Ten Day Whirlwind Roadtrip to Cape Town, Sun City and Safari

Mnt Nelson entrance

You will be met on arrival at Cape Town International Airport and assisted to the rental car counter where you will collect your hired vehicle. In your welcome pack there will be detailed information on places of interest and happenings, things to do, directions and maps, and all other relevant information you might require. 

Self drive to your hotel, which is situated at the foot of Table Mountain and set in nine acres of lush gardens.

Mnt Nelson suite

The Mount Nelson Hotel is Cape Town’s most distinguished hotel, offering unparalleled tradition, history and sophistication. The hotel’s combination of elegance, grace, grandeur and exceptional location, ensures her guests a truly memorable experience.

Overnight : The Mount Nelson Hotel

 Mnt Nelson pool

DAY 2 & 3

Days at Leisure to explore the beauty and magnificence of Cape Town. As mentioned, you will have detailed information on where to go and what to do. Our offices will be delighted to assist with any bookings / reservations you might require.

Cable car table mountain

Laze around one of the pools shop or explore some more of what makes Cape Town one of the top travel destinations in the world. Cape Town is a vibrant melting pot of history and culture, with a great mix of fascinating people, places to see and food to taste.

Overnight : The Mount Nelson Hotel

 Phantom Forest monkey


After a leisurely breakfast this morning you will depart on your scenic four to five hour drive into the Garden Route. 

With detailed directions and maps you will find out more about the Cape Winelands and the Overberg region, which you will travel through.

Arrive at Phantom Forest in the late afternoon. You will be met at the entrance of this beautiful nature reserve and transferred up to the lodge. 

Tonight you will enjoy a 6-course gourmet dinner in the Boma. Cuisine style is fusion / international with local African flavor and influence.

Overnight : Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

 Phantom Forest bathroom


Day at Leisure to enjoy the magnificence of this one of a kind eco reserve in the heart of the Garden Route. 

The elevated “treesuites” at Phantom Forest are an African celebration of natural textures, handcrafted furnishings, ethnic artifacts and hand weaving, stunning end-glass gable, en-suite forest bathroom, and deck with trees popping through here and there!  

You will have access to all the activities on the premises – mountain bikes, beautiful indigenous forest walks, the Bubble Barrel, two person sauna, private jetty with canoes, two fresh-water plunge pools and excellent bird-watching. 

The Body Boma offer treatments such as Full Body Massage, Reiki, Shiatsu, Swedish, Facials etc. and also a wet treatment area (Vichy Shower) with mineral and mud wraps.

Overnight : Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

 Phantom Forest fire dancing


After a leisurely breakfast you will depart on your drive to George Airport for your short scheduled flight to Johannesburg. 

Also recommended is a visit to Knysna for some sight seeing and optional shopping before your afternoon flight to Johannesburg. 

On arrival at OR Tambo Airport, you will be met and transferred in an air-conditioned sedan to Sun City. 

The Cascades is encircled by a necklace of tropical gardens threaded with tumbling waterfalls, weirs, lagoons and shaded walks – giving The Cascades it’s name and positioning it as one of the most sought after sophisticated and elegant hotels at Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure – Sun City.

Overnight : Sun City Cascades

 Sun City The Palace


Day at your leisure to enjoy all the many activities on offer at Sun City. Sun City has dazzled the international community with its glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities and star-studded spectaculars. 

The full variety of entertainment on offer ranges from slots to safaris; the theatre extravaganza to a games arcade for children; horse-riding to golf; the valley of waves to the lost city…whatever it is you are looking for you will find it at Sun City.

Overnight : Sun City Cascades

 Sun City Lost City


You will be met at your hotel after a relaxing breakfast this morning and transferred into the Madikwe Game Reserve. 

The Malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75 000 hectare reserve restored from farmland to its natural environment. The largest ever translocation of game occurred when 10 000 animals of 27 species were moved to Madikwe in Operation Phoenix. These included the big five and other endangered species such as the Wild Dog and Cheetah.

