Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safari 2022

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  • Newmarket Holidays

Extraordinary South Africa

Experience one of Africa's most spectacular cities, some startling scenery, and the giants of the animal kingdom. Join us for a perfect introduction to South Africa, one of the world’s most beautiful countries, on an extraordinary-value tour crammed with unforgettable highlights. Discover spectacular Cape Town in its glorious setting beneath Table Mountain, see rugged Indian Ocean-washed shores, cross the arid plain of the Little Karoo, go in search of the Big Five in a private game reserve, and relax in the sun-kissed surroundings of some of South Africa’s finest vineyards.

Highlights

Holiday Highlights

Four game drives in search of the Big Five
Ride Table Mountain's rotating cable car
Spend two nights in the privately owned Garden Route Game Lodge
Tour the beautiful Cape Peninsula
Visit the whale-watching town of Hermanus
Discover South Africa’s Cape Winelands and beautiful Western Cape
Wine-tasting on a Franschhoek wine estate
See the extraordinary Cango Caves and visit an ostrich farm
Journey to Knysna, on the beautiful Garden Route
Take a cruise on Knysna Lagoon
Tour of Stellenbosch with included bubbly and nougat experience

Destinations
  • Table Mountain
  • South Africa
  • Africa
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • Seniors
  • Scenic
  • Air Holidays & Breaks
  • Faraway Worldwide Holidays
  • AIR
  • Safaris

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly from the UK, via Johannesburg, to Cape Town.

Day 2

Today you're free to relax in one of the world’s most stunningly located cities.  Perhaps take a stroll along the V&A Waterfront, where you'll find several cultural landmarks, including the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art. This evening, you might choose to join the optional sunset cruise on the bay.

Day 3

Meet your tour manager for an orientation tour of the city. You'll see historical landmarks like the Castle of Good Hope, the House of Parliament, and the leafy Company’s Gardens. You’ll also enjoy a stroll past the colourful Bo Kapp colonial district before returning to your hotel by lunchtime. This afternoon, you can choose between enjoying some time at leisure or joining the optional tour to infamous Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.  

Day 4

Enjoy a fascinating full-day tour on which you'll visit treacherous Cape Point, where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean, Kirstenbosch, famous for its Botanical Gardens and Hout Bay, and – weather-permitting – breathtakingly scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive. This afternoon, ascend Table Mountain in a rotating cable car that offers a 360-degree panorama as it climbs to the 1000-metre high summit.

Day 5

Head east into the verdant Cape Winelands region and to wine-producing Franschhoek for lunch and a wine tasting in the fabled Franschhoek Wine Valley, before continuing to Stellenbosch, deep in the heart of this scenic landscape. Enjoy a guided introduction of Stellenbosch, followed by a glass of bubbly and some local nougat. With its oak trees and picturesque, European-style Cape Dutch houses, Stellenbosch is a delightful place to spend a night.

Day 6

Travel on to Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich Capital of the World, in the heart of the Little Karoo plain. The world’s strangest, largest and often most-valuable bird has been farmed here for 130 years – first for its plumage, and more recently for its high-protein, low-cholesterol meat. Enjoy a taste at your barbecue lunch, before visiting the world-renowned Cango Caves, with their caverns of stalactites and stalagmites. Later, you’ll continue to the coastal Garden Route resort of Mossel Bay for a two-night stay.

Day 7

This morning, you'll travel to coastal Knysna for a cruise on the beautiful lagoon, which hugs the edge of the fascinating Featherbed Nature Reserve. After the cruise, you’ll travel in a 4x4 up to the headland for some spectacular views, listening as your expert guide tells you about the local history, flora and fauna. A buffet lunch will be served at an outdoor restaurant under a picturesque canopy of milkwood trees.  After some free time to explore Knysna’s charming waterfront, enjoy a guided walk around the Garden of Eden in the Harkerville Forest, before returning to Mossel Bay for a traditional South African barbecue. 

Day 8

Journey via the historic, sleepy harbour town of Mossel Bay to the Garden Route Game Lodge, in the heart of a privately operated reserve where you'll spend the next two days. During your stay here, in the shadow of the Langeberg mountains, you’ll enjoy all the wonders of safari game drives to see the Big Five (lions, rhino, elephants, leopards and buffalo) while staying in comfortable lodges and enjoying typical African dinners looking out over the reserve. This afternoon, enjoy your first game drive, then perhaps enjoy a sun-downer before dinner.

Day 9

A second day at the lodge begins with a pre-breakfast game drive. Enjoy some free time for a siesta - perhaps by the pool - before setting off on a second evening game drive. Upon your return to the camp, enjoy a complimentary refreshment beside the authentic boma (camp fire), before you savour another memorable dinner under the stars.

Day 10

After a final early morning game drive, you'll journey west to Hermanus, a famous whale-watching centre from July to November and a year-round seaside resort. Departures between September and November will include a whale-watching cruise. Later, enjoy a fantastic dinner with a panoramic view of Walker Bay at La Pentola restaurant. 

Day 11

Begin your last scenic day of touring as you make the dramatic descent from Sir Lowry’s Pass onto the Cape Flats. Take in the spectacular views of distant Table Mountain, before returning to Cape Town airport, via Stony Point Nature reserve to see the penguin colony, for your overnight flight home via Johannesburg.

Day 12

You'll land back home this morning, at the end of a wonderful holiday in South Africa.

What's Included

Nine nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at hotels in Cape Town (3 nights), Stellenbosch (1), Mossel Bay (2), Albertinia (2) and Hermanus (1), plus two nights on the aircraft
Three lunches and four dinners
A spectacular whale-watching cruise (September to November departures only)
Return flights to Cape Town via Johannesburg
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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07-Nov-2021
9 Nights
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-£137
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18-Nov-2021
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-£137
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27-Jan-2022
9 Nights
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-£151
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22-Feb-2022
9 Nights
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-£146
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28-Feb-2022
9 Nights
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-£144
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09-Mar-2022
9 Nights
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-£144
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28-Apr-2022
9 Nights
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-£141
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02-May-2022
9 Nights
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-£131
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16-May-2022
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-£130
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23-May-2022
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-£131
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31-May-2022
9 Nights
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-£145
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02-Sep-2022
9 Nights
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-£148
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14-Sep-2022
9 Nights
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-£148
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19-Sep-2022
9 Nights
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-£148
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22-Sep-2022
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-£148
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27-Sep-2022
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-£150
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13-Oct-2022
9 Nights
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-£150
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07-Nov-2022
9 Nights
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-£153
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27-Jan-2023
9 Nights
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-£148
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17-Feb-2023
9 Nights
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-£143
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24-Feb-2023
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-£143
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10-Mar-2023
9 Nights
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-£145
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14-Apr-2023
9 Nights
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-£137
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05-May-2023
9 Nights
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-£130
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12-May-2023
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-£130
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19-May-2023
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-£130
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02-Jun-2023
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-£130
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16-Jun-2023
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-£130
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15-Sep-2023
9 Nights
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-£148
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22-Sep-2023
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-£148
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29-Sep-2023
9 Nights
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-£151
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06-Oct-2023
9 Nights
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-£155
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13-Oct-2023
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-£155
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20-Oct-2023
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-£155
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03-Nov-2023
9 Nights
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-£154
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24-Nov-2023
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-£157
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