4 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Franschhoek | 3 nights Timbavati
- Wine Tram
- Game Drives
- Table Mountain
- Cape Town
- Cellar Tour
- Bush Walks
Tom and I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the work you did organising the holiday of a lifetime. Every step of the way was so wonderful and special. We can really put into words how grateful we are to you. Every single accommodation was incredible. The staff at Winchester were incredibly friendly and accommodating and the breakfast was exquisite – in particular we liked the prosecco with breakfast for making Buck’s Fizz. They also provided complimentary prosecco on arrived. The owner’s suite at Le Balloon Rouge was beautiful, we spent both nights enjoying the hot tub with incredible views. Reubens was a beautiful restaurant too.
Simbavati was absolute luxury too. The sheer amount we were given to eat was worth double the price, and it was great being assigned our own ‘butler’ and driver/tracker. Thabo and Bongs (tracker and driver) were in particular a great asset to the trip and it was wonderful eating dinner with them at the two barbecues the lodge held while we were there. It’s also a great touch that Thabo brought along a huge cask of drinks for stopping at sunset.
We honestly were not expecting to make friends at the safari lodge but we did. Bongi on reception also set up a beautiful table for a private honeymoon meal with prosecco and decorations for a stunning three course meal. The lodge was like a wonderful welcoming community and we felt tearful when we left. Shante also was our tour guide for both the Cape Point tour and the winelands tour and we really enjoyed it with her. She made the time so fun.
Tour Consultant's OverviewMy romantic side loves planning honeymoons. So it was great to hear that Lissy and Tom were planning to visit South Africa for their honeymoon. With between 7 and 14 days available for their holiday, a few ideas were looked at in the beginning, but being on honeymoon, Lissy and Tom wanted a stress free time with no driving, so all their tours and transfers were included, along with some free days in Cape Town to explore the city at their leisure. A few days in the Winelands was a definite request and the clients enjoyed a Full Day Winelands Tour plus a day spent exploring the Winelands on the Wine Tram. After time in the Cape, they ended with 3 wonderful nights on safari - great way to end a honeymoon.
Upon arrival at Cape Town Airport, you will be met in the arrivals hall by our representative from Paradise Tours. He will hand over your travel packs and transfer you to the Winchester Mansions, where you spend 4 nights. The afternoon is at leisure and you can enjoy a sunset stroll along the promenade or sundowners overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Over the next few days, you can explore the vibrant city of Cape Town. Included in your itinerary are Hop on Hop off Topless Bus tickets and a Full Day Cape Point Tour. Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards.
Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.
This morning, you check out of the hotel and your guide will meet you in reception at 09h00 for your Full Day Winelands tour. You spend the day in the Winelands region of Stellenbosch, Paarl & Franschhoek for a leisurely exploration of these historic Wine Route towns. After this tour, you will be dropped off at your guesthouse in Franschhoek, where you spend 2 nights.
Today your are booked on the Wine Tram in Franschhoek. The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history.
Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and our top chefs create international cuisine. Here breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories. Spectacular vineyards cover these mountain slopes settled more than 300 years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture. This is a valley rich in history, centred around a picturesque village of friendly, welcoming people.
Today is a very early start. Your driver will meet you in reception at 04h00 for your transfer to Cape Town Airport. You fly to Johannesburg and then connect with your flight to Hoedspruit. On arrival, you are met at the airport by your driver and transferred by road to the Timbavati Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle in at your lodge before you set off on the afternoon game drive in the Timbavati.
The Timbavati forms part of the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. It was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and is part of one of Africa's most innovative conservation partnership agreements. The Timbavati is 14 700 hectares (36 300 acres) and shares an unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park.
Track the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of other game such as antelope, zebra, warthog, giraffe and hippo, in the company of an armed ranger and local Shangaan tracker. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati is also home to the world-famous “White Lions of Timbavati”.
After your morning game drive, you enjoy a hearty breakfast and check out. You bid farewell to this African wonderland and will then meet your driver in reception for your transfer to Hoedspruit Airport. You fly to OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg and connect with your evening flight home.
