Wine region near Stellenbosch looking at Simonsberg in South Africa.

Essence of South Africa Tour: Nature, Safari & Winelands

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

South Africa

Places Visited

Cape Town, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, Timbavati Game Reserve

Suggested Duration

9 Days

South Africa is a land rich in culture, wildlife and jaw-dropping natural beauty. This tour offers you the perfect opportunity to experience some of her finest gems. Journey up the iconic Table Mountain, explore her rugged and breathtaking coastline, taste sensational wine in the Cape’s vineyards and come face-to-face with Africa’s Big Five in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve.

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Trip Highlights

  • Search for the Big Five in the African bushveld of the Timbavati, and keep your eyes peeled for the area’s famous white lions as well as the Wild Dog and Cheetah which make this a ‘Big 7’ reserve.
  • Ascend the majestic table mountain to obtain unparalleled views of the “Mother City” and her breathtaking surrounds.
  • Explore the wonder and raw beauty of the Cape’s colourful fynbos and see firsthand why this floral region is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Take a ferry ride to Robben Island, the Cape’s second World Heritage site, and learn more about where South Africa’s late former president Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.
  • Journey along the Cape of Good Hope’s scenic coastline and discover where her two oceans -  the Atlantic and Indian ocean - meet.
  • Taste award winning wines in the Cape Winelands while exploring the area’s Cape Dutch and Malay heritage.

Detailed Description

If you are looking for intimate African wildlife encounters, colorful people, spectacular landscapes and mouth watering cuisine, then South Africa is the destination for you. With breathtaking beauty and adventure around every corner she offers a plethora of experiences that certainly won’t disappoint. Begin your journey in glorious Cape Town – a world class city with nature on her doorstep. From rugged coastline to history dating back hundreds of years Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures, art and heritage.

With two days to explore the City, the best vantage point is undeniably from Table Mountain. This landmark dominates the skyline and rises to an impressive 1085m. Capetonians, as the locals are known, argue that with such an encompassing feature, viewable from around the city, they can never get lost. They simply need to look at the mountain to find their way home.

Cape Town lies at the foot of the mountain and directly alongside striking white beaches and the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s here that you can discover the famous False Bay, featured in countless natural history documentaries, where the great white sharks predate on seals. Take a boat ride out to Seal Island to view the seals firsthand. Alternatively, follow the mountainside coastal roads for intimate views of the bay, the treasures that make Cape Town arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Be on the lookout for fynbos, the local bush, whose myriad of hues will take your breath away. Round off your Cape adventure gazing at the bounty of vineyards strewn across the mountainside as you sip an award winning wine in the Cape winelands.

Complete your holiday with a real African safari. If you have always dreamed of coming face-to-face with Africa’s majestic wildlife, then this trip is definitely for you. Leave Cape Town to travel to the Timbavati Game Reserve, a private reserve, which borders the famous Kruger National Park. Beat the swell of tourists at this luxury resort and venture on game ranger led safaris which will take you into the heart of the African bush and up close to the Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.

Starting Price

$4,675 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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  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
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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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