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You begin your 15-day tour in Africa’s most-visited city of Cape Town, where you spend three nights at Kensington Place, which has with stunning sea and mountain views at a much sought-after address. Using the sleek boutique hotel as a base to discover the dynamic Mother City – and find out why it was voted World Design Capital 2014 – you will not have to look far to appreciate good design, especially considering that Kensington Place has featured in numerous international design and décor magazines.

From the buzz of Cape Town you move to Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge, where you enjoy guided 4x4 game drives through the surrounding reserve between soaking up the atmosphere of this intriguingly designed lodge and savouring the chef’s culinary creations. Next you spend one extravagant night at the glamorous The Residence – a Johannesburg stayover characterised by regal charm and serviced by a world-class restaurant.

Conclude your holiday at the beachside St Regis Mauritius Resort on the Le Morne Brabant peninsula – a World Heritage Site within close reach of some of the country’s most stunning natural attractions. There is a range of sea and land activities available as well as six restaurants offering Japanese, Indian, French, Italian and traditional Mauritian cuisine, while a sleek bar serves rainbow-coloured cocktails and snacks.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore unique Cape Town 
  • Views of Table Mountain
  • Art tour to meet Cape Town artists
  • Transfers in Johannesburg by Rolls Royce
  • Game viewing & fine dining in Big 5 reserve
  • Suite with outdoor shower & plunge pool
  • Beachside resort in a World Heritage Site
  • Sunbathing, water sports & unique culinary experiences

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-4

Go local in Cape Town

On your arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you are transferred by road to Kensington Place – an intimate boutique hotel set dramatically on the slopes of iconic Table Mountain with breathtaking views of the city and harbour. Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Higgovale, its sophisticated and minimalist design incorporates touches of traditional Africa throughout. The cutting-edge hotel – which has featured in numerous international design and décor magazines – is an ideal base from which to explore the award-winning city of Cape Town. Its lush gardens and cobalt swimming pool provide sanctuaries of serenity for daytime relaxation.

The fact that breakfast is served throughout the day exemplifies the laid-back atmosphere of Kensington Place. A seasonal menu is always on hand should you wish to dine by the pool or on your own private terrace. Before you have even set foot into the hotel, the concierge will have made dinner reservations at top city restaurants for the duration of your stay.

On your third morning, you are fetched at the hotel for a Cape Town Art Route Tour. This half-day excursion introduces you to a collective of city artists at Greatmore Studios before visiting other artists – both city- and township-based – in their own studios, learning about their life stories, creative processes and how they use the Mother City as inspiration in their work.

Days 5-7

The magic of Madikwe

This morning you are transferred back to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport where you board a flight to Madikwe Game Reserve. You are collected at the airstrip by your ranger and transferred in a 4x4 to Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge, where you are accommodated in one of just five lavish free-standing villas within a Big 5 reserve that is renowned for regular sightings of cheetah and wild dog. Tucked beneath a canopy of fragrant leadwood trees, this owner-run safari lodge has a colonial design and incorporates the vibrant colours of Africa to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing fusion. The double bedroom of your stone-and-thatch villa is equipped with a 4-poster bed and its distinctive décor includes handmade furniture and pencil sketches portraits of wildlife found on the reserve. Your chic bush abode opens onto an expansive wooden deck equipped with an infinity plunge pool and an outdoor shower that offer never-ending views.

Twice-daily 4x4 game drives on this malaria-free reserve put you into contact with a rich diversity of wildlife and these excursions are supplemented by ‘sofa safaris’ on the raised viewing deck, which is fronted by a waterhole where animals regularly come to drink. Before heading out on afternoon drives, enjoy your pick from a magnificent spread of sweet and savoury teatime treats. In the library you can find a book to read on a sofa in the elegantly appointed open-air lounge which is decorated with beautifully-carved wooden antiques and African artefacts. Cool off in the sapphire swimming pool by day and take the chill out of the evening sitting around a roaring camp fire with a glass of sherry before dinner. The award-winning chef prepares innovative nouvelle cuisine that is served in the formal dining room, outside on the starry deck or in the privacy of your own suite.

Day 8

A night at The Residence

After breakfast, fly out from Madikwe back to the airport where you are fetched in a Rolls Royce and transferred to The Residence. Located in the affluent neighbourhood of Houghton – home to late President Nelson Mandela – this hotel is characterised by regal charm and boasts superb attention to decorative detail in everything from its extravagantly furnished sitting areas and lounges, to your individually designed suite. The restaurant’s menu offers a wide selection of inspired culinary creations and conscientious room service ensures perfect in-suite dining. 

Days 9-14

Beach bliss in Mauritius

This morning you are driven in the Rolls Royce back to the airport where you board a flight to Mauritius. On your arrival you are transferred to St Regis Mauritius Resort. Guarded by a 556-metre basaltic monolith that forms part of World Heritage Site Le Morne Brabant – a peninsula at the extreme south-western tip of Mauritius – this charming resort is set on an idyllic soft-sand beach surrounded by a tranquil lagoon. Possibly the most seductive address in the whole of the Indian Ocean, you are within close reach of stunning natural attractions that include the Black River Gorges National Park, Chamarel Waterfall and Seven Coloured Earths.

The architectural design of the resort plays traditional craftsmanship up against refined contemporary elegance while incorporating all the latest technology and gadgets. Enjoy exquisite beach-and-sea views from your elegantly appointed suite which takes functional design and modern comfort to another level. Geared to provide the best in entertainment without the clutter, your sophisticated suite includes an iPod docking station and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet. The vast en suite bathroom is equipped with a round stone bathtub and a double walk-in shower while the furnished balcony of your beachside retreat offers exquisite ocean vistas.

Dining at the resort is always an occasion with transcontinental options available across six restaurants which between them offer Japanese, Indian, French, Italian and traditional Mauritian cuisine, while a sleek bar serves snacks and rainbow-coloured cocktails. Simply India restaurant is headed up by a double Michelin-star chef, whose modern interpretation of Indian and Goan delicacies sends you on a culinary voyage that pays homage to the sub-continent.

With a wide range of both sea and land activities available, you are never short of entertainment on the island. Challenge your partner to a game of tennis or hop on a mountain bike for a scenic ride, making sure to stop along the way and soak up the breath-taking views as you traverse the mountainous areas of La Morne. The comfortable loungers around the sparkling swimming pool invite hours of sunbathing, as do the pristine beaches overlooking the cerulean Indian Ocean, from where you can also snorkel and scuba dive offshore. Catch the wind in your sails on a kite-board and glide across the bright blue water in front of the beach, or escape to one of the Iridium Spa’s 12 private treatment rooms for a rejuvenating massage.

Day 15

Til we meet again...

This morning you are transferred back to Mauritius International Airport where you board a flight to Johannesburg and connect with your onwards flight home. 

Inclusions

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Return transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Kensington Place
  • Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
  • Return air transfer from OR Tambo International Airport to Madikwe
  • Return transfer from OR Tambo International to The Residence Johannesburg
  • Return flight from Johannesburg to Mauritius

Exclusions

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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 14 Sep 2014 - 05 Oct 2014 $7275

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

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Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

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"A truly exceptional combination of top notch lodges. This journey gives you a taste of Africa's best - perfect for a celebratory holiday."

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