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Serene South Africa

  • Low angle shot of Table Mountain, Cape Town at sunset
Cape Town – Paarl – Hermanus – Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

South Africa

Elevating all of the essentials of a South African sojourn to upscale heights, this tour of the country’s best boutique hotel gems introduces some of the most inspiring local people.

Cape Town is the starting point, where dinner or a helicopter journey with Christo Brand – Nelson Mandela’s prison-guard-turned-friend – and a private lunch in the home of chef and zero waste queen Nicky Gibbs are on the agenda, followed swiftly by a sound journey lead by South African band Hot Water. Then it’s onto Paarl in the heart of wine country where the sprawling Brookdale Estate is the backdrop for exploring with Harry Melck, a descendant of the well-known Cape ‘wine’ family.

And of course, it wouldn’t be South Africa without some featured fauna. Birkenhead House sits on a cliff overlooking Walker Bay where the whales breach, while the last stop – the Londolozi Game Reserve – provides the perfect vantage point to spy the animals as they peruse the riverbank.

Sunset view of vineyard rows in South Africa
Couple drinking sundowners in Londolozi Game Reserve
Aerial drone shot of humpback whale breaching ocean surface

Where you’ll be going

Get to know where you'll be exploring in South Africa, from the king of Africa’s urban jungles to prime whale-watching-real-estate.

  • An aerial view of a coastal city with a mountain in the middle
    Cape Town

    A ‘Mother City’ whose Table Mountain provides her with the perfect vantage point. A view from the top spins art-filled city streets, sublime beaches and the historic Robben Island. Yet with a multitude of choice, this matriarch knows that she’s got what she needs. Making the surprising enchantment the fresh discovery of a slower pace in life.

    Stay at: Ellerman House
  • A view from a vineyard looking towards a mountain

    The beating heart of wine country, it’s almost criminal to come here and not explore at least one of the various estates dotted between the luscious green hills. Wine tasting is a given, but outdoorsy escapades are encouraged – think picnics, horseback riding and kayaking.

    Stay at: Brookdale Estate
  • A wooden walkway that leads down to the beach
    Garden Route – Hermanus

    A southernmost road trip that’ll tick any horticulturist’s bucket list, this route earnt its name for a reason. Whether it’s the beautiful lagoons, rich forests, limestone cliffs or mountain ranges that are playing host to a plethora of adrenaline-filled activities, it's hard to imagine taking a reason for a breather. That is, of course, until the iconic Hermanus comes into sight; where whale pods go proudly spouting by.

    Stay at: Birkenhead House
  • A single zebra looking at the camera surrounded by wildebeest
    Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

    The smallest of fingertips buzzing with anticipation. The wildest of imaginations turned into reality.

    Conjuring the image of a safari might be an easy task, but what makes the private game reserves at Sabi Sands so special is the sheer intimacy of it all. The wildlife is close, and the feeling is homely; making the sighting of the Big 5 almost guaranteed.

    Stay at: Private Granite Suites at Londolozi Private Game Reserve


    • Christo Brand shaking hands with Nelson Mandala who is sat down
      A dinner, helicopter ride or Robben Island tour with Nelson Mandela’s personal guard-turned-friend- Christo Brand.

      Defying all odds, Christo Brand and Nelson Mandela became close friends during Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island. Hear stories about the former South African President; take your pick between a formal dinner, a helicopter ride offering a bird’s eye view of Robben Island, or a more sure-footed tour on the ground.

    • Food and drinks on a wooden table
      Homemade and homegrown lunch with world-travelled chef Nicky Gibbs at her kitchen table.

      Nicky Gibbs’s gastronomic career has spanned everything from cooking for the likes of David Bowie and The Rolling Stones, to discovering a multitude of culinary roots across her world-travels. Today, she finds home in South Africa, where her home grown veggies and beautiful flowers form an integral part of every meal. Learn all about the "seedling to table" process, as you share seasonal organic food and the joys of South African hospitality.

    • Two people on a stage performing music with bubbles passing in front of the camera
      Attend a live performance of the theatrical live act, Hot Water.

      Heavily influenced by the iconic South African music of the 1960’s, as well as the sounds of mbaqanga and jive, Hot Water brings messages of transformation on an emotional and psychological level in their light and joyous sound. Enjoy their high energy theatrical live act, that’s about so much more than simply music.

    • A group of people tapping wine glasses together in celebration
      Winelands walk with storyteller and prominent winemaker, Harry Melck.

      An 8th generation descendant of the well-known Cape "wine" family, Harry’s go-to knowledge on the wine industry makes for a fascinating tour filled with fun. Hear about all the ways the industry has evolved over time, with everything from farming methods and techniques to identifying wine with your eyes closed.

    • A safari car passing through green shrubery and rocks at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
      Challenge yourself to finding the Big 5 and Cape 5 on safari.

      There’s no better place to begin when looking for the favourites, including the Cape 5’s ostrich, baboons, mountain zebra, bontebok and tortoise at Cape Point.

    • A close up of a group of African Penguins
      Visit the lesser-known hidden gem, Betty’s Bay, and spend time with the penguin colony.

      Head over to Betty’s Bay to watch a colony of African penguins going about their daily lives – with all their unique personalities that make this place their home.

    • A guided hike through a wooded forest
      A boma dinner under the stars in the Milkwood forest.

      Sitting among the 1,000-year-old Milkwood forest, twinkling stars set the scene for incredible food and stories. Finish the evening stargazing for your favourite constellations.

Itinerary essentials
  • 14
  • Nov - Mar
  • 11hrs 25min
    LHR - CPT
  • 7hrs
  • 5hrs 15min
    BY AIR
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