Winchester Mansions Hotel is an iconic Cape Dutch building and is the leading sea front hotel on Sea Point’s Promenade facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is two minutes’ drive from the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and is unique amongst Cape Town hotels for its spectacular seaside location.
This charming and gracious hotel offers its guests grace, style and contemporary flair. It is a multiple winner of the “Best Luxury Hotel” category at the annual AA Travel Guide Awards and is a winner in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2013 Awards, making the list of the Top 25 hotels in South Africa.
The rooms are spacious and elegant and most have either sea or mountain views. There are 51 classic or contemporary rooms and 25 suites, including one presidential suite.
Sip sundowners on the terrace whilst viewing the spectacular ocean sunsets and enjoy signature dishes from Harvey’s Restaurant. The Winchester’s beautiful colonnaded Courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza, is a tranquil oasis. Encircled by palm trees and water fountains, it makes a perfect setting for a romantic dinner under the stars. You can relax around the decked heated swimming pool and there is an in-house spa offering health and beauty treatments. There is a complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and the V&A Waterfront.
Children of all ages are welcome at the Winchester Mansions. A large variety of amenities and services are available to ensure a delightful stay for little guests.
Surrounded by the old vineyards of Franschhoek Valley, this carefully restored Victorian home has an outdoor pool and a private sun deck. Originally built in 1904, you are just steps away from the historical heart of this village. The bright, airy and individually decorated rooms of Le Ballon Rouge Guest House feature wooden furnishings and marble bathrooms. WiFi is available in all public areas and is free of charge.
Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast every morning at Le Ballon Rouge and explore the various world renowned restaurants in town for dinners. Le Ballon Rouge is a perfect base to explore the Cape's celebrated wine estates. Guests can also enjoy the many galleries, bistros and antique shops of the Franschhoek village.
Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River. Shaded by age-old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design and accommodation for guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms and private decks.
Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned open-air lounge, bar, boma (outdoor dining area) and extensive decks with breathtaking views. There is time to settle in and then high tea is served before you depart on your first game drive, returning to the Lodge after dark for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner. Dinner is a festive event which is alternatively served around the campfire in the open-air boma or in the thatched dining area. Dinner consists of a blend of African and Western cuisine with exciting tastes for the more adventurous as well as various conventional options.
Early morning and evening game drives are conducted by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers in open 4x4 vehicles, offering excellent photographic opportunities. The Timbavati is also home to the world-famous “White Lions of Timbavati”. White cubs have been born into the resident prides on Simbavati and there is an excellent chance of spotting these “ghost lions” during game drives. Between game drives you have time to unwind. The lounge area is the perfect place to relax on a comfortable couch with a book, or enjoy an afternoon siesta in your room.
Take a ride on a “hop-on-hop-off” topless tour bus. The “red route” takes you from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (the bus stops at The Two Oceans Aquarium and the Clock Tower), to Cape Town Tourism centre in downtown Cape Town, to the Castle of Good Hope, the museums and galleries in the City Bowl area, up to the Cable Car station at Table Mountain, over Kloof Nek to Camps Bay and then back to the V&A Waterfront, travelling through Green Point and past the famous soccer stadium.
The “Blue route” takes you from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (the bus stops at The Two Oceans Aquarium and the Clock Tower), to the Kirstenbosch Gardens, World of Birds, Constantia Winelands, Hout Bay Harbour, along the peninsula past Camps Bay back to the V&A Waterfront, travelling through Green Point and past the famous soccer stadium
Your journey to Cape Point takes you along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. You pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their soft white sand and azure blue water. The formidable 12 Apostles Peaks rise above the road on one side, while shear cliffs and incredible rock formations drop into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the other side.
There is no doubt the coast of the Cape peninsula offers magnificent scenery with its great biodiversity. You arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel.
Your tour continues over Chapman’s Peak which offers amazing photo opportunities, and onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This area is home to magnificent ‘fynbos’, many different species of buck and birds, the Cape Mountain Zebra, and mischievous baboons. These creatures entertain guests enjoying lunch at the restaurant which has splendid views of False Bay. Take the funicular (own account) to the lighthouse to see the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Point.
