14
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£4,499
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Great Drives
Destinology Classics
Adventure & Activity
Wine & Gastronomy
Africa
Sep - Dec

Perfect for a first time visit to South Africa, or for those wanting to experience further the delights of the Cape and one of the world’s most welcoming and dynamic cities. Cape Town has a distinctive Mediterranean flavour mixed with African traditions and is one of the great gastronomic cities of the world, with amazing prices. Stay in the beautiful winelands in a charming hotel and take a drive down the garden route visiting ostrich farms, wild national parks and welcoming harbour towns. Enhance your African adventure with a few nights on safari on the Cape, in Kruger or Madikwe at your choice of lodge to see Africa’s Big Five wildlife and more.

Please note: this itinerary can easily be taken vice versa, starting on the Garden Route and finishing in Cape Town

At a Glance

  • Add on a safari at one of South Africa’s protected game reserves
  • Discover Cape Town, the undisputed gourmet capital of Africa
  • Experience the Cape Winelands
  • Magnificent mountain ranges
  • Drive the Garden Route and stay amongst national parks and quaint harbour towns
  • Explore the Garden Routes activities and attractions

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    To Cape Town

    Depart south to Cape Town on an overnight flight

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Day 2
    Cape Town

    On arrival you will be met by our friendly ground handling staff and assisted to your private transfer waiting outside the airport. Passing through the suburbs, the formation of Table Mountain will soon be in sight, as you head towards the famous city and V&A Waterfront. Arrive at your hotel and relax after your journey. Cape Town is a welcoming city, busy with cafes, markets and colour, and it’s a great town in which to explore. Take a walk around the harbour or do some shopping, with over 450 retail outlets within the V&A Waterfront alone.

    Hotel: One&Only Cape Town

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    Accommodation
    One&Only Cape Town
  • Days 3 - 5
    Cape Town, Robben Island and the Cape of Good Hope

    With so many different sides to the city, her coast and mountainous surroundings, it’s easy to fill three days and probably more, with some time to unwind in the bars and pavement cafes.
    A private full day Cape Point & Peninsula Tour and a private full day Robben Island & City Tour have been included for two of your days. These include a visit to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at Cape Point. Continue onward to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. 
    Your Robben Island and City Tour will commence with a ferry trip across the bay to Robben Island (weather permitting), a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder of the price paid for freedom. Upon return to the mainland, enjoy a drive through Bo-Kaap to discover how the Malay slaves influenced the culture, food and aesthetics of this beautiful city and its people. 
    Ending with Table Mountain, where you'll reach the top by cable car (weather permitting) to enjoy the panoramic views over the city with Robben Island lying sleepily in Table Bay.
    The third day can be at your leisure to relax on the beaches or you can add in Paragliding from Lions Head for some adrenaline, perhaps combined with a Table Mountain hike to work off the fantastic Cape cuisine.

    For the fun and fearless foodie, the Mother City boasts everything from scrumptious local food to world-class fusion cuisine. Long, Kloof and Bree Streets, in the CBD, are great places to find both trendy bars and excellent eateries. For a local experience, there are dishes that should not be missed like koeksisters, vetkoek and Bobotie, with its egg-baked crust and curried mince filling. Try a Shisa nyama (which literally means burnt meat in Zulu) or braai (barbecue) for a unique South African eating experience.
    And don't forget to taste some traditional biltong & droëwors (spiced and cured meat), you could even do a biltong and wine pairing! 

    Hotel: One&Only Cape Town

    Meals: Breakfast

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    Accommodation
    One&Only Cape Town
  • Day 6
    To the Winelands

    This morning your hired car will be delivered to your hotel and soon you’ll be heading out of the exclusive suburbs around Table Mountain for the short journey to the beautiful Cape Winelands. As you drive the city gives way to the rolling hills and Cape Dutch farmhouses, fringed with vineyards. There is a wonderful choice of historic hotels and welcoming high end guesthouses located in the towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. In Stellenbosch this afternoon, a great way to explore the town and taste some wine is on the foodies on foot tour. Or travel back in time and book a historical tour of Paarl.
    You can of course explore the wineries yourself or hop on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, a quirky, fun and non-driving way to explore the different wine estates dotted around the valley. It’s always worth spending an extra day or two to fit it all in.

