Explore the dramatic scenery, history, culture, flora, wines and fauna of the 'fairest cape' from the stunning beauty of the Garden Route to the Winelands and grasslands of the Karoo
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Flight - 1 night
Cape Town - 3 nights
Oudtshoorn - 2 nights
Knysna - 2 nights
Winelands - 2 nights
Cape Town - 3 nights
Flight - 1 night
The greater Cape area of South Africa contains some of the country's most unforgettable scenery, its greatest concentration of historic architecture and much fascinating local flora and fauna. Its scenic contrasts include the stark and dramatic mountains of the Cape coast, tranquil and verdant valleys of the Winelands, grasslands of the Karoo and delightful unspoilt woodlands around Knysna.
Most memorable amongst the unusual animal species one might encounter are the seals, penguins and whales, whilst on land the species most likely to amuse are the playful baboons of the Cape Peninsula and the pea-brained ostriches of the Karoo. Bird watchers and butterfly spotters will delight in the many colourful species attracted by the great floral diversity, whilst those with a love of plants will appreciate the semi-desert and temperate forest varieties in addition to the Cape's famous erica and protea.
Rarely can one city offer such a variety of experiences as Cape Town. From the Winelands to the Cape of Good Hope, from the historic Mount Nelson and Company Gardens to townships, Robben Island and the waterfront, all presided over by the iconic Table Mountain. Colonial and African history is revealed along with a varied and unique flora and fauna. The first recorded discovery of the Cape of Good Hope was in 1488, by Bartholomew Diaz, seeking a route to India. Later, Sir Francis Drake was to describe it as “…the fairest cape in the whole circumference of the earth”.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Guide Throughout
Group Size: 6 - 25
Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Cape Town.
Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel for three nights.
Day 3 Visit Table Mountain, weather permitting (excludes cableway ticket), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, picturesque Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope. Walk through Company Gardens to the South Africa Museum and ending with classic afternoon tea at the historic Mount Nelson Hotel. (B)
Day 4 A tour of the Cape Peninsula includes Hout Bay, Cape Point, the Good Hope Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach. Walk through historic Simon's Town and visit the SA Navy Museum. Harbour cruise in Cape Town. (B)
Day 5 Travel via Route 62 to Oudtshoorn (6 hrs) to visit the CP Nel Museum. Visit Cango Caves. Two nights at the 3-star Protea Riempie Hotel. (B)
Day 6 A dramatic ascent by special vehicle up Swartberg Pass to the historic 'Ou Tolhuis', base of the H.O.P.E. Foundation. Enjoy the wonderful scenery, perhaps take a short hike. Travel down to Prince Albert for a traditional Karoo lunch. Wine tasting and visit to Meiringspoort waterfall. (B, L)
Day 7 Cross the Outeniqua Pass to George. Visit the Outeniqua Transport Museum, home to many steam locomotives. Continue to Knysna for two nights at the 3-star Moorings Hotel. Sunset cruise across Knysna Lagoon. (B)
Day 8 Explore the forests at Tsitsikamma National Park and visit Plettenberg Bay with its lagoons and rocky peninsula. (B)
Day 9 Travel to Mossel Bay for a visit to Diaz Museum, then to Hermanus, where whales may be sighted from June to November. Two nights at the 4-star Hotel Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa in the Winelands. (B)
Day 10 Visit the Huguenot Memorial and take the 'Wine Tram' to wine estates including two wine tastings. At Stellenbosch visit the Village Museum of four historic houses. Enjoy a special dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Day 11 Return to Cape Town. 'No Easy Road to Freedom': visit the District Six Museum and Cape townships with local community guides. Gold Restaurant dinner with drumming lesson. Three nights at the 4-star Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel. (B, D)
Day 12 At leisure. (B)
Day 13 Morning tour to Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned, starting and ending at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. (B)
Day 14 Transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to London. Alternatively, fly in the morning to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg for a four-night extension. (B)
Day 15 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.
A superior 4-star which offers a higher standard in an attractive location on the western side of Signal Hill, a few steps from the Sea Point promenade and 2 miles from V&A waterfront/Company Gardens. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 142 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 3-star hotel in a farm-like setting with well-appointed thatched rondavels, on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 29 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Located just 200 metres from central Knysna's waterfront, this hotel combines traditional wooden architecture with modern facilities. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 48 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, safe, satellite TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilties.
A 3-star hotel located on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon, in the midst of enchanting woodland gardens offering spectacular views of indigenous forest. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 50 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, safe, satellite TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
This 4-star hotel is located in the heart of the Cape Winelands in the small town of Franschhoek. Restaurant, bar, lounge, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 63 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Victoria Falls Extension
Spend four nights at the classic 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel in the Victoria Falls National Park. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Fly to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg for four nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel. (B)
Day 2 Day at leisure. (B)
Day 3 A morning guided tour of Victoria Falls. Sunset cruise on the Zambezi. (B)
Day 4 Optional excursions include a helicopter ride over the falls (12 mins, £119; 2019 £129) and a morning game drive in Zambezi National Park (£54). (B)
Day 5 Transfer to the airport for the return flight. (B)
Day 6 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.
One of the world’s great hotels, known as ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Falls’ and a member of the exclusive ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, this 5-star hotel is steeped in history and tradition. Fine dining and casual restaurants, afternoon teas on the terrace, pool and gardens, a short walk to the falls and WiFi (free). 161 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
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Supplements per person
Single supplement £545
(Aug-Nov 2019 £595)
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £695
British Airways Club World from £3295
Extension - Victoria Falls
4 nights £1295
Single supplement £545
Victoria Falls Hotel (per night) £165
Single supplement £140
Departure transfer £22
Extra nights - Cape Town
Radisson Blu Le Vendome
(per night) £95
Single supplement £60
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 12 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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