Cape Town & Durban
Travel 11 Feb 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £379 per person
- 4 nts SunSquare City Bowl, Cape Town - Breakfast
- 6 nts Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, KwaZulu Natal - Breakfast
- Flights to Cape Town and onwards to Durban with British Airways, accommodation throughout, return shared transfers and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
This hotel sits in Cape Town's vibrant foodie district where chic restaurants and bars spill out on to the street.
Situated on Durban's famous 'Golden Mile', overlooking lush gardens and the Indian Ocean.
Flights to Cape Town and onwards to Durban with British Airways, accommodation throughout, return shared transfers 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.
KZN, as it is often simply known, is a special place where the history is rich and the culture diverse; where lovers of the great outdoors can indulge in an array of activities From the dramatic peaks of the exquisite Drakensberg Mountains to traditional Zulu villages, historic battle sites of the Boer Wars, the warm Indian Ocean lapping glorious sandy beaches and magnificent game reserves, KwaZulu Natal is a tourist's paradise.
Gateway to KZN is Durban, South Africa's third largest city and one of the fastest growing urban areas in the world. This bustling city is also one of South Africa's most popular holiday resorts thanks to its sub tropical climate and luxury beachfront hotels. Durban is also a sporting paradise with an abundance of watersports and world-class stadia for rugby, soccer and cricket. Ten miles north of Durban is the upmarket resort of Umhlanga. Less developed than the city it offers wide, sandy beaches lined with exclusive hotels, good shopping and a wide range of watersports.
The towering sandstone and basalt peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains are South Africa's highest and most extensive mountain range. The rugged landscape, traversed by gorges and rivers, lends itself to numerous outdoor activities such as kayaking, horse riding, 4x4 trails, hiking, mountain climbing and much more. Hundreds of caves lie hidden within the cliffs and these walls are a living legacy of the nomadic San people with an estimated 600 rock art sites featuring in excess of 35000 images.
The history of KwaZulu Natal is intrinsically linked to its battlefields and the ferocious wars that took place over numerous years between the British, Boers and Zulus. There are a number of self-drive routes that take in the intriguing battle sites, historical buildings, museums, memorials and graveyards. Alternatively, organised tours led by local guides bring alive the events at sites such as Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Spioenkop and Blood River.
KwaZulu Natal is also a nature-lover's paradise. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a massive wilderness area comprising ecologically important lakes, coastal forests and marine reserves. It borders KwaZulu Natal's hot plains, which is home to many game reserves, including Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. Among South Africa's largest game reserves, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is one of the best places in the country in which to see endangered rhino, along with other Big Five game, namely elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo. Well-disguised viewing hides overlook pans and waterholes where the birds and animals gather to drink, so you'll be able to see plenty of game at an unusually close range.
No stay in this region would be complete without a visit to a genuine Zulu village. Extending roughly from the mouth of the Tugela River up to St Lucia and inland to Vryheid, Zululand offers fascinating historical and contemporary insights into one of the country's most enigmatic cultures. These traditional villages are living museums offering visitors the chance to learn about the Zulu way of life, sample local dishes and beer, watch spear-throwing demonstrations, learn about Zulu history and the legendary King Shaka.