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12 nt Little Gems Self Drive South Africa

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2185
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 13 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: South Africa South Africa
Parks visited: Not specified
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Romantic
  • Self-drive
- Freedom to explore beautiful South Africa at your own pace - Owner run boutique style accommodation for that special personal service - Visiting our favourite locations including Cosmopolitan Cape Town, Culinary capital Cape Winelands, beaches on the Garden Route and a safari finale in the Eastern Cape

Day 1: Arrive

On arrival into Johannesburg, you'll be met immediately off the plane and fast tracked through customs and immigration and presented with your VIP travel compendium. Catch your onward flight to Cape Town (not incl) where you'll be met in arrivals and transferred in private vehicle to the Trevoyan Guest House. Spend three nights in a luxury garden room with breakfast daily.

Day 2: City Tour

After breakfast, you'll be picked up by our driver/guide and enjoy a small group city tour (half day) that takes in Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and around town.

Day 3: Explore on your own

After breakfast, enjoy the day at your own leisure. We have fantastic half and full day tours available as small group or private, so ask for our 'SA with a Difference' document to find out more.

Day 4: On the Road to the Winelands

After breakfast, it's time to check out and meet the rep from our car hire company. You'll fill in the paperwork for your Group B air conditioned vehicle.  Once everything is in order, it's time to venture up into the mountains of the spectacular Cape Winelands. Enjoy two nights at Auberge Clermont in an standard room with breakfast daily.

Day 5: Wine Tram

After breakfast, enjoy the Wine Tram experience in Franschhoek (ticket only included, stops and tours at your own expense).

Day 6: Whale Route 

After breakfast, it's time to depart the Winelands and journey south to the charming coastal town of Hermanus and arrive at Hermanus Beach Villa. Spend two nights in a 'Grotto' or 'Abalone' room with breakfast included. 

Day 7:  Beachside exploration

After breakfast, venture in to town and find out why this town has earned the status of being the best land based whale watching destination in the world (July - Nov). We can highly recommend the seafood here - fish and chips on the beach or clifftops whilst watching whales playing in the waters.

Day 8: Garden Route

After breakfast, check out and head north along the coastline and famous Garden Route.  We can recommend stops for you or simply take it as it comes.  Arrive in Plettenberg Bay. Spend two nights at Periwinkle Lodge in a surperior room with breakfast included.  This region boasts outstanding landscapes, succulent seafood and numerous wildlife experiences.

Day 9: Explore the Garden Route

Enjoy breakfast then a day at leisure. We recommend a visit to Knysna or simply laze on the beach

Day 10: Safari Bound

After breakfast, check out and continue your driving journey north to the Eastern Cape region and spend three nights at Hillsnek Safaris in a luxury tented room with all meals, local drinks and safari activities included. (Note: Hillsnek has just 3 rooms, so availability is not guaranteed. We will however offer alternatives in the Eastern Cape at a similar price, some are slightly more expensive)

Day 11 & 12: On Safari

Enjoy game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, birding, stargazing, river cruise by boat, guided bush walks, optional visits to the Art & Craft Centre and Shamwari's Born Free Foundation.

Day 13: Homeward bound

After morning game drive and breakfast, check out and drive your final route to the Port Elizabeth Airport where you'll then be able to catch a flight to Johannesburg (not included) to connect with your international flight home

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  • Trevoyan Guest House

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