South Africa – best safari destination, offering the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino),
beautiful fynbos (indigenous flora)climbing the slopes of Table Mountain,
two of the world’s most dramatic coastal roads lead to Cape Point and Hermanus.
Add the vineyards carpeting the Cape Winelands, and some perfect hospitality, and you’ve got a trip of a lifetime.
5 – 14 August 2022
Day 1: (Fri, 5 August)
Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organized tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.
On arrival at OR Tambo Int Airport, you will be met and transferred to The Peech Boutique Hotel.
Overnight: The Peech Hotel
The Peech Hotel is set amid two acres of lush landscaped gardens, located in the desirable
residential neighbourhood of Melrose. Centrally located, yet a calm and tranquil escape from the busy nearby shopping hubs of Sandton, Rosebank and Melrose Arch.
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2-5: (Sat, 6 August to Tue, 9 August)
Kapama River Lodge
The largest of the Kapama Private Game Reserve camps, River Lodge’s wide, open spaces and airy design are a constant reminder that you’re sleeping under the African sky. Besides the luxury five-star accommodation, River Lodge is more festive and social than our smaller, quieter camps, which is why young couples and groups of friends are often among our guests. Escape to a place away from time, and indulge in one of the finest safari lodges near the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Three meals, accommodation, two game drives and bush walk per day, local soft drinks, house wines and beers are included.
Special wines, champagne and spirits, transfers, massages and items from the shop
Your early morning wakeup call is to be cherished as there is no better time of day than a beautiful fresh start with the rising sun, while you are surrounded by bird songs and calls of the wild. Your game drive safari sets off in an open-top Landcruiser guided by an experienced and knowledgeable game ranger and his tracker.
The afternoon game drive is at days end and coincides with grazers, after lying low in the heat of the day, they come out from the thickets to feed. In the midst of the African bush, sundowner drinks will be served with the setting sun and in conclusion, a night drive is conducted with a spotlight and while predators emerge to begin their patrols, we also search for the elusive creatures of the dark.
The bush walk is conducted following your hearty breakfast and is not essentially a game viewing experience but rather a guided walk amongst the tranquil setting of bushes and trees, taking a route along sand roads and game trails. Walkers have the pleasure of learning about the finer details that make up their surroundings, while participating in analyzing wildlife tracks, identifying birds and bird sounds. You will also identify trees, bushes, plants and seed pods and any traditional bush craft and medicinal uses that apply. While you enjoy the walk at a leisurely pace, you will always have playing out in the back of your mind, the thrill of knowing you are walking in Big 5 wilderness.
Day 5: (Tue, 9 August)
Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, situated between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breath-taking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is fortunate to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.
After your morning game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred back to Skukuza Airport.
Scheduled flight from Skukuza Airport to Cape Town International Airport
On arrival in the Mother City, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Kensington Place
Kensington Place is located in the leafy Cape Town suburb of Higgovale and is situated below Table Mountain. The hotel offers eight spacious suites that feature Wi-Fi access, a television and private outdoor terrace that overlooks the city and its harbour. Guests can enjoy delicious meals at the onsite restaurant as well as unwind with a refreshing drink at the bar. The hotel also offers a lush quiet garden and an intimate outdoor swimming pool.
Bed and Breakfast – Dinner also included tonight (not drinks)
Day 6: (Wed, 10 August)
Full Day Private Tour: Table Mountain & Kirstenbosch Exploration (including entrance fee allowance)
Beginning with elevated views of the city from the iconic Table Mountain, this days’ focus is on exploring the Atlantic Seaboard and the cosmopolitan delights that the city has to offer. Following in the footsteps of ‘Stan the Strandloper’ we will take in the city sites all the while seeing them from a local’s perspective.
- Explore – The Iconic Table Mountain by cable car
- Explore – Urban Colourful Streets of the Bo-Kaap
- Explore – Afternoon Tea at the Mount Nelson (own account)
- Explore – V&A Waterfront – shops, galleries and cafes
Explore Cape Town via its inspirational people making a difference in people’s lives, meet inspiring township artists along the way and exploring the meaning behind the art works, that in itself unravels the history of Cape Town and South Africa. Taking in the stories of the apartheid era struggles to the founding of a new democracy, wildlife conservation and more.
On top of Table Mountain, we’ll do a short hike away from the crowds where we will enjoy an afternoon picnic whilst our guide brings alive the history of Cape Town combining the elevated view over the city with turn of the century photographs to highlight the changes of the city.
With a better understanding of the city layout, we descend and wander through the inner city, soaking up the magical vibe of Cape Town, through a combination of tales of the past juxtaposed with modern-day culture, and meet some of the absorbing communities which form the town’s vital building blocks.
From here we make our way to the colourful Bo-Kaap area in the historic city centre. Here we will spend time exploring the cobbled streets and spice markets to experience a lively suburb filled with brightly coloured houses from as early as the seventeenth century, Muslim saint shrines and many beautiful Mosques.
For a delicious spread, we will head to The Mount Nelson Hotel for an afternoon High Tea. A truly traditional treat, dine on sumptuous cakes, pastries and sandwiches stacked in tiers, live piano music sets the scene. (Excluded and to be settled direct.
