A Taste of South Africa    *alt*

10 days, from £2630
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Discover the splendour of South Africa's Garden Route on this introductory tour taking in quaint towns, magnificent scenery, wildlife and gastronomy. Start in the vibrant city of Cape Town, travel along this compact coastal belt with its wide beaches, lakes, indigenous forest and impressive mountain passes. Encounter the region's beauty, staying in boutique properties along the way and dining on delicious local cuisine, before returning to Cape Town.

Tour type: General interest

What's Included
* A selection of boutique & character hotels
* Pre- & post-group tour nights in Cape Town (private basis)
* A non-exclusive group tour element (days 4-8)
* Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
* Direct flights with British Airways
* Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
* Experienced local tour guides
* 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
* Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
* Porterage at airports

Tour Highlights:
- Travel along the scenic Garden Route
- Stay in charming, boutique properties
- Enjoy the balance between group & private travel
- Wine tasting in South Africa's oldest vineyards
Meal basis
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

Itinerary options
If you would like to stay in a different hotel in Cape Town such as the Cape Grace or Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, please enquire with your tour consultant.

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Tailor-made travel
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5008 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.


 Day 1: Fly to Cape Town

Overnight flight to Cape Town (regional connections available) with British Airways. (N)

 Day 2: Cape Town

Early morning arrival. Transfer to 2Inn1 Kensington/ Dockhouse Boutique Hotel & Spa for a 2-night stay. Morning city tour, discovering the history and culture that makes up the 'Mother City', including a trip up Table Mountain. Afternoon at leisure. (N)

 Day 3: Cape Peninsula

Explore the peninsula taking in the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton before heading towards Hout Bay. Join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island before visiting the national park to witness the symbolic meeting of the two oceans and enjoy the spectacular views. Head to Simonstown for lunch and visit the penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. Stroll through the quirky boutiques and antique shops of Kalk Bay. En route back to the city visit a boutique winery for wine tasting, set within the picturesque Constantia area, South Africa's oldest wine growing region. (B, D)

 Day 4: Overberg region

This morning, join the group and depart Cape Town over the Hottentots-Holland mountains via Sir Lowry's Pass, stopping en route for wine tasting within the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. During the whale season, stop in Hermanus, which offers the best land-based whale watching along its cliff paths (June to November) and optional boat tours. Continue on the Swellendam, the third oldest settlement in South Africa. Overnight at Gaikou Lodge. (B, D)

 Day 5: Plettenberg Bay

Travel along the Garden Route via Mossel Bay. Arrive in Plettenberg Bay in time for lunch and a stroll along its white sandy beaches. Stay 2 nights at Hunter's Country House (or similar). (B, L, D)

 Day 6: Tsitsikamma * Plettenberg Bay

This morning visit Birds of Eden, the largest freeflight bird aviary in the world. Continue to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Take a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms river mouth gorge, which offers incredible views. Enjoy time at leisure in the town of Plettenberg Bay before returning to the lodge for dinner. (B, D)

 Day 7: Knysna * Oudtshoorn

Morning drive to the lagoon-side town of Knysna - the gem of the Garden Route. Embark on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve located on the western Knysna Head. Take a ferry across the lagoon and a drive to the top of the reserve and walk an optional nature trail. A delicious lunch is served under the milkwood trees. Drive through George and via the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn. Visit an ostrich farm for a guided tour. Stay overnight at Rosenhof Country House (or similar). (B, L, D)

 Day 8: Cape Town

Morning visit to the Cango caves. Travel along the celebrated Route 62 to Cape Town taking in the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards. Stop at the Country Pumpkin Restaurant near Barrydale for lunch, followed by a leisurely drive back to Cape Town for the final night at 2Inn1 Kensington / Dockhouse Boutique Hotel & Spa. (B)

 Day 9: Cape Town * Fly to London

 Day 9: Cape Town * Fly to London Day at leisure to explore or take optional excursions. Evening flight to London. (B)

 Day 10: London

Morning arrival. (N)