South Africa is a huge nation simply screaming to be explored, so it can be tempting to try and pack it all into one trip. However, a rushed itinerary can leave you needing another holiday at the end of your itinerary! This trip does exactly the opposite. Sticking to the Eastern and Western Cape for 12 superb nights, it will give you a real in-depth glimpse of life in the Cape.
You'll begin your adventure in Cape Town, with 3 nights in a stately historical hotel in the heart of the city. Next, you'll retreat into a rural wonderland, spending 2 nights amongst the endless vines and of the Cape Winelands. You'll stay on an award-winning wine estate in one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, with green valleys back by majestic mountains.
After this, you'll journey to the sensational Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, a peaceful natural sanctuary deep in the Cape. Here, you can explore 54,000 hectares of mountains and plains in traditional game drives at dusk and dawn, complete with ancient bushman art and stunning wildlife.
You'll end your trip around the Cape with 4 nights on the world-famous Garden Route, staying in a Sea View Suite at The Views Boutique Hotel in Wilderness. There's no better place to watch dolphins frolicking in the bay beneath you as you sip your morning coffee, or to savour the African sun as it paints the sky pink before bidding farewell to the day.
Holiday Title: Discover South Africa at a Relaxed Pace
Countries Visited: South Africa
Make your way into the Arrivals Hall at Cape Town Airport and find the Bidvest Car Rental office. Complete the necessary paperwork - you will need to present your driving licence, passport and credit card. The keys to your hire car will then be handed over to you.
13 Day Car Rental: Group E: Toyota Corolla Automatic or similar (on Super Cover)
Drive into Cape Town to the Capd Cadogan, a boutique hotel whose original structure dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. You will feel the charm and character as soon as you arrive!
Drive to Mont Rochelle, a stunning hotel and vineyard just under an hour's drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. Franschhoek is a traditional vineyard town famously known as the French Corner of the Cape and is considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa.
Allow about 3 hours to drive to the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, where one of the true joys of a stay here is the freedome to nothing at all in absolute luxury. For those who want to venture beyond the comfort of the lodge, however, a world of new experiences awaits you - game drives, nature walks, bird watching, star gazing, rock art, rock formations and features, and spa treatments.