Fly from Johannesburg to Skukuza or Hoedspruit airport and transfer to your luxury safari lodge in Kruger National Park, one of the world’s most spectacular nature reserves. You will have four days to enjoy game drives, bush walks, and other activities with your experienced ranger and tracker, who will help you spot the Big Five (elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, and buffalo) and many other animals and birds. Some of the top-rated luxury lodges in Kruger are Lion Sands River Lodge, Singita Lebombo Lodge, and Royal Malewane.
Day 5-8: Garden Route
Fly from Skukuza or Hoedspruit Airport to George Airport and pick up your rental car. Drive along the scenic Garden Route, a stretch of coastline that offers stunning views, charming towns, and diverse attractions. You can stop at places like Knysna, a picturesque town on a lagoon, where you can enjoy boat cruises, oyster tasting, and forest walks; Plettenberg Bay, a popular beach resort with activities like whale watching, kayaking, and surfing; and Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, where you can visit ostrich farms, the Cango Caves, and the Cango Wildlife Ranch. You can also explore the Robberg Nature Reserve, a national monument with hiking trails and marine life; the Tsitsikamma National Park, a coastal reserve with forests, rivers, and adventure activities; and the Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bungee jump. You can stay at one of the many luxury hotels or guesthouses along the route, such as The Plettenberg Hotel, The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa, or Rosenhof Country House.
Day 9-14: Cape Town
Drive from the Garden Route to Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City, where you will spend the last six days of your trip. Cape Town is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a rich history, culture, and cuisine. You can visit some of the top attractions such as Table Mountain, where you can take a cable car or hike to the summit for panoramic views; Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years; The V&A Waterfront, a lively shopping and entertainment hub; Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, one of the world’s most beautiful gardens; and Cape Point, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning scenery and wildlife. You can also enjoy some of the best beaches in Cape Town, such as Camps Bay, Clifton, and Boulders Beach, where you can see penguins. For foodies, Cape Town offers a variety of restaurants, markets, and wine farms, where you can taste local and international dishes and wines. Some of the best luxury hotels in Cape Town are The Silo Hotel, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, and Ellerman House.
I hope this itinerary gives you an idea of what to do in South Africa. Have a wonderful trip!