Cape Town, Beach & Safari from £1999 per person - 14 Days

14-days South African Beach & Safari Holiday

Tour Overview

Experience the best of the Cape region on this 14-day self-drive South African Beach & Safari Holiday . Includes Cape Town, the Garden Route and some beach and bush – a beach resort in Cape St Francis and a malaria-free Big 5 Safari in the Amakhala Private Game Reserve. This is a self-drive itinerary.

During this journey all your accommodation are Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) hotels, lodges and activities. FTT is a non-profit organisation which supports sustainable tourism development through the award of a certificate to companies that commit themselves to the Fair Trade criteria of fair wages, fair working conditions, just profit sharing and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. This assures you that the people whose land, natural resources, labour, knowledge and culture are used to support the tourism activities you are enjoying are actually benefiting fairly from them.

 Tour Highlights

– 3 nights at The Vineyard Hotel, including breakfast daily
– 2 nights at Oude Werf Hotel, including breakfast daily
– 1 night at De Zeekoe including breakfast
– 2 nights at Hog Hollow Country Lodge including breakfast daily
– 3 nights at Cape St Francis Resort including breakfast daily
– 2 nights at Safari Lodge on Amakhala including all meals and selected house beverages
– 2 daily game drives at Amakhala

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Day 01:
Day One - Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town - Bed & Breakfast

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met and assisted to collect your rental vehicle. Drive to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon/evening at leisure.

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breath-taking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

Overnight: Vineyard Hotel

The Vineyard Story spans more than two centuries. The legendary founder, Lady Anne, built a country cottage here in 1799, and since then, as urban residence and 120-year-old hotel, it has welcomed statesmen, artists, celebrities, Nobel laureates and countless global visitors to this historic spot, served today by our 300-strong, multi-cultural, Vineyard family.

The Hotel is ideally located just off the main Peninsula sightseeing route, 10 minutes from the city and an hour’s drive from the Cape Wine lands.

Views of the shady courtyard water gardens, treed parkland and mountainside are one feature of 211 en-suite accommodations located across the estate.

Leisure activities at the Hotel include spa treatments, guided walks and more. Top local experiences are within walking distance or a short drive away.

Day 02:
Day Two - Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town - Bed & Breakfast

Today we recommend you explore Cape Town city and surrounds. Visit the V&A Waterfront which offer a wide range of shops, entertainment and restaurant options. Take the cable car up to the top of one of the natural World Wonders – Table Mountain.

V&A Waterfront

Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments. The Waterfront is the heart of the tourist industry in Cape Town.

Table Mountain

Without a doubt it is Table Mountain that makes Cape Town the unique city it is. Rising up over 1000m above sea level, it is the icon that makes Cape Town instantly recognizable. It is a symbol, a playground, a spiritual retreat and a big draw card for tourists. So intertwined with the identity of Cape Town is Table Mountain that a visit to the city isn’t complete without having walked or taken the cable car to the top.

Day 03:
Day Three - Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town - Bed & Breakfast

Explore the Cape Peninsula on a full day self-drive tour to Cape Point.

Hout Bay

The originally small fishing village of Hout Bay is now a popular suburb of Cape Town. Over and above being a lovely family beach, it has many tourist attractions which include the World of Birds, a township tour to the vibrant Imizamo Yethu, arts and crafts, boat rides out to Seal Island and some great, casual restaurants where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Hout Bay Harbour

Hout Bay’s active harbour serves a variety of fishing boats, charter boats and yachts. It is also the departure point for boat trips to the nearby Seal Island, home to a colony of around 6 000 Cape Fur Seals. The bustling port area also has a well-known seafood restaurant and a shop selling fresh fish.

Chapman’s Peak

Chapman’s Peak Drive winds it way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Situated on the Atlantic Coast, at the south-western tip of South Africa, it is one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world. The 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak. The drive offers stunning 180° views with many areas along the route where you can stop and take in the scenery or sit down for a relaxing picnic.

Cape Point

Cape Point is a spectacular sight, covered in endemic fynbos and home to breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys, just 60km outside of Cape Town. Cape Point falls within the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world – it is home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora. Cape Point is open daily and is a must-see.

