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Go wild with the perfect pairing of wine and wildlife on this three day Western Cape wine and safari spectacular combo tour package. Begin with a full day of wine tasting in the heart of the Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine valleys, indulging in fine vino just metres from where the farmers produce their crops, press their grapes and cellar their wine… Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just a lover of natural beauty, you’ll be swept up in the splendour of the Cape Winelands countryside with its tell-tale Cape Dutch thatching and rolling vineyards as we showcase four very different wining and dining experiences.
Then travel off the beaten track to spot wildlife and immerse yourself in the African bush. The Garden Route and Klein Karoo offers the perfect backdrop for a wildlife encounter, and the views along the way aren’t too shabby either. You’ll experience guided safaris in two prestigious private game reserves, a guided bush walk as well as a chance to walk alongside orphaned elephants. You’ll also visit the ostrich capital of the world and get a chance to try local delicacies, giving you a taste of authentic South African culture.
You will travel to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve for a guided 4x4 safari and a tranquil bush walk with an expert game-ranger at your side. Learn more about the diversity of the African bush and her wildlife as your knowledgeable ranger shares nature’s secrets and teaches you about the region's fauna and flora.
Your next wildlife encounter takes you to Buffelsdrift Game Lodge for another exciting guided safari. Set out on an open-topped 4x4 safari to search for white rhino, buffalo, elephant, kudu, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe - just to name a few. Then, you can choose an optional Elephant Bush Walk as you learn more about three charismatic orphaned elephants. End off your experience with a drive through the rugged Karoo plains of South Africa’s famed Route 62.
Get close to nature as you learn more about indigenous plant species, insects, birds and wildlife on a Buffelsdrift 4x4 bush safari.
Follow orphaned African elephants at Buffelsdrift on their trek to the waterhole.
Roadtrip along Route 62's semi-desert country plains with quirky pitstops along the way.
Unwind with edgy wine in hand amid Babylonstoren's Cape Dutch farm-to-plate philosophy gardens.
Tease your tastebuds along Franschhoek's charming streets in the gourmet capital of South Africa.
Spot some of Africa's Big Five on a 4x4 safari at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve.
Follow a field ranger as you look for wildlife on a guided bush walking safari.
Fairview's Master Tasting treats you to taste a selection of fine wines paired to perfection cheese, olive oil and fresh bread.
Delight in three fine wines paired with traditional local cured meats called biltong and droëwors.
Sample sensational wines paired with curated artisanal chocolates at Hidden Valley.
Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town.
Our wine experts custom-designed this tour to give you a real taste of the winelands region. Sample local produce, learn about flavour profiles and vintages and savour time sitting back and sampling some of South Africa’s finest in countryside views.
Your day starts on the south-western slopes of the Paarl Mountain Range where incredible views and an intimate master tasting experience await at the world renowned - Fairview Estate. You'll pair artisanal cheese, produced at the onsite cheesery, and olive oils with fine reds and whites, giving you an out-of-this-world pairing experience coupled with the in-depth knowledge of the wines you are tasting. Next up, the rustic fruit orchards and country gardens of Babylonstoren Estate are calling; where heady, herby smells are carried on the breeze and plump fruits hang ripe on trees. Groups of fatted ducks quack their way underfoot as guests tentatively explore the modest bakery and handicraft store. In stark contrast to the water-colour-picture setting, the tasting room is a thoroughly modern affair and the wines add to the whimsical feel. You'll have the choice to continue to wander the intriguing gardens or opt for a tasting of three of Babylonstoren’s wines.
When the wine is flowing, it’s easy to work up a big appetite, so it’s off down country laneways lined with leafy vineyards to the foothills of the Franschhoek Valley for a well-earned lunch stop. Whether it’s a wine farm restaurant or a sunny roadside cafe in Franschhoek's old town, we’ll go with the flow and your guide is happy to work with you to find the perfect fit.
Make sure you leave space to savour the next tasty delight at La Bri Wine Estate. Here, the business of wine is a serious affair but the staff are warm and inviting. The breath-taking vineyard views are enough to woo any wine lover, and the characteristic spicy flavours of local biltong pair perfectly with the Estate's award-winning wines.
As the afternoon approaches, you’ll meander through farmlands dotted with olives and grapes en-route to the Helderberg Mountains, which perfectly frame the verdant landscape. Tucked away yet perfectly positioned for some seriously impressive views, a secret gem awaits you at the tasting deck of the Hidden Valley Wine Estate, some 269m above sea level. For the final wow of your day, you'll pair carefully curated chocolates with crisp wines while drinking in the expansive views.
