21-day Ultimate South Africa Safari

This 21-day Ultimate South Africa Safari takes you on an incredible journey through South Africa, including visits to Johannesburg, game reserves in Timbavati/Klaserie, the Panorama Route, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), St. Lucia, the Dolphin Coast, the Garden Route, Hermanus, and Cape Town. You’ll experience a mix of wildlife safaris, coastal exploration, cultural encounters, and natural wonders.

This itinerary offers a diverse and immersive experience of South Africa, from wildlife safaris to coastal adventures and cultural encounters. Be sure to plan and book your flights, visas, and personal travel insurance separately, and consider any additional activities you’d like to include in your trip.


  • Start in Johannesburg and end in Cape Town. From city to city with all the wonder in between
  • Prolific wildlife and a big game safari in Kruger National Park
  • A full-day Panorama Route Tour
  • Colourful culture in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
  • White sand and crystal water beaches of St. Lucia including incredible safari opportunities
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal in all its glory
  • More pristine beaches of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route
  • Whale sightings in Hermanus
  • Time to explore the pristine beaches and famous sights in Cape Town

Day 1-Arrival in Johannesburg (1 night)

  • Arrival at OR Tambo Airport and transfer to your hotel in Johannesburg.
  • Optional activities to explore Johannesburg, including historic sites, art galleries, and the Apartheid Museum.

Day 2-4: Timbavati/Klaserie Game Reserve (3 nights)

  • Transfer to Hoedspruit Airport.
  • Arrival at Klaserie Reserve, home to the Big 5 and various wildlife.
  • Stay at nThambo Tree Camp and enjoy game drives, walking safaris, and night safaris.

Day 5-6: Hazyview, Mpumalanga (2 nights)

  • Morning safari activity and transfer to Hazyview.
  • Explore the Panorama Route, visiting Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, and more.
  • Stay at Hippo Hollow Country Estate and enjoy various activities like golf, river-rafting, and bird-watching.

Day 7-8: Swaziland (Kingdom of Eswatini) (2 nights)

  • Drive to Swaziland, known for its rhino conservation efforts and diverse landscapes.
  • Explore the country’s natural wonders, including Sibebe Rock and the Makhonjwa Mountains.
  • Stay at Summerfields Resort and engage in activities like guided nature walks, cultural tours, and more.

Day 9-11: St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal (3 nights)

  • Head to St. Lucia on the South African coast.
  • Explore the beaches, wildlife, and Isimangaliso Wetland Park.
  • Enjoy activities such as whale watching (seasonal) and safaris in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi and Isimangaliso Park.

Day 12: Dolphin Coast (1 night)

  • Drive to Salt Rock on the Dolphin Coast.
  • Explore the beach, enjoy ocean activities, or visit Flag Farm Animal Farm.
  • Stay at Sea-Rendipity Guest House.

Day 13-15: Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay (3 nights)

  • Fly from Durban to George and drive to Plettenberg Bay.
  • Explore Nature’s Valley, go whale watching, and hike in the Robberg Nature Reserve.
  • Stay at Lily Pond Country Lodge and relax in the scenic surroundings.

Day 16-17: Hermanus (2 nights)

  • Drive to Hermanus, known for whale-watching.
  • Enjoy whale cruises or land-based whale-watching.
  • Stay at Whale Rock Lodge near the coast and cliff path.

Day 18-20: Cape Town (3 nights)

  • Drive to Cape Town, exploring the scenic route along the coast.
  • Explore Cape Town’s attractions, including Table Mountain, beaches, museums, and more.
  • Stay at The Hyde Hotel in Sea Point and enjoy the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

Day 21: Departure from Cape Town

Return your rental car at Cape Town Airport and depart for your home country.


  • Accommodation throughout the journey.
  • Meals (details on request).
  • Car rental for 8-9 days.
  • Game drives, walking safaris, and other activities in game reserves.
  • Meet and Greet service.
  • 24/7 in-country support.
  • Comprehensive travel diary with itinerary, maps, and useful information.


  • International and domestic flights.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Visas and visa applications.
  • Optional extra activities.
  • Extra charges for vehicle rental, fuel, and park entry/conservation fees.
  • Staff gratuities.