Cape, Wine and Game self-drive
Travel 11 Feb 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £240 per person
- 3 nts Camps Bay Stone Cottages, Cape Town - Room only
- 2 nts Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, The Garden Route - Full board
- 2 nts Cascade Country Manor, The Winelands - Breakfast
- All inclusive on Blue Train
- Flights to Cape Town with British Airways from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, one way shared transfer on arrival, 5 days group B car hire and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
Stone Cottages is within walking distance of Camps Bay's famous strip.
Discover luxury tented accommodation and a unique South African bushveld experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo.
Once a royal homestead this boutique retreat sits amongst picturesque olive orchards and vineyards in the heart of the Paarl Winelands.
Flights to Cape Town with British Airways from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, one way shared transfer on arrival, 5 days group B car hire and prepayable taxes.
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £70, Belfast from £70, Newcastle from £70, Edinburgh from £70, Glasgow from £70. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
The Mother City is probably the most popular starting point for any visit to South Africa and so it should be! Regularly voted as one of the world's most beautiful cities Cape Town has it all – a fascinating mix of up-to-the-minute vibrancy, memorable history and culture along with spectacular natural beauty.
Brimming with diversity and history, the City Bowl is the heart of city and nestles between Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head. It's here that you'll find the Central Business District with its numerous shops and bars along with some residential suburbs, including Bo-Kaap, the picturesque area at Signal Hill known for its colourful houses and cobbled streets. To the west lies the Atlantic Seaboard which stretches from the V&A Waterfront to Llandudno with some of the hottest beaches in between, including trendy Camps Bay. Further south on the Cape Peninsula you'll find the leafy, affluent suburbs of Constantia and Newlands.
If you haven't hired a car, the city centre itself is compact enough to explore on foot or alternatively open-top bus tours are available, allowing you to hop on and off at various stops, allowing you to choose which attractions you want to explore.
The city's most famous attraction, Table Mountain, is also one of the world's most recognisable landmarks and no visit to Cape Town would be complete without a trip up the 360º rotating cable car to the top. Be warned that cloud cover can affect visibility and may even cause the cable car to be closed. During peak times, queues can be long, so be sure to make an early start! The V&A Waterfront is also a great place to spend time. Once a working port, it has been redeveloped into an exciting shopping and leisure hub with a comprehensive array of retail outlets from international brands to exclusive local boutiques, entertainment venues, world-class hotels and restaurants galore. It's also the main departure point for Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela, amongst others, was imprisoned for 18 years. Tours of the jail buildings are conducted by former political prisoners who tell stories of their experiences and lives since their release. Tours do fill up quickly, so we do recommend booking before you leave home to avoid missing out.
Other notable city sights include City Hall, built in 1905 it is one of the last Victorian-style sandstone structures and it was from the balcony of City Hall that Nelson Mandela addressed the world, following his release from prison. For a respite from city life, head for Company Gardens a public park, which contains a rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond, aviary and tea garden. Alternatively, Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden is a heavenly national treasure set on the gentle slopes of Table Mountain and home to around 7,000 plant species. The city also has numerous fascinating museums including District Six Museum, Bo-Kaap Museum, Iziko Slave Lodge, The Springbok Experience and Cape Town Diamond Museum.
The Cape Peninsula is a superb day trip from Cape Town with stunning scenic drives over mountains and along the coast. Be sure to stop at Boulders Beach to visit the penguin colony as well as the naval town of Simon's Town, drop by the Constantia wine growing region and climb to the top of the cliff above the Cape of Good Hope at the southern-most tip to admire the Atlantic vistas.
Aside from the wonderful array of shops at the V&A Waterfront, other key shopping areas include Long Street and nearby Church Street in the Central Business District. There are also lots of different markets such as the City Bowl Market and Hout Bay's weekend market, while popular malls included Canal Walk, Cavendish Square and Lifestle on Kloof.
The city certainly comes alive at night offering a cosmopolitan atmosphere and mix of world-rated restaurants, vibrant music venues, impressive clubs, cutting-edge theatres, bars and township shebeens that promise a party that goes on and on! The cuisine on offer is as diverse as the people who make up this great city. There are numerous restaurants to try in the V&A Waterfront as well as Heritage Square, Greenmarket Square and St George's Mall.
