Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Cape Town airport
Private transfer from Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel
Accommodation in Cape Town
- 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
Ellerman House 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, it 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 House 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 the property 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.
- 28 rooms, including one penthouse suite
- Rooftop restaurant and champagne bar
- Rooftop glass swimming pool
- Spa and fitness centre
With sweeping views of the Atlantic, Table Mountain as a backdrop, and the buzz of a working harbour, the Victoria and Albert Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s prime locations. It is here that you’ll find The Silo. The grain silo was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa when it was built in 1924, and the luxury hotel is located in the former elevator tower. The creative brain behind the project is that of prominent British designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick, whose iconic works include the Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games and London’s new Routemaster bus. The Silo occupies six floors above the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. A partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz, this cultural institution focuses on exhibiting cutting-edge contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, with the Zeitz Collection forming its founding exhibition. Taking its place on Cape Town’s skyline, the hotel is a beacon of modern design. The industrial aesthetics remain with the addition of pillowed glazing panels which bulge outwards as if gently inflated. At night, this transforms the building into a glowing lantern. Each of the 28 rooms, which include a magnificent penthouse suite, are individually designed and strike the balance between industrial, stylish and comfortable. The creative team have been busy sourcing pieces from Cape Town and across the world, to ensure each room tells its own story without detracting from the natural beauty of the city, which can be seen through the 18-foot windows. Another key feature is the huge grain-shaped atrium carved out of the interior of the grain silos. The art in the hotel is in keeping with the collections in the museum. Appreciate the 360 degree panoramic views from the restaurant, champagne bar and glass swimming pool located on the rooftop while casting your eye across the ocean, city bowl and mountains. There is also a café, piano bar, spa and fitness centre and when you want to go exploring, the Waterfront itself offers a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars.
- 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. You'll also have our top recommendations for activities, restaurants and shopping so that you can make the most of your time here.
Today you have a half day tour of the city and Table Mountain. Your tour is with a private guide and at your own pace picking out the attractions which interest you. Typically highlights include, 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 (depending on the weather). On the descent, you can stop at the Bo Kaap, traditionally home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses. Note that this tour can be done in the morning or the afternoon - the choice is yours.
This flight is the ultimate scenic tour covering the entire Cape Peninsula. From take-off you will get a great view of Table Mountain, Robben Island & the V&A Waterfront. Continue along the coastline passing Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandadno and Hout Bay. After Hout Bay you will get a great view of the famous Chapmans Peak Drive, which you follow until reaching Noordhoek Beach. From here you continue south passing Kommetjie, Scarborough and Misty Cliffs. From this point you start flying over Cape Point Nature Reserve. Nearing the the southern most point of the Peninsula you pass the Cape of Good Hope, Dias Beach and of course Cape Point itself. After rounding the point, start heading North and along the way home you will pass Simons Town, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, Tokai, the Constantia Winelands, Newlands Cricket & Rugby Stadiums, University of Cape Town, Grooteschuur Hospital and finally the Cape Town Docks where you land at the Waterfront Helipad.
So much about a country and a culture is expressed through its cuisine. In South Africa, much of the cuisine is a home cuisine and to get a taste you really need to search hard! As such this tour aims to combine the history of our country and city through exploring the back streets to find the tastes that represent this rainbow nation. With your expert local guide, you will walk the streets of Cape Town and experience its history, its people and its gourmet delights. En route, you stop to taste a mixture of traditional food, South African street food and to visit some artisanal foodie and coffee shops. This way you will enjoy a real taste of the Cape!
We suggest you only have a very light breakfast beforehand as there will be lots to eat on this tour. Unfortunately, vegans and coeliacs cannot be catered for, but vegetarians are welcome. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
Private transfer from Cape Town to the Winelands
Accommodation in The Winelands
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Based on your personal wine preferences, visit hand picked wineries with your guide. 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 Winelands to Cape Town airport
Flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg
Light aircraft flight from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands
Accommodation in Sabi Sands
- Six suites each with plunge pool
- Safari shop
Spread under a leafy canopy of ebony trees, six spacious stone cottages grace the banks of the Mabrak River in the western part of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. As one of only twelve guests at Dulini Lodge, one feels instantly at home in this quiet retreat. The beautifully appointed suites boast generous plunge pools, shady decks and classic interiors that celebrate the signature style of the Reserve. From the privacy of your own plunge pools, you can enjoy watching game explore the dry riverbed just a few metres away. Your sitting area is an elegant space filled with big welcoming sofas and interesting African sculptures. Dine under the ancient jackalberry tree where skilled chefs serve delicious Pan African meals, or steal away for a romantic candlelit dinner in the well-stocked wine cellar.
