Meet and greet at Cape Town airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Cape Town
Ellerman is a class act throughout. Not to mention a wonderful piece of history that feels very much like your own home but with top class service befitting a five-star hotel. Perched in one of the most spectacular and privileged settings in Cape Town overlooking Bantry Bay, Ellerman is the epitome of comfort and class with a relaxed, elegant style. Decoration is colonial, with a nod to the contemporary and recently refurbished to provide thoroughly modern comforts. Where Ellerman excels above others is the excellent house staff, who in these grand surrounds create such a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Taking a (complimentary) evening cocktail from the lounge and strolling out onto the peaceful gardens overlooking the sea for sunset is the perfect end to a day in Cape Town as one feels both special and relaxing. There are just eleven rooms, two suites and two private contemporary villas. Communal areas include a spacious lounge, large garden area (with outdoor pool) and a huge spa. There is an open kitchen you are invited to visit, a pantry that you can raid as well as the complimentary evening cocktails. A particular feature of Ellerman is its private art collection. This is simply outstanding, one of the best in South Africa with works from African masters inside the main building and then, underneath is a contemporary gallery. For anyone interested in art this will add an extra element to their stay. The hotel also has a small fleet of private vehicles which can take you within a 16 mile radius free of charge.
- Eleven rooms, two suites and two villas
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Public kitchen
- Large spa
- Private contemporary art gallery and cinema
- South Africa Masters adorning the walls of the communal areas
Situated in the heart of the V&A waterfront, the Cape Grace is one of Cape Town’s most famous luxury hotels. You can expect world class, personalised service from the Grace in a location perfect for enjoying the restaurants, boutiques and entertainment of this upmarket area. Reflecting its location, the recently refurbished décor has a nautical theme and is full of local detail, with antiques and maps adorning the hallways. In a playful touch, sumptuous chandeliers are adorned with unusual items (such as crockery and kitchenware in the Restaurant area). The 120 rooms and suites are spacious, comfortable and elegantly decorated offering views out to Table Mountain, Signal Hill or the Marina. The hotel also features a luxurious pool and outdoor deck, a spa on the top floor and a great whiskey bar. You can walk straight out into the waterfront area here making it a perennial favourite.
- 120 Rooms and suites
- Small Outdoor Pool
- Whisky and wine bar
- Pool and outdoor deck
Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain with awesome cityscape and ocean views is the creative and contemporary MannaBay hotel. Splendid style and South African art adorns every spot of this property, from the rooftop Atlas Bar to the gorgeous lounge to the fabulously unique guestrooms. Whether it’s Persian grandeur or Oriental opulence that takes your fancy, pick your favourite room as each boasts its own lavish theme and scenic views. However it is the Versailles Suite that reigns as most sumptuous. Boasting not one, but two four poster beds – one sits out on the private balcony – this suite is designed with Louis XIV in mind. Accommodating a maximum of just sixteen guests, look forward to an exclusive and intimate feel here. The superb service and thoughtful extra touches add to the serene experience with mobile phones with local sim and numbers, African travel literature and in-room spa treatments all provided during your peaceful stay.
- One suite and seven luxury rooms
- Cafe, bar and boma area
- Swimming pool
- Gym and steam room
- In-room spa treatments
Located in the popular V&A waterfront, the One&Only is the most contemporary of Cape Town’s top hotels. As one might expect from the top luxury resort specialists, the service is excellent. The very spacious rooms and suites (107) have an elegant style, fabrics and textiles taking an African influence with rich colourful hues. The main hotel area sits around a lagoon in which an island has been created. This is where the outdoor pool, jacuzzis and spa are located, to give more of a ‘resort’ style feel to the hotel. Special Island suites are also available here. Inside the hotel itself there are large communal areas including a vast lobby and bar area as well as restaurants from South African celebrity Chef Reuben Rifell and Nobu. The resort also has a particularly good kids club, which they can be left in comfortably for the day as the adults go out exploring.
- 153 Rooms and Suites
- Full Spa
- Outdoor Infinity Pool
- Pool bar
- Nobu and Reubens Restaurants
- Children's club
The Grand Dame, heritage property of Cape Town, the Mount Nelson comes with bags of history and is perhaps the most famous hotel in the city. It’s set in large grounds and is made up of a number of different smaller buildings. Most rooms have been refurbished with a contemporary refresh, adding comfort and modern touches to the historic décor. The bar and restaurant have had a similar treatment making them a popular place to visit for Capetonians (a great sign for any hotel restaurant, particularly in the fickle and competitive Cape Town restaurant scene). Rooms are very comfortable and spacious and are located in several buildings dotted throughout the large property and gardens. This makes it stand apart from other larger hotels in Cape Town as in this most outdoor of cities it’s great to have large, green gardens to take a stroll through and outdoor pools (and for the more active, there are also tennis courts). Though The Mount Nelson is very much a location in itself, the large grounds sit just a short stroll away from downtown and also the Kloof Street Area, which is famous among locals for excellent new restaurants and boutiques. Afternoon Tea at the Nelson (or Nellie as it is affectionately known) is a Cape Town institution and well worth trying.
