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14 Days Winelands, Whales & Wildlife Safari South Africa

  • Cape Town - Stellenbosch - Hermanus - Knysna - Johannesburg - Kruger National Park

Overview

Magnificent Safari in South Africa

Where in the world can so much variety of animals be expected? Great Safaris proudly offers you a magnificent natural beauty of South Africa in so many different forms including whale-watching, game drives and walks, fishing village visit, etc. All activities will truly enchant you to the spirit of South Africa. Are you ready to start exploring this beautiful and varied country? Book now and let Great Safaris be a starting point for a lifetime safari!

Highlights

  • Game drives and walks
  • Hermanus whale-watching
  • Tour to Nelson Mandela’s prison
  • Cape Dutch architecture admiration
  • Vineyard exploration in Winelands
  • Cape Town fishing village visit
  • Hermanus dolphin watching
  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • 10 activity days
  • English
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The Townhouse Hotel

The Townhouse Hotel is set in a surprisingly tranquil corner of Cape Town adjacent to the South African parliamentary precinct and the historic oak-lined avenues of the famed Dutch East India Company Gardens. Even though this hotel offers 4-star comforts and amenities decidedly more 21st century, The Townhouse Hotel is still an intimate, individualized hotel with just 106 selected en-suite accommodation options.

Beautifully designed and newly refurbished, these inviting climate-controlled spaces include free high-speed internet and DSTV (Digital Satellite Television) and personal touches like freshly-baked cookies from their Michelin-trained executive chef who conceives the hotel’s gourmet menu, showcasing unique South African flavors and vintages. For leisure seekers, the hotel is a natural point of departure to attractions like Cape Town Castle, major museums, the souvenir shopping mecca of Greenmarket Square, V&A Waterfront, and Table Mountain.

Oude Werf Hotel

Established in 1802, Oude Werf Hotel is South Africa’s oldest and most historic hotel. This hotel has defined hospitality and fine dining for centuries. You can enjoy the wonders of Cape Winelands from the repose of this luxurious accommodation which is situated in the historical core of the university town of Stellenbosch. Located on vibrant Church Street, Oude Werf Hotel retains the graceful ambiance of Georgian style throughout. Soft hues and antique furniture have been tastefully aligned with the comforts of modern living to create a calm haven from which to base your exploration of Stellenbosch.

Mosaic Lagoon Lodge

For the ultimate private getaway, Mosaic Lagoon Lodge captures the essence of tranquility with just 5 safari-style suites secluded among ancient milkwood trees on the edge of Hermanus Lagoon. Stone and glass walls open onto private decks with gorgeous mountain views. Each room has a beautiful soft netting surrounding a king bed, sitting area, writing desk, fireplace, and ceiling fan. The bathrooms are fitted with a large romantic tub, copper sink, and private outdoor shower for an African bush experience. The chalets of Mosaic Lagoon Lodge are beautifully built with stone and thatch harvested from the mosaic.

Boardwalks under a canopy of trees lead to the lounge where drinks and meals are shared outdoors or by a fireplace that will warm your soul. A heated plunge pool overlooking the mountains becomes a favorite place. As evening falls, you will witness the exquisite colors of the sun setting and the glorious expanse of the star-filled South African sky. Your stay will immerse you in awesome flowers of Cape Floral Kingdom, lagoon cruises, stunning beaches, fascinating marine life, and some of the world’s most beautiful wine lands. This is topped off with the smiling staff serving you fresh cuisine paired with delicious South African wine.

Lake Pleasant Living

Lake Pleasant Living is unique from other accommodation establishments on Garden Route as this place provides lifestyle living combined with superb facilities and is not merely a room to stay overnight. Ideally placed between the beautiful towns of Knysna and Sedgefield, Lake Pleasant Living is the perfect place from where to explore endless activities on Garden Route or enjoy the comfort and luxury of upmarket living complemented by an incomparable natural environment.

Lake Pleasant Living accommodation is a luxurious place to stay. Classic, up-market furnishings with original artwork define Lake Pleasant Living’s exclusivity. This place has open-plan living areas with one or two en-suite bedrooms lead to private patios and balconies. All suites have their own separate lounge with a dining area, balcony or patio that opens to the lush gardens or lake, en-suite luxury bathrooms, separate additional guest bathroom with a shower and fully-equipped kitchenette with cooker, fridge, freezer, and dishwasher.

Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo

The pristine 4-star Protea Hotel O.R.Tambo is set in the heart of Kempton Park which is only a few minutes from South Africa’s largest airport, O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Themed around an aircraft hangar, the industrial ambiance of the hotel is felt in the polished concrete floors, steel finishes, chrome lighting, and top to bottom windows that overlook the aircraft as they dock and take off.

Whether you’re stopping over or have an extended business stay ahead, Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport has it all. Guests can make use of executive boardrooms, relax around the pool or in the funky bar and lounge, or dine at The Warehouse a la carte restaurant.

Kapama Southern Camp

Kapama Southern Camp is situated on the southernmost section of the Kapama Private Game Reserve. This place offers a luxury 5-star accommodation, warm hospitality, and friendly service in a tranquil setting which will satisfy even the most discerning nature lovers’ taste. You can relax in the lounge with a good book or just sit back and indulge in the breathtaking beauty of mother nature in all her splendor. Alternatively, you can lazily lounge around the magnificent pool and deck area plus stare into the vast African yonder, hopefully spotting some of the many animals that often pass in close proximity.

