Here you can be surrounded in the sophisticated nightlife of the waterfront area of Cape Town, or stand at the point where two oceans meet. You can immerse yourself in the tastes and flavours of the Cape Winelands at Franschhoek before driving along the world famous Garden Route at your own pace, to beautiful Plettenburg Bay. And then comes the thrill of seeing big cats, elephants, rhino and more on a safari around a 53,390 hectare private reserve next to the Kruger National Park.
London – Cape Town
Your overnight flight departs from London Heathrow in the evening, landing in Cape Town early the following morning. You’ll collect your hire car before driving to your hotel in Cape Town’s Constantia Valley.
Stay: Three nights in a double luxury room at the Cellars Hohenort Hotel.
Your hotel is perfectly placed for visiting some of the prettiest towns and most famous wineries in the Cape – in fact there’s a complimentary shuttle to Groot Constantia, Constantia Village and Kirstenbosch. And the beautiful period architecture and dazzling waterfront area of Cape Town awaits.
You can take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and revel in a horizon-wide city-and-sea view. Or you could drive to Cape Agulhas to stand at the southern tip of the African continent, overlooking the point at which the Atlantic and Indian Oceans collide.
You can drive from Cape Town to Franschhoek in about 90 minutes if you want to, but you won’t. You’ll simply have to stop time and time again to photograph the stupendous scenery en route. And when you do arrive in Franschhoek you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Cape Winelands, surrounded by famous name wine estates as well as boutique vineyards – many with restaurants serving irresistible regional specialities. Your hotel also has a well-earned reputation for its fine cuisine and is home to the award-winning Tasting Room.
Stay: Two nights in a double auberge room at Le Quartier Français.
Now it’s time to set off along the famous Garden Route – surely one of the most scenic drives in the world. It meanders along beside the ocean, taking occasional detours around picturesque lagoons, lakes and luxuriant countryside, accompanied by majestic mountains, blue in the distance. About 600 km from Cape Town lies Plettenburg Bay – aptly named Baha Formosa or Beautiful Bay by early Portuguese explorers. Here you’ll be staying on the southern bank of the Bitou River in an area that will delight birdwatchers with its huge seabird colony.
Stay: Two nights in a double room at Emily Moon Hotel.
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Another type of African adventure awaits you today. You drop off your car at George Airport and fly to Mpumalanga, via Johannesburg.
At Mpumalanga you’ll be driven to Timbavati Private Nature Reserve for an unforgettable safari. Expect to see big cats like lions and leopards, as well as rhino, buffalo and elephants – Timbavati covers over 53,390 hectares of private bush beside the Kruger National Park and is the ideal natural habitat for over 40 different mammals and 360 species of birds.
You’ll be staying in a luxurious tented camp that combines the romance and sense of adventure of an African safari, with modern comforts like spacious bathrooms, outdoor showers and a swimming pool.
Stay: Three nights in a double tented room at Tanda Tula Camp.
Mpumalanga – Johannesburg – London
From Mpumalanga you’ll fly to Johannesburg to meet your international flight back to London, arriving early the next morning.