Game drive in MalaMala Game Reserve.  Photo courtesy of MalaMala Game Reserve

Best South Africa 10-Day Vacation for Senior Travelers

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Countries Visited

South Africa

Places Visited

Mala Mala Game Reserve, Cape Town, Hermanus, Cape Winelands

Suggested Duration

11 Days

Welcome to ten days of South African highlights for senior travelers that consists of whales, Winelands, safaris, and secret histories. You will experience an authentic, African safari in Mala Mala, which is where luxury meets an immersive wildlife realm. Cape Town provides color, charm, and history. After immersing yourselves in this idyllic city for two days, transfer to the serene coast in Hermanus. After some delightful whale watching, your last destination will be the Cape Winelands, where...

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience an authentic African safari with four days within the exclusive Mala Mala Game Reserve
  • Explore the enchanting Cape Winelands and spend two nights at a vineyard lodge
  • Spot whales from the shore during two days in the quaint seaside town of Hermanus
  • Delve into Cape Town’s history and culture, including Robben Island and Bo-Kaap
  • Immerse yourself in the wildlife world as you can combine daytime and nighttime game drives with a hot air balloon flight
  • Venture on a cable car ride to the summit of Table Mountain to enjoy one of Cape Town’s secret sunset spots
  • Discover South Africa as an incredibly relaxing destination, especially when you are on safari
  • Safely come face to face with Africa’s incredible animals, particularly lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and many beautiful ungulates

Detailed Description

South Africa has a unique ability to make visitors feel at home. This Rainbow Nation welcomes all with a warm embrace before slowly imparting a unique culture and way of life. From the moment you land, you can feel the importance of taking it easy. From the Kruger to the Cape, you will enjoy all the necessary comforts and luxuries without interrupting your authentic African experience. Many visitors feel a little apprehensive before they travel here. Visiting South Africa can seem like a step beyond the usual vacation, but everyone who visits wants to stay longer and is extremely surprised by how their perceptions contrast reality. South Africa is safe, beautiful, and ideal for any traveler. This handcrafted itinerary will reveal some of the best that the country has to offer.

An African safari is a wonderful way to start, and you will explore the Greater Kruger during a four-day safari in Mala Mala, which is a vast private reserve that is home to one of the continent’s largest animal populations. Buffalo herds will wander past you, elephants and warthogs will meet by the river, and you can track lions and leopards and even see them on a hunt or as they munch on a carcass. From intimate rhino moments to iconic birdlife, Mala Mala is a safari with the big and the small, which is made special by a sense of exclusivity.

You will be out in the wilderness, but your lodge rivals five-star accommodations anywhere in the world. This blend of luxury and authenticity continues in Cape Town, where you have two nights at the V & A Waterfront. After a four-day safari, you will come to appreciate the South African way of life as you fully unwind after your flight. This will make you feel more comfortable in Cape Town and more open to the city’s colorful feast. Two days in the Mother City allows for some leisurely city exploration, including secret histories and enchanting culture. Of course, your trip will also include Table Mountain and the city’s coastline.

From Cape Town, it is a two-hour drive to Hermanus, which is one of the world’s ultimate whale watching spots. Here, you may spot breaching whales directly from the shore before moving closer on a whale watching cruise. Equable and enchanting, Hermanus is a longstanding favorite of South African retirees just like your next destination: the Cape Winelands. Your final two nights will be spent at a vineyard lodge, where you will explore different wine farms and taste with the winemakers. Stellenbosch and Franschhoek will impart their old-world charms, and as ten days come to an end, it can feel as if South Africa is a part of you.

Consider learning more about our travelers’ best South Africa vacation activities by reading their South Africa travel reviews.

Starting Price

$5,715 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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