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Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari

A spectacular fly drive and thrilling safari

Cape Town, Garden Route & Safari

£2151 per person

This is our most popular travel itinerary in South Africa and a great introduction to the country. Combining Cape Town with the winelands and the ever-popular Garden Route, ending with a safari in the Eastern Cape. The driving distances are reasonable, the food is excellent, the scenery is spectacular and the adventures exciting.

Set in Oranjezicht on the upper slopes of Table Mountain, Redbourne Hilldrop boasts stunning views of Cape Town and the mountain, which is dramatically lit up at night. This 1928 home has been attentively restored and carefully modernised to provide en-suite convenience combined with the charm of fine wooden floors, lofty ceilings and lead lined windows. The lounge at Redbourne Hilldrop is spacious, and guests are invited to watch television, chat or simply read at their leisure. You can relax and enjoy a sundowner around the feature pool with Table Mountain as your backdrop. Redbourne Hilldrop was featured as one of the Five Best Cape Town B&Bs in The Independent newspaper (UK).

Each of the four guest rooms at Redbourne Hilldrop, with their en-suite bathrooms, have views of either Table Mountain, the city or Table Bay. The subtle and creative colours in both fabric and finish, contribute to the individual flavour of each room. Quality linen, beds and furnishings, complete the palette for the senses.

Redbourne Hilldrop is an open door to beautiful Cape Town, including beaches, a selection of theatres and the piazzas of trendy Kloof Street. To make your stay even more comfortable Rebourne Hilldrop services include: Secure valet parking on request/availability; Wifi internet access; Mini Bar; Tea and Coffee Station; Mini Safes; Satellite TV in Rooms; Guest computer and printer; Laundry service; Car Hire; Tours; Shuttle Services; Airport transfers. You are promised personal attention at Redbourne Hilldrop. Delicious breakfasts are served in the sunroom where each guest is seated facing a panoramic view of the city.

Considered to be the oldest hotel in South Africa with a history dating back to 1802, Oude Werf Hotel is located in the heart of historic Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands. Situated in the tranquil, oak lined Church Street, this graceful Georgian building is within easy walking distance of many Stellenbosch attractions. The hotel has a vine covered coffee courtyard, a tranquil lush garden and a swimming pool. A historical town and part of the Cape Wine Route, from Oude Werf Hotel you can enjoy a myriad of shops, museums, art galleries and beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture, as well as world class vineyards.

A friendly, professional hotel, Oude Werf has 58 rooms (various room categories) and five Oak apartments. Rooms have been tastefully aligned with all the comforts of modern day living and present a calm haven with soft hues and antique furniture. All rooms are en-suite with bath and showers; include air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, minibar, satellite television and WiFi.

Superior rooms are open-plan, combing contemporary styling and ultra-modern fixtures with subtle period-inspired details. The high-ceilinged Deluxe rooms, with their period-styled furnishings, echo the hotel’s early history and are situated in the original building. The spacious signature Luxury rooms enjoy airy views of the quiet central gardens or courtyard, blending 21st Century comforts with soft tones, textures and unique historic styling inspirations.

The Chef explores the region’s many flavours and vintages at a splendid new restaurant with in-situ kitchen, fireside interior and vine-covered courtyard. Here a full breakfast, a la carte lunch menu and traditional dinner menu is offered.

Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands offer leisure, sightseeing, shopping sporting and adventure experiences of every kind. No matter how short your Stellenbosch stay, there’s always plenty to see and do – within a few minutes of the Hotel, just outside of the town and further afield.

La Plume is a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm with spectacular views of the Swartberg mountains and Olifants River valley. A warm welcome awaits at this charming 1902 Victorian homestead, where Karin has combined old world charm with modern comforts to ensure extraordinary service and personal attention. With private entrances, sunny verandahs and elegant, comfortable antiques, the air-conditioned bedrooms offer TV, mini bar, and abundant comforts. Klein Karoo cuisine by prior arrangement. Join Bartel for early morning coffee under the gazebo before an informative pre-arranged farm tour. Cool off in the salt water pool with a view, set amongst rolling lawns.

La Plume offers stylish luxury with a diverse range of accommodation from Luxury Rooms, Cottages and Honeymoon Rooms to Superior Suites. With private entrances, sunny verandas and elegant, comfortable antiques, each of the 19 individually furnished air-conditioned rooms offer satellite television, free WiFi, mini bar and abundant comforts.

Apart from the private seating on your veranda from where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Olifants River valley, there are also numerous seating spots in the garden.

A bountiful English Breakfast buffet is the perfect start to a busy day with fresh fruit platters in abundance, a bread and cereal selection, cold meats and cheeses, as well as hot breakfast. Enjoy exceptional local wine and traditional home-cooked cuisine by prior arrangement. Your four course meal is meticulously prepared by the chef and three home cooks and served in the spacious, candlelit dining room of the main homestead.