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is ideal for kids as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents and large waves – but please always take care. It is a rare pleasure to swim with the penguins but don’t touch or feed them. They might look cute and cuddly but their beaks are as sharp as razors and if they feel threatened they have no qualms about nipping the odd finger or nose.

Boulders Penguin Colony

The Boulders Visitor Centre is home to the famous colony of Jackass Penguins, so called for their hilarious braying call. This is a truly special experience and Table Mountain National Park staff are knowledgeable and offer guided tours. After you have fallen in love with the penguins head to the secluded Boulders Beach and take a swim in the comparatively warm waters of the False Bay.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

On the lower slopes of Table Mountain, the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens showcases some of the Cape’s rich flora. Taking centre stage here is the unique ‘fynbos’ vegetation. Those who work up an appetite while exploring this garden paradise can visit the restaurant or tea room, which are fully stocked with delicious meals, yummy treats and refreshing beverages. In summer, Sunday music concerts provide sunset entertainment. Kirstenbosch is rated as the seventh best of its kind in the world.

Day 04:
Day Four - Oude Werf Hotel, Stellenbosch - Bed & Breakfast

Today travel only 40 minutes out of Cape Town to the Cape Winelands to your home for the next two days in the heart of Stellenbosch.

A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.

Cape Winelands

Resting at the foot of the Boland Mountains, the Cape Winelands is a renowned for producing some of the world’s finest wines. The breathtakingly beautiful landscape boasts incredible mountain scenery and numerous luxury wine farms laden with vineyards stretching across lush fertile valleys. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities including: exploring a collection of historic little hamlets and towns dotting the countryside, sampling a wide selection of world-class wine at a historic Cape Dutch farmstead as well as many other wine estates; and enjoying a network of hiking and biking trails traversing the picturesque landscape. While the wine is undoubtedly the highlight of the region, visitors can also enjoy a meal at some of the country’s best restaurants offering delicious food and wine pairings.

Overnight: Oude Werf Hotel.

A stroll from the many historic attractions of the Winelands ‘capital’ of Stellenbosch, Oude Werf combines a centuries-old heritage as South Africa’s oldest continuously operating hotel with luxury contemporary comforts and intimate hospitality. Rest in one of 58 beautifully designed, deluxe en suite accommodations. Enjoy classic Cape flavours and vintages at a superb restaurant with vine-covered courtyard. Relax in its cosy lounge and bar, or refresh in its shady gardens at poolside.

Day 05:
Day Five - Oude Werf Hotel, Stellenbosch - Bed & Breakfast

Today do a wine tour of the surrounding areas. Enjoy a walkabout in the historical Stellenbosch and visit South Africa’s gourmet capital – Franschhoek. Enjoy some wine tastings and wine pairings and we suggest a picnic lunch on one of the wine estates.

For those not wanting to wine taste and drive it is possible to book a private tour, or join a hop-on hop-off tour.

Kleine Zalze Wine Estate

Situated just minutes away from the town of Stellenbosch on the De Zalze Wineland and Golf Estate, the family-owned Kleine Zalze estate produces a unique range of definitively South African wines that combine full, fruity flavours typical of New World wines with Old World complexity and structure. The farm is especially well-known for its award winning Shiraz and Chenin Blanc. A variety of indoor and outdoor function venues, a four-star lodge and the acclaimed Terroir restaurant are situated on the estate premises, while the De Zalze golf course is located just minutes away. Open Monday to Saturdays 9am to 6pm and Sundays 11am to 6pm.

Stellenbosch

A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.

Franschhoek

Idyllically situated in the Cape Winelands, this peaceful country retreat is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The once sleepy little village was named Franschhoek, meaning ‘French Corner’ as it was founded by French Huguenots. The fertile valley of Franschhoek boasts a rich heritage showcased at the fascinating Huguenot Memorial Museum and the Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village remains remarkably well preserved. The town’s proximity to Cape Town allows for pleasant day trips during which visitors can explore the area’s many world-class wine estates and impressive range of excellent restaurants or simply browse the quaint, upmarket boutiques strewn along the town’s lovely tree-lined avenues.

Day 06:
Day Six - De Zeekoe Guest Farm & Reserve, Oudtshoorn - Bed & Breakfast

Today head out onto scenic Route 62 and travel to Oudtshoorn to your accommodation for the night situated on the outskirts of the town.

