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The city, bush and beach highlights of Africa: all in one easy, family-friendly sojourn. For 14 days, you will introduced to one of the world’s most beautiful cities before immersing yourself in Big 5 country and ending on the white-powder beaches of an idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago.

Begin at Welgelegen House in Cape Town, where the endless attractions of this incredible city nestled on the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain await you. Visit historic wine estates and amazing beaches, take the cable car to the top of the mountain for stunning views and enjoy world-class cuisine. Continue to the renowned Big 5 Sabi Sands Game Reserve, where the elegant Shimbalili Lodge serves as a base for thrilling wildlife encounters. The grand finale is five nights at the exclusive Ephelia Resort on the island paradise of Mahe in the Seychelles, where barefoot luxury is the order of the day. Laze on a perfect beach, indulge in invigorating spa treatments or take to the ocean with a variety of fantastic water activities on offer.

This journey has multi-generational appeal and truly offers ‘something for everyone’ – foodies, animal lovers, oenophiles and sun worshippers alike will leave feeling both rested and inspired, carrying a tiny nugget of Africa somewhere within their soul.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the many attractions of Cape Town
  • Visit the Big 5 wilderness of the Sabi Sands
  • Day & night game drives
  • Walking safaris in search of the Little 5
  • Laze in tropical bliss in the Seychelles
  • Enjoy a variety of water sports

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-4

On the slopes of Table Mountain

Arriving at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to Welgelegen Guest House. This charming Victorian abode has been lovingly restored and decorated, and is situated in a quiet street in the lively Gardens neighbourhood of Cape Town, nestled on the leafy slopes of Table Mountain.

Cape Town ranks as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the friendly staff at Welgelegen will be more than willing to assist you in booking tours and activities that take your fancy.

The winemaking tradition in the Cape goes back hundreds of years, and there are many exceptional vintages and varietals to enjoy. Set in a spectacularly scenic landscape of rearing mountains and sea views, the wine country is reminiscent of Provence, with an African twist. Beautifully gabled Cape Dutch buildings characterize the older estates, which are set in verdant rolling vineyards on mountain slopes. Visit several estates for tastings of their finest offerings and stop for lunch at one of them. Enjoy a delicious, indulgent meal in a setting that will take your breath away- a mountains and vineyards that is truly unique.

If you take a drive along the peninsula to Cape Point, you can enjoy a delicious seafood lunch in Kalk Bay, gazing out over the ocean, before heading back to Cape Town to ascend the famous Table Mountain. The cable car to the top of the mountain rotates 360°, offering incredible views of the city below. Arriving at the top, there are networks of paths to wander, with viewpoints dotted along the way. From here you can see Lion’s Head, Robben Island, the distant mountains of the Winelands and all the way to Cape Point in a series of breathtaking vistas.

The city itself has the attractions of the V&A Waterfront at your doorstep, stunning beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard and the ‘Riviera’ atmosphere of Camps Bay with its beachside café culture to absorb.

Days 5-7

The Big 5 country of Simbambili Game Lodge

Depart Cape Town on a scheduled flight to Johannesburg, where you board a chartered flight to Hoedspruit, outside the world-famous Kruger National Park. Your guide will meet you and take you on a game drive into the exclusive Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

Together with its neighbour, the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands forms 2.7 million hectares of unfenced, protected wilderness. Game roams freely between the two reserves, forming one of Africa’s most bio-diverse wildlife populations. The short drive from the airstrip whets your appetite for game viewing and delivers you to Shimbambili Lodge, an elegantly luxurious lodge overlooking the Manyeleti River.

Shimbambili is set in the heart of Big 5 country and is tastefully decorated in elegant neutrals and gorgeous African textures. The architecture is best described as organic - the lodge seems to have sprung forth from the wilderness around it. Your suite is spacious with lovely views over the river below from your private viewing deck, complete with a plunge pool and enticing loungers.

Once you have settled in, it is time for an expedition into the wilderness. Who knows which of the Big 5 will make an appearance on your very first game drive? As the sky comes alive in a vivid sunset palette, your expert ranger selects a spot for sundowners, making the most of this beautiful time of day. On your drive back to camp, your guide deftly wields a spotlight to seek out the rare nocturnal wildlife as it emerges - you keep a sharp lookout for porcupines, genets and even leopards and hyenas.

Day 8

Night in Johannesburg

After your game drive or a lazy morning at leisure, you depart Shimbambili Lodge and return to Hoedspruit for your flight to Johannesburg. Spend the night at City Lodge in this vibrant metropolis in preparation for your morning flight to the Seychelles. 

Days 9-13

Welcome to paradise

Your flight from Johannesburg arrives at the International Airport on Mahé Island, where you are met by a representative and taken to the exclusive Ephelia Resort.

Mahé and its neighbouring islands, Praslin and La Digue, form the cultural and economic hub of this island republic. The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands and a fascinating melting pot of cultures from the four corners of the world. You hear the rich Seychellois heritage in the melodic mingling of French, English and lilting Creole, see it in the exotic traditional dances, and taste it in the blending of spices and flavours of this beautiful nation.

Arriving at the resort, you find it tucked away in the lush tropical vegetation of a huge estate, overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The fragrance of frangipani blossoms on the soft ocean breeze and the elegant spaces, restful décor, sparkling pools and graceful service all combine to soothe your mind and awaken your senses.

The pampering treatments on offer at Spa de Constance may beckon you or the equally enticing Shiseido Pavilion. Exploring the stunning granite reefs and tropical waters of the Port Launay Marine Park may tempt you to paddle out in a sea kayak, snorkel or dive. Flex your fitness with mountain biking, tennis and yoga, or take a highly recommended Island Tour. Wandering perfect beaches or strolling through coconut groves, you can laze away the afternoon over a picnic or discover the island’s giant tortoises.

Day 14

Homeward bound

After breakfast on the deck, admiring the start of yet another perfect day, you depart for the airport and your flight home. What photographs and anecdotes you carry with you! Close your eyes and recall the thrill of seeing your first leopard. Mid-hunt, its muscles bunching for a deadly leap, the distinctive fur rippling, your heart racing, torn between sympathy for its prey and admiration for its fearless beauty. You are among the privileged few whose memories evoke the exotic flavours of Creole cuisine, the underwater wonderland of teeming coral reefs, and the happy clink of sundowners lit by the radiant luminosity of an African sunset.

Inclusions

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Return flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit
  • Flight from Johannesuburg to Seychelles
  • Ground transfers
  • Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
  • Return transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Four Rosmead

Exclusions

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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 07 Oct 2014 - 24 Oct 2014 $6025
  • 12 Nov 2014 - 29 Nov 2014 $5625
  • 30 Nov 2014 - 17 Dec 2014 $5625

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"A thrilling safari followed by a fun-filled beach holiday in one of the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean, we've created this journey to provide a unique experience at great value without compromising on quality."

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