Classic South Africa

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Description

Lush rolling vineyards, jagged peaks and winding coastal roads edged by verdant forests make up the landscapes of this beautiful country. With plenty of wine tasting on offer and the sociability provided by a small group, this presents the perfect experience of South Africa. You can even extend your journey to experience the Big Five in one of the region's most renowned private game reserves or national parks.

Itinerary


 Day 1: UK to Cape Town

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Cape Town.


 Day 2: Cape Town

On arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. This evening provides the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at the iconic Gold Restaurant. With cuisine that transports you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu, this is a superb and authentic culinary experience that's accompanied by a unique cultural experience. Listen to the hypnotic rhythm of the djembe drums and enjoy a hand washing ceremony before your delicious 14-course Cape Malay and African meal is served, with each dish's origin and heritage explained by the friendly staff. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). D.


 Day 3: Cape Town

Today promises to be action-filled with a full day Cape Peninsula tour on the schedule. Weather permitting, your first stop is Table Mountain for a panoramic cable car to the top where you can walk to all the different viewpoints and get some great pictures of the city below. You'll then head for Hout Bay, passing Camps Bay and Llandudno along the way. Continue travelling over Chapman's Peak and perhaps opt to take the funicular up to the Cape Point Lighthouse (extra cost). From here, follow the coast to Cape Point Nature Reserve. As the day draws to a close, we've saved the most endearing sight for last - a trip to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 4: Cape Town

With the morning at leisure, you may wish to head out to on an optional tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. In the early afternoon, you'll enjoy one of our favourite highlights of this tour - the Cape Malay Cooking Safari. Pay a visit to a friendly local family where you will enjoy a fully-interactive, hands-on cooking demonstration. Delight in the delicious flavours of what you've created as you indulge in a filling traditional meal. You'll then have a chance to walk-off your superb lunch with a guided tour of the Bo-Kaap area to uncover more of the fascinating Cape Malay people, their culture and their food. As lunch is a filling affair, we've ensured that you have the evening at leisure so you can eat as much or as little as you wish. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 5: Cape Town to Stellenbosch

Travel to the Cape Winelands to explore various wine estates and enjoy a cellar tour where you can indulge in two wine tastings and a cheese tasting. You'll then travel on to Stellenbosch. This evening, head out as a group to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 8 hours including Winelands tour and stops. Stay: Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 6: Stellenbosch/Cape Winelands

Today, a special highlight awaits - a journey aboard the famed Franschhoek Wine Tram. On this hop-on hop-off tour, you'll experience the beautiful essence of the Franschhoek Valley. Journey past rolling landscapes covered in vineyards, stopping a total of seven times to enjoy a range of activities, from wine tasting to cellar tours. With so much indulgence, today allows for both lunch and dinner at your leisure so that you can select what suits you best, and allows for those who simply want to savour all that the region has to offer in their own way. Stay: Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). B.


 Day 7: Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn

Travel via the scenic Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. This area is a lush oasis catering for adventure, culture and geology and is one of the most visited towns in the country. Visit Karusa, a premium private winery where you will enjoy a delicious wine tasting and tapas-style lunch in the wine gardens, enjoying spectacular views of the towering Swartberg Mountains. This afternoon, visit the Cango Caves for a guided tour through the incredible fairyland of columns, crystal curtains and flowstone formations. As evening draws in, head to a local restaurant for dinner. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including stops. Stay: Hlangana Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 8: Oudtshoorn to Knysna

Visit the CP Nel Museum for a guided tour before travelling over the Outeniqua Pass, following the coastline to Knysna. Nestled on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the 'Garden Route' of South Africa, Knysna is surrounded by a paradise of indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. Here, you'll have the option to embark on a boat cruise on the Knysna Lagoon (weather permitting). Others may like to take a leisurely stroll around the waterfront or do a spot of shopping. The afternoon is at leisure to explore at your own pace. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Madison Manor Boutique Hotel (or similar). B.


 Day 9: Knysna

Your day begins at a leisurely pace, embarking on the Featherbed Eco Experience after breakfast. This four-hour experience features a tour of the privately-owned nature reserve, including a ferry and nature trail walk, ending with a delicious buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant. Hop back on the ferry to return to the mainland for an evening at leisure. Stay: Madison Manor Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 10: Knysna to Port Elizabeth

Travel to the town of Plettenberg Bay to visit Monkeyland, the world's first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. Spanning an area of 30 acres, it allows the resident primates to forage freely as they would in the wild. You could also consider a visit to the Birds of Eden, great for any budding birdwatchers. From here you'll travel on to Tsitsikamma National Park, which in Khoisan means 'place of much water'. The Park incorporates 49 miles of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain fynbos, and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. From here you'll continue on to Port Elizabeth. Approx. journey time: 4-5 hours including stops. Stay: The Beach Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 11: Port Elizabeth to UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK arriving the following day. For those eager to see more of this beautiful country, we recommend extending your stay to enjoy a safari experience to spot the Big Five. B. Stay longer

Mauritius Beach 2 nights

Escape to white sand beaches and an eclectic paradise of people and cultures

Mozambique Beach 3 nights
Wind down on the serene beaches of Mozambique for a relaxed end to your tour.Eastern Cape 2 nightsExplore the beautiful bushveld with game drives in the Kariega Game Reserve.