Oudtshoorn

Located along the well-known Route 62 in South Africa’s beautiful Klein Karoo, the charming town of Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world. It is surrounded by numerous ostrich farms and the golden arid landscape of the Karoo. Visitors can enjoy the locally produced wine and port; sample ostrich meat and biltong; learn about the ostrich feather boom at the C.P. Nel Museum; and visit the world-renowned Cango Caves, the largest cave system in Africa featuring ancient rock formations and sparkling stalactites and stalagmites. Other popular activities include: mountain biking, paragliding, horse riding, and taking a day trip to the quaint town of Prince Albert over the scenic Swartberg Pass.

Route 62

Meandering from the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town to the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, through a series of fascinating small towns and breathtaking scenery, Route 62 is the longest Wine Route in the world. Lush greenery and fertile valleys form a stark contrast against the semi-desert of the Klein Karoo while towering mountains and their rivers and streams provide an awe-inspiring backdrop throughout. Some of the renowned attractions visitors will spot as they follow the route are the Winelands of the Breede River Valley, the majestic Swartberg Mountains, the Cango Caves and ostrich farms of Oudtshoorn, and the fruit orchards of the Langkloof Valley.

Day 07:
Day Seven - Hog Hollow Country Lodge, Plettenberg Bay - Bed & Breakfast

This morning we recommend starting the day with a unique Meerkat Safari. Then visit the Cango Caves for a guided tour before heading over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass down onto the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay.

Set along the spectacularly scenic Garden Route in South Africa, the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay is a popular holiday destination. The Portuguese explorers called it the ‘Beautiful Bay’, and it’s easy to see why – Plettenberg Bay is a picturesque, charming town with endless pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons, clean rivers, indigenous forests and a dramatic rocky peninsula. Playground to the wealthy, beach mansions overlook the Indian Ocean, often dotted with luxury yachts, while leisure time is given over to polo and golf, among other things. However, all kinds of visitors will feel at peace here as simply swimming in the warm water on a safe beach is a great way to experience the beauty of Plettenberg Bay.

Cango Caves

The spectacular Cango Caves are a subterranean wonderland of magnificent stalactite and stalagmite rock formations that attracts thousands of visitors annually. They extend more than two kilometres into the Swartberg Mountains and visitors can take guided tours that wind through narrow passageways and steep stairways linking the massive caverns.

Knysna

Sandwiched between the towering Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Knysna is known as the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is surrounded by world-renowned forests, lovely lagoons and pristine beaches. Visitors can look forward to an array of markets offering delicious food and organic locally-made goods, explore the town’s picturesque waterfront and quaint streets, adventure through the lush forest, skip over streams and catch a glimpse of the multicoloured Knysna Loerie, take a ferry trip to the famed Knysna Heads and sample the local oysters. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of exciting activities including: surfing, swimming, yachting, jet skiing, boating, fishing, and golfing.

Knysna Waterfront

The Waterfront is a central point of activity in Knysna. From here one can board a sunset cruise or ferry ride around the lagoon, do some shopping, enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants and find accommodation for your stay in Knysna.

Overnight: Hog Hollow Country Lodge

“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live” Lin Yutang (1895 – 1976)

Set on the edge of indigenous forest, with breathtaking views of the valleys and Tsitsikamma Mountains. Enjoy outstanding cuisine, stylish accommodation, panoramic views and friendly hospitality. Sixteen unique African-styled suites situated in the lush gardens around the main house, offer private wooden decks, hammocks, king-size beds & most have cosy fireplaces.

Day 08:
Day Eight - Hog Hollow Country Lodge, Plettenberg Bay - Bed & Breakfast

Day Itinerary

This morning we strongly suggest that you do the Featherbed Eco Experience in Knysna, only half an hour’s drive from Plettenberg Bay.

The Featherbed Nature Reserve, situated on the Western Head in Knysna, is the premier eco-experience on the Garden Route, the experience includes:

– Return ferry trip on the Knysna Lagoon to the Western Head.

– 4×4 vehicle & trailer drive up the headland onto the Reserve, stopping at spectacular viewpoints.

– Specialist guide giving information on history, fauna & flora.

– Optional guided 2.2km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves.

