Cape Town Twelve Apostles Hotel
and Sanbona Game Reserve
A 14 Day Grand Tour of South Africa
A 14-Day stay grand tour of Cape Town, Arabella Western Cape, Franschoek Wine Valley and Sanbona Game Reserve, with tours in Cape Town and Safari game drives. Choose your own arrival date.
Our Cape Town representative will be on hand to meet you at the airport and escort you into the city. On the way, you’ll appreciate the strategic location that has for centuries made the Cape a crossroads of world trade, and a meeting point where nations have met, traded, melded, come into conflict, and ultimately formed the mosaic of today’s South Africa. In less than 20 minutes, you’ll reach the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa (Ultra Deluxe category) or similar, with breakfast daily, in a classical room.
Day 2: Cape Town (B)
Today, at the very extreme end of Africa, we’ll discover and explore one of the oldest and most cosmopolitan cities on the continent. Our half-day tour begins with pickup at your hotel at 8 a.m. We’ll head for Table Mountain and, weather permitting, ascend a thousand meters by cableway to appreciate stunning views of the city and the waters offshore. Then it’s onward to The Castle, the oldest building in South Africa, with its Military Museum, and relics of a strategic past. A signal cannon is still fired daily. We’ll see the Company Gardens, once a vegetable farm for the early colony, now an exquisite botanical exhibit and public venue. Oddly, though not the capital, Cape Town hosts South Africa’s Parliament, which we’ll see right in the Gardens, along with City Hall, where Nelson Mandela made his first address as a freed man, and Slave Lodge, dedicated to the history of forced servitude in South Africa and the British Empire. We’ll explore the colorful Malay Quarter of multi-colored houses and mosques set on hills in the Bo-Kaap district, and have a chance to see where diamonds from South Africa’s mines are cut. Afterwards, you’ll have time to return on your own to some of the fascinating spots you’ve seen. Just make sure you turn in early . . . we have a long day tomorrow.
Day 3: Cape Town and Aquila Game Reserve (BL)
We’ll start at 6 a.m. to get in the best wildlife viewing possible. Our private conveyance will take us to Aquila Private Game Reserve, just two hours from Cape Town in the open veld of the Karoo. Aquila protects some of the major game species of Africa, including lions, elephants, water buffalo, rhinos, and rarely seen mountain leopards. After welcome refreshments, we’ll set out with a ranger on our game drive in a 4×4 vehicle. In addition to the “big five,” we’ll also spot, depending on the season and current conditions, wildebeest, springboks, zebra, giraffe, eland, baboons, hartebeest, and many, many others. Birders will discover the booted eagle in the summer and flamingos during rainy times. Rare black eagles are at home here, among 172 bird species. Bring extra memory cards for your camera! We’ll enjoy a buffet lunch and have time to relax by the pool (or by the fire in winter) before we head back to Cape Town.
Full day at leisure, enjoy your luxury hotel, or ask us for available optional tour. You’ll have one more opportunity to experience the excitement of this great city and, of course, do some last-minute shopping.
This evening we’ll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right into the homes of some of the people of Cape Town! You’ll be invited to a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties, you’ll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your new friends, they’re sure to have questions about your own background. Once the ice is broken, you’ll enjoy a lively evening, and find that you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, if you prefer, you may want enjoy a quiet evening with your travel companions – just letting us know your preferences. You may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family (T shirt , small souvenirs of your home town).
Day 5: Cape Town – The Spier (B)
Breakfast is included as usual at your hotel. Private transfer to the Spier.
Day 6: The Spier (B)
Breakfast is included as usual at your hotel. Full day on your own, to enjoy your deluxe hotel facilities and the surroundings: Indulge yourself in a variety of massage and holistic treatments including aroma therapy and reflexology. Take advantage of the facials, manicures and pedicures given by nimble-fingered consultants as well as other specialized skin care therapy and treatments at the boutique spa located at the Spier Hotel.
Spier, in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Winelands, is more than an innovative and iconic destination. It is a place of hope that delivers experiences that rejuvenate mind, body and soul.
The fabric of Spier’s rich history was created out of a journey that began in 1692 and has been embroidered for over three centuries. The original Manor House and slave bell, as well as the oldest dated wine cellar in South Africa, have been impeccably restored for future generations to stay in touch with the past.
Art, culture, wine, food, nature and conservation – these are the pillars of the Spier experiences and all are manifest on the estate, giving guests the opportunity to see, smell, hear, feel and taste for themselves the variety of unexpected encounters available at Spier.
Day 7 and Day 8: Franschhoek (B)
Our journey to the historic wine-growing district begins when we call on you with a private vehicle after breakfast. Historic Franschhoek lies 80 kilometers to the east, amid rolling vineyards under sentinel mountains. Its name recalls the French Huguenots who settled in the seventeenth century. Here in South Africa’s counterpart to Napa and Bordeaux, you’ll partake of the delights of local vintages along wine routes that include the domains of Boschendal, Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Graham Beck, La Motte, L’Ormarins, the Rupert & Rothchild Vignerons, and Vrede en Lust.
