Lush rolling vineyards, jagged peaks and winding coastal roads edged by verdant forests make up the landscapes of this beautiful country. With plenty of wine tasting on offer and stops in Cape Town and along the Garden Route, this tour presents the perfect experience of South Africa. You can even extend your journey to experience the Big Five in one of the region’s most renowned private game reserves.

• Cape Town: 3 nights
• Stellenbosch: 2 nights
• Oudtshoorn: 1 night
• Knysna: 2 nights
• Port Elizabeth: 1 night

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

Lush rolling vineyards, jagged peaks and winding coastal roads edged by verdant forests make up the landscapes of this beautiful country. With plenty of wine tasting on offer and stops in Cape Town and along the Garden Route, this tour presents the perfect experience of South Africa. You can even extend your journey to experience the Big Five in one of the region’s most renowned private game reserves.

• Cape Town: 3 nights
• Stellenbosch: 2 nights
• Oudtshoorn: 1 night
• Knysna: 2 nights
• Port Elizabeth: 1 night

11nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Cape Town Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Cape Town.

Day 2: Cape Town On arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. This evening provides the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at the iconic Gold Restaurant. With cuisine that transports you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu, this is a superb and authentic culinary experience that’s accompanied by a unique cultural experience. Listen to the hypnotic rhythm of the djembe drums and enjoy a hand-washing ceremony before your delicious 14-course Cape Malay and African meal is served, with each dish’s origin and heritage explained by the friendly staff. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 3: Cape Town Today promises to be action-filled with a full-day Cape Peninsula tour on the schedule. Weather permitting, your first stop is Table Mountain for a panoramic cable car to the top where you can walk to all the different viewpoints and get some great pictures of the city below. You’ll then head for Hout Bay, passing Camps Bay and Llandudno along the way. Continue travelling over Chapman’s Peak and perhaps opt to take the funicular up to the Cape Point Lighthouse (extra cost). From here, follow the coast to Cape Point Nature Reserve. As the day draws to a close, we’ve saved the most endearing sight for last – a trip to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Cape Town With the morning at leisure, you may wish to head out on an optional tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison (Pre-booking prior to departure is highly recommended due to the limited availability of tickets). In the early afternoon, you’ll enjoy one of our favourite highlights of this tour – the Cape Malay Cooking Experience. Pay a visit to a friendly local family where you will enjoy a fully-interactive, hands-on cooking demonstration. Delight in the delicious flavours of what you’ve created as you indulge in a filling traditional meal. You’ll then have a chance to walk-off your superb lunch with a guided tour of the Bo-Kaap area to uncover more of the interesting culture of the Cape Malay people and their food. As lunch is a filling affair, we’ve ensured that you have the evening at leisure so you can eat as much or as little as you wish. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Cape Town to Stellenbosch Travel to the Cape Winelands to explore various wine estates and enjoy a cellar tour where you can indulge in two wine tastings and a cheese tasting. You’ll then travel on to Stellenbosch. This evening, head out as a group to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 8 hours including Winelands tour and stops. Stay: Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Stellenbosch/Cape Winelands Today, a special highlight awaits – a journey aboard the famed Franschhoek Wine Tram. On this hop-on hop-off tour, you’ll experience the beautiful essence of the Franschhoek Valley. Journey past rolling landscapes covered in vineyards, stopping a total of seven times to enjoy a range of activities, from wine tasting to cellar tours. With so much indulgence, today allows for both lunch and dinner at your leisure so that you can select what suits you best, and allows for those who simply want to savour all that the region has to offer in their own way. Stay: Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 7: Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn Travel via the scenic Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. This area is a lush oasis rich with adventure, culture and geology and is one of the most visited towns in the country. Visit Karusa, a premium private winery where you will enjoy a delicious wine tasting and tapas-style lunch in the wine gardens, enjoying spectacular views of the towering Swartberg Mountains. This afternoon, visit the Cango Caves for a guided tour through the incredible fairyland of columns, crystal curtains and flowstone formations. As evening draws in, head to a local restaurant for dinner. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including stops. Stay: Hlangana Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Oudtshoorn to Knysna Visit the CP Nel Museum for a guided tour before travelling over the Outeniqua Pass, following the coastline to Knysna. Nestled on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the 'Garden Route' of South Africa, Knysna is surrounded by a paradise of indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. Here, you’ll have the option to embark on a boat cruise on the Knysna Lagoon (weather permitting). Others may like to take a stroll around the waterfront or do a spot of shopping. The afternoon is at leisure to explore at your own pace. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 9: Knysna Your day begins at a leisurely pace, with the option to join a Circles in the Forest nature walk after breakfast. This afternoon, you'll embark on a two-hour John Benn Lunch Cruise to see the Knysna Heads, which includes a delicious buffet lunch on board. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps heading to a local restaurant to sample some of Knysna's famous oysters. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Knysna to Port Elizabeth Travel to the town of Plettenberg Bay to visit Monkeyland, the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. Spanning an area of 30 acres, it allows the resident primates to forage freely as they would in the wild. You could also consider a visit to the Birds of Eden, great for any budding birdwatchers. From here you’ll travel on to Tsitsikamma National Park, which in Khoisan means ‘place of much water’. The park incorporates 49 miles of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain fynbos, and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. From here you’ll continue on to Port Elizabeth. Approx. journey time: 4-5 hours including stops. Stay: The Beach Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 11: Port Elizabeth After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK arriving the following day. For those eager to see more of this beautiful country, we recommend extending your stay to enjoy a safari experience to spot the Big Five. B.


