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Best of South Africa

Itinerary
Overview
Countries Visited:
South Africa
Length of Trip:
16 days

itinerary
highlights

  • Cape Town - vibrant, cosmopolitan, fun city
  • Superb Restaurants & Fine Wines of Cape Winelands
  • Ideals for Couples, Honeymooners or Families
  • Garden Route - Visit Bird, Monkey and Elephant sanctuaries
  • Boat Safaris, Scuba, Whale Watching and Deep Sea Fishing Pursuits
  • Safari in a Big 5 Private Game Reserve

Safari Itinerary Summary

Days 1 to 3

On arrival into Cape Town you will receive a VIP Meet & Greet and private road transfer to the Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel for a 3 night stay. Cape Cadogan enjoys convenient proximity to the city, the Table Mountain cableway, as well as the beaches. Narrow streets lined with original Cape buildings house museums, art galleries, lively sidewalk cafes and acclaimed restaurants. We can arrange personal guided tours, eg Cape Peninsula Tour.

Days 4 & 5

Self-Drive to Cape Winelands for a 2 night stay at Angala Boutique Hotel & Guest House, a country retreat perched on the slopes of the majestic Simonsberg within the Vrede en Lust wine estate located in the heart of the Cape Winelands.
From here explore the premier world of wines, or go on walks, mountain bike rides and hikes. Returning to the serene gardens to sip sundowners while overlooking the vineyards to the immense Boland Mountains beyond.

Days 6 to 8

Continue your self-drive to the glorious heart of the garden route. Lairds Lodge is the gorgeous country house on a 24 acre estate perfectly positioned between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. This is the perfect positon to explore the Garden Route highlights including close encounters with whales and dolphins or walking and feeding the Knysna Elephants, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden or sunbathing and swimming on one of the pristine beaches.

Days 9 & 10

Take a flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban and collect your hire car. Your destination is Lalaria Lodge situated in the sleepy coastal town of Shakas Rock along the northern coast of KwaZulu Natal. Lalaria Lodge is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the Indian Ocean all year round. The area offers golf, dolphin spotting adventures by boat, fishing, Zulu culture and Natal Sharks Board tours.

Days 11 & 12

Continue your self drive north travelling up the coast for 230 km to a privately owned safari Lodge. Makakatana Bay Lodge lies within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site in northern KwaZulu Natal. Set on the banks of Lake St Lucia, the lodge is surrounded by unspoiled wilderness, vast wetlands and a game reserve. There are a host of activities to complement this wonderland including game drives, boat safaris, scuba diving, horse riding, whale watching and deep sea fishing. Within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park the animals found include: elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and many types of antelope.

Days 13 to 15

Drop off your car at Durban Airport and take a flight into the Kruger. Your destination is Ngala Safari Lodge in Timbavati Private Game Reserve sharing unfenced borders with Kruger National park. Ngala has a classic safari atmosphere with a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees and green lawns disappearing into thick surrounding bushveld.
Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to all of the Big Five, but is particularly known for its elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as its packs of African wild dog. Leopard and cheetah are also often encountered. Explore the bush on day & afternoon/evening game drives and guided bush walks. This lodge suits families with a range of children’s activities on offer.

Day 16

Depart the lodge with a flight to Johannesburg and your homeward journey.

Itinerary excludes flights from Port Elizabeth to Durban and Durban to Kruger.

This itinerary includes the following Camps:

Cape Cadogan

Cape Cadogan in Cape Town and Winelands

The Cape Cadogan is a stately double-storey Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th ...Read More

The Cape Cadogan is a stately double-storey Georgian and Victorian building that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century.

It was originally a single story Georgian farmhouse which was ‘Victorianised’ in the later part of the century. The hotel’s public areas have a comfortable lounge with an open fireplace, a garden and pool area, and a library where guests can relax and unwind after a day’s sightseeing.

The granite garden wall still contains the original iron work which derives from the old quarry at the top of Kloof Street. The building was awarded national monument status in late 1984.

There are a wide variety of boutiques, restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood. Cape Cadogan is 10-15 mins from Table Mountain, Clifton Beach and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A sense of history where old meets new and blends in a personal and homely manner.

