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
Johannesburg is one of Africa’s largest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. This bustling city offers a wide range of activities, attractions and plenty to do in and around the city including nearby Pretoria. Downtown is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.
Days 3 - 4
Bordering Johannesburg’s mining belt, Soweto is a township of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng, South Africa. The name Soweto is an acronym for ‘South Western Township’. This township was developed for black South African’s during the apartheid system. Today, it has evolved into a place of pride and social prestige, filled to the brim with vibrant culture and incredible history. Must-see sites include: Kliptown, the Hector Petersen Memorial and Museum, and the former home of President Nelson Mandela. Visitors can explore the bustling Vilakazi Street, sample local cuisine one of the many traditional restaurants and enjoy a South African beer at a local shebeen. Thrillseekers can look forward to the Orlando Towers bungee jump, and Thespians can catch a show at the Soweto Theatre.
Days 4 - 6
With its beautiful beaches, lively wining and dining scene, and rich cultural heritage, Durban is South Africa’s third largest city and KwaZulu Natal’s tourist hub. The swimming and surfing are rated the best of any major city across the world and because of the sub-tropical climate the water is warm all year round. Known as the Golden Mile, this stretch of beaches and amusement parks is Durban’s major attraction with the recently developed UShaka Marine World at the southern end providing a world-class aquarium and other entertainments. Visitors can look forward to an array of wonderful activities including: strolling along the beachfront promenade, visiting the Durban Botanical Gardens and exploring the many Asian and Indian markets.
Days 6 - 7
Situated in the lush hills of KwaZulu Natal, the Midlands Meander snakes through over 80 kilometres of lush subtropical landscape. This popular tourist route features quaint villages, verdant woodlands, and extensive farmlands covering the lush undulating hills of this spectacularly scenic area. Visitors can look forward to a wide range of activities including discovering a variety of historic landmarks, family-friendly farms, adventure activities, and browse a large collection of arts and crafts shops selling locally-made goods. Other popular activities include: treetop canopy tours, cycling, kayaking, hiking, picnicking, fishing, horse riding, wildlife viewing, wine tasting and Zulu cultural experiences.
Days 7 - 9
Set on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, Port Elizabeth also referred to as PE, is known as the Friendly City as well as the Windy City. Port Elizabeth was established to home British settlers who were brought out on a government-sponsored programme to provide a buffer between the Cape Dutch and the Xhosa conflict. The little port grew from there and today it is the gateway to the beautiful Garden Route and serves as an excellent base to explore the Eastern Cape’s magnificent game reserves and pristine beaches. Visitors can explore the Addo Elephant National Park, inhabited by hundreds of elephants and other wildlife; climb the area’s largest dune at Maitland’s Beach, and jump on a boat tour to spot rare seabirds and whales.
Days 9 - 10
A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine, and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.