The La Plume Guest House is an excellent base for the explorer, offering many sightseeing and activity opportunities such as a visit to the Cango Caves, the Swartberg Pass, museums, Vineyard tours, Meerkat Adventures, waterfalls, as well as decadent chocolate delights for the visitor with a sweet tooth.

Lairds Lodge is a country house set on a 24-acre estate, offering mountain views, wide open spaces and a secluded swimming pool, perfectly positioned between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route. This gracious Cape Dutch style homestead is surrounded by manicured gardens and lawns with plenty of indigenous fynbos, wide open spaces and distant mountain views. The main house keeps tradition alive with its reed ceiling in the 32-seater restaurant where a gourmet, four course dinner is served every evening. There is a rustic six-seater wine cellar, various attractive covered terraces, three elegant lounges all with fireplaces, a stylish breakfast courtyard transformed in the evening by braziers; and tucked away behind a little white wall is a peaceful swimming pool with comfortable sun lounges and shady umbrellas.

With 16 high ceiling, elegant rooms spread around the property, Lairds Lodge maintains an air of tranquility and relaxation. All rooms are en-suite, air-conditioned, have private terraces, sumptuous furnishings, percale linen and quality toiletries. Luxury rooms are the largest and include heated towel rails and mini bars.

Scrumptious breakfasts – fresh fruits, just-baked breads, croissants and muffins, homemade jams and preserves, and cooked specialities – will prepare you for the day ahead. Pre-dinner drinks are enjoyed around heated braziers in the candlelit courtyard or in the informal brandy lounge. Specialising in seafood and game dishes, the Lodge boasts one of the finest menus in the Garden Route; sociable 4-course gourmet dinners are served in the traditional reed ceilinged dining room, or can be taken in the rustic charm of the wine room. Every meal is carefully paired with selected wines from the Cape, ensuring a memorable South African dining experience, every time.

Lairds Lodge is surrounded by the adventure wonderland of the Garden Route. This includes close encounters with whales and dolphins, hiking the Robberg Marine & Nature Reserve, golfing at one of the superb courses, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, or sunbathing and swimming on one of the pristine beaches. In Plettenberg Bay your time will be well spent in the small Artisan coffee shops and restaurants, and at any one of the local markets. Lunch in the vineyards at award winning wine estates; or sip on sundowners in one of the restaurants perched on the rocks or right on the beach. With endless stretches of pristine beaches immediately at hand, lazing on the beach could be the pastime of choice; but for those who wish to do a little exploring or adventuring the area’s multitude of activity and leisure options are readily accessible.

The Elephant House is an exclusive thatched lodge set in the sun-drenched Sundays River valley, minutes away from the Addo Elephant Park. After a hot day in the bush, return for a refreshing dip in one of two pools, or retreat to one of the comfy couches on the deep verandahs. Luxurious, spacious bedrooms, stylishly decorated with Moorish, African and Colonial influences, open onto courtyards or verandahs. Sip a sundowner before a sumptuous candlelit dinner, prepared with flair and personal attention, and of course a selection of great Cape wines!

Elephant House has 8 spacious fully air – conditioned and heated en suite rooms (one of which is a family suite) with private verandas, room facilities include: Air- conditioned & heated, King Size beds – extra length, Telephones and dial-up internet access, Hairdryers, Bathrobes & Safes, 24 hr room service.

Set in 4 hectares of expansive lawns are the 6 Stable Cottages – these very spacious Cape Country style cottages all have reeded ceilings and private verandahs. Two of them are “family suites” with a separate inter-leading bedroom for the children. All the cottages are fully air conditioned and heated and have stocked mini bars and tea/coffee making facilities.

Addo Elephant National Park is one of the world’s great conservation success stories and embraces one of the highest concentrations of big game in Africa and thus offers some wonderful game viewing opportunities. In addition to the famous elephants of Addo there are also lion, buffalo, black rhino, hyena, jackal and a variety of antelope species. Game drives in an open Landcruiser with the Elephant House ranger to Addo Elephant Park and into the Sundays River valley, and a varied list of other activities including day trips to nearby Private reserves, Elephant Back safaris, Horseback safaris, Canoeing on the river, Helicopter trips as well as Cultural, Historical and Agricultural tours in the valley. Elephant House offers plenty to do.