However you spend your time in this wonderful city, you'll discover there are few places on earth as enchanting as Cape Town.
The Garden Route, which starts from Mossel Bay and ends at Port Elizabeth, is sure to seduce you. The region boasts one of the wildest and most staggeringly beautiful stretches of coastline you will ever see, while inland there are picturesque lagoons and lakes, rolling hills and soaring mountains.
A drive along the Garden Route, which stretches just over 180 miles, should ideally be spread out over four or five days stopping at the places we recommend. If you're looking to quickly drive through the region, the N2 Highway covers the length of the route, or for a more leisurely alternative, there are a network of scenic back roads. Most people drop their car in Port Elizabeth at the end of the route and then take a flight to their next port of call.
Mossel Bay: This beautiful holiday town, surrounded by the Indian Ocean, is where the first European, Bartholmeu Diaz, set anchor in 1488. Along with the many museums to visit it's also a sport enthusiast's paradise and starting point for boat trips - don't miss a visit to Seal Islands to see the Cape fur seals.
George: The Garden Route's biggest town lies centrally between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth at the base of the Outeniqua mountains. The historic town centre boasts some magnificent buildings and landmarks, including the Slave Tree and the railway station which houses a fascinating railway museum.
Oudtshoorn: The biggest town in the Little Karoo, an inland region. It's most famous for its ostrich farming with, with around 400 surrounding farms, some of which offer guided tours.
Knysna: Knysna is built around a huge natural lagoon, which is connected to the ocean by a narrow gap between two cliffs, called The Heads. The town's pretty main street is lined with shops and restaurants and is also known for the annual Oyster Festival held in July.
Plettenberg Bay: Upmarket "Plett" has golden beaches stretching for miles along the Indian Ocean, with sailing, fishing and scuba diving available. Whilst popular in the summer months, it can be surprisingly quiet, out of season.
Cape St Francis: This beautiful town's attractions include the white sandy beaches and historic Seal Point lighthouse. It's all about the great outdoors here, with an abundance of nature reserves along with fabulous watersport options.
Port Elizabeth: The fifth largest city in the country and the biggest on the coast between Cape Town and Durban. This important harbour town and industrial centre has an attractive atmosphere, wide beaches, some beautiful parks, landscaped gardens and an impressive promenade. From Port Elizabeth, it's only a short hop to some of the private game reserves of the Eastern Cape.
South Africa's wines are internationally renowned but the Winelands region is fast turning into a foodie destination too. It's also incredibly scenic with picturesque vineyards that extend as far as the eye can see and traditional Cape Dutch architecture. Just 45 minutes from Cape Town it's an easy day out, but why not stay a couple of nights and sample the produce in a more leisurely fashion?
The Winelands district contains the earliest European settlements at Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek and Somerset West, each with its own wine route, on which you travel from one estate to the next to taste the wines. If you're looking to drink in the scenery, rather than the wine, the Winelands are best explored by car, however if you are keen to taste the local wine, then you can join a tour or perhaps hire bicycles to explore one of the wonderfully scenic wine routes.
The Stellenbosch Winelands are considered to be the capital of the South African wine industry with some of the world's most acclaimed wines produced on these estates. Surrounded by mountains it's an elegant town, characterised by oak-lined streets and whitewashed buildings, many of Cape Dutch origin. The town's wine route comprises five different options encompassing some 100 estates, which are open to the public, including one of the most well known at Spier.
The town of Franschhoek owes its name, which means French Corner, to the Huguenots who settled there in the 18th century. Lying around 17 miles north east of Stellenbosch the Franschhoek Valley is lined with spectacular mountain peaks with vineyards clinging to the slopes. Franschhoek is also home to some of South Africa's top restaurants, which along with the strong winemaking heritage, have helped make it what many describe as the 'food and wine capital' of South Africa. You'll also find wonderful crafts, antique shops, galleries and for the more energetic there are numerous walking trails in the surrounding mountains, cycling and horse riding.
Founded in 1687 Paarl is the third oldest town in South Africa. It quickly established itself as a centre for fine wines, many of which are considered amongst the best in the world, particularly red wine. Surrounded by mountains and vineyards and set on the banks of the Berg River, Paarl is a charming town home to Cape Dutch architecture, a good range of places to stay and like its neighbours it has a wine route and some excellent restaurants.