We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Hoedspruit via Johannesburg.
Shiduli Game Lodge
A spellbinding experience awaits us this morning. Head out to explore the Karongwe Nature Reserve, part of the famous Greater Kruger National Park, often thought of as the world’s largest wildlife zoo. Wake up early in the morning and jump into a safari jeep with a specialised wildlife ranger-guide for our very first safari experience. Enjoy a thrilling game drive and, like completing a wildlife bingo, try to spot all of Africa’s highly sought-after Big Five: elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo.
Shiduli Game Lodge
Rise and shine for another African morning in the wilderness and get ready for our second safari adventure. Today we can choose from an exciting array of activities, encompassed by a comfortable accommodation, friendly staff, great food, and a professional health and beauty spa set in the most amazing bushveld gardens in South Africa, where birdwatching and fishing are two favourite pastimes. There are exciting activities suited to absolutely everyone’s needs, including but not limited to open-vehicle safaris, bush braai evenings in Kruger Park, guided walks in the bush, mountain bike trails, trips to animal rehabilitation centres and much more.
Shiduli Game Lodge to Cape Town
We start the day with our last game ride before leaving for Hoedspruit Airport, where we will catch our onward flight to Cape Town. After landing, we will take a transfer to South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, Cape Town. Our accommodation is located right in the city center, surrounded by shops and restaurants. Spend the rest of this first day in Cape Town at leisure, either hitting the streets to start familiarising yourself with the new surroundings or putting your feet up in the hotel and making the most of the available services.
Cape Town: Foodie Tour
After breakfast in the hotel, it’s time to put on our walking shoes and enjoy a full-day foodie tour of Cape Town on foot. Our guide will meet us in the hotel reception and start strolling down the streets of the city. So much about a country and a culture is expressed through its cuisine! In South Africa much of the cuisine is typically homemade, and to get a taste you really need to search hard. This tour aims to combine the history of this city with exploring its back streets to find the tastes that represent all the rainbow nation. As we walk the streets of Cape Town, experiencing its history and people, we’ll stop to taste a mixture of traditional South African street food and to visit some artisanal foodie and coffee shops. During the walk we will get to taste pap, samp & beans, a meat stew and vetkoek; Falooda, a traditional Muslim Rose Milkshake; a gourmet bunny chow to get a little taste of Indian Cuisine; coffee from one of the micro artisan coffee roasters in the city; and bobotie pies, a modern take on the traditional bobotie, which both the Cape Malays and white Afrikaners claim as their traditional dish.
Cape Peninsula : Discovery Tour
Wake up to breakfast at the hotel, we meet our guide in reception and get ready for our next African experience. Today is time to explore the beautiful Cape Peninsula. The tour leads us through an ever changing landscape of majestic mountains, vast oceans, rugged cliffs and indigenous ‘fynbos’ vegetation. The route follows the Atlantic Seaboard to the fishing harbour of Hout Bay where you can stop to take a boat trip to Duiker Island, home to a colony of Cape Fur Seals. The route then follows the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive which leads through the rural villages of Noordhoek, Oceanview, Kommetjie and Scarborough to the entrance of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Here, the landscape is rugged and it is no wonder that the Portuguese sea farers called the cape “Cabo Tormentoso”, meaning the Cape of Storms. Visit the Cape of Good Hope, the most south-western tip of the African Continent. The Old Lighthouse at Cape Point offers a spectacular viewing platform over False Bay. It takes approx. 30 minutes to walk from the visitor’s car park to the Lighthouse summit or a few minutes on the funicular railway.
Cape Town: Helicopter Flight & Robben Island Tour
After breakfast, we meet our guide to start our day at the famous V&A Waterfront, where we will take a 12-minute Helicopter Flip over the Mother City! After this exciting experience, we will have the opportunity to spend some time discovering Cape Town’s Waterfront. In the afternoon you will take a trip to the famous Robben Island. Robben Island, about 12 kms away from Cape Town and was a notorious prison during apartheid times. For over 30 years, political prisoners were kept here in isolation. One of the prisoners was Nelson Mandela. Today, Robben Island is a museum and World Heritage site. Visits include the maximum security prison and the quarry.
Wine Tour & Stellenbosch
Today’s journey will take us to the most beautiful and interesting parts of the Western Cape’s wine lands. After breakfast, we meet our guide in reception to start our full-day tour, beginning with a journey to Paarl, a small town where one of South Africa’s main languages, Afrikaans, was born. Here we’ll visit the Taal Monument. The third oldest settlement in South Africa, Paarl is steeped in history, culture, natural splendour and a centuries-old tradition of winemaking. In 1657, Abraham Gabemma set out from the Cape in search of resources. On his journey, he came across a giant granite rock gleaming in the distance. He called it Pearl Mountain, and the town that grew at its base eventually became known as Paarl. The Lovely Fairview Wine estate will host us for a wine & cheese tasting. Founded in 1693, it still is a working farm, housing a collection of micro-businesses all striving towards a common goal: to create artisanal and sustainable produce, with a focus on fine wine and cheese.
Stellenbosch: Foodie Tour
We charge our batteries with breakfast at the hotel before we explore Stellenbosch and its foodie scene. The tour includes a foodie walking tour in the historic heart of town where you’ll taste traditional specialties and artisan food products, unique handcrafted beers and top quality cured beef (biltong). The tour also includes a lunch stop with locally sourced goodies. It’s all about sharing ‘Culture on a Spoon’. In the evening you will attend a farewell dinner.