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Cape Town, the Garden Route & Kruger Park
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Cape Town, the Garden Route & Kruger Park

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Located on the shore of Table Bay on South Africa’s Western Cape, Cape Town is famous for landmarks including the majestic Table Mountain and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years. Developed as a port by the Dutch in the 17th century, today Cape Town is a buzzing tourist destination in close proximity to some of South Africa’s finest vineyards as well as the beautiful vistas of the Cape Peninsula.

The stretch of south-eastern coast known as the Garden Route displays spectacular scenery and wonderful flora and fauna in its numerous nature reserves for you to discover. Staying in characterful towns as you travel along the route, you’ll be treated not only to magnificent coastal views, mountains and lagoons, but also a taste of rural South Africa.

Spend a day immersed in South African culture in Johannesburg, including a visit to the township of Soweto, before continuing on to your final stop, Kruger National Park. One of the most famous safari parks in the world, Kruger is home to the ‘Big Five’ game animals.

Encompassing spectacular scenery, unique culture and history, and the opportunity for some fascinating wildlife encounters, this fantastic holiday to the rainbow nation of South Africa is a truly unforgettable experience.

 Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Glengall Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates.

  • Selected departure dates include accommodation in Arniston in place of Montagu. 
  • Selected departure dates include accommodation in Hermanus in place of Montagu. 

 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
South African Rand
Local Time
Irish and UK time +2 hours
Passport
A visa is not required for Irish or UK citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the period of intended stay. Note that visitors to South Africa must have at least two free page in their passport for endorsements.
Climate

The seasons in Cape Town are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere. Winter runs from June to August and the sun shines on Christmas Day. Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with four seasons.

Food & Drink

Smoked meat, curries, chutneys, and lamb with tomato stew are some of the many specialties of South Africa. For adventurous diners there are plenty of exotic choices including Ostrich, Kudu and biltong.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are highly recommended before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 17.00R
  • Beer: 18.00R
  • Glass of wine: 25.00R
  • Meal: 70.00R
  • Soft Drink: 8.00R
  • Bottled Water: 5.00R

(€1 = approx 14R)

Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Camera
  • A good pocket torch in case of occasional power cuts
Recommended Reading

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John

Holiday highlights

Cape of Good Hope

With one of the most romantic names in the world, the Cape of Good Hope was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Bartholomeu Dias in 1487 while trying to find the seaway to India. Initially, given the name ‘Cape of Storms’ because of a storm that almost wrecked the ship on the cliffs, King Juan II renamed it the ‘Cape of Good Hope,’ with the vision that this sea route to India would be well-travelled one day.

The Garden Route

The Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River. The name is due to the diverse range of vegetation found here. The numerous water basins along the coastline feature lakes, lagoons, mountains, tall forests, rivers and golden beaches.

Outeniqua Pass

this relatively modern pass connects the coastal town of George with Oudtshoorn and the Little Karoo. Built in 1951 to replace the Montagu Pass, it has been widened and modernized several times.

Soweto

The name is formed from the first two letters of South Western Township - the original description of the area. It was established soon after the discovery of gold in 1885 when thousands of people from around the world came with hopes of great fortune.

Kruger National Park

one of the most famous national parks in the world and the oldest one in Africa. Covering a surface of 1,948,528 hectares, this park is a diverse ecosystem that is home to 147 mammal species and 507 bird species. Home to the Big Five game animals, lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – Kruger gives you a great chance of seeing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
South African Rand
Local Time
Irish and UK time +2 hours
Passport
A visa is not required for Irish or UK citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the period of intended stay. Note that visitors to South Africa must have at least two free page in their passport for endorsements.
Climate

The seasons in Cape Town are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere. Winter runs from June to August and the sun shines on Christmas Day. Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with four seasons.

Food & Drink

Smoked meat, curries, chutneys, and lamb with tomato stew are some of the many specialties of South Africa. For adventurous diners there are plenty of exotic choices including Ostrich, Kudu and biltong.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are highly recommended before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 17.00R
  • Beer: 18.00R
  • Glass of wine: 25.00R
  • Meal: 70.00R
  • Soft Drink: 8.00R
  • Bottled Water: 5.00R

(€1 = approx 14R)

Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Camera
  • A good pocket torch in case of occasional power cuts
Recommended Reading

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to South Africa

Full Day

Travel to South Africa

Depart from Dublin for Cape Town

Day 2 - Arrive in Cape Town

Morning

Arrive in Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met by our local representative in the airport.  Begin your holiday with a trip to Table Mountain (weather permitting) for a cable car ride to take in the spectacular views of the city, stretching to False Bay, including Robben Island and the Devil’s Peak. 

Afternoon

Transfer to your hotel

This afternoon you will transfer to your hotel to relax for the rest of the day.

Day 3 - Wine Tour

Full Day

Wine Tour

Today, travel through picturesque countryside on a tour of some local vineyards. Enjoy the incredible scenery of rolling vineyards while you sample some of South Africa’s favourite wines and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local winery. 

