Secrets of the Cape
- 8 Days
- 8 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,293
This week-long South Africa holiday focuses on the Mother City, Cape Town, and its surrounds. Discover the many creatures of the Cape, its conflicted history, and larger game on a safari excursion.
Spend 8 days in the beautiful ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town, exploring the sights and wildlife of the Peninsula, and some surprises further afield.
Settle into your hotel, then set out along Millionaire’s Paradise, the road known for some of South Africa’s most glamorous and impressive homes. The route takes you to Hout Bay, from which you can go in for a closer look at Seal Island if you wish. Take in the views of Chapman’s Peak Drive as you weave your way to the Cape of Good Hope, where the Boulders Beach penguin colony gives you a feathered welcome. Cap off your day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a bona fide highlight of the Cape.
The region’s lesser (though increasingly!) known delight is wine. Spend a day exploring the winelands, where some of the world’s finest vintages are grown on the slopes of a jaw-droppingly beautiful corner of South Africa. Then, if Cape Town has a heart, you’ll find it on the fascinating Walk to Freedom Tour, which spends a full day taking you through apartheid’s effects on the city. Visit the Langa Township, and Robben Island, home to the infamous prison that once housed Nelson Mandela. It’s a day that’s both sobering, and inspirational, as you discover the stories and trials of this era.
Whoever said ‘you can’t safari from Cape Town’ didn’t go very far out of the city. You’re about to do exactly that, visiting the Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve, where a 4 x 4 safari takes you in search of all the most popular game, including the Big 5 – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and African Buffalo, all of which can be spotted in the Reserve.
With the big Cape Town experiences ticked off your list, spend one final day picking up any other sights that interest you with a Hop-on Hop-off Bus ticket. Its stops include the base of the Table Mountain Cable Car, so you can take in Cape Town’s most iconic view if you wish, before enjoying a spectacular and uniquely South African dinner show. Your final day is spent entirely at leisure for one last Cape Town adventure. Consider a day’s whale watching, or steel your nerves for a cage dive with majestic Great White Sharks.
- 8 Days
- 8 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,293
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Arrive Cape Town
On arrival into Cape Town you will be met by our local representative who will transfer you to the Onyx Hotel & Apartments where you will be spending the next 7 nights. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Conveniently located opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre, The Onyx, a harmonious blend of hotel and residential offerings, commands the attention of passers-by with its bold external features and keeps guests enthralled with its sophisticated internal finishes and its highly luxurious atmosphere. Onyx is …
Conveniently located opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre, The Onyx, a harmonious blend of hotel and residential offerings, commands the attention of passers-by with its bold external features and keeps guests enthralled with its sophisticated internal finishes and its highly luxurious atmosphere. Onyx is similar in appearance to black sapphire; a rare, striking gemstone, which perfectly mirrors the property's essence.
In celebration of past and present, Heerengracht Street, Cape Town's oldest thoroughfare, has received another layer of contemporary innovation with the opening of The Onyx. Guests can look forward to a chic city experience, on par with apartment offerings in New York, London and Paris, but infused with South African vibrancy.
Expectations are exceeded at The Onyx.
- Dry Cleaning
- Housekeeping Service
- Outdoor Pool
- Room Service
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Full Day Peninsula Tour
This morning after breakfast you will be collected for your Full day Peninsula Tour. Journey along Millionaires Paradise, ogling the glamorous homes and beautiful people of Clifton Beach and Camps Bay, then wind your way towards the charming coastal town and working harbour of Hout Bay, for an up close and personal Seal Island cruise, (for your own account). Hug the cliffs as we snake along the legendary Chapman's Peak Drive, with its breathtaking views, towards the Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park and its rugged, intriguing landscape. Boulders Beach penguin colony, is a fascinating excursion. Finally, move on to the historical naval port of Simon's Town. End at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in summer, or in winter, Groot Constantia for a wine tasting and cellar tour.
