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Up close and personal interactions with many South African animals.
The world metropolis by night: Cape Town!
Harbor atmosphere in Cape Town.
Sunset near Cape Town - absolutely beautiful.
Relax on one of Cape Town's beautiful beaches.
With a little luck, you will see the Big 5 on a safari.
You might see some rhinos along the way!
A highlight in Sanoba Wildlife Reserve is the white lions.
This reserve is the only place where you will see white lions in the wild.
Zebras and antelopes during a safari.
Hermanus is the ultimate whale watching spot.
Only a few yards away, the giants romp around along the coast.
Whales in the wild - an impressive experience.
Cape Riviera Guesthouse.
Dwyka Lodge in the Sanoba Wildlife Reserve.
Room example at the Dwyka Lodge.
138 Marine Guest House.
Room example at 138 Marine Guest House.
Experience the Big 7 and the rare white lions
Selected luxury hotels including breakfast and full board in three accommodations
Includes mid-range rental car and exciting game drives on land & water
Flexible & independent, no group travel
Free consultation & customization of the round trip to your wishes
South Africa - nowhere else on earth will you experience the "world in one country." Discover breathtaking landscapes, endless beaches, the famous Big 7, and the magnificent metropolis of Cape Town and the nearby trademark, Table Mountain, at the southern tip of the country. Highlight and must-sees include whale watching in the spring and an overnight stay in Hermanus.
Are you ready for a vacation you will remember for a lifetime?
The best time to travel to the Cape region is from October to March. Temperatures are pleasantly warm, with an average of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and little rainfall. Between June and December, a large number of whales cavort directly off the coast in Hermanus.
Please note that from mid-December to mid-January, there are summer vacations in South Africa, and the trendy coastal resorts are fully booked well in advance.
Once you arrive in Cape Town, a friendly Meet & Greet service will welcome you. After picking up your rental car, your transfer will take you to your first hotel, the Cape Riviera Guesthouse. As you drive past some sites, do you already catch yourself liking the variety? Then Cape Town will impress you in the next few days! After settling in, take some time to explore parts of the city on your own.
Travel time Cape Town Airport - Cape Town Hotel: about 20 minutes / approx. 12 miles
Six nights in the Cape Riviera Guesthouse **** with breakfast in the Superior Room, Cape Town, South Africa
Are you excited to climb up the impressive Table Mountain? It’s famous as the Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Empire State Building, and the Big Ben! Whether on you hike along the natural paths or hop into a cable car, you will see all of Cape Town from high above. At the top, relish magnificent views of Signal Hill, Lion's Head, Robben Island, and the horizon of the deep blue Atlantic Ocean.
In the evening, we recommend a sundowner cruise departing from the Waterfront (optional). Relax and enjoy a refreshing drink at sunset. Around 8 pm, we will return to the Waterfront and enjoy a delicious meal.
The Old Biscuit Mill in the Woodstock district is a secret tip for flea market lovers. Every Saturday, the flea market opens its doors and attracts crowds with its distinctive atmosphere and authentic South African cuisine.
Another option today is a visit to the amusing Monkey Town in Somerset West. The one hour tour takes you through the world of monkeys, and you will learn how these fascinating animals behave. After the tour, enjoy a snack in a restaurant. The drive to Somerset West takes about 45 minutes.
Today we recommend an exploration tour to the V&A Waterfront. Alternatively, you can drive up to Signal Hill and enjoy views of the city.
At the Two Oceans Aquarium on the Waterfront, you can observe penguins, watch the elegant rays glide underwater, and see the sharks feeding. You will find everything that lives underwater in this aquarium. Exciting presentations and lectures take place daily. You can arrange your visit as you wish (optional).
Have you ever been to Long Street? If you haven't, you should go! Beautiful Victorian houses, trendy bars and cafés, and an array of antique stores line this 300-year-old street.
Another attraction you can book with us is a visit to Cheetah Outreach (optional). Learn all about the endangered big cats, also known as the fastest animals in the world. These beautiful cats need organizations like Cheetah Outreach because it's vital for their survival. This unique experience includes the opportunity to pet the endangered animals and a quick photo with them!
The drive to Sommerset West takes about 45 minutes.
