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For nearly two weeks, you and your family will be able to give yourselves over to the holiday of a lifetime as you journey from cosmopolitan Cape Town to the bliss of searching for the Big 5 in the bush and then diving the azure waters off pristine Mozambique.

In a carefully-planned and meticulously co-ordinated itinerary that includes fine accommodation and some of southern Africa’s most-beloved sights, this family-friendly tour is ideal if you would like to return home relaxed and stress-free. Experienced representatives will accompany you every step of the way to ensure you never have to make a decision more taxing that what to have for dinner or when to head to bed.

Cape Town has a been praised as a laid-back destination replete with highlights for those who love wine, nature, food, culture, adrenaline sports and history, while the Kruger National Park and Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique reawaken you to the beauty and intricacy of nature, allowing you to experience landscapes that have been largely untouched for thousands of years.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Salute the sunset on Table Mountain
  • Beat a trail to Cape Point
  • Drink in the beauty of the Cape Winelands
  • Rise to the challenge of an early morning game drive
  • Relax with a sundowner in Big 5 territory
  • Dive the coral reefs of the Bazaruto Archipelago

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Relax in the shadow of Table Mountain

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport where representative will be standing by to transfer you to Welgelegen Guest House, which is your home for the next three nights.

A charming Victorian boutique hotel within striking distance of the city centre in Cape Town’s eclectic Gardens neighbourhood, Welgelegen means ‘well-located’, which it is, occupying a quiet cul-de-sac in the shadow of Table Mountain. It is also only moments away from fashionable Kloof Street, with its quirky bistros and stylish boutiques, and the city centre’s galleries, shops and restaurants. Welgelegen is the perfect place to return to after a long day’s touring or lying on the beach. Take a dip in the plunge pool to cool off, then indulge in a deep-tissue healing massage at the in-house therapy room to recover from your flight.

You have much to look forward to, with a personalised itinerary that ranges from Robben Island to the V&A Waterfront and beyond. Pack a picnic and take to the luxuriant lawns of world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; drink in the beauty of the Cape Winelands; take a township tour of Khayelitsha; or soak up the sun on Clifton Fourth Beach. Your southern African odyssey has just begun.

Days 2-3

Tour the Cape Peninsula to its finale at Cape Point

Welcome to another glorious day in Cape Town: open your window and breathe in the morning air. Table Mountain forms your backdrop as the reds and golds of sunrise breach its shadows inch by inch. After a leisurely breakfast overhung by fragrant jasmine in Welgelegen’s sunny courtyard, set off on a Peninsula tour via Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. Hewn from sheer granite with the sea crashing against huge rocks far below, Chapman’s Peak is a spectacular experience, one of the most beautiful marine drives in the world. Descend by degrees through a series of switchbacks to the white-washed sands of Noordhoek and, with the Atlantic coastline twisting and soaring through seaside villages to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, stand poised at the very edge of the world as Cape Point plunges into the depths below. It is an exhilarating moment: witnessing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meeting at the extreme south-western tip of Africa.

Return to the city centre via False Bay, through the historic naval base of Simon’s Town and the picturesque fishing village of Kalk Bay, with a stop-over to visit the thousand-strong colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach. Bring your day to a romantic close with sundowners atop Table Mountain. With its breath-taking views over the Atlantic Seaboard and the sun slowly melting into the horizon, relax and settle into the evening.

Day 4-6

Seek out the Big 5

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Day 7

Spend a night in electrifying Johannesburg

Enjoy a last early-morning game drive before transferring back to Hoedspruit Airport for your onward flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, where a representative will be standing by to transfer you to Johannesburg’s leafy Melrose neighbourhood for your overnight stay at The Peech Hotel.