If the African sun becomes too much to bare, a dip in the refreshing water will bring immediate relief and the friendly barman will be on hand to spoil you with a tantalizing cocktail. Kapama Southern Camp offers fifteen luxury suites. All of them are en-suites and fully-equipped with shower and baths, air-conditioners, and a mini-bar fridge as a standard commodity. Safe box and coffee plus tea-making facilities are standard in all rooms. The insect screens and air-conditioning will make the balmy summer evenings just so much more enjoyable.

You will have a soft landing in Cape Town and explore Cape of Good Hope, the brightly painted Malay Quarters and vibrant townships that crowd up against the Atlantic shoreline. Then, you will drive through breathtaking Winelands to savor local wines and explore the quaint shops of Stellenbosch. At nearby Hermanus, there are southern right whales breach and frolic merely an arms’ length from land.

Turning eastward, you will enter magnificent Garden Route, a swatch of oceanfront beauty lapped by the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. Knysna will be the destination of choice, a natural wonderland that touches the senses and restores the spirit. After that, you will have a restful night in Johannesburg and go on safari at Kruger National Park which is home to all the “Big Five”. There, you will venture forth on daily game drives in open safari vehicles escorted by passionate and professional game rangers.

Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from the USA

You will soar to South Africa.

Day 2 to 4: Cape Town

From day 2 to 4, you will admire quaint fishing villages and espy penguins plus seals en-route to the glorious Cape of Good Hope. Then, you will hop on Robben Island by ferry and tour to the prison that incarcerated Nelson Mandela.

Day 5: Winelands

You will sip fine wines, explore vineyards, and admire Cape Dutch architecture in this exquisitely beautiful rural paradise.

Day 6: Hermanus

Hermanus is perhaps the best whale watching site in the world. You will explore the village and watch breaching whales and dolphins.

Day 7 - 8: Knysna

You will relax on the beach, hike through a lush forest, or skim over emerald green lagoons in this glamorous heart of Garden Route.

Day 9: Johannesburg

You will go to Johannesburg and stay overnight in a luxury accommodation.

Day 10 - 12 Kruger National Park

You will go to Kruger National Park by airplane and enjoy thrilling safari days ahead. You will see wildlife abounds including lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, giraffes, and hippos. You will also have daily game drives, walking safaris, and superb cuisine.

Day 13: Departure for Johannesburg

You will fly to Johannesburg and homeward.

Day 14: Arrival in the USA

On day 14, you will arrive in the USA with remarkable memories.

Note: For you who prefer to leave the driving to Great Safaris’ representative, this itinerary can be operated with a private car and driver / guide.

South Africa is truly a world in one country. The fabric of this nation is woven with many different colors and textures that never fail to titillate the senses. The modern transport infrastructure beckons the guest to explore each nook and cranny of the area.

Furthermore, this country offers magnificent natural beauty in so many different forms including its wildlife, geography, cuisine, multitude of cultures, and its people. This country lies at the southern tip of the African continent between latitudes 22 and 35 south flanked by the Indian Ocean on the east coast and the Atlantic on the west.

Washed by the cold Benguela current on the west coast and the warm Mozambique-Agulhas current on the east, the country has a beautiful coastline of 1,832 miles and is prized for the seafood off its shores.

During this safari vacation, you will be served superb cuisine at Kruger National Park. Moreover, you will be prepared with a fully-equipped kitchenette to cook your own meals at Lake Pleasant Living.

You can join shark cage diving during your stay at Mosaic Lagoon Lodge.

  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • Cape Dutch architecture admiration in Winelands
  • Cape Town fishing village visit
  • Game drives and walks at Kruger National Park
  • Penguins and seals sightseeing en-route to Cape of Good Hope
  • Prison incarcerated Nelson Mandela visit on Robben Island
  • Quaint shops of Stellenbosch visit
  • Superb cuisine tasting at Kruger National Park
  • Vineyard exploration in Winelands
  • Whale and dolphin-watching in Hermanus
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Rick M. from Texas, USA

    "The trip was great. The facilities and people were top notch. I assume you must have informed some of the facilities that it was our 40th anniversary. Great Safaris had a bottle of champagne waiting for us and another game lodge put us in a suite with a private pool. We were served a private candle lit dinner by the pool. All activities made the trip extra special. Thanks for all your help, Great Safaris!"

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  • Review by Jessica Tracy Dvm from Tennessee, USA

    "The tour took us through a very informative and animal-focused animal conservation tour of Tanzania that was the trip of a lifetime. Large amounts of what we paid went back to the animals and their protection. Great Safaris is very professional and safe with no elephant rides for those who are complaining."

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  • Review by Tiffany Karlin Exline from California, USA

    "My husband and I were very different travelers. Anne took the time at the beginning to understand our interests and she managed to create an experience that suited both of us. Every location, hotel, guide, and tour that she arranged was absolutely superb. We felt like a royal treatment on the entire trip. In fact, for the money that we spent, we thought it was too good to be true. Anne truly created for us memories to last a lifetime. What an experience! We're looking forward to having another with Great Safaris again! Thank you so very much, Anne. You blew our minds with a stunning vacation."

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California, United States

Great Safaris is a luxury safari tour operator which provides experiential travel services throughout Africa for individuals, families, and small group travelers.

Speaks English

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This safari vacation is available from January 1 to October 31, 2017. Please select an arrival date below.

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