Tailor Made Itinerary

12 Days
Melanie’s Cape Town, Malaria-Free Eastern Cape Safari, Hermanus and Wonderful Winelands Getaway

4 nights Cape Town | 3 nights Lalibela Game Reserve | 2 nights Hermanus | 2 nights Stellenbosch

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Town Luxury Accommodation
  • Cape Town City Touring
  • Eastern Cape Safari
  • Lalibela Game Reserve
  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Hermanus Whale Watching
  • Spier Wine Farm
  • Cape Winelands Tastings & Tours

Client Review

I had a rough idea of what we wanted to do, and contacted Pembury after doing a bit of internet research. Melanie, our consultant was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble and she came back with lots of different options and some great insights and advice and we ended up with our perfect itinerary, with plenty for both adults and teens to enjoy. We had the most wonderful time sharing South Africa with our family and making new memories along the way.

The Greaves Family

Tour Consultant's Overview

The Greaves' had visited South Africa many years ago and wanted to share this with their daughters. As they were repeat visitors, they gave me a basic outline of what they had in mind and we worked together to refine the tour and put the arrangements in place. We settled on a number of activities in Cape Town and then moved into the Eastern Cape where they thoroughly enjoyed their days on safari. We rounded the trip off back in the Western Cape with a beautiful stay in Hermanus and then on to the winelands which is a must see for anyone coming to South Africa.
Melanie Macphail
Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town

Upon arrival at Cape Town airport, you are met by our representative who will be waiting in the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel for a four night stay. The afternoon is at leisure to relax and settle into your apartment.

Transfer time – Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel: approx. 35 minutes

Day 1 to 5 Cape Town (4 nights)

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.

Day 5 Cape Town to Lalibela Game Reserve via Port Elizabeth

This morning, you are collected from your hotel and transferred to Cape Town airport where you check in for your flight to Port Elizabeth. On arrival at Port Elizabeth airport, you are met by our representative and transferred by road to your safari lodge for your three night stay.

Transfer time – Cape Town hotel to Cape Town airport: approx. 35 minutes

Flight time – Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: approx. 1 hour and 10 minutes

Transfer time – Port Elizabeth airport to safari lodge: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes

Day 5 to 8 Lalibela Game Reserve (3 nights)

Game viewing in the malaria-free Eastern Cape is excellent. The Eastern Cape straddles the meeting point of 5 distinct biomes (valley bushveld, savannah grassland, fynbos, riverine forest and acacia woodland), resulting in a breath-taking variety in animal and bird species. In addition, the carrying capacity of the vegetation in Eastern Cape game reserves is much higher than that of the Kruger area, so you will find a much higher concentration of animals. The region has some of the most luxurious safari lodges in the country, all seeking to offer discerning travellers the ultimate African adventure that harks back to the golden age of safaris.

Day 8 Lalibela Game Reserve to Cape Town via Port Elizabeth

This morning after your early morning game drive and brunch, you are collected and transferred to Port Elizabeth airport for your flight to Cape Town. On arrival at Cape Town airport, you collect your hire car and make your way to Hermanus for your two night stay. Take the coastal route via Betty’s Bay for some fantastic views.

Transfer time - Safari Lodge to Port Elizabeth airport: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes

Flight time - Port Elizabeth to Cape Town: approx. 1 hour and 10 min

Driving time – Cape Town airport to Hermanus: approx. 2 hours

Day 8 to 10 Hermanus (2 nights)

Hermanus is a quaint and scenic seaside town about 1½ hours from Cape Town and the Winelands, with many beautiful beaches. Grotto Beach literally stretches for 20 km, making it ideal for those wanting to take a long walk. Voëlklip Beach has great lawns, white sands and good facilities, complementing the beauty of this setting. This is also a good spot for watching surfers who can always be found in the breakers. Langbaai (Long Bay) is a favourite beach for those seeking a bit of peace and privacy. Formed between two rocky outcrops this beach is tiny in comparison to the other beaches. It offers good swimming and white sand. Onrus Beach is flanked by a beautiful lagoon. For those wanting to get out to sea, there are many operators offering boat trips. Dolphins are spotted year-round and whales can be seen in the winter months. Sea kayaking is also very popular, and no experience is necessary. Very stable kayaks are used with highly experienced guides. The village of Hermanus has many delightful shops and there are over 50 restaurants available offering stunning food and local wines.

