WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?
Welcome to the "Rainbow Nation", a diverse country, rich with culture, breathtaking scenery and all capped off with a magical safari.
Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa, lies between the ocean and beautiful mountains. Fondly referred to as "The Mother City" by locals. It offers ample activities and overflows with trendy bars and eateries.
A trip to South Africa is not complete without a Safari Experience. Morning and evening drives make the most of the times to view the animals, and if you are lucky, you can tick off all of the "Big Five".
Penguins at Boulders Beach
Currently classified as endangered, the African penguins are only found along the coasts of South Africa and Namibia. Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African penguins, is the only place where you can see them up close.
These facilities are home to orphaned elephants. An unforgettable experience to see these gentle giants up close. Touch, walk with or feed them, a rare opportunity to "walk on the wild side".
Surrounded by lush valleys, with award winning wine farms at every corner, it's every wine lover's dream destination. Be sure to try the Pinotage, which is unique to South Africa.
South African cuisine is as diverse as the cultures that form the heritage. The most loved form of cooking is refereed to as "a braai" and is similar to a barbecue, but on an open, wood fire. Meat and veggies are cooked this way.
South Africa has so much to offer, and we felt that we could have easily spent another week exploring. The highlight was being surrounded by beautiful landscapes every day, from Table Mountain to the beaches of Plettenberg Bay.
H. De Sousa
Let us transport you deep into the vibrant heart of "The Rainbow Nation". A country ripe with history, offering ample activities from beaches to hiking to mountains to wine farms, this country offers it all. We begin our experience in "The Mother City", Cape Town, which is nestled in the belly of Table Mountain. We will awaken your taste buds with a wine farm tour in Franschhoek Valley. Explore the beautiful coastal towns of Hermanus and Plettenberg Bay, where you can indulge in optional activities of visiting the Elephant Sanctuary, bungee jumping, Birds of Eden, Wolf Sanctuary and so much more. Finally, you'll be take to your Safari Lodge, the trip highlight, to have the opportunity to spot the "Big 5" on a once in a life time safari.
NEED TO KNOW
|GROUP SIZE||12 people|
|FLIGHTS||For more information on flights from the UK please refer to how it works section.|
|VISA||UK, EU & US not required|
Morning transfer to Table Mountain, where you will take the cable car to the top, from where you can enjoy magical views of the City and Ocean. There is a restaurant at the top, and a cute souvenir shop. Walk around the top of One of the Seven Natural Wonders. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the City of Cape Town at your leisure.
Visit Robben Island via ferry, and see the prison where former South African president, Nelson Mandela, spent 18 years of his life in prison. Thereafter, you have the afternoon to explore the V&A waterfront, perfect place for shopping, craft markets, and there is even an aquarium and a rugby museum.
The last day in this amazing city, and we end it off with the most scenic tour. You pass over Chapmans Peak enroute to Cape Point. After exploring Cape Point, you will enjoy a long lunch, followed by a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach. We will end the tour with a sunset.
Transfer to the winelands, where you will check into your hotel, before heading out for a day of wine tasting in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley. Evening can be enjoyed at your leisure.
Transfer to Hermanus, after checking in to the hotel, you have the option to enjoy the scenic 1,5hr whale trail, followed by lunch with a view. The rest of your afternoon can be enjoyed at your leisure. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the whale boat, or indulge in relaxing spa treatments.
Transfer soon after breakfast and drive through the Garden Route the next destination. Lunch will be enjoyed in the quaint town of Swellendam, before heading on to the Elephant Sanctuary close to Knysna. Once checked into your hotel in Plettenberg Bay, you can enjoy the evening at your leisure.
There is such a large variety of fun activities and sight seeing to be done at this location, that we have decided to leave the day for you to fill. Choose from bungee jumping, visiting the largest tree in South Africa, visit the Wolf or Birds of Eden sancturaries or just relax with a beautiful walk or lounge on the beach.
Morning departure from Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth for a short flight to Durban. Once in Durban you'll be transferred to your Safari Lodge, stopping for lunch along the way. Once you have arrived and checked into your room you'll be taken our on your first game drive. Return for a delicious South African dinner.
Enjoy a sunrise morning game drive, before returning to your lodge for breakfast. Relax at your leisure by the pool before your afternoon game drive. Return for a delicious South African dinner under the stars.
Morning game drive before returning for breakfast. Once you have checked out you'll be transferred to Durban airport where you will catch your onward flight.
A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.
You will be staying right in the heart of the Mother City, with many interesting sites close by, and minutes from the trendy bars and eateries.
Typical Accommodation: Cape Town Lodge or similar
A picturesque town in the heart of the Winelands. A fantastic location for you to enjoy nature, and sample some of South Africas award winning wines.
Typical Accommodation: Oxford Lodge or similar
An old fishing village that is now a popular holiday town on the south coast of South Africa. Famously known as the Whale Watching Capital.
Typical Accommodation: Baleia Guest Lodge or similar
Plettenberg Bay is a very popular seaside town, and top class holiday destination. It offers a variety of scenic views, golden beaches.
Typical Accommodation: Buffelsdam Country House or similar
Private game reserve nestled in the heart of Zululand with some fantastic game viewing including the big five and cheetahs. Unforgettable.
