One of the most popular South Africa itineraries twins a visit to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town with the game reserves in the Eastern Cape province.
Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa and has been voted the best city in the world countless times. With plentiful sights and experiences, including the iconic Table Mountain, historic Robben Island, nearby Cape Winelands, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and trendy district of Camps Bay, it is the perfect place to start or finish any South African adventure.
After living it up amid the glamour and glitz of Cape Town you'll enjoy the contrast of getting back to nature. The Eastern Cape is only a short flight away or, if time permits, hire a car and drive the Garden Route. The malaria-free game reserves are easy to reach and offer Big Five viewing opportunities, as well as a host of other flora and fauna. Being malaria-free, the Eastern Cape Reserves are ideal for couples and families alike and many of the lodges have programmes dedicated to children where they will be fully immersed in the world of wildlife conservation.
- Take a guided tour of Robben Island
- Hike up Table Mountain
- World-class shopping and dining experiences at the V&A Waterfront
- Malaria-free 5-star game reserves
- Big Five safari experiences
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Destination 1: Cape Town
If it's your first time to Cape Town we would recommend a minimum of four nights here as there is so much to see and do. Take the cable car up to Table Mountain for stunning views of the city and surrounding coastline, shop till you drop at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, eat world class cuisine at stunning restaurants, sample world class wines and take a trip to Robben Island to learn about the country's past.
Destination 2: Eastern Cape Province
The perfect addition to a stay in Cape Town - get back to nature with a stay at one of the many Eastern Cape malaria-free game reserves. Get up close and personal with the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) as well as many other animal and bird species. Ideal for couples and families alike due to its malaria-free status, the Eastern Cape is a great way of seeing African wildlife in all its glory. Don't forget, you can do a safari first and then head to Cape Town - there is no rule on which you do first.
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