Extraordinary experiences abound on this deluxe bespoke journey through the landscapes of South Africa - from the wide open spaces of the Karoo and the vibrant streets of Cape Town, to the stunning wine estates of Wellington and the dramatic coastal drives along the Garden Route. A trip on the luxurious Blue Train, a Big 5 safari and the guidance of experts Bradley Twaddle & Devey Glinister ensure that this holiday will live long in the memory.
Depart London on the direct overnight British Airways flight to Johannesburg.
Transfer to stay overnight on bed & breakfast basis at the Maslow Hotel.
Set in the heart of vibrant Sandton with easy access to local restaurants, bars and shops, The Maslow is a relatively new addition to Johannesburg’s hotel scene, and is modern, well run and fantastically located. It offers a very good option for those looking for all of the modern comforts but with a home away from home feel, with the guest rooms spacious, comfortable and very well-appointed. The Africology spa is very popular with guests and the pool area is a lovely spot to relax at after a treatment. The Lacuna Bistro is excellent as well and helps to make this hotel a really good alternative to the more traditional options found around Johannesburg.
Transfer to the railway station this afternoon to depart on the two night Blue Train journey to Cape Town, staying on a full board basis.
A moving and spectacularly-comfortable five-star hotel is what the Blue Train offers. The traveller can be assured of enjoying the glamour of a bygone age as the magnificent ever-changing scenery of South Africa passes by. Each suite has a specially-made bed, ensuite bath or shower room and the services of a dedicated butler.
An off-train excursion will be made to today in Kimberley to visit the Railway museum and Open Mine Museum.
On arrival in Cape Town transfer to stay for three nights on bed & breakfast basis at Four Rosmead Boutique Guesthouse.
Rich in history and contemporary in style, this Cape classic has a modern interior within an historic building; a listed monument, it is within walking distance of the city centre and the many boutiques, cafes & bars of Kloof Street. The ten rooms are all individually styled with views of either Table Mountain, Table Bay or Signal Hill. There is a salt-water swimming pool, a sun deck and a pampering spa, with lavish breakfasts served each morning. Lunch and dinner can be organised on request and contemporary South African art is displayed throughout.
During the time in Cape Town join renowned art tour guide Bradley Twaddle for a private immersion into the city’s vibrant art scene. With a career in the arts, hosting exhibitions, representing artists, managing galleries and sourcing and selling pieces, nobody knows Cape Town’s art better than Bradley. A guided tour of the remarkable Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, (dubbed ‘Africa’s Tate Modern’), will be followed by a gallery hop and visits to some of the Cape’s foremost creative studios and artists.
A hire car will be delivered to the hotel this morning for the spectacular drive into the wine region to Wellington to stay for two nights on bed & breakfast basis at the Grand Dédale Country House.
Off-the-beaten-wine region-track, this magnificent six room retreat sits on the Doolhof Wine Estate close the small town of Wellington. The saltwater swimming pool, spa room, tea lounge and landscaped gardens offer an alternative attraction to the tastings available of the award-winning wines, with hiking, walking and mountain biking also all possible on the Estate.
Drive along the famed Route R62 to Oudtshoorn to stay for two nights on bed and breakfast basis at Rosenhof Country Lodge.
This magnificently restored Victorian House is furnished with handpicked antiques and original South African paintings, and is surrounded by an abundance of flowers, shrubs and plants. The twelve en-suite rooms are individually furnished and offer all the luxury one would expect from a first-class hotel. The beauty, comforts and attention to detail are surpassed only by the personal service. The secluded and immaculately maintained shady pool is the perfect place to spend some time on a hot Klein Karoo summers day, or relax in one of the comfortable lounge areas.
During the time in Oudtshoorn join Devey Glinister for a wild habituated meerkat tour.
Devey, easily identifiable by his cowboy hat, has been observing and working with groups of meerkats in the Little Karoo for over 10 years, and is very active when it comes to the rehabilitation of wildlife. Heading out at sunrise, chairs are arranged around the meerkat burrows and coffee served as guests observe the meerkats as they come out of the burrow into the sunshine and then go about their daily routine of foraging and frolicking. Never fed or handled by humans, it is a unique privilege to get this close in the wild to these little creatures.
Drive down to the coast and along the Garden Route to Knysna to stay for two nights on bed & breakfast basis at the Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa.
An old power station transformed in a five-star luxury hotel, it is surrounded by water on three sides. The hotel is filled with light and space throughout its 24 suites, and also on offer is a spa, an infinity-edged swimming pool, library, two restaurants and three bars.
Continue onward via Port Elizabeth to stay for two nights on full board basis, including safari activities, on the Amakhala Game Reserve at Woodbury Lodge.
Hidden away, these six secluded stone and thatched lodges are as comfortable as they are spacious. Ideal for couples who really want to wallow in the bush experience, each has large decks and bathrooms with great views across the plains. A full range of safari activities, to include game drives, bush walks & river cruises, are available although guests are often surprised and enchanted by being able to view the game directly from the lodge’s deck or swimming pool. Focusing on locally sourced produce, with a contemporary twist, meals here are a real delight. Whilst most meals are taken inside, guests will be able to enjoy at least one dinner under the stars during their stay.
Return the hire car at Port Elizabeth airport and depart on the late-afternoon flight to Johannesburg. Connect with the direct overnight British Airways flight to London.
Arrive London early morning.
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