Our 10-day Shamwari Safari, Garden Route and Cape Town programme combines the best of both the bush and the sea, allowing guests to see the Big 5 and the Marine Big 5. Between Cape Town and the bush is the stunning Garden Route, offering travellers the opportunity to see the South African landscape, as well as take part in numerous adventure activities. On your holiday to South Africa you will experience sunset safaris with the big cats, morning encounters with African penguins, see herds of elephant feed right on your doorstep and, in season, observe the giants of the ocean, the southern right whales.
Your personal tour guide will pick you up at the airport to take you to your hotel situated in the V&A Waterfront, the Cape Grace. The next four days will be spent enjoying the iconic sights and sounds of Cape Town and surrounds, including Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Stellenbosch winelands and the many iconic beaches. As an optional extra, you can also dive with great white sharks. However, this will also be available on the tour of the Garden Route.
Our trip will take us via the historic Cape Winelands and the beautiful whale route of Hermanus, right through the Garden Route to picturesque Knysna. The activities are myriad, including anything from high adventure to relaxing evening lagoon cruises and abundant wildlife watching.
We finish off in style at the Eagles Crag Lodge in the Shamwari Game Reserve. If it’s good enough for John Travolta, it should be good enough for you! If a family, we suggest Riverdene lodge.
GOOD FOR: Adventurous couples, families with small kids.
RECOMMENDED FOR HONEYMOONERS: Do the secret river mouth hike at Natures Valley.
MORE AFFORDABLE: This itinerary can be done with lovely guest house accommodations throughout, or five star options. There is huge price differential, so speak to your consultant about your budget. At Shamwari, the different properties have different price points.
You fly directly into Cape Town to start your South African adventure. You are met by a PG TOPS representative who will transport you to your hotel. After a short city orientation and sunset cocktails off Signal Hill, you will have the evening at leisure to explore the world famous V&A Waterfront.
Today you take in some of the world-famous sights that have made Cape Town one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The Cape of Good Hope, spectacular Chapman’s Peak and the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach. Tonight you have dinner at one of Cape Town’s premier restaurants, either the Test Kitchen or La Colombe.
Your last day in Cape Town offers a lot of optional activity. Go shopping at one of the various markets, visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or historic Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, or take a township tour to Langa to experience Xhosa culture and the political activist past. In the late afternoon its off to the Cape Winelands, where over the next two days we will taste wines at two or three of the region’s premier estates, visit historic Stellenbosch and enjoy lunch at the highly rated Babel or Delaire Graff restaurants. We overnight in the historic town of Franschhoek.
Full day of touring around the Cape Winelands, visiting the historic towns, fine dining and wine tasting. Overnight in Franschhoek.
Whale Watching Cruise / Shark Cage Diving Experience in Gansbaai. Whale Watching in season, shark cage diving all year round – or just enjoy the wonderful vineyards in the region and the fine dining offered at Springfontein Eats. Overnight at the Birkenhead House.
We drive up the picturesque Garden Route. We stop at the historic landing site of the first Europeans in Mossel Bay, also at the spectacular Myoli Beach in Sedgefield for a beach cocktail and we will stop for lunch at the Knysna Waterfront. Overnight in Knysna or Plettenberg Bay.
A day of adventure and activities. Choose between adventure activities such as paragliding, bungee jumping and kayaking in the forest to a secluded waterfall. You can visit the monkey and bird reserves at Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. Or just hang out at any of the wonderful beaches in the area; alternatively, take a forest walk through the Garden of Eden. Overnight in Knysna or Plettenberg Bay.
After a final night in Knysna, the morning begins with a drive to the world famous Shamwari Game Reserve, arriving just before lunch. This is where the next two nights will be spent. After lunch, guests will experience their first African game drive of the holiday! Our preferred lodge is the Eagle’s Crag Lodge.
Full day at Shamwari Game Reserve including two game drives and full board. Optional visits to the spa or the Born Free Sanctuary.
After your morning Shamwari game drive we transfer you to Port Elizabeth airport, where you will catch a connecting flight for your journey home.