AAA Travel introduces one of our newest partner additions, Audley Travel. With trips to more than 80 destinations across the world, Audley's mission is to offer you the most unique, meaningful and personalized travel experience possible. Each trip is handcrafted down to the finest details - your tastes, budget and interests by a country specialist with extensive firsthand knowledge of your desired destination. Experts share their passion, advice and commitment to quality to design an authentic travel experience that stays with you long after you return home.
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What You May See:
Spend time in one of the world’s greatest cities, road trip along untamed coastline and, go on safari, in just two weeks you’ll have experienced the breadth of the country’s landscapes, wildlife and cultures. Start in Cape Town where you’ll tour the Cape Peninsula and spot African penguins on Boulders Beach, drive through incredible scenery and visit charming towns along the Garden Route. If you visit from July to November, you’ll spot whales off Plettenberg Bay, before catching the Big Five on safari in the Eastern Cape.
Tour the Cape Peninsula with a private guide - explore Cape Point and spot African penguins on Boulders Beach.
Drive through incredible scenery and visit charming towns along the Garden Route.
See whales off Plettenberg Bay (July - November) and spot seals and dolphins all year round.
Enjoy guided game drives on an Eastern Cape safari, looking out for the Big Five.
The Audley Way:
Browse ideas on the Audley website, then speak to a country specialist to gain firsthand advice and start planning your trip. A conversation with a country specialist will ensure they understand who you are and what you want.
Your specialist will design a full itinerary based on your tastes and interests. They will work with you to perfect the trip until every detail is just right. The itinerary will reflect your requests as well as incorporate the specialist's local insight.
After confirming your plans, your specialist will be on hand to answer any questions you have and provide helpful tips to prepare for your departure.
The adventure begins. Audley's service continues throughout your trip while abroad, you'll be in the capable hands of Audley's partners and have access to support 24-hours a day.
Nobody will be more excited to hear about your trip than your Country Specialist. They'll call you upon your return to see how things went and suggest a cure or two for any remaining wanderlust. Audley will be ready to help you start planning the next adventure.
Sample Itinerary - Discover South Africa ~ 12 nights ~ 18 meals - all breakfasts, and all meals while on safari
Day 1: Cape Town
Upon arrival into Cape Town, you're met by an Audley representative and then driven in a private vehicle to your accommodation. After checking in, the rest of the day is free for you to relax after you flight or begin your exploration of Cape Town. We suggest heading to the V&A Waterfront to browse its many trendy shops, cafes and restaurants.
Day 2: Cape Town
Begin today with a private guided hike up Table Mountain for some spectacular views over the city and ocean. You're collected from your accommodation and driven to the lower cable car station ready for your ascent. Your guide then leads you up steep, rocky trails to the mountain's summit, with plenty of stops to catch your breath while taking in the views - you may see Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles in the distance. You take the cable car back down the mountain.
Day 3: Cape Town
Today your private driver and guide takes you on a tour around the Cape Peninsula's beautifully rugged coastline. Highlights include passing through the affluent suburb of Camps Bay, seeing the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, strolling around the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which is home to baboons, several antelope and bird species, as well as seals and dolphins offshore. There are plenty of opportunities to stop for photographs en route, and you can purchase lunch in one of the area's pretty towns.
Day 4: Swellendam
This morning your rental car will be delivered to your hotel in Cape Town for your journey to Swellendam. The drive from the city is just a few hours, but it's worth allowing more time to admire the towering peaks and stretches of vineyards that dominate the views. Once you've arrived in Swellendam you can enjoy the rest of the day leisurely exploring the town's little cafe's or shops, or perhaps visit the excellent Drostdy Museum. The museum houses an interesting example of Cape Dutch architecture from 1747 and is home to plenty of historical artefacts.
