The Very Best Of South Africa

Itinerary Overview

This itinerary features the very best of South Africa, where the emphasis is on style and grandeur, and a pick of some of the best experiences to be had. Safari in the Kruger National Park, journey in style aboard The Blue Train and stay in one of the worlds most beautiful cities, Cape Town. Drive along spectacular coastline to Hermanus, one of the best places for land-based whale watching (seasonal), before ending your trip on a gourmet discovery of the Franschhoek winelands.



Day 1UK Departure

UK Departure

Depart London Heathrow on the overnight flight to Johannesburg.


Days 2-3Royal Malewane Private Game Lodge

Royal Malewane Private Game Lodge

On arrival in Johannesburg, you connect with your onward flight to Hoedspruit, the gateway to the Kruger National Park.  You will be met and transferred to the luxurious Royal Malewane Private Game Lodge, where you spend the next two nights.  Enjoy spectacular game drives, splash out in the lap pool, or why not book yourself a pampering treatment in the Royal Malewane Bush Spa?


Day 4The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

After a short drive back to Hoedspruit, you return to Johannesburg for an overnight stay in world class surroundings at The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, a landmark hotel with an extraordinary history.


Day 5Blue Train

Blue Train

Today you transfer to Pretoria and check in for your overnight rail journey aboard the renowned Blue Train to Cape Town, stopping en route to explore the old diamond-rush town of Kimberley.  On board you are treated to luxurious accommodation and fine dining with a menu for every taste, washed down of course, with a range of award-winning South African wines.


Days 6-8Kensington Place

Kensington Place

When you arrive in Cape Town, collect your hire car and make your way to the award-winning luxury boutique hotel, Kensington Place where you spend the next three nights.  Home to just eight spacious suites this truly is a home away from home, with a dedicated concierge team on hand to make sure your visit to Cape Town is unique.


Days 9-10Birkenhead House

Birkenhead House

Continue to the fishing village of Hermanus where you spend the next two nights in sophisticated surroundings at Birkenhead House. Built atop cliffs overlooking the ocean, the views from this hotel are hard to beat, and whale watching can be done from the luxury of the pool deck if you really don’t want to venture out and get the sand on your feet whilst walking along the walkway between Hermanus and Birkenhead House. Return back to sumptuous accommodation and world class cuisine, paired with incredible wines and great company.


Days 11-12La Residence

La Residence

Today you head for the gourmet and wine-producing village of Franschhoek and spend two nights in one of South Africa’s finest properties - La Residence.  Situated in the heart of a private estate, surrounded by vineyards and framed by a spectacular mountain backdrop, this hotel is opulent and grand, and the staff here so attentive and will look after your every need. Franschhoek really is a gourmet mecca and your hosts will delight in pointing you in the right direction, ensuring your experience is second to none.


Day 13Departure


Return to Cape Town today, arriving in time to drop off your hire car and check in for your scheduled overnight flight to London Heathrow. 


Day 14UK Arrival

UK Arrival

Early morning arrival into London Heathrow

  • UK Departure
  • Royal Malewane Private Game Lodge
  • The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
  • Blue Train
  • Kensington Place
  • Birkenhead House
  • La Residence
  • Departure
  • UK Arrival

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