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Safari, Garden Route and the Western Cape

Resort:Safari, Garden Route and the Western Cape
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: South Africa
Price From: £3995.00

Overview

This escorted group tour blends a selection
of South Africas quintessential experiences
into a well-paced itinerary for lovers of
wildlife, walks, wine and sensational scenery.
Begin with safari drives in a Big Five private
game reserve in the Eastern Cape, before
making your way along the picture-perfect
Garden Route. Take a welcome deviation to
the vineyards of the world-class Winelands,
ending up in the captivating city of Cape
Town, steeped in momentous history and
bordered by dramatic landscapes.

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Fly to Port Elizabeth Amakhala
Game Reserve (or similar)

Fly overnight from London (regional
connections available) to Port Elizabeth, via
Johannesburg. Transfer to Amakhala Safari
Lodge (or similar) where you will stay for 2
nights. Join a brief welcome meeting over lunch
with your guide and fellow travellers, followed
by a late afternoon game drive if time allows.
(N) (L, D)

Day 3: Amakhala Game Reserve (or similar)

Board specialist safari vehicles for morning
and late afternoon wildlife drives in a Big
Five game reserve. Cheetahs, giraffes, zebras,
wildebeests and an assortment of antelope
species also roam these lands. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Tsitsikamma Knysna

Early morning wildlife drive, before travelling
to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Here you
can take a picturesque walk and cross the
suspension bridge that spans the gorge at
the mouth of the Storms river. Then continue
west to Knysna and stay 3 nights at the Knysna
Hollow, located on a beautiful three-hectare
country estate. (B, D).

Days 5-6: Knysna

Cruise across a stunning lagoon to the Knysna
Heads aboard the John Benn, a classic boat
named after a legendary harbour pilot. Then
enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Featherbed
Nature Reserve. Spend the following day
at leisure, relaxing or joining an optional
excursion. (B, D)

Day 7: Oudtshoorn

Drive to Oudtshoorn, the feather capital of
the world. Take a guided tour of the Cango
Caves, one of Africas most spectacular natural
rock formations. Its vast caverns are adorned
with beautiful and delicate stalagmites
and stalactites. Then enjoy lunch and an
informative excursion to a working ostrich
farm, where you will come face to face with the
worlds largest birds. Overnight at Swartberg
Country Manor (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 8: Cape Winelands

Head out on an optional early morning meerkat
adventure, meeting rescued former captives, accompanied by an expert guide. Then
continue along Route 62, a scenic roadway that
leads through the Karoo. Stop at the quirky
town of Barrydale for lunch (payable locally) at
Karoo Art Hotel. Stay 2 nights in the Winelands
at Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). (B, D)

Day 9: Cape Winelands

Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands. Drive
through mountain ranges, vineyards and
Cape Dutch homesteads between the golden
triangle of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and
Paarl. Take a Land Rover wine tasting safari at
Warwick Wine Estate, tasting Big Five grape
varieties. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Cape Town

Morning guided walk around Stellenbosch,
including a visit to the village museum, which
charts the history of the region. Transfer to
Cape Town for an afternoon at leisure. Stay
3 nights at the Cape Milner Hotel, which lies in
the shadow of Table Mountain. (B, D)

Day 11: Cape Town

Morning cable car ascent to the top of Table
Mountain (weather permitting). Afternoon at
leisure for exploration of the waterfront area
or take an optional excursion to Robben Island,
where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for
three decades. Dinner in a local home in the
Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, tasting authentic
Cape Malay cuisine. (B, D)

Day 12: Cape Town

Full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Drive
along the Atlantic seaboard passing authentic
fishing villages and the pretty seaside suburbs
of Camps Bay and Hout Bay. Continue to
the southernmost tip and visit Cape Point,
returning via the penguin colony at Boulders Beach and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.
Evening farewell dinner at Gold Restaurant,
accompanied by an interactive drumming
experience. (B, D)

Days 13-14: Fly to London

Day at leisure to explore Cape Town or take
optional excursions. Evening transfer to the
airport for your flight to London, arriving the
following day. Alternatively, contact our travel
consultants to discuss extending your holiday.
(B) (N)