Classic South Africa 28 Days

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Classic South Africa 28 Days

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Length of trip:

28 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 5000 to $ 7000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.

Detailed Description of this trip:

If you want to see it all, and you are not particularly pressed for time, you could do this wonderful circuit of the country. You will enjoy this trip more if you can spend more than one night in most places, but you decide which seem most attractive.

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Johannesburg

    Car Rental

    Fly in to Johannesburg. Pick up your rental car.


    Check in to your hotel and relax.

  • Day 2 - Soweto


    Visit Soweto, Gold Reef City and Museum Africa and/or tour Pretoria.

  • Day 3 - Pretoria

    Car Rental

    Drive up to the Cradle of Humankind.


    Do an escorted tour of the area, which will include an explanation of the palaeontological remains which have been found there.

  • Day 4 - South Africa

    National Parks

    Fly, or drive, to the Kruger National Park.


    You will see lots of animals, almost certainly including at least one or two of the big five. And perhaps more.

  • Day 5 - South Africa

    National Parks

    Explore Kruger further. You could add an extra day here.

  • Day 6 - Mpumalanga


    Do a scenic drive through Mpumalanga, taking in God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon. Pilgrim's Rest and many more lovely sights.


    Overnight Barberton.

  • Day 7 - Mpumalanga


    Drive down through the Eastern part of Mpumalanga to Itala Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Day 8 - Mpumalanga


    Explore Itala, especially if you are interested in birds.

  • Day 9 - Hluhluwe


    Continue to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Park, where you will probably have incredible sightings of black and white rhinos.

  • Day 10 - South Africa


    Continue to Shakaland, where you can overnight in a (significantly modernised) traditional-style Zulu hut, and get an understanding of Zulu culture.

  • Day 11 - Durban


    Continue to Durban for some fun and sun, and a bit of an urban fix.

  • Day 12-13 - South Africa

    Car Rental

    Head up the N3 towards the Drakensberg

    Fly Fishing

    Spend a few days there going for walks, perhaps doing a little fly-fishing or even a pony ride.


    There are golf courses a-plenty.

  • Day 14-17 - South Africa

    Car Rental

    From the Southern Drakensberg, take the scenic mist-belt drive through Donnybrook and Ixopo to Port Edward on the South Coast.


    Add a few days in here to accommodate an escorted trip into the deep rural areas which will take you through some wonderful scenery and give you the opportunity to meet many interesting people.

  • Day 18 - South Africa


    Drive to Coffee Bay, enjoying the lovely beach, great seafood and fantastic scenery. Visit Hole-in-the-Wall, a spectacular natural sea arch through an offshore island.

  • Day 19 - South Africa

    National Parks

    Drive to the Greater Addo Elephant Park en route. Here you will see very different game and vegetation to that found in Kruger and the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park.

  • Day 20 - Port Elizabeth


    After leaving Addo, stop in Port Elizabeth for lunch. This is a lovely city and it would be nice to spend a few days here if you have the time. As you head further west, you will cross the Bloukrans Bridge, which is the border between the Eastern and Western Cape.


    If you're feeling brave, you can stop off and do the highest commercial bungy jump in the world. Carry on to Stormsriver Mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park.

  • Day 21 - South Africa


    Stay in Stormsriver, where you can do lots of lovely walks in the beautiful forest, sneak up on brightly coloured forest birds, do a scenic boat ride up a magnificent gorge or go snorkeling or diving. Don't miss the nearby tree-top canopy tour.

  • Day 22 - Plettenberg Bay


    Continue down the Garden Route, stopping in Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and/or Wilderness.

  • Day 23 - Plettenberg Bay


    Spend another day in the town of your choice.

  • Day 24 - South Africa

    Car Rental

    Continue South along the R62, going through Calitzdorp, Ladismith and Barrydale.


    From Barrydale, turn on to the beautiful Tradouw Pass (R324) to Swellendam. Swellendam has some lovely old buildings and an interesting museum.

  • Day 25 - Cape Town

    Car Rental

    Head back towards Cape Town on the N2 but, after a short while, take the R319 down to Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. From there follow the little used coastal route to Hermanus.


    If it's whale season, hang around here for quite a while, adding in a few extra days, if you have time.

  • Day 26 - Cape Town


    Take the scenic, coastal route from Hermanus to Gordon's Bay, and then to Cape Town.

  • Day 27 - Cape Town


    Do a circuit of the Peninsula, visiting Table Mountain and Cape Point.

  • Day 28 - Cape Town


    Do an early morning trip to Robben Island and then head out to the winelands for an afternoon tasting tour.

  • Day 29 - Cape Town


    Tour the V&A Waterfront, go shopping, have a leisurely lunch.

    Commercial Flight

    Fly home from Cape Town.

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