Day 5: Oudtschoorn & Surrounds
Set off on your two-and-a-half-hour drive to Oudtshoorn. The journey takes you through a breath-taking mountain pass, the arid Karoo area and along Route 62, said to be the most scenic route in South Africa, cutting through an expanse of vineyards, huge mountains and deep-cut valleys. We recommend taking your time to enjoy the views. After checking into your accommodation, begin to explore Oudtshoorn. The town is known as the 'ostrich capital of the world, becoming wealthy through its ostrich feather industry during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today you can see the ornate sandstone houses once belonging to those who grew rich from the trade.
Day 6: Oudtshoorn & Surrounds
Take the day to explore the beautiful mountainous area. The drive up to the Cango Caves is stunning. Here you can join guided tours including a walk through the caves to learn about the history and the rock formations. For something a little more intrepid, you can opt for the adventure tour of the caves which takes you deeper underground through smaller caverns and tunnels.
Day 7: Plettenburg Bay
Leave Oudtshoorn behind and drive for two hours to Plettenberg Bay. As you join the Garden Route at the town of George, the road runs along the coast, offering some beautiful views over the ocean. You may wish to stop for lunch in one of the coastal towns along the way. On arrival in Plettenberg Bay, settle into your accommodation before heading out to explore. You may wish to take a stroll along the sandy beach or walk along the dramatic cliff tops, looking out for sightings of whales (July - November) and dolphins offshore.
Day 8: Plettenburg Bay
The high mountains of the Garden Route run parallel to the coast and collect most of the winter rainfall that the Cape region receives. The rains cascade down the precipitous slopes, forming fast flowing streams and rivers that carve deep gorges through the stands of indigenous forest before eventually meeting the Indian Ocean. Make your way to the Tsitsikamma National Park. On arrival you will leave the heights and get down to sea level. This will allow you to see and experience the coast from an entirely different perspective. Led by enthusiastic guides, you will paddle a kayak from the open ocean to the Storms River mouth and onward, passing under its photogenic suspension bridge. The upper reaches of the river gorge are explored by lilo, which are better able to navigate the shallower waters. All around you, the overhanging cliffs are draped with foliage, creating a cathedral-like stillness punctuated only by the burble of the river as it flows around gigantic boulders.
Day 9: Plettenburg Bay
Join a small group cruise today exploring the passage of water between Robberg Point and the Tsitsikamma Marine Reserve, led by a knowledgeable guide who can tell you more about this protected area and point out its wildlife. The reserve, dominated by a 36-mile stretch of rugged cliffs and subtidal rocky reefs, forms part of the Garden Route National Park. As well as having the chance to spot Bottlenose dolphin, Humpback and Southern Right Whales, you can also spot birdlife, such as, cormorants, kelp gulls and African black oyster catchers. Please note this tour only operates between June to December.
Day 10: The Eastern Cape Game Areas
This morning you drive for around three hours from Plettenberg to Amakhala Game Reserve. After settling into your lodge, this afternoon you embark on your first game drive in the park with a knowledgeable guide, who can help track wildlife and tell you more about each species.
Day 11: The Eastern Cape Game Areas
Today you are at leisure on safari. There are 2 game drives a day, one in the early morning and the second in the late afternoon. After your morning game drive you will arrive back at the lodge to eat a scrumptious breakfast. The rest of the day you have at leisure until the afternoon for your second drive, part of which will be at night - a chance to see some nocturnal animals.
Day 12: The Eastern Cape Game Areas
Today you have another full day on safari. During your stay you could also partake in a river cruise at Amakhala allowing you to view wildlife from a very different perspective.
Day 13: Return home
After your morning game drive and breakfast you will drive out of the game reserve to Port Elizabeth Airport. Fly to Johannesburg to connect to your flight back home.
Terms and Conditions:
Rates vary by departure date and selected experiences. Prices shown are per person based on double occupancy, exclusive of international airfare. They are intended as a broad indication of how much you should budget for a similar trip. Your trip can be customized to match your preferred budget, interests, trip duration, departure date and accommodation style. The deposit price is 5% of the total cost of the tailor-made tour. Call a AAA Travel advisor for more details.