- 12 suites all with private plunge pools
- Bush spa and gym
- Babysitting services available and tailor-made activities to suit each family
Sitting alongside the meandering Sands River, set amidst wild bush and enormous trees in the middle of South Africa’s ‘big cat country’, is Singita’s original Ebony Lodge. Unrivalled hospitality is blended with the heritage of an English county home to create a timeless and most welcoming safari experience. The 12 suites, two which have two bedrooms and are perfect for families, all feature en-suite bathrooms and indoor-outdoor showers, private heated plunge pools and spacious game viewing decks. Your suite has been decorated according to a black and white colour scheme in homage to the big ebony trees that surround the lodge and interiors are furnished with vintage campaign furniture from Luke Bailes’ (the founder of Singita) family collection, sepia photography, tribal print murals and imitation leopard and zebra-print fabrics. Interior walls have been replaced by canvas or glass to create a light and airy atmosphere and to capitalise on the amazing views outside, to beautiful effect in the bedroom where you’ll enjoy an uninterrupted view out onto the terrace. The food here is exquisite yet unpretentious, fitting of the lodge’s homely feel, and is paired with an extensive range of handpicked South African wines. Free time at the lodge can be spent indulging in the Bush Spa, relaxing in the library, using the well-equipped gym or cooling down in the pool. Of course the highlight here is the rich array of wildlife. Species such as leopard, lion, rhino, large herds of buffalo, elephant, reedbuck, hyena, hippopotamus, nyala, cheetah, wild dogs and many types of birds can be spotted on expertly guided day and night game drives, and thrilling walking safaris. Other activities such as stargazing will get Africa even further under your skin.
- Three Suites
- 3 Suites
- Each has their own private heated pool
The emphasis in terms of the décor throughout Londolozi’s lodges is firmly focused on the deluxe, never better demonstrated by its exquisite Granite Suites that can accommodate up to six guests in total. Their rich yet contemporary interiors are a stylish mix of natural textures from dark wood floors draped in the odd animal hide, exposed stone walls, leather and velvet upholstery, rattan rugs, seamless glass and evocative black and white photographs all kept inside clean and boldly modern lines. The tones of gunmetal and elephant greys, charcoal, deep browns and their general spaciousness makes the most of the light pouring in from wide glass windows. The rooms invisibly lead onto open patios and the private (heated) infinity pools seem also to imperceptibly drop into the wild brush and coursing river beyond.
- Ten double suites and two 2 bedroom family suites with private heated plunge-pools
- Lounge area with large deck
- Swimming pool
- Wine Cellar
Singita Boulders Lodge is set along the banks of the Sand River in Singita’s privately owned reserve within the Sabi Sand Reserve. Consistently one of the most popular lodges in the area, Boulders design concept effortlessly mixes modern contemporary touches such as floor to ceiling windows, clean white fabrics and neutral tones with a distinctly African feel accented by natural stone and wood, perfectly at home in its pristine setting. Whether through walls of glass or open-air areas, the surrounding landscape and animals can be seen and enjoyed from every angle, making for a truly immersive safari experience. The lodge sits in an elevated area, offering views from almost all angles and there are large communal areas to relax in, as well as twelve vast villa suites, each with a private heated pool. Daily game drives with professional guides and trackers provide the perfect opportunity to get up close to Africa’s incredible animals, while spot lit nighttime drives reveal the elusive magic of nocturnal Africa and guided walking safaris can uncover a more intimate side of the bush. During your stay you are likely to spot a great variety of wildlife including leopard, lion, rhino, large herds of buffalo, elephant, reedbuck, hyena, hippopotamus, nyala, cheetah, wild dogs and many species of birds. Stargazing is another special way to enjoy the wilderness.
