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R37,880.00

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Scheduled Guided Tour

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Cape Winelands

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'Big 5'

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A 10 day discovery of the secluded Cape Winelands, the road less travelled, Garden Route sites and guest house and boutique hotel hospitality experiences. Enjoy ‘Big 5’ game viewing in the Kruger National Park. Discover the African bush at a private game lodge and explore the awe-inspiring Panorama Route.

Price p/p:

R37,880.00

Duration:

10 days

Route:

Cape Town to Johannesburg

Class:

Comfort

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Journey Highlights

Stellenbosch Walking Tour

Explore the "village of the oaks" with its shady avenues of oaks bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream. Listen to the colorful tales about the colorful inhabitants of three centuries as you admire the beauty and harmony of Cape Dutch architecture.

Bainskloof Pass Drive

Bainskloof Pass is one of few passes that cut through the mountains that seal Cape Town from its interior, making it one of the Western Cape's most scenic routes.

Travel Along the World’s Longest Wine Route

Wine lovers' first port of call, the Cape Winelands provides a lengthy wine route that stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), via Oudtshoorn and the Garden Route.

Experience Crossing the Storms River Suspension Bridge

Located in the Tsitsikamma region of the Eastern Cape, the Storms River Mouth suspension bridge stretches over the red-brown waters above the red-brown waters of the Storms River.

Itinerary

You will be collected from the hotel, and travel northeast to Wellington via the Cape Winelands. Journey into the heart of the Winelands and enjoy a craft beer tasting (own account) before arriving at the university town of Stellenbosch. Embark on a walking tour of Stellenbosch which includes the town’s historic sites and colonial Cape Dutch architecture. These structures are some of the country’s oldest buildings. Stop for lunch (own account) at one of the many wine farms and eateries near Paarl, thereafter visit the town of Paarl, South Africa’s third oldest town. At Paarl Rock, the second largest granite projection on the planet, you will visit the Afrikaanse Taalmonument (Afrikaans Language Monument) and learn more about the museum. Found in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Wellington is home to Cape Dutch homesteads and beautiful gardens and wineries, as well as South Africa’s only whisky producer. Check in at the guest house, and enjoy time at leisure before drinks and dinner (own account) at one of the hotel’s restaurants.

  • Overnight at Val du Charron Guest House or similar 
  • Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at the guest house before departing Wellington en route to Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo, via the scenically-attractive Bainskloof Pass and Route 62. Built in 1854, the 18km Bainskloof Pass was an engineering masterpiece known as the ‘Gateway to the North’. It is now a national monument and offers unsurpassed views of the area. Enjoy a cheese and wine pairing followed by a cellar tour at an estate in the Robertson wine valley, located off the world’s longest wine route, the Route 62. Savour lunch en route (own account). Arrive at the guest house on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn. Spend the late afternoon and evening at leisure. Enjoy dinner and warm hospitality (own account).

  • Overnight at De Zeekoe Guest Farm or similar 
  • Breakfast

After breakfast, journey south via the Outeniqua Pass, to Knysna. Stop outside Oudtshoorn, in the Cango Valley and discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves. Back above ground, tour a nearby ostrich farm and learn about the ostrich-farming industry. Enjoy lunch at the ostrich farm’s restaurant (own account). The tour travels southwards to Knysna via the Outeniqua Pass. This pass was constructed by prisoners of war from 1943-1951 and now bridges the semi-arid Klein Karoo and the coastal Garden Route. Stop in Wilderness to enjoy photo opportunities and sweeping views from the Map of Africa lookout point (weather permitting) before continuing on to Knysna. Enjoy dinner at the guest house (own account).

  • Overnight at Parkes Manor or similar 
  • Breakfast 

Following breakfast, spend the day at leisure, or on optional excursions in and around Knysna. You can board a ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (own account, including lunch). The local tour guide will share tales about Knysna whilst guests enjoy panoramic views on board the ferry and a 4WD vehicle. An optional 2.2km guided nature walk, through the forest and along the coast, is recommended. Enjoy a buffet lunch at a unique outdoor restaurant under a canopy of milkwood trees, on the edge of the lagoon. Guests spend time at leisure before dinner (own account).

  • Overnight at Parkes Manor or similar 
  • Breakfast 

After an early breakfast, the tour departs for Port Elizabeth (The city’s name changed to Gqeberha in 2021), via the Garden Route. Travel to the Storms River Mouth and experience unique views of the Tsitsikamma from a suspension bridge. Enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest area, home to century-old trees. The tour arrives late afternoon at the hotel. Enjoy refreshing drinks (own account) and savour local cuisine.

  • Overnight at The Kelway Hotel or similar 
  • Breakfast

After an early breakfast, guests are collected from the hotel and transferred to Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha) International Airport for a flight to Johannesburg (flight not included). On arrival, you are met and transferred to a city hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Dine (own account) at the hotel or at a restaurant of choice.

  • Overnight at The Capital on Bath or similar 
  • Breakfast

After breakfast, the tour departs from Johannesburg to White River by way of Pretoria. In Pretoria, visit the Voortrekker Monument which is one of the largest museums in South Africa where you will view the biggest marble frieze in the world. The tour continues to the Union Buildings, where you can enjoy the views and have a photo opportunity at the Nelson Mandela statue. Enjoy lunch en route (own account) to the Lowveld. Arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon, and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.

  • Overnight at Country Boutique Hotel or similar 
  • Dinner and breakfast

Wake up early and receive a breakfast pack to enjoy en route to the iconic Kruger National Park for a full day’s game viewing in a closed vehicle. You can look forward to spotting the ‘Big 5’ and a variety of other wildlife and bird species. The park boasts one of the largest and most successful conservation schemes in the world, and the diversity of fauna and flora promise an unforgettable bushveld experience. The tour stops for lunch in the park (own account) and then later, exit at the Paul Kruger Gate to head to the hotel for dinner.

  • Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate or similar 
  • Dinner and breakfast

After an early breakfast, head to 2 of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent topographical attractions: the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. The Panorama Route affords guests memorable views of the more significant sites in this area including God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and the Pinnacle. Once at the lodge, enjoy high tea before heading off for an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle, then returning to the lodge for dinner.

  • Overnight at aha Makalali Main Lodge or similar 
  • Dinner, breakfast 

Go for an early morning game drive in an open safari vehicle before breakfast. The tour then heads back to Johannesburg, via the charming town of Dullstroom, where you can stop for lunch (own account) and take a short walk through the town (time permitting). The tour returns to Johannesburg in the late afternoon.

Price is subject to the rate of exchange fluctuation based on day of full payment.
Availability based at the time of booking.
Travel Insurance highly recommended.

What's Included

  • All meals as specified in the itinerary: 9 x breakfast, 3 x dinners
  • Entrance Fees: Garden Route National Park conservation fee (Storms River Bridge), Voortrekker Monument, Blyde River Canyon, Lisbon Falls, God’s Window, Pinnacle, Conservation fees into Kruger National Park and a private game reserve
  • Excursions: Cheese And Wine Pairing, Wine Cellar Tour, Stellenbosch Walking Tour, Short walk in Tsitsikamma across the Storms River Suspension Bridge, Cango Caves Heritage Tour Ostrich Farm Tractor Tour, Short Pretoria City Orientation Tour, Afternoon and morning open safari vehicle private game reserve game drives
  •  Green Seat: SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism and Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit

What's Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha) to Johannesburg excluded
  • Visa fees
  • 2 airport transfers
  • Porterage
  • 10 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities and personal expenses

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