Etali pool view

Etali Safari Lodge provides luxurious and elegant accommodation in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge has a wonderfully romantic atmosphere with its completely private suites and views of the nearby waterhole, making it the perfect destination for honeymooners and holidaying couples.  Etali offers an abundance of exciting activities, including guided game drives and scenic nature walks. Relax and unwind at Etali’s top-class wellness center, offering indulgent spa treatments, a relaxing steam room, and a well-equipped gym.

Etali ellie

Overnight : Etali Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve is home to plenty of African big game with many Elephant; both Black and White Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Giraffe and lots of different antelope, including South Africa’s rugby mascot – Springbok. Day and evening game drives and walking safaris through Madikwe, allow you to get close to these animals and provide great photo opportunities.

Etali bedroom
Overnight : Etali Safari Lodge

DAY 10

Enjoy one last exciting game drive and bush breakfast, before you will be met at the lodge and transferred to OR Tambo Airport for your international homebound flight.

Madikwe wild dog

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A few Must See’s and Do’s on Road Trips in South Africa

When embarking on a road trip through South Africa there are several spots you should make sure to visit.  We aim to give you a brief introduction, province by province, to some of the people and places you can enjoy at your leisure when exploring South Africa on a road trip.

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Superb South African Travel Itinerary

Day 1
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by your Tour Guide who will transfer you in a private luxury vehicle to your hotel, enjoying a short orientation tour of the city en-route.  Ellerman House is the spectacular landmark in the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay.  This superb 5 star “luxury home from home” boutique hotel is the quintessential location for discerning guests accustomed to the finer pleasures of life.  The true splendor of Ellerman House rests in faithful preservation of its historical architecture, combined with discreet hospitality and efficient service reflecting the ambience experienced only in the comfort and familiarity of home.  Unsurpassed, sweeping views from Bantry Bay across the Atlantic Ocean to Robben Island are a privileged pleasure from the private balconies and the unrivalled lawned terraces surrounding the large, heated swimming pool.

Day 2
After breakfast this morning you will be met by your Tour Guide, and depart on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, one of the world’s most scenic areas.  Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard, stopping at a Llandudno look out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach.  Enjoy a cruise to Seal Island (weather permitting).  Continue on through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks.  After a delicious seafood lunch, you will depart with your Tour Guide to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach.  A visit to the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens will end off this unforgettable day.

Day 3
This morning you will be met at your hotel after a leisurely breakfast and depart on a tour of the Cape Winelands.  The first stop is Spier – a 300 year old wine farm near Stellenbosch, home to one of South Africa’s oldest wine cellars. Taste and compare the best of South Africa’s wines under one roof at the Spier Wine Centre.  The journey continues into Stellenbosch.  Founded in 1679, Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa, renowned for its historical Cape Dutch buildings, university and wines.  It is also known as “town of oaks” because of its many oak trees.  Stellenbosch lies in a fertile valley, surrounded by majestic “blue” mountains, vineyards and orchards.  Cross over Helshoogte Pass into Franschhoek. In 1688 some 200 French Huguenots settled in this valley and had a profound influence on Cape culture.  They brought their expertise in agriculture and wine making.  Lunch can be enjoyed in the valley, at one of the country’s best restaurants.  In the afternoon, a short drive to Paarl.  Paarl is named after the huge granite rock that towers above it.  According to the first settlers, the rock shines like a pearl in the sun.  Around the centre of town, the diverse architecture, including Cape Dutch, Victorian, Georgian and Art Deco can be seen.  Enjoy one last wine and cheese tasting, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 4
This morning after breakfast you will be met by your Tour Guide and depart on your journey into the “gem” of South Africa – the famous Garden Route.  Travel over the Klein Drakenstein mountains to Worcester, a lush fruit and wine growing region.  Visit Kleinplasie, a living open air museum that depicts the lifestyle and farming methods of the early pioneers.  Travel along the Breede River Valley, where you can enjoy wonderful scenery changing from lush orchards to dramatic mountain views.  Continue towards the Little Karoo, passing through Barrydale and Calitzdorp, well known for the top quality Port it produces.  You will arrive in Oudtshoorn in the early afternoon.  Enjoy an exquisite dinner served in the elegant dining room famous for its ostrich fare and fine wine.

