20 September 2024 – 5 October 2024
Price per person land only $8,800.00 based on two sharing and a minimum of 10 passengers. Limited to a maximum of 12) Not included: Entrance visas, domestic flights (currently $TBA subject to change until final payment), personal expenses, international airfare and taxes, lunches and dinners, tipping.
Hold your space with a $1,500 non-refundable deposit.
South Africa is a destination that is on almost everyone’s travel list. This amazing journey begins in Cape Town, one of Africa’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. We start touring in and around Cape Town, the Atlantic Seaboard, the Cape of Good Hope, enjoy the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden at its peak, tour a township to deepen our understanding of the contemporary history of South Africa, visit some wonderful galleries, have a private talk with the former warder of the late Nelson Mandela, Mr. Christo Brand and enjoy some leisure time and optional Capetonian activities that will be organized on a few evenings. It is then off to the lesser travelled Cederberg Mountains for a luxurious lodge stay in a breathtaking environment where we will visit a world famous rock art trail and a rooibos farm to learn about this traditional drink. Next stop is the Winelands where we will stay at a small and beautiful Sir Richard Branson resort (Franschhoek) and the quirky but delightful Oude Werf hotel (Stellenbosch). We will enjoy winery visits, wine tastings, exploring a respected re-wilding facility for cheetahs, and enjoy many highlights through this region. And, just when you think it is not possible to do or see more we will transfer to Cape Town International Airport to fly into the safari lands and experience a three- night luxury experience seeking out the Big 5 (lions, leopards, rhino, buffalo, and elephants) + 2 (cheetahs and painted wolves). And then it is homeward or onward bound.
Your Tour Includes:
- 18-seater Sprinter with dedicated driver and accredited guide
- Cape Town, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch accommodations with breakfasts
- Cederberg Lodge includes:
- all meals while there
- rock art tour
- rooibos farm tour
- Garden Entrance and Tea and Scones at Kirstenbosch
- All wine tastings as per itinerary
- Entrance to Norval Gallery
- Sidecars, all entrances Cape Point tour
- Coffee in Noordhoek
- Private talk with Christo Brand (Mandela’s former warder)
- Fast track Table Mountain tickets
- Local Bo-Kaap guide
- Samosa cooking course
- Entrance to Irma Stern Museum
- Township tour incl drumming tutorial
- Cheetah experience at Cheetah sanctuary
- Entrance to Babylonstoren historical working farm
- All airport transfers
- All park and vehicle fees to enter private game reserve
- 3 night wildlife safari at luxury lodge that includes
- 6 game drives
- all meals while at the lodge
- bush walks if conditions permit
- house/local beverages
- All luggage handling
Day 1: 20 September 2024 – Arrival in Cape Town
Transfer to hotel in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront area.
Casual meeting with the group in the lounge to confirm next day start time and activities.
The remainder of your day after check-in is at your leisure so you can relax and rest after your flight.
Day 2: 21 September 2024 – Constantia Valley
A morning visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden where you will see endemic plants that grow nowhere else in the world.
Visit to the Groot Constantia Winery for a wine tasting.
Then it is off to the Steenberg Estate to enjoy lunch (on own account) and walk through the Norval Sculpture Garden.
Remainder of day at leisure to explore on your own.
Day 3: 22 September 2024 – Cape of Good Hope
Atlantic Seaboard view sites; Hout Bay; Chapman’s Peak cliffside drive; the Cape of Good Hope; Cape Point with funicular to the heritage lighthouse; Boulders Beach colony of African Penguins; historic Simons Town.
Lunch today on own account at Noordhoek
Day 4: 23 September 2024 - The Nelson Mandela Story with Christo Brand
Meet with Christo Brand, Nelson Mandela’s former warder, and learn about this life-long friendship and Mandela’s experience while incarcerated.
If time permits, we will go and stand where Nelson Mandela walked out of jail a free man at The Long Road to Freedom.
Visit the Nelson Mandela Exhibit in City Hall
Remainder of day at leisure.
