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
Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
“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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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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