Travel like a local through South Africa - Local Cuisine, Hikes and Big 5

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Lenka

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South Africa is an amazing country with beautiful landscape, vibrant culture, safari, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and mountains for hiking with spectacular views. We will explore the exciting city of Cape Town, taste traditional local cuisine, hike Table Mountain & Lions Head, watch the sunset from Signal Hill, have a picnic on the beach, visit Botanic & Sculpture gardens. We will take the route trip to Cape Point, taste the best wines in the world at wine farms and much more. Then we will continue with our adventure on the Garden Route, where we will explore nature on quad bikes, continue with rafting (kayaking) on the river, and end the trip with elephants and a safari Big 5. Tour Highlights: - Explore Cape Town. - Route trip to Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope). - Visit Penguins in Simons Town. - Boat trip to see Seal Colony in Hout Bay. - Picnic on the most beautiful beaches. - Hike to the top of Table Mountain & Lions Head. - Watch the sunset from the top of Signal Hill. - Visit a local food market. - Boat trip to Robben Island. - Wine tasting in Stellenbosch. - Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden & the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden. - Explore different places on Garden Route: - Mossel Bay - Oudtshoorn (famous for its ostrich farms) and Cango Caves - Wilderness – chill on the beach, hiking - Knysna - Heads and the Featherbed Private Nature Reserve - Elephant’s Park - Brenton-on-Sea - Plettenberg Bay & Storms River - Tsitsikamma National Park - Addo Elephant NP - Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

About me: I'm Lenka, born and raised in the Czech Republic but I've lived in the French part of Switzerland for 15 years and in South Africa for 8 years. In 2014, was the first time I travelled to South Africa and I fell in love with the African continent. Since then I've been regularly traveling between Europe and South Africa, completing my BA and MBA Degree in Geneva. In between, I have been working in the non-profit sector in Cape Town. I love to travel all over the world, but Africa caught a special place in my heart. I love traveling with my camera, capturing different cultures as well as nature and the wilderness. Hiking in the mountains, meeting locals and experiencing local cuisines are my favorite activities to do while traveling.

Accommodation: 13 nights' accommodation with 14 breakfast included in a good quality hotel, hostels, guesthouses, Bed & Breakfast, campsite. Includes 2 nights in a Lodge in a Private Game Reserve on the Garden Route. Single rooms and double rooms, depends on each person preferences. Single travelers or couples welcome. Any questions? You can let me know in the Q&A section of the trip.

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13 nights' accommodation
14 breakfasts
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Pick up from the airport
All transport within South Africa
Activities & excursions & entrance fees
Tips for local guides
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Born and raised in the Czech Republic. I have lived in the French part of Switzerland for 15 years and 8 years in Cape Town.

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Trip Itinerary
1

Cape Town

Day 1-5
Cape Town is one of my favorite cities in the world. Often referred to as the "Mother City", Cape Town is a melting pot of African and European cultures, a mixture of tradition and modern, surrounded with beautiful nature. Breathtaking beaches, mountains with diverse hiking opportunities and wonderful scenery, unique culture, amazing local food, and so many activities including: - Watching the sunset from the top of Signal Hill. - Driving the Cape Peninsular (Cape of Good Hope) - The main stops are Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, Boulders Beach (to see the penguins), Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, and the Chapman’s Peak Drive. Continue with Seals Colony in Hout Bay and finish with a nice cool drink in Camp’s Bay overlooking the ocean. - Browsing at the V&A Waterfront. - Going for Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch or Franshoek. - Surfing at Muizenberg Beach. - Hiking to the top of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. - Visiting the Neighbourgoods Market: the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock turns into the Neighbourgoods Market where you’ll find food, drinks, and lots of other lovely things. - Visiting Zeitz Galery or Norval Foundation. - Browsing the streets of the colorful Bo Kaap area. - Taking Salsa class at Mojo Food Market in Sea Point. - Kayaking & Stand up Paddling on waterfront canals. - Paragliding & Skydiving. - Sandboarding. - Taking a boat trip to Robben Island. - Exploring different places on Garden Route. - Visiting Two Oceans Aquarium in V&A Waterfront. - Exploring Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – the tree canopy walkway. - Picnicing on the beach.
2

