This short tour is the perfect foundation for a first-timer to see the main highlights of South Africa – with the option to add on a beach break, a safari near Kruger National Park or the Eastern Cape or a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Victoria Falls. On your tour, you’ll get a taste of Cape Town and the Winelands with included experiences such as a tour of Robben Island and the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

• Cape Town: 3 nights
• Stellenbosch: 2 nights

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour

This short tour is the perfect foundation for a first-timer to see the main highlights of South Africa – with the option to add on a beach break, a safari near Kruger National Park or the Eastern Cape or a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Victoria Falls. On your tour, you’ll get a taste of Cape Town and the Winelands with included experiences such as a tour of Robben Island and the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

• Cape Town: 3 nights
• Stellenbosch: 2 nights

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour
 
 
ITINERARY

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

Day 2: Cape Town On arrival, transfer and check in to your hotel close to Cape Town’s buzzing V&A Waterfront. In the afternoon, you’ll meet your guide for a half-day tour, which includes a cable car ride to the iconic Table Mountain (weather dependent). It’s the most breathtaking introduction to this world-class city as you scale the mountain in a revolving cable car to the top. At the uniquely flat summit, you can take in amazing panoramic views of Cape Town and the surrounding ocean. Return to your hotel to freshen up before heading off on the short walk to a waterfront restaurant for tonight’s welcome dinner. Stay: Portswood Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 3: Cape Town (Cape Point) You’ll have a full day of sightseeing today as you head south of Cape Town to the Cape Peninsula, witnessing some of South Africa’s renowned ocean vistas along the way. Drive down the Atlantic Seaboard through the gorgeous towns and Cape Town suburbs of Hout Bay, Camps Bay and Llandudno towards Cape Point, the southernmost point of the Cape Peninsula. En route, you’ll have sensational views along the glorious Chapman’s Peak Drive – a five-and-a-half-mile winding coastal road with beautiful ocean views on one side and rugged mountainside on the other. As you return to Cape Town, the last stop of the day will be by far the most endearing – a trip to see the penguins of Boulders Beach. Stay: Portswood Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 4: Cape Town (Robben Island) After breakfast, depart from your hotel for a ferry to Robben Island, where you’ll go on a guided tour of the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. On this moving experience, you’ll hear accounts from ex-prisoners and see the cell where Nelson Mandela spent much of his life. On return to Cape Town, the rest of the day will be at leisure, giving you the opportunity to spend time as you wish at the V&A Waterfront or perhaps relax back at your hotel. This free time is a great opportunity to explore this excellent area of shopping and dining independently. Perhaps stroll down to the ferris wheel or relax in a café for a slice of South African melktart (milk tart) and people-watch as tourists and locals wander along the waterfront. Dinner is left open too, so you can choose from the fantastic dining options for yourself. The food in Cape Town is a definite highlight of any visit to South Africa, and tonight is the perfect opportunity to choose somewhere to suit your taste buds and style – whether it’s artfully crafted sushi, a steak with phenomenal city views or a seat at an intimate chef’s table (pre-booking is recommended for some restaurants – ask your Personal Travel Expert for more information). Approx. journey time: 45 minutes ferry ride. Stay: Portswood Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 5: Cape Town to Stellenbosch Head to Stellenbosch, one of the most famous areas of South Africa’s Winelands along with Franschhoek and Paarl. Once you arrive, you’ll embark on a leisurely walking tour with a local guide to give you a flavour of Stellenbosch. You’ll walk down the quaint streets of Cape Dutch architecture and learn about the university town before enjoying tastings of artisanal chocolate, South African biltong and local wine. In the late afternoon, check in to your hotel on the edge of town, where the quieter location on a wine estate means you’ll have beautiful vineyard and mountain views. The rest of your evening is at leisure, so you’ll have time to head back into town to visit some of Stellenbosch’s prized eateries and sample more fine wines. Approx. journey time: 45 minutes, 47 miles. Stay: De Zalze Lodge (or similar). B.

Day 6: Winelands Today you’ll depart for Franschhoek for one of the most popular ways to see the Cape Winelands – the Franschhoek Wine Tram. On a beautiful vintage tram, you’ll coast from vineyard to vineyard through the picturesque valley with wine tastings along the way. With award-winning wineries en route and a fixed schedule, it’s the best way to freely experience Franschhoek’s estates and produce without having to worry about getting from place to place. Next, enjoy lunch at a wine estate in Paarl before returning to your hotel where you’ll bid farewell to your guide. The rest of your evening is at leisure. Stay: De Zalze Lodge (or similar). B, L.

