12
Days
From
£2,489
Per Person
Great Drives
Destinology Classics
Africa
Aug - 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 with your choice from a selection of South Africa’s protected game reserves.
  • Discover Cape Town, let us introduce you to the unique experiences and amazing dining you can indulge in
  • A choice of hotels from luxury to boutique local charm
  • Drive down the Garden Route and stay on the ocean among national parks and harbour towns.
  • Add on a safari with your choice from a selection of South Africa’s protected game reserves.

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Itinerary

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  • Days 1 - 2
    UK to Cape Town

    After an overnight flight to Cape Town, you will be greeted on arrival by your guide for your private transfer into the city. Passing through the suburbs, the formation of Table Mountain will soon be in sight as you head toward the famous harbour. Arrive at your hotel and relax after your journey. Cape Town is a welcoming city, and the city centre and waterfront areas are busy with cafes, markets and colour and it’s a great town in which to explore. If the day is clear, you may want to take the cable car up Table Mountain today, as you never know when the ‘table cloth’ will come over and cover the peak in cloud.

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    One&Only Cape Town
  • Day 3
    Cape Town & Cape Point

    With so many different sides to the city and her coastal and mountain surroundings, it’s easy to fill 3 days and probably more, with some time to unwind in the bars and pavement cafes. Optional tours include the Cape Point & Picnic experience, see African penguins at Boulders Beach, the tip of Africa at the Cape of Good Hope and enjoy a gourmet picnic on the coast. Or you can add in Paragliding from Table Mountain for some adrenaline, perhaps combined with a Table Mountain Hike to work off the fantastic Cape cuisine. You may want to take the boat to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years in captivity, and we recommend to book this in advance.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    One&Only Cape Town
  • Day 4
    Cape Town Relax Explore and Dine

    With everything so accessible, it’s easy to be active on an optional tour for part of the day and to leave some time to people watch in the city while trying some excellent Cape flavours. Growing in popularity is stand up paddle boarding around the V&A waterfront.
     
    To see some surprising corners of the city on Saturdays, join a local on a Cape Town Markets walking tour. And gourmands have an overwhelming choice of indulgences, including the Cape Grace Tasting Menu at the Michelin star restaurant for a similar price to a meal in an average restaurant in the UK.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    One&Only Cape Town
    Dining
    Signal Restaurant Gourmet Tasting Menu at the Cape Grace
  • Day 5
    Cape Town Culture

    Besides the great outdoors, the city has much to offer with a flourishing arts scene and experiences reflecting the history of South Africa. You may want to take the boat to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years in captivity, and we recommend to book this in advance.  A revealing experience is the Cape Town Urban Art Adventure, accompanied by a local artist.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    One&Only Cape Town
    Excursion
    Cape Town Urban Art Adventure
  • Day 6
    To the Cape Winelands

    You hire car will be delivered to your hotel this morning and soon you’ll be  heading out of the exclusive suburbs around Table Mountain for the short journey Cape Winelands, the city giving away 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 Stellenbosch and Franschoek, in the heart of the winelands. In Stellenbosch this afternoon, a great way to explore town and taste some wine is on the foodies on foot tour. You can of course explore the wineries yourself or take the Francshoek wine tram. It’s always worth spending an extra day or two to fit it all in.
    Meals: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Leeu House
    Attraction
    Francshoek Wine Tram
    Excursion
    Foodies on Foot Tour
  • Day 7
    To Oudtshoorn

    There's a couple of 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 past the towns of Robertson and Montagu over the Swartberg Pass. The old frontier and market town of Swellendam is a great place to stop for coffee and lunch before arriving into the town of Oudtshoorn and relax into your country hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Rosenhof Country House
  • Day 8
    Outdshoorn

    One of the quirkiest things to see and do in South Africa surely has to be a visit to an Ostrich Farm in Outdshoorn, where you can experience everything to do about these amazing birds. 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.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    Rosenhof Country House
  • Day 9
    To Knysna and the Coast

    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 2 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 trip on the John Benn ferry, 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.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa
    Excursion
    Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
  • Day 10
    Knysna

    Relax in the tranquil coastal surroundings of Knysna. There are also a wonderful range of activities to try, including whale watching, kayaking to Robberg seal colony, and see some more African wildlife at Knysna Elephant Interaction.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Highlights
    Accommodation
    The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa
  • Days 11 - 12
    Depart

    Take the short drive to Port Elizabeth to drop off your car and take your departure overnight flight to the UK.

    Alternatively, stay in Africa for a few more nights with a safari in search of the big 5, click here/see below for a taster of the different safari locations on offer, including the Eastern Cape, Kruger and Sabi Sands or Madikwe Game Reserve.

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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 Dining Room, The Conservatory, and The Garden Room. Guests can also enjoy a wide range of drinks and snacks at The Bar at LQF, and Tuk Tuk.

Oudtshoorn

Rosenhof Country House

‘Rich character, warm spirit, exquisite taste’

This carefully renovated, historic homestead is a beautiful luxury country house on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn close to a range of superb wildlife attractions, including the world renowned Meerkat Magic centre, a real treat for nature lovers. Affording spectacular mountain 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 where roses blossom in full radiance. 

