Safari, Wine and Mother City, South Africa

9 nights in South Africa
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Solos Board

What you can expect

Kruger National Park

Visit the largest game reserve in South Africa

Cape Town

Explore the charm of the ‘Mother City’

Robben Island

Visit Robben Island, a small landmass that served as a prison for Nelson Mandela

Stellenbosch

Learn about South Africa’s colonial past and enjoy the delights of Stellenbosch.

About the trip

Explore South Africa during this 10-day tour and learn all about the rich culture and historical heritage of this diverse country. Take a safari ride into the middle of the wilderness and watch the ‘big five’ in their natural environment. Open your senses, uncover the country’s customs and traditions by exploring African cuisine in Cape Town, and taste the best wine and cheese from the Stellenbosch region. The spectrum of activities is wide and this tour offers you the perfect insight into this fruitful land.

What's Included

  • Return flights & Transfers
  • Internal Flights
  • Airport Taxes & Charges
  • Twin room for sole use
  • Solos Board; Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Welcome drink & Information meeting
  • Included excursions; Scheduled safari activities in Kruger National Park (on days 2, 3 and 4), full-day foodie walking tour through Cape Town on Day 6, full-day Cape Peninsula Discovery, Tour on Day 7, 12-minute Helicopter Flip and guided tour of Robben Island on Day 8, entrance fees for full-day, Winelands Tour on Day 9, half-day Culinary Stellenbosch Walking Tour
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially protected

Itinerary

  • Depart UK
  • Arrive Kruger National Park
  • Kruger National Park
  • Kruger National Park
  • Kruger National Park to Cape Town
  • Cape Town: Foodie Tour
  • Cape Town: Discovery Tour
  • Cape Town: Robben Island Tour
  • Cape Town: Wine Tour
  • Cape Town to Stellenbosch
  • Stellenbosch to Cape Town & Flight back to UK

What’s Extra

  • Insurance, see here

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Depart UK

We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Hoedspruit via Johannesburg.

DAY 2

Arrive Kruger National Park

After landing at Hoedspruit Airport we will transfer to our private game lodge adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure. That way you will store up energy for the following day’s game drive!

  • Lunch & Dinner Included
DAY 3

Kruger National Park

A spellbinding experience awaits us this morning. Head out to explore Kruger National Park, often thought of as the world’s largest wildlife zoo. Wake up early in the morning and jump into a safari jeep with a specialised wildlife ranger-guide and drive over to Kruger Park for your very first safari experience. Enjoy a thrilling game drive and, like completing a wildlife bingo, try to spot all of Africa’s highly sought-after Big Five: elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. We will make two stops during the day, one for breakfast and another for lunch, at different rest camps throughout the safari. That way you will be able to take advantage of your time in the game reserve to the fullest and make sure you don’t miss any animal you were longing to see in its natural habitat. You will be driven back to the lodge in the late afternoon, at around 16:00.

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DAY 4

Kruger National Park

Rise and shine for another African morning in the wilderness and get ready for our second safari adventure. Today we can choose from an exciting array of activities, encompassed by a comfortable accommodation, friendly staff, great food, and a professional health and beauty spa set in the most amazing bushveld gardens in South Africa, where birdwatching and fishing are two favourite pastimes. There are exciting activities suited to absolutely everyone’s needs, including but not limited to open-vehicle safaris, bush braai evenings in Kruger Park, guided walks in the bush, mountain bike trails, trips to animal rehabilitation centres and much more.

DAY 5

Kruger National Park to Cape Town

Start your day with a leisurely breakfast and enjoy your last game ride before leaving for Hoedspruit Airport, where we will catch our onward flight to Cape Town. After landing, we will take a transfer to South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, Cape Town. Our accommodation is located right in the city center, surrounded by shops and restaurants, and the famous V&A Waterfront is only a short drive away. Spend the rest of this first day in Cape Town at leisure, either hitting the streets to start familiarising yourself with the new surroundings or putting your feet up in the hotel and making the most of the available services.