Stay longer

Mauritius Beach 5 nights
Take some time out post-tour on gorgeous white sand beaches and discover a melting pot of cultures on the idyllic island of Mauritius.

Eastern Cape 2 nights
Explore the beautiful bushveld with game drives in the Kariega Game Reserve.

Day 1: Port Elizabeth to Kariega
Depart for Kariega Private Game Reserve by road. On arrival, check in to your safari lodge and have lunch before heading out on your first game drive. In this malaria-free area, you can hope to see the Big Five as you look for wildlife from open-sided vehicles. Return for dinner at the lodge. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours, 87 miles. Stay: Kariega River Lodge (or similar). L, D.

Day 2: Kariega
Make the most of your time on safari with two game drives today. It’s an early start for your morning game drive, after which you’ll return to your lodge for a filling late breakfast. Your afternoon is at leisure so you can choose to go canoeing, take a guided bush walk, head off on a river cruise to search for more wildlife including hippo, or relax in the comfort of your lodge. After lunch, depart for your afternoon game drive and enjoy a traditional African sundowner before returning for dinner. Stay: Kariega River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Kariega

On your last day you’ll have the option to go on a morning game drive or have time at leisure before breakfast. Depart for Port Elizabeth (approx. 1½ hours) for your return flight to the UK. B.

Day 1: UK to Cape Town Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Cape Town.

Day 2: Cape Town On arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. This evening provides the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at the iconic Gold Restaurant. With cuisine that transports you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu, this is a superb and authentic culinary experience that’s accompanied by a unique cultural experience. Listen to the hypnotic rhythm of the djembe drums and enjoy a hand-washing ceremony before your delicious 14-course Cape Malay and African meal is served, with each dish’s origin and heritage explained by the friendly staff. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 3: Cape Town Today promises to be action-filled with a full-day Cape Peninsula tour on the schedule. Weather permitting, your first stop is Table Mountain for a panoramic cable car to the top where you can walk to all the different viewpoints and get some great pictures of the city below. You’ll then head for Hout Bay, passing Camps Bay and Llandudno along the way. Continue travelling over Chapman’s Peak. From here, follow the coast to Cape Point Nature Reserve and perhaps opt to take the funicular up to the Cape Point Lighthouse. As the day draws to a close, we’ve saved the most endearing sight for last – a trip to Boulders Beach penguin colony. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Cape Town This morning begins with a tour of Robben Island, a moving experience as you see firsthand where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Afterwards, you’ll have to option to return to the V&A Waterfront or the hotel where the rest of the day will be free – the perfect opportunity for making the most of Cape Town’s world-class dining. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 5: Cape Town to Stellenbosch Travel to the Cape Winelands to explore various wine estates and enjoy a cellar tour where you can indulge in two wine tastings and a cheese tasting. You’ll then travel on to Stellenbosch. This evening, head out as a group to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 8 hours including Winelands tour and stops. Stay: Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 6: Stellenbosch (Cape Winelands) Today, a special highlight awaits – a journey aboard the famed Franschhoek Wine Tram. On this hop-on hop-off tour, you’ll experience the beautiful essence of the Franschhoek Valley. Journey past rolling landscapes covered in vineyards, stopping to enjoy wine tastings en route. Lunch is at The Country Kitchen in Sir Richard Branson’s lavish wine estate, Mont Rochelle. Dinner is at your leisure, so you can savour the tastes the region has to offer however you wish. Stay: Oude Werf Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 7: Stellenbosch to Oudtshoorn Head to the ‘Ostrich Capital of the World’ via Route 62, a beautifully rocky inland stretch of lush scenery. On arrival in Oudtshoorn, you’ll learn about the town’s history on a guided tour of the

C. P. Nel Museum before heading to a local farm to see the town’s most famous inhabitants, the ostrich. After lunch, transfer to your hotel for free time in the evening. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including stops. Stay: Hlangana Lodge (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: Oudtshoorn to Knysna Visit the Cango Caves for a guided tour through the incredible fairyland of columns, crystal curtains and flowstone formations. You’ll then follow the coastline to Knysna. Nestled on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route, Knysna is surrounded by a paradise of indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. With time free for the rest of the day, you can stroll around the waterfront or do a spot of shopping. Knysna is famous for its oysters (the Knysna Oyster Festival runs annually in April), so if you’re a fan of seafood, a plate of locally-caught oysters is a must. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 9: Knysna Your day begins at a leisurely pace, embarking on the Featherbed Eco Experience after breakfast. This four-hour excursion features a tour of the privately-owned nature reserve, including a ferry trip and nature trail walk, and ends with a delicious buffet lunch at the Forest Restaurant. Return to the mainland where you will have some free time. Stay: The Rex Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Knysna to Port Elizabeth Travel to the town of Plettenberg Bay to visit Monkeyland, the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. Spanning an area of 30 acres, it allows the resident primates to forage freely as they would in the wild. You could also consider a visit to the Birds of Eden, great for any budding birdwatchers. From here you’ll travel on to Tsitsikamma National Park, which in Khoisan means ‘place of much water’. The park incorporates 49 miles of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain fynbos, and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. From here you’ll continue on to Port Elizabeth. Approx. journey time: 4-5 hours including stops. Stay: The Beach Hotel (or similar). B, D.

