DAY 1Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by a Lion World Tours/Gutsy Women Representative who will assist you to the vehicle for a private transfer to your hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, check in with a complimentary cocktail and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to rest or explore. Sensual sophistication and style are words that best describe 15 on Orange Hotel. This exciting and breathtaking new 5 star experience is located in the beautiful suburb of Gardens, Cape Town. This ideal location on the fringe of Cape Town’s vibrant city centre ensures that guests are within walking distance of the National Museum, the Planetarium, and the Company Gardens – the green jewel in the heart of the metropolis, and in close proximity to superb golf courses and the Long Street Baths. 15 on Orange Hotel offers the most unbelievable views of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain, it fuses cosmopolitan comfort and natural splendor. Each of the Deluxe Rooms ensures the ultimate in comfort, style and sophistication. Sandblasted glass doors lead into your sumptuous en suite bathroom, which features a stylish, oversized bath set behind a sparkling Marmaran glass-encrusted wall, a raindrop shower, a double vanity set in honey onyx and a touch-dial telephone. Set the lighting to enjoy a candlelight effect as you soak in the tub. During your stay your will receive a complimentary 45-minute massage at Suntra Spa at 15 on Orange. With state of the art spa facilities, Suntra Spa offers the very best holistic, therapeutic and aesthetic care, combined with the latest technology to ensure that you will experience the ultimate in functional indulgence
DAY 2After breakfast depart on a Morning Table Mountain & City Tour. Highlights of this tour included the SA Museum, Cape Castle and Table Mountain (Weather permitting) and a visit the Cape Town Diamond Works. The South African Museum is a window on the world of natural history, showcasing the bounty of nature, both present and past. Exhibitions and dioramas display hundreds of different species – inhabitants of land, sea or air – enabling visitors to view, under a single roof, creatures as diverse as dinosaurs, mammals, coelacanths, bats or even the fossilized remains of species from 250 million years ago. In the popular Discovery Room, children can discover nature by touch, feel and interaction. Cape Castle - Built by the Dutch in 1666 after arrival, the Castle was erected as a 5 pointed star on the foreshore of Cape Town. It is today surrounded by a variety of other monuments and places of historical interest. The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. Built between 1666 and 1679, this pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort built by Commander Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 upon establishing a maritime replenishment station art the Cape of Good Hope for the Dutch East India Company, better known as the VOC (Verenigde Oos-Indische Compagnie). The Cape of Good Hope houses the regional headquarters of the South African Army in the Western Cape, the famous William Fehr Collection of historic artworks, the Castle Military Museum and ceremonial facilities for traditional Cape Regiments. Table Mountain - Since the first person laid eyes on Table Mountain, it has exerted its powerful and charismatic pull, enchanting and drawing any and all that fall under its spell. The best views of Cape Town are seen from the top of Table Mountain. The Cableway summit is under 10 minutes and the cable car’s rotating floor ensures that all passengers have an aerial view of the city. Table Mountain is a sandstone plateau rising up above the Cape Flats. The top is approximately 1.8 miles/3km wide, and at its highest point, Maclears Beacon, rises to 3559 feet/1085m. Over the centuries it has become one of South Africa's most famous landmarks. The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops of the mountain play home to a number of plants and animals. The mountain is home to approximately 1470 species of plants; more than the entire British Isles! Complimenting this vast array of flora is a stunning range of fauna, some, like the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, being found in no other place in the world. The Diamond Works is Cape Town’s finest jewellery experience. You will be greeted with a glass of bubbly and then offered an informative tour of The Diamond Works. Tanzanite boutique portrays a large selection of this exquisite but rare violet-blue precious gemstone. Showcases of beautifully crafted pieces of jewellery adorn the showroom along with loose stones should a personal design be preferred. Dinner this evening will be a three-course meal at Savour Restaurant. Black chairs, white marble pillars and a red and black wave carpet set the tone for this upmarket eatery. The global menu is inspired by Chef Michael Meyepa's travels around the world on "The World" and includes authentic dishes prepared in the tandoor and flat bread ovens.
DAY 3After breakfast at the hotel you will take a Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour. Travel via the 12 Apostles Mountains and Hout Bay, as well as Chapmans Peak– one of the region’s most dramatic mountain drives offering amazing panoramic views over the city and environs. Chapmans Peak Drive winds it way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Situated on the Atlantic Coast, at the south-western tip of South Africa, it is one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world. The 5.5 miles/9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman's Peak, the 593m high southerly extension of Constantia Berg. The drive offers stunning 180° views over the ocean and mountains with Hout Bay in the distance. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, established in 1939 to protect 7750 ha of indigenous flora and fauna. The reserve comes to an end at majestic Cape Point. Situated at the junction of two of earth's most contrasting water masses - the cold Benguela current on the West Coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East Coast, the Cape of Good Hope is popularly perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. Guests will take the funicular to the vantage point from where you will be able to witness the “meeting of the two oceans”. Thereafter travel through the historic naval base of Simon's Town where guests will be able to visit a colony of African Jackass Penguins in their natural environment at Boulders Beach. Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located in the Cape Peninsula near Simon's Town towards Cape Point near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay. It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Although set in the midst of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3000 in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay, which has increased the supply of pilchards and anchovy, which form part of the penguins' diet. Lunch will be enjoyed at Seaforth Restaurant, which is beautifully located on Seaforth Beach in Simon's Town, adjacent to the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach and boasts stunning views of the sea and mountains. Return to Cape Town late afternoon.