Hermanus is best known for the Southern Right whales which travel up from the Antarctic during the winter months to give birth in the bays and inlets along the Southern Cape coast. Hermanus offers the best land-based whale watching in the world as the steep cliffs offer a grandstand view of the whales, who are often only metres off-shore. The village even has a Whale Crier, who announces where the day’s best sightings are.

The Hermanus Wine Route, along the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, unites the passion and reputation of fifteen wineries, each growing small volumes of premium quality wine in carefully and sustainably managed vineyards. They are well known for their maritime-influenced Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. Innovative blends and mineral Sauvignon Blancs complement the range. Just outside Hermanus is the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, which has 200 hectares of the finely bushed plants endemic to this area, known as fynbos, 190 hectares growing naturally, and the rest cultivated. These botanical gardens lie within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, South Africa's first UNESCO-proclaimed biosphere reserve. The vivid Disa uniflora is one of many rare plants featured in these gardens, and to experience it when it is in bloom, make sure you visit the gardens between December and January. You should also not miss South Africa's national flower, the King protea, which blooms in spring. There are over 100 species of birds to be spotted in these botanical gardens, including colourful sunbirds.

Day 10 Hermanus to Stellenbosch

After breakfast, you set off for the winelands. You may consider taking the more inland route via Villiersdorp where you can stop for a tour of the small town, where you will find a small museum as well as a tractor museum and wine farms. You can stop at the roadside fruit stalls or `padstals’ as you make your way over the scenic Franschhoek pass to Franschhoek where you can take a walk through the town with its top restaurants and wine estates. You continue to Stellenbosch where you check in to your hotel for your two night stay.

Driving time - Hermanus to Stellenbosch: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes (direct drive)

Day 10 to 12 Stellenbosch (2 nights)

The picturesque town of Stellenbosch is surrounded by majestic mountains, lush vineyards, arts, history and culture. Famed for the oldest wine route in the country, the wine estates offer informative guided wine-tastings to the public as well as cellar tours or tours of the vineyards.

Day 12 Stellenbosch & Departure

This morning is at leisure to relax before you make your way to Cape Town airport where you return your hired car and check in for your return international flight.

Driving time – Stellenbosch to Cape Town Airport: approx. 45 minutes

Cape Town: Lawhill Luxury Apartments

Lawhill offers fantastic self-catering accommodation on the V & A Waterfront that is simply ideal for those who want to relax in style in Cape Town.

Lawhill offers 28 one, two and 3-bedroom apartments and two three-bedroom penthouses. Each luxury apartment is designed for comfort. Each apartment features a fully equipped kitchen, dining area and open plan lounge with complimentary tea & coffee facilities, air conditioning and wifi access.

There is excellent security offered on a 24-hour basis and your vehicle will be safe and secure in the underground parking area.

The dedicated reception desk concierge and staff members will ensure that you are provided with information on things to do in Cape Town and are assisted with booking taxis or restaurants. The communal pool and gymnasium are made available for the enjoyment of all guests.

When staying on the V & A Waterfront Marina you can easily walk to local shopping malls, restaurants, pubs and other attractions and activities. You can even pop over to the One & Only Hotel which has a spa offering some relaxing treatments. All luxury apartments are serviced, which means you don’t have to worry about cleaning and maintenance.

Lalibela Game Reserve: Mark's Camp

Lalibela has a special family-friendly lodge – Mark’s Camp, with secluded thatched chalets placed where magnificent indigenous gardens merge into the surrounding bush. There are family chalets, which sleep two adults and up to two children. The lodge also has a large lounge, viewing deck and two sunny swimming pools. There is an outdoor dining “boma” for fireside dinners and open-air brunches, as well as a stylish indoor dining area.

