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Ultimate South Africa

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 11,376

This luxurious South Africa safari lets you explore both sides of the country, from the vibrant and diverse Western Cape, to the unrivalled national parks and game reserves of the northeast.


This 11-day trip through South Africa explores the Western Cape in detail before taking your African safari to the northeast, where you’ll have a good chance of spotting the Big 5 and more.

Landing in Cape Town, transfer to Hermanus, one of the country’s most picturesque coastal towns. Take a couple of days to settle into holiday mode, surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges right on the coast. Then transfer to Franschoek, a major food and wine region for South Africa, and home to an increasing number of award-winning estates. Climb aboard the wine tram to sample the best flavours of the valley.

From the winelands to the Mother City, explore Cape Town itself. The city offers plenty to see and do between majestic Table Mountain and the ocean. A Peninsula tour takes you along the stretch of coast known as Millionaire’s Paradise, passing Cape Town’s most luxurious homes. Follow Chapman’s Peak Drive – a trip that earns well deserved comparisons to California’s coastal road, and visit the historic naval port of Simon’s Town, and the penguins of Boulder’s Beach. Your day ends at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Because there’s so much to do in Cape Town, you’ll enjoy an extra day at leisure. Consider a trip to the top of Table Mountain, or out to Robben Island, once the infamous political prison that held Nelson Mandela. Take a township tour or the Walk for Freedom to glimpse not just South Africa’s brutal Apartheid past, but its achievements since then, and its hope for the future.

Ready to go bush (in style, of course!)? Fly to Royal Malewane, a private reserve in the greater Kruger National Park. The game viewing here is exceptional, with over 130 mammal species and over 300 varieties of bird. You’ll see an abundance of wildlife on game drives, guided bush walks, and other activities available at the reserve, with time at leisure if you need to relax before returning home.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 11,376

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Day 1

Cape Town to Hermanus

On your arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by Goways local representative who will guide you through the airport to your waiting vehicle that will be transporting you to the quaint seaside town of Hermanus where you will be spending the next two nights at the luxurious Birkenhead House. Hermanus is rich in breath-taking scenery; with its unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options, it is no wonder that Hermanus is transformed into a bustling hubbub of activity in-season as well as out-of-season. For any intrepid tourist or appreciator of nature's wonders, Hermanus is the ideal location for an unforgettable experience. Arrive and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Birkenhead House

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    Birkenhead House



    Located at the eastern end of Hermanus, just 450 metres from the Blouberg Beachfront, sits Birkenhead House perched atop a headland sandwiched between two sandy coves. The hotel has breathtaking views of Table Mountain and Robben Island. Built in a Cape Dutch style, Birkenhead Manor ...

    Located at the eastern end of Hermanus, just 450 metres from the Blouberg Beachfront, sits Birkenhead House perched atop a headland sandwiched between two sandy coves. The hotel has breathtaking views of Table Mountain and Robben Island. Built in a Cape Dutch style, Birkenhead Manor offers 11 country style rooms decorated in warm yellow tones.

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Day 2

Hermanus

Enjoy your day at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Hermanus to Franschhoek

This morning we travel through wine country to the quaint town of Franschhoek surrounded by vast and enormous mountain ranges, almost protecting the town from any troubling weather conditions. You arrive at your Franschhoek hotel, La Residence, mid-afternoon where you will be spending the next two evenings. La Residence is the epitome of opulence, the hotel is nestled just below the Franschhoek Mountains so whether your room is on the second or first floor your views are never obstructed. Your experience at this hotel will be nothing less than magical.

This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create international cuisine with breath-taking scenery as a backdrop. Franschhoek's wine estates encircle the village. On these award-winning wine estates acclaimed winemakers create glorious wines. Tantalise your taste buds with wine tastings overlooking the vineyards where the grapes were harvested, each one an exceptional experience heightened by the beauty of its setting in this the most beautiful wine valley in the world. So beautiful in fact that getting married in Franschhoek is extremely popular with couples from all over the world.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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La Residence

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    La Residence is in a class of its own. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley at the heart of a private 30-acre estate, this is a haven of luxury on every level. Surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, La Residence ...

    La Residence is in a class of its own. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley at the heart of a private 30-acre estate, this is a haven of luxury on every level.

    Surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, La Residence enjoys breath-taking views of the unspoilt rural surrounds and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. Step into the main hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur in this luxury Franschhoek hotel. Glittering Indian chandeliers hang from the vaulted ceiling; original artwork and huge mirrors grace the walls; furnishings are plush, colourful and stylish.

    Facilities

    • Children's Activities
    • Fireplace
    • Lounge
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • Telephone
    • TV

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Day 4

Franschhoek Wine Tram

We have included a pass on the Franschhoek Wine Tram which we can guarantee is the best way to discover the essence of the Franschhoek Valley. Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they 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. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour.

Blue Line - The Blue Line departs on the tram-bus first and showcases Franschhoek's breath-taking mountain views while stopping at the following wine estates: Le Lude, La Petite Dauphine, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne, La Couronne, Mont Rochelle, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.

Red Line - The Red Line departs on the tram-bus first and showcases Franschhoek's picturesque rolling vineyards while stopping at the following wine estates: La Bri, Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Leopard's Leap, Maison, Eikehof, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.