    Hotel: Leeu House

    Meals: Breakfast

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    Leeu House
  • Day 7
    Winelands

    Spend a relaxing day in the laid back and charming town of Franschhoek, a Mecca for wine and gastronomy.
    This area is home to some of the oldest Wine Estates and Vineyards in the country, as well as some of the newest, all producing the highest quality wines. 
    Wine tasting is one of the most popular activities in Franschhoek but not everything has to be related to wine.
    Spend some time in the saddle and go for a horseback ride, taking in the magnificent views. Go for a hike along the stunning hiking trails that Franschhoek has to offer or visit Babylonstoren and take part in their daily garden tours, where you are encouraged to pick, taste, smell and touch while walking through the garden.
    For the motor enthusiast there is the Franschhoek Motor Museum and for the golfers you can play a round of golf on the award-winning Pearl Valley golf course.

    Hotel: Leeu House

    Meals: Breakfast

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    Accommodation
    Leeu House
  • Day 8
    To Oudtshoorn

    Today you will self-drive to the the "ostrich capital of the world", Oudtshoorn, a town in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape. It’s known for its ostrich farms, being home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa’s largest show cave system, and rests along the Route 62 wine route.
    There are two ways to get from the winelands and into the Garden Route interior. The most enjoyable being a leisurely half day drive through the higher winelands and through the towns of Robertson, Montagu and Barrydale. The alternative is to go via the coastal route, the old frontier and market town of Swellendam. This is a great place to stop for coffee and lunch before arriving into the town of Oudtshoorn and relaxing into your country hotel.

    Hotel: Rosenhof Country House

    Meals: Breakfast

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    Accommodation
    Rosenhof Country House
  • Day 9
    Oudstshoorn and the Garden Route

    With so many activities to choose from, one of the quirkiest things to see and do surely has to be a visit to an Ostrich Farm. You get to experience everything from tractor tours of the working farm, see the different ages of ostrich chicks in the chick rearing compartment, watch how ostrich eggs are carved, see, touch and learn about Ostrich leather and even feed one.
    You could also join the Meerkat Guide on an early Sunrise Tour to see wild Meerkats in their natural environment! Don't forget your Camera! 
    Another fun and interesting activity for the whole family is a visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Conservation Centre. Here you will be able see crocodiles, cheetah, lion, African leopard and the awesome white Bengal tiger. For the adventurous the ranch offers face to face encounters where you can touch a cheetah, enjoy the closeness of a tiger cub, wrap yourself in a python and even dive with Nile crocodiles!
    It is also a wonderful part of the country in which to unwind, take leisurely walks in the hills and visit the amazing Cango Caves to see prehistoric rock art.

    Hotel: Rosenhof Country House

    Meals: Breakfast

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    Accommodation
    Rosenhof Country House
  • Day 10
    To Knysna

    A short drive south brings you to the sweeping bays of the Indian Ocean coast, drive along the coast until you reach Knysna and your hotel for a relaxing three night stay. Knysna is an attractive harbour town with a large lagoon opening to the ocean. From here it’s close to the Storms River and fabulous coastal walks, a cruise on the John Benn, or enjoy a great seafood lunch with the freshest day’s catch, or take a trip to the Tsitsikamma National Park for a canopy tour with its ancient forests and ocean panoramas.

    Hotel: The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

    Meals: Breakfast

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    The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa
  • Days 11 - 12
    Knysna and the Coast

    With so many things to see and do in Knysna, it is one of the top holiday destinations along the Garden Route. From relaxing sandy beaches and tranquil forest trails to paragliding, kayaking, golfing, ziplining, yachting, abseiling, there are so many outdoor experiences. The area is rich with culture heritage and contemporary atmosphere.
    Included in the package is a private full day vehicle with driver/guide, who will collect you from your hotel and give you a tour of what the local area has to offer. We have also included entrance fees to Monkeyland & Birds of Eden and to the Elephant Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay, where you will have a Full Elephant Experience Tour, including introduction to the elephants in the forest, touching and interacting with the elephants, walk (trunk-in-hand) and feed them.

