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    Franschhoek Valley in the Cape winelands

Contrasts of the Cape

South Africa

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From thriving cities to classic safaris and world-class wines…

South Africa’s two most southerly provinces offer everything from thriving cities to classic safaris, exceptional scenery to world-class wine tasting.

Join us as we explore Cape Town, including its extraordinary botanical garden below Table Mountain. Look out for the Big Five as we take a thrilling late afternoon safari in the Kariega Game Reserve.

Stand in awe of the Valley of Desolation’s 120-metre-high columns of Dolerite rock. And toast the end of your adventures with a fine-dining experience in Franschhoek’s winelands.


A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service

A suitcase with a tick Included travel insurance

A bed 14 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

A plate with a knife and fork 27 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 3-16) 5 lunches (days 7, 9-10 and 13-14) 8 dinners (days 2, 5-6, 9-11, 13 and 15)

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  • International flights
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

A camera Excursions and visits

  • Excursion to Kirstenbosch and Cape Town orientation tour
  • Visits to Hermanus; Storms River Mouth; and Cango Ostrich Farm
  • Walking tour of Arniston
  • Cruise on the Keurbooms River
  • 4 game drives and activities at Kariega Game Reserve
  • Guided tour to the Valley of Desolation
  • Drive along the spectacular Route 62 from Oudsthoorn to Franschhoek
  • Franschhoek wine tram pass
  • Fine-dining dinner in Franschhoek

Prices are based on return flights with British Airways or Emirates from London Heathrow or Gatwick - Emirates flights via Dubai. Supplements may apply from other airports

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Day 1 UK to Cape Town

Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Cape Town.

Day 2 - 4 Cape Town

Our hotel has magnificent views of Table Mountain and distant Robben Island. On our first afternoon we explore the buzzing Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

The following day, enjoy a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, considered Africa’s most beautiful garden. Later we take an orientation coach tour, then you’re free to explore.

On day four, you’ll enjoy a free day. During your free time, perhaps book a ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. You could visit the Cape’s fabulous winelands to taste the local wines. Or take an optional excursion to see the animals that inhabit the spectacular Cape of Good Hope; plus visit the Cape Point lighthouse, historic Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach, home to a colony of African penguins.

Day 5 Hermanus to Arniston

We head off for a scenic journey to Arniston. En route we stop in Hermanus, one of the world’s best land-based whale watching destinations.

Later we explore Arniston, a pretty Dutch colonial fishing village lying on a rugged coastline.

Day 6 Knysna

We arrive at Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route, mid-afternoon. You can perhaps enjoy a scenic walk along the nearby Knysna River.

You stay at The Moorings (4*) or Knysna Hollow Country Estate (4*).

Day 7 Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

This morning we drive to Keurbooms River Nature Reserve and board a cruise (with lunch). The river’s a sanctuary for indigenous plant life - and home to the Cape clawless otter.

Day 8 Knysna

Today is free to explore the lovely town of Knysna. You’ll find shops offering beautiful woodwork.

Day 9 Storms River to Kariega Game Reserve

Today’s journey takes us to the mouth of Storms River, where the water crashes dramatically against the rocks.

Then we continue to Kariega Game Reserve, where our safari experience begins. We take a game drive as the animals become more active in the cool of late afternoon.

Day 10 Kariega Game Reserve

Enjoy a full day at Kariega, a family-owned reserve that’s home to the Big Five. We take two game drives looking for lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, leopards and more.

We also enjoy a river cruise, with time afterwards to join a guided bird-spotting bush walk.

Day 11 Kariega Game Reserve to Graaff-Reinet

After your fourth game drive early morning, we take a scenic drive into the Great Karoo semi-desert. You may spot black rhinos and Cape mountain zebras.

This afternoon we arrive in the beautiful town of Graaff-Reinet. There’s time to relax before a decadent dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 12 Graaff-Reinet to Valley of Desolation

Spend your morning on a self-guided walking tour of the museums, shops and cafes of this historic town, and visit Obesa, the world’s largest cacti collection.

This afternoon we go to see the Valley of Desolation, where volcanic rock has eroded into 120m columns.

Day 13 Willowmore to Prince Albert, Swartberg Mountains

Today’s route today takes us for lunch in quaint Willowmore. We then continue up to the beautiful Swartberg Mountains.

We stay in Prince Albert, a Karoo village set amongst tobacco plantations that merge into a vast nature reserve. Look up later to see the extraordinary star-dotted night sky.

Day 14 Swartberg Mountains to Franschhoek

After breakfast we depart for the Cango Ostrich Farm, where you can hand feed these magnificent birds.

We then join the spectacular Cape Route 62, the longest wine route in the world. Sit back and enjoy towering cliffs, crystal-clear streams and verdant forests. Lunch is included in picturesque Barrydale.

The journey continues to Franschhoek, set amidst the serene Franschhoek Mountains.

Day 15 Franschhoek

Today, why not take advantage of your ticket for the local hop-on-hop-off tram? It allows you to taste wines and cheese at local wine farms or just enjoy their beautiful gardens.

Tonight, we enjoy a very special wine pairing and fine-dining experience at Le Coin Français (the French Corner), where you’ll meet chef Darren Badenhorst.

Day 16 Franschhoek to Cape Town to UK

Enjoy some free time this morning before we transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Day 17 UK

Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

Contrasts of the Cape

South Africa