South Africa’s Western Cape

Departures: South Africa

South Africa’s Western Cape

South Africa is a destination that calls the discerning traveler back again and again! This adventure begins in vibrant Cape Town, with its incredible food and arts scene. From Cape Town, head to one of the largest private game reserves in South Africa, where the process of habitat and species rehabilitation has been in progress for many years. Enjoy daily game drives set against the stunning Little Karoo landscape. Continue on to a private nature reserve overlooking beautiful Walker Bay. Immerse yourself in the charms of this unique nature reserve, devoted to the preservation of the smallest yet most biodiverse plant kingdom on earth – the fynbos. End your adventure in style with a stay at a working farm and winery in the Cape Winelands and enjoy tastings at several local vineyards.

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit communities in need. For this trip, our donation will go to a non-profit organization that is having a positive impact in South Africa: ROOM TO READ—a nonprofit that transforms the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Pricing

$4990 per person, double occ.*

For more information and to get started, contact us at How to Book.

Itinerary

September 2019 – May 2020

11 Days, 10 Nights

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Day 1

Arrive Cape Town

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel by private car for check in at your hotel in the Seapoint neighborhood. Rest of the day at leisure.

Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is situated at the foot of Table Mountain and is surrounded by stunning vistas. The city is filled with trendy modern buildings, historic neighborhoods, unique gardens and art galleries to explore. Malay and African heritage is evident in the cuisine, traditions and entertainment, while the architecture often has a residue of Dutch, English and German style.

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Day 2

Cape Town City Tour

Spend the day with your guide delving into this magnificent city. Ride up to Table Mountain for its stunning views. Back down in the city, meet some of the absorbing communities which form the town’s vital building blocks. Focusing on food, design, arts and crafts, visit a selection of historical sites.

Continue to Bo-Kaap, with its brightly colored 17th-century houses. Uncover the immense talent born of this city, exhibited in galleries, street art installations and within the urban regeneration of historical suburbs. End the day mingling with locals at a city haunt, rooftop bar or beach cove, sundowners in hand.

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Day 3

Cape Town

Spend the day exploring Cape Town on your own. Visit one of the ‘Mother City’s’ local art galleries, or fine museums, like new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art on the V&A waterfront or the South African Museum, situated in the historic Company’s Gardens. Drop by one of the city’s farmer’s markets, filled with produce as well as local eats and goods (weekends).

Optional guided tours are also available (not included). Consider a full day visit to the lesser known Elgin Wine region, or to the Cape Peninsula, where you’ll find penguins, the Cape of Good Hope and more.

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Day 4

Cape Town – Little Karoo

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Cape Town and transferred to your lodge in the Little Karoo, where you will spend the next two nights.

Enjoy lunch at the lodge and then take off for your afternoon game drive through the magnificent landscape of the Little Karoo. The reserve is home to the ‘Big 5’, although you will see much more than these large animals – favorites include the gemsbok (oryx) and the small, elusive klipspringer or mountain goat, seen atop hills from afar.

After your sundowner, head back to the lodge for a delicious gourmet dinner and a delightful glass of South African wine.

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Day 5

Little Karoo Safari

After an early breakfast, head out for your morning safari with your ranger. Spend the morning tracking elephants or with luck, spotting the brother and sister white lions. There are always surprise sightings on the way as the reserve is home to many bovidea species like the eland, springbok, red hartebeest and kudu as well as birds, hippos and zebra.

Back to the lodge for lunch and a rest before you depart for your afternoon game drive. If you are interested in the incredibly diverse and unique flora of the Karoo or San cave paintings, be sure to let your ranger know.

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Day 6

Little Karoo – Walkers Bay

After breakfast and an early morning game drive, depart for the coast by private transfer. Arrive at your stunning lodge overlooking Walkers Bay and check into your cottage.

Time permitting, enjoy a late afternoon lodge activity, like a 4X4 drive through the reserve. Otherwise, relax and unwind in your beautiful cottage, walk the milkwood trail or take a dip in the main lodge pool.

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Day 7

Walkers Bay Exploration

There are many activities available for you to enjoy today. Work with your guide to select the experiences that suit your interests. Explore the reserve and it’s species, a walk along some of the most pristine beaches in the world, historical cave tours, or snacking on a picnic as the sun goes down.

Visit the reserve’s organic farm or talk with one of the conservationists, who are working to understand the ecosystem of the reserve. During whale season, book a marine safari and experience the ‘marine big 5’ (not included in the cost of your stay, advanced booking advised).

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Day 8

Walkers Bay – Franschhoek

After a delicious breakfast and one more morning activity, private transfer from Walkers Bay to Franschhoek and the Cape Winelands area. Arrive at the farm and winery in Franschhoek where you’ll spend the next three nights.

The picture-perfect town of Franschhoek was founded by the French Huguenots in the late 1600’s and still retains its French charm in its café lined streets and small boutique atmosphere. Surrounded by the dramatic Groot Drakenstein Mountains, it is home to internationally acclaimed wines from nearby estates such as La Motte, Moreson and Graham Beck. Franschhoek is also a renown culinary capital in South Africa, boasting numerous award winning restaurants featuring menus with a sophisticated local twist.

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Day 9

Franschhoek Art and Wine

Explore Franschhoek with visits to three wine farms and three galleries, enjoying afternoon snacks at an lookout point on Franschhoek pass. Small, exclusive and off-the-beaten track, these wine farms have been selected for their unique offerings and exceptional wines. Each one produces a variety of cultivars and, depending on your preferences you can focus on the classic whites, full-bodied reds, or enjoy the wonderful Method Cap Classiques.

The galleries visited boast incredible surrounds: landscaped gardens, manicured vineyards, historical farms and heritage buildings. Artworks on view include paintings, drawings, original prints, ceramics, photography and tribal beadwork.

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Day 10

Franschhoek Farm Day

Spend your day enjoying a variety of included activities, such as a guided tour of the farm, focusing on their regenerative farming practices and sustainable agriculture. Savor the wines produced here with a premier wine tasting experience. Learn more about the wine production with either a cellar or vineyards tour.

At additional cost, you can take a ride on horseback along the farm’s trails, or rent a mountain bike and explore the five mountain biking trails found on the property. There are trails for all levels of rider!

For a more relaxed experience, book a massage at the spa.

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Day 11

Franschhoek – Home

Say goodbye to beautiful South Africa! Private transfer to the airport for your flights home.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at How to Book. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.

• Rates shown are per person, double occupancy, based on four people traveling together. Airfare not included.