The 10-day Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route and Safari tour is easily the Best of South Africa in a convenient and affordable package. Cape Town is a destination unto itself with so much to see and do even the locals barely scratch the surface; the Garden Route and Cape Winelands areas are a slice of Europe with an African twist and the cherry on top is a bona fide Big 5 Wildlife Safari in one of the malaria-free game reserves just north of Port Elizabeth. As with all our tours, we’ve provided a few ideas here to get started and you can chop and change this itinerary any way like – contact us now to get started.
10 days / 9 nights – Cape Town • Franschhoek • Knysa • Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Cape Town – Travel to Cape Town and you’ll discover an enticing mix of modern culture, amazing hotels, fascinating history and exceptional natural beauty
Franschkoek – Franschhoek Wine Valley lies deep in the Cape winelands and is South Africa’s very own French corner.
Knysa – Knysna embodies the spirit of the Garden Route: a beautiful stretch of coastline inhabited by wealthy dumb-downers, nature-lovers and surfers by the Kombi-load.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve – Kwandwe is home to the Big Five!
Day 1 – 4: Cape Town
Your tour starts on arrival at Cape Town International Airport. We’ll meet a representative of our partners and transfer you directly to the hotel in the heart of the magnificent V&A Waterfront – one of South Africa’s top attractions. The transfer will take about 20 minutes.
Cape Town is everybody’s favourite African city and it’s not difficult to see why. Cape Town features wine farms, glamorous citylife, Blue Flag beaches, unique nature reserves and a jam-packed calendar of cultural events year round. And all this drama unfolds under the graceful omniscience of Table Mountain and its attendant peaks running the length of the peninsula.
Spend four days exploring Cape Town including a private city tour (included), a private Cape Peninsula tour (included) and a private Cape Winelands tour (also included as part of your transfer to Franschhoek). The cable car tour of Table Mountain is recommended but not included in our price estimate as adverse weather conditions may interfere.
Day 4 – 5: Franschhoek
From Cape Town we provide you with a private wine tour that culminates with a transfer to Cape Winelands town of Franschhoek.
Spend a night here in pampered luxury before heading out towards the Garden Route the following morning.
After your wine tour transfer you may want to relax at your fabulous hotel and enjoy a decadent high tea on the grounds. If you’ve still got energy to explore there is much to see and do around Franschhoek not least of which is the fine dining experience to be found at any one of several excellent restaurants in town. Or you could eat in and continue the relaxing rejuvenation.
Day 5 – 7: Knysna
After a leisurely breakfast we transfer you along the picturesque Route 62 road to Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route. On the way we’ll stop at Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn to explore the world’s eerie final frontier: underground.
In Knyna will stay in one of the best hotels with sweeping views across the lagoon, aeons of space and all the mod cons of the mod-con world.
Spend two nights in paradise with the following activities included: boat trip and visit to Featherbed Nature Reserve across the lagoon followed by lunch; oyster tastings; elephant sanctuary; bird sanctuary and primate sanctuary.
Day 7 – 10: Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
From the beaches of the Garden Route you head inland to the magnificent Kwandwe Private Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth for 4 days of big five malaria-free safari.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is a large and beautiful big 5 destination about two hours’ drive north of Port Elizabeth. With a coastal influence, rolling hills and 22,000ha of play area, the wildlife, birdlife and scenery are, in a word, awesome.
The park supports all the large mammals of Africa including elephant, black and white rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, kudu, grysbok and many other antelopes, nocturnal predators and rare small animals.
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is a small, modern and luxurious safari lodge. Playful decor belies an operation of extreme professionalism with incredible attention to detail, exceptional service and five-star amenities.
Your three nights at Kwandwe Ecca Lodge include game drives, night drives and some interesting cultural and natural add-on activities unique to the region.
Day 10: Departure
Your time of departure depends on your onward travel plans. We try to arrange an easy return to civilization with a transfer after breakfast to Port Elizabeth from where you can fly home via Cape Town or Jo’burg.
But it doesn’t have to end there. You have a world of options in southern Africa and you can extend and customise your African safari holiday in any way you wish.
Travel to Cape Town and you’ll discover an enticing mix of modern culture, amazing hotels, fascinating history and exceptional natural beauty… All rubbing shoulders with the magic of the iconic Table Mountain. What’s more, because Cape Town is the home our partners in South Africa, we know the ins and outs of travelling and experiencing the Mother City first hand. We’ll help you choose the top hotels, the best day tours and we’ll make sure your stay here is a memorable one.
