November 10 - 22, 2019
Join us for the ultimate South African experience including stays at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, a fabulous wine estate in Stellenbosch and 4 night, all-inclusive stay at a luxurious bush lodge in the world- renowned, game-rich Timbavati Private Game Reserve. Expert rangers and trackers have tailor- made our safari experience which will include daily game drives, sundowners, bush breakfasts and guided walks. The tour will be hosted by South African native, Sean Berridge.
Evening departure from Canada on-route to South Africa with KLM via Amsterdam. Full inflight services including dinner and entertainment provided.
Morning arrival in Amsterdam where there will be a short delay before our connecting flight to Cape Town. Late evening arrival in Cape Town followed by immediate transfer to the hotel situated at the world-renowned Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. This will be our base for the next 4 nights.
Breakfast followed by a city tour of Cape Town, also known as the Mother City. Cape Town is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of different nationalities and indigenous tribes. Alongside high-rise office blocks, a harmonious blend of architectural styles has been meticulously preserved, including Edwardian, Victorian and Cape Dutch. Narrow cobblestone streets and the Islamic character of Bo-Kaap enhances the cosmopolitan ambiance. During the tour we will see the Castle of Good Hope; this paragon-shaped fort is the oldest surviving building in South Africa, and the Company's Garden, a large public park, originally Jan van Riebeeck's vegetable garden which he grew to feed the original colony as early as 1652. The tour of this beautiful city introduces us to a rich culture and history. In the late afternoon we transfer to Groot Constantia, South Africa's oldest wine estate. Established in 1684, the estate prodiced some of napoleon's favorite wines. Guided tour and tasting followed by dinner at the estate's well-know restaurant, Jonkerhuis. Return to the hotel following dinner.
After breakfast, we travel to Cape Point by way of charming sea-side villages, towering Peaks and seas far below. Enter Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to early spring flowers and the rare Bontebok, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Zebra and ubiquitous Chacma Baboon. A funicular ride to the Point and a view of the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Lunch at Two Oceans restaurant before heading to Boulders Beach in Simon’s town to see the African penguins before returning to Cape Town. Evening at leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a transfer to Table Mountain where we take a cable car ride to the top. Marvel at the sights
of Cape Town from the aerial cableway and plateau on Table Mountain. Views include: The Twelve Apostles, Lions Head, Devil’s Peak, Robben’s Island and the Port of Cape Town. Table Mountain holds an unusually rich biodiversity and forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a protected area. Rock hyrax, or Dassie (closest living relative to the African Elephant) as they are locally known, are often seen scampering through the scrub and sitting on the rocks. The cable cars depart every 10 to 15 minutes and rotate 360 degrees
as they travel up to 302 meters above sea level, giving passengers panoramic views over the city. Five minutes is all it takes to reach the summit and once there we can marvel at the views, snap our photos or do a bit of shopping at the extensive curio shop. The cableway only operates when weather permits. Balance of the afternoon at leisure in, as Sir Francis Drake put “This Cape is the stateliest thing, and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth...”
• Kirstenbosch Gardens
• Helicopter flight around the bay or Cape of Good Hope
•Shopping in the world-renowned V&A Waterfront
• Robben Island – Infamous prison that housed Nelson Mandela
• Museums and many more
This morning we say goodbye to Cape Town as we make our way to Stellenbosch. Lying at the foot of the Simonsberg mountains Stellenbosch is internationally renowned for its award-winning wines, fantastic restaurants, trendy culture and historic buildings. The town is the perfect place to explore on foot with its many side-walk cafes, tree lined streets and buzzy student vibe, owing to the large and prestigious university that is an icon of Stellenbosch culture. Art lovers can explore the copious galleries while outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of nature activities available to them at Jonkershoek. Guided tour of the city before arriving at our home for the next three nights, Lanzerac Hotel and Wine Estate. Time to settle in before having a tour of the estate followed by a tasting of their award-winning wines. Dinner following the tour in one of the hotels restaurants.