A photo stop at the Cape of Good Hope is a ‘must’, and your guide will do his best to assist in capturing that special moment for you. You visit Boulders Beach to see the Jackass penguins (own account) before arriving at the naval base of Simonstown, and then venture inland to your last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers, and offer fitting end to a day filled with all the Cape has to offer.
Spend time today at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You can take a ferry from the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony.
You could also visit the Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium, which is highly recommended for the insight it gives into life in the two oceans off the southern tip of Africa – the cold Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean. The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s trendiest shopping precinct and is full of great restaurants and bars. If the weather is inclement on the first day, take the opportunity to go up Table Mountain.
The shape of the Cape Peninsula and the backdrop of the mountains means that there is always a sheltered beach to enjoy. On both sides of the Peninsula there are white sandy beaches which are extremely popular for sunbathing, relaxing and recreational sports, such as surfing, kayaking and kite surfing. Cape Town beaches range from secluded bays to long, open stretches of sandy beaches.
Camps Bay beach is lined with palm trees and is backed by Lions Head and Table Mountain. Behind the beach there is the very popular Camps Bay promenade with top class restaurants, cocktail bars and cafés. Its close proximity to most hotels, spectacular scenery and the beautiful people who favour it makes this a beach paradise. Camps Bay is on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Peninsula, so the water can be chilly.
Fish Hoek beach is a family-orientated beach with plenty of space for beach games, swimming and exploring. The waves are gentle and the water is warmer than the Atlantic Ocean beaches. A stroll along the boardwalk will reveal some fascinating rock pools which will offer you hours of exciting exploration.
Clifton’s white sandy beaches range from 1st to 4th, each beach being a cove separated by granite boulders. Clifton 4th beach is the largest of the four and the most popular. The water is a refreshing cool blue, but you are not at Clifton to swim – you are there to be seen. The beach is an extremely popular hangout for international jet setters and trendy and beautiful locals.
St James Beach is one of the smaller beaches along the False Bay coastline but this doesn’t detract from its charming appeal. The colourful beach huts and the large tidal pool are a trademark of St James. The beach area is not that big but there are rock pools on either side of the tidal pool. The tidal pool is calmer and warmer than the sea making for very pleasant bathing conditions.
There are a variety of adventure and cultural activities in Cape Town. Enjoy a hike up Table Mountain, a surf lesson, sailing in Table Bay, a visit to the South African National Museum and Planetarium or end the day with a sunset horse back ride along one of Cape Town's pristine beaches.
Table Mountain Hike
A quite strenuous 3-hour hike up the front of Table Mountain, above the city centre. The hike follows the most popular of all routes up the mountain. Once at the top, it is very flat with great views over the city and peninsula. Go down the mountain via the cable car.
Sailing in Table Bay
A Sailing Cruise to no-where across the bay and back on either Esperance or Spirit of Africa. Depending on the wind, either to Milnerton and back in the South East Wind (Summer) or to Robben Island in a North West Wind (Winter). The Skippers pick the most comfortable course, normally a beam reach.
Sea kayaking is about exploring the coast and experiencing marine life from a small, yet safe and stable craft. Seeing the whiskers on a seal, hearing a dolphin blow, feeling your skin tingle when a whale surfaces close by is what sea kayaking is all about. Trips run from Simon’s Town and Mouille Point, which offer relaxing paddling with spectacular views of the penguins, Signal Hill, Lions Head and Table Mountain. There is always the chance that seals, penguins, dolphins and even the odd whale will visit you on route.
You begin with a warm- up ride on the tar along Table Mountain road, then go off-road along a dirt track and up to the King’s Block House for sweeping views across the city and the Southern Suburbs. You then cycle downhill to the imposing Rhodes Memorial, where you can choose to enjoy some refreshments in the beautifully situated tea garden, before heading back via Deer Park with some exhilarating downhills and a few challenging climbs back to the bus – suitable for beginners & experienced riders.
