overview

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, you will not have to look far to appreciate good design, excellent wine and great food.

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 20 Degrees Sud boutique hotel at Grand Baie on the North Coast of Mauritius. The most intimate of all the island's varied accommodation, the hotel is housed in a charming historic house and offers a wide selection of water sports, beach picnics and gentle cycling trips into the nearby village. 

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore unique Cape Town 
  • Views of Table Mountain
  • Private 'Cape Town Eats' tour
  • Transfers in Johannesburg by Rolls Royce
  • Game viewing & fine dining in Big 5 reserve
  • Bush suite with outdoor shower & plunge pool
  • 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 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 private 'Cape Town Eats' walking tour. South Africa is an exciting mix of cultures, many of which are represented in this culinary excursion - you will sample everything from traditional African 'pap, samp and beans' to national favourites like koeksusters, samoosas, curries and rotis!

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 20 Degrees Sud at Grand Baie. A small and charming boutique hotel, 20 Degrees Sud prides itself on personalised service and showcases the island's history through the old home in which it is housed.

Foodies will enjoy sailing to Flat Island where 20 Degrees Sud has created a micro restaurant in an old ruin on this otherwise uninhabitated island. Or clamber aboard the oldest motorboat in Mauritius to once again savour good food in a unique setting. 

When you are not exploring Grand Baie by bicycle or on foot, take to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to swim, snorkel, dive or sail. Mauritius also has plenty of very scenic hiking trails. Of course, you may prefer to laze on your sunlounger or check into the spa.

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
  • 01 May 2016 - 30 Jun 2016 $5550
  • 01 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016 $5550
  • 01 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $5815

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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