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£1,950
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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

  • 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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  • 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.
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    Accommodation
    Winchester Mansions Hotel
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  • 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.

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    Accommodation
    Winchester Mansions Hotel
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  • 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.

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    Dining
    Signal Restaurant Gourmet Tasting Menu at the Cape Grace
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  • 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.

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    Cape Town Urban Art Adventure
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  • 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.
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    Accommodation
    Spier Wine Fam Hotel
    Attraction
    Francshoek Wine Tram
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    Foodies on Foot Tour
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  • 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.
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    La Plume Guest House
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  • 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

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    Accommodation
    Protea Hotel Knysna Quays
    Excursion
    Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
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  • 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.

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    Protea Hotel Knysna Quays
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  • 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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