I World of Travel South Africa FAM
December 2nd – 10th, 2019
Price per person in double shared room: $1500
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|Cape Town||1||Taj Cape Town|
|Cape Town||1||The Cape Grace Hotel|
|Cape Town||1||More Quarters Apartment Hotel|
|Gansbaai||1||Grootbos Private Nature Reserve|
|Jonkershoek Valley||1||Lanzerac Hotel & Spa|
|Marataba||1||Marataba Safari Lodge|
|Madikwe Game Reserve||1||Madikwe Safari Lodge|
|Liliesleaf||1||Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa|
Welcome to South Africa!!
Upon arrival in South Africa, you will be met by your representative as you exit the aircraft.
You will be escorted to immigration and to the baggage carousel to collect luggage.
From here, you will be accompanied through Customs and into the Arrivals terminal, where our Guest Service Officer will be waiting to give you a warm, friendly African welcome! Thereafter you will be escorted with your representative to the domestic security side to board your flight to Cape Town.
Welcome to the Fairest Cape of them all!!
Cape Town is addictive and inspires discovery and has been voted as the best place in the world to visit by the prestigious New York Times. This vibrant multicultural city is a healthy mix of urban and convenient living, vibey day and night spots, nature and relaxation as well as the ocean and white sand beaches at your fingertips. The “Mother City”, the “Green City”, the “Tavern of the Seas”…whatever name you give it, it stays beautiful and beckons to be explored—the more, the better.
Private Transfer Cape Town International Airport to The Taj Hotel.
Subject to the groups arrival we will pause for a finger fork lunch at the Taj Cape Town before we continue exploring the inner-core of the city.
After relaxing journey exploring the city we will return to the Taj to freshen up for a local feast of Indian flavour at the Bombay Brasserie
Dinner in the Bombay Brasserie.
Indian recipes draw upon local and season spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits and are regional in style and flavour. While Bombay Brasserie is strongly influenced by North Indian cuisine, Chef David and his team have devised a menu that includes all styles of Indian food in a bid to give patrons a true flavour of the rich sub-continent right in the heart of Cape Town.
Drawing on his extensive expertise in tasting, experimenting and appreciating a kaleidoscope of culinary experiences, Chef David and his team will use and fuse only the best locally sourced ingredients and the finest imported spices from India. The new menu is perfectly balanced by authentic dishes laced with contemporary flavour and will delight both palate and imagination. (D)
To start the awakening process and refreshing the body, we will begin with an early morning yoga experience and meditate on Table Mountain. (This is an optional experience and non-obligatory)
Enjoy breakfast at leisure before embarking on a site inspection of the Taj Hotel.
Meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel before departing on your full day tour.
Cape Peninsula Tour
This full-day tour explores Cape Town’s stunning peninsula moving through the vibrant coastal suburb of Sea Point with its famous promenade and onto the upmarket, pristine beaches of Clifton and Camp’s Bay. The road twists its way to penguin colony that has made Simon’s Town home, and then through the eclectic fishing village of Kalk Bay and surfer heaven Muizenberg before stopping at the lush Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens.
Chapman’s Peak (weather permitting)
Locals call this famous scenic drive that winds its way between Hout Bay and Noordhoek on Cape Town’s stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline “Chappies”. The toll route stretches nine kilometres along the coast taking over 100 curves in a road carved out by prisoners of war in the mid-1910s over a seven-year period. On the one side are towering cliffs and on the other a steep drop to the ocean. A favourite with visitors and locals alike for scenic hikes, cycles and drives, as well as picnicking.
Boulders Beach (Penguins Colony)
The sheltered Simon’s Town beach of Boulders Beach is the home of an endangered land-based colony of African penguins (over 2 000 of them), as well as a favourite swimming and beach destination for locals and international travellers, particularly children. One can walk between the three pristine and sheltered beaches on boardwalks, which also link to the penguin-viewing area offering fantastic sightings of these unique and endearing animals in their natural habitat.