Day 7: Stellenbosch After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK or stay longer to experience the wondrous natural beauty of Victoria Falls, go on a classic African safari or head for the beach in the Indian Ocean with one of our popular extensions. B.


Stay longer

Eastern Cape 2 nights

A safari is an amazing experience to add on to any holiday in South Africa. In the malaria-free Eastern Cape, you’ll be able to explore the beautiful bushveld on game drives and hope to see the Big Five in the Kariega Private 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.

Kapama Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park 2 nights

Head off on game drives in search of the almighty lion as well as the rest of the Big Five in a reserve close to Kruger National Park at Kapama Game Reserve.

Day 1: Cape Town to Kapama Game Reserve
On arrival at Hoedspruit airport, transfer to your lodge in Kapama Game Reserve (approx. 10 minutes) near Kruger National Park. After lunch, set off on a game drive and search for some of the world's most impressive wildlife including lion and leopard. Return to your lodge for dinner. Stay: Kapama River Lodge (or similar). L, D.


Day 2: Kapama Game Reserve
Today is your full day on safari, where you'll get to enjoy two game drives – one in the early morning and another in the afternoon. Between game drives, you can make the most of your lodge's facilities which include a lounge and bar. Stay: Kapama River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Kapama Game Reserve
You'll get to round off your safari with another morning game drive before breakfast. Afterward, transfer to Hoedspruit airport for your onward flight to the UK via Johannesburg. B.

Victoria Falls, Zambia 2 nights

Known as the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ and named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, this spectacular waterfall is one of southern Africa’s most breathtaking sights. Spend a couple of nights on the Zambezi River in Livingstone before visiting the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls – where water falls all year round.

Day 1: Livingstone
On arrival at the airport, a 20-minute private transfer will take you to David Livingstone Safari Lodge, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Your first afternoon is spent getting acquainted with Zambia’s rich flora and fauna from the water. Enjoy drinks and snacks with a sundowner cruise on board the Lady Livingstone and take in the peaceful surrounds of the Zambezi River. As you cruise along, you can look out for resident wildlife including hippo, crocodile and perhaps even elephant and buffalo as they come to drink from land. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar).

Day 2: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
After breakfast at your hotel, embark on the highlight of this tour: a visit to Victoria Falls. Its original name, ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, translates to ‘the smoke that thunders’ – most likely named for the plumes of fine spray that can be seen from miles away. To see this spectacular waterfall, you’ll cross into Zimbabwe where the water falls all year round and which usually means a fuller display. Your afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy your beautiful surrounds or you can choose from two experiences (at extra cost, pre-booking required). On a tour of a traditional Mukuni Village, you’ll get a glimpse into life in a working village that’s home to around 7000 people with a guide to enlighten you as you’re welcomed into people’s homes. Or you can step back in time with a fine dining experience on the Royal Livingstone Express, a restored steam train that oozes nostalgia and romance. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar). B.

Day 3: Livingstone Following breakfast, depart via private transfer back to Livingstone airport for your onwards flight to Johannesburg where you can continue your journey home. B.

Mauritius 3 nights

If you’re looking for a way to wind down post-tour, a beach getaway in Mauritius is the ideal choice. Escape to sublime beaches and crystal-clear waters, and experience a brilliant mixture of cultures on an island break.

