Wildebeest in the African savanna, South Africa

Best of South Africa Two-Week Vacation

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

South Africa

Places Visited

Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

South Africa has it all from wildlife wonders and colorful cultures to mighty mountains and charming cities. Your immersion in the Winelands and an authentic Big Game safari is just the beginning. This two-week adventure will celebrate some of the very best that South Africa offers, including its finest safari destinations and the Nelson Mandela story. From the Cape to Kruger, you will discover the extraordinary experiences and upcoming hot-spots with private guides with handpicked accommodations...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the surreal beauty of Cape Town, which is the lively city beneath Table Mountain
  • Uncover the secrets of the savannah with four days of luxury safari in the Kruger
  • Admire whales from the Hermanus shores and cage dive with great white sharks, the second of which is completely optional
  • On a Cape Peninsula tour, walk with penguins, explore wild beaches, discover Constantia, and traverse Chapman’s Peak
  • Enjoy the safari exclusivity of Mala Mala and see far more than the Big Five
  • Indulge in a tasting at South Africa’s finest vineyards with winemakers and cellar-masters as your guides
  • Trace Nelson Mandela’s story with visits to Robben Island and the Soweto township
  • Hot air balloon above the Kruger and feel the thrill of a nighttime game drive
  • Venture off the beaten track on a tour of the West Coast, where there are beaches, breweries, and bushmen

Detailed Description

South Africa is a dozen vacations in one. Here, you can luxuriate on white beaches and listen to the poetry of the ocean waves. Then, the following day, you can be deep in the Winelands or standing on a majestic mountain. In South Africa, there is wild Africa, where giant mammals run free and evocative scenes play out at watering holes, and there is also cultural Africa, which can be found on vibrant city streets and markets that unite the continental diaspora. You can also indulge in contemporary opulence while an elephant walks past you. Here, there is nature, history, wildlife, marine life, and the most extravagant landscapes. The best part of South Africa is that you can nearly experience it all in just two weeks.

This two-week adventure showcases the very best of South Africa and includes many of its most iconic highlights. Accommodations have been handpicked to reflect the country’s authenticity and allure. This will be an active and fast-paced vacation with private activities and excursions that are planned for every day. The country’s atmosphere is laid-back, and you should feel at home everywhere you travel. This journey can be customized with fewer activities and a more sedate pace should you wish. It can also be tailored to have a larger focus on a specific South African experience such as a longer big-game safari or more time on the coast.

The stunning city of Cape Town will be your first stop. With four days here, you will explore Robben Island, Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula, and the wild West Coast. City charms include atmospheric neighborhoods and superb dining along with beaches and markets. You will then spend days five and six in the Cape Winelands, which is a bucolic region where the country’s best wine is just one highlight. This is a destination of opulence and utter tranquility, but it still has a distinct, South African feel. Hermanus will be your next destination. Hermanus is a base for whale watching and shark cage diving, and you will spend two days in this quaint town.

After flying to Johannesburg on day nine, you will have an afternoon to follow in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps. Soweto provides the destination, and it is a township that is full of energy and exuberance. You will culminate your vacation with the ultimate South African safari, which will be four days that are spread across Mala Mala and the Greater Kruger National Park. Game drives will showcase much more than the Big Five before nighttime drives and game walks provide another perspective of these breathtaking locales. You will hot air balloon over the savannah and experience wild Africa while still basking in modern comfort. Four days on safari is not just about ticking off the animals, but you will gain an intimate understanding of how the wilderness operates, especially the interactions between animals. From the Greater Kruger, you will then fly back to Johannesburg for your outbound flight.

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Starting Price

$5,595 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.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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