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Adventures for Singles invites you to a journey that will leap beyond your imagination. This exclusive once-in-a-lifetime trip will present you with spectacular game viewings and stellar accommodations in some of the world’s finest properties. You will not only get a chance to see the Big Five, but also the Marine Big Five. Just prepare yourself to be dazzled by some fun places to get your adventure on. Adventures for Singles will be your passport to escape, so come and join the tribe!
The maximum participants in the group is 22.
During this safari, you will stay at Bayethe Lodge for 2 nights, Commodore Hotel for 3 nights, and Grootbos Private Nature Reserve for 2 nights.
Bayethe Lodge is a tented paradise like no other. There are 12 tent suites equipped with air conditioning, a minibar, stunning bathroom, and private plunge pool on your deck overlooking the river to view animals. The main lodge has a large viewing deck with bar and stylish dining room. Each of the 12 detached tents can sleep a maximum of 2 adults. The lodge also offers a communal area, in which the facilities include a gift boutique, central lounge area, and Wi-Fi.
Commodore Hotel is a hot leisure destination with much to do nearby. The hotel offers spa, pool, health club, and buffet breakfasts.
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve offers 12 chalet suites of Forest Lodge, stylishly furnished with canopy beds, cozy fireplace, DVD player, double showers, and private deck with outside showers overlooking an ancient forest. The main lodge has an infinity pool, bar, and elegant dining room.
You will be taken to Shamwari Game Reserve and then check into the deluxe Bayethe Lodge. Shamwari is associated with major conservation institutions that promote awareness. There are 3 facilities available at this reserve, such as Ian Player Rhino Awareness Center, Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary, and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. You may get a firsthand encounter with passionate on-site vets who care for injured and abandoned animals, which are then released back to the wild. After you feel refreshed, you’ll get revitalized for your first afternoon game drive when the predators are most active.
Today, you will spend the day discovering the reserve on both early morning and early evening game drives in open safari vehicles. After that, you can enjoy sundowners by the pool or visit the conservation centers.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your 2-hour flight to the fabulous Cape Town. There, you will then be transferred to the Commodore Hotel for three glorious nights overlooking Victoria and Alfred Waterfront with views of Table Mountain.
Your comprehensive city orientation tour will start with a trip up the iconic Table Mountain. The state of the art cable car rotates 360 degrees on its way to the top. At the summit are short walks to enjoy magnificent vistas. Later, you will head to the Signal Hill for great views of Sea Point and Robben Island. Other highlights will include a brief tour of the Malay Quarter, city center, Company Gardens, Castle of Good Hope, and more. In the evening, you can be free to revel in Cape Town’s nightlife.
You will have free time because there’s so many choices of things to do and most Adventures for Singles users have been here.
You will be collected for a 2-hour scenic drive along the rugged coast with mountains rising from the sapphire sea, coves, valleys, and seaside villages. Whales will wallow in these waters. You will watch pods of huge whales breaching right in front of you here. You will then arrive at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. You’ll see unparalleled floral diversity, rare fynbos, birdlife, milkwood forests, and mountain slopes overlooking the whale watching mecca of Walker Bay. This is a whale sanctuary where whales come to mate. You’ll have the chance to get close to these on a boat tour.
There will be many activities here included in your stay such as horseback rides, nature walks, coastal hikes, cave tours, beach picnics, community tours, and 4x4 floral safari. In September, the fields here will burst with colorful wild flowers.
You will enjoy the activities at Grootbos and then check out. In the afternoon, you will drive an hour to the whale capital town of Hermanus. There will be hundreds of whales coming here to breed. Females and calves swim in clear beaches as males put on spectacular displays. 40% are southern right whales, but you can also see humpback, bryde's, and killer whales. You will see them breach, blow, and belly flop.
The shallow waters will provide a safe nursery for the calves as well as great white sharks, bottlenose dolphins, and fur seals. You will enjoy the annual Whale Festival. There’ will be music, craft stalls, art, food, and the Whale Crier who will announce whale sightings near shore. After that, you will depart from Hemanus on a beautiful drive back to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) where you will bid this land of diversity farewell.
Note: You are suggested to arrive on September 23, 2017 because the activities will start on September 24, 2017.
Suzy founded Adventures for Singles and has traveled the world for 40 years with over 100 different countries stamped in her 6 tattered passports. She is a former Miss Wisconsin, instructor, and flight attendant with a passion for travel writing, dogs, and cooking. She has received and filed thousands of gratitude notes and letters from Adventures for Singles' guests she’s lead around the world over two decades and sincerely cares that each person has large fun.
Terry is a partner, business manager, marketing guru, tour leader, cabana boy, chief bottle washer, and pool boy. Terry handles most of the day to day business operations behind the scenes at Adventures for Singles. He has extensive background in marketing and sales, working as a rep for a large audio visual company for 20 years. Adventures for Singles has benefited greatly with his addition to the team. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in communication and has traveled to many countries on 6 continents.
This safari will take you to Shamwari Game Reserve, Cape Town, and the whale capital town of Hermanus.
Shamwari Game Reserve is an ultimate Big Five African safari destination and one of the most successful conservation initiatives in Africa with responsible tourism where animals can thrive. Steeped in history back to a time when multiple game roamed wild, the 25,000-hectare reserve boasts 5 ecosystems thus supporting many forms of plant, animal, and bird life. Here, it’s about preserving this vanishing way of life. Shamwari has received numerous international awards and is considered the crown jewel on South Africa’s private game reserves.
Cape Town in the Western Cape has time after time been voted within the top city destinations worldwide. Resting on the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans with the backdrop of mountains, it’s exceptionally scenic and in a class of its own. It is blessed with a bustling harbor, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, markets, museums, gardens, and much more.
During this safari, you will be provided with 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners. At Bayethe Lodge, you will be presented with a selection of gourmet meals. Meanwhile, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve's dining room offers 5-course dinners. You can have world-class wines at an extra cost.
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