Day 1: Cape Town
Welcome to Cape Town! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel situated on the water’s edge in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront precinct. You will spend the next four nights here. Overnight at the Radisson Blue Hotel Waterfront or similar in a Standard Sea-Facing Room-Bed and Breakfast
Day 2: Cape Town
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will be met for your private morning Cape Town City and Table Mountain tour. After collection from your city-based hotel, travel towards Table Mountain for the commencement of the Table Mountain Tour. Arrive at Table Mountain National Park for a tour of the profound landmark that has become a symbol of Cape Town culture (weather permitting). Declared as one of the seven wonders of the world, Table Mountain offers panoramic views over the Mother City and the Atlantic Seaboard with Robben Island lying sleepily in Table Bay Harbour. After decent, travel back towards City Centre for a tour of The Company Gardens. The park and heritage site were originally established in the early 1650s by the European Settlers arriving in the area. The gardens provided fresh fruit and vegetables to the ships seeking replenishment when rounding the Cape on their journey to the East. The Gardens now offer a natural retreat from the bustle of the City. After your stroll through the serene Company Gardens, make your way to the Wale Street end of the gardens where the iconic ”Arch” monument stands. The monument was created to commemorate the life and work of Desmond Tutu – lovingly referred to by South Africans as ”The Arch” – as well as a tribute to the values of the South African Constitution. The Arch was installed beside the historic St. George’s Cathedral which is also known as the ”People’s Cathedral” for its role in the resistance against the Apartheid Regime. Alongside the iconic Arch, stands the historical Slave Lodge which is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. Built in 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, the building was initially used as housing for over 9000 slaves, convicts and the mentally ill up until the early 1800s when the building was converted into government offices. The building was restored in 1960 for use as a cultural history museum but was only officially renamed as The Slave Lodge in 1998. Today the historical building houses an array of exhibits that address the controversial and deeply ingrained history of slavery in South Africa. As you drive through the city you shall get a feel for the cultural melting pot that it is. End the tour with a stop at Truth Cafe a ”steampunk inspired” artisan coffee shop serving all hand-roasted coffees in a vintage cast-iron drum (any meals for own account). Tour ends with drop off at your hotel.
- Pick up from hotel: 08h00
- Tour duration approximately 6 hours.
- Includes: English tour guide, entrance fees applicable to the itinerary, cable way tickets.
- Excludes: Lunch for your own account.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the Radisson Blue Hotel Waterfront or similar in a Standard Sea-Facing Room – Bed and Breakfast
Day 3: Cape Town
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will be met for your private full-day tour of Cape Point and Peninsula. After your collection, travel toward the Cape Peninsula for the commencement of your tour. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay and Hout Bay, a quaint seaside village with magnificent mountain views. Continue onto Chapmans Peak Drive, one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives towards the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. Watch the dramatic clash of the seas from the view point which can be accessed by foot or the Flying Dutchman Funicular. A lunch stop will be discussed with your guide en-route to Simons Town. Arrive in the historic Simons Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulder’s penguin colony is home to a growing colony of the protected African penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view penguins in their natural habitat. Continue on to the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. End the day with a visit to the Kirstenbosch Garden. Founded in 1913 in an effort to preserve South Africas unique flora, the gardens encompass five of South Africa’s six different biomes and is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays as well as for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. The tour ends with drop off your hotel.
- Pick up from hotel: 08h00
- Tour duration approximately 9 – 10 hours.
- Includes: English tour guide, entrance fees applicable to the itinerary, Flying Dutchman Funicular and lunch.