Wilderness

Day 5-6
The iconic South African Garden Route reaches from the Western Cape to Eastern Cape, along one of the world's most breath-taking coastlines. The official Garden Route starts in Mossel Bay in the west and ends at Storms River in the east. On our way to Wilderness, we will stop in Oudtshoorn, known for its ostrich farm and Cango Caves. Then we will continue to Wilderness, beautiful part of the Garden Route, lying in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. It’s a lovely place to spend a day or two, immersed in natural beauty. Many of the activities centre on the Tow River and the surrounding area, including: - Hiking in Wilderness National Park. - Canoeing or Kloofing on the Touw River. - Paragliding. - Hiking to the Dolphin Point Lookout. - Chilling on the beach. - Surfing: Like many of the other places along the coast, Wilderness is a great place to surf. - Visiting Timberlake Village: Timberlake Village is a beautiful place with independent shops and restaurants.
3

Knysna

Day 6-8
Our next stop on our Garden Route itinerary is Knysna, a pretty small town, set around a beautiful lagoon. There are lots of things to do in Knysna, including: - Going for a paddle boarding around the Thesen Island canals. - Visiting the East Head Viewpoint, where you will get fantastic views over the lagoon. - Eating Oysters: Knysna is famous for its oysters. They even hold a festival in June every year. - Visiting the Featherbed Nature Reserve: Take the ferry over to do some hiking. - Taking a Cruise on the Lagoon Cruise. - Surfing in Buffalo Bay. - Going for a Whale Watching on an Ocean Safari: Whale season usually runs from June to November. - Cycling Around the Lagoon.
4

Plettenberg Bay

Day 8-10
Plettenberg Bay is another awesome place to spend a day or two on the Garden Route itinerary, with a beautiful beach, great hotels and restaurants and lots of local attractions and activities. Things to do: - Hiking around the Robberg Nature Reserve on the Robberg Peninsula, one of South Africa’s best hiking destinations. - Visiting the Harkerville Market, which is just outside of town. This is a lovely farmers market, with food and craft stalls. - Swimming with Seals. - Surfing. - Skydiving. - Visiting the Birds of Eden Sanctuary.
5

Stormsrivierpas

Day 10-12
Tsitsikamma National Park is another beautiful place of the Garden Route with many activities to do. There are three main places to stay in the area – Storms River, Nature’s Valley & The Crags. I particularly love Storms River where you can find Bloukran’s Bridge, the world’s highest bridge bungee jump. The Crags and Nature’s Valley are also nearby and great to visit. Nature’s Valley has a gorgeous beach you should definitely go and see. Things to do: - Blackwater Tubing. - Horse Riding. - Abseiling and canyoning through a beautiful forest. - Wine Tasting. - Zipling through Tsitsikamma forest. - Hiking the Trails Around the Storm’s River Mouth. - Bungee Jumping of Bloukran’s Bridge. - Kayaking. - Hiking to Salt River Mouth.
6

Addo Elephant National Park

Day 12-14
One of the most interesting things about Addo is that it isn’t just home to the BIG 5, Addo is home to the BIG 7. So as well as lions, elephants, cape buffalo, black rhinos and leopards, they also have southern right whales and great white sharks which live in the marine section of the park, which lies off the coast of Port Elizabeth. Things to do: - Going on Safari in Addo Elephant National Park: - Horse Riding. - Going on Ocean Safari. - Hiking Alexandria Trail.
Trip Summary
Accommodation
Hotel & Bed & Breakfast & Camping & Other
14 days trip
Cape Town, Wilderness & 4 more
Transportation
Car
What's excluded?
Flights
Visas (if needed)
Medication & vaccinations
Drinks & meals not mentioned
Travel & health insurance
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