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Highlights

  • Full-day family fun tour in Franschhoek
  • Explore Cape Town & the scenic Winelands
  • Superb wine tasting & gourmet highlights
  • Malaria-free Big 5 game viewing at Kwandwe

Overview

This superb 12-day self-drive tour explores premier attractions in South Africa’s Western and Eastern Cape, beginning in the vibrant cafe culture of Cape Town, and the gourmet capital of the Cape Winelands, Franschhoek. A flight to the Eastern Cape takes you on safari where the tour finishes with malaria-free Big 5 game viewing in a private reserve.

Your adventure starts with a 4-night stay at the Cape Grace, a hotel set in Cape Town's V&A Waterfront - the perfect base from which to explore the city. There is so much to see and do here, from taking a trip up Table Mountain to visiting the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach and sipping cocktails on Camps Bay's sunset strip.

Your next stop is the charming country town of Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of the Cape Winelands. Spend three nights at Le Quartier Francais, home to the internationally acclaimed The Tasting Room restaurant. Spend three sun-drenched days wine tasting and fine feasting.

Your tour shifts to a restful gear when you continue to your final destination: Kwandwe Private Reserve in the Eastern Cape. This rugged Big 5 reserve makes a perfect, grand finale to a sensational South Africa vacation.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 12 Days

Accommodations Visited

Cape Town, South Africa, V&A Waterfront

Cape Grace

4 Nights
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Itinerary

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Day 1-4: Welcome to the Mother City

Cape Town, V&A Waterfront, South Africa
Detailed breakdown

Day 1-4: Welcome to the Mother City | 4 Nights

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Cape Town, V&A Waterfront, South Africa

You will be collected at Cape Town International Airport and driven to the V&A Waterfront to check into your home for the next four nights: the Cape Grace.

This glamourous but friendly hotel is perfectly located for you to experience Cape Town's favourite attractions. Cape Grace has a spectacular choice for dining on your first evening if you wish, fuelling you to be begin exploring after a good night's rest. Catch the cable car to the top of Table Mountain or a ferry from the V&A Waterfront to the historic Robben Island, where the legendary Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Soak up the sun in one of Clifton beaches sheltered coves or sip sundowners in a cocktail bar in Camps Bay. Explore the shopping mecca on your doorstep or stroll through the street cafes and markets of the city.

Venture further afield to the dramatic beauty of Cape Point or take a picnic to the lush grounds of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens - there is so much to do and see in and around this city!

Days 5-7: Africa’s Gourmet Capital | 3 Nights

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Cape Winelands, Franschhoek

Your next destination is Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. A driver will collect you from Cape Grace to transfer you, an hour's easy drive from Cape Town, through fruit orchards and vineyards, along glorious mountain passes that sweep you through vistas of outstanding natural beauty.

Franschhoek is South Africa's gourmet capital: award-winning restaurants and cafés line the streets, which are best explored on foot. Its crown jewel is The Tasting Room, located at the acclaimed boutique hotel, Le Quartier Français, which is your home for three nights.

With its 300-year-old winemaking tradition eloquently blending the Old World with the New, you will find the surrounding vineyards surprisingly accessible. Enjoy leisurely wine tasting and light lunches in dappled sunlight under ancient oak trees or delve into cellars sunken into hillsides for perfect expressions of the Cape’s terroir.

On day 7, put on comfy shoes for a full-day guided tour of some of the area's best family-friendly destinations and activities. Meet eagles and other raptors at Spier, where you will also undertake wine tasting while the children enjoy a grape-juice tasting and learn more about the central role bugs play in the ecosystem. You will also visit a glass blower, taste goat's milk cheese (and meet the goats!) and sample some local chocolate - all interspersed with time in the sun at exciting playgrounds.

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Days 8-11: Big 5 at Kwandwe Private Reserve | 4 Nights

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Eastern Cape, South Africa

Your journey leads you onwards as you leave behind the Winelands and head back to Cape Town’s international airport. Once again, you will be collected at in Franschhoek for a road transfer to Cape Town’s airport to board your flight to Gqerberha (formally ‘Port Elizabeth’).

On arrival, you will be met on arrival for your transfer to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve where Kwandwe Fort House will welcome you for your final four nights on tour.

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is one of the few malaria-free Big 5 reserves in Southern Africa, where thrilling game drives and guided nature walks take you in search of lion, black and white rhino, buffalo and elephant along with a host of classic African wildlife. This is the perfect conclusion to your tour of South Africa.

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Day 12: Farewell to the Cape

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After breakfast, it’s back on the road to Gqerberha. A driver will collect and drop you off at nearby Port Elizabeth Airport for you to begin your journey home. You may want to extend your tour and return to Cape Town along the scenic Route 62, which takes you inland to a land of olives, ostriches and wine farms.

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Inclusions

  • Transfers as specified
  • Family Fun and Furry Friends Tour
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Exclusions

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

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Dates Price
2024-01-01 — 2024-01-31 $20,125
2024-02-01 — 2024-02-29 $20,285
2024-03-01 — 2024-08-31 $20,165
2024-09-01 — 2024-11-30 $20,250
2024-12-01 — 2024-12-31 $20,435
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
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