- South Africa
- Cape Town
What Regions or Countries to Combine
A popular gateway to the rest of Africa, Cape Town is the perfect place to wind down after a long flight or at the end of a dusty safari. The Cape Winelands and the Whale Coast lie within easy driving distance from the city and it’s easy to combine a Cape Town holiday with the attractions of the Garden Route and the malaria-free Big 5 reserves in the Eastern Cape. And if it’s big game you want, a short flight takes you from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park and its adjoining private reserves such as the Sabi Sands, Thornybush and Timbabvati where you’ll find Big 5 viewing at its best.
Cape Town’s two biggest temptations lie just an hour’s drive away: the Cape Winelands is home to serene scenery and welcoming whitewashed wine farms; the Whale Coast is centred around the town of Hermanus which in the spring months plays host to hundreds of migrating whales, easily seen from the comfort of shore. Hire a car and do it yourself or book a tour.
Families with children will love the easy-going nature of the Garden Route but the dreamy scenery and tucked-away accommodation will appeal to honeymooners too. A long, generous stretch of largely unspoiled coastline, the Garden Route offers sandy beaches and stately forests before giving way to the game reserves of the Eastern Cape, giving you the chance to really mix it up. The reserves are malaria-free and home to the Big 5, a great way to end the tour.
It’s a short flight from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park; you’ll land in Nelspruit and be transferred to your safari lodge – breakfast by the ocean, supper by candlelight in the bush. We recommend the exclusivity of the Kruger’s private reserves and concessions. Not only is the game viewing generally much better but you’ll have the views to yourself and will enjoy activities not available in the main park such as guided walks and night drives.