Explore Lively Cape Town, full of rich history, fine-dining and excellent shopping. Drive through the Cape Winelands en route to a safari adventure and a final stop on the pristine Maputuland coast
Day 1-5: Kensington Place, Cape Town, South Africa
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you, our guests, will be met at the door of your plane by one of our representatives, who will escort you through Immigrations and Customs and assist with baggage. You will then be transferred to Kensington Place for 4 nights’ accommodation.
A hire-car will be delivered on the second day of your stay, allowing you to relax and to explore the wonderfully vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.
Info: Kensington Place & Cape Town
Kensington Place rests on the slopes of Table Mountain. The city, its harbour and the surrounding mountains are all visible from each private terrace. Lush, quiet gardens and an intimate pool surround the property. The interiors have an unmistakably contemporary feel with eclectic African touches throughout. You can be pampered to breakfast in bed, on your terrace or overlooking the gardens at any time.
Cape Town is a bustling metropolitan centre with a fascinating history, a beautiful setting and people who can’t do enough to help. Tours from your hotel can be arranged to give you the maximum experience in the time you have, or you may prefer to sightsee at leisure, allowing you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city at your own pace. Tours can be organised to Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point and its hinterland, including the famous vineyards of close by Stellenbosch, as well as shark-cage diving and whale-watching in Hermanus.
Day 5 & 6: The Franschhoek Country House, Franschhoek, South Africa
Today you will check-out of Kensington Place and will drive to Franschhoek in the Winelands. Founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago, it is widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa, and its beautiful setting and café-lined streets will charm you. You will check-in to The Franschhoek Country House for 2 nights’ accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis.
The second day can be spent at leisure or you can set off to explore the Winelands area, surrounded by superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. You can visit Paarl, with its mountain setting, and Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal-lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. And, of course, you can visit one of the many renowned estates in the area for a cellar tour and wine tasting.
Info: The Franschhoek Country House & Franschhoek
The Franschhoek Country House is a boutique style hotel just outside the picturesque Cape Wine Route village of Franschhoek. The property is a lovingly restored manor house and former perfumery dating back to 1890; it is surrounded by enchanting vineyards and majestic mountains. The hotel boasts two pools with beautiful mountain vistas, in-house salon, 2 luxurious restaurants and beautifully manicured gardens. Attention to detail and friendly personalised service make this experience and fine country retreat one to remember.
Franschhoek is an area renowned for its cuisine and wine. There are over 40 restaurants in and around town, with many world-class ones among them. The vineyards surrounding the town offer wine-tasting and are an excellent place to sample the best South Africa has to offer. With many of the oldest colonial towns on its doorstep, it is an excellent place from which to explore the area and to unwind in the evenings with a glass of shiraz.
Day 7: Rosenhof Country Lodge, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
This morning, you will leave the Winelands behind you and head towards the Garden Route. Travel along the scenic Route 62 through the rough semi-desert landscape of the Little Karoo to Oudtshoorn, where you will check-in at Rosenhof Country Lodge for 1 night’s accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
Whilst in Oudtshoorn, you can visit the Cango Caves, wander around town or go on a meerkat safari, where you view these fascinating creatures as they come out their burrows at sunrise.
Info: The Rosenhof Country House & Oudsthoorn
The Rosenhof Country House lies in the Outskirts of Oudtshoorn, the Cango caves and Ostrich Farms are nearby. Meerkat viewing is also available, and can be organized before departure. The property, a circa 1852 renovated Victorian Homestead, has 12 separate bedrooms and 2 executive suites, furnished in Cape Victorian-style with en-suite bathrooms, remote controlled air-conditioning and satellite television, telephone, mini-bar and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a gym and sauna.
Oudsthoorn was built on the ostrich boom in the late 1800s, with ostrich features becoming fashionable in Europe at the time. As such, it is nowadays a lovely old-feel town with Cape Dutch architecture and an emphasis on its ostrich-based heritage, being still the largest producer of ostrich in the world. Other activities on offer are the nearby Cango Caves, ostrich-riding and exploring the wonderful Klein Karoo, providing an arid but beautiful surrounding for the town.
