Introducing South Africa
A fabulous first trip to South Africa, from Cape Town and the Winelands before a luxury safari
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Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
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- Private tours of Cape Town and the Winelands
- Luxury hotels and safari lodges throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
A perfect trip for the first time visitor to South Africa, experience some of the Rainbow Nation’s most popular highlights on this 10-day luxury journey with handpicked luxury hotels, private transfers and support from our Cape Town-based concierge team throughout.
Begin with three nights in scenic Cape Town. Here, be shown around on private tours of the city and the coastline beyond, enjoying gourmet cuisine, its vibrant cosmopolitan culture and rich history. Then head inland to the rolling hills and raked vineyards of South Africa’s world-famous Winelands, enjoying expertly guided visits to some of our favourite vineyards. End with a fabulous safari in the exclusive Sabi Sands, a private game reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park. Offering some of the best wildlife watching in the country, especially so for the iconic ‘Big Five’ – lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalos – it is also home to a collection of South Africa‘s most sumptuous safari lodges.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Cape Town airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Cape Town
Accommodation in Cape Town
- 209 Rooms
- Two outdoor pools
- Tennis Courts
- Fitness Centre
- Golf Practice Net
- Two restaurants
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.
- Seven Suites, one standard room
- Bar and dining room
- Lounge with fireplace
- Off street parking
- Swimming pool
- Large private terraces
A beautiful, contemporary style boutique hotel, Kensington Place is set on a hillside close to the Kloof Street area offering fabulous views across the city. Decoration is very contemporary with a mixture of dark woods and bright linens; a sense of place is provided by the collection of Modern African art throughout the hotel. Despite the small size of the hotel, service is extremely good here with staff looking to take care of all the little details for you (as well as 24-hour room service). Though close to Kloof Street, the hotel maintains a little distance, giving it a sense of calm and tranquility, with just eight rooms sharing a pleasant communal area and an outdoor pool.
- 120 Rooms and suites
- Small Outdoor Pool
- Whisky and wine bar
- Pool and outdoor deck
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.
- One suite and seven luxury rooms
- Cafe, bar and boma area
- Swimming pool
- Gym and steam room
- In-room spa treatments
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.
- 153 Rooms and Suites
- Full Spa
- Outdoor Infinity Pool
- Pool bar
- Nobu and Reubens Restaurants
- Children's club
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.
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is a city that can really take your breath away. The horizon dominated by the iconic table-top mountain rising up in the background, whilst in the foreground are the crisp waters of the cape, the laid-back bustle of the city’s waterfront skirted by sandy beaches and picturesque suburbs.
This is the oldest city in South Africa, steeped in history and full of beautiful buildings from its colonial past. The tall mountains and green hills that surround the city have an immensely calming effect helping this to be one of the most relaxing big city visits that you are likely to have.
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.
Enjoy absolutely spectacular views towards Robben Island, over Camps Bay and the beach and along the Twelve Apostles in the direction of Hout Bay from Cape Town's most iconic landmark.
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
Accommodation in The Winelands
- Twelve rooms
- The Conservatory restaurant
- Heated swimming pool
- Access to the facilities and grounds at Leeu Estates
Leeu House is situated in an enviable position on the main street of Franschhoek, a country guesthouse in the midst of the hustle and bustle of this vibrant village, surrounded by award-winning restaurants, wine farms and boutique shops. Stylish interiors are a 21st century take on the traditional Cape Dutch heritage of Franschhoek. The twelve individually styled rooms feature goose-down duvets and fine linens, air-conditioning, flat-screen smart televisions, unlimited Wi-Fi access, Nespresso machines and private bars. The en-suite bathrooms have marble floors, showers and vanity tops, freestanding baths, vast showers and underfloor heating. Three of the suites open onto their own private gardens, while others boast small intimate terrace courtyards. Dine inside in The Conservatory or al fresco on the terrace, enjoying Leeu Collection wines and spirits from the complimentary bar. Innovative cuisine is prepared by the talented culinary team headed by Oliver Cattermole. Committed to sourcing organic and ethically farmed ingredients, his globally influenced menu features the freshest local produce. All Leeu House guests have full access to the facilities and spectacular grounds at nearby sister property Leeu Estates, such as the on-site spa, inspired cuisine, or make use of the gym facilities and heated infinity swimming pool. Leeu Estates also features an extensive network of walking, jogging and cycling trails, and a world-class wine cellar.
- Ten lodgings with private infinity plunge pools
- Two restaurants
- Main pool with jacuzzi
- In-house cinema
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.
- 22 bedrooms including six suites
- Two restaurants
- Gym and spa with Hammam facilities
- Outdoor heated pool
- Wine cellar
- Includes: breakfast
- Selection of drinks and snacks from your mini-bar
Located in Franschhoek, a traditional vineyard town known as South Africa’s food and wine capital, Mont Rochelle is part of Sir Richard Branson’s hotel portfolio and features a fabulous 37 hectare vineyard. This beautiful property features 22 bedrooms including six spacious suites – two of which can accommodate families, two restaurants, a cosy bar, a spa with Hammam facilities, a gym, an outdoor heated pool and a wine cellar. The luxurious rooms are divided into five categories: Shiraz with king-size beds and courtyard or valley views; the larger Merlot with valley views; Cabernet with a private terrace overlooking the valley; the huge Pinotage Suites with separate lounges; and the Cap Classique Suites with a lounge, private terrace and their own plunge pool. The hotel’s decor is contemporary, light and airy, and rooms feature superior touches such as Africology branded bathroom amenities, mini speakers and a complementary minibar. With a superb location just a short walk into the centre of Franschhoek, Mont Rochelle is perfectly placed for exploration. But there’s plenty to do at the hotel itself too: be sure to take advantage of personalised tasting sessions at the wine cellar, horse riding, picnics in the stunning grounds, mountain biking and golf.
