South Africa always enchants. From lions on the savannah to Table Mountain and colorful streets of change, the country always provides a unique travel experience regardless of the age of travelers. South Africa is welcoming, safe, and laid-back with a vibrant culture that can quickly make you feel at home. This handcrafted, two-week itinerary showcases some of the best South African destinations for senior travelers, including Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Hermanus, Knysna, and the Sabi Sands.
Cape Town – Dining Beneath Table Mountain
Table Mountain is some 600 million years old. Cape Town has evolved around its magnificent frame with the city spilling through foothills and onto the coast. You will touch down in the Mother City, and will not be able to miss the mountain. It looms large over everywhere, including your hotel at the V & A Waterfront. You will be met at the airport by a private guide who will transfer you to your luxury hotel. It will be located in a mostly pedestrianized area, so you can safely walk around the neighborhood should you wish. Transfers to anywhere in the city are included as part of your stay as well, and dinner reservations have been made for the evening, so you will dine beneath the iconic Table Mountain.
Cape Town – Robben Island and the Historical Waterfront
Cape Town – Exploring Bo Kaap and Streets of Change
Stellenbosch – Beautiful History and Superb Dining
Stellenbosch – Spending the Day in Franschhoek
Stellenbosch – More Relaxed Wine Tasting and Views
Hermanus – Whale Watching and Shopping on the Coast
Knysna – Another Favorite Town for Senior Travelers
Knysna – Discovering Garden Route Highlights
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve – Start of the Big Game Safari
Day 11 - 12
Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve – Laid-Back Kruger Safari for Senior Travelers
Johannesburg – Apartheid History and Enchanting Soweto
Johannesburg – Departure
- Escape to the Cape Winelands and spend three days in Stellenbosch, which is a charming town that is steeped in history
- Uncover the secrets of Cape Town, including the history of Robben Island and Bo Kaap
- Experience the beauty of an African safari with three all-inclusive days in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
- Discover the enchanting Garden Route town of Knysna, which is a favorite of senior visitors from all over the world
- Watch whales from the shore during a day in the quaint old town of Hermanus
- Explore Soweto’s apartheid history and walk the street where Mandela and Desmond Tutu were both residents
- Taste your way through South Africa’s finest wines and sample some of the country’s best restaurants
- Admire the views all the way down the Garden Route and Cape Town from Table Mountain
- Fully relax into the safari experience and watch animals as they roam beneath your lodge
- Immerse yourself into South Africa’s welcoming and laid-back way of life
South Africa is very much an adventure. Here, you can encounter elephant herds and prowling leopards, and there will be a sense of wilderness as you explore some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes from Table Mountain to the Garden Route and Kruger. Every day, you can sense the magic of a continent, and it will be told through the people you meet and the histories that connect you with the land. South Africa also has one foot in contemporary, Western culture. You can also find five-star accommodations to rival anywhere in the world in addition to fine dining, modern luxuries, and all the comfort you require. This means that South Africa can offer you a new adventure that is full of unique experiences and encounters, and you will not need to travel beyond your comfort zone.
This two-week, South African tour is handcrafted for senior travelers and moves at a relaxed pace through the country. It will showcase the country’s favorite destinations for seniors, including a stunning African safari in the Sabi Sands. Private guides will be included throughout to provide flexibility to suit your needs. Each day, you can do and see more, or you can slow down and take more time to rest. There are a couple of timely drives during your vacation, and these will help you appreciate the country’s majestic landscapes.
Cape Town is your first stop, and you will spend three days in the Mother City, where Table Mountain stands proudly above the streets of history and change. You will dine at the excellent restaurants, discover Bo Kaap, and walk in Mandela’s footsteps during a morning on Robben Island. From here, it will be a one-hour drive to the Cape Winelands for three nights in Stellenbosch, which is South Africa’s second oldest town. With evocative vistas and sumptuous wine, it will be easy to fill three days here, especially when a local guide helps you to uncover local secrets.
From days seven to nine, you will drive the Garden Route with your private guide. The first stop will be Hermanus, which is a favorite town of South African retirees and a wonderful place to watch whales from the shore. In the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna has been voted South Africans’ favorite town on multiple occasions. It is a laid-back base for exploring this luscious, Southern region, and your guide can customize each day to your interests. Port Elizabeth is at the end of the Garden Route, and you will fly to the Sabi Sands from here. In the Sabi Sands, the Big Game safari is as good as anywhere on the continent.
You can settle into your safari and discover the dreamy combination of wild Africa and contemporary comfort. Here, you will feel entirely at home while watching elephants and rhinos directly from your lodge. You can also go on game drives in search of leopards in addition to your lodge’s superb, in-room dining. With three days, you will discover the authenticity of the wild, which is in an exclusive and unfenced Kruger reserve. There will still time for a day in Johannesburg before you leave South Africa. With its apartheid history and vibrant streets, it is a city that can tie the rest of your vacation together.
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$5,595 per person (excluding international flights)
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