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South African Garden Route and Safari

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This incredible itinerary is the ultimate in South African adventure taking in Cape Town, the winelands, the garden route and a once in a lifetime safari experience at a game reserve. You’ll have the chance to take in Table Mountain and Robben Island in Cape Town, before driving to sample some of South Africa’s finest wines in the winelands. This itinerary also has a stay in Plettenberg Bay, Africa’s most spectacular beach down for the ultimate escape. The trip concludes with a fantastic three days at either Kwandwe Private Game reserve or the Amakhala reserve where you’ll head out on safari and experience the some of the best wildlife in the region.

time difference


1-2 hours ahead of the UK

flight time


11 hours direct from UK

Day 1

Cape Town

Upon arrival you’ll be able to pick up your hire car and head to Kensington Palace.

Spend three days in Cape Town exploring the beauty and history of the city.

At the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel you’ll find a timeless and authentic resort hotel located in the heart of Cape Town. Conveniently located within the cultural centre close to top sightseeing attractions and the city’s best beaches, the garden estate is an urban sanctuary. Two heated swimming pools, rolling lawns and Rose gardens lend themselves to romance. Several accommodation wings house 198 individually styled rooms and suites. The contemporary Planet Bar and Restaurant offers guests a true South African gastronomic dinner experience, and the Oasis Bistro offers guests a Mediterranean inspired al fresco breakfast and lunch menu overlooking the family pool and gardens. A daily Afternoon Tea served in the hotel lounge is a signature and not to be missed experience. If you’d like to relax then try the Librisa Spa which offers guests a bouquet of holistic treatments.

Alternatively, for the boutique option stay at Kensington Palace where you’ll experience a contemporary boutique hotel that combines cutting-edge design with a tranquil but prime location on the slopes of Table Mountain. And as it has just eight bespoke guest rooms and a team of friendly staffers who are almost telepathic it’s not such a stretch to feel you’re staying in a private home. Yet this is a private home styled by someone with immaculate taste, the finest linens used on the beds, the thickest towels used in the bathrooms and flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and personal laptops with Wi-fi just a few of the modern accessories. There’s even a plunge pool to cool you down.

Recommended Accommodation:
Luxury 5*: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Boutique: Kensington Place

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Day 4


Today you’ll drive into the winelands, about 40 minutes from Cape Town to the 5* Grande Roche Hotel where you’ll stay in a Studio Suite. Your stay includes sparkling wine and an Oyster breakfast.

Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Paarl Rock Mountain, the boutique hotel is where history interacts with modern day comforts and the gentle rhythm of a working fruit and wine farm creates a peaceful escape for rest and relaxation. A proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, featuring 28 elegant suites you will experience comfort and tranquility, personal service and meticulous attention to detail.

With breathtaking views across the Paarl Wine Valley, Grande Roche Hotel offers guests the perfect setting for a Winelands escape. Award winning Bosman's Restaurant offers all year dining with fireplaces for winter and an outside terrace overlooking the vineyards for summer evenings. Michelin trained Chefs infuse classic South African dishes with international cuisine and the in-house Sommelier is able to recommend wines from the list of 400 labels.

The boutique choice is The Last Word Franschhoek, an exclusive 5-star historic residence in the heart of the Franschhoek village, the gourmet capital of South Africa. The hotel is just a minute's walk from excellent award-winning restaurants and numerous character-filled boutique style shops and art galleries.

The Franschhoek valley offers world-class wine estates, tastings and cellar tours nestled between towering mountains and beautiful vineyards and the picturesque French village hosts some of the best cuisine from internationally recognised gourmet chefs. The valley is also the idyllic setting for walking trails, hiking, cycling, bird watching, horse riding, fly-fishing and golf.

Whilst you’re there the hotel can arrange a host of luxury escapes including horseback wine tours, gourmet dining at some of South Africa’s top restaurants, exploring the region’s French heritage – unforgettable memories are waiting to be made.

Recommended Accommodation:
Luxury 5*: Grande Roche Hotel 5*
Boutique: The Last Word Franschhoek

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Day 7


Today you’ll continue along the garden route by driving to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and site of the Cango Coves, an underground network of limestone tunnels and chambers

You’ll stay at the Rosenhof Country House, where you are able to enjoy traditional country cuisine complemented by an extensive wine list. There is a fully equipped gym and sauna and with its luxurious facilities and excellent service, Rosenhof is recognised as one of the finest establishments in the region.

The boutique choice is Hlangana Lodge, one of the finest small luxury establishments in South Africa. Every room has a private veranda overlooking the exotic gardens and saltwater swimming pool.

Recommended Accommodation:
Luxury 5*: Rosenhof Country House
Boutique: Hlangana Lodge

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Day 8

Plettenberg Bay

You’ll drive to the beautiful Plettenberg Bay.

Situated on a rocky headland in Africa's most spectacular beach town of Plettenberg Bay is the ultimate escape, The Plettenberg. This owner-managed property showcases the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa with views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden beach. Located in the heart of South Africa's elite favourite seaside vacation spot and Garden Route, world-renowned for its excellent outdoor activities. It is the ideal place to both relax and unwind or recharge and reinvigorate. At The Plettenberg the charming service and the setting combine to create the ultimate story, one of a South African seaside experience unlike any other.

At our boutique option, the Hog Hollow, you’ll find outstanding cuisine, personalised accommodation & hospitality. With just 16 rooms all with private wooden decks, king-sized beds, most with cosy fireplaces. Breakfast & dinner served on the boma deck or around the communal candle-lit dining table.

Spend a few nights here soaking up the coastal atmosphere and relaxing.

Recommended Accommodation:
Luxury 5*: The Plettenberg 5*
Boutique: Hog Hollow

Day 11

Game viewing

Spend three nights at one of our recommended game lodges. All your meals are included as well as safari activities.

At the 5* Kwandwe Ecca Lodge  you’ll find a vast wilderness flanking the banks of the Great Fish River in South Africa's Eastern Cape region. Home to a diverse array of wildlife including the ‘Big Five’, as well as cheetah, hippo, springbok, giraffe and more. The soul-stirring beauty of the landscape lends its charm to all four of its modern, yet intimate lodges and villas, all Relais & Chateaux accredited. A delight to travellers young and old the reserve provides superb game and bird viewing as well as providing habitat for protected species such as the Black Rhino and Blue Crane.

Some days you’ll take a safari vehicles and the next a boat cruise. Other activities on the reserve include bush and big game walks, boat cruise, fishing, massages, rhino monitoring, rhino darting and bush banqueting.

For our boutique option, you’ll find Hlosi Game Lodge a 5-star Eastern Cape lodge in the Amakhala reserve. Lying along a curve of hill above the Bushman's River plain in the Eastern Cape, the luxury game lodge is a quiet, grassland retreat offering a rich and intimate luxury African safari experience. As part of the 7000-hectare Amakhala game reserve, Hlosi provides a rich, informative luxury experience. This intimate lodge redefines exclusivity with four individually styled twin/double suites designed to capture the spirit of a bygone era, while providing the luxuries of contemporary lodge living.

Recommended Accommodation:
Luxury 5*: Kwandwe Ecca Lodge 5*
Boutique: Amakhala Hlosi Lodge 5*

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Day 14

After breakfast you’ll head to Port Elizabeth for your onward flight.

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