On this page, we give a brief overview of 3 ideas on how you could spend 7 Days in South Africa. Each itinerary has the basis of some sort of city or urban experience coupled with a nature or safari experience. The first one is more of a classic itinerary for a first-time visitor to South Africa. The second option focuses on the visitor who may be coming to South Africa for a second time, while the third is aimed at just Cape Town and surrounding areas, with relaxation as a central theme.

South Africa in 7 Days - Idea #1

Day 1 -  Arrive Johannesburg - The Peech Hotel
Day 2 -  Full Day Jo’burg & Soweto - The Peech Hotel
Day 3 -  Overland Panorama - Tima Moon
Day 4 -  Safari of a Lifetime - Singita
Day 5 -  Safari of a Lifetime - Singita
Day 6 -  Safari of a Lifetime - Singita
Day 7 -  Depart

Singita is one of South Africa's premier safari destinations

On this choice of ‘7 Days in South Africa’, the first two days are focussed on Johannesburg and its role in South Africa’s turbulent history, from the dark days of Apartheid to the vibrant multicultural gateway that it has become. You get to take a guided bicycle ride through the streets of the township of Soweto, where you meet day-to-day people and taste modern urban African life. Contrasting this you will visit the Apartheid Museum for a historical reflection of where we’ve come from and also see the glitz and style that exists in some of Johannesburg’s more affluent areas including Rosebank and Sandton.

On day 3 the tour takes a turn to South Africa’s natural heritage and enjoy a private guided overland journey that takes in the Afro-mountain forested region of the Mpumalanga Escarpment where you will see the Blyde River Canyon, the Bourkes Luck Potholes and some spectacular views across what is known as the Lowveld – a vast expanse of savanna where the Kruger National Park lies.

Leopard are among the big cats often seen at Singita
Tima Moon is a romantic retreat in the mountains of northeast South Africa

On days 4 to 7, you get to experience the safari of a lifetime in the Sabie Sands Game Reserve, a private reserve that forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. Here starlit dinners, open vehicle safaris, and soul-stirring sunsets are the norm. On a safari at Singita, guests will typically witness some of the best animal interaction in the wild including the big 5 and many more animals. Take a guided walking safari for a few hours and see, smell, and feel the African savanna on a unique level.

South Africa in 7 Days - Idea #2

Day 1 -  Arrive Cape Town & Table Mtn - Cape Grace
Day 2 -  Full Day Whale Watching - Cape Grace
Day 3 -  Winelands Explorer - Babylonstoren
Day 4 -  Kalahari Lifetime Safari - Tswalu Kalahari
Day 5 -  Kalahari Lifetime Safari - Tswalu Kalahari
Day 6 -  Kalahari Lifetime Safari - Tswalu Kalahari
Day 7 -  Depart to JNB

Tswalu Kalahari offers visitors an alternative safari experience they never knew they wanted

On our second ‘7 Days in South Africa’ option, we shift the focus to a combination of the Cape and all its delights from food & wine and to the natural spectacles it can offer. This is coupled with a very unique safari to South Africa’s vast interior. A greatly overlooked stretch of wilderness that allows the visitor to experience the vast space and big blue skies.

On the first 3 days, you enjoy a private guided experience where we visit Table Mountain either on foot or by cable car, we explore the Cape Peninsula for a day dictated by the weather. This can include surfing, kayaking, taking selfies with the African penguins of Boulders Beach, or picnicking on a white stretch of beach next to the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. On one of the days, you need to be particularly hungry as we take to the quaint streets of Stellenbosch for a guided culinary walking tour with an expert foodie to sample the sweets & savoury delights on offer and enjoy a sit-down lunch. During the day we taste craft beers, delve into the gins, and or cut straight to some of the finest wines.

Game drives are one of many activities offered at Tswalu Kalahari in in South Africa
Tswalu Kalahari, in the remote northern part of South Africa

In the second half of this 7-day journey, we get in a plane and fly into South Africa’s vast interior to the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. Here you spend 3 nights on this vast private reserve that couples unique Kalahari game viewing with some fascinating conservation research projects. All activities are privately guided and guests can experience sleeping under the stars, visiting some rock art sites, interacting with meerkats in the wild, enjoying a horseback safari, or taking the remote recesses of this wilderness in a game viewing vehicle in search of Africa’s lesser know and desert-adapted animals including brown hyena, porcupine, pangolin and more.

South Africa in 7 Days - Idea #3

Day 1 -  Arrive Cape Town - The Silo
Day 2 -  Full Day City, Peninsula & Robben Island - The Silo
Day 3 -  Full Day Winelands drop off Grootbos - Grootbos
Day 4 -  Experience the Cape Coast & Fynbos - Grootbos
Day 5 -  Namaqualand - Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve
Day 6 -  Taste Namaqualand - Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve
Day 7 -  Depart

Grootbos 2 hours from Cape Town is a premier ocean - fynbos nature experience

On this version of the ‘7 Days in South Africa’ tour we focus on the ‘Cape’ the colloquial name given to Cape Town and its surrounds. We touch on Cape Town itself and then sample the natural heritage of the Cape Coast, and its fynbos as well as take to the lesser-known and vast interior of the Namaqualand.

On days 1 - 2, we take in the beat of the mother city by a visit to the top of Table Mountain, a boat ride & tour of the notorious Robben Island - the former prison of Nelson Mandela. We drive the craggy coastline of the Cape Peninsula with the option of hiking, kayaking, or surfing. We take to the dawn skies in a hot air balloon flight over the Cape Winelands countryside and sample some of the world’s best wines & cheeses.

On days 3 and 4 we change pace and focus on nature & ancient culture. You experience the beautiful Cape Coast a enjoy guided activities that range from mountain biking, whale watching, exploring the floral delights of the Fynbos biome, or enjoy a simple but fascinating guided excursion to the unspoilt beaches in the area, where you get an insight into how the traditional Khoi Bushman existed in this coastal habitat.

San Rock art seen at Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve
Picnic at Grootbos, South Africa

For the remaining days, we take off to the remote, vast, and beautiful Namaqualand region of the Cape’s Interior. Famed for its phenomenal wildflower extravaganza in the spring months, the area has much more to offer. Here you are exposed to ancient San Rock Art some dating back 10 000 years. Be mesmerized by the crazy spectacle of wildflowers that carpet the landscape (Aug – Sep), take a private picnic in a natural setting, burn some energy mountain biking, try your hand at fly fishing, or take a guided game drive in this 7500-hectare reserve.

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