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South Africa in Style

So South Africa has been on your bucket list for years and you've finally got around to planning the perfect trip? Try this one! Combining the most luxurious hotels the country has to offer with the very best cultural and scenic experiences, this twelve day itinerary makes for a real trip of a lifetime.

Itinerary at a Glance
  • Look out across Cape Town from your room in the spectacular Silo hotel.
  • Sip a crisp Sauvignon at Leeu Estates in the heart of beautiful Franschhoek valley.
  • Spot a herd of elephants frollicking in a waterhole on a game drive from Singita Boulders in Sabi Sands.
Stylish South Africa
Who: Couples andHoneymoons
12 Days
£8,628 - £12,180pp

When To Travel

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Day 1: International Flight

Depart from the UK on an overnight flight to Cape Town. The flight takes roughly 12 hours so charge the iPad!

Day 2: Arrive and Table Mountain

Welcome to South Africa. After the long journey from the UK, meet your transfer driver at arrivals. The drive into town from the airport is less than half an hour so you'll be at your hotel and checked in before you know it.

For your stay we've chosen The Silo, Cape Town's already iconic Waterfront hotel. This contemporary hotel is built in the old elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex - once the tallest building in Southern Africa - and above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The signature feature of all the rooms at The Silo is their 'pillowed' glass windows, which curve outward and showcase both beautiful views and a stunning architectural feat allowing you to peer out in all directions. Inside, the hotel's décor is stylish and quirky, but with all of the opulence you'd expect from such a slick new hotel.

Since it’ll have been staring you in the face since arrival we recommend starting the trip in style, with a trip up to Table Mountain for sunset. If you’re lucky you’ll get the cable car up to the top just in time to watch the sky turn from brilliant blue to burning orange, and then twinkling with the city’s lights. Enjoy a champagne sundowner at the top and then head back down for dinner. Our detailed Cape Town Dossier lists the finest restaurant recommendations, and given enough notice we can pre-book you a table.
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Day 3: Cape Town

After a good night's sleep, spend today exploring the 'Mother City' and all her cultural highlights.

If you happen to be in town on a Saturday The Old Biscuit Mill Market is open from 9am -2pm and is an absolute must visit for a morning filled with vintage shopping, delicious food and live music. Otherwise, pick one of the many museums and galleries in town, the Slave Lodge museum is a really interesting introduction to South Africa's turbulent history.

Then it's time to hit the beach, after lunch in a superb beachfront restaurant, of course. We will recommend and reserve lunch again, if you would like. Of the various beaches, Glenn's Bay is lovely and rather less crowded than the likes of Camps Bay or Clifton Beach, although these two are busy for a reason - they're gorgeous.

For a memorable dinner that showcases exactly why Cape Town has become such a hub for culinary hot shots, Ginja is your go to. The menu offers a kaleidoscope of tempting (if quirky) tastes - from lime and chillied crayfish to foie gras ice cream. It really shouldn’t work, but it does.
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Day 4: Cape Point

Today we thought you might like to get of the city and see some of its surrounding natural beauty.

On a private guided tour to Cape Peninsula you'll be heading south along the coast, in fact you'll eventually find yourself at the south-western point in all of Africa, Cape Point. During the day's touring you'll stop at a series of charming little seaside towns, have the opportunity to go on a short boat ride to Seal Island and then spend the majority of the afternoon exploring Cape Point itself. With zebra and Chacma baboons among the possible wildlife sightings, and rocky cliffs and an array of beautiful plantlife surrounding you, it all feels a world away from Cape Town's city buzz. Enjoy the fresh sea air and magnificent scenery before heading back to town for dinner.

Day 5: Head to Franschhoek

It's time to say goodbye to Cape Town this morning, so after a last city breakfast (try Clarke's Dining Room for a hip alternative to your hotel) meet your transfer driver and hit the road headed for Franschhoek. The drive is about an hour and a half long so sit back and enjoy the stunning countryside views as you arrive into the Winelands.

For your stay we've chosen Leuu Estates, on the outskirts of Franschhoek. This beautiful hotel is made up of just seventeen rooms and sits on the grounds of a vast working winery, in the restored 19th Century Manor House. All rooms overlook the vineyards and are beautifully styled in natural colours and with luxurious furnishings, so dump your bags and flop onto the bed before heading out to explore the estate. Since the onsite Dining Room offers you fantastic wine from the vineyards - which you'll be able to see from your table - and elegant and excellent cuisine, there is really no need to venture anywhere else tonight.

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Day 6: Franschhoek

Full of little boutique shops and gourmet restaurants (48 to be exact) Franschhoek is one of the most fashionable foodie destinations in the world.

The striking French colonial architecture adds to the charm and is the cherry on the top, making this an incredibly sought after place to explore. Spend the day doing just that, either on foot or with hired bikes, which will let you get out into the lush landscapes a little further.

