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Royal South Africa

South Africa, Africa

from $16,900* per person 12 Days Year-round
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Ker & Downey 24 people max
  • Johannesburg international airport, south africa
  • Active & Adventure trips
Royal South Africa begins in Johannesburg as you are greeted by a Ker & Downey representative with our signature “meet and greet” service. Enjoy the African-chic comfort of The Saxon and spend a full day touring through the apartheid past of Johannesburg’s townships with award-winning guide Robin Binckes. Move on to Cape Town and the stunning Cape Grace hotel located on the V & A Waterfront. Discover the city and explore the breathtaking Cape Coast while in the capable hands of your knowledgeable, private guide.

Next travel to the Winelands region and La Residence, a chateau-inspired all-suite villa. Expansive patios offer magnificent opportunities to relax, admire the view, enjoy the delicate scents of nature and marvel at the synthesis of beauty and tranquility. South Africa’s fertile valleys are world-famous for their crisp whites and classic French-style red wines. Explore the Winelands on a full-day private tour of the treasury of rustic beauty and sprawling estates shaded by giant oak trees. The towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek are on the wine tasting agenda, including a visit to the Groot Constantia Estate.

No trip to South Africa’s Cape Coast is complete without a discovery of Hermanus, where the Indian Ocean breathes life and beauty to its shores with every lapping wave. It is here where the Southern Right whale comes to give birth in the warm waters of South Africa, a sight to behold. Beaches, trekking, spirited hikes, or leisurely strolls as you browse the beautiful galleries and shops of the village make this destination unforgettable, and delightful accommodations at the award-winning Birkenhead House will please the most discerning traveler in every way. Should you choose a different type of experience, your Ker & Downey travel expert can arrange for whale watching by boat, a visit to the penguin colonies, or for those more daring, white shark cage diving! The activities at Hermanus are endless.

Finally, spend four unforgettable nights in exquisite safari luxury in the Thornybush Game Reserve at the multi-award-winning luxury safari lodge, The Royal Malewane. The Big Five roam freely here and the region is known for its many exciting wildlife sightings. Lion, buffalo, rhino, hippo, giraffe and elephants will capture your heart and imagination. Twice-daily game drives, both morning and night, and bush walks with experienced armed rangers are all included in your itinerary.

For those who choose the ultimate in South African travel, this itinerary lends itself perfectly to private jet options. No matter how you choose to experience it, this itinerary will deliver “wow” moments at every turn.

Locations visited/nearby

South Africa, Africa

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  • Reviewer: located in Osoyoos, BC Canada
    We recently returned from  taking the "South America Journey" trip arranged by Ker & Downey.  This  was our second trip with Ker & Downey, last year we enjoyed the thrilling "Classic Botswana Safari". South America has been on our list of "things to do", therefore with the excellent service provided by Ker & Downey last year, we decided to book the "South America Journey" which we  saw on  the Ker & Downey website.  Ker & Downey were again able to design a custom trip  which took us to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.  From the moment we were met at the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, Peru until we departed from the airport in Quito, Ecuador this journey was   nothing short of clockwork precision.  All our accommodation and tours were first class, excellent food and ALL our personal guides/drivers in Peru and Ecuador should be commended for their knowledge and professionalism and foremost their friendliness.  Both Peru and Ecuador are beautiful, beautiful countries as are their people.  The "Coral 1" and crew were no exception, they were terrific, as was the complete tour in the Galapagos Islands.We again would like to say a "BIG THANK YOU" to Ker & Downey, for putting together  this enjoyable and exciting " South America Journey " one we will remember for a life time. The itinerary and trip could not have been any better! Thanks again and hopefully we  will be able to book another exciting journey with Ker & Downey in the near future.

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
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    Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg / The Saxon
    Day 2: Johannesburg / The Saxon (B,L)
    Day 3: Cape Town / Cape Grace (B)
    Day 4: Cape Town / Cape Grace (B,L)
    Day 5: Winelands / La Residence (B,L,D)
    Day 6: Winelands / La Residence (B,L,D)
    Day 7: Hermanus / Birkenhead House (B,L,D)
    Day 8:  Hermanus / Birkenhead House (B,L,D)
    Day 9: Thornybush Game Reserve / Royal Malewane (B,D)
    Day 10: Thornybush Game Reserve / Royal Malewane (B,L,D)
    Day 11: Thornybush Game Reserve / Royal Malewane (B,L,D)
    Day 12: Johannesburg / Departure (B)

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