From the sun-kissed vines of the Stellenbosch region to the wildly interesting plains of the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s wildness and vastness, beauty and recreation go hand in hand. Cape Town and Johannesburg are two big cities with very different styles. Cape Town is more debauched, overlooking the quiet of Table Mountain, while Choburg presents a more raw and honest face of South Africa, exposing the country’s problems. In between these two points is a vast wilderness, full of wildlife.
The distance between these two cities is 1,400 kilometers (870 miles), if not a detour to many other good destinations in South Africa. South Africa can be a good challenge for those who like to drive on the open road, and for those who like to enjoy all the logistics that come with such a trip. However, a good tour group will take care of a lot of details so that you can travel in relative luxury. Here are five of the best luxury travel itineraries in South Africa.
South Africa Escape Tour
This exciting two-week journey takes a comprehensive look at the best of South Africa, with many highlights. The starting and ending points of this tour (Cape Town and Johannesburg) are the traditional starting and ending points common to many long-haul South African tours, however, the itinerary is extensive and includes many unique and unusual experiences in addition to the classic itineraries. Such as game drives in Botlierskop and Kruger, shark diving along the Garden Route, and a visit to Oudtshoorn’s ostrich farm. There are also many other wonderful activities including all hotels or accommodation, all breakfast and dinner, as well as guided tours and transportation.
Cape Town and Garden Route
For those who aren’t interested in Johannesburg, or just want to avoid the sights whizzing past on the bus, this is a more in-depth exploration of the highlights around Cape Town. You’ll miss out on the big game in Kruger National Park, but that doesn’t mean missing out on the wildlife, which is abundant across South Africa. The focus of the trip was on culture and outdoor activities, which are readily available on the Garden Route and in Cape Town. Over the course of nine days, you’ll have a city tour of Cape Town, along with a day of free time for you to explore. You will have a wine tasting near Stellenbosch and the opportunity to bungee jump in the Tsitsikamma National Park (extra charge). Hotel and most meals are included.
Hiking in South Africa
From: US$ 2,090/person
South Africa is a great outdoorsman’s dream. The country is full of wildlife, with five major families (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo), and can be found at various sites across the country, including in the Ado Elephant National Park, where this tour offers a wildlife tour. There are also some incredible hikes, starting with Table Mountain in Cape Town. This trip isn’t just about hiking, you’ll discover many aspects of South Africa’s wildlife over the course of the 17-day trip, but of course, the Drakensburg hike is an absolute must-see on any trip to any country and is certainly included in the itinerary.
Exploration of Southern Africa and Samoa
From 1,826 RMB/person
Reversing the previous order and slightly breaking with the more luxurious itinerary, this time it started in Johannesburg and ended in Cape Town. Other than that, the itinerary still includes many expected destinations; Oudtshoorn, Addo Elephant National Park, Durban and Kruger National Park. But a significant amount of the time (three days) was dedicated to the landlocked country of Swaziland, specifically the Mliwane Wildlife Reserve. Here you can observe animals such as warthogs, hippos and crocodiles, as well as ride horses surrounded by mountains. This 17-day tour is primarily aimed at younger travelers who don’t mind camping most of the time.
Trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town
From US$ 3,250/person
While many of the other tours on this list last through the second and third weeks, this one is the longest, with 20 days and 19 nights. This ensured that we were able to spend some extra time getting to Lesotho and Swaziland while completing all the major attractions between Joburg and Cape Town. This means you can take in the wine country around Stellenbosch, the Garden Route, Chitsipama National Park where you can take a river cruise, snorkel in the sea or watch whales in season, as well as the beauty of Drakensburg, St Lucia and more. This is a relatively easy strenuous trip with hotel accommodations and a maximum group size of 16 people.