Laird’s Lodge

Laird’s Lodge in The Garden Route

Laird's Lodge is a gracious Cape Dutch style homestead surrounded by manicured gardens and lawns with plenty of indigenous ...Read More

Laird’s Lodge is a gracious Cape Dutch style homestead surrounded by manicured gardens and lawns with plenty of indigenous fynbos, wide open spaces and distant mountain views.

With 16 high ceiling, elegant rooms spread around the property, Lairds Lodge maintains an air of tranquility and relaxation. All rooms are en-suite, air-conditioned, have private terraces, sumptuous furnishings, percale linen and quality toiletries. Luxury rooms are the largest and include heated towel rails and mini bars.

There are various attractive covered terraces, three elegant lounges all with fireplaces, a stylish breakfast courtyard transformed in the evening by braziers; and tucked away behind a little white wall is a peaceful swimming pool with comfortable sun lounges and shady umbrellas.

The main house keeps tradition alive with its reed ceiling in the 32-seater restaurant where a gourmet, four course dinner is served every evening or can be taken in the rustic charm of the 6 seater wine room. Specialising in seafood and game dishes, the Lodge boasts one of the finest menus in the Garden Route.  Every meal is carefully paired with selected wines from the Cape, ensuring a memorable South African dining experience, every time.

Makakatana Bay Lodge

Makakatana Bay Lodge in KwaZulu Natal

Surrounded by vast stretches of the wilderness and the wetlands of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, the ...Read More

Surrounded by vast stretches of the wilderness and the wetlands of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, the Makakatana Bay Lodge is a luxury property in a spectacular destination.

Six spacious suites look out into dune forests, bush or vlei. Private viewing decks invite guests to soak up the tranquility of the region, whilst keeping an eye out for the small animals which wander around. Makakatana décor is contemporary and makes use of natural woods, neutral colour and fibres which skilfully enhance the surrounds. The traditional main lodge, hidden within cool dune forests provides beautiful spaces for socialising, and includes a pool and bar on the lake edge and an outdoor dining area for candlelit meals. Activities include game drives, boat trips and beach safaris.

Ngala Safari Lodge

Ngala Safari Lodge in Kruger and Sabi Sands

&Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge exudes classical charm from a bygone era. Situated within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve ...Read More

&Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge exudes classical charm from a bygone era.

Situated within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve sharing unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and shaded by a canopy of mopane and tamboti trees, the green lawns of Ngala Safari Lodge disappear into thick surrounding bushveld.

The classic safari atmosphere is carried through to the 20 Safari Cottages including 3 Family Cottages that graciously unfold through the lodge grounds. Cottages are private, interiors are warm and comfortable, include air-conditioning and fans, en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower and an intimate veranda. Guest areas at Ngala Safari Lodge include a spacious thatched sitting, bar and dining area with big open fireplaces. Dinner is served in the traditional African boma or on the lantern lit terrace. The swimming pool and sun deck overlook a nearby waterhole.

This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:

Belmond Mount Nelson

Belmond Mount Nelson in Cape Town and Winelands

The Belmond Mount Nelson is one of the most iconic luxury hotels in South Africa. This elegant pink hotel offers pure ...Read More

Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle in Cape Town and Winelands

Surrounded by picturesque vineyards and a dramatic mountain backdrop, the lovely Mont Rochelle is a haven of elegance and ...Read More

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Tsala Treetop Lodge in The Garden Route

Tsala Treetop Lodge is perched high above the forest floor, amidst the shade of the indigenous forest, gazing out over leafy ...Read More

The Oyster Box

The Oyster Box in KwaZulu Natal

Classically colonial and elegant, the luxurious Oyster Box Hotel is located on the Umhlanga seafront, opposite the iconic ...Read More

Makakatana Bay Lodge

Makakatana Bay Lodge in KwaZulu Natal

Surrounded by vast stretches of the wilderness and the wetlands of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, the ...Read More

Chitwa Chitwa

Chitwa Chitwa in Kruger and Sabi Sands

Chitwa Chitwa is a stylish, eco safari lodge located in the northern region of the Sabi Sand Reserve, on the banks of the ...Read More

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