Lalibela runs a children’s programme which optimises the safari experience with quality family time. There is a special game drive vehicle for children under the age of 8 and they are taken by their own ranger for shorter game drives, where care is taken to avoid close encounters with dangerous game. Other features of the children’s programme include arts and crafts, bush skills, African stories, special child-friendly food and babysitting during certain hours (including adult dinner and game drives).

Hermanus: One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel

One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel is the second property within the Cape Collection. Located in Hermanus, an easy, scenic two hour drive from Cape Town, the hotel is on the seafront, within easy walking distance of the seaside town's exciting shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants, and a stroll to the Cliff Path, which offers the best shore-based whale watching in the world.

One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel has 5 luxurious, spacious, sea facing rooms with private balconies.
All the rooms have wonderful sea views of Walker Bay and the surrounding coastline. We offer secure parking, free wifi throughout the hotel, satellite TV channels, the use of an iPad and mobile phone, and complimentary tea and coffee is available day and night. Enjoy the sunshine on a comfortable lounger next to the heated swimming pool in the secluded courtyard garden.

In the winter months we have a log burning fire in the living area to ensure your comfort. A full homemade breakfast is served in our welcoming dining area, and the adjoining living room is the perfect place to relax with a cup of tea or a drink and enjoy the panoramic sea views.

Stellenbosch: Spier Hotel

Spier Hotel is located on the rambling Spier Wine Estate in the heart of the Cape Winelands near Stellenbosch. Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of Spier Hotel. The hotel is designed to create the intimate and relaxed atmosphere of a small village, and the villas are connected by indigenous gardens, walkways and waterways.

The Signature Rooms are located upstairs in the village-style buildings and are light, airy and sun-filled. Signature Garden Terrace Rooms have direct access to the pool and lush garden, as well as a shaded outdoor patio where you can unwind with a glass of Spier’s award-winning wine. With views of the Helderberg mountains and the Eerste River, the Signature River Facing Rooms are situated on the most picturesque side of the Spier Hotel. All rooms have en suite bathrooms with separate showers and large baths and all room are decorated with original artworks from the Spier Collection.

Enjoy a glass of Spier’s award-winning wine on the terrace of the Spier Hotel verlooking the manicured gardens and enjoy elegant fine dining at the hotel's restaurant. Additionally, guests have access to two other restaurants on the Spier Estate: Eight and Moyo.

Renowned as a pioneer in responsible tourism, the hotel has numerous accreditations.

Included in price Cape Town: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour

Take advantage of your free bus pass on the “hop-on-hop-off” bus which passes in front of Winchester Mansions. The “red route” takes you through Green Point and past the famous soccer stadium to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (stopping 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 Waterfront.

Suggested Cape Town: The Cape Explorer Day Excursion

The Cape Explorer: Cape Point Tour is a fully guided (in English) day excursion to Cape Point in a luxury air-conditioned coach.

You'll spend the day exploring the spectacular Cape Point Nature Reserve, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site, with a stop en route at Boulders Beach to visit the African penguins.

The Cape Explorer: Cape Point Tour leaves Cape Town in the morning, picks guests up from selected City Sightseeing bus stops along the way and takes a scenic drive to Boulders Beach through Muizenberg and Fish Hoek. The guide will highlight points of interest along the way (in English) and will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the route, Cape Point and Boulders Beach.

At Cape Point, expect some of the most breathtaking mountain and ocean scenery in the world. Here you can enjoy a bite to eat or hike from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope headland (medium fitness required). If you’re in the mood for a delicious meal with a view after exploring the area, book at the Two Oceans Restaurant, or grab a quick snack at the café.

Using the Flying Dutchman funicular to the viewing point below the lighthouse, guests can admire glorious views across False Bay; there is also an optional hike from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope where the Explorer coach will collect you as it continues the tour. If you’re a nature lover, look out for wild animals such as antelope, baboons, ostriches, Cape mountain zebras and more than 250 species of birds.

