A Taste Of South Africa
IN 10 DAYS
Welcome to South Africa’s Mother City
A warm welcome on arrival at Cape Town International Airport, where our friendly driver will escort you to the hotel.
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its majestic Table Mountain Backdrop. Cape Town is the oldest Town in South Africa and one of South Africa’s Jewels. It is filled with culture heritage and is rich in historical experiences, with pristine white beaches along the coastline.
Enjoy views of one of the Seven Wonders of the World
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met in the hotel reception by your local English-speaking guide, for your Full Day Cape Town City, Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Tour.
On a clear day, the distinctive shape of Table Mountain can be seen from up to 200km out to sea, while its summit provides spectacular views of the city, its Waterfront and Harbour below, the majestic Hottentots Holland mountains to the East and Cape Point to the south. The Table Mountain cableway underwent a R90 million upgrade in 1997 and the new system – a combination of Swiss and South African Engineering – boasts revolving floors in the new cable cars, giving passengers a 360 degree panoramic view on their way up the mountain.
An Authentic Touch – Why not Abseil down Table Mountain?
You get some serious bragging rights when Abseiling down one of the 7 wonders of nature which is the iconic Table Mountain. The panoramic views from the top of Table Mountain are breath-taking, but the views from the side of it are even better. Descending the side of a sheer cliff you will have Camps Bay, the Atlantic Seaboard, and the deep blue ocean at your feet.
After descending the mountain, however you choose to do it, depart on a tour of the “Mother City”. The tour of the City takes one past Lion’s Head to Signal Hill with its dramatic views of Cape Town, Table Bay, Robben Island, Sea Point and Camps Bay. Signal Hill was first used as a semaphore post for communicating with ships at sea and is still home to the Noon Day Gun, which is fired at midday every day except Sunday. The tour continues past the Grand Parade and City Hall to take in the South African Cultural History Museum, which is housed in a former slave lodge.
You will pass the Fort of Good Hope and District Six on your way to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
The Castle of Good Hope known locally as the Castle or Cape Town Castle is a bastion fort built in the 17th century in Cape Town, South Africa. Originally located on the coastline of Table Bay, following land reclamation the fort is now located inland. In 1936 the Castle was declared a historical monument (now a provincial heritage site) and following restorations in the 1980s it is considered the best preserved example of a Dutch East India Company fort.
District Six (Afrikaans Distrik Ses) is a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town, South Africa. Over 60,000 of its inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime .The area of District Six is now partly divided between the suburbs of Walmer Estate, Zonnebloem, and Lower Vrede, while the rest is undeveloped land.
Arrive at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and enjoy your picnic lunch in the gardens.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
Head back to the hotel and enjoy dinner at leisure.
Where the two seas meet
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met in the hotel reception by your local English-speaking guide, for a full day Cape Peninsula Tour.
Chapmans Peak drive is surely one of the most scenic drives in South Africa. You will have no better view of Hout Bay and the Sentinel. Designed and built by Thomas Bain, it cuts into the mountain walls and winds along near vertical cliffs. There are plenty of viewpoints so ensure you have your camera. The views are majestic and ever changing. Reopened in December 2003, the drive has been made even better with more lookout points, and safer. This is truly a Cape Town icon not to miss.
Cape Point is a landmark at the end of the Cape Peninsular located in the Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park.
From its rugged, rocky outcrops and sheer cliffs, to the fynbos covered plains, Cape Point holds much in store for its visitors.
A full day of discovery will reward you with spectacular views, fine food, and remarkable encounters with nature, spell-binding history and memories to treasure forever.
Experience an exhilarating ride in the Flying Dutchman funicular, which rises 238 meters above the ocean to where the old lighthouse keeps watch over the seas.
Find just the right souvenir at Cape Point curio shops, such as the Logo Store or Lighthouse 5.
Cape Point’s fynbos plains are home to 1 200 species of indigenous plants, various small mammals, many antelopes, as well as ostriches and zebras; not forgetting the Chacma baboons.
Take a leisurely stroll down to the beach or tackle the one-hour trail that takes you from the lofty 250 m high peak to the sheltered cove of the Cape of Good Hope. You are at the south-westernmost tip of Africa, and the adventure has just begun …
Lunch can be enjoyed with the ocean as your backdrop.
An Authentic Touch – Why not Kayak to visit the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach?
They are comical, clumsy and very eye-catching in their black and white dress.
In 1982 two breeding pairs of African penguins (once known as Jackass penguins thanks to the braying sound they make) moved into prime beachfront estate at Boulders beach between Simonstown and Cape Point. Today there are over 3 000 of these birds living here and the area is now a National Park. Penguins can be viewed up close as they frolic in the water and waddle on land. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is watching who. You’re likely to see penguin pairs strolling along the boardwalks and in the park. This is the one place in the world you will be able to swim and sunbathe with penguins. In a survey done by the BBC, Boulders Beach was rated one of the five best beaches to visit before you die. All in all, a great place to meet the locals.
Head back to the hotel and enjoy dinner at leisure.
An Adrenaline Adventure with Wine
After breakfast at the hotel, make your way to the Waterfront Helicopter Launch Site where a helicopter will be waiting to transfer you by scenic flight to the Cape Winelands.
