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Experience the vibrancy of Cape Town and then a couple of days on safari. Afterwards, head out to explore beautiful wine country – possibly on horseback.

The exchange rate is very favourable at the moment so you’ll be amazed at how good prices are in South Africa. That means you can really push the boat out while you’re there.

Our South Africa tour begins in Cape Town. This part of South Africa is one of the most beautiful regions in the world.

A mix of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers together with local bushmen, Hottentot tribes and The Bantu tribes from the north created a city of unique cultural and historical charm. Cape Town boasts a multitude of entertainment, a vast range of shopping opportunities and a huge variety of restaurants.

Shamwari Game Reserve is one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. It is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, an area that is historically rich in wildlife. Many species were eradicated by means of hunting or indiscriminate farming practices.

However, over the past twenty five years, 25,000 hectares of cultivated land has been consolidated and rehabilitated. Remaining wild animal species were allowed to flourish and species extinct to the region were reintroduced.

Shamwari is rich in diverse vegetation that is ideal for an interesting variety of animal species. Large numbers of ungulates sustain a healthy population of lion, cheetah and the illusive leopard. White rhino find their home in the grasslands and the subtropical thicket provides browsing for elephant and black rhino. Hippo are found in the riverine habitat. The reintroduced red billed ox-pecker is a wonderful, common sight on buffalo, rhino and giraffe. Additionally, the flightless dung beetle, which is unique to the Eastern Cape, is another conservation success story!

As Shamwari is a malaria free area, there is no need for you to pack any preventative tablets or syrup, other than your normal prescription medication. However, we do highly recommend that you bring:

  • Cameras, lenses and binoculars
  • Light clothing for summer safaris
  • Bathing suits for the pool areas
  • Walking shoes
  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Warmer clothing for winter stays

And if you do forget anything, vist the gift boutiques at Shamwari for a little safari retail therapy!

Franschoeck is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and is famous for its vineyards. It is notable for being home some of the top restaurants in the country. Together with a strong wine culture and pristine natural and architectural beauty, Franschhoek is the food and wine capital of South Africa.

This is a wonderful area to explore by foot or on horseback. If you’re interested in wine then a visit here is essential. We can arrange specific tours and tastings to maximise your enjoyment of this wonderful region.

Tour Details

  • 9 nights
  • from £3,650pp

Tour Highlights

  • Table Mountain
  • Game drives
  • Born Free Foundation ‘Big Cat Rescue Centre’
  • Rhino Awareness Centre
  • Cage diving with Great White sharks (optional!)
  • Afrikaans Taal Monument
  • Vineyards of Franschoeck

Itinerary in brief

  • Cape Town x 2 nights
  • Shamwari Game Reserve x 3 nights
  • Camps Bay x 2 nights
  • Franschoeck x 2 nights

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart UK for flight to Cape Town

Depart UK for overnight flight to Cape Town.

Day 2 – Arrive Cape Town and rest of day at leisure

Arrive in Cape Town first thing in the morning. Having cleared immigration, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore and relax at the hotel.

Day 3 – At leisure in Cape Town

Enjoy a day in Cape Town. Perhaps:

  • take a trip up to Table Mountain for incredible views of the city.
  • stroll around the Victoria and Albert waterfront.
  • hop on a ferry to Robbin Island, former leper colony and prison of Nelson Mandela.
  • visit the Two Oceans aquarium.
  • explore the Castle of Good Hope.
  • enjoy afternoon tea at the beautiful Mount Nelson Hotel – the ‘Nellie’.

With so much to see and do, let us arrange a private escorted tour to make the most of your time.

Day 4 – Leave Cape Town and transfer to Shamwari Game Reserve

Leave Cape Town this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth. On arrival transfer to Shamwari Game Reserve (approximately 1 hour 20 minutes). Relax at the hotel for the remainder of the day.

Days 5 & 6 – Game Drives at Shamwari Game Reserve

Game viewing is carried out during the morning and evening when you will be guided by your game ranger in an open viewing vehicle. Each game drive takes between three and four hours with a stop for coffee in the morning and sundowners at sunset.

In between game drives we can arrange for you to visit the Born Free Foundation Big Cat Rescue Centre, the Shamwari Animal Rehabilitation Centre and the Rhino Awareness Centre. This is in addition to relaxing at the lodge, reading up on the wildlife, taking spa treatments, swimming in the pool, eating, drinking or taking a private game walk with a ranger.

Day 7 – Leave Shamwari and transfer to Camps Bay

Leave Shamwari Game Reserve this morning and drive to Port Elizabeth for your flight to Cape Town. On arrival, transfer to Camps Bay where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 8 – At leisure in Camps Bay

At leisure in Camps Bay today. This is Cape Town’s beach area so there are plenty of places to try surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing, as well as wonderful photo opportunities. This is the place to try cage diving with Great White sharks and see penguins up close at the Boulders Penguin Colony.

Day 9 – Leave Camps Bay and transfer to Franschoeck

After breakfast leave your hotel and transfer to Franschoeck. Along the way stop at the Afrikaans Taal Monument on the outskirts of Paal and the Victor Verster Prison from which Nelson Mandela was released from detention. Franschoeck is a charming town in the winelands and home to some of the world’s best vineyards.

Day 10 – At leisure in Franschoeck

Enjoy a day at leisure in Franschoeck. We suggest a range of outdoor activities to make the most of the landscape, such as hiking around the vineyards, horseriding (with or without wine tasting) or biking.

Day 11 – Depart Franschoeck for Cape Town then return flight to UK

The morning is at leisure. Depart the hotel in the afternoon and transfer to Cape Town for your return flight to the UK.

Hotels available on this tour

Map and travel information

Flight information

Direct flights from the UK to Cape Town in 11 hours 30 minutes

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