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South African Dream South African Dream

11 Nights

This 11-night tour allows ample time to explore the bustling and beautiful city of Cape Town. Situated at the base of Table Mountain, it is the capital city of the Western Cape. Whether you are looking for history, natural beauty or a cosmopolitan lifestyle, here you will find it all. Offering fantastic views of the city, Table Mountain dominates the skyline. For natural surroundings there are gardens, beaches and vineyards all close by. Cape Town is steeped in history and many of the museums and monuments have much to tell. For a cosmopolitan and lively experience, visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and craft markets. In and around the city there are many areas that you can visit, each offering something different.

The garden route is one of the 'must-sees' for most visitors to South Africa, and with good reason. Within just 300km, stretching from Mossel Bay to just beyond Plettenberg, there is a range of beautiful landscapes, boasting stunning countryside, mountainous backdrops, coastal views and an abundance of wildlife. The coast is dotted with superb beaches, while inland you'll find picturesque lagoons and lakes, rolling hills and the mountains of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma ranges. The ancient indigenous forests that line the coast offer fantastic hiking and bird-watching, with an impressive 250 species to be found.

Amakhala Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth is the ideal choice for your 'Big 5' safari destination. This 18,000 acre private reserve is renowned for its truly awesome topography and wildlife. The Safari Lodge prides itself on the meticulous attention to detail which is reflected in the fine African beadwork and handcrafted designs that are evident throughout this prestigious lodge. Offering all the comforts of luxury accommodation and an undisturbed retreat where you can regenerate your soul and tune into the sounds of nature.

Days 1-3 Friday - Sunday Cape Town

Met on arrival at Cape Town airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the next three days exploring Cape Town and the surrounding areas at your own pace. We suggest a visit to the V&A Waterfront, a cable car ride up Table Mountain, or a trip to Robben Island. A half-day tour of Cape Town is included.
Overnight : Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel
Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 Monday Hermanus

Depart Cape Town by 8.30am. A stunning coastal drive brings us to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with its delicate coastal fynbos. We also seek out the small breeding colony of African Penguins at Stony Point. In the 'Hemel-en -Aarde' region, one of South Africa's newest wine routes, we indulge in a wine tasting at a boutique winery before arriving in Hermanus. Approximately 200 km.
Overnight: Harbour Square Hotel
Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 Tuesday Oudtshoorn

This morning we explore the unique cliff paths of Hermanus and enjoy the outstanding views of Walker Bay. During the months of July - November the majestic sight of whales add further enchantment to our explorations. We depart late morning, stopping for a late lunch (payable locally) in the pretty village of Barrydale on the scenic 'Route 62', then onward to Oudtshoorn. Approximately 380 km.
Overnight : De Opstal Country Lodge
Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 Wednesday Knysna

This morning we marvel at the impressive Cango Caves, filled with weird and wonderful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Then a guided tour of an ostrich farm gives us insight into why Oudtshoorn is known as the 'feather capital of the world'. We travel via the panoramic Outeniqua Pass onto our accommodation. Approximately 220 km.
Overnight : Belvidere Manor Hotel
Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 Thursday Knysna

This morning we cruise the vast Knysna Lagoon and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. A specialist guide shares the history and fascinating facts on the fauna and flora of the area with us. We are served a sumptuous lunch under a canopy of milkwood trees. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Knysna or return to our boutique accommodation. Approximately 15 km.
Overnight : Belvidere Manor Hotel
Meals : Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 Friday Plettenberg Bay / Tsitsikamma

From Plettenberg Bay we set off on an ocean safari. During summer months we may see Bottlenose and common dolphins as well as seals in their natural environment. During winter months we are very likely to view both Southern Right and Humpback whales. For those brave souls amongst us, this afternoon you have the opportunity to attempt the world's highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge. We arrive late afternoon in the picturesque village of Storms River. Approximately 130 km.
Overnight: Tsitsikamma Village Inn
Meals : Breakfast

Days 9-11 Saturday - Monday Amakhala

After breakfast we enter the Tsitsikamma National Park and head to the Storms River Mouth for unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean and its relentless waves that crash against the rocky shores. Travel to Port Elizabeth then onto Amakhala Private Game Reserve. You will have two game drives per day, allowing plenty of time to see the multitude of wildlife in this superb game reserve.
Overnight : Safari Lodge - Amakhala
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 Tuesday Depart

After your morning game drive and your last opportunity to enjoy Africa's wildlife, transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport and continue with your onward travel arrangements.
Meals : Breakfast

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Alternative properties are available in each destination, just call 020 8423 3000 for details.

A half-day city tour is included during your stay in Cape Town

During your stay at Amakhala Private Game Reserve, as well as all meals, you will also receive selected house beverages and 2 game activities each full day (night drives & guided walks are subject to availability and at the discretion of the ranger).

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