DAY 4After breakfast depart on a full day Winelands tour. Highlights of the day will include a visit to the Stellenbosch Museum followed by some time at leisure to browse around the streets of Stellenbosch town. Thereafter you will take a Classic Cape Cuisine Walk. The Stellenbosch Museum currently comprises of four houses of historical interest and their gardens. Each of these beautiful homes represents a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch. The houses, their interiors and their gardens have been wonderfully restored, furnished, planted and decorated to illustrate the particular style and taste of the time. Below is some more information on each of the houses in the Stellenbosch Museum complex. During the Classic Cape Cuisine Walk you will have the opportunity to savour traditional Cape food and wine as your culinary guide leads you through the historic heart of Stellenbosch with its splendid buildings and colourful characters. You will take a guided tour of the old town centre and hear delightful stories about the origins of Cape food and the historic places that are visited on the way. Indulge in a wine tasting, where a variety of white and red wines, including Pinotage and fortified wine are enjoyed. Try traditional snacks like Biltong and droëwors from a family-run local butchery and traditional baked rusks. For lunch you will try Bobotie, yellow rice, chicken pie, vegetables, stewed fruit, chutney, sambal, fresh bread at the oldest hotel in the country! To end off the meal, for desert, you will be treated to a platter of classics such as koeksister, milktart, brandy pudding and Amarula mousse. This will also include a tasting of assorted indigenous teas such as rooibos, honeybush and buchu tea, and Ceylon tea. To wrap this wonderful experience up we will visit Nostalgic Sweets, which is South Africa’s favourite and oldest shop in town – Oom Samie se Winkel. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy High Tea, which is served in Savour Restaurant.
DAY 5Today you will be transferred from your Hotel to Cape Town Airport in time for your scheduled flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at Johannesburg Airport connect with your scheduled flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival at Hoedspruit you will be met and transferred to your lodge. Kapama Southern Camp is situated on the southern most section of the Kapama Private Game Reserve and offers luxury 5-star accommodation in this tranquil lodge accompanied by warm hospitality and friendly service in one of the best bush locations in country. Southern Camp offers accommodation in 10 standard rooms with showers only. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning and insect screens. Breakfast and lunch are served in the dining room with dinner served in the outside boma under the magnificent African night sky. Southern Camp boasts with a fully equipped wine cellar, perfectly humidified environment storing fine wine from well known South African vineyards. Relax and cool off in the pool, just perfect for those hot summer days or to refresh you after an exciting safari through the bush. Alternatively relax in the lounge with a good book and cool refreshment from the bar. Make sure your binoculars are on hand to watch the jewelled coloured birds flying around or the animals in the nearby bush. Safaris are conducted on the greater Kapama Private Game Reserve ensuring guests at Southern Camp enjoy a superb safari experience. Southern Camp offers two game drives each day with a ranger and tracker. Game drives offer excellent photo opportunities of Africa’s most amazing animals. Take photos of the beautiful mountain views, bush views, dams, lakes, waterholes and river beds.
DAY 6Enjoy an early morning game drive in this wildlife paradise. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool, or perhaps take a siesta to make up for the early morning wake-up call, or indulge in a spa treatment. In the late afternoon you will be taken on another unforgettable safari in the unspoilt African bush. Kapama Private Nature Reserve covers 12 000 hectares/30 000 acres of undisturbed bushveld in prime “Big Five” – Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard - country. The reserve enjoys panoramic views of the nearby Drakensberg Mountain range and the area supports a wide variety of game including elephants, buffalo, rhinoceros, and a large population of giraffe, impala, blue wildebeest and kudu. Predators include lion, leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena. A small permanent water source lies just beyond Kapama River Lodge perimeter fence attracting animals like antelopes, elephant and buffalo. Watch this truly African spectacle from the warm blue water of the big rim flow swimming pool, or relax in the shade of an umbrella around the pool.
DAY 7Once again begin your day with an early morning game drive. Enjoy both morning and afternoon game viewing activities in this wilderness paradise.