- 21 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Herb garden
- Private cinema
- Swimming pool
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.
- 200-hectare grounds
- Eight-acre, kitchen garden
- Outdoor pool
- 14 cottages
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.
- Eleven suites and five villas
- In-room massage
- Two separate outdoor pools serving the villas and main residence respectively
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.
Just a short drive from Cape Town one enters the verdant, rolling hills of South Africa’s wine country. Home to fantastic wine and some of Africa’s best restaurants.
This is one of the most historic areas of South Africa as it’s where many of the original Dutch settlers first made their homes. Pretty towns and villages adorn the countryside, their white washed Dutch colonial buildings contrasting against the lush greens of vineyards, fields and forests.
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.
Private transfer from hotel in Winelands to Cape Town airport
Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Light aircraft flight from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands
Lodges and Camps in Sabi Sands
- 12 suites
- Swimming pool
- Safari shop
Harry Kirkman’s original 1920s homestead has been beautifully restored and now comprises 12 suites that look out over the bushveld. Perched on a ridge above the Sands River, guests can enjoy unspoiled views as they relax at this atmospheric and charming lodge. Kirkman’s offers the perfect balance of old and new with all the amemities you would expect from a luxury lodge alongside plenty of touches that hark back to days gone by. Each suite comes with a private verandah from which to relax with a glass of wine or afternoon tea while soaking up the unique atmosphere of the African bush. Curl up in front of the roaring fire in the sitting room, relax with a book in the library then sink into your claw-foot bathtub after a day of game drives. When you need to cool off, take refuge from the sun with a dip in the outdoor pool. Nestled in the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kirkman’s Kamp shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, and enjoys an abundantly rich local concentration of fauna, including the Big Five. It is a particularly good spot to base your safari activities if you want to spot the most elusive of cats, the leopard. Strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience.
- Eight suites
- Pool and deck
- Dining room, bar, wine cellar and boma
- Massage sala
- Fitness centre
- Library and internet facilities
Located in the western sector of the renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve and bordering the Kruger National Park, is Leopard Hills. Spectacularly situated atop a rocky outcrop, this luxurious lodge offers magnificent views over the bush and an active waterhole on the plains below. The property boasts eight beautifully decorated and entirely luxurious glass-fronted suites. Complete with sundecks and rock plunge pools, the suites enjoy amazing African bushveld views. When you’re not out spotting the exciting game on your drives and walks, watch the animals from the pool and main deck with a pair of binoculars or the spotting scope. This tranquil spot is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner or cool down with a crisp glass of wine as you take in the sights and sounds of the African bush. The elegant dining room offers further views alongside decadent meals, while a cosy lounge and massage sala provide even more sumptuous spots to relax. The library is a peaceful spot and guests are welcome to browse through the large selection of literature and African journals.
- Eight Suites with plunge pools
- Curio Shop
- Health Spa
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.
- Seven luxury tented suites
- Savanna suite with two bedrooms, lounge, private plunge pool and private vehicle and guide
This gorgeous lodge is situated in the southern part of the internationally famous Sabi Sand Reserve. The ‘Big Five’ sightings are so frequent, it is not unusual to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino in a single game drive. Numerous nearby dams and a series of waterholes in front of the lodge attract many species, especially in the dry winter months when elephants are daily visitors. There are seven suites – three executive and four luxury, all with their own private plunge pools. The executive suites feature canvas roofs for an authentic safari feel as well as large bathrooms with a free standing tub, double vanities, double shower and toilet as well as outdoor shower. There are glass doors that open onto covered patios where your private plunge pool faces waterholes in the bush. The four luxury suites are nestled among indigenous trees that attract a variety of bird life. They have the same facilities as the larger suites in a more compact space. There is also the two-bedroom Savana Suite where the bedrooms lie on either side of an inter-connecting lounge. Each bedroom has the same bathroom facilites and the luxury and exutive suites, while the living room features a cosy reading nook in front of the fireplace. The outdoor patio is perfect for candle-lit dinners or private pre-dinner cocktails. This suite is perfect for families or groups of friends.
A great finale for any first trip to South Africa, enjoy your final days on safari in the Sabi Sands. Widely regarded as Africa’s premier game reserve, the Sabi Sands is world renowned for the abundance of game (particularly leopard), and is the best place to see all of the ‘Big Five’ in South Africa. Sharing an unfenced boundary with the enormous Kruger Park, its allows for an authentic game-rich experience where animals roam free but in a much more exclusive way.
The landscape is Savanna Bushveld, the iconic safari landscape of scrub, small trees and grass land, punctuated by the Sabi and Sand Rivers. The oldest of all the private reserves, the game here has become very accustomed to the vehicles, allowing for fantastic, up close viewings. One can even track leopard or wild-dog as they hunt, a thrilling and unique experience.
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