I haven’t packed and my passport is missing, but everything else is sorted for our trip to South Africa. I thought I’d share our itinerary so you can follow along and offer tips if you have them (hint hint).
Our South Africa Itinerary
Two weeks in South Africa doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the country, but we tried to create a “taster” itinerary of city, coast, culture, food and the great outdoors.
We’re flying Virgin Atlantic overnight from London to Cape Town via Johannesburg. Estimated total flight time, 15 hours (ugh). We chose the connecting flights over direct because of a £400 cost savings. I’ll let you know if I regret that. Ha. Return flights will be direct from Johannesburg.
Cape Town (4 days)
We’re staying at the lovely Cape Grace Hotel for 4 nights. The waterfront location should be perfect for making the most of our time in Cape Town. Update: Our review.
We planned a day to self-drive Cape Point , a day of wine-tasting and one and a half days to explore the city and Robben Island (weather dependent). Add that to the eating and drinking we plan to do and I already know four days isn’t enough time.
Table Mountain is a must during our time in Cape Town, but locals say heading up the mountain really isn’t really a scheduled event due to the clouds, fog and bad weather that randomly roll in. Still, I’m hoping for good weather. At sunset. On Thursday. Still thinking about the hike vs cable car to the top options.
Garden Route (4 days)
I love a good road trip and our hire car should give us a chance to enjoy the small towns, back roads and hidden spots along the way. We’ll drive the coastal road from Cape Town to Hermanus and stay one night at the Birkenhead House.
The next day is a long drive (5 hours?) to Plettenberg Bay, where we’ll spend two nights in the Tsala Treetop Lodge. I’m 5-year-old-kid excited about staying in a treehouse.
I haven’t really ironed on details of what to do along the Garden Route, but outdoor activities and beautiful scenery are on the agenda. Tips are welcome.
On Safari, Phinda Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal (5 days)
We fly from George Airport to King Shaka and transfer to Phinda Private Game Reserve. We chose Phinda as it was “in country”, easily accessible and had an excellent reputation. This is our first safari…we’re not sure what to expect and just plan on enjoying the experience. Phinda has a number of on property lodges. We’ll be staying in Phinda Vlei Lodge for 4 nights. Update: review here.
Johnannesburg (2 days)
After our safari is sadly over, we’ll fly from Richards Bay to Johannesburg for a one night recoup at the Saxon Hotel. We should have just enough time to see the Apartheid Museum and visit Amatuli before we head to the airport the next day.
Photo credits: Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town Tourism, Tsala Treetop Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, The Saxon Hotel.
Things to Know
This trip is a celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary (and the first anniversary of my 49th birthday), and as you can see, we really pushed the boat out.
Petro Kilpin at &Beyond was instrumental in designing this itinerary. I initially contacted Petro for a safari booking. After lengthy emails and conversations, I realized the value in having someone local who knew the area and culture intimately. I submitted my South Africa itinerary/wish list to Petro for review. She offered suggestions and booked all aspects of our dream trip from hotels to hire car to internal flights and transfers.
The most amazing part? The cost savings over booking everything myself. I still don’t know how that’s possible, but it was a *considerable* savings.
So, that’s the plan. What have I missed in my South Africa Itinerary? What am I forgetting?
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