Cape Town, Coast & Nature Reserve Self-drive

10 nights

From £1799

Travel 01 Feb 2022 - 20 Sep 2022
Book by 30 Nov 2021
  • 4 nt Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites, Cape Town - Luxury room with breakfast
  • 3 nt Aha The Rex Hotel, Knysna, The Garden Route - Standard room with breakfast
  • 3 nt Bellevue Forest Reserve, Eastern Cape Game Reserves - 2nts Elephant Lodge 1nt Stargazer Camp Full board & 2 activities a day
  • 7 days car hire
  • Full board and activities at Bellevue Forest Reserve
  • Flights to Cape Town and returning from Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg with British Airways and Comair, accommodation throughout, transfers in Cape Town, 7 days group C car hire to be picked up when leaving Cape Town and prepayable taxes.
  • This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
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4 nt Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites, Cape Town

Luxury room with breakfast

Ideally situated within the Convention Centre and Cape Town International Convention Centre precinct, the premier four-star aha Harbour Bridge Hotel (with its 15 Luxury Suites/Studios and 40 well-furnished Rooms), offers business and leisure travellers the ultimate accommodation experience.

3 nt Aha The Rex Hotel, Knysna, The Garden Route

Standard room with breakfast

Expect a warm welcome and timeless elegance at this sophisticated hotel, along with an eclectic mix of modern and classic comforts.

3 nt Bellevue Forest Reserve, Eastern Cape Game Reserves

2nts Elephant Lodge 1nt Stargazer Camp Full board & 2 activities a day

The gracious and elegant Elephant Lodge is part of a family owned property located in 2500 hectares of mountainous virgin forest which gives refuge to free roaming wildlife including buffalo, leopard, eland and giraffe. The wildly romantic adult only Star Gazer camp is the perfect place to forget about the world around you and sleep under the starry skies. A truly unique and special experience.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Flights to Cape Town and returning from Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg with British Airways and Comair, accommodation throughout, transfers in Cape Town, 7 days group C car hire to be picked up when leaving Cape Town and prepayable taxes.

Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £230, Belfast from £230, Newcastle from £230, Edinburgh from £230, Glasgow from £230. 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.

4 nts Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites, Cape Town

Luxury room 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.

3 nts Aha The Rex Hotel, Knysna, The Garden Route

Standard room with breakfast

Stretching just over 180 miles between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route boasts one of the wildest and most staggeringly beautiful coastlines you will ever see. Discover also picturesque lagoons and lakes, lush forests, majestic mountains, stunning sandy beaches and seemingly millions of things to do and explore.

A drive along the Garden Route should ideally be spread out over four or five days, taking in some of the must-see towns and attractions.

An ideal starting point, Mossel Bay is a holiday hotspot with an expansive bay, safe swimming beaches and mountain backdrop. The town centre boasts historically-significant buildings, it’s a great spot for adrenalin sports or boat trips for a glimpse of Cape fur seals.

Easy-going George is the region’s biggest town and lies in a fertile valley watched over by the Outeniqua Mountains and with the Indian Ocean on its doorstep. Enjoy year-round outdoor adventure, as well as the historic centre with some magnificent landmarks and fascinating museums.

Inland is Oudtshoorn, the principal town of the Little Karoo region and ostrich capital of the world with around 400 farms. Nearby are the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa’s largest show cave system with multi-coloured stalactites and stalagmites in an amazing range of formations.

Lovely Knysna sits around a huge natural lagoon which is connected to the ocean by a narrow gap between two cliffs, called The Heads. From leisurely relaxation, high energy adventure and sporting activities to shopping, haute cuisine and renowned Knysna oysters paired with the locally brewed beer, visitors are spoilt for choice. Let’s not forget Featherbed Nature Reserve, an easy ferry ride from Knysna.

Upmarket Plettenberg Bay entices with golden sandy beaches and an array of activities including swimming with seals, cycling, sailing, fishing and scuba diving. At nearby Robberg Nature Reserve, there are a variety of walking trails in a gorgeous setting and sweeping vistas over the shoreline and sea. Also close by is stunning Tsitsikamma National Park, a hiking and sporting paradise, while this whole area is a top location for whale watching from land, particularly in the winter months.

The little town of Cape St Francis is all about the white sandy beaches and historic Seal Point Lighthouse, which has stood watch since the 1800s. It’s also an eco-lover’s destination thanks to an abundance of nature reserves and a fantasic coastline for surfing, windsurfing, canoeing and more.

Last and by no means least is Port Elizabeth, the country’s fifth largest city and superb value-for-money holiday base. Attractions include wide beaches, scenic parks, an impressive promenade, nature trails and historic heritage. From Port Elizabeth, it’s just a short hop to many of the Eastern Cape’s private game reserves.

3 nts Bellevue Forest Reserve, Eastern Cape Game Reserves

2nts Elephant Lodge 1nt Stargazer Camp Full board & 2 activities a day

Regarded as South Africa’s ‘wild’ province, the Eastern Cape features expanses of beach, bush and forest with a wealth of thriving flora and fauna, including the Big Five, namely lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard.

Additionally, this is a malaria-free zone, making it a fabulous safari destination for the whole family. Guided game drives at each of our featured private game reserves fulfil the thrill of viewing a large variety of magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

If you are keen to see elephants then make a beeline for Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa’s third largest national reserve. Established in 1931 to save 11 elephants, the park now has over 600 of them. Just over an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth, in the Sunday’s River Valley, Addo can also exclusively claim to be the world’s only national park to conserve the Big Seven - the aforementioned Big Five as well as the Southern Right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay Coast.

Within the Eastern Cape, is the Wild Coast, a region of untamed wilderness with rugged beaches, secluded bays, remarkable rock formations and green hills that rush headlong into deeply etched river valleys. This is also the Xhosa tribal heartland with thatched huts dotted across the gently rolling hills, and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela. Visit the fascinating Nelson Mandela Museum at Qunu for an inspiring journey through his life.

Further regional insights can be found in Grahamstown, a melting pot of the many and varied cultures that have met and mingled here over the last 200 years. With more than
70 heritage sites, Grahamstown offers the largest collection of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the country. The town is also renowned for the annual National Arts Festival, the biggest celebration of the arts on the African continent.

In the Eastern Cape’s northwest is the Karoo, a stirring landscape of flat-topped mountains and arid plains stretching for hundreds of miles. Once regarded as good for little other than sheep and ostriches, in recent years it has become distinctively hip as creative urbanites have established galleries, design studios and imaginative restaurants.

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