That's a lot of flying! That will be expensive, yes?
I believe there is Aquila, fairly close to Cape Town, a "Big 5" ( hate that term, ....it is actually a hunter's term, and we have many more very interesting animals than just those 5) game reserve of 7500 hectares ....about 18500 acres.
I do not personally know it, though.
However, if you want the "Rolls-Royce" of safari experiences, you should visit the Greater Kruger National Park area.
Here you have nearly 5 MILLION acres of wilderness/wildlife area!
Problem: KNP is not close to Cape Town!
When you arrive in Johannesburg, from Atlanta on DL200, take a few days to visit the KNP area before you fly to Cape Town.
Whatever you decide, enjoy your visit.Edited: 10:07 am, January 24, 2014
I see Lamlee has the same idea as I did, only in reverse.
AS to the expense, the exchange rate is EXTREMELY favourable right now for those who have dollars, pounds or Euros!
It will still be favourable in April...... perhaps a little more so, or a little less so, but still favourable for you.
If you have dollars, South Africa is a comparatively cheap destination!
OK, so I shoud fly into Johnesburg first, do a 2 day safari, then head to Cape town for Robbens Island. How much does a typical Safari cost? SHould I visit a township in Johnaesburg while there?
There is no such thing as a "typical Safari"
It all depends on the standard of the accommodation, service, and meals, you require.
There is a wide spectrum to choose from.
At the more expensive end of the spectrum, there are private lodges, which offer 'All in" experiences, including game drives, spa treatments, and all meals, and drinks.
At the other end of the spectrum, there is self drive, with self catering accommodation in the SANPARKS rest camps, in rondawels ( circular bungalows), or accommodation in permanent tents, and even camping in one's own caravan, or tent.
Accommodation to suit all pockets, in other words.
You will have to do a little research .
If you pass through Johannesburg, and have the time, then a visit to Soweto and / or, the Apartheid Museum is a must.
Maybe we will just do two days in Johannesburg and spend the rest of the time in Cape Town. Seems to be a lot more in Capetown to see/do than Johannesburg. I definately will go to Soweto while in Johanesburg.
Cape Town does have a lot to offer but it would be a pity if you visit South Africa without going into the bush to do some game viewing. A cheaper way of doing a safari is to go into one of the camps within the Kruger Park and then do the driving yourself and maybe book a morning or evening game drive on with a ranger.
Seven days is not enough time to visit Cape Town and Joburg, let alone those two AND Kruger. Pick one of the cities, then try to find a reserve or national park close by to that park. Or you can fly between those two cities. But I agree with PP that it would be a shame to go all the way to Africa and not go on safari.
A word of advice from another American: you need to research this trip. We're planning a trip to SA and Namibia for this April, and we've been researching and planning for months. Safaris themselves are a whole world of travel (as PP have said). And the land area you're talking about is vast - I'm assuming you realize that Cape Town and Joburg are on opposite sides of the country, yes? If you do go to Joburg, you should take safety precautions seriously.