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This 8-day South African tour hits all of the high notes in a short amount of time. If a 2019 safari is on your must-do list, but you also want experience Stellenbosch wine tours and make your way to a malaria-free, Big Five game reserve in Limpopo, we've got you covered. Follow in the slipstream of passionate locals as you seek South Africa's foremost attractions and drink in gorgeous vistas at every turn. From cosmopolitan city centres to star-spangled bushveld skies, this South African holiday covers it all.
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list one week prior to your departure date.
Start your South Africa holiday in Cape Town. Affectionately called the Mother City by her colourful locals, Cape Town is a city like no other. If you happen to arrive earlier in the day, take a bus or taxi into the CBD and jump straight in. Meet up with your tour leader and fellow travellers at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner.
Day one of your South African tour starts with a bang as you embark on a driving tour of the historic city centre. Take in the sights at the Castle of Good Hope, the fascinating Cape Malay area, and famous Company's Gardens. After the tour, spend time exploring the amazing Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This afternoon you have to option to venture up the iconic Table Mountain in a cable car before heading to Camps Bay and Chapman's Peak on a sunset drive.
Spend a free day in Cape Town in any way you wish! Visit Robben Island to follow in Mandela's footsteps, or stop over at one or two of the beautiful museums. Perhaps view contemporary African art at the Zeitz MOCAA. Alternatively, opt for a Cape Peninsula Day Trip. This takes you on a scenic drive along the coast from Cape Town to the Cape Point National Park. At Cape Point take the Flying Dutchman funicular to the upper lighthouse for the incredible panoramic views. Towering cliffs, the Atlantic ocean and endemic fynbos. Pass through Simon's Town and Kalk Bay, stop over at Boulders Beach to see the famous African penguins. Then also explore the internationally acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
Off to the Cape Winelands for two local wine tasting experiences. The university town of Stellenbosch lies at the heart of this beautiful region and boasts 150+ wine farms that form part of the Stellenbosch Wine Route. Get ready for two wine tasting encounters that will introduce you to local cultivars like Pinotage (uniquely South African), Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. After a delicious lunch, you are free to explore the town at leisure before heading back to your hotel in Cape Town.
This morning, make your way to Cape Town International airport accompanied by an Expat Explore representative*. Board a connecting flight to Johannesburg for the final stretch of the tour. Upon touchdown you are whisked off to the luxurious Mabula Game Lodge. This malaria-free Limpopo safari destination is less than 3 hours from Joburg. Welcome to the African bush where extraordinary animal experiences awaits, perhaps even spotting the Big 5! Lunch is served upon arrival and dinner is included this evening. Two game drives included in your stay, so book it at reception when you're ready.
*Please note that this leg of the tour does not include a personal Expat Explore tour leader.
Today you have the entire day at Mabula Game Lodge to spend exactly as you wish. Make your way to reception to book a number of experiences on offer. Limpopo safaris are legendary and you can choose to take to the bush in a number of ways - set out on foot, take a quad bike trip, or go mounted on a specially-trained horse. Or wait for nightfall to encounter the nocturnal animals while indulging in a spot of stargazing? You could even hop aboard a hot air balloon to view it all from above at dusk...
Make your way from the Limpopo game reserve back to Johannesburg, where your bags will be dropped at the hotel and you have a full day to explore the City of Gold. Go shopping, visit Gold Reef City, or opt for optional tours around the city, or into the vibrant township of Soweto. Dinner is served at your hotel this evening.
Enjoy breakfast with your tour mates one last time. Hamba kahle - the Expat Explore team hopes to welcome you back aboard soon!
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