– World renowned buffet lunch at an outdoor restaurant setting under a canopy of Milkwood trees.

– Wonderful family outing, suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Featherbed Nature Reserve

Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only. In order to protect the splendour of the natural beauty, access to the Reserve is controlled. Numbers are limited and visits are only permitted in the company of the Reserve’s specialist guides.

This 4-hour excursion departs daily and reservations are essential. It is a wonderful outing for all ages and fitness levels. Good walking shoes are recommended and remember to bring your camera, hats, and sunblock in summer and a warm jacket for the ferry trip in winter. The nature reserve offers Knysna adventure activities not to be missed. A perfect outdoor family holiday activity to be enjoyed by both young and old.

Day 09:
Day Nine - Cape St Francis Resort, Cape St Francis - Bed & Breakfast

Today continue along the Garden Route, there are some great places to visit along the way include:

– Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

– Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

– An activity with Ocean Blue Adventures

– A visit to Tsitsikamma National Park

– A Canopy Tour

Arrive in Cape St Francis where you will be based for the next few days.

Cape St Francis is a tranquil seaside town and a favourite water sports destination. The lighthouse at Seal Point overlooks a pristine beach, one of the region’s more popular surfing spots and hundreds of rock pools teeming with marine life.

MonkeyLand

The world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate shelter, Monkeyland makes for a great family outing and plays an important role in raising awareness about the plight and rehabilitation of endangered primate species.

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is home to big cats such as lions (white and tawny), cheetahs, tigers (Siberian, Bengal and white), leopard (spotted and black), jaguar, pumas, caracal, serval cats and other wildlife species such as zebra, wild dog, springbuck, zorilla, honey badger, raccoons and various snake species (which are housed separately).

At Jukani the focus is on conservation education and specifically the plight of large predators in captivity, in South Africa and all over the world. “Big cats” are extraordinary animals with a dangerous beauty that is both awe inspiring but also fearsome because of their power and ability to kill. However at most wildlife facilities various wildlife species and especially large predatory species are kept as a way of attracting visitors without regard for the animals’ physical and emotional needs, they are just commodities to attract visitors. The Jukani approach is one of respect for what each animal represents. All the female predator cats are on birth control, and the sanctuary is a no-touch facility.

Ocean Blue Adventures

BRIEF ITINERARIES OF TOURS:

Marine Encounter Tours

Our ECOLOGICAL ADVENTURE leaves from Central Beach with an exciting beach launch and heads east past the bird sanctuary and Keurbooms beach to Arch Rock. Here we usually encounter Bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins as well as some shark species. From Arch Rock we head out into the middle of the Bay where pelagic seabirds are normally to be found some 7km from the shore. Out there our resident Bryde’s whales may be seen, as well as Common Dolphins or Southern Right and Humpback whales during their season. We then traverse the Bay to the point of Robberg Peninsula and out to the WILD side, often seeing groups of Whales and pods of Dolphins. Cruising back along the inside of Robberg, we see the unique geology from this unusual viewpoint and can observe our growing Cape Fur Seal Colony. Finally we head back along the Robberg beach, while a brief rundown on the history of the area is given. After passing the Beacon Island Hotel, built on the site of an original Whaling Station, we end the experience with an exhilarating landing, again on Central Beach.

Close Encounter

Ocean Blue is a licenced SABBWWA permit holder, which enables us to approach whales from 50 metres instead of 300 metres. Should the whales approach our vessel we do not have to move away! The guests therefore get an up close experience with these majestic mammals in the bay.

N.B. ALL TOURS AND ENCOUNTERS WITH MARINE MAMMALS ARE CONDUCTED STRICTLY ACCORDING TO CURRENT REGULATIONS AND CONSERVATION GUIDELINES

Sea Kayaking

Kayak with an experienced guide from Central Beach to Robberg Nature Reserve. This is amazing experience and often you kayak with dolphin’s right next to you. When you reach Robberg Nature Reserve you will kayak amongst the seals at the seal colony. Your guide will introduce you to Robberg Nature Reserve and our wonderful marine life in the bay. In whale season you will encounter these majestic mammals on you tour. Private tours available.ll equipment is provided and beginners are welcome.

