South Africa
  • 11 days/10 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $8,498 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Experience the wild on this South Africa Safari!

Pack your pith helmet and sense of adventure and prepare to be awestruck on this small group, exclusive safari in South Africa. Join our expert guides as they introduce you to South Africa’s rich cultural heritage, tumultuous political history and French influence that created its world-renowned wine country. Take a cable car to explore famous Table Mountain with its remarkably-flat top edged by impressive cliffs. Hike, bike, kayak and raft as you learn about the Cape’s fascinating flora and celebrated African wildlife from local rangers and conservationists. Set out on foot in private game reserves to search for the Big Five (lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros), and get up-close-and-personal with ecosystems that would otherwise not be seen from the seat of a Jeep. All the while, enjoy the best in regional lodging and cuisine and Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service on this unforgettable journey-of-a-lifetime.

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  • Adult Vacations
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  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Paddling
  • Safari / Wildlife

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

From the 360-degree views atop Table Mountain in Cape Town to the spectacular wines of Stellenbosch to the Big Five sightings on Sabi Sabi Private Reserve, discover the endless surprises of South Africa on this 11-day, exclusive adventure. Enjoy a taste of all that South Africa has to offer as you soak in the enchanting terrain, remarkable collection of wildlife, and delectable local fare and award-winning wines. Throughout your safari, indulge in ultimate luxury and find comfort in our distinctive accommodations.

•    Ride a tram up Table Mountain for spectacular 3,400-foot panoramas of Cape Town
•    Visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island and walk the streets of a thriving local township
•    Pedal from Stellenbosch to rolling wine country, with time to stop for a tasting along the way
•    Kayak with African penguins and float an arm’s length from a 50-ton Southern Right Whale
•    Ride horseback through coastal forests of fynbos, Africa’s unique vegetation
•    Explore Sabi Sabi Private Reserve in Kruger National Park by open vehicle or bush walk, on the hunt for giraffe, zebra, lion, wildebeest, hippo, and rhino
•    Savor a plate of fresh-off-the-boat seafood and a glass of award-winning Nederburg wine in the comfort of your upscale guesthouse or nature-based lodge

Lion in tall grass South Africa Safari
Photo: Lion in tall grass South Africa Safari

It was our best trip ever! We learned a lot about South Africa, were thrilled to see so many animals, and really enjoyed getting to know our guide.

Richard V Oak Park, IL

Our Guides Were Exceptional.

Mike Q Ocean City, MD

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

11 days/10 nights

Johannesburg, South Africa / Cape Town, South Africa

Day 1: Cape Town
Zebras in South Africa
Meals Included:  No meals

International flights arrive in Cape Town late in the day. On your arrival, you’ll be met and shuttled into the city to your home away from home for the next 4 nights, the Victoria and Alfred Hotel, Cape Town.

Perfectly situated in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, this hotel offers spectacular views of the working harbor and Table Mountain.

Settle in and relax this evening in preparation for the adventures ahead!

About Victoria and Alfred Hotel
A classic landmark on the V&A Waterfront, the magnificent 4-star Victoria and Alfred Hotel is conveniently positioned in Cape Town city center spectacularly overlooking Table Mountain.

This contemporary hotel offers a variety of facilities and amenities for a memorable stay, including a waterfront outdoor veranda, a swimming pool set amidst lush private gardens and its own OYO Restaurant specializing in delicious local cuisine with a live evening entertainment program.

Day 2: Table Mountain Cable / Lion's Head
South Africa Safaris
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Victoria and Alfred Hotel

Head to Table Mountain where you are whisked by Cable Car to the summit, 3,400 feet above sea level

Enjoy a guided walk down the mountain for an introduction to the indigenous flora of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest but richest of the world's 6 plant kingdoms boasting some 8,600 flowering species.

Besides plants like Protea, you may see Sunbirds and even a Black Eagle!

Then, hike up Lion's Head for a trail lunch on top and amazing views of downtown. Visit Green Market Square bustling with traders selling locally produced products, stroll past the Parliament buildings built in 1885.