Cape Point Funicular
The Flying Dutchman Funicular takes passengers uphill from the car park of the Cape Point Nature Reserve (a Natural World Heritage Site) to the old lighthouse sited at 249m overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The views from the lighthouse are spectacular and the air, coming off the Antarctic, is among the purest in the world. The funicular is believed to be the only commercial one of its kind in Africa and is named after a local legend of a ghost ship. The short three-minute trip passes through 585m of dense fynbos and over rocks to the upper lighthouse. The two cars can carry 40 passengers at a time and trips run continuously.
Cape Of Good Hope Nature Reserve
The famous Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, a World Heritage site, is set at the end of Cape Town’s south peninsula. Take a trip via funicular to the lighthouse at 286 metres above sea level (built to which warns ships they are approaching the feared “Cape of Storms”), stroll along the cliff paths or venture down the steep slopes to the stunning white-sand beaches below. The reserve is home to a variety of small wildlife and is a favoured picnicking, fishing (with a permit) and hiking destination with its rich plant biodiversity and inspiring landscapes.
Harbour House Restaurant
Enjoy Lunch and beverages (water/soda/beer/coffee/tea) including 10% gratuity.
The Harbour House brand is an institution in Cape Town and if you aren’t dining at Harbour House in the V&A Waterfront, another choice is Harbour House in the eclectic fishing village of Kalk Bay where the ocean is at your fingertips and the atmosphere is creative and colourful. This Harbour House is in a converted house with different sections that have dining tables, couches and coffee tables and naturally features beach-inspired decor. Try one of their favourites, the West Coast black mussels steamed in white wine, garlic, onion, thyme and cream.
Embark on an hour-long magical adventure in one of our twin seater buoyant kayaks in the company of our knowledgeable, fully-trained and experienced guides. No prior experience of paddling on the sea required, just a desire to witness a seldom-seen part of our little slice of paradise here in False Bay. Expect to weave your way through the rocky pools and outcrops around Boulders Beach, where penguins skim the water below, diving and dancing in the waves.
Head to The Cape Grace Hotel after your tour and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure
Celebrate with a lovely hosted dinner at the Cape Grace Hotel. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at leisure and then proceed with a short transfer to The Silo Hotel for a site inspection of the property.
We make our way to the quaint village of Darling to experience three very different experience within the village. We start with a quick visit to Darling Butchery to see how local biltong & droewors is made, a local delicacy, and continue to Darling Sweets to do some toffee tasting made and supported by the local community of Darling. Before we leave the village we pause at Darling Brewery for a quick visit to this brewery making some of the countries favorite artisan beer.
Today we are however doing something different to what normal visitors do, and we go of the beaten track to Wolgat, a small coastal restaurant recognized at the Restaurant of the year by The World Restaurant Awards. Our slow lunch will introduce you to the local foriage coastal flavors.
Lunch at Wolfgat
Wolfgat offers a unique dining experience showcasing a selection of indigenous ingredients specific to our coastal location.
Some of the elements on the tasting menu take weeks of preparation, while other ingredients are handpicked on the day for the exact number of bookings received.
It will take us two hour to get back to Cape Town to freshen up before we head out for dinner at One & Only Cape Town. (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast at leisure before departing on your full day tour.
The Cape Winelands is a profoundly special place. It encompasses a huge region across the Western Cape, stretching up the West Coast, up and east into the Klein Karoo, and right down into the Hermanus and Overberg regions. Set in and amongst quaint and traditional Cape Dutch houses, magical trees and vineyards and majestic mountain surroundings, you might think you’re in Bordeaux when in fact you’ve found a truly South African piece of heaven. The country’s famed and best-known wine regions are Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek and are so close to the city centre, yet it feels like a different world. The myriad of wine farms available offer something for every taste and style and usually include a range of activities and accommodation, but always promise relaxing and inspiring wine-tasting and culinary experiences in picnic-like settings.
We leave Cape Town and meander 45 minutes out of town to the majestic Vergelegen Wine Estate. We will indulge in some of the countries best wines, and explore this yesteryear majestic estate, guarded by hits Camphor Trees that have been declared National Heritage site.
