Private transfer from Cape Town Airport to Cape Heritage (± 30 minutes)
Stay at Cape Heritage for 4 nights
Situated in Heritage Square in the heart of Cape Town, the Cape Heritage is a boutique four star hotel that is historic yet contemporary, intimate yet lively and stylish yet cozy. Originally built in 1771, the hotel has 15 individually decorated bedrooms that not only retain the charm of the past but are also equipped with an array of modern comforts. The hotel opens out onto a courtyard which houses the oldest living grapevine in South Africa. The centerpiece of the hotel is the courtyard, where breakfast is served and around which five renowned and independent restaurants provide great food in a vibrant atmosphere. Most of the floorboards are 200 year old Cape Yellowwood and burnished hardwood. Throughout the hotel sash windows reach up to high beamed teak ceilings and the original plasterwork preserved to showcase the original workmanship. Rooms include: extra length king size bed, en suite bathrooms – most with separate walk in shower, satellite TV and DVD players with free DVD hire, air conditioning and heating, safes and fully stocked minibar and free wireless internet access. Hotel management and staff go out of their way to make your stay as memorable and stress free as possible. .
8:30am: Private Cape Town Cultural Heritage Walking Tour & Table Mountain
South Africa’s oldest city lends itself to walking, with some of the oldest landmarks in easy reach of the city center. This guided tour will take in such sights as St George’s Mall – a lively pedestrian area with coffee shops, buskers and curio vendors; the colorful market of Greenmarket Square, Grand Parade and City Hall – the city’s oldest square; the Old Customs House; the Slave Tree site; the Castle of Good Hope – which is the oldest occupied building in SA; the Company Gardens, St. George’s Cathedral and the South African Museum among others. You then have the option of a walk through Bo Kaap, The Cape Malay community neighborhood distinguished by the rainbow colored houses, or a visit to the Jewish Heritage Museum. More than just a look at some ‘old buildings’, this is a journey back in time to glimpse what life was like over the last few centuries in the Mother City. Also included is an excursion to Table Mountain, providing spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (weather dependent). The five-minute ascent to the top of Table Mountain via the Cableway offers a 360° view of Cape Town, the ocean and the neighboring peaks.
8:30am departure: Private Cape Peninsula Panorama Tour
Begin this full day tour of the Cape Peninsula with a visit to the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. From there you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives. The Cape of Good Hope functioned as something of a beacon for sailors for many years and is still widely referred to as ‘The Cape’ by seafarers. The reserve is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra. If you are feeling energetic enough, we highly recommend a walk from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Point. From there you will board a funicular to get to the Lighthouse (at the top of the Peninsula) to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, offering spectacular views over False Bay. As you leave the reserve, you head to Noordhoek for a delightful lunch at The Food Barn (for your own account). You then return via a drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive to Constantia Nek and onto the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or Constantia Winery for a taste of history.
Private transfer to River Manor Boutique Hotel (± 1 hour)
Stay at River Manor Boutique Hotel for 2 nights
River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa is a charming boutique hotel situated on the banks of the Eerste River, in the historic oak-lined ‘Avenue’, a mere 2-minute stroll to the village centre with its numerous museums, galleries and restaurants. The historic manor is set within secluded gardens and has two swimming pools and an exclusive spa. Decorated in keeping with the theme ‘Colonial charm with a touch of Africa’, the guest house has wrap around patios and an upstairs terrace all combining to create an atmosphere of luxury, space and privacy where guests may enjoy personal service and hospitality. Luxurious rooms decorated in a colonial style rooms with the warmth of Africa offer relaxed luxury and comfort at the end of a days wine tasting, exploration in the wine lands and vineyards. Focusing on the importance of comfort of an owner run boutique hotel and spa River Manor has beautiful gardens, 2 swimming pools, wrap around verandahs and gardens provide the perfect back drop for relaxed wine tastings after a day of discovering wine estates.
A luxury spa and wellness centre offers guests a range of massage treatments based on relaxed pampering and specialized treatments with products sourced from the wine lands and made from grape extracts. Within walking distance of the centre of Stellenbosch town River Manor offers guests a wide range of dinning options, access to bars, bistros, curio shops and art galleries all within 3 minutes.
8:30am departure: Stellenbosch Town & Country Explorer
Spend the morning savoring traditional food and wine of the Cape as your culinary guide leads you through the historic heart of Stellenbosch. Try Biltong and Bobotie, Koeksisters and Melktert while meeting a host of colourful characters en-route! Between tasting stops, you’ll hear delightful stories about the historic places you visit as well. In the afternoon, jump onto an open Land Rover for a 2 hour trip through the 120ha Waterford Estate on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg. Not only will you get the chance to taste award winning Estate wines in the vineyards of their origin, you will be expertly guided through all the aspects of what makes this area so bio diverse and viticulturally unique. Having experienced the terroir that makes the wines so special, you then return to the winery where you can take a tour of the cellar and wine making process.
Private transfer to Cape Town International Airport (± 45 minutes)
Scheduled flight Cape Town – Skukuza (price not included)
Private transfer to Notten’s Bush Camp (± 1 hour)
Stay at Notten’s Bush Camp for 4 nights
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Twice daily scheduled activities included
Notten’s Bush Camp is a jewel within the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Notten’s is an exclusive and private safari lodge personally run by the Notten family. This beautiful, intimate safari lodge is situated within one of South Africa’s finest natural sanctuaries. Each private suite is elegantly styled, spacious and cooled by ceiling fans. A magical atmosphere is created with the purposeful absence of electric lighting; the ambient candlelight and lanterns capturing an enchanting spirit of romance. With splendid panoramic views, Notten’s is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while watching animals meander past. Safaris are led by experienced rangers in open-top land rovers, offering an adventurous discovery of the region’s prolific wildlife, including Big 5 game viewing. Unique South African walking safaris are offered daily giving guests the opportunity of discovering the hidden treasures of the region. This can be followed by lazy hours spent in the sparkling pool area or having a massage at the Nature Spa. Under the cloak of nightfall one can enjoy the sounds of the African night, while dining in the enchanting candlelit boma beneath a canopy of stars.
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