If you are looking for classic romance, this 11 night itinerary packs it all in - exclusive accommodation and personalised yet unobtrusive butler-style service in Cape Town, a stunning hotel situated on a vineyard in the heart of the Cape Winelands, a treetop lodge overlooking an indigenuous forest, and a luxurious, malaria-free safari in a tented camp that offers privacy and a feeling of seclusion with spectacular views of the African bush.
A stone's throw from the alluring V&A Waterfront, The Dock House Boutique Hotel offers the ideal balance between convenience and complete privacy. The hotel's charming exterior gives way to an opulent world beyond its front door. Chandeliers and ornate ceiling cornices, among other fine touches, create a sense of Victorian charm and allude to the property's historical roots, originally the Harbour Master's private residence in the 1800s.
Mont Rochelle is a stunning 26 bedroom hotel and vineyard just under an hour's drive from Cape Town in the town of Franschhoek. A favourite activity for many guests is having a picnic on the estate - the kitchen can arrange a well-stocked picnic basket with a chilled bottle of wine (or two!).
Tsala Treetop Lodge, in the heart of the Garden Route, offers afro-baroque décor with earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings. Whether from the exotically appointed dining room, the intimate glassed-in lounge, or the large open decks high above the forest floor, the views are all breathtakingly beautiful, encompassing lush forests extending across rolling valleys towards distant hills.
You end with 3 nights at the award-winning Shamwari Private Game Reserve, where your guide will deliver a safari experience that leaves you feeling revitalised, refreshed and relaxed. And, for a safari experience with a difference, you will stay in the luxury tented accommodation at Bayethe Tented Lodge. This tented paradise offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in utter tranquillity, surrounded by the rich vegetation of this unique location that provides privacy and a feeling of seclusion with spectacular views of the African bush.
Upon arrival into Cape Town Airport, make your way into the Arrivals Hall once you have collected your luggage, where your driver will meet you. You will then be transferred to The Dock House.
The glamorous suite and each of the 5 chic rooms at Dock House Boutique Hotel have been individually decorated and imbued with a unique and understated Victorian elegance, juxtaposed with lush contemporary style and comfort. The suite has access to a private garden, while the other ground floor room opens onto a veranda overlooking the groomed garden and swimming pool area. Three of the 4 upstairs rooms have balconies overlooking the Waterfront’s scenic harbour and surroundings.
Your hire car will be delivered at 09:00 this morning.
10 Day Car Rental: Group H: Mercedes C Class or Similar - Automatic Transmission (Super Cover)
Set off for the hours drive to Franschhoek. From personalised wine tasting to a picnic amongst the vineyards, wine enthusiasts will be in heaven at Mont Rochelle. If you're looking to get a bit more active why not take a dip in the outdoor heated swimming pool. You could also work up an appetite in the gym or just sit back, relax and indulge yourself at the in-house spa.
Drive to The Garden Route (approx 465 km / 4 h 30 mins). Tsala Treetop Lodge is set in stunning woodlands near Plettenberg Bay. The views are breathtaking, whether from the exotic dining room, intimate glassed-in lounge, or large open decks high above the forest floor. As well as stylish accommodation and excellent food, all of the attractions of the Garden Route are within easy reach.
Drive to Shamwari Game Reserve (approx 300 km / 3 h 20 mins). During your time at the award-winning Shamwari Private Game Reserve, you'll set off on 2 thrilling game drives per day, one at sunrise and one at sunset, with your game ranger and fellow guests in an open game viewing vehicle, in search of the Big 5 as well as cheetah, hyena, hippo, zebra and antelope.
After your morning game drive, you will be able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you need to depart for the drive to Port Elizabeth Airport, where you will return your hire car and check in for your flight to either Johannesburg or back to Cape Town. Passengers are advised to check in at least 90 minutes prior to domestic flights.