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Enjoy some of South Africa's best holiday destinations on this comprehensive 13-day tour. From the urban vibes and beautiful wine valleys of the Cape to a forest hideaway and a safari in Big 5 country, you'll enjoy a truly memorable trip.

Start your journey in Cape Town where you'll have three days to explore this fascinating and diverse city before moving on to the picturesque Cape Winelands. Stay in the charming Alpine-style town of Franschhoek and visit some of the many elegant wine estates, not forgetting of course to taste their exquisite wines.

Then it's off to Mpumalanga province where you'll enjoy a unique stay at Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge, the perfect base from which to explore the scenic Panorama Route and its many attractions. End your adventure off in the Kruger area, exploring Thornybush Private Game Reserve and enjoying an authentic African safari experience.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore vibrant & diverse Cape Town
  • Visit Boulders Beach penguin colony
  • Take the cable car up Table Mountain
  • Learn about the past at Robben Island
  • Taste the Cape's famous wines
  • Stay in the country's gourmet capital
  • Stay in an Austrian-style lodge on the Panorama Route
  • Search for the Big 5 in a private reserve

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in the Mother City

Arrive in Cape Town today where you'll pick up your rental car and head to the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel to begin your holiday. The rest of the day will be yours to relax and settle in and perhaps go on your first exploration of this vibrant and cosmopolitan city.

Days 2-3

Discover the city of Cape Town

The following two days are yours to explore the city. Hike or take the cable car up iconic Table Mountain or board the ferry to Robben Island for a history lesson. A scenic drive down either side of the peninsula will take you to scenic Cape Point and ever-popular Boulders Beach, where you can sunbathe at a local penguin colony!

Go shopping at the visitor-friendly V&A Waterfront, enjoy a sunset cruise in Table Bay or simply stroll along fashionable and cosmopolitan Long and Kloof Streets and pop into one of the many shops, markets and street cafes.

Dinner options are plentiful: choose one of Cape Town's top-class restaurants to dine at in the evenings or simply relax in style at the Cape Royale.

Days 4-6

Indulge in Franschhoek

Today you will leave the city behind as you drive to the picturesque Cape Winelands and the historic town of Stellenbosch. Stop for lunch at one of the many wineries in the area or in the quaint town centre at one of the many cafes and restaurants dotted along the town's oak-lined streets.

Carry on after lunch to the nearby town of Franschhoek and settle into the Franschhoek Country House for the following three nights. Spend the afternoon getting an optional spa treatment at the hotel or take a walk to see the town's traditional Huguenot architecture.

Franschhoek is well-known as the gourmet capital of South Africa and you won't be short of dining options - Monneaux Restaurant and Le Quartier Francais come highly recommended.

Spend the coming two days visiting the many boutique wineries in the region and tasting exquisite local wines. Wander the charming streets of Franschhoek and stop at some of the galleries and art shops or drive through the mountainous countryside admiring the beautiful Cape scenery.

Day 7

Travel to Mpumalanga

This morning you'll return to Cape Town International Airport for a scheduled flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. After picking up your hire car, drive to the Cybele Forest Lodge and settle in at this unique establishment.

Days 8-9

Explore the Panorama Route and its surrounds

Situated next to the White River Golf Course, one of the best activities at the Oliver is tosimply to take in the easy going country feel of the lodge. Wander its manicured garden, relax by the pool, or play a round of golf.

The lodge also serves as an ideal base from which to visit the highlights of the Panorama Route such as Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window and the quaint, historic town of Pilgrim's Rest. Spend these days drinking in the beautiful surroundings and enjoying your tranquil stay.

Days 10-12

Enjoy a safari in Thornybush

Wake up early to maximise your time at your next destination, Shumbalala Game Lodge, in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve. Adjoining the famous Kruger National Park, Thornybush is prime big game country and you'll explore the region for the following three days on thrilling morning, afternoon and evening game drives. Keep your eyes open for the abundant game that roam these lands: besides the Big 5, Thornybush is home to a wide range of classic African animals and boasts an amazing bird count.

Spend your evenings sitting by the campfire, sipping fine wine and listening to the sounds of the wild. You can also walk down to the lodge's waterhole to watch the animals that come out of the shadows for an evening drink.

Day 13

Return to Johannesburg

After a final morning game drive to search for the animals you haven't yet seen, you'll drive yourself to Hoedspruit Airport to catch your scheduled flight to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Your tour ends once you arrive in Johannesburg.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Residence on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Franschhoek Country House and Villas on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Shumbalala Lodge on a full board basis
  • 14 days car rental
  • Flight from Cape Town Airport to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
  • Flight from Hoedspruit Airport to OR Tambo International Airport

Exclusions

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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 06 Oct 2014 - 27 Oct 2014 $4275
  • 19 Nov 2014 - 10 Dec 2014 $3935

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.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"A lavish African journey with stays at fantastic hotels and lodges; this is one of the best value holidays you will find. Great for a first-timer's trip to Africa."

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