Day 4 - Cape Peninsula Tour

Full Day

Cape Peninsula Tour

On today’s excursion to the Cape Peninsula, you will be treated to some of the most breath taking scenery in the world!  Beginning at the fishing village of Hout Bay, home to an enormous colony of Sea Lions, and finishing at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where the Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias first established trading routes between Africa and Asia in the fifteenth century.  You will drive along the coast route, overlooking the rocky peninsula and take in stunning views of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans along the way.  Stops include Cape Point and Boulders Beach for an up close and personal encounter with African Penguins. Lunch is included.

Day 5 - Robben Island

Morning

Robben Island

Weather permitting; today you will catch the boat from the Victoria & Alfred waterfront out to Robben Island. Located almost 7km off the coast in Table Bay, the island is internationally known as the location where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Today the island is a UNESCO world heritage site and a living museum, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. You will be taken on a guided tour of the island and museum by one of the former political prisoners from the island. 

Afternoon

Travel to Hermanus/Arniston

This afternoon you will leave Cape Town and begin your journey up the famous stretch of coastline called the Garden Route, travelling past the picturesque towns of Betty's Bay and stunning Pringle Bay. While admiring these breath-taking coastal sights, stay on the lookout for whales swimming and playing in the ocean below.

Day 6 - Garden Route & Route 62

Full Day

Garden Route

Today, you will travel along Route 62 to the small town of Montagu, famed for its thermal baths and fruit orchards. Take in ocean views and vineyard scenery along the way, and take a short stop at the historic town of Swellendam en route. *Please note that on selected dates this stop may be replaced with a trip to Oudshoorn, which is known as the Ostrich Capital of the world. 

Day 7 - Outeniqua Mountain Pass

Full Day

Garden Route & Route 62

Continue along beautiful Route 62, and take in spectacular mountain sights while driving through the Outeniqua Mountain Pass, heading towards the coastal town of Knysna. This town lies on the Knysna lagoon, the mouth of which is guarded by two promontories known as ‘The Heads’ and is famed due to the amount of sailors who lost their lives sailing through this dangerous stretch. 

Day 8 - Featherbed Nature Reserve

Full Day

Featherbed Nature Reserve

Today you will visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you will travel by ferry across the Knysna Lagoon. The reserve lies on the unspoilt western head of Knysna, and here you will be driven in a 4x4 to see stunning views and beautiful flora & fauna. Enjoy a buffet lunch sitting underneath a canopy of Milkwood trees. 

Afternoon

At leisure

You will have the remainder of the day to spend at leisure in the beautiful surrounds of your hotel.

Day 9 - Tsitsikamma National Park & Forest

Morning

Tsitsikamma National Park & Forest

Today, you will travel to Tsitsikamma, where you will experience the dramatic coastal areas of the Garden Route where forest meets ocean. You will visit the Tsitsikama National Park, a glorious 10km stretch of wild and rocky coastline characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forest along the river valleys.

Afternoon

Travel to Port Elizabeth

Afterwards you will travel to your hotel in Port Elizabeth. 

Day 10 - Travel to Johannesburg & Soweto Tour

Morning

Travel to Johannesburg & Soweto Tour

After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.  You will be met by our local representative on arrival in Johannesburg, before travelling to the suburb of Soweto for a traditional lunch at a local tavern. 

Afternoon

Visit to former house of Nelson Mandela

After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive to sights such as the former house of Nelson Mandela. 

Day 11 - Bourkes Luck Potholes

Morning

Bourkes Luck Potholes

Today, you will travel east towards Mpumalanga, also known as the ‘Province of the Sun.’ This region is home to rare flora & fauna and offers sweeping grassland and savannah views, and boasts some of the oldest rocks in the world.  Visit the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a bizarre rock formation, and the spectacular Mpumalanga waterfalls that drop into a deep lagoon en route.

Afternoon

Travel on to Kruger

This afternoon you will travel on to Kruger National Park. Make sure to have your camera ready, as animals can appear at any time, not just while on a safari drive!

Day 12 - Game Drive in Kruger National Park

Full Day

Game Drive in Kruger National Park

It’s time for safari! You will set off early this morning while it’s still cool and the animals are most active, in an open top four wheel drive vehicles to explore some of the magnificent 2 million hectares of Kruger National Park. 

Day 13 - Kruger National Park

Morning

Game Drive

Another early start, this time you will drive through a different area of the park in search of some new species of birds and animals to the ones you saw yesterday. This is your last chance to see the big 5 so keep your eyes peeled!

Afternoon

At leisure

You will have the afternoon at leisure, take a dip in the pool or just relax and enjoy the beautiful calm surroundings of your lodge. 

Day 14 - Return home

Morning

Return home

After breakfast you will transfer to Johannesburg Airport for your flight home. 

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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