Day 5
This morning, after breakfast, you will enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves at Oudtshoorn and visit the Cango Cheetah and Crocodile Ranch before lunch at Highgate Ostrich Farm.  Travel over the Outeniqua Pass, named by the Koi people meaning ‘land of honey’ via George to South Africa’s oyster capital, Knysna.  Late afternoon arrival at Phantom Forest, a private nature reserve situated outside Knysna.  Enjoy an unforgettable dinner that is a unique celebration of African spirit.

Day 6
After breakfast this morning, drive to Plettenberg Bay for an ocean safari (seafari) to view seals, dolphins and whales (in season).  In Plettenberg Bay they have an unusual launch method known as the dolly trailer system, where you remain on the boat while it is pushed into the sea.  Once you are on board, your skipper and tour guide provide you with invaluable information about the marine life and the environment.  You then take a short drive to Knysna, where you board the ferry to Featherbed Nature Reserve and a seafood lunch at the famed Knysna Heads.  The spectacular Knysna heads are two giant sandstone cliffs, which mark the Knysna River’s entrance.  Featherbed Nature Reserve, a unique 150 ha private Nature Reserve, encompasses the whole of the Western Head of Knysna and is one of South Africa’s Natural Heritage Sites.  It is home to two of the Garden Route’s icons, namely the Knysna Loerie and the Blue Duiker, one of Africa’s smallest antelope species.  Enjoy lunch under the Milkwood Trees with the elusive, majestic and brightly coloured Knysna Loeries, before returning in the late afternoon to your lodge for a relaxing sunset and evening.

Day 7
After breakfast enjoy a visit to Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary.  This unique primate sanctuary is currently the top eco-tourism attraction on the Garden Route and for very sound and sunny reasons.  Monkeyland has captured the hearts of visitors in its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates.  The sanctuary is exceptional as it caters for several species of primates, and they are not caged.  They are free to move about the forest, and this they do most harmoniously.  The emphasis is to search for the primates, and the reward is to see the various species as they are meant to be, free and in a natural habitat.  The safaris are conducted by multi-lingual game rangers and are fun, exciting and educational.  Drive through Nature’s Valley and cross the Storms River at Storms River Bridge where photographic opportunities abound.  Travel via Port Elizabeth to the malaria free Shamwari Private Game Reserve, arriving in the late afternoon.

Day 8
Morning and afternoon game activities are on offer.  Shamwari Game Reserve is a 20 000 hectares (49000 acres) malaria free, private game reserve situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.  Steeped in Settler history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, this reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life.  Game viewing is carried out morning and evening on game drives, when you are driven in your open vehicle (which seats up to 6) over the rolling hills and valleys.  If you have a particular species you would like to see, please mention it to your ranger; he will be happy to merge your plans into the group.  In the early morning (if you are keen) you will leave before dawn, spending up to 3-4 hours spotting before returning to your lodge for a hearty breakfast.  The heat of the day is usually spent in the shade, playing tennis, swimming, reading and, of course, enjoying a delicious lunch.  Between 4:00 – 5:00pm, you assemble again for the evening drive.  As the animals emerge from their midday cover, you may see elephants browsing, rhino drinking at a waterhole, or perhaps the shy bushbuck motionless in the dense bushveld.  At dusk, the Land Rover stops at some panoramic spot for a sundowner and snacks.  Then, as the light fades, your ranger will plug in a powerful hand-held light.  With its help, you can sweep the veld, seeing first the eyes and then the forms of a variety of nocturnal animals.  By 8:00pm you are back at your lodge where a drink in the bar with your ranger, amid cheerful recollections of the day’s discoveries is followed either by another great meal expertly prepared by the chefs, or a barbecue next to a roaring fire.  Finally, a hot shower and a well-earned sleep.