For a dinner to remember we recommend Café Bon Bon. This, one of the most under-rated restaurants in the Winelands, is situated on a working winery, in their 200 year old restored wine cellar or out on the shady terrace. With a seasonally changing menu the chef prides himself on sourcing the very best local produce in a classy but relaxed atmosphere.
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Day 7: Winelands Tour

Of course while you're here it would be a crime not to do some wine tasting.

With a plethora of wineries to choose from in Franschhoek, as well as the nearby Paarl and Stellenbosch, it can be hard to know where on earth to start. Thankfully we have a brilliant guide on hand to offer his top tips and extensive knowledge, while still letting you tailor the tour to your tastes and - perhaps most crucially - driving you between vineyards.

So whether you're a sparkling or sauvignon fan, prefer chocolate over cheese, or simply want to take it easy with a leisurely lunch at a single winery, your guide will ensure you go home today happy - and probably a little tipsy!

Day 8: Head to Sabi Sands

Having embraced the Winelands culture fully, it's now time to head to Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

Your driver will pick you up and take you to Cape Town Airport where you will catch a direct two and a half hour flight to Nelspruit airport. When you arrive a driver will be waiting to collect you and take you two and a half hours north to your lodge, Singita Boulders.

Taking its name from the huge rocks that the lodge is built around, Singita Boulders is an authentically styled African lodge with some serious added luxury. The lodge consists of twelve suites, all which come with their own private deck and plunge pool. While the bathrooms and amenities are the very best in luxury, the décor is rustic, incorporating natural stone and wood materials with sheep skin rugs and floor to ceiling wraparound glass windows that really make you feel at one with the African bush.

The fantastic restaurant and world-class wine cellar are also high up among the lodge’s many selling points. We’re sure you’ll feel as if the long day of travelling is a distant memory as soon as you sit to admire the view, with a bottle of wine at hand and dinner on its way.
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Day 9: Safari!

As utterly wonderful as the lodge might be, the main attraction at Singita Boulders is always going to be the wildlife.

With twice-daily game drives the expert rangers and trackers ensure that you have the very best chance of seeing the region's big game. From elephants to hyena and cheetah to rhino, Sabi Sands Game Reserve is teeming with wildlife and consequently makes one of the best places in South Africa to safari. Spend today fully embracing the game driving opportunities by getting up for the early morning drive and heading out again before dinner, while relaxing at the lodge in the heat of the day.

Day 10: Culture Fix

It's another early start today, so that you don't miss the morning game drive and the chance to spot more of your favourite animals from yesterday - plus, hopefully a couple of new ones!

This afternoon join Singita Boulders' community visit for a taste of African culture outside of the wilderness. The Justicia and Lillydale communities that border Sabi Sands are fantastic examples of the line that Africa's greatest asset is its people, so spend the afternoon playing with the children and interacting with the inspiring adults. You'll also learn of the work that Singita's own Community Development Trust does in improving education for the children through partnership with READ Educational Trust. After an hour or so with these happy, smiling locals you'll leave with a smile fixed firmly on your own face.

Back at the lodge you've got time to go on the evening game drive if you want to, or simply enjoy a leisurely evening at the lodge.

Additional Activities

  • Guided Walking Safaris
  • Guided Mountain BIking
Day 11: Sleep, Spa AND Safari

We thought you might like a morning without an early start today, so enjoy a lie in and a leisurely late breakfast.

Then spend the afternoon enjoying the lodge itself as you laze by your pool in the sun and pay a visit to the spa. The signature treatment here is the Ndzi Lorhe Africa or, 'I Dreamed of Africa', and it involves a full body exfoliation, soothing body wrap and full body massage - essentially the dreamiest of treatments which will leave you feeling totally rejuvenated.

Afterwards, head out for the final evening game drive, where your ranger will do their very best to make sure you see any animals you might have missed and ensure your last sundowner is in the perfect spot.

Dinner will be back at the lodge, but this time served totally privately, by candlelight on the soft sands of a dry riverbed. As you dine look up on the star studded African sky and remember all the memorable experiences you’ve had over the last ten days.
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Day 12: Home Time

You're probably going to have a hard time accepting it, but unfortunately the time has come to pack your bags and head back home.

A driver will collect you from Singita Boulders and take you to Nelspruit airport, where you will catch a short 50 minute flight to Johannesburg, before a couple of hours in transit and then onwards to the UK on an overnight flight that should take roughly 11 and a half hours.

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A Rough Idea of Price

While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.

This Itinerary

If you would like to book the exact itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.

From

£10,150pp

Bare Necessities

If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.

From

£8,628pp

Bells & Whistles

If you are looking for something extra special and would like to add business or first class flights, stay in top room categories at some of the most luxurious hotels we work with, and add more activities and guiding.

From

£12,180pp

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

Isabel, Eleanor, Ra and Charlotte H are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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