Typical Accommodation: Bayala Lodge or similar
WHERE YOU'RE GOING
South Africa is part of Africa, but not nearly as wild as one would expect. No, there are no lions roaming around the streets, only in Game parks. South Africa is loving referred to as "The Rainbow Nation", and it's a very colourful nation. Home to many indigenous tribes, its not surprising that the country has 11 official languages. South Africa has a little bit of everything for every traveller. Bustling cities with great 5 star restaurants, quaint towns surrounded by beauty and a beautiful coastline offering all kinds of amazing beaches.
|CURRENCY||South African rand|
"There is so much to see, do, taste, explore and experience in this wonderful country, but some of the experiences are weather dependant, like a ferry to Robben Island, or taking the table car up Table Mountain, so we will be sure to monitor the weather and adjust the itinerary accordingly"
Claire - Untravelled Paths
Sunscreen and Hat
The sun in South Africa is very harsh, even for the sun lovers. It's best to use sunscreen to ensure you don't look like one of many red skinned tourists walking around that clearly forgot.
Try some Biltong
Biltong is a salted, cured meat that loved by all South Africans. Roughly translated into "strip of beef" although it can be made from all meats from Springbok to Ostrich and even fish.
As a UK / EU passport holder you can get an e-visa or obtain one on arrival. However as rules tend to change fairly regularly it's always prudent to double check as one of our team can testify!
Uber is a great way to get around, as it is not recommended to hail a taxi off the street. It gives you the freedom to do your own thing during leisure time and it's much cheaper than in the UK.
As a tour operator, we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Cape Town. There are a number of airlines that connect to Cape Town, which can be better valued. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.
Typically internal flights cost about £50 per person. In some instances for those flying via Johannesburg, it might make more sense to buy a domestic flight to Cape Town from Johannesburg and then at the end of your trip fly from Durban to Johannesburg, not Cape Town. For further information assistance on flights please don't hesitate to get in touch.
In order to be fully covered on your trip should anything happen, we suggest getting an insurance before you travel. We recommend True Traveller, designed especially for adventure travel, who will be able to tailor an insurance package based on your needs. You can find out more here.
Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.
If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.
Book your trip in a few easy steps.
Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.
BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS
We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.
Once you have made your necessary arrangements, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details and any other relevant information.
PAY FOR YOUR TRIP
As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.
Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!
Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions. We highly suggest getting insurance before you travel to avoid any problems. Our personal recommendation is using True Traveller.
The rand is the official currency of South Africa. R is the symbol used and ZAR is the code. One Rand subdivides into 100 cents, using the symbol c. Bank note denominations are 10 Rand, 20 Rand, 50 Rand, 100 Rand and R200 Rand. Coins come in 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 Rand, 2 Rand and 5 Rand. The currency gets its name from the place where the first gold deposits were found, Witwatersrand (translated to white waters ridge)
Rand can be difficult to get hold of outside South Africa but fear not there are a few options available.
Most major credit and debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted throughout South Africa's main towns and cities. While you should have no problem using your card to pay for drinks or dinner in major towns and cities using your PIN number, some establishments accept cash only so it's worth checking before you get settled in. It is also a good idea to carry some cash with you for smaller purchases and activities. It is always advisable to inform your bank that you're travelling abroad in order to avoid the frustration of having your card blocked.
Tipping is not obligatory in South Africa, but standard practice as most waitrons receive minimum wage and rely on tips. 10-15% is an acceptable amount, but often restaurants will add gratuity to tables of 6 or more, so just double check the total when the bill arrives. If the service has been poor please don't feel obligated to leave a tip.
In order to give you some direction on how much spending money to budget for your trip to South Africa, we thought it would be a good idea to offer some guidelines in terms of costs. As a general rule, you'll be able to have a good lunch for around £5 a head and will pay around £20 a head for a nice evening meal. Naturally, the type of establishment you choose to eat in and what you order will dictate the cost of your meals. Be aware that ordering imported wines can cause your bill to sky-rocket so drinking local wines id advisable. We reckon around £70 for lunch, dinner and drinks for two people is plenty per day. Please note that these are rough estimates and you can always choose to spend more or less depending on your budget and preferences. Please note that some dinners are included with accommodation.
The climate in South Africa is as diverse as its cultures. Most of the country enjoys cold but dry winters and in summer the hot afternoons are often ended off with rains, whilst the Western Coast had hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters. June, July and August are the coldest months of the year sometimes dropping to below 0 degrees. Average summer temperatures, however, range from a very pleasant 24 degrees, but can hit up to 40 degrees, so, don't forget the sun cream. That said, it's not unusual for the weather to change quite drastically, particularly in the mountains so it's a good idea to pack layers just in case.
South African cuisine is as diverse as the cultures that form our heritage. Whilst the indigenous way of cooking is still implemented by majority of the country, (mostly meat based with a maize porridge called "pap") we still find a huge influence from colonial times, namely, British, Dutch, German and French. There is also a huge Cape Malay cooking style used today, that was brought over with slaves, such as Bobotie (Mince meat with an egg topping). The most loved form of cooking is refereed to as "a braai" and is similar to a barbecue, but on an open, wood fire. It's so popular that our Heritage Day holiday is also called National Braai Day. Generally men will do the braai, and women will attend to the side dishes of salads and breads that accompany the meal. Fear not if you do not eat meat, we have a huge range of lovely vegetables available with butternut being one of the most loved. We love our deserts too, and some unusual sweet treats to try out are Koeksisters (deep fried dough that is smothered in syrup) and Melktert (translated to "milk tart")
In the unlikely event you experience any problems whilst travelling in South Africa with Untravelled Paths please contact Claire Cowley on +27 72 443 1599 She is an absolute super-woman so don't hesitate to contact her should there be a problem no matter how big or small. On arrival, you will be provided with a business card containing all the relevant contact details for both Claire and your bi-lingual guide, should you need them. Alternatively, you can call Untravelled Paths office on +44207 101 4061.
Tap water is safe to drink practically everywhere, but most people stick to bottled water to be on the safe side. We would highly recommend drinking bottled or filtered water during your stay in South Africa.