Day 5: 24 September 2024 - The Mother City Heritage Tour
Cable car up Table Mountain (weather permitting)
Historic and cultural sites of interest, including a guided walk through the Bo-Kaap.
Malay samosa cooking with Fayruza Abrahams
Lunch will have been reserved for the party at an informal city eatery and is on your own account.
The Irma Stern Art Museum (guided gallery tour – may change to the Museum of Contemporary African Art – MOCAA)
Day 6: 25 September 2024 – Langa Township from the Past until Today
Cultural walk through the Langa Township with Nathi as guide. (Nathi is a wonderful young man who knows his history, tells an engaging story about the community and he clearly loves his mama!)
Group African drumming tutorial
We will have the opportunity to speak with members of the community as we walk through the community.
We will visit a youth artist co-op while touring the Langa Township.
Day 7: 26 September 2024 – The Cederberg Mountains
An early morning start will take us into the Cederberg Mountains in time for lunch at our lodge.
The remainder of the day will be at leisure to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and the serenity of the lodge. Perhaps a dip in the pool or a local hike
Dinner will be at the lodge.
Day 8: 27 September 2024 – The Cederberg Mountains
After breakfast the group will head off to explore SAN rock art with a local expert
We will return to the lodge in time for lunch.
Take a tour to a Rooibos Tea Farm or a Citrus Farm
The evening we will sit down to another exceptional meal and contemplate the continuation of our journey in the morning.
Day 9: 28 September 2024 – Into the Winelands
Khwa ttu Heritage Centre (Khoi-San installations and light lunch) where we will hear the language, witness time honoured skills and learn about the culture of the Khoisan.
The Huguenot Memorial in Franschhoek village.
After checking into our beautiful resort, we will be treated to a complimentary wine tasting.
Day 10: 29 September 2024 – Language, Wildlife and Wine
Ashia cheetah sanctuary – a fascinating look into the re-wilding program at this internationally acclaimed sanctuary.
The Afrikaans Language Monument
Lunch will have been reserved for you at Bacco Estate (on your account)
Wine tasting at the Antonij Rupert Estate
Day 11: 30 September 2024 – Babylonstoren
Babylonstoren farm experience – this is a working farm like no other you will leave wanting to stay for just a bit longer
Lunch will have been reserved for you at Delheim Estate
We will end in Stellenbosch at the Oude Werf hotel in the heart of the town and the remainder of the day will be at leisure
Day 12: 1 October 2024 – Art and Wine
The Rupert Art Museum
Wine tasting at Waterford Estate
Lunch will have been reserved for you at the Ernie Els Estate and on your own account
Wine tasting at the Ken Forrester Estate (the story of Chenin)
Day 13: 2 October 2024 – Safari Time!
After breakfast we will check out of our hotel and be transferred to the Cape Town Airport for our flight to Nelspruit.
Upon arrival in Nelspruit, we will be transferred transfer to our lodge to get checked-in, enjoy some refreshments before heading out on an afternoon game drive.
Day 14: 3 October 2024 - More Wildlife and Relaxation
You will head out on your second game drive and upon return to the lodge you will be served a hearty breakfast.
If you have not already, before you leave your chalet, open your door and listen to the bird life. It is quite breathtaking.
Your afternoon game drive will involve the tracker and ranger trying to cover off the Big 5 if they have not already – you might even get the + 2 – Painted Wolves and Cheetahs.
After enjoying a sundowner in the bushveld you will be returned to the lodge to freshen up and then enjoy a wonderful meal.
Day 15: 4 October 2024 - More Wildlife and Relaxation
This is game drive 4 and 5 today. It will follow the same format as yesterday.
Your ranger and tracker are happy to try to spot lesser known animals and can talk about the bird life, plant life, conservation, anti-poaching efforts, etc.
Day 16: 5 October 2024 – Final Safari and Homeward or Onward Bound
This morning we will head out on our last game drive. This is your final chance to really enjoy the unique South African bushveld. The game drive will finish up with coffee/tea and snacks before heading back to the lodge.
We will be served a hardy breakfast, assisted with our luggage and be transferred back to the Nelspruit Airport to either continue your journey or begin your journey home.