Essence of South Africa - Leisure Holidays

Essence of South AfricaSouth Africa

From RM16,281 / per person for 9 nights
Experience the people, culture and beauty of South Africa.

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Bush, beach and two vibrant cities - capture the essence of South Africa on this culmination of a Cape Town to Kruger experience, including Johannesburg, the 'City of Gold'.


Domestic airfares on Day 5 (from Cape Town to Hoedspruit) and Day 8 (from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg) are extra cost.



Complimentary transfers will be available for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details.


Day 1-4 - African Pride 15 On Orange

Day 5-7 - Becks Luxury Private Safari Lodge

Day 8&9 - Protea Fire and Ice

Day 10 - Depart Johannesburg


Day 1 - Arrive Cape Town

South Africa's 'Mother City' and her iconic Table Mountain extend a warm welcome as you embark on a journey that will reveal the highlights of South Africa. Spend the day delving into Cape Town's cosmopolitan surrounds before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

Day 2 - Table Mountain and Cape Town City Tour

This morning, we encounter Table Mountain first-hand, ascending via aerial cableway to its vast flat top - a rocky wonderland of rich Cape fynbos and curious dassies (hyraxes). Peer over the bustling City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard keeping a keen eye out for the landmarks your Travel Director will show you during this afternoon's city tour. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cape Town at leisure. Ramble up Bree Street to sample the city's vibrant coffee culture or take a stroll along the Sea Point promenade with the fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

Day 3 - Cape Peninsula Tour

Circumnavigate the Cape Peninsula, from trendy Camps Bay to Cape Point and back. The crashing waves of the Atlantic to your right, the rocky 12 Apostles to your left, wind your way along one of the world's most magnificent coastal roads towards the outcrop that is Africa's most extreme south-western tip. Say a quiet hello to the shy penguins of Boulders Beach, see the Cape of Good Hope and travel through charming coastal towns along the way.

Day 4 - Cape Winelands Excursion and Cape Town Free Time

Venture to the town of Franschhoek and see during your orientation why it is proclaimed as one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. In the nearby Stellenbosch Kloof Valley, you'll 'Connect with Locals' over a Be My Guest traditional Cape lunch. Gain insights into the wine heritage of the De Waal family, who have been making wine in this valley since the early 18th century. Join a family member for wine tasting, then explore their beautiful 1791 Cape Dutch Manor House. Return to Cape Town for an evening at leisure.

Day 5 - Cape Town - Greater Kruger National Park Area

This morning you'll bid farewell to the 'Mother City' and fly to Hoedspruit where a private game reserve near South Africa's great Kruger National Park beckons. Then kick back, relax and settle in to one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories', the Becks Luxury Private Safari Lodge, your home in the bush for the next three nights. Airfares at extra cost.

Day 6 - Karongwe Private Reserve Safari Game Drives

The action begins as we embark on an early morning game drive through Karongwe Private Reserve with a Local Specialist game ranger and Shangaan tracker-guide. The rising sun awakens the birds and insects that share your journey into the bush, as you scour the dense brush for signs of the Big 5. After lunch, and time for a siesta and a swim, return to the bush for an afternoon safari drive.

Day 7 - Karongwe Private Reserve Safari Game Drives

Today enjoy another full day of game drives through Karongwe Private Reserve. Continue to scour the dense brush with your Local Specialist for incredible encounters with Africa's iconic wildlife. End the day with a traditional sundowner drink overlooking the Game Reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife that emerge from their cover of darkness.

Day 8 - Greater Kruger National Park Area - Johannesburg

Our time in the South African bushveld comes to a close with a 'Dive Into Culture' visit to a local Shangaan village. Learn about the traditions and customs of the Shangaan people and how the Eco Academy there provides eco and wildlife education. Fly to Johannesburg and check into one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories' located in the restaurant and entertainment hub of Melrose Arch. Airfares at extra cost.

Day 9 - Johannesburg Sightseeing

Unlock the secrets of the 'city of gold' on a full-day tour to view several iconic sites including the Regina Mundi Church and Mandela's house in Soweto. 'Dive into Culture' during a visit to the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Apartheid Museum, which chronicles South Africa's tumultuous Apartheid years.

Day 10 - Depart Johannesburg

Our epic encounter with South Africa's iconic sites comes to an end today. Transfer to Johannesburg International Airport for your onward flight.


Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.


26 meals: 14 hot buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches (including Be My Guest), 11 dinners.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director, Driver Guide or Trafalgar Representative

Tips & Fees

All hotel tips, charges, local taxes, porterage and restaurant gratuities

Connect with Locals

Indulge in a traditional Cape lunch and wine tasting with a member of the De Waal family, whose heritage is intrinsically linked with the wine traditions of the Stellenbosch Kloof Valley. (Day 4)

Stays with Stories

Your stay at Becks Safari Lodge in Karongwe Private Game Reserve contributes to the area's environmental sustainability and community development. (Day 5)

Dive into Culture

Hear first hand about the traditions and cultures of the Shangaan people and how their village promotes eco and wildlife education. (Day 8)
Learn about South Africa's turbulent past on an interactive Johannesburg and Soweto Freedom tour. (Day 9)

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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