South Africa Highlights and Safari

2025 Cape Town > Johannesburg | Price from $2999

8 DAYS • 12 MEALS Spend four nights in Cape Town, South Africa, where you’ll explore the city’s unique culture and landmarks, including Table Mountain, the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, and the Cape Castle Good Hope. Enjoy breathtaking coastal views and wildlife encounters on a full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Embark on an excursion through South Africa’s picturesque wine country with tastings in the charming villages of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Journey to Pilanesberg for thrilling safari adventures, with multiple game drives to see the “Big 5” and other wildlife. Experience the highlights of South Africa on this amazing adventure.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city.

Day 2: Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to Africa – a land as diverse as its scenery and people. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to begin getting acquainted with the unique culture of South Africa.

Day 3: Cape Town

Enjoy a full-day tour with a local guide as you discover its monuments, learn about the history of the city and see the sites from its historical beginnings to the modern waterfront area. Visit Cape Town’s most iconic destination…Table Mountain. Ascend to the summit via the aerial cableway and be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding oceans and city below. Returning to ground level, drive through the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, filled with charming narrow cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses, to get a feel for the local culture. During a visit to the 17th-century Cape Castle Good Hope you’ll discover the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Hear about the evils of its storied past and how it transformed into a symbol of hope and reconciliation. End the day at Signal Hill where outstanding views of the Atlantic Seaboard and the city’s coastline await. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Meal: B

Day 4: Cape Peninsula

While visiting the famous Cape of Good Hope, discover the rich biodiversity of life – both flora and fauna. Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbor with magnificent mountain views and beaches. Continue the journey along Chapman’s Peak for breathtaking coastal views of jagged mountains surrounding the harbor. Arriving at Cape Point Nature Reserve, you are officially at the South-westernmost point of Africa. It’s here where famous shipwrecks throughout history have left their skeletons. A ride on the Flying Dutchman funicular brings you to the peak of Cape Point for the best views of the area. Travel to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture and home to Boulders Beach where you won’t find a better combination of beach and wildlife. Hundreds of the endangered African (Jackass) penguins waddle freely on their white sand beach and are happy to pose for the camera! Before returning to Cape Town, visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens which include five of South Africa’s six biomes and is renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays. This evening, dinner is included at Gold Restaurant. Meals: B, D

Day 5: Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

The full day excursion into the wine country will take you to Stellenbosch, the country’s second oldest town, where your winelands adventure begins. Stroll along the streets, lined with Oak trees, where Cape Dutch architecture, wine shops, cafés and art galleries can be found. Enjoy the first wine experience with a wine and cheese tasting on a country estate in the heart of the Cape Winelands, surrounded by majestic mountains. Continue to the nearby village of Franschhoek, located in a breathtaking valley, showcasing more of the area’s scenic treasures. You’ll be treated to a wine and chocolate tasting at a wine estate in this charming village. After a beautiful day in the picturesque wine country, having sampled its local flavors, return to the hotel in Cape Town for an evening at leisure. Meal: B

Day 6: Cape Town – Pilanesberg

Early this morning, depart for the Cape Town airport for the flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, journey by coach to Pilanesberg for the start of your safari adventures. Following lunch at the lodge, your first game drive takes place this afternoon as you traverse the reserve in open safari vehicles with your driver/guide. Return to the lodge after an exciting game drive and enjoy the included dinner this evening. Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Pilanesberg

Today you have more opportunities to witness the majestic wildlife of Africa on your morning and afternoon open-vehicle, guided, game-viewing drives. Keep an eye out for the “Big 5” – lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros, and have your camera ready! Over 7,000 animals and 360 bird species can be found on the reserve. Lions basking in the sun, elephants roaming the vast expanse of the land, and perhaps an elusive leopard…your driver/guide will do his best to track them so you can witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat! Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Pilanesberg / Johannesburg / USA

The day begins with one final morning game drive. Return to the lodge for lunch and a bit of leisure time before departing for the Johannesburg airport for your flight home. Memories of your visits to Cape Town, the wine country and amazing safari adventures are sure to last a lifetime. Meals: B, L

Itinerary subject to change.
Arrival to your home city may be on Day 9, depending on flight schedule

Tour Highlights

  • 12 Meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Services of experienced local and safari guides throughout
  • See historic landmarks in Cape Town
  • Discover the wine country of South Africa and sample local vintages
  • Witness breathtaking views from atop Table Mountain
  • Encounter Jackass penguins on Boulders Beach
  • Visit the Cape of Good Hope
  • Experience game-viewing drives in Pilanesberg

Hotel Accommodations

Days 2 through 5 – Portswood Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Days 6 and 7 – Bakubung Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg, South Africa


August 31, 2025 | $2,999

Per Person Twin


Single Room Add


Call for air rates and schedules from your gateway city to Cape Town, returning from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Please add $250 per person for inter-country airfare, to be booked by Mayflower.
Visas required on this program.

September 14, 2025 | $2,999

Per Person Twin


Single Room Add


Call for air rates and schedules from your gateway city to Cape Town, returning from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Please add $250 per person for inter-country airfare, to be booked by Mayflower.
Visas required on this program.