Tonight, enjoy dinner at the Codfather

Day 3: Robben Island / Cultural Township Tour
Elephant on the South Africa Safari
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Victoria and Alfred Hotel

On Day 3, board a ferry to Robben Island.

A leper colony turned political prison, this historic landmark was recently established a museum and national monument. Venture on to visit Nelson Mandela's maximum security prison cell.

Afterward, enjoy lunch at Lelapa for a traditional Xhosa meal followed by a tour of the townships.

Situated in the Cape Flats where the non-white inhabitants of the Cape were placed during the apartheid era, today the townships are a thriving community rich in local customs and traditions.

Enjoy pre-dinner interactive drumming and a tour at the Gold of Africa Museum.

Day 4: Cape Point Nature Reserve / Penguins
South Africa Safaris
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Victoria and Alfred Hotel

This morning you are collected from the guesthouse and will travel along picturesque roads to Cape Point Nature Reserve to bike along a network of undulating roads.

Be sure to leep an eye out for:

  • Cape Mountain Zebra
  • Bontebok birds
  • Indigenous fynbos plants

Take in the spectacular views across False Bay, and enjoy a trailside lunch with amazing views.

This afternoon we trade in bikes for kayaks. Paddle from Simonstown Harbor to Boulder Beach's colony of African Penguins and view them from the ocean as they swim around this quaint cove.

Day 5: Biking Stellenbosch / Wine Country
South Africa Adventure Travel
Meals Included:  B, L, D

On day 5, travel to the Cape Winelands and historic town of Stellenbosch.

Bike the oldest wine route in the Cape, stopping at award-winning wine estates with time for tastings. Afterward, enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawns of one of our favorite vineyards.

Drive east along the coast to Grootbos where we’re greeted with welcoming smiles.

Your day ends with check-in at the Grootbos Garden Lodge followed be a walk along a pristine white-sand beach overlooking Walker Bay and the mountains in the distance.

About the Grootbos Garden Lodge
Grootbos Nature Reserve conserves 1,700 hectares of pristine fynbos, the Cape’s unique vegetation, and is home to more than 650 species of indigenous plants.

The classic Garden Lodge is set in a lush indigenous canopy that provides privacy and a feeling of complete submersion in the natural environment. Each suite has its own secluded balcony – perfect for watching the sun set over the ocean or for starting the day in tune with the forest birds.

Day 6: Walker Bay / Grootbos Nature Reserve
Sunset in South Africa
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Grootbos Garden Lodge

Embark on an early morning whale-watching trip to spot 50-ton southern right whales just yards from your boat.

  • Visit an island refuge of sea bird colonies and the nesting grounds of the rare African Penguin
  • Admire the underwater antics of a 60,000 strong Cape fur seal colony
  • If we’re lucky, we’ll spot dolphins playing in the wake of our boat and we may even spot a great white shark breaking the surface – truly an awesome spectacle!

Return to the lodge for some R&R and a beautiful afternoon hike through the “fynbos.”

Day 7: Cape Town / Johannesburg / Kruger
Africa Safari Vacations
Meals Included:  B, D

Today, we travel back to Cape Town in time for your flight to Johannesburg.

A connecting flight will take us to Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, situated in the world-renowned 65,000 hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the South-Western section of the Greater Kruger Park.

Sabi Sand is a wildlife oasis, where you can observe at close quarters the age old natural relationship between predator and prey. Witness the beauty of an African sunset as your ranger reveals the rituals of African wildlife.

Dinner this evening is a lantern lit affair around the fire.

About Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp
This jewel of a safari camp boasts all of the features associated with an exceptional safari lodge – beautiful setting, excellent cuisine and abundant wildlife.

It offers luxury accommodations, warm and effortless hospitality and unparalleled intimacy and seclusion. Each suite has a private viewing deck overlooking the riverbed, and is decorated in contemporary African design, complete with luxury furnishings, a full private bathroom and indoor and outdoor showers.

Delectable dinners enjoyed outside under softly lit trees are an experience loved by all.

