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    Embark upon an inspirational journey combining the best parts of the Western Cape in a diverse and all-encompassing itinerary. Some big city living, a little R&R, a lagoon paradise and a second to none safari experience make for one luxuriously rich getaway. You’ll enjoy a three-night stay in the Mother City where you’ll explore the ins and outs of this vibrant cultural hub. Spend two nights at Mosaic Lagoon Lodge in Hermanus, with a host of unique included experiences such as a 4×4 beach safari. Next up, Knysna is waiting to pamper you. Choose how you spend your days, from the base of your boutique hotel. Finally, get ready for a chic, luxury safari extravaganza at the malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. A Big 5 experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo offering alluring stillness and isolation amid raw beauty and boundless plains.

    Day 1 : CAPE TOWN

    Travel route ± 30 km
    There’s no denying it, Cape Town has come of age as one of the must-do cities on the travel bucket list. This vibrant city on Africa’s southern tip could strut its stuff in the middle of mainland Europe and be completely at home. Your three days in Cape Town give you the flexibility to see the best highlights of the Mother City independently and with a knowledgeable local guide, the way you want to. Enjoy your first day at leisure; your guide will collect you from the airport and transfer you to your hotel from where you are free to explore some of your bucket list items.
    If your time allows, you could simmer down with a relaxed afternoon discovering the delights hidden in Kirstenbosch Gardens, right around the corner from your evening stay. The Gardens are world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Nature lovers will enjoy the unique vantage point from above the crowns of the trees, and bird and animal enthusiasts will be in seventh heaven, with the diverse fauna that abounds. What a way to end a day in the Cape.

    Overnight: Andros Hotel, Claremont, Cape Town

    Day 2 : CAPE CITY TOUR

    Travel route ± 100 km
    Get ready to discover some of Cape Town’s gems today, with an intimate look into the city that locals love. After enjoying panoramic city views from Table Mountain, head into town to see the sights up-close on a walking tour. Pass colonial-era hotspots such as Company’s Gardens and the Castle of Good Hope, and then travel to the colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood for photos. Opt to visit the District Six Museum and then enjoy free time at the V&A Waterfront, before finishing the day with a drive along the dramatic Atlantic coastline. The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the city’s highlights that interest you the most, or you can even visit some sights that are not listed, it’s all up to you. This is an ideal way to see a large part of Cape Town in a short amount of time, while helping you get a brilliant orientation of all that the Mother City has to offer.

    Overnight: Andros Hotel, Claremont, Cape Town


    Travel route ± 100 km
    Today the Cape Peninsula awaits you. Cape Town fades into the distance as you head south-west to Hout Bay, a quaint fishing village best known as the entry point to the cape fur seal colony of Duiker Island. Stop and peruse the local craft stores and opt for a seal cruise (own expense) if you want to get up close and personal with some lazy seals. The morning drive along the towering cliffs of Chapman’s Peak sets the standard for the day, so expect stunning vistas at Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, with their rich fynbos flora and the inevitable baboon spotting. Keep your eyes peeled for the Cape Mountain zebra, ostriches, eland and sugarbirds.
    Then, meander into the afternoon, as the Atlantic coastline hugs cloud-capped mountains at the seaside town of Muizenberg where you stop briefly to explore and ‘shark spot’ from shore. Keep your eyes on the ocean as you drive back along this beach route to reach Cape Town by early evening.

    Overnight: Andros Hotel, Claremont, Cape Town


    Travel route ± 200 km
    Prepare to sink into the chilled way of life as you set off towards the seaside town of Hermanus. A whale-watchers paradise during whale season, this little town is the perfect spot for some serious relaxation and pampering. Make a quick stop at the inspiring African Penguin colony at Stony Point to see this colony of creatures charm from the first with their comical waddle. Round off your day with a spot of wine tasting before arriving at your luxurious lodge for the night. Bouchard Findlayson, one of South Africa’s most awarded boutique wine estates waits to welcome you in the breathtaking Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Expect world-class Pinot Noir, exceptional Chardonnay and an abundance of indigenous wildflowers. Enter into pristine luxury tonight at the Mosaic Private Sanctuary on the Hermanus Lagoon.

    Overnight: Mosaic Lagoon Lodge, Hermanus

    Day 5 : HERMANUS

    Travel route ± 30 km
    Today offers you the luxury of time… time to explore; time to indulge and time to immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of your surrounds. After a hearty or healthy breakfast, you’re free to design your day, your way. Mosaic prides itself on the array of recreational activities offered on, in and under the Overberg… and allows you to set the pace for your day out in nature. Slip into a leisurely cruise aboard the Spirit of Agnes for a touch of bird watching, jump aboard an open-air jeep and enjoy a picnic on a secluded stretch of beach with only seals for company or head out for a sunset kayak on a bird-filled lagoon. Pamper yourself with optional (own expense) self-indulgent, African-inspired spa sessions surrounded by nature. Or, just be.

