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The South Africa Itinerary January 18th to 27th 2025: Vineyards and Penguins

Day 1 (18th Jan) - Arrive in Cape Town and make your way to our hotel to get some rest and recuperate after your long flights and prepare for the adventure ahead. We will have a group dinner in a restaurant near by. Overnight in Cape town.

Day 2 (19th Jan) – Today is a great way to get an introduction to “the Mother City”, Cape Town. We will do a tour in the city and surrounding area. Starting off with a visit to Robben Island then Cape Town city tour visiting Bo-Kaap; Signal Hill; V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain. A big part of this tour is walking around the city with our guide getting to know the city, it's different cultures, history and geography. A highlight of the day is riding to the top of the famous Table Mountain in a cable car, for magnificent views over Table Bay, Robben Island, The Cape Peninsula and Lions Head. Overnight in Cape town.

Meal plan: (Breakfast )

Day 3 (20th Jan) – Today after breakfast, is a full day visiting Cape Point, then Boulders Beach, Cape of Good Hope, Hout Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay. Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders and crystal-clear waters. The area is home to one of the largest breeding colonies of African penguins. We can observe the penguins close up from elevated boardwalks. You won’t believe the beautiful scenery you will experience in one day on the Cape Peninsula. The Cape of Good Hope, is the furthest southwestern point in Africa. We will have time for hiking to the Cape Point lighthouse if you like. We will then take the coastal road to the Hout Bay harbour to take in the beautiful harbour scenes. On our way back we will take the scenic route back to Cape Town via the Atlantic seaside suburbs of Clifton and Camps Bay and see the Twelve Apostles. Overnight in Cape town. Meal plan: (Breakfast)

Day 4 (21st Jan) – Today is wine day doing the Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour. Something I’m sure you are all excited about The Western Cape of South Africa is home to more than 500 wineries, and today we will visit a few of our favourites in the Franschhoek Valley on board the famous wine tram. The tram is such a fun way to travel to the vineyards. Afterwards we will return to Cape town when we have had enough wine of course. Overnight in Cape town

Meal plan: (Breakfast)

Day 5 (22nd Jan) – After breakfast, we will begin our journey along the famous Garden Route. Our first stop of the day will be to Mossel Bay and then in the afternoon we will enjoy a 3 hour game drive at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, the reserve offers a real Garden Route safari experience where we will enjoy close encounters with Rhinoceros, Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, Giraffe, the rare Black Impala, Golden Wildebeest, Mountain Zebra, Hippos and many more. The game reserve is 4200ha and comprises of over 26 different species of animals and over 200 resident bird species. Overnight stay in Sedgefield where we are on staying next to the beach, so an opportunity for rooftop sunsets cocktails. Meal plan: (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 6 (23rd Jan) –After breakfast we will have some free time to explore the area ourselves then in the afternoon, we will depart on a guided township experience through Emzini Township with local guides. Then to end the day we will embark on a sunset boat cruise on the Knysna Lagoon for the ultimate sundowner experience. Overnight stay in Sedgefield. Meal plan: (Breakfast)

Day 7 (24th Jan) – After breakfast, we will travel to Wilderness on the Garden Route. We will explore Wilderness National Park with some canoes. Enjoy a paddle up the Touw River through indigenous forest, enjoying the abundance of bird life. After about 40 minutes, the canoes will be left for a 2 km hike along a boardwalk, which will take us to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. We will then enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Sedgefield/Knysna. Overnight stay in Sedgefield. Meal plan: (Breakfast)

Day 8 (25th Jan) –After breakfast we will check out and head to Tsitsikamma National Park. On route we will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among us to test their courage and do the bungee jump. We will be spent some time in Tsitsikamma National Park with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. There will be a little hike to the suspension bridge for anyone that would like to do it. Afterwards we will head to Mossel Bay for an overnight stay. (Optional extra 216m Bloukrans bungee jump price pp R1800)

Meal plan: (Breakfast)

Day 9 (26th Jan) – After breakfast we will make our way back to Cape Town. For anyone feeling more adventurous among us, you can try the optional extra of tandem skydiving. In the afternoon we travel to Cape Town. Overnight in Cape town. (Optional extras - 10,000 feet tandem skydive, approx R 3100)

Meal plan: (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 10 (27th Jan) - It's time to end our Cape town adventure and say farewell to each other. Group airport drop off to Cape town airport.

Meal plan: (Breakfast)

Price per person sharing €1975

Included: Services of a professional tour guide/driver, air-conditioned transport, 9 nights’ accommodation, 9 breakfast and 1 dinners, return table mountain tickets, entrance to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, entrance to penguin colony at Boulders Beach, entrance to Wilderness National Park, canoeing in Wilderness National Park, sunset lagoon cruise, township experience in Knysna, 2-3 Hour open vehicle 4x4 game viewing safari, entrance to Tsitsikamma National Park, Franschhoek Wine Tram Explorer Tour.

NOT included: International flights, visa for entry if required, optional extras mentioned, travel insurance, meals not listed in the itinerary, any required PCR tests, tips.

Fine print:

Please not itinerary may be subject to small changes due to any unforeseen circumstances that may arise. All rooms on all trips are shared, with 2 people in each room.

If you are happy with the itinerary and want to go ahead. A deposit of €500 will be required to secure your booking within 5 days of confirming you want the place. The balance of €1475 will be due 10 weeks before the trip on the 9th of Novemeber 2024

You can make the payments in instalments after the deposit is paid if that suits you.

With regards to a refund: Your deposit is non-refundable. The deposit is required to book all excursions admin and accommodation which are non-refundable or changeable as it is high season in SA and safari company requires it to book the park permits etc

For the balance of your payment €1475, I can refund this up 10 weeks before the trip should you have an emergency and need to cancel. Anything closer than 10 weeks, and I cannot guarantee a refund.

*I ask all travelers to get travel insurance for this trip so, in the case of an unexpected cancellation, you will be covered! :) Because I book this trip based on a set number of travelers & invoices are paid by me 10 weeks before travel, I cannot offer full refunds within that window*

I am really excited to have you all on this trip with me.

Brenda x


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