The remainder of the afternoon will be spent at the V&A Waterfront, undoubtedly one of the best-known spots in Cape Town, and there’s plenty more to it than shopping. Take a relaxed ramble along the harbour and search for some of its numerous historical landmarks – some famous, others often overlooked, and all certainly offering a fresh perspective of the Mother City. Urban life is full of surprises, so if you enjoy a spot of people watching as we go, this is certainly a great choice.
Escape Explore Private Cape Adventures
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Kensington Place tonight again. aah!
Day 7: (Thu, 11 August)
Full Day Private Tour: Cape Peninsula Out & About Discovery (including entrance fee allowance)
The aim of the day is to explore the highlights of the Cape Peninsula, looking for any excuse to embrace the ocean and the great outdoors in this unique and spectacular habitat to explore one of the most unique marine habitats in the world.
- Explore – Kirstenbosch Gardens
- Explore – Kalk Bay
- Hike Cape Point – Shipwrecks, Whales, White Sand and Wildlife
- Explore – Noordhoek Farm Village
- Explore – Chapmans Peak Drive
We will start our morning off with a visit to the Kirstenbosch Gardens, one of the world’s most scenic botanical gardens which is home to an incredible array of the Western Cape’s unique floral kingdom species. With winding walk ways through the tree canopy, to exhilarating hikes through the forest, to its lush rolling lawns, Kirstenbosch offers an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself on the slopes of the Table Mountain range.
From Kirstenbosch we will wind our way along the beautiful coastline, to the charismatic village of Kalk Bay. Kalk Bay is best known for its working fishing harbour and bohemian feel. Browse the arts and crafts on offer, perhaps do a bit of shopping in the quirky fashion boutiques and enjoy the antiques and collectables along the main strip. Get a feel for the local fisherman community at the harbour where you will encounter a few seals eagerly awaiting fish scraps as the boats come in.
For lunch, we will head over to a local restaurant in the heart of the seaside town of Scarborough. You will enjoy a healthy, delicious lunch (included) made using fresh ingredients that are ethically and locally sourced.
We will then continue on to the Cape of Good Hope. In the peninsula reserve, we will enjoy a gentle hike/walk exploring secluded beaches, shipwrecks and this region’s unique wildlife while on the hunt for the Cape 5 (Ostrich, Baboons, Mountain Zebra, Bontebok and Tortoise).
Wind the afternoon down with a visit to the local Noordhoek Farm Village where you can all enjoy a delicious artisanal ice cream at Kristen’s Kick Ass Ice Cream, before heading back towards the city centre along the most scenic drive of all: Chapman’s Peak.
End your day on one of the city’s most scenic drives as you wind your way along Chapman’s Peak drive, along which we will stop at a magical surprise location taking in the vast Atlantic Ocean.
Check into Babylonstoren this afternoon – be prepared to be ‘blown away’..
With the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek mountains as backdrop, Babylonstoren’s garden is majestic. Dating back to 1692, the fortunes of this historic fruit and wine farm took a turn ten years ago when it fell under the gaze of former magazine editor Karen Roos. Her passion for historic Cape Dutch style led to an authentic yet contemporary restoration that projects the farm into the future.
Day 8: (Fri, 12 August)
Full Day Private Tour: Explore the Unique Cape Winelands (including entrance fee/wine tasting allowance)
We explore one of the most scenically beautiful areas in SA, visiting fascinating towns and taking a look into off-the-beaten-track farms which revel in their old-world roots and influences. Today is about so much more than just sipping the wines. Depending on time and season, stroll through the vines, learning about farming methods and techniques
- Explore – Franschhoek boutique shops, cafes and galleries.
- Wine Tasting – Le Lude (Methode Cap Classique)
- Lunch – Chefs Warehouse at Maison
- Wine Tasting – Historical Tasting at Boschendal Wine Estate
Today, we uncover the natural beauty of the Winelands, an area known for its rows of vineyards and stunning estates dominated by forests, gardens and historic architecture. Our active exploration, on bike or foot, provides an intimate and fun opportunity to see this region – all at your own pace.
We start our day exploring the charismatic town of Franschhoek for a gentle stroll to explore this French inspired town. Uncover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history. we visit some of the smaller, boutique and family-owned wine estates for a more intimate wine tasting.
From here, we will continue our morning adventure at Le Lude’s custom-built winery is one of the few cellars in South Africa exclusively used for making Cap Classique.
Sit down to a lovely lunch at Chef’s Warehouse (included) set in the heart of the Franschhoek valley at Maison Estate. Elegant and inviting, the name “Maison” comes from the French word for “house” and their motto is “make yourself at home”.
After lunch we make our way to Boschendal Wine Estate, the historic Cape vernacular Manor House dates back to 1812, and is home to a premier wine tasting experience. Partake in a wine tasting in the refurbished Manor House where the history and antiques of the house pair beautifully with the estate’s wines. Signature experiences are presented from a private room and include a Historic Tasting of 5 wines representing the history of Boschendal and a Connoisseur Tasting of 5 limited release wines.