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Day 5

Franschhoek to Cape Town

This morning after a sumptuous breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and transferred back to Cape Town where the next three nights will be spent at the, The Silo, located right on the waterfront. Arrive and check in before spending the rest of the day at leisure. Cape Town is historically, culturally and visually, the most diverse, breathtakingly scenic and vibrant city you'll have had the pleasure of visiting...and it's here where your journey begins. Known fondly as the Mother City, Cape Town has everything for the curious traveller who enjoys the good life in all its colours and guises. From exquisite wine farms in magnificent green settings, to a long and captivating history and architecture, there'll be little doubt in your mind why it's voted one of the world's finest cities to visit. The Silo is a magical space towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa's Mother City. The building has been designed by Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Principal of the London-based Heatherwick Studio. Heatherwick Studio was tasked with the transformation of the elevator house and the adjacent storage annex of six rows of seven silos, while carefully retaining its cultural significance and creating a building that will be as synonymous with the Cape Town skyline as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. From the outside, the greatest visible change to the building's original structure will be the addition of pillowed glazing panels, inserted into the geometry of the hotel floors, which will bulge outward as if gently inflated. By night, this will transform the building into a glowing lantern or beacon in the harbour.

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Duration3 Nights
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The Silo

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    The Silo



    The Silo, considered an iconic hotel in an iconic destination is a magical space towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa's Mother City. It features 28 rooms each individually designed and decorated with colourful and eclectic pieces that will ...

    The Silo, considered an iconic hotel in an iconic destination is a magical space towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa's Mother City. It features 28 rooms each individually designed and decorated with colourful and eclectic pieces that will juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture.

    Facilities

    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Dining Area
    • Fitness Facilities
    • Parking

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Day 6

Full Day Peninsula Tour

Cruise along the exquisite stretch of coastline known as Millionaire's Paradise - from Clifton to Camps Bay, to the exclusive beach hamlet of Llandudno - towards the charming working harbour of Hout Bay. Embark on an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise (optional and for own account). Wind along the legendary Chapman's Peak Drive, hugging the cliffs and relishing the breath-taking ocean views, before arriving at your lunch spot of choice in Noordhoek at The Foodbarn, famous for delicious and decadent 'fine-dining' style food but in a super relaxed and characterful old barn. Take a quick trip down to Cape Point before we meander back along the coast towards the City, visiting the historic naval port of Simon's Town and the endearing penguin colony at Boulder's Beach. Venture inland to your last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers.

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Day 7

Cape Town at Leisure

Mother Nature surpassed herself when crafting the Mother City. Whether jogging along Sea Point Promenade, climbing up Lion's Head in the dawn light, clambering over giant boulders at Sandy Bay or driving the amazing coastal roads down to Cape Point, you never fail to feel your spirits soar as you take in the breathtakingly beautiful vistas. You don't need to break a sweat; sipping wine on a historic farm in Constantia or enjoying a picnic at an outdoor concert in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are equally memorable ways to commune with Cape Town's great outdoors. This evening your ears and your taste buds will be treated to the popular Richards Supper Stage & Bistro.

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Day 8

Cape Town to Royal Malewane

Today it's time for a wild taste of the African bush. You will be collected from your Cape Town hotel and transferred back to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flight to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. (Flight not included.) Once you have arrived you will be transferred to the Royal Malewane airstrip via light aircraft flight where the lodge representatives will be waiting to take you through to the lodge in a 4x4 open vehicle. Situated on a private reserve within the Greater Kruger, Royal Malewane offers unparalleled luxury amidst a setting of incredible natural beauty.

Extraordinary game viewing, fine cuisine and an award-winning spa make this a destination that will stir your heart and thrill your senses. Expert rangers and trackers make every game drive an adventure. Gain first-hand insight into the cycle of life and death playing out daily amidst the wild beauty of the landscape.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Royal Malewane

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    Royal Malewane luxury safari lodge in South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone age while offering every modern comfort and convenience. The classic safari experience is unsurpassed with unrivaled game viewing and one of the most qualified guiding ...

    Royal Malewane luxury safari lodge in South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone age while offering every modern comfort and convenience. The classic safari experience is unsurpassed with unrivaled game viewing and one of the most qualified guiding teams in Africa. Your exclusive adventure will provide detailed insights into the complex and fascinating ecosystems of the South African bushveld.

    Our guides and trackers will bring you thrillingly close to the Big Five; indulge in sensual treatments at our tranquil Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa and let the passion of our chefs delight you with nightly feasts under the African stars.

    The lodge is easily accessible by air and road and is located in Thornybush Private Game Reserve on the Western Border of The Greater Kruger National Park.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Airport Transfer
    • Bar
    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Deluxe Accommodation
    • Game Drives
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry
    • Mini Bar
    • Restaurant

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Day 9

Royal Malewane

From expert rangers and trackers to specialist photographic safaris, Royal Malewane offers a classical safari experience where nature is paramount. With over 130 mammal species and over 300 bird species, Royal Malewane delivers an unrivalled wildlife experience incorporating all creatures' great and small as well as the incredible plant life that plays such a vital role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

To view game is to lose yourself in a powerful and startling drama. During a game viewing excursion, your senses sharpen, excitement grows, and you draw close to the most remarkable animals as they hunt, play and sleep. Game drives at Royal Malewane are tailored to suit your interests, so you can track your favourite animal or see the birds, flowers or trees that you love most. To engage with the landscape even more intimately, explore the bush on foot with the lodges expert guides and trackers at your side.

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Day 10

Royal Malewane

Enjoy your day at Royal Malewane.

Day 11

Depart

This morning after a delicious breakfast and your last game activity you will be transferred back to Royal Malewane Airstrip for your onward light aircraft flight back to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport where you can start preparing for your onward journey.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Deluxe accommodation for 10 nights
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Game viewing at Royal Malewane
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Light aircraft transfers between Mpumalanga and Royal Malewane

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Gratuities
  • 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 enquire.

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