Wine quaffed and glasses raised in salute as the sun fades and the last tasty drop is drunk. Only then do you head to Stellenbosch to spend the night in this vibrant historic town.
Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.
Your journey today will begin as you make your way toward the lush green scenery of the Garden Route. You’ll soon understand why it is one of the most loved areas in the country, by locals and visitors alike. On your first stop of the day, spot some of Africa’s wild animals from the back of an open 4x4 vehicle in a malaria-free private game reserve. Among the dense coastal renosterveldt and Cape fynbos, search for giraffe, white rhino, kudu, lion, elephant, zebra and wildebeest, to name a few. The game drive is led by an experienced game ranger sharing his knowledge of the local wildlife; including antelope species, birdlife and insects.
Then hop off the safari vehicle for an up-close and personal encounter with nature on a tranquil bushwalk. Follow your game ranger as you track and search for wildlife on foot and learn about the medicinal value of the plants around you.
End off your day with a journey through the landscape of rugged plains and towering cliffs to reach Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, situated in the semi-desert Klein Karoo. You’ll spend the evening here at leisure. Either head to town to enjoy a restaurant meal or taste local delights, such as an ostrich kebab during an optional 'braai' (similar to bbq) at a backpacker lodge under the vast twinkling starry skies.
A morning wildlife safari in an open-aired 4x4 bush drive at Buffelsdrift, a private game reserve on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, starts your day off by getting close to nature. With the wind in your hair and a private ranger at the wheel, you’ll learn about the arid landscape and the critters that call it home. You could spot buffalo, giraffe, kudu, porcupine, caracals, meerkats, aardvark, honey badgers and foxes and the experience feels even more intimate in the open-air jeep. Rangers use their local knowledge to ensure you get the best out of the bush game drive; so don’t be surprised if they jump out of the jeep and pick up a tortoise or a lizard for the ultimate show and tell.
Those seeking a close encounter with Mother Nature can join rangers on an optional Elephant Bush Walk. Follow three rescued elephants, Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo, as they walk to the nearby waterhole. These gentle giants were orphaned when their parents were poached in the north of South Africa. In efforts to keep the family together, they were transferred to Buffelsdrift, bringing their boisterous personalities with them. You are free to take pictures galore and ask the rangers as many questions as you can muster.
End off the day with a drive along Route 62, the longest wine route in the world! Along this famous country road you'll capture the beauty of high mountains, twisting passes, rugged Karoo plains, vineyards and orchards. Stop at one of the many farm stalls along the way before arriving in Cape Town by late evening.
End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town accommodation.
Maximum 13 guests per vehicle or guide. This combo tour package consists of more than one tour. The itinerary can run in reverse or a different order and guides or transport will change during the trip.
Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.
Transfers to included tour highlights.
There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.
2 nights accommodation according to your Ways 2 Stay package.
2x Breakfast is included.
This combo tour package consists of more than one tour. The itinerary can run in reverse or a different order and guides or transport will change during the trip.
This optional activity can be added to your journey as per rates listed in the itinerary.
You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance.
You can purchase meals + drinks on tour.
Local and international flights are excluded.
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Children under 10 years are not allowed.
Children between 10 and 17 years must be accompanied by an adult and book a private room tour package.
Children under 18 years are not allowed to book the Cost Saver Backpacker dorm room tour package.
11 official Languages Spoken
Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa
How to say hello?
Molo – Xhosa
Sawubona - Zulu
Hallo - Afrikaans
Dumela - SeSotho
Electricity – Volt & plug
The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.
WiFi/Internet Access on tour
WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.
When to go
South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.
Shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.
Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather.
Best time to go
Jun-Jul = Safari
Jan-Feb = Beach
With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.
|1 Jan||New Year's Day|
|21 Mar||Human Rights Day|
|30 Mar||Good Friday|
|2 Apr||Family Day|
|27 Apr||Freedom Day|
|1 May||Workers' Day|
|16 Jun||Youth Day|
|9 Aug||National Women's Day|
|24 Sep||Heritage Day|
|16 Dec||Day of Reconciliation|
|17 Dec||Day of Reconciliation Holiday|
|25 Dec||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Day of Goodwill|
Visa & Travel docs
Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).
Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries
What to pack
We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:
Health & Safety
There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.
The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.
South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.
South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.
There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.
From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.
Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping.