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Classic South Africa: A Wildlife & Wine Lovers' Tour

17 days from £6,660 per person

If you want to soak up the most spectacular stretch of South Africa’s coastline and spot the Big Five in the bush, but also enjoy top-notch luxury, fine food and delectable wines, this classic South African itinerary is a perfect fit. It offers all the highlights – cosmopolitan Cape Town, the pretty garden route and the world-famous Kruger – all bound together with luxurious stays in lavish hotels. 

Start your trip in the buzzy hub of Cape Town. Explore the area with your expert guide – amble through Cape Town’s famous heritage sites and architectural wonders, take a cable car up to Table Mountain and explore Bo-Kaap, the old Muslim settlement with its charming colourful houses and cobbled streets. Head out to Cape Point and The Peninsula to visit Camps Bay and the Boulders Penguin Colony, and soak up the area's pristine beaches, towering cliffs and quaint seaside towns.

After an action packed few days in Cape Town head to the peaceful village of Franschhoek and stay at refined boutique farm house, 7 Koppies, deep in the heart of the Winelands. Here you can explore the oldest wine industry outside of Europe with vineyard tours, wine tastings and wine-paired fine dining.

It's back to the beach for your next few stops, resting your head at two beautifully restorative beachfront properties, edged by the verdant hills of the garden route. Enjoy stunning seascapes and spot whales at Hermanus and tuck in to mountains of seafood at foodie destination Plettenberg.

Then your tour turns inland towards the famed scrubs, savannahs and watering holes of the world-class Kruger National Park. Your safari will focus on the exclusive area of Sabi Sands, where only those staying within it can view game. Big Five sightings are consistent and after a rewarding day's safari you can relax at Chitwa Chitwa, Sabi Sands, where your suite comes with plunge pool, free-standing tub and timber game-viewing deck.


Itinerary details

17 days from £6,660 per person

  • Day 1 - In Transit
    Overnight flight from London to Cape Town.
  • Day 2 - Cape View Clifton - Cape Town
    On arrival you will be met, and privately transferred to your hotel. Day at leisure.
  • Day 3 - Cape View Clifton - Cape Town
    This morning you will have a privately guided tour of Cape Town City. Have lunch on Kloof Street followed by Table Mountain cable car ride.
  • Day 4 - Cape View Clifton - Cape Town
    Full day privately guided tour of Cape Point and The Peninsula.
  • Day 5 - 7 Koppies - Winelands
    This morning private car transfer to 7 Koppies (approx 1 ½ hours) and spend the rest of day at leisure.
  • Day 6 - 7 Koppies - Winelands
    Today explore the Winelands with a tour and wine tastings.
  • Day 7 - 7 Koppies - Winelands
    Full day trip to Paternoster with lunch at the award-winning Wolfgat.
  • Day 8 - 7 Koppies - Winelands
    Morning walk in Mount Rochelle, followed by a visit to the Huguenot Museum. Afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 9 - The Marine - Hermanus
    Private car transfer to The Marine (approx 1 ¼ hours). Day at leisure.
  • Day 10 - The Marine - Hermanus
    Half day whale watching tour (please note this experience is seasonal: Marine Eco Tour from March – May and a Whale Watching tour from June – December). Alternatively there are beautiful nature trails to explore.
  • Day 11 - The Plettenberg - The Garden Route
    Private car transfer to The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay. Enjoy a lunch stop at the historic Drostdy Museum, Swellendam, situated in a beautiful setting. (Hermanus to Swellendam approx. 1 ¾ hours then Swellendam to Plettenberg approx. 3 hours)
  • Day 12 - The Plettenberg - The Garden Route
    Half day dolphin watching boat trip. Additional activities include walking, cycling, horse riding, mountain-bike riding and surfing.
  • Day 13 - Chitwa Chitwa - Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
    Transfer to Chitwa Chitwa in Sabi Sands: Private car transfer from The Plettenberg to George Airport for scheduled flight to Johannesburg (approx. 2 hours); light aircraft shuttle from Johannesburg airport to the Sabi Sands (approx. 1 ½ hours); private road transfer from Sabi Sands airstrip to Chitwa Chitwa (nb: airstrip at property).
  • Day 14 - Chitwa Chitwa - Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
    Morning and afternoon game drives.
  • Day 15 - Chitwa Chitwa - Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
    Morning and afternoon game drives.
  • Day 16 - In Transit
    Overnight flight home from Johannesburg to London (approx 11 hour flight).
  • Day 17 - In Transit
    Arrive home in London.
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