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.