After a hearty breakfast, we recommend exploring the Cape Peninsula today - a must for every visitor to Cape Town. The drive to the world-famous Cape of Good Hope takes you along the spectacular Chapman's Peak Drive. On your way back, make sure to stop at Boulders Beach and visit the adorable penguins. These cute tuxedo birds are especially trusting and like to splash around next to people on warm days.
Today you will experience one of the highlights of your trip: safari & wildlife experiences in the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. The reserve is in the heart of the Karoo Desert and is about three hours away from Cape Town. It's also the only place in the world where white lions live in the wild! Sanbona is a malaria-free zone and home to the famous Big 5. After moving into your comfortable safari tent, you will meet your rangers, who will take you into the wilderness by land rover.
Look forward to the Big 5, and don't forget your camera because elephants, zebras, and lions will, with a little luck, cross your path! We guarantee exceptional moments in the wilderness.
Travel time Cape Town - Sanbona Wildlife Reserve: about 3 hours / approx. 150 miles
Three nights at Dwyka Lodge**** with full board and a maximum of two daily activities, in a luxury tent, Sanbona Game Reserve, South Africa
After the morning game drive, continue your exciting roundtrip towards the coast. Hermanus is one of the most beautiful small beach towns near Cape Town, and it’s one of the best places to watch whales. From June to December, there are many whales right off the coast, and Hermanus has front row seats! And you know what makes this phenomenon even more impressive? These whales come from the waters of Antarctica to the Cape to mate, calve, and raise their young.
Travel time Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Hermanus: about 2.5 hours / approx. 125 miles
Four nights at the 138 Marine**** with breakfast in the Oyster Room, Hermanus, South Africa
During today's 2 - 2.5-hour boat tour (optional), you will have the chance to see these magnificent marine creatures up close. With a little luck, you will encounter the "Marine Big 5" (whales, dolphins, penguins, sea lions, and sharks) firsthand. Enjoy the fresh air, and have your camera ready to capture these impressive moments. Orcas and humpback whales also feel at home on the coast of Hermanus, and you can spot them from the boat. The drive to Gansbaai takes about 30 minutes.
For the next couple of days, you can relax and enjoy Hermanus. The town is lively and full of shops and restaurants of all kinds. Naturally, you can also unwind on the beautiful beach and discover the stunning landscape.
On the last day, you will head back to Cape Town. There you will return your rental car and embark on your flight home.
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Cape Riviera Guesthouse****, Cape Town, South Africa (Six nights)
This property is in the upscale suburb, Oranjezicht, and at the foot of Table Mountain. Each of the 12 rooms is spacious and has a modern design. They also include an en-suite bathroom, a small fridge, air-conditioning, a telephone, and a television. Start the day with a delicious breakfast and refresh in one of the two outdoor pools. You’ll never be bored during your stay because the city center is only a few minutes away and offers numerous sights, restaurants, and shops!
Dwyka Lodge*****, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, South Africa (Three nights)
The exclusive lodge nestles in one of the most pristine and charming areas of the reserve. Relish impeccable views because of its location near the impressive Warmwaterberg.
Fifty-four exclusive lodges are available to guests on the 133,000-acre malaria-free reserve. The lodge also has a cozy bar and lounge with a fireplace, TV, and dining area. On request, you can book a treatment in the small spa area. The tents come equipped with a private pool, bathroom with outdoor and indoor shower, minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, safe, and air-conditioning.
138 Marine****, Hermanus, South Africa (Four nights)
This exclusive guest house is directly on the beach, therefore offering uninterrupted views of the spectacular sea. The accommodation is only five minutes away from the quaint town. Visit the numerous restaurants, bars, and boutiques in the vicinity. How about those spectacular views? The large terrace guarantees beautiful moments during the South African sunrises and sunsets.
Each room boasts an individual style and interior design. Take advantage of the luxurious bathroom, hairdryer, TV, safe, heated towel rails, and the underfloor heating.
Duration of the trip: 14 days / 13 nights
Thirteen nights in the accommodations mentioned above
Catering according to the program (Dwyka Lodge including all meals, activities such as game drives and guided walks, tea, coffee, water, drinks during the activities (all other beverages excluded))
Fourteen rental days of vehicle category K (Toyota RAV 4 or similar) includes:
Detailed travel documents including directions, etc.
Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services
Visits, admissions, excursions (the program listed is a suggestion)
Additional costs for rental cars (will be charged directly to the credit card): R 3,500 fuel deposit, R 85 contract fee,
Personal expenses, such as minibar and tips