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Best of South Africa

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

itinerary
highlights

  • Cape Town - Vibrant, Historic & Cosmopolitan - the Mother City
  • Tours of Cape Peninsular, Robben Island & Cape Winelands
  • Self-Drive the Scenic Route 62 
  • Garden Route - Ocean & Mountain Views & Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Boat Safaris, Scuba, Whale Watching and Deep Sea Fishing Pursuits
  • Guided Safari in a Big 5 Private Game Reserve

Safari Itinerary Summary

Days 1 to 4

On arrival into Cape Town you will receive a VIP Meet & Greet and private road transfer to Abbey Manor Guest House for a 4 night stay with breakfast included.

Spend the next three days exploring the sights of Cape Town.

Take a cable car up Table Mountain or even hike to the top! Hop on the ferry to Robben Island or take a private tour along the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. A full day in Cape Winelands is also a must during your time in Cape Town for wine and chocolate tastings, stop for lunch in Franschhoek and take in the magnificent scenery.

We can arrange personal guided tours to suit you.

Your hire car will be delivered to Abbey Manor ready and waiting for the start of your self-drive journey.

Days 5 & 6

Head off on the two and a half hour drive to Swellendam at the foot of the Overberg Mountains.

Settle into Augusta De Mist Country House, a lifestyle retreat set on over 2 hectares of eclectic fynbos. Stay for 2 nights with breakfast included. Indulge in one of their delicious multi-course tasting dinners during your stay!

Swellendam is the third oldest town in Africa and home to some fine Cape Dutch architecture and the Drostdy Museum. There is plenty to do for outdoor enthusiasts being on the doorsteps of nature parks including De Hoop (whale watching and pristine beaches), Marloth (for hiking) and Bontebok National Park.

Day 7

Continue your self-drive on a leisurely two and a half hour drive to Oudtshoorn, the principal town of Little Karoo. Passing through scenery to take your breath away from mountain passes to arid Karoo along the scenic Route 62.

Spend one night at La Plume Guest House with breakfast included.

Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world. Spend the afternoon exploring with a visit to an ostrich farm. Also take time drive the scenic road to Cango Caves before you leave Oudtshoorn where adventurous guided tours take you deeper into the caves.

Days 8, 9 & 10

Depart Oudtshoorn, joining the Garden Route at the town of George, on the coastal route to Plettenberg Bay. Perhaps en route stop at Knysna for a delicious seafood lunch and visit the Knysna Head Viewpoints.

Spend 3 nights at Laird's Lodge with breakfast included.

Laird's Lodge is a 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, visiting Monkeyland and Birds of Eden or sunbathing and swimming on one of the pristine beaches.

We can arrange a number of private tours including the Featherbed Excursion, Kynsna & Plettenberg Bay Tour and Tsitsikamma National Park Tour.


Days 11, 12 & 13

Continue your self drive for approximately 3 hours from Plettenberg Bay to Amakhala Private Reserve, a Big 5 malaria-free location in the Eastern Cape Reserve.

Stay for 3 nights at Amakhala Woodbury Lodge - Fully Inclusive.

This game reserve covers over 7,000 hectares and boasts 11 properties ranging from restored country houses to classic tented camps.

All of the "Big 5" live here, along with other popular species such as cheetah, giraffe, zebra and plenty of antelopes. Until the year 2000, the land was used solely for farming, but since then the wildlife that originally thrived in the area as been reintroduced, very successfully. Activities at Amakhala include game drives, walking safaris and horse trails.

Day 14

After a morning game drive, depart Amakhala with a self-drive to Port Elizabeth Airport to drop off your hire car and catch your flight to Johannesburg and your onward flight back to the UK.

This itinerary includes the following Camps:

Abbey Manor Guest House

Abbey Manor Guest House in Cape Town and Winelands

Built in 1905 and lovingly restored, Abbey Manor Guest House is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, in the leafy ...Read More

Built in 1905 and lovingly restored, Abbey Manor Guest House is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, in the leafy residential suburb of Oranjezicht.

With sweeping panoramas of Table Mountain and the city, Abbey Manor is ideally located close all the major attractions of the Mother City.

This luxury guest house has a glamorous French boudoir feel, and 9 individually decorated Grand Rooms and Luxury Rooms both options come complete with air conditioning, satellite television, wireless internet access, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and a mini-bar.

Abbey Manor has several elegant lounge areas, a library and breakfast room which extends out to a secluded patio and a large solar-heated swimming pool. Guests can relax and unwind either in the lovely garden setting or on the roof top terrace that offers sensational views of Table Mountain.

Augusta De Mist Country House

Augusta De Mist Country House in The Garden Route

A quaint hideaway in Swellendam, Augusta de Mist is a Cape Dutch homestead surrounded by beautiful gardens, indigenous bush and ...Read More

A quaint hideaway in Swellendam, Augusta de Mist is a Cape Dutch homestead surrounded by beautiful gardens, indigenous bush and an overwhelming sense of peace.

The property is a National Monument and boasts traditional yellowwood shutters, iron work, reed ceilings and mud and clay structure. Six luxurious suites enjoy personal touches, private patios and the comfort and historic style of this estate. Interiors and guest areas are vibrantly contemporary and feature dashes of vintage items and antiques. Unique African art punctuates throughout. Crisp yet plush bedding comforts you through the night while the bespoke lamps provide a source of warm and cosy lighting.

Enjoy delicious meals lovingly prepared in the kitchen – lazy breakfasts in shaded outdoors spaces, or beside a blazing log fire. Owner run and infused with the warmth and hospitality of a bygone era, guests arrive at Augusta as a stranger and leave as a friend.

 

La Plume Guest House

La Plume Guest House in The Garden Route

La Plume Guest House is a 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm and set in the tranquil ...Read More

La Plume Guest House is a 1902 Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm and set in the tranquil Olifantsrivier Valley on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn.

Surrounded by the spectacular views onto the Swartberg Mountains it is a place of rejuvenation and an unexpected oasis.

Each of the 14 suites and luxury rooms are named after different types of ostrich feathers and are decorated with rich fabrics, polished woods and tanned leathers. All the rooms have well-appointed spacious en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, televisions, minibar facilities, dinner on request and tea and coffee facilities. For those looking for a little more privacy the cottage has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two lounges and a kitchenette and is perfect for families or a small group. The main reception, lounges and dining areas are warm and homely with fireplaces, carefully selected antique furniture and rugs. Dinners are a relaxed country experience of traditional and homemade creations. The swimming pool is surrounded by lush lawns with never-ending views.

Due to the working nature of the farm, guests can enjoy tours by prior arrangement and see first hand the activities of a commercial farm. There is bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, and the Meerkat conservation program and Cango Caves are within easy reach.

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.

Amakhala Woodbury Lodge

Amakhala Woodbury Lodge in Eastern Cape

Surrounded by bush and set against a cliff face overlooking the Bushman’s River Valley, Woodbury Lodge enjoys panoramic views ...Read More

Surrounded by bush and set against a cliff face overlooking the Bushman’s River Valley, Woodbury Lodge enjoys panoramic views over the private Amakhala Reserve.

Created through a merger of private farms, the 7000 hectare, malaria-free reserve is respected for its rhino and cheetah management and claims a strong conservation ethos.

Six stone and thatch cottages feature the natural, earthy tones of the surrounding bush and boast private decks and scenic vistas. The lodge’s main areas include a dining room, lounge, bar and an outside barbeque section. The viewing deck alongside the swimming pool affords sweeping panoramas below.

Woodbury Lodge provides morning game drives, guided walks, river cruises and afternoon/evening game drives.

 
 

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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