Spend 10 days in the beautiful ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town, exploring the sights and wildlife of the Peninsula, and some surprises further afield.
Settle into your hotel, then set out along Millionaire’s Paradise, the road known for some of South Africa’s most glamorous and impressive homes. The route takes you to Hout Bay, from which you can go in for a closer look at Seal Island if you wish. Take in the views of Chapman’s Peak Drive as you weave your way to the Cape of Good Hope, where the Boulders Beach penguin colony gives you a feathered welcome. Cap off your day with a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a bona fide highlight of the Cape.
The region’s lesser (though increasingly!) known delight is wine. Spend a day exploring the winelands, where some of the world’s finest vintages are grown on the slopes of a jaw-droppingly beautiful corner of South Africa. Then, if Cape Town has a heart, you’ll find it on the fascinating Walk to Freedom Tour, which spends a full day taking you through apartheid’s effects on the city. Visit the Langa Township, and Robben Island, home to the infamous prison that once housed Nelson Mandela. It’s a day that’s both sobering, and inspirational, as you discover the stories and trials of this era.
Whoever said ‘you can’t safari from Cape Town’ didn’t go very far out of the city. You’re about to do exactly that, visiting the Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve, where a 4 x 4 safari takes you in search of all the most popular game, including the Big 5 – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and African Buffalo, all of which can be spotted in the Reserve.
With the big Cape Town experiences ticked off your list, spend one final day picking up any other sights that interest you with a Hop-on Hop-off Bus ticket. Its stops include the base of the Table Mountain Cable Car, so you can take in Cape Town’s most iconic view if you wish, before enjoying a spectacular and uniquely South African dinner show. Your final day is spent entirely at leisure for one last Cape Town adventure. Consider a day’s whale watching, or steel your nerves for a cage dive with majestic Great White Sharks.
Day 1 – Depart North America
Depart from North America on your flight to Cape Town, South Africa
Day 2 – Arrive Cape Town
On arrival into Cape Town you will be met by your tour guide who will transfer you to the Pepper Club Luxury Hotel and Spa where you will be spending the next 7 nights. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Cape Town is historically, culturally and visually, the most diverse, breathtakingly scenic and vibrant city you’ll have had the pleasure of visiting. Known fondly as the Mother City, Cape Town has everything for the curious traveller who enjoys the good life in all its colours and guises. From exquisite wine farms in magnificent green settings, to a long and captivating history and architecture, there’ll be little doubt in your mind why it’s voted one of the world’s finest cities to visit.
Day 3 – Full Day Peninsula Tour
This morning after breakfast you will be collected for your Full day Peninsula Tour. Journey along Millionaires Paradise, ogling the glamorous homes and beautiful people of Clifton Beach and Camps Bay, then wind your way towards the charming coastal town and working harbour of Hout Bay, for an up close and personal Seal Island cruise, (for your own account). Hug the cliffs as we snake along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive, with its breathtaking views, towards the Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park and its rugged, intriguing landscape. Boulders Beach penguin colony, is a fascinating excursion. Finally, move on to the historical naval port of Simon’s Town. End at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in summer, or in winter, Groot Constantia for a wine tasting and cellar tour.
Day 4 – Full Day Winelands Tour
Enjoy a superb day dedicated to celebrating the glorious grape, the exceptional Winelands region, and the heavenly scenery. The area’s rich with history, and you can’t help but feel it as you move through the region to experience a wine cellar tour and tasting, where you will learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. You visit the exquisite little town of Franschhoek, pass by the impressive Huguenot Monument, and in a town with a reputation for gourmet fare, where else could you choose to enjoy lunch. (for your own account.) Wind your way to the heady heights of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass to meet the charming university town of Stellenbosch on the other side. Stroll through this little town, absorbing the quaintness, and sneaking into the odd shop or two (on Sundays not all galleries and shops are open). Enjoy a wine tasting at two different wine estates where you will be able to purchase your favourite wine to take back home.
Day 5 – Full Day Walk to Freedom Tour
After breakfast you will embark on a Full Day Walk to Freedom tour starting with a visit to the riveting District Six Museum (closed on Sundays) for a sharp reminder of the past. Thereafter you will take a tour of Langa Township, the oldest apartheid housing scheme in the Cape. Visit a local market, Arts and Crafts centre, as well as a traditional healer. As well as a local Bed and Breakfast, and acreche providing local children with a safe haven. You will get to experience daily life in a township, which also includes a visit to Khayelistsha and Gugulethu. In the afternoon you will take the ferry to Robben Island, the home of Nelson Mandela for so many years to learn about what life was like for the political prisoners who were incarcerated on the island.
Day 6 – Inverdoorn Day Safari
The Big Five are a mere two and a half hours from the City, at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve. Enjoy a scenic drive to Inverdoorn travelling via the wine region and Klein Karoo. Enjoy refreshments on arrival, before setting off on your adrenaline pumping game drive. Transferred into the ideal 4 x 4 safari vehicle and accompanied by an experienced game ranger, you’re off, camera’s and binoculars at the ready, searching for tell-tale signs of lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, cheetah, zebra, rhino, ostrich, baboon, warthog, springbok and many other wild animals, birds and fauna. You’ll spend two to three hours scanning the countryside, relishing the sightings. Return to the lodge for a leisurely buffet lunch and time to relax around the pool in summer, or settle cosily around a fire in winter.
Day 7 – Hop on and Hop off Bus / Richards Supper Stage and Bistro
You have a full day ticket on the Hop on Hop off Bus, why not take advantage of it and take the time to explore this magnificent city and its surroundings. Mother Nature surpassed herself when crafting the Mother City. The City Sightseeing bus conveniently stops at the base of Table Mountain, so weather permitting this is the perfect opportunity to take a trip to the top via cable car, for a panoramic view.
This evening you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Richards Supper Stage & Bistro where you shall be part of a unique and very South African dinner show experience. International and local guests of all ages will be transported into the world of entertainment, featuring talented artists performing in a variety of shows from cabaret to jazz to comedy. With a view of Robben Island through the large windows and seated at sociable dinner tables, enjoy Cape wines and an exclusive scrumptious Cape Buffet.
Day 8 – Day at Leisure
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and spend your penultimate day in Cape Town however you choose! If you haven’t seen or done enough there are a number of other activities on offer such as white shark cage diving or day trip to Hermanus, where, in season you can view the Southern Right Whales from the shore. It is also the perfect opportunity to do some shopping, Cape Town has a number of excellent shopping malls, boutiques and craft markets where you can pick up some wonderful local souvenirs. Alternatively just relax at the hotel and make use of the superb facilities including a swimming pool, spa and complimentary transfers to the beach club located at Camps Bay Beach.
Day 9 – Depart Cape Town
Today you will be collected and transferred back to Cape Town International Airport in time for your departure flight.
Day 10 – Depart for Home
Return to your home town
- Round trip airfare from North America including all taxes with KLM
- Meet and greet on arrival
- Roundtrip scheduled airport transfers
- 7 nights’ accommodation at the Pepper Club Luxury Hotel and Spa in a 1 bedroom deluxe suite Breakfast daily
- Full day scheduled Peninsula Tour
- Full day scheduled Winelands Tour
- Full day scheduled Walk to Freedom Tour
- Full day safari to Inverdoon Game Reserve with lunch
- 1 day ticket for the Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing bus
- Richards Supper Stage and Bistro including transfers
- All other meals
- Items of a personal nature