With its lush, landscaped gardens, indigenous furnishings and ‘raindance’ showers lending it a chic Afrocentric edge, The Peech Hotel exudes style. Upload your holiday snaps and catch up on your emails – complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout – and then venture out into Africa’s economic epicentre. You are a mere 10-minutes’ drive from some of Johannesburg’s finest restaurants at Sandton City and Melrose Arch malls. Alternatively, relax next to the hotel’s sparkling swimming pool, enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in the Peech’s champagne bar, followed by a sampling of the Bistro restaurant’s lavish menu.

Day 8

Fly to paradise across the Mozambique Channel

After breakfast, transfer back to OR Tambo International Airport for your scheduled flight to Vilanculos in Mozambique. A representative will be standing by to escort you to your helicopter for your 10-minute transfer to the Bazaruto Archipelago. With fishing dhows manoeuvring languidly through its waters below, get your first glimpse of paradise across the Mozambique Channel as you bank over its glittering silver-white sands and come in to land on tropical Benguerra Island, its palm trees rustling gently in the Indian Ocean breeze.

Settle into your thatched en suite cabana on the very edge of the beach and then step on to your terrace and take stock of your surrounds. Behind you, enrobed in the reds and rich terracottas that so distinguish the Arabic tones of this east-African dream, lies your queen-sized bed draped with mosquito netting, and open-plan bathroom and outdoor shower, while over there within stepping distance of your private deck, are the soft waters of Benguerra Bay. Fringed by palms and sheltered by a natural acacia forest on the protected north-west coast of Ilha de Benguerra, the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra Lodge is the ultimate island getaway.

Amble across the soft forgiving sands onto the beach and stretch out in the shade of your thatched sala, then cool off with a dip in your plunge pool before booking a massage at the Sala Nela Spa. Then wander across to the Dhow Bar – literally, an old wooden dhow drawn up onto the beach and converted into a bar – and, with the palms whispering overhead, the lap of the tide, the sun sinking into the sea, try to imagine being anywhere else.

Days 9-12

Range over the corals of Two Miles Reef

Dive into the waters of Two Miles Reef with painted shoals of light-reflected fish shimmering through the depths of water above you, and descend into a forest of pristine coral as a hawksbill turtle glides silently by. Clown fish peek out of their rocky abodes and, over there, a moray eel gapes at you from its crevice…

The sheer unspoilt beauty of Bazaruto Archipelago’s encircling coral, combined with the abundance and variety of its marine life, singles out Benguerra as an undersea paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers alike. After breakfast, visit the lodge’s fully-equipped dive centre and chat to the instructor there about what lies ahead. With excellent visibility and warm sea temperatures, encounter snapper, barracuda, whale shark and kingfish; explore its caves and rocky massifs; spend hours mesmerised by its colourful corals, with lionfish twisting through fossilized trees; and swim with dolphins and manta rays.

Alternatively, board one of the lodge’s well-equipped boats under the guidance of its friendly professional skipper and try your hand in the bay with some light tackle fishing, or test your skills out in the open ocean, using quick sinking lines over the reefs. Go for a long walk along the beach or canter on horseback along the tideline. Relax on your sun lounger with a good book, then sink into your Jacuzzi or catch up on some sleep before bringing your day to a close with a sundowner cruise on a traditional dhow with pink flamingos mirroring the setting sun.

Day 13

Before you leave, you will want to return…

As your helicopter banks away towards Vilanculos, for your connecting flight to Johannesburg and your onward journey home, consider this: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Here nothing changes at all. The palm trees fringing its white-sand beaches; its rich canopy of acacia forest; those fishing dhows manoeuvring through its waters far below you – all will be exactly so on your return. Anticipate the moment, and it will happen.

Inclusions

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Return transfer from CTIA to Welgelegen
  • Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
  • Return charter flight to Exeter River Lodge in a small aircraft
  • Return transfer from OR Tambo International Airport to The Peech Hotel
  • Return flight from Johannesburg to Vilanculos
  • Return air transfer to Benguerra Island Lodge

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"Ah, a total favourite! Our most popular family destinations - Cape Town, Kruger & Mozambique - make this adventuous holiday a winner."

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