- 209 Rooms
- Two outdoor pools
- Tennis Courts
- Fitness Centre
- Golf Practice Net
- Two restaurants
Spend your time relaxing and exploring this wonderful city. You have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here. If you would like us to organise your time here with a privately-guided tour, according your interests, we can do so.
This morning you will be met by your guide and coach for a morning exploration of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour will take you to the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Green Market Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On the descent, you stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses. You will have the choice to end your tour by being dropped off at your hotel, or at the Waterfront to experience this vibrant location and it's many shops and restaurants on offer.
Take one of the most scenic journeys in the world in this wonderful, full day private tour. Your guide will collect you from your hotel in the morning and bring you out through the coastal suburbs. The trip is entirely private, so you can take things at your own pace though typically you'll make stops to see the highlights shown below:
Leaving the suburbs of Cape Town the road winds through Hout Bay and up over Chapmans peak for truly stunning views of the coastline. If we're lucky we may even see Southern Right Whales in the waters off-shore from June-November.
Explore the rocky coastline and unique Cape Fynbos vegetation which is home to unique bird-life such as African Black Oystercatchers and Cape Sugarbirds amongst others. Climb to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical vistas of False Bay, and stop at the south western most point of Africa - the fabled Cape of Good Hope.
We will visit Boulders Beach for a visit to see African Penguins in their natural habitat. Next drive through the historical naval village of Simonstown and over yet another spectacular mountain pass; Boyes Drive, where you will take in views of the quaint fishing harbour at Kalk Bay as well as the seaside villages of St James and Muizenberg.
As we return to the city (time allowing) you have the opportunity to visit these magnificent gardens set on the slopes of Table Mountain before returning to your hotel in the city.
Private transfer from Cape Town to the Winelands
One of the most famous hotels in South Africa, La Residence is a truly opulent and stately base from which to explore the wine region. From the moment one enters the grand hall at the entrance, it is obvious that you have entered a very special place. Works of art and antiques from all over the world adorn the lavish interiors. Set close to the pretty town of Franschhoek on a backdrop of rolling hills, the hotel sits in thirty acres of working farm with immaculately manicured gardens, vineyards and orchards. There are eleven suites set in the main building, each very individual from the other and themed around a colour, with an eclectic but cohesive mix of antiques and art lending both character and opulence to each of the rooms. Further down the hill are the newly constructed villas. These have a slightly more contemporary feel, with brighter colours and are also very suitable for families as they range from two to four bedrooms each. The villas also share a separate pool area and a communal open kitchen and dining area, encouraging a more informal mingling of guests in this part of the property.
- Eleven suites and five villas
- In-room massage
- Two separate outdoor pools serving the villas and main residence respectively
The most contemporary luxury property in the wine region, Delaire sits on a privileged vantage point, perched on the hillside along the magnificent Helshoogte mountain range between Stellenbosch and Franschhoeck. There are just ten individual lodgings, each very private, decorated in elegant neutral tones and modern art. Each boasts a separate lounge and bedroom as well as a large deck and private infinity pool. At the centre of the property sits the large communal area, with a large pool, Jacuzzi and deck outdoors (from which one can enjoy spectacular views) as well as a peaceful interior decorated with a fantastic modern art collection. There is also an in-house cinema that screens documentaries and two restaurants, where the service is exemplary.
- Ten lodgings with private infinity plunge pools
- Two restaurants
- Main pool with jacuzzi
- In-house cinema
Set inside the peaceful, pretty town of Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français is a tranquil, luxurious base from which to explore the town and winelands beyond. This is by far the best hotel in town with a fantastic level of service and a relaxed, modest atmosphere that belies the level of comfort and attention to detail. 17 of the 21 rooms and suites are set around the central courtyard, with four others around a private garden. The white exteriors contrast with the warm, colourful interiors of the rooms, all very comfortable and spacious. The hotel also has two excellent dining options which front onto the main high-street of Franschhoek. Guests can also enjoy a pleasant lounge area, herb garden and private cinema. The ‘La Petite Colombe’ restaurant is among the best in South Africa. With the excellent service, comfort and cuisine one would expect, however, what elevates it above all, is the friendly personal aspect to the service here.
- 21 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Herb garden
- Private cinema
- Swimming pool
Set on one of the oldest Cape Dutch Farms in the wine region, Babylonstoren is a 200-hectare working fruit farm with an exclusive hotel and restaurant set amongst the vineyards orchards and beautiful kitchen gardens. This is a beautiful and relaxing sanctuary, effortlessly blending its colonial, pastoral past with modern contemporary design. There are 14 cottages spread out through the grounds, a spacious blend of restored Cape-Dutch architecture and sophisticated modern touches. This is modern design at its very best with a deft lightness of touch giving a feeling of space and modernity whilst remaining very true to the historic style of the buildings. It’s no surprise therefore that Karen Roos (former editor of Elle Decoration) is one of the owners. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool area, restaurant, eight-acre kitchen garden, spa and gym. The farm is also to be explored, walking through the 200 hectares of land or perhaps taking a canoe out on the farm dam.