    Hotel: The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

    Meals: Breakfast

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    Accommodation
    The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa
  • Days 13 - 14
    To Port Elizabeth and away or stay longer with a safari

    This morning will be a last good bye to the beautiful Garden Route, a drive along the coast to the Port Elizabeth Airport, for your flight to either Cape Town or Johannesburg and then it will be a short wait and time to check in for your international flight back home.

    Alternatively, stay in Africa for a few more nights to include a safari in search of the big 5! Click here/see below for a taster of the different safari destinations and game reserves on offer, including the malaria-free Eastern Cape, Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sands or malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. 

    Meals: Breakfast

    “In Africa you have space…there is a profound sense of space here, space and sky.”

    * Thabo Mbeki (former South African president)

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Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town

  • Deluxe

‘African Flair, Supreme Location’

The hallmarks of One&Only, authentic style, genuine hospitality and a lively energy will all be discovered during your stay in the heart of South Africa’s most visited destination. The highest world-class standards, the largest rooms and suites in Cape Town and an inspirational Spa have all been included to ensure the perfect experience.

Franschhoek

Leeu House

'Centrally located boutique guest house'

Combining the appeal of a private guest house with the convenience of centrally located accommodation, Leeu House provides a luxurious base from which to explore the region of Franschhoek. Each of the 12 rooms are spacious with plush furnishings and stunning views. There are several dining options available to residents at Leeu House, including the opportunity to indulge in exceptional cuisine at The Conservatory, La Petite Colombe, Le chêne, Protégé and Epice. Guests can also enjoy a wide range of drinks and snacks at The Bar at Le Quartier Français, and Tuk Tuk.

Oudtshoorn

Rosenhof Country House

‘Rich character, warm spirit, exquisite taste’

Rosenhof is a carefully renovated, historic homestead in a beautiful luxury country house on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn close to a range of superb geographical and wildlife attractions. Affording spectacular mountain or garden views, the property has all the luxuries of a pristine five star hotel combined with a cosy home from home, and all set within manicured gardens. 

Knysna

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

'Quirky boutique on South Africa's Garden Route'

Set on an island in Kynsna, the Turbine Boutique and Spa is a restored and transformed former power station. Walking through this hotel, its history, and that of the surrounding area is on display. Several room and suite types are on offer, each uniquely decorated to match its previous use, or its views. Dining is provided by the Island Cafe, as well as the more relaxed atmosphere of the Gastro Pub. A variety of activities can be arranged, including kayaking and hiking.

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This trip includes

  • Return international flights, in economy class
  • Detailed Travel Digest
  • Private transfer and the services of local assistance on arrival in Cape Town
  • 4 nights accommodation at One&Only Cape Town in a Marina Table Mountain King Room on a Bed and Breakfast basis
  • Private Full Day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour 
  • Private full day Robben Island and City Tour (incl Table Mountain Cable Car tickets) 
  • 8 days car hire based on Category C - Toyota Corolla or similar with Max Cover and navigation unit
  • 2 nights accommodation at Leeu House in a Deluxe Room on a Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 2 nights accommodation at Rosenhof Country House in a Luxury Room on a Bed and Breakfast basis
  • 3 nights accommodation at The Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa in a Luxury Room on a Bed and Breakfast basis
  • Private full day vehicle with driver/guide including entrances fees to Monkeyland & Birds of Eden and the Elephant Sanctuary Plettenberg Bay
  • One way Port Elizabeth to Cape Town domestic flight on day of departure, in economy class

This trip excludes

  • Any visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • All other meals & drinks not specified
  • All optional tours
  • Items of a personal nature - i.e. all drinks, laundry, telephone calls, curios, etc.
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any other services not mentioned above

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