Qolweni township: The safest township in South Africa

Ocean adventures understand that community development and upliftment is a very important aspect of implementing our ideas. That being, realistic and holistic Marine and marine Mammal Conservation. Therefore we chose to work together with the most disadvantaged sector of our community through the formation of the Qolweni Community Development trust.

The funds raised through township tours and a percentage of Ocean Blue Adventures turnover get utilized to pay annual school fees for disadvantaged children of the Qolweni community. You would be able to experience their developing crèche to allow the local children the education opportunities they deserve and single mother the freedom to seek employment.

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours

Experience the Originator of Canopy Tours in Africa – Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour, situated in the Garden of the Garden Route.

Day 10:
Day Ten - Cape St Francis Resort, Cape St Francis - Bed & Breakfast

There are a host of activities to take part in when you are not enjoying relaxation time at the beach while staying at this holiday resort.

There are many other activities on offer such as whale and dolphin excursions, surf lessons with video, a hit with children, bicycles for hire , bird watching, canal and river cruises, kite surfing , horse riding , deep sea fishing out of Port St Francis on Fiona M. These are all available at extra cost please ask us for further details.

Day 11:
Day Eleven - Cape St Francis Resort, Cape St Francis - Bed & Breakfast

Many other activities to enjoy

There are many other activities on offer such as whale and dolphin excursions, surf lessons with video, a hit with children, bicycles for hire , bird watching, canal and river cruises, kite surfing , horse riding , deep sea fishing out of Port St Francis on Fiona M. Contact us for further details.

Day 12:
Day Twelve - Safari Lodge on Amakhala, Amakhala Game Reserve - Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities All Local Brands (excl Spirits) Included

Today drive to the Amakhala Private Game Reserve and check-in at your lodge. Enjoy your first afternoon safari.

Day 13:
Day Thirteen - Safari Lodge on Amakhala, Amakhala Game Reserve - Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities All Local Brands (excl Spirits) Included

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives on this Big Five reserve.

Safari Game Drives
Become part of Africa as you experience our Big 5 Safari Adventure on malaria free Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa..
Included in your stay are morning and evening game drives leaving from your lodge. You will be guided by informative, professional rangers through Amakhala Game Reserve in open Land Rovers. Here you can return to nature and explore the abundant wildlife, the diverse vegetation and the dramatic landscape of the Eastern Cape.

Day 14:
Day 14: End of Itinerary

Drive back to Port Elizabeth for your departure flight.

Price Includes.

  • 3 nights at The Vineyard Hotel, including breakfast daily
  • 2 nights at Oude Werf Hotel, including breakfast daily
  • 1 night at De Zeekoe including breakfast
  • 2 nights at Hog Hollow Country Lodge including breakfast daily
  • 3 nights at Cape St Francis Resort including breakfast daily
  • 2 nights at Safari Lodge on Amakhala including all meals and selected house beverages
  • 2 daily game drives at Amakhala
  • 14 days car rental including: Unlimited mileage, super insurances, tyre and windscreen waiver, GPS rental, one

Your price dosen't include

  • All flights
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal items
  • Car rental refundable deposits and fuel
  • E Tolls
  • Anything not mentioned as included
What are the Banking and Currency arrangements in South Africa ?

Currency
The currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. There are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 notes. Coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Banking
Banks are found in most towns, and are generally open from 09h00 to 15h30 on weekdays and 08h30 to 11h00 on Saturdays (Closed Sundays and Public Holidays). Most of them offer foreign exchange services – with cash, bank & credit cards as well as travellers cheques. You can also obtain cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs). Several international banks have branches in the main city centres. Always advise your bank that you are travelling outside of the country as they might block your purchases if they are not informed.

What is the Travel, Transport and Getting Around Situation?

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road and rail.
Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways. There are also low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com, Mango and Safair. Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.
An extensive tarred road system makes travelling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though. Please note that a valid international driver’s licence is required. We drive on the left-hand side of the road. Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa and Uber is available.
Another means of getting around South Africa are inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone.There is the popular MyCityBus system in Cape Town as well as a hop-on-hop-off tourist bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Our rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe and the steam train Rovos Rail. There is also the Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province llinking Sandton and Marlboro to the O.R.Tambo International Airport and a Commuter Service linking Rhodesfield, Marlboro, and Sandton (east-west link) and Park, Rosebank, Sandton, Midrand, Centurion, Pretoria Central and Hatfield (north-south link). All stations with the exception of the Airport station have integrated car parking facilities.

