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Best of South Africa – Premier

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 Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel for a 3 night stay. This iconic elegant hotel is an ideal base to explore for both families and couples.
Your hire car will be delivered to your hotel.
Cape Town is a city on everyone's must-see list. As well as being a vibrant hub with world rated restaurants, hip bars, design-savvy shopping and art galleries, it is also a good base for exploration of the region, particularly the Cape Peninsula and Cape Town beaches

Days 4 & 5

Drive to Cape Winelands for a 2 night stay at Mont Rochelle, offering some of the finest views in Franschhoek and surrounded by vineyards and mountains. Franschhoek will delight food lovers with its fine restaurants, wine cellars and tastings, boutique shops and art galleries.

Days 6 to 8

Continue your self-drive to the glorious heart of the garden route. Between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay is the magical and lavish five star Tsala Treetops Lodge set in an age-old indigenous forest. This is the perfect positon to explore the Garden Route highlights.

Days 9 & 10

Take a flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban and collect your hire car. Your destination is The Oyster Box, a luxury hotel on the seafront in Umhlanga. With direct access to the Umhlanga promenade and a small beach for warm Indian Ocean swims this is the perfect place to relax and be pampered for a day or two.

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 National Park.

Your destination is Chitwa Chitwa set in South Africa’s oldest Big 5 game reserve - Sabi Sands - your home for 3 nights and location of the highest density of big game in South Africa. The wildlife in the Sabi Sands Reserve is well habituated resulting in extraordinary close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard.
Chitwa Chitwa is a family owned and run stylish eco-chic safari lodge with eight lavish, individually appointed Suites and a favourite of ours for its attention to detail and excellent service in the bush!

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:

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

The Belmond Mount Nelson is one of the most iconic luxury hotels in South Africa. This elegant pink hotel offers pure sophistication in an unmatched garden setting.

The Mount Nelson caters for a variety of discerning travellers with rooms to match all requirements. Guests have access to nine acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. There are two outdoor heated swimming pools, a fully equipped fitness centre, floodlit tennis courts, a boutique shop, hair salon, activity centre, teen’s lounge and one of Cape Town’s leading day spa’s, the Labrisa Spa.

Guests can choose from rooms, inter-connecting rooms (on request), garden cottage suites or four different categories of suites within the hotel. Each is individually decorated in a classic old-world charm and all have spectacular views of Table Mountain or across the beautiful hotel gardens. With size being the distinguishable difference all rooms have a lounge area, writing desk and lavishly equipped marble en-suite bathroom. Beds are king or twin, there is satellite television and a DVD player, iPod docking station and WiFi.

The world-class hotel facilities include the Planet Restaurant and Bar, a glittering, chic and contemporary space to enjoy out-of-this-world dishes and cocktails, the Oasis Bistro for Mediterranean-inspired dishes and local classics, morning and afternoon high tea are served in the lounge, on the terrace or around the garden fountain.

 

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

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

Located just outside Franschhoek, the thatched property has a country-house feel and the stunning setting adding to the appeal.

Twenty two contemporary rooms and suites, are beautifully appointed, individually decorated and boast estate views. Paired with fine wines from the hotel’s historic cellar, guests may enjoy gourmet dining at the Miko Restaurant, or more informal fare at The Country Kitchen.

Settle around a log fire in the bar, on a winter’s eve, or cool off in the pool during hot summer months. Perhaps take advantage of the gym and wellness centre when not out exploring the surrounding countryside and the quaint town of Franschhoek.

 

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

Tsala Treetop Lodge is perched high above the forest floor, amidst the shade of the indigenous forest, gazing out over leafy trees and rolling valleys. This magical hideaway, between the coastal towns of Plettenberg and Knysna offers indulgent luxury, superb service and fine dining.

Constructed of stone, wood and glass the lodge has a unique architectural design, and the elegant décor lends an air of ultimate sophistication. Glass walls ensure views can be admired from decks, comfortable lounges and dining spaces.

Ten romantic Treetop Suites nestle into the forest canopy, and 6 lavish two-bedroom villas are ideal for families. Each opens out to private decks and pools, where visitors may unwind in the waters of the pool, whilst admiring the tranquility of the surrounds. From here the Garden Route can be easily explored.

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

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

Service and hospitality combine with exquisite ocean views, modern facilities and timeless romance.  

Eighty six sea or garden-facing rooms and suites are individually decorated and feature fresh flowers, fruit, bathrobes and slippers. Character design such as glass-roofed wine cellar, charming spiral staircase and wide verandahs add to the enduring grace of the property, and the heated pool, superb spa and lush tropical gardens ensure ultimate relaxation. The Oyster Box has direct beach access, excellent cuisine and a popular gentleman’s bar.

 

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.

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

Chitwa Chitwa is a stylish, eco safari lodge located in the northern region of the Sabi Sand Reserve, on the banks of the concession’s largest lake.

Originally a private retreat of the Brink family, Chitwa Chitwa has been in the Brink family for over 40 years  and in 1991 was transformed into the private game lodge it is today by owners Charl and Maria Brink, who still remain very present and dedicated to the lodge.

Each of the six individually decorated suites open onto a private lake-view deck with its own private plunge pool, framed by a spacious timber deck that overlooks the nearby lake – a popular drinking hole for our wealth of wildlife. The luxury suites are very spacious, varying from 130 to 180 square metres, and can accommodate up to 2 extra beds for children under the age of 12 years only.

The Charlsy Suite in particular is a superb solution for families or friends travelling together! It consists of two splendidly appointed inter-leading en-suite rooms joined by a comfortable living area. A fabulously spacious common lake view deck with a swimming pool completes this unique unit.

 

This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:

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