This itinerary features 5* properties that offer the height of traditional refinement and luxury. Combining old world charm and gracious living, with some added luxuries such as a private plunge pool on your safari deck, this is a holiday that will leave you wishing you didn't have to go home!
The Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town has one of the most iconic settings of any hotel in Africa - right on the harbour near the bustling V&A Waterfront and with Table Mountain looming in the background. The rooms are large, comfortable and well-appointed, and the excellent understated service underlines its status as perhaps the most elegant of the Waterfront hotels.
When you leave Cape Town you will only have a short drive to Lanzarac Manor on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, and this charming 5* property is located on a private working wine estate surrounded by the dramatic Helderberg mountains.
Moving onto the Garden Route, Hunters Country House is an exclusive family owned retreat and part of the Relais & Chateaux group of exclusive properties. Only 10 km from Plettenberg Bay, this gracious original homestead is surrounded by beautiful gardens and framed by the majestic Tsitsikamma mountains.
Finally you will end your holiday with a safari at the 5* Shamwari, the longest established of the private reserves near Port Elizabeth, whose award-winning 5* lodges offer some of the best game viewing, accommodation and food in the region. Bayethe Lodge is a tented safari lodge that allows you to immerse yourself in complete luxury and tranquility, surrounded by rich vegetation that provides privacy and a feeling of seclusion with spectacular views of the African bush.
Upon arrival into Cape Town Airport, collect your luggage then make your way into the Arrivals Hall. Here, you will be met by your driver who will be holding a signboard with your name on it.
You will then be transferred to the Cape Grace, a stylish 5* hotel in the V&A Waterfront in an idyllic position with Table Mountain as the backdrop, a working harbour to one side and a multi-millionaire yacht basin on the other.
Your hire car will be delivered at 09:00 this morning.
11 Day Car Rental: Group G: Audi A4 or similar (on Super Cover)
Drive to Lanzerac Manor, situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch (allow about 45 minutes). Steeped in a history dating back to 1692 and nestled in the foothills of the idyllic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch, the 320 year old Lanzerac Wine Estate is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage. A mere 5 minutes from the historic town of Stellenbosch, the Estate boasts dramatic mountain ranges, endless rows of lush vineyards and hectares of landscaped gardens shaded by giant oak trees.
Drive to the Garden Route (approx 495 km / 4 h 45 mins). Hunters Country House combines gracious elegance with sheer comfort and impeccable service with warm hospitality. The luxurious suites are all individually designed and have private patios and gardens.
Drive to the 25,000 hectare award-winning Shamwari Game Reserve (approx 300 km / 3 h 20 mins). 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 wild dog, cheetah, hyena, hippo, zebra and antelope.
After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy breakfast at the lodge before you need to depart for the drive to Port Elizabeth Airport (approx 120 km / 90 mins). Return your hire car, and check in for your flight home via Cape Town or Johannesburg - passengers are advised to check in for domestic flights at least 90 minutes prior to the flight departure.