Cape Town & Safari
Travel 20 Aug 2021 - 20 Sep 2021
Book by 28 Feb 2021
Saving £125 per person
- 4 nights Bantry Bay Suite Hotel, Cape Town - Studio with breakfast
- 1 nights Protea Hotel by Marriott OR Tambo, Jo'burg & Pretoria - Guest room with breakfast
- 3 nights Makalali Private Game Lodge , Kruger National Park & Beyond - Main lodge superior room Full board and 2 game drives per day
- Flights to Cape Town, onward to Johannesburg and back to Heathrow with British Airways and Comair, accommodation throughout, return shared transfers and prepayable taxes. Daily (£40 supplement for O/B on Fri & Sat and I/B on Fri, Sat & Sun).
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
Studio with breakfast
If you are seeking a home-away-from-home with a spectacular view then look no further than Bantry Bay, which is enjoys a prime seafront location.
Guest room with breakfast
Experience the perfect blend of style, comfort and convenience at Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport.
Main lodge superior room Full board and 2 game drives per day
Located west of Kruger National Park this ethnic-style retreat resides within 26,000 hectares of bushveld in the north eastern Lowveld.
Upgrade to private transfers throughout from £218 per person
Flights to Cape Town, onward to Johannesburg and back to Heathrow with British Airways and Comair, accommodation throughout, return shared transfers and prepayable taxes. Daily (£40 supplement for O/B on Fri & Sat and I/B on Fri, Sat & Sun).
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £100, Belfast from £100, Newcastle from £100, Edinburgh from £100, Glasgow from £100. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
Studio with breakfast
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.
Guest room with breakfast
While Gauteng may geographically be South Africa's smallest province it is an urban playground of note with the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Johannesburg is South Africa's largest city as well as the financial and commercial heart of the country, while Pretoria is the administrative capital which is both a showpiece of South Africa's sad and controversial past, and of its vibrant new life.
The largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg is a booming, happening city with an infectious energy and vibrancy. Jo’burg has grown rapidly since the discovery of gold in 1886 and is today Africa’s richest metropolis. Along with a diverse cultural life, some fantastic shopping, restaurants and nightlife, Johannesburg has many notable landmarks and attractions.
An absolute must-see is the fascinating Apartheid Museum, which graphically charts the chilling era of segregation and oppression. Overlooking the city, Constitution Hill is home of the architectural marvel, Constitutional Court, as well as important heritage buildings such as the Old Fort museum and Women’s Gaol museum.
The precinct of Newtown is the heart of Johannesburg’s cultural landscape and brims with trendy coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, craft workshops, nightclubs, threatres and museums.For a journey into the soul of the fight for freedom, be sure to visit the famous township of Soweto. More of a city than a township, Soweto is a sprawling area where you can see the many milestones of South Africa’s turbulent history, including the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
For a change of scene head to the smaller and more relaxed city of Pretoria, which is the country’s administrative capital. Whilst not as dynamic as Jo’burg, it has a rich heritage with stately buildings, good museums and pretty jacaranda-lined streets.
Be sure to visit the imposing Union Buildings, a crescent-shaped complex where thousands gathered in 1994 to see Nelson Mandela inaugurated as South African president.
High on a hilltop south of the city centre is the Voortrekker Monument, which commemorates the epic exodus of Boers from the Cape into the interior. Nearby Freedom Park traces the story of South Africa’s liberation and encompasses a series of poignant memorials and an impressive museum.
Main lodge superior room Full board and 2 game drives per day
Covering an area the size of Wales, Kruger National Park has all of Africa’s iconic species - elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and zebra, along with a supporting cast of 138 other mammals and more than 500 bird varieties.
Our selection of lodges comprise those within Kruger National Park, alternative options just outside the park in Hazyview or White River as well as beyond Kruger in the Waterberg Region.
In Kruger National Park itself our featured accommodation varies from good value informal lodges to exclusive properties with every conceivable luxury. All include three meals a day and many have African ‘bomas’ (a traditional outdoor dining experience). All offer two game drives per day, which are usually before breakfast and again later in the afternoon, although exact times can vary. Game drives are in open top four-wheel drive vehicles usually with just six guests per vehicle and an experienced knowledgeable ranger. There may also be the option of bush walks or walking safaris. Some lodges do not accept children and those that do may insist you pay extra for a private game drive if your children are under 7. Most lodges have no fences, so wildlife can be found within the grounds. All lodges insist you are escorted by a member of staff after dark.
For those keen to keep costs down, consider staying just outside Kruger in either Hazyview or White River, which also give easy access to small towns in the area. Prices include breakfast but not game drives; however, these can easily be added on.
Beyond Kruger National Park, wildlife adventures continue in the Waterberg Region. Vast, peaceful and startlingly beautiful, this is a unique wilderness area yet to be fully discovered. Its mountain gorges, clear streams and undulating bushveld hills are rich in indigenous flora and fauna - including the Big Five.
If memorable safari adventures aren’t enough to pique your interest, take a trip to the colossal Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa’s scenic wonders known for its rust-coloured sandstone cliffs and craggy butresses. Its most famous viewpoints are God’s Window and the Three Rondavels. Other area attractions include the awesome moonscape of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the charming gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest.