Spectacular South Africa - Summer 2022 Explore beautiful South Africa

Johannesburg
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Departure dates

From 12/04/2022 to 10/12/2022

What's included

Highlights.
Choose between two carefully selected activitiesCape Town: Visit the District Six Museum, a memorial dedicated to the area destroyed during the Apartheid era and the 60,000 inhabitants who were forced to relocate.
Cape Town: Join a Local Expert for a visit of trendy The Old Biscuit Mill, a vibrant market and creative hub in the city.
Meet some of the vendors, browse the stalls and sample culinary delights.
Choose between two carefully selected activitiesCape Winelands: Sip the award-winning wines of the Vergelegen Estate during a private tasting with the expert winemaker of the estate.
Take a stroll through some of the 18 unique gardens of the manor house while you visit.
Cape Winelands: Get on a bike and explore of of the nearby vineyards with a guide.
Choose between two carefully selected activitiesKruger National Park: Join your ranger for a bush walk where you can experience the thrill of tracking different wildlife.
Kruger National Park: Enjoy a relaxing high tea served in the peaceful surrounds of Lion Sands, with only birdsong for company.
: Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards.
Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
: Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.
All Travelling Concierge's and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
: We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
: Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
Cape Town: Begin your journey in style with an outstanding Welcome Dinner at the Azure Restaurant.
Taste exquisite flavours from executive chef Christo Pretorius as you glimpse spectacular views of the Atlantic from your dazzling vantage point over Camps Bay.
Kalk Bay: Take a seat at the elegant Harbour House in Kalk Bay for a sumptuous lunch with wine, accompanied by endless views of False Bay and the Hottentots Mountain Range rising in the distance.
Dine on freshly caught fish prepared with flair.
Cape Town: Join a Local Expert for a visit of trendy The Old Biscuit Mill, a vibrant market and creative hub in the city.
Meet some of the vendors, browse the stalls and sample culinary delights.
Boschendal Wine Estate: Savour a delicious Farm-to-Table meal at the award-winning Werf Restaurant, renowned for its sustainability.
Chef Allistaire Lawrence presents a menu guided by the seasons with local and ethically sourced produce brought to the fore in each dish.
Cape Winelands: Sip the award-winning wines of the Vergelegen Estate during a private tasting with the expert winemaker of the estate.
Take a stroll through some of the 18 unique gardens of the manor house while you visit.
Kruger National Park: Enjoy a relaxing high tea served in the peaceful surrounds of Lion Sands, with only birdsong for company.
Kruger National Park: Dine under the twinkling stars of the Kruger sky as Lion Sands’ expert chefs prepare a sumptuous Celebration Dinner.
Toast with fine local wines to your adventures in the unspoilt wilderness as you taste mouthwatering modern dishes based on traditional recipes.
Dining Summary: 8 Breakfast (B), 5 Dinner with Wine (DW), 1 Lunch (L), and 5 Lunch with Wine (LW)Cape Peninsula: Take the sweeping roads connecting the scenic bays of Cape Peninsula on one of the world’s legendary drives.
Slip through the quaint beauty of Hout Bay and traverse the mountain road of Chapman’s Peak on your journey to Cape Point.
Cape Point Nature Reserve: Wander the immaculate wilderness and distinctive flora of Cape Point Nature Reserve in the invigorating ocean breeze.
Spot resident creatures from the sprightly reebok to the evasive eland alongside the striking Cape Mountain zebra and the legendary Cape baboons.
Cape Point Nature Reserve: Pay a visit to the secluded Boulders Beach with a park ranger who knows all about the flora and fauna of the area.
Marvel at its local residents, a colony of African penguins who can be seen frolicking in the water.
Table Mountain: Rise to the summit of Table Mountain in the famous cable car and look out to 360-degree views across Cape Town, Lion’s Head, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Watch the sunset with glass in hand at a private mountaintop drinks reception.
Cape Town: Visit the District Six Museum, a memorial dedicated to the area destroyed during the Apartheid era and the 60,000 inhabitants who were forced to relocate.
Cape Winelands: Meander through the luscious green countryside north of Cape Town on a scenic drive through the wineland towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek.
See the valley spread before you as you pass the region’s numerous vineyards, wineries, and cheese farm stalls.
Winelands: Relax and enjoy the view as you are returned to Cape Town in a chauffeur-driven vintage car.
Gaze out to the beauty of the passing scenery in the late afternoon sun as you reflect on your day’s adventure in the winelands.
Cape Winelands: Get on a bike and explore of of the nearby vineyards with a guide.
Robben Island: Enjoy a visit to the Amy Foundation, a non-profit organisation.
On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience witness how the lives of vulnerable young people are being transformed through a variety of empowering programmes.
Robben Island: Meet an ex-political prisoner and hear their first-hand stories on your visit to the poignant historical facility of Robben Island.
Explore the former jail under the guidance of a knowledgeable Local Expert and discover the tales of Nelson Mandela’s famous exile.
Kruger National Park: Venture deep into the heart of one of the world’s largest game reserves on a thrilling three-day safari.
Experience six game drives in a private, open-air safari vehicle and keep your eyes peeled for any of the Big Five.
Kruger National Park: Join your ranger for a bush walk where you can experience the thrill of tracking different wildlife.
Cape Town: Join Christo Brand, a former prison guard of Nelson Mandela, for lunch at the Amy Foundation to hear fascinating stories about South Africa’s first Black President, a heroic figure who stood for freedom and justice throughout the late 20th century.
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You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.
We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates, when flights are included within the itinerary and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight.
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Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Cape Town, the crown jewel of the African continent, with its spectacular scenery, exotic cultures and delicious flavours. On arrival at Cape Town International, transfer to The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, nestled between Table mountain and Twelve Apostles mountain range, offering amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. This evening join your Travelling Concierge and travel companions for a dazzling Welcome Dinner, hosted at the hotel's Azure restaurant. Enjoy expansive ocean views from the terrace as you experience fine dining of modern South African cuisine infused with international influences. Inspired by the ocean, the menu boasts an array of dishes prepared with seasonally organic ingredients.
  • Day 2 - Embark on one of the world's most legendary drives, journeying from the hotel through the fishing village of Hout Bay. Winding along Chapman's Peak, continue past colourful Kalk Bay later in the afternoon, when we return to the other side of the Peninsula for lunch. to the majestic Cape Point Nature Reserve, one of the world's most pristine wildernesses. Stroll along the trails and keep an eye out for reebok, Cape Mountain zebra, bontebok and the elusive eland. Explore Boulders Beach and learn about the local residents, a colony of African penguins. You're invited to an exquisite lunch with wine at the Harbour House restaurant in Kalk Bay. Admire views overlooking False Bay and the Hottentots Mountain Range. Take in beautiful views of the ocean and mountains, as you travel to your hotel overlooking the Atlantic. See the cosmopolitan suburbs of Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay before returning to your hotel. Your Travelling Concierge is a treasure trove of local knowledge and will happily make dinner reservations on your behalf at recommended restaurants.
  • Day 3 - Known for being one of Africa's most desirable and vibrant cities, Cape Town is yours to explore. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join a Local Expert for a visit of trendy The Old Biscuit Mill, a vibrant market and creative hub in the city. Meet some of the vendors, browse the stalls and sample culinary delights. Alternatively, visit the District Six Museum, a memorial dedicated to the area destroyed during the Apartheid era and the 60,000 inhabitants who were forced to relocate. In the afternoon, join your Travelling Concierge and travel to the base of Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city from the famous cable car, before stepping off onto the summit just in time for a spectacular African Sunset, should weather permit. This evening, venture to a nearby restaurant for an opulent culinary journey, accented by daring decor and whispers of history.
  • Day 4 - World famous for crisp white and French-style red wines, the fertile wine valleys of the Cape are also a treasury of rustic beauty and sprawling estates shaded by giant oak trees. Travel into the heart of the winelands, starting in historic Paarl and Stellenbosch and on to the beautiful town of Franschhoek, founded in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing the Huguenot religious persecution in Europe. These very settlers produced the fine wines once sought after by Napoleon, Bismarck and royalty such as Edward VII, the Prince of Wales. Start at the Vergelegen Estate and appreciate the Cape Dutch architecture of the manor house. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to indulge in a wine tasting hosted by the estate's winemaker, followed by a walk through the gardens. Alternatively, get on a bike and explore one of the nearby vineyards with a guide. Continue on to the Boschendal Wine Estate, one of the oldest farms in the country, for a delicious seasonal Farm-to-Table lunch served at The Werf Restaurant, located in the beautifully revamped cellar of The Manor House. Guided by the rhythm of the seasons, Chef Allistaire Lawrence creates a contemporary menu from the best available local and ethically sourced produce. Organic vegetables are harvested daily from the Werf Food Garden, which can be viewed from the restaurant balcony. Relax and enjoy a scenic drive, as you are chauffeured back to your hotel in a vintage car. With an evening at leisure, your Travelling Concierge is on hand to assist you with restaurant recommendations and reservations.
  • Day 5 - South Africa has for centuries been a land of dreams and complexities, diversity and ideas, and intoxicating landscapes drawing travellers from afar. Step on board a ferry and journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Robben Island, best known for its prison where Nelson Mandela and many other famous anti-apartheid activists were imprisoned. Join a local guide for an insightful tour of the former prison and meet an ex-political prisoner who will share personal anecdotes as you explore the island on a guided coach tour. Return to the mainland and join Christo Brand, a former prison guard at the Victor Verster prison, where Nelson Mandela spent the last 14 months of his 27-year-long imprisonment, for lunch at the Amy Foundation and hear fascinating stories about one of history's most heroic figures. You then visit the Amy Foundation, a non-profit organisation. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER(R) Experience witness how the lives of vulnerable young people are being transformed through a variety of empowering programmes. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps head to trendy Bree Street for dinner?
  • Day 6 - Fly from Cape Town into the heart of the African bushveld, as you touch down at Skukuza Airport. At more than 2 million hectares, Kruger National Park is one of the world's largest game reserves. Enjoy a short drive through Big Five territory to the luxurious Lion Sands Lodge, located on the banks of the Sabie River, where lunch will be served with wine. Experience your first evening game drive, hosted by a professionally qualified ranger and tracker. Enjoy the drive on your private open-air safari vehicle, as you venture through the Lion Sands Game Reserve, which forms part of an ecosystem boasting the largest concentration of wild animal species in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn about the complexities of a termite colony or perhaps see a pride of lions roaming through the savanna, as your ranger shares fascinating insights into the lives of small and large creatures. Stop en route for a gin-and-tonic and snacks, served in the heart of the African bushveld. In the evening, gather round for a spectacular feast of slow-cooked meats, seasonal vegetables and sweet treats, before falling asleep to the distant calls of hyenas.
  • Day 7 - Arise with sunrise to a cup of freshly-brewed coffee and depart on your morning game drive. Marvel at your tracker's skills, as he analyses animal spoor and reads the bush, like a book, in search of the Big Five. Keep your eyes peeled for leopard, as you pass rocky outcrops, and listen for the sounds of elephants munching on mopane leaves. See crocodiles and hippopotamus at watering holes and look out for the many exotic bird species found in the area. Return to your lodge just in time for a spectacular breakfast spread overlooking the river. Savour lunch before enjoying the afternoon. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to either relax over high tea, or join your ranger for a bush walk. Afterwards you will have some time at leisure, perhaps opting for a rejuvenating massage at the Africology Spa? Then prepare for your second game drive for the day. Early evening is the ideal time to spot members of the Big Five, including rhinoceros, buffalo and lion. Sit tight, as your ranger leads the way to unforgettable game sightings. Drink a toast to nature's bounties, as the sun dips beyond the savannah, returning to your lodge in time for yet another magnificent dinner, set by candle-light. The in-house chefs specialise in a variety of cuisines and are able to offer you everything from vegetarian to traditional fare.
  • Day 8 - Awake at sunrise, the best time to spot predators, for your morning game drive. Huddle under blankets, as you're driven through the fresh morning mist in search of wildlife. Perhaps stop along the Sabie River to enjoy a cup of coffee, while keeping an eye out for buck and giraffes. Upon returning to your lodge, savour breakfast, served on the deck, and enjoy some time at leisure. Perhaps shop at the curio shop, go on a birding walk or enjoy a siesta, before lunch and afternoon tea are served. Join your ranger and tracker for your final evening game drive and soak up the magic of the African bushveld illuminated by the sinking sun. Raise a glass in the evening to an outstanding adventure, as you savour your Celebration Dinner beneath a blanket of stars.
  • Day 9 - Appreciate the skill and in-depth knowledge of your ranger and tracker on your final morning game-drive. As no day in the bushveld is the same, appreciate the site of a unique bird or perhaps a warthog running across the road with its tail upright. After breakfast, transfer to the Skukuza Airport for your onward journey. Please do not book onward flights from Johannesburg before 18.00.
  • Prices quoted valid for sale until 03 December 2021 unless otherwise stated or sold out prior.
  • Price is per person and subject to availability. Accommodation (if included) is based on twin share unless otherwise stated.
  • Airfare (including internal flights) is not included unless otherwise stated and, if included, is economy class unless otherwise stated.
  • Local payments, "trip kittys" or food funds may apply and may be payable direct to the supplier on arrival or to your travel agent prior to your departure. Where applicable, these payments are included in the total price quoted.
  • Gratuities are not included unless otherwise stated.
  • Additional conditions and travel restrictions may apply. Please enquire for further details.
  • Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes, levies and government charges current at time of publication.
  • Additional levies, government charges and other applicable fees may apply and are beyond our control.
  • Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel.
  • Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.
  • Prices shown are for payments made by cash in store or Bpay.
  • These prices are a guide to the best price. Prices are correct as at 28 November 2021 and are subject to change without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases. Please enquire for further details.

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