After a full day spent exploring, sit back in your seat, use the free on-board Wi-Fi to share pictures of your adventures and enjoy the coastal drive back to Cape Town via Scarborough and Kommetjie, with spectacular views from the Ou Kaapse Weg mountain pass. Enjoy the scenic coastal drive to Muizenberg and a quick stopover to say hello to the penguins at Boulder Beach, your once-in-a-lifetime chance to come within metres of the birds in a protected natural environment.

Suggested Cape Town: Robben Island, V&A Waterfront & Two Oceans Aquarium

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 was inclement on the first day, take the opportunity to go up Table Mountain today.

Included in price Lalibela Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Mark's Camp

Lalibela is home to the Big 5. There are no public roads running through the game reserve and all of the animals, including the predators, are free roaming throughout the reserve. Game drives in an open vehicle with an experienced game ranger bring you face to face with a multitude of game species, ranging from mighty elephant, lion, rhino and buffalo to tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax. Lalibela is also home to cheetah, hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and numerous species of antelope, such as eland, kudu, bushbuck and wildebeest. On thrilling night drives under the vast African sky, you search for elusive bat-eared fox, aardvark, black-backed jackal, aardwolf and the curious spring hare.

Upon arrival at Lalibela Game Reserve you are transferred from reception to your lodge, where you are given a welcome drink and your safari experience will be explained to you by your lodge host. There will be time to settle in before afternoon High Tea followed by your first game drive. Game drives take place in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when animals are most active. Night game drives provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the predators. You return to your lodge in time for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner. The next day after a light snack you are taken on a morning game drive. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. Then there is time to relax around the sunny pool, do some birdwatching from the observation deck or read a book in the peace of your room’s private verandah. After High Tea you set off on another evening game drive, returning again in time for dinner. On your day of departure, you will do a morning game drive and will leave the lodge after brunch.

Suggested Hermanus: Whale Watching Trip

Hermanus is a quaint and pretty seaside town about 1½ hours from Cape Town and is accessed via a dramatically scenic drive over a mountain pass and along the coastal cliffs.

Hermanus is best known for the Southern Right whales which travel up from the Antarctic during the winter months to give birth in the bays and inlets along the Southern Cape coast. Hermanus offers the best land-based whale watching in the world as the steep cliffs offer a grandstand view of the whales, who are often only metres off shore. The village even has a Whale Crier, who announces where the day’s best sightings are. Watch the whales from the clifftops or take a boat out into the bay with one of the licensed whale watching operators to get a closer view.

Suggested Stellenbosch: Self-Drive Winelands Tours

Set off on a tour of the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. You stop for wine tastings at various wineries and you have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. Visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” and take a walk though South Africa’s second oldest town.

Suggested Stellenbosch: Spier Wine Estate

Wine Tastings:
Spier Tasting – choose from three wines from Spier’s signature range and three from their premium range.
Chocolate & Wine tasting – enjoy carefully crafted chocolates that complement the Spier Signature Méthode Cap classique and the Spier Creative Block Blends.
Winemaker's Selection – The two premium wine ranges plus Spier’s organic red wine called First Stone.
Children’s Grape Juice Tasting.
Cheese, olive and charcuterie platters can be purchased to enjoy with your wine tastings

Eagle Encounters:
Enjoy up-close-and-personal interactions with eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, kites, buzzards, snakes and lizards. Take part in heart-stopping falconry displays, where birds are flown to you

Heritage Walk:
A beautiful 90 minute meander along coral tree-lined avenues, through indigenous gardens and past historic buildings such as the 1822 Manor House. Along the way, info boards explore Spier’s environmental, social and architectural heritage as well as its commitment to a sustainable future. The circular route can be joined at any point, though we recommend you begin at the Tasting Room or Hotel. Although it takes roughly 90 minutes you can end your walk at any time. There are also two callout points that add about an hour onto the walk. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

This itinerary started on 14 October 2019
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 1,920
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