Day 9
After an early morning game activity and bush breakfast, travel to Port Elizabeth Airport for your short direct flight to Durban.  On arrival in Durban, you will be met and transferred to your lodge and country club.  Zimbali Lodge is one of Southern Africa’s most exclusive hideaways, set within the serene confines of a coastal forest reserve on the north coast of Kwa Zulu Natal – a natural sub-tropical paradise and home to mischievous dolphins and a myriad of sea and bird life.

Day 10
Enjoy a full day at leisure.  This jewel in the crown of KwaZulu Natal’s coastline offers its guests the opportunity to relax and explore.  The lodge is a 5-Star boutique hotel and all the guest rooms offer five-star luxury accommodation, designed to complement the natural surrounding forest and to reinforce the charm of African Classical architecture.  The service emphasis is personal care and attention – Butlers are on hand to attend to the guest’s every need.  The cuisine is sublime and only the freshest ingredients are used.  The exclusive Health Spa offers a refreshing therapy of its own kind with its range of holistic treatments.  The Zimbali Country Club Golf Course is a par 72 championship course, designed by former British and South African Open Golf Champion, Tom Weiskopf.  This course is both challenging and superbly beautiful, offering world-class standards for top players and higher handicap players alike.

Day 11
Depart after a leisurely breakfast, and travel through sugar cane plantations along the Indian Ocean seaboard toward Phinda Private Game Reserve.  Enjoy a leisurely safari on the Mzinene River where late afternoon sundowners and snacks are served as the boat winds its way along the reed-lined river.  Here an abundance of wildlife and birds can be seen.  Return to your lodge, situated in the lush Maputaland region in northern KwaZulu-Natal.  Bordering the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site – Phinda comprises 17 500 hectares (43 240 acres) of prime conservation land.  Seven distinct habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife including Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo) and over 380 bird species, while the marine diversity off the nearby coast of Sodwana is said to rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Day 12
Phinda offers exceptional Big Five game-viewing on twice-daily game-drives, bush walks, riverboat cruises and canoeing.  Due to its proximity to the Indian Ocean, a range of Phinda Adventures are offered, including exhilarating air safaris, scuba diving, horse-riding and deep-sea fishing, allowing guests the opportunity to get face-to-face with lions in the morning and up close to a whale shark or battling sailfish after lunch.

Day 13
You will be met at your lodge after one last exciting game drive and bush breakfast and transferred to King Shaka International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.  On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will be met and transferred to Sun City, the famous African Kingdom of Pleasure.

Day 14
A stay at The Palace of the Lost City promises world class hospitality and accommodation.  There is nowhere else in Sun City where you may enjoy such magnificent settings, architectural splendor and superb facilities.  The Palace lavishes its guests with luxurious surrounds and impeccable service.  From its fabulous architecture to its custom made furnishings and its richly accented decor every corner of the hotel will surprise and amaze you.  Take time to study the detail of the impressive and huge salons and public spaces and you will find a collection of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and other pieces of art, each a treasure in its own right.  The magnificence of The Palace overlooks 25 hectares of jungle, regal stairways, gardens, amphitheatres, royal baths, and the popular ‘Valley of the Waves’ theme park.

Day 15
Day at Leisure to enjoy all the activities on offer.  Resident guests at The Palace can bathe in the grand pool or stroll down to the royal baths in the Valley of the Waves, sip a cocktail at the poolside or in the gracious Tusk Bar and dine in splendour in the Crystal Court or Villa del Palazzo, where fine cuisine is a treasured art.

Day 16
Enjoy one last truly memorable South African breakfast before you will be met at your hotel and transferred to OR Tambo International Airport for your international homebound flight.  If this program tickles your fancy, just get in touch with us at Road Travel and we will arrange the best holiday for you.