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South Africa

South Africa is an extremely diverse and beautiful country. It offers a range of spectacular scenery including: lush vegetation, fabulous coastlines, towering mountains, shimmering deserts and glorious beaches; the choices are endless.

Some of the most sophisticated and stylish lodges can be found in South Africa. Whether immersing yourself in the nation's cultural richness, touring the cosmopolitan cities or sampling world class cuisine and wine, South Africa extends a warm welcome to everyone.

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South Africa's temperate climate with plenty of sunny days is largely influenced by it's varying altitudes and the oceans that surround it. Read More

South Africa's temperate climate with plenty of sunny days is largely influenced by it's varying altitudes and the oceans that surround it. The country has winter and summer at opposite times to Europe and North America; they correspond to the Dry and Wet seasons in all of the country apart from the Western Cape.

In terms of the best time to visit, May to September, when the weather is dry and the animals are congregated around waterholes, is widely considered the best time to experience this wonderful country.

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Cape Winelands Wine Experience

Coming soon
12th - 19th March 2021

Stay in Cape Town, in Constantia, South Africa’s first and oldest wine region for 3 nights, followed by 2 nights in the fertile Franschhoek Wine Valley - food and wine heartland of South Africa - ending up in Hermanus to explore the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley for 2 nights.

  • Hosted by celebrated author and notable wine authority 
  • The Constantia Valley boasts a centuries-old-wine-making history
  • 3 nights at Cellars Hohenort, set in 9 acres of exquisite gardens
  • Stay at the boutique hotel & winery Leeu Estates for 2 nights
  • The wine estates in the Hemel-en-Aarde region are famous for world-class Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
  • 2 nights at The Marine Hotel, perched on cliffs overlooking breathtaking Walker Bay

 

Please note: that  pre- and post-extensions are available within Africa for this Event, please contact us to find out more. 

Chasing the Sun - A Photographic Tour of the Cape

From €156/person
Cape Town

Experience a tour of the scenic Cape through the lens and learn about the art of photography as you go. This day tour is suitable for all levels of photographer from novice to professional, you will be accompanied by a skilled photo guide who will assist you with capturing some superb images and teach you a few new skills along the way.

Each tour is customized for the individual and your guide will know ‘where and when’ to capture the best pictures. Some sample itineraries include a classic Peninsula Tour including the fabulous technicolour bathing boxes at Muizenberg beach, the working fishing harbour and antique shops at Kalk Bay as well as the breath-taking Chapman’s Peak coastal drive.

A unique township and Winelands option visits the Imizamo Yethu Township in Hout Bay where you’ll enjoy a guided walk through the community introducing you to some of its characters while visiting the community centre, library and local craft market filled with amazing items made from recycling.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens with lunch at the Chefs Warehouse

From €5/person (+ local costs)
Cape Town

Kirstenbosch is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world and is located against the eastern slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain. As well as fabulous trees, flowers and plants, there are also wonderful sculptures dotted around the gardens. There are always interesting flowers and plants year round at Kirstensbosch and every season has its' charm, however the best time to visit is in spring and early summer which is August to November time. You can either visit by yourselves if you are self-driving, or an organised tour with a guide can be arranged.

For lunch visit the Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (one of Liam Tomlinson's four restaurants). Chef Ivor Jones (former head chef at The Test Kitchen) is in charge with his able team, concocts imaginative dishes, whose flavours will stick in your mind long after you’ve taken your last bite. Booking in advance is necessary for this popular restauarant.

Endangered Species & Rehabilitation Experience

From €128/person
The Greater Kruger National Park

A unique private or scheduled tour, visiting two world-renowned conservation centres which are successfully helping to preserve injured and endangered birds and animals.

Depart from your hotel and drive to the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre near Hoedspruit, which has appeared on Animal Planet on several occasions. Let their experts take you around the centre where some of the animals and birds might be handled - depending on their condition. Learn about the rehabilitation techniques and treatment of injured, poisoned and abandoned animals & birds of prey.

Depart Moholoholo and transfer to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. On arrival, a lunch stop will be made before the educational tour of the breeding and research station during which you can view, from close up, rare, endangered species such as the African Wild Dog and Cheetahs.

Track Wild Otters in Cape Point

From €270/person
Cape Town

Terry McCann, or the “Otter Man” as he’s been dubbed locally, grew up along the wild and wonderful Cape Point shores and has been tracking and protecting Wild Cape Clawless Otters for almost 35 years.

He does this to ensure his ‘little otter friends’ are safe from pollution, trapping, urban development or harassment by uncaring humans. His walks are all about sharing the delicate balance of nature in Cape Point with you, learning about the fascinating and elusive otters, and also the other wild creatures in the reserve. 

Duration: 1-2 hours. Price includes a full day Cape Peninsula tour.

Zeitz Mocca Museum, lunch and shopping

From €13/person (+ local costs)
Cape Town

The Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is in an eye-catching building. This public, not-for-profit contemporary art museum which is a partnership between the V&A and Jochen Zeitz, collects, researches, preserves and exhibits twenty-first century African art. This exquisite space houses a diverse range of contemporary African art spread out over nine floors. (Please note it is closed on Tuesdays).

Have lunch at Harbour House, where the specialty is seafood. Think game fish crudo, crispy prawns and white fish goujons. Have sushi with friends upstairs or share a lavish seafood platter with a glass of local wine.

After lunch, spend some time shopping at the nearby Watershed, which is the home of South African design and is located in the heart of the V & A Waterfront. It offers a beautiful indoor market with over 150 stands with handmade crafts made by local artisans, ranging from textiles, to ceramics, furniture to jewellery, toys to fashion etc. 

The Franschhoek Motor Museum with lunch or dinner at Le Petite Colombe

From €7/person (+ local costs)
The Winelands

Visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum, to see the magnificent collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles and auto memorabilia on display which are all in mint condition, housing more than 100 years of motoring history. The specific automobiles selected for display are alternated to keep things interesting, making return visits a must.

Our top tip is to go for a chauffeured vintage car ride on the L’Ormarins Estate and if you book 2-3 days in advance, you will be emailed a selection of motors from which to choose your ride!

Either beforehand or afterwards, have lunch or dinner at La Petite Colombe (not included). Everything about this 54-seater restaurant oozes timeless elegance - from the background music to the pared-down yet sumptuous interiors. In summer months, the foldout doors reveal a sunny patio for lingering lunches, while a toasty central fireplace warms the room in winter.

Transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.

To speak to our travel planner please contact us at:

+44 (0) 1993 824 198