During your stay, you can relax amid majestic surroundings, or choose from a menu of experiences. Several golf courses set among the vineyards offer a variety of challenges. Mountain streams and reservoirs are stocked with rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. Ride a horse, or stroll the trails that wind through the Franschhoek, Drakenstein and Boland mountains, or choose a challenging route from peak to peak with overnight camping in between. You can find your adventures on the spot, or we can make arrangements beforehand so that you can make the most of your time. We can even provide trail permits, where required.
In between your outings, enjoy fine dining, browse art galleries, and visit cheese factories to round out an unexpected country experience in South Africa.
Situated in the heart of South Africa’s wine country, Spier’s Wines are core to the business. Spier Wines has produced award-winning wines that have won global recognition.
Day 9: Sanbona Game Reserve (BLD)
After your idyll in the wine country, we’ll call for you after breakfast in our private vehicle to take you eastward to spend several days in the Sanbona Game Reserve, set in the Little Karoo at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountains. Its name is a tribute to the ancient San people of the region, and its 54,000 hectares of rolling plains hold treasures that include rock art, regional flora, white lions, and the rare riverine rabbit. Sambona is an adventure in conservation, wildlife sighting, and luxurious accommodations. A hearty lunch will be served upon your arrival. In the afternoon, you’ll take a game drive in a Land Cruiser. Sightings might include white lions, which are being re-introduced to the wild by the Reserve; and elephants, leopards, buffalo, white rhinos, and cheetahs, depending on the season and local conditions. Dinner will be served back in the lodge. At your leisure in the evening, you can enjoy drinks and listen to and identify the sounds that surround you. Optional massages and treatments are available.
Day 10: Safaris – Sanbona Game Reserve (BLD)
You’ll take two game drives today, and experience that species that reveal themselves at different times of day. After a wake-up call and a light repast of tea, coffee and pastries, you’ll take a morning drive. Sightings might include giraffes, zebras, and South Africa’s distinctive antelopes, including springboks, elands, and gemsboks. You’ll return for a late full breakfast, and a break at the lodge, where you can enjoy the pool, or just relax. Your afternoon game drive departs after a late lunch, followed by dinner.
Day 11: Safaris – Sanbona Game Reserve – Back to Cape Town (B)
This program is always subject to change and times are approximate and are subject to change during summer.
We’ll set off early again on our morning drive after coffee, tea and snacks. This is our last chance to see, and photograph, the local fauna. Keep an eye out for ostriches and rare riverine rabbits, among the most endangered species in the world. A full breakfast follows, after which we’ll board our vehicle for the drive through the Western Cape. We’ll reach Cape Town in the late afternoon, and check back into the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel, or a comparable establishment. Take advantage of your time to appreciate the Cape sunset, sophisticated dining, and shopping. Treasures at surprisingly affordable prices include jewelry, leather goods, and works of art. Of course, you’ll pick up a bottle or two of one of the fine wines that you’ve sampled during your stay.
Day 12: Hermanus – South Africa – Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa (B)
After breakfast, a private transfer to the Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa, “a Luxury Collection Hotel.” Overlooking the largest natural lagoon in Africa, The Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa is placed in the lap of a coastal amphitheater of seductive beauty on the 112-hectare Arabella Country Estate. One of the most acclaimed luxury resorts that South Africa offers, every aspect of our five-star hospitality is thoughtfully conceived to make your time away feel relaxed and unhurried.
Located just a 20-minute drive from the whale watchers haven of Hermanus, our hotel boasts the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and the 18-hole championship golf course on the Arabella Golf Estate. The region is rich in fynbos, bird life, exquisite mountain landscapes, and endless recreational activities. Here, just 100 kilometers from Cape Town, you will enjoy access to comforts and amenities that replenish your energy and refresh your spirit. A world of rare beauty, where elegance is timeless, service is seamless, and every day abounds with simple pleasures. A place where exquisite luxury is reflected in sublime details.
Day 13: Hermanus – South Africa – Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa (B)
Full day at leisure to enjoy this ultra deluxe hotel and surroundings.
Day 14: Cape Town – Departure (B)
After breakfast transfer to the airport. Bon Voyage!
|Rates are in USD $. Rate Is Per Person|
|Double (rate per person)||$ 7010.00|
|Single (rate per person)||$ 9521.00|
- Hotel accommodation as listed or similar, with tax and continental breakfast daily
- Private guided tours in Cape Town as listed, including all entrance fees.
- Two nights accommodation at Sanbona Game Reserve, with all three meals daily, in a standard room, and a game drive each day during your stay at the “Game Reserve”.
- All transfers while in South Africa, always on a private basis.
- Passport and visa fees.
- International air fare
- Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
- Excess baggage charges or shipping charges
- Additional personal expenses, beverages, and meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
- Any airport taxes