What advice could you give us about Food Drink and the Cuisine ?

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa, are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.
It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and put ice in your drinks. South Africa’s fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.
Restaurants are subject to South Africa’s food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government. Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.
Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centres and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.

What is the Climate Like ?

South African temperatures, which are measured in centigrade, average at highs of 28°C to average lows of 8°C in the summer months while winter temperatures range from 1°C at night to around 18°C in the day. Average annual rainfall is on the low side at under 500mm a year, making the country somewhat dry. Much of the rain falls in the Western Cape in the winter, differing from the rest of the country, which experiences summer rainfall. On the plus side, the South African climate boasts more than its fair share of sunshine, recording an average of 8.5 hours a day.

What sort of clothing should I bring?

Summer
Bring clothes that are cool, light and comfortable because summer temperatures can get well into the 30 – 40 degree Celsius range in some areas. Also bring an umbrella or raincoat during summer as this is when most of the country gets its rain, but don’t forget a swimming costume (bathing suit).
Winter
The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But there are days when temperatures dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. Cape Town gets its rain during the winter season so it’s advisable to bring rain gear along.
General
Always bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock as the sun can be strong even in the winter months.
Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
If you are doing business in the country, business attire (suit and tie) is generally called for in the corporate sector, but media for example generally dress more casually.
For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there’s no need to go overboard. A good pair of walking shoes is also advisable.
For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, smart-casual attire is recommended.

What are the Electrical and Plug Standards

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adaptor plug should be brought for your electrical appliances – such adaptors are also available at major airports.

We do the work for you:

• Consultation with a member of the Your Safari Team – no obligation
• Your bespoke itinerary is then created by our Founder and Chief Guide; Kathryn Haylett
• We provide proactive advice and guidance during the process
• We work with you to create the individual experience you are looking for
• We book the vehicle and all the accommodation for you
• Remember – this costs no more than if you were to book it all yourself – we just make it a whole lot easier for you. So why not use our 20 years of expertise to help you plan your perfect self drive safari

Before you depart, we send you your Self Drive Pack which contains:

• Your full, detailed, day by day itinerary
• Rip and water proof map with handmade notations of Your Route
• Realistic travelling times between accommodation
• Emergency Contact Telephone Numbers
• Self Drive Do’s and Dont’s
• Accommodation, Vehicle and Activity Vouchers
• Accommodation Contact Lists

Our clients say:

“The trip was completely tailored to meet our needs as a group of 4 keen amateur wildlife photographers. The brief was – a camping trip to Etosha and Damaraland with a few nights of lodges along the way. The camp sites and lodges that Your Safari arranged were perfect for us. The car was well equipped with all the camping gear we needed and the roof tents were really comfortable. The lodges of course were great too and added a welcome touch of luxury now and again! Self driving in Namibia is very easy as long as you take care on the gravel roads. The pack Your Safari provided us with ahead of the trip including a road map was a really nice touch. We had some lovely wildlife sightings and came home with all our memory cards and hard drives full of pictures! We loved it so much that within a week of being home we had already contacted Your Safari to book another Namibia self drive safari for next year! I would not hesitate in recommending Your Safari – the personal attention and care they give to making sure your trip is perfect for you is second to none!”

What our Customers are saying to Us ..

“a fantastic trip, saw tons of wildlife”

We have had a fantastic trip, saw tons of wildlife and just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help. The baby in the zebra pic had been born on the road less than five minutes before we got there and Bob took this as it got...

Bob & Theo Johnson

Your Safari Ltd.
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2020-02-18T13:51:55+00:00

Bob & Theo Johnson

We have had a fantastic trip, saw tons of wildlife and just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help. The baby in the zebra pic had been born on the road less than five minutes before we got there and Bob took this as it got up for the first time. One and a half hours later we saw it running with its mum to catch up to the herd. Magic! There were about 30 of these elephants at the water hole just as we arrived at Okaucuejo – they even came back for another show the next night - a bit before the two rhinos were squaring up for a tussle. We have so many great memories and are just getting 360, (of the 1500+ total we took), printed to make up an album. We absolutely loved walking at both Etendeka and Okonjima. We never thought you could get so close to a cheetah without being eaten alive!!! Bob got some lovely pictures of very relaxed cats! We are saving our pennies so we can go and do it all again.