 Day 1: UK to Cape Town

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Cape Town.


 Day 2: Cape Town

On arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. This evening provides the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at the iconic Gold Restaurant. With cuisine that transports you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu, this is a superb and authentic culinary experience that's accompanied by a unique cultural experience. Listen to the hypnotic rhythm of the djembe drums and enjoy a hand-washing ceremony before your delicious 14-course Cape Malay and African meal is served, with each dish's origin and heritage explained by the friendly staff. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). D.


 Day 3: Cape Town

Today promises to be action-filled with a full-day Cape Peninsula tour on the schedule. Weather permitting, your first stop is Table Mountain for a panoramic cable car to the top where you can walk to all the different viewpoints and get some great pictures of the city below. You'll then head for Hout Bay, passing Camps Bay and Llandudno along the way. Continue travelling over Chapman's Peak and perhaps opt to take the funicular up to the Cape Point Lighthouse (extra cost). From here, follow the coast to Cape Point Nature Reserve. As the day draws to a close, we've saved the most endearing sight for last - a trip to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 4: Cape Town

With the morning at leisure, you may wish to head out on an optional tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. In the early afternoon, you'll enjoy one of our favourite highlights of this tour - the Cape Malay Cooking Experience. Pay a visit to a friendly local family where you will enjoy a fully-interactive, hands-on cooking demonstration. Delight in the delicious flavours of what you've created as you indulge in a filling traditional meal. You'll then have a chance to walk-off your superb lunch with a guided tour of the Bo-Kaap area to uncover more of the interesting culture of the Cape Malay people and their food. As lunch is a filling affair, we've ensured that you have the evening at leisure so you can eat as much or as little as you wish. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 5: Cape Town to Stellenbosch

Travel to the Cape Winelands to explore various wine estates and enjoy a cellar tour where you can indulge in two wine tastings and a cheese tasting. You'll then travel on to Stellenbosch. This evening, head out as a group to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 8 hours including Winelands tour and stops. Stay: Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 6: Stellenbosch/Cape Winelands

Today, a special highlight awaits - a journey aboard the famed Franschhoek Wine Tram. On this hop-on hop-off tour, you'll experience the beautiful essence of the Franschhoek Valley. Journey past rolling landscapes covered in vineyards, stopping a total of seven times to enjoy a range of activities, from wine tasting to cellar tours. With so much indulgence, today allows for both lunch and dinner at your leisure so that you can select what suits you best, and allows for those who simply want to savour all that the region has to offer in their own way. Stay: Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). B.


 Day 7: Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn

Travel via the scenic Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. This area is a lush oasis rich with adventure, culture and geology and is one of the most visited towns in the country. Visit Karusa, a premium private winery where you will enjoy a delicious wine tasting and tapas-style lunch in the wine gardens, enjoying spectacular views of the towering Swartberg Mountains. This afternoon, visit the Cango Caves for a guided tour through the incredible fairyland of columns, crystal curtains and flowstone formations. As evening draws in, head to a local restaurant for dinner. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including stops. Stay: Hlangana Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.


 Day 8: Oudtshoorn to Knysna

Visit the CP Nel Museum for a guided tour before travelling over the Outeniqua Pass, following the coastline to Knysna. Nestled on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the 'Garden Route' of South Africa, Knysna is surrounded by a paradise of indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. Here, you'll have the option to embark on a boat cruise on the Knysna Lagoon (weather permitting). Others may like to take a stroll around the waterfront or do a spot of shopping. The afternoon is at leisure to explore at your own pace. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B.


 Day 9: Knysna

Your day begins at a leisurely pace, embarking on the Featherbed Eco Experience after breakfast. This four-hour experience features a tour of the privately-owned nature reserve, including a ferry and nature trail walk, ending with a delicious buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant. Hop back on the ferry to return to the mainland for an evening at leisure. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 10: Knysna to Port Elizabeth

Travel to the town of Plettenberg Bay to visit Monkeyland, the world's first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. Spanning an area of 30 acres, it allows the resident primates to forage freely as they would in the wild. You could also consider a visit to the Birds of Eden, great for any budding birdwatchers. From here you'll travel on to Tsitsikamma National Park, which in Khoisan means 'place of much water'. The park incorporates 49 miles of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain fynbos, and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. From here you'll continue on to Port Elizabeth. Approx. journey time: 4-5 hours including stops. Stay: The Beach Hotel (or similar). B, L.


 Day 11: Port Elizabeth

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK arriving the following day. For those eager to see more of this beautiful country, we recommend extending your stay to enjoy a safari experience to spot the Big Five. B. Stay longer

Mauritius Beach 2 nights

Escape to white sand beaches and an eclectic paradise of people and cultures

Mozambique Beach 3 nights
Wind down on the serene beaches of Mozambique for a relaxed end to your tour.Eastern Cape 2 nightsExplore the beautiful bushveld with game drives in the Kariega Game Reserve.