One of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth, South Africa, fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', boasts 11 official languages, and its inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife, and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban, or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its untamed wilderness is astonishing: wildlife roams freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Days 1 - 3
Literally meaning ‘over the mountain’ in Dutch, the Overberg region extends from the Hottentots Holland Mountains, east of Cape Town, to the start of the Garden Route near the historic town of George. It serves as the perfect base to explore the spectacularly scenic landscapes which are characterised by fertile farmlands, a series of mountain ranges, tremendous plant diversity including the uniquely South African fynbos and a rocky coastline that makes it a haven for outdoor adventures. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of activities such as: 4x4 trails, kayaking, swimming, horse riding, sunset cruises, wine tasting, and whale watching. Popular attractions include: Agulhas National Park on Africa’s southernmost tip; the rich birdlife at Bontebok National Park and the seaside town of Hermanus, a whale watching mecca.
The West Coast
Days 3 - 6
While the Garden Route remains one of South Africa’s most famous attractions, the West Coast’s windswept isolation and tranquillity appeals to visitors who seek a break from the hustle and bustle that often accompanies popular tourist attractions. Those who wish to escape to a place where they can get lost in truly inspiring surroundings will find everything they are looking for along South Africa’s West Coast. The sparsely populated West Coast offers wide open spaces, unspoilt beaches, rugged terrain and azure seas. Visitors can look forward to exploring quaint country towns and whitewashed fishing villages, hiking through the spectacular Cederberg and the West Coast National Park as well as sampling fresh seafood at the seaside towns of Langebaan and Paternoster. Other popular activities include: bird watching, kayaking, swimming, stand up paddle boarding, and kitesurfing.
Days 6 - 9
Stretching from the Middelberg Pass at Citrusdal to the Pakhuis Pass at Clanwilliam about 2.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town, the Cederberg is a region of wild, dramatic valleys. Lined with citrus orchards and surrounded by magnificent mountains, the jaw-dropping scenes here become even more spectacular at sunset when they are bathed in an array of vivid colours, and in springtime when flowers completely take over. Hiking, bouldering, tubing, sundowner cruises, and rock-climbing are popular pursuits fr active types, along with visits to perfectly swimmable crystal-clear rock pools and intriguing ancient rock art sites. Wonderful surfing spots at stunning beaches, superb wineries with top-notch restaurants, and the incredible biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa complete this alluring package.
Days 9 - 11
Located in the scenic Olifants River Valley, the town of Clanwilliam is the ‘Rooibos Capital of the World’. The town features an array of tea houses and historical buildings. It is conveniently situated next to a large dam perfect for water skiing, swimming, and fishing. Visitors can enjoy a tour at the Elandsberg Rooibos Estate to view the unique tea-making process, learn about the town’s history at the Old Gaol Museum, explore the ‘Rooibos Route’ and enjoy a cup of tea at one of its many stopovers namely, The Rooibos Teahouse. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the spectacularly scenic surrounds including: the Cederberg Mountains, the West Coast and the annual wildflower splendour of Namaqualand.
Days 11 - 14
Located 15 km north-west of Vredenburg and 145 km north of Cape Town, this charming fishing village is a great place for a seaside escape, with its historical buildings, warm hospitality, long beach and beautiful views. It also has several quaint restaurants serving sublimely fresh and tasty seafood and one or two bars where you can enjoy a few drinks and get acquainted with the locals. Dolphins and whales can be spotted off the coast for ten months of the year and the striking Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, located just three kilomteres away, is a beautiful spot to explore, with its boulder-framed bay dotted with camping spots and barbeque facilities.