- 200-hectare grounds
- Eight-acre, kitchen garden
- Outdoor pool
- 14 cottages
Enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Winelands. You have our top recommendations for activities, vineyards and restaurants so that you can make the most of your time here.
Today you have a full day in the Winelands with one of our expert wine guides. We will communicate your wine preferences before the tour, so that your guide has time to set up any special appointments. That way, you will have the best experience possible. Typically the regions explored are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, but this depends on your wine tastes. On a usual tour, the first stop is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal-lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Next head over the scenic Helshoogte Pass to Franschhoek, founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago. It's lovely setting and café lined streets will charm you and afford the opportunity to do some shopping too.
Visit the charming colonial town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal-lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture where you can do wine tasting, coupled with a chocolate tasting, if desired.
Take a journey through the beautiful scenery of Helshoogte Pass to visit the town of Franschhoek, founded by French Huguenots over 350 years ago, and widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa. Its beautiful setting and café lined streets will charm you and a wine tasting is included at one of the renowned estates here.
Paarl is located in the Winelands at the foot of a cluster of remarkable granite domes, a wonderful place to take in spectacular landscapes and enjoy some wine tastings.
Private transfer from hotel in Winelands to Cape Town airport
Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Light aircraft flight from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands
Singita offer one of the most prestigious and exclusive safaris in Africa, with their lodges and services consistently (and deservedly) receiving top travel accolades. Singita in the Sabi Sands is where it all started with their most established operation here with Boulders, Ebony and Castleton Lodges. Service is excellent with both of the two lodges offering a top level of guiding and a fully luxurious experience in the bush. Game viewing is excellent and well coordinated so that you have a great chance of seeing all of the Big Five. Modern comforts are not foregone, indeed guests may be tempted to stay in the lodgings all day. Besides the excellent comfort and service, Singita is particularly famed for its excellent cuisine and wine, with a fantastic cellar on site, which is most definitely worth a visit during your stay. All in all, this is a world-class safari which is hard to beat.
- Luxurious all-suite accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, teas, coffees.
- All drinks, including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs (excluding champagnes).
- Curio Shop
- Swimming Pool (heated)
Simbambili Lodge is situated among dense stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees along the meandering Manyeleti River in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views whether from the unique en-suite bathrooms, outside salas or individual private plunge pools. You are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, it is your choice whether to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds and insects, or simply relax in the Amani Spa. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big five game, whether on safari, on foot or from an open vehicle safari. The amazing safari experience is complimented by elegant cuisine, a selection of fine wines and by the warmth of true African hospitality.
- Eight Suites with plunge pools
- Curio Shop
- Health Spa
The Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is renowned for its abundant concentration of wildlife, especially when it comes to the Big Five. Located within the 65,000-hectare Sabi Sands Reserve to the south west of the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi’s game drives and bushveld excursions enjoy a high incidence for viewing a vast range of creatures from the Big Five to 350 species of bird. One of the fundamental features of its accommodation collection is that there’s usually something for everyone, and Sabi Sabi’s set of four award-winning and uniquely luxurious lodges – Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, Little Bush Camp, Earth Lodge and Selati Camp – will indeed suit most. And the concept, when it came to designing each of the individual lodges, arose from over a century of safari experiences and style so that each pleasantly reflects a specific time or atmosphere in this history.
- Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
- Little Bush Camp
- Earth Lodge
- Selati Camp
There’s a real family history tied to the Lion Sands Game Reserve having been by owned and managed by four generations of the More family since 1933. Exclusive only to guests of Lion Sands River Lodge and Ivory Lodge, game drives are very personal and lead by an expert duo of a tracker and guide who will treat you to close encounters with Africa’s most coveted animal species. Walking safaris let you experience a completely different, more intimate perspective of the bush. The Lion Sands Reserve guiding team is superbly trained and contains one of the world’s four qualified Master Trackers. As well as encounters with lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant more, you can also spend an incredible night under a blanket of stars atop one of the reserve’s stunning tree houses, enjoy unforgettable dining experiences in the bush or perhaps even take a scenic helicopter flight over Blyde River Canyon. Two further luxury lodges sit within a private concession of the Kruger National Park adjoining the reserve, Lion Sands Narina Lodge and Tinga Lodge.
- River Lodge
- Ivory Lodge
Enjoy days relaxing at your luxury lodge and exploring the world-famous Sabi Sands Reserve with morning and Afternoon Game Drives. Depending on the lodge you've chosen, there are various other optional activities you can do, ask your travel designer for the full lowdown.
Light Aircraft flight from your Sabi Sands Lodge to Johannesburg