    Overnight: Mosaic Lagoon Lodge, Hermanus


    Travel route ± 300 km
    Hold onto your hat, you’re off to Knysna! But first, you’ll get to meet the Garden Route, offering some of the most mind-blowingly beautiful scenery on the planet. In this lush corner of the world, landscapes swap and change with great regularity so keep your camera at the ready as you wind your way through mountain passes and fertile cropping land towards the Atlantic Ocean.
    After a morning drive with fascinating stops along the way, Wilderness National Park allows you to stretch your legs with a leisurely canoe paddle through a luscious green gorge. Native kingfishers, African fish eagles and brightly coloured Knysna loeries tease bird-watchers with their calls and the fresh air provides the best pick-me-up after a morning on the road. Next up, your final destination for the day. Knysna is a tiny hamlet with a bustling waterfront that’s a firm favourite with holidaying South Africans. This little town has a big reputation with seafood lovers. Your boutique Knysna hotel waits to greet you with a warm welcome and an extra dose of R&R.

    Overnight: The Turbine Hotel, Knysna

    Day 7 : KNYSNA

    Travel route ± 30 km
    Nature lovers are in for an overdose this morning as you head out into the surreal Tsitsikamma National Park, which marries lush mountain forestry with dramatic ocean views. A short, albeit steep walk to the suspension bridge is worth it, if just for the views alone, and you’ll get a thrill as you test the bridge’s swing factor. Marine life can often be seen in the water and rock hyraxes regularly sun themselves on the rocky coastline. As sea breezes lull you, unwind in this natural sanctuary and breathe deep as the fresh air fills your lungs.
    Each July the city of Knysna hosts a thriving oyster festival, a firm favourite of locals and travellers alike… so shucking a shell or two is a must-do. The town also sits on the shores of an oversized lagoon and, in a town known for its water activities, it would be remiss not to head out on the water to admire the view with a leisurely cruise. Enjoy fine oysters while sipping in the view of the towering Knysna Heads aboard your luxury cruise, living the high life.

    Overnight: The Turbine Hotel, Knysna


    Travel route ± 150 km
    The Garden Route by its very name evokes visions of lush, green sub-tropical landscapes, but today you’ll witness first-hand another of South Africa’s crazy contrasts as you head towards the semi-arid Klein Karoo region of Oudtshoorn, the self-proclaimed ostrich capital of the world. A visit to an ostrich farm allows a stylised glimpse into the world of ostrich farming and the chance to come beak-to-nose with the stars of the show.
    This afternoon you’ll reach new depths. Some 100 metres underground, you’ll find the incredible 20-million-year-old limestone formations of the Cango Caves. Your Heritage Tour of the caves is a gentle wander with a guide (there are plenty of steps, so be warned) who fills you in on the history and ecology of the area and tests out the acoustics with a well-timed song.
    As night falls in Oudtshoorn, be sure to sit back and watch the stars in the clear night sky – it’s African big sky country after all.

    Overnight: Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshoorn


    Travel route ± 250 km
    As dawn breaks in Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s sunniest town, you can choose to join an optional stroll with rescued elephants along the dam wall at the Buffelsdrift Private Game Reserve (own expense). This experience will have you following in their massive footsteps, making memories you’ll never forget. Top this off with a dash of port tasting along Route 62, the world’s longest wine route!
    Make sure your cameras are charged, as things are about to get wild. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is nestled at the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, boasting 58, 000 hectares of sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide-open Karoo plains and indigenous flora and fauna. This Big 5 reserve is home to the only free-roaming white lions in South Africa as well as a wealth of other fascinating wildlife and many endangered animals. You’ll head out on an afternoon guided 4×4 game drive, with a knowledgeable guide tracking wildlife and sharing facts about the fauna and flora. Settle in for the night in the heart of the reserve at the acclaimed Gondwana Lodge, offering a sense of modern comfort with a touch of bush authenticity.

    Overnight: Sanbona Gondwana Lodge

    Day 10&11 : SANBONA – CAPE TOWN

    Travel route ± 300 km
    The next two days are all about that safari experience. You’ll spend an entire day and a half immersed in the spectacular sights, smells and tastes that the reserve has to offer. You will travel through 3 different biomes, and many habitats during your safaris, including the quartz fields of the succulent Karoo. Set off on an early morning safari in your open-topped 4×4 vehicle to spot the creatures of the bush as they awake to start their day. Round this off with a guided bush walking safari where you’ll get the chance to see animals up close and meet the smaller members of the animal kingdom too. And to end off your day? Another safari, of course. Watch the sun set on the dusty Klein Karoo in the best way possible.
    Then finally, your last day is upon you and what a way to end such an inspiring journey. Wake up with the African bush one last time as you start your morning bright and early with one final sunrise safari. By now you will have become familiar with the distinct smell of the thick fynbos vegetation and you’ll feel a connection with the crisp air and the dusty roads. After your morning adventures, you’ll set off towards Cape Town to end off your luxury trip, with cameras and hearts full. It’s goodbye until next time, the African bush awaits your return!


    hotspots2c-transport-icon TRANSPORT

    Pickup & Drop-off service
    Transfers to tour highlights
    Insured & licensed mini-van


    English speaking, local qualified guide

    hotspots2c-accommodation-icon ACCOMMODATION

    Luxury accommodation for 10 nights


    All mentioned included activities


    This private tour will run exclusively for your group. The itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to spend more time at the tour highlights or other activities that interest you the most.

    Certain meals included
    Other meals + drinks excluded –You’ll get the opportunity to experience a choice of local restaurants en route.

    – A minimum of two people per booking required. This tour will run exclusively for you.
    – Two people sharing per room. Single supplement rates apply.
    – Accommodation listed is subject to availability and the itinerary may run in reverse to match available options. Alternative accommodation options at similar standard will be offered if preferred options listed are fully booked.