Animals and Nature in South Africa

This trip gives us what is most talked about with South Africa, the Cape Peninsula, wine and safaris. We start on the Cape Peninsula with its majestic natural scenery, including peculiar, well-known Table Mountain. Of course we visit Cape Point at the Cape of Good Hope, where the currents from the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean meet. We then make a trip to the eminent wine districts in Stellenbosch, with the accompanying mouthful of good drinks. Then we fly to the country’s largest city Johannesburg and from there we go to one of the country’s most exciting safari parks, where there is the opportunity to see the “Big Five”.

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Day 1. Departure to South Africa
Flight to Cape Town. Meals are included on board the flight.

Day 2. Arrival Cape Town
We land in Cape Town and are met by our local representative at the airport. We then gather in the evening for a welcome dinner. Overnight in Cape Town. (Dinner)

Day 3. Cape Point and Boulders Penguin Colony
We take the winding road along the coast and after a short stop in Hout Bay we take the beautiful, scenic road past Chapman’s Peak with its stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Farthest south on the Cape Peninsula is Cape Point within Taffelberget National Park. The vast national park stretches all the way from Signal Hill and Table Mountain in the north to Cape Point in the south and includes the coastline on the peninsula. At Cape Point are the treacherous cliffs, which form the southwestern tip of Africa, some are among the highest in the world and they mark the place where the cold Benguela Current in the Atlantic meets the warm Agulhas in the Indian Ocean. Boulder’s penguin colony displays the vulnerable African penguin, and with the help of wooden walkways, visitors are allowed to see the penguins in their natural environment. Overnight in Cape Town (Breakfast and lunch)

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Day 4. Robben Island
Today there will be a boat trip to Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned. Robben Island has a very long and interesting history. For almost 400 years, Robben Island has been a garrison settlement, isolation and prison island, and is now a museum showcasing the socio-economic development and transformation of South African society. After lunch free time. Overnight in Cape Town. (Breakfast)

Day 5. Taffelberget and Bo Kaap
In the morning we take the spectacular cable car up to the iconic Taffelberget, one of Cape Town’s truly well – known attractions, which is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The mountain is a national park with beautiful flora and fauna and the view from the top is breathtaking and unsurpassed. We later take a walk through the colorful and lively Bo Kaap, located on the slopes of Signal Hill. We pass the parliament , Godahoppsudden’s castle , the town hall and also do a garden walk. We then leave Cape Town for an African village party in Moyo Restaurant in Kirstenbosch . Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is hailed as one of the world’s major botanical gardens. Few gardens can match Kirstenbosch, where it is so beautifully nestled in the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Overnight in Cape Town. (Breakfast and lunch)

Day 6. Free time in Cape Town
The day offers free time to explore this beautiful city on your own, perhaps a note of the following: High Tea at Mount Nelson Shark Cage Diving, Two Oceans Aquarium, a ride in a motorcycle with sidecar from the days of World War II, visit one of the city’s many beautiful beaches, or maybe even fly helicopters over the city or peninsula. Overnight in Cape Town. (Breakfast)

Day 7. Stellenbosch
Today we go to the wine districts, which are 45 minutes drive from Cape Town, and there are over 400 wineries. Enjoy the fantastic mountain contours, which form a dramatic backdrop to the lush vineyards. Taste and enjoy the excellent world-famous wines produced here on the Cape Peninsula. In the afternoon we check in at our hotel in Stellenbosch’s historic center. In the evening we take a tour of the wine and olive landscape in the mountains for a traditional South African feast, so-called Dinner Braai. Overnight in Cape Town. (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 8. Cape Town – Johannesburg
Now it’s time to explore another part of this beautiful country. We will thus fly to the country’s largest city Johannesburg, where we start with a tour of the famous Soweto, the largest and most well-known shantytown in South Africa. We also get to see a lot of other things, such as Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (from the outside), Freedom Square, Hector Peterson Memorial and Nelson Mandela’s former home. In many ways, the story of Soweto is the story of South Africa. Our tour takes you deep into the shantytown culture, so you can get a personal experience of the diversity and the rich history that this part of Johannesburg has to offer. In the afternoon we check in at our hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 9 – 10. Entabeni Game Reserve
After breakfast we leave the big city of Johannesburg to go out into the bush, more specifically to the Entabeni conservancy, a little more than 3 hours from Johannesburg. Entabeni Game Reserve is located in the malaria-free Waterberg region, where high valleys turn into warm pools and the savannah provides space for wetlands and dense woodlands. The area reflects Africa as a whole, a biosphere in which all species of living things exist. The safaris we get to see show lots of animals and we will hopefully see the “Big 5” (lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo) and many other smaller mammal species, more than 350 bird species and much more. Overnight in Entabeni. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 11. Return trip
Today we leave this quiet gem returning to Johannesburg to fly home. Food is included on the long-haul flight. (Breakfast)

Day 12. Homecoming
We come home to our respective places of departure.

Animals and nature in South Africa