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

Day 2: Cape Town On arrival, transfer and check in to your hotel close to Cape Town’s buzzing V&A Waterfront. In the afternoon, you’ll meet your guide for a half-day tour, which includes a cable car ride to the iconic Table Mountain (weather dependent). It’s the most breathtaking introduction to this world-class city as you scale the mountain in a revolving cable car to the top. At the uniquely flat summit, you can take in amazing panoramic views of Cape Town and the surrounding ocean. Return to your hotel to freshen up before heading off on the short walk to a waterfront restaurant for tonight’s welcome dinner. Stay: Portswood Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 3: Cape Town (Cape Point) You’ll have a full day of sightseeing today as you head south of Cape Town to the Cape Peninsula, witnessing some of South Africa’s renowned ocean vistas along the way. Drive down the Atlantic Seaboard through the gorgeous towns and Cape Town suburbs of Hout Bay, Camps Bay and Llandudno towards Cape Point, the southernmost point of the Cape Peninsula. En route, you’ll have sensational views along the glorious Chapman’s Peak Drive – a five-and-a-half-mile winding coastal road with beautiful ocean views on one side and rugged mountainside on the other. As you return to Cape Town, the last stop of the day will be by far the most endearing – a trip to see the penguins of Boulders Beach. Stay: Portswood Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 4: Cape Town (Robben Island) After breakfast, it's a short walk to the V&A Waterfront to board a ferry to Robben Island, where you’ll go on a guided tour of the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. On this moving experience, you’ll hear accounts from ex-prisoners and see the cell where Nelson Mandela spent much of his life. On return to Cape Town, the rest of the day will be at leisure, giving you the opportunity to spend time as you wish at the V&A Waterfront or perhaps relax back at your hotel. This free time is a great opportunity to explore this excellent area of shopping and dining independently. Perhaps stroll down to the ferris wheel or relax in a café for a slice of South African melktart (milk tart) and people-watch as tourists and locals wander along the waterfront. Dinner is left open too, so you can choose from the fantastic dining options for yourself. The food in Cape Town is a definite highlight of any visit to South Africa, and tonight is the perfect opportunity to choose somewhere to suit your taste buds and style – whether it’s artfully crafted sushi, a steak with phenomenal city views or a seat at an intimate chef’s table (pre-booking is recommended for some restaurants – ask your Personal Travel Expert for more information). Approx. journey time: 45 minutes ferry ride. Stay: Portswood Hotel (or similar). B.

Day 5: Cape Town to Stellenbosch Head to Stellenbosch, one of the most famous areas of South Africa’s Winelands along with Franschhoek and Paarl. Once you arrive, you’ll embark on a leisurely walking tour with a local guide to give you a flavour of Stellenbosch. You’ll walk down the quaint streets of Cape Dutch architecture and learn about the university town before enjoying tastings of artisanal chocolate, South African biltong and local wine. In the late afternoon, check in to your hotel on the edge of town, where the quieter location on a wine estate means you’ll have beautiful vineyard and mountain views. The rest of your evening is at leisure, so you’ll have time to head back into town to visit some of Stellenbosch’s prized eateries and sample more fine wines. Approx. journey time: 45 minutes, 47 miles. Stay: De Zalze Lodge (or similar). B.

Day 6: Winelands Today you’ll depart for Franschhoek for one of the most popular ways to see the Cape Winelands – the Franschhoek Wine Tram. On a beautiful vintage tram, you’ll coast from vineyard to vineyard through the picturesque valley with wine tastings along the way. With award-winning wineries en route and a fixed schedule, it’s the best way to freely experience Franschhoek’s estates and produce without having to worry about getting from place to place. Next, enjoy lunch at a wine estate in Paarl before returning to your hotel where you’ll bid farewell to your guide. The rest of your evening is at leisure. Stay: De Zalze Lodge (or similar). B, L.

Day 7: Stellenbosch After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK or stay longer to experience the wondrous natural beauty of Victoria Falls, go on a classic African safari or head for the beach in the Indian Ocean with one of our popular extensions. B.


Stay longer

Eastern Cape 2 nights

A safari is an amazing experience to add on to any holiday in South Africa. In the malaria-free Eastern Cape, you’ll be able to explore the beautiful bushveld on game drives and hope to see the Big Five in the Kariega Private 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.

Kapama Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park 2 nights

Head off on game drives in search of the almighty lion as well as the rest of the Big Five in a reserve close to Kruger National Park at Kapama Game Reserve.

Day 1: Cape Town to Kapama Game Reserve
On arrival at Hoedspruit airport, transfer to your lodge in Kapama Game Reserve (approx. 10 minutes) near Kruger National Park. After lunch, set off on a game drive and search for some of the world's most impressive wildlife including lion and leopard. Return to your lodge for dinner. Stay: Kapama River Lodge (or similar). L, D.


Day 2: Kapama Game Reserve
Today is your full day on safari, where you'll get to enjoy two game drives – one in the early morning and another in the afternoon. Between game drives, you can make the most of your lodge's facilities which include a lounge and bar. Stay: Kapama River Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Kapama Game Reserve
You'll get to round off your safari with another morning game drive before breakfast. Afterward, transfer to Hoedspruit airport for your onward flight to the UK via Johannesburg. B.

