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

Our South Africa tour begins in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Rich in 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 the Eastern Cape of South Africa.  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 elusive 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.

Shamwari is a malaria-free area.

Franschhoek is the food and wine capital of South Africa.  One of the oldest and prettiest towns in South Africa it’s famous for its vineyards, and also home to some of the top restaurants in the country.

Tour Details

  • 9 nights

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 – Arrive Cape Town and rest of day at leisure

After your overnight flight you’ll 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 2 – 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 3– Leave Cape Town and transfer to Shamwari Game Reserve

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

Days 4 & 5 – 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 6 – Leave Shamwari and transfer to Camps Bay

Leave Shamwari Game Reserve this morning and fly back to Cape Town. On arrival, transfer to Camps Bay where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 7 – At leisure in Camps Bay

Camps Bay 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 8 – 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.

Day 9 – 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 10 – 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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