“It was everything and more than what we expected”

After a year and a half of planning and building excitement we finally had our safari this November. It was everything and more than what we expected. From the initial contact with Kathryn, through all the planning, to the safari itself, everything went very smoothly, the accommodations were above and...

Gerry and Sam Wilson

Your Safari Ltd.
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2020-02-18T14:07:35+00:00

Gerry and Sam Wilson

After a year and a half of planning and building excitement we finally had our safari this November. It was everything and more than what we expected. From the initial contact with Kathryn, through all the planning, to the safari itself, everything went very smoothly, the accommodations were above and beyond , each one unique and interesting. We couldn't wait for the end of the day to see where we would be next! We toured Namibia plus did an animal safari which will be one of the highlights of our lives. To see wild beasts in their natural environment is truly something to treasure and appreciate. Our guides John and Jules Birch were so helpful from the minute they picked us up until they deposited us at our flight home . John's help and hints with photos enabled us to get some really great shots , his knowledge of the animals and their habits was invaluable in sightings. He and Jules were very caring and we had a lot of fun and laughs, we left as life time friends. I purchased a pair of small binoculars before we left and so happy I did. If you don't mind getting dirty, love adventure and fun and want a small group of people on your trip this is the company for you. When we return to Africa we will definitely be using Your Safari again

“It truly was a holiday of a lifetime for Steven and I”

We Just wanted to say thank you again for a wonderful holiday, it truly was a holiday of a lifetime for Steven and I we have some wonderful memories and photos, you guys were just great and it was also lovely meeting you all and sharing the experience with yourselves...

Debbie & Stephen Primmer

Your Safari Ltd.
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2020-02-18T14:09:30+00:00

Debbie & Stephen Primmer

We Just wanted to say thank you again for a wonderful holiday, it truly was a holiday of a lifetime for Steven and I we have some wonderful memories and photos, you guys were just great and it was also lovely meeting you all and sharing the experience with yourselves and Chrissie and James, it is a holiday we will never forget, and we still can not believe all that we saw, I am sure a lot of it was due to your experience Kathryn, and we certainly learnt a great deal.

“Everything went like clockwork thanks to your brilliant organising”

I think you may still be in Namibia but I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the most amazing visit to Namibia. Everything went like clockwork thanks to your brilliant organising. We were lucky not to have any breakdowns or punctures. Everywhere we stayed was of...

Ann Morgan & Sue Austin

Your Safari Ltd.
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2020-02-18T14:25:10+00:00

Ann Morgan & Sue Austin

I think you may still be in Namibia but I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the most amazing visit to Namibia. Everything went like clockwork thanks to your brilliant organising. We were lucky not to have any breakdowns or punctures. Everywhere we stayed was of the best and all were so friendly and hospitable.

“Everywhere you booked us was exceptional”

Nick and I both had a fantastic holiday both with you and afterwards on our self drive adventure. Being without a camera on a specialist photographic safari might sound crazy but you, John and Trish, all made me feel happy and comfortable. Everywhere you booked us was exceptional in terms...

Nick & Alison Eastcott

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2020-02-18T14:28:08+00:00

Nick & Alison Eastcott

Nick and I both had a fantastic holiday both with you and afterwards on our self drive adventure. Being without a camera on a specialist photographic safari might sound crazy but you, John and Trish, all made me feel happy and comfortable. Everywhere you booked us was exceptional in terms of location, comfort and experience - thank you so much! We will return!

“Thank you again for a perfect holiday”

We wanted to thank you so much for an absolutely fabulous trip to Namibia. It seems very difficult to pick out a highlight because we were so impressed by just everywhere we stayed. You really took on board what we said about liking the birds, the wildlife, wanting somewhere quirky/...

Pam & Paul Boller

Your Safari Ltd.
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2020-02-18T13:33:03+00:00

Pam & Paul Boller

We wanted to thank you so much for an absolutely fabulous trip to Namibia. It seems very difficult to pick out a highlight because we were so impressed by just everywhere we stayed. You really took on board what we said about liking the birds, the wildlife, wanting somewhere quirky/ unusual to stay. Everywhere you selected was just perfect and we met some lovely people.

