This excellent two-week fly-drive tour takes in some of South Africa’s very best highlights – Cape Town, Hermanus, the Garden Route and a safari in the renowned game-rich Timbavati Wildlife Reserve, bordering Kruger Park. This trip takes you to award-winning properties that have an impressive and long-standing history of conservation and community development.
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About South Africa
South Africa is renowned for being a stunningly vibrant country due to its wide variety of cultures. Its incredible wildlife, scenic landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and burgeoning food & wine scene also make the country a favourite among a diverse range of travellers. Cape Town offers a great introduction to South Africa. The city’s most iconic landmark, Table Mountain, towers over the city and offers incredible coastline views once you get to the top via the cable car or a self-guided hike. The historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are located outside the city, and are home to some of South Africa’s best wineries. Walk-in tastings and exciting food & wine pairings are offered by many wine estates and Franschhoek is also best-known for being South Africa’s culinary capital. You can of course also go on incredible safaris with plenty of opportunities to spot the Big Five in their natural habitat, on game drives led by the experts.
Wherever you decide to go in South Africa you can stay in gorgeous sustainable luxury accommodations, savour delicious farm-to-table food, and help leave a positive impact by taking part in activities and excursions which enrich local communities and protect the environment. To find out more about sustainable South Africa please click here.
Day 1 – International flight from London Heathrow
Day 2 – 5 Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town early morning and collect your hire car. It’s an easy 30-minute drive to Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in the lively Camps Bay area for a 4 night stay, breakfast included. By midday, you could be looking at Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain! During your time in Cape Town, you could tour the Cape Peninsula, explore the city, take the cable car up Table Mountain, visit the penguin colony, book a boat trip to Robben Island and a guided tour of the townships. Tours can be done either as self-drive or as escorted tours. For the more adventurous, we also offer an overnight stay at one of the township B&Bs.
Accommodation: 5* The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Day 6 – 7 Hermanus
Depart for the coastal town of Hermanus which offers shore-based whale watching in season (June – November) for a 2 night stay at the Grootbos Reserve which has onsite guides to make the most of the flora and fauna kingdom, all meals and scheduled lodge activities included.
Accommodation: 5* Grootbos Reserve
Day 8 – 10 The Garden Route
Enjoy a scenic drive along the Garden Route to transfer to your next hotel. Stay 3 nights at The Manor House at Fancourt with breakfast included. This is a great base to explore the Garden Route, or simply explore the 613-hectare Fancourt Estate.
Accommodation: 5* The Manor House at Fancourt
Day 11-14 Greater Kruger National Park -Timbavati Game Reserve
Today you return your hire car at George Airport and fly up to Kruger Park via Johannesburg. On arrival, you will be met and transferred by road into the Timbavati for a 3 night stay at andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp. The drive takes about three hours and the roads take you through the rural villages before entering the reserve. At the luxury andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp all meals, local drinks, scheduled safari activities, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip, and laundry are included. Each day you can choose from thrilling game drives and nature walks with knowledgeable guides.
Accommodation: 5* andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp
Day 15 – Transfer to catch your return flight back to the UK
The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Step out onto our flora and fynbos-framed trails to explore this staggeringly beautiful setting, with iridescent sunsets that are the best in Cape Town. Dramatically located above the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by the majestic Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain, discover a unique five-star experience close to the vibrant heart of the city.
Grootbos Private Reserve
Grootbos, with its two 5-star luxury lodges, is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest-clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Grootbos has carved a unique niche in the upmarket eco-lodge sector by specializing in the Cape region of South Africa’s world-renowned flora and marine biodiversity. This multi-award-winning reserve is home to more than 740 different plant species, offers warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, fine wines and is a nature lover’s paradise.
The Manor House at Fancourt
The Manor House Fancourt is a small luxurious boutique hotel, with excellent green credentials and staff development programme, is located in the 613-hectare Fancourt estate, just outside George. The meticulously restored manor has 13 luxury suites, four grand suites and a master suite with two bedrooms. All come with butler service and the property has its own pool. Guests also have access to the phenomenal range of services offered by the Fancourt estate including three excellent onsite dining options. High tea, served in the elegant lounge, is not to be missed.
andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp
Nestled between the dense riverine forest and the sandy bed of the Timbavati, in the unspoiled Ngala Private Game Reserve, lies the sophisticated andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp, a sophisticated tented camp perfectly positioned in tranquil bush surrounds. Set within South Africa’s largest and most well-known game reserve in the world, Ngala Private Game Reserve offers not only one of the most incredible Big Five wildlife experiences in the world, but also offers an intimate one due to our exclusive traversing rights on 14,700 hectares (36,000 acre) of wilderness land.
Price correct as of 13/03/23
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