Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Cape Town

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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront harbor

Arrive at Cape Town. Private road transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Cape Grace Hotel.

Cape Grace Hotel.

Day 02: Cape Town

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Bird eye view from Table Mountain

Scheduled today is a private full day City tour. Depart from Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by ferry for a 25-minute trip across Table Bay to Robben (Seal) Island. This World Heritage Site and South Africa’s most revered national monument was a prison for some 450 years - for convicts, slaves, exiled Eastern princes, lepers, the insane and those punished for resisting oppressive rule - among them, Nelson Mandela. The tour, led by guides (some of whom were once inmates) includes a visit to the Prison Block and the infamous Limestone Quarry, where prisoners once toiled, as well as a drive around the island with it breathtaking views across the bay.

Return to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront where you are met by our guide for a trip along the picturesque Atlantic Seaboard, playground of wealthy Capetonians, and a stop for lunch at a seafood restaurant along the way.

Continue past sunny Camps Bay over Kloof Nek to the Lower Cableway Station to board the revolving cable car for a 5-minute ride to the top of Table Mountain. 1036 meters above sea level, this sandstone massif offers staggering bird’s-eye views of the city, the bay and the Peninsula (as far as Cape Point on a clear day) as you explore its summit. (This may be done in reverse depending on weather conditions.)

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Day 03: Cape Town / Franschhoek

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Cape Winelands

Depart the city to the Winelands region in the nearby Boland Mountains, for a leisurely exploration of historic Wine Route towns, their liquid delights and famed hospitality. Estates visited will vary according to client preferences, but the tour generally includes the region’s major wine producing areas, and there are chances aplenty en route for tastings of high quality reds and whites as well as Cap Classiques (South African “Champagnes”) in areas including Stellenbosch, Simonsberg, Paarl and Franschhoek. Lunch at one of the many classic restaurants in the area (included).

Natural and historic heritage abounds in this area and your tour may take in sights like the Afrikaans Language Monument with its panoramic Boland views, the historic estate of Boschendal with its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch buildings and priceless period furniture, while idyllic Franschhoek, nestled in the valley where the French Huguenots settled in 1688, is a delight for antique lovers and gastronomes (the town boasts some world-famous eateries).

Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second-oldest town provides another glimpse of classic 17/18th Century Cape style with a chance to browse quaint Dorp Street, visit the museum or explore the many galleries and shops of this university town.

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Day 04: Franschoek / Wellington

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Vineyards

Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse is a Victorian guesthouse situated on a working wheat and sheep farm in the Winelands area, beyond Wellington. The house is on a Natural Heritage site and overlooks the farm and the private nature reserve. Game/birding drives in an open vehicle are offered within the reserve. Mountain Fynbos occur throughout the reserve so wildflowers, particularly proteas, abound. It has one of the largest areas where geometric tortoises are still found. After a big farm breakfast, take a morning stroll around the farmyard and you'll see sheep dogs herding merino sheep into shearing sheds or lambing pastures. Visit the dairy and one can sample fresh farm milk and homemade butter and cream. Guests relax around the swimming pool, row a boat, windsurf, or canoe across the lake sized dam, ride a mountain bike through the wheat fields or simply retire to read a book under the oak trees in the tranquility of the farm gardens.

Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse. Brunch & Dinner. Daily activities.

Day 05 - 06: Wellington / Hermanus

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View from Birkenhead House

Perched high on the cliffs of Hermanus, overlooking the whale watchers’ paradise of Walker Bay, is the regal Birkenhead House, the utmost luxury for those seeking the pinnacle of seaside living. From the comfort of the residence, guests can look forward to sighting the majestic Southern Right whales that enter the sheltered waters of Walker Bay every year to calve. Enjoy Hermanus’ two best swimming beaches, just a stone’s throw away. Spectacular mountain trails and breathtaking cliff path walks are also in easy reach from Birkenhead House. Guests can explore the thriving floral kingdom, which has a higher diversity of species than anywhere else in the world. At Birkenhead House world-class cuisine is a matter of course. Lavish meals and seafood delicacies are served up daily, and room service will be happy to oblige guests with a sumptuous breakfast in bed.

Birkenhead House. B L D. Local drinks and house wines.

Day 07 - 09: Hermanus / Sabi Sands Game Reserve

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Balloon Safari at Singita

Private road transfer from Birkenhead House to Cape Town International Airport. Proceed for a light aircraft transfer from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to Sabi Sands. Check into your suite at Singita Boulders Lodge.

Singita Private Game Reserve located in the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve, against the eastern boundary of the Kruger National Park. Consistently appearing in Travel & Leisure's World's Best List in 2007, 2008 and 2009, Singita Private Game Reserve is exquisite luxury, rare solitude and perfect tranquility providing with spectacular safari experience. Experience the thrill of open vehicle dawn and dusk game drives, walking safaris under the guidance of skilled rangers and Shangaan trackers and "big five" (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant) sightings.

Singita Boulders Lodge. B L D. including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs (excluding champagnes), and scheduled daily activities.

Day 10: Sabi Sands Game Reserve / Johannesburg

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Johannesburg

Light aircraft transfer from Singita Boulders to O.R. Tambo International Airport. Scheduled road transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Saxon Hotel. Situated in the exclusive Sandhurst suburb of Sandton, The Saxon, a boutique hotel and spa, combines ethnic African elegance with personalized attention to detail. It became home to Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison, and it was during his stay that South Africa’s former President edited his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.

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Day 11: Johannesburg

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Johannesburg

Proceed for a private "A Taste of the history of South Africa" tour which includes Alexandra township, Liliesleaf Farm OR Constitution Court and Number 4 Prison, and Apartheid Museum. After a brief introductory talk, visit Liliesleaf Farm, the scene of the Rivonia Raid in 1963.
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Visit the Constitution Court and the Fort. Built by Paul Kruger as a prison in 1893, later converted to a Fort after the abortive Jameson Raid” and then finally serving as a prison right up until 1983, the visit includes the old Fort. This is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on two occasions. The workings of the Court are explained and the visit is likely to rate as a “Must” for all visitors to South Africa. Then onto Alexandra township, where you visit Nambuhla Hostel, sample the staple food of the township, and learn more about the ZCC (Zion Christian Church). Some of the old buildings and streets are visited and the excitement of this warm and welcoming community shared. Lunch at a shebeen.

Thereafter travel to the Apartheid Museum. The background to Apartheid is given as well as examples of discrimination which had existed here since the 17th Century. The early years of South Africa, the Zulu Wars, the South African War, the migrant Labour System, the Gold Mines, Miners strikes, Broederbond, Sophiatown, Sharpville, Afrikaner Nationalism, life under Apartheid, Resistance, Violence from 1978- 1994, release of Nelson Mandela, CODESA, and the first democratic elections in 1994 are all explained.After visiting this Museum visitors are fully aware of the effects of Apartheid on the country today.

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Day 12: Depart Johannesburg

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Children at Africa

Private transfer from Saxon Hotel to O.R. Tambo International Airport for the flight to onward journey.

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