Maximise your time by flying overnight from the UK. Enjoy a range of onboard amenities and modern convenience before touching down in cosmopolitan Cape Town.
Cape Town invites you to explore. Meet your A&K South Africa representative and transfer to Kensington Place hotel. After a short orientation over a coffee, it’s time to explore. Visit the boutiques on Bree Street, the art galleries in Woodstock and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Africa Art (MOCCA). Soak up sunshine on Clifton’s beaches or stroll along sandy Camp Bay. Savour a sundowner on Signal Hill, or see Cape Point from the side-car of a vintage motorbike. However you choose to see Cape Town, it’s a sight to behold.
We’re big fans of a road trip here at A&K and think this one will be pretty spectacular. Today, wind your way through the Winelands to Stellenbosch. Enjoy panoramic scenery and look out for flora and fauna endemic to this part of the world including rare succulents and the Cape sugarbird. Check into La Fontaine Franschhoek. La Fontaine is the ideal guesthouse from which to explore the various local and international award-winning restaurants, art galleries, and wine estates.
With hundreds of wineries and vineyards to explore, spend two days here savouring South Africa’s famous winelands. Alight the Wine Tram as it trundles through the Franschhoek Valley. Hop off at any (or all) of the eleven stops along the route to explore some of South Africa’s oldest and most renowned estates – and maybe try a vintage or two. In Stellenbosch, the Foodies on Foot Tour is a fun and delicious way to explore the town’s gastro scene. Taste your way around the town and enjoy a sit-down lunch.
Spend today cruising along the Garden Route, admiring incredible coastal scenery. On your way to the lagoon town of Knysna, pass through the picturesque seaside town of Hermanus – a hot spot for whale watching. Soak up the stunning scenery and stop to capture unforgettable photos of the landscape. Arrive at The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa and unwind with an opulent spa treatment. Indulge in a healing crystal massage or try the Rasul steam room.
Knysna’s enchanting scenery is yours to explore. Head out on paddleboards to explore the town’s lagoon and look out for abundant marine life. Many fascinating species including Cape salmon and rock cod inhabit these shining turquoise waters. Alternatively, opt for a full-day Beer Rocking Tour. Knysna’s craft-beer scene is thriving and renowned for its pioneering flavour combinations. Meet with producers, learn about their innovative approaches and taste their high-end brews.
Make your way to the Eastern Cape for an amazing wildlife-spotting adventure. Leave your vehicle and step into the wild outdoors with an expert host. Set out in search of the Big Five on a fully guided safari experience, learning about the natural wonders found in this stunning region of Africa. Your home for the next three nights will be Kariega Settlers Drift, a luxurious resort comprising elegant tented suites. Enjoy your first safari drive in this 10,000-hectare malaria-free wilderness.
Over the next two days, discover the enormous array of wildlife that calls the Eastern Cape home. Embark on safari drives to see rare animals such as the Cape buffalo and black rhino. Guided bush walks bring you up close to the diverse range of flora that vivifies the landscape. River cruises are your opportunity to observe smaller mammals as they gather on the banks. Keep an eye out for hyrax, mongoose and Cape porcupine. Between excursions, return to your resort for delicious meals and to unwind over cocktails.
This morning, embark on one final safari drive. Look out for elusive wildlife you have not yet observed or capture some exciting photos to show friends back home. Afterwards, wave a fond farewell to the Eastern Cape as you leave for the airport. Return your hire car and board your transfer flight to Johannesburg. From here, board your connection to the UK.