Sunset Horse Ride
The Sunset Horse Rides take place on the spectacular Noordhoek beach where you will have the opportunity to canter along as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. Noordhoek is situated below the Southern Slopes of Chapman’s Peak Drive and is Cape Town’s rural treasure with a farm atmosphere. It is famed for its long white sandy beach, ideal for horse riding. You pass through wetlands with indigenous bird life, then over the dunes and onto the beach where you can visit the Kakapo Shipwreck. The horses are superbly schooled and very rider friendly. Novice and experienced riders are equally welcome
Surf lessons are conducted at a beach break with perfect waves for beginners and intermediates. The instructors have many years of surfing experience and have helped hundreds of learners find their feet. They also include a lesson on ocean awareness. Lessons take place at Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg Beach or at Big Bay, Blouberg Strand, depending on where the best surf is to be found on the day.
Table Mountain Abseil
A thrilling experience of adrenaline and achievement: a 112-metre controlled descent off Cape Town's magnificent Table Mountain. Step off the top, at 1000 metres above sea level, and rappel into pure vertical space. This is the world's highest commercial abseil. You are surrounded by awesome views and the deep blue Atlantic at your feet. You can link this activity with a Table Mountain Hike or use the Cable-Way to get to the starting point. No experience is required for this great adventure.
This is an exhilarating, easy-to-learn adventure activity, similar to snowboarding. Sandboarding takes place in the stunning nature reserve at Atlantis (approx. 40 minutes from Cape Town Central). This idyllic location, often used by the film industry, offers incredibly white sand dunes and unique views of Table Mountain and the City. The tour includes a full sandboarding lesson, teaching you how to control, brake and turn. You will be instructed and guided for the entire duration of the activity to ensure a safe and fun-filled time.
Cape Town is one of the most spectacular places in the world to paraglide. Lion’s Head is the site that they fly from most commonly because of its location and the stunning views of Table Mountain and the Cape Town area. However, there are many flying sites in the area including Signal Hill, Sir Lowry’s Pass (just past Somerset West), Franschoek and Hermanus. Tandem paragliding instructional flights are a great way of getting into paragliding or just experiencing the joy of free flight. Flights last anything from 10-30mins. As a tandem paragliding passenger you do not require any previous knowledge of paragliding at all. The pilot will brief you on take off and landing shortly before your flight. Take-offs are easy (just a few steps usually) and landings are soft (most often they land on large grassy fields with no obstacles or dangers.
The South African Museum and Planetarium
This 175-year old museum provides valuable insight into South Africa’s past. Today the SAM enjoys a wide reputation as a leading research and educational institution. Its vast collections of natural history and anthropological objects document all forms of life, living and extinct, from southern Africa, and the material cultural heritage of our indigenous populations back to their earliest origins. The research collections are studied by scientists and students world-wide and new building extensions and facilities have led to a vigorous new public outreach programme, involving a variety of educational activities and new public exhibitions. A modern planetarium offers an opportunity of exploring the mysteries of the universe, and of understanding Planet Earth's humble position in relation to far-away stars and galaxies.
South Africa's premier art museum houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Selections from the Permanent Collection change regularly to enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. They provide insight into the extraordinary range of aesthetic production in this country, the African continent and further afield. This program is complemented by a range of temporary visiting exhibitions
You are collected from your hotel this morning by a tour guide. You depart Cape Town and are driven to the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges, lush valleys and verdant vineyards. We stop for wine tastings at wineries and estates along the way and you will have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. We visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaksand South Africa’s second oldest town.
A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes us to the Franschhoek Valley. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa. By the time of Napoleon, wine produced by Constantia, a vineyard near Cape Town, was considered by Europeans to be one of the greatest wines in the world. Anti-apartheid sanctions hit the wine industry hard, but since independence in 1994, access to international markets has unleashed a burst of new energy and new investment, and South African wines are once again winning awards across the world.
The Timbavati Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the west. As there are no fences between Kruger National Park and the Timbavati, the reserve enjoys a wide variety of game, including the big five.
Game viewing is exceptional, with an abundance of elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and warthog, together with their attendant predators: lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.
Simbavati River & Hilltop Lodge offer game drives in the early morning and evening when animals are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced field guides and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities. You traverse over 12,000 hectares of the big-5 game country, with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe and monkey. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the unique white lion in their natural environment. The resident lion prides of Timbavati carry the recessive gene "chinchillia' that is responsible for this unusual anomaly. Two white lions were born into resident prides near Simbavati, and guests have a great chance of seeing these cubs while visiting Simbavati.