Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Wanderlust
01/05/2019 - 31/08/2019
Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari Wanderlust
You begin in Cape Town and enjoy the city as well as its icon, Table Mountain. With a diverse range of attractions and activities, you will be spoilt for choice for 3 days. You will then head to Prince Albert, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains. Your journey continues to Oudsthoorn, the ostrich capital, where you will get acquainted with the quirky creatures.
Two nights will then be spent in Knysna, a natural paradise of lush, indigenous forests, a tranquil lagoon and golden beaches. This is where you will enjoy a cruise to the famous Knysna Heads. The last leg of your journey will be at Amakhala Game Reserve, a malaria-free safari destination that showcases the prized wildlife of Africa, the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant).
- Rates are RACK & commissionable to international tour operators
- Rates are subject to change without prior notice
- All services remain subject to availability until time of booking
- Comprehensive travel insurance is recommended
- Package is based on a minimum of two guests
- Group C Bidvest car Rental for 10 Days
- 3 nights’ accommodation at the Portswood hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis
- 1 nights’ accommodation at the Swartberg Hotel on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
- 1 nights’ accommodation at Surval Boutique Olive Estate on a Bed & Breakfast basis
- 2 nights’ accommodation at The Lofts Boutique Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast Basis
- 2 nights’ accommodation at Amakhala Woodbury Lodge on a fully inclusive basis.
- Entrance fees to sightseeing venues as stated in the itinerary above
- Guided Cape Town & Table Mountain City Tour (Excludes Cable Car Tickets)
- Classic Ostrich Farm Tour and Lunch
- Featherbed Paddle Cruiser, Cruise only
- All airfares, air reservations and airport taxes
- All other accommodation
- All other meals
- All other transport
- All other sightseeing
- Gratuities for meals, tourist guides, drivers, game rangers and trackers
- Personal expenses such as alcoholic and other beverages, telephone calls and laundry
- Any other services not mentioned above
When you arrive at Cape Town International Airport you will collect your car rental and be assisted by a Meet & Greet Service that will offer a full handover and explanation of your travel documentation. You will then make your way to the Portswood Hotel in the celebrated V&A Waterfront.
The Portswood Hotel has the highlights of the Mother City at its fingertips. The hotel has a particular historical significance as the lobby was built around the well and cells for prisoners that were en-route to Robben Island. Today, it retains and honours the memory of its past while offering superlative accommodation and exclusive amenities. The hotel features a restaurant, a swimming pool, a bar and a business centre. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, the Quarterdeck, specialises in Cape Malay/Malaysian/Indonesian infused cuisine and excellent South African cuisine can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the swimming pool.
Day Two & Day Three
Day Two: Cape Town
After breakfast, you will enjoy a guided half day morning Table Mountain and City Tour.
You will drive past famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666, City Hall, and the Grand Parade. Driving through famous Adderley Street, you will see St. George’s Cathedral: The Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will then pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter which is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain where slaves were settled.
Continue to join a sparkling tour; witness the art of diamond cutting and the careful craftsmanship of jewellery manufacturing by skilled experts. You will then be offered the option of continuing to Table Mountain, voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You can ascend to the top (weather permitting & excludes the cost of the Cable Way ticket) by the revolving cable car. Here you'll experience phenomenal views, including the famous Robben Island.
The afternoon will be at your leisure.
Day Three: Cape Town
Today you are free to explore the Mother City at your leisure. Relax at your hotel, enjoy some shopping time at the V&A Waterfront and soak up the Cape Town atmosphere while sipping on a cappuccino or glass of wine or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants! There are plenty of things to do and see, so your day will certainly be filled easily.
After breakfast, you journey continues to the town of Prince Albert. Prince Albert, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is found at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains and the landscape is dominated by captivating vineyards as well as fruit and olive farms. The Swartberg Nature Reserve is close by and has caves featuring ancient San rock art.
You will spend a night at the Swartberg Hotel, a country hotel of distinguishing charm and grace. It was established in 1864 and carries with it a rich history which has made it one of the 19 national monuments in the village. It is the perfect base to explore the Karoo, Oudsthoorn and the Swartberg Pass. The hotel has a philosophy of complete serenity from the moment you enter. Verdant gardens are perfect for reading, the spa is perfect for a decadent pampering session or you can catch a show at their beautiful Showroom Theatre. To balance the holiday, there is a well-equipped gym to make use of.
After breakfast, you will make your way to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of South Africa. You will enjoy an Ostrich Farm tour and lunch.
Safari Ostrich Farm was established in 1956 and you will engage in a tour that will show you the inner workings of an ostrich farm. It has two on-site restaurants that serve delicious home-made fair and all meals are enjoyed in a serene garden setting. The Safari Ostrich Farm also offers a shop that sells a wide range of elegant and well-crafted ostrich leather products, including handbags, ladies purses, belts and wallets.
You will spend a night at the luxurious Surval Boutique Olive Estate in a rustic farm setting. The restaurant is named Su Casa, translating to ’Your Home,’ and the name is an apt description. It offers fine dining as well as a bistro menu and both have taken their inspiration from the local Klein Karoo region and complimented with an extensive wine list that features some of the best vintages South Africa has to offer.
Day Six & Day Seven
Day Six: Knysna
After breakfast, you will continue on your self-drive adventure to Knysna. The forested town of Knysna grew around its large, warm- watered lagoon and it is the town’s principal showcase. The lagoon is a protected marine reserve.
You will spend the next two nights here at the Lofts Boutique Hotel. The hotel is unique and is housed in the old Boatshed on Thesen Islands in Knysna. This refurbished building is one of elegance and sits right on the water’s edge of the Knysna Lagoon. The hotel provides a splash pool to laze around in warm summer months as well as a martini bar lounge area, where you can sip a cocktail at sunset or grab a cup of coffee in the morning. The Boatshed also has shops and a private spa as well as the famous île de païn bread cafe.
Day Seven: Knysna
After breakfast, you will join a boat cruise of the legendary Knysna lagoon.
You will jump onto South Africa’s only paddle-driven vessel for an unforgettable and extremely comfortable trip on the Knysna Lagoon up to the majestic Knysna heads. The vessel allows for 360⁰ views of the lagoon from an enclosed deck and it has a bar on each of its two decks. Look out for dolphins, seals and, in season, whales along with a range of birdlife.
Day Eight & Day Nine
After breakfast, you will continue on to Amakhala Game Reserve.
Set on the Big 5 Amakhala Game Reserve, Woodbury Lodge boasts a spectacular location above the Bushmans River Valley. This venue will appeal to those looking to escape into pristine nature while being pampered with indulgent cuisine and comfortable room accommodation. You will spend your days searching for game, either by safari vehicle accompanied by professional guides, on bush walks or river cruises. Back at the lodge, the swimming pool offers a chance to cool off before enjoying a siesta and in the evenings enjoy delicious meals in the dining room or around the campfire.
After breakfast, you will drive to Port Elizabeth, drop off your car rental and continue on a flight to Johannesburg for your onward travel arrangements.