From the helipad in the Waterfront, you will fly along the Atlantic Seaboard, hugging the coast, over Clifton and Camps Bay, continuing along the coast from the 12 Apostles. Fly over the rugged beauty of Llandudno Beach, over the Cape Winelands and land at a Wine Estate.
On arrival, enjoy a Quad Biking adventure through the Wine Estate.
Follow the trail on the Wine farm. This two-hour journey travels through the vineyards with your local guide pointing out the various grape cultivars and farm activities. The trail ascends to the top of Paarl Mountain affording you an amazing view of the area.
An Authentic Touch – Enjoy a classic Winelands Picnic
The picnic area has spectacular mountain views and is surrounded by vineyards. Picnic baskets are carefully laid out on tables under the shade of oak trees to enjoy.
The tour will end with a transfer back to the hotel.
Wining and Dining
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met in the hotel reception by a local English-speaking guide, for Full Day Cape Winelands Tour. Spend the day enjoying the internationally acclaimed food and wine for which this area is renowned.
The Cape region produces some of the best wines in the world. Explore the areas of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek. Paarl, Wellington and many more. Enjoy all the Cape Winelands has to offer and perhaps drink a glass or two of wine whilst you are there.
A superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional winelands region, and the heavenly scenery…like the breath taking views from the historical Taal Monument near Paarl.
The area is rich with history, and we can’t help but feel it as we move through the region to experience a wine cellar tour, where you’ll learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. We visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and in a town with a reputation for gourmet fare, where else could we choose to enjoy lunch.
You will wind your way to the heady heights of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to meet the charming university town of Stellenbosch on the other side. Time has been set aside to stroll through this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and sneaking into the odd shop or two! A trip to the winelands isn’t complete without a wine tasting, so we have organized two at different wine estates. And of course, you will be able to purchase your favourite wine to take back home!
An Authentic Touch – Why not blend your own authentic bottle of wine?
Create your very own signature bottle of wine that you get to take home with you. Go on a cellar tour and wine tasting, at the wine estate. Thereafter you will be given three blending components to create your very own blend.
The tour will end with a transfer back to the hotel.
From Wine to Whales
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met in the hotel reception by your local English-speaking guide, for a scenic drive along the coast to the small town of Hermanus.
This coastal town is known to be one of the best land-based whale watching destinations in the world. The most diverse floral kingdom and a beautiful hidden valley called the Hemel en Aarde Valley (Heaven on Earth) can also be found here.
On arrival at the hotel, check in relax and enjoy the surrounds.
Sailing the seas
This morning after breakfast depart on an adventure filling Great White Shark Cage Dive OR Whale Watching Cruise (in Season).
Shark Cage Diving
Great White Shark Diving in South Africa is a combination of goosebump thrills, education and relaxation on a luxury boat in the company of experienced experts and researchers! They will show you how to distinguish between a male and female shark and how to identify a specific shark by its unique dorsal fin and scars.
Whale Watching Cruise (In season – April – December)
Set off from Hermanus New Harbour in search of the ‘gentle giants.’ The purpose-built catamaran provides superior viewing and comfort and the friendly, knowledgeable crew add that personal touch allowing for an all-round great experience, from ensuring the perfect photo opportunities are not missed to serving complimentary light refreshments.
Our Whale Specialist guide will interpret the marine life encountered en-route and provide insight into the behaviour of the whales while you are watching them in action. Our videographer will ensure that the best footage is captured.
Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Hermanus.
From the Beach to the Bush
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met in the hotel reception by a local English-speaking guide, for a transfer to Cape Town International Airport for the flight to Skukuza Airport.
Depart on your scheduled flight to Skukuza Airport.
On arrival at Skukuza Airport you will be met by a lodge representative, who will transfer you from Skukuza Airport to the Lodge. Lookout for wildlife along the way.
Enjoy lunch on the deck and spend time relaxing and taking in the surrounds.
High-Tea is served on the deck where you can watch the animals come down to the waterhole for a drink.
Depart with your ranger and tracker on the afternoon game drive through the reserve. A variety of completely different wildlife species (such as reptiles, game, amphibians, and birds) can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge.
Feel the heartbeat and rhythm of Africa as you become part of a Big 5 on a Safari Adventure. Experience authentic, wild Africa, guided by an experienced ranger on an open game viewer, enjoy breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable wildlife sightings.
Return to the lodge for dinner under the African sky.
A Day in the African Bushveld
Early morning wake up call, before heading out on an exciting and informative safari.
You will enjoy bird watching of approximately 350 species. Halfway through the drive you will stop for freshly brewed coffee and a selection of pastries.
Spend the day at leisure enjoying the surrounds, experience the wildlife that roams in and out of the lodge.
Before heading out on your afternoon safari, pack a small overnight bag for your night under the stars.
The evening game drive will end with a transfer to your own private luxury Treehouse in the bush.
Sleeping in a treehouse offers big views of remote Africa, globed by even bigger star-lit skies. Below, the stillness is punctuated by animals’ whistles, huffs, growls… carried on the breeze.
Tonight, a private dinner will be served out on the deck under the stars in your Treehouse.
Time to take your memories Home
Early morning wake up call, before heading out on the last unforgettable and informative safari.
Return to the lodge, enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing back to Skukuza Airport for a flight to Johannesburg, before connecting with your homeward flight.
"I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy" Ernest Hemingway
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