Day 1 – Cape Town: Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel.
Victoria & Alfred Hotel is in the heart of Cape Town’s popular Waterfront, offering 94 large, comfortably furnished, air-conditioned, en-suite double bedrooms each with a fully stocked bar fridge, television, radio, and hairdryer. Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted in 1990 to a luxury hotel, it is named in honor of the Queen of England and her son.
Day 2 – Cape Town/City & Table Mountain Tour: After breakfast, enjoy a private half-day City & Table Mountain Tour. Your tour of the “mother city” will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens, and of course Table Mountain, which will give you spectacular views over the city and the peninsula. (Note: cable car ticket not included, as it is weather dependent and usually closed for maintenance from end July to mid-August). Later, make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly colored houses. Return to your hotel for the remainder of your day at leisure. (B)
Day 3 – Cape Town/Peninsula Tour: This tour of the Cape Peninsula starts with the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where a funicular takes you to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. Stop for lunch in the area (on your own account), before continuing to the naval base of Simonstown, followed by a visit to the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. On the return trip, enjoy a stop at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving at your hotel late this afternoon. Enjoy your evening at leisure. (B)
Day 4 – Cape Town/Winelands Tour: After breakfast, enjoy a full-day Winelands Tour, which is designed according to your interests. Your specialist guide will discuss your touring options, including any or all of the three main wine-growing centers: Paarl with its mountain setting and Afrikaans Language Monument; Franschhoek, the culinary capital of South Africa, with its beautiful setting, French flair, and charming cafe-lined streets; and Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal-lined avenues and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Wine tastings are included at premier estates and a stop will be made for lunch in a memorable location (on your own account). Return to your hotel late this afternoon and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)
Day 5 – Mala Mala Game Reserve: After breakfast, transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Skukuza Airport (flight not included). Upon arrival, transfer to MalaMala Private Game Reserve for lunch, followed by an afternoon shared safari activity. MalaMala is a fantastic place for seeing lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino – the most sought after and dangerous of the world’s big game. It is considered by many to be the best reserve near Kruger because of its huge size, premium location actually bordering Kruger, and sensitive eco and wildlife interaction policies. Dinner and overnight at Mala Mala Main Camp. (B, L, D)
Mala Mala Main Camp, overlooking the Sand River, offers accommodation in 18 luxury rooms, including a disabled unit and family rooms. Each individually decorated room, under traditional thatching, is furnished with every amenity, including “his” and “hers” bathrooms, 24-hour temperature control, direct dial telephones, mini bar, room safe and a private deck with views of the surrounding bush. Upgrades to more luxurious sister camps: Sable Camp and Rattrays at Mala Mala are available at an extra charge. Please call for pricing.
Days 6, 7, & 8 – Mala Mala Game Reserve: Enjoy three full days of shared safari activities in MalaMala Private Game Reserve. Activities include morning and afternoon game drive and nature walks (available on request). Meals and overnights at Mala Mala Main Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Mala Mala/Johannesburg: After your last, early morning activity, you will be transferred to the local airstrip for your flight to Jo’burg (flight included). Upon arrival in Jo’burg, connect to your onward flights. (B)
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