Cape Town is affectionately known as “The Mother City” and boasts the famous Table Mountain in the center of the metropolitan city, and Robben Island located 9km offshore. This tour focuses on the history and scenic beauty of Cape Town and is an ideal springboard for all travelers visiting the Cape for the first time. The tour ends with a visit to Table Mountain (weather permitting.
• Return to your hotel with the evening at leisure.
The Cape Peninsula, situated on the South Westerly tip of Africa, has much to offer the day-tripper. The fabulous scenery at Cape Point, the naval history of Simon’s Town, and one of only two land-based breeding colonies of African Penguins at Boulders beach. Chapman’s Peak drive is one of the most scenic drives in the world and offers a beautiful view of the Peninsula.
Highlights of the day
• Chapman’s Peak drive (if open)
• Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve & Cape Point
• Funicular ride to Cape Point lighthouse
• Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach
• Simon’s Town
• Scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard: Clifton, Camps Bay,
• Twelve Apostles and Llandudno.
• Return to the Hotel with the evening at leisure.
Visit the Winelands towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, with an emphasis on the towns and surrounding areas as well as some wine tasting. True heavyweights, both towns boast rich histories, diverse winemaking styles with a huge variety of world-class wines to experience firsthand as well as incredible natural scenery, interesting historical facts and a unique mix of old and new world styles coming together.
Highlights of the day:
• Visit the famous towns of Stellenbosch & Franschhoek and walk around
• Master cheese & wine tasting at Fairview estate, Paarl district
• Flagship wine tasting at Anthonij Rupert wines, Franschhoek district
• Wine & chocolate tasting at Waterford estate, Stellenbosch district
• Lunch stop at Tokara restaurant
Stellenbosch is a university town in South Africa’s Western Cape province. It’s surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town’s oak-shaded streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of South Africa’s Dutch colonial history, as do the Village Museum’s period houses and gardens.
Franschhoek is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. Trails wind through flowers and wildlife at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve to views over Franschhoek Valley. The Huguenot Memorial Museum and neighboring monument honor the area’s French settlers, who arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Franschhoek Motor Museum displays vintage cars amid mountain farmland.
One of the most picturesque tours the Cape has to offer its visitors. Between the months of June to December. Southern Right whales can be spotted along the coast between Cape Town and Hermanus, Hermanus being the best land-based viewing point for whale watching.
Highlights of the day:
• Shark cage diving OR Whale watching by boat
• Lunch stop at one of Hermanus’s famous seafood restaurants
• Hermanus, land-based whale watching (June – December)
• Wine tasting in the Hemel en Aarde Valley
• You will be collected from the hotel and transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your departure flight to Skukuza.
• Pick up at Skukuza Airport and transfer to Chalkley Tree House for 1 night
Guy Aubrey Chalkley once set up camp in a majestic centuries-old Leadwood Tree to escape the predators roaming the plains below. They decided that this would be the ideal place to build the ultimate bush bedroom, and so came to be The Chalkley Treehouse. A secure and lavish platform under the stars, the treehouse has all the 5-star comforts but affords an experience as wild as the animals that roam beneath it.
Guests are taken to the treehouse at sunset, where drinks and a scrumptious picnic dinner await. Lit by candlelight only, no electricity. Truly an experience you will NEVER forget!
HOTEL OPTION 1: Lion Sands Ivory Lodge – Private lounge and Plunge Pool
The award-winning Ivory Lodge is in Sabi Sand Reserve in its south-eastern corner. The luxury lodge offers scenic views of the Kruger National Park the majestic Sabie River that flows throughout the year. The lodge has six luxury villas that offer seclusion, privacy, and sophisticated accommodation. Go on exciting game drives and bush walks with experienced guides to view the wildlife and the birdlife in the region.
One-bedroom Villas at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge boasts a heated plunge pool and private game viewing deck, ideal for watching Elephant come to drink at the Sabi River.
This luxurious safari accommodation offers guests complete privacy that functions as a private villa. Fall asleep to the sound of a lion’s roar in a comfortable double bed convertible to twin. Another room amenities are a private plunge pool, air-conditioning, fireplace, room fan.
The bathroom is fitted with a large, free-standing bath for truly decadent bubble baths. Feel the essence of Africa as you enjoy a rejuvenating outdoor shower.
The all-inclusive rate per person per night includes:
• Ultra-luxury accommodation
• Three meals per day
• Maxi bar in the room
• Two game drives daily
• Specified inclusive safari activities
• Treatment room
• Personal boma with fire dish
• Wi-fi in public areas
• Private gazebo
• Swimming pool Skukuza
• Airport transfers
The region offers excellent game viewing with a rich wildlife including the Rhino, cheetah, lion, buffalo, and wild dog. It has unique photographic opportunities and be sure to experience close encounters with wild animals.
• Walking safaris
• Game drives
• Bird Watching
• Hot air ballooning
• Hippo Tour
• Helicopter Tours
• Wildlife Lectures
• Cultural Village Experience
• Clay Pigeon Shooting
HOTEL OPTION 2: River Lodge with Private Plunge Pool
River Lodge is the soul of The Lion Sands Game Reserve and has been built on the banks of the Sabie River, positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years. Here you are invited to relax and experience African hospitality at its finest. Stay in one of these spacious suites, which are located further away from the public areas of the River Lodge. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the great plains from a bedroom, and there’s a private terrace too.
Each suite has an ensuite bathroom with a large double shower, freestanding bathtub and an outdoor shower, all with stunning views of the bush. Suites also have a minibar, air-conditioning, and Africology bath products. The main lodge has an indoor dining and living area, a shaded terrace, an outdoor boma and two public pools, one at either end of the lodge, and free WiFi.
• Two game drives per day
• Three meals per day
• Guided bush walks
• Beverages and selected snacks
• Game drive refreshments & snacks
• Bush breakfasts, picnic lunches and our spectacular bush dinners under the African stars
• Skukuza airport transfers and conservation fees
For the ultimate experience in safari activities, Lion Sands River Lodge is the right place to visit. Go on safari adventure during the morning and late afternoon game drives guided by experienced rangers and trackers.
The chances of seeing the Big 5 are nowhere better than in the Sabi Sands. The time in between safari activities can be used for a range of other activities: relax at the pool, read a book on your own viewing deck or get yourself pampered at the Lalamuka Spa.
• Game drives and bush walks
• Hippo tours
• Stargazing sessions
• Game Walks
• River tours
• Safaris lunches
• Wildlife lectures
• Bush dinners
Sabi Sand shares a 50km unfenced border with Kruger National Park and offers the best wildlife viewing in South Africa. The area is divided into individual private game reserves, all offering the ultimate Big Five experience. The reserves offer an exclusive experience with luxury accommodation, great service, and excellent food.
Return home with memories to last a lifetime!
For more information about this itinerary or for us to create your custom South Africa Travel Package, please contact Lisa Crawford today at 954-456-0419 or email Lisa@SitInMySeats.com
Lisa Crawford is the founder and CEO of Crawford Concierge by SitInMySeats and can be reached at (954) 456-0419 or email Lisa@SitInMySeats.com