Cape, Wine & Wildlife
|Cape Town||3 nights|
|The Winelands||2 nights|
|Kruger Private Game Reserve ||4 nights |
10 days/9 nights
Experience Africa’s Most Beautiful City and Best Wildlife
On this 10 day holiday you will take in the finest highlights that cosmopolitan Cape Town and its scenic Winelands has to offer, before flying into Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and embarking on an unforgettable safari in a private reserve.
- Visit Cape Town’s top attractions including Table Mountain, and tour the spectacular Cape Peninsula with its highlights such as Chapman’s Peak Drive and Cape Point Nature Reserve
- Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the historic Cape Winelands, offering excellent accommodation, food and wine tasting at the finest boutique estates
- Experience sensational game viewing on a luxury private safari bordering Kruger National Park
Recommended flight from London: British Airways from London Heathrow (see below). If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.
For a detailed day-by-day description, with a summary of what's included, please click on the PDF (above right)
DAY 1 – Arrival in Cape Town.
DAY 2 - Cape Town. (B)
DAY 3 - Cape Town. (B)
DAY 4 - Drive to your accommodation in the Winelands region of the Western Cape. (B)
DAY 5 - The Winelands. (B)
DAY 5 - Fly from Cape Town to Nelspruit. Drive to a private game reserve bordering the famous Kruger National Park. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 - Private Game Reserve. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 - Private Game Reserve. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 - Private Game Reserve. (B,L,D)
DAY 8 - Fly to Johannesburg. Depart. (B)
PLEASE ASK FOR A QUOTATION
The price we quote you at the time of booking is guaranteed.
Our recommended hotels are shown below.
Cape Town has a wealth of hotels to choose from. The main decision will be the location of the accommodation you select. In the City Centre, close to the Parliament, the Company's Gardens and the major museums, we recommend the attractively-priced Townhouse, a low-key boutique property (91 rooms) with excellent service and sensational food, or you could opt for the colonial splendour of Cape Town's most historic hotel, the Belmond Mount Nelson (pictured left), affectionately known as 'The Nellie'.
Cape Town's world-famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is now the city's most popular shopping area, and also houses many pubs, restaurants and attractions, as well as a good choice of hotels, including the 4-star Victoria & Alfred Hotel, right in the heart of things, and its nearby sister properties, the 5 star Queen Victoria, well-known for its cuisine. For the ultimate in luxury, there's the Cape Grace Hotel (pictured right).
Some visitors prefer to base themselves outside the city, either besides the white sand beaches of the Atlantic Seaboard, or in the leafy suburbs of Constantia or Newlands, both within easy reach of the centre. The ever-popular Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, near the famous cricket ground, has the atmosphere of an English country house, and also boasts two of Cape Town's best restaurants, while the elegant Glen Avon Lodge, a converted 18th century Dutch manor house, is in the heart of the Constantia wine-growing district. For sheer indulgence, you might consider the award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa (pictured left), overlooking Camps Bay with its spectacular sunsets.
In our opinion the most scenic and sophisticated town in the Cape Winelands is Franschhoek, which has gained a reputation as the culinary capital of South Africa. We recommend the superb Franschhoek Country House & Villas (pictured left), or alternatively Sir Richard Branson's luxurious Mont Rochelle, a Virgin Limited Edition resort. One of the advantages of staying in Franschhoek is the availability of the popular 'hop-on, hop-off' Franschhoek Wine Tram, which enables you visit a selection of wine estates and restaurants at your own pace, without the need for your driver to stay with you during your time in the Winelands.
If you retain your driver, you have a wider choice of places to stay and visit. One excellent base we recommend is Babylonstoren (pictured left) one of the oldest Cape Dutch Farms in the region, now converted into an excellent hotel with an award-winning restaurant. Alternatively, further to the east (on the way towards the Garden Route) lies the less visited but up-and-coming town of Robertson in the Breede River Valley. This is an area that produces top quality wines and offers enjoyable river trips with wine-tasting among other activities. The boutique-style Robertson Small Hotel is a gem, with luxurious modern accommodation at very reasonable prices.
GREATER KRUGER PRIVATE WILDLIFE RESERVES
Kruger National Park is South Africa's largest and best known wildlife reserve, but the park itself has restrictions for visitors in terms of having to stay on the tar or gravel roads, the lack of night drives, and accommodation geared more for self-catering. The best accommodation and gameviewing can be found in the private concessions which border the western edge of the Kruger. These tend to be expensive, but are of a very high quality, with some of South Africa's top lodges on offer. Our top favourite is probably Mala Mala Game Reserve (left), one of the longest established which enjoys an unbeatable location on the western bank of the Sand River, and which can boast a 12 mile unfenced boundary with the National Park. Mala Mala offers the most consistent gameviewing in South Africa. Other excellent alternatives include Sir Richard Branson's Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, AndBeyond's Ngala Private Game Reserve or Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve.
We recommend the direct services of British Airways from London
Heathrow. Flights are daily throughout the year. Current timings are as follows:
Heathrow/Cape Town. Depart at 21.30; arrive Cape Town at 09.55 (next day)
Johannesburg/Heathrow. Depart at 19.05; arrive Heathrow at 05.05 (next day)
You can book the flights yourself on the easy-to-use British Airways website. Virgin Atlantic also offer daily flights between London Heathrow and both Cape Town and Johannesburg, whilst South African Airways offer daily flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town via Johannesburg. Alternatively World Discovery can book the flights for you (we levy a service charge of £25 per person for this service).