Rorke's Drift / Cape Town
This morning transfer to Durban King Shaka International Airport for a scheduled flight to Cape Town. On arrival at Cape Town International Airport transfer by coach for a tour of the Cape. Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Take the Table Mountain cableway up and enjoy a guided orientation walk, taking in the magnificent views. Boasting revolving floors it gives passengers a 360 degree view.
After descending the mountain, lunch at a local restaurant. Depart on a tour of the “Mother City” taking in Signal Hill – where the Noon Day Gun is fired at midday, every day except Sunday – through the colourful Bo-Kaap or Cape Malay Quarter, past the Grand Parade, City Hall and the Castle of Good Hope and South African Cultural History Museum. Transfer to the Queen Victoria Hotel, overlooking Cape Town Harbour where three nights are spent. Queen Victoria Hotel is a haven of calm, luxury and understated opulence amongst the hustle and bustle of Cape Town’s popular V&A Waterfront.
Dinner under own arrangements.
Full day exploring the Cape Peninsula which offers a spectacular combination of beaches and mountains, with wonderfully well preserved areas interspersed with quaint towns and harbours. Highlights of the trip to Cape Point include one of the world’s most spectacular drives, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve and two lighthouses on the tip of Africa.
See Boulders Beach in Simonstown, famous for its colony of urban African penguins, plus Kalk Bay essentially a fishing village, still a lively working harbour and one of the best places to buy fresh fish straight off the boat.
Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner at Gold Restaurant, an African 14-course menu in a safari lodge setting.
Morning tour of Robben Island. Robben Island needs no introduction with regards to the significance of its place in South Africa’s and indeed the world’s history. As “home” to one of the world’s most famous prisoners, statesmen and leaders in Nelson Mandela, Robben Island is quite possibly most well known island-prison on the planet. An icon of struggle, freedom and hope.
Lunch under own arrangements. Continue to the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, spectacularly sited on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. The gardens contain 9000 of the country's 18,000 species and has formal gardens and lawns as well as a wild section of mountain forest.
Return to the hotel for dinner under own arrangements.