“I suspect you’ve already been told about Super Saturday”

We just wanted to say thank you for such a great holiday. We had a tremendous time. I suspect you've already been told about Super Saturday, but we had a great time every day; lots of variety and very busy viewing. The group got on well and I think we...

Beryl & Peter Comrie

Your Safari Ltd.
5
2020-02-18T13:47:13+00:00

Beryl & Peter Comrie

We just wanted to say thank you for such a great holiday. We had a tremendous time. I suspect you've already been told about Super Saturday, but we had a great time every day; lots of variety and very busy viewing. The group got on well and I think we all enjoyed it. We had lots of fun with Ian ensuring that he caught the front legs of lions in the correct  Kathryn position. The guide - Sam - was excellent. He really loved Super Saturday and will spend for ever telling his mates about it. He was on a huge roll!

“A huge thanks for making this experience possible”

First of all, thank you so much for taking on board our requirements and bolting this trip together. Your detail investigating Okakambe and the golf course is greatly appreciated. We have had a truly memorable time. I can’t believe we started planning this trip over a year ago and now...

Veronica Willard

Your Safari Ltd.
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2020-02-18T13:14:32+00:00

Veronica Willard

First of all, thank you so much for taking on board our requirements and bolting this trip together. Your detail investigating Okakambe and the golf course is greatly appreciated. We have had a truly memorable time. I can’t believe we started planning this trip over a year ago and now we have done it! Cornerstone: David and Peter had a fun game of golf. A perfect start to the trip (and easy to find). Okakambe: I know I mailed about this but Eddi, Kathrin, the horses and everyone who looked after me made a lasting impression. Erongo: A perfect peaceful place for us to settle into the trip after my riding etc. The trails are a great way to explore. Okaukuejo: Amazing! We did have some fantastic game sightings from here. Namutoni: On the way here we had great sightings of a family of 13 elephants and much more. This end of the pan seemed greener and offered more opportunities for us. Okonjima: This place is a haven and captivating. The enthusiasm of the guides and people are an inspiration. We watched a pangolin being tagged one night and saw three white rhino whilst hiding behind a bush on foot!
Grizzly Bear Canada

“another wonderful experience from Your Safari”

We have been customers of Your Safari before and enjoyed a fantastic experience in Namibia, so when the opportunity came to take a tour with them to India on the quest for wild tigers, we jumped at it. Again the experience was fantastic. In conjunction with local guides we had...

Vince & Tracy Groome

Your Safari Ltd.
5
2020-02-18T13:12:10+00:00

Vince & Tracy Groome

Grizzly Bear Canada
We have been customers of Your Safari before and enjoyed a fantastic experience in Namibia, so when the opportunity came to take a tour with them to India on the quest for wild tigers, we jumped at it. Again the experience was fantastic. In conjunction with local guides we had a fantastic two weeks, taking in the cultural melting pot of Delhi, the elegance of Jaipur - including the imposing Amer Palace and the breath-taking majesty of the Taj Mahal. But of course the prime reason for the tour was the safari drives in the National Parks and this did not disappoint. We had excellent sightings of tigers in all three parks that we visited and took some great photographs. But there was so much more to see than tigers and we spent time in the forests observing the deer, the magnificent Gaur (largest bovines in the world), the fascinating behaviors of the Langur Monkeys and birds of all varieties, including eagles and vultures. As a special bonus, we also had sightings of the elusive Sloth Bear. India is an incredible country and you have to embrace the organised chaos at times. But the people are fantastic and friendly and we felt very safe throughout. All in all, another wonderful experience from Your Safari. (and next stop for us a self drive tour of British Columbia, arranged of course by... Your Safari.

“Once more thank you for a fantastic experience”

Hi We are back - all in one piece. We had an absolutely wonderful time - so many many thanks for putting it all together. Once more thank you for a fantastic experience.

Norma Clarke

Your Safari Ltd.
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2020-02-18T13:40:13+00:00

Norma Clarke

Hi We are back - all in one piece. We had an absolutely wonderful time - so many many thanks for putting it all together. Once more thank you for a fantastic experience.
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