The Best of the Cape & Kalahari

This journey showcases the finest experiences South Africa has to offer, from some of the best boutique lodges on the African continent and mouth-watering cuisine to amazing guides that really bring this beautiful country to life.

Journey Overview

This journey showcases the finest experiences South Africa has to offer, from some of the best boutique lodges on the African continent and mouth-watering cuisine to amazing guides that really bring this beautiful country to life. Discover parts of stunning Cape Town and its spectacular surrounds from a unique perspective and explore two ultra-exclusive private nature reserves - fabulous Grootbos on the Cape Whale Route, and the incomparable Tswalu surrounded by unspoiled Kalahari grasslands. You’ll also make a stop in the delightful Cape Winelands, to sample some of the sensational food and wine this historic and picturesque region is renowned for.

Journey Highlights

  • Travel to the summit of Table Mountain by cable car, followed by a guided city tour
  • Peel back the many layers of cosmopolitan Cape Town while shopping and dining like a local
  • Explore quaint fishing towns, see endangered African penguins and hike Cape Point
  • Drive scenic Chapman’s Peak and enjoy sundowner drinks in a secret setting
  • Enjoy nature walks and horseback rides through rare fynbos and milkwood forests at the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
  • Take in stunning landscapes and seasonal whale migrations around Walker Bay
  • Indulge in fine wines and gourmet cuisine in the Cape Winelands
  • Unravel the fascinating history of French Huguenots in Franschhoek
  • Experience the solitude of Tswalu, South Africa’s largest private wilderness
  • Look for iconic Kalahari species including meerkat, cheetah, aardvark and brown hyena
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

A warm A&K welcome awaits on arrival, and you are assisted to your award-winning luxury hotel overlooking Bantry Bay in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

Ellerman House

Day 2: Cape Town

It’s an early start today, beginning with a scenic cable car ascent up the iconic Table Mountain. Your knowledgeable guide will deftly steer you away from the crowds to the most jaw-dropping viewpoints on the summit, whilst sharing the fascinating history of Cape Town. Keep your eyes peeled for cute dassies (rock hyraxes) as you make your way back down to sea level.

Back in town, depending on what your interests are, wander landmarks such as Greenmarket Square and the colourful, extremely photogenic Cape Malay neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap, enjoying your guide’s commentary on the people and politics that have shaped this city.

Fill up at lunchtime with gastronomic treats from the artisanal food shops and authentic street food vendors of the inner city. Afterwards, head to bustling Sea Point Promenade to admire the 11 installations covering subjects from rhino conservation to the incarceration of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. Wander the Watershed Market to pick up beautiful souvenirs handmade by talented artists from nearby townships.

Finally, reward yourself like a local with a decadent handcrafted bonbon and cheeky gin cocktail at a local chocolate shop with a secret gin bar tucked away behind it. You earned it!

Ellerman House | Meals: BL

Day 3: Cape Town

Today is designed to reveal all the outdoor delights the Cape Peninsula has to offer with plenty of flexibility to suit your tastes and fitness levels. Take a walk through the bohemian fishing community of Kalk Bay, famous for its art galleries, brightly painted fishing boats and resident seals. Out to sea, you might even see dolphins and whales cruise past.

Next stop: the penguins of Simon’s Town. Learn about the habits of these small flightless birds from a knowledgeable conservationist as you search out a rogue splinter colony on a lesser-known cove away from the main breeding site. After a brief wander around the visitor centre and a swift ride on the aptly-named Flying Dutchman to the Cape Point Lighthouse, stretch your legs with a hike inside the lovely Table Mountain National Park. Look for the Cape Five - ostrich, baboon, mountain zebra, bontebok and tortoise - as you wander deserted beaches strewn with ancient shipwrecks far from the usual tourist trail.

Following a gourmet picnic lunch in a breathtaking wilderness location, explore Noordhoek Farm Village, a thriving food hub where you can tuck into freshly made ice cream, bread, coffee and much more. Then follow the 144 curves of Cape Town’s most scenic road right around Chapman’s Peak to a quiet spot where you can drink in yet another extravagant African sunset.

Ellerman House | Meals: BL

Day 4: Cape Town

Take this full day to enjoy the attractions of Cape Town at your leisure.

Ellerman House | Meals: B

Day 5: Cape Town – Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Depart your hotel and trace the Cape Whale Route all the way to the incomparable Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, which protects rare and highly endangered fynbos, endemic to this mountainous coastal region. Check-in to Grootbos Garden Lodge, a sophisticated, modern lodge flanked by the spectacular cliffs of Walker Bay with stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Grootbos Garden Lodge | Meals: BLD

Days 6-7: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Tailor your time at Grootbos from the many included activities such as guided horseback tours for riders of all levels, nature walks, coastal drives and seasonal land-based whale watching (Jun-Sep).

Grootbos Garden Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve – Franschhoek

Transfer to La Residence, tucked in the verdant Franschhoek Valley on 30 tranquil acres of lush flowerbeds, productive plum trees and gnarled grapevines.

La Residence | Meals: B

Day 9: Franschhoek

The Cape Winelands brim with open cellar doors, which you will discover today. Begin the day with a guided tour of the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Stellenbosch where you can admire over 60 sculptures carefully nestled amongst indigenous flora. Then drop in to a meticulously restored homestead - Oldenburg - to taste their distinctive, complex and sustainably produced small batch wines. Time permitting, visit a neighbouring farm.

In Franschhoek, delve into the French Huguenot origins of the town and the captivating backstory of wine production in the region. Browse quaint boutiques and art galleries before sitting down to a scrumptious lunch at one of Franschhoek’s many picturesque wineries. More wine tasting awaits this afternoon, on the comfortable veranda of Jacoline Haasbroek, owner of the award-winning My Wyn Wine Estate, with the option of a waterfall walk afterwards.

Wind down with a gentle stroll of the expansive gardens of Babylonstoren, a working Cape Dutch farm which dates back to 1692.

La Residence | Meals: BL

Day 10: Franschhoek – Tswalu Game Reserve

Board a flight from Cape Town International Airport to the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve today. Your superb safari lodge sits upon 100,000 hectares of malaria-free desert wilderness sheltering over 70 species of mammal including lion, cheetah and black rhino.

Tswalu The Motse | Meals: BLD

Days 11-13: Tswalu Game Reserve

Spend three glorious days unravelling the mysteries of the Kalahari Desert, home of the San, whose thought-provoking paintings and engravings can be seen at sites throughout this reserve. By vehicle, on foot or on horseback, track the iconic Kalahari species that inhabit this wilderness including meerkat, cheetah, brown hyena, aardvark and the highly endangered pangolin. On one of the evenings during your stay at Tswalu, enjoy an opportunity to dine at Klein Jan Restaurant. Here the culinary traditions, ingredients and regional produce of the Northern Cape are the shining stars on a seasonal menu rooted not only in the southern Kalahari’s remote and dramatic landscapes, but also in the resourceful, creative people of this remote, unexplored region.

Tswalu The Motse | Meals: BLD

Day 14: Tswalu Game Reserve – Depart Johannesburg

Fly back to Johannesburg where your safari comes to an end.

Meals: B

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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