Day 8 & 9 & 10: Sabi Sabi Safari / Sabie River Raft / Sabie River Valley Quad Bike
Africa Safari Tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Enjoy 3 full days in the private Sabi Sabi Reserve!

Safari in 4WD Land Rover’s each morning and afternoon as well as enjoy optional morning walking safaris. You’ll feel safe in the hands of the dedicated, highly trained and experienced Sabi Sabi Rangers.

With no fences between the private reserve and Kruger Park, big game abounds, moving freely through this unspoiled part of the ancient African continent.

The Reserve is blessed with a great biodiversity of habitat and wildlife, offering an excellent chance of close encounters with:

  • Elephant
  • Rhino
  • Buffalo
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Wild dog
  • Cheetah

With over 300 bird species, the reserve is also a birdwatcher’s delight.

On Day 9 explore all the Sabie River Valley has to offer the true Adventurer!

Whitewater raft the Sabie River and explore trails by quad bike that wind along the Sabana River through some of most scenic Sabie River Valley.

Day 11: Johannesburg
Lions in South Africa
Meals Included:  B

On the last day, take an early morning 4WD safari to view animals still active in the cool morning air.

Return to the lodge for brunch before bidding a fond farewell to the African bush. A direct charter flight takes you to Johannesburg in time to check-in for your flights home.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and DiGiT Tours.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 11 days/10 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $8,498 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Your trip begins with your arrival at the international airport in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • After passing through immigration and customs, walk into the arrival hall where a DiGiT Tours representative will be holding an Austin Adventures sign with your name on it.
  • From here you’ll be met and shuttled to Victoria and Alfred, Cape Town Hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a charter flight to the Johannesburg airport in time for your departure flights home.
Activities
  • Hiking: 1 to 2 miles per hike - easy to moderate terrain.
  • Biking: 8 – 9 miles per ride - easy terrain.
  • Boating: Small boat marine life tour with captain and crew.
  • Kayaking: Sea kayaking in a secluded bay and in open ocean along coast. No experience necessary. Ocean conditions must be safe to do this activity.
  • Whitewater Rafting: Class II-III rapids, no experience necessary.
  • Quad Biking: Tracks vary from technical to very easy.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All breakfasts, snacks, and refreshments are included. Lunches and dinners are included in the itinerary when indicated under each day. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

Each morning starts with a hearty breakfast, usually in the dining room at your lodge. In the evening, it’s a local restaurant, an out of the way bistro, an authentic African experience with traditional food and local music. Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions except for one lunch and one dinner.
  • Internal flights listed in itinerary.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, luggage tags, and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One lunch and one dinner.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

We had a fabulous time. We were very pleased with the attention to details; excellent meals; tours & guides.

Linda S, Westminster, CO

Our adventure was everything we had hoped for. The location, our guides and that special Austin-Adventures touch made our adventure one that we will long remember and share with our friends.

Cory K, Brevard, NC

We thought the trip was well planned and the guides did a good job. Was surprised by how well our group bonded.

Stanley W, Sartell, MN

Well planned trip. Great accommodations and food. Guides knowledgeable, helpful.

Susan C, Pittsburgh, PA

We particularly enjoyed the flexibility, patience and the timely encouragement of our guide. Our guide was exemplary in the service provided and the trip was well organized in all aspects.

Susanne S, West Vancouver, B.C.

We were so thrilled to have done this trip-WOW!

Michael S, Golden, CO
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The plants: Of the six floral kingdoms in the world, five encompass several countries, and in some cases, several continents. South Africa is the only exception, featuring the entire Cape Floral Kingdom, which has 9,600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
  • 2. Biodiversity: South African grasslands have approximately 30 species per square kilometer, greater than the biodiversity of rainforests!
  • 3. Young couples, keep an eye out! The world's largest diamond was the Cullinan Diamond, found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut and was cut into the Great Star of Africa, weighing 530.2 carats, the Lesser Star of Africa, which weighs 317.40 carats, and 104 other diamonds of nearly flawless color and clarity. They now form part of the British crown jewels.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With lodgings like the Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp, explore by day and relax at night over delicious, local cuisine.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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