South Africa vacation

“Enjoy the wild coastline and super-sized wildlife of the Garden Route on our best-selling South Africa self-drive vacation, taking you from the Mother City to the Big Five.”

Highlights

Cape Town | Franschhoek wine estate | Hermanus | Land- and boat-based whale and dolphin watching (Jun-Dec) | Knysna Plettenberg Bay | Big Five safari | Optional: Table Mountain by cable car, V&A Waterfront, Cape Malay cookery class, surfing lesson, horse riding, sailing trip, sea kayaking

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Accessible tourism overview:
This trip can be tailored for guests with limited mobility or in wheelchairs and can also be organised with your own driver/guide.
Limited mobility:
Accommodation and rooms on the ground level; Door to door transfers if privately guided.
Wheelchair:
Wheelchair accessible rooms can be booked, wheelchair accessible attractions and restaurants suggested for clients.
Blind or limited vision:
This trip can be tailored for guests with limited vision, particularly trips with private/driver guides.
'Free from' food:
All dietary requirements catered for; South Africa is very well versed in handling a variety of dietary requirements.
LGBT:
The trip is open to people of all backgrounds and genders. Cape Town itself has a vibrant and thriving LGBT community.
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Accepted
Vacation type

Tailor made vacation

This trip can be tailormade to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: South Africa vacation

Environment

The game reserve is recognised as the pioneer in Eastern Cape eco tourism and has a dedicated wildlife department consisting of two wildlife vets, two ecologists, an environmentalist and a variety of qualified nature conservationists. They aim to ensure a sustainable environment for all the fauna and flora on the long term, the ecological integrity of the biodiversity as well as the maintenance of a quality wildlife experience. The reserve is also home to the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre, which aims to provide long term humane care for rescued African cats that have been subjected to inhumane conditions internationally as well as to provide an education resource for visitors, school children and students.

Community

This trip uses some luxury boutique accommodations where the focus is on organically produced food, sustainable tourism initiatives and genuine hospitality. For instance, the wine estate in Franschhoek retains the comfort and warmth associated with a homestead, rather than the impersonal clinical nature of most commercial hotels and catering accommodations. Here, fresh produce is grown for the restaurant and chickens roam the estate vital for the fresh morning eggs.

There are currently two Born Free Centres on the game reserve. Environmental education is a major facet of these centres and the emphasis is on the school children of previously disadvantaged communities with in excess of 700 children been educated monthly. Guests at the reserve can visit the centres and learn about their work.

With every booking, we donate funds to Helping Rhinos, our charity partner.
Helping Rhinos have been set up to create awareness of the issues threatening the global rhino population and raises funds to help protect them for future generations.

This donation goes towards training for members of the local community to become rangers and ensure that there are more local people trained in the fight against poaching. This is important from a conservation perspective in order to preserve and protect one of our most important and prehistoric species, but also from an educational perspective as members of the local community are trained and offered jobs and a career - as well as educated about Rhino conservation.

7 Reviews of South Africa vacation

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Reviewed on 06 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All of it, the hotels and guest houses were great and our itinerary was just what we wanted. The country was so different but interesting.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Driving in Cape Town was tricky but outside was good roads and little traffic. There is crime against hire cars so take care.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Hopefully yes, and water conservation was particularly an item everywhere.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant.

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The game drives in Pumba Game reserve was the bit that exceeded our expectations the most. But it was all fabulous.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Plan options for what you might like to do beforehand - there is so much. We couldn't go to Robben island or any other boat trips whilst we were there due to
sea swell although the weather was lovely, but we had plenty of alternative ideas so didn't feel as if we missed out at all. Guided tours are a good idea.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We took several local guided walks/tours and tipped everyone who helped us. We ate in local restaurants and bought local crafts, and went to local shows. I
hope that our safari has helped to promote wildlife conservation too. I'm not sure about reducing environmental impacts as we did fly there and travel around
in a car!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Garonga Safari Park. Amazing experience. Beautiful accommodation with fantastic safari drives.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


South Africa is a fantastic country for those looking to get out and experience nature and adventures. If required include some rest days between traveling to different locations.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, all the accommodation were eco friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


An amazing, fantastic experience. South Africa has something to suit all tastes.

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This is difficult because the vacation was an incredible journey of different experiences. If I had to choose it would be the Township Tour in Cape Town. This was an emotional and unforgettable experience.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Let Simon prepare your itinerary and take care of flights/accommodation/car hire. You won't be disappointed.
Try and extend the vacation as much as you can (and avoid 'one night stops' if possible) because it will go very quickly.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We definitely made a contribution, which is a nice feeling.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Vacation of a lifetime! Truly memorable.

Reviewed on 03 Mar 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing big game at very close quarters during our game drives

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather! It can be very wet and very windy at times.
Don't bother packing shampoo, conditioner, body wash or cream....these are all supplied by guest houses and are made from fantastic local products.
Don't worry about formal clothes. Everyone is very casual even in expensive restaurants.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes! We bought a number of items made by local people. All the guest houses used local products, were ecologically aware in their use of resources, and promoted local business initiatives to us.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was excellent. The accommodation was superb. There was an enormous number of things to do and see at each stop-over.
Everyone was helpful and friendly. The food was delicious and authentic. And most of all, the natural surroundings were beautiful beyond belief.

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Safari in Amakhala Safari Lodge and shark cage diving with Marine Dynamics.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If they have time and money to extend the vacation to 3 weeks as there is much to do and discover in the Garden route and Cape Town.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


South Africa is a very beautiful country and South Africans are very friendly. We were very warmly welcomed everywhere we went. Its a vacation for everybody as it is very easy and comfortable to drive.

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was all memorable! The whales in Hermanus really caught our attention as they swam passed us and were literally 10 metres from us. Definitely no need to go out in a boat to see them! The itinerary worked like clockwork. Being met at the airport was a bonus and the additional information was most useful.ie. places to eat suggestions of what to see. The standard of food and service and guest houses was very high

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take lots of small change for tips and car parking. Talk to the locals. We met very nice people in Knysna forest and heard their thoughts on things. One also recommended somewhere to eat. It was a local market run for the school to raise money for them.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Definitely! Local people are being trained for posts in the travel industry. In some places it didn't quite all come together as it should but that is part of the charm of Africa. Our Safari lodge River Bend at Addo Elephant Park had really got it together. We met all the staff be it the gardener or the waiter or the game guide. They worked together to provide a really good service and each had been trained in their jobs. But if one of them saw you struggling with your bag they stopped and helped.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent!

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