Breakfast at the hotel before heading off to Spier Wine Estate and the incredible Eagle Encounters Rehabilitation Centre, where we start the day with a self-guided walk of the farm, followed by a tasting and then a visit to the Eagle Rehabilitation Centre to experience some of Africa’s majestic birds up close. From here we continue to Uva Mira Mountainview Vineyard for lunch. After lunch we visit the Ernie Els Wine Estate, followed by the world-renowned Rust en Vrede Estate for our final tasting of the day before returning to Lanzerac for a quiet evening. No group dinner leaves us free to try one of Stellenbosch’s many fine restaurants.
Breakfast followed by an exploration of the French corner of the Cape. Franschhoek lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world, just 45 minutes from Cape Town and within half an hour’s drive of the Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Somerset West wine routes. Originally known as the Valley of the Huguenots, a community of French Huguenots were granted land in this valley by the Dutch government of the Cape, after fleeing their homeland when Protestantism was outlawed in France in 1685. Today, many of the wine farms still bear their original French names and most of these farms have beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture. On our trip to Franschhoek we will enjoy the morning walking the streets and browsing the markets. Leopards Leap is the stop for lunch where we will spend a relaxed hour of food and wine conversations around the generous kitchen table, with Chef Pieter de Jager preparing the food and sharing the stories and history of the dishes. A well-informed Wine Tasting Ambassador will join the meal to introduce us to Leopard’s Leap wines and their unique South African attributes. After lunch we will take a slow drive to La Motte winery for our second tasting of the day before heading back to the hotel for the evening.
An early breakfast before we transfer to Cape Town International Airport and the flight to Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit. Arrival in Hoedspruit and immediate transfer to our Private Bush lodge situated in the Western corner of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. The Timbavati shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals to roam free and ensuring guests to the area the opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that Africa has to offer. Guests are able to view the big game from open vehicles, on foot or from
the comfort of our room as we experience timeless Africa. Home to the Big 5, Hyena, Cheetah and the elusive African Wild Dog amongst others, the Timbavati provides endless opportunities for game viewing as well as having over 360 different species of birds. This is also a malaria area so proper precautions are necessary. Time to check in before heading off on our first game drive. Mid drive sundowners followed by a after dark drive back to the lodge where dinner will be waiting for us next to a fire under the African sky (weather permitting).
Over the next three days we will enjoy an early morning game drive, followed by a full breakfast upon return. Relax at the lodge, take advantage of the facilities including the swimming pool, take a game walk with experienced rangers and trackers as we enjoy the area in the rawest way possible. For those that are interested we can arrange a trip to the Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species. The Centre is actively involved in research; breeding of endangered animal species; the education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation-related activities; tourism; the release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs in the wild; the treatment and rehabilitation of wild animals in need (including poached rhinos); and anti-poaching initiatives on the reserve. After a tour of the facility we will return to the lodge for a light lunch before getting ready for our evening game drive. Return to the Lodge following sundowners for dinner prepared by our chef. Evenings are meant for sharing pictures and stories of the day’s events. Quite simply a chance to relax and enjoy.
More time in the Park.
More time in the Park.
(B) Final early morning game drive and breakfast at the lodge. Check out and head to Hoedspruit Airport where we will fly back to Johannesburg to catch our connecting flight home (please note arrival in Toronto will be November 23rd following a change of planes in Amsterdam) or continue on the optional 3 night add on to Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia. Details of the Victoria Fall extension are in the attached itinerary.
- Return Airfare on KLM from Toronto - Double room accommodation in excellent first class hotels - Transportation throughout on a first-class air-conditioned coach - Sightseeing, visas and wine tastings as outlined in the itinerary -Daily breakfast and meals denoted ((L) Lunch (D) Dinner , most with wine included - Gratuities for the driver and guides including safari guides - Porterage at hotels and airports plus tips - All government taxes plus bed levies
- Items of a personal nature - Meals not shown on the itinerary - Wine, beer, mineral water and similar beverages with dinner, although some meals will include wine - Optional travel insurance is available. Please call for rates.
March 02 - 19, 2021
$4,995 from Toronto based on double occupancy
March 05 - 18, 2021
Land only: $3,010
April 13 - 26, 2021
$4,895 from Toronto, including air, based on double occupancy