DAY 8After an early morning wake up call, depart on a morning game drive in open vehicles. Enjoy breakfast at the lodge, bid the lodge staff farewell and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport for the short flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport guests will be met and transferred to your hotel. Da Vinci Hotel on Nelson Mandela Square is centrally located and features a stylish restaurant and bar. It boasts an infinity pool and a luxurious spa with state-of-the-art fitness centre. The spacious rooms and suites are elegantly decorated and equipped with flat-screen TVs. Each has a minibar, satellite TV and a work desk. Tea-and-coffee-making facilities are also provided. For fine dining, guests can visit the Maximillian Restaurant, which offers French cuisine, seafood and sushi. The inviting Da Vinci’s lounge provides a nice setting to relax with a glass of whiskey or wine. To complete your stay, visit the Da Vinci Spa offering a full relaxation area with a hydro pool and outdoor pool. The menu of services includes organic treatments, facials, massages and much more. Guests can enjoy the convenience of luxurious shopping at the Legacy Corner Mall and Sandton City - an elevator trip away.
DAY 9After breakfast at the hotel you will depart on your Soweto Tour. Soweto (SOuth WEstern TOwnship), is the largest black residential area in South Africa, guests will see a fascinating contrast to Sandton and Rosebank in the north east. This “city within a city” consists of 50 suburbs, or sections and our tour route takes us to all the major points of interest. Highlights of this tour included: a fascinating glimpse of bustling neighbourhood life; two Nobel Prize winners’ previous residences; the Hector Peterson Memorial & Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Guests will also go an a guided tour of the Hector Pieterson museum where they will embark on a journey of discovery of the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans just over a decade ago. The Soweto uprising, the history of the ANC, solitary confinement of political prisoners and the birth of a new democratic country are detailed. Lunch will be enjoyed at Sakhumzi Restaurant. Sakhumzi is a casual and comfortable restaurant situated in one of the most culturally rich areas. It proves to be a great place to eat at after sightseeing, because this street is home to the house of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nelson Mandela museum and the Hector Peterson Memorial! Generally full of locals, Sakhumzi serves good old Soweten cuisine all day. Try some Soweten Mogodu, or the specialty buffet (with meat stews, steamed bread and salads). Pick up a drink from the full bar, head to their courtyard and mingle with the crowd. This afternoon you will be taken to Sandton City Shopping Centre to shop up a storm and later you will be hosted at an exclusive jewellery tour (with refreshments) at Jewel of Africa. With highly trained and knowledgeable staff, Jewel Africa also offers exclusive diamond and tanzanite tours and working factories, thus ensuring our amazing showroom is an ideal stop-off on any tourist itinerary. The master goldsmiths can create personalised jewellery to suit individual desires within 24 hours. Later there will be a farewell dinner at Lekgotla Restaurant. Lekgotla, which translates as 'meeting place' in Tswana, is a melting pot of cuisines from the four corners of Africa. This upper class restaurant which showcases distinguished African decor is located on Nelson Mandela Square and offers a wide selection of exquisitely prepared African food fit for a king. “Lekgotla” –The Meeting Place offers you a unique opportunity to experience a fusion of exotic flavours and foods from the African continent. Rhythmic drumming draws the crowds to two “gotla’s” or huts created by Trevor Julius of DSGN Design, one of South Africa’s top designers. Inguni hides pave the way through Trevor’s masterpiece blending Moroccan style walls with stone ruins to create a chic African setting. Mood lighting, candles and majestic leather strip chandelier set the mood for a tranquil evening under African skies. The “piece de resistance” is the unisex outhouse; small rondavels surround a hand-carved Botswana mokoro basin with sensored taps. The attention to detail makes this a never-to-be forgotten dining experience. Return to the hotel after dinner.
DAY 10After breakfast at the hotel, there will be a full day of touring before heading to the airport. First stop will be a visit to Liliesleaf, which will give guests the opportunity to gain an understanding of the Apartheid era. Situated in residential Rivonia, the insightful and interactive museum experience, Liliesleaf honours South Africa’s remarkable heritage and the impressive trajectory of South Africa’s socio-political past. Once the headquarters of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC and the Congress Alliance, Liliesleaf holds a position of esteem among struggle landmarks in South Africa. Visitors to Liliesleaf will experience a first-hand account of the events and circumstances leading up to the infamous raid of the Rivonia farm, as well as insights into some of the revolutionary personalities who helped to shape South Africa’s democracy. Then you will be transferred to the Rosebank Mall for some time to do shopping at the African Craft Market as well as the wide variety of upmarket shops that the mall has to offer. Rosebank Mall is also home to a selection of boutique shops showcasing the works of local South African designers where guests can purchase some local designed and produced garments. These are shops such as Stone Cherry, Sowearto, Big Blue and The Space to name but a few. The Rosebank African Craft Market offers a fine selection of quality African arts & craft, including wooden masks and carvings, indigenous beadwork, dolls, and baskets at very reasonable prices. The adjacent Rosebank Rooftop Market also has lots of fashionable clothing, quality ceramics, antiques, second-hand books and other collectibles. Finally you will be transferred back to OR Tambo International Airport for your flight back home. (B) B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
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