The Many Worlds of South Africa

  • Unparalleled diversity, from urban art galleries and museums to idyllic scenery and incredible wildlife
  • See southern right whales spyhop, lobtail, and breach from the shores of Hermanus
  • Overnight in a series of superb inns, including the waterfront Cape Grace Hotel
South Africa
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 11–14 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Safari
Trip Extensions: The Seychelles

There may be no other country on the planet that contains such a rich collection of worlds as South Africa, from the wild game lands of Kruger to the urbanity of Cape Town, with a taste of just about everything in between—including the fine vintages of the Winelands.

In Johannesburg we’re taken around by two exceptional guides: Robin Binckes, who shares his legendary passion for his native land as he shows us the city, its townships, and the Apartheid Museum, a bracing reminder of South Africa's recent history; and Jo Buitendach, who shares her impressive knowledge of contemporary art and how it’s shaping Johannesburg. Then we fly south, first spending a delicious night in the Winelands at Le Quartier Français. We then make our way to Walker Bay, a top spot for watching southern right whales, and to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, which we explore based from a five-star lodge set in an ancient milkwood forest. Finally we follow the stunning Garden Route to Cape Town, perhaps Africa’s most beguiling city, to wander, tour, and gaze up at Table Mountain. There’s the option to conclude with several days in Kruger, one of the world’s most revered national parks that boasts some of the continent’s most eclectic congregations of wildlife.


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The Many Worlds of South Africa

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Johannesburg
  • Days 2 & 3: Johannesburg guided tours
  • Day 4: fly to Cape Town, drive to Winelands
  • Day 5: enjoy Winelands
  • Day 6: drive to Walker Bay
  • Day 7: Walker Bay and environs
  • Day 8: return to Cape Town
  • Days 9 & 10: Cape Town exploring
  • Day 11: depart for home (or safari extension)

  • Optional Safari Extension::
  • Day 11: fly to Kruger National Park
  • Days 12 & 13: wildlife viewing
  • Day 14: fly to Johannesburg, depart.