Day 1: Arrive Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa! You will be met up on arrival and assisted through customs and immigration and on the waiting transfer, which will whisk you off to your boutique hotel in the city bowl. The old and established suburbs of Gardens, Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof merge into each other as they line the foothills of Table Mountain and Signal Hill. The area enjoys convenient proximity to the city, the Table Mountain Cableway, as well as the beaches. The narrow little streets are lined by original Cape buildings, many of which have been beautifully restored, some now housing museums and art galleries, as well as lively sidewalk cafés and highly acclaimed restaurants. Now known for its trendy and modern vibe, this region is often visited on foot, encompassing the historic parliament buildings, the Company Gardens and the lively café culture and boutiques of Kloof Street.

Kensington Place

Three nights at Kensington Place in a Superior Room. Breakfast included.

Day 2: Cape Town

This morning venture out on a shared tour of the city. Enjoy the ultimate ‘Mother City’ experience, designed to orientate and give you a full-color insight into the extraordinary magic of Cape Town South Africa. We've chosen iconic buildings, snatches of its history, and experiences unique to this City, starting with iconic Table Mountain. We visit the country’s oldest building, The Castle, and a short distance away, the Company Gardens, both historically fascinating and well conserved. Our drive continues past Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Lodge, and you’ll sense the depth of history in unique architecture. Colonial surrounding then change as we move up the cobble stoned hills to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colors of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes. You will be dropped off at the Waterfront for an afternoon exploring or back at your guesthouse. This afternoon is on your own to explore or relax.

Day 3: Cape Peninsula

You will be picked up at your hotel by your local guide and embark on a private tour today which starts with the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where a funicular takes you to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. Stop for lunch in the area (own account) before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and then visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. On the return trip, enjoy a stop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving at your hotel late this afternoon.

Day 4: Cape Winelands

Pack your bags this morning and meet your private guide for a delightful drive through the Winelands; your route winds its way through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Your first stop is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture where you enjoy your first wine tasting, coupled with a chocolate and dessert tasting. Onward over the scenic Helshoogte Pass, to Franschhoek, founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago, and widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa. Its beautiful setting and café lined streets will charm you and a further wine tasting is included at one of the renowned estates in this area. Your final stop is at the town of Paarl, at the foot of a cluster of remarkable granite domes where you do your last wine tasting of the day, before heading to your Villa Suite just outside of Franschhoek for two nights.

Your stay includes a three course dinner tonight at the award-winning on site Monneaux Restaurant, credit for a spa treatment, sparkling wine and snacks on arrival and complimentary transfers into Franschhoek village.

Franschhoek Country House

Two nights at Franschhoek Country House in a Villa Suite. Breakfast included.

Day 5: Cape Winelands

Today is on your own to relax or explore! Your hotel offers 8 complimentary shuttle transfers each day to Franschhoek village. The magnificent Franschhoek Valley is nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands. Spectacular vineyards cover these mountain slopes settled more than 300 years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture. This is a valley rich in history centered around a picturesque village of friendly, welcoming people. In the village you will find wonderful crafts, art and antique shops and galleries. The main street is lined with coffee shops and restaurants.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour. Tours depart every 15 minutes from 10:00 until 12:45 PM.

Day 6, 7, 8 & 9: Thornybush Game Reserve, Greater Kruger Park

Nestled in the heart of the 14,000 hectare, Thornybush Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park lies Shumbalala Game Lodge. Situated on the banks of the seasonal Monwana river the camp is an unexpected oasis of luxury and comfort in the unforgiving heat of the African bushveld. Your knowledgeable and experienced ranger conducts professional early morning and later afternoon / evening game drives in an informative and relaxed fashion. Fully equipped custom built game viewing vehicles offer all the comfort and luxury for our guests. Your qualified ranger will be happy to share all their knowledge of the bush - from the prized big five (leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino) to the smaller game, plants, trees, insects and more.

Two game drives are conducted at the best suited times of the day to maximize the number of sightings. An early morning game drive start directly after morning coffee at approximately 5:30 AM in the morning (and a half an hour later in the winter). The excitement and rush of the adventure is interrupted by a stop over in the open bush for tea or coffee with a light snack - often with a view over nearby game. The adventure continues and you return back to camp at around 9:30 am to freshen up before brunch. Following brunch guests are welcome to enjoy the relaxing facilities at the camp but for the more adventurous informative bush walks are offered. This is one of the best ways to experience detail of the bush that would not be possible by vehicle.

Following afternoon high tea the afternoon game drives start at approximately 4 PM(and half and hour earlier in the winter) and continues into the night. The game drives are again interrupted by a stop-over in the bush for sundowners watching the splendor of the African sun setting over the mountains. The game viewing at night offers the opportunity to view the nocturnal animals including the possibility of lions out on the prowl. Generally game drives return 3-4 hours after departure. Whilst there is an emphasis on showing our guests the renowned big five, our rangers realize the importance of all fauna & flora and is dedicated to ensuring your utmost enjoyment of all aspects of the bush. Amongst many other expect sightings at close range of abundant game including but not limited to leopard, white & black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion, elephant, cheetah, zebra, impala, giraffe, hippo, waterbuck, nyala, warthogs, eland, baboons, monkeys, kudu, spotted hyena, various smaller game, birds of prey, smaller birds and nocturnal animals.

Shumbalala Game Lodge

Four nights Shumbalala Game Lodge. All meals, teas, coffees, snacks, dawn and dusk safaris in open land rovers, bush walks & sundowner local drinks included.

Day 10: Depart

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