Savour South Africa – $10,700 to $12,000 per person
Meet our local representative on arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport
Scheduled flight Johannesburg – Cape Town (price not included)
Private transfer to the One & Only Hotel (± 45 minutes)
Stay at One & Only Hotel in a Table Mountain Marina room for 3 nights
The One & Only Hotel, Cape Town is a destination unto itself. Generous interior spaces are adorned with fabrics and furnishings recalling the warm, muted tones of Africa’s savannahs, with bright splashes of colour paying tribute to the land’s vibrant personality. Sumptuously appointed oversized baths are complete with roomy rain shower, private water closet and dual marble vanity. Discerning travellers are invited to discover the celebrated cuisines of Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and Reuben Riffel, socialise in the high-energy vibe of Vista Bar & Lounge and sample rare and undiscovered vintages at the stunning Wine Loft. The sublime calm of the city’s most expansive and sophisticated spa offers an indulgent escape, while NEO Boutique debuts an enviable collection of designer fashions, some available for the first time in South Africa. As the first luxury hotel to open in Cape Town in nearly a decade, the resort is designed to celebrate the city’s wine, art, design and spirit, balancing contemporary glamour with an authentic South African style. With unrivalled hospitality and exacting attention to detail, with the genuine warmth and charm of South Africa, guests enjoy an exceptional standard of service.
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.
Full day Winelands Tour from Cape Town to Franschhoek
Stay at Le Quartier Français in an Auberge Roomfor 2 nights
In the heart of the Cape Winelands, amid manicured gardens and cosseted by mountains, sits the renowned Le Quartier Français. A South African hotel with a healthy portion of Provence, Le Quartier Français welcomes visitors from all over the globe with a delightful façade lined with rose and lavender: the first of many charming touches designed to ensconce you in Gallic elegance. This is a Relais & Chateau Auberge—so you can be sure of surpassing service—and the swimming pool and colorful private gardens only add to the enchantment of this escape. The 22 stylish en-suite rooms and suites (including an exclusive suite for honeymooners) are spacious, stylish and feature modern fittings, refreshing colors and brilliant hand-painted fabrics. Quaint and superbly located for exploring the incomparable Winelands—not to mention the historic village of Franschoek—Le Quartier Francais is renowned for their cuisine. The mélange of French, Malay and traditional South African dishes—complemented by modern twists—are highlights of Dutch-born Margot Janse’s innovative menu here (all perfectly paired with some outstanding local vintages). In fact, the on-site Tasting Room has been named one of the Top 50 restaurants in the world and Margot Janse has been named Chef of the Year 2012 in the DSTV Food Network Restaurant Awards. You’ll experience a bit of France on the Cape at this Winelands getaway.
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 – Nelspruit Airport (price not included)
Shared charter flight to Singita (± 30 minutes)
Stay at Singita Boulders Lodge for 4 nights
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Twice daily scheduled activities included
Singita means “a place of miracles” and this world-renowned collection of safari camps certainly lives up to the divine distinction. Inspired by the landscape and enhanced by world-class service, Boulders infuses these rugged environs with supreme luxury. It’s as if you’ve entered an over-the-top oasis in the heart of South African wilds: Senufo artifacts and smooth linen, raw wood and cascading water. Luxuriate in the serenity of your suite—featuring magnificent en suite bathrooms—and bask in the pure wildness of your surroundings on the sundecks. Sister camp Ebony’s graceful aesthetic includes timeworn colonial furniture and ethnic crafts, creating a classic atmosphere. Nestled in the shade of jackalberry trees on the bank of the Sand River, the 12 thatched suites at Singita Ebony are places of sublime luxury and quiet contemplation, featuring opulent touches like fireplaces and private heated pools. Famous for its cuisine (not to mention 35,000 bottles of superb South African wine), Singita’s chef creates dishes bursting with flavor. Of course, there is another reason for Singita’s standing as the world’s finest properties: the wildlife. Globally renowned for its diversity and concentration of big game—including the vaunted Big Five—the Sabi Sands Reserve features broad, open savannah interspersed with acacia thornveld, rocky outcrops and riverine forest. Herds of buffalo and elephant, large prides of lion, majestic leopard and antelope by the thousands make the 18,500 hectare Singita Private Game Reserve, at the heart of the Sabi Sands, one of the finest locations for viewing the Big Five anywhere in the world.
Private road transfer to Nelspruit Airport (± 90 minutes)
Scheduled flight Nelspruit – Johannesburg (price not included)
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