9 Days South Africa Safaris

Incredible cape town where two oceans meet, magical whales and wild Savannah safaris.

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to your Hotel. A walk in Cape town, which is set at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans and backed by the iconic Table Mountain, the bustling city of Cape Town presents an alluring combination of drawcards. Incredible powdery white beaches, highly acclaimed wine routes, and astonishingly beautiful mountain trails surround a cosmopolitan hub. This diverse metropolis is filled with superb shops and restaurants, extraordinary heritage monuments, a multitude of entertainment venues, and a spectacular, chic waterfront harbour. Highlights include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art; Table Mountain’s jaw-dropping views; Boulders Beach, where penguins might swim right up to you in the warm Indian ocean waters; the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you can walk along a treetop canopy among incredible native flora or watch an open-air concert at the base of the mountain; Robben Island, where visitors can see the cell where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years; and visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Shopping Complex.

After breakfast, visit several exciting locations in Cape Point. Nowhere else in the world treats you to the level of scenic beauty that’s on offer along the Cape Peninsula. Pass the city’s famed beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton, before heading to Chapman’s Peak Drive. This impressive 15km route cuts into the jagged mountains surrounding Hout Bay harbour, offering unspoiled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Once you arrive at Cape Point Nature Reserve, you’ve entered the famed South-westernmost point of the African continent. It’s here that famous shipwrecks throughout history have left their skeletons. Choose to hike to the lighthouse and take the funicular to the peak. Stretch your legs on one of the many walks on offer, all of which treat you to the local fynbos blooms.

In the morning, discover why Cape Town continuously tops the lists of must-visit travel destinations on this day-long tour highlighting the bucket list landmarks of the Mother City. Join us as we explore the natural wonders of Table Mountain and Lion’s head, with the option to stretch your legs on the mountain hiking trails. Witness the sunrise on the famous ‘table top’ and take in the 360-degree views from the Cableway. Downtown, in what is known as the CBD, you’ll delve into Cape Town’s intricate history and culture, visiting the colourful Bo Kaap neighbourhood, the Castle of Good Hope military fort and the green heart of the city, Company’s Garden.

End the day with quiet sundowners from Signal Hill, where the famous African sunset shines over the Atlantic Seaboard and the city’s beaches and coastline are viewed in all their glory.

A farewell breakfast and depart to Harbour House Hotel, Hermanus. There, you will embark on an amazing boat trip and experience shark cage diving. Going Great White Shark Diving in South Africa is a combination of goosebump thrills, education and relaxation on a luxury boat in the company of experienced experts and researchers! They will show you how to distinguish between a male and female shark and how to identify a specific shark by its unique dorsal fin and scars. The boat trip to where the activity is to take place, is by itself an exhilarating adventure.

Named after a legendary 3,3 m male shark with a very distinctive dorsal fin, the slash fin is a unique, multi-million rand aluminum boat custom designed for speed, stability, safety and space and can comfortably accommodate 40 passengers and the crew at a time. On any given day, we also usually see at least two or more members of the Marine Big Five – sharks, dolphins, whales, seals and penguins, as well as several bird species.

After breakfast, a Whale Trail Walk with a local guide. The Hermanus cliff path hugs the coastline and offers a 12km path for walkers and hikers alike. Start near the new harbour and enjoy a visual journey along the beautiful, rugged coastline to Grotto beach, this path offers many benches to sit and watch the whales or to enjoy ocean views. The entire cliff path is protected within the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, proclaimed in 2000, in a bid to protect the fragile ecosystem alongside Walker Bay.

This famous cliff path was Originally built by the Hermanus Botanical Society, but today this cliff path is looked after by a voluntary group of local residents, known as the Cliff Path Management Group.

If you park at The New Harbour side of the cliff path, you can walk roughly 3 km towards Gearing’s Point close to the town centre of Hermanus. On this route, you will pass famous spots like Rietfontein, Tamatiebank, Dreunklrans, Fick’s Pool and Gearing’s Pont.

Not only is Hermanus known as the best whale watching spot in the world, but this popular seaside town is also renowned for its Fynbos.

A farewell breakfast to Hermanus and hit the road towards Sanbona Wildlife Reserve.

After Lunch served on your arrival and a short break, start an evening game drive in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, which is situated in the heart of the Karoo in the province of the Western Cape in South Africa, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is said to be the area’s premier wildlife destination offering one of the best safari experiences in the country. Stretching over 54 000 hectares, this tranquil reserve is one of South Africa’s largest private reserves boasting pristine natural beauty with its endless plains and awe-inspiring landscapes inhabited by an array of wildlife including the endangered riverine rabbit. To add to this, it is also home to the only free-roaming and self-sufficient white lions in the world. Visitors can also look forward to excellent birdwatching, viewing ancient rock art, and enjoying wonderful game viewing. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

The timing around the day, a morning game drive when temperature is cooler and animal activity generally at its best. Later on, enjoy another afternoon safari with your guide sighting different wildlife hunting or with their prey. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

After an early morning game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.