Drop off at Babylonstoren Hotel for another night of splendour!
Overnight: Babylonstoren Farm Hotel
Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. It has a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, fine food and a sense of wellbeing.
- A 250-hectare working wine and fruit farm that dates back over 300 years
• A place so beautiful, a welcome so warm and an experience quite unlike any other
• A quiet corner of the Cape that is surrounded by majestic mountains on three sides where the fynbos is home to many wild creatures
• Service that is both sincere and deeply proud of its heritage
• A garden that celebrates biological diversity
• Fresh food with distinct flavours that celebrates the seasons and the bounty of the garden
• A place to escape from the world and reconnect with it as it ought to be
• A sense of purity, simplicity and quiet where life is uncomplicated but where spontaneity and the unexpected are also celebrated
Farmhouse suite – sleeps 2
Comfort is key in the one-bedroom Farmhouse suites where a moody interior theme comprising swarthy four-poster king-size beds, dusted moss walls, luxurious en-suite marble bathrooms and generous walk-in cupboards are paired with contemporary furniture and accessories such as extra-length MDF Italia sofas. In addition to the underfloor heating, each room is fitted with a cast-iron stove. Bookshelves filled with a wonderful selection of books and free Wi-Fi are just a few of the things that await you. A well-stocked personalised bar fridge, as well as breakfast, are included in the room rate. All our suites are serviced daily.
9 Suites available
Bed and Breakfast – dinner included tonight (not drinks)
Day 9: (Sat, 13 August)
After breakfast and checkout procedures, you will be collected and transferred to Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse.
Overnight: Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
Bartholomeus Klip is a charming small hotel for only 16 guests on a working wheat and sheep farm just over an hour away from Cape Town – ideally situated for exploring the famous winelands. There is a 4 000 hectare fynbos nature reserve, with a spectacular backdrop of mountains, to be explored on game drives or by mountain bike, and beautiful gardens with a unique swimming pool. The food is renowned, with lavish brunches and high teas, and a gourmet three-course dinner. The separate Wild Olive House, with its own swimming pool, can be hired on a self-catering or full-board basis.
Each of these comfortable guest rooms comes with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and under-floor heating, as well as a king size bed – which in some rooms can also be converted into a twin bed.
In addition, several of the Double Rooms open out onto private balconies.
Full country brunch & 3 course dinner, afternoon tea, snacks & sundowners, morning coffee & pastries, two daily activities, use of mountain bikes, canoes & other facilities as well as free Wi-Fi.
All beverages, telephone calls, gratuities, laundry & valet, shop purchase and extra activities.
Day 10: End of Itinerary (Sun, 14 August)
This morning, you will be collected and transferred back to Cape Town Int Airport in time to connect with your onward flight home.
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PASSPORT INFORMATION: Please note that anyone traveling to South Africa or any African country you will be required to have two consecutive blank pages in your passport that lie side by side when the passport is open per country entered (i.e. a left and a right-hand page). Please make sure your passports are valid for at least 6 months after your return to the UK.
MALARIA TABLETS is recommended for some areas – please consult your doctor or pharmacist. In these areas we highly recommend Insect repellent such a Peaceful Sleep or Tabard, as an added deterrent to mosquitoes – Lodges supply these.
YELLOW FEVER: You will not need a yellow fever certificate if you are entering South Africa except if you have been in a country where yellow fever occurs within the last 6 months (EG Zanzibar, Kenya, Tanzania). If you have been in these countries, you will need to present your Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate on entry to South Africa. In these instances, please ensure you take this with you.
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Our next tour to South Africa will be 14 – 23 April’2023
9 nights in superior 5 star Hotels
All transfers as quoted above
All domestic flights as quoted (Jhb/Kruger – Kruger/Cape Town)
All meals at Kapama River Lodge – Three meals daily, accommodation, two game drives and bush walk, local soft drinks, house wines and beers are also included
All meals at Batholomeus Klip – Full country brunch & 3 course dinner, afternoon tea, snacks & sundowners, morning coffee & pastries, two daily activities, use of mountain bikes, canoes & other facilities as well as free Wi-Fi.
Two dinners included 1 x Cape Town and 1 x Babylonstoren
The Iconic Table Mountain by cable car
Urban colorful streets of Bo-Kaap
V & A Waterfront – shopping, galleries and restaurants
Kalk Bay – antique stores galore.
Hike Cape Point – where two oceans meet – white sands, whales, and wildlife
Explore Noordhoek Farm Village
Chapmans Peak Iconic Drive
Franschhoek Boutique shops, cafes and galleries
Wine tasting – Le Lude (Methode Cap Classique)
Lunch – Chefs Warehouse at Maison
Two surprise dinners included as well.
Wine-tasting – Boschendal Wine Estate
Laundry, any telephone calls
Drinks with meals (unless otherwise noted)
Domestic Flight Cape Town to Johannesburg – tour starts in Johannesburg, and ends in Cape Town. Extra flight will need to be added on Cape Town/Johannesburg, to connect to your International flight.
Extra Activities, Spa massages, etc.