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DAY 6

Cape Town: Foodie Tour

After breakfast in the hotel, it’s time to put on your walking shoes and enjoy a full-day foodie tour of Cape Town on foot. Our guide will meet us in the hotel reception and start strolling down the streets of the city. So much about a country and a culture is expressed through its cuisine! In South Africa much of the cuisine is typically homemade, and to get a taste you really need to search hard. This tour aims to combine the history of this city with exploring its back streets to find the tastes that represent all the rainbow nation. As we walk the streets of Cape Town, experiencing its history and people, we’ll stop to taste a mixture of traditional South African street food and to visit some artisanal foodie and coffee shops. During the walk we will get to taste pap, samp & beans, a meat stew and vetkoek; Falooda, a traditional Muslim Rose Milkshake; a gourmet bunny chow to get a little taste of Indian Cuisine; coffee from one of the micro artisan coffee roasters in the city; and bobotie pies, a modern take on the traditional bobotie, which both the Cape Malays and white Afrikaners claim as their traditional dish.

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DAY 7

Cape Town: Discovery Tour

Wake up to breakfast at the hotel, then we meet our guide in reception and get ready for our next African experience. Today’s full-day Cape Peninsula Discovery tour will start with a coffee stop along the Southern Peninsula. Next, we take a stroll along Kalk Bay’s Main road, with its interesting antique and bric-a-brac shops. A gem of the False Bay coastline, Kalk Bay is known for its raw beauty, interesting shops, vast selection of restaurants and stunning views. You could easily spend a full day in this little neighbourhood and still not be able to experience it all! Then visit the African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach and proceed to the world-famous Cape of Good Hope. Climb the stairs or use the funicular to get to the Lighthouse; the view from the top is spectacular! You will receive a certificate to celebrate this moment before continuing with your journey back to Cape Town.

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DAY 8

Cape Town: Robben Island Tour

After breakfast, we meet our guide and start our day at the famous V&A Waterfront, where we will take a 12-minute Helicopter Flip over the Mother City (included)! After this exciting experience, you will have the opportunity to spend some time discovering Cape Town’s Waterfront. Later, we hop onto the ferry that leaves from Mandela Gateway to Robben Island, a small landmass that served as a prison for political prisoners during apartheid. Nelson Mandela was its most famous prisoner. Today it is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Tours on Robben Island are guided by former inmates and last about 5 hours.

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DAY 9

Cape Town: Wine Tour

Today’s journey will take us to the most beautiful and interesting parts of the Western Cape’s wine lands. After breakfast, we meet our guide in reception to start our full-day tour, beginning with a journey to Paarl, a small town where one of South Africa’s main languages, Afrikaans, was born. Here we’ll visit the Taal Monument. The third oldest settlement in South Africa, Paarl is steeped in history, culture, natural splendour and a centuries-old tradition of winemaking. In 1657, Abraham Gabemma set out from the Cape in search of resources. On his journey, he came across a giant granite rock gleaming in the distance. He called it Pearl Mountain, and the town that grew at its base eventually became known as Paarl. The Lovely Fairview Wine estate will host us for a wine & cheese tasting. Founded in 1693, it still is a working farm, housing a collection of micro-businesses all striving towards a common goal: to create artisanal and sustainable produce, with a focus on fine wine and cheese.

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DAY 10

Cape Town to Stellenbosch

We charge our batteries with breakfast at the hotel before we head off to Stellenbosch to check in to our hotel for the night. After check in we’ll go on a half-day culinary walk to discover South Africa’s second oldest town, Stellenbosch. The tour starts at 10:00 just around the corner from our hotel. Our guide will accompany us on this luscious experience, which includes a walk through the historical centre of Stellenbosch, a taste of typical South African delicacies and a light lunch.

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DAY 11

Stellenbosch to Cape Town & Flight back to UK

After breakfast you will have some free time in Stellenbosch before we head back to Cape Town for our journey home to the UK.

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

Safari, Wine and Mother City, South Africa

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as details below (or similar);

  • 4* Shiduli Private Game Lodge – Kruger National Park
  • 4* Townhouse Hotel – Cape Town
  • 4* Protea Hotel by Marriott Dorpshuis & Spa – Stellenbosch

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
October 23 °C 13 °C

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