Discover South Africa – $8,640 to $9,260 per person
Private transfer from Cape Town Airport to the Cape Cadogan Hotel (± 30 minutes)
Stay at the Cape Cadogan Hotel in a Luxury Room for 3 nights
Declared a national monument in 1984—and ideally located in the City Bowl area of Cape Town—the Cape Cadogan is a boutique hotel that evokes the stately elegance of a 19th century manor. The hotel exudes Victorian charm blended with a sort of bohemian-chic flair, and the result is an atmosphere that would make Oscar Wilde proud. The reception areas are individually decorated and designed for comfort and tranquility. The common area features a fireplace (a cozy spot to lounge with a book from the library, and perhaps a glass of wine) and a plunge pool (ideal for cooling off in the summer), not to mention the on-site gym. Each of the 12 well-appointed suites and one villa are decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture, and feature modern amenities such as personal bar fridge, tea/coffee maker, satellite TV and DVD player. The service is impeccable, whether it is the concierge recommending the perfect restaurant on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront or the chauffeur offering you a complimentary ride there. Cape Cadogan takes particular pride in sharing the little-known gems of the region—not only hosting you on your journey here, but curating your experience as well (if you so choose). This allows guests to fully appreciate Cape Town as well as the stunningly beautiful Constantia vineyards, Cape Point Nature Reserve and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
8:30am departure: Private Cape Town Cultural Heritage Walking Tour and 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 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 Oude Werf (± 60 minutes)
Stay at Oude Werf in a Superior Plus Room for 2 nights
Oude Werf (or “the old Churchyard”) is South Africa’s oldest hotel, built on the site of its first church of 1680 in the historic Wine ‘capital’ and university town of Stellenbosch. Since 1802, this legendary landmark has been extensively rebuilt, with most recent renovations early in 2015, turning a once-small country inn into a deluxe modern hotel that still retains its historic ambiance and easy, personal hospitality. ‘Modern’ meets ‘Vintage’ throughout the Hotel, which steps past a Georgian-style facade into its inn-house, and beyond, to the vine-covered courtyard and interior of a newly-designed restaurant, with a vintage-styled bar and lounge, overlooking our central garden and pool deck. The Hotel has 58 en suite rooms of various sizes overlooking the garden, restaurant and Church Street. Decorated in contemporary style, with deluxe comforts subtly combined with period-inspired details, they include standard features like satellite TV, high-speed internet access, wall safe, tea/coffee-making facilities and mini bar. Centrally located, the hotel is a stroll from many leisure experiences – the cafés of Church Street, museums, galleries, architectural and heritage sights. Board a shuttle to one of 150 wine estates outside the town. Hike or peddle through a mountain reserve, or golf at a premier course.
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. The next day is at your leisure to explore Stellenbosch on foot, or rent bikes. Enjoy lunch at one of the many nearby local wine estates (for your own account).
Private transfer to Cape Town International Airport (± 60 minutes)
Scheduled flight Cape Town – Hoedspruit (price not included)
Private transfer to Shumbalala Game Lodge (± 75 minutes)
Stay at Shumbalala Game Lodge for 3 nights
Twice daily scheduled activities included
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Deep in the 14,000 hectare Thornybush Private Game Reserve, which lies just north of Sabi Sand and west of the Greater Kruger National Park, is the luxury Shumbalala Game Lodge. Set in a dry shady savanna of mopane, acacia and umbrella thorns, Shumbalala lines the seasonal Monwana River. This intimate lodge offers four thatched suites and one presidential suite boasting an extra dining room and lounge. Carefully constructed to ensure maximum privacy, the suites are tastefully decorated with a distinct African flair. They include en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and a picture window, air-conditioning, overhead fans, open fireplace, comfortable beds draped with mosquito nets and cotton percale linen, minibar, tea and coffee facilities and large glass sliding doors that open onto a private wooden deck with bush views. Paved walkways connect the suites to the communal guest areas which are thatched and open sided to make the most of the bush views. Here there is a comfortable lounge with a fireplace and dining room, viewing deck overlooking a waterhole, outside boma, small library with an internet station, Wi-Fi enabled public areas, underground wine cellar, a swimming pool and curio shop. Activities at Shumbalala Lodge include guided morning and afternoon game drives and bush walks after breakfast on request. Guests at Shumbalala have access to the Amani Spa at Thornybush Main Lodge.
Simbambili Lodge is situated among dense stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees along the meandering Manyeleti River in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. With its Morroccan-styled suites that have been sensitively designed to blend with the environment and carefully positioned to enhance privacy, this is a must for the romantic at heart. Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views over extensive savannah grassland that teems with wildlife, as seen from the unique en-suite bathrooms and salas or from individual private plunge pools. This exquisite Lodge is famed for its regular Leopard sightings and abundance of general game species as well as extraordinary bird life. With the Lodge accommodating a maximum of 16 guests, public areas carefully designed to resemble hospitality akin to a comfortable home with specially prepared meals and venues for entertaining and relaxation. The Sabi Sand is famous for its big five and has the highest concentration of leopard in the world. It offers cat lovers a chance to meet the stars of the Simbambili Leopard Project an online journal of the life of three leopards Saseke (the beautiful one), Mafufenyane (the angry one) and Nyaleti (the star) – face to face in their natural habitat.
Private transfer to to Hoedspruit Airport (± 2 ½ hours)
How would you rate your trip overall? Excellent Comment: The logistics were perfectly arranged!! Anouk really took care of us from start to finish. Despite numerous transfers and charter flights, nothing was ever delayed or stressful. It was incredibly seamless, Read More