From Vergelegen our road crosses Sir Lowries Pass, and with dramatic views over Walker Bay, we crossover to the Overberg, a region filled with open landscapes and rugged coastline.
Gaansbaai is in the Overberg region in the Western Cape and is a small fishing village and a place where time slows down and the modern world is forgotten by enjoying natural beauty and days of leisure. Gaansbaai is a crayfish mecca and in season this delectable dish is a must have. For the adventurous, the town has 4X4 obstacle courses, caves to explore and kayaks to be paddled in.
Once we arrive at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, we will enjoy lunch and take time to appreciate the property and all its charm and beauty. (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast at leisure before check out and transfer to Franschhoek
Franschhoek translates to French Corner and this is where you will find the finer things in life that include soul-stirring scenery, exceptional cuisine and century old wine estates that produce award winning wine. Franschhoek has been described as South Africa’s food and wine capital and there are more award winning restaurants in this town than anywhere else in the country. Vineyards over these mountain slopes have been nurtured and grown for over 300 years when the French Huguenots settled here in their escape of persecution. In the village you will find crafts, art and antique shops and galleries and a visit to the Huguenot Memorial is a definite when visiting Franschhoek. For those in search of energetic activities, there are a number of walking trails in the surrounding mountains and you could cycle or horse ride through vineyards.
Lunch at Leeu Estates
Leeu Estates is the epitome of luxury in one of the world’s most illustrious wine destinations, Franschhoek, South Africa’s French corner. This boutique hotel is on a working wine farm and at its center is a restored 19th century Manor House. You can expect an all encompassing experience at Leeu Estates from innovate dining inside the Conservatory or al fresco on the Garden Terrace, only the finest organic and ethically farmed produce is served. There is a Wine Studio that has tastings of premium Mullineux and Leeu Family wines and additional facilities include a spa, infinity swimming pool, a fitness centre, reading room and a living room. Sculptures dot the property by renowned South African artists and bicycles are offered to explore the natural beauty of the landscape.
You will have some time off to explore Franschhoek Village. (B,L)
Enjoy breakfast at leisure before departing to Cape Town International Airport and flight to Lanseria.
Flight from Cape Town to Lanseria Airport
Flight from Lanseria to Marataba Game Reserve. (B)
Sunrise game drive, back to the hotel for breakfast and check-out for transfer to Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve is the fifth largest reserve in South Africa and is considered by many to be a hidden gem. The reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five, lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and the elusive leopard. Madikwe Game Reserve is in a malaria free zone and is where precious safari memories are made and cherished for a lifetime. Madikwe Game Reserve is also home to a healthy population of the endangered wild dog, or the painted dog as it is known locally. There are a number of luxury lodges and community lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve that suites every taste.
Here we will do a lodge site inspection and then treasure the moments of a dinner in the Boma or the Bush. (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast at leisure before embarking on your journey towards Johannesburg is situated in the province of Gauteng, and is home to the world’s biggest urban forest of approximately 10 million trees. Johannesburg is a massive city where opposites collide to create an interesting city of contradictions and extraordinary charm. The city is the economic powerhouse of South Africa, and as a result has some of the most high- end shops and restaurants in the country. This urban sophistication stands in stark contrast with the many local street vendors and informal African spaza shops. The city has a surprisingly diverse range of activities on offer: Popular stops include the sobering Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Nelson Mandela Square, and Sandton City. Townships tours are recommended and Maboneng Precinct, east of the city. Maboneng means ‘place of light’ and this district is becoming known as Johannesburg’s center of creativity for urban artists.
Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Rivonia, Johannesburg is Liliesleaf. Once the nerve center of the liberation movement and a place of refuge for its leaders, today Liliesleaf is one of South Africa’s foremost, award-winning heritage sites, where the journey to democracy in South Africa is honored.
Lunch at 44 Stanley and head to the hotel for check-in.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before your Private Group dinner at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast at leisure before departing on your airport transfer for your flight home bound. (B)