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  • Departure/Return Location
    London and other UK airport | Some EU and USA airports
  • Departure Time
    What is Included • Return flight from London • Arrival Transfer and 10 days Avis Car Hire Group B • 3 nights stay in Cape Town at the 4* Redbourne Hilldrop - (B&B) • 2 nights stay in Stellenbosch at the 4* Oude Werf Hotel - (B&B) • 2 nights stay in Oudtshoorn at La Plume - (B&B) • 3 nights stay in Plettenberg Bay at Lairds Lodge Country Estate - (B&B) • 2 nights stay in Addo Elephant National Park at Elephant House and The Stable Cottages - (Full Board and Game Drives)
  • Return Time
    Cape Town | Cape Winelands | Klein Karoo | Garden Route | Addo Elephant National Park Safari
  • Dress Code
    Immerse yourself in the vibrant Cape Town. Enjoy Stellenbosch, in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Visit Oudtshoorn, the “Ostrich Capital”, and the charming coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. Indulge in a luxurious Eastern Cape Safari... up-close-and-personal with the ‘Big Five’.
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  • Not Included
    Internal Flights

Tour Plan

Day 1 - 3 Cape Town ( 3 nights )
On arrival into Cape Town International Airport you will be met and transferred to your first hotel for your 3-night stay. With plenty to offer the traveller you should never get bored. Table Mountain is the iconic backdrop of Cape Town rising over 1000m above sea level - it can be seen from all over the city. Taking the revolving cable car up to the top is a must or if you’re feeling adventurous there are several hiking routes to the summit. The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront is a prime attraction in the city, a working harbour and tourist attraction offering world class shopping, a huge variety of restaurants, cafes & bars and the Two Oceans Aquarium. The ferry trip to Robben Island, the site of Nelson Mandela’s incarceration for much of his 27 years in prison, leaves from here. • Hotel – Redbourne Hilldrop, Cape Town • Room Type - Standard • Included Meals – Breakfast
Day 4-5 Explore Stellenbosch and the Winelands ( 2 nights )
An hour's drive this morning will bring you to the heart of the winelands. Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and the centre of the largest and most varied wine route. During your 2-night stay in this historic town enjoy any one of the 75 restaurants in the town or head to a wine estate for a cellar tour and tasting. Franschhoek and Paarl are both just 30 minutes drive away. • Hotel – Oude Werf Hotel, Stellenbosch • Room Type - Standard • Included Meals – Breakfast
Day 6-7 Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn ( 2 nights )
Head east along the scenic ‘Route 62’ today to the heart of the Klein Karoo and Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital of South Africa, for a further 2-night stay. From here you can visit the Cango Caves, an Ostrich farm or drive over one of the most spectacular mountain passes in Africa, the Swartberg Pass, to the delightful Karoo town of Prince Albert – not for the fainthearted! • Hotel – La Plume, Oudtshoorn • Room Type - Standard • Included Meals – Breakfast
Day 8-9-10 Experience the natural wonders of Plettenberg Bay
  An enjoyable 3-hour drive will take you to one of the most beautiful areas of the Garden Route, The Crags and Nature’s Valley, for your 3-night stay. The nearby town of Plettenberg Bay has great swimming beaches, Tsitsikamma National Park and Storm’s River Mouth are close by, or just relax and soak up the peace and quiet of this stunning area. This is an ideal base to explore all that the Garden Route has to offer - Knysna, George and Wilderness are easy drives. This is a great region for families, with Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Tenikwa Wildcat Park popular attractions, or spend the day on one of the areas great beaches; golf enthusiasts are also well catered for with 7 high quality courses within one hours drive; thrill seekers are in the right area too, with canopy tours, surfing and the highest bungee jump in the world; nature and wildlife enthusiasts can interact with dolphins and whales; or you can simply enjoy the people and hospitality of this amazing area. The choice is yours. • Hotel – Lairds Lodge Country Estate, Plettenberg Bay • Room Type - Standard • Included Meals – Breakfast
Day 11-12 Indulge in a luxurious safari in the Eastern Cape ( 2 nights )
Drive through the Tsitsikamma Forest and beyond Port Elizabeth to the Eastern Cape. From here you have a variety of game viewing and safari options to choose from. Private game reserves offer the most exclusive and luxurious option, in an authentic safari environment; country houses and retreats, or a guest house style establishment are more affordable options giving you total flexibility. Any of these options will give you access to the thrill of big game viewing in this non-malarial area of South Africa. Enjoy a 2-night stay. • Hotel – Elephant House and The Stable Cottages,Addo Elephant National Park • Room Type - Standard • Included Meals – Full Board and Game Drives
13 Depart South Africa
Return your vehicle to Port Elizabeth airport in time for your overnight flight, via Johannesburg, to the UK.

Details about this trip:

• Return flight from London
• Arrival Transfer and 10 days Avis Car Hire Group B
• 3 nights stay in Cape Town at the 4* Redbourne Hilldrop - (B&B)
• 2 nights stay in Stellenbosch at the 4* Oude Werf Hotel - (B&B)
• 2 nights stay in Oudtshoorn at La Plume - (B&B)
• 3 nights stay in Plettenberg Bay at Lairds Lodge Country Estate - (B&B)
• 2 nights stay in Addo Elephant National Park at Elephant House and The Stable Cottages - (Full Board and Game Drives)

Tour Location

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