Day 1 – Cape Town: Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight at Cape Cadogan – Superior Luxury Room.
Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel is themed on the Irish literary figure Oscar Wilde. Guests are surrounded by classic modern bohemian chic with twelve luxuriously appointed en-suite bedrooms that are decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture and using dramatic fabrics to maximize the effect.
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 ride is weather dependent and usually closed for maintenance from end July to mid-August). Return to your hotel for the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight at Cape Cadogan. (B)
Day 3 – Cape Town/Walk To Freedom Tour: After breakfast, enjoy a private full-day Walk to Freedom Tour. This tour delves deep into South Africa’s political past and opens up doors to communities not always encountered in the city itself. Start in the colorful Bo-Kaap, home to the Malay community, before crossing over to District Six, once a vibrant colorful neighborhood before the Group Areas Act of Apartheid turned it into a desolated wasteland. From here, visit one of the townships, then head to the Waterfront for your ferry ride and tour of Robben Island. Finally, return to your hotel for the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight at Cape Cadogan. (B)
Day 4 – Cape Point & Peninsula Tour/Winelands: 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 continuing to your hotel located in Franschhoek. Enjoy your evening at leisure and overnight at Franschhoek Country House – Villa Suite.
The original Franschhoek Country House offers fourteen well-equipped rooms including six standard rooms, five luxury rooms, and two cottages. In 2003, the twelve opulent Villa Suites were added. Each suite is 100-sq meters in size, with a spacious lounge, a large balcony, a separate bedroom, dining area, fireplace, entertainment center, and underfloor heating, in an extravagant French Provencal style.
Day 5 –Winelands, Chocolate, Cheese & Olives Tour: This tailor-made tour by your resident wine expert is designed for the visitor who would like to experience and taste some of the other delectable delights that are also offered in the Winelands area, in addition to the local wines. Your day can include Paarl, with its imposing Afrikaans Language Monument, and the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabrière, Môreson, La Motte and Grande Provence. You will delight in cheese, chocolate, olive, and olive oil tastings and enjoy a lunch at one of the top restaurants or estates (lunch on own account but wine tastings included). Return to your hotel late this afternoon and enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight at Franschhoek Country House. (B)
Day 6 – Durban: After breakfast, transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Durban (flight priced separately). Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight at The Oyster Box – Classic Sea-facing Room. (B)
The fabulously bright, red and white Oyster Box Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel located on the seafront in Umhlanga, approximately 20 kilometers north of Durban. This distinguished hotel has 85 sea or garden facing rooms and suites. All are individually decorated and exceptionally comfortable. With superb attention to detail, room features include fresh flowers and fruit, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, a selection of magazines and books, complimentary mineral water, tea and coffee station, satellite TV with movies on-demand, bathrobes and slippers, soap and pillow menu, heated towel rails, and beach gear.
Day 7 – Durban: Enjoy your day at leisure exploring the coastal city of Durban. Tours can be arranged in advance or directly on-site (at an additional cost). Overnight at The Oyster Box. (B)
Day 8 – Phinda Private Game Reserve: After breakfast, transfer to Phinda Private Game Reserve, arriving in time for lunch (approx. 3.5 hr drive). Enjoy an afternoon, shared safari activity. Dinner and overnight at Phinda Vlei Lodge – Suite (B, L, D, Dr)
Phinda Vlei Lodge is one of six luxury lodges within the Phinda Private Game Reserve in the Maputaland Region of northern KwaZulu Natal. The six luxurious thatch and glass suites are decorated in a subtle blend of North and West African styles with hints of Balinese influences. Each suite is spacious with a plush en-suite bathroom with a free-standing bath and glassed-in shower; a dressing room, four-poster king-size bed, air-conditioning, private plunge pool with sun loungers, and a game viewing deck that overlooks the grassy vlei with its occasional grazing wildlife.
Days 9, 10, & 11 – Phinda Private Game Reserve: Enjoy three full days of shared safari activities at Phinda Private Game Reserve. Activities include twice-daily game drives in the early morning and afternoon, as well as one-hour nature walks (subject to guide availability). Inside and outside Phinda Reserve, there are numerous adventure and wildlife activities available (at an additional cost); such as riverboat cruises, canoe trips, and white rhino tracking. Meals and overnights at Phinda Vlei Lodge. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 12 – Jo’burg/Depart: Enjoy your final safari activity or spend the morning at leisure. This afternoon, transfer to the local airstrip for your shuttle flight* to Johannesburg (flight included). Connect to your onward flight. (B)
*Direct flights from Phinda to Johannesburg only operate on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. If you are departing on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday, then you will need to be transferred to and route via Richard’s Bay (flight not included).
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