Cape Malay, Dutch and British architecture sit cheek by jowl with cutting edge 21st century loft apartments and slick skyscrapers. Sit a while in South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ and take in the buzz and bustle of flower sellers, buskers, food markets and Capetonians going about their daily lives.
The Houses of Parliament sit proudly in the Company Gardens, while the sensational Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is the hottest and most happening part of the city, with boutique shops, the Two Oceans Aquarium and innumerable restaurants from which to watch the comings and goings of the world’s finest ships, cruise liners and luxury yachts. A short ride away is the legendary Robben Island where you’ll find the erstwhile prison cell of Nelson Mandela.
Part of the beauty of Cape Town as a holiday destination, is the close proximity to a variety of a great getaways such as the Cape Winelands and the Garden Route. Combine your time relaxing on a beach in Cape Town with some whale watching in Hermanus, or why not cage dive with great white sharks off Gansbaai? From ambling through the beautiful botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch, to wine tasting at any of our legendary wine estates – there’s no doubt that Cape Town offers a vast kaleidoscope of travel experiences.
From the V&A Waterfront to the historic naval town of Simon’s Town, there really is too much to see and do in Cape Town for just one visit! The V&A Waterfront is the most popular place to stay, with several five and four star hotels all within close vicinity of the shops and restaurants. The City Bowl is a more affordable and still ensures you are close to the city’s major attractions. If you’re looking for beaches then head towards Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Seapoint & Greenpoint. But if peace and quiet and a game of golf are what you’re after then consider staying in and around Kirstenbosch or Constantia in the Southern Suburbs.
Franschhoek – South Africa’s little piece of France
In 1685 after the protestant religion was outlawed in France, nearly 300 Huguenots arrived at the Cape of Good Hope. They chose the Franschhoek Valley as their new home which was then filled with roaming elephants and called Oliphantshoek. Once the French came to settle it became known as Franschhoek.
Franschhoek Wine Valley lies deep in the Cape winelands and is South Africa’s very own French corner. Here amid luscious vineyards and gracious Cape Dutch farmsteads, a picturesque village emits proud, ever present memories of 17th Century Huguenot culture. Many of the vineyards still bear original French names such as L’Ormarins, La Motte, La Province, and Haute Cabriere. Today Franschhoek is a beautiful village filled with wonderful arts, crafts, antique shops and galleries and is also home to some of the top chefs and restaurants in South Africa.
Knysna (pronounced NIZE-na) embodies the spirit of the Garden Route: a beautiful stretch of coastline inhabited by wealthy dumb-downers, nature-lovers and surfers by the Kombi-load.
Running along the narrow shelf between a large lagoon and the sheer Tsitsikamma Mountains, the main road is a jumble of knick-knack shops, cafés, supermarkets and an endless parade of slow-moving cars on the hunt for parking space.
Knysna Lagoon is protected by two large cliffs – called ‘The Heads’ – through which a boat-sized gap leads out into the Indian Ocean. The western arm is a nature reserve accessed by ferry; and the other is turning into an elite suburb with plush houses and a fancy golf resort.
You can combine Garden Route with other destinations in South Africa or anywhere else in Africa for that matter. We can plan an itinerary that best suits your needs.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
At a whopping 22, 000 hectares, Kwandwe is arguably one of the largest and certainly one of the most well known of the lodges in the Eastern Cape. In terms of price and rate Kwandwe pitches itself at the very top end of the market, together with Shamwari. Many comparisons are often drawn between these two lodges.
Kwandwe consists of 2 Game Lodges. The Great Fish River Lodge, a colonial style 8 roomed lodge which overlooks the Great Fish River and the Ecca Lodge, a contemporary and funky 70’s inspired camp with bright orange and retro interiors.
In terms of Game, Kwandwe is home to the Big Five. Realistic the sightings of Leopard are extremely rare, but a full time researcher works hard to track and monitor the movements of these animals. The Cheetahs sightings are as good as you will find anywhere in Africa, and the reserve is a natural habitat for Black Rhino which have recently been reintroduced. Impressive are the high quality and diversity of Plains Game. Plenty of Giraffe, Zebra, Oryx, Eland, Hartesbeeste, Gemsbok, Gnu, Buffalo, Ostrich, Springbok, Bushbuck , Waterhog. Certainly a diversity of which it can’t be seen in the Sabi Sands or the Kruger Park.