- Thirteen suites
- 13 suites
- Wine Cellar
- Swimming Pool
One of the most-environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa, you only have to look around to see how the state-of-the-art Earth Lodge sympathises with its rich surrounds. The thirteen futuristic and luxury suites here are a masterpiece in contemporary design blended with the nature of the bush, savannahs and life in the wild. A bunker-style structure and layout creates a tangible fluidity meant to mimic the folds of the landscape but also gives it a minimalist calm and serenity. The result is a warm, almost burrow-like feel that complements its obvious sophistication. From the lodge, enjoy incredible safari within the Sabi Sabi Reserve, a place renowned for its abundant concentration of wildlife, especially when it comes to the Big Five.
- 6 Luxury suite rooms
- Dining area
- Swimming pool
Delightful and luxurious, Little Bush Camp’s six thatched suites sit on the banks of the Msuthlu River in the shade of indigenous riverine trees. Each comes with your very own private decking, offering wildlife viewing in complete seclusion within the wonderful Sabi Sabi Reserve. Inside, mosquito nets cocoon comfortable beds, full en-suite bathrooms (indoor and outdoor showers), air conditioning and traditional hard wood furnishings that mix well with the African artwork and textiles throughout. Spend your days enjoying game drives, and in the evening feast on delicious dinners outside in the warmth of the night and under a canopy of magnificent starlit skies. The staff here are very accommodating and attentive, so you get the very most out of the Sabi Sabi Reserve’s natural wonders.
Enjoy days relaxing at your luxury lodge and exploring the world-famous Sabi Sand Reserve with morning and afternoon game drives. 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. 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
Flight from Johannesburg to Vilanculos
Your pilot will meet you in arrivals at Vilanculos Airport. He'll give you a quick safety briefing before taking you on this breathtaking helicopter flight over azure blue waters directly to Benguerra Island.
Accommodation in Bazaruto Archipelago
- 14 beach-front villas all with private plunge pools
- Star Bar
Azura is the most stylish and contemporary of the lodges in this area. The entirely beach-front property consists of 14 villas, each with their own sizeable private plunge pools from which to enjoy the sunset with a cocktail. Service is excellent, with great attention to detail from the staff who are always looking to add the little touches that will make your stay even more special. The quality of the extra activities organised by Azura are exceptional and well worth taking part in.
- Ten casinhas, two cabanas and one 3 bedroomed Casa de Familia
- Restaurant and beach bar
- Private pools & lodge pool
- Massage sala
- Activity centre and dive shop
Step into the Indian Ocean paradise of swaying palms, bejewelled marine life and luxuriously rustic accommodation here at Benguerra Island Lodge. Wake up to views of endless turquoise waters from your thatched casita or cabana’s private veranda. Dressed in rich, earthy tones, the simple and elegant lodgings are strewn throughout powder white sands and boast open-air showers and plunge pools for a refreshing break from the sun-drenched beach. Delicious seafood, shaded sun loungers, hammocks and an indulgent spa ensure complete relaxation. However if you fancy some activity, expert guides are on hand to take you to unspoilt coral reefs that teem with aquatic life – including the rare and mystical dugong. Children are particularly well entertained here with bundles of fun, interactive adventures to get them involved with new experiences and cultures. What’s more, supporting the conservation of local wildlife and communities is of the utmost importance to Benguerra Island Lodge and plays an important part in the lodge’s work.
Set just off the Southern shores of Mozambique in the warm Indian ocean, the Barazuto Archipelago is a protected marine national park with just a handful of luxury lodges on the islands. Crystal clear waters lap at white sand beaches, with just a few other guests and the local fisherman adding to the backdrop. It's a wonderful place to relax and unwind, far away from the stresses of civilisation. One of the highlights here is the diving and snorkelling, with the world famous 'Three Mile Reef' site close by.
You will be flown by helicopter from Benguerra Island to Vilanculos airport in time to meet your onward connection.
Flight from Vilanculos to Johannesburg