Knysna

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

Dining
Cape Town

Signal Restaurant Gourmet Tasting Menu at the Cape Grace

Captivate the senses with the best in contemporary Cape cuisine at Signal Restaurant. Experience vibrant dishes that reflect the abundant South African landscape, an extensive wine list that covers the best local and international wines and a diverse menu to suite every palate.

Aged Yellowwood furniture, crisp white linen, handcrafted crystal chandeliers and ceiling to floor glass doors create an equal sense of comfort and occasion from where to enjoy scrumptious buffet breakfasts, light and healthy lunches and evening feasts.

Led by acclaimed Executive Chef, Malika van Reenen, Signal’s innovative menu celebrates the Cape’s rich variety of culture with dishes that pay homage to local flavours and accent European classics.

Lovers of seafood will undoubtedly relish seasonal specialities like the fragrant butter curry risotto with spiced kingklip and grilled prawns, while those after a hearty meal might opt for an ostrich steak (a local favourite) or confit of lamb shoulder. Vegetarians will love creations like the caramelised aubergine and chickpea salad and creamy mushroom tortellini, and those with a sweet tooth will delight in desserts like the tart raspberry sorbet served with a nutty pistachio sponge and vanilla mousse.

Warm and attentive staff ensure personable service, with a knowledgeable sommelier on hand to pair each selected dish with a superb glass of wine expertly chosen to compliment the flavours that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

Booking is essential. Should you have any dietary or special requirements, do mention them when booking as we would be more than happy to assist.

Excursion

Cape Town Urban Art Adventure

Take an exclusive look into the vibrant art scene in Cape Town on this interesting, revealing tour.
Explore Cape Town’s urban art, meet inspiring township artists and discover the meaning behind the art works
which tackle everything from South Africa’s apartheid era struggles, to the founding of a new democracy,
wildlife conservation and more.
What is included:
? Private Adventure Guide / Driver
? Exclusive Use of Adventure Utility Vehicle
? Adventure Equipment - Hiking packs
? Drinks - Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine & Selected Spirits
? Gourmet Pantry - selection of snacks and picnic items
? Unlimited travel in and around Cape Town
? Onboard Wi-Fi
What to expect
Your day starts by taking a look around 11 public art installations along the Sea Point promenade.You then
head to Woodstock, an area that offers a glimpse into a very different side of Cape Town. Joined by one of the
local township artists, you will visit some the many graffiti art murals in this area. Originally one of the poorest
communities in Cape Town, Woodstock has been transformed into a thriving, living gallery which inspires local
and international artists to showcase their talents and ideas on bare city walls.
After a short hike through what feels like a ‘pixie and fairy’ Milkwood forest, we’ll have lunch in Kalkbay, a
fishing town much loved for its bohemian feel, arty shops, great restaurants and working fishing harbor.
The afternoon will be about getting involved and creating your own art. You can choose to make a piece of
recycled plastic artwork with Yindi or to join Smithy, a surf board shaper, with the opportunity to create your own,
unique surfboard art.
On the way back into town, the driver will go over Chapman’s Peak Drive - this ribbon of coastal road is rightly
known as one the most scenic drives in the world, ending your day of adventure on a high note
Attraction
Stellenbosch

Francshoek Wine Tram

he Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history.

Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.

A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour.

The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.

Franschhoek Wine Tram currently offers five hop-on hop-off lines to choose from: Blue Line, Red Line, Yellow Line, Green Line and Purple Line. Each visiting eight wine estates and showcasing a separate part of the Franschhoek Valley.

Excursion
Stellenbosch

Foodies on Foot Tour

A relaxing walking tour specially designed to make your taste-buds tingle.
On this tour, sample the flavors of Stellenbosch, a 335-year old university town, where you get to enjoy top
quality, locally produced artisan food during a leisurely walk. Along the way you will also get to meet some of
the passionate food artisans who call this beautiful town home.
What is included?
? Guided walking tour of the old town center
? Food tasting

What to expect
Established in 1679, Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in the Western Cape. Your local guide will show
you around the old town center where the oak-lined streets will transported you to another era. Walking is the
best way to explore and soak up the beauty of this charming town, meet the locals and take in the amazing
architectural diversity on display.
You will stroll from one tasting stop to another, meeting local food artisans along the way who are truly
passionate about their craft, where you get to hear the stories behind what inspired their dishes. Taste a variety
of handcrafted produce on an extended lunch tour, including a Mezze platter of seasonal local products, freshly
baked artisan bread, snacks from a family butcher shop, regional wines, homemade ice-cream and melt-in-themouth
pastries and confectionary.
A trip to this quaint town wouldn’t be complete without trying some of the delicious regional wines and there’ll be
no shortage of choice here. This laidback walking tour is all about the food and drink and savoring the incredible
local produce, giving you some insight into the town and the people who live here.
It’s the ideal adventure to embrace the rich heritage of South African food, whilst being out in the fresh air and
sunlight so typical of the region.

Excursion
Knysna

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours

These eco-tourism tours are the first of their kind in Africa. The tour involves traversing from one platform to the next along a steel cable which is up to 98ft above the ground. The tour takes approximately 3 hours and offers a fascinating insight into the eco-life of the forest.
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This trip includes

International flights in economy class, based on South African airlines from London Heathrow

Accommodation as explained

Car hire based on category C saloon car 6 days

Detailed travel digest

Price based on travel September and October subject to availability 

Private transfers and the services of local assistance

Supplements apply for high season 

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