartheid years.

Accommodations: The Maslow
Day 10JohannesburgFarewell Johannesburg: Our epic encounter with South Africa's iconic sites comes to an end today. Transfer to Johannesburg International Airport for your onward flight. Find out more about your free airport transfer at


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  • Essence of South Africa

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type Africa 2024 v1Bush, beach and two vibrant cities - capture the essence of South Africa on this culmination of a Cape Town to Kruger experience, including Johannesburg, the 'City of Gold'.

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