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11 nt Body & Soul South Africa

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2715 - $3350
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 12 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: South Africa South Africa
Parks visited: Kruger
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Romantic
  • Cultural
- A fantastic private holiday itinerary exploring the very best of South Africa - Cosmopolitan Cape Town first stop to recover and relax plus free tours included! - Wander around in the Cape Winelands and enjoy the new Winelands Tram - Safari finale at one of our favourite lodges - All with an emphasis on relaxed exploration, great cuisine, friendly service and unforgettable experiences that enrich both body & soul

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town

On arrival into Cape Town Airport, you'll be greeted by one of our team and assisted to the private vehicle for your road transfer to cosmopolitan Cape Town. It's a fantastic way to begin your holiday with the opportunity to relax and unwind, recovering from any jetlag. It also helps you get into the rhythm of Africa and learn about South Africa's colourful  history, cultures and internationally famous culinary experiences. Food in Cape Town is high quality. The wines are much celebrated and the surrounding region is a major fruit producer. Plus there is the Karoo lamb, widely regarded as one of the world's best. Ask about the local line fish - yellowtail, cape salmon, kingklip, kabeljou and others which are all great eating. Oysters in season are exceptional farmed and wild from Knysna or wild flown in from neighbouring Namibia.

Spend four nights at The Three Boutique Hotel in a luxury room with breakfast daily. 

Day 2: Half Day City Tour

The best start to your stay is a half day small group city tour which allows you to take a step back in time and explore the 'Mother City', its views, history and people. Travel by cable car to the top of the famous Table Mountain and enjoy the views (cable car ticket not included as this activity is weather dependant). Please note the cableway is usually closed for annual maintenance from the last week of July to Mid August.

Dinner tonight is at Cape Town's famous Test Kitchen in Woodstock with return transfers. Enjoy tantalising treats on your Gourmand menu which includes wine pairing.

Day 3: Walk to Freedom Tour

After breakfast, you'll be met in reception of the hotel by your guide and head off on a small group Walk to Freedom Tour.  This fantastic tour delves deep into the country's political past and opens up doors to communities not always encountered in the city itself. Explore colourful Bo-Kaap, home to the Malay community then cross to District Six, once a vibrant coloured neighbourhood before forced removals took place during Apartheid. Then it's off to a township to meet friendly locals before heading to the Waterfront and boarding a ferry to Robben Island.

Day 4: Cape Point & Peninsula Tour

After breakfast, it's time to venture off on a small group tour of the Cape Point & Peninsula region. Enjoy the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, cross over to Hout Bay where you can choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives where a funicular takes you to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. Stop for lunch (not incl) and then continue to Simonstown naval base where the African penguin breeding colony live at Boulders Beach. You may stop at Kirstenbosch Gardens if time permits before returning to your hotel.

Day 5: Cape Town to Winelands

After breakfast, check out and be ready in reception by 09h00 where you'll meet your driver and head off on the Classic Cape Cuisine Walk in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Wine Tasting with lunch included.  4 hour gentle stroll through the historic heart of Stellenbosch with its beautiful architecture, oak lined streets, many cafes and galleries. Includes tasting of indigenous teas and old-style rusks, wine tasting (non-alcoholic alternatives available), traditional snacks, heritage lunch platter at the oldest hotel in the country, Cape desserts, nostalgic sweets when visiting the legendary Oom Samie se Winkel, the oldest shop in town.You then continue with your Winelands Tour, visiting Paarl at the foot of a cluster of remarkable granite domes where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting. Your final stop is Franschhoek, founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago, and widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa. It’s beautiful setting and café lined streets will charm you and a final wine tasting is included at one of the renowned estates here before being dropped off at your accommodation.

Spend three nights at La Fontaine Franschhoek, a picturesque Guesthouse with spectacular mountain views. Set in a country garden, it's just one street back from the atmospheric Huguenot Road in Franschhoek.

Day 6: Franschhoek Wine Tram

Today you'll enjoy the new Wine Tram that travels through Franschhoek. This hop on hop off tour is a great way to see the Franschhoek Valley as you journey through rolling vineyards in an open side tram and open air tram bus stopping in at some of South Africa's oldest and most distinguished wine estates.

Day 7: Free to explore

Today is yours to enjoy.

If you want pampering, we recommend the 3.5 hour Camelot Spa Personalised Journey, the ultimate private couple's treatment (additional fee). It is a truly sensory experience and completely indulgent - but you're worth it!

Day 8: Winelands - Kruger

After breakfast, you'll need to check out and be ready quite early as our driver will pick you up and transfer you to the Cape Town airport for your onward flight to the Kruger region. (flight not included, best booked in combination with your international airfare) On arrival you'll be met by our driver and transferred to your accommodation.

Spend 4 nights in a luxury tent at Chapungu Tented Camp in the Thornybush Game Reserve. This region is renowned for its cheetah, rhino, plains game and elephant. Your stay includes all meals, teas, coffees, snacks, dawn and dusk safaris in open land rovers and bushveld walking safaris.

Day 12: Departure day

The time has come to depart and continue on with your travel arrangements or home!

 

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