Overnight at the Radisson Blue Hotel Waterfront or similar in a Standard Sea-Facing Room – Bed and Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will be met for your private full-day Cape Winelands Tour. Depart Cape Town City and head inland toward the heart of the South Africa wine industry, the world-renowned Cape Winelands, which has come to produce some of South Africa and the world’s finest wines. Explore the second oldest town in South Africa and walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings, cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Simon van der Stel – the Governor of the Cape Colony at the time – established the town in 1679 and the remaining Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of this Dutch colonial history. However, ten years later in 1690, French Huguenot refugees settled in the area and planted grapes in the fertile valleys around Stellenbosch giving way to the birth of the South African Wine Industry. Enjoy a wine tasting before continuing on the tour. Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, which was also subsequently settled by the French Huguenots in the 17th century. Billed as the gourmet capital of South Africa, this charming town, in the most picturesque valley, retains a strong French Huguenot style represented in the longstanding architecture and lifestyle. Enjoy a wine tasting before taking the time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award-winning restaurants. Onward to Paarl, one of the Capes first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Renowned for its haunting scenic beauty and deep viticulture and fruit-growing heritage, Paarl’s fertile soil and Mediterranean-like climate provided the perfect conditions for farming. Settlers planted orchards, vegetable gardens and grape vineyards, thus rooting Paarl’s long and continuing history as a major wine and fruit producing area of South Africa. Enjoy a final wine tasting before returning to the bustle of the city after an enthralling day in the countryside. The tour ends with drop off at your hotel. Overnight at the Radisson Blue Hotel Waterfront or similar in a Standard Sea-Facing Room – Bed and Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will check out of your hotel and depart on a 4-day private guided tour of the scenic Garden Route. Your English-speaking driver-guide will depart Cape Town and travel along Route 62, meandering through the countryside and quaint villages to Barrydale for lunch (not included in cost). From here you continue to Oudtshoorn – the ‘feather capital’ of the world. Visit a working ostrich farm for a guided tour. Check into your accommodation in the late afternoon before enjoying dinner. Overnight at Surval Boutique Oliver Estate or similar in a Standard Room-Bed, Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6: Oudtshoorn – Knysna – Plettenberg Bay (Guided)
Enjoy a morning tour of the Cango Caves – one of the natural wonders of the world. Later, you drive to Knysna passing through beautiful forest and coastal scenery. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knysna Waterfront before proceeding to The Crags near Plettenberg Bay. Embark on an informative cruise up the Keurbooms River before arriving at your accommodation where you shall spend the following two nights. Freshen up before dinner at the lodge. Overnight Hunters Country House or similar in a Standard Room-Bed, Breakfast and Dinner
Day 7: Plettenberg Bay Area (Guided)
After breakfast visit Birds of Eden – the largest free-flight bird aviary in the world. Proceed to Hog Hollow Horse Trails for a horse-drawn carriage and wine tasting experience followed by lunch (to own account). Return to the lodge for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure before dinner. Optional: discuss the availability of additional activities on offer in the area with your guide. Overnight Hunters Country House or similar in a Standard Room – Bed, Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8: Plettenberg Bay – Port Elizabeth (Guided)
Journey along the final leg of the Garden Route to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park – ‘garden of the Garden Route’. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River mouth gorge offering incredible views. The tour ends on arrival in Port Elizabeth at approximately 18h00 with drop-off at your hotel. Overnight at the Beach Hotel in a Sea-Facing Room – Bed and Breakfast
Day 9: Port Elizabeth – Hoedspruit – Kapama Game Reserve
This morning you will check out of your hotel and transfer to the Port Elizabeth Airport to be in time for your scheduled flight to Johannesburg and onwards to Hoedspruit. (Flight fare not included.) Upon arrival at the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport, you will be met and transferred by road to the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Nestled between the Blyde River Valley and Kruger National Park, Kapama offers an escape for nature lovers from across the globe. This untouched part of Africa is home to some of the most endangered, beautiful and fascinating wildlife. Overnight at Kapama Buffalo Camp in a Luxury Tented Room or similar – All meals, teas and snacks, all local and select premium drinks, two daily safari activities and bush walks.
Day 10 – day 11: Kapama Game Reserve
Spend the next few days enjoying early morning and evening safari drives, as offered by the lodge. Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, you can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species. Since this is a Big Five reserve, encountering lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of bird recorded on the reserve. Throughout the day, it’s likely you will see wildlife such as nyala antelope, Vervet monkeys or even a few of the Big Five. You may also choose to experience the African bush on foot under the guidance of a skilled ranger. Your guide will point out medicinal plants, insects and birdlife along the way, and share traditional tracking skills such as using animal footprints and scat to identify animals. This truly memorable, authentic and intimate encounter with nature and our wildlife is included in your stay. Overnight at Kapama Buffalo Camp in a Luxury Tented Room or similar- All meals, teas and snacks, all local and select premium drinks, two daily safari activities and bush walks.
Day 12: Depart Kapama Game Reserve – Hoedspruit – Johannesburg
After enjoying a final game drive (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred back to the Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport to be in time for your flight to Johannesburg and onward. (Flight fare not included.)
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