Full Day Winelands Tour
Enjoy a superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional Winelands region, and the heavenly scenery. The area's rich with history, and you can't help but feel it as you move through the region to experience a wine cellar tour and tasting, where you will learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. You visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and in a town with a reputation for gourmet fare, where else could you choose to enjoy lunch (for your own account). Wind your way to the heady heights of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to meet the charming university town of Stellenbosch on the other side. Stroll through this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and sneaking into the odd shop or two (on Sundays not all galleries and shops are open). Enjoy a wine tasting at two different wine estates where you will be able to purchase your favourite wine to take back home.
Full Day Walk to Freedom Tour
After breakfast you will embark on a Full Day Walk to Freedom tour starting with a visit to the riveting District Six Museum (closed on Sundays) for a sharp reminder of the past. Thereafter you will take a tour of Langa Township, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape. Visit a local market, Arts and Crafts centre, as well as a local Bed and Breakfast, and acreche providing local children with a safe haven. You will get to experience daily life in a township, which also includes a visit to Khayelistsha and Gugulethu. In the afternoon you will take the ferry to Robben Island, the home of Nelson Mandela for so many years to learn about what life was like for the political prisoners who were incarcerated on the island.
Inverdoorn Day Safari
The Big Five are a mere two and a half hours from the City, at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve. Enjoy a scenic drive to Inverdoorn travelling via the wine region and Klein Karoo. Enjoy refreshments on arrival, before setting off on your adrenaline pumping game drive. Transferred into the ideal 4 x 4 safari vehicle and accompanied by an experienced game ranger, you're off, camera's and binoculars at the ready, searching for tell-tale signs of lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, cheetah, zebra, rhino, ostrich, baboon, warthog, springbok and many other wild animals, birds and fauna. You'll spend two to three hours scanning the countryside, relishing the sightings. Return to the lodge for a leisurely buffet lunch and time to relax around the pool in summer, or settle cosily around a fire in winter.
Hop on and Hop off Bus
You have a full day ticket on the Hop on Hop off Bus, why not take advantage of it and take the time to explore this magnificent city and its surroundings. Mother Nature surpassed herself when crafting the Mother City. The City Sightseeing bus conveniently stops at the base of Table Mountain, so weather permitting this is the perfect opportunity to take a trip to the top via cable car, for a panoramic view.
Kaapse Stories at the Rockwell Dinner Theatre
Today is at your leisure in Cape Town. The one and only 'Cape show', 'Kaapse Stories from the Mother City', is played at this vibrant Cape themed dinner theatre venue in Greenpoint, transporting the audience into the colourful and exciting world of the Cape, paired with a great spectrum of the wonderful culinary delights that Cape Town has to offer.
Local theatre legend, 'Basil Apollis' directs the show. With the unique humour, intoxicating rhythms and soulful songs that celebrate the challenges and triumphs of the people of Cape Town, this quality entertainment experience gives you an inspiring insight into the 'Rainbow Nation' of Cape Town told through the stories of the Kleintjies family. Loved by locals and visitors alike, a translated synopsis of the show into 13 different languages is provided so nothing 'gets lost in translation'.
Depart Cape Town
Today you will be collected and transferred back to Cape Town International Airport in time for your departure flight.
- Meet and greet on arrival
- Roundtrip scheduled airport transfers
- 7 nights accommodation at the Rockwell All Suite Hotel
- Breakfast daily
- Full day scheduled Peninsula Tour
- Full day scheduled Winelands Tour
- Full day scheduled Walk to Freedom Tour
- Full day safari to Inverdoon Game Reserve with lunch
- 1 day ticket for the Hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus
- Kaapse Stories at the Rockwell Dinner Theatre
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
10 Sep 2020
As there is so much to see and do in many of our City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, you should consider staying longer. Below is a list of suggestions that can be added to your stay.
- 4 Hours
- On request
- 10 Hours
- On request
- 3.75 Hours
- On request
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