Day 11: Port Elizabeth After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving the following day. For those eager to see more of this beautiful country, we recommend extending your stay to enjoy a safari experience to spot the Big Five. B.


Stay longer

Mauritius Beach 5 nights
Take some time out post-tour on gorgeous white sand beaches and discover a melting pot of cultures on the idyllic island of Mauritius.

Eastern Cape 2 nights
Explore the beautiful bushveld with game drives in the Kariega Game Reserve.

Day 1: Port Elizabeth to Kariega
Depart for Kariega Private Game Reserve by road. On arrival, check in to your safari lodge and have lunch before heading out on your first game drive. In this malaria-free area, you can hope to see the Big Five as you look for wildlife from open-sided vehicles. Return for dinner at the lodge. Approx. journey time: 1½ hours, 87 miles. Stay: Kariega River Lodge (or similar). L, D.

Day 2: Kariega
Make the most of your time on safari with two game drives today. It’s an early start for your morning game drive, after which you’ll return to your lodge for a filling late breakfast. Your afternoon is at leisure so you can choose to go canoeing, take a guided bush walk, head off on a river cruise to search for more wildlife including hippo, or relax in the comfort of your lodge. After lunch, depart for your afternoon game drive and enjoy a traditional African sundowner before returning for dinner. Stay: Kariega River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Kariega

On your last day you’ll have the option to go on a morning game drive or have time at leisure before breakfast. Depart for Port Elizabeth (approx. 1½ hours) for your return flight to the UK. B.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

This is the perfect introduction to South Africa. With everything from Cape Town to the Winelands and the Garden Route, you can enjoy all the diverse wonders on offer.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)

• Average group size of 8 guests

• A maximum of 14 guests.

What to expect

• Air-conditioned transport

• Frequent rest stops will be made
• We recommend extending your stay in the malaria-free Eastern Cape for a safari experience to complete your South Africa adventure.

Accommodation on tour

On this enchanting journey, the accommodation has been hand-selected based on its location and proximity to the sights. A touch of luxury has also been considered as you enjoy easy access to some of the region’s most famous areas from a variety of properties including the contemporary feel of the Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town and the boutique style of the Oude Werf Hotel in Stellenbosch.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £320.

Is this for you?

This is the perfect introduction to South Africa. With everything from Cape Town to the Winelands and the Garden Route, you can enjoy all the diverse wonders on offer.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 14 guests.

What to expect

• Air-conditioned transport

• Frequent rest stops will be made
• Due to transfer vehicle sizes, guests are permitted one piece of large luggage per person.

Accommodation on tour

On this enchanting journey, the accommodation has been hand-selected based on its location and proximity to South Africa's biggest sights. A touch of luxury has also been considered as you enjoy easy access to some of the region’s most famous areas from a variety of properties including the contemporary feel of the Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £320.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2018 Jan 25; Feb 08; Mar 22; Apr 05; May 10; Sep 13; Oct 11, 25; Nov 22; Dec 06

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £1441 per person, ref ZA001.

Excursions

Day 4: Robben Island from £50 per person.

Tour dates

2019 Jan 10, 24; Feb 07; Mar 21; Apr 11; May 09; Aug 01; Sep 12, 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 21; Dec 05
2020 Jan 09, 23; Feb 06; Mar 19; Apr 09; May 07; Jul 30; Sep 10, 24; Oct 08, 22; Nov 19; Dec 03

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £1833 per person, ref ZA001.

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Explore the vibrant city of Cape Town
before a journey along the garden route.
Small group tour departs 21 Feb 2019
 
Fly with British Airways from London Heathrow

Classical South Africa

Kuoni highlights

Every detail has been considered when putting together this comprehensive itinerary – from delicious dinners, to stunning journeys that make the most of the scenery and superb opportunities to taste the local wine and cuisine. We know that everyone is different, which is why we have also added a variety of options for those that wish to extend their journey and experience the famed wildlife of Africa.

Kuoni highlights

Every detail has been considered when putting together this comprehensive itinerary – from delicious dinners, to stunning journeys that make the most of the scenery and superb opportunities to taste the local wine and cuisine. We know that everyone is different, which is why we have also added a variety of options for those that wish to extend their journey and experience the famed natural beauty or wildlife of Africa.