South Africa – 11 Days with Optional Victoria Falls Extension

Explore Cape Town from Table Mountain, one of Africa’s most impressive natural wonders, to the Bo-Kaap and Malay neighborhoods and Robben Island, the 17th-century prison that held Nelson Mandela. Visit the Cape of Good Hope and taste wine in the renowned Cape Winelands. Bike or stroll around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, a delightful university town. Next stops are Knysna’s beautiful lagoon and Plettenberg Bay. Explore Tsitsikamma National Park featuring some of South Africa’s most spectacular coastal scenery before your expedition concludes in the Sabi Sands game reserve. Or continue on to Victoria Falls, one of the world’s seven natural wonders, and enjoy an Elephant Encounter and scenic Sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Language

Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Time Zone

GMT +2

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Currency

South African Rand (ZAR)

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Average Temp

63° (high)

South Africa Expedition

The New South Africa with Optional Victoria Falls Extension

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Arrive in Cape Town

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Vineyard Hotel

Day 2 – CAPE TOWN

Full-day private tour:

  • Table Mountain
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • District Six 
  • Greenmarket Square
  • Bo-Kaap and the Malay Quarter
  • Robben Island

Accommodations: Vineyard Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – CAPE PENINSULA

Full-day private Cape Point & Peninsula tour:

  • Chapman’s Peak drive
  • Boulder Beach Penguin Colony
  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve hike 
  • Seal Island cruise
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens

Accommodations: Vineyard Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – CAPE TOWN / WINELANDS

Full-day Winelands private tour:

  • Franschhoek walking or bicycling tour with wine-tasting
  • Stellenbosch walking tour with wine tasting

Accommodations: Oude Werf Country House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – WINELANDS / GARDEN ROUTE

Morning flight to George

Tour:

  • Knysna
  • Knysna Heads
  • Plettenberg Bay

Afternoon options:

  • Whale & Dolphin watching cruise OR
  • Hike in Robberg Nature Reserve

Accommodations: Periwinkle Guest Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – GARDEN ROUTE

Morning options:

  • Monkeyland OR
  • Coastal hike in Nature’s Valley

Afternoon visit to Tenikwa Wildlife Center

Accommodations: Periwinkle Guest Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK

Explore Tsitsikamma National Park:

  • Morning & afternoon hikes

Transfer to Port Elizabeth

Accommodations: Paxton Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Days 8-10 – GEORGE / JOHANNESBURG / SABI SANDS

Fly from George to Johannesburg

Connect with flight to Nelspruit

Transfer to your Lodge in Sabi Sands

  • Morning & afternoon game drives
  • Walk to nearby village to observe traditional African life

Accommodations: Arathusa Safari Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 – SABI SANDS / JOHANNESBURG / HOMEWARD BOUND

Transfer to airport

Fly to Johannesburg

Connect with flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Optional Extension

Day 11 – SABI SANDS / JOHANNESBURG

Fly to Johannesburg

Shuttle to hotel

Accommodations: Peermont D’Oreale
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 – JOHANNESBURG / VICTORIA FALLS

Fly to Victoria Falls

Private transfer to hotel

  • Private tour of the Falls
  • Optional Boma Dinner

Accommodations: Victoria Falls Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 – VICTORIA FALLS

  • Morning Elephant Encounter
  • Afternoon Helicopter flight
  • Sundowner cruise

Accommodations: Victoria Falls Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Snacks

Day 14 – VICTORIA FALLS / JOHANNESBURG / FLIGHT HOME

Transfer to the airport

Fly from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg.

Connect with flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $5,260 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, airfare not included)

Optional Victoria Falls Extension starting at $2,000 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

Everything was perfect! I’ve traveled before with NEI and plan to again. We really appreciate the ability to customize our trips and the variety of soft adventures. Next to marrying my husband, traveling with NEI was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life!

Linda M.
Los Angeles , CA

When to go:

Year-round (best times for wildlife viewing are from May to December)

What to eat:

Biltong (dried, cured meat), Cape Malay Curry (sweet & savory meats & vegetables), Malva Pudding (sweet, spongy pudding with apricot jam)

What to pack:

Neutral colored clothing: long-sleeved shirts & t-shirts, jeans, safari trousers & shorts, jackets & sweaters; swimwear; comfortable walking shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment & binoculars; universal adapter

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