Day 8 & 9: Bay Lodge, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Today you cross over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to The Garden Route, passing through the towns of George and Knysna on your way to Plettenberg Bay. Your accommodation for the next 2 nights is at The Bay Lodge, where you will stay on a bed & breakfast basis.
On the second day of your stay, ease gently into the day with a generous breakfast served on the veranda, complete with its spectacular view of the ocean, before setting off to explore the many surrounding attractions or relax around the pool, soaking up the sun. Activities on offer include hiking or biking along the forest trails, horse-riding, deep-sea fishing, sailing, surfing and swimming.
Info: Bay Lodge & Plettenberg Bay
The luxurious Bay Lodge is a mere 2 minutes’ leisurely walk from Plettenberg Bay’s Central Beach. This designer, boutique beach lodge offers the latest designer trends with the highest standards of luxury lodging, with an unbeatable location, magnificent views, tranquil, contemporary beach décor and a roof terrace with Jacuzzi and BBQ facilities.
Plettenberg Bay is renowned globally for its unspoilt golden beaches, dramatic rocky peninsula, countless lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted waterways. With its exceptional climate and beautiful location overlooking the Indian Ocean, Plettenberg Bay is an excellent base from which to explore the area or relax by the beach.
Day 10: Kirkmans Camp, Exeter Kirkmans, South Africa
In the morning, you will set off to George Airport, where you will be met by one of our representatives, who will accompany you to your connecting charter flight to Exeter. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Kirkmans Camp, where you will spend 2 nights’ stay on a fully-inclusive basis. Activities on both days include morning and evening safari drives, as well as relaxing by the pool and observing the wildlife around the camp.
Info: Kirkman’s Camp & Exter Kirkman’s
Kirkman’s Camp is a historic and famous camp which was originally built in the early 1920’s. The colonial atmosphere of gracious style and luxury has been retained, and one steps back in time upon entering the old homestead, which now serves as the recreational hub of the camp. The large lounge, decorated in 1920 style, leads through double French doors onto rolling lawns that provide a velvety contrast to the wild and tumbling bush surrounding the camp.
Exeter is situated within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, renowned for having the best Big Five game-viewing in South Africa, if not the world. Located on the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park, there are no restricting fences, thus enabling the animals to roam freely, just as nature intended. The Reserve is famous for its incredible leopard sightings. Traversing over 10,000 hectares of ‘Big Five’ territory, guests can enjoy the wonders of the African bush.
Day 12 & 13: Exeter Leadwood Lodge, Exeter Private Game Reserve, South Africa
After your morning game drive, you will be transferred to Leadwood Lodge for 2 nights’ accommodation, to give you the opportunity to try a different safari experience, with similar activities on offer.
Exeter Leadwood Lodge is a small, exclusive lodge situated on the banks of the perennial Sand River. The lodge is cocooned in natural bush, where jackalberry and leadwood trees lend their shade, and the four luxury suites are well-distanced from each other, in order to offer solitude and serenity. Each suite has a private eternity-edge pool, wrapped around by a wooden deck.
Day 14-17: Thonga Beach Lodge, Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, South Africa
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the landing strip for your charter flight to Thonga Beach Lodge, where you will spend a relaxing 3 nights’ stay in a sea-view room on a full board basis, spending the days at leisure. After check-out on your final day you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
Thonga Beach Lodge is set in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, on the pristine shore of the Maputuland coast. This small luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Set above a secluded bay, Thonga Beach Lodge is nestled into beautiful coastal dune-forest, with sweeping views of the stunning beach below The 12 spacious en-suite, thatched suites are immersed in the coastal dune-forest and raised on wooden stilts to ensure no harm comes to the sensitive dune soils. All have private balconies and ensure guest privacy, as well as boasting breath-taking views of the ocean and natural surroundings.