South Africa in Style – $6,000 to $7,000 per person
Meet our local representative on arrival at Johannesburg / Cape Town Airport
Private road transfer to Cape Grace Hotel (± 30 minutes)
Stay at Cape Grace Hotel in a Table Mountain luxury suite for 4 nights
A glimmering jewel on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Cape Grace Hotel is one of Cape Town’s most sophisticated properties. Set against iconic Table Mountain on its own private quay, the hotel was renovated in 2008 and fully embraces its South African heritage—the décor blends historic elegance and contemporary style. Each of the 122 rooms is spacious yet warm, with exquisite detailing in every facet of the room: from 600 thread count sheets to heated towel racks. By day, lounge by an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by trellised gardens, and in the evening dine on superb regional cuisine in the comfort of the award-winning restaurant. When you want to explore this spectacular city, you’ll enjoy Cape Grace’s central location, with quick and easy access to the airport, city center and popular tourist destinations. Superb service is a hallmark of Cape Grace service—the staff is warm and friendly whether they are checking you in or serving you a drink aboard the hotel’s privately owned, 56-foot yacht. Speaking of drinks, Bascule Bar—set on the water’s edge—is a perfect place to savor an alfresco meal matched with a glass of superb Cape wine. The Cape Grace is a bastion of sophistication in a city regularly ranked among the world’s best.
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.
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 road transfer to Cape Town International Airport (± 45 minutes)
Scheduled flight Cape Town – Hoedspruit (price not included)
Private road transfer to King’s Camp
Stay at King’s Camp for 2 nights
Twice daily scheduled activities included
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
The setting in each of the spacious air-conditioned tents at King’s Camp recalls colonial elegance: indoor and outdoor double shower, Victorian ball-and-claw bath, fully stocked mini-bar and private verandah. In the mornings, set off to discover the copious wildlife in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve: the Big Five are just a taste of the over 40 species of mammal roaming this wilderness. Perhaps the most famous of which are the White Lions of Timbavati, an extremely rare type that gained fame in the 1970s but have long been honored as divine by local tribes. King’s Camp allows you to truly unwind in these beguiling wilds: wile away the afternoon with a cool drink in the thatched shade of the bar or go for a refreshing swim in the pool while casting glances at the wildlife around the adjacent waterhole. Or, take a walk amid trees teeming with a wealth of birdlife—over 360 species call this region home—and simply immerse yourself in these pristine wilds. In the evening, return from yet another thrilling game drive after dark, when spotlights illuminate the nocturnal species here: porcupines, serval, civets and genets to name just a few. Savor world-class cuisine in the tasteful dining room, in the traditional boma or out in the untamed bush, with a blanket of stars overhead.
Shared charter flight King’s Camp – Leopard Hills
Stay at Leopard Hills Lodge for 3 nights
Twice daily scheduled activities included
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Perched on rocky ridge overlooking a waterhole, Leopard Hills is ideally situated for breathtaking views of Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Eight air-conditioned suites feature a glass-front, providing a panoramic view of the picturesque and game-rich veld below. Yet that is only the beginning of the luxuries here: each suite includes its own sundeck (ideal for relaxing with a book, or spying animals with binoculars), a heated plunge pool, en-suite bathroom and indoor and outdoor showers with views of the enchanting wilderness beyond. It seems no matter where you go here, you are followed by views of the enchanting African bush. The urge to explore this captivating land is quelled on early and morning and late afternoon game drives. Expert professional rangers point out the region’s plentiful wildlife (lion, elephant, white rhino, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog and hyena, to name just a few species) while you relax in the comfort of state-of-the-art 4×4 vehicles designed specifically for Leopard Hills. Should you wish to take to the bush on foot, a ranger will point out the finer elements of the Sabi Sand’s ecology—including insects, grasses, trees and smaller species you might miss in a vehicle. Back at camp, superb staff pampers you, whether you are enjoying a silver service dinner, one of the spa’s indulgent treatments or a glass of local wine by the crackling fire.
Private road transfer to Nelspruit Airport (Kruger / Mpumalanga) (± 90 minutes)
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