Victoria Falls, Zambia 2 nights

Known as the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ and named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, this spectacular waterfall is one of southern Africa’s most breathtaking sights. Spend a couple of nights on the Zambezi River in Livingstone before visiting the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls – where water falls all year round.

Day 1: Livingstone
On arrival at the airport, a 20-minute private transfer will take you to David Livingstone Safari Lodge, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Your first afternoon is spent getting acquainted with Zambia’s rich flora and fauna from the water. Enjoy drinks and snacks with a sundowner cruise on board the Lady Livingstone and take in the peaceful surrounds of the Zambezi River. As you cruise along, you can look out for resident wildlife including hippo, crocodile and perhaps even elephant and buffalo as they come to drink from land. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar).

Day 2: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
After breakfast at your hotel, embark on the highlight of this tour: a visit to Victoria Falls. Its original name, ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, translates to ‘the smoke that thunders’ – most likely named for the plumes of fine spray that can be seen from miles away. To see this spectacular waterfall, you’ll cross into Zimbabwe where the water falls all year round and which usually means a fuller display. Your afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy your beautiful surrounds or you can choose from two experiences (at extra cost, pre-booking required). On a tour of a traditional Mukuni Village, you’ll get a glimpse into life in a working village that’s home to around 7000 people with a guide to enlighten you as you’re welcomed into people’s homes. Or you can step back in time with a fine dining experience on the Royal Livingstone Express, a restored steam train that oozes nostalgia and romance. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar). B.

Day 3: Livingstone Following breakfast, depart via private transfer back to Livingstone airport for your onwards flight to Johannesburg where you can continue your journey home. B.

Mauritius 3 nights

If you’re looking for a way to wind down post-tour, a beach getaway in Mauritius is the ideal choice. Escape to sublime beaches and crystal-clear waters, and experience a brilliant mixture of cultures on an island break.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

If you’d prefer an intimate group tour experience of Cape Town and the Winelands without having to drive, this is the ideal introductory tour for you.

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

• 2019 departures are guaranteed to operate
• Air-conditioned transport

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

Accommodation on tour

We’ve chosen hotels to give you a classic experience in each destination. In Cape Town, the Portswood Hotel has a fascinating history linked to Robben Island, and its location means you’ll be close to the famed V&A Waterfront and its shops and restaurants. In the Winelands, you’ll stay on the outskirts of Stellenbosch on a working wine estate with wonderful views of the vineyards and surrounding mountains.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £280

Is this for you?

If you’d prefer an intimate group tour experience of Cape Town and the Winelands without having to drive, this is the ideal introductory tour for you.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (including on a private journey, where the minimum age is 16)
• 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
• Robben Island and Table Mountain excursion schedules are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve chosen hotels to give you a classic experience in each destination. In Cape Town, the Portswood Hotel has a fascinating history linked to Robben Island, and its location means you’ll be close to the famed V&A Waterfront and its shops and restaurants. In the Winelands, you’ll stay on the outskirts of Stellenbosch on a working wine estate with wonderful views of the vineyards and surrounding mountains.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £280

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Jan 21; Feb 04; Mar 11; Apr 08; May 13; Jun 10; Sep 09, 30; Oct 07, 21; Nov 11; Dec 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 £715 per person, ref AS9227.

Tour dates

2020 Jan 20; Feb 03; Mar 09; Apr 06; May 11; Jun 08; Sep 07, 28; Oct 05, 19; Nov 09; Dec 07

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 £715 per person, ref AS9227.

Essential South Africa

Kuoni highlights

This short tour includes some of the must-see sights and experiences of South Africa’s Western Cape including Table Mountain, Robben Island and wine tastings on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. You’ll get to stay on a wine estate and close to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, and there’s the option to easily add on one of our extensions for a stunning beach break, a wild safari or a visit to Victoria Falls.

Kuoni highlights

This short tour includes some of the must-see sights and experiences of South Africa’s Western Cape including Table Mountain, Robben Island and wine tastings on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. You’ll get to stay on a wine estate and close to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, and there’s the option to easily add on one of our extensions for a stunning beach break, a wild safari or a visit to Victoria Falls.