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 famous 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 famous 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 take part in 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 where you can take the optional funicular up to the Cape Point Lighthouse. Stop for lunch at the local seafood restaurant, then 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 where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison and hear accounts from ex prisoners. Afterwards, you’ll have to option to return to the V&A Waterfront or your hotel; the rest of your day is free – the perfect opportunity to make the most of Cape Town’s world-class dining, explore the waterfront’s sights or do some souvenir shopping. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 5: Cape Town to Stellenbosch Travel to the Cape Winelands to explore various wine estates and have a cellar tour where you can indulge in two wine tastings and snacks. Then, travel on to Stellenbosch. This evening, head out for dinner with your group at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including Winelands tour and stops. Stay: De Zalze Lodge (or similar). B, D.

Day 6: Stellenbosch (Cape Winelands) Today, a special highlight awaits – a journey aboard the Franschhoek Wine Tram. On this hop-on hop-off tour, you’ll make your way through Franschhoek Valley’s vineyard-covered landscapes, with time to savour the views and stops for wine tasting. Today’s lunch is at The Country Kitchen in Sir Richard Branson’s lavish wine estate, Mont Rochelle. Dinner is at your leisure, so you can try Stellenbosch’s acclaimed seasonal dining and try more wine at your own leisure. Stay: De Zalze Lodge (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 known for its wineries. In Oudtshoorn, you’ll learn about the town’s history on a guided tour of the C. P. Nel Museum before going to a local farm to see the town’s most famous residents, 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 limestone stalactites and stalagmites. 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 explore the waterfront and take things at your own pace. Knysna is famous for its oysters (the Knysna Oyster Festival runs annually in April) – perfect if you’re a fan of seafood. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Knysna Hollow (or similar). B.

Day 9: Knysna It’s a relaxed morning as you set off on the Featherbed Eco Experience after breakfast. This four-hour experience includes a tour of the privately-owned nature reserve, a ferry trip and nature trail walk, and ends with a delicious buffet lunch at the reserve’s Forest Restaurant. Return to the mainland and have the freedom to explore Knysna on your own. Stay: Knysna Hollow (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Knysna to Port Elizabeth You’ll have plenty of time to see some of South Africa’s natural beautiful today as you travel via Plettenberg Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park, which in Khoisan means ‘place of much water’. The park has 49 miles of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain fynbos, and high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. Continue on to Port Elizabeth to check in to your hotel and have a farewell dinner. 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 return overnight flight back to the UK, or extend your holiday with a South African safari in the Eastern Cape, or a post-tour beach break on Mauritius’ stunning shores. 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 take part in 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: Protea Hotel Victoria Junction (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 where you can take the optional funicular up to the Cape Point Lighthouse. Stop for lunch at the local seafood restaurant, then as the day draws to a close, we’ve saved the most endearing sight for last – a trip to Boulders Beach penguin colony. Stay: Protea Hotel Victoria Junction (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Cape Town This morning begins with a tour of Robben Island, a moving experience as you see where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison and hear accounts from ex prisoners. Afterwards, you’ll have to option to return to the V&A Waterfront or your hotel; the rest of your day is free – the perfect opportunity to make the most of Cape Town’s world-class dining, explore the waterfront’s sights or do some souvenir shopping. Stay: Protea Hotel Victoria Junction (or similar). B.

Day 5: Cape Town to Stellenbosch Travel to the Cape Winelands to explore various wine estates and have a cellar tour where you can indulge in two wine tastings and snacks. Then, travel on to Stellenbosch. This evening, head out for dinner with your group at a local restaurant. Approx. journey time: 6 hours including Winelands tour and stops. Stay: De Zalze Lodge (or similar). B, D.

Day 6: Stellenbosch (Cape Winelands) Today, a special highlight awaits – a journey aboard the Franschhoek Wine Tram. On this hop-on hop-off tour, you’ll make your way through Franschhoek Valley’s vineyard-covered landscapes, with time to savour the views and stops for wine tasting. Today’s lunch is at The Country Kitchen in Sir Richard Branson’s lavish wine estate, Mont Rochelle. Dinner is at your leisure, so you can try Stellenbosch’s acclaimed seasonal dining and try more wine at your own leisure. Stay: De Zalze Lodge (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 known for its wineries. In Oudtshoorn, you’ll learn about the town’s history on a guided tour of the C. P. Nel Museum before going to a local farm to see the town’s most famous residents, 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 limestone stalactites and stalagmites. 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 explore the waterfront and take things at your own pace. Knysna is famous for its oysters (the Knysna Oyster Festival runs annually in April) – perfect if you’re a fan of seafood. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Knysna Hollow (or similar). B.

Day 9: Knysna It’s a relaxed morning as you set off on the Featherbed Eco Experience after breakfast. This four-hour experience includes a tour of the privately-owned nature reserve, a ferry trip and nature trail walk, and ends with a delicious buffet lunch at the reserve’s Forest Restaurant. Return to the mainland and have the freedom to explore Knysna on your own. Stay: Knysna Hollow (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Knysna to Port Elizabeth You’ll have plenty of time to see some of South Africa’s natural beautiful today as you travel via Plettenberg Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park, which in Khoisan means ‘place of much water’. The park has 49 miles of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain fynbos, and high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. Continue on to Port Elizabeth to check in to your hotel and have a farewell dinner. 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 return overnight flight back to the UK, or extend your holiday with a South African safari in the Eastern Cape, or a post-tour beach break on Mauritius’ stunning shores. 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

• For guests over 16 (including on a private journey)
• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 14 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

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
• Robben Island and Table Mountain excursion schedules are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

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.

Solo travellers

Sole-use room from £3305

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 (including on a private journey)
• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 14 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

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
• Robben Island and Table Mountain excursion schedules are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

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.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2020 Sep 24; Oct 08, 29; Nov 19

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Handpicked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• 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 £4677 per person.

Tour dates

2021 Jan 13; Feb 03; Mar 10; Apr 14; Sep 08; Oct 06; Nov 10
2022 Jan 12; Feb16; Mar 09; Apr 13; Sep 07; Oct 05; Nov 09

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Handpicked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• 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 £4677 per person.

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EXPLORE THE GARDEN ROUTE
  • Departs 12 May 2021

  • 11 nights

  • London Heathrow

  • Guaranteed departure

  • Maximum 14 guests

Insightful local tour leader, porterage & guide tips included. Also available as a private tour.

Fly with British Airways from London Heathrow

from £2599

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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 chances to taste the local wine and cuisine. We know that everyone is different, so we’ve also added options for those who want to extend their journey and experience the famed natural beauty or wildlife of Africa.

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